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Juanita Nobles on hobbies…and a giveaway

I think you’ll enjoy this conversational guest post from my new friend Juanita Nobles, whose musings about hobbies make me want to run to the nearest fabric store and buy, buy, buy! She’s giving away a copy of her book, A Heritage of FaithRead to the end for details of the drawing. Now, here is Juanita:

Hobbies, I’ve had more than you can count

When I was a child, every time my family started somewhere, mother made sure I had something to occupy my time. I must have been quite a talker, even then, because she wanted me to be busy so I would not interrupt while she visited with her friends. I took a coloring book, a journal to write in or draw in, or a book to read. Thus began my life of hobbies. And I really have had more than you can count.

Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved books. My family moved a lot during my early elementary years, but in spite of the change in routine several times, I learned to read without any problems. My mother is an avid reader and so are both my sisters, because of our mother’s influence.

At one school, the teachers listened to me read and put me up in the next grade. I was “double-promoted” because of my good reading and comprehension. They forgot to check my math skills, though. I still have trouble balancing the checkbook!

When I was old enough to get on a bus in Dallas by myself, I could ride to the public library and check out my own books. I would lovingly touch the books, reading the titles, and deciding which one I wanted to read first, then put them in my satchel and get back on the bus to go home. There was a bench in our yard under a big elm tree where I often sat during the summer, reading.

Later in life, after I had four children, I got my teaching degree with a specialty in reading. For twenty years, I worked with children who had reading problems.

I learned to sew when I was a teen-ager and began making my clothes. My grandmother taught me to be a good seamstress. After I married I made all my children’s clothes. Then in 1983 I started quilting, and since then I have probably made 100 quilts. One of the pictures below shows a quilt made with computerized pictures of our vacation memories. Another photo shows one made with multi-colored scraps of fabric.

I began doing oil and acrylic painting in 2003 and learned to love it. Many of my landscape pictures are in the homes of my children and relatives. And there is no more wall space at our house to hold another picture.

I began writing in 2010 because I had a remarkable story to tell. I was in an auto accident as a child and it almost resulted in my death. But through that experience, my dad became a Christian and our entire family life changed. In my book A Heritage of Faith, I told this story and many others about the life my husband and I led as pastor and wife in twelve churches in three states. If you like to read about real life experiences, you will like my book. If you want to read about a family whose experiences were side-splittingly funny, you will like my book. If you want to read about the way we did it in the old days (and I mean the REALLY old days), you will like my book.

Recently, I began blogging. In my blog, I review Christian books and interview wonderful Christian authors, many times offering a free book to those who leave comments. I have guest bloggers and I write about some of the things we experienced during the years when we served churches where my husband was pastor.

Encouraging Christian fiction is what my book is. And encouraging Christian fiction is what I read and review. I hope you will visit my blog at http://juanitanobles.blogspot.com and leave a comment.

If you would like to win one of my books, please leave a comment on Meg’s blog. I’ll mail an autographed copy to the winner.

To enter the drawing for a copy of A Heritage of Faith, leave a comment here with your email address. Contiguous 48 states only, please. The contest ends at midnight on Friday, June 7, 2013. I will announce the winner the next day and I will give her email to Juanita. 

Juanita, thanks for sharing your thoughts with us today!

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This Post Has 27 Comments

  1. Meg Moseley says:

    Karen and everybody else, remember that if you’d like to be entered in the drawing for Juanita’s book, you’ll need to leave your email address. To avoid spam-bots, you can break up the address like this: yourhandle [at] yahoo [dot] com.

    If you’re not comfortable doing that, you can write to me via the contact form on my website (http://megmoseley.com/contact-2/) but please leave a comment here too, so we can get a conversation going. Thanks!

  2. Meg Moseley says:

    How many quilters do we have here? I’ve tried quilting a couple of times, but I just don’t have the knack for it in spite of the fact that I used to be a darned good seamstress. I admire the patience as well as the sewing and design skills needed to make a good quilt.

  3. Beth C says:

    Beautiful quilts! I’ve tried making them a couple of times too but can’t seem to find the time anymore. I’d love to read one of Juanita’s books.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

  4. Martha J. Sturm says:

    What beautiful quilts! I have a quilt my grandmother made for me. It features one of my favorite colors – purple. You are very talented to be good at so many hobbies.
    Would enjoy reading your book. Side-splitting stories sound good. The part about your father becoming a Christian has to be inspirational.

    josieringer(at)gmail(dot)com

    P.S. I read your blog everyday

  5. Meg Moseley says:

    Hi, Beth! Aren’t they great quilts? And the idea of turning photos into prints on fabric is amazing. Think of the possibilities…if we only had time!

  6. Hello, friends, thanks for visiting Meg’s blog and commenting on my quilts. When my husband’s mother died, I received one of her unfinished quilt tops and determined to teach myself to quilt. And I did. I was hooked. I’ve made several quilts a year since then. My daughters have them stacked in their homes–all the babies got one–and of course I took pictures to keep them in my memory. Quilts are such a treasure. There is a funny story in my book about quilts–early in our marriage my “giver” husband gave our only two quilts away to a family in need! I like to help people, but they could have had a blanket or something! It took me many years to forgive him for giving away quilts made by my grandmother and his mother.

  7. Hi, Carol, I think you are the person who won the book by Julie Lessman! Hope you’ve received it by now. Thanks for your comments and thanks for visiting Meg’s blog.

  8. HI Meg and Juanita! I recently started adding my reviews to a blog too. I try to review every book I read on all the important sites anyway anyways I thought why not put them all in one place. I love Christian Fiction and have a few favorite authors. I’d love to read your book. I don’t quilt but I know pretty quilts when I see them. Those are gorgeous and I admire the work that goes into making one. Thank you for taking the time to visit and for the giveaway!

    Wanda Barefoot
    flghtlss1(at)yahoo(dot)com

  9. Jennifer says:

    Wow Meg thank you for having Juanita on your blog. Her story is amazing and something very dear to my heart. I had an accident in 2007 ever sence things go up and down. I had many hospital stays and no use of my right leg for almost two years. Actually I am still having to deal with that, all from an innocent loving of my husband. If it was not for my faith in God I would not be here today. I beg to say I’m great, lets go what do you want to do? Not today, perhaps not in His plans for me. I write when lead on my blog, recently there is a lot to say and it scares me to put it out there. I am 2 1/2 weeks from surgery and books I am eating them up, this might let the tears and the laughter flow together. Thank you for the opportunity. Blessings, Jennifer
    Jdovefamily@gmail.com

  10. KayM says:

    Meg and Juanita, I really enjoyed the post today about Juanita, her life and hobbies. Oh my, it would have been hard to forgive a husband who gave away those quilts! He sounds like my husband, who gave away many things through the years. It was often something he had given me, so I was doubly disappointed. After a few years of his giving I started objecting on occasion. He was a woodworker. He made a lovely side table for me out of reclaimed barn wood. One day, soon after, his sister came by and admired the table–wishing out loud that she could have it. Fortunately, I was nearby and was able to squelch that idea! I still have the table after many years–LOL! I don’t miss any of the things he gave away, so I’m sure I didn’t need them.

    I would love to have a copy of Heritage of Faith. Thank you for the opportunity.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

  11. Hi, Jennifer, Wanda, and Kay, so nice to hear from you, and thanks for the comments. My husband is a Baptist preacher and he has always been a giver. I learned early (after the quilt incident) that I needed to be a giver, too–(just not my quilts, please!) You can never out give God, that has been proven true in our family.

    Good luck on the book drawing. Wish I could send one to every one of you.

  12. Sue says:

    It was interesting to read about your hobbies, mainly because my daughter has said to me many, many times lately, “mom – you need a hobby”. I have home educated our children almost 25 years, and as that journey comes to an end, I wonder if she is right. I don’t have any hobbies! And yet, sometimes, I think I am too busy to have a hobby. Sometimes, I think I have LOTS of hobbies – reading, gardening, raising chickens, jewelry making, swimming.

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter the book drawing!

  13. Cherie Kasper says:

    What a wonderful visit with Juanita. I love meeting new authors. I am the same way about reading. I always have been, but even more so after I was 19 and started my journey with RA. So many times, months, years, when I couldn’t do anything but read or some of my other hobbies. I love your multi colored quilt, it almost reminds me of my crazy quilt my grandmother made for me, I added a pic of her and me and a lot of small momentos from her and my Mom, and my younger years. My husband has made me two different quilt stands to display my quilts on
    I would love to read your book Juanita.
    ckasper49(at)gmail(dot)com

  14. And I would love for you to read it, Cherie. So sorry you have to deal with RA. Reading is a wonderful escape, though, one I’ve long enjoyed. I hope to get started again on a quilt I started several months ago– called “Flower Garden.” It’s going to be a lovely one.
    Thanks for your comments. If you don’t mind, I’ll put your email on my list of contacts for my blog.

    • Meg Moseley says:

      And the winner of Juanita’s book is joeym11. Juanita will email you for your mailing address. Thanks to everyone for participating!

  15. Would love to read one of your books . . . I made my first machine-pieced quilt wall hanging over 20 years ago — as a Christmas present for my parents. Then I started piecing 12×12 squares for a bed-sized quilt and never finished it. Someday I will get back to it . . .

  16. Hello, Joey, Carol, and Shealea, I’ve been quilting a long time and really enjoy it. I hope someday it means as much to each of you. I was proud to make quilts for each of my grandchildren, and of course, for my children. But the baby quilts are special. Hope you’ll visit my blog, too, and see the author interviews and book reviews I do. Just check Google for Juanita Nobles and you’ll find it. The name is Christian Living and Christian Books. They won’t accept my link here. Thanks for your comments. Just keep on reading!

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