Yes, we are!!! It's officially summer vacation! I had to go to work today to finish packing my classroom, but as of about 4:30 PM I turned in my keys and went home :-D
I'm posting a work-in-progress today. I started participating in the Freshly Pieced Supernova Quilt-Along when it was first announced back in March. Many people are already done. I am.... not. :-D But I finished my first 4 squares this weekend!
Most of the fabrics are from the Homegrown collection at Connecting Threads, with a few fat quarters from Joann Fabrics thrown in.
The quilt-along pattern calls for you to make 9 blocks and arrange them in a 3x3 pattern. But of course I picked 4 different color combinations, and well, 4 does not go evenly into 9, does it? (Yes, I AM a math teacher.) So this was my original idea for a layout:
But I don't think I like it anymore. So now I'm going to do something like this:
I think the blocks look a lot better than these little stacks of fabric though :)
This appeals to me more because it's more even--I have three blocks of each color--and I prefer rectangular quilts to square quilts. This also probably means I have to buy more fabric, at least of a couple of them, because I only had 2 10x10 pieces of each of the Homegrown fabrics.
Things I've learned thus far:
- The seams look MUCH better when I press them open than when I press them to one side.
- Piecing when you've got diagonal seams is HARD! This is only my second pieced quilt top and it might have been slightly beyond my skills when I started. I feel like I'm improving a lot.
- My sewing machine sucks. I have to rethread it about once every 5 minutes. This makes the chain-piecing process rather difficult.
- Looking at the blocks, it's hard to notice all the wonky seams--so this is a good thing. :)
There are lots of really pretty finished Supernovas at the Supernova Flickr group, if you want to check it out!
Linking up to Lee's WIP Wednesday for the first time :-D