Flare

At the beginning of the year I went through all my QDAD designs and picked out a few that I wanted to turn into quilts. Flare is the first one that I tackled.

This is the original design from 10 November 2014.

Flare, QDAD design on 10 Nov 2014 by Jenn Rodriguez

I designed the paper piecing pattern by hand. Later, I brought it into Photoshop Elements and reworked it a bit. (Unfortunately after I figured out my 8.5 inch square was not entirely accurate. Rrrrr.) Feel free to use the FlareTemplate. And I would love to see what you create with it.

The block measures 8.5 x 8.5 inches. 4 blocks make up a swirling diamond.

FlareFrontFinished

I used all Kona solids (Meringue, Banana,Mustard, Mango, Baby Blue, Peacock, Pewter, and Lagoon. If you’re interested in those things.)

For the back I decided to free-form a super-sized block.

Flare - designed, pieced and quilted by Jenn Rodriguez

It was a fairly quick project. I really love working from my own design: a challenge to work out the pattern and templates, fun in picking out fabrics, seeing the design become reality as I’m piecing it, and then the finished product. You should try it sometime!

I’m thinking of shrinking the block to make a table runner….Maybe next year.

The finished size is 48.5″ x 48.5″.

And a glimpse at my cute little helpers.

Flare - designed, pieced and quilted by Jenn Rodriguez

 

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June QDAD Round-up

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

I love the flow from the circles and flying geese in this design. A New York Beauty inspired block.

Crowned, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Crowned, 30 June QDAD design

I love the balance and play of colors in this design. It has an Amish feeling to it.

Making Sense, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Making Sense, 23 June QDAD design

My two least successful designs from June:

I think the angle of the flying geese needs to be more intense. Or maybe rotating the solids lines to match the angle of the geese?

Bridge, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Bridge, 9 June QDAD design

This pink is just too much. I think squares instead of rectangles would work better, too.

Slices, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Slices, 17 June QDAD design

Inspiration in the Everyday

Taking photos from my everyday life and finding design inspiration in them. Inspired by my participation in the Quilt Design A Day (QDAD)  group on Facebook.

June’s inspiration is this palm type of tree. They are everywhere in my neighborhood.

Palm

My first design was inspired by the leaves. I just recently bought a wedge ruler and this design would be a perfect opportunity to use the ruler.

Inspired by the palm, design by Jenn Rodriguez

 The second design is inspired by the spike-y branches.

Inspired by the palm, design by Jenn Rodriguez

For the third design, I wanted to see how super-sizing a frond would look like. Striking and graphic!

Inspired by the palm, design by Jenn Rodriguez