Infrastructure Quilt Along: Cutting and Sewing Row 1

Now it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty of making this amazing quilt design by my talented friend Heather Black! Scroll to the end for links to her version of the quilt as well as links to all of the quilt along posts.

Infrastructure Quilt

Click here to get the Geo Pop quilt kit, while supplies last.

If you’d like to work ahead and cut everything at once you are welcome to do that. However, I’ll be cutting and piecing each section, one week at a time. Today’s task is to make Row 1, below, shown on page 3 of the Infrastructure Quilt Pattern. Refer to cutting on page 4 of the pattern and sewing on page 8. If you would like to fussy cut your squares like I did, it will take a little more time, but it can give really cool results!Infrastructure Row 1

What is Fussy Cutting?

“Fussy” cutting means cutting your fabric in such a way that you are getting the exact part of the print that you want. You can do this by marking lines on your fabric where you will cut, or line up your ruler in the exact same spot when cutting. Usually, I don’t worry about the design of the print or the direction and all of the pieces end up looking random. However, with this quilt I thought it would be fun to take advantage of the strong geometrics in Geo Pop and cut around specific shapes to create a really cool effect.

Here’s a fast 4 minute video I created, showing how to fussy cut the Diamond Pop squares. Where you decided to fussy cut is up to you!

Important note: If you are fussy cutting the black/gray squares from exactly 1/3 yard of Mosaic Dots, you’ll need to first cut the strips to create row 3 (see pattern page 4). Then you’ll have just enough leftover to fussy cut the bullseye squares below.

Here’s what my fussy cut squares look like when they are all done. Remember, you can cut different areas of the fabric for less waste.

You can rotate the diamonds so they are all going the same way, or let them go in different directions for a more whimsical look! The bulls-eyes were cut from the Mosaic Dots print in black.

Sewing Row 1

The sewing is pretty straight forward and instructions are given in the pattern, but here are a few bonus tips:

Infrastructure Row 1

  • I’m using a shorter stitch length to piece (2.0 on my BERNINA instead of 2.5). This will make the seams a little stronger and will  help prevent the thread from showing through the seam. I’m also using a 1/4″ patchwork foot for precise seams and sewing slowly at the ends so that my seams don’t veer off as I come to the end of the unit.
  • I’m “chain piecing” which means I’ll sew two pieces together and then the next two without breaking thread in between. I recommend starting and ending a sewing session with a scrap of fabric to catch any stray threads.
  • I use a straight stitch plate when piecing. It seems to make a better stitch and prevents the fabric edges from getting sucked into the machine.
  • I’m using 100% cotton, 50 weight thread from my Aurifil Neutrals collection for piecing. It blends into most of the fabrics and is thin but strong.
  • I’m pressing ALL of my seams open. It takes a little longer to do, but the results are nice flat blocks which will create a nice flat quilt.
  • When sewing the block units together, I’m keeping the dark gray fabric on top at all times. This will automatically ensure that each of the seams is sewn in opposite directions so the row doesn’t warp out of shape.
  • I’m using lots of pins as I sew the top and bottom strips to the center section. Pin at the ends and then along the middle so that everything matches up. The number one cause of distortion in your quilt is when you ease in extra fabric when joining long pieced sections with strips.

Here’s another quick 2 minute video tutorial showing how I press my seams open:

 

Once the row is complete, I’ll give it a quick final press again from the back and also from the front. Then I’ll set it aside where I can keep it nice and flat. My design wall works great for this, but you can also hang it up on a hanger in your closet folded in half over a thick rounded clothes hanger.

Here’s a closeup of Row 1 so you can see how fun it looks when the fussy cut squares are all sewn together!

Infrastructure Row 1

Giveaway Time & Heather’s Version!

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Benartex. They are giving a way a few bundles of their brand new Superior Solids. These are the fabrics that Heather is using in her version of the quilt. So pop over to her blog to see what her version Row 1 looks like in solids. While you are there, be sure to enter the giveaway and see who won last week’s prize!

Benartex Superior Solids

Share Your Work

Be sure to share pics of your progress on instagram by tagging us @christaquilts  and @quiltachusetts and use the search hashtag #infrastructurequilt in your post so others can see, too!

You can also share pics and ask questions in my Facebook group (whether or not you are making the quilt!)

Infrastructure Row 1

Finished Row 1 made from Geo Pop fabric.

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Next week we will make Row 2 – I can’t wait!

The Making of Bling Quilt Part 4 of 4 – Machine Quilting

I’m back to share the final step of making my Bling quilts that I starting telling you about last month. Check out the links below to catch up on the previous posts.Bling Quilts with Geo Pop

Whenever I make the same quilt twice, I like to show different fabric combos and machine quilting ideas. I quilted both versions of Bling using a walking foot but with two very different designs. I always make a quilting plan so I know what I’m doing before I get there.

Here are two suggested quilting plans that I included in the Bling Pattern:

Random Crosshatch quilting

Random Crosshatch Quilting

Wavy Grid Quilting

Wavy Gird Quilting

Both techniques are basically the same: you quilt a series of lines across the quilt in both directions, starting with widely spaced lines, and then filling in the gaps with more lines until you like how dense the quilting is. The only difference is that the first version uses straight lines, and the second version uses wavy lines.

Here’s a short video I’ve put together with two 30 second snippets of me quilting each quilt, using the dual feed on my BERNINA, which works just like a walking foot.

These are super simple, fast and fun designs to quilt and are my go-to’s when I’m in a hurry!

Here are two other helpful tutorials in order for you to make a complete quilt. I use these same methods, no matter which quilt I’m making:

And here are the finished quilts! I have quilt kits available for both versions if you’d like to make them just like this. Because they have a scrappy look, no two quilts will be the same!

Bling Quilt - Geo Pop Fabric by Christa WatsonBling Quilt with Geo Pop fabric by Christa Watson

Sharing is Caring

Remember – I love to see you work and I know others do, too! So share pics of your progress on instagram with the hasthtag #blingquilt and be sure to tag me @christaquilts. You can also post pics, ask questions, and get any type of quilting advice over in my ChristaQuilts Facebook group. I love virtual show ‘n tell, don’t you??

Another Quilt Along Featuring Geo Pop!

It’s quilt along season and it’s fun to see lots of them popping up online. My friend Linda just created an amazing quilt pattern called Colour Maze made from one Geo Pop strip roll plus  Tiny Hex – black for the background and Mosaic Dots black/gray for the binding. Isn’t it fabulous??

Click here for info about the Colour Maze Quilt Along

Linda always makes her pattern quilts in several different colorways so you can see how great they’ll look using different fabrics. Here’s the back cover of the pattern featuring Geo Pop along with the exact fabric requirements you’ll need to make the quilt:Colour Maze with Geo Pop fabric

Click here to get the Colour Maze quilt pattern – PDF version
Click here to get the Colour Maze quilt pattern – paper version

Linda is hosting a quilt along to make this quilt over on her website starting September 16. You can get a copy of the pattern from her and the strip roll from me (or your favorite quilt shop) and join the fun!!

Geo Pop Strip Roll

Click here to get the Geo Pop Strip Roll

Linda and I are like kindred spirits because she loves color as much as I do!! Here’s a beauty shot of the finished quilt in all it’s glory! If you plan to make this quilt be sure to join Linda’s Colourwerx Facebook group.

You can also share pics of your progress in my Christa Quilts Facebook group too. It’s always fun to quilt along with friends!!

Colour Maze Quilt using Geo Pop

Click here to purchase coordinating Geo Pop background, binding, and backing.

Infrastructure Week 1 – Quilt Design and Fabric Prep

It’s finally here!! The start of our Infrastructure Quilt Along!! I love sharing quilt alongs with you because I get such joy out of encouraging others to make a complete quilt from start to finish. To kick off the QAL first we’ll discuss a bit about the design and then prep our fabric so we are ready to start cutting and sewing next week.

Infrastructure Quilt

Infrastructure Design

This was a fun collaboration between me and my talented friend Heather Black of Quiltachusetts. I asked Heather to design a modern block of the month type quilt without any curved piecing (her specialty) that would really showcase my Geo Pop fabric line. I was thrilled when she came up with this design and then I had the fun of breaking it down into sections and writing up the pattern.

Because Heather is such a fabulous designer, she had two ideas of how it could go together, either in blocks or rows. I decided that rows made more sense and figured that if we divided the design into 9 rows, that would work well to create the top row by row. Here’s an overview of each section of the quilt, which is explained step by step in the quilt pattern.

Infrastructure Diagram

You’ll notice there are some piece-heavy rows and some fairly simple pieced strip rows. This will allow us to keep up the interest while putting the quilt together over the 12 weeks, but also give us a few breaks so we don’t get burned out. You’ll also get to try out lots of different piecing techniques along with some optional fussy cutting!!

I highly recommend using the Tri-Recs ruler set for cutting the anvil blocks and diamond blocks. The pattern includes full size templates, but the ruler is so much faster and easier  – and I use it for lots of quilt patterns that I design.

Tri Recs tools

Prepping the Fabric

Geo Pop Bundle

I’m using all 25 Geo Pop fabrics for my  version of Infrastructure. Of course you can make any fabric substitutions that you like – see the back cover of the pattern below for similar colors to use.

Infrastructure Supply List

I’m a big advocate of prewashing because I’ve seen too many accidents occur even with high-quality fabric. I recommend separating lights and darks, and washing the fabrics using a couple of dye magnet sheets like Shout Color Catchers in the wash. This will help catch any excess dye and will prevent it from redepositing onto your fabric in places where you don’t want it to be.

Shout Color Catcher

If you are working with smaller chunks of fabric like less than 1/2 yard, you can put the fabrics in a mesh laundry bag to keep them from getting all tangled up.

After my fabric is washed, I iron it and starch it. I use a hot, dry iron on the highest setting and cheap starch from the grocery store. My favorite brand is Faultless premium starch.Binding

Starching Tips

To prevent flaking, I spray starch completely on one side of the fabric I’ll be using. I let it rest for a few seconds, and then flip the fabric over to the back side to iron (the non starched side). Once that’s done, I starch the side I just ironed, and then flip it over to the previous side and press again. So I’m adding starch to both sides and ironing both sides, but the iron doesn’t burn the starch since I’m pressing from the opposite side. The starch makes the fabric stiffer so that there’s less stretch while manipulating it.

Check out this short video on how I starch and press my fabric:

Share Your Fabric Pull

Once you’ve decided on which fabrics you’ll use, be sure to tag us on instagram @christaquilts  and @quiltachusetts and use the search hashtag #infrastructurequilt so we can all admire your pretties!!

You can also share pics in my ChristaQuilts Facebook group and ask questions as you are getting ready. We’ll dive in and make Row 1 next week and I can’t wait to see your progress!

Enter the Givewaway!

Head over to Heather Black’s blog at Quiltachusetts to see which fabrics she’s working with and enter this week’s giveaway. The prize is a copy of EQ8 software from Electric Quilt! I use EQ8 for ALL of my quilt designs. In fact, I was able to take Heather’s original sketches, redraw them in EQ8 and easily recolor the quilt pattern using swatches of Geo Pop.  Now I can’t imagine making quilts without it!

Electric Quilt 8

Important Links

Infrastructure Kit

Infrastructure Supply List and Quilt Along Links

Click here to be notified about the QAL each week via email.

Are you excited to make Infrastructure? Heather Black and I will both hosting the quilt along and sharing tips and tricks for making the quilt on our blogs each week. See below for the supply list along with links to all of the quilt along posts as they go live.
Infrastructure Quilt

Infrastructure designed by Heather Black of Quiltachusetts, pattern written by Christa Watson

Infrastructure Supply List

Infrastructure Quilt Pattern:
Recommended Ruler Set:

Tri Recs Tools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fabric Requirements:

Infrastructure Supply List

Other Recommended Supplies:
  • Natural fiber batting such as Hobbs Cotton or Wool
  • Olfa Rotary Cutter with brand new blade
  • Cutting mat and a variety of acrylic rulers
  • 505 basting spray if you choose to spray baste your quilt
  • Sewing machine in good working order
  • Brand new needle
  • Hand sewing needle and thimble for binding by hand
  • Thread for piecing and quilting – I recommend my Aurifil 50 weight thread kits
  • ***If using a die cutter instead of the ruler or included template, I recommend the  Accuquilt Triangle in a Square 4″ Finished Square Die # 55409***

Piece and Quilt Collection Aurifil Thread by Christa Watson

Click here to get my Piece and Quilt thread collections from Aurifil.

Alternate Color Way in Solids

Heather will be making her version using Superior Solids by Benartex.

Infrastructure in Solids by Heather Black

Click here to follow Heather on her blog at Quiltachusetts

Infrastructure Quilt Along Schedule

Both Heather and I will share our process as we make the quilts. She’ll be custom quilting hers on a longarm machine and will bind by machine. I’ll be quilting mine using a decorative stitch with my walking foot and will bind by hand. Links to both of our blogs will go live below after each step has been posted.

  • Week 1: Design Notes, Prepping Your Fabrics
  • Week 2: Cutting & Sewing Row 1
  • Week 3 (Sept. 23): Cutting & Sewing Row 2
  • Week 4 (Sept. 30): Cutting & Sewing Rows 3 & 5
  • Week 5 (Oct. 7): Cutting & Sewing Row 4
  • Week 6 (Oct. 14): Cutting & Sewing Row 6
  • Week 7 (Oct. 21): Cutting and Sewing Row 7
  • Week 8 (Oct. 28): Cutting and Sewing Row 8
  • Week 9 (Nov 4): Cutting and Sewing Row 9
  • Week 10 (Nov 11): Basting for Domestic Quilting or Prepping for Longarm Quilting
  • Week 11 (Nov 18): Machine Quilting
  • Week 12 (Nov 25): Binding by Hand or Machine

Infrastructure QAL

Share Your Progress on Social Media

We can’t wait to get started! So gather your fabrics and get ready to make a complete quilt from start to finish!!

Infrastructure Kit

Click here to get the Infrastructure Quilt Kit while supplies last.

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.

Bling Quilt Part 3 of 4 – Making the Quilt Top

Now it’s time to take those yummy cut up pieces from Geo Pop and sew them together into a quilt! Although I’m making two versions of Bling at the same time, it’s really not that much extra effort to do double the amount of sewing! This is a quick overview of my process – please purchase a copy of the Bling quilt pattern for more detailed instructions.

Geo Pop Cutting in Progress
Bling Fabric Cutting in process

Cutting in progress for both version of Bling – in black or white

Geo Pop Fabric

Click here to get Geo Pop fabrics, kits, precuts and coordinating patterns.

Thread Tips

When choosing thread for piecing, I prefer to use Aurifil 50 weight cotton from one of my 3 thread collections. When sewing with lots of colorful prints like Geo Pop, I’ll choose a lighter color when sewing with the light background, and darker colors when sewing with the dark background. I’ll use the same color in top and bobbin or similar shades.

Aurifil Thread and Geo Pop Fabric

Because these quilts were so colorful, I was able to use up some leftover spools and bobbins while piecing. I sew with a shorter stitch length (2.0 instead of 2.5) and I press my seams open so that everything will lie flat. The shorter stitch length also prevents the stitches from showing through the seams.

Aurifil Thread and Geo Pop fabric

Click here to checkout my Aurifil thread collections – Colors, Neutrals and Variegated.

Sewing the Blocks

The block that forms the Bling quilt is actually very versatile. First take a look at the finished sewn blocks using both background colors below.

Bling Block White

Look at those beautiful seams pressed open!!

Bling Blocks

Each block in the quilt pattern uses the same background fabric and then two fun colorful prints.But look at the other options you could try! You could rotate the unit placement to create a slightly different block:

Geo Pop Bling

Or you could make the block a bit scrappier if desired.

Geo Pop Bling

However, you make it is it up to you – because you are the boss of your quilt!!

Piecing the top

Although my usual method is to sew blocks into rows, you can actually sew groups of 4 into larger blocks for easier handling.

Geo Pop Bling

Geo Pop Bling

Once the blocks are all sewn, the quilt top goes together very quickly. The pattern even includes several alternate layouts for you to try. I use my design wall to help me keep the blocks arranged just how I want them. You could also take a picture with your phone to refer to!

Geo Pop Bling

Click here for my design wall tutorial.

Quilt in Progress on Design Wall

I love quilts that show off the fabrics, and Bling was sooo fun to make! Stay tuned for the last segment where I talk about the machine quilting (my favorite part!!)

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The Making of Bling Quilt Part 2 of 4 – Cutting the Fabrics

I’m working on both versions of my Bling quilt at the same time, so it will be double the fun! If you remember from my last post, I’m making the same design and using the same Geo Pop fat quarters for both quilts, but one will have a white background and the other will have a black background. Any colorful prints will work as long as you have contrast between your fat quarters and background fabric.

Geo Pop by Christa Watson

Geo Pop Fat Quarter Bundle – I love working with my own fabrics!

I have more fabrics than I need since the pattern calls for just 20 fat quarters, and Geo Pop includes 25, so I’m going to save the leftovers for another project. Of course, you could use the extra fabrics for some of the blocks, since each print will be repeated in more than one block.

Washing and Starching

First, I separated the fabrics into lights and darks and then pre-washed everything on cold, using several Color Catchers in the wash. Even though this is premium quality fabric I’m working with, I still like to wash to preshrink it and wash out any excess dye so there’s no chance of bleeding when I wash the quilt later. I starched the fabrics by spraying the back side with inexpensive Faultess Premium Starch from the grocery store,  and then pressing from the front side. I repeated for both sides of the fabric.

Bling by Christa Watson of Christa Quilts

Click the image above to enlarge

Click here to purchase the Bling quilt pattern – paper version.
Click here to purchase the Bling quilt pattern – PDF version.

Cutting the Units

See the quilt pattern for specifics on cutting each of the prints.

Even though I design, test, and make all of my own quilts myself, I always write the pattern first, then follow my own instructions to make sure I haven’t missed anything as I go. I love when quilts are easy to cut out. The block units are all cut from fat quarters and the background is all cut from one fabric – light or dark.

Because I had a lot of fabric to cut, I made sure to layer 4 fat quarters at a time, and fold my background fabrics into 4 layers so I was cutting more at the same time. In a pattern like this, you don’t have to worry too much about directional prints, because they can randomly go in any direction.

Geo Pop Fabric for Bling Quilt by Christa Watson

Cut Block Pieces – with White Background
Click here to purchase yardage of Op Squares White

When dealing with large pieces of fabric, like my white or black background, I’ll cut off smaller chunks like a yard or two to work with. There’s enough so that if I lose an inch or two by squaring up the fabric, it won’t make that much of a difference.

The white version will have a scrappy binding and the black version will use the same binding as the background fabric. Here’s a tip: although the pattern calls for the standard  2 1/4″ wide strips, I actually cut mine out 2″ wide so I get a super skinny binding that’s the same side on front and back.

Geo Pop fabric for Bling quilt by Christa Watson of Christa Quilts

Cut Block Pieces – with Black Background
Click here to purchase the Bling Quilt Kit in White or Black

Now everything is ready to sew! Stay tuned for the next post where I’ll sew them up into two fun and colorful quilt tops. Click any of the links below to purchase supplies to make these quilts.

Bling Quilts with Geo Pop

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The Making of Bling Quilt Part 1 of 4 – Choosing Fabrics

I enjoy sharing my process of quilt making so that you can have more success when you make your own quilts. Over the next 4 blog posts, I’ll share my process for making Bling – one of my newest patterns featuring my 4th fabric collection – Geo Pop for Benartex/Contempo. Of course it would look great in any fabrics, which is what today’s topic is all about.

Bling Quilt Pattern by Christa Watson

Bling Quilt Pattern by Christa Watson

I love this design for Bling, and especially enjoy making fat quarter friendly quilts. When choosing fabrics, the easiest way to choose colors for a successful quilt is to pick a whole bunch of fabrics that you like with the same theme or color scheme, then pair them up with a highly contrasting background fabric.

Geo Pop fabric by Christa Watson

Geo Pop fat quarters for Bling.

For example, I knew I wanted to use as many fabrics as I could in the line and most are all very bright. So bright, bold, and geometric was my fabric “theme” for this quilt.

Because there’s a lot going on with the fabrics themselves, I paired them up with the lightest fabric in the line and the darkest fabric in the line to ensure there was contrast between the main fabrics and the background. I honestly couldn’t decide which I liked better, so I decided to make both quilts!

Geo Pop fabric by Christa Quilts

I used Tiny Hex black for the darker background and Op Squares white for the lighter one.

For me, fabric selection really is that easy. I don’t get hung up too much on color theory; rather I just go with my gut feeling. After all, most of us are pretty successful choosing what to wear each day, so choosing the colors our quilts will wear isn’t that much different, right?

Geo Pop by Christa Watson

Geo Pop – 20 Colors for Bling.
Click here to get the kit of 20 FQ’s plus background fabric.

My Bling quilt pattern calls for 20 fat quarters + 4 yards of background fabric for the Twin size that I’m making. Geo Pop has 25 prints in the line including several light and dark grays. To ensure I had the most contrast possible, I pulled out the 5 light and dark grays and just use the more colorful prints. I’ll plan to use the leftovers in another project, or add them to my stash.

Geo Pop by Christa Watson

I pulled these grays out of the bundle and will use them in another project.
You could also piece them into the back of the quilt.

For the white version, I’m using some of the leftovers to make a scrappy binding that frames the quilt. For binding on the black version, I’ll use the same fabric as the background so that the the negative space goes all the way to the edges – two slightly different looks for two great quilts!

Geo Pop by Christa Watson

Geo Pop full collection – 25 colorful prints!

The first step after choosing fabrics is to prewash and starch. I always prewash any fabric that’s a fat quarter or larger. My favorite starch is inexpensive Faultless premium starch from the grocery store. To prevent flaking, I spray starch on one side of the fabric, and then iron it from the opposite side, then repeat for both sides of the fabric.

In the next post, I’ll show you these lovelies all cut and ready to piece, so stay tuned!

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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.