Machine Quilting with Style: Color Crystals Re-Imagined

I’m so excited to share additional colorways of the third quilt from my first book, Machine Quilting with Style. Color Crystals is my modern version of a jelly roll quilt! In practically any bundle you buy, you can separate the solids or prints into distinctive colorways, and then use the leftover strips on the back.
Here’s the original quilt using a bundle of bright Kona Solids:
 Rain 54″ x 62″ by Christa Watson. Photography by Brent Kane.

Color Crystals, Re-imagined

Here’s an alternate colorway I designed in EQ7 using Amanda Herring’s Desert Bloom collection for Riley Blake. This pretty group is divided into three colorways of red, aqua, and gray with two whisper soft background prints that I alternated in the background strips. I repeated some of the fabrics to create cohesion in the design.
I was having so much fun playing around with these fabrics, that I decided to flip the positive/negative space in this version below. I placed the strips randomly in the background to create a  sense of movement and paired them with solid red “crystals” for a bolder, more dynamic design.
Now can you just imagine all the possibilities??

Quilter’s Dream Prize Sponsor

When I make my quilts, the batting is just as important as the fabrics and thread. Therefore I’m delighted to announce that one of my favorite batting companies, Quilter’s Dream

will be giving away two prizes to help promote their new Dream 80/20.

Each winner will get a White Dream 80/20 queen and a Natural Dream 80/20 queen. This time around, winners we be selected from the US due to shipping limitations.


To enter, just leave a comment letting me know your favorite way to use a jelly roll! For a bonus entry, you can share a picture of one of your jelly roll quilts in my Facebook Group: Quilt with Christa. We have a really fun community over there and everyone loves getting inspired by what everyone else is doing!

Last Week’s Winners

Congrats to Jane M. and Diane M. who each won a copy of my second book, The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting (co-authored with Angela Walters). I’ll pick this week’s winner next Thursday morning and post it with the next re-imagined quilt next Friday!

Christa Watson Books

Click here to see all of the quilts from Machine Quilting with Style.
Click here to see all of the quilts from The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting.

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100 thoughts on “Machine Quilting with Style: Color Crystals Re-Imagined

  1. Karen M says:

    A few years ago my small quilt group each bought the same jelly roll book and made different quilts. It was fun to see all the possibilities.

  2. Judy Chastain says:

    I used a jellyroll slice and dice method to make a beautiful quilt for my grandson. I’m now using jellyrolls in a Little Ruby quilt along. When I made that quilt for my grandson, I picked up
    Quilters Dream batting. Wow, it’s so much better than anything I’ve ever used, I’ll never switch.

  3. Lynda Hermann says:

    I have worked with a few jelly rolls – my favorite was a simple quilt just stitching the jelly rolls together as they come off the roll using a me and my sister fabric that had bright primary colors (cannot remember the name now) and backing with minky for a wonderful baby quilt for my 3rd of my grand triplets. I also made a jellyroll race quilt from a blue and white collection – a fun process.

  4. Nancy N says:

    I have not used a lot of jelly rolls, but when I do I often used them to form strata, then subcut into the units I need. Thanks for sharing different looks for your quilt.

  5. Mom C says:

    I don’t generally use jelly rolls, fat quarters and layer cakes are my preference but I can see how great they would be with Color Crystals. I would love that batting. Thanks.

  6. Deb Worthman says:

    I don’t use jelly rolls very often. I’m more likely to use charm packs or choose my own fabrics, get a quarter yard and cut my own strips.

  7. Chris k says:

    I’ve never bought a jelly roll either. Unless I wanted binding, they seem less versatile than charm packs. And more expensive. But please choose me for the giveaway anyway. 🙂

  8. Sandy says:

    I’m currently making a jelly roll quilt (Jelly Roll Race) with my nine-year-old granddaughter (isn’t this the absolute *best* way to make any quilt?). We’re working pretty slowly, given that she’s pretty busy with school and activities, but we’re loving it! I have another jelly roll ready to be made into a quilt, but I’m still deciding which pattern to use for it.

  9. springleafstudios says:

    I haven’t used jelly rolls very often and actually have three sitting on my shelves right now just looking pretty. Isn’t that what they’re for?

  10. Pat Evans says:

    I have 4 or 5 jelly rolls but have not made anything from them. I use Quilter’s Dream 100% cotton batts for all my quilts. I will need to give the 80/20 blend a try. I really like the last version of color crystals . More pattern, less background, more interesting.

  11. Paula S. Pike says:

    Christa, I love this pattern to begin with but the predominately red one is the winner for me. I love red but seldom quilt with it for some odd reason. I might have to think outside of my own box and try something with a lot of red in it. Heck, we even own two red cars…

  12. Gloria Cotten says:

    I have just discovered Quilters Dream batting and love it! I like that you can choose the loft you prefer from 4 options with their cotton batt. And it is sooo soft! I have just started cutting the strips in a jelly roll to make a log cabin quilt.

  13. Pam White says:

    I’ve used jelly rolls in paper piecing. I just absolutely love both the new colorways you used in color crystals above!! Wow!!! So cool!

  14. Kathy S says:

    I use Jelly rolls to make quick nine patch blocks to use in quilts with other designs included. Also as borders/sashing for different blocks

  15. michele breault says:

    I’ve used jelly rolls to make Jinny Beyer’s Crayon Box quilts and a few hexagon quilts. Mostly I just stare at and fondle them….

  16. Liz Horgan says:

    I have several-ok, maybe more-jelly rolls, but I can’t bring myself to open and use them! I feel like I haven’t found the “perfect” pattern for them. Actually, I did buy a solid light blue jelly roll and used them as binding strips for baby boy quilts!

  17. Shelor says:

    Oh, do I have jelly rolls! Sometimes I use them in lap quilts, and sometimes I just stare at the beautiful colors as they “wait” in their baskets!

  18. Martha cook says:

    I love the rail fence quilt pattern for my jelly rolls. it is pretty and quick and straight stitching as the final touch. It gives it a great look but lots of thread is used and time but all worth it.

  19. Patricia says:

    I have purchased several but have only used one. I was very disappointed that it was not cut straight and the straps had a bend at the fold and most of them narrowed there also. The top turned out nice but not without effort. There are a few really skimpy seams.

  20. Lisa Marie says:

    There are so many great jelly roll patterns that it’s hard to choose a favorite! When I need a fast quilt though, it’s hard to beat the jelly roll race technique.

  21. Nancy says:

    I have only used one jelly roll (I hoard them but it’s hard to unwrap them!) and used it like you did with the color gradations and made a table runner for a wedding gift. Turned out nice. Not sure I still have the photo on my mobile device but will check and share on your FB page if I do. Your quilt is great. I am always looking for neat ways to use jelly rolls. Just have to get the courage to unwrap them. Thanks for sharing the giveaway!

  22. Gloria says:

    I have never bought a jelly roll but have won two. Actually I spend more time thinking about what I will make with them and looking for ideas than I do the quilts I make from stash. They have given me so much pleasure that it would be a pity to use them and curtail that!

  23. NancyL says:

    Jelly rolls are great for making 4 patch and 9 patch blocks as well as for sashing and narrow borders and for log cabin blocks too.

  24. Karen Seitz says:

    I use jelly rolls for quilts, of course! The strips usually get cut quite a bit shorter, but I love having a lot of coordinating fabrics precut into strips.

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