Machine Quilting with Style: Broken V Re-Imagined

I’ve been having a great time recoloring all of the quilts from my book Machine Quilting with Style. I hope you’ve been getting inspired by all the possibilities. πŸ™‚

Machine Quilting With Style

This week, I’m sharing about Broken V. First, here’s the original – a simple modern design made from half-square triangles. I love how the solids really show off the machine quilting, but it would look just as fabulous in prints!


Broken V 60β€³ x 70β€³ by Christa Watson. Photography by Brent Kane for Martingale.

Broken V Re-imagined

First of all, I thought it would be fun to change out the background to a dark navy while still pairing it up with bold solids:


I design all of my quilts using Electric Quilt Software.

For the next re-coloring, I thought it would be fun to use Cozy Christmas prints from Lori Holt for a completely different look, perfect for the upcoming holidays:


Click here to purchase Cozy Christmas precut bundles by Lori Holt.

Celebration Giveaway

Each week along with sharing new versions of each quilt, I’m also hostingΒ  a giveaway. It’s like a 12 week-long birthday party, celebrating the joy that writing this book has brought into my life after just a year in print!

Last time Jean K. and Lillian K each won a four pack of my quilt patterns. This week I’m going to send one lucky winner a copy of The Quilter’s Planner, produced by my friend Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter.


I was excited to have my Feathered Chevrons quilt included along with 13 other fabulous projects shown below.


And if that wasn’t exciting enough, Stephanie is also throwing in a fun bundle of Blueberry Park fabric for another lucky winner.


How to Enter

Just leave a comment below letting me know how you usually plan out your days. Do you use a paper planner? A digital tool? The back of your hand??? πŸ™‚

I’ll pick 2 US winners next Friday when I reveal the next recolored quilt!

More Inspiration & Where to Buy


My book was published on my daughter’s birthday last year, so she got the first copy!

289 thoughts on “Machine Quilting with Style: Broken V Re-Imagined

  1. usanitro says:

    I just use a “Work in Progress” chart to keep up with on-going projects and some new projects in mind. I print it out, of course, keep a copy in my computer.

  2. Deborah Herold says:

    Not much of a planner person, as of late, I usually mark items on our clendar in the kitchen these days, since we are both retired & working part-time we don’t go out often.

  3. Denise says:

    I use the free Google calendar tool for important items. I like that my DH and I can both share the calendar on-line and update each other and I can access it with my smart phone to set appointments. Non critical stuff I prioritize in my head daily since everything has to shift constantly.

  4. Kelly Ibarra says:

    Hi Christa,

    I am in terrible need of the planner because I don’t plan in sewing and need to! My days are planned thanks to my job, but my nights/weekends are in need of planning, that’s for sure.


  5. Debra says:

    I track my own projects in various stages using MS Excel. I use an intake form for my customer quilts and track the received dates on a white board in my work room. I add specific due dates to the spreadsheet, invoices, and white board; plus add an the due date as an event on my digital calendar.

  6. reeskylr says:

    LOL I prefer the back of my hand. It seems if I plan anything, it never works out anyway πŸ™‚ Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  7. Sandra says:

    When I’m really busy, like on a day I have to run errands (I save and piggyback errands) I make a list and map out my trip, filling in any places along the way I might need/want to pick up things- like a stop in at a fabric shop! My list compiles over a few weeks. That way, I only spend one weekend day a month running errands and I have more time for quilting.

  8. Karen Jones says:

    Outlook is my go-to. I have an add-in that synchronizes it with google calendar and docs, so I always have my appointments, tasks, and notes available.

  9. Betsy Neal says:

    I seem to have more ideas than time to accomplish them, therefore, I write down my goals and schedule time to work on specific projects. Using a deadline mentality also helps me stay focused. Currently I’m using a small spiral notebook/diary but I seem to spend a lot of time setting it up every month. The Quilters Planner sounds like my solution. 😘

  10. Marcia. says:

    I used a paper planner for yeas then went electronic at work. Thinking I need to go back to paper as I want to be less ” plugged in”

  11. nanreflections says:

    When I worked, I always used a paper planner. Then I had to take a medical retirement about ten years ago and now I’m kind of a fly by the seat of your pants, in the moment gal. I try, unsuccessfully, every year to get started back on my paper planner ritual. I felt like life was so much more “in control” when I kept a planner.

  12. Laura OConnell says:

    I write appointments and “gotta do’s” in a calendar which has a little space for each day. As for quilting stuff, I use various post its, folders and little spiral notebooks. Stuff is all over – – all in one place would be nice!

  13. Carol says:

    I make a list on paper (my calendar usually). I still haven’t made the move to digital for my daily activities. Sewing/quilting is always on my list!

  14. Ginny says:

    I am a list maker – it keeps me on track and makes me feel like I accomplished something each time I cross something off that list –thats at my day job– I really need to transfer that habit over to my quilting as I have been much more lax about tracking what I want to accomplish there as I want to see quilting as relaxed and enjoyable and not a job, but I have found it is so easy to lose focus that way – that is why I would love a Planner!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Karen M says:

    I always have several projects in progress. Each time I get a sewing day, I see what I feel like doing. Since I sew for myself, I don’t have deadlines so I can do what I want. I do keep a notebook of my in-progress projects so I always know if I still need to buy batting, or backing, etc.

  16. Dorie E says:

    With my 94 yr old mom in a dementia group home, and a close cousin coming out of a coma, my days run into each other. I do come home and sew at least 30 minutes in early evening. Tonight I’m wading through emails and making lists on my phone of tracking numbers of the many things ordered on Black Friday, the weekend, and today on Cyber Monday. Yes, all from quilt stores!

  17. Melissa says:

    I don’t do a ton of planning, but what I do plan is usually on my calendar on my phone- shared with my husband so we can each see what the other has going on.

  18. Karrie says:

    I do it on paper, only because I have a small budget. I’m glad there’s a new version of EQ out. Thanks for the chance to win your awesome giveaway πŸ™‚

  19. Vanessa Stewart says:

    I make a “to do” list and try to get as much done as I can. Sometimes my list is on post it notes. I work a crazy schedule, so some of my list is for the next day or even for the week. I try to sew or work on a project as much as possible, every day that I can. I am always looking for a good planner and I have really liked this one. Thank you for all your inspiration!!

  20. Lana Dougherty says:

    I write all my “comings and goings” down in my small purse-size calendar planner. Would be lost without it! Also, I mark the calendar hanging by my desk so my husband knows where I am. Now to just get him trained to check it once in awhile!

  21. Christine says:

    In a previous life I carried around a big black binder planner which housed all my “brains.” I took it everywhere with me. I forced myself to be more “modern” and now I use my iPhone for all my calendars, copious notes, and especially the reminder alerts. You can set them so you have an alert one hour prior to an appointment. That has saved me on many an occasion!

  22. Teresa Wertz says:

    Christa, My day planner used to be Daytimer. When Smartphones came along, I switched immediately. Now that I’m trying to launch my own quilting service I have reverted back to a notebook. What a treat it would be to use this planner just for quilters. Hoping your random choice lands on my comment.

  23. Evelyn Mazzola says:

    I keep a regular paper calendar. It is easier than the digital. I try to quilt daily but sometimes other things get in the way.

  24. Hooked on Quilting says:

    I used to print off daily sheets until my husband changed our software :-(. Trying to keep up with ideas and information on little bits of paper didn’t work out very well. I finally Googled “calendar template” and choose one that was fairly generic and allowed me to fill in the date at the top. It has a goodly amount of space for making notes as well as space for a to-do list, work/blog, home, family, and shorter notes. I just started using the template a month or so ago and can’t say as I’m used to using it like I did the other sheets, but it’s much better than trying to find all those bits of paper and sticky notes. Once a sheet is filled I punch holes in the left side and put it in a 3-ring binder. That way I can refer back to it later when needed.

    I’ve heard about the planner but haven’t seen one yet. It sounds like just the thing for a busy person!

  25. nking369 says:

    I have enough trouble remembering why I went to the kitchen so i have to make lists on paper! Notebooks, calendars, memo pads all work as well as the corner of the newspaper. Thanks

  26. Diane Oakes says:

    Make lists, lots of list, sometimes can’t find the list, but always have lists. Thanks for sharing, love the different ways you are recoloring the quilts.


    I usually make a list and also try to keep things in my head. However, remembering what is in my head does not always work.

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