Are we done yet??
Posted June 8, 2011on:
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😀
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.😀 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 3×3 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 10×10 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😀