January QDAD Round Up

Right after Christmas, I had this idea to start a Designer’s Block of the Month (BOM) with the QDADers. The idea is for the Design Leader to choose an artist as inspiration, create a photo album, post their design based off of one of the artist’s pieces, create and post directions for their design, and include a link to the artist’s webpage or website with information on the artist and their work. Those of us who are participating in the design portion, pick a work that inspires us and creates a quilt design from it.  Next comes #QDAD2reality – sewing up our designs. For those who want to sew along, but not design, they can use the directions provided by the design leader.

So I furiously organized and got January’s inspiration done in a week.

I chose my brother, Jeremy Szopinski, as the inspirational artist. My design was from his “Men of Renown #4” piece.

One of the design difficulties I had was how to translate the layers of paint. Something I would like to explore further.

After my mad dash to get everything ready by 1 January, I went back and did some more designs – one of which I really liked.

This design was much more dynamic than I thought and I had a hard time deciding on the layout. As you can see, I changed my mind from the original design.

I’ll be finishing up the table runner this week.


QDAD Redo – January

This year I want to practice working on not-so-great designs that I’ve done; exploring how I can make them better. So I’m repurposing my Inspiration in the Everyday series into QDAD Redo. I’m going to go back to last year’s QDAD Round Up and choose one of the two bad ones and rework them.

For January, I chose “Smiles” from 2 January, 2015.

January 2 QDAD design

January 2 QDAD design

What I liked about this design is how the tiny diamonds are created where the 4 half-circles meet. So I took it back down the original shape and started playing.

Smiles Redo Mosaic, design by Jenn Rodriguez


One of my “tricks” when I don’t like a design is copying and rotating (normally by 90 degree increments) a set of shapes that I like. You can see above that I played around with the tiling quite a bit before coming back to a simpler design. Then I experimented with rotating it so it took up more vertical than horizontal space.

I’m pretty happy with the final (for now) design.


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