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My 1000th Blog Post


Woo hoo! I thought I wasn’t going to be able to post tonight, but my site is back on line so here we go with blog post 1000. There will be prizes!!

I thought it would be fun to go back and look at my first post. Here is what it said:

This is my first blog so please be kind. I enjoy reading the blogs of family, friends and perfect strangers so I thought I would jump into the fray. As my Blog title says, I am crazy for fiber. I make fiber art and I’ve been knitting forever. I hope to share my works in progress – both blunders and successes. Once I figure this out, I’ll add some photos. I like blogs with photos and few words.

I received 3 comments; one from my daughter, Lisa, telling me she would teach me to post photos; one from  my good friend, Diane, who welcomed me to the neighborhood. But this was the funniest. It was from Mr Tasty Cake and said:

Crazy For Fiber-I must admit I was a little disappointed; I was hoping this would be a blog about shredded mini wheat addiction, nevertheless it was a joy to visit. Cheers and nice fiber!

So here is the deal, I have the older Spooner Lake Aspens which I showed a few blogs ago.


I am now constructing two new Aspen pieces. One is going to the Art for Autism auction. The other plus the older one will be give aways to two people who comment on my blog.  I will do a random drawing on Friday.

Up at the top, you see the new trees that I made. I fused some of the new painted organza (silk for the person who asked – I never use synthetic) to plain organza and some to more of the painted fabric. This gives a more opaque tree with more dimension. I like it on that landscape, better than the other trees from the dye painted organza.

Many of you commented on the color of the sky in the new landscape I created.


So I got out my trusty Sherrill Kahn travel paint studio which is cute little bottles of Jacquard Dynaflow paints.


I used a couple of blues and painted the sky darker.


I like the original trees with this landscape which I have not quilted as yet.


Thank you all so much for helping with my design dilemma. It was fun to hear from so many of you. Tomorrow, I have to get back to stitching.

Don’t forget to leave a comment to win some Gericon art.

78 Responses to “My 1000th Blog Post”

  1. Hi Gerrie!!

    congratulations on your 1000th post … since the beginning, I have enjoyed your art, your photos and your stories. Like you, I spent the day riveted by Ted Kennedy’s funeral, it is sad to see the last of the “good ole democrats” leave us. It seems like yesterday I was a freshman in college glued to the dorm tv watching the debates.

    You do great work, often put a smile on my heart when I visit your blog.

    Beth Mastrude

  2. Mary from California says:

    1000 posts! Wow, that takes some commitment and energy! Thanks for all the good reading and inspiration.

  3. Hedgehog says:

    This looks like the birches in my neighborhood! Love your blog – and your work!

  4. Susan says:

    I so enjoy your blog and feel like you and your family are friends. I spent 6 weeks in Portland in 1988 with my young family and loved it.
    You are a really inspiring person who I admire. Keep sewing and writing!

  5. Chris says:

    I like your trees..Really enjoy your blog and check in with you often. As a fellow Oregonian I feel I “know you”. Thanks.

  6. Pat Dolan says:

    Congrats, Gerrie! That’s a lot of writing and photography, family fun, life, moving, dreaming, creating and more. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself with the rest of us!


  7. Connie Akers says:

    Congratulations Gerrie, I’m so glad I found your blog as you inspire me in lots of different ways. Love the Aspens. We saw lots in New Mexico in July and they make me think “Cool”.


  8. Jayne says:

    Gerrie, your blog is fabulous and my day isn’t complete without reading your new posting. I love following your work and artistic decisions. And I love hearing your funny stories about Scooter, your garden and yummy recipes. I would love to win your aspen quilt. But if I win or not, I’m going to be bidding on your beautiful quilt in the SAQA auction starting September 10th. Thanks for your blog and congratulations on the first 1000 postings!
    P.S. what is a moo card?

  9. Patty says:

    Love the aspen tree piece. Congrats on 1000 posts – that is quite a milestone!

  10. Marty Mason says:

    Wow….1000 and still posting. I feel like a baby just beginning to walk. Love your blog…evidently practice makes perfect.

  11. Teresa says:

    Love your work! Thanks for blogging!

  12. Suzi says:

    Very cool way to do trees!! Love the layering!

  13. Congratulations! Another big anniversary! I enjoy reading your blog here on the East Coast and hope that our paths will cross sometimes. Get your moocard ready in your pocket!

  14. Shelley C says:

    Love your wonderful use of fabric and other methods in this piece. I’ve always loved trees and the fab you used for the bark certainly mimics aspen bark to the tee! Congrats on 1000 posts!

  15. Suzanne says:

    Congrats on 1,000! I always enjoy reading your posts and look forward to the next 1,000.

  16. Sue says:

    Thanks for providing glimpses of your life and art. You’re one of my favorites, especially when I’m too busy working to do much of either myself. Love the birches!

  17. Judy says:

    60 COMMENTS!!!! Yikes, I can barely count that high! You sure do have a ton of friends out there in cyberville…..and much deserved, I might add! Your Aspen pieces are all lovely…..I’d be happy with any, so don’t hesitate to stick one in the mail to me! LOL
    We’ve had a bit of a medical emergency here this past week, so I’ve been even worse than usual at keeping up with your life. I’ll know more the beginning of next week….and I’m going with the ‘ignorance is bliss’ theme right now, ignoring that elephant in the corner!

    Congrats………..and here’s to another 1,000!


  18. dee says:

    Happy 1000 Dear Gerrie. You’ve entertained and made me aware of so many aspects of fiber art I had not encountered before. All that aside, you’re an inspiration to me and make me want to be more and do more.
    Love your dog too!!

  19. Marsha M says:

    Mazel Tov

    Didn’t even dawn on me this blog could be about mini wheat cereal, what a hoot. love that original comment

    Love reading your blog and seeing your work

  20. Judy says:

    Hi! Gerrie,

    Afraid I’m not one who helped with your design dilemma, but I love your work and have been comming by without commenting for some time. The idea of winning a piece of your work has brung me out of the closet.

  21. Janice says:

    Congrats on acheiving such a large number of blogs. I bet that once you ot started it became a habit to journalize your life and share it with the world. I love seeing the projects that your working on and the bit about your family and pets. Looking forward to reading more.

  22. arlette says:

    Happy 1000th post!, it’s a big number I love the trees and I’d love to win one of them, please count me in!

  23. Sheila says:

    I don’t know about you, but when I started my blog, I wasn’t sure I’d have enough to say to post often enough to keep a following. Turns out it wasn’t a problem and I am thoroughly addicted to the process.

    Sign me up for your giveaway, even though my odds of winning look pretty slim! I’d love to have your aspens keeping my birches company…

  24. Cindy says:

    I’ve read you from the beginning, that very first post, and I always look forward to what you have to say. Congratulations!

  25. Elizabeth B says:

    Also coming out of lurkdom to say Congratulations on #1000 — that’s some accomplishment. Thanks for all the company and art/life inspiration you’ve provided through your blog! And I have to say, I love these aspen, you can almost feel the bark as you look at them. Thanks for the insight into how you got there!

  26. Gari says:

    We have two things in common: our names (almost the same) and Portlant, where I was born and raised. As to art, you are an artist and I have loved seeing your work. I am not an artist but I am creative and I know I would love to have your work in my home.

  27. Fitzy says:

    I tried like crazy last night to get onto your blog, I was researching the IBOL project trying to get it on the air here in Tucson!

    Your blog is on my “must reads”, I always enjoy your projects, and I love M&M.


  28. Beverly says:

    Congrats on making it to 1000- I love reading about what inspires you, and where it leads. And, you are an inspiration yourself to those of us who came to art later in life!