A Supernova Finish for Blogger’s Quilt Festival

Happy rainy Tuesday (at least here in the PNW)!

Yesterday, I blogged about entering my Celtic Solstice into the scrappy category of the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, hosted by Amy Ellis.

Today, I want to share my entry into the modern category with you. This quilt is very special to me because it is the first one that I have done with a swap partner. I joined the Supernova Friendship Block Swap earlier this year and partnered up with Cindy Wilson of What’s One More Project. Starting in June, we each made 2 Supernova blocks and kept one for ourselves and then mailed the other one to our partner.

We swapped our last blocks just this month. We used the Ansonia fabric line by Denyse Schmidt. Cindy took the pink colorway, and I took the green colorway.The background is Kona Snow.

Here’s a look at our October blocks:

Supernova October Blocks

Supernova October Blocks

Lee over at Freshly Pieced designed the Supernova quilt to have borders, but I wanted my finished quilt to fit a smaller space. So, I made a decision to leave the borders off on my finished quilt top.

I used a light cream Aurifil thread to quilt an all-over design so that the attention stayed on those exploding Supernova blocks! My family loves this quilt because it reminds them of fireworks.

The binding is a dark brown piece from the Ansonia line. The quilt measures 54-inches square versus the original design of 62-inches square.

I really wanted to take pictures of the completed quilt in natural light, but it looks like the rain just won’t let up this week. So, with my quilting assistant standing by, I took some pictures this afternoon (having just finished the binding last night).

Tiger on Supernova

Tiger on Supernova

Another View of the Completed Supernova

Another View of the Completed Supernova

Completed Supernova Quilt

Completed Supernova Quilt

Since I had one extra Supernova block, I decided to make the quilt back scrappy by using the block, left over Ansonia fabric, and a label.

Here’s a look:

Supernova Back

Supernova Back

This quilt was so much fun to make, and helped me to stretch my piecing skills! I made a new quilting friend along the way and now have a one-of-a-kind quilt to proudly display in my home.

AmysCreativeSide.com

Enjoy!
~Jennifer

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Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Scrappy!!

Happy Monday, everyone!

For Blogger’s Quilt Festival, I just knew that I had to enter my Celtic Solstice into the scrappy category! The quilt festival is hosted by Amy over at Amy’s Creative Side.

Celtic Solstice is a mystery quilt designed by the queen of scrappy quilts, Bonnie Hunter. I participated in this mystery quilt last year. Although the free pattern is no longer available, Bonnie will include Celtic Solstice in a future book.

Quilt stats:

  • Started November 2013 and finished summer 2014.
  • Fabrics include: 7 oranges, 5 creams, 7 blues, and 9 yellows. Most pieces were from my stash, but I did pick up a few fat quarters here and there to add to the project.
  • I did a meandering quilt design using a domestic machine. Whew!
  • This was my first all scrappy quilt, and I think it turned out wonderfully!

    Finished Celtic Solstice Quilt

    Finished Celtic Solstice Quilt

    Voting begins on November 1st so I can’t wait to check out all the beautiful quilts in the scrappy category and the other categories.

    Enjoy!
    ~Jennifer

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    One Block Swoon Quilt

    Hi everyone,

    I’ve been wanting to make the large Swoon block by Camille of Thimble Blossoms for a while, but didn’t have a specific project in mind. I did use the mini-Swoon block for my project in the Black Cat Crossing swap recently.

    I participated in a 5-month Supernova friendship block swap with my new friend, Cindy of What’s One More Project. We have been making and sending blocks to each other since July using the Ansonia fabric line from Denyse Schmidt. October is our last block!

    So I decided to make a one block Swoon quilt for Cindy as a thank you. I used two fabrics from Sunnyside by Kate Spain along with Kona Snow for the background and a Kona blue for the binding.

    I did some pretty heavy free-motion quilting on my Bernina Activa 145. I had so much fun! On the Sunnyside fabric, I used Stone Blue Denim Aurifil thread #3770 since it has a lovely variegated appearance. I used a cream Aurifil 50 wt thread on the Kona Snow portions.

    I did some straight-line quilting around the block edges and in the border. Inside the orange and blue block shapes, I did some more straight-line quilting. I really wanted the background to stand out so I did some swirls and some bird-feather like shapes in the Kona Snow.

    Here’s a look at the whole quilt:

    One-Block Swoon Quilt

    One-Block Swoon Quilt

    One-Block Swoon Quilt

    One-Block Swoon Quilt

    Here are some close-up views of the free-motion quilting:

    Swoon Block Free-Motion Quilting Detail

    Swoon Block Free-Motion Quilting Detail

    Free-Motion Quilting on Swoon Block

    Free-Motion Quilting on Swoon Block

    For the backing, I used the same Kona blue as the binding except for two strips of leftover Sunnyside fabric and a label. I really like how the stitching shows up on the back!

    Swoon Block Back

    Swoon Block Back

    I’m definitely going to make this block again since it has so many possibilities from a one-block quilt to a pillow to a bed quilt.

    Enjoy!
    ~Jennifer

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    Black Cat Crossing Blog Hop + Giveaway

    Greeeeeetings, my dears! Today is my day to share with you the creations that I stitched up in my cauldron for the Black Cat Crossing blog hop. Many thanks go to Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt for encouraging people of all skill levels to brew up something to share with us. I also want to thank our fabulous cheerleader, Wendy of Why Knot Kwilt, for organizing this blog hop!

    I picked up some of the Black Cat Crossing fabric by Maywood Studios at a local quilt shop that recently opened in town. I love supporting my local shops!

    For my first project, I decided to do a wool felt project with just an accent of cotton fabric. One can never have too many pin cushions, right? Sew off I went to stitch up a little witch hat to keep me company in my sewing room. The hat band uses a strip of fabric from Black Cat Crossing. I used black Aurifil thread for the piecing and midnight glitter hologram thread by Superior to add some sparkle to the brim. The finished pin cushion is about 4.5 inches tall.

    This pin cushion is designed by Jennifer Clemen of Cottonwood Creations.

    My stitching assistants ensured the quality of this little pin cushion:

    Tiger likes the witch hat

    Tiger likes the witch hat

    Cow is planning his revenge

    Cow is planning his revenge


    Witch Hat Pin Cushion

    Now that I had a pin cushion ready to go, I stoked up my cauldron and set to brewing up a special creation using only Black Cat Crossing fabric!

    For this project, I stretched my skill levels by creating a mini quilt and by practicing some heavy free motion quilting. I used an Aurifil cream thread for all the piecing and quilting. The pattern is Mini Swoon by Thimble Blossoms.

    I modified the pattern slightly so that I could add the Black Cat Crossing border fabric in between the swoon blocks. I’m calling my finished mini quilt, “Black Cat Swoon!”

    Black Cat Swoon Getting Inspected!

    Black Cat Swoon

    Black Cat Swoon and Mini Pumpkins

    Black Cat Swoon at the Pumpkin Patch

    For the backing, I used left over pieces plus my label:
    Black Cat Swoon Back

    I just love how this mini quilt looks, and I can easily display it in various locations around the house during the fall season.

    For more inspiration, please visit my fellow Black Cat Crossing participants today:
    Creatin’ in the Sticks
    Living With Purpose
    Moose Stash Quilting
    The Quilted Cat (you are here)
    Lines, Colors, and Art

    For my giveaway, I’m offering up 2 fat quarters from Black Cat Crossing. Just leave me a comment on this post for an entry. You get a bonus entry if you tell me how you follow my blog, and I’ll draw a random winner from all comments on Halloween, October 31st. I’m willing to ship internationally. Sometimes WordPress and Blogger do not communicate well together so make sure that I have a way to contact you!

    Black Cat Crossing Giveaway

    Black Cat Crossing Giveaway

    I hope you enjoyed my Black Cat Crossing projects, and that they inspire you to make something beautiful!

    Happy quilting,
    ~Jennifer

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    Star Light Star Bright Quilt Finish!

    Happy Thursday, quilty friends!

    Back in January, I joined a quilt-along called Star Light Star Bright designed and hosted by Melissa over at Happy Quilting. For the most part, I kept up with the project and then set it aside once the quilt flimsy was completed. You can read about my fabric selections using some of the Charley Harper fabrics in this post.

    Recently, I decided to finish this project by quilting it and binding it in time for a very special birthday surprise gift! The recipient is my sister, and I’ve kept it under wraps until now since she reads my blog. Now that I’ve given her the quilt, I will show the finish!

    For the quilting, I did random free-motion swirls from edge-to-edge. The backing fabric is from Moda’s Forest Friends designed by Ingrid Slyder. I used some of the Fox Fun Pebble Grey (#23142-11) and alternated it with the Birch Trees Pebble (#23143-11).

    Star Light Star Bright Quilt and the Fall Leaves

    Star Light Star Bright Quilt and the Fall Leaves

    Star Light Star Bright Close Up

    Star Light Star Bright Close Up

    Star Light Star Bright Backing

    Star Light Star Bright Backing

    Another View of the Star Light Star Bright Quilt

    Another View of the Star Light Star Bright Quilt

    I think the fabric colors and patterns will look wonderful in my sister’s log cabin style home. I hope to take some pictures of it there soon to share.

    I’m very happy to have another project crossed off the to-do list. Now, on to the next one!

    Enjoy!
    ~Jennifer

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    Aurifil BOM, October’s Block

    Hi everyone!

    On this first really raining evening of the season, I decided to work on my October block for the Aurifil BOM. I’ve been keeping up with this BOM since January and you can read about my last block here.

    My constant color is Kona Shadow, and I’ve been picking different reds and blacks to make each block.

    For October, the block is called “Circle of Love” designed by Jane Davidson. I used a little bit of Sweetwater’s new Elementary fabric for the black pieces and some Mama Said Sew fabric for the darker red. The red polka dot fabric is from a scrap bag that I picked up from a local quilt shop.

    Here’s a look at my block for October:

    Aurifil BOM, October Block, Circle of Love

    Aurifil BOM, October Block, Circle of Love

    I now have 10 total blocks with just 2 more to go:

    Aurifil BOM Blocks, Months 1-10

    Aurifil BOM Blocks, Months 1-10

    You can still download all the free Aurifil BOM patterns from this year. Each month, one lucky winner wins a box of Aurifil thread!

    Enjoy!
    ~Jennifer

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    A Little Flannel Critter

    This past summer when my sister and I visited the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, we also took the opportunity to go quilt shop hopping in the area.

    At one store, I picked up a copy of Countryside Softies by Amy Adams. This book contains patterns and instructions to make 28 little woodland creatures from wool.

    This weekend, I decided to make one critter but I didn’t have much wool felt on hand. I substituted some flannel for the body instead since this first creature serves as my practice one. I had a scrap of wool felt for the little fish.

    I made the otter, although it almost looks more like a bear to me. This little guy is about 6-inches tall and could be used as a pin cushion or just a fun decoration in the house.

    I used quilting cotton for the accent pieces like the tummy and underside of the snout. I only had 1 variegated pearl cotton 8 in red on hand so I used that for all the hand-stitching. There are also buttons on the arms connecting the arms to the body that you can’t really see in these pictures.

    Otter Softie Close-Up

    Otter Softie

    Ottie Softie and Book

    I’m going to give this first little otter as a gift. I’m also going to look for some wool felt for future little woodland critters.

    I had fun making this small project in between my larger, quilt projects. Sometimes it’s fun to mix it up!

    Enjoy!
    ~Jennifer

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