Cover Girl!

I am over the moon about this. I am a cover girl. Well, really my quilt is, and it looks much better closely cropped than I do. 🙂 My Chevrons quilt is on the cover of the Nov./Dec. 2013 issue of Quilty Magazine.

Quilty Cover

I was beside myself when the folks at Quilty accepted my submission many months ago. I set to work diligently cutting and piecing this labor of love and giving little hints whenever I could. I was thrilled that someone wanted to publish it. Not that I don’t take pride in my work. It’s just that seeing it in print is somehow a validation of everything I work for.

Quilting Practice I pieced it on my older Bernina 1630 and quilted it on my brand new Bernina 710 . (Buying a new machine mid-deadline can be a pretty stressful experience, LOL!)

I practiced on a bunch of scrap pieces before I was happy with the quilt design. I basted my quilt with lots of pins and anchored the rows by stitching in the ditch. I quilted straight lines about 1/4 away from the seams, using painter’s tape to help keep them straight.

SITDHere’s a closeup of the back after all the rows were quilted. This is technically enough quilting for this quilt, but since I tend to go a little crazy when it comes to machine quilting, I decided to add quite a bit more.

Chervrons BackI filled in all the Chevrons with straight lines using a blending thread. I added pebbles and echoed lines in the background, leaving some un-quilted areas to create a textural “relief”.

Chevrons DetailI was unsure how this would turn out, but once I flipped the quilt over to the back side, I was happy with how the texture was looking.

Chevrons BackingI’m still learning how to photograph my quilts so that the quilting can show, but it’s a work in progress. For some reason, I get better details when the quilt is flat on a table rather than a straight shot. I know it has something to do with the lighting.

Closeup QuiltingThe down side is that since I can’t get a straight on shot, you get to see my messy sewing room with ugly chairs, plastic bins, and cords sticking out everywhere, LOL!

Finished Chevrons

Chevrons Front

It took me several years to get the quilting part down. It may be several more before my photography skills catch up to my quilting skills. Be sure to pick up your copy of Quilty so you can see it professionally patterned, styled, and photographed. 🙂

I almost forgot – I owe a huge thanks to the folks over at Micheal Miller who supplied their gorgeous Cotton Couture Solids to me to make this quilt. I simply adore solids!

Chevrons Back

Chevrons Back

Here’s a shot of the back. I’ve written up a separate tutorial on how to make your own colorful strippy backing here.

150 thoughts on “Cover Girl!

  1. julie says:

    Congrats!! I love your quilt..you did a beautiful job on the quilting! Now i am really looking forward to the next issye of quilty so i can see it in print 🙂

  2. auntsr9 says:

    Congratulations, I need to go find a copy of that magazine. I need to have you sign my copy. It is wonderful to see someone you know so successful! Your sewing room is great. Many congratulations to you again. You inspire me! Shari

  3. Ashley says:

    Stop it, girl! I always buy this magazine – but this one will be extra special! I am so excited for you – and that quilting, go head with your bad self! WOW.

  4. Mary Ann says:

    Way to go Christa! I will be looking for the issue of Quilty. I love that magazine. Mary Fons will be at my guilds quilt show this weekend. She is doing 4 presentations.

  5. Lynne Tilley says:

    I love that quilt, and it deserves the cover, as do YOU! QUILTY is my #1 favorite quilting magazine, so I’ll bet getting it. Congratulations!

  6. Pat Sell says:

    You really deserve to have your quilts on the cover of lots of mags – Quilty is my favorite and I feel it has some of the best quilts -your is sure up there! 🙂

  7. Marcia R. says:

    Congratulations! It’s gorgeous and well worth the cover shot! (I can never get photos to show my quilting. I think you did quite well with yours!)

  8. Joanne Moore says:

    Stay up there and enjoy the view! The quilting is super amazing! My hurdle is always how to quilt my tops to maximize the design…thus the stack of unfinished quilts. Your quilt is inspirational!

  9. Kathie says:

    Congratulations! Your perseverance and hard work on your FMQ have really paid off! Your quilt is beautiful! And on the cover!! Seems just a little while ago we were working on the QAL. My daughter still loves hers!

  10. Pam says:

    I love it and will be looking for it in the store. Where do you find your big tables like that? Can’t find them in the stores anymore?

    Pam

  11. Alice says:

    You are having quite a month of recognition. I just finished a small halloween throw and used the suggestion of the serpentine stitch on the binding. I love all the great hints. You are clearly a great teacher as well as being a fantastic quilter yourself.

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