Piece and Quilt with Precuts Quilt 8: Windows

There are just a few more quilts to share before I’ve finished showing you all of the designs from Piece and Quilt with Precuts. Today, take a look at Windows, made from Tula Pink True Colors:

Windows from Piece and Quilt with Precuts by Christa WatsonWindows Photography courtesy of Martingale/That Patchwork Place and Brent Kane

Piece It

Windows is made from 2 1/2″ strips, 1 1/2″ strips and a lot of background fabric. It uses fewer 2 1/2″ strips, so here’s where a smaller bundle of your favorite prints can be used effectively. And of course it will look dramatically different just by changing up the fabrics. As long as you have a strong contrast between the window frames and the background, you’ll have success with this design!

I always have a hard time naming my quilts and thought of several possibilities for this one. If you rotate the quilt, the blocks look like elevator doors. You could even use the same two fabrics in each block to look like equal signs. I love it when there are so many ideas!!

Windows quilting detail

The book includes my “no-mark” method of machine quilting. It’s all about the texture!

Quilt It

I recommend using a blending 50 weight Aurifil cotton thread with simple quilting for busy fabrics and save the “fancy” quilting for areas of the quilt where it will show. With my detailed diagrams and quilting plan, you’ll be able to quilt  the blocks continuously, with only one start and stop for each row!

More Windows inspiration

Think about other ways you can make Windows – what if you reversed the colors, or made it from solids, or chose a scrappy background? Clink the links below for even more ideas and be on the lookout for some bonus giveaways!!

Suzy Webster – Webster Quilt

Detail of Windows quilting by Suzy

Check out this scrumptious quilting by Suzy Webster. I love how she chose a solid red so that the quilting really shows up in the background. And look how she used “switchbacks” in both the frames and the border. It’s one of my go-to designs that I first introduced in my first book Machine Quilting with Style.

Head over to Suzy’s blog to read more about the making of her quilt and to see her final reveal! She’s hanging her quilt in a place I’d never thought of before, but it sure looks great!

Katie Joy Church – Wild Prairie Studio

Windows quilt in progress

You’ll be jealous when you see Katie’s studio view as she worked on her version of Windows. She’s also thrown in a few inspiration images and other eye candy. You’ll be able to see how large the quilt is when you see it in progress on a bed in a cabin by the sea – which is just lovely!

Be sure to visit her blog too see how she plans to finish.

Terri Vanden Bosch – Meanderings Along Lizard Creek

Windows Table Runner

Look at this beautifully styled photo from Terri. It’s so easy to make the quilts in my book smaller or larger simply be sewing more or fewer blocks. Her soothing color palette is perfect for this pretty room.

Check out more about Terri’s quilt-making process plus more beautiful photos on her blog. She even told me her husband said it looked like “windows” before he even knew the name of the design!

Today’s Gift – Win Goodies from American Patchwork and Quilting

My friends over at American Patchwork and Quilting have been so supportive of my work! I’ve been in their magazines a few times and I’m always inspired by what they have to offer. Plus here’s a fun fact: I discovered modern quilting back in 2012 when I saw a modern quilt in one of the summer issues of American Patchwork and Quilting. I was so excited that I stopped everything to find out more about modern quilting and it totally changed my career path (for the better!!)

American Patchwork and Quilting Giveaway

Today, they are offering up a nice prize pack – a copy of Better Homes and Gardens’ Complete Guide to Quilting, 3 of their latest magazine issues (notice a familiar quilt on the cover of American Patchwork and Quilting? Yep – that’s mine), plus 4 adorable quilting charms (not pictured.)

Due to shipping costs, this one will be open to US residents only. To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me how many magazines you subscribe to. (If you want to answer honestly, that’s totally up to you. I promise I won’t judge, LOL!!)

All Peopl Quilt

More inspiration will be given to one lucky winner at the end of the hop!

Truthfully, I rarely make an quilts from magazine patterns since I’m usually designing my own, but I love flipping through their pages for color and layout inspiration. I especially love reading technique articles, plus what’s happening in the quilty world. I’ll choose a winner the morning of Aug 31, the last day of the hop!!

Books by Christa Watson

If you are just joining me on the hop, click here to see all of the blog hop stops.
Then click here to pick up your signed copy of any of my books.

Update: Winner Selected and Comments Closed

Congrats to Ann O. who has been contacted via email.

























88 thoughts on “Piece and Quilt with Precuts Quilt 8: Windows

  1. Debbie says:

    I subscribe to three magazines. I whittled it down several years ago. Piecework, Quilting Arts and AQS.

  2. Janet Sabol says:

    I subscribe to 3 magazines. I love the inspiration. When those subscriptions run out, I’m not renewing as I have a lot of patterns I’d like to do and not enough time. However, I’ve started to receive Modern quilts Unlimited as a subscription. I was picking it up every time I saw it at a quilt shop and paying way too much so decided to subscribe.

  3. Rachel says:

    I don’t subscribe to any. I prefer looking at them in person and then buying. I also buy some good ones from Ebay.

  4. Erin Jay says:

    I only subscribe to one magazine at home, but I have two others I get through work. I used to have a lot more subscriptions, but a bunch of my favorite magazines have gone out of business!

  5. Sarah J says:

    I am trying to cut back on my subscriptions because I have fallen behind in reading them! I think I have about 4 or 5 right now.

  6. lovinglylissa says:

    Does the AQS subscription count? Otherwise the answer is 0. However, many ladies in a guild I belong to do subscribe and then when they spring clean they bring the magazines to share. I’ve come home with a few older copies with many beautiful projects (that I have yet to do 😉 )

  7. Allison Evrard says:

    I subscribe electronically to two magazines. If I subscribed to more, I’d never get anything done! 🙂

  8. Cathy Wilson says:

    I don’t currently subscribe to any but I often browse the racks at stores and often buy one that catches my eye. I love what you did with Christa’s pattern!

    • Cathy Wilson says:

      Oops, disregard the last sentence, please! I thought I was still responding to a different post! Harvey is very distracting!

  9. thedarlingdogwood says:

    I don’t have any subscriptions at the moment, but I ready American Patchwork & Quilting and Quilts & More through Zinio and my public library. My public library also has a subscription to Quilter’s World and I will read it there.

  10. Cherie says:

    I don’t subscribe to any magazines now. My guild has a magazine share. For $.25 each I can pick up a few, browse at my leisure and take them back if I don’t want to keep them. It’s all in an effort to keep the clutter down in my sewing room.

  11. Lisa Marie says:

    I subscribe to a lot of quilt magazines. Like you, I don’t make a lot of the patterns but I do love looking at the magazines. And I save them to look through when I need inspiration.

  12. Diane Beavers says:

    One magazine, honestly. It’s a gift subscription so Ijust enjoy it as it presents in the mail and have cut and pieced and walking foot quilted 3 quilts and multiple wall hangngs/minis. Thank you American Patchwork and Quilting….you’re so generous.

  13. Ilana says:

    Just last night I cancelled my 1 remaining subscriptions after realizing that I haven’t had time to even flip through the last 3 issues.

  14. Kara says:

    I am currently without any subscriptions ~ ~ as I wanted to thoroughly sort through my STACK of previous subscriptions and organize my saves. I love the inspiration and exposure to the bigger world of quilting that comes through magazine time.

  15. Karen Addleman says:

    I just subscribe to one magazine. I have so many from past years that I can hardly lift the bin that they are stored in.

  16. Kathie says:

    Have no subscriptions at this time, but have saved soooo many copies of past magazines, that contain patterns for quilts I still hope to sew. Love the Windows quilt…

  17. Donna Meredith says:

    I receive Fons and Poter, Mc Calls Quilting, Simple Quilts, Quilters Newsletter, Quick Quilts, Quilters World and I think I am forgetting one. Oh well! Love those quilts.

  18. margiestitcher says:

    still checking for your new book not available yet here in the UK but will buy as soon as it is

  19. Maryellen McAuliffe says:

    Great prize. I actually don’t subscribe to any right now. I do purchase if there’s a design I want to make or if a quilter I adore has a design in it.

  20. Mom C says:

    I don’t subscribe to any magazines of any kind any more. ( Wait a minute Reader’s Digest, church, Sports Illustrated, Consumer Reports (trial basis) ) I can’t throw quilting magazines away! They have such great ideas that I know I’ll want to make some day. So I have a shelf full and I decided not to buy them unless they have a designer I really love and I have to have a picture of that quilt! So I still buy or borrow but no subscriptions, not right now. Thanks.

  21. Sandie G says:

    Too many but love to see different patterns by different quilters. If I do a quilt from a magazine I usually change it up a bit to make it smaller or larger. Love your techniques. Thanks

  22. Mary D says:

    I just have one e-subscription to a quilting magazine. I honestly never really had (made) much time to read them thoroughly so these magazines were wasting away with me. I donated all of the magazines I had collected, scanning copies of the patterns that interested me. Now I would much rather browse online for inspiration.

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