Week in Review 2023 – 08/25

Teen Years

Do you recall your teen years? I do. As Charles Dickens wrote, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” The teen years are the years of discovery, excitement and confidence. They are also scary, unsettling and and full of insecurity. Quilts have teen years. Pretty in Pink is there now. Gasp.

Pretty in Pink at one day old.

What’s not to love about a baby? They are full of possibilities, gorgeous and just darn cute. But a teenager, particularly a teenager in full out “I hate you” teen rebellion, well that is another story all together.

Teen Rebellion

Pretty in Pink is further along.

Is Pretty in Pink salvageable? I’m not sure. However, just like parenting a teen, I am not willing to give up yet. I do see strengths. Maybe, if I take a deep breath, soften a few highlights, the piece will come together. I will cross my fingers, square my shoulders and keep stitching next week.

Rainbow Scrap Challenge

Future Rainbow Scrap Project?

I am finished with my 2023 Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt. So now what? I believe I saw this adorable crayon quilt in an EQ8 blog post. Between now and next January I should have quite a collection of possible RSCQs to choose from. I have five images so far saved in my 2024 RSCQ album. 🙂

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. hmmmm the teen years – those rebellious ones…Good luck!!
    I like your future RSC!!

    1. Teen years are tough whether you are living them, guiding others through them, or even hoping your grandchildren will survive their teen years. Been there, done that, for all three scenarios.

      The hardest part of the RSC is choosing the next project. There are so many possibilities.

      Good to hear from you again, Alycia.

  2. Your stitching on this piece is very impressive. I can’t imagine how long it takes to do. Your eyes are fabulous! Please don’t give up on it. It will be wonderful.

    1. That is so generous of you to say, Norma. It is times like this when I wish I had more painting, colored pencil or pastel skills. It will take layers of color to smooth out the facial highlights and shadows. When I look at Pretty in Pink with dim lighting, it actually appears very much on target. But shine the light on it… the changes are too abrupt.

  3. Oh, man, comparing a quilt project to teen years!?! I totally get it, Gwyned!!! Your GDs thread painting is looking adorable from here!!! Love that RSC inspiration, too! Do you have them in a Pinterest folder where we can all see them and be inspired?

    1. Nancy, I had a feeling others could relate to navigating teen years, even if they have only experienced them themselves vs. parenting teens. Quilts do have a way of going through rough patches where you wonder if they will ever straighten out. Unfortunately, I don’t have a Pinterest board of potential RSC quilts. I store them in my Photos application. I’m very bad at keeping track of where the inspiration came from, so don’t post on Pinterest. Perhaps I may do that in the future. However, I have collected many quilting designs under Pinterest and since these are reposts of images shared on Pinterest you can seem here: https://www.pinterest.com/gwynedtrefethen/quilting-designs/ Enjoy.

    1. I have miles of thread to go before I sleep, Dawn. Still I am cautiously optimistic that journey will concluded successfully. Thanks for dropping by and sharing your uplifting thoughts with me.

  4. Congrats on the 2023 finish already ,I’m completely dismantling my 2022🤣 the more blocks I see the more I want to make & start making a list too lol

    1. Since I only had to make one or two blocks for this year’s RSC quilt, it was very quick to work up. Lots of background fabric. Isn’t easy to see other quilter’s project and think I’ll give that a try next year. What a creative and talented group the RSC participants are.

  5. Wow, impressive thread work, I love the lights and shadows on her face. It looks like a makeup session 😉
    Fun future RSC project!
    Thank you for sharing your work, and linking up.

    1. I hadn’t thought of a makeup session. Love that idea. It is SO my granddaughter at the moment. She loved playing dress up as a toddler. Now, at age nine she is into fashion design.

    1. I’m very tempted by the concept of using crayons as the primary block in a quilt. They do make for a clear RSC project. Of course, I may feel a need to do more with them. Why simply line the blocks in rows when I might draw with them, for example. Perhaps a rainbow of flying geese? Could be fun. Thank you, Diann. I hope I can meld the threads more evenly when tackle Pretty in Pink again next.

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