Machine Quilting with Style: Candy Pop Re-imagined

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!

Machine Quilting With Style

Click here to get your signed copy of Machine Quilting with Style.

Giveaway Time!

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.

**I have to give a huge thanks to those of you who continue to support me and my family by purchasing my products. This post contains affiliate links. XOXO**


125 thoughts on “Machine Quilting with Style: Candy Pop Re-imagined

  1. Fran says:

    I use a long arm. Tin Lizzir@
    My next step is to learn ruler work.
    I do a lot of quits for charity as my participation
    I do some customer work when I can fit it all in


    I quilt all of my own quilts on a domestic machine (Bernina 880). I want to say I AM a quilter, not just a “piecer”. Also, I don’t like to spend the money to have it quilted. I’d rather use that money on more stash!!

  3. dawk2012 says:

    I love to FMQ, but I’m starting to practice the more intricate ways I can use my walking foot to make spirals, circles, etc. Love the designs!

  4. marg f says:

    I discovered free motion quilting by machine a couple of years ago and I love to do this using my Singer treadle sewing machine. This was gifted to me on my 21st birthday by my mum who had received it on her 21st birthday as a present from her new husband, my dad. All these years later, and I have found it to be the perfect way to sit and quietly treadle away at a quilt top.

  5. Janice King says:

    I have been quilting mostly by check! Only have done one quilt by straight line quilting on my domestic machine but really want to give FMQ A try. Maybe 2017 will be my year! Love your color ways.

  6. Norma says:

    I have quilted some by check. Someday I hope to have a long arm machine but don’t have room for one right now. I do some quilting on my domestic machine as well.

  7. Eileen Katherine Maher says:

    I usually quilt by hand, listening to the radio…have yet to try quilting by machine! The candy pop quilt is pretty and can vary a lot by colourways…

  8. Susannah says:

    I quilt on my Bernina 350. As a new quilter, I leapt into free motion quilting right away – I probably did better when I really didn’t know what I was doing! I recently made a quilt for a friend’s first granddaughter and went back to straight-line with my walking foot. It felt so satisfying to finish it, without the “worry” of free-motion fears! Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I’ll be in Vegas in December, but not soon enough to take a class with you – on my bucket list!

  9. Carol Denson says:

    I quilt on my Baby Lock Aventura but I recently have learned to hand guide a longarm and to run a computerized design on a longarm.

  10. Lauren says:

    I’m the worst…..I have a Bernina 880SE and I still don’t quilt my own quilts. I am petrified to do it, knowing it will come out terribly. I pay a very talented woman to do an amazing job quilting my quilts.

  11. Connie German says:

    Mostly by check. I have tried to machine quilt a few small ones. I need to keep practicing, but the big ones will still go to the longarmer. Thanks.

  12. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    I love hand quilting my quilts but I can only work on them in the winter. (I quilt in a hoop, with the rest of the quilt over my lap.) I have started quilting smaller quilts on my machine, but struggle with anything other than straight line quilting. I have had one quilt done by “check” and love it, but can’t afford to do that often.

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