It’s Worldwide Quilting Day – How are You Celebrating?

It’s Worldwide Quilting Day – how are you celebrating? I hope you are enjoying the day with a bit of sewing! Or if you don’t have time to sew, maybe a little dreaming!

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To mark the occasion, I was honored to contribute a quilt block that will go towards supporting St. Judes’ Children’s Research Hospital. The folks over at Chili’s restaurant chain are putting together a quilt for them in honor of this “unofficial” holiday.

christaquilts_chiliChili Pepper block by Christa Watson, 8″ x 8″ – machine applique

Last year, Chili’s reached their goal of donating $50 million for the Chili’s Care Center and the kids of St. Jude. I think that is wonderful and I am honored to be a part of a special quilt they are making.

fabricsPicking fabrics is so fun! My finished block is a reverse image of the original picture.

I made an applique Chili Pepper block from an image I had saved in my “idea folder” waiting for something to do with it! It was fun to print off the block and find solid fabrics to match.

threadsI also enjoyed rummaging through my ever-growing stash of Aurifil threads to find the right colors for machine applique. Next to designing and quilting, machine applique ranks up there as one of my favorite go-to techniques!

Be sure to visit Chili’s blog to see the rest of the quilt blocks, made by other bloggers around the country. I’m sure you’ll recognize many of their names. Now I can’t wait to see how the quilt comes together!