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Machine Quilting with Style, by Christa Watson

Happy Friday Everyone,

Today, I’m excited to be a stop on the Machine Quilting with Style Blog Hop hosted by my BQF (best quilting friend) and NEW author, Christa Watson.

Machine Quilting with Style Blog Hop

What makes this book special?

I’m always on the look-out for books that I consider to be timeless and great as a reference book, that one can return to over and over again, learning something new each time. Machine Quilting with Style, in my opinion, fulfils those requirements.

Machine Quilting with Style

Why do I think this is an excellent book?

Here are a few reasons why I think this book is, not only excellent, but also a great resource to have in your quilting studio:

  • It includes 12 pieced projects that range from the definitely modern-style, to the more traditional style, in my opinion.
  • It covers BOTH walking foot and free motion quilting designs, which I’ve never seen in another book.
  • Not only does it include the quilting designs that Christa chose for the 12 projects presented, but she includes numerous tips and lots of advice, on how those quilting designs can be used in your own projects.
  • The book includes numerous quilting design options, most of them geared toward a beginner and some more complex. However, each design option includes several tips to help you succeed.
  • I don’t, personally, see a cohesive style to the 12 projects presented in the book. For me, that’s fantastic, as the styles are so different, and that leads to many quilting design options, that the reader can then use on their own projects.

Let’s explore some of the projects included in this book. All photography is credited to Brent Kane.

Broken V

Broken V

Colour Crystals

Colour Crystals



Of all the quilt designs in the book, this is my favourite, Facets:



I love both the finished quilt and the quilting designs chosen:

Facets Quilting

Facets Quilting

In January 2016, Christa will be hosting a quilt-along on her blog, focussing on one of the designs from her book.

Might I suggest, humbly of course, that you choose the Facets design. I really do love all of the little pieces, the opportunity to use up various scraps making the blocks, and the quilting designs are just fantastic.

Ok, that’s it for me … click the link below to view the Blog Hop schedule and to purchase Christa’s book:

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Inspiration for the October Mini Quilt Club Pattern

If you’ve been following my posts, you will know that I am experimenting and learning new quilting designs/options for my Mini Quilt Club patterns.

I have the October mini quilt designed, called Bear Necessities. Here’s a sneak peek:


I’ll be using a collection of fall-inpsired fabrics to complete this mini quilt. Additionally, I was inspired by the straight-line quilting design used in Christa’s quilt from her book, Little Man’s Fancy.

Little Man's Fancy

Little Man’s Fancy

For the October Mini Quilt Club pattern, I have the design complete, the fall-inspired fabrics chosen, and now, the quilting design in mind, based on Christa’s quilt. This weekend, will be spent completing my mini quilt. The October pattern will be available October 1st.

Mini Quilt Club Give-Away

As part of this blog hop tour, I’m hosting a give-away for one of my readers. I’ll be giving away a full membership to my Mini Quilt Club.

To enter the give-away, just leave a comment below answering the following: “What is your favourite season? And why?“. For me it’s Summer, as I love the long evenings of sunshine and the hot, hot heat.

Winner will be chosen randomly on the morning of Monday, September 28th. If you’ve already purchased the Mini Quilt Club, I’ll refund your full purchase price, should you win the give-away.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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This post was published on September 25th, 2015. Post topics: My Quilting Journey, Product Reviews, Tips and Tricks. Post tags: .

108 Responses to “Machine Quilting with Style, by Christa Watson”

  1. Maria says:

    Thank you for a chance to win ….
    My favorite. Season is Autunm because in Australia where I live we have beautiful sunny days and cool nights sew you can snuggle under a quilt.

  2. Susan Eckberg says:

    My favorite season is winter, as I live in Florida and winter here is great. Never too cold nor too hot and always great for quilt making.

  3. Paula K. says:

    I love summer. It is great to be outside without coats and boots and mittens. I love to feel the warmth of the sun, even the humidity can’t ruin summer for me!

  4. Tammy Pettus says:

    My favorite season is Fall. Living in Alabama, the summers are hot and humid. The winters are cold and wet. And the spring, although sunny, is usually muddy. My favoritism for Fall also has a lot to do with the fact that we have a cattle farm. Hay season is over and it’s not quite time to start feeding yet. It’s a time of rest.

  5. Pam Jackson says:

    My favorite season is Spring when all things are waking up from the winter. It is jacket weather, warm days and cool nights. I live in Oklahoma and we have some tornados in the late spring, but the color of the redbuds and new leaves are so inspiring.

  6. Tina says:

    I love autumn; it’s cooler but not too cold and the colors are beautiful here in Montana.

  7. Patricia Dittfurth says:

    My favorite season, when we are blessed to experience it, is Fall here in Central Texas. Many times we do not get to see the leaves change slowly and get the beautiful colors. It is mostly one blue norther and zap it is winter. When we do get to see the colors and leaves fall you can then see the individual personality of each tree come to life. I love the bare trees and think they are lovely.

  8. Kaholly says:

    I love summer best! I like your work, too. It’s very inspiring.

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