What I Did on my Summer Vacation

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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!

 

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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:

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But I don’t think I like it anymore. So now I’m going to do something like this:

potential layout for Supernova quilt

 

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 😀


Current Projects

Garden Fence Quilt, Alexander Henry June Jubilee and various Kona solids

Supernova Quilt, Connecting Threads Homegrown Collection

Kaleidoscope Quilt, Kona Coal and a variety of pink-patterned and blue-patterned FQs

Sunkissed Squares Quilt, off-white cotton background with a bright jelly roll from Joann's--no idea of the colors, I want more of this!

Sew- and Quilt-Alongs, Link Parties, Swaps

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