I’m so excited. Today is my day to share on Christa Watson’s blog tour for her new book Piece and Quilt with Precuts.
I chose to make the arrows quilt a bit smaller than the one on the book. I left two rows off the side and a row off the bottom so my quilt ended up being 66″ x 72″. I used 7 fat quarters from Alison Glass 2015 & 2016 Sun Print collections and about 4 yards of various Grunge whites for the background. Even after making the arrows, I still had enough of the fat quarters to make a scrappy binding.
The quilt was super quick to cut and piece. I think I have no more than 5 hours total in making the quilt top. Quilting it was another story. I chose to quilt it the same way Christa quilted hers – with free motion arrows and cursive L’s. I had not tried either before so I decided this was a great time to learn something new. The instructions provided in the book were very clear and made learning these two new forms very simple.
Her book mentions that both free motion designs are fairly intense so she suggests doing short sessions at a time. I would agree. The maximum time I could sit and quilt the arrows was 45-60 minutes. And even though the L’s seemed easier to quilt to me, I could only keep the motion going for about 20 min before they started looking funky. In total it took me about 10-12 hours to quilt the entire thing on my domestic machine.
I backed the quilt with this fabulous Allison Glass print from her Ex Libris collection that perfectly matches the front. So three different Alison Glass collections in one quilt and they all go together like they were meant to be. It also shows some of the quilting.
GIVEAWAY CLOSED. MaryD is the winner ** GIVEAWAY #1 ** I’m giving away an electronic copy of Christa’s new book here on my blog courtesy of Martingale Publishing. Just leave a comment telling me your favorite quilt from Christa’s new book, and if you have a private account be sure to leave your email as well. Giveaway open through August 31.
Or you can buy a copy of Chrita’s book from her shop. Trust me You’ll love it.
GIVEAWAY CLOSED ** GIVEAWAY #2 ** On my Instagram account, I’ll be giving away a fat-quarter bundle of the Allison Glass prints that I used for the arrows. Check out my Instagram feed for info on how to win. I am @monkeyneedle.
And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that you need to check out the other great bloggers that have participated in this fun blog hop. A full list is below.
FRIDAY AUGUST 18 – SQUIGGLES
SATURDAY AUGUST 19 – GRIDWORK
MONDAY AUGUST 21 – FREQUENCY
TUESDAY AUGUST 22 – S.W.A.K.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 23 – STARSTRUCK
THURSDAY AUGUST 24 – DOT’N’DASH
FRIDAY AUGUST 25 – TWINKLING DIAMONDS
Jessee Maloney Blog: Art School Dropout IG: @jessee_artschooldropout
Jessica Caldwell Blog: Desert Bloom Quilting IG: @desertbloomquilting
Anjeanette Klinder Blog: Anjeanette Klinder IG: @anjeanetteklinder
SATURDAY AUGUST 26 – WINDOWS
MONDAY AUGUST 28 – KITES
TUESDAY AUGUST 29 – ARROWS
WEDNESDAY AUG 30 – SPOOLS
Thanks for visiting!