Week in Review 2020 – 07/24

What is your why? In other words, why do you choose to commit yourself to running a marathon, mastering a musical instrument or becoming fluent in a language other than your native tongue? This isn’t an easy question to answer. What I do know is I am drawn to creating. The more I create, the more compelled I am to create. Creating is like reading a great book you just can’t put down. Then when you finish the book it is on to finding the next book.

Turbulence after the first week of piecing on May 29th.

Another why for me is the excitement of going from an idea to a finished project. It is like Spring when the first flowers push their way through the ground and start to unfurl. Just because you have been through many Springs it doesn’t diminish the delight of the current Spring.

Won’t be long now. Turbulence as it looks today, July 24th.

Now that I only have three more blocks to finish piecing Turbulence it is all I can do to rein myself in and focus on daily living. I will focus on what needs doing, knowing that next week I’ll be back in studio finishing Turbulence.

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. Turbulence is coming along brilliantly, Gwyned — I can see why it’s hard to tear yourself away at this point! I’m curious about what will happen once the piecing is complete. Will Turbulence be quilted and, if so, what manner of quilting do you have in mind? Are you going to SID all of those piecing lines to accentuate them, or add a completely separate layer of design by quilting something else entirely?

    1. Great question. One of the challenges of creating quilts is how best to layer the various elements. The basic elements are fabric, stitch and embellishment. When does it make sense to cause tension between the elements? When should they be in harmony? How can they enhance each other to create a cohesive piece? My goal is to visually create an unsettled, chaotic, even ominous piece. I don’t believe SID would do that as well as FMQ that repeats, while fighting with some of the basic lines and shapes that appear in the image. Therefore, my current plan is to FMQ jagged lines with a variegated thread in tones that will most blend with the quilt.

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