Monday, April 11, 2011

Supernova Blocks

Over the weekend, and after much consternation followed by hours of un-sewing, re-cutting, and re-sewing, I finished making nine 18" X 18" Supernova quilt along blocks.

If you compare them to the patches I showed you in my previous blog post, you'll see there are lots of differences.
What I belatedly realized is that I had pieced the patches wrong. I placed colors in the sequence: light, dark, medium when I should have pieced them: light, medium, dark. I decided which ones to keep as they were...
...and which ones to make-over.

Here's the arrangement on my design wall where I could step back and look - without my glasses, so I could "see" the values instead of the colors. But don't be surprised if I decide to swap around some blocks before I sew them together!

The rest of Lee's instructions to complete the Supernova quilt top will be released Thursday. Hopefully by then I'll have the coal-colored Kona solid I need to complete the top! I've had issues getting the fabric. First I ordered it, sight unseen, from an Iowa quilt shop about an hour north of me. The fabric arrived and it's a Kona solid that's darker than coal. Then, I tried re-ordering it from where I'd ordered it in the first place - Fabric.com. Using the same item number from my previous order, I received an aqua-colored Moda Marble! That issue hasn't been settled yet.

In the meantime, I'm relieved to restore order to my sewing room. These are the piles of rejected, over-cut and unused pieces. What should I do with all of them? I really don't want to sew that big pile of gray solid and print triangles into half-square triangles. But I might be willing to cut 3" squares from the remaining pieces, to add to the pile of 3" squares there in the middle. And then maybe make a patch quilt? What do you think?
Linda

9 comments:

  1. Love these colors!! Looking very yummy so far!

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  2. They look great, Linda. Sorry you are having such trouble getting the Kona cotton you are looking for. I am seeing more solids in some of the quilt shops around here these days so the trend is making it's way around, I think. I have a good book, called the Modern Quilt, that features mostly solids, and it's just great so I've been kind of looking and getting pieces here and there. If I had any of the coal color you are looking for, I would send it. Your quilt will be just gorgeous when you are done!

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  3. Wow, I love your Supernova blocks. The coal gray makes a nice background. The block in the center is perfect; it holds everything together. It's fun to watch a quilt as it develops. Thanks for sharing the photos in progress.
    Karen

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  4. What a great pattern. Grey is so very popular these days and I really like how the blocks pop when using it as a background.

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  5. Good going with the gray background! I 'stretched' & used SAND, but sure do love that gray and anxious to use it in another project soon!

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  6. Absolutely stunning blocks!! A lot of work, but well worth the effort.

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  7. I like the blocks! I rearranged mine several times also.

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  8. Linda,

    I am in love with the colors!!

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