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The Storm Before the Calm

Yesterday was a day I do not want to repeat any time soon. It was the drop dead day for registering for the SDA Conference and getting into the workshop lottery. My phone started ringing at 6 am. In between phone calls, I managed to get some work done on the final show pieces. I still have 3 sleeves to sew and a couple of dowels to attach. I worked on the journal pages which will be displayed with the quilts. Those are printed on ledger paper and ready to go. Mr C has all of the hanging slats done and attached. I learned of a great way to prepare these for gallery hanging on the QA list. I will show it in my next post.

Here is the final version of the Wall of Hopes and Fears and a detail.



I didn’t do the Pomegranate piece I planned, but I like this anyway. I printed several versions of my pom photos on silk and silk organza and collaged them on a hand-dye red. I bordered it with something I found in my stash that worked perfectly, by using the wrong side.


Here is a detail.


I am hanging the show tomorrow afternoon. I would like to collapse, but I have to deal with about 100 people who want to get into a certain workshop. Steph is coming over on Thursday morning to help me get a handle on it. I will get started tomorrow night. I am waiting for 39 faxed registrations to arrive from the SDA office in California. Most people have asked for e-mail confirmation. That means that we save on postage and paper, but I have to spend more time on the computer creating pdfs of conference materials and sending them out. I am taking a break on Thursday afternoon to get my hair colored and cut.

7 Responses to “The Storm Before the Calm”

  1. Judy says:

    Wow: the poms piece is fabulous! You are always just oozing with that creativity.
    Did you even utter ‘what was I thinking’ once yesterday? I bet not: you just kept going full speed ahead!

    You are my hero!


  2. jenclair says:

    Both pieces look great, Gerrie. The Wall of Hopes and Fears has such immediacy. Good luck!

  3. dee says:

    The Wall piece is so moving. Especially in light of the current news from there. I’m glad you got a chance to visit when you did. Be sure to stop and take a deep breath now and then.

  4. Kristin L says:

    The Wall of Hopes and Fears turned out great! Organza works so well to convey the layers of graffiti. I also appreciate the way you’ve integrated your screen prints in with the photos so that one element doesn’t have precedence over any other. (My favorite is “this wall is not cool. Simple. To the point.) The poms are such a contrast to the greyness of the wall. I really can’t wait to see all teh pieces together. I wish I was in Portland to see it in person.

    Ty to enjoy your haircut and color — you’ll come out feeling rejuvenated and ready to tackle the day! 🙂

  5. Deborah says:

    Wow. The pom piece is fantastic.

    Can you schedule a massage along with that cut and color?! You deserve it.

  6. Mandi says:

    oh I know you’re busy…but I was wondering if a list of closed workshops would be posted somewhere? I need to wait ($) to send in registration, but I won’t bother if my workshop is closed. Good luck with it! I can’t believe you doing the registration and a show at the same time…you must drink a lot of caffeine or be superwoman!

  7. Jeannie says:

    Take a deep breath! I wish I was closer so I could help at least sew on sleeves. Wishing you much success at your show. Love the wall and pom pieces. Cheers.