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.


Finished – Prairie scape, v. 1

When we first moved to Iowa, we did quite a few road trips up to Minnesota to visit my family. It was the first time in over 10 years we lived within driving distance and I was making the most of it. This quilt was inspired by the summer color scape – grass green, wildflower purple, and golden corn. The pattern is a triple Irish chain; a pattern I’ve been wanting to do for awhile and thought the colors would work well in this pattern.

Irish Chain, pieced and quilted by Jenn Rodriguez

I started the quilt in the fall of 2017, finished quilting it by Thanksgiving. Then it took me 3 months before I came back to it, to attach the binding. Sheesh.

For quilting, I did straight-lines through the chains. Then in the center square did a type of sunburst.Irish Chain detail, pieced and quilted by Jenn Rodriguez

The back was made up of my test squares and other scraps of fabric in the color theme. (I ended up experimenting on my test squares – cutting them up and piecing them back together to see what it looked like. A fun experiment, but didn’t result in something I was interested in pursuing on another quilt.)

Irish Chain back, pieced and quilted by Jenn Rodriguez

I also have ideas for a fall and winter color scapes.

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

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.