Machine Quilting with Style: Static Re-Imagined

Static is by far the simplest quilt to make from my book Machine Quilting with Style. It’s my tongue in cheek version of a pixelated quilt design because there’s nothing to see in the “static.” 🙂 Here’s the original version, created in a simple palette of pink, purple, and yellow. Although I used yardage for my version, it’s very jelly roll friendly since the blocks are all made from 2 1/2″ wide strips.


Static 56″ x 64″ by Christa Watson. Photography by Brent Kane.

Colorful Static

When it came time to recolor this graphic quilt, I decided to try out two extreme variations. The first is using Tula Pink’s True Colors, a line of basics meant to coordinate with her wilder print collections. The blocks are rotated haphazardly to give the random static-looking appearance as shown in the original pattern. I must say, I kind of like this version even better than the original; I’m a sucker for bright color!

Static Tula Pink

Colorful Static – Using Tula Pink’s True Colors for FreeSpirit

Black and White Static

No surprises here – I had to design a black and white version, too! For this one, I didn’t rotate the blocks and I like the subtle pattern it gives to the overall design. Now I must add this to my collection of black and white quilts! I used Thicket by Gingiber for Moda for this colorway.

Static Black and White

Black and White Static – Using Thicket by Gingiber for Moda

Isn’t it fun to play with extremes? You can find precut strips for both True Colors and Thicket (plus tons of other options) at my alter ego location:

Celebration Giveaway

It’s been so fun choosing winners and giving away yummy prizes each week as we celebrate the one year birthday of my first book. So let’s first congratulate last week’s winner Elizabeth R. who won a 3 charm pack prize pack from The Precut Store.


This week, two winners will each receive a copy of 180 Doodle Quilting Designs, (one physical copy, one e-copy) of which I’m pleased to be included along with 8 other contributors. Truth be told, after writing 2 books back to back, it’s been fun to participate in several compilation books with other fabulous designers. (Ahem – more about those coming soon!!)

To enter, leave a comment below telling me about the easiest quilt you’ve ever made. For a bonus entry, share a picture of it in my Facebook Group at Quilt with Christa.

View Even More Colorways

When I originally celebrated the release of Machine Quilting with Style, a dozen friends joined me by each remaking one of the quilts in the book in their choice of fabrics.

Click here to see them all!


The original quilts from Machine Quilting with Style, pieced and quilted by yours truly.

And hey, it’s totally okay if you like a some of the alternate versions better. Shh don’t tell, but I do, too, LOL!!!

57 thoughts on “Machine Quilting with Style: Static Re-Imagined

  1. Nancy Ridder says:

    Jelly Roll race was my easiest. Used scrap jelly roll –I didn’t really like the results. I think a jelly roll from one collection is nicer.

  2. Cy Swendsen says:

    I think the Rag quilt was the easiest. Quilt the layered blocks together before you sew them together. The 1/2″ seams didn’t have to be “perfect” as they will be clipped and then fluffed. I have made several, and all the recipients loved them.

  3. Mary F. says:

    By far, just quilting on a panel. The quilting made it more than two pieces of fabric with batting in the middle. I look at it and think there is no such quilt as two pieces of fabric with batting in the middle.

  4. Karen H says:

    Disappearing nine patch by far was the easiest. I used Super Hero fabric for three grandsons and they love them! Can’t go wrong with a 9 patch.

  5. Barbara McKenzie says:

    My easiest quilt was a D4P – the fabric was the star. I needed a quick quilt for my cousin who was dying of cancer. I was so happy that she was able to enjoy it before she died.

  6. Karen B says:

    If I need an easy, quick quilt, I do an hour glass using large squares. Bright baby colors, a border, and it looks great, but soooo easy.

  7. Lisa says:

    Although I didn’t think so at the time, the easiest quilt I ever made was my very first one. It was a triple rail fence quilt.

  8. myquiltprojects says:

    The easiest quilt I have ever made was a disappearing 9 patch. I found 15 old 9 patch blocks at the antique store and none of them were the same size. So I cut them down measuring from the center out and added some cheddar fabric to separate the rows and gave it a cheddar border to keep in line with the older blocks. I made a bright baby quilt. I learned you can quilt through barkcloth, but it has a tendency to pull the needle out of the DSM that I was using!

  9. Laura says:

    I enjoyed making a halfsquare Christmas quilt for a niece…it went so quickly with sewing around each square completely and then cutting them corner to corner for 4 perfect halfsquares! after joining them together I then layered the back facing front with batting on top, sewed around the edges and flipped it inside out. With some basic quilting it made a charming gift.

  10. Jinger says:

    The absolute easiest quilt I ever made was my first one. I took a charm pack, arranged the charns in a pattern I liked and sewed them together. I then did a simple 3 diagonal lines of quilting with silver metallic thread. I have to laugh about it now, knowing very little actually made the process easier 😉

  11. Teresa Cina says:

    One of the easier quilts I made was using a pattern called Shake Rattle & Roll by Stephanie Prescott. Not only fat quarter friendly but I made it a second time using a pack of 10″ squares. It looks very complicated when finished but rather quick to assemble.

    • Anna Rutledge says:

      I actually think the easiest was the jelly roll quilt. No worrying about the fabrics coordinating with each other or worrying about cutting the 2 1/2″ strips …just buy your favorite jelly roll and sew the strips together. No seams to match…just sew! Probably hardest part was getting it square and adding a border and binding. Was my first quilt and it came out fabulous. It inspired me to try lots of other quilt patterns and with each quilt I learn something new and more fun!

  12. Chris K. says:

    My easiest was a flannel baby quilt that was all HSTs. It was inspired by some flannel scraps in a scrap bag I bought at a thrift store. I wound up buying flannel backing and border, so now I have more flannel scraps.

    I need that book.

  13. Edith Gorzo says:

    I think my easiest quilt that I have made was my second quilt. I call it “A Rainbow of Memories”. It is all fabrics from my garment construction days, cut into 3″ squares and then sewn into diagonal rows in a rainbow-type colorway. It is probably a king-size, and it makes me smile every time I use it.

  14. Deb Worthman says:

    Easiest quilt I’ve made was for my grandson last year. It was made of scraps of 1-1/2″ strips with sashing.

  15. LJ says:

    Tough question. Maybe I’d say the jelly roll race quilt…up to the point of adding the borders. I did enjoy the mindless sewing of 2 1/2″ strips.

  16. Mrs. Plum says:

    The easiest quilt I ever made was a comfort quilt for a friend battling cancer. Large pieces, very little matching, and quilting with a decorative stitch on my sewing machine. Not a show quilt by any means, but attractive and cozy.

  17. Gloria Cotten says:

    Probably the easiest quilt was matching rail fence quilts made as bed coverings for 2 of my sons when they wre small, over 30 (yes 30!) years ago. They are totally worn out now and used for packing, but they were much loved and used for many years. Thanks for this giveaway!

  18. Pat Evans says:

    My easiest quilt was a log cabin-like block using a 6 1/2″ square of a novelty print as the center. Two wide borders and stitch in the ditch quilting. But I tend to make more intricate designs these days.

  19. Patricia McFall says:

    I think the easiest quilt I made was a baby quilt made with charm packs. It was fun but now I have a new Handi Quilter Long Arm and need the quilting ideas from this book. Thank you…..Pat

  20. Ashley says:

    Easiest quilt was definitely a jelly roll rail fence. But when you’re just starting out that’s exactly what you need!

  21. Carol Hughes says:

    I made a Robert Kaufman paper pieced quilt with large pieces, it was my first of this type and it went together so fast and easily. It looks complicated and is beautiful!

  22. Hedy Hahn says:

    I think the easiest quilt I’ve ever made is a single Irish Chain. In fact, I ended up making two of them, they were so quick, you could make them in a weekend. And they were beautiful too.

  23. Jan Wisor says:

    The easiest and fastest quilt I made used precut layer cakes sewn and cut into a sawtooth design. Went together in a snap and effective using high contrast.

  24. Tara A says:

    The easiest quilt I’ve made was a baby quilt sewing squares together into rows and then sewing the rows together. As that was the late 90s, I think the squares were 5 1/2 or 6″. Now it would be even easier with precut charm squares. And honestly, it’s one of my very favorite — simple, sweet, and practical.

  25. kentuckykaren says:

    The easiest quilt I ever made was my very first one, a king size Turning Twenty pattern. Because the pieces are so large and all rectangles, it’s easy enough to cut out and sew together in one day. It helped me learn how to cut accurately and sew a 1/4 inch seam.

    I think I’ve made a bout 6 more since then.

  26. Karen Pollard says:

    The easiest quilt pattern for me is the Turning Twenty pattern. I made my first quilt in 2008 using the pattern to learn how to cut and make quilt blocks. The pieces are so large that you can literally cut it out and sew it together in one day.

  27. Karen Seitz says:

    I made a quilt sewing random scraps to opposite corners of 5″ squares and then sewed all the squares together. It was slightly improve and very fun.

  28. Ellen says:

    Hard question–I tend to find the hardest way possible to do things, and choose that route. It didn’t feel easy at the time, because it was only my 2nd quilt, but probably the French Roses raw edge applique quilt designed by Heather French.

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