I love it when I get to reveal a quilt that I worked on many moons ago! Meet Tic-Tac-Toe, a fat quarter quilt featured on the cover of Fat Quarter Favorites – a new collaboration book from my publisher Martingale/That Patchwork Place that releases today!
This was one of those “secret sewing” projects that I worked on last year. I shared a few sneek peeks on my Instagram account while making it so if you scroll back through a year’s worth of posts, you can see some of it in progress, LOL!!
The book features 13 original designs by a dozen different designers all based on fat quarters (plus additional background fabric where needed).
I was in such a hurry to make this quilt that I forgot to take many in-progress pics, but here’s a shot of me “scrunching and smooshing” the quilt through the machine as I quilt:
It helps to have a wider throat space on my BERINA so there’s more room for the quilt!
I only saved on detail pic where you can see the quilting while I added and pressed the binding. I quilted it with a dense allover free-motion square spiral design – one of my favorite “modern machine quilting” designs! (It’s similar to “boxes” – another fave design but you go round and round a couple times to get the spirals.)
For the pieced design, I played around with the idea of combining blocks that look like X’s and O’s. It took several tries to adjust the proportions so they felt right. The O blocks came pretty quickly, but it took awhile until I was happy with the X blocks. I originally started with bigger center stars and they evolved into the design shown here. I extended the gray lines all the way to the borders to give it a bit more movement and overall I’m pleased with how well it turned out!
Tic-Tac-Toe by Christa Watson, 76″ x 76″
Once I have the basic design in place it also takes me a bit to refine the sizes so the fabric yardage is used more efficiently. That’s why a lot of times, you’ll see me do scrappy bindings, so I can use up a bit more of the fun prints in the quilt!
If you like my design click here to see images of all 13 quilts from the book – I’m sure there’s something for everyone!
9 thoughts on “Introducing Tic-Tac-Toe on the Cover of Fat Quarter Favorites”
I like it too. Congrats on the cover feature.
Its a beauty and so fun to have a fat quarter friendly quilt. I can’t imagine keep that secret….I would find it very hard.
Wonderful! .I can see why your quilt is in the cover. Very original and eye catching. I remember commenting on the creative border after one of you sneak peeks.
I’ve been seeing this quilt around social media alot. Somehow I didn’t realize it was yours Christa. Great design and fun colors! Congrats on being a cover girl.
Very cool! Another book to put on my ‘must-get’ list!
it would make a great kids quilt. Love it
Gorgeous! Based on this one pattern I feel like I need this book …
It’s eye-catching for sure!
Really like this one! Nice work!!