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A Celebration


We found our new home. Life has been very crazy around here since I last posted. I had a great time at the SAQA Oregon conference and got some nice feedback on my talk. On Friday, the condo we have been waiting for popped up on our RLMS feed. We got an appointment to see it on Saturday and made our offer which was presented to the seller on Tuesday along with two other offers. We were very aggressive in our offer because this was the one we had been waiting for.  See the arrow up there? Our new home is on the fourth floor, not the top. There is a nice sized deck on the back which overlooks the hillside. We have a view from the dining room area bay windows down to the Willamette river which is east of us.


Those draperies and the chandelier have gone with the seller, thank goodness! The place is decorated in a much more formal manner than we  like. We will be ripping out the carpet and putting in hardwoods for the sake of my allergies. The kitchen appears to be recently redone. It is very stylish and modern.

newkitchenThe seller was moving out yesterday and today so it will be a fast turnover. We get to go in for the inspection tomorrow and will do some measuring and have a chance to see it without all the furniture. It has two bedrooms and two baths, a laundry/utility room with a sink and great room adjacent to the kitchen plus a separate storage area. It has a walking score of 94 which was one thing we were looking for. The condo has a gym, meeting/party room which you can reserve free of charge and a library/reading room. We also have two primo parking spots.

Needless to say, we are very happy! So, I have an additional reason to celebrate.

Leave me a comment and have a chance to win a piece of Gericon art. I will select 3 names. First name gets first choice, etc. Here is the art.



Northwest Winter


X Marks the Spot.


I will randomly select names after we get back from our trip to California for Paige’s 2nd birthday. I am finishing her quilt today – stitching the binding. This afternoon, we are going back to see Dan at Toyota for some instruction on all the extras on our Prius. Tomorrow, I have guild meeting in the morning and the home inspection in the afternoon and then dinner with Deborah Boschert, one of the Twelves, who is visiting Portland with her family. On Thursday, we are off to California.

Busy, busy!




50 Responses to “A Celebration”

  1. Elizabeth Bennett says:

    What a wonderful new home… I must admit I loved the house you’ve just sold (having looked at the pictures of it), but this looks terrific as well. Having allergies myself, I understand the need to replace carpeting. Best wishes that the move goes smoothly!

  2. Betty Daggett says:

    I am so happy for you, your new home looks grand and cannot wait to see how you make it your own. Thanks for participation in SAQA Conference and being a part of its success. Happy Spring and good luck with the move! I know you are ready.

    If I am the winner, I would be happy to have any of them.

  3. LynneP says:

    So glad you found your perfect new home! I hope you spend many happy healthy years there!

  4. Leah says:

    Congratulations – how nice to find somewhere so lovely. I’d choose your Aspens if I was a winner – always love them.

  5. Marybeth says:

    I love the view from the condo and I am very glad the window coverings are going away…my first thought was “holy draperies and valances”. Am I missing something …. how did you arrive at the score of 94 for walking? Steps, stairs, feet to the mail?? Don’t envy you the move!

  6. Carol says:

    Gerrie – having one of the criteria be a walking score – Portland is special. Your new place looks beautiful. I may bump into you walking in Portland, maybe on the Hawthorne Bridge? I enjoy your blog, and am inspired by your art. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Perfect! Settle in and create anew.

  8. Anita Lay says:

    So delighted that you got a lovely place, and in the nick of time, too. It looks fabulous, especially that kitchen. Am I correct in assuming that “a walk score of 94” means that there are lots of things within walking distance, like shops and restaurants?

    Enjoy your time with Paige.

  9. TG says:

    What a lovely new home! What a relief to have finally landed there, I think! Best wishes, safe travels.

  10. Diane Howell says:

    Congratulations! I can’t believe there is already a second birthday celebration. Have fun.

  11. Madalene Murphy says:

    Congratulations on finding a place that fits you! All that energy you were using looking for the perfect place can be put to much better use now.

  12. Patte Kayne says:

    Congrats on the new abode! Looks like a very fun adventure creating a totally new haven for your family!!

  13. Fabulous! Congratulations on a wonderful new journey in your life!

  14. This looks perfect, Geri – and the kitchen is to die for! Hope to visit you there when I’m in Portland in September. See? You just needed to wait for the right place to jump up and wave at you.

  15. Leslie says:

    Looks Wonderful and so Happy for you Gerrie! Gives me hope that we may find our new home. If I can ask, what is a “walking score?” How does it work, if you don’t mind sharing…
    Congratulations and enjoy your beautiful new home!

  16. Gill says:

    Congratulations Gerrrie! Your new home looks fabulous!!

  17. Diane English says:

    Very cool. I also enjoyed your talk as well as your art piece in the show.


  18. Susan says:

    Soooo exciting! It’s like it was meant to be. You ere going to have so much fun organizing and decorating that beautiful new home and also exploring the neighborhood. Congratulations!

  19. marion shaw says:

    I am so happy for you both!! I too would love to have one
    of your works!

  20. Maggi says:

    Glad you have found somewhere. It looks like a lovely spot. What is a Walking Score – we don’t have them in the UK?

  21. Congratulations with your new home.

  22. Congratulations. It looks great. So does your art work.

  23. Connie Akers says:

    Congratulations on the good things coming your way. I would love to have one of your works. Tell Deborah hello.

  24. Louise in SW Saskatchewan says:

    I’m so glad you’ve found the place you wanted. Enjoy your trip to see Paige ( and other family).

  25. Fitzy says:

    Patience pays off my dear, and that is just awesome news. Thank you for offering a piece of art, I’d be thrilled to win! Anxious to watch you put your touch on the new place.

  26. Tesuque says:

    Glad you again have a place to really call “home.”

  27. Sher says:

    Congrats on the condo and happy celebrating with the little one!

  28. Beverly Hart says:

    Congrats on getting the condo you wanted, that must be a load off your mind. I would love to add one of your pieces to my collection!

    Have fun in California!

  29. Jen Page says:

    I am posting because I love the new kitchen!! Plus I want one of your art pieces.:) Love you xxoo

  30. Sherry says:

    So tickled for you Gerrie and Mr. C. I look forward to updates and photos in your new place!

  31. Connie Rose says:

    I am so happy for you both!! Congratulations. It looks like a terrific place! Enjoy your trip to CA and Paige’s birthday. xoxo

  32. Kristin Freeman says:

    Gerrie your new place looks wonderful. . . in one of my favorite parts of the city. Congratulations on standing firm and waiting for what you really wanted. Hoping I have luck in winning one of your pieces of art. And, so look forward to seeing photos as you make this place yours. Will you have space to do work here or will your work all be done in the studio space?…Lifting a glass of apple juice to celebrate your scoring of the place you wanted.

  33. Jeanette says:

    Congratulations on your new home! I admire your work so thank you for the chance to win one.

  34. Chris says:

    Enjoy your blog. We live near Portland and are in the sorting/packing process of moving to a smaller place, too
    Would love a piece of your art.

  35. Sharry says:

    Gerrie, I am so happy for you. Let’s celebrate! Wait, where’s my glass!

  36. alison says:

    It looks gorgeous and like you said, I’m glad the drapes and furniture shows are going with the sellers! I hope you’ll be very happy there. Felicidades as they say here.

  37. Joanell says:

    I love hearing how a dream and a plan come true. I loved your home and look forward to seeing the new one. Congratulations. I am attending Art and Soul retreat in April. Maybe coffee? Again, congrats. Joanell

  38. Helen Conway says:

    Whats a walking score?

  39. Lisa says:

    I’m so happy for you Gerrie! The condo looks fantastic. That kitchen is so pretty! Best wishes for a smooth move!

  40. What great news! Your prospective home looks fabulous and I trust all will fall into place easily and quickly.

  41. Joan Hawley says:

    Gerrie, congrats on your beautiful new dream home! It looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing the journey and destination with us. It’s fun to follow along. I look forward to more pics and details as it becomes home.

  42. Jeannie says:

    Congrats on the new abode!!! The condo looks like an ideal spot for you both and living in Portland has been one of my dreams. Lucky you! I cannot believe little Miss Paige is going to be two already!!! It really is a wake up call when I see how your grandchildren have grown. Time flies! Crossing my fingers that all checks out and you can move in quickly.

  43. You don’t say anything about quilting space! Where will you quilt? The second bedroom? Inquiring minds want to know.


  44. Jenny says:

    Sounds like you’ve found the ideal spot! You must be walking on air.


  45. catherine Pardoe says:

    I am so pleased for you as I really enjoy your blog
    Kind frgards


  46. Gerrie – I have been following your wonderful art quilting for a long time. I am a friend of Judy Bernard and I believe you know each other.

    Portland sounds like a wonderful place to live and your new home sounds lovely. You have so much to celebrate – family, new home, and your art.

    How lucky for your husband and dog and you to have a lovely modern new home. I learned something new from you – a walk score. Hope to get to Portland some day. I hope you are working on some new art quilts that are refreshing and creative and fun for you to work on.

    Michele from Tulsa

  47. Lauren Furey says:

    Wow! How exciting—looks like a great building, lots of windows and a fantastic view! Please post pics when you add those wood floors. I definitely want to see a picture of the “new” dining room!

  48. Ruth Edwards says:

    Hi. Gerrie! I always enjoy reading your blog. Now that I get the posts on Facebook it is even better. Also happy that you have found your beautiful new home. It will be fun adjusting it to your tastes and needs. I walk by the quilting piece I got from you every day and think of you all. I have it in the entry to my hallway. So happy to have some of your work.
    Love, Ruthie

  49. Janet Avery says:

    Congratulations on your new place . . . looks like an awesome spot with great views into the trees and beyond!

  50. Gerrie == I am SEW SEW Hippy 4 Ewe!!!!!