Do you free-motion doodle? Try this machine-quilting mashup

If you’re like a lot of quilters (like we are), you’ve likely tried free-motion quilting. You’ve traced, you’ve doodled on paper, and you’ve mastered a few tried-and-true motifs on your machine, which you use all the time. You’re good at them, so you stick to them, right?

But maybe those motifs are getting a little repetitive, and you’re looking for something new to try.

Well, we have your solution. And you don’t need to learn any new free-motion motifs (unless you want to, of course!)—you can use the motifs you already know.

It’s a little trick we learned from three-time Martingale author Christa Watson:

In her latest book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts, Christa offers 11 quilt patterns, 18 walking-foot and free-motion quilting designs, and the inspiration to not only mix and match your quilts with her quilting designs, but also to mix up different free-motion quilting designs on a single quilt. “Quilt as desired?” Yes, please!

From Piece and Quilt with Precuts
A close-up of Christa’s mash-it-up method

We had the opportunity to hang out with Christa at Quilt Market, and she was kind enough to show us how she mashes up her motifs into something she calls free-motion improv. We’ll let Christa explain in this video:


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Your free-motion motifs + Christa’s marvelous mash-up method = lots of fun doodle quilting ahead!

Piece and Quilt with PrecutsNot ready to mash it up just yet? No worries—in Piece and Quilt with Precuts, Christa walks you step-by-step through exactly how to quilt each quilt in the book. So you can quilt by the book, or quilt off the page! Christa will meet you wherever you’re at on your machine-quilting adventure.

Speaking of adventures, where are you on your machine-quilting adventure?

  • Um…still packing.
  • I’m packed and I’ve started my journey—bon voyage!
  • I’ve been on this adventure for years!

Tell us in the comments!


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