Blog hop: free-motion video tip + free backing tutorial + giveaway!

It’s our turn to host the blog hop for the new book Machine Quilting with Style. If you’re visiting Martingale’s blog for the first time, welcome—be sure to subscribe to our posts so we can stay in touch!

Machine Quilting with Style blog hop

When award-winning quilter Christa Watson asked us to be a part of her blog hop for Machine Quilting with Style, we jumped at the chance—because we have a LOT to share with you. Today we want to tell you about three things: the BOOK, the VIDEO, and the FREEBIE.


Eight walking-foot quilting designs, 10 free-motion quilting designs, and 12 fun projects for practice—this is the machine-quilting book that has it all. First, stretch beyond typical stitch in the ditch with creative approaches to straight-line—or not-so-straight-line—quilting. Then, free-motion quilt with success using easy-does-it motifs, tips, and advice—and do it all on your home sewing machine.

From Machine Quilting with Style
Choose straight-line quilting, free-motion quilting, or learn how to combine both techniques in your quilts.

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Still feeling timid about trying free-motion quilting? Watch Christa tell a Quilt Market crowd how she combines two free-motion quilting designs—loops and spirals—in her “Candy Pop” quilt from Machine Quilting with Style.

Viewing this in email? Watch the video at the Stitch This! blog or on YouTube.

As you can see, it all starts with muscle memory. In Machine Quilting with Style, Christa says:

Christa Watson“Draw before you quilt. Sketch out your quilting design on a piece of paper first to practice your muscle memory and train your brain to recognize the pattern of movement for a particular design. Draw or doodle every day for best results. Keeping a quilting journal just for drawing is a great way to develop designs and practice your ‘quilt handwriting.’”

Grab a piece of paper and give some loops and spirals a try!


In Machine Quilting with Style, you can experiment with 12 of Christa’s chic, modern quilt patterns. But there’s a whole new space on which to get creative with color, design, and quilting—the backs of your quilts! That’s why Christa is offering you a free pattern download for making the backing for a quilt from the book, called “Lightning.” She’s even named the back of her quilt: “Staggered Squares.”

Lightning quilt
The front and back of Christa’s “Lightning” quilt

For the back of this quilt, Christa used up some of her less-than-full-sized fat quarters, randomly adding a pop of yellow here and there for pizzazz. Download Christa’s quilt-backing tutorial now and use it to create a backing for any quilt.

Oh, there’s one more thing we need to tell you about:


Machine Quilting with Style giveawaysChrista is featuring a different quilt from Machine Quilting with Style every day during her blog hop. Many bloggers have made their own versions of Christa’s quilts, so you won’t want to miss a day! Follow along to see all the variations—AND enter for your chance to win some amazing prizes (like the loot on the right). See the full blog-hop schedule below.

Quilt backs—made from a single fabric? Or does a mix of fabrics means "no boring quilt backs" to you? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Machine Quilting with Style eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is June, who says:

“I really like the back to have a lot of detail and different fabrics, but recently have been working on some charity quilts with one fabric backings and they are finishing up pretty nicely too. So either way is good. Thanks for the chance!”

June, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!

Machine Quilting with Style Blog-Hop Schedule

Additional blog-hop stops will include reviews, interviews, sample blocks, and other eye-opening info about machine quilting that you won’t want to miss


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