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The Sun’s So Bright

…I don’t need my happy light, today. I’m emerging for a little blogging to let you know what I have been doing.

On Thursday, I awoke with a really obnoxious sinusitis. I usually have a cold or have allergies that cause an attack. This time it was brought on by exposing myself to below freezing temperatures. Before the last snow arrived, I was walking every day in the below freezing weather — not a good idea for me with the impaired sinuses.

Thursday night, Jayme and Mark (my son) arrived for a long week-end. We took them out to dinner and yesterday, Steve took them downtown while I stayed home and did hand quilting and rested. Last night, I made pasta for the whole family. Miles and Mia love playing rough house with Uncle Mark.

Today, everyone has gone out to the Columbia Gorge to go hiking. I took Maggie on a long walk. The snow on the sidewalks has mostly melted and is not so treacherous. Last night, the temp didn’t go below 32° for the first time in over a week. It was beautiful. The sun was shining and I didn’t even wear a hat.

I have been busy trying to get two pieces done to enter in shows. I have a lot of machine quilting to do on the Fragments piece. I also want to do some embellishment of some kind. I spent some time cutting the organza over the copper fabric.


I have a piece that I started at AQT that I have renamed "A Thin Place." A thin place is a Celtic term for a place where the veil is lifted and we get a glimpse of the divine — a kind of aha moment. Here is the piece at Tahoe:


It has hand dyed silk for the base and hand painted silk organza cut in pieces and laid over the top. I am having the best time doing hand stitching with pearl cotton and pearl silk. I am doing different little stitches on each rectangle of organza. I am really loving this piece.


I must run out and do some errands and prepare to feed the troops again. Tomorrow night we will go out for Mr. C’s birthday. I’ll be back early  next week.

7 Responses to “The Sun’s So Bright”

  1. Kathie says:

    Ooh, I’m liking this piece. That hand-stitching is really adding some great dimension.

  2. Acey says:

    I love the silk piece. Every little stitch – my kinda deal, for sure!

  3. jenclair says:

    Visual and textural pleasure! My fingers want to brush across this piece, taking in the sensation of the surface stitching.

  4. dee says:

    Hi Gerrie, I’m back from the southland and the Tennessee Williams convention of relatives. Bloggin fodder to follow. Happiest of Birthday’s to Mr. C. I am enthralled with the concept of the Thin Place. It’s lovely

  5. Judy says:

    What fabulous colors!!

  6. I love the way the hand stitching rumples the organza a little and gives the piece subtle depth.

  7. Oooooo, yummy!

    I miss seeing your fiber creations up-close. Thanks for the inspirations.