Blogger’s Quilt Festival Entry – Strips of Color (Home Machine Quilted Category)

I’m doing something a little bit differently this time around and probably unheard of. Since I’ve been blogging so much about the front of my quilts and how much I adore machine quilting, I thought I would enter the back side of my Colorful Chevrons quilt into the Bloggers Quilt Festival. Crazy, huh? After all, every quilt has two sides and I really like to make my backs just as fun as the fronts!

Strips of Color

Strips of Color by Christa Watson

The “other side of the quilt” was inspired by a simple line sketch I drew on paper some months ago. I like the simplicity of the design and how it really shows off the machine quilting. I used leftover chunks of fabric from the front of the quilt, plus a rich dark navy for all of the negative space. The fabrics are Cotton Couture by Michael Miller.

Strips of Color Backing

Strips of Color Backing

I call it Strips of Color and it measures 64″ x 80″ – perfect for snuggling! I quilted it myself on my Bernina 710 and loved every last stitch! Machine quilting is very meditative for me. I can put on an audio book and quilt for hours. ๐Ÿ™‚


Quilting on My Bernina

I straight-line quilted tons of zig zag lines with a walking foot following the pattern on the font of the quilt. I free-motion quilted pebbles in between for added texture. For those of you new to my blog, here’s a detailed shot of “Colorful Chevrons”, just so you can see the complete picture!


Detailed Quilting on the Front

You can vote for this quilt as your favorite in the Home Machine Quilted category here. Voting is open November 1-7, 2013.

Quilt Market

Colorful Chevrons at Quilt Market, Fall 2013

22 thoughts on “Blogger’s Quilt Festival Entry – Strips of Color (Home Machine Quilted Category)

  1. Elisabeth Ostiguy says:

    I really like the idea of two tops. It makes the quilt even more a work of art. Recently I made a quilt for a friend going through cancer treatments and made two tops. My quilting wasn’t as intricate as yours I just did cross hatch.

  2. Debbie Miner says:

    The quilting really is magnificent…but where is your label?! Just hoping you have one for that piece of artwork! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Janet Meeks says:

    Beautiful! I’d love to machine quilt like that. The area on my machine is just too small for big projects and maneuvering well. Thinking about a new machine, but overwhelmed at the variety and prices!

  4. Lynette says:

    Very striking! And so fun to enter the back. ;D I really love the way you alternated the framing of the wide band and pebbles on the chevron rows. Super effective at creating dimensionality.

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