Tuesday, July 5, 2011

WIP Wednesday: Supernova Starburst

I looked up the definition of supernova. There were several, but I liked the wording of this definition the best:
"the explosion of a star in which the star may reach a maximum intrinsic luminosity one billion times that of the sun."

I present to you Supernova Starburst:
I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this quilt. The explosion of colors, the hot saturation in each block, the subtle luminosity. 

Most of my batik fabrics had been given to friends as it seems the "modern" quilt movement doesn't generally embrace batiks. But when I looked at the colors of Lee's blog button and my stash of batiks, I knew they were made for each other.
 I paired all those gorgeous fabrics with some cooling Kona solid grey to really make the colors pop.
I think all these triangles that were trimmed off will somewhat appear on the back of the quilt. They are much too pretty to toss.

I also have this stack of scraps. It isn't enough to make a Supernova quilt, but I'll send them to the first person who wants to give them a good home.

So that's what I've been working on in the last week. Now go see what everyone else has been doing.


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Heather said... #

Such a beautiful quilt! I love batik fabric and used them for a sampler quilt I did last summer! I'd be happy to give your scraps a good home!

Elisa Black said... #

Your Supernova Starburst is just gorgeous!! I love it in the full view as well as the close-up details of the batiks you used. Awesome!! What an interesting definition for supernova-- I did not know that-- thank you for sharing. Have a great day and enjoy your new finish!

Kylie Lloyd said... #

I can see why you called it starburst. The colours just burst off the background of the quilt.

CitricSugar said... #

That quilt top is stunning! I'm swooning....

Elizabeth Dackson said... #

Wow, I think Starburst is definitely the right name for this quilt - it looks fantastic, Cindy :) So vibrant!

Barbara said... #
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Barbara said... #

Love the quilt! Great choice with the grey background, you're right, the colors pop! And what an adorable pile of scraps (: They'd be fun to play with.
I just found your blog, and I love it, I'm your newest follower!

Jill Chapman said... #

The batiks work perfectly with that pattern. I absolutely love it. It's like a gorgeous sunset

CityHouseStudio said... #

I love how your quilt matches the quilt along's button! I would have never thought of using batiks with solids, but the result is stunning!

Lynette said... #

What a wonderful modern use of batiks. I really don't understand the aversion to those fabrics. (I find that snobbery kinda funny coming from a group of quilters who seem to champion the attitude of not caring about "rules" and embracing individuality.) They're gorgeous fabrics, and this is a remarkable Supernova. :D

Laura said... #

I love batiks and I love your quilt! Great job!

Sel said... #

Oh, that does pop beautifully!

Candace said... #

What a gorgeous quilt! I love how the colours play in the light, pulling some of the blocks forward while pushing others to the back. You have definitely made me want to try this quilt now!

randi--i have to say said... #

very nice! and i think the batiks are perfect for your quilt. the colors are just scrumptious!

Carla said... #

AMAZING! That is so pretty and again, amazing! I would also be in love with it.

Amy Friend said... #

It's beautiful! I think that the batiks worked really well for it. I can't wait to see the pretty back you craft with all those scraps.

Sandy said... #

Love your color choices, and the name certainly applies. Perfect description.

Lee said... #

Oh, Cindy!!! It's GORGEOUS! It practically sparkles! What a beautiful quilt. And I love the Supernova definition you found. : )

Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday!

Bree said... #

Love, love, LOVE the colors you used! And it does match the button perfectly. :)

Carla said... #

This is a Super quilt bursting with luminocity and you are certainly living a colorful life! Love it...even though I am not usually a big fan of batiks, I really like this rendition!

Needled Mom said... #

Beautiful!!! Those colors are awesome.

Linz said... #

Oh. My. Goodness!!!!! It is beautiful!! I just love the colors! Beautifully done!!

Letterpress said... #

I think I needle to bottle some of your energy and drink it on my slow days. Your supernova quilt is quite impressive and I am really glad you used the batiks. I've dragged out a few here and there out of my stash recently, and found that they really worked well. They have movement in their "solidness" and I like that in a quilt.


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Wandering Minstrel said... #

That quilt is indeed gorgeous! I love the pairing of gray with all those colors--you're right, they really pop!

And I *adore* batiks, too. An excellent job!

Terriaw said... #

Wow, it's fabulous! I hope you have room to pack this for our show and tell at Retreat this weekend. It really does look like stars bursting. Well done!

Nichole said... #

this looks great - i really like how the bright colors pop against the grey.

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said... #

Your supernova is amazing. I love the colors you used. Very, very nice. Visiting from WIP.
~ Kimberlee at The Spunky Diva 
PS- I always welcome scraps. Figured I would throw that out even though it looks like yours already have a new home, LOL!

Sadie said... #

Beautiful quilt!

And this would be . . . . said... #

WOW! That looks amazing. It is wonderful.

felicity said... #

Your Supernova is a stunner, Cindy. Definitely a billion times brighter than the sun. I love love love it.

Mrs Flying Blind... said... #

Simply stunning x

Jen said... #

This is gorgeous! I love the batiks too. Makes me want to make something with batiks. From far away, they read as solids, and that's kinda modern. I think it looks great though. Impressive!

KimT said... #

fabulous Super Nova!!!!!

Grandma G said... #

Wow! Just STUNNING!!

Kirsten said... #

Gorgeous quilt!

M-R Charbonneau said... #

Cindy, it's stunning! The colours are so vibrant and really pop with the grey background. Beautiful!

Linda said... #

What a beautiful quilt! I think batiks are timeless. It's a shame the 'modern movement" doesn't embrace them!

Poppyprint said... #

modern, schmodern. I'm so glad you used your beautiful batiks. They are absolutely perfect for this quilt!!! It's positively luminescent!

Melinda said... #

I don't think it matters what fabrics you use; it's how you use them. And you have used them well, my dear! I think we just quilt, we create. I think it matters more how you utilize your color sense alongside a pattern to maximize it's beauty. It doesn't matter what the fabric looks like if it brings out the beauty of your quilt!

Jen B said... #

I love how the batiks give the supernova blocks depth and movement. I'm another one who doesn't understand why batiks are so scorned by modern quilters. I really like both modern, graphic fabric and batiks. I feel that they can be used very effectively in modern quilt patterns, as you've shown!

Jenniffier said... #

Oh my gosh! That is such a great quilt. Love the colors, love the bursting, love it all!

Leanne said... #

That is a beautiful supernova!

Rene' said... #

I loved seeing this quilt top in person! Simply stunning with the bright batiks matched with the solid kona gray. It really does look like a starburst and a great rendition of the supernova button.

Amanda Jean said... #

it's a fantastic quilt, Cindy. I consider myself very priviledged to have seen it live and in person this weekend. I can't stop smiling when i think about all the fun we had. :)

hope you are home safe and sound!