Week in Review 2022 – 10/21


I thrive on routine. How about you? What routines get you revved up in the morning and carry you through the day? There is nothing like having to care for others to get some of us up. I am fortunate that Lola, this blog’s pinup girl, doesn’t feel a need to rouse me from my slumber to feed her. However, she does join me when I arise to reassure herself this morning is like other mornings. Yes, her food bowl is replenished, I’m heating hot water and heading upstairs to write my morning pages.

Some of you may remember I featured Lola for my SAQA Benefit Auction quilt. What can I say? She is quite the prima donna. So, if time expands, ha!, I hope to thread paint this poise for my final 12″ x 12″ artwork for sale and open studio commission incentive.

When the weather complies my husband and I head out for a walk after breakfast. We have several 4 – 5 mile loops to take. We chat some and are silent some. Not sure what he thinks about, but I typically am planning work. Knowing I would be writing my post this morning, I tested different subjects to focus on and settled on routine.

Lola is beginning to take shape. I still have the black thread and a few details left to go before I can cut her from her background.

Not So Routine

I have three designated studio days each week. Wish I could say I spend 100% of the day working in the studio, but alas inevitably there are meetings to attend. Nevertheless, I did manage to make good progress on my latest thread painting, especially since it is proving more difficult than prior thread paintings. Lola is larger than any thread painting I have tackled before, making her anything but routine. She measures 9″ H x 10″ W. The result is this allows for more detail. More detail, means many more thread changes.

Rainbow Scrap Challenge

Rainbow Scrap Challenge October block #3

One routine I relish is making my monthly blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge .

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. Yes, I too am in awe of this magnificent piece of art. I really don’t know how you can do this!
    Routine is set here at the wooden house and doesn’t vary much except for days out and about off the property.

    1. I do follow the photo I have printed on fabric.That helps. Still I am constantly making decisions based on my thread stash and value changes. Tends to point out gaps in the stash.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and kind comment, Jocelyn.

  2. Lola makes a stunning subject, and your thread painting all the more remarkable given all the subtle tones and shadings. For me to capture Lola so beautifully…..well, yes, my camera!

  3. Wow! You are a very talented artist and Lola’s portrait in thread is amazing. Love your RSC block as well. Enjoy your weekend.

  4. Lola is a beautiful cat, and your thread painting of her is amazing! Love the fun green star, too. Pretty prints and colors! I thrive on routine, too, but have had a couple weeks where it is all out of whack. Hope we’re back to normal this week!

    1. Diann, there is nothing more unsettling for those of us who thrive on routine to have that routine thrown off kilter. Thank you for sharing thoughts and kind comment about my work.

  5. I am sure Lola is really happy with her portrait and the greens are so bright and happy

    1. Lola can be fussy, however she does check on my work periodically so at least it holds her interest. 🙂

      There is something about bright greens to cheer up a room.

  6. Lola is beautiful, in real, and in thread! Your thread painting is gorgeous. Lovely green block too!
    Thank you for sharing your art, and linking up.

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