Machine Quilting With Style Christa Watson Martingale/That Patchwork Place $28.99 (print), $19.99 (e-book)
Christa does something cool and unusual. Along with teaching machine quilting technique she included some fun quilt patterns. So, instead of a straight on book review, we decided to take a bit of a right hand turn and make a little something from the book. The criteria: something a little different, has a wide range of possibilities and something that Community Editor Scott Hansen and I would be able to finish. Scott chose to make “self-made” or “crazy made” fabric, following Christa’s directions, while Teri, rebel that she is, chose to not make “self-made” fabric.
First up Scott:
I had already been sewing together little scraps as I worked on other projects and had a good pile of “self-made fabric,” so I was pleased that Teri picked this block for us to do.
My mom just recently passed away and I have been thinking about her favorite color a lot, so I was planning on using a plain solid blue as the background for the diamonds. But I saw this Aquamarine blender print lying on top of another project that I am in the middle of, and I thought, “well, that’s sort of blue” and went ahead with that. Often my “plans” get re-invented by the mess of my studio.
At first I was going to just do all scrappy diamonds because that is how life has felt lately, but I really liked how the row of solid fabric really popped graphically. I found the pink and white striped print that I thought might do the same and reminded me a lot of mom as well. The plan for now is to make a new small wallhanging for over the sofa in the living room, I haven’t made one that size in a while. Looking forward to a new piece of art for the wall. And I might even quilt it myself using some of Christa’s ideas.
Next up: Teri
I started with a couple of prints and a tonal almost solid for the bits and pieces. Using the tonal for the triangles. Continuing the rebel-ness I used the lines on the rulers rather than printing the templates.
And then I quilted.
Ta Da!Quilting is playtime, it’s rarely planned and highly fun. Swirls, feathers, nautilus shells, and stylized flowers are some of my favorites. Quilts this size are practice pieces to show students options in quilting. I love Christa’s choices, simple swirls in the diamonds and straight-ish lines in the white background, the quilting complementing the overall design of the quilt.
Speaking of compliments, here’s one for you Christa: You made a wise choice in making quilt tops and showing the quilting on said quilts. This helps solve the “Quilt as Desired” direction that freaks us all out.
Christa’s blog tour has a bit of a different flavor. The first group remade the quilts in the book; the second group are offering interviews, book reviews, and sample blocks. At each place there is an opportunity to win a copy of the book or some other fab prize. Scroll all the way down for an opportunity to win a copy of the book here on the Generation Q Magazine page.
Makers of Quilts in the Book
9/14 Color Crystals – Vicki Reubel – Orchid Owl Quilts
9/14 Technicolor Backing – Ida Ewing Ida Rather be Quilting
9/15 Pearl Gray – Alyce Blyth Blossom Heart Quilts
9/16 Broken V – Sharon McConnell Color Girl Quilts
9/17 Candy Pop – Linda Hungerford Flourishing Palms
9/18 Ripples – Melissa Corry Happy Quilting
9/19 Little Man’s Fancy – Tina Guthmann Mod Geometry
9/21 Square in a Square – Stacy Cooper Farm Road Quilts
9/22 Static – Lee Heinrich Freshly Pieced
9/23 Rain – Cheryl Brickey Meadow Mist Designs
9/24 Lightning – Leanne Chahley She Can Quilt
9/25 Facets – Kristy Daum St. Louis Folk Victorian
9/26 Focal Point – Amy Garro 13 Spools
Insights, book reviews, interviews, sample blocks
9/15 Andover Fabrics
9/16 Amy’s Free Motion Quilting Adventure and Leah Day’s Free Motion Quilting Project
9/17 Do You EQ from Electric Quilt and Darlene from Quilt Shop Gal
9/18 Jacquelynne Steves’ The Art of Home and Scott Hansen from Blue Nickel Studios
9/19 Moda Fabrics – The Cutting Table
9/21 Katy Cameron from The Littlest Thistle
9/22 Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts and Generation Q Magazine
9/23 Rebecca Bryan of Bryan House Quilts
9/24 Stitch This – The Martingale Blog and Riley Blake Fabrics
9/25 Michele Foster of The Quilting Gallery and Teri Lucas from TerifiCreations
9/26 Pellon Projects and Amy Ellis from Amy’s Creative Side
Okay Q-bies, here’s your opportunity to win a copy of the book either hard copy (US) or ebook (international) let us know your top three tips for choosing fabric for a quilt top you make from a pattern. Do you follow the pattern exactly, change the fabrics completely or mix it up in some way. We’ll hit the Random Number Generator on September 30th and let you know who wins!
Congratulations! Commenter #12 Karen A You are the winner of a copy of Machine Quilting With Style.
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