One of my goals for the next year is to release a series of new quilt patterns that have I’ve been dying to complete. Over the last couple of years I’ve written 4 print patterns, 7 PDF patterns, 2 books (with a third coming next fall), and created numerous quilts for magazines and compilation books. Now that the rights are beginning to revert back to me for the one-off publications, I can finally start releasing them on their own. It’s a big task to be sure, but one I’m looking forward to.
Without further ado, here’s the first of hopefully many patterns – Nested Pinwheel!
Nested Pinwheel designed and made by Christa Watson, 27″ x 27″
I originally created this design as part of a larger designer bundle of smaller projects. It finishes at 27″ x 27″, perfect to use as a mini quilt, table topper, wall-hanging, or newborn quilt. In the 2 page pattern, I’ve also included a diagram showing what it would look like if you wanted to create a larger, 4 block 54″ x 54″ size.
I’m experimenting with an idea I saw another blogger do recently. When I first release an individual quilt pattern I’ll offer it as a PDF only, for a super low price. This will allow early adopters to get the best deal, and it will help fund the printing process, if I choose to take it to print later. This will also help me gauge the interest of a particular pattern before I introduce it to the masses via the quilt shop distribution network.
Right now I don’t have a set schedule for when I’ll release patterns, but the more often I do it, the easier the process will become. In every pattern, I’ll include some hints or tips on how I did the machine quilting, such as the photo above. After all, my goal with releasing patterns and teaching machine quilting is to help others finish their quilts quickly, and have fun doing it!
Share your progress while making this quilt, or anything else from my books and patterns in my Facebook group: Quilt with Christa. I’d love to see your progress, and offer support and encouragement while you create!