Preorder Bundles of My New Gridwork Fabric – It ships in January!

I’m at quilt market this weekend, showing off my newest fabric collection, Gridwork that will ship in January of 2020. I can’t believe it’s already my 5th fabric line with Benartex, and I’ve been having a blast designing fabrics and making colorful quilts from them.Gridwork by Christa Watson for Benartex

All 27 prints of Gridwork in 3 colorways: Amethys, Breeze and Citron

Gridwork by Christa Watson for Benartex

This is a larger collection, consisting of 27 different prints in 3 coloways: Amethyst, Breeze and Citron. Of course they mix and match nicely with each other, but it’s also fun to create color-blocked projects with them. Here are some more beauty shots of the individual colorways.

Amethyst Bundle – Pretty in Purple and Pink

Gridwork in Amethyst by Christa Watson for Benartex

Gridwork in Amethyst by Christa Watson for Benartex

Gridwork in Amethyst by Christa Watson for Benartex

Click here to preorder the Amethyst Bundle in Fat Quarters, Half Yards or Full Yards

Breeze Bundle – Calm and Cool in Blues and Greens

Gridwork Breeze by Christa Watson for Benartex

Gridwork Breeze by Christa Watson for Benartex

Gridwork Breeze by Christa Watson for Benartex

Click here to preorder the Breeze Bundle in Fat Quarters, Half Yards or Full Yards

Citron Bundle – Edgy in Black, White, Navy & Citron

Gridwork Citron by Christa Watson for Benartex

Gridwork Citron by Christa Watson for Benartex

Gridwork Citron by Christa Watson for Benartex

Click here to preorder the Citron Bundle in Fat Quarters, Half Yards or Full Yards

Each time I design a new line, I’m thinking about how it can relate to my previous collections but still stand on its own. It was really fun to do a larger line this time will a full range of light, mediums and darks that will make your quilts sparkle.

Gridwork by Christa Watson for Benartex

Click here to claim your Gridwork bundle – It ships in January!

Infrastructure Quilt Along Week 5: Sewing Row 4

This week for the Infrastructure quilt along, we are sewing Row 4 which looks a bit intimidating, but it really isn’t. True, it does have a lot of piecing, but it’s a great opportunity to play with fun shapes.Infrastructure Row 4You can fussy cut your fabric so that the patterns match up if you want, but it’s certainly not necessary. My #1 tip for cutting this row is to use the Tri-Recs Ruler set. The Infrastructure quilt pattern includes full size templates, but honestly, it’s faster and easier to use the specialty rulers.

Tri Recs tools

Click here to get the Tri-Recs ruler set.

Follow along in the quilt pattern on pages 4, 6-7 and 10-11 to make Row 4. It’s sewn from Triangle in a Square blocks, fussy cut squares and background fabric.

Triangle in a Square Blocks

Here’s a video tutorial on how to cut and sew Triangle in a Square blocks using the Tri-Recs Ruler set. It’s 11 minutes long and walks you through the entire process, so click below to watch the entire thing. If you’d like more videos, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel!

Full Color step-by-step diagrams with exact measurements to make each row are given in the pattern.

I chose to the fussy cut the squares of green Mosaic Dots, but not the background fabric.

Fussy Cut Squares

And here’s a closeup of finished row after it’s been sewn together:

Infrastructure Row 4

This row was a little more cutting and piecing, but the results are well worth it!

GIVEAWAY & HEATHER’S VERSION

Pop over to Heather Black’s blog at Quiltachusetts to see her version of Row 4 made from Benartex Superior solids. Heather is actually our prize sponsor this week and she’s offering 2 lucky winners a Tri-Recs tool set + 2 of her patterns that also use this shape. Aren’t they fab??

Heather Black Patterns

Heather is such an amazing pattern designer and longarm machine quilter and I can’t wait until the final reveal of her quilt! After all, she designed both versions of Infrastructure (solids and Geo Pop prints) and I  can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!Infrastructure in Solids by Heather Black

Heather’s recoloring of Infrastructure using all solids.

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Infrastructure Row 4 Finished

More Geo Pop Project Inspiration!

It’s been so fun to see quilts and other projects made from Geo Pop literally “popping” up online! Here a just a few that have caught my eye that I’d love to share with you. If you make something be sure to share it in my Facebook group or use the hashtag #geopopfabric on instagram.

City Limits pattern by Everday Stitches

City Limits by Everyday StitchesCity Limits by Everyday Stitches

Click here to get the City Limits Quilt Pattern from Everyday Stitches

This bold, modern design was created by Jenifer Dick of Everyday Stitches. She, along with her partner Trisch Price won the best new exhibitor booth at Quilt Market last spring and I’m thrilled that they chose to include this pattern in their lineup of new releases. City Limits is made from fat quarters sorted in pairs by colorway with a bit of solid accent fabric. I love how well they showcased the Geo Pop fat quarters in this quilt!

Color Weave Quilt in Geo Pop

Color Weave Geo PopClick here to get the Color Weave Quilt Pattern
Click here to get the Geo Pop fat quarter bundle

I came across this amazing version of my Color Weave pattern made by @alilymimi on Instagram and instantly fell in love. She cut the strips from Geo Pop fat quarters rather than  using a precut roll because you need 2 strips each of 17 different colors. Geo Pop is a larger line at 25 prints so there’s not enough in the strip roll to get 2 of each. (But you could also make it scrappy, too!!) I think I might even like this better than the original version!!

Modern X in Geo Pop

I recently had a bit of fun myself, digitally recoloring some older patterns in EQ8 using my newer fabrics. one of my early best selling patterns is Modern X (and currently on sale). I thought it would be fun to remake it using the black, white, gray and yellow prints in Geo Pop. One of these days I would LOVE to remake it, so please let me know which version below you like best:Modern X in Geo Pop

Modern X in Geo Pop

Modern X in Geo Pop

Click here to get the Modern X quilt pattern (on sale!)
Click here to get yardage of Geo Pop

Blooming Wallflowers in Geo Pop

I once heard that the mark of a great quilt pattern is that it looks good no matter which fabrics you choose, so I keep that in mind when designing. I also had fun imagining what a remake of Blooming Wallflowers would look like in Geo Pop, so here’s the version I came up with:

Geo Pop Blooming Wallflowers

Click here to get the background print – Op Squares Charcoal by the yard.

Then I saw this amazing version being made as a class sample by Vickie Arnold for Blue Bar quilts in Wisconsin. They’ll be stocking the fabric & pattern and will be offering a class on how to make it soon, so if you are in their local area – be on the lookout for that!! 🙂

Blooming Wallflowers in Geo Pop

Geo Pop Color Wheel Clutch by Sue O’Very

I love it when other creatives sew “3-D” items too, instead of just flat 2-D quilts! My talented friend Sue O’Very created this amazing Color Wheel clutch using a striking black/gray/yellow Geo Pop combo plus some cork fabric! She’ll even be teaching this as a class at a major quilt show soon, so be sure to follow her for all the details!

Color Wheel Clutch in Geo Pop

Click her for Sue O’Very’s Color Wheel Clutch Sew Along!

That’s just a taste of what you can make from Geo Pop! Check out the hashtag #geopopfabric on instagram for more fun ideas. I know I will!!

Teaching Update: New York Next Month, New Hampshire Next Year

I like to update you all occasionally on where I’ll be heading to teach because I often get asked if I’ll be in a certain area of the country. So the interesting thing is that I’ve never been to New York state in my life and now I’m going there twice in a row! Tomorrow I’m headed out to a visit the Snow Country quilt guild  in Remsen and I can’t wait.

If You Can Quilt It Here – You Can Quilt It Anywhere!

Then next month I’ll be doing a super fun event for the Aurora Sewing Center near Buffalo, NY October 2-5.

Aurora Sewing Center

I’m doing a new kind of event for them which I’m really excited about. I’ll be one of their “sewlebrities” for their monthly sewing club in October. I will be giving a 3 hour presentation on machine quilting along with a meet n greet, demo, and a chance for club members to ask all their burning machine quilting questions.

This presentation will be offered multiple times at both locations of their shop so that all club  members will be able to attend. Then I’ll follow that up with a full-day machine quilting workshop.

If you’ll be in the area during this time, I’d love to see you!

Returning to MQX

I’m thrilled to be returning to MQX quilt show April 15-18, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire. MQX has a special place in my heart because it was where I earned  my first national quilt show ribbon back in 2013. Registration opens later this year, so save the date and I’ll be sure to make an announcement once registration goes live!

MQX Quilt Show

Click here to keep up with my current schedule of events. I’d love to see you in person!!

Geo Pop Yardage is Here!!

I’m so excited to announce that bolts of Geo Pop have officially arrived to quilt shops nationwide! I encourage you to ask for it at your favorite shop first, but if you can’t find it there you can always order it directly from me at shop.ChristaQuilts.com.

Geo Pop by Christa Watson

Geo Pop includes 25 colorful geometric prints.

By now, you know that I love bold color mixed with unique geometric designs and it’s been such a thrill to see that you all love them, too!! Geo Pop includes 25 fun, modern prints in a rainbow of color plus black, white and gray. I think of it as my modern basic since there are only 4 different prints in the line, but they pack quite a punch!

Diamond Pop

Geo Pop Diamond Pop

Diamond Pop comes in 5 colors:
Grey/Yellow; Green/Blue; Red; Magenta; and Grey/Red

Diamond Pop above is my version of a contemporary stripe, but it also looks fabulous cut up into smaller pieces, too. How fabulous would these prints look in a kaleidoscope design, or a fussy-cut English paper piecing project??

Click here to purchase Diamond Pop by the yard.

Mosaic DotsGeo Pop Mosaic Dots

Mosaic Dots is available in 5 colors:
White/Gray; Blue/Green; Grey/Yellow; Fuchsia; and Black/Grey

Can you believe this amazing print is made entirely from dots? Mosaic Dots is my take on a modern polka dot and each complete circle is about 2″ in diameter. You can create some really nifty effects when using this print!

Click here to purchase Mosaic Dots by the yard.

Op Squares

Geo Pop Op Squares

Op Squares comes in 8 colors:
Red, Kelly, Orange, Turquoise, Yellow, Raspberry, White and Charcoal

Op Squares seems to vibrate and adds a lot of movement to your quilt, especially when used as a background print. The white and charcoal versions of this print are already top sellers, so I got a little extra – just in case!!

Click here to purchase Op Squares  by the yard.

Tiny Hex

Geo Pop Tiny Hex
Tiny Hex comes in 7 colors:
Yellow, Lime, Gray, Sky, Black, Magenta, Orange

Tiny Hex is my blender print of the group and includes two fabulous neutrals: black and gray that you’ll definitely want to stock up on! It’s a nod to my very first collection, Modern Marks.

There was the hint of a hexy in the main print of my first line, but now that popular shape plays a starring role in this new collection. Grab a yard of each and see how well they work with other fabrics in your stash!

Click here to purchase Tiny Hex by the yard.

For your reference, here’s an image with sku’s of each print.
Click the image below to enlarge if needed:
Geo Pop by Christa Watson

Geo Pop by Christa Watson for Benartex

Geo Pop by Christa Watson for Benartex

I sure hope you love these prints as much as I do. The best part is, they play nicely with my 3 previous lines so you can mix and match to your heart’s content!

Click here to purchase any of my fabrics by the yard.

The Geo Pop Precuts are Here!

It’s always a happy mail day when my fabric arrives!! I’m excited that Geo Pop has finally started arriving at quilt shops around the country. Geo Pop is my 4th fabric line with Benartex/Contempo and it comes in all 4 standard precut sizes: Fat Quarters, 10×10’s, 5×5’s and Strip Rolls.

Geo Pop 10×10 (aka Layer Cake)

The 10×10 set includes a total of 42 squares that measure 10″ x 10″. It’s a great way to get a nice chunk of each fabric without breaking the bank. You can use them as is and make a nice throw size quilt from all 42 squares (set 6×7). Or you can cut them up into various smaller sized pieces.

Geo Pop 10x10

Click here to get your hands on a Geo Pop 10×10 pack.

Geo Pop 5×5 (aka Charm Pack)

The 5×5 charm squares include the exact same fabrics: 42 precut squares, 5″ x 5″. These are one of my favorite size precuts to collect because they are relatively inexpensive and you can make a baby sized quilt from just one pack! There are 25 fabrics in the line which means you get 1-2 squares of every print.

Geo Pop 5x5

Click here to get your hands on a Geo Pop 5×5 pack.

Geo Pop Strip-pie (AKA Jelly Roll)

Strip Rolls are everyone’s favorite precut. You can make a nice sized throw quilt from one bundle, or pair it up with some background fabric for a larger quilt! Each strip is 2 1/2″ x 42″ and there are a total of 40 strips per pack. I love the innovative packaging too. It’s easier to ship, and you don’t get all of that fabric lint that accumulates when they are folded round and round.

Geo Pop Strip-pie

Click here to get your hands on a Geo Pop Strip-pie

Here’s a bonus tip: when sewing with the precuts that have pinked edges, use the pointy side as your guideline for measuring. Benartex precuts are very accurate and a joy to work with!

Geo Pop Fat Quarters – 25 Prints

The fat quarter bundle includes all 25 fabrics from the line, cut into convenient 18″ x 22″ sizes. These are large enough to prewash if you choose, and enough fabric to make a fabulous scrappy quilt!

Geo Pop FQ bundle

Click here to get your hands on Geo Pop Fat Quarters

When I ship them to you, they’ll come packaged in a plastic bag for economical shipping rates. Take a look at all 25 prints included in Geo Pop below:

Geo Pop by Christa Watson for Benartex

Don’t they look so yummy piled up on top of each other?? I was thrilled to include black, white and gray with the bright rainbow of color in this line!

Geo Pop Fabric

If you can’t find Geo Pop at your favorite local quilt shop, click here to get them online from me.

LatticeWork Quilt Part 1 of 2 – Making the Quilt Top

While we wait for my next quilt along to start, I thought I would share some “making of” blog posts. Think of them as process posts rather than full-on quilt alongs. Because I’m usually sewing on a deadline I have to make my quilts months ahead, but when my fabric and patterns are finally released into the world, my favorite part of the process is sharing behind the scenes of them being made.

LatticeWork quilt by Christa Watson

LatticeWork by Christa Watson, 74″ x 82″ made from Abstract Garden 5″ Squares + background
Click here to get the LatticeWork quilt kit (while supplies last)

So without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to LatticeWork, made from Charm Squares + contrasting background fabric. I made my version using my Abstract Garden fabric line, but of course it works well for any set of precut squares.

Cutting the Fabric

Because this quilt is mostly made from precut squares, there wasn’t much cutting. The pattern comes in 3 sizes and calls for 1, 2, or 4 standard size 5″ charm packs. I made the throw size above, from 4 Abstract Garden 5″ square packs, but you could also use precut 10″ squares and cut them down.

Or how fun would it be to mix and match precut packs, or create a custom bundle from your scrap pile? Anything goes with this quilt. As long as you have good contrast with the other 2 fabrics (black and grey in my version) it will look great!!

latticework cutting

You can make this quilt quickly and easily from my quilt pattern. Click the links below to purchase it in your favorite format:

Sewing the Rows

The only tricky part about this quilt is that you sew the rows with the black lattice and then cut off the extra to get nice straight edges. But I have easy to follow diagrams in the pattern so you won’t get lost. It’s very meditative for me to put up the pieces on my design wall and sew them together methodically. Here are a few in process shots of the top going together:

LatticeWork Making Of

My design wall allows me to lay out the entire quilt while sewing!

Whenever I sew scrappy looking quilts, I don’t spend too much time arranging the fabrics. As long as I don’t have 2 of the same fabric next to each other, I’m good to go. Most of my quilts are bright and colorful anyway with at least 20 different fabrics, so I don’t over-think it.

LatticeWork Making Of

Working with setting triangles isn’t tricky once you get the hang of it!

As you can see above, I don’t always lay out my quilts completely straight, but no biggie – it all sews together straight and that’s what matters!

LatticeWork Making Of

Those extra black tips will get trimmed away before adding the floating border.

Here’s a tip when lining up lots of rows without intersecting seams: fold over each previous row until the sashing lines up. Then pin like crazy to keep it from shifting.

Lining up the rows

Make sure each lattice row lines up before sewing. 

The last step before adding the final floating border is to trim up the corners and sides. Get the biggest acrylic rulers you can to help with this!

I forgot to get a picture of the finished quilt top before I basted it, but in part 2 I’ll share how I machine quilted it using one of my favorite fast and easy walking foot designs. Stay tuned!

Lattice Work Quilt Pattern

Part 2 – Machine Quilting will be available later this week so stay tuned!

Color Weave Quilt Along Week 8 – Binding by Machine

We’ve finally come to the end of our quilt along and I sure have enjoyed seeing everyone’s progress so far! This week we will finish the quilt with machine binding. Now usually, I prefer the clean look of binding by hand. However, I was in a hurry to make this quilt so I decided to make the machine stitched binding an overall part of the design.

Color Weave Quilt by Christa Watson

This tutorial is pretty heavy on the videos because I thought it would be much easier to SHOW you my process for binding and explain what I’m doing each step of the way. The videos don’t have any sound because I’m still getting comfortable with the process, but I’m learning so much along the way (just like quilting right?)! They are pretty short, just about a minute or two each, and very easy to follow along what I’m doing.

Binding Step 1: Square up the quilt

Trim off all sides evenly with a long acrylic corner. I like to use square rulers at the corners to keep things nice and square. I trim the backing and batting even with the quilt top so I can wrap the binding snugly around the edges.

Binding Step 2 – Make Continuous Binding Strips

The pattern gives the number of strips to cut and how wide. I actually like to cut mine a little narrower, at 2″ wide so that they finish an even 1/4″ on both sides of the quilt. To join them end to end, place the strips right sides together and sew from corner to corner. I’m pretty good at eyeballing the middle; if you need more help, you can mark the sewing line ahead of time.

When you open up the strip, you want the top and bottom of the strip to be nice and even. Trim off the excess fabric and press seams open. Trim off one tail of the binding at a 45 degree angle. This will be your starting end. Finally, press the binding in half wrong sides together with a hot, dry iron.

Binding Step 3 – Sew the Binding to the Quilt

Usually, I attach the binding to the FRONT of the quilt and then wrap it around the back to finish by hand. However, when binding by machine, I sew the binding to the BACK of the quilt and wrap to the front, then finish with a decorative stitch.

Attach the binding with 1/4″ seam starting on any side and leaving about 10″ of starting tail loose from the quilt. When you get to the corner, stop 1/4″ away from the edge and sew off the quilt. Fold the binding up so the edges are even, then fold back down on itself to form the corner miter. (Watch this part several times if needed to get the hang of it!)

Continuing sewing the next side in the same manner. When you reach the end of your quilt, leave a gap between the ending and beginning binding tails. Open up the ending tail (with the flat end) and place the beginning tail (with the angle) gently on top. Mark the angled edge on the ending tail and add 1/2″ for seam allowances on both ends. Carefully pin the ends together and sew. Finger press the seam open and clip off the excess fabric. Smooth it back down on the quilt and stitch by machine to close the gap.

Binding Step 4 – Secure the Binding with Decorative Stitches

When machine binding it’s nearly impossible to hide the stitches evenly in the ditch. So I make them a decorative part of the quilt! Fold over the binding to hide your stitching and secure with clips. The corners will form a natural miter when you fold them down. Fold them in opposite directions from the back of the quilt to reduce bulk.

I used the same variegated thread for the binding as I used for the machine quilting so it looked like part of the quilting design. First I stitched one line of stitching all the way around the quilt, right along the edge of the binding to secure it to the quilt. This is similar to topstitching near the seam of a garment. Then I went back and added another line of stitching about 1/4″ away to complete the pattern. I used a straight stitch but you could also try using a decorative stitch for a different look!

Ta Da! This is what it looks like when it’s all done. The quilt is secure and ready to use!

Machine Stitched Binding

I used the same Aurifil variegated thread for machine quilting and binding.

IMPORTANT LINKS

Click here for links to all of the quilt along posts.
Click here to share your progress in my Facebook group.

How You can Support ChristaQuilts

If you’ve enjoyed this quilt along, please consider supporting my efforts by purchasing any of my products using the links below. I sure love what I do and I thank you for your patronage!

Click here to purchase my fabrics by the yard.
Click here to purchase my precuts, bundles and kits.
Click here to purchase my print patterns.
Click here to purchase PDF patterns from my Etsy shop.
Click here to purchase a signed copy of my machine quilting books.
Click here to purchase my Aurifil thread kits.

Catching up with Christa – A Bit of This and That

How’s everyone’s summer going so far? I thought I’d do a catch-all post today, letting you know what’s been going on around here in real time. I feel like I’ve finally got a good work-life balance going that’s allowing me to keep up with consistent online content, too.

Resting, Relaxing, and Getting Healthy!

Last week, my family and I took our annual beach vacation in Hermosa Beach, California. This was the first time in a long time I’ve gone on vacation and not done any work. It was a very nice break and now I’m geared up and ready to for for a busy fall season coming up later this year. I’m currently working on my next fabric and book deadlines, but unlike in previous years, I’m not ignoring the blog or social media.

Hermosa beach vacation

While I was on vacation, I kick-started my determination to get healthy again. I worked out every day and chose healthier food options. Over the past 5 years, I’ve let my healthy habits slip and am excited to get back into shape. I’m not doing anything too crazy – just tracking what I eat and how much I work out. Somehow that magically transforms into small but consistent weekly weight loss! I’ll be posting a few of my adventures on my instagram stories so be sure to follow my @christaquilts instagram account if you’re interested in that.

Gearing up for Travel Season

Although I travel year round about once a month, I’m gearing up for a busy travel season over the next couple of months. In fact, I’m excited to be hanging out with the gang from QUILT of Northwest Arkansas this weekend, and then I’ll be traveling from coast to coast. You can catch me at Dave’s BERNINA in Utah in August, and then a couple of stops in New York in September and October. I’ll also be debuting my next line of fabric at fall quilt market and am excited to be part of the inaugural Threads of Success event at Houston Quilt Market.

Click here to keep up with my current travel schedule and let me know if you’ll be attending one of my events. I look forward to seeing you!

Updated Website Navigation

I have a LOT of content here on my blog, which also functions as my website. I’ve made it easier to find my free patterns, tutorials, quilt alongs, online classes and other content. Simply check out the menus at the top of your screen, and explore all of the content I have to offer. My #1 goal with quilting is to be your cheerleader, so you can have as much fun making quilts as I do!

Upcoming Quilt Along

Here’s a sneak peek of the quilt along my friend Heather Black and I are hosting in September, featuring my Geo Pop fabric line. More details will be coming soon, but save the date. I have a few Infrastructure kits available for a limited time.

Infrastructure QAL

With this upcoming quilt along, I’m hoping to venture more into video. The plan this summer is to film while I’m making the quilt so I can offer a comprehensive tutorial on all aspects of quilt-making from cutting to binding! The quilt along itself is free; all you need to purchase is a copy of the Infrastructure quilt pattern to participate.

Quilting Podcast Series

I was happy to be a returning guest on a relatively new podcast called “Make and Decorate” with Stephanie Socha. She’s currently running a series on how to quilt your quilts and she’s interviewed several well known quilters in the industry. I had a great time sharing some of my favorite tips and tricks. Be sure to check out her website for other inspiring interviews from some of your favorite designers and teachers. I love Stephanie’s voice and her enthusiasm for the craft is very infectious!

Make and Decorate Podcast

Click here to listen to my podcast interview.

Shipping Update – Flat Rate of $5 to the US

Although I love supporting independent quilt shops, I also keep a stock of my fabrics, patterns, books, and threads on hand for those who simply can’t find them at their favorite shop or don’t have a LQS nearby. To make it easier on the wallet for online purchases, I’ve updated my shipping across the board to be a flat $5 per order, no matter how much you buy. Hopefully that gives you incentive to stock up on your favorites without breaking the bank! I ship internationally, too based on the current flat rates for each country.

Geo Pop Fabric

Click here to shop all of my Christa Quilts branded products.

That about wraps it up for this week! I’m trying to consistently post 2-3 times per week and I always appreciate the comments, questions, and feedback I receive. You all make my full-time quilting career so much fun!!!

Color Weave Quilt Along Week 7 – Machine Quilting Random Crosshatch

How is your quilt coming along? Remember, you can work at your own pace, so please don’t every feel like you have to “catch up!” Last week I discussed making a quilting plan and stitching in the ditch to anchor your quilt. This week we will complete the Random Crosshatch quilting.

Random Crosshatch Quilting

Here’s what it looks like after I’ve stitched in the ditch in both directions and am filling in randomly spaced lines vertically. My Aurifil variegated thread adds lots of texture and I’m not stressing out too much about whether the stitches are perfectly straight or all the same length. It’s more about enjoying the process!

Machine Quilting Random CrosshatchClick here to purchase yardage of the pink “Tracks” fabric from Abstract Garden.
I used the selvage as my label for this quilt!!

Because I quilted so densely, I started with 2 full spools of thread from my Auifil Variegated thread collection – one for the front and one for the backing in variegated colors that blend in with the quilt. Although I used up most of the spool, there’s still enough left that I can use for piecing my next quilt.

Machine Quilting Random crosshatch

I like to avoid marking my quilt as much as possible, so I’m using my  “divide and conquer” process which means I don’t quilt ALL of the lines in one area. Instead, I make several passes across the quilt in both directions, adding more and more lines until I’m happy with the way it looks.

Below are several videos I took of the random crosshatch quilting in progress where I’m adding additional lines of quilting. During an earlier pass across the quilt, I stitched about 1/4″ away from the ditch on both sides of the yellow fabric below. Now I’m using the previously stitched lines as a guide for no-mark quilting. I randomly changed my needle position so that the lines end up various distances apart as I go.

Doing this type of “irregular” quilting is much easier to do and gives a more interesting texture to the quilt. Next, this is what it looks like after I’ve added more passes across the quilt in both directions:

The pieced  texture is emphasized with the random spacing, and the variegated thread makes the whole quilt more exciting! It’s a really fun and forgiving machine quilting design to do. I recommend doing it over several days rather than trying to cram it all into quilting session. Here’s more eye candy quilting in progress:

And finally, here are some more detail shots of the finished quilting:

Quilting Random crosshatch

I love how the variegated thread adds a pop of color and dimension to the quilt!

Quilting Random Crosshatch

If you are ever unsure about your design – just add more quilting!!

Machine Quilting Random Crosshatch

Can you believe this quilt is nearly finished?! Next week, we’ll complete the quilt with fast and easy machine quilting – I can’t wait!

IMPORTANT LINKS

Click here to purchase the Color Weave Quilt Pattern – paper version
Click here to purchase the Color Weave Quilt Pattern – digital download
Click here to purchase the Abstract Garden strip roll
Click here to get my Aurifil thread collections
Click here for links to the previous quilt along posts
Click here to share your progress in my Facebook group