December QDAD Round-up

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

I shamelessly copied the mosaic tile pattern in the inspiration photo. Looks great as a quilt!

Mosaic, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Mosaic, 8 December QDAD design

My original design was just one square, but I love this tiled version.

Grilled version 2, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Grilled version 2, 14 December QDAD design

My two least successful designs from December:

This design ended up feeling choppy to me. Not the effect I had intended.

Window, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Window, 2 December QDAD design

I really wanted to like this one, but every time I look at it I think of towels.

Pitcher, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Pitcher, 12 December QDAD design






2016 Quilting and Designing Goals

Last year I did a one page, list of quilting goals/things to learn. I decided to do it again this year. I’m also going to give Passion Planner a try this year to help me stay a bit more focused.

Two major things I want to work on this year are:

  1. Learning Adobe Illustrator and InDesign to eventually publish my own quilting patterns. I’m going to use
  2. Focusing on reworking my designs that I don’t like. I’m hoping through this exercise to refine my designing techniques and style as well as learn what makes, or doesn’t make a good design.

For the quilting side, I want to do more #QDAD2reality as well as work in a series. I’ve already picked out some designs from the past year.

2015 Year of Applique Review

2015 was my year to explore applique. It was a success! I feel more comfortable with applique, tried quite a few different techniques, and developed a few opinions.

My biggest project was While the Cat’s Away (blogged about here).

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

This quilt really helped me to learn different hand stitches and become comfortable with the technique and pace. Hand applique will not be an everyday technique for me, but I do love the meditative quality and will continue to do occasional projects.

Another big (unfinished project) is Technicolor Galaxy.

Technicolor Galaxy pattern by Alyssa Lichner

There are several applique techniques in this BOM: machine, needle-turn, and bias tape. I’m not sure if this last technique is officially part of the applique repertoire, but to me it is a type of machine applique, and was brand new to me. I loved learning the new techniques in this BOM. Glue basting was especially an eye-opener for me. And I will/have used these techniques in other projects.

Machine applique was not new to me. But I loved taking one of my QDAD design to reality with this technique. You can read more about the Stars quilt here.

Stars quilt, designed and sewn by Jenn Rodriguez

It is a fast technique. One thing I would like to explore further is using different applique stitches on my Janome.

I also tried reverse applique with Alison Glass’s Fountain pattern (about 2/3rds finished). She has a very casual quilt along happening right now.

Fountain, pattern by Alison Glass, sewn by Jenn Rodriguez

I think this is my favorite applique technique. It has the slow, meditative quality that hand stitching brings. But using a basic running stitching, makes it a bit quicker. I also find that I see progress a little bit quicker, which motivates me to keep going.

What are your favorite applique techniques? What have I missed?


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.

December’s inspiration is this Italian Police Lamborghini.

Italian Police's Lamborghini

My first design I focused on the racing stripes. Turned out like a funky spider web.

Inspired by the Italian Police's Lamborghini, design by Jenn Rodriguez

 The second design I took the shape of the headlights and turned them into 2 half-square triangles. Then I really played with the layout to the point I can’t see the headlight shape anymore.

Inspired by the Italian Police's Lamborghini, design by Jenn Rodriguez

For my final design I was inspired by the thin lines from the siren on top of the car. (And decided at least one of my designs should feature Italian colors.)

Inspired by the Italian Police's Lamborghini, design by Jenn Rodriguez