Sunday, February 19, 2017

Stunning Stars #4 - "Supernova"!

Hi, all!

It's time for another quilt in the Stunning Stars Quilt Along - and this week's quilt is my husband's favorite!  He laid claim to it before it was even finished, and there's no higher compliment in my book.  So here it is - - - Supernova!

This is a super-simple quilt - made up of half square triangles!  
The layout and color variation is what creates all the movement in this quilt.

I quilted it with radiating lines from the focal star through the diamonds to increase the "starriness" of this quilt.

Once again, I dug through my stash for this quilt.  The top was made using leftovers from the oranges I used for Emmalyn's 2016 annual quilt, and the back utilizes a great Brandon Mably print and some gray and white polkadots.  Both those pieces had been sitting in my stash for quite a while!  So this is another one for the Sew My Stash 2017 challenge!

It was awfully windy the day I took these pictures, but at least there was sunshine to show off those beautiful bright oranges!!

I can see this quilt done scrappy, or in rainbow shades radiating out from the focal star, or shading from light to dark in a single color.  So many possibilities!!  

So - - - are you ready to make one of your own?  Here's how!


A Stunning Stars Quilt-Along Quilt

This is a very simple one-block quilt; its secret lies in the layout.

Finished size:  approximately 60” x 60”


2 yards of background fabric

2 yards (or equivalent) of print fabric; this could be yardage, fat quarters, or scraps.  There are 50 diamond shapes in the quilt, so you could use up to 50 different fabrics.


From the background fabric, cut fifty 7” squares.

Take your print fabrics and choose one that will become the focal star.  From that fabric, cut four 7” squares.  From the remainder of your print fabrics, cut forty-six 7” squares for a total of 50 squares.


Take your background squares and draw a line from one corner diagonally across the square on the back of the fabric. Pair one background square with one print square,  right sides together.

Using the traditional method, make your half-square triangles (HSTs).   You will have 50 sets of two matching HSTs.  Trim your HSTs to 6.5” square.  Don’t skip this step - it will make your quilt go together faster and look better!

Locate your eight focal star HSTs to start your layout.


To get a similar look to the finished quilt shown above, use the diagram below to lay out your blocks.  (NOTE: The quilt above has more blocks than this quilt tutorial calls for.  Don’t use the finished quilt as your layout guide!)  

Start with the focal point star in the lower right quadrant, and work out from the star.  Step back often and check to see that your diamonds are going the right direction!  Fill in the gaps at the upper right and lower left edges with half diamonds, splitting up some of your pairs for the purpose.  Assemble the quilt top.  Quilt as desired! 


If you make your own version of "Supernova", I'd love to see it!  If you share on Instagram, tag me (@fabricaddictquilts) and use the hashtag #stunningstars!

And if you've missed the three earlier Stunning Stars quilt, here are links to those...

Inspired yet?



Friday, February 17, 2017

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?

Hi, all!

Just like clockwork, it's rolled around again - it's Friday!!!  And that means that it's time once again for us to get our whoop whoop on.... are you ready?  Let's get started!

It's been a crazy week for me - I've been battling a cold that seems to (finally) have vacated the premises, and trying to keep on top of the necessary things too.  So I didn't get much sewing done this week, but I did make some headway on the Hands2Help Challenge!!

We have three great charities lined up for this year - Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo, an annual favorite; Camp Hobe, a summer camp experience for children with cancer and their siblings; and International Institute St. Louis, an organization which helps resettle refugees in their community.  You can read more about the charities by clicking on the link under the blog header.  The Challenge starts on March 12th - are you as excited as I am?

And then I started sending out emails to potential sponsors, and was so excited when answers started rolling in right away!  You are going to love the things that are being donated as giveaway items for the participants - I can't wait to share them with you!!

So that's what I'm doing a little happy dance about this week - 
Can I get a whoop whoop??


And now it's your turn!

What's got you whooping this week?

What's making you do a little happy dance?

Share - we want to dance right along with you -
And it's always more fun to dance with friends!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight - 

Hope to see you there!



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

I May Have A Scrap Problem... Progress and Ideas

Hi, all!

Whew! It has been quite a couple of weeks - sewing for the Stunning Stars quilt-along and battling a cold.  But I didn't want to let another week go by without saying a little something on Wednesday!

I'm still working on the "Sew My Stash" project - working from stash to create the quilts for the Stunning Stars quilt-along.  Since my last update, I made this quilt...

...which helped clear out some of my solid scraps!  Then I went on to this quilt...

...which used four long-hoarded pieces of yardage!  I'm so happy that they have found a come together where they can be useful!

Then I gathered together all my larger orange scraps and I'm working on this quilt right now for this Sunday's Stunning Stars quilt.   My husband loves this one, and has already laid claim to it!

I've seen some beautiful scrappy quilts out and about recently, too...

This beautiful solids quilt showed up in a donation at church recently - isn't it a great use of solid scraps?

And oh my goodness, what a fabulous string quilt!

And speaking of strings, I love this structured string quilt with the low volume corners - different and fabulous!

And look at these wonderful HST/string blocks!  I think I'm in love...

And I want to be sure you caught this recent blogpost by Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts - she did a whole post on her top ten tips for scrap quilting - and it's full of great ideas!  Amanda Jean is a fabulous scrap quilter with loads of experience - a fabulous resource for anyone who wants to use up their scraps.  Go check it out!!

So that's what I've been working on recently - using up stash and scraps - but they're still accumulating!  No end in sight - good thing I've still got lots of quilt-y ideas!