October QDAD Round-up

My two favorite Quilt Design a Day (QDAD) designs from October:

Flamingo Pop, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Flamingo Pop, 18 October QDAD design

Playing around with half circles. One of the QDAD-ers asked how I would construct this – most likely half machine pieced and half applique. Got me wondering if this technique might create more depth?

Swoosh, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Swoosh, 19 October QDAD design

As you can see, I stuck with the same basic shape, but a different layout. This was my final design for Stitched in Color’s #30daysofquiltdesign challenge!

My two least successful designs from October:

Pumpkin Patch, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Pumpkin Patch, 9 October QDAD design

This just ended up being plain.

Harbor Outlet, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Harbor Outlet, 11 October QDAD design

This one reminded me too much of fish bones.

 

 

 

 

60/40 Finished

Back in summer, QDAD announced we had the opportunity for a display in QuiltCon in February of 2017. Members would create designs from a common spark image and palette and then make their designs into quilts. I think it’s fairly common among the members that we do a lot more designs than we do actual quilts. So this was a good challenge and motivation.

Immediately my eyes were drawn to the angles in the white and black buildings of the spark image taken by Michelle Wilke.

qdad      60/40 design by Jenn Rodriguez

Now let me just say that I don’t always think about construction until after I’m finished with the design. So when I sat down to think about how I was going to create this, I kind of balked. I started by figuring out the proportion of the top half to the bottom (hence the name 60/40). Then did my quilt math for width and length. Finally, taking stock of my available tools to figure out the angles. I used Jaybirds Hex N More template. Once I figured out how I was going to cut the angles, I did the top all in one weekend, so I didn’t forget how to do it.

60/40, designed, pieced and quilted by Jenn Rodriguez

And I still wanted to do my original design. So that’s what I did for the back – using my scraps to create color blocks.

60/40, designed, pieced and quilted by Jenn Rodriguez

I tend to have my boys help me out with photographing the quilt. Most times I get really frustrated, trying to get them to hold it straight and hide their faces, arms and feet. But then I get photos like this and it makes me laugh.

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A great challenge and #QDADtoReality

QDAD Redo – October

This year I want to practice working on not-so-great designs that I’ve done; exploring how I can make them better. Hence, QDAD Redo. I’m going to go back to last year’s QDAD Round Up to choose one of the two bad ones and rework them.

For October, I choose “Prickly Pear” from October 29, 2015.

Prickly Pear, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Prickly Pear, 29 October QDAD design

I am still really drawn to the “spikes” in this design. So I went back to the basic shape, but instead of drawing pointy triangles, I went for flying geese. And the design evolved from there.

oct-16-prickly-pear-redo_mosaic

 

 

These last two designs were more experiments – what if the shape went off canvas? (It ended up looking like a sideways robot) What if I tiled it? (Nice but a bit too square) I like these designs significantly more than my original. However, I still haven’t gotten to the “this is THE design”.

Can you see another design path to experiment with? Are you partial to one of the other designs along the way? Why?

QDAD Redo – September

This year I want to practice working on not-so-great designs that I’ve done; exploring how I can make them better. Hence, QDAD Redo. I’m going to go back to last year’s QDAD Round Up to choose one of the two bad ones and rework them.

For September, I choose “Roller Coaster Tressil” from September 11, 2015.

Roller Coaster Tressil, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Roller Coaster Tressil, 11 September QDAD design

I was surprised by where I went on this redesign – pixilation. I admire the hard work and technique that goes into making pixilated quilts, but I am not naturally attracted them. That being said I really enjoyed experimenting with this form.

I like to start by identifying what part of the design I like. In this case, how the blue and red rectangles overlapped.

 

rollercoastertressilredo_mosaic

You can tell by these last few versions, once I like a design, I spend some time experimenting with color.

Can you see another design path to experiment with? Are you partial to one of the other designs along the way? Why?

September QDAD Round-up

My two favorite Quilt Design a Day (QDAD) designs from September:

Have you seen some of those fractured-shape quilts? This was my attempt…I kind of like it.

Crystal, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Crystal, 9 September QDAD design

The inspirational picture was a close up of artichokes – very cool looking. I experimented a lot with switching out the background colors to make some of these shapes “disappear”.

Artichoke Stripes, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Artichoke Stripes, 19 September QDAD design

My two least successful designs from September:

I really wanted to like this color-block versus improv blocks.

Mosaic Building, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Mosaic Building, 1 September QDAD design

I still kind of like this one, but it needs a bit of work.

Tile, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Tile, 6 September QDAD design