Week in Review 2022 – 12/02

Bull Headed

My astrological sign is Taurus. Am I bull headed? You bet. However, I prefer to think of myself as determined and possibly driven. My head is down, like a charging bull, focused on the next step and the step after that.


My 2022 Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt.

My determination is evident by the way I don’t start the next art before I finish the one I am currently working. I spent 100% of my studio time this week quilting the black diamonds and white surrounds on my 2022 Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt. All that remains to be quilted is the white in the border. Then it is onto the binding, hanging sleeve and label.

Charging Ahead

This is the piecing blue print for How Does Your Garden Grow. This will finish, without borders at 54″ x 40″ wide. However, I will probably add a border or two. Just haven’t designed the border(s) yet.

But wait! Didn’t just I say I don’t start the next artwork before finishing the current one? That depends on your definition of start. I am always contemplating what I will turn my attention to next. All year I have been checking out what my fellow Rainbow Scrap Challengers have been working on in hopes of jump starting my own ideas for 2023.

Each flower head block is first divided into quadrants.

Eventually, I settled on selecting a traditional block or two and turned to my library of quilting books. Several books focus on precision piecing something I love doing. Then, I stumbled upon Fantasy Flowers by Doreen Cronkite Burbank. I think, but am not certain, I have this book because of a deal that allowed me to get a free book. I have never used it. I’ve had it for nearly 30 years. The piecing would have been beyond me then. Not so now. I treated myself to a day of designing How Does Your Garden Grow on EQ 8 based on Fantasy Flowers.

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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. Lovely projects! I’m an Aries, but I’m not sure if that has any influence on my lack of focus lately. I’ve always got more than 1 project going at the same time. But it seems to be worse than usual right now. LOL

    1. OK, I couldn’t resist looking up Aries. Apparently they can be impulsive. Sooooo…. perhaps that can explain your lack of focus. 🙂 They are also loyal and smart. Thank you for sharing your kind comment.

  2. I was born in July so I’m not a Taurus but my husband tells me I’m stubborn too! Your RSC quilt is so vivid and colorful! I love the design for the Flower Quilt, she’s going to be a beauty!

  3. I love how your RSC quilt turned out, and the border is very pretty. Your next project is wonderful too, these flowers are beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing your plans, and linking up!

    1. Good to hear from you, Frédérique. Of course my mileage may vary on the 2023 RSC quilt, since the flowers will be made predominately from my scraps and the design is executed in solid colors. The fact that even with a pattern I won’t know for sure how a quilt will turn out, keeps things interesting for me.

  4. Wow! Awesome 2022 RSC quilt! I also look ahead to decide my next RSC quilt. Before you know it, 2023 will be here!

    1. 2022 was my first year participating in the RSC. I confess, other than selecting the blocks I would use, not much planning would be required. I had the background fabric (white on whites and solid black) in my stash. However, the 2022 quilt blew threw most of that. Hence a little planning would be in order. I didn’t want to buy yards of a background, unifier fabric until I knew what I would be making. Once I knew it would be a garden, I knew a harsh black and white background would detract. I’ve order the background fabric this weekend, just in time for the new year.

      Looking forward to seeing what you have opted to make this year.

    1. The key, I’ve found, is to discover what works for you and stick to it. Focus and organization work for me. Others thrive on more circuitous, but often serendipitous routes. Also, I don’t know how long you have been quilting, but I’ve been at this for, gasp! 38 years. I wasn’t nearly as focused in the early days. Finally, if you enjoy what you are creating that is success.

    1. Thank you, Pat. I’m looking forward to the making my 2023 RSC. The tricky part will be organizing the blocks so that when it comes to sewing them all together, it will be a relatively easy process. We shall see.

  5. Your 2022 RSC project is fabulous and the block you are contemplating for 2023 looks like marvellous fun too! I admire your self control and unfortunately have none of it.

    1. Kathy, thank you for the thumbs up on my 2022 RSC. I may appear to have self control, but I can’t resist challenging myself. I have no doubt my 2023 RSC is going to prove time consuming since I am not making simply blocks nor do they repeat. If I had self control I would do make life easy and not harder on myself.

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