Week in Review 2023 – 04/21

Let Me Tempt You

Are you familiar with the way male bowerbirds tempt potential mates? They build a bower, then place appealing items in and around this structure. I am easily tempted by the tantalizing artwork made by fellow SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) members. Their work blows me away. However, I only have so much wall space and my pocketbook is only so deep. The good news is twice a year SAQA hosts online auctions with hundreds of petite artworks for sale. The difficulty with so many temptations is choosing your favorite(s), since everyone is a gem.

Lola Bathed in Light is my contribution to SAQA’s Spotlight Auction. It is placed behind a white mat. The opening is 6.5″ H x 4.5″. The actual piece is 8″ H x 6″ W.

Auction Details

Bidding officially started on Wednesday, April 19th at 3 PM ET for SAQA’s Spotlight Auction. The good news is that bidding continues through Saturday, April 29th until 9:30 PM ET. Therefore, you haven’t missed out. It is easy to bid from anywhere in the world! SAQA’s site offers instructions on how to bid and what is being offered. My contribution is Lola Bathed in Light.

Happiness is a Warm Blanket – 12″ x 12″ is my SAQA Benefit Auction quilt.

A little less than five months after the Spotlight Auction, SAQA holds its Benefit Auction. All pieces in the Benefit Auction measure 12″ x 12″. These artworks, also made by SAQA members, are due to SAQA by June 30th for a September 15th auction opening. One thing I am not tempted to do is work up to deadline. I am ready to submit Happiness is a Warm Blanket. This is the third time in a row Lola is my auction artwork subject. She’s makes a great model, don’t you think? Proceeds from the auction support SAQA’s mission and programs focused on having the art quilt viewed as fine art.

Rainbow Scrap Challenge


Now that my two purple flowers are finished, I can’t resist adding them to the blue flower I made in January. What I love about How Does Your Garden Grow is that it is pieced first in blocks, then rows. This way I can assemble groupings as I go. When it is time to finish the quilt in November, I will have my whole quilt pieced and just need to do the quilting. Well, that assumes I stay on track. 🙂

How Does Your Garden Grow will look similar to this when it is finished.

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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. Your garden (studio) is in full bloom. In my case, the growth is in the refrigerator and my garden is overwhelmed with dandelions 😀 Have a great weekend!

    1. I have good news on Lola Bathed in Sunlight. As I mentioned in my post the bidding started on Wednesday. Lola has already received 18 bids. Could be two people duking it out or perhaps a handful. She has received the highest bid, but she is in the top 10%. We are ready fond of her. It is good to hear you and others are as well.

  2. Lola is such a lovely model, you quilt is wonderful. Great technique for the RSC project, making rows as you go!
    Thank you for sharing, and linking up 😉

    1. I did the same thing – making rows – in my 2022 RSC. I can play with which block goes where in EQ8 before I sew a single stitch. Takes a bit of prep time, but it beats trying to do the block layout and assembly over the holidays.

      I see your “weather” blocks are coming along nicely.

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