Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Finish: Supernova Starburst

Last weekend I took two quilts to the beach (see Beach Diaries) and asked our son, Aaron, to take some photos.
my favorite picture of the whole photo shoot :)
First of all, you should know that I started this quilt back in 2011. I found a blog post dated 7/5/11 that showed the finished top.

It has spent the last five-plus years folded up on a shelf.  The original pattern is by Lee Heinrichs of Freshly Pieced. She did a quilt-along called Supernova, back in 2011. I loved the pattern. At that time, batiks were not embraced by the modern quilt movement, so my goal was to use batiks, set against a grey background, which was considered modern, and try to disprove that theory that batiks could not be "modern." I believe I succeeded.
According to that blog post, I looked up the definition of supernova. I liked this definition: "the explosion of a star in which the star may reach a maximum intrinsic luminosity one billion times that of the sun."  I liked the explosion of colors, the hot saturation in each block, and the subtle luminosity. I named the quilt Supernova Starburst.

A few months ago, I took it to my machine quilter extraordinaire, Darby, and she worked magic on it.

Even a photobomb by the other quilt we photographed (I'll share that one next week--it's a beauty!)

It took awhile, but I'm so happy to finally show this quilt. I love everything about it.

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts, TGIFF, Fort Worth Quilt Studio and Confessions of a Fabric Addict. Have a colorful weekend.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Really Random Thursday, 1/12/17: The Beach Diaries

Welcome, 2017!

I always love the new year, full of possibilities. So it is hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that this first month of 2017 is nearly half over!

Last week at this time, we were enjoying our third annual Oceano Dunes beach house adventure.
 We arrived on Wednesday at noon and it rained the rest of the day.
By Thursday, the skies had cleared up and it was time for the sand and surf.
 Lots of sand time, both Thursday and Friday.

Walks on the beach.
Watching vehicles cross the "stream" to get to the other side--lots of four-wheelers.
Charlotte and I ventured into Pismo and took some fun pictures in the photo booth.
Crazy morning hair.

We ate most of our meals at home.
 Charlotte and Mark had a good time making breakfasts together.
We played games by the hours. Favorites were: Apples to Apples (Disney Version), Eye  Found It, Old Maid (I had no idea Old Maid could be so action packed!), and for the adults, Code Names and Colt Express.
Some quilt photography happened--more on that later.

The kids wrote the cutest notes in the guest book.

Family pictures.

Everyone, aside from the two of us, went home Saturday morning.

We drove into Pismo for another two nights.
I can hardly wait until next year.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Sweet Rebellion: A Mini Quilt Tutorial

Are you familiar with Ink & Arrow Fabrics yet? I had a chance to work with a couple of fabrics from their Sweet Rebellion line, thanks to Courtney from Wives of Westwood. Sweet Rebellion is pretty and edgy at the same time. How many times do you see bike chains and peonies combined in the same fabric?
I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. I had designed a block for the the Summer 2015 issue of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks called "Off the Rails," a variation of the classic rail fence block.
While I was really happy with the block, I never made anything more than that one block which I sent to the magazine.

As I have had three blocks published by Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, one of my goals in 2017 is to actually make a project with each one of them. The beautiful fabric provided the perfect opportunity to start meeting that goal.

The block is super simple. There are four blocks in the Sweet Rebellion mini quilt (this is the information for one block):
Black Dot and White Dot:
from each:
4 rectangles 2 1/2" x 6 1/2"
4 squares 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"

Center Rail:
4 rectangles 2 1/2" x 6 1/2"

This block uses the "stitch and flip" technique. For the black and white dot rectangles, align one of the 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares on a corner of the rectangle. Mark a diagonal line from corner to corner as shown. Sew on the marked line. Trim the seam allowance to 1/4" as shown.
Flip the patch open and press.
Add one of the center rails and sew together.
Each block requires four of these units. I really loved the Peonies & Chains in light pink, so for each block I made two units those, one unit with Chain Scroll in Fuchsia and one unit Packed Lily of the Valley in pink.. All four units are constructed like the photo above. Then you just rotate them like this and sew the units together. 
I made four blocks to complete the mini quilt. But since I had never sewn more than one of the blocks, for some reason I hadn't visualized the cool secondary design that popped up in the middle of the block--like a reverse block right there in the center.
Here is the completed 24" x 24" mini quilt. I'm so happy with how it turned out that now I want to make a lap-sized quilt using this block.
The Sweet Rebellion line has the Square Dot Blender in several other colors as well. And the Chain Scroll comes in a black or white background--SUCH a fun print! 

Many thanks to Wives of Westwood and Ink & Arrow Fabrics for giving me the opportunity to play with this fun line of fabric. 

And three cheers--this is my first finish of 2017!!