Friday, September 18, 2015

Machine Quilting With Style Blog Hop!!!

Today is my day to share a quilt from Christa Watson's new book Machine Quilting With Style and I am so very excited!!!   The quilt I choose to share is called Ripples and oh yes, it is log cabin fun!!!


This quilt is made by making lots and lots of wonderfully wonky log cabin blocks which means busting some serious scraps, Yippee!!  Just as I was getting ready to start making these, I realized that my plate was pretty full, like overflowing :)  So, I had a little chat with Barbara, who loves log cabin quilts, and she agreed to let me pass the baton onto her. (yes, she is the best!!) Barbara quickly got busting my grey, blue, and green scrap bin and I just love this shot of all that trimming goodness ;)


When Barbara finished all of the blocks, we got together for a little layout fun.  We started with the original Ripples Layout from the book, then mixed the green and blues as shown below.  After staring at that for a bit, we decided to play some more.


After about an hour of arranging and rearranging blocks, we finally decided on this layout :)  I love a block that is so versatile that you can create lots of new looks with it!!!  So I think Barbara's version is going to be called Droplets instead of Ripples, I figure it is still keeping it in the water, right ;)


I absolutely love that Christa included such a fun scrappy quilt in her book.  The scrappy nature is what immediately drew me to this quilt.   Seriously, scrappy goodness is the best and I am so happy to report that my blues, greens, and greys are not longer overflowing!!  :)   Don't you just love how those blues and green just pop!!!


When it came time to quilt, Barbara and I played with a few options.  We really wanted to make the blues and greens stand out even more with the quilting.  So to do that,  Barbara quilted my favorite swirls in the background with lots of dense quilting, and then in the blue and green strips, she did a simple wavy line on the seams, really making them stand out all the more ;)  Isn't it so fun!!!


And look at all that yummy quilting texture!!!   Just makes me want to snuggle up with a good book!! And I love that Christa's book gives you so much guidance on the quilting of these quilts!!  You are going to find lots of quilting tips and tricks like this in her book!!


I just love getting down on eye level and looking at this quilt on an angle.  Just awesome!!  This quilt is now happily living on my in-laws master bed and it just makes me smile every time I happen to pass by.  


And that's Barbara's absolutely gorgeous Ripples / Droplets quilt!!!  Be sure and pop over to Christa's today to see all about the making of the original Ripples ;)  And a huge thank you to Christa for having me as a part of her awesome book release!!  And a huge thank you to Barbara for helping me out in a pinch, I have the best MIL in the whole world!!



This Blog Hop is super full of lots of amazing eye Candy!!!  So be sure to Pop on over to Christa's here and get the full schedule.  You aren't going to want to miss a minute and there just might be some awesome prizes being given away,  I'm just sayin ;)  And you can find Christa's awesome book wherever quilting books are sold, including Amazon, where they will be back in stock again in 2 days.  They already sold out once!!!  

    Thanks for popping in today and have a super Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

    Linking up Barbara's finished Droplets quilt to Amanda's and Sarah's :) 

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    42 comments:

    1. As always - you guys knock it out of the park!!

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    2. Absolutely beautiful! Love love the colors & the quilting is perfect!

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    3. this is lovely, I love how the greens make an X all their own. like butterfly's in the sky

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    4. Gorgeous quilt. Very soothing. Great design, beautiful fabrics and colors and quilting too!

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    5. I really like your color choices and the painterly effect of your layout. A beautiful quilt. thank you for sharing.

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    6. I like the creative layout very much. gOod job, ladies! hooray for good friends!!

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    7. Great quilt, I like blocks with many layout possibilities, too. Thanks for sharing.

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    8. Looking good! I love the wavy lines quilting on the seams. One of these days I'll make my first log cabin.

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    9. I love the colors and the design. Very, very nice!!!!

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    10. Your quilt is amazing! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful creative day!

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    11. This is so unique! I'd love to see how it is pieced.

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    12. Love your quilt and the colours you've chosen.

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    13. Very cool! I love the idea of quilting a wavy line over the seams. That is a great alternative to stitch in the ditch and I am loving the visual effect of it.

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    14. Beautiful quilt!! This really makes me want to try a log cabin!!

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    15. You and Barbara are a dream team!

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    16. Great wonky log cabin quilt! I love the scrappy look.

      lin.web.28 at gmail dot com

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    17. Cool idea on the quilting. I'm never sure how to do a log cabin. Love the wonky blocks.
      Thanks for sharing. I linked at Crazy Moms too I'm #100!
      Have a good weekend.

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    18. Fantastic layout: it looks like a plaid the way you have the colors set up!! And I like the quilting too: it works great with the blocks! Hugs, H

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    19. You have some lucky relatives who benefit from your artistic skills. I'm up for adoption.

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    20. I love the flow of the logs, it really does look like water rippling over. love those colour combinations

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    21. What a fun quilt Melissa! Love the wonky blocks and the colors and the quilting is just fabulous! Christa's block sounds terrific!

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      1. I meant to type "book" not "block"...oops.

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    22. I love your quilt the colors are beautiful.

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    24. That is some intricately quilted patterns! I love it! This has been so much fun seeing how everyone has a unique way they quilt on the quilt.

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    25. I love your quilt. I haven't made a log cabin quilt but I am tempted to after seeing yours!

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    26. Wow very very eye catching ty for sharing now i need to go see others.....got to love blog hops and eye candy....happyness04431@yahoo.com

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    27. Love seeing everything from this blog hop! I need to get this book!

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    28. Love the Colors and now I must make a wonky log, thanks for sharing

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    29. I love log cabin quilts --- yours is wonderful. I enjoyed reading your process for laying out the blocks --- it's why we love to quilt! --- sometimes hard to make a decision on the final layout.

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    30. Wonderful choices! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    31. Love this quilt - your quilting just puts it right over the top!!! AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

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    32. Wow! Love the colors and the quilting. Just wow.

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    Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from you!!
    Have a Happy Quilting Day :)

    Melissa