Blooming Wallflowers Week 1: Cutting

Are you ready to dive in and make this dynamic looking quilt? All you need is a copy of the Blooming Wallflowers quilt pattern and you can jump in anytime! See the end of this post for all relevant links.

Blooming Wallflowers quilt

Blooming Wallflowers can be made in three sizes: Crib, Throw, or Queen

Cutting the Center Triangles

The triangles used in this pattern are a specific shape and require either the use of the full-size templates included in the pattern, or a specialty ruler. Tri recs is recommended for the smaller sizes or Creative Grids Triangle Squared AND Perfect Rectangle for the larger size. Of course you can use the larger rulers for the smaller blocks, too.

Cut Pieces for Blooming Wallflowers Quilt

These are all of the cut pieces used to make Blooming Wallflowers.
I used my Abstract Garden fabric line for the “flowers.”

Stack and layer the fabric strips for faster cutting. Follow the chart on page 6 of the pattern to cut the center triangles from the colorful prints. Here’s a quick 1 minute video demo showing how I used the specialty ruler. Notice the position of the blunt end on the ruler.

Corresponding diagrams can be found on page 2 of the quilt pattern.

Cutting The Triangle Pairs

The background triangle pairs s are cut in the same way except you will want to make sure to cut one left and right triangle at the same time. The easiest way to do that is to make sure the background fabric strips are folded in half. Then you’ll get one pair per cut. See the step by step cutting diagrams on page 3 of the pattern.

Here’s another short video showing how I cut the triangle pairs. Don’t forget to trim off the little triangle tip at the top to ensure proper matching when sewing them together next week. I used the ruler to trim off the left edge of the fabric strip first, and didn’t worry about the direction of the print while cutting.

The background fabric is Navy Herringbone from my Modern Marks fabric line.

Cutting the rest of the background

The rest of the background is pretty straightforward. Follow the chart in the pattern on page 6 to cut extra background squares that allow the design to float, plus the side and corner triangles and the binding strips. See the diagram on page 3 to cut the corner and side triangles.

Blooming Wallflowers cut pieces

I love a pretty stack of cut pieces, don’t you?

Once everything is cut, you’ll be ready to sew the blocks together next week! Don’t forget to share pics of your progress in my Facebook group, or on Instagram using the hashtag #bloomingwallflowersquilt.

Important Links

Moving Update Week 5 – Buy 2 patterns, get 1 free!!

Yep – we’re still moving, LOL!! On the one hand it feels like this process is taking forever. But then I realized that most people take months to pack or even make a decision about purchasing a home. From the time we decided to purchase until we started moving was less than a month, so there really hasn’t been much time for dilly-dallying, much less planning and packing ahead of time! We’re getting as much ready in the new house as possible, moving a bunch of stuff and then immediately putting things away – no living out of boxes!

Our dining room (above, right) is nearly finished. I really love color in my home, but I fear the teal is a bit too intense for the softer seafoam green couches in the living room (in progress on the left). Some accent chairs are coming soon, and then I’ll make a final decision as to whether or not I’ll need to repaint.

We’ve gotten in most of the new furniture we ordered, and have moved in most of the essentials (except my sewing room – that will be the last thing to get organized!) We are living in the new house now while we work between both houses.

My daughter is thrilled with her finished room. Since this pic was taken, she’s arranged all of her collectibles and keepsakes on the shelves and it looks great! Now all she needs are a few final accent pieces – a mirror on the wall above her dresser, and a comfy bean bag chair under the window. (Thank goodness for Ikea assembly or we never would have gotten it finished!!)

Since we are self-employed, we can’t shut down work during the transition so that always makes things a bit tricky. I’m processing and printing labels for shop.christaquilts.com at the old house, while cutting and filling orders at the new place. Jason is keeping things running smoothly for ThePrecutStore during the transition, and of course my email in box is about a mile long. So thanks for your patience to anyone who’s reached out to me this month. I’m slowly working my way back down to “inbox zero!”

Fabric Storage

In the guest room next to my sewing studio we added shelving in the corner to hold bolts of my fabric yardage for sale. There’s plenty of room for a bed, dresser and desk. Plus, there’s lots of storage space in the walk-in closet. My son is currently living in this room until he leaves for his mission in China next month, so he took over some of the empty shelf space in the meantime.

This week’s sale: save on all printed patterns

We got a lot done this past week, but we haven’t moved over the printed patterns yet. you’d be surprised at how heavy a box of patterns can be! And with 14 patterns under my belt (with more to come) that’s a LOT of boxes!!

So do a girl a favor and scoop up your favorites with this great deal:

Use code MOVE5 during checkout at shop.christaquilts.com to buy 2 patterns and get 1 free.

Christa Quilts Patterns

Click here and use code MOVE5 at checkout for the pattern discount.

My kids will thank you as this means less for them to pack up!!

Don’t worry, even with all of the moving craziness, my Blooming Wallflowers QAL still starts on Friday, so watch for the first post. If you haven’t purchased the Blooming Wallflowers quilt pattern yet, now is a great time to grab it, along with 2 more of your faves.

Now it’s time to pack up more stuff!!

Moving Sale Week 4: Save 10% on Precuts, Bundles and Kits

We are making great progress on our new house, but there’s still a ton left to do! Last week, we got several of the rooms painted and started moving things into closets. My daughter is thrilled with her new pink room and now we are just waiting for her furniture to arrive from Ikea. Since she will be the only child living with us once my son Ryan leaves for his mission in China, we wanted to make sure she’d be happy in the new place.

Painting before and after

Before and after pics of painting Jenna’s room – she loves it!

My sewing room will probably be the last room to get organized, so I’m continuing to have a different weekly sale to cut down on the amount of things we’ll need to move!

Click here and use code MOVE4 to save 10% on all precuts, bundles and kits.

Abstract Garden Charm Packs

All precuts are on sale, from all 3 of my fabric collections.
Use code MOVE4 at checkout.

It’s kind of crazy to think that from the time we thought about moving to the time we closed on the house was just 3 weeks, but that’s kinda how I roll. When I’m ready to do something, I usually throw all of my effort into it ASAP!! Fortunately, my schedule doesn’t get busy again until mid February, so for now, getting moved and settled is my full-time focus!!

Blooming Wallflowers Quilt Along Supply List and Schedule

All you need to get started is a copy of the quilt pattern and a few supplies listed below:

Click here to receive quilt along updates via email.

Blooming Wallflowers quilt

Supply List

(1) Blooming Wallflowers Quilt Pattern

(2) Fabric Needs – see materials list in the image below. I will be making the throw size.

Blooming Wallflowers Supply List

(3) A set of Tri Recs rulers for the Crib or Throw Size.

Please get these exact tools. Anything else won’t be the correct angle for cutting. Tri Recs makes blocks up to 6″ finished. For the Queen size quilt, you will need the Creative Grids Triangle Squared AND Perfect Rectangle rulers that make up to 9″ finished size blocks.

If you don’t have access to these rulers, you can use the full-size templates included in the quilt pattern.

Tri Recs Tools

(4) Batting for your quilt size
(5) Basic rotary cutting equipment – mat and rulers, and cutter with new sharp blade.
(6) Basting supplies – either safety pins or 505 basting spray. (I will spray baste)
(7) A “can-do” attitude and willingness to share – this is going to be fun!!

Quilt Along Schedule

The quilt along will run for a total for a total of 10 weeks which includes 3 scheduled breaks to catch up. If you follow along each week, you’ll have a completely finished quilt at the end!!
Once each post has been published, the links below will become clickable so you can navigate to any post you need as you follow along.

  • Week 1: January 18 – Cutting
  • Week 2: Jan 25 – Sewing the blocks
  • Week 3: February 1 – Catch-up break
  • Week 4: February 8 – Sewing the quilt top
  • Week 5: February 15 – Basting the quilt
  • Week 6: February 22 – Catch-up break and QuiltCon!!
  • Week 7: March 1 – Machine Quilting Part 1
  • Week 8: March 8 – Machine Quilting Part 2
  • Week 9: March 14 – Catch-up break
  • Week 10: March 22 – Binding to finish

Sharing is Caring

As you are gathering your supplies and getting ready to start, please share pics of the fabrics you’ll use – I’d love to see! Also, anytime during the quilt along, I encourage you to share your progress in any of these ways:

  1. On Your own blog – share links in the comments section of any of the QAL posts
  2. On Instagram – use hashtag #bloomingwallflowersquilt so others can see your progress
  3. In my Christa Quilts Facebook group – this is also a great place to ask questions and interact with other quilt along participants.

Blooming Wallflowers Quilt Along

I’m so excited to get started!! Who’s with me?? As always, it’s totally OK to follow along virtually, or save the blog posts for later and make this quilt any time, on YOUR schedule.

Moving Sale Week 3: Save on Fabric by the Yard

Today’s the day!! We close on the house and get the keys – whoo hoo!! Although we are giving ourselves some extra time to decorate before the big move, I want it to be done like NOW. But last week was very productive. I ordered a new set of couches for the living room – leather in a very pretty seafoam green that will match the blacksplash in our kitchen.

Sofa Shopping

Jason is testing out the sofa while I rearranged the furniture in the store. Fortunately the sales person was very accommodating of our request to move things around, LOL. I grabbed the red pillows from another couch and paired it with a dark leather ottoman from another display, just to see what it would look like. I haven’t settled on the final accessories yet, but we ended up purchasing two of the longer couches to fill up more of our living room space. They are super comfy!!

Save $1 Per Yard: Use Code MOVE3 at Checkout

Click here to purchase yardage from all 3 of my fabric lines.

Christa's Fabric

Right now I currently have bolts of fabric from all 3 of my collections stashed in various places in my sewing room. In the new house, we plan to build shelving to display it and add a pop of color to the room. However, the amount of storage will be limited, so please help me clear out a few of the extra bolts before we move!

Use code MOVE3 at checkout to save $1 per yard. You can order the fabric in 2 yard increments and I’ll cut it into one continuous piece.

Click here to get yardage from Modern Marks, Fandangle, and Abstract Garden.

Moving Sale Week 2 – Save Big on My Books and Thread!

Did you take advantage of last week’s inaugural moving sale? I’m overlapping the sales a little each week, so you can still get all PDF patterns for just $5.95 through 12/31/18.

House Update

I hope you had a wonderful holiday! We are knee deep in preparations to move and as you can imagine, many of our Christmas presents involved trips to Ikea and gift cards to the home improvement store! Our closing date is set for Jan 2nd and reality is now beginning to set in.

New Furniture from Ikea

My daughter chose a new Ikea bedroom set for Christmas and said she’s never too old for pink.
Thank goodness it will be my husband’s job to assemble it when we move!

So now it’s time for furniture shopping, picking out paint colors and figuring out where the current furnishings will fit. During my non-sewing time I’ve been doing quite a bit of planning and measuring. I’m approaching our upcoming move very similar to how I plan a quilt: sketch out ideas, play with colors, and get the layout finalized before the big project commences.

Floor plan sketch

For each room, I’ve sketched out a floor-plan to scale using graph paper. This is helping me figure out where the furniture will fit and is very similar to how I plan a quilt!

Fortunately we have a month or two to fix up the new place and move in before we need to sell our current home, but I know that time will fly by quicker than I’d like.

Moving Sale – NO Coupon REquired!

So each week I’ll be having a different sale on my Christa Quilts branded products. Not only will this give us a little extra $$ for moving expenses, but it will also reduce the amount of physical inventory we will need to move. So think of your purchase as doing double duty: you can pick up something great for yourself AND help out our family at the same time!

Click here to get signed copies of my  books for just $19.99 each!

My Books Are on Sale Through January 4, 2019

Books by Christa Watson

Now is a great time to stock you library with all of my books.
If you have all 3, you can pick up an extra copy for a friend.

The regular retail price of my books is between $26.99 to $29.99 so this is one heck of a deal! I have several boxes full of each title so that I always have plenty to bring with me to teaching events. But each one weighs over 50 pounds and that’s a lot to move. I’d rather ship them to you instead!

Save Big on My Thread Collections

Click here to get my Aurfil thread sets for less than $100 shipped!!

All 3 of my Aurifil thread sets include 12 spools of 50 weight 100% cotton, that are perfect for piecing and quilting. They retail for $130 or more for the set. Each individual spool sells for $12-$14 so this is probably the biggest deal of the year!! Get them from me for 1 week only for just $94.95 each + $5 us shipping. I’m happy to ship internationally, too!

Variegated collection by Christa Watson

Variegated collection by Christa Watson

Colors included in my new Variegated Collection:
3660 Bubblegum, 3770 Stone Washed Denim, 3817 Marrakesh, 3840 French Lilac, 3852 Liberty, 3910 Lemon Ice, 4150 Crème Brule, 4250 Flamingo, 4650 Leaves, 4652 Licorice Twist , 4654 Turquoise Foam , 4667 Nutty Nougat

Piece and Quilt Neutrals by Christa Watson

Colors included in my Neutrals Collection
2311 Muslin, 5021 Bamboo, 1246 Dark Grey, 5007 Light Grey Blue, 2326 Sand, 2372 Dark Antique Gold, 2315 Pale Flesh, 2405 Oyster, 2024 White, 2615 Aluminium, 2605 Grey, 4241 Very Dark Grey

Piece and Quilt Colors by Christa Watson

Threads included in my Colors Collection:
2425 Bright Pink, 2250 Red, 4020 Fuchsia, 2520 Violet, 2130 Medium Butter, 1133 Bright Orange, 2920 Light Brass, 2884 Green Yellow, 2886 Light Avocado, 1148 Light Jade, 2725 Light Wedgewood, 2783 Medium Delft Blue

Thanks so much for helping me out! I’lll keep you updated on our progress along with a new sale each week!

Merry Christmas 2018 and Some Exciting Family News

From our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas from the Watsons

Merry Christmas from the Watsons: Jenna, Christa, Jason, Jason Jr. and Ryan

This month has seen a lot of excitement for our family, with the decision to buy a new home, and now some amazing news about our son Ryan! He has chosen to serve a church mission for the next 2 years and we just got the notice that his assignment will be in Hong, Kong, China!

For those of you that our curious, all young adults of our faith (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints) are encouraged to serve for 2 years after they graduate from high school. Young men can choose to serve once they turn 18 and young women when they turn 19. They can submit their applications any time before they reach the age of 26.

Missionary Calling

Ryan received his call the same day we traveled to visit family for the holidays. It was so special to gather together and share the exciting news with them.

It’s a very special time when a missionary decides to make this huge sacrifice and they never know ahead of time where they will be called. For example, some of my kids’ friends have recently gone to such diverse places such as Liberia, South Africa; Rome, Italy; Auckland, New Zealand, Kansas City, Missouri; and Salt Lake City, Utah. So it can really be anywhere in the world. As you can guess it will be quite an adventure!

They first travel to the missionary training center in Provo, Utah for a few weeks to prepare before they head out to their assignment. Those that will be learning a foreign language will stay at the MTC longer so that that they can begin to learn the language. It’s always amazing to see a young adult not know how to speak a particular language and then come back fluent in that language 2 years later.

Missionary Letter

Ryan will be speaking Mandarin Chinese on his mission and he’s up for the adventure!!

Ryan leaves in February which will be here before we know it! When he first applied, I was a little worried that his leaving date would coincide with my busy teaching schedule which picks up again in February. Fortunately, he leaves about a week before I go to QuiltCon, so thank goodness the timing works out!

The coolest thing is that at the end of his mission, we have the option to fly to China to visit him and bring him home.  I’ve already told the kids we’ll plan a family trip in 2021. I’m not sure if there are many quilters in Hong Kong, but if you know of any – please them know I’m coming!

Needless to say our family will have a busy 2019 but I’m ready to bring it on!

Christmas with Cousins!

Christmas with cousins is the best! Even though they are much older, my children love hanging out with my sister’s kids: Jacob, Katelyn, and Ethan. And as moms out there already know – it sure is hard it is to get pictures of kids with everyone’s eyes open and looking at the camera, LOL!! 

Here’s to a fabulous 2019!!

Moving Sale Week 1 – All PDF Patterns on Sale!

The move is getting real!! We close on our new house at the end of December and then the real work begins. So, to help defray moving costs I thought it would be a good idea to hold a different sale each week until we are in the new place. I also want to clear out some of my physical inventory so there’s less to move, so stay tuned for that!

However, this week starts with a huge sale on all PDF patterns.
They are all available now for just $5.95 each USD.

Abstract Garden Quilt Patterns

Click here to purchase my PDF patterns for just $5.95 each

I just got word that Craftsy will be making major changes to their site by reducing the number of sellers and patterns available for sale after December 28th.  But not to worry, when you purchase a PDF pattern, it’s yours to access forever. I would however, recommend downloading any patterns you’ve purchased and saving the to your computer for easy access.

I’ve been told my shop won’t be affected since I’m a Craftsy/Bluprint instructor. However, no one will be able to add new patterns to the site until sometime next year, so I’ll be working on an alternative place to host them. It’s been on my mind anyway to set up a shop where you can select either print or PDF, so now this lights a fire under me to make it a higher priority.

So until final changes are made, be sure to take advantage of this sale while you can!

Fandangle Quilt Patterns

Click here to purchase my PDF patterns for just $5.95 each

Christa Quilts Patterns

These are just a few of the 17 patterns available through my Craftsy store.
Grab them now while they are on sale!

Christa Quilts Patterns

Click here to purchase my PDF patterns for just $5.95 each

Abstract Garden Fabric is Here – Hooray!

First a quick thanks to all of the kind comments I received last week on our new home, AND this week on my QuiltCon entries. It’s been a bit hectic around here so I wasn’t able to respond individually like I usually do, but I so appreciate your kindness and support! And now for the best news: Abstract Garden yardage has finally arrived and is shipping to stores, whoo hoo!!

Abstract Garden Fabric

Click here to purchase Abstract Garden Fabric

Soon, I’ll be posting a list of which shops I know of are carrying it. In the meantime, I bought some for myself and some to sell as yardage, precut bundles, and kits. Really, it’s just an excuse to fondle my fabric as much as possible and imagine what you all will make with it!

In fact, please be sure to use the hashtag #abstractgardenfabric on instagram so I can see your beautiful creations! You can also share them over in my ChristaQuilts Facebook group.

Blooming Wallflowers Kit

Click here to purchase the Blooming Wallflowers kit, while supplies last.

I’ve also been busy cutting out more Blooming Wallflowers kits to get ready for the upcoming quilt along next month – click here to sign up for free.

Of course you can use any fabrics you like for any of my QAL’s and I’m super excited about the extra interest now that the quilt will be hanging at  QuiltCon. I had a nice surge in Blooming Wallflowers pattern sales once the news went out, so that definitely made my day!

Abstract Garden Fabric

Click here to purchase Abstract Garden precuts, bundles, or kits.

Don’t forget about the pre-cuts, too. Abstract Garden comes in fat quarters, 5″ charm packs, 10″ squares and 2 1/2″ precut “strip-pies”. I’ve already set aside room in the new house to display my precuts on a shelf, because I’ve finally realized that fabric collecting is its own hobby just like quilting, right???

Thank You Bonus – Score a Free Pattern!

For everyone who places a fabric order with me now through the end of the year, I’ll throw in a bonus surprise pattern as my way of saying thanks. I ordered it all before we decided to move, so needless to say, the more I can ship off before we have to pack up, the better!!

Click here to visit shop.ChristaQuilts.com for all of my fabrics, patterns, and books.

My QuiltCon Entries for 2019 and a Plea for Kindness Online

I love this time of year. Not only for the holidays, but also to see what quilts everyone has entered for next year’s QuiltCon show. So far, I’ve been to every show since it began in 2013 and I’ve also had at least one quilt accepted for each show which is always fun to see. I just received word that one of three of my entries got in this year and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Blooming Wallflowers Accepted

Blooming Wallflowers quilt

Click here to get the PDF pattern for Blooming Wallflowers
Click here to get the print pattern for Blooming Wallflowers
Kits available – while supplies last

It’s really special to me that this quilt was accepted, because I had originally made a slightly different version (shown below) for a magazine (using my first line, Modern Marks). I entered the first version into the show last year and it was rejected then. I know that the jury changes from year to year and the group of quilts to choose from is always different, so that just goes to show that it’s always worth trying again if you think you have a really great design.

In the updated version (seen above), I still used the same dark Navy from Modern Marks, but paired it with coordinates from Abstract Garden.

Earlier Version – Made from Modern Marks

star Shadow by Christa WatsonThis version was a “reject” for QuiltCon 2018

Out of the Box Declined

This quilt was such fun to make and I’ll for sure be entering it into other shows. One thing I’ve learned is that my commercial quilt designs I make for patterns and books tend to be a little more on the more “modern traditionalism” side of things which usually has a ton of entries, so I’m never disappointed when one of them doesn’t make the cut. I’ve actually designed a super-modern version of this quilt with much more negative space that I may try to make and enter for next year, so we’ll see what happens!

Out of the Box by Christa Watson for American Patchwork and Quilting using Fandangle fabric

This quilt was originally made for a magazine to showcase Fandangle Fat Quarters.
I plan to remake it in an upcoming fabric line and re-release the pattern, so stay tuned!

Beaded Lanterns Declined

This one didn’t surprise me at all because all though it’s a dynamic design, it’s still very traditional in the layout and setting. But I still love it since it was easy to pattern and teach. This is the first year that I didn’t have time to make a quilt specifically for the show, but I’m still glad I entered. It’s always fun to be part of the process!!

Beaded Lanterns Finished Quilt

Beaded Lanterns was made to showcase Fandangle precut strips.
Kits available while supplies last.
Get the free pattern here.

A Plea for Kindness

Before you leave comments online saying “I can’t believe so and so’s quilt didn’t get in” or “what were those jurors thinking, they are crazy!” or anything of that nature, please remember to be kind.

I know that emotions tend to run a little high when everyone gets their notices that their quilts weren’t accepted. However, I always remind myself, it’s just simple math. There were 1750 quilts entered this year, and the show usually only had room for 400. So that means that less than 1 in 4 will get in on average. In other words, 75% of the quilts entered will not make it into the show. But that doesn’t make them “rejects.”  I’m sure that if QuiltCon had the room, they’d take as many quilts as they could.

I enter a lot of national shows, most of which are much larger than QuiltCon in terms of numbers of quilts on display. However, they don’t get nearly the amount of entries as QuiltCon does and I never hear negative comments about quilts that don’t make it in. I think it’s because QuiltCon and the MQG have such a large internet presence and we all know how easy it is to make an off-handed comment online. My one request would be to keep things as positive as you can, even if you didn’t get in. I know that the folks working behind the scenes put in untold numbers of hours to make a great show and I’m so thankful for the hard work they do!

In fact, if you’d like to treat yourself to a really inspiring “virtual” quilt show online, be sure to check out the hashtag “quiltconreject” on instagram. It’s a visual feast for sure!

Other Quilt Show Venues

And if you are thinking about entering your quilt into a large national show, here’s a few more that I’d highly recommend:

Blooming Wallflowers made with Abstract Garden and Modern Marks

Now it’s time to add a hanging sleeve and label to this quilt so it’s ready to ship!