Week in Review 2024 – 01/19


I plan my journeys to be straight. Instead, my journeys meander with numerous detours. How does this happen? Simple, things crop up and I need to take a side route.

SAQA Spotlight Auction

What? It’s time to make a quilt for SAQA’s Spotlight Auction. OK, I know the auction will take place in April. Yet, I was so focused on my current journey of working on Sue, I simply didn’t look ahead. Time for a detour. Thank goodness, I have a collection of Lola (our cat) photos to choose for inspiration. Therefore, it doesn’t take me long to find one that will work.

I zero on Lola’s face

Photoshop Elements

Photoshop Elements to the rescue. I use the application to crop and then filter the image. Doesn’t that sound simple? It is and it isn’t. In fact, it was quite the journey. All the auction pieces must measure 8″ x 6″. They will be mounted behind an 10″ x 8″ white mat with a 6.5″ x 4.5″ window. Well, you get the picture. It is vital to get all the math and positioning right from the start. This is why I verify my image will work with a black and white photocopy framed by a mock mat with a 6.5″ x 4.5″ aperture. Yes! The alinement is perfect.

I am working on my 2024 Spotlight Auction entry

Now it is time to start the next phase of the journey, actually stitching the quilt. I print the colored image of Lola on an inkjet fabric sheet and start stitching.

Rainbow Scrap Challenge

Now that the green triangles are pieced I can add the central black and white sections.

I am also committed to keeping up with the 2024 Rainbow Scrap Challenge. All 34 of my HST green triangles are complete. I am using the second half of January to add the black and white central sections of the block. Fingers crossed I can get that done before February’s color is announced.

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. The Spotlight Auction is already on the horizon? Really? Oy vey! Your Lola is a lovely subject — as she was last year. My Pookie was my inspiration last year too. But…no idea about 2024 — yet! Thanks for the reminder!

    1. I recall your auction enter featuring Pookie. You did her proud. Looking forward to seeing what you opt to create this year. The paperwork deadline is March 1st and the piece is due in Ohio by March 11th. Sounds far away, but…

  2. Your thread art project is going to be fabulous! And I continue to be fascinated by the technique. The RSC blocks are looking so good.

    1. Thread painting, like free motion quilting, is something I tried out periodically over the years, but struggled with. At first I would thread paint small things, like flowers or bugs. However, recently I have pushed myself to animal and even human portraiture. Now that I have the hang of it, I find it addictive.

      My RSC blocks are coming along. Can’t wait for a color assignment that will complete my “half” blocks. I’m please you like them.

    1. The trick, I find for thread painting to work is putting together a good substrate. Thread builds up and irregularly condenses the images. The trick I find is to include a stabilizer layer or two the way you would embroider by machine. I’m not a fan of hoops. So, don’t use one. Give it try. You might enjoy it.

    1. Ah, I hadn’t thought about that song when we named Lola. Now I will probably be humming along with you. I’m glad you enjoy seeing my work come together. It is fun for me to see in real time how my choices impact my intent.

    1. Diann, you capture part of the intrigue for me when it comes to thread painting. It forces me to closely examine my subject matter and understand the colors and values. Recently I have started playing with the combination of top and bobbin thread. When should they be the same and when should they be different? Thank you for the positive feedback.

  3. Wow, you have this artist’s eye to find the perfect focus on a photo. Lola is a great subject too 😉 Love this cute face. Your thread painting is beautiful, and I love to try to anticipate where you will stitch next!
    Well done with the 24 green blocks!
    Thank you for sharing your art process 🙂

    1. Photoshop Elements helped with the focus. They have an overlay grid you can select when cropping that is divided into the rule of threes. I put Lola’s right eye on the upper crosshairs, her nose fell dead center and knew that cropping would work. I double checked with the mock mat.

      Good to hear from you, as always, Frédérique.

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