I have a gorgeous supernova quilt to show off today…
unfortunately, it is not mine.
But I did get to quilt it for my lovely friend Gail Maddick! Gail is also a member of the Late Night Quilter’s group on Facebook, so if you’re a member there too, this quilt might look familiar to you.
That reminds me… we are all anxiously awaiting Lee Heinrich’s decision on the best finished Supernova quilt entry. Don’t worry, we have not forgotten about it! I picked up the signed copies of Lee’s book (part of the prize package) over the weekend when I saw her at QuiltCon. Now she just has the incredibly difficult job of making a decision.
Now, back to telling you a little more about Gail’s quilt:
Gail participated in the Supernova Friendship Block Swap with Nancy Swanwick; the bright, beautiful blocks that comprise this quilt were made by both these talented ladies. They used a collection of orange, yellow and red batiks, with a dark navy batik as the background.
As a quilter, it’s so important to carefully consider what a quilt will be used for when choosing the quilting design. Gail told me that her teenage son had claimed this quilt for himself during his mother’s long, arduous process of making it (it’s 90 x 90″). The fact is, men seem to gravitate toward simple, angular, or straight line quilting; so that’s the direction we headed.
I quilted long, straight, horizontal and vertical lines across the quilt.
The long, straight lines posed a bit of a challenge since I don’t have a channel lock on my machine, that keeps the longarm running in a straight line from left to right. Therefore, I relied on my trusty straight line ruler by Teryl Loy.
It’s 3/8″ thick, 3″ x 8″ long. See that open channel in the ruler? It’s wonderful for stitching in the ditch.
We chose to leave the triangles unquilted so as not to lead the eye away from the stunning supernova effect of the stars. I did stitch in the ditch around each and every triangle, and knotted and buried every thread (because I really love Gail a lot!). I am reminded of what my friend Melanie from Mel in The Attic said about making her Peek quilt… minimalism does not mean easy.
We used one of my favorite threads ever created, Glide, by Fil Tec, in Sand. It glimmers like a thin, delicate strand of gold, and it looks great on almost everything.
It was definitely a challenge to stitch in the ditch accurately around all those triangles, given the extreme contrast between the yellow and dark navy fabrics. But I did my best, and I am happy with the results. As I stitched, I tried to relax and remind myself that there is no such thing as perfection in quilting (and for the record, there’s no crying in quilting either).
Now check out the back of this quilt! Something about it reminds me of The Kiss, by Gustaf Klimpt.
Gail worked some serious magic with the backing fabric. She carefully pieced the back so that the straight lines on the edges of the print would line up perfectly to create a very cool frame around all 4 sides.
I’ve now carefully wrapped up Gail’s baby in cellophane to protect it from the elements during the shipping process and will head out to mail it momentarily. Hope she loves it as much as I do!
Special thanks to my parents, who lovingly help me hang and photograph many of my quilts. Where would we be without the quilt-holders in our lives?
I’m linking up to Sew Can She Show Off Saturday. See you Sunday for the latest on my new addition to my fabric stash (it’s a good one!).