Broken V quilt by Sharon McConnell. pattern by Christa Watson, fabrics by Alison Glass and Tula Pink
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Machine Quilting With Style: Broken V Quilt

Broken V quilt by Sharon McConnell. pattern by Christa Watson, fabrics by Alison Glass and Tula Pink

It is my turn to write about the new book, Machine Quilting with Style, by Christa Watson and the quilt I made using one of the patterns, Broken V. The book was just released by Martingale and is for sale, Here (signed copy from Christa).

I met Christa last November at Sewtopia in Salt Lake City. We sat at the same table and really hit it off. I was excited when she asked if I wanted to preview her first book and take part in the blog tour showing off some of the projects featured. Regular readers of my blog have seen this quilt coming along for the past month or so, but I am really happy to finally share it all finished! Read more about my experience with the quilting in This Post. I used fabrics mostly by Tula Pink, Alison Glass plus a few others others. Thread by Aurifil and batting by Hobbs batting.

Broken V quilt by Sharon McConnell. pattern by Christa Watson, fabrics by Alison Glass and Tula Pink

When I first looked at Christa’s book, I was immediately struck by how well written it is. That is not something you often say about a quilting book! It contains so much more than the usual stock text and graphics of quilting basics…it actually reads like a book and contains great ideas and new (to me) instructions. Christa provides great tips on quilting and sewing basics…from thread choice and batting to the actual construction of the quilt start to finish.

What makes this book unique among other machine quilting books is that it contains full patterns for piecing as well as ideas for quilting the projects. This means that even if you have no plans to do the free motion quilting part of it (lots of us are intimated by that, myself included), the book is a worthwhile addition to your library just for the patterns.

Broken V quilt by Sharon McConnell. pattern by Christa Watson, fabrics by Alison Glass and Tula Pink

There are two parts to the book: walking foot quilting and free motion quilting. I feel pretty comfortable with walking foot quilting, and that is what I do most frequently on my quilts. It is a great place to start if you are new to quilting on your home sewing machine. For my Broken V quilt, I used a combination of walking foot quilting (straight lines, and wavy stitches built into my machine) and free-motion quilting. I feel so proud of myself for trying the free-motion and found that I really enjoyed it. Thanks, Christa, for inspiring me to plunge into this!

Christa and Martingale are giving away e-copies of the book during the blog tour. If you would like to win a copy of your own, be sure and follow along all the other quilters (find the list, Here). To enter now, leave a comment on this post. Tell me what type of quilting you like most (modern straight lines, traditional FMQ, a certain pattern, or anything in between). I would love it if you include any tips or tricks you have learned along your quilting journey.

I will choose a winner next Wednesday, September 23. Edited: The giveaway is now closed, the winner is Diane B. Thank you all for your comments! I love reading them.


146 thoughts on “Machine Quilting With Style: Broken V Quilt

  1. Eva says:

    Lovely quilt! I’m new to quilting and only just got a walking foot for my old basic sewing machine. I really like the modern quilts. So far only done straigth lines, but would like to try some fmq

  2. Karen A says:

    I really love free motion quilting. I’ve just recently tried the straight line quilting with my walking foot and it is fun too.

  3. Barbara Long says:

    I adore modern straight line machine quilting !

  4. Jennie says:

    I love the bright colors of your quilt. After many years of not quilting, (I mean how many country quilts can you do), I decided to try making some very modern, tailored looking quilts, without a calico fabric in the bunch. So far they are really pretty. I’m also taking a Craftsy free motion quilting class which I think will compliment the quilt tops.

  5. Linda S. says:

    Love the quilt! I do mostly FMQ. Haven’t tried a lot of straight line quilting but love the look. I need to try it soon. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Julie says:

    hard to say … Match stick organic is my current favorite.

  7. Kim S. says:

    I like straight line quilting, but I would love to learn FMQ.

  8. Béatrice says:

    Beautiful quilt. I like straight line quilting and easy FMQ.

  9. Marti says:

    I like straight line quilting, it gives the quilt a clean classy look.

  10. Nicolette says:

    Lovely quilt!! I like all sorts of quilting, but it always needs to be kind of ‘airy’.

  11. Susan says:

    I love to make quilts, but I am struggling with machine quilting. Once I get started I love doing straight lines, but would really like to be able to learn more patterns!!! Need to do more practice on free motion quilting.

  12. Carol Kuse says:

    I have not tried much beyond straight line quilting, but am building up my courage to do so.

  13. Carolyn says:

    Hi Sharon, what a lovely quilt you have made! I do modern straight line, free motion (all kinds of designs) and everything in between. I have been an admirer of Christa for many years and love her work. Many thanks for a chance to win an E-book.

  14. Denise says:

    My favorite quilting is FMQ in the free and easy Angela Walters style. I like to mix up FMQ motifs and density so they stand out more.

  15. Debbie Bowmer says:

    I would love to win a copy of the E-book. I do my own quilting on my domestic machine and could use some guidance along with more practice. I love traditional quilting and absolutely love the Baptist fan look. I need to expand my style. Thank you!

  16. Diane says:

    I prefer FMQ. I have a few tops ready for quilting and plan to get at them soon. Really like the Broken V quilt. Looks like one I “have” to make!

  17. Sarah J. says:

    Lovely quilt! I’m new to quilting so Ii have very little experience with quilting. This year my goal is to experiment a little and give some of these techniques a try!

  18. Cindy Schultz says:

    I love your quilt. I am not very comfortable “quilting” the quilt with straight lines or free-motion. I sure hope I can conquer my fear of the “quilting” part of the quilt. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. It looks like it is full of great ideas.

  19. Nancy says:

    My favorite is free-motion quilting designs, and the Baptist Fan pattern is my favorite all-time design whether it’s free-motion, walking foot, or by hand. Your quilt is terrific.

  20. Dawn Jones says:

    I am new to quilting and have only done straight lines on pot holders, I hope to get brave enough to start a quilt soon.

  21. Carol McCabe says:

    I do lots of free motion quilting with a flower motif but love to find new ways to enhance the quilt top.

  22. DEBI JIMENEZ says:

    Sharon I have been enjoying thid bloghop and I simply and I LOVE Christa. She introduced me to Modern quilting with her blog. My husband says my hubby says my work his dinner and our check book has not been the same since. Now I have her book .
    I love the idea of printed in Broken V. My question is how did you decide your placement? Size of print color or contrast?

  23. Cathy Wilson says:

    I haven’t been quilting long but I’m working on my FMQ and trying to use rulers in my quilting as much as I can.

  24. KathyCummings says:

    I do straight line mostly. Love the modern style. I want to make your quilt!!

  25. Beth says:

    Beautiful choice of fabrics and colors in your quilt. I love free motion quilting but with advanced arthritic I have found it very difficult to control large quilts on my domestic machine. Now I am doing much more straight line quilting using a walking foot, so I am glad to see it promoted and encouraged.

  26. Pat Evans says:

    I do FMQ on my domestic machine (an older Bernina) and use mostly simple motifs like hearts, stars and flowers. While I admire the talents of those quilters who densely quilt, I prefer a more casual style. And you can never get too much inspiration from other quilters. Hope you keep up with FMQ. It’s really fun and you get better each time you quilt.

  27. Karen says:

    Great job on your interpretation of Christa’s quilt. I do FMQing on a domestic. It just takes a lot of practice to feel comfortable with it. Looks like a good book – thanks for sharing.

  28. Nancy says:

    I like free motion quilting the best. Christa’s quilts look amazing. I love your version of the Broken V as well. Thanks for sharing the giveaway!

  29. Sarah says:

    My favorite style of quilting hand quilting, but I love the detailed free motion quilting as well, and wish that I could do it!

  30. Audrey says:

    I am a walking foot quilting girl. I like free motion but I have better control with the walking foot. I have been known to regularly use a combination of walking foot and free motion. It is amazing what can be achieved with a walking foot but it can’t give you everything. Your Broken V quilt is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  31. Charlotta Norby says:

    I cannot do FMQ, so if I have to quilt my own quilt it’s either Walking foot or hand quilting. But what I really prefer if to have somebody else long arm quilt it for me! I’d love to get better at walking foot quilting, though, so I could do some of the smaller quilts myself, at least!

  32. Kathy E. says:

    I usually use modern straight lines, but with a personal phone call from another blogger, I am now patiently working on improving my FMQ. Doreen is so inspiring and helpful that I actually think I can FMQ an entire quilt someday! Until then…it’s sweet and simple.

  33. Martha Atha says:

    I’m fairly new to free motion quilting. I’ve only quilted two quilts using a pantograph, but I’m anxious to start free hand quilting as well as quilt using rulers. Thanks for your review and also thanks for sharing your experience with FMQ.

  34. Kathie L says:

    I do a lot of straight line and 1/4 inch away quilting.

  35. Lori Morton says:

    Have only done Straight Line quilting so far. Want to learn FMQ tho 🙂

  36. Chris says:

    I like both styles. They each have a place depending on the quilt. Yours is wonderful.

  37. Barbara says:

    I am just getting into FMQ and straight line quilting on my domestic machine. Right now, I am really enjoying quilting with my walking foot.

  38. DeborahGun says:

    I am not great at quilting – my straight line quilting always seems to pull the quilt top, and my fmq journey is very new! Would love to hear all of Christa’s tips and suggestions!

  39. Carol G says:

    New to FMQ! Excited to read this book and learn more!

  40. carolyn montgomery says:

    i mostly do straight line quilting with a walking foot but am trying some fmq.

  41. Susan the Farm Quilter says:

    I love all different kinds of quilting, but I absolute stink at quilting on my DSM (those who can quilt on their DSM just blow me away!). I have been getting more and more into the modern quilting that gives you so many surprises to delight the eye!!

  42. Donna Joy says:

    I love all kinds of quilting and I hope to learn to FMQ so now I am learning to straight line quilt with the walking foot. Would love this book to learn more.

  43. Susan McGregor says:

    I mostly do straight line or wavy line quilting with my walking foot. I am practicing my FMQ skills but am not confident enough at it yet to actually do it on a quilt. I’m always looking for good quilt books to help me with FMQ techniques.

  44. Glenna Denman says:

    I like all kinds of quilting. I leave the top lying for awhile to see what it “tells” me to do with it. I am intrigued with this book, as well as with your quilting style, too, I like the way you’ve interpreted Christa’s quilt..

  45. Nicole Sender says:

    I enjoy quilting in modern straight lines.

  46. Verna says:

    I’m a big fan of straight-line quilting because it’s easy and fast and hard to mess up! I do like to FMQ too–and it was a lot easier once I relaxed and didn’t worry about it being ‘perfect’.

  47. Marjorie Henwood from Marjorie'sbusycorner says:

    love your quilt and all the quilts I’m seen so far! I’m a long time hand quilter, and love hand quilting. but I bought the
    Tiara from Baby Lock…sit down longarm, and doing a fair amount of FMQ now too. Not great yet, but having a good time with it.

  48. Linda Collum says:

    I’ve pretty much only done FMQ. After buying a Baby Lock Anna, another $100 and something for a walking foot was just not in the budget. Right now my favorite ‘pattern’ of FMQ is swirls. Something about the rhythm works well for me and it doesn’t matter if the spirals are bigger or smaller and nothing is in a straight line so it just looks good no matter what you do.

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