Supernova Swap Update and Late Night Quilters Club

May 18, 2014

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Hello Supernova Swap Participants.  Guess what, we are now 86 participants strong!

If you wanted to participate, and haven’t gotten a match yet, please email me.

For everyone who is already knee-deep in the swap, how is your fabric selection going?

Supernova by LinZ Sews

Supernova by LinZ Sews

Sandra and I cordially invite you to upload your gorgeous fabric selections to our FlickR group and to Instagram (#supernovaswap). C’mon upload photos today.  We all need a little quilty inspiration and color therapy.

Supernova, by Felicity Sews

Supernova, by Felicity Sews

As a sidenote, I’d like to host a Linky party so we can hop to each others’ fabric posts, but it seems doesn’t allow that (anybody else know for sure?)

Here’s the link again to Lee’s original instructions for each step of the entire process of the Supernova, from fabric selection, to planning the blocks and cutting to final construction.

As we all begin cutting and piecing, we may have questions or thoughts to share.  Please use this blog post to ask for help from our awesome community and post answers or ideas.  That way, we all know where to go to communicate and log information about our experiences making this quilt.

Jo from Riddle and Whimsy has posted a very helpful addendum to Lee’s original cutting instructions: Jo and Sara from Smiles Too Loudly are making a rainbow Supernova.  Their quilt will feature different background fabrics in each block. Jo found a way to tailor the cutting instructions to her needs, and has posted it for all of us who may find it helpful.

And congrats to Nancy and Gail who have finished their blocks ahead of schedule and sent them off to one another along with their 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me lists.  You two are now our leading experts.  We can’t wait to see your blocks.

That reminds me, Sandra and I will all post pictures of our blocks after we are sure our partners have received them in the mail. We don’t want to spoil any lovely surprises. But I will let you and your partner decide when you would like to upload your pictures….

On another note…

Kitty from Night Quilter and I have joined forces with our quilting friend Michelle, and launched a new Facebook Community called the Late Night Quilters Club.

Late Night Quilters Club

If you’re on Facebook, would you please give us a little love and take a second to LIKE it for us, share it with your quilting friends…. and perhaps post some of your projects?

Late Night Quilters Club is a group for quilters around the world who find themselves cutting, stitching, basting and pressing deep into the wee small hours of the morning.

It doesn’t matter if you’re modern or traditional, if you use a DSM, long-arm, or hand-stitch. We are Late Night Quilters, and we must stick together.  We are the quilters who are forced to practice our craft by moonlight, whether it be children, those pesky jobs, or significant others who demand our attention from dawn to dusk.

At the Late Night Quilters Club, you can share your beautiful pictures and patterns, ask others’ opinions, commiserate with others about the crappy lighting in your studio (wait, maybe that’s just me), or just tell funny stories about your life.

But don’t worry, if you happen to be lucky enough to stitch in daylight, we’re still happy to have you!  So please, join us today!

Thank you to all of you who have reached out to me via comments or emails.  I enjoy connecting with you every day.  It is such a pleasure to meet you all through our shared love of quilting.







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  • Reply gailym1 May 18, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Hi Stephanie and fellow Supernova quilters. Nancy and I have had a great time selecting our fabrics and now making our blocks. We decided on batiks with a midnight blue background and a range of gold/orange/red batiks for the rest. I have made two blocks so far which I will post up once Nancy has received hers so as not to spoil the surprise.
    Just a couple of comments about piecing the blocks (these are my own observations, Nancy may have her own comments to add). I didn’t follow any of the instructions at all, I just drafted the block from the pictures and the size given, then made it up as four corner squares, then attached two strips between pairs to make two halves, then attached a single long strip across the middle to join both halves. I also used Y seams for the arrow shaped pieces which I found worked very quickly and easily. It took a bit longer than I expected to put together, but the second one was definitely quicker once I had worked out a more streamlined production process.

  • Reply Nancy Swanwick May 18, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    We had some time conflicts before June 15, so Gail and I got right on our blocks for this first month, and each put ours in the mail last Friday. We both purchased the same Midnight blue batik for the background, and are using our own yellow, gold, orange, red and rust batiks for the stars, to appear to be a Supernova in the night sky. We both drafted our patterns instead of using instructions as we agreed we wanted to minimize seams in the background piece. Both of us used a large triangle for the background ( four 5 7/8″ squares, cut in half diagonally), but instead doing Y seams, my “legs” are made of a 3″ square, then a trapezoid and triangle for each of two colors. I cut the trapezoids from a two 3″ X 8 7/8″ rectangles, then using a template made from my graph paper, cut them apart with a 45 degree angle, creating the four trapezoids for one color. From the same color, I then cut two 3 3/8″ squares, cut in half diagonally for the four triangles. Everything else in the block is 3″ cut squares. I found out it went together very quickly and accurately. I love the block I sent to Gail, and I’m sure I’ll be thrilled with the one that’s on it’s way to me.

    Gail and I are new friends, meeting through comments from another quilt related Facebook page. She sent me the invitation to do this project together, and we’ve already become fast friends through our interactions. Thanks so much for making this experience possible.

  • Reply sandralouise May 18, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Hi Gail and Nancy: it’s great to read about your progress, and in true modern quilt fashion, you’re making your own rules! So glad to hear you’re also enjoying becoming friends. I think I can speak for Stephanie when I say how much fun were having getting to know each other, too. 🙂

  • Reply Joanna May 19, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Linkys still work on WP, but instead of the linky post image being shown in your post, it will just make a little button that will link to a separate page full of the linkys. This old post of mine has a linky down the bottom. Photo linkys are subscription based as well (except for one “free trial”) so it will end up as text links 🙁 though surely there’s a free photo linky out there somewhere…

  • Reply Chelsea Huckins May 20, 2014 at 3:39 am

    Oh I love your late night group and banner, so stinkin’ cute!

  • Reply Jessica D May 20, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    AHHH – fabric ordered, but still waiting for it to arrive! Can’t wait much longer! 🙂

  • Reply Chris Teague May 21, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Ok….. my partner, Kim A Reid, and I are working on assembling our fabrics and have made test blocks to fully grok the instructions…… looking forward to swapping the first blocks!

  • Reply Josi May 22, 2014 at 4:11 am

    Angie and I selected our fabrics! Going to use Tula Pink’s Acacia collection with a Kona Charcoal background. I love the depth of the colors and all the hidden pictures! Next step, tackle the instructions and figure out how to put one of these blocks together. Chris Teague has a great idea with the tester block! Still dreaming up a blog, can’t wait to make the jump to quilting online!

  • Reply Lin Marsh May 22, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    My partner, Pam has sent me her block. It’s beautiful. We are using Kaffe Fassett prints. She’s using warm colors, and I cool ones. I only have one of my blocks done, so haven’t sent to her yet. So anxious to be able to.
    I don’t use Flickr or IG, so not sure how we will link up our pics. Maybe Pam does.
    Fantastic block! I’m lovin’ how our blocks look together.

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