Join me on the Quilting Hour July 30, 2021

I’m excited to announce I’ll be a guest on a brand new video series called The Quilting Hour! It’s hosted by Lee Chappell Monroe of May Chappell and will be presented by C&T’s Creative Spark. Here’s a quick roundup of who all the guests will be. I can’t wait!!

Quilting Conversations with Trendsetting Designers For Quilt Enthusiasts

The Quilting Hour dives deeper into quilting techniques and trends. Each week the LIVE one-hour conversations will focus on a specific theme or technique. Expert quilter Lee Chappell Monroe of May Chappell will host 2-3 sensational guests and guide the conversation to be sure you learn the most you can on the theme of the week. Of course there will be time to ask questions so come ready to participate.

If you miss the LIVE event, don’t worry. Each week’s discussion will be recorded and accessible to watch at your leisure.

So pick a discussion topic you want to learn more about or better yet sign up for the entire series!

Here’s a list of dates and topics that will be included in the series:

I’m excited that they’ve saved the best for last!! On July 30, I’ll be the featured guest along with Teri Lucas and we will be chatting all things domestic machine quilting!!

Click here for full details and to register for this series.

It’s going to be “sew” much fun!

Here’s a fun promo video of all the guest that will be on the show. I hope you’ll join us!!

Click here to join The Quilting Hour!

WHO WANTS TO COME WITH ME TO SPAIN??

Next year from March 19-27, you can come with me on an adventure of a lifetime to Spain, including stops in Barcelona, Madrid, and Sitges for the world renowned international patchwork festival. I’ve been invited by Craftsy and Craft tours to headline this amazing event.

We are going to do such fun things like marzipan making, touring a craft village, meeting up with other quilters, and of course, quilting! I’ll hang out with everyone each day of the tour, plus we’ve set aside time for 2 half day workshops.

A view of Sitges, Spain

In the first workshop, students will get to practice their hand piecing skills while making the Star of Spain mini quilt; an original design by me inspired by the colors and landscape of this beautiful country.

Kits will be provided and are included in the cost of the tour. You’ll get everything you need to make this cute mini – in your choice of colors below! Plus, I’l die cut everything for you ahead of time, so you’ll have more time to sew!

Star of Spain Mini Quilt – Exclusively for Tour Attendees

In the second workshop, students will discuss machine quilting options and learn Christa’s successful tips and tricks for machine quilting. We won’t need to worry about machines on the trip, but we’ll get a whole lot of inspiration and this will be an interactive class!

Here’s a quick video I made, inviting you on the tour. My enthusiasm for this trip is unbridled, and I can’t wait for you to join me!! So grab your friends, loved ones, or quilting buddies for this bucket list adventure!

Click HERE for complete travel itinerary and registration information.

A $1000 deposit is required, and the rest of the balance can be paid in $350 monthly installments. You’ll want to reserve your spot by 6/21/21 for the best price, and there’s a “land-only” option available if you prefer to travel to Spain yourself.

Spaces are limited to just 28 students, and I’ve already been getting emails from groups of friends who plan to go together. How fun is that?? If you DON’T have a buddy to go with – sign up to share a room with another student and make a new friend on the tour!

It’s going to be epic!!

So – who’s going to join me???

Click here to join me in Spain next year!

More Live Teaching This Year!

I am so thrilled to be getting back to live teaching this year. My next big upcoming event takes place in Nebraska August 5-7. I’ll be teaching for BERNINA Sewing Center of Omaha & BERNINA of Lincoln. I can hardly wait!

I’ll be teaching the same things at each shop. We will kick off the event with my popular “How Do I Quilt It?” lecture in the evening. Then the following day I’ll teach my hands-on Modern Machine Quilting full day workshop.

So first you’ll learn the theory of how I quilt my quilts, then you’ll be able to practice my fun and easy walking foot & free motion techniques. By the end of the event you’ll be a better quilter, guaranteed!!

Just one of the walking foot designs you’ll learn!

It’s a closeup of the continuous spiral on my Sparkling Stars quilt.

Click here to register for the Omaha event, Thursday-Friday
Click here to register for the Lincoln event, Friday-Saturday

I can’t wait to see you there!!

Register for my Online Lectures at Minnesota Quilt Show!

I sure can’t wait to get back to in person teaching later this year. But in the meantime I’m excited that I can reach more people online that may not have a chance to travel and see me otherwise.

I’m very pleased to be offering two of my popular lectures at the virtual Minnesota Quilt Show in June.

Here are the details with links to register:

The Hallmarks of Modern Quilting Lecture

June 9, 2021 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Central Time

This informative lecture is full of quilting examples demonstrating how the modern aesthetic can apply to the machine quilting process. Learn how negative space, minimalism, graphic geometry, improvisation and other hallmarks of the modern aesthetic can be incorporated into your machine quilting work. Attendees will gain a better understanding of why many modern quilters choose to employ an abundance of straight line and “industrial looking” designs rather than quilting overly ornate and perfectly symmetrical motifs. Skill level: All levels. Cost: $10 (member) / $12 (non-member).

Click here to register for the Minnesota Quilters Virtual Quilt Show

How Do I Quilt It? Lecture

June 10, 2021 7:30 – 8:30 PM Central Time

The secret to successful quilting is in the planning and preparation. I’ll guide you through the steps I take to make each quilting experience fun and stress free. Once you see my methods, you’ll feel empowered to quilt your own quilts! Learn how I baste my quilts, make a quilting plan, choose thread colors, divide and conquer each task, and apply rich texture with little to no marking of the quilt. Skill level: All levels. Cost: $10 (member) / $12 (non-member).

Click here to register for the Minnesota Quilters Virtual Quilt Show

Click here to see my complete, up-to-date teaching schedule. Hopefully I’ll be at a location near you!!!

Virtual Trunk Show of My Book Quilts

Well it’s been awhile since I last posted, but life just got in the way! However, today I’m excited to be back blogging agin and sharing a virtual trunk show of my quilts for your viewing pleasure. Below are all of the patterned quilts from my books, plus several alternate versions. The best part is that each of my book includes step by step instructions to make the quilt top, and also how to quilt them. Enjoy!!

Click here to get signed copies of my books.

Books by Christa Watson

Piece and Quilt with Precuts (2017)

Piece and Quilt with Precuts by Christa Watson

All of the quilts in this book are precut friendly and each pattern includes piecing instructions and a quilting plan with diagrams and quilting suggestions. You can mix and match pieced patterns and quilting motifs to your heart’s content!

Squiggles – Original Version from the Book

Click here for the blog post about this quilt.

Squiggles by Christa Watson from Piece and Quilt with Precuts

Squiggles Remake using Modern Marks Fabric

Click here for the Quilt Along for this quilt.

Squiggles by Christa Watson

Gridwork – Original Version from the Book

Click here for the blog post about this quilt.

Gridwork by Christa Watson from Piece and Quilt with Precuts

Gridwork Remake by Vicky Holloway Using Modern Marks

Click here for Vicky’s blog post about this quilt.

Gridwork by Vicki Holloway

Frequency – Original Version from the Book

Click here for the blog post about this quilt.

Frequency by Christa Watson for Piece and Quilt with Precuts

Frequency – Mini remake using Modern Marks

Click here to read more about this collaboration between me and Leah Day.

Mini Frequency wiht Modern Marks

S.W.A.K

Click here for the blog post about this quilt.

SWAK from Piece and Quilt with Precuts

Starstruck – Original Version from the Book

Click here for the blog post about this quilt.

Starstruck by Christa Watson from Piece and Quilt with Precuts

Starstruck remake using Modern Marks

Click here for the blog post about this quilt.

Modern Starstuck by Christa Watson

Dot ‘n’ Dash – Original Version from the Book

Click here for the blog post about this quilt.

Dot 'n' Dash by Christa Watson from Piece and Quilt with Precuts

Dot ‘n’ Dash remake using Fandangle

Click here for the Quilt Along for this quilt.

Dot 'n Dash quilt by Christa Watson

Twinkling Diamonds

Click here for the blog post about this quilt.

Twinkling Diamonds by Christa Watson from Piece and Quilt with Precuts

Windows

Click here for the blog post about this quilt.

Windows from Piece and Quilt with Precuts by Christa Watson

Kites

Click here for the blog post about this quilt.

Kites Quilt from Piece and Quilt with Precuts by Christa Watson

Arrows

Click here for the blog post about this quilt.

Arrows from Piece and Quilt with Precuts by Christa Watson

Spools – Original Version from the Book

Click here for the blog post about this quilt.

QuiltCon reject 2
Spools Remake by Hollyanne Knight Using Modern Marks

Click here for Hollyanne’s blog post about this quilt.

Spools from Piece and Quilt with Precuts

The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting (2016)

Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting

Angela Walters and I each made the same ten quilts in our own choice of fabrics and quilting motifs. There are 10 different patterns presented along with over 50 different machine quilting designs. Below are each of the 20 quilts we made showcasing different color combos and machine quilting suggestions.

Choosing Colors

Click here to read more about this quilt.

Choosing Colors by Christa Watson

Christa’s version – in rainbow order.

Choosing Colors made by Angela Walters

Angela’s version – mix it up and throw in a scrappy binding!

Swirling Butterflies

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Swirling Butterflies Wholecloth Quilt

Christa’s version – bold and contemporary.

Swirling Butterflies Angela Walters

Angela’s version – white and traditional.

Plumb Lines

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My version of Plumb Lines won 2nd Place, Modern at HMQS in 2016.

Plumb Lines Quilt

Christa’s version – free-motion alternatives to straight line quilting.

Plumb Lines Quilt

Angela’s version – peachy keen!!

Cornered

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Corned quilt by Christa Watson

Christa’s version – pretty in pink!

Cornered by Angela Walters

Angela’s version – make your friends green with envy when you learn how to quilt these motifs!

Directionally Challenged

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Directionally Challenged by Christa Watson

Christa’s Version in shades of blue with walking foot quilting and FMQ.

Directionally Challenged by Angela Walters

Angela’s version in red showing how to break down large blocks for quilting success.

Migration

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Migration Quilt

Christa’s version – grid quilting in warm earthy tones.

Migration by Angela Walters

Angela’s version – jewel box quilting with lots of negative space fillers.

Exploding Star

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Exploding Star by Christa Watson

Christa’s version using Angela’s fabrics with walking foot continuous spiral quilting.

Exploding Star by Angela Walters

Angela’s version quilted with multi-sized spirals.

fractured squares

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Fractured_Squares_Christa

Christa’s version – completely quilted with a walking foot.

Fractured_Squares_Angela

Angela’s version – having fun with improv borders!

Quatrefoil Applique

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Quatrefoil-Applique_Christa

Christa’s version – it’s a machine quilting sampler!

Quatrefoil-Applique_Angela

Angela’s version – bold and dramatic.

U-Turns

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U-Turns_Christa

Christa’s version – cool teal solids with a touch of print.

U-Turns_Angela

Angela’s version – perfect for practicing turning a corner!

Machine Quilting with Style (2015)

Click each highlighted link below each image for more about that quilt.

Machine Quilting With Style

13 friends each remade the 12 quilts + 1 of the backings. I have included their versions, too. Photography of my quilts courtesy of Martingale and Brent Kane. Here’s the order in which they are presented in the book:

ripplesRipples, made by me

ripples_melissa

Ripples, made by Melissa Corry and her MIL Barbara

mqws_rainRain, made by me
Juried into QuiltCon 2016
Shown at MQG Exhibit at Int’l Quilt Festival

rain_drizzle_cheryl

Drizzle, made by Cheryl Brickey

color crystals.Color Crystals, made by me

colorcrystals_vicki

Color Crystals, made by Vicki Ruebel
Honorable Mention, PIQF 2015
Faculty Award, MQX New England 2016

technicolor_backing

Technicolor backing made by me

technicolorbacking_ida

Urban sunrise, made by Ida Ewing
Best Machine Quilting, Pahrump Quilt Show 2016

Little Man's FancyLittle Man’s Fancy, made by me

littlemansfancy_tina

Little Man’s Fancy, made by Tina Guthmann

staticStatic, made by me

static_quilt_lee

Static, made by Lee Heinrich

square in a squareSquare in a Square, made by me
Juried into Road to California, 2016

squareinasquare_stacy

Square in a Square, made by Stacy Cooper

focal_point

Focal Point, made by me
Juried into QuiltCon 2016

Focal Point - Chic Neutrals no lines

Focal Point, recolored in EQ7 using Chic Neutrals fabric from Amy Ellis

focalpoint_amy

Focal Point, made by Amy Garro

Lightning and backing

Lightning, made by me
Bonus backing tutorial from Martingale
Juried into Road to California 2016

lightning_leannePink, made by Leanne Chahley

Candy_PopCandy Pop, made by me
Awarded 3rd Place, Applique at DQN 2016 Quilt Show

candypop_linda

Candy Pop, made by Linda Hungerford

BrokenVBroken V, made by me

brokenv_sharon

Broken V, made by Sharon McConnell

Facets_Kona

Facets, made by me
2nd Place Modern, AQS Paducah 2016
Juried into AQS Phoenix 2016
Quilt Along Blog Series 2016

facets_kristy

Facets, made by Kristy Daum

Finals B1324.inddPearl Gray, made by me
1st Place Large, Single Maker, DQN 2016 Quilt Show

pearl_gray_alyce

Pearl Gray, made by Alyce Blyth

 Click Here for Signed Copies of All 3 Books

Books by Christa Watson

 

My Interlinked Quilt Pattern is Now Available!

I’m thrilled to introduce a brand new quilt pattern called Interlinked.It’s one of my more modern quilts and was recently shown the QuiltCon Together online quilt show.

Click here to get the Interlinked PDF Quilt Pattern

Interlinked Quilt by Christa WatsonInterlinked Quilt by Christa Watson, 64″ x 80″
Made from neutrals of Fandangle, Geo Pop, and Gridwork

I love making all kinds of quilts and most of my designs fall on the “Modern Traditional” side of things. But with Interlinked, I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and really embrace modern principles like “minimalism” and “negative space.”

Interlinked Quilt by Christa Watson
The most fun part about making this quilt was combining neutrals from several of my fabric lines. I love how they all work together!

Get the Kit!

When I shared sneak peeks of me making this quilt a few months ago, I immediately got requests for kits once the pattern was available. So I’m happy to announce that kits are now in stock and ready to ship over  at shop.ChristaQuilts.com.

Interlinked Quilt by Christa Watson

Click here to get the interlinked quilt kit (fabric only) while supplies last.

The PDF pattern can be found in my Etsy shop and it includes easy to follow step by step  instructions. I’ve also included an option for adding borders, several alternate colorways and machine quilting suggestions. I threw in a coloring page, too – so you can play around with different colorways to your heart’s content!

Interlinked Quilt by Christa Watson

The quilt is actually really quick and easy to make and you can have fun with the quilting just like I did. I quilted a different geometric design in each fabric of the quilt and it was so fun putting this one together. It’s the first time I’ve made a quilt from my fabrics where I’ve used more than one collection and I really enjoyed the freedom of doing that!

Interlinked Free Motion Quilt Detail

Interlinked free-motion quilting detail – click image above to enlarge.

I hope you enjoyed looking at all these fun pics and I can’t wait to see your version of the quilt. When you make it, please use the hashtag #interlinkedquilt on social media so I can cheer you on!

Where to Buy

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Interlinked quilt pattern by Christa Watson of Christa Quilts

 

Get This Book by Heather Black: Design, Make, Quilt Modern

My BQF (Best Quilty Friend) Heather Black of Quiltachusetts just wrote her 2nd book, Design, Make, Quilt Modern and I enjoyed reading it from cover to cover!

Design Make Quilt Modern by Heather Black

The book includes wonderful explanations of her design process including how the quilting can affect the look of the quilt, plus so much more useful info, especially if you enjoy designing your own quilts.

As a bonus, the book also includes 4 modern quilt patterns for you to make. They are:

#1 Grounded – I love how Heather explains her reasoning on why this quilt only has borders on 3 sides. At first you don’t notice it but when you read her explanation it makes total sense. When you see the step-by-step process she used to design this quilt, you’ll be amazed at how and why it looks so fabulous!

Grounded Quilt by Heather Black

#2  Moving Through – Heather always constantly amazes me with her color choices in her quilts. And the machine quilting is always superb. I love her trick of quilting a different machine quilting motif in each color of the quilt! But it’s done with purpose rather than random which results in a truly stunning quilt!

Moving Through by Heather Black#3 Misprint – This is one of my all-time favorites and I learned so much about design from this quilt. In her book, Heather goes over the rule of thirds and clearly explains how to effectively achieve an asymmetrical design. It’s all about balance!

Misprint by Heather Black

#4 Around Town –  This is another knock-your-socks-off modern design that uses tried and true design principles such as odd numbers of groupings and a hidden grid layout to achieve incredible results. Heather has a style that I really gravitate towards and I just love her bold, geometric designs!

Heather also includes a bit about binding and backing choices which can really make a difference in the overall success of your design.

Around Town by Heather Black

Aren’t these just stunning? Here’s a quote  from Heather that I really like:

“One of my favorite topics to teach on is quilt design and one of the themes I try to communicate in both my lectures and in my new book is that anyone can design a quilt that is uniquely them. All it takes is a curiosity about design. My book takes you through finding what you like and exploring design in your everyday life to applying that design to your inspiration and finally making the inspiration reality.”

I highly recommend Design, Make, Quilt Modern not only for the patterns, but also for the fabulous lessons in design.

Design Make Quilt Modern by Heather Black

Click here to preorder your signed copy from Heather Black which releases on February 25, 2021. You won’t be disappointed!

QuiltCon Together Begins Feb 18, 2021 – See My Schedule of Events!

I’m very excited about QuiltCon Together, the annual event presented by The Modern Quilt Guild. So far, I’ve been to every show and I’ve had a quilt in every show, too. Even though this year’s event is virtual, I still wouldn’t miss it. Here’s where you can find me – and my quilts – online from February 18-22, 2021.

QuiltCon Together 2021

My Workshops

Carefree Walking Foot Quilting (On Demand) – Sold Out
Carefree Free-Motion Quilting (On Demand) – Click here to register for DSMQ009

My Walking foot quilting class is completely sold out. However, as of this writing I still have room in my Carefree Free-Motion Quilting workshop. These classes are the next best thing to being live in person. They’ve been pre-recorded and you’ll have access to them the entire length of the show. That means you can view them on your schedule and then pause to do the “homework” given in each class.

There’s an “enhanced” option meaning that students have the option of meeting with me live online in a small group setting to get additional help on anything they need from in class.

Free Motion Quilting

Click here to register for my Free Motion Quilting class at Quiltcon Together.

My Lectures

BERNINA 770QE

#1 BERNINA LIVE 2/18 at 10:30 – FREE for QuiltCon participants
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE SHOW

I’m kicking off the event first thing on Thursday morning, February, 18th at 10:30 AM Central time with a live presentation sponsored by BERNINA. It will be about 30 minutes of me chatting about my favorite machine feet for quilting. Following that, I’ll stick around for about an hour to chat with everyone and answer any questions you may have. Best of all, this event is FREE for all QuiltCon attendees. So be sure to pop over to the vitrual BERNINA booth that morning and join the fun!!

#2 Quilt Perspectives Panel 2/20 at 11:00
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR LE17

Join me and industry experts Riane Menardi Morrison, Sandra Johnson and Tia Curtis as we chat about all things machine quilting. This will be another live event that you can register for separately, or as part of an all access lecture pass.

#3 How Do I Quilt It Lecture 2/21 at 5 PM
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR LE29

I’m excited to be presenting my ever popular lecture “How Do I Quilt It” at QuiltCon Together. It will be shown on Sunday, February 21 at 5 PM Central Time. It also includes a Q&A live chat so that you can better understand the material presented. Through the magic of technology I’ll also be answering your questions live during the pre-recorded presentation.

My Quilts In the Show

I’m thrilled to have 2 quilts in the virtual show this year. The first one is a brand new design called “Pixie Stix” that in included in this year’s version of QuiltCon Magazine.

Pixie Stix by Christa Quiltss

Click here to get QuiltCon Magazine 2021 for the Pixie Stix Quilt Pattern

Pixe Stix is made from a fat quarter bundle of my Good Vibes low volume fabric plus the Bedazzled print in dark gray for the background and binding.

Good Vibes by Christa Watson

Click here to get my Good Vibes Low Volume prints.

It was fun to design and make this quilt and there’s a bonus article in the magazine all about my design process and different versions I came up with until I settled on the final layout.

Pixie Stix QuiltCon Magazine

My other quilt in the show is called “Interlinked” which was patterned in Make Modern Magazine isue #34 last year. This is one of those “try, try again” situations. I actually submitted it to QuiltCon last year and it didn’t get in. But this year it did – so you just never know how things will turn out!

Interlinked Quilt by Christa Watson

Click here to get issue #34 of Make Modern Magazine for the Interlinked Quilt Pattern

I’m currently in the process of updating the Interlinked pattern with more information and hope to release the PDF version along with some kits, soon. So be on the lookout for that in a few weeks!

Machine Quilting Tips and Tricks Part 3: Preparing the Quilt

When I’m prepping a quilt for machine quilting, I do everything I can to get a nice, flat quilt sandwich. This is especially helpful when quilting on a domestic machine because of all the quilt wrestling, scrunching and smooshing that happens during the process.

Scrunching and smooshing to machine quilt

“Scrunching and Smooshing” in progress!

In order to make my quilt as flat as possible, I press ALL of my seams open. I know this can be a bit controversial, but contrary to popular belief, it will NOT weaken your seams. After all, dressmakers have been pressing seams open forever, and clothing certainly gets a lot more wear and tear than a quilt.

Seams Pressed Open

Seams pressed open on my Color Weave quilt.

In order to ensure that the seams don’t split apart, I recommend sewing with a shorter stitch length (such as 2.0 instead of my default 2.5). This has the added benefit of hiding the piecing thread in the seam, so you don’t have to worry about perfectly matching your thread to your fabrics while piecing. Another reason I love Aurifil 50 weight cotton thread is that it really seems to sink onto the seams!

This is my default setup. I reduce the stitch length and usually lower the tension.

When it comes to preparing my fabric for quilt making, I do prewash any fabric that’s a fat quarter or larger. Sadly I’ve seen too many issues with fabric bleeding to leave it to chance. If I’m using precuts, I don’t prewash since that will shrivel them up. However, I DO wash the finished quilt with dye magnet sheets such as Color Catchers. This grabs any excess dye in the wash and makes a huge difference in protecting your quilts!

Shout Color Catchers

I also starch my fabric yardage after washing and before cutting into it. This makes a huge difference in how well the fabric sews together without stretching, and it’s an important step when sewing together larger lengths of fabric for a quilt backing.

Click the short video below for my starching tutorial on a small piece of fabric. This works well for larger pieces, too!

 

The other thing I’ll do to get my quilt layers nice and flat is to iron the quilt batting if it has any wrinkles. I prefer to use natural fiber battings (cotton, wool, or silk) rather than synthetic battings because they are more breathable AND ok to iron.

I’ll spray a bit of water on the batting, then iron it directly. If I’m worried about damaging the batting with my iron, I’ll cover it with a piece of fabric first. As with any new technique in quilting, be sure test on a smaller pice first to ensure you get the results you are looking for.

press batting

I use a “big board” that fits on top of my regular ironing board.

Once all 3 layers are nice and flat, it’s time to baste them together. I’ve written several basting tutorials over the years, but my favorite method is to use basting spray and my design wall.

Click the clip below for my most recent spray basting video tutorial.

Just for your reference, here are several links to other basting tutorials I’ve shared over the years. Feel free to pick and choose which techniques resonate with you.

Just remember there’s no “right” or “wrong” way to quilt – just different techniques that work for your particular situation!

If you’ve enjoyed these hints, Click here for my full series of Machine Quilting Tips and Tricks.

shop.ChristaQuilts.comTo continue supporting my sewing and sharing, you can pick up any of my fun fabrics, patterns, thread and books on my website at shop.ChristaQuilts.com.

Happy quilting, friends!!

My Newest Book is Now Available: 99 Machine Quilting Designs!

I’m thrilled that my 4th book has now officially been released and I have a signed copy waiting for you! Take a look at my newest pride and joy called 99 Machine Quilting Designs from Martingale/That Patchwork Place.

99 Machine Quilting Designs

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

As an author, it’s been great fun to open up boxes and boxes of my brand new book and get it out into the world.

99 Machine Quilting Designs includes a detailed photo, illustrated diagram, and step-by-step instructions on how to quilt 99 different machine quilting motifs, using walking foot AND free-motion techniques. I wrote the book from the perspective of a domestic machine quilter, but most of the designs will translate well to longarm quilting, too!

Here’s an example of one of the walking-foot designs from the book:

99 Machine Quilting Designs by Christa Watson

And here’s an example of just one of the dozens of free motion ideas in the book:

99 Machine Quilting Designs by Christa Watson

Each of the 99 designs also includes a variation to try, so it’s really like 198 designs in all! Plus there’s space on each page for you to practice your doodles and take notes right in the book! My hope is for you to get better at machine quilting by practicing as often as you can.

Here’s a video sneak peek of the book:

To make things even more fun, I created a bunch of cute buttons to promote the book, and I’m including one with each order, along with a signed message from me.

Machine Quilting buttons

Click here to get your  bonus button + signed copy of the book!

So what are you waiting for? If you haven’t already snagged your copy, you can click here to order 99 Machine Quilting Designs. Leave a note with your order if you’d like it personalized with your name, or as a gift for a friend. I PROMISE it will make you a better machine quilter!!

99 machine quilting designs

As always, thanks for your support, and happy machine quilting!!