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What Are Friends For?

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE: When I am in a funk, there are a couple of fellow bloggers who can send me an e-mail or make a comment that oozes a kind of love that means the world to me — Judy in the Dyes and Thea Quilts aka Dee. they both happen to be Episcopalians, like me and we have a lot in common. Dee proclaimed me to be her doppelganger.

INSPIRATION: I have been privileged to meet some great artists as I travel around taking classes. I always love seeing them in person which is not often enough. Two of them have blogs that almost always inspire me to get back in the studio and make something — Liz Berg and Melody Johnson. They are both very talented and extremely generous.

CARING CONCERN: There are too many of you to name individually, but I really appreciate the comments and messages of help and concern when I am feeling out of sorts. Rayna, for instance, sent me a link to an article about lymphedema that was in the NY Times yesterday.

LAUGHS: Deb of Red Shoe Ramblings and Melody Johnson, again, always make me chuckle. There are others who occasionally have a fit of hilarity, but these two can see the humor in the darnedest situations.

A WAKE UP CALL: OK, confession, this one is the reason I am writing this post. I just thought I would add the others to fill out my post -heh! Karoda is a blogger who I dearly love — for her wit, her passion, her sense of justice, her courage and I could go on. Yesterday, she had a post, titled “Silence is Golden.” I read it and reread it and woke up this morning and changed my life. No computer time except for work on the SDA site and checking e-mail once in a while. No TV during the day. I listened to music while I cleaned the fridge and worked in the studio. I felt more energetic and alive. I had fallen into a very bad habit when I was ill of sitting with my laptop in front of the TV, tuning out the world. Karoda’s words spoke to me loud and clear as if she had been charged with writing that post just for me. Thank you, my dear friend.

I have lots of other friends who give me love, laughs, care and inspiration. You know who you are, and I don’t want to forget you, but these friends came to mind as I was thinking about writing this today.

QUILT CONTENT: I cleaned up all my fused silk scraps yesterday and today, I got them out again to make another cruciform piece. Here is the cruciform, made with skinny pieces of yellows and greens.


Here is the background, fused with a rainbow of silk strips.


Tomorrow, I will fuse them to batting and do some quilting.


In the morning, I have STASH meeting at Terry’s home. I still need to read my chapter in the Twyla Tharp book, so ta!

9 Responses to “What Are Friends For?”

  1. Judy says:

    Wow….I feel humbled and honored! Sometimes I wonder how you take what I write, because we’ve never met but I feel like I’ve known you all my life!
    That’s another gorgeous cross. I’ve got to read back in your blog to find the photos of my cross construction. Boy have I felt those arms wrapped around me these past three days. Thank you………..and enjoy the silence Lady!!


    p.s. Dee has really said it all, hasn’t she!!!

  2. dee says:

    Oh My-snif, I’m so honored to be in your company of friends. In quiet moments when I imagined the perfect life with everything in place-I always imagined a friend to who not only listened but sincerely cared and made me comfortable with who I am. Someone who would want to make me stretch beyond my comfort zone. How strange to find such a thing in one so very far away. You are so dear to me Gerrie. I wake every day facing a work of art made by you and so some of my first thoughts of the day are of your amazing talent. If I have gained any courage in the past year artistically -much of it has come from the gift of your friendship and your generous sharing here. I can’t tell you how much it means to me to have you consider me a friend. Through your blog I have “met” other talented women and peeled away layers of fear by your example. Thank you and I love the cruciform piece. It’s going to be awesome

  3. Deborah says:

    So lovely. Such blessings! I consider YOU a friend and I’m thankful for you and this post.

  4. Karoda says:

    Gerrie, I’m slowly reading down this post becoming more soft and relaxed and bam! tears come streaming down my face!!! No matter how technology advances the human spirit will remain the highest! Thank you for letting me know that something I said connected with you! Peace!

  5. Jeannie says:

    It is said that what you put out to the world comes back to you. I have seen your creative, thoughtful, caring side via your blog and I am so glad that it is coming back to you. The cruciform is beautiful and the one you sent Judy has such warmth and love exuding from it. The golden silence is a wonderful concept. I try to incorporate that into every day – in my gardens, on my walks along the river, and while creating – it makes me a calmer, happier person. Thank you for sharing your world and brightening my day. Cheers

  6. DebR says:

    Thanks for the mention, Gerrie. I’m so glad you enjoy visiting with me. 🙂

    Your day of golden silence sounds wonderful. We should all remember to take days like that more often.

    Love the new piece you’re working on!

  7. Gerrie, I really look forward to reading your posts!

    I’m LOVING this new piece too – what joyous colours!

  8. Kristin L says:

    With friends like yours and your urge to create, you will be feeling better in no time. My fingers are crossed that teh massage does the trick. Your crucifom is full of hope and joy.

  9. Liz Berg says:

    Oh Gerrie, you are such a dear, dear person…so open about your breast cancer and resulting boobies,so caring about people in the world, so giving to your family and all who know you, so very spiritual and thoughtful and loving. I’m glad you put away the computer for a while….
    I love being in my studio away from home…no computer, just my Nano and me and all my stuff there. I can have quiet and peacefulness. Go downstairs and shut the business of life out and enjoy yourself. Commune with God and speak from the soul and your art will be so soulful. I love you!