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. Elizabeth Ray says:

    I was so excited to win! Giveaways are so fun. The easiest quilt I have made was from a kit my friend bought. She had it for a few years thinking she would make it, none the less when I started quilting she asked me to make it for her daugher. It has been my only kit quilt and was really easy as all the fabric was included and it used a simple pattern called Yellow Brick Road. It was random and scrappy pattern using FQs. Plus the kit was for a small lap size including boarders which also made it fast and easy.

  2. Tiffany says:

    Probably the easiest quilt I ever made was a flannel rag quilt, back when I first discovered quilting. I had grand plans to make a whole bunch of them, but then I discovered FMQ and everything went downhill from there. 😉

  3. ALEXA LITTLE says:

    I think the easiest quilt i have made was a “Jelly Roll Race” quilt. I didn’t like the fabric colours for myself but decided it would most likely suit a friend. I gave it to her as a 60th Birthday gift and she loved it.

  4. Becky Banet says:

    The easiest quilt I ever made was a baby quilt called Hugs & Kisses. I did it in 30’s reproduction prints and it turned out so colorful!

  5. Alice M says:

    Simple strips was the easiest to piece and quilt. In fact I made two of them. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

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