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Sew Peaceful

I am so stressed by the construction that Mr C is doing down here in my space. Don’t get me wrong, I think what he is doing is great, but I sure wish he had waited until I had all this work done for my January show. I still can’t get to my copier and thermofax so all the collage pieces that I want to do with images from the ruins and the security wall have been put on hold.

I can’t use my computer when he is sanding dry wall so I run upstairs and then I get distracted and don’t get back to the studio.I think that tomorrow, I am going to lay down the law and kick him out until next year.

Tonight, I needed something that made me feel I was accomplishing something and was sort of mindless and peaceful so I worked on the batik Jerusalem cross. I have each of the rows in neat piles with the row number.

Then, I set about strip piecing.

I got all the rows stitched in one direction. Now, I just need to press the seams and stitch the other direction.

I also finished fusing the Dead Sea piece. It is sandwiched and ready to quilt. See that green line running through it? That makes it eligible to enter in the HIgh fiber Diet Line Dancing show.

I was tagged by Natalya to list 7 things  you might not know about me. I’ve done this before, but I will try for 7 more.

  1. I played the clarinet in band and orchestra.
  2. I have never ridden on a roller coaster, and I never will.
  3. I did not get my driver’s license until I was 20.
  4. I once worked in the boy’s department of a store at Christmas to earn the money to  buy a floor loom.
  5. One of my front teeth was broken when an enamel pitcher fell off a shelf at summer camp.
  6. I don’t act my age!
  7. I need to have the radio or tv on when I am working. It annoys Mr C!!

I have to get up early and pick up my organic, free range turkey. Today, I went to the Holiday Farmer’s market and stocked up on some great veggies. Steph and I are coordinating the cooking.

9 Responses to “Sew Peaceful”

  1. Judy says:

    Love both pieces too!
    I need background noise when I paint and sew too. Normally I’m listening to my ipod with NPR podcasts, but if I have to concentrate, I just have soothing music playing.


  2. tallgirl says:

    Dead Sea is awesome…great colors, Gerrie! I love your frustration with Mr. C’s construction. I totally understand, as that is how my husband shows his love, by building stuff I need. He is talking right now about stripping the floor in my studio. But he is going to have to wait until I am out of town for a week!

  3. Jeannie says:

    I do like the Dead Sea piece and the cross is so interesting. One of those pieces that you want to look at for a long time. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Cheers.

  4. Kristin L says:

    Ditto everyone else — the Dead Sea piece is looking great. I’m liking the cross too — especially how it’s there, but it’s not.

    Have a great T-Day with all your family. 🙂

  5. teri says:

    Yep- that Dead Sea piece sings. Poor Mr. C….send him to me and I’ll put him to work! Just a small job- one wall hanging the panels for the design wall downstairs.

    BTW, the tag is supposed to be 7 things no one knows. ANYONE who knows you already knows “I don’t act my age!” (and we’re darned glad you don’t).



  6. KathieB says:

    Love all the bright colors in everything. This all makes me wish I could be home sewing right now, instead of at work, which is where I am. Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. dee says:

    Loce those deep saturated colors of the Dead Sea piece. Really nice work Gerrie. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.

  8. Terri says:

    Love all those batiks together!

  9. kathy says:

    Hi Gerrie, the Dead Sea piece is so awesome. I am a former clarinet player from high school too! Yes, you must kick Mr. C out of the basement. This will never do while the artist is at work. I would not be able to work at all with my husband at home. Happy Thanksgiving with your family.