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

Design Dienstag – February

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.

February’s color palette:

February's color palette, by Jenn Rodriguez

February means:

Love | design by Jenn Rodriguez

Love (Valentine’s day and our anniversary. And it’s national heart health month.)

Celebrate | design by Jenn Rodriguez

Birthdays (2 of ’em)

Cabin Fever | design by Jenn Rodriguez

Cabin Fever (when will this snow stop!)

Icicles v1 | design by Jenn Rodriguez

Ice (my starting point was icicles)…and a 2nd version

Icicles v2 | design by Jenn Rodriguez

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″

Design Dienstag – January

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.

January means:

Winter

Winter, design by Jenn Rodriguez

Snow

Clamshell Snow, design by Jenn Rodriguez

New Starts

New Start, v1, designed by Jenn Rodriguez

You need to take the first step for a new start.

New Start, v2, designed by Jenn Rodriguez

and tiled.

Fireworks

Fireworks, design by Jenn Rodriguez

Cozy evenings

Cozy Evenings, design by Jenn Rodriguez

Next month I’ll begin by defining my palette. I found it helps to limit one or two choices in the design process.

October QDAD Round-up

My two favorite Quilt Design a Day (QDAD) designs from October:

Flamingo Pop, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Flamingo Pop, 18 October QDAD design

Playing around with half circles. One of the QDAD-ers asked how I would construct this – most likely half machine pieced and half applique. Got me wondering if this technique might create more depth?

Swoosh, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Swoosh, 19 October QDAD design

As you can see, I stuck with the same basic shape, but a different layout. This was my final design for Stitched in Color’s #30daysofquiltdesign challenge!

My two least successful designs from October:

Pumpkin Patch, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Pumpkin Patch, 9 October QDAD design

This just ended up being plain.

Harbor Outlet, designed by Jenn Rodriguez at Red Patch

Harbor Outlet, 11 October QDAD design

This one reminded me too much of fish bones.