This & That – March Edition

I’m learning Inkscape. After adding up the monthly cost for using Adobe products, I’m having a hard time justifying the cost for a hobby. I find myself spending at least half my design time searching out tutorials or videos to show how to do a specific action in the program. Now a month in, I feel like I’ve gotten a handle on the basics.

I added a lot of these books from the Modern Mrs. Darcy’s post on 20 books to take you around the world to my “to-read” list. First up is Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr. (He wrote one of my all time favorite books All the Light We Cannot See.)

I finally hung up some quilts in my sewing room. I need to create a mini quilt to fill in that one last bit of white space. The quilt on the left is the first quilt I ever made!

 

Design Dienstag – February

In an attempt to be more consistent in the time I spend designing quilts, here’s Design Dienstag (Tuesday in German).

I’ll spend Tuesdays doing designs on the monthly theme and post them at the end of the month.

February’s color palette:

February's color palette, by Jenn Rodriguez

February means:

Love | design by Jenn Rodriguez

Love (Valentine’s day and our anniversary. And it’s national heart health month.)

Celebrate | design by Jenn Rodriguez

Birthdays (2 of ’em)

Cabin Fever | design by Jenn Rodriguez

Cabin Fever (when will this snow stop!)

Icicles v1 | design by Jenn Rodriguez

Ice (my starting point was icicles)…and a 2nd version

Icicles v2 | design by Jenn Rodriguez

This & That – February Edition

I’m a big detective novel reader. But every once in a while I try to stretch myself. And my kids are good enough readers now, that I’ve started to involve them in this. In January, we read through Science Magazine’s Top 10 Breakthroughs of 2016. Now we’re reading a little bit of poetry. I’ve had “Map: Collected and Last Poems” by Wislawa Szymborska on my to-read list for awhile and finally picked it up at the library. I wasn’t really sure what to expect. But the majority of them are short one-page poems, so the boys and I have been reading one or two each night. I’m pretty thrilled that they enjoy them.

Every week I look forward to Shutterbean’s “I love lists” post. Some of my favorite links these past couple of weeks: pictures of frozen Lake Baikal, this article on making friends at any time of your life, and words to ban from your vocabulary. I enjoy finding reading and seeing things through her eyes and occasionally find a new blog to follow or recipes our family ends up loving.

This winter I decided to do a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). We get a weekly bag of greens and a dozen eggs. We can also order off the al a carte menu. I love when I make a CSA meal. This past week was a breakfast casserole with leftover sour dough bread, sausage, kale and eggs. The only thing I added that was non-CSA was some sharp cheddar. Delicious!

We take Sunday walks. Some beautiful things can be found in the dead of winter.

Frozen leaves.

Frozen leaves

These Canadian Geese were hanging out on the lake right where the frozen lake became unfrozen. Very cool…and then my kids scared them to the other side.

Canadian Geese hanging out

Finished – Amish Reflections

This is the last quilt I started on last year, during my year of series. My original plan was to play around with the scale of one block.

Amish Play, version 1, by Jenn Rodriguez Amish Play, version 2, by Jenn Rodriguez Amish Play, version 3, by Jenn Rodriguez

But then I got this itch to explore it in a different way. When I first designed this block, I thought it reminded me of an Amish design. Was it the colors? solids? block design? So I decided to explore a little bit by doing one side in solids and the same design on the back, but in prints. I kept the same colorway.

Amish Reflections, front | designed, pieced and quilted by Jenn Rodriguez

The quilt came together really quickly. The hardest part was lining up the front and the back while I was making the quilt sandwich. Lot of pins to mark where edges and corners were.

Amish Reflections, back | designed, pieced and quilted by Jenn Rodriguez

Adding in the prints, completely changed the feeling of this quilt for me. But this is my favorite side. It’s also a little ode to Cotton & Steel. I’ve loved all the fabric this company has come out with, but this is the first time I’ve done a whole quilt in their fabric.

 

Started: December 2016

Finished: January 2017

Dimensions: 91.5″ x  67″

Design Dienstag – January

In an attempt to be more consistent in the time I spend designing quilts, here’s Design Dienstag (Tuesday in German).

I’ll spend Tuesdays doing designs on the monthly theme and post them at the end of the month.

January means:

Winter

Winter, design by Jenn Rodriguez

Snow

Clamshell Snow, design by Jenn Rodriguez

New Starts

New Start, v1, designed by Jenn Rodriguez

You need to take the first step for a new start.

New Start, v2, designed by Jenn Rodriguez

and tiled.

Fireworks

Fireworks, design by Jenn Rodriguez

Cozy evenings

Cozy Evenings, design by Jenn Rodriguez

Next month I’ll begin by defining my palette. I found it helps to limit one or two choices in the design process.