Week in Review 2024 – 04/19


Do you find rollercoaster rides scary, exhilarating or somewhere in between? I would answer my own question with “it depends.” I have been thinking a lot about rollercoasters recently. First, because in my quest to learn Japanese the current lesson is on amusement park vocabulary. A rollercoaster in Japanese is ローラーコースター. In English this pronounced jettokōsutā.

Sue goes 3 D!

Second, how do rollercoasters relate to my current studio practice? Seems I have been on quite the ride this past week. The rollercoaster has taken me to the peak with a glorious view. You know what comes next, a heart stopping, I’m never going to do this again, plunge. Finally, all settles at the end of the ride.

Sue’s left arm has some wrinkles from the thread painting. These were driving me crazy. I had a eureka moment. What would happen if I stuffed the arm? So, I grabbed some Poly-fil and went to town. Wow! Genius. Sue’s arm looks sculpted. It literally stands 2″ above the quilt at the elbow. Unfortunately, stuffing the arm like this has caused some very significant warping of the quilt. The Senior Executive Director of Studio Operations and I are working on resolving this.

Rainbow Scrap Challenge

Fabric created from light yellow scraps.

It’s April. Therefore, I am committed to creating yellow blocks. There wasn’t much studio time remaining after working on Sue. Still, I did get started on “making” pale yellow fabric from my scrapes. That will be cut to create the light yellow half square triangles that surround the dark yellow star from last week. Fortunately, the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is closer to a merry-go-round than a rollercoaster.

Remember the star I promised?

Here’s the star in fabric. I prior to adding the pale yellow half square triangles.

A star is born.

Break Time

My next post will likely be May 24th. The SEDOSO and I are taking a much anticipated break. À bientôt.

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By Gwyned Trefethen

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


  1. That yellow star is gorgeous! It is interesting to read about your process for the art quilt. Enjoy your break.

    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Anne-Marie. It is going to be interesting to see how the star does or doesn’t stand out once it is situated within the quilt.

  2. my personal arm has wrinkles so when I read her arm has wrinkles I shrugged!lol
    no roller coasters for me… when I met my now husband at a dance, the next day we went to an amusement park to continue the excitement of meeting. He liked roller coasters, I abhor them so I stood in line with him, when it was his turn to get on I kissed him and said, nice knowing you and left the line to safety!
    (he survived)

    1. One of the reasons I didn’t sweat the wrinkles was precisely what you pointed out, LeeAnna. Who doesn’t have wrinkles in their skin?

      Love the rollercoaster story.

  3. I love the analogy with the very scary devil’s mountains (that’s the answer for me to your question about whether I like them or not), and Sue looks fantastic with more flesh on her arm. But a few wrinkles won’t hurt 😉 Great yellow “fabric”, it’s nice to have an easy and peaceful project to work on!
    Thank you for sharing, and enjoy your break, à bientôt !

    1. Love it! Scary devil’s mountains. Yes, they are. Sue’s wrinkles give her character, right? I agree it is nice to have a simple project in the works, especially when dealing with a scary devil’s mountain.

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