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!

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“Supernova”
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”

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS:  

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.

CUTTING DIRECTIONS:

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.

MAKING THE BLOCKS:

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.

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! 

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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?

Hugs!

Sarah

38 comments:

  1. It's beautiful! Thanks for sharing the pattern. I would love to do this one in a rainbow, radiating out from the center.

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  2. Wow, I had wondered what the oranges would be, and to think he claimed it for himself!!! No higher praise than that. Super pattern, and thanks so much for sharing with us.

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  3. I love the modern feel to this block! The oranges give it real energy!
    Thanks for the tutorial!

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  4. This quilt is stunning. I want to make this quilt. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I love it!! I can see why your husband claimed it!

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  6. I love the design layout. I am looking at this and thinking of a similar but different plan. :-)

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  7. Amazing. Just added this to my "Must Make" list. Thank you. Donna Weeks aka Momma Llama

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  8. Another beauty, this one has been on my bucket list for a while now, thanks for the push to get it done.

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  9. Love this Supernova. Gorgeous! So bright and warm. I've seen such a design in black and white but it is stunning in orange. LOVE it. ;^)

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  10. Ok, I've loved all of the star quilts so far, but this one is amazing! I love the colors! Wendy at piecefulthoughts@gmail.com

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  11. Ha! This might be my new favorite...until next week ;-) Great use of your orange fabric. This is just fun and inspiring. Thank you, Sarah!

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  12. Sarah this is so stunning! My hubby was looking over my shoulder at your quilt on my laptop and said, "You're going to make one of those right?" I said, "YES, but I am not sure about my color because I don't have that many oranges in my stash." He made it clear he liked the orange...Thanks for your generosity with the pattern!

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  13. Stunning quilt!! Love the orange!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

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  14. You have a knack for making beautiful, complex-looking quilts seem so easy to make. Thanks for your designs and your tutorials.

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  15. What a winner this one is! I'm not much of an orange person, but I'm struck by what an impact it has here. I wonder if you started with yellow or red in the center and then worked out through orange to finish in either red or yellow (the one not used for the center). Thanks so much for sharing this design.

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  16. What a beauty!! My 'gotta make this list' just keeps growing!! Can't wait to see you in Savannah :-D

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  17. I just sewed 42 layer cake Japanese inspired blue fabric to 42 white squares around all 4 edges and cut twice diagonally to give me HSTs. I was planning on doing a layout like this. I have to trim all the HSTs first.

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  18. I love this quilt, even the orange, and I'm not a fan of orange!

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  19. I definitely would also claim this one! Because it's orange. My favorite of all the quilts I've ever made is a monochromatic, very plain 4" squares orange quilt. And I also love this pattern. My second favorite is Exploding Stars. You've done very well.

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  20. Beautiful! And I actually like how quilts look when they are photographed on a windy day. I can almost smell the freshness in the air and imagine the lingering scent on the quilt after it's brought indoors.

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  21. Another winner, Sarah!! I love this design in the bright oranges against clean white!

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  22. Once again your are magician with your stash! I love it! All of your Star Quilt Along quilts are very inspirational =D.

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  23. I'm enjoying this series - gorgeous quilts - thank you!!

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  24. Gorgeous. I'm putting this in my "to-do" box now!

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  25. Love the Supernova! Thanks for the tutorial. How do you think it would work with multicolored scrappy? Maybe it'd lose some of the "wow" effect?

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  26. Supernova is SUPER DUPER!! I will start saving scrappy squares in red, white and blue and make one for Quilts of Honor. Thank you for sharing this lovely quilt!

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  27. The Supernova quilt is absolutely my favorite. Thanks for the easy to follow tutorial.

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  28. Love the Supernova design, thanks for sharing :)

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  29. Oh this is fabulous!!! You could even make the HST's out of strings!

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  30. I love this tutorial as well. You've shared some great tutorials. Thanks.

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  31. Came across your site via Pinterest. You have so inspired me that I'm getting out my "scrap suitcases" to get back into quilting. What was i thinking when I put my sewing machine away? Thanks so much!

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  32. Well done! HSTs are my perennial favorite block and you have given them new meaning. Will extend by one in width and 6 in length for a graduation quilt.
    Thank you!

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  33. I would love to make one in queen size. very nice, Thanks for sharing.

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  34. You just made my day. I have a bolt of orange fabric and didn't quite know what to do with this. Your orange quilt is FABULOUS. Thank you for this great way to use my orange fabric.

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  35. I made it yesterday in Navy blue and white. Stunning

    Brenda Edwards

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  36. I am going to try to make it in black and a rainbow of batiks. With the focal star in the lower left hand on top of a king bed. It will take some figuring but hopefully I will be able to do so. Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration. I also love your beautiful orange quilt even though orange is not my favorite.

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