Sunday, June 30, 2013

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Blessings to all.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Hello from rainy and cloudy but still beautiful Monticello, Indiana, USA.  I must confess the rain and clouds did not bother me today because I spent the day sewing!  I was invited to be on Queen Gayle O's court.  Gayle won the drawing at a Rossville Quilt Shop (  By winning Gayle won a free sew in day for herself and her subjects and a gift certificate.  Rossville Quilts greeted us with smiles, crowns, beaded necklaces and yummy cookies.  I mean who cares if it is raining and cloudy outside when you can spend the day sewing with fellow quilters.  Even though I didn't know some of these ladies for very long we were soon sharing our quilting ideas and quilting tips.

One quilting tip I learned today is that I need to start carrying baby wipes with me when I am sewing.  One of the irons one of the ladies was using left a slight stain on her project.  She quickly wiped the stain with a baby wipe and voila no more stain.  Who knew baby wipes worked so well.  I'm a believer now.

I did finish a quilt top using the Glamping fabric by Moda I purchased last week at the International Quilt show at Rosemont.  The quilt pattern was a quick pattern I purchased from Nancy J's Quilt Shop, Wabash, Indiana.  The pattern is called Sundance at  I liked this pattern because you don't have to cut up material into small pieces.  To me the Glamping fabric just shouldn't be cut up otherwise you would lose the pattern on the fabric.  So the Sundance pattern  was just perfect and it went together quickly.  When I saw the fabric I immediately knew how I would quilt the quilt.   Yes, I know most quilters pick a quilt pattern and material and then decide how they want the quilt quilted.  But since I am a Longarm quilter I find the quilting (stitching) pattern first then find the material to compliment the quilting (stitching) pattern.  And would you believe I have a great quilting (stitching) pattern by Nancy Haacke at The pattern has the little trailers on it just like the ones on the Glamping fabric.  I can hardly wait to quilt this little quilt.

Have a great time the rest of your weekend.  Blessings to all.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Good morning everyone from beautiful Monticello, Indiana.  The birds have been chirping in harmony this morning.  Each with their own verse but still in harmony.

Today is my 61st birthday and I have to share with you what was in my daily devotion:

Let me help you get through this day.  There are many possible paths to travel between your getting up in the morning and your lying down at night.  Stay alert to the many choices-points along the way, being continually aware of My Presence.  You will get through this day one way or another. One way is to moan and groan, stumbling along with shuffling feet.  This will get you to the end of the day eventually, but there is a better way.  You can choose to walk with Me along the path of Peace, leaning on Me as much as you need.  There will still be difficulties along the way, but you can face them confidently in My strength.  Thank Me for each problem you encounter, and watch to see how I transform trials into blessings.  I Corinthians 10:10; Luke 1:79.   This is from the devotional book Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.  My sweet bible study friend Kristie D. Gave me this devotional book.  I thank Kristie for blessing me with this devotional book.

So I hope you have a beautiful, sweet day knowing that whichever path your day leads you He is with you along the way,

Blessings to all.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Morning all from beautiful Monticello, Indiana, at Lake Freeman.  A soft shower of rain visited us last night, but at least the rain came late so everyone who wanted to enjoy their day on the lake didn't have to be interrupted.

I need to get caught up on what I've been quilting the last few weeks.  I attended quilt camp at Camp Tecumseh, Brookston, Indiana the last week of May and the first dew days of June.  What a restful, busy, special camp this was for me.  I had the pleasure of sewing with some beautiful ladies in my sewing room, Jan, Cindy, Carol, Judy, Virginia and Nancy.  Neil, one of the Camp Tecumseh staff, was showing Jan and Cindy some of his new apps on his IPad mini.  Now who would of thought you could get a free app for playing the piano but the piano keys when pressed have a flatulence sound.  Let's just say when Jan played Twinkle, Twinke Little Star with the app everyone in our sewing room was roaring with laughter.  I must say I've never heard Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star played  with that sound.

Cindy G. has started a new trend, at least  all of us thought it was new, by having your nail polish match some of the colors in your quilt project.  I really liked the lime green nail polish Cindy was wearing.  The color really matched the lime green in  her quilt.

Lastly, the Dresden Plate quilt, so lovingly completed by Christa P. turned out beautifully using a pattern by Nancy Haacke at The pattern was an all over, but I thought it looked stunning on Christa's quilt.

On a personal, family matter I would like to ask for prayer for our niece Cheri.  Cheri is having open heart surgery today.  Cheri has always taken good care of herself and done all of the right things to stay healthy and fit.  Unfortunately, a valve has to be replaced in her heart.  Please say a prayer for her and her husband Terry and their five daughters.

Blessings to all.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Greetings from beautiful Monticello, Indiana.  It is such a glorious day here on Lake Freeman.  It's not too hot or cold.  There are a few boats on the lake with the occasional noisy (whoops did I say noisy) wave runner scurrying by.  Thank you, Lord for this day.

I have to toot my own horn today since it is the 12th anniversary of Miss Smith coming into my life.  I'm sure you are wondering who is Miss Smith and why is she so important to Marilyn.  Miss Smith is my Gammill Classic Longarm quilting machine.  Miss Smith was named after my high school home economics teacher who gave me the confidence and instruction to sew and to love sewing.  My mother also encouraged me and maybe pushed me a little bit, but little did I realize how much sewing would be a part of my life.  I really don't know what I would be doing with my life these past twelve years if it weren't for sewing which led of course to quilting.  And the rest they say his history.  I thank The Lord that I have been able to have a profession that I have a passion for, but more importantly a ministry that I use to pray for all of the quilters I have come in contact with these past twelve years.  I have made friendships with many of these ladies that fills my heart with joy that is immeasurable.  Each quilter is so unique and special just like the quilts they make.  I have had the opportunity to share laughter and joy, sorrow and tears always knowing that God is in the midst of us.  My heart is truly overflowing with thanksgiving.

Blessings to all.