Quilting with Christa

This past Saturday my local quilt guild held a machine quilting class with Christa Watson. She is every bit as delightful in person as you would expect.

Thanks to my friend Ede for taking this photo

Even though I've done quite a bit of machine quilting, it was still great to hear her take on various techniques and practices. I used my time in her class to focus on a few designs and motifs that I've not really done.  It's always nice to just play without the pressure of a finished project.

I enjoyed doing some straight line quilting and definitely want to incorporate more of it in my projects. I also explored some free motion line quilting to be used as an all-over filler. I used my old test block for my Dutch Windmill pattern as a practice piece and turned it into a mini for my sewing room. It also happens to be one of the projects that I wanted to finish this quarter for the 2016 Finish Along.

One motif that I definitely want to try in the near future is this yummy triangle pattern that Christa showed us.

One of Christa's quilting samples.

I have a charity top and a pulse top that I need to quilt this week. Maybe I'll try quilting something different and new to me.


  1. What a cool experience to get a class with Christa. I think that there is something to be said for taking a class when you have a bit more experience as it allows you to refine and try things that might have been out of your skill level as a beginner. It will be fun to see how the class influences your upcoming work. :)

  2. You're a fast blogger (I haven't unpacked yet). I loved her class too! I will definitively try incorporate more geometric lines in the future, but it does not come naturally.

  3. How lucky to go in a wrokshop with Christa I have one of her books and it helped me so much when wqilting now begin to understand after reading it how to go about things in the right way

  4. Looks like a great class, those new quilting designs look great.

  5. Your samples are nice, I especially like that boxy stippling! Looks like a fun class!

  6. What a great experience! It's would be so cool to learn some new quilting techniques, good luck expanding your skills!

  7. Great way to practice FMQ and a fabulous result. Congratulations on the finish and thanks for linking up to the FAL quarter three on behalf of your team of hosts


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