What Chamisa’s Been Working On

As a life-long crafter, I have a good bit of experience with sewing; but I hadn’t tried any quilting until recently. As usual, rather than dipping my toe in and working on one project from start to finish, I dove in head first and ended up with two small quilts and a pillow! I began last fall, working from the Out of the Box Pattern by Christa Watson of Christa Quilts, and reducing the size of the blocks by 50%. I don’t have a dedicated space for my sewing machine (see my makeshift setup in the photos below) so for this first quilt I decided to hand-piece the blocks.

I really enjoyed the slow and steady process of hand-piecing—emphasis on slow—but when I found a stack of precut Tea Service squares in the free box here at Connecting Threads, I decided to zip them together on the machine. Now I had a second quilt top done, and it was SO much faster!

Simple quilt using Tea Service fabrics by Connecting Threads.

At this point, I also took some leftover scraps from the Out of the Box quilt and stitched together a scrappy block for a throw pillow. I’ve been wanting to try some sashiko stitching, and this seemed like a perfect project to try it out on. I did a lot of poking around on Pinterest for design ideas, and really liked the stuff I was seeing that had a more wobbly and handmade look, rather than perfect, even stitches.

My makeshift sewing space. Not bad at all!

When I started quilting, I ran into some issues with the fabric pulling unevenly. After washing the quilts the pulling was less obvious, but I definitely need to buy a walking foot!

The finished Out of the Box quilt, made with Marika Indigo Batiks.

I had so much fun with these three projects. Each one taught me something a little different. I now have a goal to create a dedicated sewing space in my home! Also on my list: a better quality sewing machine 🙂

Fabrics and materials shown in this post:

Marika Indigo Batiks by Connecting Threads.

“Lace” in cream from the collection English Tea by Connecting Threads (sold out of cream but there are still several other colors available!)

“Petticoat” in Denim from the collection Clementine’s Bonnet by Connecting Threads.

“Liberty” in Mauve from the collection Clementine’s Bonnet by Connecting Threads.

Tea Service by Connecting Threads.

Sashiko Thread: Presencia Finca Perle Cotton.

Hobb’s Poly-Down Pillow Insert.

Hobbs Tuscany Cotton Wool Batting (used in the larger quilt).

Hobbs Poly-Down Batting (used in the smaller quilt).


  1. Kathy Potts - April 25, 2019

    Beautiful job on the hand sewing! I would never have thought it wasn’t machine sewn. Christa has some pretty neat patterns and I have three of her books now. So far no projects made from them, but someday……………….
    All your projects look great! A walking foot will be a big help. I used to use one until I bought a Pfaff Quiltmate 4.0. It has the IDF, integrated dual feed, so no walking foot is needed when this option is utilized. I just leave it on all the time as it’s also a big help when piecing, as well as quilting. I hope you share some more of your work soon!

    • Chamisa - April 29, 2019

      Thank you so much Kathy! Having a machine with IDF sounds like a dream, I’ll have to check out the Pfaff 4.0 🙂

  2. JOYCE ESTLE - April 25, 2019

    Your quilts are beautiful! Being an animal lover & rescuer of pit bulls, I love your baby. I too have one! Thank you for sharing!

    • Chamisa - April 29, 2019

      Thank you Joyce! So glad you love pitties too, this guy belongs to my roomate so I get to hang out with him all the time.

  3. Michelle P - April 28, 2019

    Fantastic job on your first quilt projects! Just a thought – if you don’t care about having a bunch of fancy stitches you might want to consider buying a vintage sewing machine ( be sure to get one with metal gears). They are sturdy, easy to service yourself & waaay less $$$ than new computerized machines.

    • Chamisa - April 29, 2019

      That is great advice Michelle, my mom had a vintage Singer when I was a kid. She made EVERYTHING on it, and I’m pretty sure it still works.

  4. Daisy Gong - May 6, 2019

    The beauty of your quilts hit my heart.To be honest, I don’t really like the blue color, but the three blue little things you woven are very beatuful, let me know that blue can be so charming.
    Recently because I work at the rotary cutter blade company, I start to contact fabric and sewing,Then I learned the beauty of the fabric.We can weave beautiful quilt with fabric. They are just like beautiful clothes, it is worthy of people to appreciate.
    In a word ,I also want to have them.OK,just a joke.

  5. Linda Parks - May 18, 2019

    Like your quilts. But question; does anyone know what Connecting Threads fabric thread counts are? They have a new Swirl Tonals; but don’t know what the quality of Fabrics is from them. Thread counts would typically answer; and what grade of Fabric, is it a true quilting grade?

    • Sue from MN - December 7, 2019

      I realize that this is a little late, but I do have some info that might help you out. I can’t help you with thread count, but I can tell you from experience that I love working with the swirl fabrics! I have purchased them in many colors and all of them have worked so well in my projects. I love the luxury prints too.

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  7. Jessica - September 25, 2019

    Congrats on a gorgeous catalog–April 2019. That page with all the thread colors is just beautiful. I will definitely save it for future thread purchases. The colors are so vivid. They are a bit hard to see and chose online. Jeez, the page looks good enough to eat!!