Monday, January 25, 2010

Design Wall Monday::200th Post



It's been a while since my last post, I know.  January and February are not my favorite months.  It's not really the cold but the dark and gloomy weather that gets to me.  This afternoon, as I was driving home from school, the sky lightened just a little (there may even have been a faint patch of blue) and I could feel my spirits lifting.

Despite the general gloom, I have been doing a little bit of sewing.  On my design wall today is this rail fence quilt that simply won't let me quit on it.  I've sewn all the strips, now I just need to join the strips to finish the flimsy.  I've put it aside I don't know how many times to work on other things, and each time it calls me back.  It's gotten to the point where I'm not sure I even like it any more--I just want to get it done. 



I've also been doing a lot of knitting.  Somehow I've managed to get four partially knitted socks on the needles in the past month. How did I ever acquire four sets of needles?   I finished a pair yesterday and promptly started a new one.  I'll post pictures of those when (if!) the sun ever shines again.

My LYS had a sale on New Year's Day (40% off!) and I bought 4 skeins of Noro Kureyon with no plan for what I was going to do with it.  I toyed with the idea of another scarf, but I have plenty and so does my husband.  I searched around the internet and found a pattern for the French Market bag.  It looked very simple and really suited to the rustic nature of the Kureyon.  Unfortunately, four skeins didn't go far, so I had to order more.  Once the yarn arrives, all I need to do is knit the handles and then felt it.  It's my first felted project, so I'm not sure what to expect.  Any advice would be welcome. 



I have a hard time believing that this is my 200th post.  I started reading blogs a little over three years ago and I found so much inspiration in the many blogs that I read.  My daughter encouraged me to start one of my own and I've had a lot of fun writing it and meeting people from all over the world.  The blogging community is very special to me.

So....in an effort to throw off this January gloom, I'm going to celebrate my milestone by having a 200th post giveaway.  If you comment this week I'll put your name in the hat and draw a person to receive a surprise package.  It'll have some quilty stuff and some other goodies.

You can check out what others have on their design wall this Monday by reading Judy L.'s blog Patchwork Times

15 comments:

quilts said...

wow 200th post that's awesome! I love th bag idea. I just felted some wool on Sunday for q quilt project.The sun is out in Southern Utah today, It's amazing how a little sun can raise your spirits! Have a great day.Claudia

Marie Gilkey said...

This is really something to celebrate - 200th posting. Meeting new people that are interested in the same things that you are, to me is wonderful. Here in SW Missouri we had 34 degree and I even saw a few snowflakes this morning. But the sun did try to peak out. Finished two quilts for Quiltsforkids today, so I did enjoy part of my day. Hope you have a beautiful week. Smile. It makes us all feel better!!!!!!! marie

Deanna said...

200 is impressive. I have yet to dip my toe in that particular pool, but enjoy watching others swim. I like the rail fence and look forward to seeing it finished.

nicolette said...

Congratulations Diane, 200 posts is a wonderful milestone to celebrate!

Your rail fence quilt looks gorgeous!

Kathie said...

congrats on 200 posts
I love your rail fence quilt
aren't they fun to make?
I just finsihed one a few weeks ago
Kathie

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

I've followed you for a few months, Diana, though I'm not much of a commenter. I enjoy your blog, I covet your red ohio stars, and chuckled with memories when I read your snowsuit story. Keep up blogging -- you do a terrific job. I'd like to enter your give-away, too.

Joyce said...

Who knew that Blogging could be so addictive? Congrats on your 200th.

Quilter Kathy said...

Congratulations on your blogiversary!
I feel the same way about our weather here...the dark and gloomy weather makes me want to quilt and never leave the house!
And I know what you mean about going through the stage of disliking a quilt and wanting it to be finished!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Congratulations on your 200th post! Blogging has really been such a wonderful way to meet new friends from all over the world. Thanks for such a great little giveaway :-)

Goblinf said...

Love the colours of that Kureyon wool bag. Am really interested to see how it turns out when it felts.

Laurie said...

I really like the quilt. I've been going through my stash and trying to figure out what to do with all my cream-colored tone-on-tones. This could be an option.

Ruth's Place said...

Congrats on your 200th post!

The quilt is looking great and the bag is lovely. I have never (intentionally) felted anything, so have no advice to give...

Anne said...

I have been missing my Friday night outings with the Valli Girls. Thank you for blogging so I can catch up with what is happening on the sewing and knitting front.
Free?
Gift?
I am in.

Anne K

EVA SB said...

Congrats on 200

Homemade Quilts by Granny said...

I like your fence rail don't give up on it.