Piece and Quilt with Precuts Quilt 11 – Spools

Can you believe it? Today I’m sharing the last quilt from my book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts. Be sure and stick around for tomorrow’s blog hop wrap-up as I announce an epic giveaway (hint – it’s a QUILT!!!) and something fun to look forward to in the future!

Meet Spools, which is possibly my favorite quilt in the book. (I know – just like children you can’t really have a favorite, right???)

Spools by Christa Watson from Piece and Quilt with Precuts

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

Piece It

My favorite thing about this quilt is that it expands on a concept that I introduced in my first book. (Remember Facets from Machine Quilting with Style? Similar piecing concept, totally different design!!)

Spools uses many leftovers from other quilts in the book as well as scraps from my scrap bin. It was so fun to combine any sized pieces to create my own “made” fabric, and then cut them up into recognizable shapes – a process I call “structured improv.”

Original spools design in EQ7

Original EQ7 design concept  for Spools. I made each spool a different color instead.

When I originally designed this quilt I had thought of mixing up a bunch of different scraps to make each of the spool blocks along with a scrappy border. The image above was my original EQ7 design for the quilt. But as I was getting ready to make the quilt I had a last minute stroke of inspiration to make them color blocked instead. And instead of a scrappy border, I made a scrappy binding around the edges that matches the color of the spool blocks!

I much prefer the quilt I ended up making, where each spool is a different color of “thread” – don’t you?? Now after making this quilt, I feel like any scrap can work its way into a future improv-pieced quilt!

Quilt It

Machine Quilting on Spools

I used a combination of two quilting designs. In each of the spool blocks I quilted wavy textured lines using a matching Aurifil thread. Then in the background I combined another fun free-motion technique I teach called “free-motion improv.”

You basically combine several of your favorite free-motion motifs and mash them all up together in the same quilt, changing designs every 2-3 motifs. It’s a fun way to quilt that adds tons of interest and texture to the design.

Free Motion Improv on Spools

Machine quilting details on Spools.

One of the reasons I quilt my quilts so densely is to hide my mistakes. After all, when you quilt one line of imperfect stitches it really stands out like a sore thumb. However, if you surround it with more imperfect quilting, all you notice is the beautiful texture rather than the individual stitches!

More Arrows inspiration

Check out the bloggers below for their takes on Spools, and be on the lookout for giveaways! I hope you’ve enjoyed traveling to all of the stops on the hop for more ideas on how to make any of the quilts in my book!

Sandra Starley: Textile Time Travels

Sandra Starley Halloween Quilt -Spools

Who says you have to make rainbow colored blocks? Sandra decided to make mini-sized Halloween themed spools, complete with spooky background prints. Now this makes me want to make one for all the holidays! I mean, how cool would it look in reds and greens for Christmas, or red, white and blue for a patriotic quilt? This opens up a world of ideas for you to explore!!

Be sure and keep an eye on Sandra’s blog in the future to see how she quilts it!

Jen Shaffer: Patterns by Jen

Spools made by Jen

I love how Jen made her quilt similar to the original, but she totally changed up the quilting. She used a combination of “modern zig-zags” in the sashing which I introduce earlier in the book. Plus she combined it with “triangle texture”, a motif I teach in my first book.

Visit Jen’s blog to see some really great process pics showing how she approached the improv piecing. I’m proud of her for going outside her comfort zone! While there, you’ll even see the coordinating pillow she made with another machine quilting design from the book!

Today’s Gift: Win Scraps of My new fabric

Since we’ve been talking about how to use up your scraps, I thought it would be fun to offer a unique giveaway today. Many of you know I’ve been sharing sneak peeks of my new fabric line, Modern Marks, which releases this November from Benartex. Well, I’ve been working behind the scenes, making a bunch of quilts from the new fabric to show it off a bit later. That means that I’ve accumulated a ton of scraps, so I’ve decided to give them away to one of you!

Modern Marks fabric scraps

This bundle of scraps could be yours! It’s Modern Marks by Christa Watson for Benartex.

This means that one lucky winner will be the first (other than me) to get their hands on my fabric, before anyone can even buy it!!! Now that you know what you can do with scraps, the sky’s the limit when it comes to using them.

To enter, leave me a comment letting me know which quilt from the book is your favorite. If you haven’t had a chance to see them all, click here for the blog hop schedule, with links to each of the quilts. I’ll choose a winner’s name at random on Monday morning and notify them via email. I’m happy to ship your box of scraps anywhere, with the understanding that an international winner will pay shipping (less the cost of shipping it to the US).

Piece and Quilt with Precuts Blog Hop

And finally, if you’ve enjoyed the blog hop, be sure to pick up a signed copy of my book. It’s been a joy to write, and even more satisfying to share all of the quilts with you. Be sure and stop by tomorrow to see what’s coming up next!

Update: Winner Selected and Comments Closed

Congrats to Brandy F.  who has been contacted via email.















153 thoughts on “Piece and Quilt with Precuts Quilt 11 – Spools

  1. quilterpt says:

    I love Frequency. I love that it is made with strips, asI seem to accumulate a lot of them as I go through my scraps. I have enjoyed this blog hop, lots of wonderful inspiration!! Thanks.

  2. Janet says:

    So hard to decide! I think Dot ‘n’ Dash would be the one. I like a simple design that can be impacted by fabrics easily. I LOVE other people’s scraps 😂 They are always better than mine. Thanks so much for the chance to win and congrats on the book.

  3. Gail Kelly says:

    Twinkling Diamonds is still my favorite though I like every quilt in the book! They are all winners. Can’t wait to add this fabulous book to my library.

  4. Cindy Henderson says:

    Spools and arrows are my two faves. Then again, it just might be that the bright fabrics contrasted with a white background really make them pop. That’s why I’d love to work with these bold scraps.

  5. Glenda Hollander says:

    Those scraps would look awfully good on grid work. I also love the baby flying geese. They are all beautiful and I have the book and starting working on baby geese.

  6. Ruth Slayden says:

    Earlier today, I finished DOT N DASH as a Quilt of Valor. It was Easy Peasy! Last week I finished PLUMB LINES from your Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting, also in Quilt of Valor colors. I was amazed at how quickly that quilt finished as well. I am ready for a scrappy quilt now. Thanks for all you do.

  7. Bonnie Lindsay says:

    It is hard to pick a favorite but I really like Squiggles and Dot N Dash. I make a lot of string blocks out of my scraps but I would love to make one of your quilt patterns from your scraps. Thank you for the chance to win!

  8. Susan says:

    Once again, so hard to decide. Those “scraps” sure are pretty; colors and patterns that are just my style! I think they would look simply marvelous in the Windows quilt!!

  9. Melody Lutz says:

    Starstruck is in first place, but seriously – you have so many great designs and easy!!! This book is a must have.

  10. Janet Meeks says:

    Christa, you have really opened my eyes to so much that can be done with not only with machine quilting but now with piecing! WOW, this book has so many interesting and beautiful quilt designs and fabrics. It’s hard to pick my favorite, but I might say the Starstruck one.

  11. Susan says:

    Your blog hop has been great! I love your book which came in the mail two days ago. Spools is my current favorite😍

  12. Robyn R says:

    I Love Spools! It’s beautiful and has some much potential for variety. Can’t wait to use some scraps for this one.

  13. Rhonda Hunter says:

    Dot N Dash is my favorite. I have a jelly roll of Uppercase fabric that will look awesome in this patter.n. Can’t wait to get started!!

  14. Mary says:

    A really hard choice, With all the possibilities of creating fabric from scraps, I think Spools would be
    really fun to make. This blog hop opened up so many more ideas on top of those you shared.

  15. Cathy Wilson says:

    I’ve loved seeing all of your quilts as well as all the wonderful variations! I thought my favorite was the stars but after seeing Spools…. too hard to decide!!!

  16. Ann O. says:

    I really love S.W.A.K., Spools and Arrows. I’m excited for your fabric to come out…thanks for the chance to win the scraps. How fun!

  17. Vanessa Stewart says:

    I have love this blog hop and your new book!! I really love all the quilts!! My favorite is Starstruck!

  18. lilquilter says:

    So hard to decide which of the quilts is my favorite but I think it’s Kites. The new fabric line is luscious and I’d love to win the scraps! I’m a scrapoholic at heart and my stash (dating back to the 80’s) needs updating so I’m hoping to be the lucky winner. Thanks, Christa, for all you do for us!

  19. KT says:

    I’m partial to stars, so star struck is my favorite, but spools is a close second. Loved getting sneak peaks of your new book!

  20. Marh Jane says:

    I love your book but my favorite has to be “Spools”. All the different versions are beautiful and jnspiring. Thank you for the chance to win your fabric, I love the peek I have seen!

  21. Pat T. says:

    Christa, you have created another *wonderful* book!!
    You have done SO much to teach, encourage, and inspire,… and this great new book of yours continues to do just that!
    When I first saw the pictures of your quilts from “Piece and Quilt with Precuts”, I had about 7 or 8 “favorites”… But, seeing your beautiful quilts up close and in detail each day of this hop, AND the quilts that other makers were creating from your inspiration,… I had a New Favorite *each day*! I really *cannot* say which One is The Favorite!!
    It’s the mark of a great pattern that it can inspire, and be so versatile, that makers can use it to create a beautiful quilt in their own style!
    Thank you, Christa!
    Pat T.

    (p.s. And, thank you for fixing my “Latitude-not-Horizons” error the other day!!:-D

  22. Tamara says:

    “S.W.A.K” is my favourite but I love all star quilts so “Starstruck” is definitely a runner-up in my books! After seeing your abstract piecing, I think it’s a technique that could be applied to just about any pattern! Maybe some stars in “Starstruck”?

  23. Cynthia Marquez says:

    My favorite quilt from the book is a toss up. I LOVE scrap quilts so Baby Geese really appealed to me. But, the layout of Starstruck and how you shifted the stars within the blocks was pretty cool so I really liked both. By the way, did I mention that I REALLY love scraps?

  24. cathy k says:

    I like them all, but I really like the spools. It was fun seeing all the different quilts mde from the pattern.

  25. Cecilia says:

    I still like Starstruck the best, but all of the patterns are cute. Thanks again for the great blog hop.

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