Save the Date – Paper Pieced Quilt Along Coming May 6th!

Do you remember this design I shared awhile back?

20140411_modern_dresdenOriginally titled, “Modern Dresden” I’m working on a better name for this art-deco design.

The time has come for me to make a quilt based on my sketches, and I’d like to invite you to quilt along with me, from start to finish. I’ve realized the best way for me to get something done is to set up a schedule and stick to a deadline.

I’ve also noticed a resurgence in the popularity of paper piecing and I know so many of you are eager to learn! I’m happy to share this fun technique with you. So let’s tackle this together shall we?

Modern Dresden in PurpleHere it is in purple.

I’m still finalizing my design and filling in all the details. In fact, my version will look completely different than the those shown above, but I will include a few different layout options.  I will launch the quilt along May 6th and it will run for 12 straight weeks. It will also include every step to complete the quilt including basting, machine quilting and binding!

Be sure to join my facebook group, Quilt With Christa to see all of the in-process sneak peaks before the quilt along launches on May 6th!

For those of you who would like to share on Instagram, I will be using the hashtag #decoqal for this one. You can also share pics from any of my previous quilt alongs with the tag #christaquiltsqal.

One more thing – which color scheme do you prefer – orange or purple? I think I’m going to go with a red, orange, and yellow colorscheme. Although my pictures above show only a few blocks, I’m going to make 48 of these block units below and set them into a very unique layout! As with any of my quilt alongs, you can sew at your own pace and make the quilt in your own size!


 8″ finished block unit. Put 4 of them together for a larger 16″ block!

Who’s excited to quilt along with me?

41 thoughts on “Save the Date – Paper Pieced Quilt Along Coming May 6th!

  1. Serious Sarah says:

    I am excited to adapt my fabric to this paper-piecing project! I have a center fabric already in mind, so will probably have to adapt your paper-piecing to fit a fussy-cut center. No problem with that. Waiting anxiously for May 6th!

  2. Susan says:

    I want to do this. Love the red/orange/yellow colors. I will miss the first week or two due to traveling, but I’m excited to try paper piecing. Thanks.

  3. Joni says:

    Yay! A play along in Christa’s sandbox! This pattern made me think of the Aurora Borealis…so that will be my colorway inspiration. Can’t wait!

  4. Penny Maclean says:

    This looks to be great fun. Hopefully will be around to quilt along, will give it priority! Many thanks. I do not use face book or twitter so can only follow you here.
    PS Purple for me – love the way the darks just appear to disappear and pop out at one. A wonderful illusion.

  5. Debbie says:

    While I don’t have time to join in [and I, humbly, am an expert FPPer ;)], the orange color scheme is always my favorite. You can see that in my avatar. It’s a block of Carol Doak’s design. While some people may have more purple in their stashes, I think people will enjoy the results of the bright colors.

    • Christa says:

      How fun that you’ve seen this block before! I actually drew this up in EQ7 – inspired by a dresden plate block. But since there are only so many ways to draw a straight line, it’s inevitable that many designers will come up with the same great idea 🙂

  6. Abbie says:

    I like the orange, yellow and red. Not colors I would normally choose, so to try something different would be great!

  7. Lori Smanski says:

    How wonderful, I love the purple one. I love PP. this looks so fun. I will have to wait to do the actual quilting until I am done with all the sewing for our sons wedding. But I look forward to it. Thanks

  8. Tiffany says:

    This looks gorgeous! I love both color schemes, so I can’t quite decide which one I like best. I think I’d actually love to see it in rainbow colors!

  9. kris says:

    I am not sure if I can fit this in but it looks fabulous. My first instinct was the orange colors but when I scrolled down to the purple the design changed. It became a real illusion so I am very curious as to why and might have to dabble along with you.

  10. Pat Sell says:

    That new quilt-along looks like something I would love (just as I have loved eveey OTHER quiltalong you have done!) but I am not on Facebook. Is there any other way to get it? Thanx. 🙂

    • Christa says:

      Not to worry – all of the tutorials will be on my blog. Facebook will just be for sharing & cheering each other on!

      On Monday, April 13, 2015, Christa Quilts wrote:


  11. allisonreidnem says:

    This is a great design. ‘Learn’ is one of the two words I’ve chosen for my patchwork and quilting this year – the other is ‘finish’! Your quilt along could enable to grow in both those words! Think I might try using blues – out of my usual Autumn shades comfort zone! Looking forward to this very much!

  12. Karla says:

    Looking forward to the quilt along! I love the Orange yellow and red colors! I am a newbie to quilting and looking to learn paper piecing !

  13. AggieG says:

    Looking forward to this as a chance to finally learn paper piecing. I love both colours but I think I like the purple better. I’m going to pick a completely different colour scheme for mine just for fun. Not sure what yet…. Peach and coral? Green? Blue? Can’t wait!

  14. Katie says:

    I love both the colorways but my stash is heavy in the blue purple range. I would love to do this one and make it a stash buster twofer! I cannot wait to see your layout plans.

  15. Pam Arbour says:

    That is a really nice design. Will you be giving suggestions for quilting as well? It is going to be hard to decide which color to choose. They are both very striking.

  16. Cynthia says:

    Paper piecing is a technique I promised myself to explore this year. So count me in. I think I need a set timetable to get stuff done. 4 months has passed and I haven’t explored this technique enough. I am sure I can find some beautiful batiks in my stash for this project.

  17. Mary R. says:

    Can’t wait to start. I love the purple color scheme and my granddaughter just told me wanted a quilt and she loves purple.

  18. catskillquilter says:

    *Hey, Lizzie Bird!* *What do you think of this? I suspect picking the color* *combo will be the very hardest part…Lots more quilty* *news from here; I hope to get photos of at least some* *of them tomorrow, and send.* *Really nervous about the darned surgery! Geeezzz…wish * *you were here!* *Love you madly,* *Mama*

  19. catskillquilter says:

    This looks like a really fun quilt! I cannot decide on the colors — both schemes look pretty striking!

  20. Debi Jimenez says:

    CHRISTA I LOVE THIS PATTERN. I MADE A WALL HANGING FROM THIS DESIGN DOWNLOADED FROM ” ALL PEOPLE QUILY” about 5 years ago. I used orange and yellow to go withe homeowners decor. This time I will do it for me…my colors ….am thinking of two possibliltird ?

  21. quiltingrammy says:

    COUNT ME IN!!! I really am not into the modern quilts as a rule … However. I love this one! Purple, purple, purple … PLEASE!! Can’t wait to begin.

    (I’m the LDS fromPA- don’t know if you remember me or not! Have not talked in a while, but I have been following your wonderful success! Kudos!!)

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