#PieceAndQuiltHopAlong :: Getting Started

Piece and Quilts with Precuts Cover Christa Watson

Good morning, my friends!

Today, we interrupt our regular #MachineQuiltingMonday with a 5 week adventure. Kristin Esser, Vicki Holloway, and I are enjoying Christa Watson's new book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts. We are each making a different quilt from the book with Christa's new Modern Marks fabrics, and our quilts get to go on a little field trip afterward to Fall Market! Huzzah! 

Christa's Spools Quilt

Christa's Spools Quilt

When I first read Piece and Quilt with Precuts, several of the patterns grabbed my attention, but Spools stole my heart because it's scrappy, its a quilt I could easily claim as MINE (two little boys means all the quilts get hijacked), and Christa used graffiti quilting on it which is my faaaaavorite! When I found out I would get to work with Christa's fabrics, I had the crazy idea to reverse the colors. The sketches had a couple of iterations until I arrived at this:

HollyAnne Knight Spools Quilt Sketch

This week, I'm focusing on piecing the top, then the next four weeks will be quilting and finishing. I can't wait to make videos of the quilting to share with y'all! In the meanwhile, let's take a look at Christa's GORGEOUS fabrics (coming to stores in November) and how this top is taking shape:

I'm still not sure about the greens in the third block, seen below, and may change that up a bit, but on the whole, I think it's going to be fabulous. 

HollyAnne Knight Spools Quilt in Progress

Would you like to quilt along with us? You can order a copy of the book on Christa's website, and tag your Instagram pictures #PieceAndQuiltHopAlong so we can all encourage each other! Be sure to check out Kristin's Squiggles quilt and Vicki's Gridwork Quilt, too! I'll be back next week ready to get quilting! Until then, I hope to see you on Instagram!

Finally, don't forget to sign up for the weekly String & Story Newsletter! When you do, you'll get a free copy of "3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Free Motion Quilting" as a little extra! 

Happy Quilting!


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