Modern Marks Blog Hop

Modern Marks

Today we are very excited to be a part of Christa Watson’s Modern Marks Blog Hop! Christa is one of our cherished Aurifil Designers, and we are thrilled that she released her debut fabric line with Benartex Fabrics at Fall Quilt Market! Thank you to our Social Media Coordinator, Hilary Jordan, for stitching up a quilt for the blog hop. <3

Modern Marks features a wonderful assortment of colors and prints. They play together very well, but can also be fantastic basics in your stash. I chose to make the Cobblestone quilt, a pattern by Fat Quarter Shop. It is a quilt pattern I’ve made previously, and I knew it would stitch up quickly and beautifully! A must for sewing around the holidays.


Making this quilt was my first time working with fabrics by Benartex. They are incredibly smooth, have minimal fraying, and the colors are absolutely vibrant! My goal was to make sure no two of the same color values were touching. A great way to check this is to snap a picture of your blocks and edit the picture to black and white. You’ll be able to see the contrast and adjust accordingly prior to stitching the blocks together.

Quilt Full

For the quilting I did a “Waving Grid”, it is by far one of my favorite walking foot techniques that I learned from Christa during a workshop she hosted for the Houston Modern Quilt Guild. It is more forgiving than straight line quilting, and it stitches up fast!

When it came time to select a thread for quilting, the mix of prints gave me the perfect opportunity to use Aurifil #3817 Marrakesh. The variegated thread features yellows, reds, blues, and greens that complemented the fabrics wonderfully.


We are super excited to offer up a fab giveaway, courtesy of Christa, Benartex, and yours truly 😉 . One lucky winner will receive 8-10 Modern Marks FQs from the prints in the photo + the Piece and Quilt Collection Colors by Christa Watson. To enter to win, click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page or simply click on the image above. You don’t have to complete all of the entries, but the more you complete, the greater your chance is of winning! This giveaway will be open from now until 11:59pm on Sunday, December 3. Winner will be announced and contacted on Monday, December 4. This giveaway is open to all of our International friends as well! Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Susan Spiers! 

Be sure to visit all the stops on our Modern Marks blog hop!
Jen @Patterns by Jen
Hollyanne @String & Story

Kristin @Simple. Handmade. Everyday.
Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
Vicki @My Creative Corner3

Hilary @Aurifil
Pam @The Stitch TV Show

Heather @Quiltachusetts
Andrea @3rd Story Workshop

Tara @The Quilt District
Stephanie @Modern Sewciety


  1. I would make a dot and dash quilt for our back yard patio. Perfect for those chilly spring mornings!

  2. If I were lucky enough to win, I’d make a baby sized quilt and quilt each colored block with a different aurifil thread just to try them out! What fun that would be.

  3. I really don’t know what I would make with this collection. A tote bag would be fun, fast, and nice and bright. Thanks for the chance to win.

  4. I’d love to win, of course — I use Aurifil almost exclusively. I really like the chunky blocks of your sample quilt. I’m leaning toward tote bags with this yummy fabric collection.

  5. This would make a beautiful spring table runner I think. Fun fabrics and colors! Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Considering there are soon to be six grands … I bet it would be made into something for one or all…!

  7. Oh my the quilt and fabrics are just wonderful! I would love to use these fabrics for a quilt or for some bags. Love the bold colors and the geometric prints.

  8. I would love to make the cobblestone quilt shown. But if I don’t win, I am going to make it anyway! Love the colors in the fabric!

  9. These fabrics would go into a beautiful quilt for my cousin. I want her to have a very bright one that matches her personality. She is one of my best friends.

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  10. I love that the fabric has such interesting prints in it. I would probably make a quilt as a donation for needy children.

  11. Love these colors! I would like to make a colorful pillow cover for my granddaughters bedroom! Just got Christa’s new book and could practice my free motion quilting on it!

  12. I have a fun embroidered quilt in mind that would look great in this fabric. Love to have the coordinating thread. Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. Fun fabrics! Would love to make a quilt, maybe the pattern Dot and Dash.

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  14. I would love to make a throw quilt for a nephew or niece. They all love lounging on the couch watching movies, so it would be well used!

  15. With all the wonderful colors of this fabric collection, anything is possible! Love your cobblestone quilt- really shows off the saturated colors! What a wonderful add to anybody’s quilt collection! Thank you for sharing, Susan

  16. These fabrics are so fun, they would make great reading pillows-a pocket pillow that includes a book and a stuffed animal. My friends and I make them for the kids at our local homeless shelter.

  17. The fabrics are so bright and cheery that I would make a lap quilt for one of my great grandchildren.

  18. currently, I’m making lots of Lazy Girl Designs zip bags. The bright colors in this collection would be fun to use for these!

  19. I would use it in the quilt that my 6 year old grandson just designed and requested. It is a lovely drawing of a garden scene.

  20. The colors of this fabric group and the threads are wonderful. This would be a great gift for my daughter-in-law to start learning about all the quilting fun.

  21. I would make several small quilts. I am trying to gain confidence with machine quilting, so I am making a lot of smaller quilts (lap and twin size) and then giving them away as gifts. No one seems to care whether my stitches are perfect or not, so I will keep on doing this and eventually I may have a wow moment when I look at my finished quilt.

  22. Great colors, and I love Marakesh, too. It’s perfect for quilting multi-colored quilts. I probably would do a baby size quilt. Thanks.

  23. Such a pretty collection of fabrics. I’d make a new tote bag, perhaps several, so that I can give some away.

  24. The cobblestone quilt would be a great way to showcase both the fabric and the thread, so that is what I would make!

  25. Love the saturated colors in this collection. I would make a plus sign quilt. And maybe some Kennel Quilts too.

  26. Thankyou Hilary for sharing Cobblestones, indeed it’s so vibrant. With the Piece and Quilt threads I will finish a table topper also using Christa’s wavy grid quilting. It’s so forgiving:) With the Modern Marks bundle probably a summer weight quilt for my car. I like to display my work in my empty space/back seat.
    Thank you Benartex and Aurifil for your generosity.

  27. I would make a set of beautiful placemats and a matching table runner for my dining table. I do love this Modern Marks collection! I’d also like to try Christa’s wavy grid quilting…I think I can do that one!

  28. I want this entire collection. That’s how much I really really like it. If I win it would save my husband a lot of money (to us anyway). I have already sent him a note to put it on my list with 3 stars. Great job!

  29. These would make a great Fierce Feathered Star Block pillow. Thanks, grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

  30. I would make a new snuggle quilt for my mom! I love Christa’s new line of fabrics and can’t wait for her sew a long in Jan 2018!!! THANKS for the giveaway!

  31. I would love to make a wallhanging with this collection and hopefully squeeze out a pillow too, this is a wonderful collection!

  32. If I win, I make a quilt with cactus for my daughter’s birthday, she loves cactus… thanks for a chance to win

  33. I love the pattern you chose for the Modern Marks fabric. It’s beautiful and really shows off the saturated colors. I have been planning to make several of the quilts in Christa’s newest book with her beautiful fabrics, but make to get this pattern too. Love it!

  34. I’m so surprised to see so many of you saying that you never used Benartex fabrics before! I’ve used them for more than 20 years! Is it because you didn’t perceive them as making “modern” fabrics? Your quilt is beautiful and bright. Thanks to Benartex for making the giveaways possible.

  35. I just love the variety of colours. Thinking I might do a rainbow HST Quilt pattern the colours are so vibrant for kids

  36. I’d make some table toppers or runners with the mini bundle and the wonderful threads! I’d love to try out those threads!!

  37. I would use this collection to make a quilt using the same pattern as the quilt on my bed right now. I love the bright happy colors of this collection.

  38. I love the colors in Christmas fabric line…so bright and cheerful. I love the colors in Chrusta’s Rainbow Taffy quilt and am hoping to make it!

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