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Gone Fishing….

I made some progress on the new tropical fish quilt that I am making for the auction next Saturday to benefit the homeless and at risk women’s shelter at our church. I am really frustrated because I need to do a lot of beading on this, and I just realized that all my beads are in storage. I also have a gift certificate for $50 for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads (part of the president’s gift from my guild) and that is also in storage. I made out an order on the web and was going to have it Fed-exed and I realized I didn’t have the certificate. Duh! Mr. C is going to empty the storage locker tomorrow – it had to be done sooner or later.

Since I have made one of these, I am doing things differently. First I sandwiched the background with muslin on the back and machine quilted it in my favorite water design.


Then I added the collaged fish and the underwater plants that I fussy cut from commercial fabric.


Tomorrow, I will free motion quilt these elements and add some decorative yarns for texture. And then I will hope that some beads show up!! After the beading I will add another back to  cover up the mess I make when I do the beading.

You all know how much I love the serendipity of blogging. Today I got an e-mail from Kathleen who currently lives in Paradise, CA. A friend pointed her toward my blog because she and her husband of 43 years are moving to Portland this coming Friday. They are moving to a neighborhood that Steve and I love, Alameda. She is a quilter and was even president of her guild. Can you believe it? My friends keep telling me I am leaving paradise for Portland: she is really leaving Paradise!! We will get together once we get moved.

6 Responses to “Gone Fishing….”

  1. Mary McDonald says:

    I guess that I have to stop lurking — I was the friend who introduced you to Kathleen who is leaving Paradise for Portland. It was too much of a coincidence when I read your blog and heard of your move to Portland– in the middle of all those quilt pictures — and thought of my quilting friend who would probably have a lot in common with you. Portland is a great city — all the best wishes to you from Mary (still in California).

  2. Amy says:

    Are the fish from a pattern or free form? (I started something like this once upon a time ago, the background was to be trip aroud the world – Once that part was done, I had it quilted & called it done…. (The fish are on the back…)

  3. Micki says:

    looks great. so bright and colorful. can’t wait to see it when it is finished. so good of you to do this for that great benefit.

  4. Judy says:

    Love what you are doing with the fish, Gerrie!
    I guess your Sonoma friends are just so sad that you are leaving them, but Portland is a wonderful city….you already know that though! duh!!! Even without family there (and you have so many pluses with M & M there), it’s a great place to live. Will you being going over to Sisters next July for the Quilter’s Affair? This will be the first summer in about 7 that I will not be attending. I must say, I will miss it terribly, but it’s a far and pricey treck from Atlanta.
    Take care…hope you get your beads today!

  5. Kathie says:

    Thr fish quilt is looking great.

  6. Mary Manahan says:

    Great fish, and for a good cause, too! You are a creativity machine!