Can you imagine quilts in different colors? 5 examples to explore (+ fabric giveaway!)

Have you ever fallen head over heels for a quilt pattern but found it hard to envision the design in your favorite colors? It can be a challenge, but imagining quilts in different color palettes is worth learning how to do—the patchwork possibilities are endless.

Piece and Quilt with PrecutsThree-time Martingale author Christa Watson understands those color predicaments, and she leaps at an opportunity to offer a different perspective on her quilts. When Christa debuted her bright and happy Benartex line of fabric, Modern Marks, she saw the perfect chance to remake some of the quilts from her latest book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts, in her new line—along with a little help from her friends.

Christa and company remade five quilts from her book with Modern Marks precuts (available as fat quarters, 5″ x 5″ squares, 10″ x 10″ squares, and 2½" strips, called Pinwheels).

Modern Marks fabric by Christa Watson
Modern Marks features 26 prints

Below are the results of Christa’s reboot. On the left you’ll see the quilt Christa made for Piece and Quilt with Precuts; on the right you’ll see the same quilt design made in Christa’s Modern Marks fabric.

Starstruck quilt
Starstruck by Christa Watson, made in neutrals and Modern Marks—what a difference a color switch can make!

Squiggles quilt
Squiggles by Christa Watson—notice the light background on the left and the dark background on the right.

Dot 'n' Dash quilt
Dot ’n’ Dash alternate colorway by Kristin Esser—from soft and subtle to lively and energetic.

Gridwork quilt
Gridwork alternate colorway by Vicki Holloway—both quilts are as scrappy as can be.

Spools quilt
Spools alternate colorway by HollyAnne Knight—we love the spools in reverse!

In Piece and Quilt with Precuts, Christa shares a great tip for what to do when you run out of fabric in a precut bundle before you’ve finished a quilt:

Christa Watson“When fabric designers use a defined color palette, it’s easy to mix and match among their collections in one quilt. You can easily substitute fabric from a designer’s newest line to replace older fabric that’s out of print. If you have an older bundle that doesn’t have enough pieces for the quilt you want to make, try mixing fabrics from older and newer lines to get the pieces you need, or throw in a few pieces from your stash to round out a collection.”

A great reason to head to your stash and to the quilt shop!

You’ll find all of the patterns above in Christa’s book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts—see more projects from the book here. And if it’s Christa, you know she’ll share exactly how to machine quilt your quilt too—no “quilt as desired” to be found in her books.

Christa sent us a pretty Pinwheel of her Modern Marks fabric to give away to one lucky winner today!

Piece and Quilt with Precuts giveaway

To enter to win the Pinwheel plus a copy of Piece and Quilt with Precuts, tell us in the comments:

What process do you use for choosing colors for your quilts?

  • I like to follow the colors a designer chooses as closely as I can.
  • I look at the values the designer uses, and then choose my own colors in those values.
  • I wing it—sometimes it works, and sometimes . . . 🙁

We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck—and if you’ve got a color tip to share, please do!

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

“I look at the designer’s colors, but usually I do my own colors, especially if I have a specific person in mind.”

We’ll email you about your prize, Kathie—congratulations!


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