This is what it's all about. Making pretty quilts just because. Even though I tend to have 8-10 projects going on at once (especially within the last three months), when I get obsessed with a project, it's all I can think about. Well, pretty much all, not counting my family, friends, students, and the importance of ice cream.
I chose to start this Supernova Friendship Swap quilt with Karin simply because I wanted to. Last year, I craved a year-long project. I also craved a piecing challenge (these little whippersnappers took 2-3 hours to make two, even with chain-piecing). I had always wanted to try Lee Heinrich's beautiful quilt; however, making all those blocks on my own was daunting. It made sense to team up! Each month, we each made two identical (or almost identical blocks) within our chosen color palette. For the back, I took the extra supernova (and the lightest one overall) and pieced a back together from my stash. It includes some treasured prints (especially those arrows!).
Quilts full of saturated color make our hearts sing, and this one is no different. We chose the blue quilter's linen as a background after I saw this quilt on Pinterest. Sometimes I need a break from using cream/white/gray as a neutral. ;) The extra fabric in the border is the metallic Netorious by Cotton and Steel, and it gives off a great shine. I can't wait to see what Karin chooses as her extra fabric! And, thanks to my friend Liz's suggestion, I bound it in the purple Cotton and Steel Dottie print. Good thing I recently purchased another yard (so technically I am sewing from my stash!).
As I mentioned earlier this week, I quilted so that the center supernova exploded to the ends of the quilt in all directions; I used large pebbles for the horizontal and vertical lines, and repeating arcs on the diagonals. The other supernovas are quilted individually in one of three designs: spirals, squares, and waves. I made sure to continue the quilting into the borders to maintain the exploding illusion. Then, I felt like it needed one more element (what can I say, I quilt quilts to death), so I quilted 8 diamonds in the middle Xs that the supernovas create. I discovered such joy in quilting this quilt. This process included a few very late nights because I was so wrapped up in what I was doing. I can only wish that others have or can find that feeling within their own hobbies. It was euphoric.
Go start (or finish?) that quilt you love. You won't regret it. I'm so glad I persevered this week... it was worth it. This quilt is staying with me!
Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts.
Thanks to Sandra and Stephanie for cheering us on all year!