When I was deciding on what quilts to make for this Rejoice release, Nova Star was actually the last pick. I really struggled deciding which other pattern I wanted to use to showcase the new bundle. And once I picked Nova Star, then I waffled back and forth on what background color I wanted to use. One of my goals for this bundle and the samples, was to use non white background fabrics. I really wanted to challenge myself and use saturated colors.
The two main mock ups I was debating on were these:
I believe the green I was toying with is Kona Fern? But we decided against the green since the Sienna Burst has a tealish green background color. Also, I love the Kona Spice color and haven't used it before for a background. The warm red/brown color really grounds and compliments the bright colors of the Rejoice Bundle.
I also changed the cornerstone color in the mock up from Kona Pepper to Kona Ballerina in the real life version. And because of the season we were in, we hired out the sample sewing of this quilt. Kelly, of @kelbysews, stepped in and did an amazingly quick and accurate job!
The Nova Star Quilt Pattern version we made is the Throw size in the Color Explosion design option. This just means, it is FQ friendly and mix and match. It is such a fun way to see all the colors play together and create blocks that look unique but fit together all at the end. The Nova Star Quilt pattern includes lots of flying geese to create the star points. Also, once the blocks are sewn together, it creates a beautiful secondary pattern with the HSTs in the corners of the blocks.
All of the center stars in each Nova Star block are Kona Spice. It is so fun to see all the stars look different but have that one similar color.
The sashing pieces really do help finalize the quilt design. It is how the blocks themselves connect to each other but also how the background color ends up flowing and weaving in and out all over the quilt top. It does create a semi kaleidoscope look.
I went a little photo nutty because every block and every angle in this quilt looks different. It is just so fun to see the variety.
I also snapped some full shots of this quilt on the same wall we shot the Sienna Burst. Both quilts look so good up against this teal color.
Emily of So Sunny Quilts quilted up all of my Rejoice samples. And for this one, I chose a softer more all over pantograph called Modern Curves. A slightly softer modern look to straight line quilting.
I backed the Nova Star Quilt in Kona Dragon Fruit and bound it in Kona Petal. I love the hit of bright pink on the back and then the soft pinky/purple color of Petal on the edges of the quilt.
And if you missed it in my previous Rejoice posts, we took all of these finished quilt images in Hawaii!
Amy, my photographer, snapped the above photos in her rental in Hawaii and she has the most beautiful deck and yard. She was able to capture a gorgeous lush setting from the deck.
We also took this quilt with us on our golden hour beach adventure. It was incredibly windy which made some full photos difficult to capture.