Supernova Blocks – and I’m still alive!

Ugh. Whatever cold has been sweeping the Northeast crash landed at my place for the last few weeks. Being sick really sucks all the energy right out of you. But, hopefully, I’m back at full steam for good now. I have quilts to make! (And a turkey to cook!)

Even in the depths of sickness, I managed a little sewing, and hopefully I’ll get pictures of it all before too long. But for now, here’s one of the projects I worked on. (And I’ll apologize now for the indoor iphone photos)

A drawing Jo did of our quilt - Isn't it fantastic!?!

A drawing Jo did of our quilt – Isn’t it fantastic!?!

Way, way, way back in May, Jo from Riddle and Whimsy asked me to participate in the Supernova Friendship Swap. We quickly realized three things: We both have nearly exactly the same taste in fabrics, we needed to do 6 blocks each for a larger quilt, and we HAD to do this as a rainbow. Soon after we realized that it would be far more economical to send each other one package (she’s in Australia, I’m in New England), rather than 6 individual packages.

A fabric pull, orange through aqua

A fabric pull, orange through aqua

Then other deadlines snuck in, and I kept putting off making these blocks….so I ended up making all 6 for Jo in about 2-3 weeks, all at once, with the deadline looming. And to add guilt, Jo finished and sent hers early….

Indigo through Pink

Indigo through Pink

Orange through Aqua

Orange through Aqua

So what this all worked out to was I made one half of a quilt, and Jo made one half of a quilt. And being sick, I forgot to take a picture of my half of the quilt, just the individual blocks…. Silly germs.

Citron through Indigo

Citron through Indigo

Hopefully, the post will deliver the half of quilt to Jo soon…I’m sitting on pins and needles waiting to see it all sewn together.

Red through yellow

Red through yellow

Now of course, I still have to sew the exact same 6 blocks for me so I can have an awesomely rainbow quilt.

Aqua through Orchid

Aqua through Orchid

If you want to see more in process pictures and read more about our quilts, here’s the links to Jo’s blog posts. She was the organized one of our pair, starting her blocks early, posting about it….

Tips for cutting the Supernova Blocks

Progress being made

Violet through Peach

Violet through Peach

BQF: Bailey Squares

Happy Friday!!!

I’m going to try and sneak this in under the wire for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival happening over at Amy’s Creative Side.

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I made this quilt a few months ago. Really, it’s been that long? I guess time really does fly!

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Here’s the original post on it, if you’re interested. I did intense paisley/clamshell quilting on it. Partly because I wanted to try it, and partly because I wanted some dense quilting to put my mind at ease over a few seams on the scant side.

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I’m putting this in the “Home Machine Quilted” category, since that’s the real interest of the quilt. I hope you enjoyed seeing mine — and go check out all the other wonderful entries!!!

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WIP: Farmer’s Wife, decision?

So, today, I have decided to share my oldest WIP, and contemplate its future. How do we cope with personal styles, goals, skills, and visions changing with our half done quilts? [I apologize now for the picture overload to come]

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So way back in 2011, Fussy Cut hosted the Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along. And being a newish quilter I, of course, thought I could easily follow along and have a finished quilt in just a few months. Yup, I’m laughing too. But I did make a decent start, and every once in a while I would get this bug in my ear to finish it up and I would sit down and make a few blocks more.

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It would again sit in a pile for months on end till I saw another beautiful version online. Then I would make a few more blocks, then set it aside again. The blocks have changed as my tastes and fabric stash has changed. My skills have improved with these blocks as well (don’t look too closely at some of them!) and I still love each and every block.

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There are some seriously gorgeous versions of this quilt. Really. Patch the Giraffe. Quirky Granola Girl. Hey Porkchop. Grey Cat Quilts. Happy Zombie. All gorgeous and wonderfully inspiring.

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But, I’ve recently come to the realization — I don’t enjoy precision piecing, at least not in a large quantity. I don’t really like following a pattern. Traditional layouts just aren’t my thing. And I think I’m okay with that.

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Now here’s where the decision comes in. I have 45 blocks; well that I can find. There might be a few more lurking somewhere. Knowing what I do about myself, do I push through more blocks? I was shooting for a queen size, so that’s another 40-60 blocks depending on layout. I could make a smaller quilt, but I really wanted it to be usable. I was contemplating doing a bit of improv piecing and adding large sections of fabric. I don’t want to lose the blocks in whatever piecing I do, and I want these 6″ blocks to really shine.

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So what would you do? Carry on? Mod it up with alternate gridwork and negative space? Hide it in a closet for another three years?

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Linking up with Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday

Fall is my favorite…for so many reasons

The weather is starting to turn cooler here in New England, and yes! the trees are starting to turn!!! But I’m not excited or anything….

For most, September marks the end of the summer. For me, its the beginning of so much. This is the time of year I always feel the least obligated. No one asks what your plans for fall are. There’s no impetus to join the hundreds at the beach or lake. You don’t need to check the weather to plan your grocery store trips as you do in the winter. There’s no worries about getting your body ready for bikini season.

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Instead there is apple picking and cider donuts. Pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving meal planning. Bad hair day? Just pull on a cozy knitted hat. Nowhere to be on Sunday — curl up under a quilt and a cat and read a good book. Especially with a mug of mulled cider or spicy hot cocoa.

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Fall is, and always has been my favorite season. But not just for atmosphere and food. I have a lot of personal milestones linked with fall.

9 years ago, I met my husband in the fall.

4 years ago I married him in the fall (and got my very own sewing machine!).

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And last year, I started this blog in the fall.

And holy cornbread stuffing has this little space grown!!! In all of 2013, I got 97 views. In August 2014 alone there were 1,410 views of my wee little blog. So, because without you, it would still just be me reading and re-reading my own words, I’m going to do a giveaway. But, because I have a mean streak, I’m not going to tell you what you’ll be receiving. It’s just going to be a box of awesomeness, curated for you, with a healthy dash of yellow, arriving sometime in the next few months. I want to hear about your favorite fall memory. Is it jumping in leaves? Eating an apple right off the tree? Marrying your spouse? Let me know for a chance to win!   Giveaway is now closed – Yvonne (quiltingjetgirl) is the winner!  Thank you for sharing all your wonderful memories!

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WIP Wednesday: Triangles….obsession?

Happy Wednesday! Yeah, that was more of a wish than a statement for me too. But we will get through this week, right?

I little while ago I signed up for the Angled class with Rachel at Stitched in Color. If you have never taken one of her classes, you need to change that at the first possible opportunity. I’m still kicking myself for passing on the Penny Sampler.

In addition to the advertised quilts, Rachel offers suggestions on what to do with triangle scraps. The suggestion she posted this week kind of lit a fire in my brain and the creative juices just bubbled over. I had cut triangles over a year ago with the purpose of making a standard triangle quilt. We know where this story is going, right? Well, it never happened — but after seeing what Rachel did, I knew the exact route to go. And then I found some perfect fabrics in my stash!

Here’s the layout of the backgrounds.

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Kind of makes you think of strawberry lemonade, right? Just me? Oh well. My triangles were bigger than in Rachel’s tutorial, so I had to do a little math. Then a bit of sewing, and I got this.

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A 22″ block! So, I only need 12! Okay, enough exclamation points, but I’m really excited where this is going.

On the flip side, I also made this over the Labor Day weekend, and need to quilt it up soon. (Updated: here’s the link if you want to make your own bats)

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As it’s easy to do this time of year, I might be muddling my seasons a little. But I’m sure I’ll end up quilting my “strawberry lemonade” in the middle of a blizzard in January, and I will be very thankful for the cheer.

Linking with Lee at WIP Wednesday