Week in Review 2024 – 06/21

Hot, Hot, Hot

Our community, like many around the globe is hot. I can’t help but think of the all the jokes that begin “How hot is it?” Would you believe the second answer I saw while searching for punch lines was: “it is so hot I saw a robin pull out a worm with an oven mitt.” How very apropos for my latest artwork.


It starts with a photo taken by my friend, Julia “Lia” Altshuler.

Isn’t that photo fabulous? I knew I had to interpret it in fabric the moment I saw it in an email. So, I asked my friend for permission to do so. Thankfully, she gave me a thumbs up. Being me, my brain leap frogged through numerous ways to tackle this project. Talk about heat, my brain goes into over drive zipping through ideas, recalibrating so quickly, if I were a cartoon my head would have steam rising from it. Now that’s hot!

The biggest challenge was the nest. Frankly, they are messy and I am not. My natural go to way of working is with zero raw edges. Time to leap out of my comfort zone. This nest would be 3D with raw edges and messy.

This will be the inside of the robin’s nest. It lays flat against the background.

In my last post I asked if you could identify what the object(s) in the photo below is? One reader did respond correctly that there were grocery store elastics. What I did was mold the 3D section of the nest on a cantoloupe. It provided the perfect, gentle curve I needed. Once the fabric dried it held the shape.

Can you guess what this is?

Hot Off My Needle

The big reveal! Yes, very early on I did swap the setting from an old shed to a tree.

Anticipation is 12″ x 12″. It will is included in SAQA’s 2024 Benefit Auction.

Rainbow Scrap Challenge

Now that Anticipation is complete I can turn my attention back to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. My plan is to begin with light blue next week.

The first of many half dark blue blocks I made in December 2023

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 do not like heat, it’s 20 deg hotter here in our part of colorado than it was just a few years ago and the trend is hotter every year. Our new normal is Arizona.
    my least favorite weather question is “is it hot enough for you?”
    Your work is always so textural and thoughtful.

    1. Fortunately, the heat isn’t a 365 day proposition where either of us lives. I am also blessed to have central AC. I use very sparingly, but enough to avoid health issues. I do appreciate being able to work in my studio year round. When we were starting out 49 years ago, we had zero AC not even a window unit. Got our first one of those about ten years later.

      I often wonder about the critters that have no options. It is one thing to be a lizard, say, in the desert. How do furry creatures who are used to colder climes cope now.

      I do love texture. Apparently it shows.

  2. Anticipation looks great! The nest is perfect!
    Even though it’s sometime ago, thanks for your comments on my blog and for your suggestions. I really appreciate your advice.

    1. Thank you, Margo. Now that I have solved the structural side of things for the nest, I’m thinking there might be more 3D in my future. It is less intimidating now. Good to hear my advice was helpful. Consider it a two way street. I love hearing your suggestions.

  3. Love the 12″x 12″ — and what a great idea to mold the front of the nest around a cantaloupe! The textured layering of the fabric for the nest brings added interest and beauty to this piece. (Glad you decided to put it in a tree…)

    1. Yes, the tree made more visual sense to me. As for the cantaloupe, that was a fluke. The instructions for creating fabric bowls (a nest is a bowl after all) used a bowl to shape the fabric. So, I was in the kitchen reviewing my bowls when my eye landed on the cantaloupe. Ha, ha! The curve was more gentle than any bowl I owned. Since the fruit would be cut from the peel I wasn’t concerned about the residual Solvy (glue) that would firm up when dried getting into the fruit.

    1. Thank you, Susan. Won’t be long now before I start connecting some blocks. There are four more colors to go for my 2024 RSC quilt. So, I figure the connection process will start in 4 months or less. I tend to work ahead when time allows.

  4. I have always wondered about how plain a robin looks with its dull brown feathers but her eggs are so beautiful a hue that they have their own color name. I am sure your SAQA mates will be oohing and aahing about Anticipation. Looking forward to your light blue RSC blocks nect week.

    1. Ah, it seems we think alike. Why such a luscious egg color with that dowdy brown back and dusty red breast. Hence my block features the eggs and not their mom.

      Anyone can participate directly or vicariously in SAQA’s auction. You don’t need to be a member to bid. If you don’t want to bid on any of the artwork, it is worth checking out all the amazing 12″ x 12″ works that will be up for auction. The auction gallery should be up no later than early August.

  5. You are so talented in transforming photographs into quilted art pieces. I love “Anticipation”. Great job as always.

    1. How very kind of you to say, Sue. For years I avoided anything realistic. The very thought of realism was daunting. However, once I started “abstracting” realism and developing techniques to do so, I was hooked. Now I see a picture that grabs me and just go for it.

    1. Getting messy is not a natural state for me. So, thank you for the thumbs up on that. I appreciate you steering me to your own bird nest post. Pretty sure string was used in the bowls I emulated, but I tend to toss my string snippets as I go and have my share of beige scraps. By tearing the scraps into scraps I got very raw edges. My nest actually stands out from the quilt by about 1″ at its peak. The Senior Executive of Studio Operations took a stainless steel rod he just happened to have and cut and shaped it. Then it was slipped inside the nest. This way the piece can be shipped without damage. We did had left over packing cushions above, below and on the sides.

  6. What an amazing nest! It does look an actual nest! Robin’s eggs are such a gorgeous blue.

  7. Well done on the nest. It looks great. Thanks for linking up with Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday.

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