Wednesday, May 21, 2014

16 months later ... The Super Nova Quilt is Done

I was so taken with this quilt when I first finished the top 16 (yikes!) months ago.  And I'm still taken with it.  But gee, it sure took a long time to find a fabric I was happy with for the back.

Super Nova stack n whack quilt.
Here is the link to the original post which
details how I did the stack n whack

To digress a little bit ... in the 16 month span it took to find the back, I started watching the quirky British TV show Doctor Who.

Anyone who has watched Doctor Who might see that the radiant design of the Super Nova blocks sort of resembles the opening of graphics of the show.

And then I found this wonderful rosy brick colored fabric with French script ... and a phantom hand doing the writing.  To me that phantom hand was very Doctor Who-ish.

At that moment, the Super Nova quilt became the Doctor Who quilt.

The phantom Doctor Who hand !

The quilting ... parallel wavy lines
with random whirls

The Super Nova Doctor Who quilt and
it's blocks that radiate from the center
of the universe ... available in my Etsy shop!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

eXtreme Scrapping: A Table Runner from Leftovers

I'm a little bit silly about saving fabric scraps.  I save just about every little bit of usable fabric.  Usable for me can be as little as 1/2 inch.  Does that move me from the silly to the compulsive category?  May be so.  So be it.

Extreme Scrapping Table Runner - Batiks
leftover from the Tsunami Quilt

The center squares are done by topstitching
(with a decorative stitch)
two little scrappy bits together.

I do not use a foundation, just slightly
overlap the pieces, topstitch, press and trim. 

It is a technique I developed when I decided
I needed to use up all the little bits leftover
from the New York Beauty Christmas quilt.

I thought this would be a great project to try
quilting with Perle Cotton.

And quilting with my
grandmother's crochet thread ... why not?

The back ... and all the hand quilting.  

The quilting was all done free form,
experimenting with the different threads.

The difference in look of the
10 and 30 wt crochet threads.

The 10 wt bedspread weight thread is a bit too heavy and was hard to pull while quilting.  But I really like the heavier look of the thread.

The  Perle Cotton is the easiest to quilt with and
also has the heavier thread look.

The 30 wt crochet was also easy to pull.