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Keep It Simple, Stupid

I just was not happy with the quilt as it was developing with the gradation of crosses. I went back to look at the original piece which inspired the client to ask me to do this larger piece. It was so simple and so elegant and the colors of the crosses had wonderful movement up the banner. So I removed all of the crosses and started over with just one size. Fortunately I had some of that size already cut, but I had to cut a lot more! So here it is with the crosses pinned on. Tomorrow I will fuse and start sewing.


I have been very busy doing other stuff. Yesterday, I got in over 12,000 steps. Today, I have over 11,000. Last night I went to STASH at Beth’s house. She made the most incredible raspberry pie. The raspberries were from her garden. I woke up this morning craving another piece!!

Today we took M & M out to lunch to celebrate the end of school. We went to their favorite restaurant, Mio Sushi. We feasted on edamame, miso soup, sushi, udon noodle soup, sashimi and it was all so good.

Tonight, I went to my first meeting of the Columbia Stitcher’s Guild. This is a guild of all sorts of fiber folks – weavers, wearable art, and the art quilter’s – High Fiber Diet. They meet quarterly. Our guest speaker spoke about adapting ethnic patterns for modern day wear. I loved some of the stuff she showed, and we got patterns, Hope to have something to show in the future.

Tomorrow is the monthly art date with Terry and June. I am busy, busy and having lots of fun!

12 Responses to “Keep It Simple, Stupid”

  1. Judy says:

    Yay….I like the uniform crosses much better! The other ones made me a bit crazy but I didn’t realize it until I looked at the calmer one where they are all the same size!
    Great job…and great walking with you!!

  2. Diane says:

    Geez, it sure hasn’t taken you long to find a great fiber art community with lots of fun people and activities! Full reports, please!!

  3. Terry Grant says:

    OK, you’re right. I like it with fewer crosses now that I see it.

  4. kathy says:

    Thank you for sharing your process with us. Great quiltmaking has such an instinctual element to it. You followed yours in this piece and it took it from great to stunning. I’m learning so much from you pros. Keeping the crosses the same size added a wonderful level of complexity. The background and the foreground each show their beauty depending on how you let your eye view it. I’m sure your client is going to be thrilled.

  5. MsLizF says:

    Compairing the two I like the same sized crosses much better. Now comes the fun part stiching the crosses down. I can just see this quilt hanging in a church and glowing with all those wonderful bright colors. Love seeing your work and it’s progress.

  6. Yes, yes, yes to it all! To the crosses, to the STASH/fiber art meetings, to a meal with the grandkids. I must admit, I’m a bit jealous of your life 😉

  7. Deborah says:

    Yes yes yes, much better! I can’t wait to see a picture of it hanging in it’s space!

  8. DebR says:

    Yeah, what Amy said. I thought the first pic looked fine, but now that I see this one, it’s much-improved. Good eye, Gerrie!

  9. Amy says:

    I agree – I didn’t think it was bad before, but this is much better. Good catch.

    And your grandchildren have quite sophisticated tastes in food! I’m impressed!

  10. dee says:

    I don’t have to tell you how much I like this-but I will anyway. It’s so much more subtle and elegant. Great move,Gerry. It’s wonderful.

  11. mary manahan says:

    Removing some of those stars did the trick, it is looking wonderful!!

  12. Oh that looks SO much better! And well done with all your steps! I am using a pedometer too but recording distance – I think 6km a day at this stage is pretty good considering my ankle.