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I’m Baaaaack!

A couple of times a year I have the convergence of three deadlines ?Ǩ the church newsletter, my guild newsletter and the quarterly regional reports to post to the SDA website. Yesterday, I finally finished all of them. I was really anxious to get back in the studio and I did ?Ǩ so I have something to show later.

First, I want to say how difficult it is to see the total devastation on the Gulf Coast. Give what you can to the Red Cross!! Or if you want to put your creativity to work, Laura Cater-Woods is putting together an art quilt sale with proceeds to go to the relief effort. If you would like to participate, go to her blog  and e-mail her for information.

Karey Bresenhan, director of the International Quilt Festival, has put together several opportunities. She will match donations to the Red Cross and she will accept and donate comfort quilts to the refugees in the Astrodome. Go to Quilts.com  to get all the details.

Sonji looked so darn cute in the picture Mrs. Mel had of her on her blog that I said I had a girl crush on her. She asked me to explain this phenomenon to all of you. there is actually a book out about this. Essentially, a girl crush is feelings of admiration and adoration which a girl has for another girl, without wanting to shag said girl. A nonsexual attraction, usually based on veneration at some level. You know you’ve had them!!

Update on Princess Bad Hair Day: David is out of the picture. Cynthia e-mailed  me to tell me she had to let him go – something about "being on something"! That could have been a disaster. She wants me to try Britanny. Not going to happen. Brittany is barely 20 years old and can do a great Jennifer Aniston do, but she is not touching my hair! My plan is to sit outside salons and watch clients come an go and find someone with hair that I adore.

Today, I did my self-portrait which I plan to send to the Quilting Arts challenge. A little background. When we lived in Wilmington, NC, I took a print making class. Here is a self portrait I did, called Picasso Woman:


This was based on this photo when I was in college:


Isn’t there a resemblance?

So here is my rendition in fabric. I decided to do it all in black and white. So what do you think?


Gotta make an agenda for the guild meeting tomorrow. Bye for now…

10 Responses to “I’m Baaaaack!”

  1. CDMacKenzie says:

    Looks very much like the work of Picasso…fun!

  2. PaMdora says:

    What a stunning photo of you – Wowsa!

  3. DebR says:

    Love the college photo of you! It reminds me of someone movie-star-ish and I can’t quite place who. Love both the paper and fabric versions of it too! (I can’t see the one with the touch of red though…there’s just a box with a red X)

  4. Jen Anderson says:

    Hey Gerrie, welcome back! Love your fabulous self portrait! You are still beautiful:) Hope you can find a hair stylist to do you justice! Jen

  5. Karoda says:

    girl crush…never heard the term but I knew what you meant when you said it on Sonji’s blog. But reading your definition here, it sounds like some outgrowth of feminist thinking for the teen generation. so if it breeds more gender respect, i’m down with it.

    and you are still a babe, but i bet there where no weekend nights spent watching MASH alone for you in college.

    and yes, your artisitic endeavors posted here are awesome but i want a touch, a small touch of a kick a$$ red somewhere on your self portrait.

  6. Diane says:

    Gerrie–I love this self portrait! I love the b&w, and the shapes, and just everything. Great way to celebrate your return to the studio!

  7. Lisa says:

    wondered when you were going to be back!! missed you. funny post.

  8. michelle says:

    glad to have you back, I missed you and your work! Very cool picture.

  9. Deborah says:

    adore the self portrait. And those are such interesting black and white prints. Very unique. Have you quilted it?

  10. mary manahan says:


    You were quite the debutante! Great self-portrait.

    Those expressions “girl crush” and “man crush” are popular amoung my daughter and her friends. The one I really like that we didn’t have back in our day is “man-whore”, describing a promiscuous guy.

    Glad you are back in the studio. Thanks for poster the Katrina info.