Week in Review 2019 – 09/27

SAQA Auction Update

Every September SAQA hosts an online reverse auction of 12″ x 12″ art quilts. SAQA’s talented pool of member artists contributed 443 artworks this week. Proceeds from the auction support the work SAQA does promoting the art quilt as a fine art medium. This year there were 3 different sessions, each containing approximately 150 quilts. My piece, “My Neighbor’s Shed” went on the block this past Monday. It sold the very first day, when the price was at the top value of $750. To say I am euphoric is an understatement. Most of the work sells on the last days of the week, when the price drops first to $250 and then $100.

Mother’s Little Helper – is finished
Mother’s Little Helper is Complete

I finished Mother’s Little Helper, the July/August Art Quilt Challenge theme is the impetus for this one. The mission was to create a piece based on the color scheme used on a product. I chose my Bath and Bodyworks body cream simply because I loved the color combination. What surprised me, is how this resulted in a piece with a social message. Each stack of pills represents the number of deaths caused by the opioid crisis in a given year. The alluring, happy color scheme fits the way subliminal messaging often does, reeling you in before striking.

Starting a New Quilt
Gulf River at dawn

Isn’t this an awesome picture? If you have been following me, you know I am obsessed with sunrise images. My collaborator (husband) took this picture during a a recent walk through our neighborhood. I just knew I needed to incorporate it into a quilt.

Work begins on “Sunrise Over Gulf River”

I prefer to piece my quilts vs. appliqué them. This can make interpreting images challenging. What captivates me, though, is the character and nuance piecing an image, particularly with geometric shapes and blocks, brings to a piece. I’ve pieced the first two blocks. They represent the upper left corner of the quilt. Only 22 more blocks to go.

I am linking up with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays.

By Gwyned Trefethen

I am an artist who uses fabric, thread and miscellany to create designs gifted to me by my imagination.


  1. Congratulations on your Benefit Auction sale! And you never cease to amaze me with your ability to create pieced work that is subtle and interpretive. I look forward to seeing how the river scene plays out.

    1. One thing I appreciate about fiber art is how different people approach it. I know my love of precision piecing is rare, especially for non-traditional quilts. I spent a glorious day, fully immersed in this piece, making the next two blocks. Since piecing is my thing, I find myself in awe of artwork like yours, with your mastery of appliqué.

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