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Hello, everyone! I am so glad you are here today, whether are a “newbie” hopping over for Christa’s Blog Hop or one of my regular readers (welcome back!)

I recently had the opportunity to preview a wonderful new book by Christa Watson from Martingale, called Machine Quilting with Style…I’ve been “online” friends with Christa for a while, and we got to meet up in person at Quilt Market last Spring. Christa sent me a copy of her book, and I think it’s full of so much useful information! No matter how experienced you are with piecing or machine quilting, I think you will find lots of helpful tips in this book.


Do you want to complete a quilt from start to finish, including the machine quilting? Do you have a pile of quilt tops waiting to be quilted, but you can’t afford to take all of them to a long-arm quilter? Would you love to do your own machine quilting, but think you can’t because you lack a fancy, expensive machine? Does the idea of machine quilting intrigue you, but you have no idea where to start?

If you answered yes to any of these… Then Christa Watson’s new book, Machine Quilting with Style, may be just what you have been looking for!

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I found this to be a really enjoyable read. You know how everyone loves open houses because we love to see “behind the curtain” of how other people live? I feel the same way about quilters and their personal methods and techniques. Press the seams open or to one side? Steam or dry iron? What kind of batting? I enjoyed reading about Christa’s methods and I think you will find them helpful, too!

Christa will give you tips about- what kind and what color of thread to use, what size needle, what kind of batting she prefers, and more.

There are TONS of ideas for simple machine quilting designs in this book, plus tips for making imperfections in your quilting less noticeable- which is great for beginning and more advanced quilters alike.

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“Little Man’s Fancy”

With this book, you can make a great quilt from start to finish! Christa shares 12 projects, which she will walk you through every step of the way, including fabric choices, piecing, and binding. Lots of different techniques are discussed, including fusible machine applique and crazy pieced units. There are so many helpful tips in this book!

Here are a few more of my favorite projects from this book:

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“Square in a Square”

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“Pearl Gray”

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So now I KNOW you want to grab a copy of this book! You can find it several places:

And for even more fun- Christa will be having a Quilt Along in January, and you can vote for your favorite quilt- just click here.

Want to find out more about Christa, her family, and her studio? You’re in luck! I interviewed Christa for the upcoming issue of my free emagazine:



You’ll also find pretty fall projects like this in the next issue:

Sunflower Pin Cushion and Needle Book- Jacquelynne Steves

And YES! It’s FREE! Want to get your copy, with Christa’s interview, the pin cushion project, and lots of other fun stuff like the hexie pattern shown below? Just click here.

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Click here to find all the stops for Christa’s Blog Hop (giveaways, sample blocks, and more!)

ALSO– for those of you participating in the Cozy Afternoon Free Block of the Month, don’t forget that our Sew Along Day is just about 1 week away! Hope to see you there! (Please check in here on my blog at about 11:40 am Eastern time that day for the rules and introduction!)

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