Friday, September 25, 2015

BlogHop :: Machine Quilting with Style (Facets)

Welcome Friends & Guests!

I am a big fan of being involved in the entire quiltmaking process, and that includes doing the quilting on my home machine...rather then quilting by check (sending it away).  So, when I had the chance to participate in a Blog Hop to celebrate a friend's new book, I couldn't pass up the opportunity.

Christa and I have been blogging buddies for a few years now, and we finally got to meet in person at QuiltCon earlier this year. If you already read Christa's blog (, then you know that she loves nothing more then to teach people all about quilting; whether it be through workshops, her countless tutorials, or now her first book...Machine Quilting With Style: From Walking-Foot Wonders to Free-Motion Favorites

Machine Quilting With Style // Christa Watson

This BlogHop allowed me the opportunity to get a sneakpeek at her book and to actually remake one of the projects from it.  I chose her FACET quilt; which as you can see below is a study in Improv.

Machine Quilting With Style (Facets Quilt) // Christa Watson // Photography by Brett Kane
Photography by Brett Kane

Thanks to Christa's clear directions and templates, I was able to jump right in...EVEN if I did switch it up a little.

Facets Quilt - Design by Christa Watson // Version by Kristy Daum

As you can see, I chose to reverse the placement of the Improv-pieced and "solid" diamonds.  This was done for two reasons.

  1. I love the power and simplicity of Christa's quilt in solids; but solids and I don't always agree, whereas prints and I get along just fine. 
  2. I wanted to give you a different intrepretation; so you can see just how versatile her quilt designs are, and can be translated many ways.

I started with a little bundle of Anna Maria Horner's True Colors; which have been patiently sitting on my shelf for a while now. I was already familiar with improv piecing; but if you are not, Christa provides clear information that takes the guess-work out of the process.

Once I had my first improv swatch pieced, I visited Janie Lou, my favorite local quilt shop, to see what I should pair it with; and although I had a plan when I walked in the door, by the time I left I had made a complete 180...opting to go with a newsprint fabric Modern BG Paper for Zen Chic for the other diamonds, and framing it with a subtle black on black print really made the FACET design pop.

When it came time to do the quilting, I didn't have to think very hard, as Christa's book provided several options; which could easily be applied to any of the projects in the book, and provides a foundation so the reader can start feeling comfortable with their own maching quilting abilities.

Facets Quilt - Design by Christa Watson // Version by Kristy Daum

Machine Quilting with Style will provide you with the tools you need to tackle quilting on your domestic machine, and quilt designs you'll want to replicate or even tweak a little.

I highly recommend taking a quick trip through the earlier posts so you can get a feel for the other quilts and ways in which they can be intrepreted.

9/14 Start at ChristaQuilts
9/14 Color Crystals – Vicki Reubel from Orchid Owl Quilts
9/14 Technicolor Backing – Ida Ewing from Ida Rather Be Quilting
9/15 Pearl Gray – Alyce Blyth from  Blossom Heart Quilts
9/16 Broken V – Sharon McConnell from  Color Girl Quilts
9/17 Candy Pop – Linda Hungerford from Flourishing Palms
9/18 Ripples – Melissa Corry from Happy Quilting
9/19 Little Man’s Fancy – Tina Guthmann from Mod Geometry
9/22 Static – Lee Heinrich from Freshly Pieced
9/23 Rain – Cheryl Brickey from Meadow Mist Designs
9/24 Lightning – Leanne Chahley from She Can Quilt
9/25 Facets – Kristy Daum from  St. Louis Folk Victorian
9/26 Focal Point – Amy Garro from 13 Spools

Plus there are a few additional stops that include some extra content:

9/15 Andover Fabrics
9/16 Amy’s Free Motion Quilting Adventures and Leah Day’s Free Motion Quilting Project
9/17 Do You EQ? from Electric Quilt and Darlene from Quilt Shop Gal
9/18 Jacquelynne Steves’ The Art of Home and Scott Hansen from Blue Nickel Studios
9/19 Moda Fabrics – The Cutting Table
9/21 Katy Cameron from The Littlest Thistle
9/22 Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts and Generation Q Magazine
9/23 Rebecca Bryan of Bryan House Quilts
9/24 Stitch This – The Martingale Blog and Riley Blake Fabrics
9/25 Michele Foster of The Quilting Gallery and Teri Lucas from TerifiCreations
9/26 Pellon Projects and Amy Ellis from Amy’s Creative Side

And don't forget to get your own copy of Machine Quilting with Style over on Amazon (it's recently back in stock after selling out in it's first few days - WOW!), or snag a signed copy from Christa herself.

Finally, she wants your help...yes, YOU.  Hop on over to this quick survey to vote for your favorite quilt from her book, the one with the most votes will be the quilt that Christa will be using during a Quilt-Along in early 2016.

Facets Quilt - Design by Christa Watson // Version by Kristy Daum

Thanks for the visit!


  1. I love your version! It is strange how different two quilts can be by just switching color placement and solids/improv!

  2. Wonderful version. I like it better than the original.

  3. This is so much more doable! I think I can handle four blocks of improv piecing out of scraps! Thank you for mixing it up!

  4. Kristy - your version is outstanding! I love how you switched it up an d that newsprint fabric is to die for!!

  5. Your version really highlights the improv blocks. Looks great!

  6. Looks wonderful Kristy! It's always fascinating to see the different interpretations of a great pattern.

  7. What a great switch up! I do like seeing other versions of patterns. It is amazing how different a quilt can look with changing it up a bit. Yours is fantastic, kind of minimal. I like it!

  8. I think this is awesome. I have been looking for something to do with some black and white fabrics I have and this gave me just the idea. Thank you so much!

  9. Your version is different and beautiful. It is much more doable with only 4 facets of improve facets. Oh, but I think of all the colorful bits that Christa used and I just love a color filled quilt. Isn't it fabulous that you can use the same pattern and you have 2 fabulous quilts.

  10. wow this is fabulous. this is so cool. now on my list and I know just who to make it for. thanks for the inspiration.

  11. Love those pieced diamonds!

  12. I do believe I need to make every single quilt in Christa's book!! Just love them all!!! I like how you switched up the placement of your pieced blocks!!

  13. I, too, like your version lots better! It's nice and subtle! And I could see myself doing it!

  14. Great quilt!! I love how different it is to the original

  15. I like your version, especially the text fabrics you used. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Very cool, I like your interpretation, thanks

  17. Great quilt. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  18. Love this variation on Christa's pattern!

  19. A great version of Facets. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Kristy, your version of Christa's quilt is fantastic! I love your choice of the Zen Chic fabric for the majority of the quilt--and the frequent appearance of that slightly frazzled woman who has fed her entire family for only $40 a month! She just needs a good long lie down under a quilt :) I am very grateful to Christa for sending me to you--DAVID TENNANT! I swoon over Benedict Cumberbatch, too, but DAVID TENNANT! (and I'm old enough to be his mother) (Those 2 quilts are beyond belief.)

  21. Your quilt looks beautiful. The background fabric look beautiful with the AMH .

  22. The newsprint with the black is fantastic. It really looks like the newsprint is set back from the black. Great job.

  23. Love your interpretation of Christa's quilt. I have to let go in my piecing to "think outside the box" and be more creative instead of playing it safe and following a pattern to the "T."

  24. I love your take on this project. It's got a great bold, graphic look and I'm a sucker for a good text fabric. Nice work!

  25. I like you strip of subtle color with the black and white. Nice touch!

  26. Love your interpretation.

  27. I love both her version and yours. It is a really lovely design. Makes me happy.

  28. I like that newsprint! Very neat how you reversed it and made it something "you"


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