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Breaking Barriers…

is almost finished. This is the piece that I am entering in to the She Made Her Mark, a juried show that will start off at the Quilter’s Hall of Fame in Indiana. This has been a struggle for me, but I have persevered and am happy with the result. I have to trim it and face it, but that is doable. The final photos have to be done, an artist’s statement and a CD sent off to be received by Friday. I can do that even with New Year’s eve and two parties tomorrow and helping the girls get the Kim Family Auction up on E-bay for our January 3rd start date. Right?

Actually, last night was the first night that I have not hit a wall at 5 or 6 pm. I was feeling too much like an old lady who could not make an art quilt to save her life. But yesterday was a break through and maybe that was what I needed.

Perhaps some explanation is needed. Many quilters are doing portraits or quilts about a specific woman who has “made her mark.” I had already started this piece with the working title, Breaking Barriers, when I found out about the show. I had started the bricks in a class with Rosalie Dace. I made the bricks with the skinny bits for the mortar. My ideas was to have a watery area, breaking up the bricks. Water, as a symbol, is feminine. I thought of water eroding bricks, slowly over time, much the same way that women have over time broken barriers.

I can not show you the final piece – rules of the show. But here is the background before I did the watery section. I used the turquoisy fabric because it looked like debris from bricks. I liked how it echoed the brick shapes and color.


I then cut curvy shapes from a variety of organza’s in various shades of blue (silk, of course) and fused them over that center section. Yesterday, I embellished with Angelina fibers, beads and ribbon. This, was, of course, purposeful embellishment!! I am almost afraid to show it to Terry Grant, who has a problem with embellishment, but Terry, I tried to be judicious. I just wanted the water to look feminine! Here are a couple of sneak peaks.



January 3rd is the start date for the Kim Family Auction. I think all the goodies are posted on the blog, So look at all the wonderful things that you can bid on. Hope you will all join in the auction and help a very worthy cause.

Blessings in the new year to all the faithful readers of this blog. Some days, I think I don’t want to do this any longer and then I get an awesome comment or a private e-mail from one of you, and it keeps me going.

6 Responses to “Breaking Barriers…”

  1. The Quilter’s Hall of Fame is in my hometown!! If you ever need a place to stay while visiting, I can hook you up!

  2. Jen Anderson says:

    Just that little bit makes me want to see more! I love the abstract way of working, and I am excited to see how your piece turned out.
    Gerrie, I enjoy reading your blog and it has been great seeing how you have been developing as an artist. It gives me hope for my own work 🙂 Reading about your lovely family makes me look forward to my someday grandma years. Knowing that you have dealt with serious illness and moved on to live fully gave me tremendous encouragement last year when I had my own cancer. Please keep blogging. Your cyber fan, Jen

  3. I love the skinny bits and think this is a great use for them. I’m quite curious to see the final piece and love the idea that it is NOT a portrait. Don’t worry about the embelishment — you are definitely not an embelishment just for embelishment’s sake kinda gal. I didn’t get it together to make an entry myself, and the one quilt I have that would have been appropriate, is not for sale (which was a requisite for the show). Maybe next time. In the mean time, though, I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else has done!

  4. Shirley says:

    I know you mean a “juried show” Gerrie, but your blog entry says “sow” which conjures up an amusing image. Good luck with your entry, and happy new year!

  5. Evy says:

    It looks great!
    Can’t wait to see all of it. I think you did what you set out to do. The water looks alive, inviting and warm.

    Kind Regards,

  6. terry grant says:


    I do have a problem with lots of thoughtless embellishment, but Gerrie, I KNOW you are very thoughtful with everything you do. It looks beautiful. Can’t wait to see it.