Monday, February 1, 2010

Design Wall Monday::Blog Giveaway

Well it's a little farther along than it was last week.  I've got a little less than half the strips sewn together; the rest of them are draped over the ironing board just waiting to be sewn together.  The truth is that I've stalled out on this, but I'm too stubborn to quit on it when it is so close to being done.  Sigh.  I guess I'm going to have to forge on.  I am utterly determined that this UFO is going to be off the shelf and done before I start anything else.

You can check out what others have on their design walls by going over to Judy L's blog Patchwork Times.

Over the weekend I read a lot of the commentary surrounding the death of J.D. Salinger.  For my group of friends in high school reading Catcher in the Rye was practically a rite of passage.  I think I was about 14 or 15 when I brought it home from the school library. My mother promptly took it away from me, declaring that it was "too adult."  Since I had to return it anyway, I just took it back to school and kept it in my locker and read it during study hall.  I identified with just about everything in that book. It was a book that my friends and I discussed and debated on our own, outside of English class. How ironic that it is now considered "literature" and is taught in many high schools!   When my own daughter was in high school, I wanted her to read it, but she didn't seem to find it as engaging as we did.  I did dip into it a bit at that time, and I remember being disappointed because it seemed dated.  Yesterday, however, I picked it up again and read it in one gulp and it seemed as fresh as ever. If you haven't read it, it's definitely worth trying.

And now for the giveaway news....the winner is Miriam, at Yellow Roses

I'd like to thank everyone for all the wonderful comments in the past week.  Blogging has enriched my life so much during the past three years and 200 posts and I appreciate everyone who stops by.


ginaquilts said...

I really like that quilt! I have to say that reading Catcher in the Rye as an adult was disappointing. But I know if I would have read it in H.S., it would have been very controversial and eye opening for me. Did you know Salinger's was a quilter?

Miriam said...

Ohh My Goodness!!! Thank you Dianna!!

Good luck with finishing your UFO. I can't wait to see it finished.
I haven't read Catcher In The Rye yet. I think it will be going to the top of my reading list.

Here's to your next 200 posts, Dianna!! Blogging has enriched my life too. I have made several new friends, some of whom have become quite close, despite the geographical distance between us.

Thank you for picking my name. :)

The Calico Cat said...

I'm going to have to reread it, I don't seem to have strong memories associated with it.

Salinger's wife, Colleen O'Neill, is a blue ribbon quilter! (That may be complete rumor, but I read that as I read the same kind of commentaries that you read this past weekend.)

Julie in the Barn said...

I have a quilt top in progress that is the same as yours. I thought it would be a great way to use up a lot of strips but I have bogged down and it is currently just a stack of blocks. After seeing yours, I may have to dig them out and try to get it further along.

I loved Catcher In The Rye when I read it for high school English class. It was considered very racey so of course it appealed to teenagers. As a senior citizen, I'm not sure I would still find it so intriquing if I read it now.

McIrish Annie said...

I wish I hadn't stopped by! LOL , just kidding but your strippy quilt is calling me.. I'm trying not to start anything new til the two rubbermaid containers of UFOS are empty. but this one is very tempting and a stashbuster. my favorite! I never read Catcher in the Rye in HS but read it last summer and like your daughter found it dated. I picked up Franny and Zooey at the library yesterday in his honor. have never read that one but will give it a go.

love your felted bag!! I too am doing lots of knitting lately so portable and easy to do at night. hopefully it makes the winter pass quicker.