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:

ChristaQuiltsBlog.comYou are here!

wonderlandbyalyce.blogspot.com

the-crooked-banana.blogspot.com

www.rachelboothhappilyeverafter.blogspot.com

quarterincher.blogspot.com

www.sassafras-lane.com

www.carolinescraftiness.blogspot.com

http://hilltophousecreativeworks.blogspot.com/

Happy hopping!

Click here for the complete blog hop schedule.

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

  1. Oh those teddy bears are adorable!!!!!!!!! It is so sad how fast our children grow!

  2. 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!

  3. liz says:

    Such pretty quilts. I love seeing how quilting styles and tastes evolve over time :)

  4. The zig zag quilt is absolutely amazing, love it!

  5. 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 :)

  6. Green says:

    I loved hearing more about you – I have been to your site many times before and I’m a follower.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. Emily T says:

    I love those pearl bracelets! Your zig zag quilting is amazing – I can’t imagine spending that long on one quilt!

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