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Re-finishing Quilts

The sun has been out. The plants are blooming. The pollen is in the air. I am trying very hard to keep the darn sinuses under control which means going back on meds and daily saline rinses. That being said, my weight was up .4 on a pound due to a Sudafed bump in water retention. I know – excuses, excuses.

I did some remedial work on a couple of quilts this week so that I can enter them in a quilt show. Here is a thumbnail of how it originally looked. You can click to see it larger.


I changed the name from Fragments to Fragments of a Life. I added the cheesecloth to tame some of the painted areas.


I mounted the piece, Passages, on black velvet on stretcher bars.


A couple of you asked how I got rid of the branch on the Moonlit Aspen by using my skinny little scissors and snipping it off. That whole little quilt was completely hand stitched so it was pretty easy to snip away the unwanted part.

Lizzie has given me permission to share some of my work from the class so I will upload some of the compositions later this week. Tomorrow will be devoted to catching up with my homework for this week.

I am watching Project Runway and getting such a kick out of the reunion show.

7 Responses to “Re-finishing Quilts”

  1. PaMdora says:

    I feel for you with the allergies, but am missing the pollen. We’ve just had our upteenith ice storm with year and more to come. I would welcome any signs of spring, even if it meant pollen….Nice to see you being so productive and creative!!

  2. Jen Anderson says:

    It is nonstop rain here today and more of the same predicted for the weekend. It gives me a taste of what it must be like to live in Portland. The only difference I can think of is that people here whine about it more, and they have no idea how to drive safely in it.

    As always, Gerrie, I love your work. What an inspired idea to use cheesecloth to tone down a painted area! I will add that idea to my bag of tricks. I have painted up some cheesecloth scraps but haven’t really put them to use yet. Jen

  3. Dolores says:

    I like you quilt Fragments of a Life. I really enjoy coming to your site and looking at your wonderful work. Wish we had your sun, we are all rain and sleet.

  4. Judy says:

    p.s. I am still having issues with the sinues, but no vertigo as long as I take my Mucinex and Motrin (another M & M). I do my daily sinus rinses too, and found that doing one right before bed was a great sleep aid.


  5. Judy says:

    I LOVE Passages on that black background. It is such a happy quilt.


  6. Meg says:

    I love the colors in both! And I envy your spring allergies. We’re expecting below zero tonight. Again.

  7. kathy says:

    These are great Gerrie!