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Quilt Design A Day

Sorry this post is a little later than usual! California (and Oregon and Washington) were all hit by a pretty bad storm yesterday, and I spent a lot of my day dealing with the ramifications.


The water on our street was up to my knees, and even though our yard is three steps up from the street, water had completely covered our front and back yard. It was insane how quickly it happened, too. Fortunately, the really hard stuff didn’t last long enough for it to get into our house or garage, and once the rain went from “am I in a car wash???” to just normal raining, the drains caught up and we lost our lake front property.

Crazy stuff. But it’s Friday, and Friday is QDAD day, so here’s some QDADs!

10-17: Amish on the Playground

I think this was around the time I was working a lot on the Amish: A Modern Muse show at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. So I kind of had Amish designs on the brain. The photo was of a playground, and I ended up with this.

10-18: Lantern Strings

The inspiration for this design was an image of Chinese lanterns on a string. I like the subtle glow effect this one has.

10-19: Pixel Campfire

This is definitely my favorite of the week. The image was of a campfire, and it immediately brought back memories of watching embers float into the dark sky which is my favorite part of campfires. I am most proud of capturing the feeling of the twisting motion fires often create from the heat.

10-20: Easter Plaid

Oh man, I snuck in another plaid! The image was of Easter eggs, and this is the design I ended up using for Plaid Parfait, my Michael Miller challenge quilt. (Which didn’t get into the QuiltCon show, btw. Bummer!)

10-21: Does a Bear Make Log Cabins in the Woods?

The inspiration image for this was a toilet in the snow. Keepin’ it crazy over in the QDAD group! I chose log cabins to capture the swirly water.

10-22: Maple Leaves

The inspiration image was some trees with their fall colors. I spent a long time getting these leaves placed just so. Then I stood back and looked at the design and thought “wow, those look like a flock of chickens you buy from the grocery store.”

10-23: Construction Set

I felt the need to redeem myself from the previous day, so here is another take on the maple leaf block, used in a more orderly fashion. Quite a bit more successful.

And that’s another week. I hope you all have a creative weekend!


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