Week in Review 2021 – 01/08

Out of the Ashes aka Cautiously Optimistic 40″ H x 64″ W

If you follow my blog then you know my work normally involves intricate piecing and takes months to create. It trends towards mid-sized or even large pieces. Out of the Ashes, aka Cautiously Optimistic is quintessential me. So, it may came as a surprise when you read about this week’s project.

The Problem

My studio week began with a hurdle or a gift, depending on my attitude. I was eager to start quilting Out of the Ashes. However, there was just one problem. I didn’t feel any of the threads in my extensive thread collection would convey my message of ascension. So, the week before I went shopping, found the perfect thread, placed the order and knew it wouldn’t arrive in time. What to do? What to do?

Original photo of the tree

At first I worked ahead on the elements needed to finish the quilt, such as the facing and split sleeve. Done! Now what? Then it occurred to me that SAQA would be sending out a request soon for its members to create a Spotlight Auction quilt. I dread this request, because all the work up for auction is matted to a view of 4.5″ x 6″. I really struggle making small work with large impact. Still it seemed like a wise use of my time.

The Solution

Step one was to select a subject. Fortunately I have a collection of images I have gathered over the years. That is where I found this image of a tree outside our last home. It spoke to me. It conveys strength and hope. This time I did have what I needed in my stash. I selected a sky themed fabric I painted decades back. Next I picked out the tree trunk. I created the leaves off quilt on Solvy (dissolvable stabilizer) and some light colored tulle. The most arduous part was cutting away the tulle between the leaves.

Breath of Fresh Air – 8″ H x 6″ W prior to being matted

My word of the year is TRANSFORMATION. I get great joy from taking a simple, rather dull photo and transforming it through fabric and thread. Not to mention, when the call for SAQA’s Spotlight Auction goes out, I’ll be prepared.

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. Often it isn’t until a title of a piece surfaces from the mist of my mind, I realize the reason I was drawn to create it in the first place. Nice to hear it works for you.

    1. Let’s hope so. I did take a gander at the 200+ pieces offered last year. I could sort them by what they earned from lowest to highest. Gave me a sense of what brings in the funds. 🙂 Thanks for the reassurance.

Comments are closed.