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. teri says:

    I have mostly done straight line quilting but would like to try more FMQ. Love your quilt.

  2. Anita says:

    I mostly quilt with the walking foot, but I am trying to get more comfortable with free motion quilting.
    Your quilt is gorgeous!

  3. Barbara Hancock says:

    I love doing any type of machine quilting. I only quilt on my domestic machine, but there are endless variations that are possible and the process is absolutely fun.

  4. Gene Black says:

    I like spiral and feathery type designs. I like the look of organic “straight” lines, but I get bored doing them.

  5. Patty Flynn says:

    I have always loved feathers but am leaning toward more geometries. I did one with “not too straight” straight lines and loved how it turned out. Am working on spirals

  6. Diana C says:

    I’ve mostly done very sparse straight line quilting but am practicing FMQ. The best tip I’ve learned is to practice drawing the designs before quilting them. And to remember to breath when quilting!

  7. Janis Tomasek says:

    I am pretty comfortable quilting with my walking foot using an elongated serpentine stitch, but I would love to lose my fear of free motion quilting.

  8. Kathy says:

    I am most comfortable with a walking foot. I recently bought a grace frame and am waiting for my sure stitch regulator to arrive to really start practicing fmq on my domestic. I am hoping even stitches will help my enjoyment of fmq…this book could be the boost I need to regain confidence.

  9. Jamie says:

    What a beautiful quilt! I’m pretty good with straight line quilting, but I’d like to get more into free motion.

  10. Debbie says:

    I love feathers and probably things involving rulers the best.
    I love your quilt- you colors are lovely- you are the color girl!

  11. Carol C says:

    I do a lot of straight line quilting and free motion. I haven’t done much machine quilting for about 3 years so I have a lot of tops begging to be quilted. I’d like to tackle feathers next.

  12. Nathania says:

    Sorry I think I sew in a straight line. I don’t have much experience as of yet. I tried free hand at a Joanns fabric…I have lots of respect and admiration for those who can make those pretty scrolling patterns. N.snaer at gmail dot com
    Tips that I got from blog hopping and reading blogs this week—choose fabric using a color wheel to get complimentary colors and playing with value of colors can make a quilt really interesting. N.snaer at gmail dot com

  13. Marianne says:

    Straight line quilting is my favorite.

  14. Candy says:

    I love your quilt … the colors are to die for! Most of my quilting has been stippling/meandering, as well as cross-hatching, on my domestic machine. I really love a lose, all-over pattern, but would really like to add a few more elements to that look. I’m starting to realize that although using pen and paper to learn a new quilting pattern helps, nothing works as well as putting a quilt under the needle and actually quilting! Thanks!

  15. Nancy A says:

    The style of quilting I use depends on the quilt I am quilting.

  16. Lynn says:

    I am willing to try anything once. If it works it stays in my repoitoire. If not, out it goes and I move on witout regret. I find straight line quilting great for modern quilts.

  17. carol n says:

    I like the quilting where I pay the longarmer for custom work! But I do use my walking foot and do smaller quilts, wall hangings and table runners, so I would love a good long look at this book!

  18. Claire Ross says:

    I am new to quilting so am sticking to beginner designs at present, this quilt is gorgeous x

  19. Caroline Rohrer says:

    My best quilting is cross hatching design. I am experimenting with some modern quilting techniques. Thanks to Christs’s encouragement I did a spiral design last week for the first time. I have also done parralel lines.

  20. Nancy Noah says:

    I often do a mix of straight-line with walking foot, and free motion when I quilt. I love the structure and the freedom the two provide.

  21. Nancy Noah says:

    I use both the walking foot and do free motion on many of my quilts. I like the structure of the walking foot, and the freedom to fill in spaces with free motion.

  22. Leanne says:

    ooh thanks for the chance to win a copy of Christa’s book – I’m only a beginner quilter so I’ve tried some stippling and pebbles and I’d love to learn spirals – I can’t seem to get the curve !!

  23. Amanda M says:

    Your version is stunning! I’ve done mostly straight line quilting on my home machine. I’d love to learn FMQ and I’m planning a quilt that will have concentric circles (so many threads to bury!). Thanks for the chance 🙂

  24. Heather says:

    I pretty much use whatever the quilt needs, but I do like to include swirls of some sort.

  25. Karen says:

    Straight line is my favorite so far.

  26. diane b says:

    Sharon, Your Broken V quilt is absolutely stunning! I know I could do that w/my novice skills. My 2015 quilt goals included taking a FMQ class, practiced a few spirals since and still a WIP:) My favorite is using my walking foot and quilting straight or wavy lines. Secrets? None yet. I’m all ears on this subject.

  27. Margo says:

    I am really loving the look of straight lines!

  28. Penny says:

    Ooooo, I like this one a lot. May have to try this. Very nice interpretation.

  29. Carmen N says:

    I haven’t tried my own quilting yet, but I love floral patterns.

  30. Teresa R says:

    Actually I typically do a combination of both. I try to let the piecing and fabric of the quilt lead me to how I think it should be quilted.

  31. Laura M says:

    I have always done my own quilting … partly because when i started (in the 90’s) i couldn’t afford a professional and mostly because i feel like it is more MY quilt if I do it all from start to finish. I have certainly gotten better over the years and i continue to experiment and try new techniques. I love your work.

  32. Bonnie says:

    I love a variety of quilt designs, especially traditional designs such as feathers. I am intrigued by the combination of free-motion quilting and walking foot quilting.

  33. Jackie Icenhower says:

    I am trying hard to learn free-motion techniques. I am eager to read Christa’s tips and tricks.

  34. Tiffany says:

    I love FMQ! It’s actually easier for me because I’m not restricted in moving my quilt only one direction. 🙂

  35. Pat T. says:

    Oh! I *love* your Broken V quilt!!
    I need to make this!
    (I need a baby quilt soon… This just might be the one to do!)
    I quilt on my vintage machine (Singer 301)… i have about four different quilting patterns I feel comfortable doing (FMQ), but know I need to expand out of my comfort zone, and practice some others!
    I really need something like Christa’s help, to take me to the next step!…
    Thank you!!

  36. Beth says:

    I prefer free motion, mainly because straight lines are challenging without a walking foot.

  37. Helen says:

    I do a lot of straight line quilting. The throat space on my Bernina 440QE isn’t very large so it makes FMQ more cumbersome, even with the BSR.

  38. Trish says:

    I have recently fallen in love with modern quilting.

  39. Janelle says:

    LOVE the colors of the Broken V. I’ve yet to machine quilt but am anxious to give it a try. I just started quilting in January … now obsessed. What kind of machine do you think best for machine quilting? What do you have?

  40. Sue Quilt says:

    Love your quilt. I want to get better at FMQ. I like to use 2 small squares of shelf liner, helps me to grip/hold the fabric better.

  41. Kathy says:

    I do mostly straight line quilting and add quilting motifs with my embroidery machine.

  42. Lisa says:

    The broken V quilt is beautiful. So striking! I’m most comfortable with straight line quilting but I’m trying out free motion more and more.

  43. Suzy says:

    As a beginner I have done straight lines. But times are changing and I need to do more.

  44. SarahZ says:

    This is really a beautiful quilt!!! Your fabric choices are so great! The book looks like a real winner too! I only straight line quilt, but I have serious FMQ aspirations! Thanks for the nice review, and a chance to win the ebook 🙂

  45. Carolyn Wight says:

    Where do I buy the Broken V pattern

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