SuperNova #2 – A finish

Nearly a year ago, I started taking classes with Kari Schell at On Point Quilter for Electric Quilt 8*. One of the first was a class with stars and I think this star was a result of that class. You can read all about the first version here.

This version was made for our church’s renovated sacristy and was on my list for a finish for this quarter. I did cut it close to the wire, a little more than 5 hours until the end of the day!  It is done, all hand sewing – everything!  I pieced it with Aurifil 50 wt #2024 and used Carol Doak’s foundation paper for the paper piecing. I also used my favorite Island Batik‘s as I did in the last.

I loaded it onto SS Tabitha (my Handiquilter Sweet Sixteen).  I didn’t baste as I thought I could get it tight enough and I did.  On another quilt I might baste (as is recommended) but this behaved really well.   

I did the stippling on the frame. The white thread for this was a sample from Superior Thread and it behaved really well. The batting was also Hobb’s Heirloom Cotton; it performed beautifully.

Then, I knew I could do ruler work but the lines were long and I knew a quick move to my Janome 3160 QC was in order.  Well I did this. Not once, but twice!  I though oh, no, this will never happen. I used an Aurifil 40/2 thread in Salmon which was not so bright and perfect for this part of the quilting. The little bit thicker thread was a nice emphasis for the straight line quilting.

The quilting gods smiled, and the rest finished with ease.  I did the facing again, and I love it!

This was part of my second quarter goals and I am so pleased to have it done. One more quilt almost made it but, I ran out of thread! I was quilting on the new frame, and thought the bobbin was going to run out, but NOOOO the top did – a sample thread. All in all it was a good quarter…just look at this quilt!

Addendum: 7/3/19 Here is the quilt, hanging in the renovated sacristy at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Charlestown MA.

Super Nova #2 
32” x 32”
Original Design; Electric Quilt 8
Island Batik Fabrics
Hobbs Heirloom Cotton batting
Piecing: Aurifil 50 wt #2024
Quilting: Superior Omni Natural White, Aurifil 40 wt #2225 Salmon

On the blog soon:
Let’s Sew QAL Block 10 release is Tuesday
Rainbow quilt – waiting for thread
July Island Batik project
Goal setting for July/3rd Quarter
August secret Island Batik project
August Island Batik challenge

Linking up:
UFO Busting #65
June UFO Challenge
Main Crush Monday
What I Made Monday
2019 FAL Q 2 
Colour & Inspiration Tuesday

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  1. Cindy Pieters
    July 1, 2019 / 7:23 AM

    Beautiful! I don’t do many faced bindings, but may have to consider doing more of them.

    • July 1, 2019 / 9:27 AM

      Its not so bad! I rather like it – especially for a wall hanging only quilt.

  2. Vicki in MN
    July 1, 2019 / 8:17 AM

    That star shines brightly, nice work!

  3. July 1, 2019 / 10:06 AM

    Very nice quilt for the sacristy, Kathleen! They recommend you baste your quilt for your longarm?

    • July 1, 2019 / 10:11 AM

      Thanks, Nancy! The basting is for the original frame, the little foot, which works like a hoop frame. I was using the leaders on another quilt that I ran out of thread, so I didn’t want to redo it, and thought this would work. I think you would want a little spray baste if it is a larger quilt….which you would need to move a lot more than this little guy.

  4. July 1, 2019 / 3:11 PM

    What a colorful and pretty little quilt. It reminds me of Autumn.

    • kathleenquilts
      July 1, 2019 / 3:13 PM

      I love the colors in this version, too! I wanted to keep most of the original feel, love the outside dot fabric in this version.

  5. July 2, 2019 / 2:34 PM

    Such gorgeous work! Those colors…perfect. Thanks for linking up to What I Made Monday.

  6. July 2, 2019 / 3:28 PM

    Wonderful finish Kathleen, so vibrant! Funny you going back and forth…Once I pin a quilt on my Avanté leaders it ain’t movin’ until it’s done!

  7. thedarlingdogwood
    July 2, 2019 / 8:58 PM

    Wow, this is such a beautiful design! Love it!

    • July 6, 2019 / 2:48 PM

      Thank you! Its one of the ones that I first did that I really love and have made more than once!

  8. July 9, 2019 / 8:25 AM

    I’m not sure how I missed commenting on this post — sorry! Love the star quilts, Kathleen. I just started the EQ8 classes, and I’m already behind. Haha. Won’t take me long to catch up though, hopefully today. I used to use Carol Doak’s paper, now I just order a ream of newsprint from an art store for about $4.

    • July 9, 2019 / 10:02 AM

      It is so easy to do. I sometimes feel like I spend way too much time commenting..and then putting the comments on my site. I do think it is worth it and now am trying to reply immediately. I don’t know why you don’t have a reply/email/post option. If only I were a programmer. I looked at getting newsprint but our staples didn’t have it and I didn’t have time to wait for the delivery, but definitely plan to. In fact, I will be sure to order it so it is there for the next trip to Boston.

  9. July 12, 2019 / 5:13 AM

    This star has a lovely warm glow. How dedicated of you to move between machines so often, but totally worth it. Congrats on a beautiful finish.

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