The winner of the 3rd Place award in the Large Wall Quilts – Modern category at AQS QuiltWeek – Paducah , Kentucky 2014– was Christa Watson of Las Vegas, Nevada with COLORFUL CHEVRONS.christa_watson

Christa was surprised and thrilled to place at Paducah. She considers COLORFUL CHEVRONS a functional quilt, saying “I want my quilts to be do-able.”

She entered a smaller version of this quilt in QuiltCon – Austin, Texas 2013, the first convention of The Modern Quilt Guild. After the show, she decided to put the judges’ suggestions into practice and made another quilt, “bigger and better, in different colors and with different quilting.” The improved version appeared on the cover of Quilty magazine.

Christa likes sewing with half-square triangles to make chevrons because “they’re totally trendy. I had fun mixing up the half-square triangles to create an explosion of color.” To minimize lumps in the quilt top, she pressed open all the seam allowances. To achieve her precision piecing, she says, “It’s important to take time to trim the blocks.”

Christa Watson close upLayering two battings – cotton on the bottom and wool on top – Christa quilted on her Bernina home sewing machine, without a stitch regulator. Chevrons are straight-line quilted following the edge of a strip of tape. The blue background is quilted with blue thread in a design of random-sized pebbles, leaving various-sized narrow and wide unquilted areas. She completed the quilt with traditionally-applied binding in the same color as the background, “so it flows into the negative space.”

Christa teaches classes to make this quilt. “One of my students made this quilt and entered it in a local quilt show, in the modern category. I entered a different modern quilt in the show. She took first place, and I took second. My design beat my own quilt! It made me so happy!”

Christa Watson Colorful Chevrons

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I love Christa’s quilt and I’m thrilled that the judges chose her quilt as a ribbon winner. The quilting on this beauty is impeccable!