Week in Review 2024 – 03/22

Free Time

Free time, what is that? Frequently, when I anticipate a change of obligations I see the gift of free time on the horizon. This leads to fantasies of more studio time. This past Tuesday I attended my very last SAQA Board meeting. I served on SAQA’s Board for two consecutive three year terms, the maximum the By-laws allow. Much as I enjoyed the opportunity, volunteering on a working Board takes time, perhaps an average of 10 hours a week. Imagine what you could do if you were gifted a bonus 10 hours.

When I imagine how I could best utilize 10 more hours, I think of studio time uninterrupted by meeting obligations. Will this happen? Already I have had someone reach out to me asking for my help. It is help I can give, even want to give, but it will take multiple 10 hours to complete.

In the Beginning measures 47 1/2″ H x 52″.

I also make demands of myself. Studio time is important, but it is also important to me to have a professional presence. This means maintaining my website, writing posts, such as this one and promoting events and exhibitions I am in, such as Fierce Planets. SAQA makes it easy to do so, by providing each participating artist with a personalized graphic.


Time to start quilting Sue

I squeezed in some studio time to begin quilting Sue’s background. Since she is sitting on the beach I wanted to create that sense of rivulets formed in the sand as the water drains away from a wave. I’m using the fabric to guide my stitches. Quilting, especially at the intensity that I lean towards with my free motion quilting does take time. Still, it is time I relish.

Rainbow Scrap Challenge

I am committed to staying current with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I need to finish making all the “purple” blocks for my 2024 Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt.

This is the latest blue print for my 2024 Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt.

I’m not there yet, but I have finished 20 of the 36 blocks I need to work on this month. Now I am work on the double purple and half purple blocks. I save time by assembly line piecing when I can.

I am assembly line piecing the remaining purple blocks.

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. Jenny, you can be sure I already have many ideas for how I want to use those “extra” hours. Of course others in my orbit have their ideas, too. 🙂 Classes, particularly online classes are something I’m looking forward to. Don’t be surprised if you see my name in a future class.

  1. Congratulations on having your quilt, In the Beginning, on the cover of Fierce Planets. It’s awesome!

    1. Jan, thank you, but to be clear In the Beginning isn’t the catalogue cover. However, it is in the exhibition. SAQA is now providing personalized promotional logos for each artist in their global exhibitions.

  2. Gifts of time are so precious! And I love the expression. You’ll make good use of that gift, I’m sure. I used to do staff development work with a school district that officially put “Gift of Time Day” on their district calendar for a staff development day.

    1. I learned something new. Thank you! I always think of staff development in a school district as teacher training. Of course, staff implies more than just the teachers. I would think this is more important than ever now that the school day has become nearly 24/7 for teachers thanks to the internet and cell phones.

  3. Serving on a board or committee for any organization takes a lot of time! Six years for SAQA is really impressive, and I bet they are sad to see you go. Hope you enjoy the extra time! I think it tends to get filled up, no matter how we choose to spend it. Looking forward to seeing your progress on quilting Sue!

    1. It was an honor to serve on SAQA’s Board. The connections are invaluable.I’ve learned so much from the experience. It is a working Board. This means every Board members either serves on a committee, may lead that committee or takes on special project. In my case I had monthly Board, Executive, Leadership Roundtable and Finance Committee meetings. Then there are emails to answer and materials to read up on. Well you get the picture. I’m so grateful I was able to do it.

      Yes, extra time is quickly filled. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Diann.

  4. Free time. What free time? Insert eye roll here. When I have a lunch date with someone and then it gets cancelled (sometimes), I am thrilled. Yay, got back some time. Don’t you tell them, Gwyned 😀
    I am looking forward to Sue coming together. Hugs.

    1. You crack me up, Preeti, but only because I and so many others can relate. Of course, I already have one free day booked next week. Participating in a local art sale during my studio time. And so it goes. Thanks for the laughs and words of encouragement.

  5. Time is maybe the greater gift that we can receive, precious moments in the sewing studio 😉 It’s nice to see In the Beginning again, bravo for the featuring! Sue is coming along nicely, love the sandy background and the swirls.
    Thank you for sharing your work in progress!

    1. Yes, Frédérique, time is a most precious gift. I’m looking forward to spending more of it in my studio. Can’t wait to back to FMQ the beach on Monday, my next scheduled studio. Yes, I schedule my studio. 🙂 It’s always fun to see what you are up to, too.

  6. Free time is so precious, enjoy the extra hours! I’m sure you won’t sit idle! 🙂 Love the progress on Sue. In the Beginning is awesome.

    1. I’m already feeling the impact of the bonus time. First time in a long time I haven’t been responding to SAQA emails or reading SAQA related documents over the weekend. I always enjoyed the correspondence and learning more about SAQA, but I missed the “me” time. Good to hear you are enjoying Sue’s progress. Can’t wait to get back to her on Monday.

  7. I always look forward to reading your blog posts. They are very inspirational. Ten hours of bonus time is a treasure. How very nice of you to “donate” some of that time to help a friend. I am so curious about your RSC project. Loving watching the additions.

    1. How very kind of you to say, Sue. Yes, 10 bonus hours every week are a treasure. Once Sue is done, I’ll probably do a recap on the RSC quilt to see the plan and how far I have progressed. It should work. However, for now it is a bit of mystery to me, too.

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