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Blog Hop: Piece and Quilt with Precuts and a book giveaway

Gridwork quilt, pattern by Christa Watson

Today I’m reviewing a quilting book by Christa Watson of Christa Quilts and giving away one electronic copy.

Christa is an award-winning quilter and designer. She has authored many books, articles and patterns on quilting.

I really like the quilts in her latest book Piece and Quilt with Pre-cuts.

You can get a *signed* copy of the book on Christa’s shop.

This book is my kind of book. It’s full of good advice and tips on quilting. It has instructions to make 11 beautiful easy to make modern quilts and it’s made with pre-cuts. It can’t get any easier than that!

If you don’t have any pre-cuts that’s ok too. Just follow the tips on choosing fabrics Christa gives on her book.

There’s no waste in this book. One of the patterns uses the bits and pieces left over from the other quilts!

The book comes with very detailed instructions on how to quilt each quilt.

I put the book to the test and made a small version of Gridwork, a modern quilt made with blocks that are asymmetric.

I love asymmetric blocks because usually you can change the look of any quilt by just placing them in different directions.

Christa Watson Gridwork quilt

You can put together this quilt in a weekend.

Piece and Quilt with Precuts,

Sandy and Joanne also made this quilt. Have a look at their beautiful work:

Over the next few days you can see all the quilts in the book made by quilters around the globe. Check out the blog hop schedule.


To celebrate, I’m giving away one electronic copy of the book.

Enter by leaving a comment about which quilt or quilts in this book you’d like to make and why.

You can see photos of all quilts on the publisher’s website.

I’ll pick a winner at the end of the blog hop. The winner will receive an ebook copy by email.

Gridwork quilt by Christa Watson

Video tutorial: Kaleidoscope quilt blocks

Video tutorial: Kaleidoscope quilt blocks - 2 kinds

These 2 kaleidoscope blocks are quite different.

One is made with foundation piecing and the other one uses 60 degree triangles cut from the same repeat of a strip of fabric.

How to make 2 kaleidoscope quilt blocks

For the kaleidoscope quilt blocks using the stacking method I used just over 2 yards of fabric and got lots of blocks and this is the quilt I made:

Video tutorial: kaleidoscope quilt - whack and stack - on block wonder

If you don’t have a 60 degree ruler

Not to worry, here is how to cut 60 degree triangles without special rulers:


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Video tutorial: Storm at sea – Foundation piecing for beginners

Video tutorial: Storm at sea 2 ways

This block looks hard yet it is super easy to make with foundation piecing. It’s also a beginner foundation piecing bock.

If you’ve watched the video you will have seen how many quilt layouts you can make with this block. And that’s just a tiny fraction of what it’s possible.

How to make a Storm at sea block two ways

Watch a short video demonstrating how to make the simple and double storm at sea blocks:

Storm at sea block size

  • Simple: 9 1/2 inches.
  • Double: 12 1/2 inches.

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