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.
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!