While I love scrappy, intricately pieced quilts and enjoy combining prints, I have to be honest with myself. I am a large scale quilter. I need the pieces to be big–the bigger the better. That is how I actually manage to get quilts done.
I have 2 (or 3) quilts in progress, currently languishing in various stages of small scale cutting and piecing. I also have finished, start to finish, 3 larger pieced quilts in a month. That’s the key, I realized. Two of them I can show after they’ve been giving as gifts (Shh, don’t tell them). And one is currently hanging in our upstairs classroom. I finished quilting it last week.
The pattern is from Heather Jones of Olive and Ollie and is a pdf download through her etsy store. I was initially drawn to her Ohio Supernova for its graphic quality and because the state of Ohio and the Ohio Star have a special little place in my heart. It’s a stunner when it’s finished.
I thought I would really give myself a challenge with the quilting, something that would really show up over the great expanse of minimal piecing. Armed with Angela Walter‘s Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters, I chose a wood grain design or faux bois. I love the way she breaks it down making it *seem* easy enough for me to simply plunge in to. And plunge I did. If you look, I definitely gain more control over my stitching over the course of the entire quilt. I feel you can painfully see how jerky I am in the beginning and get a lot more smooth and fluid by the end. It’s still not perfect but I’m pretty proud. And hey, you can never get better without practice.
Our KONA wall is so inspiring, and perfect for a quilt like this. I could easily see shrinking the block a smidge and making a large quilt out of 4 Ohio Stars. Or using a mix of small prints and solids. Or making one entirely with Liberty and voile!