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.


Finished – Technicolor Galaxy

I finished my Technicolor Galaxy quilt this month! This was Alyssa Lichner’s (Pile O Fabric) Skill Builder block of the month from 2015. I did really well for the first half of 2015, then my motivation dropped. I finally picked it up again in January. I only had 4 blocks left to do and then I could assemble the quilt-as-you-go (qayg) blocks.

I’ve got to admit that I really struggled in assembling this quilt. Glue basting worked well on the individual blocks. But glue basting the long wedges together was frustrating, having to redo them several times before I was able to stitch them. Also, I had to resew the center a couple of times, so I’m not entirely confident the center seams will stay together if I wash it. Despite all that, I learned a lot.

Technicolor Galaxy | designe by Alyssa Lichner, pieced and quilted by Jenn Rodriguez

The best skill I learned was QAYG. I had heard of this method before, but had never used it. I also didn’t realize we were using QAYG when we first started the quilt. So my design choices were based on tradition piecing. When it came time to piecing all the wedges together it took me a long time to decide how to do the binding. I didn’t want defined lines, so I pieced strips so the colors meshed.

I think it turned out really beautiful and cohesive.

Technicolor Galaxy | designe by Alyssa Lichner, pieced and quilted by Jenn Rodriguez

Technicolor Galaxy | designe by Alyssa Lichner, pieced and quilted by Jenn Rodriguez

Name: Technicolor Galaxy

Designed by: Alyssa Lichner

Started: January 2015

Finished: April 2017

Finished – Amish Reflections

This is the last quilt I started on last year, during my year of series. My original plan was to play around with the scale of one block.

Amish Play, version 1, by Jenn Rodriguez Amish Play, version 2, by Jenn Rodriguez Amish Play, version 3, by Jenn Rodriguez

But then I got this itch to explore it in a different way. When I first designed this block, I thought it reminded me of an Amish design. Was it the colors? solids? block design? So I decided to explore a little bit by doing one side in solids and the same design on the back, but in prints. I kept the same colorway.

Amish Reflections, front | designed, pieced and quilted by Jenn Rodriguez

The quilt came together really quickly. The hardest part was lining up the front and the back while I was making the quilt sandwich. Lot of pins to mark where edges and corners were.

Amish Reflections, back | designed, pieced and quilted by Jenn Rodriguez

Adding in the prints, completely changed the feeling of this quilt for me. But this is my favorite side. It’s also a little ode to Cotton & Steel. I’ve loved all the fabric this company has come out with, but this is the first time I’ve done a whole quilt in their fabric.


Started: December 2016

Finished: January 2017

Dimensions: 91.5″ x  67″

Odd Man Out

Odd Man Out started as a mini quilt to explore the theme of Minimalist Improvisation by Season Evan for the 2016 Mighty Lucky Quilting Club. This was actually my second attempt at the theme. The first attempt I forgot about the minimalist part.

Odd Man Out beginning, by Jenn Rodriguez

Once I reached this point, I was really enjoying the process and decided to continue with the navy blues.

Odd Man Out, process, by Jenn Rodriguez

Odd Man Out, process, by Jenn Rodriguez

I loved the mix of navy quilting cottons, chambray (gave lots of direction/movement), home dec and other mystery fabrics from my stash. I lost the minimalist feeling to this as it grew, but really love the final result.

Odd Man Out, finished front, by Jenn Rodriguez

The “back” of the quilt is my exploration of Rossie Hutchinson’s, One Wrong Color tutorial, for the same quilting club. This was not a new technique for me, so it went quicker. Though I think I could have stretched myself a little bit more on the wrong color.

Odd Man Out, finished back, by Jenn Rodriguez

This is heading to QuiltCon. So if you’re in Savannah in February, check it out!

East meets West

This is a QDAD design from 23 June, 2015.

Amish mini - designed, pieced and quilted by Jenn RodriguezOne of my creative goals this year is to work in a series. This is the mini version. I’m halfway through the twin-sized version. And can I tell you how frustrated I am with my quilt math abilities. I’m seam ripping for the third time….ugh.

The back of the quilt was my first attempt at minimalism – February’s challenge with the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club. Although I love this, there’s too many fabrics to really classify this as minimalism.

Amish mini back - designed, pieced and quilted by Jenn Rodriguez

I’ve been wanting to give Sashiko stitching a try. I don’t normally do mini quilts or wall hangings, so this was the perfect time to try it out. I was also secretly wondering how a traditionally Japanese stitching would look with an Amish-inspired design. If you take these techniques out of their culture, what changes? Do they mix well? Personally, I love this mixture and will be trying it again.