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Let’s Celebrate 10 Years of Blogging!!


Believe it or not, I have hung in here for 10 years, blabbing away about my life and my art. To celebrate, I am giving one of my small mounted aspen pieces to one of you, if you leave me a comment.

First, I want to tell you about my great day. I finally started painting the silk fabric for my solo show. I am doing six different 6+ foot pieces. I was able to get a set-up in my little studio where I could paint fabric that long.


I putted a long padded surface over my stainless steel printing table and my cutting table. I also have a couple of smaller tables on which I have my paint and brushes. It is a tight squeeze, but very doable.

I first painted a small sample with the colors I wanted to use.

I cut a length of silk about 6 1/2 feet. It is folded in half and pinned around the edges with small t-pins.


I started painting with foam brushes and Jacquard Dyna-flow paint.


I sprinkled some salt on the blue area.


I left it to dry and will go back tomorrow. My plan is to do 6 colorways: green, blue, yellow, orange, red, purple. I will cut each piece in half lengthwise. I will do some more surface design on these fabrics. One half will be cut up and turned into small pieces mounted on gallery frames. The remaining long piece will hang as art cloth as a center piece for each color. I have been dreaming and scheming about this for so long. It is exciting to get started.

OK, if you made it to the end of this, don’t forget to leave me a comment and I will use the random number generator and one of you will get this little piece.



37 Responses to “Let’s Celebrate 10 Years of Blogging!!”

  1. Belatedly congratulating you for not only sticking with the blogging for 10 years but sticking with the creative journey as well. I’m seeing several of the bloggers I follow announcing this is their 10th year, and I realize I’ll be celebrating a 10 year anniversary later this year too! Hard to believe but it has been so rewarding, both the blogging myself and to be able to follow my quilting friends on as they blog as well. Here’s to many more years!

  2. Eileen Hallock says:

    Congratulations Gerrie! You have no idea how much your blog has inspired so many of us. Thank you for sharing your incredible art and for your very enjoyable family stories. The ones about Paige are my favorites! Wishing you another inspired 10 years of blogging.

  3. Debby says:

    Congratulations on 10 years! I found you via the quiltart mail list. I have also been on the computer for at least that long, but I don’t have a nice blog to show for it. I enjoyed reading about your work and beautiful fabric. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. LynneP says:

    I LOVE reading your blog and seeing your beautiful work in progress and finished! Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. Susan says:

    Congratulations on 10 years! I love your blog and your work but I’m thinking maybe this post didn’t go out as usual. I didn’t see it until I read today’s post where you mentioned waiting for comments. I use Bloglovin and check it a couple of times a day. Anyway, I always look forward to your posts. Love your color choices and beautiful art quilts!

  6. Leah says:

    Congratulations on ten years of blogging your creative life!

  7. Peggi Yacovissi says:

    Congratulations on a solo show! Looks like it will be full of wonderful color.

  8. marion shaw says:

    Congratulations!! I enjoy reading your blog.


  9. Mary says:

    Congratulations, Gerrie. 10 years us a long time–sharing your life and work is much appreciated. I love the silk colors so far and am looking forward to further updates. Thanks for offering your aspens…I love them.

  10. Alex T says:

    Congratulations on both the solo show and the 10 years. They are both great accomplishments! Thanks for sharing the process on your newest pieces. Can’t eai see the finished product.

  11. Congratulations on your solo show!

  12. janice novachcoff says:

    Love the colors. Congratulations on 10 years. I have had a blog for some time but have never posted consistently. Am working to change that.

  13. I love painting with Dye-na-flo and have done some very usable pieces. Best of luck with your show!

  14. Madalene says:

    Congratulations, Gerrie! I enjoy reading about your challenges and triumphs. Here’s to many more years of creating beauty out of fabric and thread (and paint and dye and . . .)!

  15. Jeanette says:

    Congratulations on ten years of blogging. I enjoy reading about your craft. I’m a beader and like reading about other mediums.

  16. I can’t believe it has been 10 years since you started blogging. I guess I must have come late to the game. It is always fun to read about the work of fellow textile lovers. Keep on bloggin’

  17. Congratulations on ten years of blogging! I started blogging almost 10 years ago, myself. Your fabric painting is so beautiful — makes me want to dig out my fabric paints.

  18. Kathie Boucher says:

    Congratulations on ten years, Gerrie. Quite an accomplishment! I always enjoy seeing what you’re up to.

  19. Gill says:

    Congratulations on 10 years!
    I love the blues and greens, I’m curious about the salt – what does it do???

  20. Heidi says:

    Hi Gerrie, Your work is beautiful – I was led here through the Quiltart group I began following as my interest in art quilting has really grown recently. I have subscribed and look forward to reading about your work & THANK YOU for sharing so much of your processes for newbies like myself! Congratulations!

  21. Beth says:

    I have never painted silk but am very interested in doing so, thus I’m finding this very interesting. I have just the spot for the aspen trees, too!

  22. Ten years! Good for you! I’ve found it to be a great way to record my own footsteps, if only for myself. I’m approaching my first 100 so I have a long way to go to catch up to you! LOL!

  23. Robin West says:

    Congrats on 10 years running!!! I need to get back to blogging as it is a great creative release! Love your work.

  24. Sandy Ellison says:

    Congratulations and thanks! Your blog was one of the first I discovered, and I am so grateful that you’re willing to share your art and your experiences.

  25. Kay Taylor says:

    Congratulations! I’ve not been here for the whole 10 years, but I’m so glad I found your blog. I so enjoy the art you share. Thank you.

  26. Jocelyn says:

    Congratulations on blogging for 10 years!! Your Aspen piece is beautiful! You do such lovely work.

  27. Marybeth says:

    I can’t remember how many years ago I started following your blog. I can say that I have checked in almost every single day, faithfully. You have been such an inspiration to me, and you are a good educator, that I feel my art quilt work has been kicked up a notch. It is good to get input from outside of Wyoming – hehehe! I love the silk scraps I got from you – they are coming in handy! I hope you keep posting for the next 10 years. By then I will think you are a new friend everyday (that age thing you know)

  28. Diane Duncan says:

    Congratulations! I enjoy your posts and I am impressed with your regularity of blogging. I still get sidetracked and forget….

  29. I would absolutely adore owning this wonderful piece of art. Your aspens are among my favorites. Nothing better than listening to their ‘singing’ during the gentle night winds. And I am delighted to hear that you are having a solo art show! Absolutely wonderful, Gerrie!

  30. Shelley says:

    Wow. 10 years! Congratulations. I started following your blog a year ago. I appreciate the insight into how you create your art. I started learning how to create art quilts a year ago and searched online for others who create art quilts. Thank you for sharing yourself with us.

  31. Lynda says:

    Congrats on 10 years of blogging. Wow! I can’t wait to see this huge project! And on silk (I’m kinda scared of it.)! Thanks for the giveaway.

  32. Robin Walston says:

    Congratulations on your blogoversary. Love the way the silk looks. Can’t wait to see your finished work.

  33. Beverly Hart says:

    I’ve been following you for almost the entire ten years! I appreciate your inspiration, both artistically and in just showing me how to blaze a path into retirement and beyond. May you be blessed with another creative ten years!

  34. Benedicte says:

    Congratulations! Pretty amazing accomplishment!

  35. Liz Plummer says:

    There seem to be an awful lot of us celebrating our 10 year anniversaries just about now! Well done for sticking it! That silk looks as though it’s going to be beautiful…. I decided a while back that anything longer than my printing table was going to get shortened!!

  36. Jeannie says:

    Wow! You mean I have been sitting here reading your blog for 10 years? I need to get a life instead of reading about yours. LOL!!!! Seriously, congratulations and thank you for always being such an inspiration. Not only do you inspire me artistically, but you are showing myself and others how to embrace who you are, where you are, regardless of age. Love the silk painting. Just the thought of all that silk in a rainbow of color has me twitching with excitement. Have fun and again, thanks!

  37. Karoda says:

    We go way back Gerrie. In the bloggosphere that is. I was saying to a friend earlier today that I think it, blogging, is a great way to leave a digital footprint as it is the future’s microfiche. I want all those future kindred spirits to be able to find me 500 years from now.