Sunday, March 25, 2012

Finally Finished Supernova Quilt

Ahhh!  Finally finished my Supernova Quilt!  Here it is, hanging out in our park across the street.


This was so much fun to make, but it just took a while, as I was especially picky about getting everything lined up just so.  Even so, it's not perfect, but I love the color combinations and the fabrics I used for this one. 

Many thanks to Lee at Freshly Pieced for leaving her Supernova Quilt-Along tutorial up for a year :)  Her design is wonderful, and I am so thrilled to have stumbled upon it!  If you notice the very middle square, it looks like an eye. 

 This fabric is called Gatsby Abstract Masterpiece, and it was not fussy cut, but when I arrived at piecing this block (the last one I completed), I saw what looked like an "Egyptian eye" in the middle, and was worried that our friends would be creeped out by it.  Well, the Egyptian theme is also found in a lot of Art Deco art, so it's theme-appropriate.  Also, we hope they will imagine that we are always thinking of them rather than always watching them...

Here's my lovely assistant (AKA wife) modeling it for you.  I chose a palette of green/yellow, blue/teal, and raspberry/purple for this quilt, and used Kona Ash for the background.  I know this is a staple of the modern quilter, but it's the first time I worked with it and really love how it looks with these colors.  I quilted it using roughly a 1.5 inch stipple design.  Unfortunately, halfway through the quilting process I noticed that the needle tension had been bumped (by me) and was not set quite properly, leaving me with a lot of requilting to do in parts of the quilt.  Will my FMQ'ing woes ever end?!  Well, at least my technique is getting better and more consistent!

For the backing I wanted a contrast from the modern pieced top, so I went with a simple big stripe of alternating blues (it reminds me of Delft pottery).  I chose an old-school floral print because it reminds me of the sheets (in red) my parents had on their bed growing up, so it feels very homey and cozy. 

Binding is called Gatsby Circles from P & B Textiles.  It goes with the generally Art Deco theme I wanted with the fabric choices I made on the top, plus the circles are fun, and tie in the golds, blues, and greys on both the top and back.  I love Art Deco, and our friends who are getting this as a surprise gift do too, so we hope it's a big hit!  Again, I did a machine binding.  I always prefer hand bound, but time just doesn't permit right now.

I also wanted to show you this cream fabric, which has silver, bronze and gold dandelion seed heads on it (Imperial Collection Starburst Linen).  I love it.

See the resemblance?

So here it is in action on our bed.  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

More Supernova progress

My only work in progress is my Supernova quilt.  Earlier on, I was doing some second-guessing about fabric choices, but as usual, I like it better now that I am able to see more of my blocks coming together.

I really like the colors, and I tried to plan out each block to have a progression from one color to the next, but that didn't seem to happen.  Just because it isn't what I had planned doesn't mean it isn't going to be nice, right?  Well, that's what I'm going with right now :)  Oh, also, I have been taking pictures of each finished block with its corresponding number, so I don't lose track of where it goes in the quilt.  I guess I could just lose track, and then put it back together the way I think it looks best, but that's not how I roll!

With 8 of my 9 blocks completed, and a target for this gift (good friends who just suddenly lost a very close relative), I am trying to push to finish this one by Sunday.  Then, tonight I realized I am out of batting!  I am contemplating hand stitching together a couple of spare pieces, but not sure if there will be a detectable seam in the finished product.  I could just order a roll, but I am beginning to accumulate pretty big scrap pieces, and figure I will eventually need to find something to do with them, since I don't do much "non-quilt" quilting.  Oh well, I may just give it a whirl!

Hope to have my quilt top ready to show by Friday :)