Christa Watson is back with 11 quilt patterns using precuts and 18 machine quilting designs that will help quilters master the art of machine quilting.Christa is the author of two books on machine quilting, Machine Quilting with Style and The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting.
Her new book Piece and Quilt with Precuts will ensure 'start to finish success'.
Christa likes precuts because they make the construction of the quilt top quick and easy so she can focus on her favorite part, the machine quilting. Precuts are available from fabric companies in 5" or 10" squares, strips, and in fat eighths (9" x 21") and fat quarters (18" x 21").
Quilters have been told to prewash fabric to remove excess dye and to preshrink. Precuts will ravel and warp if pre-washed, so Christa washes her quilt after completion, using Shout Color Catchers.
The key to successful scrap quilts is contrast. Neutral backgrounds are usually white, off-white, or black but you can use color as well. Sometimes using the back side of a fabric will give you the color needed.
She offers tips for organization, chain piecing, pressing, basting, thread choice, sewing machines, and how to choose quilt designs. Then she includes step-by-step instructions on the general process of machine quilting. Every pattern includes loads of illustrations.
The first quilt projects use machine walking foot quilting. Then she offers projects using free-motion designs to inspire confidence. Then quilters can graduate to combining the two techniques.
"...remember that finished is better than perfect!" Christa reminds us.
Here are some of my favorite projects in the book.
The first project is easy but has a lot of visual interest and motion, using a traditional block in a scrappy look. Squiggles is quilted with a walking foot but one moves the quilt under the foot to create undulating lines.
|Squiggles, 50" 63 1/2" uses two Charm Packs|
|Frequency, 54 1/2" x 54 1/2"|
|Starstruck, 54 1/2" x 78 1/2"|
|Dot 'N' Dash, 60 1/2" x 72 1/2"|
|Arrows, 78 1/2" x 84 1/2"|
|Spools, 44 1/2" x 44 1/2"|
I received a free ebook from the publisher in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.
Piece and Quilt with Precuts
by Christa Watson
Learn easy, efficient tricks for piecing irresistible quilt tops with precuts and leftover fabric scraps, and discover 18 machine-quilting motifs you can mix and match. Award-winning quilter and designer Christa Watson guides you through 11 skill-building projects with quilting designs in three categories: walking-foot, free-motion, and a combination of the two techniques. Christa is here to help you start and finish strong! from the publisher