QuiltCon Together 2021 General Registration is Now Open for Everyone!

I sure am glad that The Modern Quilt Guild knows how to make lemonade out of lemons. Earlier this year when it became apparent that there would be no big public quilting events through the end of the year, The MQG made the decision to go virtual for their show next February and I’m thrilled to be a part of it!

QuiltCon Catalog

Click Here for the QuiltCon Together Catalog and Interactive Schedule

Due to the online nature of this event, more people will be able to participate! Class sizes are still limited, but I made my schedule available so that I could handle the most number of students allowed per class. Each of my workshops will also offer an enhanced version which means you’ll get some extra bonus time with me live and a small group of other fellow students, in addition to the pre-recorded part of the class.

Here’s everything I will be teaching and there’s still room left to sign up for any and all of them:

Carefree Walking Foot Quilting

DSM008 – On Demand with Optional Live Q&A

Learn to stitch beyond the ditch and unleash the power of your walking foot to quilt modern or traditional designs. Walking foot motifs to be taught include wavy lines, decorative stitches, irregular grids, large continuous spirals, several straight line variations and more! You’ll leave class armed with the confidence that yes, you can quilt your own quilts!

Walking Foot Quilting

The continuous spiral is just one of the many quilting motifs we’ll learn in Carefree Walking Foot Quilting. This is a detail shot from my Sparkling Stars quilt. (Pattern available here.)

Carefree Free-Motion Quilting

DSM009 – On Demand with Optional Live Q&A

Embrace perfectly imperfect quilting! That means little to no marking and a whole lot of gorgeous texture. Ease into free-motion quilting with asymmetrical wavy lines, then move onto loops, traditional and modern stippling, plus curvy fillers like wishbones and cursive l’s that can expand to fit any space. Finish it off with several swirl variations, and you’ve got a toolbox of motifs to try on your next quilt!

Free Motion Quilting

Here’s a detail from my Block Chain quilt pattern 

Panel: Quilting Perspectives

LE17 Saturday February 20, 11:00 AM

Hear from a varied team of panelists about their quilting plan and process, and how they approach a finished top. Hand quilting, machine quilting, and long arm quilting will all be represented on the panel. Scheduled panels are me, Tia Curtis, Sandra Johnson, and Riane Menardi Morrison.

quilting buttons

How Do I Quilt It? Live Lecture

LE29 Sunday February 21, 5:00PM

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. I’m also excited to share my quilts and answer any questions you may have.

All of the lectures at QuiltCon Together will be offered live in real time. But the best part about this show is that you’ll have access to all registered workshops and lectures for the duration of the event!

QuiltCon Together 2021

Register Now

Click here for more information and to register for any of my classes, or other teachers’ workshops. It’s going to be an amazing event!!

 

Save the Date: QuiltCon Together Registration Opens July 15

I’m so excited to be a part of this! The Modern Quilt Guild took early steps to reimagine QuiltCon as a virtual event February 18–22, 2021, and it’s going to be great!

QuiltCon Together 2021

I think that more people will actually get to participate this way. I love that The MQG made lemonade out of lemons! I’ll miss seeing everyone in person, but this is the next best thing!

I didn’t originally apply to teach for QuiltCon 2021 because we were supposed to be out of the country. But of course the pandemic changed all that.

 

QuiltCon Catalog

Click here to download the QuiltCon Together Catalog.

I’ll be teaching two machine quilting classes: Carefree Walking Foot Quilting and Carefree Free-Motion Quilting.

What is carefree quilting?

It’s an attitude that aims for texture over perfection and leans into the slight flaws and irregularities that occur with any handmade craft. After all, they are part of the charm!

Walking Foot Quilting

The continuous spiral is just one of the many quilting motifs we’ll learn in Carefree Walking Foot Quilting. This is a detail shot from my Sparkling Stars quilt. (Pattern available here.)

Carefree Walking Foot Quilting

Learn to stitch beyond the ditch and unleash the power of your walking foot to quilt modern or traditional designs. Walking foot motifs to be taught include wavy lines, decorative stitches, irregular grids, large continuous spirals, several straight line variations and more! You’ll leave class armed with the confidence that yes, you can quilt your own quilts!

 

Carefree Free-Motion Quilting

Free Motion Quilting

Here’s a detail from my Block Chain quilt. All of my patterns include machine quilting suggestions!

Embrace perfectly imperfect quilting! That means little to no marking and a whole lot of gorgeous texture. Ease into free-motion quilting with asymmetrical wavy lines, then move onto loops, traditional and modern stippling, plus curvy fillers like wishbones and cursive l’s that can expand to fit any space. Finish it off with several swirl variations, and you’ve got a toolbox of motifs to try on your next quilt!

Students should be comfortable with their sewing machines, and will practice on their own pre-basted fabric and batting samples. The best part is that it will be a pre-recorded video that you can watch all through the event!

Books by Christa Watson

Both classes are based on ideas presented in my machine quilting books. Each book includes full patterns for each quilt (10–12 per book) along with detailed step-by-step machine quilting instructions. All three books include walking foot techniques and free-motion motifs.

Get a signed copy of any of my books for just $19.95 from my shop. 

Both of my classes are “Mini Workshops,” which means they will focus on technique, allow you to learn a new technique, practice a technique that needs work, or just gain tips and tricks from a technique expert. Each Mini Workshop consists of at least 35 minutes of video content in segments of on-demand education, as well as at least one homework assignment to help you practice your new skills. Each Mini Workshop will allow students the ability to type questions to their instructors in the online platform as they work through the class.

You will also have the option to upgrade your Mini Workshop to spend one 45-minute session live with me to ask for help or feedback on your project in a small group setting.

LECTURE/TRUNK SHOW: HOW DO I QUILT IT?

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.

Christa Watson Trunk Show

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. I’m also excited to share my quilts and answer any questions you may have.

 

LE 17 Quilting perspectives

I’m also excited to be part of a machine quilting panel about our quilting plans and processes, and how we approach a finished top. Hand quilting, machine quilting, and long arm quilting will all be represented on the panel from me, Tia Curtis, Sandra Johnson, and Riane Menardi Morrison. It will take place online live at 11 AM on Saturday, February 20.

I would be honored to have you in my classes and lecture at QuiltCon Together.

Registration for members opens July 15 at 10 am Eastern. 

Click here to Learn more about The Modern Quilt Guild! 

Ask Me Anything Facebook Live Moves to Tuesdays at 3 PM PST: Catch The Latest Episode Here!

I’ve had so much fun doing “Ask Me Anything” in my Christa Quilts Group over on Facebook the past few weeks. Your questions have kept me on my toes and I love that!

Ask Me Anything is moving to a new Day and time.

I hope you’ll join me on Tuesdays at 3 pm Pacific for all of the fun.
That’s 4 PM Mountain, 5 PM Central, and 6 PM Eastern. And sometime in the middle of the night for all of my Aussie friends (sorry guys!!). But you can always catch the replays later if you miss it live the first time. If you are not a Facebook Fan, I totally get it. I’ve started sharing them later on my YouTube channel, too. So pop on over there to catch up.

In fact, you can watch my latest episode of Ask Me Anything where I share an in-depth studio tour. The whole episode is about 45 minutes with a few minutes of introductory chat and then the tour itself is about 18 minutes long. Click the play icon below to watch:

So if you *are* addicted to Facebook like I am, my Christa Quilts Group is where I share sneak peeks, news of upcoming events, a bit about teaching and more on a real-time basis as it happens. I usually post multiple times a day.  Below is a screenshot of what my group looks like on Facebook:

My group is the best place to reach me if you need a quick answer about something. But the best part? You can share you work there, too! Everyone loves seeing what other makers are up to, and if you’re using one of my designs or my fabric, even better!

Just a few of my Modern Marks fabrics for Benartex!

I will take your questions during the live event or you can ask them in advance. I usually post a “teaser” pic announcing each week’s topic in my group. Once you join my Christa Quilts Group on Facebook, feel free to post your questions there any time before Tuesday afternoon and I’ll incorporate them into that week’s show.

If it’s a particularly meaty topic, I may use it as a conversation starter for the next week. So far it’s been fabulous and a great way to connect with you all since I can’t see your lovely faces in person.

I hope to see you there each week!

Virtual Quilt Market Spring 2020: You’re Invited!

I’m excited to be a part of Virtual Quilt Market June 2–4, a brand new event from Quilts Inc. Traditional quilt market has been reimagined in light of current events and it’s going to be so interesting to see everyone’s creativity come shining through!

Virtual Quilt Market

I’ll debuting my 6th fabric line for Benartex called Good Vibes which is a nod to good vibes and happy times of my childhood as a kid growing up in the 80s!

There are 10 low volume prints and 10 saturated colors, all featuring my signature, colorful geometrics. Here’s a sneak peek for now –  I can’t wait to tell you more about them!

Good Vibes Saturated Prints

Here’s a short, seven-minute video I put together for Benartex to introduce the line. I’m still working on quilts and patterns, and everything will begin shipping to stores in July of 2020.

Sneak peek of Good Vibes fabrics and patterns on my YouTube channel – please subscribe!

I will be sharing more about this collection during my virtual Quilt Market Schoolhouse at 10:40 AM Central on Wednesday, June 3. This event is for registered, paid attendees. To view the Schoolhouse sessions during Virtual Quilt Market, register for General Access or All Access. Find complete details at VirtualQuiltMarket.com. There are also business webinars and of course, tons of new quilty products of all kinds.

If you can’t catch the live presentations, all registered attendees will have access to the content for one month after the event. There will be so much to see! I hope you’ll take advantage of this great chance to get the latest scoop on what’s happening in the quilting industry.

You can’t imagine how much fun it was to name the prints in Good Vibes. My memories of Gumballs, Slippin’ Slide, Bedazzled, Good Vibrations, Interconnected and Circuit Board are all immortalized in fabric. They bring a smile to my face!

Benartex has put together this handy guide for shops. Feel free to download and save the Good Vibes Lookbook and tell your favorite shop owners to contact their Benartex sales rep to order. The best part of designing any collection is seeing what others make with it – and I can’t wait!!

Click here to access the Good Vibes Lookbook

More Free Stuff: Free Pattern, Designers Virtual Trunk Show

I love how the quilting community rallies together to support fellow makers! Today I’m back with more free stuff to keep you inspired. After all quilting is such good therapy, right??

Free Zipped Up Pattern in Modern by the Yard

Modern by the yard

This fabulous modern quilt, Zipped Up was designed by my talented friend Lisa Ruble and it features a few of my Gridwork fabrics. It a simple, yet striking design that sews up super quick!

Click here to get the lastest issue of Modern by the Yard from Benartex – For Free!

Quilter’s Candy LIVE Virtual Trunk Show

Speaking of amazing quilting friends, Tammy Silvers and Cherry Guidry have teamed up with dozens of designers to offer free live trunk shows every day through April 10. These 15 minute trunk shows are happening every hour, on the hour from Noon-8 PM EST (9-5 PST).

Quilt Candy Trunk Show

Each of the virtual live trunk shows are happening on the individual designers’ facebook page or group. Click each of the links below to like, follow or join so you don’t miss out on the fun. The event started earlier this week, but you can go back and watch any of them after they go live. It’s a LOT of links with LOADS of inspiration!

Mine will go live in my Facebook group Tuesday, April 7th at 8 PM EST so stay tuned!!

April 1 – All Times EST

April 2 – All Times EST

6pm Tammy Silvers/Tamarinis https://www.facebook.com/tamarinis/

April 3 – All Times EST

April 4 – All Times EST

12pm Sherry Shish – Powered By Quilting facebook.com/poweredbyquilting
1pm Bill Locke – Bill Locke Designs https://www.facebook.com/bill.locke.96
2pm Toni Smith/Quiltoni https://www.facebook.com/Quiltoni/
3pm Tammy Silvers/Tamarinis https://www.facebook.com/tamarinis/
4pm Jennifer Fulton https://www.facebook.com/inquiringquilter/
5pm Jessica Caldwell https://www.facebook.com/desertbloomquilting/
6pm Monique Kleinhans https://www.facebook.com/ladybugscabin/
7pm EST Heather Long https://m.facebook.com/Coffee-and-Quilts

April 5 – All Times EST

April 6 – All Times EST

12pm Becca Fenstermaker https://www.facebook.com/prettypiney/
1pm Cherry Guidry https://www.facebook.com/CherryBlossomsQuiltingStudio
2pm Cheryl Lynch www.facebook.com/CherylLynchFiberArts
3pm Annie Smith https://www.facebook.com/anniesmithqs
5pm Reeze Hanson https://www.facebook.com/Morningglorydesigns/
7pm EST Melissa Marginet https://www.facebook.com/melissa.marginet.quilter/

April 7 – All Times EST

12pm Margaret Willingham https://www.facebook.com/EyeoftheBeholderQuilt/
1pm Kate Colleran https://www.facebook.com/SeamsLikeaDreamQuilts/
2pm Barbara Cline https://www.facebook.com/barbara.cline.520
3pm Barbara Persing https://www.facebook.com/bpquilts/
4pm Sharon Andersen https://www.facebook.com/MsPDesignsUSA/
6 PM Sandra Starley https://www.facebook.com/TextileTimeTravels
7pm Diane Harris https://www.facebook.com/stashbandit/
8pm Christa Watson https://www.facebook.com/groups/christaquilts/

April 8 – All Times EST

12pm Tina Dillard Designs https://www.facebook.com/quiltingaffectiondesigns/
1pm Raija Salomaa https://www.facebook.com/quilterstreasurechest/
2pm Robin Koehler https://www.facebook.com/NestlingsbyRobin/
3pm Terri Vanden Bosch https://www.facebook.com/lizardcreekquilting/
4pm Jackie Kunkel https://www.facebook.com/cantonvillagequiltworks/
5pm Leanne Parsons https://www.facebook.com/devotedquilterdesigns
6pm Laura Piland/Slice of Pi Quilts  https://www.facebook.com/sliceofpiquilts/
7pm Ebony Love https://www.facebook.com/LoveBugStudios/
8pm EST Tammy Silvers/Tamarinis https://www.facebook.com/tamarinis/

April 9 – All Times EST

6pm Karen L. Miller / Redbird Quilt Co. https://www.facebook.com/RedbirdQuiltCo/
7pm Kathryn LeBlanc https://www.facebook.com/dragonflysquiltingdesignstudio
8pm Monique Kleinhans https://www.facebook.com/ladybugscabin/

April 10 – All Times EST

7pm Toni Smith/Quiltoni https://www.facebook.com/Quiltoni/

 

Stream My Online Video Content For Free + Free Live Event!!

It might seem like we are all living in an April Fools joke lately, but fortunately I’m here to share some free content with you – and that’s no joke! First up – I’m thrilled that Bluprint is offering all 3 of my online video class for free until April 9, 2020. Click the links below each image to register and watch for FREE:

The Quilter's Path by Christa Watson

Click here to watch The Quilter’s Path for free.

Learn how to quilt some of my favorite Walking Foot and Free Motion designs + a free pattern to practice your skills. This is like taking a class with me in person. Since most of my events have been cancelled this spring, I’m still glad I can reach anyone who views this class!

Startup Library Craftsy Class by Christa Watson Click here to watch Startup Library Quilting for free.

This comprehensive class is over 6 hours of instructions and includes every single step of the quilt main process: cutting, piecing, basting, quilting and binding.

craftsy Class Starry Path Quilt

Click here to watch Startup Project: Starry Path Quilt for free.

This is a shorter start to finish class with a fun free pattern and bonus quilting ideas.

Speaking of fun online events, I’m also participating in The Maker’s Online Sewing Summit, hosted live on Facebook by My Girlfriend’s Quilt Shoppe. Each day this week at 11 AM PST, owner Kris Thurgood will be chatting with a different designer live on Facebook.

These will all be recorded, so you can catch any of them you missed. See the list of designers below and be sure to catch my event on Thursday!

Online sewin summit

Click here to like and follow My Girlfriend’s Quilt Shoppe on Facebook.

As a special bonus, you can click here to download a free workbook to follow along the event and take notes.

I hope these fun and free events will bring some cheer to your sewing room this week! I’ve got more fun and free events lined up next week, too – so stay tuned for details! 🙂

Virtual Designer Hop Part 2 of 2

Stay at Home and Hop With Us!

The word is to stay at home so why not just stay at home and hop with us!?! These are extraordinary times we are living through and many of us are no doubt stitching up a storm at
home! Last week I shared the first part of a long list of designers’ sites for you to explore. This week I’m back with the res of the list below. Have fun exploring and take your time to look around!

https://www.lonestarpatternworks.com

  • Powered by Quilting

https://www.poweredbyquilting.com

  • Cottage Rose Quilt Patterns

https://www.cottagerosequiltshop.com

  • The Cloth Parcel

https://www.theclothparcel.com

  • Faith and Fabric

https://www.faithandfabricdesign.com

  • Linen Closet Designs

http://www.linenclosetdesigns.com

  • Designs by Sarah J

https://www.designsbysarahj.com

  • Rona the Ribbiter Quilts

https://www.ronatheribbiter.com

  • Quilt Fox Designs

https://www.quiltfox-design.com

  • Seam to Be Sew

https://www.seamstobesew.com

  • Studio R Quilts

https://www.studiorquilts.com

  • Toadally Quilts

https://www.toadallyquilts.com

  • From Blank Pages

https://www.fromblankpages.com

  • Cotton Street Commons

http://www.cottonstreetcommons.com

  • Puppy Girl Designs

http://www.puppygirldesigns.com

  • Phoebe Moon Quilt Designs

https://www.facebook.com/phoebemoondesgins

  • The Devoted Quilter

https://www.devotedquilter.com

  • Stitched by Susan

http://www.stitchedbysusan.com

  • Tamarinis

https://www.tamarinis.com

Virtual Designer Hop Part 1 of 2

Stay at Home and Hop With Us!

No doubt like me, all of your upcoming quilty events have been postponed or cancelled and you find yourself now stitchin’ up a storm at home!  Why not take a break and join me on a virtual pattern designer shop hop? Come join the fun and virtually hop on over to some of my favorite friends in the quilting industry!!

Starting today, which happens to be International Quilting Day,  I’ll invite you to explore the newest inspiration from over dozens of my designer friends.  All of them have something unique to offer to you – our virtual shop hoppers !

Because the list is so large I’ve broken it up into a couple of posts so you don’t get overwhelmed. Follow each of these links below to explore my friends’ websites or other social media, and then stay tuned for another post next week where I share the rest!

  • Beaquilter

https://www.beaquilter.com/shop

  • Presto Avenue Designs

https://www.prestoavenuedesigns.com

  • Hissyfitz Designs

https://www.hissyfitzdesigns.com

  • Anjeanette Klinder Designs

http://www.anjeanettek.com

  • Pat Sloan – The Voice of Quilting

https://www.blog.patsloan.com

  • Said With Love

https://www.saidwithlove.com.au

  • Orange Blossom Quilt Design

https://www.orangeblossomquilt.com

  • DaySpring Quilt Company

https://www.dayspringquiltcompany.com

  • Ms P Designs, USA

https://www.mspdesignsusa.com

  • Stitchin’ at Home

http://www.stitchinathome.com

  • Sew Joy Creations

https://www.sewjoycreations.com

  • Ships & Violins

https://www.shipsandviolins.com

  • Patti’s Patchwork

https://www.pattispatchwork.com

  • Your Sewing Friend

https://www.etsy.com/shop/yoursewingfriend

  • The Geeky Bobbin

https://www.geekybobbin.com

  • Colourwerx Designs

https://www.colourwerx.com

  • Kate Colleran Designs

https://www.seamslikeadream.com

 

 

Benartex Precut Project Hop Starts Next Week!

Do you love working with precuts as much as I do? Well, I’m excited that my fabric company Benartex has decided to host a precut project hop to help you decide what to make with your collection of charm squares, strip-pies, 10x10s and fat quarter bundles. And the best part is, most (if not all) of the projects featured will include a free pattern or tutorial. How cool is that??

Benartex Precut Project Hop

Designer Schedule

Below is the schedule of fabric and pattern designers who have cooked up some fantastic ideas for you. Of course, we prefer to use Benartex precuts which is why we love working with this fabric company, but  these projects will look fabulous in any precut bundle you’re dying to use!

Bookmark the sites below, then follow Benartex and all the designers on their respective facebook pages and instagram accounts for more fun and inspiration. There just might be a giveaway or two thrown into the mix, so be sure to check in each day!

Monday 3/16:

Pat Sloan – https://www.patsloan.com/

by Annie – https://www.byannie.com/

Tuesday 3/17:

Debby Kratovil – https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/

Wednesday 3/18:

Modern Quilt Studio – https://www.modernquiltstudio.com/

Thursday 3/19:

Charisma Horton – http://charismascorner.com/

Friday 3/20:

Amanda Murphy – https://blog.amandamurphydesign.com/

Saturday 3/21:

Andy Knowlton – http://www.abrightcorner.com/

Sunday 3/22:

Shelley Cavanna – https://www.corasquilts.com/

Sandra Walker – https://www.mmmquilts.com/

Monday 3/23:

Wendy Sheppard – https://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/

Tuesday 3/24:

Cherry Guidry – https://www.cherryblossomsquilting.com/

Wednesday 3/25:

Nancy Halvorsen – http://www.arttoheart.com/

Nancy Scott – http://masterpiecequilting.blogspot.com/

Thursday 3/26:

Heidi Pridemore – https://www.thewhimsicalworkshop.com/

Friday 3/27:

Christa Watson – https://christaquilts.com/

Lisa Ruble – https://lovetocolormyworld.blogspot.com/

Come See Me (and my Quilts) at QuiltCon 2020 in Austin, Texas!

QuiltCon, put on by The Modern Quilt Guild is absolutely my favorite quilting event to attend! It’s taking place this year in Austin, Texas February 20-23 and I can’t wait!!

QuiltCon 2020

The first modern quilt show and conference took place back in 2013 and I’ve attended each and everyone one since. It’s a can’t miss event for me and this year I’m especially thrilled to taking classes, doing some meet’n greet events, and sharing my quilts on the show floor and in several vendor’s booths.

Meet ‘n Greets on Friday and Saturday

I’m thrilled to be invited for a couple of meet ‘n greets with quilt shops who will be selling my fabrics, books and patterns at the show. So please stop by and say hi, show me what you are working on, and get some tips and tips on machine quilting or modern design:

Loving Stitches Booth #545 on Friday Feb 21, 1-2 PMQuiltCon Meet'n greet

Click here to visit Loving Stitches’ website online!

HoMESTEAD hearth Booth #404 on Saturday Feb 22, 10-11 aM

Homestead Hearth Quiltcon

Click here to visit Homestead Hearth’s website online!

The LearninG Never Stops

I’m excited to be taking a whole slew of design classes from a couple of my talented friends, Heather Black of Quiltachusetts and Daisy Aschehoug of Warm Folk. I love gettin to be a student at the show this year because my quilting education is always a work in progress!

I’ll also squeeze in several lectures and I’m excited to check out the awards ceremony and other social events throughout the show. Let me know if you’ll be in attending any of these events:

Christa's QuiltCon 2020 schedule

My Color Weave Quilt is in The Show

I’m thrilled that my Color Weave quilt will be hanging in the judged part of the show this year. I entered it into the American Patchwork and Quilting Challenge category with the theme of “stripes” for this year. I can’t wait to see how others interpreted that idea!Color Weave Quilt

Several of my other quilts will be on display in the Homestead Hearth booth, Loving Stitches booth and also the Hobbs batting booth. I love loaning them out so they can help decorate the vendor booths and also so they can be seen by a wider audience.

Christa QuiltsSome of my quilts that will be on display in vendor booths throughout the show.

Be on the lookout for Bling, Block Chain, Optical Illusion, Infrastructure and several more! If you’ve ever been to a national quilt show before, I’m sure you’ll agree that the quilts hanging up in the booths are just as fun an inspiring as those in the show!

So if you are planning to attend let me know – I’d love to see you! And if you’ll be watching all the action at home, check out the Instagram hashtag #quiltcon for some amazing inspiration from the show. Now it’s time to start dreaming about the quilts I’ll make for next year’s show……

QuiltCon 2020