Week in Review 2024 – 06/14

Tempus Fugit

Tempus fugit, or time flies when you are having fun. It also flies when life has other plans for you. This happened last week when we were called in last minute to assist with a family member. Then there is my commitment to making a piece for the 2024 SAQA Benefit Auction.

Anticipation on May 31st.

I knew time was short to complete Anticipation. Still how hard could it be. I can basically free motion quilt in my sleep at this point. OK, obviously that is an exaggeration, but it is a technique I know well and am comfortable with. However, I was completely clueless about how to create a 3D nest to attach to the background. I had an idea, but would it work? I gave it try. The result wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t great and certainly it wasn’t worth the hours and hours it was taking to create mediocre results. Time was zipping by and I felt rushed and inadequate.

This photo inspired the basic layout for Anticipation.

Back to the Drawing Board

Undaunted, I tried making a nest by weaving fabric tubes. Yuck! It was easy to do, but didn’t look like a nest and I had no idea how to go from 2 D to 3D. I was feeling discouraged, overwhelmed by life’s distractions and frankly, ready to give up on making anything for the auction. Apparently, my unconscientious mind had other ideas. I woke up around midnight a few days back and was gifted a lively brainstorming of other techniques I could use. Ultimately, I didn’t try them, but they gave me the impetuous to explore further despite time rushing on.

This will be the inside of the robin’s nest. It lays flat against the background.

Over the years I have collected articles on techniques torn from magazines or procured from the internet. I store them in several 3 ring binders. When I am stuck, I turn to my binders. Miraculously, the very first article I saw was one written by Julie Richardson, published in the October/November 2012 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine. It was on making bowls or fabric sculptures. The example reminded me of a nest. I could do this. Who cares if time was limited. This would be fast. In fact, it took less than a day to gather the materials, shred the fabric, stitch everything down and wash away the water soluble stabilizer.

Can you guess what this is?

Can you guess why I made two pieces using Richardson’s technique? Also, what are the various items in the above photo? Hint, I strayed a tad from the final step in the article and found a different way to achieve a subtle 3 D effect.

Rainbow Scrap Challenge

While I was waiting for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge to begin this year, I got a head start by making my dark blue blocks. Thank goodness I did. I need all the time I can get this month to finish up concentrate on Anticipation. Sometimes you are gifted with time. 🙂

The pattern takes shapes when four blocks are combined.

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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.

14 comments

  1. I really love your RSC pieces and I’m intrigued as to where your art piece is going. I think I might have an idea, but shall wait and see. I’m in awe of all the SAQA creations. You all are so creative.

    1. There is quite a range of SAQA members. Some of just discovered art quilting, others are part of the industry and there are prominent artists who teach around the globe and/or have written books. Personally, I have been a member since 2004. I’m still in awe of all SAQA provides to its members, but also to non-members via its website.

      Do check back next week to see if your idea of what I worked on this week is correct.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing positive words.

    1. I hadn’t thought of it like that, but you’re right. One of the reasons I am drawn to fiber art is the texture. It is what I find myself examining when looking at sculpture or how paint is applied.

    1. I haven’t made a 3D egg yet. That’s coming. I do have an idea a few backup plans on how to approach the eggs. Good guess, Diann. The image does look egg shaped.

  2. Sometimes life takes so much more time than expected, I’m glad that you managed to have creative time for yourself. Your inspiration for the nest looks great, I’m looking forward to seeing what idea you will develop!

  3. The “what is this” item looks to me to be a “stuffed” piece of fabric bound by those wonderful big blue rubber bands that bind my fresh broccoli stems together. I’m guessing that the “stuffed ” portion will miraculously transform itself into a bird nest……(you are the miracle worker!)

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