Modern Marks Blog Hop – (& Giveaway!)

Welcome to the first edition of Full Fabric Friday here at The District — today it’s also the Modern Marks Blog Hop, featuring Christa Watson’s new line Modern Marks for Benartex!

The Project – Churned Up with Modern Marks

When Christa offered me the opportunity to work with her debut line full of vibrant, saturated color and groovy prints, I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it. Immediately. I had been playing around with the concept of a deconstructed, tossed-up churn dash block for a few months, but hadn’t quite settled on a design. Modern Marks came along and it just clicked — Churned Up came together and all those bits fell into place. I love how it turned out with all that color!


Get the pattern for 30% off through December 10!


Y’all, this fabric feels wonderful. So wonderful, in fact, that I have been sleeping with and cuddling with my finished quilt for a couple of weeks now without washing it first! I always give my quilts a wash after they’re finished, but this one is just so soft already that I might not for a long, long time. This was the first time I’d worked with Benartex fabrics exclusively on a quilt top, and I very much look forward to doing it again. I’ve worked with a lot of fabric lines, and this one is definitely in the top of its class.

And now, I have a confession: I have a favorite. My favorite print and colorway is the Half Ovals in Fuchsia. *swoon* She had me at pink and orange together. I bound Churned Up in it, and you can bet you’ll see it again in another quilt I make. The ideas are already swarming around.


Which is your favorite? Seriously. If you love color and crisp, fresh prints, you are going to lose it over this line when you get it in person.

Photo courtesy of Christa Quilts
Photo courtesy of Christa Quilts

Where to Buy

I picked up this list from Christa’s site, because I know you’ll want to get your hands on Modern Marks! You can also request your local quilt shop carry it!

And now for the giveaway details! Benartex is generously giving away a fat quarter bundle of 8-10 prints here at The Quilt District (and all the other 10 stops in the hop).

To enter, simply comment on this post and leave your email address (your address will not be displayed, but I’ll need it to contact you), and have a US address where Benartex can send your bundle.

And an EXTRA Giveaway!

To enter to win a free copy of Churned Up plus a pack of 10x10s of Modern Marks on Instagram:
If you’re new to me on IG, follow me there between now and 11:59 pm on Wednesday, December 6th. If you already follow me there, comment on today’s IG Blog Hop post and tag a friend! (US only)

All entries must be received by 11:59 pm EST, Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

The winners will be selected using a random generator and announced on Thursday the 7th.

If you haven’t already, make sure you pop in and visit each of the ladies on the hop — they have all made some beautiful things with Modern Marks!

Jen @Patterns by Jen
HollyAnne @String & Story

Kristin @Simple. Handmade. Everyday.
Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
Vicki @My Creative Corner3

Hilary @Aurifil
Pam @The Stitch TV Show

Heather @Quiltachusetts
Andrea @3rd Story Workshop

HERE @The Quilt District
Stephanie @Modern Sewciety

Happy Quilting!
~~ Tara

~~ With Gratitude ~~

First, I want to thank Christa for the opportunity to work with her and with Benartex. You made my year, Christa.

Second, HUGE thanks to my dear friend Jennifer Digiovanni, who proofed and tested her heart out. She rocks!

Third, this is the first quilt I have ever made that I did not quilt myself. (I know, somewhat blasphemous given Christa is the Queen of Quilting on the domestic machine!) I just didn’t have the time to do it justice. It needed to shine, and Kathy Nesler really made that happen. She gave this quilt beautiful movement!

And, last but not least, to my husband (should we call him Mr. District?) for wrestling with the quilt at the park on photo day!

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109 thoughts on “Modern Marks Blog Hop – (& Giveaway!)

  1. I think this is one of the most striking collections I’ve seen in a while. It brightens my day to look at it. I would love to make a quilt for myself from this!

  2. Love the cool blues and greens of Modern Marks fabrics but also love all the colors together for the scrappy looks of your churn dash quilt.

  3. I love these funky, colorful fabrics!! Who can resist a line that starts one’s head spinning with ideas that must be sewn, like these do?! Kudos to Mr District for being the quilt stand. ☺️

  4. What a lovely bundle! Thanks for the chance to win it.
    Those colors are truly vibrant-my favorite kind.
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  5. Commenting from your jagged edge precuts – I don’t run into too many of those but I will sure use your technique to straighten them out.
    Please enter me in your giveaway.

  6. Thank you for the great tip about trimming the jagged edges! And thanks for being part of the blog hop – it’s a great way for us to find you and decide to follow!

  7. Tara, it’s cool to discover you and Quiltdistrict via Christa’s first groovvvvy fabrics! Love the merger of Churn dash into Churned Up. Indeed Modern Marks are vibrant as the sun. “Mr District “ did a superb job keeping it from becoming a kite 🙂


  8. Love your quilt. The pattern is very exciting. This fabric line has me over the moon. Love brights and these are awesome.

  9. The colors are so rich and vibrant. I love the top navy piece and the blue/green half ovals toward the center of the stack. I want to work with these luscious prints.

  10. I just love a scrappy colorful quilt and this ‘Churned Up’ quilt is no exception. And Christa fabrics are so bright and beautiful that it makes this design just pop. I love it.
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  11. Love your quilt. Hoping to get a bundle of Christa’s fabric for Christmas. The blues are my favorite but the whole collection looks fantastic.

  12. The colors of Modern Marks just couldn’t be any more vibrant, rich and beautiful! This line is perfect for my taste and I’d love to create something awesome with it!

  13. I really, really love this quilt in the Modern Marks fabrics. I had the privilege of picking up some of Christa’s fat quarters and yardage from her when the fabric come to her. It’s got great feel and can’t wait to use it. So far, it looks like Churned Up will be my pattern of choice. Thank you for the giveaways here and on Instagram!

  14. This fabric is amazing! I’m especially in love with the green fabric with all the designs on it. bad(dot)alice13(at)gmail(dot)com

  15. Oh my gosh! Love your Quilt! Colors are Beautiful & perfect for this Pattern!! Super job! Thank you for chance to win your give-a-way too 🙂

  16. What a beautiful quilt! Great fun colors and a wonderful pattern to show the fabrics off. Score!

    Awesome giveaway! Fingers crossed ;-D

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  17. It’s a fabulous line of fabrics. Love how your quilt came out. Thanks for sharing, and for the awesome giveaway!

  18. I have totally fallen in love with this bright wonderful fabric collection! Now with your quilt in the mix it makes this fabric shine all that much more! Your quilt is superb! I would love to win your give away!! Thank you for the opportunity! Have a great day!

  19. Love your pattern! It worked really well with Christa’s fabrics but I can see it also being a stunner with Alison Glass fabrics. Thank you for the
    pattern discount and sharing your quilt with us!

  20. Great quilt (and nice of your husband to hold it while you were photographing – where would we be without them!!!) Gorgeous colours! (following you on instagram tooo!!!)

  21. I love your quilt — so bright and whimsical! These prints are just the kind of fabric I love to work with and I would be thrilled to win! Thanks for the chance.

  22. What a fun looking quilt. I can see some parts of a churn dash block in it. I love Christa’s new fabric line. I love the palette and the fabric designs. Yes to pink and orange. and also to the blue herringbone print. I love them all.

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  23. This is a beautiful quilt and though I’d like to do all the stitching on my own quilts, sometimes it’s necessary to have someone else do the finishing. Where would we be without the tall men in our lives to help in a pinch!! Great pattern and great article.


  24. I think the entire fabric line is delicious. I can’t pick a favorite! I’ve enjoyed the blog hop this week — lots of new-to-me quiltmakers/designers/bloggers. Thanks!

  25. I love the playfulness of your deconstructed churn dash. Modern Marks is so rich in color that I cannot actually say I have a favorite. Maybe one of the aqua-blues. Then again I do love the oranges.

  26. I really like the dark blue fabric on top. Such a beautiful color! I know what you mean about the orange and fuchsia combo. There is something about that combo that attracts me, too! ndfromsd at gmail dot com

  27. This is a super fun and easy quilt to put together! The pattern is incredibly easy to follow with amazing graphics! Other color ways to come 🙂
    Congrats Tara – so happy and proud of all of your hard work!

  28. This pattern was so perfect for these colors. You look at both at the same time, design and fabric. Great job.

  29. I love the pattern. The fabrics were perfect for it. There is a lot of movement. Great job! Thank you for an inspiring post!

  30. Your quilt is just wonderful! Love the bright colors & prints of this collection ( especially the vibrant blues)! Thank you for sharing, Susan

  31. I love how your quilt looks scrappy even though it was made with all the same fabric line! Yay for crossing off a “first” too! I definitely prefer finishing all mine myself too, but sometimes it’s just worth the wrestling on the bigger ones!

  32. Love the pattern you selected to highlight the fabrics. Perfect match. The background fabric added to the beautiful quilt. Binding selection just added another pop of color.

  33. That quilt looks wonderful. I don’t send my quilts out for quilting. That is probably why I have a lot of quilts that are just sandwiches and not quilted yet.

    My favourite of the fabrics is the blue black and green, just for that surprise of green.

  34. Love the modern marks fabric line christa is amazing with color. You have designed a wonderful quilt! Soo glad this hop has led me to find you!

  35. Hi Tara! Your quilt design is perfect for all these delicious colors! Congrats! The print my eye seems to keep gravitating to is the blue with all the marks and colors(top row, right)…but I am with you on the pink/orange combo….such fun!

  36. I send many quilts out for someone else to quilt~ Take pride! It is a gorgeous accomplishment! I follow you on Instagram. – The colors in the bundle? I love all those blues and greens! Actually! I love them all! Thank you for sharing with us!

  37. Love Christa’s debut fabric collection. She really hit it out of the park with these vibrant colors and graphic designs. I’m sure she’ll have much more to come. Loved your quilt design and I’ve sent quilts out to be done because I just didn’t want to mess something up quilting it myself. Thanks for sharing. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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