Blogger’s Quilt Festival Spring 2013 – Charming Chevrons

Welcome to anyone visiting from the bloggers’ quilt festival this spring! My name is Christa and I’m excited to be a part of this fantastic shin-dig! :-)

I am entering my quilt, Charming Chevrons, into the home machine quilted category and I would love to have your vote! (You can see my other entry here.)

Charming Chevrons

Charming Chevrons 46″ x 54″
Machine pieced and quilted by Christa Watson

It measures 46″ x 54″ and was pieced and quilted by me on my Bernina 1630. I used a double batting of wool and cotton which helps it hang straight and adds a lot of body to the quilt (though it was a little tough to quilt through!)

Marking the Straight Lines

Marking the Straight Lines

Quilted Chevron Block

Quilted Chevron Block

Charming Chevrons was my first “crossover quilt” which got me knee-deep into modern quilting and designing less than a year ago (although I have been a quilter for nearly 18 years).

When I started Charming Chevrons I’d just barely heard of the modern quilt movement and was wanting to go a little bolder with my quilts. I had just designed this quilt for one of my quilt alongs and it has led to some really great things.

Machine Quilting

Machine Quilting

Since finishing, Charming Chevrons was juried into QuiltCon, received a 2nd place ribbon at my local quild’s quilt show, and inspired me to submit a design idea to a quilting magazine. I’m also going to teach a class on it for my guild’s retreat this fall.  I love this little throw!

It took me 5 hours to quilt all of the straight lines in this quilt and nearly 23 more hours to quilt all the pebbles. But you know what – I loved every single minute of it! For me, machine quilting is my zen. I can discard the cares of the world and really get into the rhythm of the stitching, creating wonderful texture on fabric with just thread and the machine.

Charming Chevrons Back

Charming Chevrons Back

I especially like the back of the quilt. I love how the expansive negative space really showcases all of the colorful quilting. I even considered entering the back side as the main part of the quilt, LOL!

No matter what happens with my sewing in the future, I know that modern quilting will now be a huge part of it!

Charming Chevrons

Charming Chevrons
Desert Quilts of Nevada Quilt Show


Bloggers Quilt FestivalBlogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy Ellis

May 17 – 24 – Linkys Open & Nominate for Viewer’s Choice

May 24 – 30 – Vote for favorites in each of the categories

May 31 – Winners announced


Updated – 6/2/13  Thanks so much to everyone for your votes.

It was such an honor to receive a Viewer’s Choice Award for this quilt!

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40 Responses to Blogger’s Quilt Festival Spring 2013 – Charming Chevrons

  1. Pingback: Featuring Christa — A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter! | Amy's Creative Side

  2. Malinda says:

    Just saw a picture of this lovely quilt in Martha Stewart Living, July/August ’13 page 4. Just a small photo, no description, but still, it’s MARTHA STEWART! Congratulations!

  3. Congratulations on the festival viewers choice award. This quilt really opened a lot of new doors for you.

  4. esther says:

    Love your quilt. Congratulations!!!

  5. Sonia says:

    Congrats on being one of the winners of the viewer’s choice. It is well deserved!

  6. Geta says:

    Congratulations Christa, I am glad to see your quilt won! I love its simplicity – the neutral background tying all the colors together, the different quilting.

  7. Christa says:

    Just found out my quilt won a Viewer’s Choice award – whoo hoo! Thanks to all those that voted for it :-)

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  9. Jo says:

    Christa, you have done it again Girl! It’s wonderful. Best of luck

  10. Deborah says:

    amazing quilting Christa, and such a bright and fun quilt

  11. Sonia says:

    Congrats on a master piece. I love the use of solids and how the quilting gives them a texture

  12. Sonia says:

    What an amazing design! I love it, I love the use of solids and really love the quilting! Congrats on a masterpiece!

  13. Jeifner says:

    Wow, I Love has it looks on the back!

  14. wow! the quilting really makes this quilt pop!

  15. Ginny says:

    Really love the simplicity of it and what your awesome quilting does — perfect to highlight each section! The pebbles remind me of bubbles – love it!

  16. Marcia Herath says:

    I have loved this quilt since I first saw it on your blog.

  17. Debbie says:

    Yours truly is the most beautiful of the bunch so you surely will win. I cast my vote. Good Luck.

  18. Jeri Niksich says:

    Love Love Love your Chevron quilt My Favorite! I can’t quite figure how to vote for it but I will when I get it figured out! I guess it’s too late 12:07 am here, maybe I”ll do it in the monring over coffee..Best of luck to you!

  19. stipplequilt says:

    What a beautiful quilt Christa and I love, love the quilting you did on it!

  20. Carolyn says:

    Beautiful quilt Christa and beautifully pieced and quilted.

  21. Beautiful quilt and quilting.

  22. ylmommyx4 says:

    I wish I lived closer so you could teach me to quilt like this. It’s really spectacular

  23. Jennifer says:

    Beautiful! I love the two different quilting styles. Even the back looks fantastic!

  24. Fantastic quilt and you are right that the back is just as spectacular as the front! Congratulations on your success with it. I’m sure there are more ribbons to come. Thanks for sharing!

  25. EG says:

    I pinned (repinned, I guess) this quilt when you originally posted it, but didn’t see that you have a Bernina 1630. Me, too! It was “born” when I was a senior in HS. Ha ha. :) I got it on Ebay a few years ago.

  26. Patti says:

    Your quilting really stands out in this beauty! I agree with others that the back is phenomenal as well!

  27. Katy says:

    The front looks great with the bubbling chevrons, but the back looks awesome with the multicoloured threads!

  28. Such a great quilt! I must say, I really love the back and how it shows up the quilting! I haven’t tried using double layers of battling yet, great idea! Thanks for sharing :)

  29. The quilting on this is fabulous and so cool!

  30. sewfrench says:

    I’ve never layered cotton with wool. I actually am currently hand quilting my first wool quilt. It very much reminds me of the puffiness of poly. I’m not sure I could quilt through an extra batting, but yours, by machine, turned out lovely!

  31. citricsugar says:

    Christa, the quilting on this is amazing – love the colour changes…!

  32. Loris says:

    Gorgeous quilting! Your design is full of interest and really done well. Definitely earned your ribbons :-)

  33. Melissa says:

    Beautiful Quilting! Good luck in the festival!!!

  34. Carolyn Champion says:

    What a beautiful quilt…you must be VERY proud. You did such fantastic job on the quilting too.

  35. Lori Smanski says:

    WOW this way wonderful. I love the front and the back.
    What kind of pen did you use?
    Does it wash out or iron out?
    I am just starting FMQ and have not gotten a pen yet.
    Thanks for the help

  36. Carla says:

    Your quilt is fabulous. Great job on all those pebbles!

  37. Lesley says:

    Your quilt is just amazing. It is so perfectly pieced and perfectly quilted.I really enjoyed this post and all the pictures.Good luck!

  38. craftysorcha says:

    I love this quilt and best of luck in the festival!

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