Week in Review 2023 – 12/15


Are you busy during the holidays? That sounds like a rhetorical question, doesn’t it? Who isn’t busy during the holidays. The only way I know to counteract the busy-ness is to cut back. So, why I can’t I do this?


Sue is “cut” from the background and the background is deleted.

What I really want to do is spend time in the studio working on Sue. I am working on Sue, just not for the number of hours I envisioned myself devoting to her this week. There is always next week.

I am double checking the appliqué before committing fully.

One thing I am accomplishing is moving forward with the appliqué. I am very fortunate to have a substantial design wall. This allows me to hang Sue at gallery height and view her whenever I come up the stairs. Why is this important? When I am up close and personal with my art all I see are the flaws. However, when I stand back the tiny flaws disappear and things look much better. Frustrating as it is to redo my work, especially when I am over busy, I will. One advantage of appliqué is if you don’t like what you see, simply cover it up with something better.

I will redo the sweatpants waistband.


Yes, a redo is certainly in order with Sue’s elastic waistband. That will have to wait until next week. I’m too busy now.

Rainbow Scrap Challenge

When I am not working on Sue, I am working on my 2024 Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt. Life got so busy this week, I didn’t think I would manage any time on my 2024 RSC quilt. I did squeak in 90 minutes working on the central black and white segments for the next batch of blocks. Honestly, taking the time to do this provides me with a restorative respite. Now I have energy to face a rapid pace overly full next week.

Paper piecing is a great system for ensuring straight seams and matching points.

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. I had a busy week, too – it’s that time of year. But things will calm down before we know it! It’s always interesting to see what you’ve worked on with Sue during the week. Sometimes I like my quilts much better from a distance! But Sue will be fascinating from many perspectives – as a whole and also the little details you add in.

    1. Funny how quilts can look better from a distance. However, when I first started quilting, my sense of color and contrast wasn’t well honed. Then my work looked better close up. The distance view was could for detecting how fabrics worked or not when in juxtaposition. It will be a while yet, but I hope to emphasize some of the dimensionality of say, the elastic waist through my quilting. Here’s to a calmer new year.

  2. I’m so intrigued by the black and white segments for your RSC24 quilt. How big are these sections? I love pairing black and white with bright colors.

    1. Sara, I went into the sewing room to measure the central section. The block’s finish at 7″. The central section of black and white fabrics sandwiched between two black strips, measures 3″ H x 10″ W finished. That’s measured from point to point, since it is on the diagonal. Yes, black and white paired with bright saturated colors give such a nice “sparkle” to a quilt.

  3. 2024 still sounds so far away haha! Like the start on your RSC blocks!! Sue is coming along… my husband says you are supposed to look in the mirror and practice saying no… and that will clear up the busyness.

    I have not mastered that yet either 😉 Merry Christmas!

    1. I thought I would be way ahead with my 2024 RSC, since I am getting a jump start. I’m taking a momentary break to answer emails. The more I work on the 2024 RSC blocks the more I realize what an extensive project I have assigned myself. I’m pretty good about saying no to others. I have more difficulty saying no to what I want to pursue.

      Happy holidays to you, too, Alycia.

  4. Your work on Sue is coming along nicely, I love the pants and the shadows. This time of the year is frustrating, no or few sewing time planned in the future weeks!
    Thank you for sharing your work in progress!

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