Week in Review 2023 – 06/02

Finishing Up

In the Beginning shortly after starting the quilting.

It’s time to finish up. I’ve been juggling several art projects and one personal project in 2023. I’m ready to finish. I feel like that restless kid in the back seat asking, “Are we there yet?” What constitutes a finish? The truth is there will always be more to do until we are not able to do more. Now that is a finish. I’m pleased to say I have three finishes this week:

  • My second cataract surgery is over and appears to be a great success. Hurrah! I can actually read and sew without glasses. Haven’t been able to do that for decades.
  • All the quilting is complete on “In the Beginning”. I’m ready to move on to the finishing touches (facing, hanging sleeve, label and… some hot-fix crystals).
  • My bright blue flowers are finished for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

Rainbow Scrap Challenge

I love combining the flower groupings together. Now it feels more like a garden.

It’s June and that means it is time to work on a new color, bright blue in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Bam! That’s a wrap. Not only did I finish my blue flowers, I added them to their neighboring pink flowers.

Now I will focus on finishing “In the Beginning” since I plan on submitting it to a call for entry due by July 31st. Plenty of time, right?

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. Wow, three wonderful finishes! I’m so happy about your eyes, it’s a great improvement. These blue flowers are very pretty next to the large ones. Have fun finishing “In the Beginning”, adding crystals will make it even shinier!
    Thank you for sharing, and linking up!

    1. Varying scale is pleasing in a garden be it made of actual flowers or recreated on a quilt. It has been about 15 years since I added crystals to a quilt. I loved the effect, especially when hung in a gallery with overhead, directed light. In the Beginning, which is an abstracted Pillars of Creation (creates galaxies and stars) begs for crystals. Thanks, as always, Frédérique, for taking the time to write.

  2. In the Beginning is an amazing quilt! Some of the blocks, the ones with light blue, positively sparkle!
    I’m so glad your cataract surgery went well. Seeing is important for everyone but seeing really well is really important for people making art.
    Your Rainbow Scrap Challenge flowers are so fun. I would not have thought to use blocks as flowers. Perfect!

    1. Nancy, using flower blocks was a serendipitous moment. I like to plan a quilt for the RSC. Wasn’t sure what to make this year when I stumbled upon a book in my quilting library titled Fantasy Flowers. I think it was a freebie with an order that must date back 30 years. Way to difficult for me 30 years ago. However, with many decades of quilting, I was able to take the template based blocks and create a foundation pieced block in EQ8. It was fun laying out different stems and colors.

      Stay tuned. I will be sharing my progress on In the Beginning this coming Friday. I’m glad you like it.

  3. It’s wonderful to hear that your eye surgery was a success. The flowers are beautifully done and they look good together. Can’t wait to see the finish of ‘In The Beginning’.

    1. Thank you, Margo. It blows me away that I can work on my computer, read and even do most sewing tasks without glasses. Can’t thread a needle, but that is what readers are for. 🙂 Now that I can see, sewing is a joy once more.

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