Finish – Stars

Stars is a QDAD design I did in December 2014. (Yes, it’s taken me a year to actually make it.)

Stars, QDAD design, 23 Dec 2014, by Jenn Rodriguez

It is a combination of machine piecing and raw-edge machine applique. This quilt is a part of my exploration of applique. I love how fast this type of applique is. It only took a few sewing days to put the top together. Now I just need to use this quilt and wash it a few times to see how durable raw-edge applique is.

 

Piecing for Stars quilt, designed and sewn by Jenn Rodriguez

I had to cut down my original triangles so everything would fit on the amount of background fabric I had. I used Pellon Wonder Under to fuse the pieced triangles to the background fabric.

Stars quilt, designed and sewn by Jenn Rodriguez

I decided to machine applique all three layers. I think next time I use this technique, I’ll applique the shapes to the background fabric first, then doing the normal quilt sandwich.

Stars quilt, designed and sewn by Jenn Rodriguez

For the back used left-over fabric to create striped piece in the middle, then surrounded it with all the cheddar yellow fabrics I could find in my stash.

Back of Stars quilt, designed and sewn by Jenn Rodriguez

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Finish – While the Cat’s Away

Can I just gush for a moment?

While the Cat's Away; pattern by Wendy Williams, pieced by Jenn Rodriguez, quilted by Page Johnson

I love this quilt! So much time and work went into this one. I felt like I really pushed myself learning new techniques and I am thrilled with the finished quilt. Plus, it’s a lovely non-traditional medallion quilt.

Onto specifics. The pattern is While the Cat’s Away by Wendy Williams. I did this as part of a Block of the Month (BOM) club through Material Obssession in Australia. I loved spending time absorbing the color and pattern mixtures the Material Obsession team put together for this BOM. It’s a mixture of machine piecing and wool hand applique. Page Johnson quilted it for me. She did a wonderful job (and smoothed out some of my rough areas. Thank you, Page!).

This year I was focusing on applique. It’s not a technique I had used much and I wanted to change that. This pattern used a lot of wool, hand applique. Can I tell you how slow I was when I started?! I was consistently behind the pace. I could machine piece the blocks in a couple of hours. But it took me 2 months of at least an hour a day to hand applique the blocks. Slowly, I got used to the stitches and increased my speed. By the last month I was caught up and finished the final block within that month.

While the Cat's Away; pattern by Wendy Williams, pieced by Jenn Rodriguez, quilted by Page Johnson

Other challenges with this quilt. The first of the 4 sunbursts blocks almost did me in. I did not understand the instructions and went back multiple times to cut the circle correctly. I finally got the right size so I could sew the inset circle.

While the Cat's Away; pattern by Wendy Williams, pieced by Jenn Rodriguez

I also learned how to do y-seams. I am far from proficient on these. But as long as I take my time, they turn out well.

While the Cat's Away, Month 7 block. Pattern by Wendy Williams.

For the back, I used some of the leftover fabric along with Carolyn Friedlander’s tangerine crosshatch from her Architextures line.

While the Cat's Away; pattern by Wendy Williams, pieced by Jenn Rodriguez, quilted by Page Johnson

Look at that quilting! I was very nervous and unsure of how to quilt this myself. I’m so glad I decided to send it to a long-armer.

November QDAD Round-up

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

I love the center created by these fish. I did a subsequent design focusing on the center.

School, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

School, 11 November QDAD design

Inspired by a picture of cranberries. I smile every time I see this design. I think my favorite part is all the background shapes created.

Cranberry Stars, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Cranberry Stars, 27 November QDAD design

My two least successful designs from November:

I like the idea of a pickle dish design, but I don’t like the outlines.

Coffee Swirls, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Coffee Swirls, 3 November QDAD design

Again, I’m not fond of the outlines. I wonder if it would help if I changed the gray to black.

Bricked, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Bricked, 10 November 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.

November’s inspiration is this unit insignia.

Unit insignia

My first design I wanted to explore combining circle and hexagons. It’s not a common combination in quilting.

Inspired by a unit insignia, design by Jenn Rodriguez

 The second design I focused on the banner, but simplified the shape.

Inspired by a unit insignia, design by Jenn Rodriguez

For my final design I wanted to do something with the octopus arms. I came up with wedges leading to a center shape. Then I played around with overlap and tiling.

Inspired by a unit insignia, design by Jenn Rodriguez