Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Supernova Redux

Okay, get your fainting couches ready ...

My Original Supernova quilt is finally finished! Only fourteen months after I started it.

Tomorrow marks a whole year of WIP Wednesday linky posts. One year! And I thought, what better way to celebrate than to haul out one of my longest-term WIPs and actually finish the darn thing? Also motivating was a hilarious comment from Eryn on last week's WIP Wednesday that if I didn't finish off the Original Supernova soon, she was going to find out where I live and swipe it. Well, here it is Eryn—swiper no swiping!

The front is made up entirely of Hope Valley prints by Denyse Schmidt, Kona Snow as the background, and Kona Stone for the star "extenders" and binding.

I pieced this differently than the method I used for my Supernova quilt-along. Original Supernova is pieced entirely from squares and HSTs. It is also much smaller than my QA Supernova—Original Sup is 48" square, with each Supernova block finishing at 12" square.

I came up with the alternate way of piecing this for the quilt-along to eliminate the HSTs and give people fewer squares to piece. But I think there are benefits to this method as well. I definitely recommend this method if you have a lot of directional fabric, because the other way requires a lot of advance planning to coordinate the direction of the prints. If I were going to make this quilt again, I think I'd go back to this original method, but I would increase the size like I did for the QA, and I would use Thangles to piece the HSTs.

PTS Redo

Speaking of Thangles, I have to add one more thing to this post: Check out this a-MAZ-ing pillow made by Amy of Don't You Know Who I Am? These are the TINIEST Supernova blocks EVER! Each block measures just 7", with each teeny square 1" finished! Amazing! She used Thangles for her piecing as well.

Anyway, I'm so happy to have Original Supernova in the "finished" column at long last. The top has actually been done for just under one full year. It's also worth noting that this is my 10th finished full-size quilt of the year—I just need to complete two more by the end of the year to meet my goal of 12 quilts in 2011! Woo hoo!

Be sure to come back tomorrow for my big anniversary celebration of WIP Wednesday. There will be a giveaway for everyone who links up, and a special "retrospective". You won't want to miss it!

45 comments:

Linz said...

Yea!!! I am so happy to see that Supernova done too!! It's beautiful!! :)

Can't wait for tomorrow's anniversary link up!!

Kelly Irene said...

Congrats on the anniversary and big finish! The quilt is gorgeous.

LynCC said...

Have I really been watching in Blogland this long? Wow! It's wonderful all finished up :)

Katie B. said...

Woo hoo! I'm so glad to see this one finished. I've been in love with this quilt since I first saw it, and my own Supernova is probably my favorite quilt. Hooray!

Swiper no swiping! :)

Leanne said...

Hurray!! I love that quilt, I am so glad to see it all finished, your did a wonderful job on it.

cinzia said...

WOW! Your quilt is spectacular!

Debbie said...

Very cool!! I loved the Supernova qa & still consider it some of the best quilty fun I've had all year. Your supernova is fantastic!! Love it.

Susan said...

Congratulations on your Supernova! Never tire of viewing Supernovas - they are without a doubt my favorite. :) PS I know I owe you an email reply!

Poppyprint said...

Way to go!! Nothing feels better than a longstanding WIP turning into a stunning finish!!

beaquilter said...

what an AWESOME quilt, shame it can to wait a year to be completed :-)
Oh I have SOME too that I want to finish.... now is a good a time as any I guess, oh wait I just got some NEW fabrics in the mail today!!

A.J. Dub. said...

Yay!! So fun to see it all done. That is a sweet pillow.
Thangles ROCK!

Dawn said...

Supernova is stunning! Great job!

Patchwork and Play said...

Congratulations on finishing your SuperNova! it's wonderful!

Angela said...

congrats on finishing a wip! That's such a satisfying feeling. And with two months left to go I'm sure you'll reach your crazy goal of 12 quilts! ;)

Heather D. said...

This is just wonderful! Congrats on the finish. :)

Kristen said...

Yippee!! Gorgeous finish!

Toni said...

Yay!! Congratulations on getting it finished AND a whole year of WIP Wednesdays! That quilt is one of my favorites and it must feel great to get to put a fat black line through it on the list!

Flying Blind... said...

Absolutely flipping fantastic!!! Well done x

Katy Cameron said...

Yay, it looks fab, love those colours!

Kati said...

Way to go! It's such a great feeling to finish something that has been sitting for far too long.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Wonderful!! I absolutely love it :)

Jessica said...

what a stunner! Perfect time for the finish, I can't think of a better celebration for one year of WIP Wednesdays!! Great job Lee :-)

A Seam to Sew said...

Great finish! I looks wonderful!

Tanya said...

Fantastic. I love the fabrics you have used.

Archie the wonder dog said...

It looks wonderful and I love the mini version!!

Kerry said...

So so beautiful! The hope valley was such a good choice- it looks like it has existed forever and been handed to you!

Pam said...

Stunning!!!

Eryn said...

Thanks for the shout out - I think!! I'm sure you'll be surpised to discover that I'm the Challenge Coordinator in my quilt guild too and have been referred to (affectionately I hope) as "The Hammer". Check us out... www.fvmodernquilt.com

M-R said...

Congratulations, Lee! I love this quilt so much that I put it on my bucket list. :) Fabulous job!

BaileyGirl5 said...

Fantastic quilt. Truly .... fantastic. Congrats on the finish!

sukie said...

Thanks for the shout out! heart you!

Sarah said...

It's gorgeous Lee, great to finally see it out of the UFO pile and definitely worth waiting for :-)

Kelli said...

That is a gorgeous quilt, and I love the pattern!

Elizabeth D. said...

Oh, yay!! I wasn't sure if you were kidding or not when you mentioned finishing this one up for Wednesday ;) It looks so fab, the Kona Stone works perfect with your DS prints. Yay for a finish!

Sheila said...

Gorgeous finish! I have this pattern on my "someday" list...just as soon as a whittle down the WIP pile a bit more... :)

felicity said...

Brava! What a beautiful finish. This is a wonderful, wonderful pattern, Lee!

occasionalpiece said...

You're funny. And fun!

Looking forward to tomorrow and your anniversary celebration. This exploding star/fireworks is perfect for a party celebration! Congrats on getting it to the finish line.

Elizabeth E.
occasionalpiece.wordpress.com

Béa said...

Really beautiful, I have to make my own !

Little Bluebell (Adrianne) said...

Yay for the finish!!! I looks beautiful. : )

Cille said...

Oh... it just suberb! Congratulations and a big yay on getting it done all in time for your W.I.P anniversary.

Dianne Neale said...

This is still my favourite quilt. My friend wanted me to make her a quilt, and when she saw this, she instantly wanted it. So I have just bought a full FQ set of Hope Valley (with her money) to make it - Hooray. And there might just be enough left over for one for me! I'm a bit late to the party but can't wait to get started.

The Thompsons said...

Congrats on the finish. It always feels nice to finish something that's been sitting there for what feels like forever. :)

Marlene @ KISSed Quilts . com said...

yeah!!!!!!

amy smart said...

Lee, This quilt is FABulous. Oh, my - i think it might be my favorite Hope Valley quilt I've seen. Love it.

capitolaquilter said...

Congratulation on finishing. I feel a little less guilty that my poor top sits unfinished and on the to do list still. This is an inspiration to dust if off and take it on. BYW: I like your new buddy icon.

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