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A Really Nice Thursday

You have to love a day that includes museum viewing and lunching with friends and some creative time in the studio.

Today, my STASH group met at the Contemporary Craft Museum to check out the current exhibit and to do some shopping. I bought this funky little creche. It is hand carved, painted and embellished with flocking.


We then had lunch at the Park Kitchen, a few blocks from the museum. It has a very unusual menu. I had clams braised in cider with apples, onions and greens. It was so delicious.


Here we are, back row: Reva, Moi, Linda. Front row: Terry, Beth, Gale.

I loved this painting of dogs enjoying some fancy drinks.


We shared two delicious desserts. Pear Frangipane tart and a Chocolate Ginger concoction.

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When I got home this afternoon, I laundered my cotton Christmas fabric and worked on the dupioni silk runner. It is all quilted and waiting for binding. These things could become addictive. I have really enjoyed the mindless piecing.


Here is a close-up. I have enough of the stripe to use for binding, but I am not sure if that is what I want. What do you think?


Tomorrow, we are going out to hunt down a Christmas tree. After school, M & M are coming to help me decorate the tree and to spend the night. Warning – cute pictures will be posted in the next couple of days.

12 Responses to “A Really Nice Thursday”

  1. Kathie says:

    The creche is just about the wildest thing I have ever seen. Also just about the most original.

    I am a striped binding person, but I would cut mine on the bias.

  2. Judy says:

    Gerrie, I didn’t even recognize you in the group photo! WOW!!! You look so good and so very happy. So much self esteem. This WW journey has been very good!
    I’m with Carol….I like stripes on the bias on a binding. Whatever you choose, it will look smashing.


  3. Nellie says:

    Certainly can see why you had to have that funky creche. I vote for no binding. How about just a facing?

  4. PaMdora says:

    What’s a creche?

    I always go for striped borders, my favorite. I like the way a darker fabric kind of frames a piece. To me it would look like art in the center, matted and then framed. JMHO 🙂

  5. Carol says:

    Gerrie, I LOVE your tablerunner! If I was doing it, I would do the striped binding but only if I could do it on the bias, which I think would really tie things together – otherwise I would use a plain red binding. I do so enjoy your blog. Keep up the good work.

  6. Sandy says:

    Love the creche- so cool the way they hung the star! Also the runner is bright and colorful- and I betcha it’s even more beautiful with the silk shine that doesn’t come through in the photo. Sandy

  7. dee says:

    I guess I’m going against the general consensus but I love the stripe binding-it ties the whole look together, Where’s my dessert? You ladies look so great.

  8. Linda Cline says:

    I think it looks great with the striped binding. But it would also look great binded in a solid color. Either way I’m sure it will look wonderful.

  9. Diane says:

    Gee, I actually like it with just a segment of striped binding. I thought the section was intentional when I first looked (not a trial run)and I like it that way!

  10. jenclair says:

    I love the stripes, but agree with Kristin about letting the center section steal the show instead of competing. I really like this table runner!

    What a wonderful creche–that red-headed figure with the hair is terrific; I like that the rest of the creche is somewhat subdued and red exhibits excitement.

  11. teri says:

    I’m with Kristin, the striped border would be too distracting.

    Looks like the pear dessert was very popular….you almost didn’t get a shot of any of it!!

    BTW, you look great. How much weight have you lost?? Did you say you are on WW?


  12. Kristin L says:

    I love your funky little creche figures too. Joseph looks a little shocked 😉

    I’m glad you’re enjoying the table runner — I really enjoy seeing all the variations people come up with. As for binding, I like stripe, but I think it distracts a bit too much from the simplicity of the rest of the piece. I think I’d go for plain old boring red so that the stripes in the centers of the blocks really stands out!