Virtual Quilt Festival: Sign Up for My Classes December 3-5, 2020

I’m looking forward to teaching during Virtual Quilt Festival Dec. 3 to 5. This online event is presented by Quilts, Inc., the parent company of International Quilt Festival.

On Thursday, 12/3, I’m one of five presenters in Machine Quilting Forum I.

Focused forum of 20-minute back-to-back presentations from five top educators, including live Q&A and chat for a truly engaging experience. Download a compilation of handouts from each presenter, new ideas, and information on products and processes.

My portion is titled Christa’s Top Tips for Machine Quilting Success:

Learn to become better at quilting on your home sewing machine with Christa’s top tips for machine quilting success. A few of these include proper work station setup, choosing the right materials, how to hide your mistakes, and learning why a “can-do” attitude is the most important tool in your toolbox! If you can sketch it, you can quilt it. See Christa’s “doodle” demonstration and learn up close how practice makes progress with each and every quilt!

Other presenters are Jenny K. Lyon, Sue Nickels, Catherine Redford and Cyndi Zacheis. We’d love to have you join us!

Click here for information on how to register.


On Friday, 12/4, I’m teaching a Master Class called Modern Machine Quilting: Walking Foot Wonders.

Stitch beyond the ditch and unleash the power of your walking foot! Learn how to stitch wavy lines, decorative stitches, grids, spirals, straight-line designs, and more! Christa Watson loves to share her modern machine quilting methods which emphasize texture over perfection in a warm and encouraging manner. After viewing this master class, you’ll feel armed with the confidence that yes, you can quilt your own quilts!

Click here for information on how to register.


More information from Quilts, Inc.:

WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT VQF?

3 days of interactive content – classes, vendors, special exhibits, live connect to exhibitors and fellow VQF attendees, games, and more during show hours

3 months to continue to view beautiful quilts, experience Open Studios™, and shop the vendor mall

WHEN?

Show hours – December 3-5, 2020, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM CST

Special Live Lecture, December 3, 2020, 6:00 – 7:00 PM CST

Quilt exhibits, Open Studios™, and Vendor Mall – December 3, 2020 – March 5, 2021

HOW WILL THE EVENT WORK VIRTUALLY?

VQF includes elements of our in-person shows – special quilt exhibits, classes, vendors – brought to you online in a mix of live and pre-recorded content. VQF is accessible from any device on the web from any computer or tablet and through an app on mobile devices.

WHEN WILL CLASSES BE?

Exciting news – Classes are available throughout show hours AND recordings of selected classes will be available for one week post-show, December 6-12, 2020.  This means you can register for any class that you might not be able to join live. It also allows you to register for more than one class that broadcasts at the same time because you can watch classes later.

IMPORTANT NOTE: A few classes will not be recorded and are only available during their scheduled time – these classes are denoted by the words “Live Viewing Only” in the class description.

I’d love to have you join me for Virtual Quilt Festival!

When you have finished the registration tutorial, you can

Click here to go to registration.

 

Happy Thanksgiving from Christa Quilts!

Happy Thanksgiving 2020, friends! I’m so grateful for each person who supports me and my family. If you’ve ever left a comment, given a like, used my fabric, read my books, made my designs, taken a class or forged ahead more boldly into machine quilting, thank you so much! I couldn’t do this without YOU!Happy Thanksgiving 2020

Quilt shown above is Modern Logs, made from my Good Vibes fabric.

Although it was just the 3 of us this year, my husband, daughter and I did our annual Thanksgiving trail run in the desert near our home. It’s the perfect place to social distance and still get the exercise we need.

2020 Thanksgiving Trail Run

Above, my daughter and hubby on a trail near our home. Below, my daughter and I at the finish.

2020 Thanksgiving trail run

2020 Thanksgiving trail run

Show and Tell: Get my Books for just $19.95 Each through 11/30/20

You have just a few days left to get my current stock of books for just $19.95 each. All 3 of them include step by step instructions for both piecing AND quilting. Click here to get your signed copy now!

Machine Quilting Books by Christa Watson

 

To keep you busy this holiday weekend,  I’ve included images of ALL the quilts from my books. So browse your favorites below, then click here to purchase it and I’ll be happy to sign it for you!

Quilts from Piece and Quilt with Precuts

Squiggles

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Squiggles by Christa Watson from Piece and Quilt with Precuts

Gridwork

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Gridwork by Christa Watson from Piece and Quilt with Precuts

Frequency

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Frequency by Christa Watson for Piece and Quilt with Precuts

S.W.A.K

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SWAK from Piece and Quilt with Precuts

Starstruck

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Starstruck by Christa Watson from Piece and Quilt with Precuts

Dot ‘n’ Dash

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

Twinkling Diamonds

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Twinkling Diamonds by Christa Watson from Piece and Quilt with Precuts

Windows

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Windows from Piece and Quilt with Precuts by Christa Watson

Kites

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Kites Quilt from Piece and Quilt with Precuts by Christa Watson

Arrows

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Arrows from Piece and Quilt with Precuts by Christa Watson

Spools

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QuiltCon reject 2

Quilts from The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting

Choosing Colors

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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!

Quilts from Machine Quilting with Style

Ripples

ripplesRipples, made by me

 

Rain

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

color crystals.Color Crystals, made by me

Little Man’s Fancy

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

Static

staticStatic, made by me

Square in a Square

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

Focal Point

focal_point

Focal Point, made by me
Juried into QuiltCon 2016

Lightning

Lightning and backing

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

Candy Pop

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

Broken V

BrokenVBroken V, made by me

Facets

Facets_Kona

Facets, made by me
2nd Place Modern, AQS Paducah 2016
Juried into AQS Phoenix 2016

Pearl Gray

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

CLICK HERE FOR SIGNED COPIES OF ALL 3 BOOKS

Books by Christa Watson

 

All Digital Quilt Patterns on Sale This Week Only!

Save 20% on All PDF patterns in my Etsy shop!

This week I’m running a special sale on all of my instant downloadable digital patterns in my Etsy shop. This is a great time to stock up on those patterns on your wish list. Or grab the PDF versions of your favorite print patterns. Then you’ll always have access them to them right on your computer!

Click here to view all of my PDF quilt patterns on sale. 

Christa Quilts Patterns

Best of all, there’s no coupon required to get them. Sale prices are valid through Friday, November 20th. Price not valid on prior purchases.

Happy Early Back Friday!!!

Color Weave Quilt Kit, Gray Fabrics Back in Stock!!

I know it’s been a minute since I posted but I have lots of exciting behind-the-scenes stuff happening right now. But I had to come up for air to let you know the fabulous news that my Confetti Crosshatch fabrics are now back in stock.

Confetti Crosshatch by Christa Watson

Click here to get Confetti Crosshatch by the yard in light or dark grey.

These are my most popular prints of all time and you can see why – because they are the PERFECT grays that go with just about anything!!

And there’s even more great news to share – my Color Weave quilt kit is now back in stock, too. This has been my best selling kit and pattern EVER!! I’m not sure if it’s the rainbow effect that folks love, or the magic of the piecing, but it’s one of my favorites, too!!Color Weave quilt by Christa Watson

Click here to get the Color Weave quilt kit, while supplies last.

In case you missed it the first time around, you can learn how to make this quilt from start to finish by checking out my step-by-step Color Weave Quilt Along. The quilt along itself is free – all you need is a copy of the Color Weave quilt pattern to follow along.

Click here for the Color Weave Quilt Along

Color Weave Quilt Pattern

I love seeing everything you all have made with my quilt patterns and fabric. Keep sharing them with me and making my day!!!

Color Weave Quilt by Christa Watson

Featured Designer: Heather Black of Quiltachusetts

Today I’m happy to have a guest post from my friend Heather Black of Quiltachusetts. Heather is a talented designer of modern quilts and when you visit her blog, you’ll recognize some of the designs on her published page.

Heather Black

Her most recent adventure is fabric design, and I know you’ll enjoy hearing about that. Take it away, Heather!


I’m so honored that Christa asked me to be a guest on her blog. Christa was one of the first quilters I met online and she’s been a mentor as well as a friend through the years. 

She encouraged me to follow my own sensibilities when it came to designing quilts and gave me the courage to branch out into fabric design when Paintbrush Studio came calling.

Fat quarters of Sketchbook by Heather Black for Paintbrush Studio

Earlier this year my first fabric line, Sketchbook for Paintbrush Studio, was released. I don’t know what I would have done without Christa’s support and guidance. The fabric line was inspired by a quilt I designed called Swatches.

Swatches by Heather Black

When I designed this quilt, I wanted the pink swatches to look like paint cakes, but the quilting is where I really found inspiration for the fabric line. 

I liked the black outline quilting around the paint cakes. It reminded me of doodling or sketching, and from there I began playing with shapes and textures that had the same feel and look.

Detail, Swatches by Heather Black

I also designed three different quilts to go along with the fabric line. They’re Sketchbook Sampler, Office Daydreams and Topsy-Turvy. Two of the designs are fat quarter friendly, and they use Painter’s Palette Solids as the background.

All of the prints from the line and the patterns are now available in my shop, quiltachusetts.com.

I’m so thankful to Paintbrush Studio for taking the risk and giving me a chance to design fabric. I really love the process and the creativity of it all.  My second fabric line, Road Trip, will be out before the end of the year. It’s all very exciting.

Again, this fabric line was inspired by a quilt I designed, and that quilt was inspired by all the road trips my family took and still takes. We’ve driven all over the USA and parts of Canada. 

I really appreciate the memories and time spent with my parents and siblings. The Road Trip fabric line is a combination of bright cheery colors and geometric shapes.

Road Trip by Heather Black

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading a bit about the inspiration behind my quilts and fabric. I love the design process and making quilts and I encourage all quilters to add their own personality to every quilt they create.

Detail, Road Trip by Heather Black

Isn’t it great to see that Heather has found her creative voice? She has a unique style all her own. It was fun to hear how her modern quilt designs inspired fabric designs! Be sure to visit Heather’s website and her blog, and follow her on Instagram: @quiltachusetts.

Modern Logs QAL Part 6: Free Motion Stipple Quilting

I love it when we get to the machine quilting part of a Quilt Along! I’ve just finished my fourth book on machine quilting so I feel like that is one of my specialties. I’m excited for you to try free motion stipple quilting like I did on my Modern Logs, or another quilting design of your choice.

I made a video with all my best tips and tricks for quilting Modern Logs. Just nine minutes but it’s packed full of help and guidance! Click play below to watch.

 

If you’ve never tried free motion quilting or a stipple (also called a meander), layer up a couple of fat quarters with batting and practice there before you start on your real quilt. You can quilt on this practice sandwich many times over, using it as a warm-up if you like.

I can’t wait to see how you decide to quilt your Modern Logs!

Click here for links to the Modern Logs quilt along.
Click here to get the Modern Logs quilt kit while supplies last.
Click here to purchase Modern Logs quilt pattern – paper version.
Click here to purchase the Modern Logs quilt pattern – PDF version.

Click here to see other people’s Modern Logs and how different and exciting they are!

99 Machine-Quilting Designs – Preorder Now!

99 Machine Quilting Designs Today I’m excited to share a sneak peek of a several designs included in my upcoming book, 99 Machine Quilting Designs.  There are still few of days left pre-order my new book and get all the bonus premiums as well as reduced shipping.

When I teach in person, students stitch a series of practice samples to try out different walking foot and free motion designs. Now you can see 99 of those “in the cloth” along with a quilting diagram and instructions on how to quilt it. 

Click here to preorder now!

It was so much fun to dream up all these combinations and then to quilt the samples. The fabrics are Superior Solids from Benartex, the batting is from Hobbs and the thread is from my Aurifil thread kits. The samples were made on my Bernina 770 QE.

Just imagine me cheering you on as you try out these designs on your next project! Delivery is February 2021. I know the time will fly and it will be here before you know it!!

Grab these Bonuses with Your Preorder by 10/20/20

If you pre-order my book by Oct. 20, you’ll get a complimentary fat quarter of my fabric from one of my 6 fabrics lines, chosen at random. (Don’t you love surprises?!)

Good Vibes Fat Quarters

You also get one of my patterns so that you can practice your favorite designs from the book!

I’ll also sign it for you – which I promise will be a good luck charm as you quilt!!

Click here to pre-order 99 Machine-Quilting Designs for just $25.95 (regular retail price is $28.95). I can’t wait to quilt with you!

Featured Designer: Charisma Horton

I’m having a ball seeing what everyone makes from my fabrics so I thought I’d share some of the amazing quilts my good friend Charisma Horton from Charisma’s Corner has made from my prints. She’s a prolific and talented pattern designer and chances are, you have one of her patterns in your stash! I’ll let Charisma tell us a little bit more about these beauties in her own words….

Charisma Horton

Hi Everybody! I am so excited to share a little about the quilts I have designed using Christa’s fabrics. I met Christa a few years ago in a design group. She has always been so generous with sharing information and collaborations.

I was a really new designer when I originally contacted Christa to use her fabrics. Since then I have designed several quilts using her lines of fabric. I love working with her lines because they are so versatile. You will find that many of my designs are based upon color as a feature design element.

Check out The Hive made from geo pop:

Click here to get The Hive quilt pattern from Charisma’s Corner on Etsy

“The Hive” was designed and waiting for the perfect line of fabric to come along and bring it to life. That was Geo Pop.  I was so excited that Christa loved my design & displayed it in her booth at quilt market last year:

The Hive made from Geo Pop

The Hive pattern with the white background looks great next to Christa’s Bling pattern in Black!!

All the rest of the quilts that I have designed using Christa’s fabrics were a direct result of seeing her lines. Meaning that I designed the quilts specifically after seeing her fabric swatches.

Mid Mod was designed with Gridwork:

Mid Mod by Charisma Horton

Click here to get Mid Mod quilt pattern from Charisma’s Corner on Etsy

First of all, I have to say that I LOVE-LOVE Gridwork. I made 2 published projects with this line and I have another coming out in a magazine that I can’t share yet. But it’s a very special quilt and I can’t wait to share that one as well. I am a HUGE fan of this line because I love the colors, the grids and all of the lovely textures.

Mid Mod is my take on Mid Century modern art. I wanted to create a quilt that was easy to complete but looked random and freeform. I think many people are pleasantly surprised when they make this pattern. It’s WAY easier than it looks. I also have these blocks mocked up in several different layouts. There are so many ways to arrange these blocks and make the quilt your own.

Before I was a pattern designer, when I bought patterns, I treated them as a jumping off point. I wanted to make them my own. This pattern can easily be changed to fit your own style.

Nate and Tate Pillows Made from Gridwork

I am one of those quilters that loves all styles. This next pattern looks vastly different than the Mid Century modern one that I just shared!

Nate and Tate PillowsClick here to get Nate & Tate pillow pattern from Charisma’s Corner on Etsy

Can you get any more cutesy than these gnome bench pillows? I had some scraps left from my Mid Mod project and I didn’t waste one inch! LOL. I keep my Christa fabrics in separate bags, away from the rest of my scraps so that I can save them for something special.

Who else does that? Haha! I can’t help it!  I just knew I could use them for something else and I whipped out these pillows. They have been a great addition for the seasons. They are also great gifts.

Groovy Chutes from Good Vibes

Groovy Chutes by Charisma Horton

Click here to get Groovy Chutes quilt pattern from Charisma’s Corner on Etsy

Since Christa and I have been working together on these projects we have become great friends, even though we’ve never met in real life!! We realized we were about the same age and we are both 80’s kids. So when she released her next line, Good Vibes, it was like totally, radically, awesome! Haha!

I immediately channeled my spiral perm, mall bangs, watermelon Bubblicious and thought about the times I carried my boom box to the playground to listen to my tunes. Yes! I actually did that! D batteries were in high demand in the 80’s!

Groovy Cutes is clean, simple and takes us back to simpler times. Little things made us happy or maybe I was just intoxicated from all of the aqua net? Haha! Either way, good times.

I am so blessed to get to work with Christa. Whether her fabrics help bring my designs to life or whether her designs spark creative designs from me I feel like we are a great team! I am anxiously waiting for the next set of swatches! *hint-hint*

From Christa:

Thanks Charisma – I sure hope everyone loves your fun, colorful quilts as much as I do. And here’s a hint… I’m working on my next fabric line right now – you’ll be one of the first to see it before anyone else!!

EQ Design Challenge Call for Entry: You Could Win Good Vibes Fabric

Design challenge alert!! I’ve partnered with Electric Quilt and Benartex, LLC. to bring you a fun design contest. Download swatches of my Good Vibes fabric, design an original quilt using EQ, and enter to win a bundle of my fabric. This is a great way to stretch your creativity and you don’t even have to make the quilt.GoodVibes-Challenge

You DO have to use Electric Quilt to enter this contest, but you DO NOT have to make the quilt! 2 lucky winners will each win a Bundle of my Good Vibes fabric.

The exciting part about this design challenge is that I get to pick one of the winners! My friends over at Benartex will pick the other. I’ve done this contest for most of my fabric lines so far and I just LOVE seeing what you all create!!

Good Vibes fat quarters

To enter

Design your own, original quilt in EQ using the Good Vibes fabrics then submit an image of it to EQ by 11:59pm ET on October 31, 2020. Download the free Good Vibes fabrics for EQ here.

For other rules and to submit, click here to visit the Electric Quilt Blog.

I can’t wait to see your entries!!