Week in Review 2020 – 07/17

It’s time for some mind drifting, mine and perhaps yours, too. I am at the point in piecing Turbulence when I start speculating about all the different ways I can quilt and finish it. My first thought for quilting is an overall, randomized jagged line. This would reinforce the feeling of a storm with lightening bolts. A very different concept would be echoed circular rings. There is always the theory of more is more and I could do both, overlaying one motif over the other.

Another week spent working on Turbulence. Another row of blocks pieced. I can feel the end in sight.

I’ve also been thinking about how I would like to finish Turbulence. The original design is rectangular. That feels confined and fights against the emotional chaos of the piece. So, simply facing the quilt, binding it, or adding a border, all typical finishing methods don’t feel right. My current thought process is to extend the design on the two sides and the bottom with irregular, triangle-like shapes. Even as I write this, another thought strikes me. I could cut the piece into a few sections, each finished separately. These could become a mobile or they could be connected with fabric strips, crocheted yarn, or perhaps elastic cord.

Blueprint guide for piecing Turbulence.

What would you do? Now is the time for out of the box thinking. Let’s mind drift together.

I am linking up with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays.

By Gwyned Trefethen

I am an artist who uses fabric, thread and miscellany to create designs gifted to me by my imagination.


  1. I like the idea of three separate pieces, hanging like a mobile. But I think I might join them with something invisible like fishing line.

    1. I had thought of using monofilament (fishing line) as a joiner, too. I appreciate the thumbs up for this idea. It is definitely out of my comfort zone.

  2. Quilting design–I like the overall jagged line idea. And that leads to thoughts of a jagged edge. But facing those is always a pain–oh, wait–you have shown already that that doesn’t bother you! Or have some extra jagged pieces, finished separately, attached to the top and peeking out from the back. I’m sure your solution will be entirely appropriate to the piece as a whole…looking forward to it!

    1. Let’s just say I’m willing to contemplate facing a jagged edge. However, like you I’m thinking about other ways to achieve the same effect. Years ago, I learned a method from Ruth McDowell on how to create leaves that are both both pieced in and protruding from a quilt. It’s very similar to adding prairie points, but half the leaf is quilted first before it is attached. Your suggestion reminded me of this. Thanks, Kathy!

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