Virtual Trunk Show of 63 Quilts from My Books

While I’m away teaching in Australia this week, I thought I’d share a virtual trunk show with you, so you can pretend that you are right here with me! I’m including all the quilts from all three of my books along with the book covers from each, so you can easily reference where to find them. Be sure to click the bonus links for more details about each quilt. So grab a treat and enjoy the show…

Quilts from 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

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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

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Arrows from Piece and Quilt with Precuts by Christa Watson

Spools – Original Version from the Book

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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

Quilts from 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

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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 (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

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Books by Christa Watson

 

Dot ‘n Dash Quilt Along Week 5 – Backing and Basting

I love quilt alongs and the best part is seeing the variety you all are making! It makes my day. 🙂
This week we are getting down to the nitty gritty and getting the quilt ready for machine quilting next week. But don’t worry, if you aren’t to that point yet, that’s perfectly fine. These quilt along posts will stay up indefinitely and you can always refer back to the intro post for links to each specific QAL step.

Dot n Dash Quilt Along

Click here for the quilt along schedule and supply list.

Preparation is Key

Getting ready to machine quilt is a little like getting ready to paint a house. The actual painting isn’t hard – it’s all the prep work (ike moving furniture and taping down the windows) that takes time and gets in the way of the fun part. So take your time to prepare the quilt and baste it and don’t feel like you have to rush this part. In fact, I always set aside a separate day for backing and basting and then give myself a little reward when my least favorite part of the process is finished!

A tip on choosing batting: if you want to hide machine quilting “irregularities” and give your quilt that antique puckered look, choose a cotton batting like Hobbs or Quilter’s Dream. If you want to give your stitches more definition and a loftier look, choose wool. I usually stay away from polyester batting because it’s very slippery and usually causes me to get puckers on the back of my quilt. Cotton and wool cling to the quilt which gives you better control while quilting.

Quilt Batting Used in Dot n Dash Quilt

Take a picture of your batting with your quilt top so you can remember what you used.

Sewing the Backing Fabric

You want to ensure that the backing fabric is at least 3-4″ bigger on all sides of the quilt top, more if you plan to long arm quilt. The easiest way to do this is to cut two large pieces of fabric and sew them together. For example, my quilt measures 60 x 72. So If I cut 4 yards into 2 two -yard pieces that will give me one big rectangle approximately 72″ x 80″ to work with once the chunks are sewn together parallel to the selvage.

Sewn Quilt Backing

I basted this quilt at a recent teaching retreat I participated in. All you need is one table for basting – work on the middle and then the sides as needed.

Spray Basting the Quilt

If you prefer to pin baste, click here for an alternate tutorial.

My basic method for spray basting is to spray the wrong side of the top and bottom layers of the quilt outside, then bring them inside for assembly. For a slight variation of this technique, click here for my wall basting tutorial.

My favorite basting spray is 505. Be sure to shake the can before you use it and spray a little on a scrap to make sure the nozzle isn’t clogged. If the spray doesn’t flow out evenly, some of the chemical can accumulate and leave a stain on your quilt, so always test it first.

Spray Basting the Quilt

At first I tried an off brand that a friend had but I didn’t like it because it wasn’t sticky enough. Fortunately one of the other retreaters had some 505 which they let me use for my quilt!

The basting spray does not cause any problems with machine quilting, and if you notice it starting to gum up the needle at all, just wipe it away and you’ll be all set!

Lay out all 3 layers of the quilt – backing, batting, and quilt top on a large table (or design wall). Spend time smoothing out each layer with a long acrylic ruler before adding the next layer. This can take awhile but is worth it so that the quilt is nice, flat and smooth.

Quilt Basting

Notice the leftover batting – most of it will get trimmed away after basting. I like enough extra batting and backing so that I don’t have to worry about getting my quilt top perfectly centered.

You can also use the acrylic ruler to scooch any quilt blocks back into place and straighten out any wonky seams as needed. Smooth out any bubbles as needed so that the quilt is nice and flat.

The last step is to iron the quilts on both sides – front and back. This helps set the glue and allows you to work out any wrinkles one last time before you quilt. I use a hot dry iron ,with no steam. You can iron the quilt on an ironing board, or on a table to give you more room. Because there’s batting inside, the quilt acts as it’s own pressing surface.

Iron the basted quilt to set the glue

My quilt is basted and ready to quilt!

Now it’s your turn! Get your quilt basted and we’ll start machine quilting next week. We’ll have extra time for quilting since it’s my favorite part!

Show Your Work

Don’t forget to share your progress in one of 3 ways (or all of them if you like):
(1) In my Christa Quilts Facebook group
(2) On Instagram, #dotndashqal
(3) Share a link to your blog, or leave a comment about your process on this post.

Dot n Dash Ready to quilt

Trim the batting so that there’s only 1-2 inches sticking out on all sides of the quilt. This will prevent the excess from flipping under the quilt and getting caught in the machine.

Labor Day Sale – Save 10% on My Patterns and Fabric!

Happy Labor day! It’s the official end of summer and the start of quilting season!!  To celebrate, you can save 10% on all of my patterns, books, fabrics, and bundles at shop.Christaquilts.com. Use code SAVE10 at checkout to get 10% off your entire purchase.

Fandangle Quilt Patterns

Get my newest patterns now, and stock up on your favorites at shop.christaquilts.com.

Did you know that my printed patterns will also ship free to the US? There’s no code necessary (but shipping will apply to other items in your cart). I’m also happy to send things internationally.

I hope you have a fun day off and can even get in some sewing and quilting!

Fandangle Fabric by Christa Watson
What will you add to your stash today??

Click here to purchase and remember to use code SAVE10 at checkout.

Sale valid through September 5, 2018.

Dot ‘n’ Dash Quilt Along Week 1 – Schedule and Introductions

Guess what today is? It’s my birthday – whoo hoo!! It’s also the launch of the Dot ‘n’ Dash Quilt Along where we will make an entire quilt together from start to finish.

Dot n Dash Quilt AlongThis remake showcases Fandangle, my second fabric line from Benartex.

My third book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts was published around my birthday last year, so I thought it would be fun to celebrate both me and my book being one year older by hosting a quilt along and remaking one of the fun quilts from the book!

I’m sure as many of you know, as we age it’s actually more fun to give than to receive them so I’m excited to share my gift of quilting knowledge with you during the quilt along. As the name of my book implies, I don’t just want to teach you how to piece a fun quilt, I also want to help you quilt it, too!

Piece and Quilt with Precuts by Christa WatsonClick here to get your signed copy of Piece and Quilt with Precuts for the Quilt Along

So without further ado, here’s the quilt along schedule that we’ll follow over the next 8 weeks. All posts will go live on Fridays which will be a great start to your weekend!

Links will go live each week as we quilt along so bookmark this page so you can refer back to it time and again as needed.

Dot ‘n’ Dash Quilt Along Schedule

Week 1 –  August 17: Schedule, Supply List and Introductions (You are here!)
Week 2 – August 24: Cutting the Fabric
Week 3 – August 31: Sewing the Blocks
Week 4 – September 7: Completing the Quilt Top
Week 5 – September 14: Backing and Basting
Week 6 – September 21: Quilting Part 1 – Stitching in the Ditch
Week 7 – September 28: Quilting Part 2 – Quilting Double Zig-Zags
Week 8 – October 5: Quilting Part 3 – Free Motion Quilting Double L’s
Week 9 – October 12: Binding

Dot ‘n’ Dash with light gray background recolored in EQ8

Remember – you can use any fabrics you like to make this quilt. Choose a jelly roll of your favorite prints and pair them up with a contrasting background: light gray, dark grey, black, white, or any other color you like. It will be fun to see all the variety!

Materials List

Fandangle Strip-pieClick here to purchase Fandangle Precuts.

Click here to purchase the optional kit and yardage for backing, while supplies last.

Here’s a list of everything you’ll need to make this quilt:

  • A copy of Piece and Quilt with Precuts
  • One jelly roll (or 40 precut 2 1/2″ strips of assorted prints – includes binding)
  • 3 yards of background fabric (or a light colored jelly roll – all one fabric, or a mix is ok)
  • 4 yards of backing fabric
  • 67″ x 79″ piece batting (I recommend natural fiber like cotton, wool, or silk)
  • Rotary cutter with fresh blade and mat
  • Long 24″ acrylic ruler for cutting strips, shorter ruler or square for cutting smaller pieces
  • Thread for piecing (I recommend 50 weight Aurifil cotton in a neutral color)
  • Thread for machine quilting (1-2 large spools depending on the density of your quilting)
  • Sewing machine in good working order with 1/4″ seam allowances
  • Walking foot (or dual feed) and free motion foot to fit your machine
  • Brand new needle to match your thread (size 80/12 for 50 weight thread)
  • Sewing notions: thread snips, pins, dry iron for pressing, etc.
  • Optional: Machingers Gloves and Supreme Slider
  • A “can-do” attitude because this is going to be fun!

Fandangle fabric by Christa Watson for Benartex Contempo

You can either use precut strips, or select yardage to cut your own!

This Week’s Homework – gathering and Sharing

Did I mention there will be homework each week? But don’t worry – it’s the fun kind!!

This week, gather your material and supplies, share pictures of the fabrics you’ll be working with, and introduce yourself over in my ChristaQuilts Facebook group, or on instagram using the hashtag #dotndashqal.

Part of the fun of any quilt along is getting to know each other and cheering each other on. So feel free to share pictures of your sewing space and be sure to interact with each other as we go. If you want to blog about your process, you can share a link to your blog post in the comments so everyone can check it out!

Fandangle fabrics for quilt along

I can’t wait to see the fabrics everyone chooses.
Even if you choose the same fabric as me, your quilt will still look totally unique!

And remember, it’s okay to work at your own pace. If you want to work ahead or need more time, that’s perfectly fine. Just remember to share as that’s half the fun! I’ll meet you back here next week where we’ll dive into cutting. I can’t wait!!

Dot n Dash quilt by Christa Watson

Dot ‘n’ Dash Finished Size is 60″ x 72″ but can easily be made larger.

Writing Book 4 – Part 2: Contract Accepted, Work Begins

If you are new to my blog, I’ve begun documenting my progress as I write a book from start to finish. In my last post, I discussed the book proposal process, so be sure to check that out! I’m currently working on my fourth book, and kinda maybe sorta know more about what I’m doing this time around. Just kidding about the “sorta” part, but it’s always a learning process, for sure!!

Christa Watson Books

I’ve written 3 books on my own and have been featured in numerous collaborations with my publisher Martingale/That Patchwork Place, a few of which are shown here.

So here’s what’s happened so far. After I submitted my proposal back in April of this year, I met with my publisher in person in May at Spring Quilt Market 2018 in Portland, OR. I had an in-depth meeting with the acquisitions editor and content editor to nail down the specifics of what the new book will be about (machine quilting – duh!!)

I had originally wanted to go in one direction with the book, but when they pointed out that some of the content I wanted to include was already covered in my first three books, they helped me narrow down my focus and solidify the overall direction for this new book.

Martingale Collaboration Books

Two new Martingale titles that debuted at Spring Quilt Market include Fat Quarter Favorites, featuring my quilt on the cover, and Lunch Hour Patchwork which includes my modern mini.

A couple of months after our meeting at market, Martingale offered me the formal contract in writing, which of course I accepted, and I made myself a time line/to do list of all the steps I’ll need to finish on time.

The first section of the book isn’t due until the next February and the final manuscript, instructions, and samples are due by the end of summer 2019. I’m thrilled because this will give me plenty of time to create the book along with other new and exciting projects I have in the works.

The most wonderful part about working with a publisher is that although I create all of the content, including “placeholder” photos and illustrations, Martingale has a team of professionals who photograph and illustrate everything based on my images. I love it when they take what I create and make it look even more beautiful!

Publishing Agreement for my Next Book

Happy mail! Getting the contract in the mail is always an exciting day!

Book 4 (as I will be calling it until the cover art is finalized) is slated to be 96 pages which is the same length as my most recent book Piece and Quilt with Precuts. Of course that can change depending on final editing, and it’s due to be published in September of 2020 (also subject to change). I have a working title for the book, but even that can be tweaked.

As an example, for my first three books, the publisher named the first two while I titled the third. I have a feeling that the title for Book 4 is something we both are in agreement on! (Sorry for all the teases, but I’m giving away only as much as I can at this point.)

I can’t say enough about how excited I am to work on this new book. It’s actually something that many of my students have been asking for, so I love being able to meet their needs. And the best thing about machine quilting is that it’s timeless: the ideas I create now will be just as relevant in two years when the book is available for sale. Even though that seems like a long way off right now, I know that time is going to fly!

Christa at Quilt Market 2015

Doing a demo for my first book at quilt market in 2015

While I can’t discuss the specifics of my contract, I can tell you that royalties are based on the wholesale price of the book, and I will also have the opportunity to purchase them wholesale myself. In fact, most authors who sell their own books make more from direct sales of their books than they do in royalties, so it’s something to keep in mind if you are considering writing a book, or purchasing a book directly from the author.

Now the real work begins. The toughest part for me is balancing out my workdays so that I work on my book a little each week, rather than trying to cram in everything right before the deadline. I’m currently planning in detail everything that needs to be done, and my publisher was fabulous to work with on the timing, since I let them know I wouldn’t really be able to start on it in earnest until after Fall Market later this year.

Machine Quilting Demo

Machine quilting demo to promote my latest fabric and book at Spring Quilt Market 2018. I will be doing lots and lots and lots of quilting over the next few months. I can’t wait!

I have to be honest and say it’s been nice to have a two year break from book writing, since work on my previous book was completed in 2016, a full year before the publish date. But now I feel refreshed, re-energized, and excited to dive into the new work! I’ll be sure to keep you updated on my progress, and will share a few sneak peeks as I can, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, if you have questions about the book writing process, please ask away in the comments below. If there’s enough interest, I’ll be glad to do a separate blog post devoted to answering your questions about anything I haven’t covered so far. I love sharing what I know and inspiring others to reach their goals, no matter how big or small!

Creative Spaces Blog Hop Week 4 – Fabric!

This week on the Creative Spaces Blog hop, 16 of us are discussing how we deal with our fabric stashes. Scroll to the end of this post for links to everyone  on the hop.

For me, the first step in cleaning and organizing my fabric stash was going through it and deciding what I wanted to keep and what I didn’t. I’ve been quilting for nearly 25 years and as you can imagine, that’s a lot of fabric accumulation! My tastes have changed over the years and a few years ago, I finally decided it was ok to let go of things that no longer interested me.

My quilt Stash

This was my stash before my great studio cleanup of 2013-2014.

During my last big studio cleanup and what I called the great destash of 2013, I got rid of over half of my fabric stash. The image above is my “before” picture of my stash that filled two large shelving units.

In the image below, I invited a friend of mine who was just starting her quilting journey to come over and pick out as much fabric as she wanted to jump start her own stash. She took home enough to get her started on several quilts – and it barely made a dent in my stash!

Raiding the Stash

This was during the great destash of 2013

So then I decided it was time to either sell or donate as much fabric as I could. I stuffed big boxes full of prints I no longer wanted by colorway and offered them up for a very low price both on instagram and on my website. There’s a hashtag on instagram that most folks use – #thegreatfabricdestash – when wanting to get rid of unwanted fabric.

Whatever I didn’t sell was donated to a friend of mine who runs a chapter of Project Linus in her area. In fact she’s the mother- in-law of my friend above, and she’s my go-to person whenever my scraps and unwanted fabric accumulate beyond a reasonable amount. I like knowing that my fabric is finding a good home and being made into quilts that help comfort kids in need.

Fabric Destash

Getting rid of fabric I don’t use. My discards are someone else’s treasures!

Selling and donating tons of fabric helped immensely and I was now left with about half of my original stash, and stuff I actually wanted to use. I organized it by color and everything was able to fit into one shelving unit, behind closed doors. The second shelving unit now houses my notions and supplies, books and extra batting scraps.

My Quilting Stash after the big cleanup

My stash organized by color, with works in progress in buckets and bins.
You can definitely see I prefer bright colors, with a healthy dose of neutrals.

Although my stash is now tame and manageable, I’m starting to feel the need to cull it again. Now that I’m designing my own fabric, I’m not as interested in working with fabrics that aren’t mine. At first I kind of felt weird about it, and thought maybe I was losing my creative mojo, then I started noticing that a lot of designers only work exclusively with their own stuff. Whew! That makes me feel better!

When I released my first line of fabric, Modern Marks last fall, I took over one shelf for my own personal collection of the line. Of course I had to consolidate some of my other stash to make room for the new arrivals. I bought some comic book boards to wrap the unwashed yardage on and you can see some of the washed pile of Modern Marks peeking out to the left in the image below.

Christa's Fabric from Benartex Contempo Modern Marks and Fandangle

Modern Marks and Fandangle play very nicely together!

Now that my second collection – Fandangle – is out there in the world, I’m taking up nearly two shelves of my fabric storage area.

What I will probably do is keep most of my regular stash until the volume of fabric I designed takes over. I was really tempted to just buy a full bolt of each to keep, but I know that would quickly take over the house once I’ve got a few more collections under my belt, LOL!!

I’m curious – how do you manage YOUR stash? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Creative Spaces Blog Hop Participants

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Finished Quilt – Sparkling Stars

I’m excited to finally share “glamour” shots of my finished quilt Sparkling Stars which  was made to showcase my latest fabric line – Fandangle – from Benartex Contempo Studio.

Sparkling Stars Quilt by Christa Watson

I design all of my quilts in Electric Quilt so that I know exactly how they are going to look with the chosen fabrics. The EQ design is shown above left. The finished quilt is above right.

My favorite thing about this quilt (besides the fabric of course) is the quilting design I chose. I quilted it with a large continuous spiral. This is one of my favorite designs to quilt with a walking foot or dual feed.

Spiral quilting detail

I teach how to quilt the continuous spiral design in my book Machine Quilting with Style, and also in my Craftsy class, The Quilter’s Path.

This quilting design is super fun and fast to quilt and it’s hard to go wrong! I used a variegated Aurifil 50 weight thread to add a little something “extra” to the quilt.

Walking foot quilting large spiral

In these extreme closeups the slight wobbles give the quilt interest and when you step back to admire the quilt, all you see is amazing texture!

Spiral Quilting on Sparkling Stars

Below are some more pictures we took while on a recent family vacation at the beach. We love taking long walks and exploring our surroundings to scout out scenic locations.

Sparkling Stars Quilt by Christa Watson

It was Jason’s job to climb to the edge of this rocky cliff and style the quilt. All the while I was holding my breath, hoping the wind wouldn’t catch the quilt and toss it into the sea!!

Sparkling Stars quit photography

Just imagine how peaceful this was, the waves breaking on the rocks, and us enjoying mother nature at it’s best! Every now and then a wave would splash on the rocks., but fortunately we were high enough up  that the quilt didn’t get wet.

Sparkling Stars Quilt by Christa Watson

I love how the wind blew the quilt so that it naturally folded on itself.

The bright colors really stand out against the gray ocean, charcoal colored rocks, and even the sandy beach.

Sparkling Stars Quilt by Christa Watson

One of our favorite vacation spots is Hermosa Beach, California, and I think I need to go on lots more adventures just so we can take more pics of my quilts in scenic locations!

Sparkling Stars Quilt by Christa Watson

Click here to get the Sparkling Stars quilt kit – (only a few left!)

Sparkling Stars Finished Stats

Sparkling Stars Quilt Pattern

Click here to purchase Fandangle fabric for a limited time.
Click here to view all of my quilt patterns for sale.

Sparkling Stars Quilt by Christa Watson

Links to additional information about this quilt

Click here for the making of Sparkling Stars part 1
Click here for the making of Sparkling Stars part 2
Click here for the making of Sparkling Stars part 3

Creative Spaces Blog Hop Week 3 – Organization!

This week on the Creative Spaces blog hop, we are discussing organization. This is one of those topics where I realize that sometimes my perfection stands in the way of me being as organized as I should. I can be an all-or-nothing type person: if I can’t organize every last bit, I’ll let everything fall into disarray, LOL!! You can see that here in my “before” pic about my sewing room cleanup!

Creative Spaces Blog Hop Week 3

For my stop this week, I thought it would be fun to share my wish list for the things I want to get to help me be more organized in my sewing room. The last time I did a major renovation of my creative space was back in 2013 and it’s high-time for another one!

They recently built an Ikea here in Las Vegas and the sad thing is I haven’t been yet. In fact I’ve NEVER even stepped foot in one, but I’m planning and scheming and making a shopping list of things I want to get to make my sewing room a little more organized.

Drawer Unit

First up is this set of drawers. I think it will fit nicely in the space underneath my sewing table.
In the older picture below (which was before I got my new fancy sewing machine), there’s a spot under the table to my left where I think these drawers would fit perfectly.

When I first got my sewing desk way back in 1999 or 2000 it came with an option to add a set of drawers there. The biggest regret I have is not making that purchase back then. I don’t even remember the brand of table it is and sadly, the shop I bought it from is long gone.

Sewing Table

This older image was from before my first sewing room redo in 2013.

Next up, I’ve been checking out Pinterest and Google for ideas on making a customized cutting table. The basic idea is to get 2-3 shelving units with wheels and put them together, then add a piece of wood on top. I need it to be mobile because it would go in the center of my space and I’d need to move it out of the way when we do photography.

ikea shelving unit

Here’s one possible shelving unit above that would work. This will definitely take more time and research, but just like any large project, that’s part of the fun, right?

Finally, the biggest purchase I’ll need to make is some larger shelving units that can fit end to end along one wall of my room. I’ve been getting recommendations that lots of folks really like the Billy Bookcases from Ikea, and this image from their site has piqued my interest:

Billy Bookcases from Ikea

Image from Ikea

So those are the 3 major things I want to purchase for my sewing room to make it more organized and usable. I’m in the very early stages of planning and I know it will take time and money to make this happen, but I’ll be sure to keep you posted on how it’s going!

Be sure to check out all of the other stops on the hop for additional ideas on how you can organize your own creative space!

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Grab Some Fandangle Fabric Yardage Before It’s Gone!

Whew! It took me 3 days but I got all of the Fandangle fabric bundles cut, folded and shipped thanks to some help from my family and friends.

Cutting Bundles and Kits

Thank goodness for great friends who are willing to lend a hand!

The good news is I had enough fabric to make a few extra bundles and kits.

Folding Fandangle Bundles

My daughter’s favorite job – helping me fold fabric bundles and kits.

The even better news is that I’m going to offer the leftovers in 2 yard increments until they’re gone. If you purchase more than one, I’ll be happy to cut it continuously.

Fandangle Fabric by Christa Watson

Leftovers I’m willing to share (after I take off a good chunk of each for my stash!!)

To make things easy, you can purchase 2 yard cuts of any of the prints below. But once they’re gone, that’s it. I’m not going to stock the yardage on a regular basis because I don’t want to compete with the other quilt shops out there.

Fandangle Yardage Available:

Click here to see all yardage, bundles and kits that are left.
Click the link below each group pic for that particular print.

Fandangle Fabric, Baubles and Bits print

Click here to select yardage of Baubles & Bits in Teal or Red.

Fandangle fabric - Sparkling Squares

Click here to select yardage of Sparkling Squares in Teal or Orange.

Fandangle fabric -Triangle Trinkets

Click here to select yardage of Triangle Trinkets in Peach, Lime, or Teal.

Fandangle Fabric Paper Cuts Print by Christa Watson

Click here to select yardage of Paper Cuts in Yellow or Orange.

Fandangle fabric - Beaded Curtain

Click here to select Beaded Curtain in Red, Pink, Lime or Turquoise.

Confetti Crosshatch Fandangle Fabric by Christa Watson

Click here to select yardage of Confetti Crosshatch in Teal, Red, Lilac, or Light Grey.

It makes me so happy to see others enjoying the fabrics I put out there in the world. Now the fun part will be seeing what everyone makes with it!

Fandangle Fabric by Christa Watson for Benartex Contempo Studio

On second thought… maybe I’ll just keep it all for myself.
Just kidding!!!!

Fandangle Fabric by Christa Watson

Click here to purchase yardage, bundles or kits of Fandangle, but only for a limited time!

Fandangle Fabric Blog Hop over at Sew in Love (Benartex’ Blog)

Exciting news! I just got word that Fandangle fabric stars shipping to stores this week, so those the pre-ordered fat quarter bundles and kits should from me should be getting them soon!! In other fun news, this week also kicks off the fun and inspiring Fandangle blog hop over on Benartex’ blog: Sew in Love with Fabric.

Fandangle Blog Hop

Today starts with an introduction of the fabric line over on the Benartex blog along with an interview I gave explaining some of my thoughts and inspiration behind the collection. Tuesday through Friday, nine talented designer friends will be sharing the projects they made from my fabric. Saturday will wrap up with a virtual trunk show of my patterns featuring Fandangle, again over on the Benartex blog.

There will be prizes and tons of beautiful projects!

Each of the stops will include a winner who will get a prize pack of 8 assorted Fandangle fat quarters (US shipping only due to high shipping costs.) So be sure to scroll to the end of this post for the complete schedule and bookmark each stop for your chance to win!

Fandangle Fabric Bundle by Christa Watson

Click here to purchase Fandangle fabric bundles.

And to make it even more exciting – I’m throwing in a bonus prize bundle, too. I’ll choose 3 winners who will each win a bundle of my three newest patterns: Sparkling Stars, Pearl Pendants, and Surplus Strips. Of course, these patterns will look great in any fabrics you choose!

To enter leave me a comment letting me know if you prefer PDF patterns, or print patterns – or both!!

US winner swill get their choice of PDF or print version. International winners will receive the PDF version. I’ll choose 3 random winners on Saturday at the end of the hop and announce their names here on the blog on Monday.

Fandangle Quilt Patterns

Click here to view all of my quilt patterns – print version
Click here to view all of my quit patterns – PDF version

Here’s the Full Blog Hop Schedule:

Monday

Benartex Blog: Sew in Love with Fabric Interview

Tuesday
Heather from Quilt-achusetts; IG: @quiltachusetts

Nancy from Masterpiece Quilting; IG: @masterpiecequilting

Wednesday
Thursday
Annie from By Annie; IG @patternsbyannie
Friday
Tina from Mod Geometry; IG: @sashikostyle
Paige from Quilted Blooms; IG: @quiltedblooms
Saturday
Sew in Love with Fabric Virtual Trunk Show
Fandangle Fabric by Christa Watson

I’ll be offering Fandangle fabric bundles for a limited time, so grab yours while they last!

I’m so excited to see what everyone makes from my fabric! Be sure and use the hashtag #fandanglefabric on socila media so I can see what you’re making, too!