Week in Review 2021 – 07/16


thread drawn shells litter a beach with  a portion a wave rolling in.
Shore’s Edge is currently hanging at the United States Embassy Belgrade

My posts, for the most part, focus on process. Why? Perhaps it is because, since I was a child I have been fascinated by how things transform. I was mesmerized by a babysitter who would entertain me by knitting doll blankets. Imagine a length of yarn magically becoming a beautiful blanket I could wrap my doll in before putting her to bed.


Several Canada geese stand on a recently frozen lake which acts as a mirror
Reflection is based on a simplified version of a photograph, taken by my husband, from our previous home in Appleton, Wisconsin. It is in a private collection.

Now I am the one doing the transformation. Not with yarn, but with fabric and thread. Not beautiful blankets, but art to be hung in galleries, homes, and even a US embassy. A dear friend, follower my blog, who owns some of my art reminded me I tend not to share when a piece I created is accepted into an exhibit, hanging some place special or purchased.


An abstracted image in dark blues and greens with streaks of brilliant white.
If you follow my posts, then you followed my process of creating Turbulence. It, along with Sunrise Over the Gulf River, was accepted into Setting Sail, a quilt exhibit at The Brush Art Gallery, in Lowell, MA. If Lowell, MA (also home to the New England Quilt Museum and the Whistler Gallery) is local to you, I plan on attending the Artist Reception. It runs from 2 – 4 pm on August 14, 2021. I’d love to see you there.

I have learned to say thank you when someone compliments my work. I know not to point out the flaws and share what I wish I had done better. However, I do struggle when it comes to posting about times when my art is on loan or purchased. So, dear friend, thanks for the reminder. Really, isn’t selling and exhibiting part of the process?

I am linking up with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays.

By Gwyned Trefethen

I am an artist who uses fabric, thread and miscellany to create designs gifted to me by my imagination.


  1. I am so pleased, but not surprised that your quilt was accepted onto the Brush Gallery. It’s a fabulous little gallery and I was delighted to exhibit there a couple of times and even sold one piece.
    I also love your Reflection. I don’t remember seeing it before.

    1. The Brush is one of my favorite little galleries, too, Norma. I saw my very first gallery quilt exhibit as opposed to guild exhibits or quilt festivals. It cemented my love of art quilts hung as art. Like you, I have been privileged to be accepted into at least a handful of exhibitions at The Brush.

      I created Reflection in April 2013. I believe it was the piece I entered into a Fabric Coalition (Midwest equivalent of Fiber Revolution) exhibition based on interpreting a photograph. It went on to several exhibitions, before being purchased. Not sure if I had started blogging at the point.

  2. it’s big to just say thank you… harder than one might think because you’ve been through the birth of it and know what was in your mind’s eye. Thoughtful post G.

    1. Glad you enjoyed the post, LeeAnn. It was a bit out there for me in some ways. In other ways, I tend to be very introspective, hashing out my thoughts in public.

  3. I think by at last sharing your successes, you’ve answered your own question with a resounding “yes!” Exhibiting and selling your work is part of the process — to whatever degree you want those things to be. And you’re to be congratulated on those successes. 🙂

    1. You are correct, Margaret. It is easy to believe the process is making the artwork. For me a piece isn’t finished until I have added it to my website. If I can get it exhibited, even better.

  4. I think it is excellent that you are telling the truth about your successes as measured by acceptance by “outsiders,” be they novice collectors or professionals or people of status, such as ambassadors! Discovering that you have a piece in an ambassador’s residence is rather heady stuff, to me, at least! Always do proud to be your friend and cheerleader!

    1. It is heady stuff, Cheryl, to have my work selected to hang in a US embassy. I feel very fortunate to have been selected, just as I get a frisson of delight each time one of artworks is juried into an exhibit or purchased by someone who clearly loves it.

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