Week in Review 2023 – 03/31

Back On Track

Finally, I am feeling back on track. I am committed to making art that can be entered in exhibitions, be included in my annual open studio and be available for this year’s solo exhibition. However, I am also committed to stretching myself artistically and this requires taking on challenges and experimenting. These two focuses can run parallel, intersect or enhance each other. Yet, when they feel particularly divergent, as they have for the past couple of months while I made my way through season 14 of Project Quilting, I feel off track.

Before and after image of In the Beginning. Have fun checking out the difference between the piece with a large white star and without it. You will need to toggle the arrows right and left to see the change.

Your Input

A big thank you to everyone who commented on whether the large white star in the upper right quadrant of In the Beginning needed to be replaced or not. Your consensus agreed with my gut. Ditch it!. So, I did and now In the Beginning is back on track. Now it is time to move on to adding some dimension to the foreground through trapunto.

Mark Your Ballot

It is time for me to make my next 12″ x 12″ SAQA Benefit Auction contribution. What better subject to return to than Lola, especially since we can’t resist taking pictures of her. Cats have a way of finding the most comfortable and unexpected places to hang out in a home. I will thread paint Lola, as I have in the past and greatly simplify the background. Help me stay on track, by choosing your favorite pose and entering it in the comments section. Here are the options:

  • Lola in her condo (upper left)
  • Lola getting a drink (upper center)
  • Lola on our bed (upper right)
  • Lola in the linen cupboard (bottom)

Rainbow Scrap Challenge

I took some time this week to make more stem blocks for How Does Your Garden Grow.

Hurrah! I am back working on my Rainbow Scrap Challenge green blocks. It is fun thinking outside of the box as I create stems and leaves from fabric I wouldn’t choose except for a scrap challenge. It is great to get back on track, finishing up the green blocks, since tomorrow the April color will be announced. Can’t wait to discover which flowers I will be making next based on the selection.

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. Love looking at your two pieces…similar but differnt. Hard to pick but I think Linen cupboard would be my choice. And thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

    1. Lola in the linen cupboard is the front runner. so far. I admit I was wondering whether there would be an obvious choice or the votes would be cast evenly. Thank you for casting one, as well as hosting TGIFF.

    1. I’m pretty sure I purchased the fabric for a school project my daughter did when she was around 11. She turns 43 in 10 days and now teaches math to the grade she was in. Love how the RSC allows us to go back through old fabric and scraps and give them life.Good to know the fabric resonates with you, even if we don’t have the shared memory.

    1. …And the linen cupboard is widening the lead gap. Thank you for making a selection about which photo I should interpret next.

      I accidentally discovered the before and after comparison image as one of the options available to me in WordPress. This is the second time I have used it. Now idea what the tech code is behind this feature. All I have to do is enter two images and viola! Love it.

  2. As you might expect, Gwyned, the best part of today’s blog is the commanding presence of Lola. All of her photos are adorable, but I must vote for “Lola Getting a Drink”: her image is totally “cat-like” in her supple spine, her ability to balance on tiny edges, and to be adorable while wearing, I am certain, a smirky smile.

    1. Cheryl, I was hoping someone would select Lola face down in the toilet. Such an iconic cat pose. Personally, I find it quite humorous. Rare that I catch her at it, but when I do it is even more rare for me get a snap before she bolts. You have a fabulous imagination.

  3. Cute Lola, I understand why she is your favorite model 😉 On your bed is the version I would find as a great quilt design.
    Thank you for sharing, and linking up 😉

  4. I love the In the beginning quilt. I’d use Lola in her condo 🙂 Feel free to join the Sew & Tell Party at Melva Loves Scraps <3

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Melva. Lola does love her condo. Actually, she is pampered has two. So, she alternates depending on where the sun is. So, the image of her in the condo feels natural and iconic. Glad you like it. Now I need to check out Sew and Tell.

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