This week we are looking at Christa Watson’s most recent book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts: 11 Quilts, 18 Machine-Quilting Designs, Start-to-Finish Success! The links below are to the Kindle version and the paperback version on Amazon.com. If you use them, you will be helping to support this blog. Thank you for considering helping in this way.
This book came along at the perfect time for me. I had just looked around at all the jelly rolls, layer cakes and charm squares that I have around here and started to wonder how I am going to use all those precuts before I become nonproductive. And then Christa answered my question! With 11 quilt patterns I’d be interested in making. All from various precuts.
In addition to the quilt patterns, Christa has provided quilting ideas and directions on how to do the quilting for each of the quilts. If you’ve ever taken a class with Christa or read one of her other books, you know that she is a wonderful teacher both in person and in writing. That makes these quilting designs achievable and way less threatening. At least, that’s how I feel about them.
So let’s look at the book from the beginning using the annotated Table of Contents.
- Introduction – This is the basic Introduction material written in Christa’s usual style.
- Working with Precuts – This includes some definitions of precuts, information about choosing fabrics, speedy sewing and not enough fabric (like if you make a goof or something).
- How Do I Quilt It? – This is some basic information about machine quilting and making decisions about quilting your quilt. It includes some information about basting, Christa’s favorite machine features, and tying off the threads too.
- Walking Foot Quilting – These are the patterns that lend themselves particularly well to walking foot quilting. For each pattern, there is a walking foot quilting suggestion.
- Free-Motion Quilting – These are the patterns that include quilting plans that are free motion quilting.
- Combined Quilting Techniques – Guess what these are! You got it! The quilting plans include both free motion and walking foot aspects.
- About the Author
Disclaimer – I have met Christa and I like her a lot. This may not be a completely unbiased review, but I will say that I am expecting myself to make the main cover quilt and three or four of the others. Whether i ever do any free motion quilting is another matter entirely! Thumbs up for this book though!