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Supernova Quilt // Craft Book Month at Craftbuds


How many of you, like myself, have a slight addiction to buying craft and quilt books? My Amazon prime membership is definitely used a lot!  This September is the 3rd Annual “Craft Book Month” at CraftBuds.com. Today I am participating in a fantastic blog hop which shall entice you to join the Craft Book creating fun! For the next three weeks, some fabulous bloggers will be showing off  projects they made from craft books. Anytime during this month you may linkup a project you made from a craft book. Visit Craft Buds and enter a project from your blog or Flickr account. Tell us a little about the project, the book you used, and how you personalized it. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, October, 1, 2013!

Choosing a book was surprisingly easy for me. I wanted to make several projects from the book, Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quiltsby Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen, but had trouble finding the time to try them. The hardest part of this challenge was choosing which project I would make.

Ultimately, I decided to make the Supernova Quilt. It is absolutely stunning! The original quilt measures 66.5" x 78.5". With my super busy schedule, I wasn't able to make the large size. Someday, though, I would love to have this quilt on my bed.

supernova-1cI decided to make my blocks 2.5”, not 6.5” as the original pattern instructed. The 2.5” block size made it perfect for a jelly roll. A Chicopee jelly roll by Denise Schmidt, which had been in my stash for quite a while, was perfect for this project. The mix of the different prints and color values gave the quilt more of a "shattered" look than the original. I loved the result! The miniature version measures 22” x 26”, perfect for a wall hanging!

The machine quilting in the original quilt is absolutely amazing! It may be why I like the quilt so much. I was dreaming of doing something similar, but I decided to quilt simple, concentric circles instead. Concentric circles can be quilted fairly quickly, yet still add a beautiful movement to the quilt design.

I chose a simple black and cream chevron print for the back to complement  the “shattered” look of the front.

I found the improvisational techniques that Jacquie and Katie presented in this book to be very fun and relaxing. I love how their projects give you the freedom to apply your own creative ideas.

This beauty now hangs in my living room with my Retro Rubies quilt!

Blog Hop Schedule

Week One

Week Two

Week Three

Thank you for visiting Pile O’ Fabric for the Craft Buds blog hop. I am looking forward to seeing what books and projects you all choose. I do hope you will join us!

Alyssa


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  • katie says...

    It turned out great! I love how happy it looks!

    On August 20, 2014

  • sue says...

    I love how this turned out and also that you made it smaller. Beautiful!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Anita says...

    Great size and love the colors!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Marci Girl says...

    Beautiful and I love the smaller size, that was a great idea!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Margaret Schindler says...

    How you find the time to make all these beautiful quilts, teach classes and keep up is beyond me. You are so inspiring Thank you for taking the time to share.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Amanda says...

    This is simply gorgeous and oh so inspiring!!!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Karen says...

    Oh I forgot to let you know that I added this to my Pinterest board. I hope that is ok, I believe it gives you credit. :o)

    On August 20, 2014

  • Karen says...

    Alyssa, I absolutely LOVE your take on this! It’s beautiful in every way. I hope to some day stitch a quilt with circular quilting, I love that look but not sure if I’m ready for it yet.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Craft Book Month: Fabric Seeds + Pile ‘O Fabric | Craft Buds says...

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    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Thank you! You totally should just do it! It really isn’t hard at all. Start with a bowl and water soluble pen. Trace the bowl and then with your walking foot stitch on the line. The key is to use a guide bar that attaches to your walking foot set to about 1" and then follow your original line over and over working outward.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Thank you Amanda :)

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Sometimes I think I sleep and quilt! Haha Thanks Margaret!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Thanks! Wow, that is a lot! You could have an entire library!! :)

    On August 20, 2014

  • carolaj says...

    I love the super nova quilt. I must confess that I own 839 quilt books. (I am a retired librarian, hence the accurate number taken from my quilt books database). I love to get a new quilt book. I save it for bedtime reading with my handy highlight tabs. What a great idea for a craftbuds book review/project.
    I bought my first quilt book in 1980 at a quilt show in Pasadena, CA.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Thank you Anita :)

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Thank you Sue! In the pictures it looks bigger than it actually is it pretty itty bitty! I love it.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Thank you! I am already pulling fabrics for a king size version. I just love this quilt so much!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    I am a completely Pinterest friendly blogger and more than welcome you to pin anything you would like!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Wens says...

    What a beauty! I love Chicopee! This is such a gorgeous supernova. Lovely work.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Thanks Deborah! I had my Chicopee for a while and couldn’t think of what to make so this worked out well!

    On August 20, 2014

  • DeborahGun says...

    I really love this – I have never been drawn to Chicopee before but now I am wishing I bought some – it looks amazing!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Thank you Marci :)

    On August 20, 2014

  • Lindsay says...

    Alyssa, this quilt is just fab, and I love how you resized it to make it your own! Thanks so much for being a part of Craft Book Month!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Lucy @ Charm About You says...

    Absolutely love it! I don’t think I would have chosen that fabric line for that pattern but it works really well!! The colours look brilliant.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Kay says...

    I love super bright quilts like this, they are so happy.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Kelli says...

    I love this one! Don’t tell the girls, but I think I actually like yours better! The shattered look definitely adds to it and Chicopee was just perfect for this design. Great job, Alyssa!

    On August 20, 2014

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Welcome to the Pile O’ Fabric blog, my name is Alyssa Lichner, I live in sunny Gilbert, AZ. I am a freelance web and graphic designer turned avid sewist. I write modern quilting tutorials and share techniques and inspiration here at Pile O’ Fabric… Read More

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