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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 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

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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!




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