Toes in the Sand + Medallion

I recently finished up my Toes in the Sand quilt (pattern by Jaybird Quilts). I did this as a Block of the Month (BOM) program through Fat Quarter Shop two years ago.

Toes in the Sand pattern by Jaybird Quilts. Pieced and quilted by Jenn Rodriguez

I find that there is normally a good deal of extra fabric included in BOM programs. And this time around I wanted to try to use up the extra fabric in the back. I decided to do a medallion design. In addition to my leftovers, I purchased a yard of red fabric to break up the abundance of blue.

Medallion design by Jenn Rodriguez

The medallion was somewhat improve sewn, taking into account how much fabric I had left and if it was yardage or already cut up. A good challenge which did use up almost all the fabric. I struggled quite a bit trying to figure out how to make the medallion twin-sized rather than square. Not sure I was all that successful, but it was a good learning exercise.

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QDAD Medallion Week

I love medallion week with QDAD (to see more medallion designs check out the April 4th photo album)! It’s my second time doing it and I felt a bit more at ease. I think we all love focusing on one design all week – adding a border each day allows us the time to tweak our work.

I thought it would be fun to see the progression.

Medallion Center, design by Jenn Rodriguez Medallion Border 1, design by Jenn Rodriguez

Medallion Border 2, design by Jenn Rodriguez Medallion Border 3, design by Jenn Rodriguez

Medallion Border 4, design by Jenn Rodriguez Medallion Border 5, design by Jenn Rodriguez

And the finished design:

Medallion, design by Jenn Rodriguez

Marsala Quilt Challenge: Reveal

I’ve completed my Marsala challenge quilt! You can see my design and fabric pull here, pattern creation part one, and part two. df4c6-marsala2bbutton

Wine-ing Down, designed, pieced and quilted by Jenn Rodriguez

OH, this quilt! I love that the Marsala fabrics are the center of the design, but the background is just as interesting as the foreground.

I love the binding! In the QDAD group, I’ve seen some designs that use skinny stripes in the binding and I wanted to try it out. I used different widths from scraps so I could also get a feeling for proportion. It turned out wonderfully!

I also experimented a bit with my quilting. I recently purchased “Shape by Shape” by Angela Walters. It’s always inspiring to see her work. The  spiro-graph and flower petal motifs are from her book. I wasn’t sure how these curvy shapes would look next to the straight line quilting; and was constantly second-guessing my decision. But seeing it here – so lovely!

Wine-ing Down, designed, pieced and quilted by Jenn Rodriguez

I am a big fan of pieced backs. Although, this might not be my best work, it was fun to experiment (and use up some of my scraps).

Wine-ing Down back, designed, pieced and quilted by Jenn Rodriguez

I think my dissatisfaction comes from the green that I added in. I should have just stuck with the diamonds.

The quilt measures 47 x 47 inches.

March QDAD Round-up

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

I find transparency very difficult to do well and this one just worked!

Columns, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Columns, 15 March QDAD design

I love this second one because it is simple shapes, combined just right.

Peacocks Crossing, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Peacocks Crossing, 21 March QDAD design

My two least successful designs from March:

I love combining curves with straight lines, but this is just not visually appealing. Maybe I need to extend the dark rectangle to create a plus sign? Or turn the petals so it looks more like a flower?

Crossed Arches, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Crossed Arches, 3 March QDAD design

This last one I tried playing around with proportion and it just doesn’t seem cohesive.

House Divided, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

House Divided, 19 March QDAD design

Check-List

Before I start work next week, I needed to get a few sew-y things accomplished. I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed when I walk into my sewing space, lately.

First on my to-do list was finish up this month’s blocks for the Technicolor Galaxy Block of the Month (BOM) by Pile ‘O Fabric.

Technicolor Galaxy BOM, months 1 and 2

Thankfully, I love paper-piecing and didn’t put it off, like I did for the bias tape in month 1.

Next up, was getting my Toes in the Sand quilted (Pattern is by Jaybird Quilts). I finished up the top last August (another BOM) and the back, right before we moved in October. After three days of heavy quilting, it was finished.

Toes in the Sand quilted

Bonus, I started on the binding!

Finally, I wanted to finish my Timber quilt top (pattern by Alison Glass). Modern Handcraft is hosting a quilt along and it was wonderful motivation to do this quilt.

TImber Quilt