Week in Review 2024 – 01/12


What do you do when facing adversity? It is tempting to give up, to run in the opposite direction. I tend to double my efforts and muscle my way through. We all face adversity and face it often, though in various degrees. The adversity can be health issues, family or community issues, financial troubles, global situations or just plan situational issues.

Thread Painting Sue

Speaking of situational issues, doesn’t Sue look positively relaxed in this artwork I am creating? It is an interpretation of a photo taken of her by her husband. Sue was sitting on a beach on a small, uninhabited island several miles off the coast near Boston. They had stopped there to forage for berries. The plan was to spend an enjoyable few hours and then head back home. Instead just about everything that could go wrong, did. The short version is they were stuck on the island overnight, with dropping temperatures and a wild rain storm. Fortunately, they made it home the next day thanks to a passing fishing boat and the Coast Guard.

Who’s Sue?

Several readers of my blog have asked who is Sue? She was my college roommate. What I admire about Sue is her determination, her pull up her sleeves attitude and her willingness to face adversity. What I love about the picture and why I asked for permission to interpret it, is just how content Sue looks. If I hadn’t shared the story you would have no idea that their nightmare on the island had already begun.

Rainbow Scrap Challenge

This is the inspiration photo I am using. I found it on Pinterest.

The 2024 Rainbow Scrap Challenge is officially here. It’s a joy to see the different approaches everyone who takes up the challenge uses. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do this year, so I turned to Pinterest, last fall and started collecting inspirational rainbow scrap images. I’m not sure if this counts as adversity, but it will definitely be a challenge. I’ve decided to make a queen size quilt for our bedroom this year. Consequently, I need 255 blocks. That adds up to 510 string pieced HST. What was I thinking? Was I even thinking?

I finished all 34 HST green triangles!

Hurrah! I finished the last of the 34 of the dark green triangles are finished! Therefore, I am able to work ahead and begin adding the first black strip of the black and white central sections.

I’m linking up to the following posts:

By Gwyned Trefethen

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


  1. Very interesting back story to beautiful Calm Sue in your wonderful piece. Berry picking can have its challenges-my mother once got chased by a moose while berry picking. Rutting season for the moose which are normally calm creatures. Happy endings for both stories. Also love your greens…it’s slim pickins here for greens.

    1. Never get between a bear and her cubs, right? Moose are sizable enough that I don’t care whether they are in rut or not. I steer a wide, wide path. But oh, the allure of fresh berries.

      You probably noticed I interpreted greens quite liberally. The leeway is just one more reason why scrap quilts are delight to create.

  2. That is quite a story about where that photo of Sue comes from! You would never know from just looking at the photo. Your queen size quilt will bebuilt a few blocks at a time, and someday it will be on the bed! I have to admit I’ve never made a quilt that big, so I will admire every bit of progress you make.

    1. I wish I could share the full story of Sue’s experience overnighting it on a tiny uninhabited island. Her husband wrote it up for friends and family members. He is quite the recanter. Certainly I laughed even as I cringed with horror.

      I’m bit sure I’ve made any queen sized quilts either. Certainly, I’ve come closed from time to time.

  3. What a story about Sue and her husband! Quite scary, but fortunately, it was a happy ending. I love your scrappy green blocks, fun prints!
    Thank you for sharing your projects and story!

    1. …And to think I gave the edited version of the story of the berry picking expedition.

      I’m glad you like my prints. Part of the fun of the RSC is remembering all the fabric I’ve purchased and created with over the years.

  4. Thank you for sharing Sue’s story, the inspiration of what can come from adversity, and your stunning work of art depicting her. You truly are an artist!

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