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.
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.
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 left 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...