Week in Review 2023 – 06/09

Looking Back

Pillars of Creation as viewed through the Webb telescope.

I am looking back. This is something I naturally do as I wind up an artwork I’ve been working on for months. So it is with In the Beginning. The impetus for In the Beginning’s design is the Pillars of Creation. Not only is this where it all started, but the Pillars are where stars and galaxies are created. Let’s face it, isn’t that photo taken by the James Webb Telescope phenomenal?

In the Beginning shortly after I started piecing it.


Capturing the atmosphere and 3D aspects with quilting and some trapunto.

Now that In the Beginning is in the home stretch, it is time assess where I am. What do I hope to achieve? First, could I nail the basic shapes and coloring? Yes. What about the atmosphere and movement? I think so. The movement is there, but subtle. I’m pleased. Looking back my intentions are met.


In the Beginning is fully quilted and faced!

Self-critique is a great way to look back. This is when basic design principles come in handy. I won’t bore you with the list of principles. I’m pleased to see they hold true with this piece. Now it is time to ask is there anything missing? Absolutely. If you look at the original photo of the Pillars you will see tiny stars in the background. But how to capture them? I will be adding small hot fix crystals. First I need to face the quilt (done) and add some hanging sleeves (not done).

Recently I’ve been piecing my backs. However, when I stumbled upon this fabric made for quilt backs I couldn’t resist getting it for In the Beginning.

Rainbow Scrap Challenge

One more blue flower head block. This one measures 8″ x 8″.

Last week I shared two 4″ x 4″ blue flower blocks. I did take time to make the final block for June, a large blue flower head block.

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. Almost. I still need to play around with adding some bling to represent stars. But yes, In the Beginning will be finished in time to enter into a July call. Now if it only, by some miracle, gets selected. Fingers crossed. Thank you for the kudos.

  1. When you asked if anything was missing, I was saying to myself, well, no, your quilt is just perfection. Adding some crystals sounds exciting!
    Lovely pale blue flower too.
    Thank you for sharing your creative process, and linking up.

    1. Good to hear from you. One of the advantages to completing all my blue blocks is the time it free ups to work on other projects. Thank you for the thumbs up.

  2. Your quilt looks amazing! Thanks for sharing the basic design principles article, I enjoyed reading it so much. I love art but never have a real training on its principles. BTW, your guess on the middle piece in my first denim block is correct; it’s the part of the knee. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Margo. I’m glad you enjoyed the article I linked to describing the principles of design. I do find them a great way to critique work that feels “off” and then rectify the problem, perhaps with a focal point, varying scale, etc. I had a feeling it was the knee. Thanks for letting me know.

  3. Your RSC flowers — WOW! I’ll have to catch up on the 2 blue ones from last week!

    1. Please do, Sue. If you scroll back through my posts I nearly always reference where I am in creating the blocks for How Does Your Garden Grow. Periodically, I repost pattern I designed for the project.

  4. WOW!!! That is so incredible!!! I love how you took the photo to your concept to the 3D effect – the addition of more stars will be amazing and I hope you will show us that again.
    I can not believe how you did this – its incredible!

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