Wednesday, July 13, 2011

WIP Wednesday

I am so excited today! Why? Because I finished the top for my Supernova quilt!!!!




It could probably use some ironing.


I was unsure about whether to add the border or not, but it seemed too small without it. I had to square the blocks down to about 13.5 inches? I think? because the edges were so uneven. There are some places where the quilt really looks weird as a result. But all in all I am SO pleased with how it turned out. I'm a VERY new quilter--I've made one quilt-as-you-go rag quilt, and one small quilt top for a Sunkissed Squares quilt, so this was my first attempt at doing any complicated piecing. The bias seams are kind of a disaster. Oh well. :)


The next question is how to back it and how to quilt it. I was sort of inspired by this picture:




I really like the way the points match up like that, so I'm thinking about getting a half a yard or so of each of those point fabrics and doing a big cross like that on the back. Problem is, the purple is a FQ from JoAnn's and the chartreuse is discontinued. I can get the yellow and I already have the pink, but I'm not sure how I would do the other two colors.


Alternately, this line came with these other prints:



I was initially drawn to the eggplant plaid (the only one of these that I used in the quilt). I'm not a huge fan of the vegetables--I don't think it goes. I would LOVE ideas from anyone that has them! :)


Kaleidoscope Quilt Along:


I've started cutting and I've done a little bit of piecing, but right now I'm mostly laying out the fabrics and seeing how I like them.



The first three I'm thrilled with. The last one in the top row is really not that orange in person. With the exception of the left-hand one on the bottom row, I'm really not sure about any of those--so much so that I haven't even cut the fabric yet. I have fat quarters of all of these, and I have enough fabric to do 3 blocks of each print. I've got two that aren't pictured here and I might replace those three. I'd like to wind up with a total of 10, for 30 blocks. We'll see how it goes.


Garden Squares quilt: no progress


Skillbuilder Sampler blocks: caught up


Other news: I signed up for the For the Love of Solids swap. I'm excited to do some work with solids, since I haven't done much with them yet!


Finally--on Saturday I will be taking a break from vacationing to take my students to a national math competition. This is a competition in which we won second place last year, which was the best we've ever done. Wish us luck to do as well or better this year! There won't be any sewing going on, since we're flying to Dallas and I'm not hauling my sewing machine on the plane, but I'm sure I'll be doing some knitting while we're there.


Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced!


WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. It's gorgeous! Love the colors! : ) And I am EXTREMELY impressed with your piecing skills considering how little quilting you'd done before this. Bias seams are definitely challenging, good for you!

    The kaleidoscope quilt looks great too. Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday. : )

  2. Do you have scraps left of the solids and tone-on-tones? You could mix those with the green plaid for the backing and it would be cool.

  3. LOVE your supernova! wow. Your kaleidoscope is looking good too. Good for you!

  4. I love the colours in your Supernova quilt and your Kaleidoscope quilt looks lovely too.


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