Saturday, July 17, 2010

Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

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!


53 comments:

Nancy said...

omgosh....1000 posts.....what an accomplishment. I enjoy your blog as it is varied... sometimes about quiting, sometimes about school, etc..

I would have to pick French General if I would be lucky enough to win...

floribunda... aka Julie said...

congratulations, Nancy! I'll put my name in the hat for the William Morris...

Suzan said...

1000 posts! That IS a number to celebrate. I always enjoy reading your blog and love those "cow" posts! Should my name be drawn, I would love French General.

Salem Stitcher said...

Wow. I can't imagine 1000 posts! Congratulations!

If I'm lucky enough to win, I love William Morris!

Chookyblue...... said...

oh Nancy congrats on 1000 posts...........this blogging thing still amazes me......all the wonderful things that happen because of it........ideas, friends, interest in more of the world.......

Jeanne said...

Wow! That's a lot of blogging. Congrats on your 1000th post. I would choose French General if I were to lucky to be drawn.

Kathie said...

can you believe 1,000 posts!!!
congrats!!!
I would love to win the charm pack, I am working on a scrappy quilt that they would live in happily!
thanks!!!!
Kathie
can't wait to hear what WED is!

Marge said...

Congratulations on a milestone in your blogging. I check in with you every day and enjoy your quilting and grandchildren. My youngest is almost 5 years old and I miss the babies. Thank you for sharing. Either set of charms would be more than welcome should I win.
Thank you
Marge

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your 1000 posts. That is quite a feat. On another blog, they asked what my favorite blogs were and I listed yours as one of my favorites.
If I should be lucky enough to win, I'd like the William Morris set.
Thanks for sharing.
cindy

Karin said...

I so enjoy reading your blog. We are of the same generation and I identify with lots of things you blog about. I never win anything but that's okay. I really love the French General lines. They seem to get better with each release. Congratulations on reaching 1000 posts

QuiltingFitzy said...

(do you have a photo of Arnetta's quilt?)

Long time reader, and direction asker for Philly (which I fell in love with btw!)... I'm thrilled you've reached such a lofty goal.

I would love to win the Morris fabric, it sure is lovely.

Thanks for continuing to blog on such a frequent basis, you are a pleasure to read.

Another Nancy (must be a generational name, eh?) from Tucson.

LizA. said...

Congrats! Here's to the next 1000! Thank you for sharing your quilting and other things with us. I think that French General is calling my name....

paula, the quilter said...

Congratulations, Nancy! I am not going to specify which one.

Anonymous said...

Nancy,
Can it really have been 1000 posts??? Congratulations! I always enjoy reading your blog.
I would love the charm pack :-)
Kathy B

Char said...

Congratulations on 1000 posts! I'm looking forward to many more.
I would like the William Morris Fabric.

quiltmom said...

Wow Nancy- 1000 posts and so many visitors too. It is easy to see why- I love your blog- I know that when I visit I am coming to visit a lovely lady who cares about others. I also know that you share your thoughts and beliefs and write many thought provoking posts. May you continue to enjoy blogging and celebrate another 1000 posts.
I would choose the French General fabrics- The William Morris ones are probably lovely too.
Paulette of Sweet P Quilting -http://sweetp-paulette.blogspot.com/ I think just used the Rouenneries French General fabrics in her latest quilt- it is gorgeous.
Thanks for the lovely giveaway but most of all, thanks for writing a terrific blog.
Regards,
Anna

Anonymous said...

I never miss your blog; it brightens my day and provides wonderful inspiration. Thanks for sticking with it for 1000 posts. Here's to 1000 more!!

I'd love a chance to win the William Morris.
Sue

Dee said...

Congratulations on a 1000 posts! That's quite an accomplishment. Here's a toast to the next 1000!

If I had to pick (I like both), I'd probably go with French General.

anne bebbington said...

Wow - 1000 posts - now that takes some doing - many congratulations. William Morris for me please :o)

Raewyn said...

Wow 1000 posts and blogging since 2006... I didn't even know blogging existed back then - grin! Congratulations, and thank you for the opportunity to put my name down for the French General fabrics!!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Congrats on 1000 posts, Nancy! Did you ever think you had that much to say? ;)

I would love to be in the drawing for the French General... ooooh, la-la.

I just love that quilt pictured, it glows. The colors and the blocks are such a pleasing balance, it is wonderful... and happy!

jaybird said...

congrats on 1,000 posts!!

{don't pick me as a winner.. i'm just wishing you congrats!!}

altar ego said...

Congratulations on 1000 posts! That cupcake looks good enough to eat.

I love the phrase "concentration impairment." That applies to me on a regular basis while I try to live through "the hormonies," as a friend calls them.

The African quilt is absolutely charming. Love how colorful it is!

When my goddaughter got married her mother made a quilt and was working on it up to the end. She sat up late the night before the wedding finished the binding!

And finally, I'll toss my hat in the ring for William Morris.

Anya said...

Congratulations! I love reading your blog. Thanks for the chance -- my choice would be the charm pack!

Lori said...

You've been blogging for a long time! How is it we never run out of things to say?! LOL
I'd love to win either FG or WM. Thanks for your generosity:)

Mimi said...

Celebrate indeed!! Congratulations on hitting 1000 - woo hoo! If I am a lucky recipient I would choose the French General. Thanks for the chance. By the way, love the "cow" posts - awesome.

Silverthimble said...

I believe I have been following your blog since the very beginning. I am not always a commenter, but I have always been a reader. If lucky enough to win, I would pick the FQ's.

wordmama said...

1000 posts! Amazing! I love not only the quilts and such, but also hearing about your thoughtful viewpoints on the state of the world. You inspire me to try a basket quilt, as well!

Thanks for sharing your life with us!

Diana said...

Congratulations on 1000 posts! I always look forward to a new blog post from you. I'd choose the William Morris. Can never have enough William Morris...

Gari said...

And I thought I was doing well when I crossed over 200: congratulations. I think I would like the French General, especially since I have never seen it in person. Thanks.

Gretchen said...

1000 posts! Congratulations!!!! I love your blog and a lot of other people do too so here's to many many more posts. Cheers! I don't know if I could choose between French General and William Morris; both are equally fabulous. If I do win, how about your choice?

Pat said...

I was lucky enough to see Arentta's quilt in person. The pictoral blocks were all fussy cut and are just beautiful. The houses balance the pictoral blocks perfectly, and add an artistically primitive touch. I don't know where this quilt is headed, but it will be an heirloom.

1,000 posts? Nancy, you are a legend. You balance quilting, philosophy, peeks into your family, all in a format that seems like we are reading letters from a friend. Your blog is like a web that gathers all of us from far and wide. It's a gift and a blessing to have touched so many!

Anonymous said...

I do not care which one - both would be great. The blog is great and allows me to know what you and family are doing. Love your CA cuz.

Susan said...

Congratulations on reaching 1000 posts! (I'm still trying to figure out how to put a counter on my blog.) Of course, I'd love to win the French General fabric. How generous of you!

And thank you for showing your friend's quilt--what a delight!

Judi said...

Oh wow Nancy - if I'd known you had spare William Morris fat quarters I would have traded you something else for them - I can't find any, and have looked very hard!

You know I love reading your blog, and I'll keep my fingers and toes crossed that Joe picks my number, so I can pick the WMs!

C'mon Joe....

:)
Judi

Blue Ridge Mountains said...

I'm impressed. You write about just everyday things and make it so interesting and sometimes very uplifting. The pictures of your children are precious.

I love the William Morris fabric.

Robyn said...

Nancy, congratulations onyour 1000th post. I love your blog page, the internet seems to have made the world a smaller place. May I ask a question, which is one I ask many 'blog owners'. Why did you start blogging ? I'd like the French General charm pack if I was lucky enough to win

Guenveur in Kent said...

Congratulations on yur 1000 posts. All that and making quikts all over the place.
As you know, this is not an entry for the quilt thingamajigs.I hope the people that get them are as good at quilting as the Quilting Addict.
The quilt in this post is lovely and the person who made it must be pleased with having it shown here.

Denise in PA said...

Wow, congrats on 1,000 posts! What a lovely giveaway. It is hard to choose, but I think I'd pick the charm pack. If I win, they would be used for my clamshell project! Thanks, Nancy!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Amazing - 1000 posts is a momentous occasion! Please consider me for the William Morris. Blessings, marlene

AnnieO said...

1000 posts is a lot of words--I've enjoyed a few hundred at least since I have been reading your blog for about 18 months, LOL! Lovely of you to have a giveaway, I would most prefer the Bill fabrics, though it is a difficult choice.

Judi said...

Something I have been meaning to ask you forever - where do you find the pictures to illustrate your blog? Not the ones you take yourself, obviously, but the ones like this superb cupcake.

I often admire the pictures you find!

:)
Judi

Kristina said...

1000! Way to go! Even with the heat, I'm still sorry I missed the quilting day:( I'll take my chances with French General. Thanks!!

piecemealquilts said...

Congratulations on 1000 posts! I'm so glad I found your blog. Put me in contention for the French General charms - I've got a thing for French Generals. (Wait, that sounded wrong...)

Deb said...

Congratulations on reaching 1,000 posts. I always enjoy reading your musings. I think I would like to give William Morris a place to live at my house.

Deb S.

Abby said...

I love your thoughtful blog and have read every post.

I would love the William Morris fabric as I have never used it. Thank you.

Sharon said...

Either or none - just love you and the blog that we both keep in touch with each other through. What a transition we've made, eh? I guess I need to go look at how many posts I've made. I never even thought about that!

suz said...

WOW! 1000 stories! That's fantastic. Congrats on this landmark. I'd love to win the French General-one of my all-time favorites. Thank you!

Mary said...

Congratulations on 1000 posts! If I were fortunate enough to have my name drawn, I would love to have either one.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Just wanted to add my contratulations in for reaching SUCH a milestone. No need to include me in the drawing ~ reading your blog is gift enough!

Patty Nordahl said...

1000 posts well done!Your's is one of my must reads your quilts are lovely and your comments on life in general always thought provoking.
I wuld love to win the fat quarters. Thank you for hosting this giveaway and I look forward to the second thousand.
Patty

Lisa said...

1000 posts? Bravo!
I have a major charm pack addition :)

Kim said...

Congrats on the first 1000 posts! I'm looking forward to the next 1000 too. Since I'm a major Schnibbles addict, the charm pack appeals to me most. I was just over at Sister's Choice, admiring Nicole's French General quilts--lovely, aren't they?