Machine Quilting with Style: Little Man’s Fancy Re-Imagined

Are you enjoying seeing alternate colorways of the quilts from my book, Machine Quilting with Style? I’m having a blast recoloring them all. Sometimes I think making “virtual” quilts is just as much fun as the real thing, but a lot faster!! 🙂 This week, let’s take a look at Little Man’s Fancy:

Walking Foot Quilting

Little Man’s Fancy 36″ x 36″ by Christa Watson. Photography by Brent Kane.

Baby Boy Blue

The quilt design is my riff on a traditional block called “Gentleman’s Fancy,” hence the similar name. In addition to the original layout shown above in the book,  I also shared how you can just flip a couple of rows to make a really cool oversized star design, a great size for that little fella in your life:

Fancy Star

Fancy Star – designed in EQ7.

Pretty in Pink

But what I’d really love to do is remake it in a pretty pink version, perfect for a little princess! This time I chose pink, red and gray swatches from Deb Strain‘s latest line for Moda. It’s actually a Valentine’s collection but works just as well for this version!


Pretty Pink Star

What if you wanted to make a bigger quilt? Just make more blocks and multiply the yardage requirements by four to make this cuddly throw. Isn’t it fun to play around with the possibilities??

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink 72″ x 72″ made from 4 blocks.

Giveaway Time!

Congratulations to Jamie N. and Kris L. They each won  a White Dream 80/20 queen batting and a Natural Dream 80/20 queen batting, courtesy of Quilter’s Dream.

The Precut Store

This week, I’m giving away a mystery bundle of 3 Moda charm packs, courtesy of The Precut Store. They are so brand spankin’ new, they aren’t even in stores yet. But trust me, you will love them!

To enter, leave a comment telling me about the favorite baby quilt you have made. For an extra chance to win, share a picture of it in my Facebook Group: Quilt with Christa. This giveaway is open to everyone with the stipulation that an international winner will pay 1/2 of the shipping (we’ll split it to keep it fair, K??)

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your makes – it gets me all excited to keep on quilting!!

Machine Quilting with Style

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

73 thoughts on “Machine Quilting with Style: Little Man’s Fancy Re-Imagined

  1. Sheila says:

    My favorite was a little quilt made of different colors of tiny gingham, it was a pasture scene with hills, grass, sun, lambs ect. I made it for my sisters baby, Ashley Rose. Ashley was stillborn and it brought back memories of the terrible ordeal so my sister got rid of it. I never saw it agin.

  2. Sheila says:

    My favorite baby quilt I made for my sisters first child, it was a little girl named Ashley Rose, the quilt was a pasture scene with fluffy sheep,clouds and hillsides ,it was made with the different colors of tiny gingham. Blue for sky, green grass, etc . It was the most beautiful little quilt. It breaks my heart to say that Ashley Rose was stillborn. My sister got rid of the quilt and I never saw it again.

  3. Karen Addleman says:

    My favorite baby quilt was made for my nephew and godson. It was an applique teddy bear with a patchwork border.

  4. Eileen Mannion says:

    My favorite baby quilt I have made is a Giggles quilt, from Jaybird Quilts, using their sidekick ruler. It was for my nephew’s first dqaughter, and I appliqued her name across the bottom. They love it!

  5. Elizabeth Ray says:

    I love all baby quilts I make but I guess my favorite baby quilt is a modern one I made with all solids and HST’s. I love HST’s. Additionally it was for some friends of ours from graduate school and they are now math professors, so I used a ‘mathy’ binding fabric and cut it so you can see some of the math words. They loved it! You can see pictures and I wrote about it on my site

  6. Joye says:

    My favorite baby quilt is hard to choose for I’ve made many so I’ll say the last one I made. It’s a charm square from 30s repros sashed in light aqua with apricot cornerstones. I gave it to my sister-in-law to use for her first grandchild due in about a month. It’s a “what happens at grandma’s stays at grandma’s” quilt. Thanks for the chance to win.

  7. Patty Flynn says:

    I made 2 quilts with textured lambs playing in a field. One with a pink border and one blue–for twins.
    Also an I Spy quilt that my grandson loves

  8. Beverly says:

    Well, I shared 3 baby quilts on your site last week because I couldn’t pick one. Does that count? I think I will pick the Noahs Ark because I designed that one for my youngest grandson who just turned 21. It was hand quilted before I tried machine quilting and the binding was completed in the hospital while he was being born.

  9. Robin says:

    Baby quilts are so fun and can work up quickly. Almost-instant gratification! A favorite of mine so far was a donation LOVE(spelled out postage stamp style) quilt which I quilted on mu Juki. I will definitely make another.

  10. sewincolor says:

    I’ve made lots that I loved, but my favorite is Fiona’s Butterflies. It’s a simple four patch with two triangles on the inner corners to resemble a butterfly. I used lots of turquoise, purple and green. The quilt won first place in the baby quilts at our county fair the year Fiona was born.

  11. Michelle M says:

    Easy question since I’ve only made one! It was white, green, and orange, really bright, and my first attempt at free motion quilting, just a basic stipple. I loved it!

  12. Barbara Forde says:

    It was a very simple square and four-patch combination….the fabric was perfect. Quilted it with a combination of machine quilting and tying. Sometimes simple is just perfect!

  13. Susan K says:

    I made a baby quilt with a bundle of fat quarters of Cloud9 organic fabric. I made it using a new to me technique for a club challenge. It was fun to make and I used up almost every scrap of the fabric. The best part was giving it to my goddaughter for her baby girl and seeing picture of little Grace enjoying it.

  14. Carole Hill says:

    Hi Christa, I made a log cabin baby quilt for my great grandaughter, with log and plain blocks, in the plain blocks I drew a butterfly from a stencil, then quilter that part around the butterfly, and did stitch in the ditch for the logs, I also did a leaf pattern in the border, it was fun to do, and I know they loved it! thanks for the chance to win a bundle!

  15. Jenn says:

    My favorite baby quilt was made before I ever knew a thing about quilting! I bought a panel of abc letters, cut the small blocks apart, put them back together with sashing and machine quilted it on my very old singer machine, without a walking foot! It isn’t pretty to look at but it was my first attempt at quilting and was for my first child, who is now 30 years old with 4 children of her own. The quilt has a very special place in my heart and is used by my grandchildren now.

  16. Karen S says:

    I haven’t made a baby quilt yet. But.–my daughter is getting married in the Spring, and she and her fiance are looking forward to babies. Wahoo!

  17. Chris K. says:

    One of my first quilts was a baby quilt from a McCall ‘s or Simplicity pattern. It had a big pinwheel in the middle and there were pattern pieces for everything.

  18. Mary Van Kleeck says:

    My favorite baby quilt I made was for my first grandson who is now 18. I had just stared quilting and it was the first thing I had made without any help.

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