Design Dienstag – May

In an attempt to be more consistent in the time I spend designing quilts, here’s Design Dienstag (Tuesday in German).

I’ll spend Tuesdays doing designs on the monthly theme and post them at the end of the month.

May’s color palette:

May Colorway



Blooms | design by Jenn Rodriguez


Achoo | design by Jenn Rodriguez


This & That – May Edition

I finished listening to S-Town podcast this month. I listened to it during my walks this past month. I was sad at the end of my 30 minutes to stop such a fascinating and gripping story. It’s a good reminder that all of us have a story, struggle through the hard or mundane aspects of life and strive for something better.

For my work lunches I’ve been alternating between this Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad¬†and this Spring Veggie Tabbouleh with Green Harissa. So satisfying right now.

Read this article on Apartment Therapy about the ugliest color. It’s a greenish brown-gray. Makes me feel kind of sad for it and wonder if you pair it with a peach or pink, maybe it would be pretty. (Or at least compliment the colors).

I visited the Iowa Quilt Museum this month. The exhibit is Quilts of Valor. I especially enjoyed the antique quilts.

Antique quilt at the Iowa Quilt Museum, Quilts of Valor exhibit 2017 Antique quilt at the Iowa Quilt Museum, Quilts of Valor exhibit 2017


Finished – AG Fabrics Challenge

In April, I finished my Alison Glass fabrics challenge quilt. The pattern is “Crisp Apples” by Lisa Walton in Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine, Summer 2013 issue. I showed the finished top here. I really enjoyed quilting this one (That’s saying something because quilting is my least favorite part of the process of making a quilt). I had fun using¬† a gold-ish thread in parts. It really pops on the black background.

Crisp Apples AG style, front | pattern by Lisa Walton | pieced and quilted by Jenn Rodriguez

I also wanted to show off the back of this quilt. I used up the extra blocks and fabrics from the front and added in a few more Alison Glass fabrics. I find improv piecing a free-ing / mind cleansing activity after such an intense piecing front.

Crisp Apples AG style, back | designed, pieced and quilted by Jenn Rodriguez

This was gifted to my son’s teacher who is expecting her first baby soon.