Candy Pop is the 9th (out of 12) quilt patterned in my book Machine Quilting with Style. I was so happy to include a machine applique design. Truth be told, I really, really like machine applique and would love to one day do a book of modern machine applique designs. The problem? I can’t draw very well. But I can create easy geometric shapes like circles!
Candy Pop 45″ x 45″ by Christa Watson. Photography by Brent Kane for Martingale.
If you cut carefully while making this design, you’ll have several pieces leftover that you can throw on the back. I love making artful pieced backings whenever I can!
I love it when you can see the machine quilting on the back of the quilt!
Not only does Machine Quilting with Style include 12 beautiful modern quilt patterns. It also includes step by step instructions on how to quilt them. I think it is so important to show all aspects of making a quilt, from start to finish!
Candy Pop Re-imagined
I think I could recolor every design I’ve ever made into black and white and be a happy camper! For some reason, this version of candy pop reminds me of Chinese lanterns:
Candy Pop, recolored in black, white and red using EQ7 software.
View the Rest of the Quilts
Click here to see the rest of the quilts from the book, along with more optional colorways made by my friends!
Click here to get your signed copy of Machine Quilting with Style.
First congratulations to Sherry C. and Laura M. for winning some Hoffman Batik fat quarters.
This week, I’m giving away a 4 pack of my individual quilt patterns. These are written in the same helpful style as the patterns in my books, and they also include machine quilting suggestions!
Christa Quilts Patterns are available in print or PDF.
I’ll choose 2 winners: one person in the US will receive a printed version of each pattern, and one international winner will receive PDF’s of all 4 quilts patterns. To enter, leave a comment letting me know your favorite way to quilt your quilts – by hand, sit-down machine, long-arm machine, or even by check!
No matter how you finish, I’d love for you to share your quilting progress with me in my Facebook group: Quilt with Christa.
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125 thoughts on “Machine Quilting with Style: Candy Pop Re-imagined”
wish I had a long arm, or at least a mid arm, but alas I don’t. For quilts up to a single, I quilt them on my domestic machine. For bigger ones, when I have the money, the longarmer gets it.
I love to use my sit-down long arm, but will use my DSM for smaller projects.
I have never done the quilting on a quilt top before because the splendid sampler is my first try at this new obsession, but I will be learning on my home sewing machine before the sampler is ready for quilting. Hand quilting, and the time that must take, scares the beejeezus outta me! I do have a dear friend with a longarm, but I feel like to call it mine, I must do the quilting as well as the piecing.
I hand quilt some and am trying machine quilting on smaller projects
I hand quilting one quilt. It was supposed to be done for my sister’s wedding. She got it a year later….. Needless to say, I started quilting by machine! I’ve done some some free motion quilting, but have never been very good at controlling the stitch length. Lately, I have mostly been using my walking foot and doing straight line and gentle curve designs. I can control the stitch length much better now!
I am a total novice and my fear of messing up my quilt keeps stopping me from trying machine quilting. I’m working up my courage to try it.
I began my quilting journey with my Brother sewing machine, mostly ditch-stitching them together. Then a friend and I purchased a second hand Happy Jack quilting frame, which lives at her house 20kms from me, because she has room for it. I recently purchased a Flynn quilting frame, so now I can quilt smaller quilts in my own home. The journey continues ……
I quilt my quilts on my Edna Rose and usually with a walking foot. I have hand quilted small quilts.
I machine quilt on my Janome QC 8200. I love it!
I do love to longarm but sometimes my creativity goes “south”. I love looking at other’s quilting to get inspiration. Everyone has there own style and it is a great way to learn.
I quilted many past quilts by hand, but in the interest of getting them DONE these days, I’m quilting more on my domestic machine. I do mostly throw size and wall hangings. If I do a bed size quilt in the future, I may tackle it … or I may do it by check!
Thanks for the chance to win your great patterns!
Im just a tarting out and so far I’ve just done the quilting at home on my sit down Janome machine. I really think your patterns are awesome. Would love to win some. Thanks for making this offer available to us.
I quilted many past quilts by hand, but in the interest of getting them DONE these days, I’m doing more on my domestic machine. I do mostly throw size and wall hangings. If I do a bed size quilt in the future, I may tackle it … or I may do it by check!
Thanks for the chance to win your great patterns!
I quilt on a long arm, juki, and by check! I enjoy both ways but i like the looks of the check quilts better right now while i am still learning.
I have hand quilted quite a lot but struggle with my machine quilting. I am taking care of my mom and have less time for now.
I have a sit down machine. I have hand quilted but I love what I can do with a free motion foot.
My favorite way will always be by hand because then I could listen to what that particular quilt wanted done next. Unfortunately arthritis has stopped this, but I have always admired machine quilting since it is no longer just edge to edge like the old-fashioned comforters we could by everywhere. There are times the machine quilting can only be told from hand quilting is to see if there is a solid row of stitches as opposed to a gap between stitches. Some of today’s machine quilters can even outdo some of the hand quilters. Thank you for showing us that over and over.
My first 25 quilts were all hand quilted. In 1996, took a machine quilting class from Maureen Noble in Seattle and never picked up a between needle since then. I wore out one Juki and now quilt on a Juki 2010. Thank you very much for sharing your beautiful quilting designs.
I have quilted ALL of my quilts on my domestic machine.(even a king size). I like to be able to say “yes, I am a quilter”. Besides I’d rather spend the money on more fabric, etc., than pay for quilting!
I”m just learning on my home machine. It’s going OK, but only for very small things. I find your blog posts very helpful!
I quilt with my domestic machine – Sometimes use my friends longarm – Sometimes by hand – and yes sometimes by checkbook – there are simply not enough hours in a dayl
I am a novice longarm user and appreciate quilters who share machine quilting ideas as well as encourage and support quilters at all levels. The cover on your book has shows a very creative quilting idea for a square in a square block..
I am a beginner. My first quilt was tied. I am hand quilting my second quilt (almost done). I have machine quilted small things like potholders and mug rugs.
I quilt my quilts on my Bernina 820.
I love to quilt using my Janome. It is accurate and fun to sit and sew at.
I envy those who have the talent to long-arm quilt. I have hand tied a few and have attempted to machine quilts some small quilts, but nothing big. I have planned, after the new year, a cat quilt from Shiny Happy World in which you QAYG so that will be my first attempt at machine quilting a large quilt.
I am learning to quilt on my home sewing machine.
I currently grid, or straight stitch, on my home machine. Hubby and I are moving closer to his parent’s and his mother has a long-arm. I am hoping to learn how to use it!
For family members I prefer to hand quilt the quilts I make for them. For all others I quilt at sit down machine. I’ve done a little free motion quilting on my sit down machine and I like it!
Two ways, smaller quilts are sit down, larger quilts by check.
I think I am too impatient to hand quilt anything so large! ha
I love the look of hand stitching but using a machine makes it soo much faster!
Maybe some day I will learn to slow down a little more 😉
I’m a new quilter and use my juki for fmq. So far love creating from start to finish.
I love domestic matching quilting. I love doing straight or curvy lines with my walking foot. But I’m really getting into free motion lately.
I’ve always been a hand quilter. Recently started machine quilting on my Mother’s old Singer. I need lessons!
I am an amateur longarmer!
I’m an amateur longarmer!
I use a combo of sit down home machine, love my Sweet Sixteen! I also use check for more complicated quilting and larger sizes.
I am a beginner so I just quilt on my regular machine. Maybe one day I will have a long arm!
I am fortunate enough to have a long-arm. I love being able to make a quilt from start to finish.
I Machine Quilt on my Babylock Aria, unless its a small project then I might quilt on my Pfaff. I can do any kind of quilting, straight lines, meandering, designs, teeny tiny designs, it took a LOT of practice and a few tears…but eventually it clicked. I would loooove to own a longarm..sigh..someday 😉
Currently I quilt by check, but I do want to learn to do my own!
Since I got my Juki 2010, I’ve been quilting all of my own quilts. I love it!
I quilt my quilts on my Pfaff. I have fun figuring out designs and especially like to look at machine quilting books, such as yours and Angela Walters.
I love quilting by machine! My current favorite is straight line quilting! Hoping to start learning new techniques!
I absolutely love Candy Pop in the red and black! It totally ROCKS!
I have great satisfaction doing my own machine quilting.
I quilt smaller quilts on my home Janome 6600, mostly meandering and “in-the-ditch”. I’m interested in learning more modern quilting designs. My larger, special quilts go to my long arm quilter-friend for her talented finishing touch.
Well I usually quilt by my home machine, I would love to own a long arm but don’t have the space, I have paid by check on my bigger quilts.
Domestic machine for me. One day I hope to buy a mid-arm to make it easier for large quilts.
I am a sit down quilter. After using my Janome 6600 for 5 years, I just purchased a Gammill Charm 22inch. I love the huge throat, and the fact that it is situated the same as my domestic. Thank you for the chance to win some of your patterns.
I started off with a mid-arm on a frame but can’t get the hang of it. Works great for Philanthropy projects. Now I am working on improving my FM on my domestic sit down Brother.