MQWS Blog Hop Day 7 – Square in a Square

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Square in a Square – The Background Story

The title of Square in a Square is my nod to tradition. Although I would consider this quilt very modern in design, the title comes from a very traditional block of the same name. I like the play on design – this quilt features several squares inside of bigger squares, all contained in one large, gigantic square.

Finals B1324.inddSquare in a Square 60″ x 60″ by Christa Watson. Photography by Brent Kane.

In addition to piecing a whole bunch of squares, I wanted to carry over the square theme into the machine quilting, too. The blocks are all quilted in a wonky square spiral, using a walking foot. I chose a variegated thread for the square spirals to give it a little extra punch of color.

detail quiltingQuilting Square Spirals is So. Much. Fun!!

The background is quilted using one of my favorite modern textures – boxes. In the book I remind my readers, that not all of the boxes are perfectly square. Crushed boxes happen in life and a few wonky ones on the quilt are okay.


Detail quilting on Square in a Square

A Bit More

Modern elements – asymmetrical alternate grid structure, oversized blocks, simple repetitive shapes, minimalism, bold colors, expansive negative space, modern geometric quilting.

Time to complete – 20 hours from start to finish.

Stacy’s Version – A Modern Halloween Quilt


Stacy Cooper from Farm Road Quilts is my original BQF (Best Quilting Friend). We met at a quilting retreat about 15 years ago and have been returning to the same event together year after year (Check out my recent Instagram feed @christaquilts for pictures from the event this weekend.) In fact, as a true friend, she let me “borrow” her quilt to cuddle up while sewing, when the retreat room got a bit chilly. (Another friend let me borrow her quilted sweatshirt jacket so I stayed nice and toasty while I sewed.)

square_sneak_peekHere’s a sneak peek of Stacy’s quilt in action!

Stacy created her version as a Halloween quilt. However, when you see it, at first glance, you wouldn’t even know it’s a holiday quilt! She threw in pops of turquoise along with gray, black and orange for a very sophisticated take on a whimsical idea.

Pop on over to Stacy’s blog to see her version, and be sure to enter her giveaway!

The Littlest Thistle (With a Big Heart)

Katy Cameron from the Littlest Thistle and I have yet to meet in person, although we are friends online. However, I hope we’ll get a chance to one day soon, because she’s from the UK which means I bet she’ll have a killer accent!! Not only is Katy a quilter and instructor, she’s also an amazing bag maker and is hosting a really cool event – the Sew Brit Bag Camp in rural England next year. Doesn’t that sound lovely?


Katy also has a big heart when she agreed to review my book on her blog. Head over there to see what she has to say and while you are there, check out her other projects. You just may be inspired!

But Wait, There’s More!

I’ve mentioned throughout the book how much I enjoy using Aurifil thread for both piecing and quilting, so I thought I’d throw in a bonus giveaway! One of you luck readers can win this collection of 10 spools of Angela Walter’s Drift colorway and try it out for yourself.


(Unless you’ve been quilting under a rock – I’m sure you know what an amazing machine quilter Angela is. Don’t be surprised if you hear more from both of us in the near future….)

To enter simply leave a comment on this post, letting me know which quilt has been your favorite so far. I’ll draw a random winner at the end of the day on September 26th – the last day of the hop! And yes, EVERYONE is eligible to win!

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130 thoughts on “MQWS Blog Hop Day 7 – Square in a Square

  1. Patricia Phaiah says:

    I love Stacy’s Halloween Square in a Square, but I also like Melissa Corry’s. I just love all of Melissa Corry’s quilts!!!

  2. Carol Sc says:

    I am finding it difficult to choose a favorite — they are all so appealing. However, I have always had a particular fondness for log cabin quilts, so I will pick the “Ripples” quilt. Looks like great fun to make.

  3. Carol from Kansas says:

    I agree with lots of the comments. I loved Ripple until I saw Square in a Square. Can we have more than one favorite? My favorite thread is Aurifil.

  4. Paula says:

    Favorite quilt. Hmm. I like them all, but I think today’s Square in a Square is my favorite so far. I like the simple lines, and the different sizes add interest. The colors are great! Thank you for the awesome blog with so many great ideas and so much information.

  5. Sherry Jurykovsky says:

    I like Little Man’s Fancy the best as it seems like something I could do. I also like Pearl Grey, but it seems harder. Would love to win a copy of your book.

  6. lilquilter says:

    My fave so far – definitely “Ripples!” Log cabin has always been my favorite block/quilt and I seem to be drawn to wonky designs. Pick me – pleez!!! I need new thread! Thank you! Enjoying your blog and looking forward to learning from your book. Happy quilting!


  7. 2bleubirdzsssing4u says:

    When you say our favorite quilt, do you mean from your book? I haven’t seen it yet, but I do love your original Square in A Square with the wonky square quilting. Looking forward to seeing it. So glad it’s doing well.

    • 2bleubirdzsssing4u says:

      I’m so far behind on reading blogs that I haven’t seen the photos of them either. May have to stay up late again trying to catch up.

  8. Debra Reber says:

    So hard to pick a favorite!! But I think the Square in a Square is one of my favorites because it looks like I could actually do it & do the quilting also!! After seeing all the quilts on the blog & learning about the book, I’ve decided I’m going to order a copy of the book!

  9. Kathleen Dalecio says:

    I actually have two favorites from the Blog Hop, so far… Broken V and Ripples! I’m enjoying the hop and am positive that I want a copy of Christa’s book!
    Hope I’m lucky today, because it would make me extremely happy to win some yummy Aurifil thread!

  10. Lyndalee says:

    I like the “Square in a Square” quilt the best. I’ve quilted a similar style. I put a different quilting pattern in each square so I won’t have to lookup in books to see my favorite quilting patterns.

  11. AnnLouise Pugh says:

    All the quilts have possibilities but Color Crystals is the favorite so far. Been a Superior Thread user for a long time but with everyone singing the praises of Aurifil Threads, I will have to try a few spools. The blog hop has been fun…looking forward to seeing the rest of the patterns and the interpretations by your blog buddies.
    AnnLouise Pugh

  12. marta manole says:

    I like ‘Color Crystal’…actually I have some batik strips and I want to do one quilt like that…I did enjoy this hop so far and seeing the variation that other quilter did, thank you…marta

  13. Charlotta Norby says:

    Actually, today’s quilt – Square in a Square – is my favorite! I’ve grown increasingly fond of that simple pattern lately, because it’s so incredibly versatile! I’d probably almost always make a rectangular version, because I rarely think a square quilt is particularly useful, and I almost only make quilts that can be used, but otherwise I’m ready to go with your pattern! I’m also really intrigued by the idea of being able to quilt a relatively sophisticated pattern like that with my walking foot!

  14. Lisa Marie says:

    There have been lots of gorgeous quilts shown so far! Ripples is my personal favorite because the colors really appeal to me and because I love most any version of a log cabin block.

  15. Sandra says:

    My favourite is a tie between Melissa Corry’s version of Ripples and Stacy’s Halloween Square in a Square -love that turquoise as well as her backing! Congrats Christa!

  16. Karen says:

    So far, it’s Shattered Lines–but I know there’s still more to come! How much fun is this blog hop–for all of us and for you, Christa!

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