Christa’s Quilt Blocks Available for Preorder

When my Christa Cabinet debuted earlier this year, I had no idea how popular it would be! So many folks were in the same situation as me, needing the perfect sewing table for domestic machine quilting. Now I’m excited to announce that my Quilt Blocks – the accessory that keeps your quilt from falling off the sides – will start shipping at the end of July. Click the video below to learn more about the cabinet AND the blocks, and catch up with my quilty chat for the week!

Quilt shown above is Charming Chevrons, made from 10 inch precut squares.

The quilt blocks are like guardrails for your quilt! They will attach to any table with a thickness under 3/4″ that has an edge to clamp on to. They come in sets of 2 and can be placed around the edges of your sewing table to keep the quilt from falling off the sides while you quilt.

Quilt Blocks attached to the back of the table.
Quilt Blocks attached to the side of the table.
Quilt Blocks attached on the back & side will keep the quilt from falling off the edges.

Quilt shown on table is Blooming Wallflowers made from my Black White & Bright fabrics.
Quilt shown on the wall is Lattice Work made from 5″ charm squares.

New Video: Quilt One Quilt 3 Different Ways: Walking Foot, Free Motion, or Both!

Have you reserved your signed copy of my new book, How Do I Quilt It? It will be here in just a couple of weeks and I can’t wait! The book goes in-depth teaching you how to prepare the quilt, make a quilting plan, and choose successful quilting motifs. In the meantime, I’m sharing short videos and details pics showing how I quilted one of the quilts 3 different ways. Click below to watch:

Click here to get your signed copy of How Do I Quilt It?

It will improve your quilting skills, I promise!!

Pattern Sale: Get 5 for $5 Each!

I’m working hard behind the scenes on my newest fabric and pattern release for later this fall. To make room for the new arrivals, I’m hosting a pattern sale!! Get any of these $5 patterns below for just $5 each, while supplies last. These are full color, printed booklets.

Terrace Tiles Quilt Pattern

Click here to get Terrace Tiles pattern on sale
Click here to get Terrace Tiles quilt kits made from my Gridwork fabric

Terrace Tiles is the absolute easiest quilt pattern I’ve designed. It’s made completely from fat quarters, including the binding, and it comes in 3 sizes: Crib, Throw and Full. It looks great in any color scheme and is perfect for showing off your favorite fabrics.

You can also grab the optional quilt kits shown above in Breeze or Citron, and the pattern includes 3 different machine quilting designs to try. It’s my go-to design when I’m in a hurry and need to make a quilt fast!

Interlinked Quilt Pattern

Interlinked Quilt by Christa Watson

Click here to get Interlinked pattern on sale
Click here to get Interlinked Kits in Black or White

I’m pleasantly surprised with how popular my Interlinked quilt has been. I originally offered the pattern in PDF only but there was a lot of demand for a print version instead so I was happy to offer those as well. It’s probably my most modern quilt I’ve ever made and it looks great when done in colors, too!

I’ve long since sold out of the original fabrics used to make it, but I have a few Interlinked kits left in similar colors: shades of gray on a white background or black. It goes together very quickly, too!

Positive Direction Quilt Pattern

Positive Direction Quilt Pattern by Christa Quilts

Click here to get Positive Direction pattern on sale

Positive Direction is one of the few remaining patterns that I made from fabrics other than mine. The secret is color placement and I love the modern patriotic vibe. It includes machine quilting suggestions (like all of my patterns do), and it’s on my list to remake in my own fabrics once I have enough colors to make it scrappy and fun!

Infrastructure Quilt Pattern

Infrastructure Geo Pop Fabric

Click here to get Infrastructure pattern on sale

Infrastructure was a fun collaboration between my amazingly talented designer friend Heather Black and myself. Heather designed the pattern to show off one of my fabric collections. Then I wrote the pattern and made the quilt. I call it my modern row-by-row quilt. It’s great for fussy cutting interesting designs from your favorite prints!

Bling Quilt Pattern

Bling Quilts White or Black
Click here to get Bling quilt pattern on sale

I originally made Bling from fat quarters with a single background fabric (shown above). But when I recently released my Black, White & Bright fabric collection, I remade it using a the Hashtags layout with scrappy backgrounds instead (see below). Isn’t it fun to see how fabric placement can make such a huge change?

Click here to get the Hashtags kit made from Black, White & Bright

I hope you enjoyed viewing these quilts. They are so fun to make and I want to make the quilting process fast, fun and accessible to all. So feel free to leave a comment with any questions about these quilts and patterns. And be sure to share pics of your makes and tag me on social media #christaquilts.

Click here to view all of my fabrics, patterns, books and threads currently on sale.

Reserve Your Signed Copy of How Do I Quilt It?

My new book, How Do I Quilt It? will release on July 25th and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I’m now taking orders for signed copies, and everyone who preorders will get some bonus freebies!! So click the video below to see all of the quilts in the book along with some quilting tips and tricks!

Click here to reserve your signed copy of How Do I Quilt It?

Get My Machine Quilting Books and Improve Your Skills!

I have a secret to share with you a little later this year… I’ve written another book!! But before I tell you all about it, I want to encourage you to pick up my previous books if you haven’t yet. My most recent book, 99 Machine Quilting Designs is a great reference book when you are stumped for an idea. Click the video below for a quick peek at some of the designs you can quilt!

Click here to get your signed copy of 99 Machine Quilting Designs

Spoiler alert: 99 Designs makes a great companion for the new book!

Get My First Book on Sale!

Click here to get your signed copy of Machine Quilting on Sale

I only have a few copies left of my first book, Machine Quilting with Style and they are on sale! It was such a joy to write this book and all of the opportunities that have come since. In case you missed it, you can see a virtual trunk show all of the projects in the book. Just click the video below.

Stay Tuned for More!

Below are all of the books I’ve written so far. It’s been such a great journey and I can’t wait to tell you all about the next one. I’ll be sharing sneek peeks soon, so stay tuned!!

Which of these do you YOU have in your book stash? What would you like to see from me in future books?

Click here to view all of my in-print patterns and books.

Learn How to Quilt a Large Quilt on a Small Machine

I love sharing and teaching and the biggest question I get is how to quilt a larger quilt on a regular sewing machine. The answer is simple: make a quilting plan and then divide and conquer the design! In my latest YouTube video, I show you how to do exactly that. Click the image below to watch:

In this week’s video, I’m sharing tips and tricks for making my Charming Chevrons quilt using 10″ squares of my Good Vibes fabric. You can get the fabric, or the optional kit, or you can just use what you have on hand, as long as there’s good contrast between light and dark.

In case you missed it, I previously shared the video tutorial showing how to make the smaller version of this quilt using Good Vibes 5″ squares (charm packs). It has a completely different quilting plan, and you can mix and match the designs! Click the image below to watch:

Smaller Charming Chevrons Kits and fabric are available, too (while supplies last)!

I sure hope you enjoy these videos. Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know if you’ve been able to incorporate my quilting tips and tricks into your own projects!

Get My Charming Chevrons Kits in 2 Sizes!

I’m putting the finishing touches on this week’s video tutorial where I’m going to show you how I made the larger version of Charming Chevrons from 10″ squares of my Good Vibes fabric.

Click here to view all of my quilt kits.

Charming Chevrons by Christa Watson

Above is the quilt top before quilting. Below is after quilting. Don’t you love the texture it adds?

In my previous video tutorial, I showed how to make the smaller Charming Chevrons Quilt from 5″ squares. Check out the different textures I included below:

I love including walking foot quilting + free motion quilting for a custom look. You can easily change the size of either quilt by simple making more blocks!

And here’s the smaller Charming Chevrons quilt top before quilting.

Charming Chevrons by Christa Watson

Now you can grab the kit in either size shown here. Or customize it with some of your favorite precut squares from your stash. Click here to view all of my current quilt kits and get started on a new project!

Watch Christa’s Quilt Chat Episode 5 – Learn how to Baste & Free Motion Quilt with Soft and Stable

I had a fabulous time being a guest on Live with Annie Unrein – her weekly show that’s all about better bag making. Although I usually stick to sewing 2D items like quilts, it was fun to share tips and tricks for machine quilting fabric panels to make 3D items like totes, organizers, and other accessories. Click play below to watch my tips on layering & basting soft and stable and how to machine quilt it. The process is very similar to quilting a quilt!

This episode is a little longer than my usual weekly videos, but it’s worth the watch. I share an update about what’s going on around here, including more sneak peeks of my next fabric line coming soon! If you want to improve your machine quilting skills, be sure to grab one of my machine quilting books shown below. I’m happy to sign it for you and cheer you on every step of the way!

Click here to get Machine Quilting with Style, my first book. There’s only a few copies left!
Click here to get 99 Machine Quilting Designs. It’s a plethora of inspiration!

Watch Me Live with Annie Today on Facebook!

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be sharing a quilting demonstration and offering tips and tricks on how you can free-motion quilt with soft and stable to create prequilted panels for your bags and accessories. I don’t do much “3-D” sewing myself, but I loved getting to experiment and play so I could share my experience with you!

The chat will happen live on Patterns by Annie Facebook page with Annie Unrein. If you can’t make it live (or don’t use Facebook), I’ll be re-posting it to my YouTube channel later.

This will take the place of my regularly scheduled weekly video.

Now I’m curious to know – do you make other quilted items besides quilts? Leave me a comment and tell me all about it!

Save the Date: MQG Sessions Coming in October 2022

I had a ball teaching at QuiltCon earlier this year, and I was also pleased to be part of their virtual event last year when the live show couldn’t be held because of to the pandemic. Due to the overwhelming success of that first virtual event, The Modern Quilt Guild has decided to make it a regular thing.

The MQG Sessions event will happen online October 13-16, 2022. I’ll be giving an expanded version of my popular lecture, How do I Quilt It? based on material from my new book coming out later this year (more on that soon, I promise).

I *will* be attending QuiltCon 2023, but I’ll go as an attendee rather than an instructor. I just can’t get enough modern quilting in my life! Stay tuned for registration info for MQG sessions coming in June!!