Piece and Quilt with Precuts Blog Hop

Today is my turn on the Piece and Quilt with Precuts blog hop. Piece and Quilt with Precuts Blog HopIt is a lovely new book by Christa Watson of Christa Quilts. She has designed fun piecing patterns as well as included suggestions for how to do the actual quilting. Christa has a way of making quilting easy for everyone.

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I picked a pattern called “Twinkling Diamonds”.

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When I went on vacation this summer, I picked up some fat quarters of Amy Sinibaldi’s new line Little Town. There are the most adorable little houses just perfect for fussy cutting. When I sat down to make my Twinkling Diamonds blocks, I wondered if I could shrink the pattern down to use the fussy cut houses in the center of the diamonds.

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I checked with Christa to make sure she was ok with that. Christa is just an easy going kind of person. Her response was “Sure! Feel free to interpret it however you like. Then readers will be able to see how versatile the designs are and how easy they are to scale down.” It’s true. This design was easy for me to make half the size. I like how the original pattern has a dark background. The twinkling diamonds really stand out. For my version, I wanted a snowy look for the background to go with the fabric I picked for the diamonds. I thought it went well with the cute Winterberry Spice print as the diamonds and the houses as the center of the diamonds.

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I hand quilted with some big stitches to give the background some texture. Then I machine quilted around the diamond centers and the outside of the large diamonds. I used my stitch in the ditch foot, but offset my needle just a little to have the off white stitching create a nice frame.

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I contemplated using a faced binding, but thought a little line of the snowy background would be the best way to finish it off. I’m really glad I didn’t face it. I think the binding is the perfect touch. I’m still not sure if I’ll call this a table runner or a wall hanging. Either way, I can’t wait to use it once the weather cools off.

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Christa has a great Facebook group you may want to check out. She offers all kinds of helpful piecing and quilting tips and gives you heads up on her latest Craftsy classes and lectures. She also posts Facebook Live videos which are always fun and full of good information.

Thanks Christa, for letting me have a sneak peak at your book before it came out. It is a great resource for any quilter’s library.

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram to see what I’m up to on a regular basis.

Follow along with the rest of the blog hoppers below:

Friday August 18

Kathy Bruckman Blog: Kathy’s Kwilts and More IG: @kathyskwiltsandmore
Kate Colleran Blog: Seams Like a Dream IG: @seamslikeadreamquilts
Sharon Parcel Blog: Yellow Cat Quilt Designs IG: @punkydoodle53

Saturday August 19

Sandy Maxfield Blog: Sandy Star Designs IG: @sandystardesigns
Joanne Harris Blog: Quilts by Joanne IG: @turtlequilterjo
Teresa Mairal-Barreu Blog Sewn Up: IG: @teresadownunder

Monday August 21

Nancy Scott Blog: Masterpiece Quilting IG: @masterpiecequilting
Jenny Wilding Cardon Blog: Stitch This! IG: @martingaletpp
Lorinda Davis Blog: Laurel Poppy & Pine IG: @laurelpoppyandpine

Tuesday August 22

Sherry Shish Blog: Powered by Quilting IG: @poweredbyquilting
Michelle Bartholomew Blog: Michelle Bartholomew IG: @michellebartholomew
Allison Dutton Blog: Allison Sews IG: @allisonsews

Wednesday August 23

Lissa LaGreca Blog: Lovingly Lissa IG: @lovinglylissa
Sherri Noel Blog: Rebecca Mae Designs  IG: @rebeccamaedesigns
Sandra Healy Blog: Sandra Healy Designs IG: @sandrahealydesigns

Thursday August 24

Laura Piland Blog: Slice of Pi Quilts IG: @sliceofpiquilts
Cheryl Brickey Blog: Meadow Mist Designs IG: @meadowmistdesigns
Jen Frost Blog: Faith and Fabric IG: @faithandfabric

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Jessee Maloney Blog: Art School Dropout IG: @jessee_artschooldropout
Jessica Caldwell Blog: Desert Bloom Quilting IG: @desertbloomquilting
Anjeanette Klinder Blog: Anjeanette Klinder IG: @anjeanetteklinder

Saturday August 26

Terri Vanden Bosch Blog: Meanderings Along Lizard Creek IG: @lizardcreekquilter
Suzy Webster Blog: Webster Quilt IG: @websterquilt
Katie Joy Church Blog: Wild Prairie Studio IG: @katie_joyquilts

Monday August 28

Pam Cobb Blog: The Stitch TV Show IG: @thestitchtvshow
Jen Rosin Blog: A Dream and a Stitch: IG: @adreamandastitch
Rashida Khanbhai Blog:  No. 3 Quilt Studio IG: @no3quiltstudio

Tuesday August 29

Lynn Kline Blog: Monkey Needle IG: @monkeyneedle
Kathy Bruckman Blog: Kathy’s Kwilts and More IG: @kathyskwiltsandmore

Wednesday Aug 30

Jen Shaffer Blog: Patterns by Jen IG: @patternsbyjen
Sandra Starley Blog: Textile Time Travels IG: @textiletimetravels

33 thoughts on “Piece and Quilt with Precuts Blog Hop

  1. I’ve played around with a faced binding recently , mainly because I didn’t have much fabric left for binding. I love your fussy cutting for this design. Terrific.

    1. Thank you! I have used a faced binding a couple of times and I really like it. I just didn’t think it fit the end result I was looking for with this project. I will certainly be doing more faced bindings in my future though.

  2. *Beautiful!*
    Your choice of fabrics, resizing, fussy cutting, and hand stitching were all great decisions, for a sweet little quilt!
    (Yes!… a table topper seasonally, and a studio wall hanging for the rest of the year!)
    Pat T.

    1. Thank you Pat T. I had it on my table and the kids were eating. I quickly decided it is a wall hanging. Kids are sweet, but not terribly careful. Thanks for your sweet words!

  3. I I must say that on first glance at your mini quilt I wasn’t to crazy about it, but then I took a closer look before I read your blog, and I said to myself-so cute with the fussy cut little houses and it looks like she hand quilted it and it looks like the winter holidays 🤗 And this made me happy. I enjoyed reading about your quilt and it will be so nice for you to use this winter.

    1. Yes, I had a hard time getting it to photograph well. The off white background really wanted to mess with my camera. In person, it is adorable though! Thanks!!

  4. Love your combination of machine and big-stitch hand quilting. I have been combining those two a lot lately in my projects.

  5. I love the fabric and thevway you used it in this particular pattern. I think it would have made a gorgeous lap or baby quilt

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