Week in Review 2024 – 01/05


I have been gifted with many blessings over the years. One blessing is the multiple communities of quilters, art quilters and artists I have been and am currently part of. What unites these communities is a willingness to share.

Thread Painting Sue

Every first Wednesday of the month I meet with a handful of fellow fiber artists via Zoom. We share and critique our current work. I am blessed that despite how competitive we are as individuals we also delight in each other’s achievements. We approach our art from different backgrounds and use very different techniques. No surprise, I shared Sue with the group on Wednesday. One member gifted me with a suggestion, the kind that takes you by surprise and up ends your plans. She loved the detail photo and thought it stronger than the full view. I’m not sure if her suggestion is a blessing or curse. What do you think?

Rainbow Scrap Challenge

This is the inspiration photo I am using.

The 2024 Rainbow Scrap Challenge is officially here. It’s a treat to see the different approaches everyone who takes up the challenge uses. I need a plan. Fortunately, I blessed or possibly cursed myself with one this year. I am making 255 blocks similar to the ones in the inspiration photo. Each block has two HST (half square triangles) which are string pieced.

January’s RSC color is green.

Creating 510 HST

At first I planned on paper piecing the blocks, starting at one corner and working my way across the block. However, this soon became problematic and wasted more fabric than I am comfortable doing. I feel fortunate that I rarely let a hurdle or handful of hurdles stop me from moving forward. Talk about blessings, one of my strengths is coming up with a plan B, C and even D if I need it.

Since my scraps are irregular in shape and size cutting them into useable pieces with minimal waste is difficult. What I am doing is cutting each scrap into strips of various widths starting a 1″ and going up 2 1/4″. I seam these strips together to form one very long strip. Next I seam the long strips together to form a strata. Now, here’s a handy trick. I square off the two short ends and seam them right sides together to form a loop with the strata. Then it is time to cut. Miraculously, I was able finish sewing and cutting 28 of the 34 green HST needed for my quilt. To double the blessing, I halved my dark green stash.

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By Gwyned Trefethen

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


  1. I’m doing a BOM in which the January block calls for flying geese with pieced HSTs — meaning extra bulk due to the seams. A bit of a curse during assembly — but a blessing when finished!

    And I too rather like the detail shot; it leaves the viewer with possibilities…

    1. So, which BOM project did you select? I was thinking of doing the NQM’s, but it doesn’t seem they plan on doing it again this year. Then I was tempted to do a cat BOM I saw promoted on a different blog. Wouldn’t that be fun?

      Bulky seams are one of the reasons I avoid minis. I want room for the seams to be ironed open and lay flat. Makes for easier quilting.

      Thanks for sharing your opinion about the detail vs full view debate for Sue. I may make several quilts using different detail shots.

    1. I’m glad you like the idea, Sylvia. I’ve been creating “fabric” from crumbs and strata for decades. Don’t know why it took me so long to come up with this method. So glad I did, though.

  2. Halving your green stash is a huge accomplishment. Congratulations! Love that you found a way to waste less fabric. I would never have thought about sewing the fabric into a loop.

    1. Angela, sometimes we get lucky and have a Eureka moment. I don’t know where the idea to sew the strata into a loop came from. I have used it for making bargello quilts. The loop eliminates/reduces the waste at either end of the strata. I am delighted but what a great stash buster this block is proving to be.

  3. I think your friend’s suggestion about Sue could be both a blessing and a curse! A blessing in that it made you think about the possibilities, and a curse in that it might mean you want to make both. 🙂 I’ll enjoy watching your RSC project take shape!

    1. So, true Diann. Actually, I’m now thinking about the possibility of multi detail quilts from the original photo of Sue. I will probably make a portrait focused on her head and shoulders.

  4. I enjoyed seeing your green string block, up close and personal! Thanks for the tip about the strata. I always forget to do that. If been making crumb fabric for years, but strings, not so much!

    1. Judy, like you, I’ve done my share of crumb piecing to use up scraps. However, I found all those odd shaped scraps leftover from appliqué and curved piecing required trimming before seaming and that lead to waste. I’ve done plenty of strip piecing, but not from scraps. Hard to believe it took me this long to realize I could create narrow strips from those awkward scraps and greatly reduce what went into the wastebasket. I’m glad I was able to bring you some enjoyment.

    1. Thanks, Deb. You probably noticed I am being extremely liberal in my interpretation of a green scrap. So many of my fabrics were prints with multiple strong colors during my early days of quilting. So, rather than assign a multi color scrap bag I would put those scraps in the bag that seemed the most logical to me at the time. If it is in “green” then it IS green. I’m anticipating a very scrappy and therefore cohesive look. We shall see. Thanks for the thumbs up.

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