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. 🙂

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 60″ x 70″ 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 hosting  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??? 🙂

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. Lynn Losorelli says:

    I’m a teacher, so I have a “plan book” mindset! I use a paper calendar, as well as the calendar on my phone. I love to keep lists of my quilting goals and accomplishments, and I have a journal filled with pictures I’ve cut out for “someday.” And then, I have my “Quilting” board on Pinterest, where I also get tons of inspiration! This is why I’d love to win the planner–I’m all over the place! :). Thank you for your blog and books–great ideas!

  2. Kay Dieterich says:

    I have been keeping a journal since the Splendid Sampler started. I use a composition book and just write a short note on any day that I sew or download the patterns. I would certainly like to have something prettier to keep my thoughts and ideas in.

  3. Kathy L says:

    I am a planner using my smartphone to keep me on track for appointments, record my quilt books and patterns, and photograph quilt projects. But when it comes to designing a quilt, I use good ole graph paper.

  4. Debi Winchester says:

    We use a calendar program on the computer which pairs with the cell phone. I always used a daytimer or as my kids called it “Mom’s Brain Book”. I still like a little book where I can write down thoughts, appts, lists of things and to sketch ideas.

  5. Maureen says:

    I turned 70…yea!! I keep track of my schedured plans for the day and my various projects by writing them down in a notebook…which I keep on my computer. I know I will visit the computer usually when I awake in the morning. So I’m good to go!

  6. eggits says:

    Christa you are awesome – I have followed your turbo pace of machine quilting, teaching, designing, etc. Thus, I am on the road to learning many more concise ways to Machine quilt effectively!
    Currently, I have a Calendar on my phone and in front of me. I am envious of the “planner” because I am randomly documenting my finished quilts, thus the planner would show the evolution from start to finish!

  7. Brenda says:

    After taking a disability retirement in 2008, my days are pretty much the same. I keep track of events on the calendar on my phone, and have a variety of notebooks that serve different purposes: lined composition books for making lists or brainstorming ideas and gridded ones for planning quilts, sketching out ideas, and because I really like writing in them. It would be nice, I admit, to have a place to keep it all together.

  8. Karen H. says:

    I make to do list and try to accomplish most of them, but it is hard due to my health,. However I do sew and quilt most days when I can’t do much else so I could most definitely use a planner for all my quilting projects. Thank you so much!

  9. Loretta says:

    I use my day planner every day of the year. I give a sigh of thanks when I can look ahead and see a day that has very little written on it. But by the time that day comes along – sure enough, I have some messages written there. Oh well – that is what I buy day planners for and the more room to write or make lists the better. I have put one on my wish list for Christmas.

  10. Heather says:

    My phone keeps the appointments, but past that I have gotten really bad about planning. More consistent planning and doing is my goal for 2017.

  11. Mom C says:

    I use my online calendar to keep track of dates but I jot doan a todo list most days so I can take care of the tasks that keep my day running somewhat smoothly. Thanks.

  12. Barbara Johnson says:

    Plan? Bwhahahahaha! (wiping away tears of laughter!) I used to keep a planner when I was working, but now that I am retired, I haven’t kept that up! But I would like to use a planner for my quilting projects – that way I could keep track of my progress (or lack thereof?) ;->

  13. Tiffany says:

    I’d love something to help plan my sewing fine a little better. As of right now, I have two lists in the notepad app on my phone. One for current projects, listed in order by priority, and one for my to do list. I sew for my etsy shop a lot, so I try to keep a running tab of how long each step takes me so I can decide how much to charge for my products in the end.
    Love this quilt, by the way. 😊

  14. DJ says:

    I use a planner to keep track of any projects I want to make. I list the project, who it is for and when it needs to be finished. Then I check off the project when it is complete.Very rewarding to see how much I have accomplished and it helps keep me on schedule.

  15. Karen says:

    My planning is usually in my head. I write it down, when there’s a whole list of things nagging me but I often don’t find the list to check it off.

  16. DJ Kelly says:

    I work from a notebook where I’ve listed all the quilts that I have fabric for and want to make. Each one has the pattern, fabric and any other relevant information so I can pick and choose which one I feel like working on. I also make lists of works in progress and try to finnish at least two a month so I don’t have a lot of UFO’s laying around.

  17. Nancy says:

    I am a paper planner. But most of the time I have more on the list than I can possibly accomplish so items move from day to day depending on the priority.

  18. Beth says:

    I make a list of things I need to do but usually forget it when I leave the house. Luckily I manage to remember most of what I wrote down. I keep thinking I might like to be more organized but I have never been big on writing everything down and living by a list. That said, the organizer looks really neat! Any hints on how to start and continue using one?

  19. Patty White says:

    Planning is something I need to get better at. I make lists on paper but then loose the paper. I really am trying to get more organized. And trying to get rid of “stuff” that is cluttering my life and preventing me from quilting more. My goal in 2017 is to finish UFO’s by quilting them myself–at least the smaller ones, and to declutter my house. A planner may be helpful, at least it would be harder to lose. (-;

  20. Marilyn Hagopian says:

    I make 2 priority lists on scraps of paper – often using the backs of envelopes. One list is for house stuff and the other is for sewing/quilting/crafts.

  21. Sally Heath says:

    I’m experimenting with doing a digital daily “battle plan”. I was using a legal pad in a pretty color – currently lime green. I will write it out the night before so I don’t have all that rattling around in my head when I go to bed. Then I add or revise it in the morning as needed.
    I’m finding the digital one a bit more challenging to maintain as I don’t carry the computer with me everywhere like I do the pad. So, I’m thinking the tried and true paper method is going to be the winner for me. Plus it’s a lot easier to grab the pad and add to it throughout the day or for the next day as needed. : )) Love reading what others do…

  22. Janice King says:

    I have a 4 X 6 spiral notebook with me at all times! The older I get, if it’s not written down, then forget it!!! I try to schedule my week at one time. At least, a general guideline of what I want to accomplish. Some times it works and too many times, life gets in the way….lol. Thanks for the giveaway! I could sure use a planner and that luscious fabric!!!

  23. Nancy says:

    I make paper lists on scraps of paper…I do use my iCal on my Mac for appointments, meetings, etc but I hadn’t really thought about the fact that I don’t write my sewing goals down except on scattered bits of paper.

  24. Veline says:

    Writing out plans seems to work best for me. I like planners that show me a week at a time and still have lots of room for each day.

  25. Shellie Lansing says:

    I am a paper person.
    Thanks for all you do. I love the quilts, but also love the family pictures & the exercise.
    You motivate me.

  26. Becki says:

    I use my smart phone calendar, as well as a paper calendar that hangs on the kitchen wall. I still put the entries on the wrong month some times!!!!

  27. Kathleen Dalecio says:

    I use an online calendar to plan my days. This way my husband & I each know when our only car is available! I do make written lists of details though.
    Happy Holidays, Christa!

  28. Julie says:

    I’m still a solid paper planner. I need to write it and see it, even though I’ve tried phone, etc

    Although I do use outlook for things a work. So I guess I’m a good mix!

  29. Carol Kuse says:

    I usually plan my day either the night before or that morning in my head. I have used a planner in the past, and it works much better.

  30. Bobbie Stoner says:

    I use a Day runner for scheduled events and note in it times for quilting. Day to day planning is in my head, as the priorities change, sometimes daily, sometimes hourly. My quilt priorities change as the need for a gift comes up, or a project is is not working, and I lay it aside for awhile. I find giving a problem a “time out” can give me a whole new perspective on it.

  31. Sandy Bradfield says:

    I usually use my iPhone calendar to plan everything. Lately, as I’ve gotten busier, I find that some items aren’t visible on my calendar until I open each daily calendar. Using a regular planning calendar would be a huge improvement, allowing me to see everything at a glance & prevent missing something important.

  32. Ann D says:

    I usually think of things to do when I wake up in the middle of the night. Unfortunately, I tend to forget my plans in the mornings. So, not much gets accomplished.

  33. Suzy says:

    I try and plan every day a small list of what i’d LIKE to get done… Mainly I think I’m more of a fly by the seat of my pants planner. But I do get it done eventually. Maybe a planner would help!!

  34. Helene Christensen says:

    I am not good about planning g things out and the result is obvious. I absolutely plan on changing that . I have started by listing all my UFOs , kits and patterns and fabric that are designated for something. Next I will prioritize them.

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