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Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

The house is sold. We are heading to Oregon next week to look for a new home there. We close escrow on the 27th of February and will rent back the house until April 15th. Steve gets to sing Mozart’s Requiem with the choir on Good Friday, and I get to take a workshop with Jane Dunnewold at Art Quilt Claremont, the first week of April. Every one is happy!! We will also have a Congdon brother’s reunion here early in March and celebrate Mark’s big 40 birthday.

This morning, I paid my speeding ticket fine on line and registered to take traffic school on line. I have to read a bunch of stuff and then answer the questions. I have to get them all right to pass and then they will certify my results to the court, and I won’t get a point on my license. You can keep taking the test until you get it right. If you never do pass, they refund your $27 bucks.

So, this afternoon, I could go back to my normal routine. I went to aerobics. I went back to the Color and Composition exercises. AND I have fabric scattered all over my studio.

Today, I did the gray-scale value run, the graphic gray-scale and the fabric color wheel.


I am also working on the prototype for the commission piece. I have a grid drawn on batting. I am waiting for some hand-dyed fabric that I will fuse and take to Oregon with me so that I can work on it at the hotel during off times. I am making a piece that is 1/4 the size of the final piece. Lisa is visiting Stephanie at the same time that we are there so we are staying in a hotel.

Steph, Lisa and I have been invited to be part of a collaborative bird book. It’s a pre-made book with blank pages that 46 different artists will be filling with their work. Each person gets their own 2 page spread to fill. Colleen in Austin, TX, stumbled on our blogs and asked us to do this. It will take a year for the book to travel around to the artists and then she hopes to have it exhibited some place, hopefully  Women and their Work Gallery, in Austin. The three of us will have our work on consecutive pages. Hi, Colleen – thanks, for including us!

8 Responses to “Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Programming”

  1. Deborah says:

    I am so thrilled you sold your house. Now on to the (scary and) exciting part… house hunting and moving. Traffic school… grumble. The collaborative book sounds wonderful. How fun to be asked to participate! Keep me posted… maybe I’ll be able to see it in TX.

  2. Diane says:

    Well…the selling the house is good news (and so fast!) for YOU, anyway. Now you can make a mess again and get back to having fun. Remember to tell Steve that your Oregon house needs a large studio AND accomodations for all of the Sonoma Cty friends who will be coming to visit!

  3. Dale Anne says:

    CONGRATS on the sale of your house!!! Guess the staging helped with the quick sale….
    YES, now life can get back to normal.

    By the way – I LOVE your large postcard piece….they all look great actually!

  4. Terry Grant says:

    Wow–quick sale! That sure makes life easier and clears the way to the next step. I’m happy for you. Let me know if you have time to get together when you are here next week. I’m sure you will be busy with realtors, family, etc. but coffee or lunch or ???

  5. DebR says:

    Congrats on all the good stuff, especially on such a quick sale of your house. I hope you have equally good luck finding a house you love in Oregon.

  6. Wow Gerrie, you sold your house pretty fast. Great news.
    Thank you so much for the lovely comment on my new work. I so appreciate your opinion.

  7. Mary Manahan says:


    Congratulations on everything! I never took a class with Jane Dunnewold, but met her at QBL…she seemed VERY positive and friendly, I’m sure you’ll love her class. I’ve been eyeing her new dvd…

  8. Congrats on selling your house! And congrats on a life back to normal for a while. Lucky you to be able to go to Art Quilt Claremont. You MUST share what you learn in Jane Dunnewold’s class!