Wednesday, September 9, 2015

WIP Wednesday - Urban Sunrise

So I'm SUPER excited!! Christa Watson's book, Machine Quilting with Style, came out yesterday. I'm lucky enough to be friends with Christa and she asked if I would be a part of a blog hop to celebrate her new book. So next week I will be showing you a quilt from Christa's book. I'm just about done with it and I thought it would be fun to do a Work In Progress post and give you a little teaser.

The quilt she invited me to make is actually presented as a pieced backing to another quilt in her book. But I could see it as a fabulous quilt in its own right. I hope I pulled it off.

I've been trying to perfect my FMQ swirl.  My uber-talented BQF Vicki of gave me some advice - don't try to copy other people's swirls, find your own.  Well, I think I may have just done that. I was looking at a piece of fabric and decided to try copying the swirls on it. What do you think?

The body of the quilt is just 2.5 inch strips. But I'm working with ombre fabrics which add some really wonderful movement in the color gradiation.

The borders are a concrete gray and I went with a very angular quilting design trying for an urban feel.

I'd better stop blogging on get back to work so I can bury all those threads you can see in these photos and get the quilt bound and labeled by Monday.  I hope you come back to see the complete quilt then.

In the meantime, pop over to Amazon or Christa's blog,, and get a copy of her book. I got an advance e-copy  and it's fabulous.  Here's a link to my Amazon review of her book. 

And here's the book. You can purchase it at this link or on her blog.  See you Monday, September 14th!

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. goodness ~ that's exciting stuff :-) Looking forward to seeing the whole quilt

  2. Looks fabulous so far! I can't wait for the final reveal (and I may just have to go over to your house and steal it from you!!)

  3. Beautiful quilting - very inspiring.

  4. This is looking great. Can't wait to see the whole quilt. Love the advice on quilting swirls-yours are looking great.

  5. Wow, fabulous work! Good advice on quilting the swirls. (I've been trying to learn to listen to my inner voice, except that it keeps changing, and by the time I finish something, the design has somehow morphed into something quite different from what I started with.) I can't wait to see your finish.


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