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

May:

Blooms

Blooms | design by Jenn Rodriguez

Allergies

Achoo | design by Jenn Rodriguez

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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.

Design Dienstag – April

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.

April’s color palette:

April Colorway

April:

Showers

April Showers | design by Jenn Rodriguez

Easter

Easter | design by Jenn Rodriguez

This & That – April Edition

I found a new mystery series by Becky Masterman. I tore through Rage Against the Dying and am now working on #2 Fear the Darkness.

Spring weather has hit and it’s so nice to enjoy our sun room again. The cats have been enjoying the sun room, too. Watching the birds and squirrels. We even got out and started cleaning up the yard, racking up some leftover leaves, getting rid of sticks. In the process, discovered that we have some rhubarb growing! Pie is in our future.

We went to Reiman Garden’s Easter Egg Hunt. The long line went fast. I loved how they organized it: empty plastic eggs to find, then the kids turn in the eggs for a goodie bag. While there, we wandered some of the gardens and, of course, checked out which butterflies were hatching. Isn’t this one gorgeous?