Sewtopia Salt Lake City

In April, I attended Sewtopia, Salt Lake City. Four days of quilting was so awesome! In preparation for the trip, I created this wall hanging for their Michael Miller challenge. I’ve been inspired by vintage New York Beauty quilts lately, so this was my interpretation.

New York Beauty Railed for Sewtopia's Michael Miller Challenge | Designed, pieced and quilted by Jenn RodriguezNew York Beauty Railed (back) for Sewtopia's Michael Miller Challenge | Designed, pieced and quilted by Jenn Rodriguez

We started out our quilting retreat with a shop hop to two Salt Lake City shops. It was a fun way to meet people and I picked up some beautiful fabric (and yarn).

We were divided up into three groups. My group’s first class was with Jacquie Gering and she walked us through her mid-century scrappy house quilt. Things got messy quickly, but it was fun!

Sewtopia SLC

I was able to almost finish by quilt top – just needed a little more background fabric.

Mid Century House quilt | pattern by Jacquie Gering, pieced by Jenn Rodriguez

The next day our class was with Libs Elliott and she walked us through her Heartbreaker English paper piecing (EPP) block. My biggest take away was learning how to sew a curve in EPP! I also picked up her Heartburst pattern and used the blocks I sewed in class towards this pattern.

I was able to finish up this mini quilt in May. It’s kind of weird to hand-piece the blocks and then use my machine to quilt. Next time I may try to do it all by hand.

Heartburst mini quilt | pattern by Libs Elliot, pieced and quilted by Jenn Rodriguez

One of the evenings, we had a make and take. Abby Hicks of Tweetle Dee Design Co walked us through making this mini barn quilt. So much fun!

Mini Barn Quilt

It was a wonderful retreat and am contemplating attending again.

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Finished – Color Wheel Mini

For our January quilt guild meeting, our program was learning about the color wheel. Everyone was asked to bring a half yard of medium gray fabric and received a bag of 2-inch squares of fabric in a rainbow of colors. During our meeting we talked through the color wheel, organizing our pieces of fabric as we went. At the end of the meeting, they asked us to create something with the fabric and bring it to the March meeting.

I wanted to do something simple and without curves (I’m already in the middle of a big circle project). I came up with a variation on a 9-patch that evoked the feeling of a color wheel, without any curves. I brought in a few different gray fabrics for the background. It was a quick project that was fun to put together.

Color Wheel Challenge, designed and quilted by Jenn Rodriguez

For the back, I used up the scraps pairing complementary colors together.

Color Wheel Challenge, back, designed and quilted by Jenn Rodriguez

Local Quilt Shop Challenge – or how I research a quilt pattern

My local quilt shop is having a challenge this year – make a quilt using only Tula Pink and Moda Grunge fabrics. I knew I had a number of Tula Pink fat quarters. So I pulled all of those from my stash. It turned out to be a majority of purples, blues and greens. What am I going to do with these?

So I did a little browse through my Pinterest boards and narrowed down to a Pickle Dish pattern. I’ve been wanting to do one for awhile and really love the vintage ones that I’ve seen. So I did a quick Pinterest search on “modern pickle dish quilts”. There are surprising few quilts labelled this way. But I kept doing various searches and saved a few more images of quilts that I liked. Feel free to take a look.

I also did a google search on pickle dish tutorials. I can figure out the basic construction, but wanted to research a bit more. I came across this blog post on Bryan House Quilts and this one on Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night. Both of them were really informative and also helped me dive a little bit deeper into the research portion. Ashley recommended Gypsy Kisses pattern by Sarah Fielke from “Material Obsession 2” and Pickle Dish Quilt in Kaffe Fassett’s “Quilt Romance.” I happen to have Material Obsession 2 and remembered I had ooh-ed and ahh-ed over Gypsy Kisses the first time I saw it. It’s got a great retro look to it. Then I went to my library and borrowed Quilt Romance. I enjoyed comparing how these two designers constructed their quilts and it really helped me to define how I wanted to approach this quilt. I have a big hand sewing project going on right now, so going with the Kaffe Fassett pattern I’ll machine piece this.

I sketched out my idea by hand first, then on the computer. I’m liking this version.

It’s going to be scrappy using the various fat quarters of Tula pink, but the background will be a dark blue or purple Moda Grunge. I’m excited!

Finished Quilt – Wayward Transparency

Yvonne Fuchs at Quilting Jetgirl hosted the Wayward Transparency quilt along earlier in the year. I met Yvonne through Quilt Design a Day and have long admired her work with transparency. I thought this was a great opportunity to try one of her patterns.

My coworker is expecting her first baby in January. The colors for her baby’s room are white and tan with black highlights. I thought this would be a perfect color scheme for this quilt. Plus, I had all the fabric I needed in my stash. I did 2 versions of the quilt – the front is a very clean white to tan gradation.

Wayward Transparency, pattern by Yvonne Fuchs, made by Jenn Rodriguez

The back is a black and white version. I had a lot of fun selecting the prints from my stash, then, at the end, had to dive back into the stash as I didn’t have quite enough of the white I was using as the background.

Wayward Transparency, pattern by Yvonne Fuchs, made by Jenn Rodriguez

You can see I did a lot of straight line quilting. To mix things up I added “The Boomerang” from Jacquie Gering’s Walk. (A great book on using your walking foot for quilting designs!)

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.