Let’s Get Aquainted Blog Hop Hosted by Plum and June

Hi all! Welcome to my stop on the blog hop tour hosted by Beth of Plum and June. I’m Christa and I have to say I’m committing modern quilt blasphemy by stating that I don’t like making hexagon quilts!

Christa QuiltsOh, no! Why not, you say?? Well I have a good reason. Nearly 17 years ago when I was pregnant with my first child and experiencing horrible morning sickness, I tried to take my mind off things by cutting out hundreds of hexagons for a hand pieced grandmother’s flower garden quilt.

I ended up getting an aversion to hexagons and even had to throw away all the fabric I had used to cut them out or it would make me sick just looking at it. Now, whenever I even think about touching this shape, it reminds me of morning sickness. How unfair is that??Baby Bears QuiltI was able to make my son’s baby quilt shown above once I felt better. (He’s now 16 and just got his driver’s license – boy how time flies!)

This was one of my very early quilts and I learned a lot from it. I learned that I love applique – but not by hand! I also learned that I love tons of quilting on a quilt, though this one was all straight line quilted because that’s all I knew how to do at the time.

I’ve come a long way since then! I’ve recently celebrated a finish, only the back of which I can share now. For the full reveal, be sure to subscribe to Quilty magazine in time to receive the November/December issue. :-)Quilt Back

I love tons of quilting on a quilt and this one took a whopping 38 hours just for the quilting. But machine quilting this baby was pure zen for me, every moment of it!

I really like the negative space on the back and may play around with this design a bit more for a future quilt… Sometimes the backs of my quilts are more interesting than the fronts, LOL!

I do all my own quilting and my machine of choice is a Bernina which I blogged about recently. My mom calls my new machine the “Klingon Battle Cruiser.” :-)

Quilty QuiltThis was about 5 hours into quilting and I knew I had bought the right machine for the job. I love all the extra throat space!

My current project is my String of Pearls Quilt. This just may be my favorite modern quilt. I love the strong bold colors and graphic design of modern quilting. I realized I’m not into embellishing or working with lots of tiny fussy pieces so modern quilting suits me to a “T”!

String of Pearls Quilt Top

I usually try to host a quilt along when I want to make a new quilt because it forces me to plan ahead and keeps me on schedule. Plus it’s fun to see how everyone else interprets my design.

Coming up later this fall I plan on attending Sewing Summit so I look forward to getting to know more bloggers and making new friends. :-)

Here are this week’s blog hop stops:

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Happy hopping!

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70 thoughts on “Let’s Get Aquainted Blog Hop Hosted by Plum and June

  1. danih03 says:

    I know how something can muster up an old sickness. When I was 16, my mom got me some Beautiful perfume for Christmas. I loved the smell. The second time I wore it, I started to get the flu. I couldn’t wear it from that day on. It turned my stomach. I ended up giving a whole bottle of $50 perfume away.

  2. Chris says:

    I understand about the aversion to hexies. Forty years ago I was learning to crochet on a red sweater during the first trimester of my second pregnancy. To this day, crochet anything conjures up vision of nausea. About that time, I found a brass hexagon template and decided that I was going to make a hexagon quilt. I cut out lots of hexies and tired hand sewing together a few and let’s just say, they have all disappeared.

  3. nancy @ owen's olivia says:

    Christa it is nice to meet you! I am sooo sorry I am so behind on the blog hop! It’s nice to meet the person whose ad banner I see everywhere! :) Sorry to hear about hexagons. So weird, but I completely understand! The string of pearls quilt is really beautiful. I can see why you love it most!

  4. Jackie says:

    Great blog Christa! I love everything :) Just not enough time to fit in another quilt but I have saved several of your tuts and qal’s to come back to. I don’t know how you do it all!! I was nice to get to know you better :)

  5. Laura C says:

    I’ve seen references to “Christa Quilts!” all over the quilternet. Glad to meet you and to learn more about you! I think I would love a hexagon quilt. If someone else would make it for me, lol. Not sure I will ever manage it. I might be nauseated without having the very good excuse of pregnancy!

  6. Stephanie says:

    I’ve loved watching the Pearl Bracelet quiltalong – if I didn’t already have a list of stuff that needed to get finished up, I’d be right along with you :) Lovely to get to know you better through the Hop!

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