Modern Logs Quilt Finish

Presenting my latest finish: Modern Logs!

Modern-Logs-FinishedModern Logs by Christa Watson, 48″ x 54″

Modern Logs was one of my fastest finishes ever! From picking out the fabrics, to stitching down the binding, I finished in just under a week. The folks at Quiltique were kind enough to order the Petal Pinwheels line from Michael Miller for this quilt. It’s the same fabric being used in the Modern Quilt Guild’s fabric challenge. I chose coordinating solids and I was off and running (or should I say sewing)!

stripsProbably the hardest part of the whole quilt was deciding on which fabrics to put together, but of course, that’s also the most rewarding part when it all comes together. I made test blocks, wrote copious pattern notes, and practiced quilting on a sample block so that I could test the thread and batting.

test_blockI prefer natural batting when quilting on my home machine – it doesn’t pucker!

I went with Aurifil Dove grey 50Wt. cotton for the quilting (in both top and bobbin) with Quilter’s Dream Cotton in the select loft thickness. I used an elongated ziz-zag stitch – #16 on my Bernina model 710. I adjusted the length and width of the stitch until I was happy with the result.

basting_sprayThis is the fourth quilt I’ve made using 505 basting spray and I’m just in love with it! It sticks every square inch of the top to every square inch of the batting and backing – so important to keep things from shifting and bunching while quilting!

This time I put a sheet under my layers as I sprayed and did it indoors with the windows open. My room is large and well ventilated so fumes were not a problem. I sprayed the backing and top, rather than the batting. I also ironed the whole thing when finished to set the adhesive, a tip I learned from machine quilter extraordinaire Ann Petersen.

back_design_wallI created the backing on my design wall by covering up the top with yardage and leftover scraps. I kept going until the backing was big enough. I love fun pieced backs, don’t you?

Here’s a nice angled shot where you can really see the quilting:

quilting_detailZig zag quilting was super easy and fast to do!

And the back:

finishsed_backingI think quilt backs should be as interesting as the fronts!

Modern Logs finishes at 48″ x 54″ and took a total of 24 hours to complete, including binding by hand. Not bad for a week’s work, and much faster than my last MQG challenge!

Modern-Logs-FinishedModern Logs – designed, pieced and quilted by Christa Watson, 2014

For those of you outside the local area, I will be teaching this quilt as a week-long retreat class at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina, March 8-14, 2015.

I’ll update my teaching schedule when Folk School registration opens later this spring.


53 thoughts on “Modern Logs Quilt Finish

  1. Lorna McMahon says:

    Ummmm…. I don’t know how I missed this! But you did an amazing job! The modern logs design is perfect for these fabrics. And you KNOW I love the zig zag quilting. What a fast and fabulous finish, Christa!

  2. Joanna says:

    Love the back! These are such fun fabrics and look great in log cabins! My mum is visiting me soon and I think she’s bringing her challenge fabrics with her so we can work on ideas together (I’m not in a MQG, so miss out!).

  3. Micki says:

    Love the blocks. Fun fabrics and the quilting stitch is perfect. I am doing something similar but went with straight cuts instead of wonky.

  4. Heather @ Quilts Actually says:

    That is such a bright, cheerful quilt! Enjoy your time in NC – my current home 🙂 I would give anything to be able to spend a month straight at the Folk School someday, it’s amazing. Thanks for linking up while I hosted Anything Goes Mondays!

  5. jmorrical says:

    What a beautiful quilt! I love your fabric choice and am intrigued with your zig zag quilting. I’m inspired to experiment with that for some quilts that I have to quilt “quickly”. (With your permission, of course.)

  6. Sandra Walker says:

    Love those uber-cool quilt backs; LOOOOVE quilt basting spray, and glad you do now too; I’ve never ironed it ever to set, and have never ever had an issue, and I’ve used it on my quilts for over 10 years, not that I’m trying to disagree with a pro-quilter like Ann or you, but just sayin’. And I just LOVE this quilt! I love it more in real fabric and quilted up than it was in EQ7!! And done in 24 hours?? Woot! Woot! Now that’s attractive! 😉
    PS Christa can you tell me if I show up as a no-reply blogger on your blog? Apparently I am now that I switched my profile to Google+, and it’s a choice I did not want to make, nor can I seem to fix it… I’ve emailed Blogger/Google about this.

  7. Joanne Ganaden says:

    Christa, you sew on a Bernina 710 and I am seriously considering upgrading my Bernina 440Q to a 710 mainly because of the bigger throat. Do you or any others reading have any thoughts and comments on the 710?

  8. Mary Ann says:

    I use the Dritz Quilting Spray Adhesive from Joanns. It is odorless, colorless,acid free,no fluorocarbons. Have been using it for quite a few years with no problems.

  9. Bekk says:

    That quilt is fantastic! I love it! It’s a great design and the fabrics you’ve chosen work brilliantly together and with the quilts playful style. Awesome lady!

  10. Marie says:

    This is just gorgeous Christa . I absolutely love it! Wish I could attend your class but it is a long way from Australia. Do you have a pattern? Wish it was on Craftsy it would be a fabulous project start to finish!. Have a great weekend.

  11. Liz Therrien says:

    Love the quilt, front and back. And thank you for the great pictures that really show the quilting. Now I have to see if my berninas have that stich. (I have a 185 and a 200/730, so hoping one of them will have it.) I also like to elongate stitch #4 (the rounded zigzag). That one comes out great as well. Also, thanks for the tip about the basting spray. I will try that in the future. Have a great weekend!

  12. Diane says:

    Love this quilt – it’s so fun! Wish I could get to Las Vegas for that weekend so I could take your class.

  13. earlymorningquilter says:

    I love pieced backs, too. It is a great way to use up the leftover fabrics from the top and it makes the quilt more interesting. The zig-zap quilting looks fabulous. Do you mind if I steal…uhm…I mean borrow the idea for one of my quilts?

  14. darlsc says:

    I love this quilt! It reads happy! I also have used the 505 Basting spray with great results. Thanks for the tip on pressing after basting:)

  15. Kelly says:

    You modern quilters are just killin’ it this week! So inspired! Love that you just hacked one of the blocks in half or to better phrase it – made a great design decision to highlight half the block! 🙂 Love it!

  16. Debra says:

    Thanks for the inspiration. I am just finishing piecing a similar quilt and enjoyed hearing how you back, baste and quilted yours. I am stuck on whether to add borders… I like the clean look of your quilt without the borders. Very timely post! Thanks!

  17. Shelor Robin says:

    Since I’m from NC, gotta find out where Brasstown is–would love to attend a class from you.

  18. Sharon - IN says:

    Love the zig zag stitch you used – that one my old Bernina doesn’t have! I was very interested to read about your experience with 505 spray. I’ve used it on my last 2 quilts, and like it! Ok, and can’t stop with the praises – fun back!

  19. Carole HIll says:

    I’m going to try to come by to see you, It’s only down the street, and around the corner. I can’t take any classes right now, but am starting to work on a modern quilt. I’m not quite sure how to cut it. I”m just using a jungle fabric and a solid color, and using the zigzag the interior of the quilt, then surrounding it with black. Could I use squares with facing colors, and then cut in the middle, and if so, do I make the squares with 1/2 or 7/8 added to my squares if I do it that way. I’m not real good at keeping the bias of the triangle good without some stretch. Thanks!

  20. freedomgarden says:

    Wow I love the back!! It is so fun! Okay, I love the top, too – but somehow I just love quilt backs, the way they come together like that is so great. It is lovely!

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