Summer Musing

During our move this summer, we spent a couple of weeks at an Airbnb farmhouse. This well-loved quilt welcomed us to our rooms everyday.

FarmhouseQuilt

About a week into our stay, out of the corner of my eye I noticed a “mistake” in the quilt. Immediately I felt guilty about thinking this word. All summer I’ve been thinking about this and why did it produce this feeling.

First, this is a finished quilt that is both functional and beautiful. This “mistake” does not make it any less of a quilt. In fact, all it is, is a deviation from pattern.

A deviation from a pattern is not a mistake – it is part of the creative journey, whether conscious or unconscious. A lot of my designs start as a deviation from pattern. For example, I love the traditional flying geese block. But I try to use it in a different layout or size to create something that reflects my mood/personality/design goal.

Twirling Geese block, designed by Jenn Rodriguez

After this summer-long musing I came to the conclusion that I need to be kinder in thought and word to others (and to myself).

August QDAD Round-up

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

I love the curves from the adapted Dresden circles. This is getting added to my “must make” list.

Dresden Circle Meets VW Bug, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Dresden Circle Meets VW Bug, 15 August QDAD design

These are flying geese rotated 120 degrees. I also experimented with a peach background.

Pineapple Geese, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Pineapple Geese, 23 August QDAD design

My two least successful designs from August:

I really enjoyed experimenting with the shading of these half-square triangles. The overall design is lacking but I see potential here.

That One, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

That One, 10 August QDAD design

This design just didn’t inspire me. Sigh.

Posts, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Posts, 13 August QDAD design

 

 

 

 

QDAD Redo – August

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 August, I choose “Looking Through” from July 6, 2015.

Looking Through, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Looking Through, 6 July QDAD design

I love the idea of cut-out circles, but the layout and proportion/size is all wrong.

LookingThroughRedoMosaic

I love where this went – from a cassette tape shape, to a variation on the idea of cut-out circles. (Not really sure what happened with my colors when I used MosaicMaker, though.)

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

I’ll be back

…after my move across the Atlantic.

Since I will be without sewing machine and computer for a good bit, I’m going to work on La Passacaglia from Willyne Hammerstein’s “Millefiori Quilts”.

QDAD Redo – March

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 March, I choose “House Divided” from 16 March, 2015.

House Divided, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

House Divided, 19 March QDAD design

I liked the different panel sizes and wanted to experiment with how to bring them together better.

What I found is that this color palette is really hard for me. I liked several versions of this but not one said “Yes, this is the one!”

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