Friday, July 26, 2013

Weekly Report 2013 - 07/26

This is what Fiber Revolution Unraveled saw of Companion
. When I unveiled the composition I realized that
two oysters laying on the sand felt barren. The green fabric
in the lower left is being auditioned as the likely fabric to
use for seaweed to help fill the composition.
Companion Oysters is finally at a point where a picture is doable! Thus giving me a sense of accomplishment for the week. 

Tips, Thoughts and Techniques:

I had the opportunity to share phase one of Companion Oysters with the Unraveled. The Unraveled is an on-line critique group of Fiber Revolution members. Fiber Revolution is compromised of active art quilters who live in the northeast region of the US. Our purpose is to exhibit our work collectively. One of the benefits of a critique group is the ability to see your work through someone else's eyes. The two comments I received that struck me this week were, one, "I would have never guessed this was your work." Two, it would help if you use more than one green for the seaweed." I have belonged to several critique groups over the years. I highly recommend joining or forming one if you want to flourish. Think of it as adding fertilizer to the garden. Your plants will grow without it, but they will flourish with it.

This is what I accomplished:

1) Companion Oysters (Deadline 9/01/2013)

a) Stitch the pieces to the background muslin - This would have been done if my muse hadn't tapped me on the shoulder and said that some seaweed was in order.

The first of the seaweed is added to Companion Oysters.
I opted to fuse, rather than stitch the seaweed so that I could
manage the many inset curves.

b) Add a layer of batting behind the oysters for a trapunto effect - I am getting closer to this step. I need the seaweed in place first.

If you look closely (click on the image) you should be able
to see that I have layered the seaweed fronds with different
green fabrics. This helps with light and shadow. An excellent
recommendation from the Unraveled. 

2) Do whatever assignment Leah comes up with next. - Done!

I am not sure why I struggled with Little Tongues, Leah's free motion quilting motif from last week. I returned to it this week and found it fun to execute and a fascinating filler pattern. This week the motif was Saw Blades. This would be a great filler pattern for a windblown day. It reminds me of dandelion puffs blowing on the wind or pinwheels spinning.

Saw Blades is on the left and Little Tongues is on the right.

a) Finish making the blocks for Express Your Love II - Done!

This was a much bigger project than I had imagined. It measures 36" H x 48" W. At some point Leah will be sharing the steps for how to piece and then attach the goddess to the left half the quilt top. The solid black will be covered by the goddess. 

Express Your Love II - Pattern and title by Leah Day. Fabric
selection and piecing by Gwyned Trefethen.

b) Retry the FMQ motif, Little Tongues, but not as a random pattern, but in rows instead. - Done!

I thought about doing it Little Tongues in rows, but decided I liked the random pattern and stuck with it.

3) Pictorial Painting - Face "Canyon." - Not this week.

Will I accomplish as much next week? Check back and see. This is where I plan to focus my time.

1) Companion Oysters (Deadline 9/01/2013)

a) Stitch the oyster shells to the background 

b) Add a layer of batting behind the oysters for a trapunto effect

2) Do whatever assignment Leah comes up with next.

3) Pictorial Painting - Face "Canyon."

I am now linking up to two blogs on Friday's. The first is Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting Project and the second is Nina Marie's Off the Wall Fridays.


  1. I agree that sharing your work with others helps tremendously. I love my bee group for this. I had never considered or heard of an online group, but this would be a huge benefit for those who don't have a guild or bee group that meets in person.

    Love your oysters. The seaweed is a nice addition to the piece.

    1. On-line is essential when one is geographically challenged.

      I'm glad you like the oysters and seaweed.

  2. The seaweed fronds are lovely.
    P.S. I found Leah's 2012 lessons on-line and am going to begin them ASAP. Thanks for the push.

    1. Wonderful, Regina. I think you are going to be pleased with how far you will come with FMQ just doing the lessons. There were times I thought I might skip a lesson or two. After all I was quite comfortable with stippling. However, I found even doing lessons for something I knew cold was worth it. I ALWAYS learned something new and the practice was invaluable.

  3. YAY for seaweed and online quilting buddies!
    Your oysters are very interesting!!!
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com

  4. Hello Gwyned,

    Your FMQ is so neat! And I love the seaweed.


  5. I like the seaweed, but am wondering if it needs to be bigger. It certainly is an interesting piece. Love watching to see what you are up to when I find one of your links. These days I don't seem to be actually following my blogs in general.

    1. As soon as I read your post, I realized you were right. The scale of the seaweed is little off. Since it is fused solid, it stays. However, I will hold this thought for the next incarnation. I am thinking of taking a detail from Companion Oysters and turning that into my next quilt.

  6. I loved your background for the new version of EYL, the colours are beautiful. How are you going to stitch your oisters, appliqué? they look nice. I like the contrast the green of the seaweeds added. Have a great and productive week!

    1. The oyster edges have already been turned and glue basted. I will machine stitch them to the background either with a small button hole stitch, a blind stitch or satin stitch. It all depends on what stitch I decides either enhances or at least doesn't detract from the image.