Christa’s Quilts – Woven Ribbons

Woven Ribbons and is quickly and easily made from just two Kona Solids Skinny Strips. I used the 2014 Kona Colors and Black, but it would look fantastic in your favorite solids or prints.

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Woven Ribbons by Christa Watson, 45″ x 63″

I created Woven Ribbons to go along with my profile feature in Issue 9 of Make Modern Magazine. I wanted to create a modern design with a very minimalist, graphic feel that was easy to make from precuts.

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I quilted wavy lines (seaweed) with switchbacks. These are two free-motion designs from my book Machine Quilting With Style. It’s fun to combine designs together in other quilts!

Although I love to quilt the heck out of my quilts, I prefer to choose designs that are simple to execute, don’t need marking, and do NOT require perfection to look great!

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Tip for quilting with bright colorful fabrics – use a variegated thread!

I quilt all of my quilts with Aurifil cotton thread and chose 50 weight black #2962 and 50 weight Marrekesh #3817 for this quilt. These colors allowed the design to shine, without overpowering the quilt. I used a cotton/poly batting in black since it’s such a dark quilt.

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I love how the black background causes the other colors to pop!

Woven Ribbons Stats

  • Made by Christa Watson; designed in EQ7
  • Finished size 45″ x 64″; completed November 2015
  • Pieced and quilted on my BERNINA 770
  • Materials: Kona Skinny Strips – 2014 Colors and Black; Hobbs 80/20 black batting
  • Aurifil Thread: 50 weight #3817 Marrekesh and #4241 Very Dark Grey
  • Quilting design – Seaweed (wavy lines) and Switchbacks (back and forth curves)
  • Received 3rd place ribbon in Modern, Small category at DQN 2016 Quilt Show.

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You can find Woven Ribbons, along with 14 other fabulous projects in the current issue of Make Modern Magazine. It’s a digital download which means you can save it on your computer forever!

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This is my second pattern with Make Modern, and I’m sure it won’t be my last!

19 thoughts on “Christa’s Quilts – Woven Ribbons

  1. Debi Jimenez says:

    i LOVE IT. THE DESIGN AND THE COLORS ARE FANTASTIC, BUT MY FAVORITE PART IS THE WAVY QUILTING. I HAVE TO QUESTIONS SORTA RELATED TO EACH OTHER… AND I MAY FIND THE ANSWER IN THE PATTERN BUT HERE GOES;
    1. HOW DID YOU DETERMINE COLOR PLACEMENT? I NOTICED THAT FOR EXAMPLE THE PINK OR MAGENTA STRIPE WOULD SHOW UP IN DIFFERENT PLACES AND SOMETIMES NOT AT ALL.
    2. YOU STATE THE DESIGN WOULD WORK WITH ALMOST ANY PRINT AND SOLID…I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A SAMPLE…AS I AM A VISUAL PERSON… I CAN PICTURE THAT ONE. DO YOU HAVE A SAMPLE?

    • Christa says:

      The design placement is totally random as given in the pattern. It depends on how much of that fabric shows up in the precut bundle. This is one of those designs that is no fail as long as you have contrast between your two sets of strips, in my case solid colors with black. I haven’t made it in prints so I wouldn’t have a sample to show you. However, if you make one, I’d love to see it!

  2. Anne says:

    I have bought the Make Modern magazine and your Machine Stitching with Style. Love your quilt. I am going to try with the black stripe. A new project in a new year.

  3. Karen says:

    What a gorgeous quilt, Christa! It shows what an impact skinny strips can have when in the right (your) hands. And I love the seaweed–just the right amount of quilting. Congratulations on being chosen for the magazine!

  4. Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts says:

    This is such a visually striking quilt. Love the mix of black with the bright colors, and the quilting is perfect for the block design. Did you stop/start the quilting in each color band or travel from one band to another? I just finished a top and traveled, but it seems like there’s a lot of thread build up when quilting that way…

    • Christa says:

      Thanks for the kind words! I did some of both. I travel-stitched where it wasn’t noticeable, and then tied off threads where it would be more noticeable.

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