Piece and Quilt with Precuts Quilt 10: Arrows

I’ve been having such a fabulous time sharing all the quilts from my new book Piece and Quilt with Precuts. In fact, once the blog hop ends, I’m going to be at a loss for what to do next! (But not for long I hope!) Take a look at Arrows, one of my favorite designs from the book, which just so happens to be on the cover!!

Arrows from Piece and Quilt with Precuts by Christa Watson

Arrows Photography courtesy of Martingale/That Patchwork Place and Brent Kane

Piece It

I had two goals when designing this quilt: I wanted to make it with a scrappy background, and I wanted to create a design that would use a fat eighth bundle for the focus design. While designing the quilt in EQ7, I also wanted to see what the quilt would look like if you decided to use just one fabric for the background, rather than going scrappy.

Check it out using a black background – doesn’t it make the colors pop?

Arrows Alternate Colorway designed in eq

Here’s what it would look like with a white print background and bright colors:

Arrows alternate colorway designed in eq7

As you can see, it’s such a versatile design! Whenever I make a quilt, I usually want to remake it using other fabrics because it ends up looking so different!

Quilt It

I actually designed Arrows just so that I’d have lots of negative space to quilt a dense free-motion design I named Arrowheads. I first taught this motif during a class at QuiltCon, and knew I had to use it in a real quilt!

Detail quilting of Arrows Quilt - design is called Arrowheads from Piece and Quilt with Precuts

I quilted a contrasting design called “Cursive L’s” in the arrows blocks. It’s easy to create contrast in the quilting when one of the motifs is a curved design and the other is linear or geometric. Cursive L’s is one of my “go-to” designs because it’s easy to stretch or shrink to fill any space!

More Arrows inspiration

Take a look at two more ideas for how you can change up the fabrics. I’m sure this will get your creative juices flowing to make your own version! And don’t forget to visit each blog looking for more fun giveaways!!

Lynn Kline: Monkey Needle

Arrows made by Lynn

For her version, Lynn used the same Arrowheads and Cursive L’s quilting as taught in the book. I also include a suggestion to echo quilt around the blocks to make the blocks pop even more, and I love how it looks on Lynn’s quilt!

Arrows made by Lynne Kline

Doesn’t Lynn’s version look great with the scrappy white background? Be sure and visit her blog to read more her progress and to find out which fabrics she chose. Plus she’s hosting 2 giveaways!!

Arrows quilting detail by Lynn

Look at all of that scrumptious quilting texture!! In her post, Lynn even mentions how long it took her to quilt – along with more gorgeous pics where you can really see the quilting. I know that if Lynn can do it – so can you!

Click here to read more about Lynn’s version of Arrows and enter her giveaways.

Kathy Bruckman: Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Kathy’s name should seem familiar since she was one of the first stops on the hop when she made Squiggles. After I shared the first quilt, Kathy made a coordinating Squiggles pillow from her leftovers of the first quilt!

Squiggles Pillow made by Kathy

Click here to read more about Kathy’s bonus pillow project.

She had so much fun making that first quilt that she wanted to make another one from the book. So pop on over to her blog to see her version of Arrows in progress.

Arrows in progress by Kathy

Don’t you love the crinkly goodness of a fresh batch of bright batik fabrics?
These will look so good once they are quilted up!

Today’s Gift: A Free PDF Pattern for all, plus Win The Set!

Christa Quilts Patterns

Just a few of the patterns I currently have available through Craftsy.

Although I currently have 6 patterns available in print, I offer a total of 10 PDF patterns in my Craftsy store, including one that’s totally free!! So pop on over there to get the freebie and check out the other 9. I’ll choose two winners at the end of the hop on Aug 31. Because these are delivered electronically, this giveaway is open to everyone around the world!

Click here to get the free Craftsy pattern and see the whole collection.

To enter, leave me a comment about your favorite way to quilt. Do you prefer walking foot, free-motion, or both? Or maybe you like to hand quilt, or even quilt “by check!” I’d love to know. πŸ™‚

Piece and Quilt with Precuts by Christa Watson

Click here to get your signed copy of Piece and Quilt with Precuts.

Click here to see all of the stops on the hop.

Update: Winner Selected and Comments Closed

Congrats to Pat T. and Lynn T. who have been contacted via email.



















65 thoughts on “Piece and Quilt with Precuts Quilt 10: Arrows

  1. Suzy says:

    As the free motion gets better.. it gets more fun. But I think it still needs some walking foot too, until I get more confident in free motion.

  2. Paula says:

    Wow! What a difference the background fabric can make in a quilt. Thanks for giving us examples, so we can see various values and what they do. Although I’ve used the walking foot, the checkbook, and quilted by hand, I prefer free-motion quilting on my domestic machine.

  3. Joanne P. says:

    I use walking foot and free motion. Usually use both in each quilt top. Stitch in ditch with walking foot, free motion in squares. I hand quilted and tied one quilt about 20 years ago and gave it to my daughter. I just recently looked at it and decided it needed more quilting, so I borrowed it and did a lot of free motion quilting around the hand quilted motifs. Filled in some of the white space.πŸ˜ƒ

  4. Ann O. says:

    I have only done walking foot quilting “for real”, but I’m about to get serious with practicing free motion designs. The more options, the better!

  5. Vanessa Stewart says:

    I have done quilting with a walking foot but only baby quilts. I am still working on my free motion quilting skills. I love hand quilting but don’t have a lot of time. I have loved this blog hop and have found it so inspiring!!

  6. pilgrim313 says:

    I love the walking foot for precise lines, and FMQ for fun squiggly lines and rulers for creating hatches and cross hatches. All are enjoyable and all have a purpose.

  7. Kathleen McCormick says:

    My favorite way to quilt is the one that makes the quilt perfect. Sometimes it’s with a walking foot and sometimes free motion. I am not so confident when it comes to big open spaces. I just did a quilt with meandering and frankly I did it for speed, not effect. Honestly I would have preferred a mix of walking foot and meandering around the animals on the alphabet quilt. Live and learn.

  8. Jane Charnley says:

    I quilt by walking foot and by hand and now, by free motion quilting. FMQ is fast becoming my favourite method thanks to you, Christa!

  9. Theresa Powers says:

    I have quilted some myself using my walking foot and free motion on my sewing machine. Some I have sent to a longarmer and lots my friend has done free motion on her sewing machine. She does beautiful work. I am in the process of hand piercing one that I plan on hand quilting.

  10. Nancy Noah says:

    I have been doing a lot of the combination of walking foot and then FMQ lately and then some Big-Stitch hand quilting thrown in. However, if I have the time, I still like to hand quilt with plain old 40wt or 50wt thread.

  11. Allison Evrard says:

    I wish I could afford quilting “by check” πŸ™‚ Most of the time I do free motion quilting but occasionally will use the walking foot. All the quilts on this hop are gorgeous!

  12. Darleen Sanford says:

    I usually use the walking foot only because I find it easier. I do try free motion when I get brave.

  13. Teri says:

    Most of the time I use my walking foot for quilting. Really enjoying seeing all the quilt variations from your book.

  14. ellbeejay71 says:

    I love to piece so if I had A preference it would be by check but I’d also like to have the confidence to tackle my own other than the straight line quilting I’m doing now. That’s why your book is so awesome, it’s going to give me the confidence to branch out!

  15. Katie Joy says:

    My favorite way to quilt is hand quilting. Exercise for my hands. But I also love thread sketching so free-motion is a second favorite! Your blog hop has been so much fun!!

  16. Estie says:

    Most of my quilting is done with the walking foot. I do some free motion quilting too on smaller quilts. Thanks for all your quilting ideas/suggestions.

  17. Cathy Wilson says:

    I’ve done a little of all the methods except by check. When I started quilting three years ago, I decided I wanted to do it all myself. I still need lots of practice but my favorite so far is FMQ on my domestic and I love using rulers to quilt.

  18. Martha Cook says:

    The quilt calls the shots whether to free motion it or use the walking foot or sometimes use both methods on one quilt.

  19. wannajava says:

    I am using my walking foot to quilt, as I am still in the beginning stages of FMQ.
    Thanks for all your work to share your quilting knowledge.

  20. Rosalind Gutierrez says:

    I do both both types of quilting but the walking foot is my go to favorite. Loved following the blog hop and seeing your quilt ideas come alive.

  21. Kathy Slaughter Cummings says:

    Most of the time I quilt with my walking foot!!! But I like stippling and looping based on the design in the fabric!!
    Thank you.

  22. Claudia says:

    I tend to prefer free-motion quilting as I don’t have to rotates my quilts as much in a small harp space, but am beginning to use more walking foot ideas now that I found you and Jacquie Gering. Thanks!!!

  23. quilterpt says:

    I free motion mainly, and have been working on ruler work. So glad Bernina finally came out with a proper foot for domestic machines.

  24. Lynn Thornton says:

    I’m loving your blog- especially when I see variations of the same pattern by other quilters! I use my walking feet to quilt but am discovering the freedom of free-motion quilting that allows me to make mistakes and no ones knows!!

  25. kbaby29 says:

    I love free motion quilting, but find myself using my walking foot more and more since I am doing so many modern quilts and doing a lot of “dot to dot” straight lines and echoing. I like it too. The quilting is my favorite part though you wouldn’t know it based on the amount of quilts I let pile up. Eeep. I am trying to finish up a stack of quilts that have been taunting me for some time now, but when i get through them, I have a beautiful quilt that I have been waiting to free motion quilt for myself and I am going to really have fun with it. I am looking forward to it.

  26. Allison in Alabama says:

    i started with free motion quilting (many years ago) and I love using my walking foot in combination with it! I use the walking foot to secure the straight line areas in the quilt then go back and do free motion in the smaller areas. Thanks for the pattern!!!

  27. Hedy Hahn says:

    I really like free motion quilting. I’m just not all that great with my Bernina free walking foot unless I don’t care where I stitch. It’s an older model and this foot just doesn’t do it for me. I love how you use yours though.

  28. Margaret M. says:

    I love quilting king size quilts on my friend’s longarm, but am practicing and getting more confident fmq smaller tops on my domestic machine.

  29. KJ says:

    I am really enjoying this hop. I especially like seeing the different variations of each pattern, plus seeing how great the quilts look whether the quilter is super experienced or not.

    All of my quilting is done with my walking foot, even the curved patterns. I am still trying to get up the nerve to FMQ. I think what is scaring me most is that I use the stop/start button exclusively on my machine and I am told it can’t be done with FMQ. I have proven people wrong in the past and look forward to proving them wrong again, eventually. πŸ™‚

  30. Sally says:

    My favorite way to quilt is freehand on a longarm. It takes planning, though I’m learning to embrace changing my mind too.

  31. Shari K. says:

    If I do the quilting, it is by walking foot. But I mostly quilt by check. After following this blog hop, it has really inspired me to branch out and try FMQ. Thanks for all you do!

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