about the artist

Chugging Along


I have not had much down time — so much to do. I got my resume updated and wrote a new artist statement:

Gerrie Congdon is an artist who works with textiles. She transforms white fabric into complex cloth, using dyes and paints and a variety of techniques. The resulting fabric becomes serene landscapes and abstract compositions. Her work has been exhibited in many venues, locally, nationally and internationally. She is a member of Columbia Fiberarts Guild, High Fiber Diet, Studio Art Quilt Associates and the Surface Design Association.

I had some SDA work to do and I have also been working on preparing for an exhibit of the Twelve’s 20 x 12 quilts at NW Quilt Expo. Terry Grant is coming tomorrow and we will attach them to felt panels for display by theme. I have collected half of the quilts and she has the other half.


Those are Nikki Wheeler’s quilts on the top of the various piles. I love seeing and fondling all of the quilts made by my fellow Twelves.

I have also printed all the signage on ledger size paper.


Tomorrow afternoon, we will deliver them to the venue.

On Wednesday, Terry and I are doing a presentation for SAQA on blogs and websites. I am doing websites. After I get back from delivering the quilts, I have to print out my notes on websites and make copies.

On Thursday, after checking in with the quilt show to see how the display looks, I have to rush back home because (gulp!), we are meeting with a realtor. Looks like we are going to move ahead with the downsizing. It has to be done sooner than later and I want to do it when I have some control over it!

7 Responses to “Chugging Along”

  1. Brenda says:

    Now that my maverick quilt and Nikki’s are in such lose proximity, I wonder if that purple circle will roll of Nikki’s quilt to mine!

    Our exhibition signage looks great! Thanks for looking after the printing.

    Best wishes for finding your new home.

  2. Lisa says:

    Gerrie – Best wishes for a smooth week and an even smoother transition to a smaller home.

  3. Connie Rose says:

    Downsizing?! Wow, this is a new wrinkle, no? Still staying in Portland, though, yes? xo

  4. Anita Lay says:

    Good luck with the downzizing. This is definitely the time to do it. When Ken and I were dithering about moving out of our house and entering condo life, I was complaining to a friend about how I just couldn’t face the prospect of clearing out 38 years worth of “stuff” in order to move. My friend, who was well known for her bluntness, looked at me and said “well, Anita, you’re only going to get older and frailer. Do you think it will get easier if you wait?’ Sad, but too true. So we did it. And we’ve told the kids, we’ll never box ourselves up again. Next time they have to move us, either to assisted living/nursing home or to the urn/cemetery.

  5. Mary says:

    I am curious about the felt panels you mentioned for the exhibit. i am looking for new ways to display work! Thanks.

  6. Susan says:

    I love the photos in this post! You left me wanting more! I hope you can look at downsizing as an adventure and an opportunity to purge. I moved from MN to Las Vegas 3 1/2 years ago and thought I got rid of lots of stuff for my new phase but my garage is still full. I’m definitely going to get rid of all that stuff as soon as it cools down. I love how my new house looks and feels without all the stuff that had become part of the “landscape”.

  7. We’ve been talking about downsizing for a few years now. I think I’m about ready to take that plunge too. Kind of scary – especially dealing with all the “stuff” we’ve accumulated! Good luck – I’ll be interested to hear how it goes.