Piece and Quilt with Precuts Quilt 2: Gridwork

The second quilt featured in my book Piece and Quilt with Precuts is called “Gridwork.”

Gridwork by Christa Watson from Piece and Quilt with Precuts

Gridwork Photography courtesy of Martingale/That Patchwork Place and Brent Kane.

Piece It

Gridwork is made from one set of 5″ squares and one set of 10″ squares. In traditional quilting, blocks are usually laid out in a “grid” format. However, modern quilters like to break up the grid or present blocks in an alternate grid layout. In this case, you can see that this quilt is arranged in a 6×7 traditional grid layout (6 blocks across by 7 blocks down). But the blocks themselves are rotated in a haphazard fashion to obscure the grid and make it a bit more interesting.

Gridwork from Piece and Quilt with Precuts

We took this quilt on a recent camping trip to get some pretty shots of it in nature.

The secret is to piece the blocks in a few similar, but slightly different ways and then rotate them to trick the viewer into thinking there’s much more variation in the blocks. In my book, step by step instructions are given on how to create the different blocks. Plus, a full color layout is included with each quilt pattern so there’s no guesswork when it comes time to assemble the quilt!

Machine Quilting on Gridwork

Wavy Grid is one of my go-to machine quilting designs! I quilted this quilt in a light gray-blue thread from my Piece and Quilt collection with Aurifil.

Quilt It

The first four quilts in the book are quilted completely with a walking foot (or in my case, the BERNINA dual feed which performs the exact same function.) Each quilt build skills as you go, so you’ll be a machine quilting pro in no time! Plus, with my “divide and conquer” method, you can quilt a few lines to stabilize the quilt, then decide at any point how densely you want to quilt it, without locking yourself into an overwhelming task!

More Gridwork inspiration

Check out these alternate versions below. Head to each blogger’s site for more about their process, see their finishes, and enter their giveaways!

Sandy Maxfield – Sandy Star Designs

Sandy's version of Gridwork

I’ve been hoarding my own bundles of Karen Lewis’ Blueberry Park line and I’m jealous at how easily Sandy from Sandy Star Designs was able to break into her precuts!! Here’s a hint – she actually cut the 10″ and 5″ prints from fat quarters, which is a great example of being able to use what you have on hand for successful results.

Don’t you think Sandy did a fantastic job combining the prints into a pleasing combination? The trick is to make sure there’s contrast in each block so none of them gets lost. You can do that by combing lights with darks, solids with prints or a myriad of other ways!

Gridwork quilting by Sandy

She did a fantastic job quilting wavy grid on her quilt. Don’t you just want to cuddle up with all that yummy texture? Be sure to pop over to Sandy’s blog to read more, and to enter her giveaway!

Joanne Harris – Quilts by Joanne

Gridwork by Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris from Quilts by Joanne really made this design look great with her fabulous yellow and gray color scheme. I once heard that the hallmark of a great quilt design is that it will look good in any fabric combination!

Don’t you just love that elephant print?? Now take a look at her blog to see how she decided to quilt it!

Teresa Mairal-Barreu – Sewn Up

Teresa M Gridwork

Teresa aka Teresa Down Under chose to make a smaller smaller version of Gridwork and I just love it! This goes to show that you don’t always have to use up an entire precut bundle, or make your quilt the exact same size.

Head over to Teresa’s blog to see a video of this “flimsy” (aka unquilted top) flapping beautifully in the breeze. Seriously, it will inspire you to want to make one right away!

Today’s Gift – Win a Bundle of 5″ or 10″ Squares

Christa Watson Designer Palette

My designer palette was originally created for Facets, from Machine Quilting with Style.
I’ve now used it to create several colorful quilts!

Today I’m going to give 2 lucky winners a fun prize! One person will win a layer cake of my Christa Watson designer palette and a second person will win a charm pack of the same fabric. Now the trick will be for both winners to find another layer cake or charm pack to go with them to make their own version of Gridwork! But isn’t a challenge fun?? (And in reality of course the winner can do whatever they’d like to with their fabrics!!)

To enter, leave me a comment letting me know what’s your favorite precut to work with. Me personally – I love fat quarters because I think they are the most versatile. But as a designer, I love coming up with creative ways to use these fun fabric bundles!

The giveaway is open to all (int’l winners just pay shipping) and I’ll choose a winner on Aug 31 which is the last day of the hop. Be sure and check in again tomorrow for the next quilt I’ll share along with more fabulous color options!

Griwork from Piece and Quilt with Precuts

If you make your own version of Gridwork, or any of the quilts from my book, please share your progress in my Facebook Group, Quilt with Christa. I’d love to see!

Click here to see all of the stops on the blog hop tour – you’re sure to be inspired!

Update: Winners Selected and Comments Closed

Congrats to Dian. H. and Hedy H. who have been contacted via email.

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181 thoughts on “Piece and Quilt with Precuts Quilt 2: Gridwork

  1. Tammi Williams says:

    I seem to have more jelly rolls in the sewing room but I use more fat quarters. And charm squares, can get lots of variety by using several different charms.

  2. Beth T. says:

    I’m torn; I love layer cakes for their simplicity and versatility, but also fq bundles for the sheer amount of fabric and yet the manageability. Either one is always a wonderful, welcome surprise into my stash!

  3. DEBI JIMENEZ says:

    If I had your 10”layer cake or the 5” charm pack of your color palette, I would take these fat quarters from Connecting Threads Autumn Air Fat Quarter Sampler and create Gridlock. I would use my solids for the smaller square and prints for the larger space. I would try two different lay outs…`1. Alternating a light and dark blocks or 2. A graduated lay out from light to dark.
    I love to work with fat quarters but due budget I will grab a charm pack or two .

  4. ninmah says:

    I love fat quarters too, because you can do so much with them. I bought some layer cakes a little while ago and I’m looking forward to trying them in a quilt soon!

  5. Becca says:

    Fat quarters are my favorite because they’re easy, but if I had to pick a favorite true precut, I’d probably pick layer cakes because they’re pretty versatile, too.

  6. Cynthia Marquez says:

    Mini- charm packs are my favorites. I do a lot of scrap work and these small packages pack a lot of punch. I also like to collect fat quarters when I travel as it is so much fun to remember where I got them. Isn’t it funny how we can remember so much about fabric choices? Where we got it; what quilts we used it for, etc. My sister and I often contribute fabric to the other, and we even remember who used what fabric for what project which leads to all sorts of fun conversations.

  7. suzanprincess says:

    My favorite precut is usually something I won–I love to make something pretty while saving money!

  8. Helen LeBrett says:

    I love Layer cakes: there are quite a few options of what to do with them! 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win! Hugs, H

  9. Paula DiMattei says:

    I love fat quarters. That way I have lots of options. Plus they double as artwork all stacked in my sewing room. 💕

  10. Glenna D. says:

    I like fat quarters the best, they are so versatile. I get stumped with smaller cuts. Thanks for your great quilts and quilting, and for the prize.

  11. Karen B. says:

    I like fat quarters best because they seem to give me more options for sizes of cuts. These are some fun colors.

  12. Patricia Evans says:

    I prefer to work with fat quarters and make my own subcuts. I’ve found charm packs and jelly rolls to be inconsistent in size especially when they are pinked. Fat quarters aremuch more versatile.

  13. Joyful Quilter says:

    I’ve made a few jelly roll quilts, and one charm pack quilt…I have 3 layer cakes but have no idea what to do with them. Fat quarters are definitely my favorite.

  14. Mary D says:

    I like working with fat quarters because you can cut whatever pieces your need. I also like 2.5 strips as they get used for lots of projects. Come to think of it… I like 5″ charms too. They are great for the most basic of patchwork quilts.

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  15. Debi Vanden Heuvel says:

    I like fast quarters, but seem to collect the 2 1/2″ squares…they are like chocolates and one is never enough!

  16. Trisha Lediard says:

    I like fat quarters for the endless possibilities of creating larger quilts ✂️✂️✂️

  17. quilterpt says:

    That quilt is just gorgeous! I like to work with charm squares. They make a quilt come together really quickly. Add a neutral and there are lots of fun things you can do with them! Congrats on the new book and thanks for sharing the giveaway!!

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