Facets Quilt Along Winners – And Quilt Alongs Galore!!

Today’s the day I get to announce winners from those that participated in Facets Quilt Along!! If you are just joining us, you are welcome to go back to the beginning and get the Facets Introduction and Quilt Along schedule.

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For those that are still quilting along, please keep up at your own pace, and don’t forget to share your progress in my Facebook group: Quilt with Christa. Although prizes are being awarded today, I still want to cheer you on and give you a virtual high-5!!

Here’s how the prizes were awarded – each week for 8 weeks, participants worked and shared their progress. For each step they shared, they got an entry into the drawing. At the end, I put all of the names into a bowl, and pulled out 3 random names (low tech, I know, but it works!). Each of these grand prize winners gets a signed copy of one of my books, a jelly roll of their choice and a spool of Aurifil thread from The Precut Store.

Quilt Along Prize Entries

Then I did another bonus drawing from those who had completed all 8 steps of the quilt along! Those two winners won a jelly roll of their choice from The Precut Store. Then, because I couldn’t help myself, I had do do another bonus for two more to win one of my Kona Designer charm packs.

Without further ado – here are the winners, totally chosen at random, with my eyes closed!!

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And finally, because I want everyone to be a winner, everyone who shared their progress with me gets a free PDF pattern of their choice from my Craftsy Pattern Store!

All of the winners need to contact me at christa@christaquilts.com with their shipping address, choice of prizes, and email for PDF pattern download.

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Thanks for quilting along with me. Now I have two special announcements to share:
(1) If you would love to try making another complete quilt from start to finish, be sure to check out my 9 Previous Quilt Alongs Here!!

(2) Stay tuned next week as I reveal details for my next Quilt Along!! Here’s just a snippet to get you excited – it’s super simple, super fast, and tons of fun!! Be sure to bookmark BERNINA’s blog We All Sew as that’s where the tutorials will be shared – I can’t wait!

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My next quilt along will be coming up soon so stay tuned!!

 

Facets Quilt Along Week 7 – Free Motion Quilting

Free-motion quilting is probably the most exciting, but scary part of making any quilt! But never fear, help is here. I have written numerous times about machine quilting that can help you out as you make your Facets quilt.

facets_quiltingMachine quilting is my favorite part of the quilt-making process!

Read my articles about machine quilting here.
Purchase my machine quilting books here.

book-covers2Writing and teaching about machine quilting is just as much fun as doing it!

This week, we are free-motion quilting switchbacks and swirls. They make a great combo when quilted together!! 🙂 Notice how I quilted the switchbacks using white thread (Aurifil 50 wt cotton). I quilted the red swirls with red Aurifil thread and quilted the improv patchwork with a blending light yellow Aurifil thread.

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Detail of Facets, from Machine Quilting with Style

In Machine Quilting with Style, I give you some practice exercises on how to quilt switchbacks and swirls on pages 69-70. Then, the Facets instructions include diagrams with a suggested free-motion quilting plan on page 95.

Take a peek at the beautiful Facets quilts being made by members of my facebook group:

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 Renee gets a gold star for practicing on a sample first before quilting the full sized quilt!

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Katherine’s quilt is dramatic and beautiful with the black sashing. Her switchbacks look great!!

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Can you believe it’s Suzy’s first time doing FMQ? Way to go Suzy!! Keep it up!

If you are just finding this quilt along now, here’s the introductory post to get you started!

Facets Quilt Along Week 6 – Straight Line Quilting

This week it’s time for my favorite part of making a quilt – the machine quilting!! Seriously, whenever I design and create a quilt, I enjoy every step of the process. But there’s something about shoving the whole thing under the machine for quilting that is very therapeutic for me.

I prefer to quilt the heck out of my quilts, but contrary to popular opinion, it doesn’t make the quilt stiffer! Just wash it and use it, and it will soften up!

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My Aurifil thread stash – I love thread as much as I love fabric!

My favorite thread is Aurifil 50 weight cotton because I love the simplicity of using it for both piecing and machine quilting (and binding, of course)!

So the biggest question people have when making their own quilts is, “how do I quilt it?” Not as in – “what quilting designs do I use?” but as in “how do I actually approach the quilting??”  I tackle this one step at a time. I start by “anchoring” the quilt – stitching in the ditch in key areas across the quilt to secure it for more decorative quilting later.

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Keep most of the quilt to your left, and add a small table forming an L shape to hold the weight.

In Machine Quilting with Style on page 95, I’ve included quilting diagrams that show you the order in which to stitch in the ditch on Facets to make it easier to accomplish. Then we go a step further and add straight lines of quilting away from the seams, echoing the ditches to add a pop of texture to the quilt.

Here’s a great detailed shot of Suzy K’s quilt, stitched-in-the-ditch and echoed, and ready for free-motion quilting next week!

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To see more fabulous quilts in progress – pop on over to my Facebook Group: Quilt With Christa

Click here for all of the Quilt Along posts. You are welcome to jump in anytime!

Facets Quilt Along – Catch Up Week

I decided to throw in an extra week for Facets Quilt Along, to give those following along a chance to catch up, and to invite any new followers  to join us! Just grab a copy of my book, your favorite fabrics or scraps, and jump on in. 🙂

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Click here for the supply list and complete quilt along schedule (with links to each Quilt Along Post).

Enjoy these gorgeous work in progress pics from members of my facebook group:

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I love Gina’s color combos so far and can’t wait to see more!

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Jan is auditioning possible background fabrics. What do you think?

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Suzy has finished basting and is ready to quilt!

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Don’t you just love Paula’s rainbow colored version?

Just remember, whether you are following along each week, or are just getting started, work at your own pace and enjoy the process. There will be prizes for all who participate and share their progress in my Facebook group: Quilt With Christa.

Facets Quilt Along Week 5 – Baste Your Quilt

I can’t tell you much it tickles me each week to see so may of you making your own version of Facets. My version was recently on display at the AQS Quilt Show in Phoenix, and it was so fun to share it with a wider audience who may not have seen it before.

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Thanks to Susan Voight for sending me this pic of Facets at AQS Phoenix!

This week’s assignment is to get your quilt top basted in preparation for machine quilting which starts next week! Whoo hoo – my favorite part (the machine quilting, NOT the basting!)

In my book Machine Quilting with Style, I’ve included some tips on basting at the back of the book. You can also take a look at these tutorials I have put together from previous quilts I’ve made:

Don’t forget to share!

Share your progress in my Facebook group: Quilt with Christa
Or on Instagram #facetsqal

New to my blog? Click here to catch up on all of the Facets Quilt Along blog posts.

Facets Quilt Along Week 2 – Improv Piecing

Welcome to week two of Facets Quilt Along. Last week we gathered fabrics and started cutting. This week we will make our own crazy-pieced fabric. The fun thing about this is that even if you are using the same fabric as me (Kona Solids Christa Watson Palette), your quilt will still look different from mine!

kona_improvA piece of improv fabric made from my Kona Cotton Designer Palette

Follow the instructions page 93 of Machine Quilting With Style to make your fabric pieces. Then share your progress and ask questions in my facebook group Quilt With Christa.

Here are a couple more fun examples:

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A sample piece I made using a bunch of scrappy prints. It looks great in any fabrics!

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This beautiful piece was made by G from my facebook group. She’s sewing along with her sisters!

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Jocelyn from the facebook group chose a more muted, modern palette. I love it!

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Paula’s festive blue and green combo is so fun – perfect for a Seahawk’s fan!

Seeing everyone’s pictures is half the fun of a quilt along. It’s amazing how the different fabric combinations are coming together to create individual works of art. Be sure to pop over to my facebook group to see more amazing improv in process!

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Jan is using lots of leftover scrappy bits – no size is too small!

If you are sharing your progress via social media be sure to hashtag it #facetsqal. Remember, everyone who participates will be entered to win prizes. I just love seeing your progress!

Click here for the complete QAL schedule.

Paper Pieced Quilt Along #4 – Sewing the Rest of the Blocks

As you work on your paper pieced quilt along, here a few tips and inspirational photos for encouragement! I am making a total of 48 Deco Dresden blocks for my quilt, but you can make as few or as many as you like!

paperpieced_wipSo far I’ve sewn 29 out of 48 blocks. It’s fun to see them coming together! Notice that I used many different red, orange and yellow solids, with slight variations per block to keep it interesting.

Tips:

  • As you sew your blocks, lay out your strips in color order as you sew.
  • If you would like to create a shaded, ombre effect in some of the blocks, use the black and white filter on your camera to take a picture of your fabrics in grey scale.
  • If using a variety of fabrics, sew 4-8 blocks at a time and slightly vary the placement of some of your fabrics for interest.
  • Backstitch your seams to secure them from popping when you rip out your foundation papers

InspiRational Pics

These are just a few of the blocks that many of you have shared in my facebook group (Quilt With Christa) and on instagram (#paperpiecedqal). Please continue to share your blocks and be inspired by what you see. Seriously, the best part of any quilt along is seeing all the fabric choices and design possibilities!

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Next Lesson:

The next lesson will focus on layout including cutting instructions for the background squares if you are using my layout shown above. The following week I will sew the blocks together into the top. So the bottom line is, you have plenty of time to sew your blocks and there’s no need to rush!

Click here for the Paper Pieced Quilt Along home page.

Copyright and Permission Granted

I am very happy to share my knowledge with you free of charge during this quilt along. However, this information is for your personal use as a loyal reader of my blog. Please do not make copies of any part of this quilt along to distribute it to your friends. If you’d like to tell them about it, simply share my QAL site link with them and encourage them to come on over and join us: ChristasQuiltAlong.com

If you’d like to share links to my site on Facebook or on your own blog, that is great, too!

At the conclusion of the quilt along, I will be happy to edit down all of the content and turn it into a pattern for sale, so that others can use my pattern as a teaching aid in the future. 🙂

Paper Pieced Quilt Along #2 – Cutting the Fabrics, Block Pattern

about this Quilt Along

I am presenting this free quilt along on a 12 week schedule so that everyone can sew at their own pace. There’s plenty of time to catch up if you start late, and you can jump in and out at anytime. Remember to share your progress in my Facebook group: Quilt With Christa!

layout_variationsJust a few of the layout variations that are possible with this block!

Visit the Paper Pieced Quilt Along page for links to all of the tutorials as they go live!

A Note About cutting

If this is your first paper piecing experience or it’s been awhile, I recommend that you cut out enough fabric for just one block and make a test block (instructions to be shared next week) before cutting the rest of your fabrics. After making one block, you may choose to cut smaller pieces depending on your preferences and your ability to withstand the waste.

My philosophy on cutting for paper piecing is that you can either waste fabric by cutting oversized pieces, or waste time trying to cut them all perfectly. The choice is yours!

Remember, I am making 48 blocks, 8″ x 8″ finished for my quilt. Adjust your quantity as desired.

Cutting Strips for 48 Blocks

Note: Width of Fabric (WOF) is usually 40″ – 42″

  • From background (black) cut:
    • 19 strips, 2 1/4″ x WOF
    • 18 strips, 2″ x WOF
    • 3 strips, 4 1/2″ x WOF
  • From color 1 (reds) cut:
    • 29 strips, 2 1/4″ x WOF
  • From color 2 (yellows) cut:
    • 29 strips, 2 1/4″ x WOF
  • From color 3 (oranges) cut:
    • 20 strips, 2 1/4″ x WOF
    • 12 strips, 3″ x WOF

Sub-cutting Units for One Block

Refer to the paper pieced block diagram below for reference. Label your pieces if needed to stay organized.

  • 2 rectangles, 2 1/4″ x 6″ of background (black) –  A1, B1
  • 1 rectangle, 2″ x 3″ of background (black) – B11
  • 8 rectangles, 2″ x 2 1/4″ of background (black) – A3, A5, A7, A9 & B3, B5, B7, B9
  • 1 square 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ of background (black) – cut in half on the diagonal for 2 block corners
  • 3 rectangles, 2 1/4″ x 8″ of color 1 (reds) – A2, A4, A6*
  • 3 rectangles, 2 1/4″ x 8″ of color 2 (yellows) – B2, B4, B6*
  • 2 rectangles, 2 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ of color 3 (oranges) – A8, B8
  • 1 rectangle, 3″ x 9 1/2″ of color 3 (oranges) – B10

*Note: You can get away with cutting shorter lengths if you like: (6″ – A2, B2);  (7″ – A4, B4)

Sub-Cutting Units for 48 Blocks

  • 96 rectangles, 2 1/4″ x 6″ of background (black) –  A1, B1
  • 48 rectangles, 2″ x 3″ of background (black) – B11
  • 384 rectangles, 2″ x 2 1/4″ of black background (black) – A3, A5, A7, A9 & B3, B5, B7, B9
  • 24 squares 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ of background (black) – cut in half on the diagonal for 2 block corners each
  • 144 rectangles, 2 1/4″ x 8″ of color 1 (reds) – A2, A4, A6*
  • 144 rectangles, 2 1/4″ x 8″ of color 2 (yellows) – B2, B4, B6*
  • 96 rectangles, 2 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ of color 3 (oranges) – A8, B8
  • 48 rectangles, 3″ x 9 1/2″ of color 3 (oranges) – B10

cut_stripsMy cut strips gradated by value – you don’t have to sort them this way, though!

Paper Pieced Block Pattern

Click on the picture below, or this link, to download and print off as many copies of the foundation paper pieced pattern as you need, 1 page per block. You can use regular copy paper, or specialty foundation paper. Print off an extra copy for reference and to jot down notes about fabric placement.

Be sure your printer is set to 100% printing. For accuracy, measure the seam allowance from B1 to B11 . It should measure 8 1/2″ exactly. Note that the pattern does not include the corner triangle. That will be attached separately later. The finished block size is 8″.

Deco-Dresden-FoundationClick here for the Deco Dresden Foundation PDF

Next Lesson

In the next post, we will be making the first paper pieced block to familiarize you with the process. Feel free to work ahead on your own if you are already comfortable with the process! Since it’s just one block, you will have plenty of time to make it, then finish your cutting after the test block if desired.

Click here for the full quilt along schedule and links to each tutorial as they go live.

Sharing is Caring

When you’ve cut your strips – be sure share them in my facebook group: Quilt With Christa.
I’d love to see your progress and answer any questions you may have! You can also share your progress on instagram with the hashtag #paperpiecedqal.

Copyright and Permission Granted

I am very happy to share my knowledge with you free of charge during this quilt along. However, this information is for your personal use as a loyal reader of my blog. Please do not make copies of any part of this quilt along to distribute it to your friends. If you’d like to tell them about it, simply share my QAL site link with them and encourage them to come on over and join us: ChristasQuiltAlong.com

If you’d like to share links to my site on Facebook or on your own blog, that is great, too!

At the conclusion of the quilt along, I will be happy to edit down all of the content and turn it into a pattern for sale, so that others can use my pattern as a teaching aid in the future. 🙂

Paper Pieced Quilt Along #1 – Supply List and Sewing Schedule

Overview

Are you ready to join me on a paper piecing adventure? I’d love to have you! For my next quilt along, I will be sharing a 12-part tutorial series, showing you how to make a complete paper-pieced quilt from start to finish including machine quilting!

My block design was inspired by a traditional Dresden Plate block that I reinterpreted in EQ7 using hard edges and sharp angles rather than soft curves and circles. I renamed it Deco Dresden since so many friends on Instagram told me it looked like an art-deco design. 🙂

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8″ Finished Deco Dresden Unit – Designed in EQ7

The Design

When you place four of the Deco Dresden units together one way, they form a really cool sunburst block.

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 16″ Finished Sunburst Block

If you’d like to try a more modern, geometric look, you can sew your blocks together like this:

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16″ Finished Geometric Pinwheel Block

One quick tip as you are planing your colors: By using a color gradation and placing similar values in the same spot you can create a pretty cool optical illusion effect, where the blocks look like they are leaning to the left or right (depending on the order of your gradation).

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 Can you see that the blocks all appear to be leaning to the right? – Putting negative space in between the blocks emphasizes the optical illusion. Size shown is 56″ x 64″.

If you would like to create a more traditional or contemporary look, balance out your color values so that the lighter colors are on the ends. Then set the blocks together side by side:

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 Here’s a more traditional/contemporary layout with the blocks in a straight set. Finished size is 48″ x 64″ as shown. Add extra background borders or more blocks to make it bigger.

For a completely different look, you can lay out the blocks individually like this:

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 As of now, I think this is the layout I’m going to choose –  64″ x 80″.

This is just the beginning of what you can do with this block! During the quilt along, I’ll share several more options of how you can set your blocks.

The Caveat

I will guide you through all the steps of paper piecing these blocks, but here’s a warning up front: paper piecing wastes fabric, and these blocks are very time-consuming since they contain a lot of pieces per block. So allow yourself plenty of time and don’t rush it. The actual piecing is pretty straight-forward and the paper piecing method I use can be applied to any paper pieced block design.

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 An early version of the block in a smaller size. All of that waste is just from one block!

One other thing – I will be showing you how to make the blocks and will include step by step cutting and assembly for the layout I choose. I encourage you to choose or create any layout you like, but you’ll have to figure out the additional math if needed. 🙂

Group Quilt Along

Are you excited to explore the possibilities of this design? There’s no need to sign up and it’s completely free. The tutorials will be posted here on the blog, and you can join my facebook group Quilt With Christa to share pictures of your progress and get input from everyone else who is quilting along. I will also be posting real-time sneak peeks on facebook in between my scheduled blog posts. My facebook group is also a great place to trouble-shoot and ask questions!

For those of you who would like to share on Instagram, I will be using the hashtag #decoqal for this one. You can also share pics from any of my previous quilt alongs with the tag #christaquiltsqal.

Materials List

This is enough to make 48 Deco Dresden blocks, 8″ x 8″. I have used Robert Kaufman Kona Solids in some of my favorite colors – red, orange and yellow for my version. For more variety and movement, choose a range of fabrics for each color family. And remember, choose colors that appeal to you!

  • Background (Black): 3 yards for blocks only, or 5 yards if piecing in negative space or borders
  • Color 1 (at least 3 assorted reds): 2 Yards Total
  • Color 2 (at least 3 assorted yellows): 2 Yards Total
  • Color 3 (at least 3 assorted Oranges): 2 1/2 yards Total
  • Binding Fabric: Approx. 5/8 yard
  • Backing Fabric: Approx. 5 yards
  • Batting Piece: Approx. 68″ x 84″ (or at least 4″ bigger than your finished quilt size)
  • Neutral to dark cotton thread for piecing. I recommend Aurifil 50 weight.
  • Thread to match your fabrics for quilting. I recommend Aurifil 40 or 50 weight.

Other supplies

  • Add a quarter ruler (I think the 12″ size is the most versatile.)
  • A piece of thin but firm template plastic, or other thin hard edge such as a manilla folder or postcard
  • 48 pieces of lightweight copy paper or specialty foundation paper
  • Needles, size 90/14
  • Washable glue stick or pins for securing the first piece
  • Basic sewing supplies and rotary cutting equipment
  • Iron and optional portable pressing mat
  • Your can-do attitude – this is going to be fun!

Paper Pieced Quilt Along Schedule

  • Part 1 – Intro and Supply List – Today!
  • Part 2 – Cutting the Fabrics – May 13
  • Part 3 – Sewing the First Block – May 20
  • Part 4 – Sewing the Rest of the Blocks – May 27
  • Part 5 – Exploring Alternate Layouts – June 3
  • Part 6 – Sewing the Top – June 10
  • Part 7 – Backing and Basting – June 17
  • Part 9 – Machine Quilting – June 24
  • Part 10  – More Machine Quilting – July 1
  • Part 11 – Trimming and Binding – July 15
  • Part 12 – Wrap up and Share Your Success! – July 22

Copyright and Permission Granted

I am very happy to share my knowledge with you free of charge during this quilt along. However, this information is for your personal use as a loyal reader of my blog. Please do not make copies of any part of this quilt along to distribute it to your friends. If you’d like to tell them about it, simply share my QAL site link with them and encourage them to come on over and join us.: ChristasQuiltAlong.com

If you’d like to share links to my site on Facebook or on your own blog, that is great, too!

At the conclusion of the quilt along, I will be happy to edit down all of the content and turn it into a pattern for sale, so that others can use my pattern as a teaching aid in the future. 🙂

So who wants to quilt along?

When you’ve picked your fabrics, please share your stash over on my facebook group. I’d love to see what colors you are working with!

Save the Date – Paper Pieced Quilt Along Coming May 6th!

Do you remember this design I shared awhile back?

20140411_modern_dresdenOriginally titled, “Modern Dresden” I’m working on a better name for this art-deco design.

The time has come for me to make a quilt based on my sketches, and I’d like to invite you to quilt along with me, from start to finish. I’ve realized the best way for me to get something done is to set up a schedule and stick to a deadline.

I’ve also noticed a resurgence in the popularity of paper piecing and I know so many of you are eager to learn! I’m happy to share this fun technique with you. So let’s tackle this together shall we?

Modern Dresden in PurpleHere it is in purple.

I’m still finalizing my design and filling in all the details. In fact, my version will look completely different than the those shown above, but I will include a few different layout options.  I will launch the quilt along May 6th and it will run for 12 straight weeks. It will also include every step to complete the quilt including basting, machine quilting and binding!

Be sure to join my facebook group, Quilt With Christa to see all of the in-process sneak peaks before the quilt along launches on May 6th!

For those of you who would like to share on Instagram, I will be using the hashtag #decoqal for this one. You can also share pics from any of my previous quilt alongs with the tag #christaquiltsqal.

One more thing – which color scheme do you prefer – orange or purple? I think I’m going to go with a red, orange, and yellow colorscheme. Although my pictures above show only a few blocks, I’m going to make 48 of these block units below and set them into a very unique layout! As with any of my quilt alongs, you can sew at your own pace and make the quilt in your own size!

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 8″ finished block unit. Put 4 of them together for a larger 16″ block!

Who’s excited to quilt along with me?