I began blogging in May of 2006 and this is post number 1000. I put a hit counter on the blog in August of '06 and as of a half-hour ago, there are 199,059 hits.
I had no idea what this would turn into or how many wonderful people I would "meet" through this experience.
I'm going to celebrate the 1000 posts with a quilters' giveaway. I have a charm pack of French General to give away and a pack of William Morris fat quarters as another giveaway.
To enter, leave a comment on this post indicating which you would prefer to win. Please don't advertise my giveaway on your blog; I'd like my gifts to go to regular readers and don't care for the idea of giveaways as traffic builders.
This coming Wednesday is an important day (more about which later), so that will be the day that I ask my very versatile husband/design wall/dog trainer/random number generator to pick a couple of numbers and I'll try really hard to get the gifties in the mail on Thursday. Or Friday.
Today was the semi-annual quilt day at church, where 15 or 20 of us take our machines and our projects and sew together. I was working on a wedding gift (pics to follow) and made very good progress. Ultimately I became really worn out from the heat and came home shortly after lunch with about one and a half hours' worth of work left on the project. With any luck, I'll post a pic of the finished flimsy in another couple of days.
Other people were working on various things. Susan was piecing a top for her daughter's bridal shower. Which is tomorrow. One doesn't want to let these things wait until the last minute. Marsha was pin basting baby quilts. Helen was suffering from some sort of concentration impairment and tried out various projects and by the time I left had come close to finishing one indigo and caramel basket. Jane and Dot were assembling peachy purses for the craft table at the Oktoberfest. Misty was binding an amazing quilt that I didn't get to photograph. Newcomer Joan was doing something very intricate involving cats. And Arnetta, also a newcomer, had brought this quilt along which she was planning to machine quilt herself. I just loved it and I hope that you can enlarge the picture by clicking on it to see the blocks that appear a bit of a blur at this point. They are scenes of African tribal life, featuring the most wonderful people who seem to be about as happy as the fabrics Arnetta chose to build her houses. And don't overlook her church -- she has some metallic thread to do the cross on the top of the steeple!