Blogger’s Quilt Festival Spring 2013 – Charming Chevrons

Welcome to anyone visiting from the bloggers’ quilt festival this spring! My name is Christa and I’m excited to be a part of this fantastic shin-dig! ๐Ÿ™‚

I am entering my quilt, Charming Chevrons, into the home machine quilted category and I would love to have your vote! (You can see my other entry here.)

Charming Chevrons

Charming Chevrons 46″ x 54″
Machine pieced and quilted by Christa Watson

It measures 46″ x 54″ and was pieced and quilted by me on my Bernina 1630. I used a double batting of wool and cotton which helps it hang straight and adds a lot of body to the quilt (though it was a little tough to quilt through!)

Marking the Straight Lines

Marking the Straight Lines

Quilted Chevron Block

Quilted Chevron Block

Charming Chevrons was my first “crossover quilt” which got me knee-deep into modern quilting and designing less than a year ago (although I have been a quilter for nearly 18 years).

When I started Charming Chevrons I’d just barely heard of the modern quilt movement and was wanting to go a little bolder with my quilts. I had just designed this quilt for one of my quilt alongs and it has led to some really great things.

Machine Quilting

Machine Quilting

Since finishing, Charming Chevrons was juried into QuiltCon, received a 2nd place ribbon at my local quild’s quilt show, and inspired me to submit a design idea to a quilting magazine. I’m also going to teach a class on it for my guild’s retreat this fall.ย  I love this little throw!

It took me 5 hours to quilt all of the straight lines in this quilt and nearly 23 more hours to quilt all the pebbles. But you know what – I loved every single minute of it! For me, machine quilting is my zen. I can discard the cares of the world and really get into the rhythm of the stitching, creating wonderful texture on fabric with just thread and the machine.

Charming Chevrons Back

Charming Chevrons Back

I especially like the back of the quilt. I love how the expansive negative space really showcases all of the colorful quilting. I even considered entering the back side as the main part of the quilt, LOL!

No matter what happens with my sewing in the future, I know that modern quilting will now be a huge part of it!

Charming Chevrons

Charming Chevrons
Desert Quilts of Nevada Quilt Show

Bloggers Quilt FestivalBlogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy Ellis

May 17 โ€“ 24 โ€“ Linkys Open & Nominate for Viewerโ€™s Choice

May 24 โ€“ 30 โ€“ Vote for favorites in each of the categories

May 31 โ€“ Winners announced

Updated – 6/2/13ย  Thanks so much to everyone for your votes.

It was such an honor to receive a Viewer’s Choice Award for this quilt!

40 thoughts on “Blogger’s Quilt Festival Spring 2013 – Charming Chevrons

  1. Malinda says:

    Just saw a picture of this lovely quilt in Martha Stewart Living, July/August ’13 page 4. Just a small photo, no description, but still, it’s MARTHA STEWART! Congratulations!

  2. Geta says:

    Congratulations Christa, I am glad to see your quilt won! I love its simplicity – the neutral background tying all the colors together, the different quilting.

  3. Ginny says:

    Really love the simplicity of it and what your awesome quilting does — perfect to highlight each section! The pebbles remind me of bubbles – love it!

  4. Jeri Niksich says:

    Love Love Love your Chevron quilt My Favorite! I can’t quite figure how to vote for it but I will when I get it figured out! I guess it’s too late 12:07 am here, maybe I”ll do it in the monring over coffee..Best of luck to you!

  5. Quiltin Jenny says:

    Fantastic quilt and you are right that the back is just as spectacular as the front! Congratulations on your success with it. I’m sure there are more ribbons to come. Thanks for sharing!

  6. EG says:

    I pinned (repinned, I guess) this quilt when you originally posted it, but didn’t see that you have a Bernina 1630. Me, too! It was “born” when I was a senior in HS. Ha ha. ๐Ÿ™‚ I got it on Ebay a few years ago.

  7. sewfrench says:

    I’ve never layered cotton with wool. I actually am currently hand quilting my first wool quilt. It very much reminds me of the puffiness of poly. I’m not sure I could quilt through an extra batting, but yours, by machine, turned out lovely!

  8. Lori Smanski says:

    WOW this way wonderful. I love the front and the back.
    What kind of pen did you use?
    Does it wash out or iron out?
    I am just starting FMQ and have not gotten a pen yet.
    Thanks for the help

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