Your Chance to Win the Kit from my Craftsy Class – Startup Library: Quilting!

It’s just been a month since the launch of my new Craftsy class, Startup Library: Quilting, and already I’ve taught hundreds of students how to make a complete quilt from start to finish!! I love how the Craftsy platform allows me to interact with my students and see their progress, even though we might be thousands of miles apart! For those of you who are new to the blog, or Craftsy, let me tell you a little more about this class. Then see the end of this post for a giveaway to get you started!!

Christa Watson Startup Library Quilting

Click here to get 50% off Startup Library: Quilting (valid thru 10/8/17)

In class, you’ll explore a range of key tools and techniques as you learn to make a quilt from start to finish. I’ll guide you step-by-step through preparing your fabric, cutting out the pieces and sewing them into blocks, as well as basting, machine quilting, and binding to help you finish your quilt with ease. Plus, when you learn with Craftsy you can work at your own pace and ask me questions as you go. By the end of my class, you’ll be quilting with confidence in no time!


Lesson 1: Fabrics & Tools (28 min)
It’s every quilter’s favorite part of project prep: shopping! In this first lesson, I’ll explain the fundamentals of quilting and what to keep in mind when shopping for supplies.

Startup Library Quilting

Lesson 2: Know Your Machine (24 min)
Understand what type of sewing machine best suits your needs, including the features worth splurging on (or not!). Then, get familiar with your machine as you learn to thread it, wind a bobbin and keep an accurate seam allowance.


Lesson 3: Working with Patterns (9 min)
Follow along as I go over the information included in your quilting patterns. Find out how to work with patterns as you piece your tops, plus get tips for successfully choosing projects.


Lesson 4: Cutting the Pieces (38 min)
Before you begin sewing, you’ll need to cut the pieces for your blocks. Learn to work with a rotary cutter and mat as you cut yardage, fat quarters and more.

Christa Watson Craftsy Class

Lesson 5: Chain Blocks (24 min)
Get right into action by sewing up your first quilt block, the Chain! Find out how to keep track of all nine pieces as you sew and press the first block, then make quick work of the piecing by sewing several blocks together at once.

Lesson 6: Star Blocks (32 min)
Ready to throw some half-square triangle units into the mix? Here, you’ll sew the second block of your quilt. Find out how to tame stretchy edges and ensure all of your star points face the right direction.

Christa Watson Craftsy Class

Lesson 7: Assembling the Quilt Top (27 min)
Now, it’s time to have some fun! Arrange and organize your quilt blocks before you sew them together. Then, sew blocks into rows and rows into the inner top – you’ll love my method for keeping blocks in order as you sew!

Lesson 8: Borders (27 min)
Your quilt top is almost done! All you need to do is add the solid and scrappy borders to set off the design. Learn how to piece and add each border, and fix it if it’s slightly too long for your quilt.

Lesson 9: Backing & Batting (11 min)
In this lesson, you’ll prepare the remaining layers for your quilt. Learn how to choose and prepare batting — the center layer of the quilt — and piece the backing fabric.

Christa Watson Craftsy Class

Lesson 10: Basting (8 min)
The secret to quality quilting? Basting, which holds all of the layers together securely. I’ll teach you how to spray-baste the layers and assemble your quilt, explaining why pressing helps you ensure solid results.

Lesson 11: Find Your Quilting Path (38 min)
Quilting — the stitching that holds layers together — can really accentuate your piecing work. Discover different ways to accomplish this, from working with a long-arm quilter to using your domestic machine. And, see how to stitch-in-the-ditch and apply decorative wavy lines using your walking foot.

Lesson 12: Free-Motion Quilting (23 min)
Ready to dip your toes into free-motion quilting? This method allows you to move your needle in any direction. If you’d like, stitch a stipple and continuous curve design on your quilt, or practice for your next quilt project.

Christa Watson Machine Quilting Craftsy Class

Lesson 13: Binding (13 min)
Finish the edges of your quilt by applying a binding. I’ll show you how to prepare for this step. Learn to cut and piece the strips to create the binding, calculate the length you need for any quilt, and square up — or trim — your quilt.

Lesson 14: Binding the Quilt (37 min)
You’re almost there! In this final lesson, find out how to sew the binding to the quilt and finish it by hand. Easily turn with the corners and join the tails with my expert instruction, then get ready to enjoy your quilt!

Christa Watson Craftsy Class

For a limited time, you can get 50% off the regular price of my class when you use this link. The regular price will show on the home screen, but once you click “add to cart” you’ll see the discount. Just for comparison, this class is approximately 2-3 times longer than a “regular” Craftsy class, so it’s a tremendous value, especially when you get it on sale!

Here’s a behind the scenes secret to share: as I was making the quilt, Craftsy sent me extra fabrics just in case. I ended up with enough fabric for an extra kit. Since I’ve already made the quilt twice (once ahead of time to test it, and a second time on video) – I don’t need to make a third, so I’d rather pass the extra fabric along to you! The kit includes one fat quarter bundle + background to make the quilt top and binding as shown in the class.

Lily and Loom Fabric

This giveaway is open to all (int’l winner just pays shipping). To enter, leave me a comment letting me know how many UFO’s (Unfinished Fabric Objects) you currently have! Once you take my class, you’ll be armed with the skills to finish them up! The giveaway will remain open through Sunday night, Aug 13, 2017 and I’ll choose a winner first thing Monday morning.

Click here to learn more and watch a preview video for Startup Library: Quilting

Update: Winner Selected and Comments Closed

Congrats to Susan M. who has been contacted via email.



226 thoughts on “Your Chance to Win the Kit from my Craftsy Class – Startup Library: Quilting!

  1. DEBI JIMENEZ says:

    Christa, I have one quilt that I am currently working on. I call it a WIP…. a Work in Progress.
    I call my UFO’s by a slightly different name… UUFO’s. or UN-STARTED UNFINISHED OBJECT.
    I must have at least 20 to 25 UUFO’s and it is all your fault. That’s right ….I blame you. I have at least one or two copies of all your printed patterns..I have all of your books…waiting for the most recent to be delivered. I can not keep up with you. I can’t afford to buy the fabric to make all the quilts that you have out..let alone the time. But have made at least 20 practice mats… to follow you in both of your Craftsy classes. These little mats have come in handy as mug rugs and table mat to use with the men and women at my mom’s Alzheimer’s DayCare.
    Thanks for all the inspiration and encouragement. Good luck to all those who have entered this

  2. Kathy R. says:

    I have eight UFO’s. Some are charity quilts or something that caught my eye when reading a blog or book.

  3. Kathystahl says:

    Hmmm…I’ve made it my mission to finish up things before I tackle new projects. Been quite good at it. 1 more quilt to finish before I get to start a new one.

  4. sassymam58 says:

    Hi Christa,
    I have about 8 UFO’s. I love your teaching and your books. They are very informative and helped become a better quilter. I would love to win the fabric make this adorable quilt along with the class. Thank you.

  5. triquee73 says:

    Just a couple of UFOs here. Quilted placemats that I’m making as a wedding gift and a quilt for my 9 year old. He’s so jealous that his baby sister has one (first quilt I ever made)!

  6. Karen Rudisill says:

    OMG, if I had to guess (and I would be guessing)…maybe 12 UFO’s. I tend to start a project then something comes up (like a new job or moving out of state) and I have to pack it away. When I unpack I find other kits and projects I’d love to work on instead. Someday I’ll get a few of them done…..someday.

  7. Cynthia Blackstock says:

    Since I took a 10 year break from sewing projects, I can honestly say that I have zero UFO’s! Look forward to learning how to quit on my new machine!

  8. Pam Armstrong says:

    Such a beautiful quilt and I love the pattern and fabrics! I currently have 5 UFO’s. I am working on a JN Vintage Rose, a 10″ Pinwheel, a HST’s challenge and I have 2 finished that need to have binding added.

  9. Louise V says:

    Thanks for sharing the heavy, heavy quilting technique which I’m using on your Chevron pattern. Looking ahead to a new, fun and lovely quilting project to try this technique again. guaranteed success!

  10. Kathy Gilson says:

    Ha, Ha!!! UFO’s???? Maybe 15? Too many to count! Several tops are all sewn, just need to be sandwiched and quilted!!

  11. Kathie Haubensak says:

    I have loved your instructions since making your “hugs and kisses” quilt several years ago. Would love to become proficient at free style quilting and get some unfinished projects done. Love following you, especially to NE. Thank you for all you share…

  12. Fran says:

    Depends whether two sofa throws count as 1 or 2 UFO’s if I’ve only cut the fabric for one of them! This is my first attempt at quilting and I love your teaching – I would also love to try a “proper” quilt pattern!

  13. Sheila Richardson says:

    Not counting the UFOs that haven’t made it past the buy fabric stage, I have at least 5 I’m working on. I keep hoping to get a quilt made for each of my grandchildren, but progress is very slow!!!

  14. Glenda Hollander says:

    I’m so embarrassed to say that I have one UFO and it’s also my first quilt. After reading your blog, I knew that I had to take your class. A chance at getting the kit is icing on the cake. Thanks!

  15. Lori M says:

    I have at least 7 still waiting & waiting to be finished..still piecing 2 of them. :/ Thank you so much for chance to win your awesome Give-a-way too! 😀

  16. Ruth L Bradford says:

    Oh there must be at least 10 tops that need finishing, not counting the two I am working on. Does making a single block count as an unfinished item? I often do that to see if I like the block, the colors and to see if it is too complicated to do. Would love to try your kit though. Promise to finish it right way. Thank you.

  17. Carol B says:

    I can think of 3 UFO’s at the moment, but I know there are more hidden away in a bin in the closet!

  18. Roz Agulnik says:

    Too many to count. I’m sure there’s at least 100. I took a class that when I got home I took it all apart; another class that I’ve taken twice only has 1 stem appliqued on both of the pillows! Lots of sandwiched quilts waiting to be quilted and lots of other things in different stages. Lots of projects with the patterns and fabric set aside but not started, and tons of scraps to be cut on my electric Accuquilt to be used for charity quilts.

  19. Debra Reber says:

    I’m embarrassed to say how many UFO’s I have. I will just admit to quilting UFO’s, I have at least 5 I can think of. That just counts projects that have actually been started & just not finished. That doesn’t count projects I have bought fabric & patterns for & haven’t even started yet!

  20. Willow says:

    Congratulations on your new book! UFOs, hmmm – 3, 1 to finish binding, 1 to quilt, 1 the blocks are ready. Then of course there’s fabric for other intended quilts, 3+. Just keep looking forward and foother to the pedal 🙂

  21. Cecilia says:

    I think that I only have about 3 UFO’s, but would love to finish them this year. Thanks for the chance to win.

  22. Super Mom - No Cape! says:

    Oh my goodness… I didn’t realize I had so many until I started trying to figure out how many UFOs I had in various stages. Just off the top of my head, I’ve count 10 so far and I’m sure I’m forgetting some. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

  23. Becky says:

    I’m not sure if they are counted as UFO’s if I’m currently working on them. I have a queen quilt and a baby quilt that I’m working on. I sort of alternate between them depending on how I feel. 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win that gorgeous quilt. It is a beauty for sure.

  24. Vicky says:

    Way too many, but making progress as my quilt guild has a Finish It Club where we pick 10 projects a year that are randomly chosen each month as to what is due the next minth. Love the colors of your quilt.

  25. Cyndi says:

    I have too many! Seriously, I only have 3 UFOs that I really have no intention of finishing but I have 10 WIPs. I didn’t realize I had so many until I started counting for the giveaway!😳Thank you for this awesome giveaway! I am sure whoever wins it will definitely enjoy it. 🙂

  26. Anne McKenzie says:

    My UFO ‘S are hidden away ! I have no idea how many, but have been quilting 40 years. Rarely quilted any

  27. Jennifer says:

    I currently have 3 UFO quilts, and several other projects in the works! I’m still learning, but having a blast doing it!

  28. Anita Altman says:

    I have 4 UFOs. One is too difficult for me and the other 3 are boring. Every now and then I pick one up and work on it until bored. I have finished several dozen but keep stubbing my toe on these!

  29. Gayla says:

    Your question really got me to thinking about UFOs and just why I have at least fourteen. i just realized it is because my UFOs are quilts I am making to keep. What is making me feel better about having so many UFOs is knowing those projects got put aside for making baby quilts, retirement quilts and other projects that I gifted to very special people in my life. So, thanks for this opportunity to think about UFOs and to win your lovely kit!

  30. Tawni says:

    I have “several” that need quilted. Only three in the piecing stage of quilting so not too bad. I did get three quilted and finished this summer 🙂

  31. Teresa Wertz says:

    Hi Christa,
    I’ve got 4, no 5, UFOs. I love your teaching and have adored this quilt since I first saw it!

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