My Christa Cabinet Is Here – Find out How You Can Get One!

Well, this dream has been a long time coming. My Christa Cabinet that I designed in conjunction with Arrow Sewing is now in production, and will start shipping to dealers and consumers in May, 2022.

Christa’s Cabinet Specs

In this post I want to give you the basic details: beauty shots, pics etc. Then stay tuned for another email where I share more of the behind the scenes of how we developed it and launched it into the world. So here are the official measurements that I know many of you have been eagerly awaiting:

  • Cabinet fully open, will all leaves extended: 71 5/8″ W x 40″ D x 29 3/8″ H
  • Cabinet closed with side leaf down: 56 1/2″ W x 22 5/8″ D x 29 3/8″ H
  • Quilt leaf (back extension): 55 3/4″ x W x 18 1/4″ D
  • Right side leaf for notions and stuff: 15 3/4″ W x 19 5/8″ D
  • Lift opening (table top cutout): 23 3/4″ x 12 1/2″ D
  • Drawer (open or closed on left): 18 3/4″ x 15″ D x 3 1/2″ H
  • Cover for drawer (extra table space): 22 3/4″ x 14 3/8 D
When not in use, you can tuck the drawer cover into the bottom back of the cabinet and everything else folds down. So It doesn’t take up too much room if you are short on space. However, in my sewing room I leave it up and open the entire time.

It fits my BERNINA 770QE perfectly and will accommodate about 98% of the machines on the market. That’s basically all but the biggest machines. So measure the width of your machine from end to end and then compare it with the cutout measurement above to see if it will fit.

I designed this table especially for domestic machine quilters like myself who need room to hold the quilt and supplies (scissors, thread, snacks etc) so that it’s very comfortable while you stitch. It has room to hold the weight and bulk of the quilt in all the right places.

Machines that will Fit

This is not an exhaustive list, but it includes most of the current machines on the market that will fit. But be sure to measure your machine to be sure. The opening is the M7 size.

Bonus – Christa’s Quilt Blocks

But really, the magic of this table, and any cabinet for that matter, is being able to keep the quilt from sliding off the ends of the table, especially if it’s not pushed up against a wall. My quilt blocks are like guardrails for your quilt and hold everything in place to prevent friction and drag on the quilt. The number one machine quilting tip I share in my classes is to make sure that the immediate area you are stitching is flat and moves freely. This makes machine quilting such a joy and it’s all about moving your quilt smoothly under the machine.

Sneak peek of another project I’m working on… coming soon!

When I first got my table to test drive several months ago, I used one set of quilt blocks (2 pieces total). However, I quickly found that it worked best to set up 4 of the blocks along the back AND side edges for complete coverage. In the picture above, I was showing it at a local trade show (more about that later) and I loved having all 4 blocks attached to the table at once!

So the best thing about Christa’s Quilt Blocks is that they will actually fit on any sewing table! Isn’t that great??

One set of quilt clocks includes 2 boards and 2 clamps that easily attach precisely where you want them. Here’s a better detail image of how they attach:

Once you screw the boards into the clamp, you attach the clamps to the table and they are very secure!

Where/How to Buy

So the Christa Cabinet is available to order starting in May. Christa’s Quilt Blocks are an add on purchase and are also available separately if you already have another table or cabinet. They are in production now and will be here roughly mid to late June.

You can also order a custom insert made to fit your sewing machine, and that will arrive separately as well. I’ll help you through the entire process if you choose to get it from me, but you can also head to your local Arrow dealer if you have one nearby.

You can add a custom acrylic insert to your order, made specifically to fit your machine.

I know you all are very interested in the price and I’m still working out final details. Because of something called MAP (minimum advertised pricing), I must sell it the at the publicly listed retail price. However, I can offer some incentives via email, so please click here to get a special email offer when I begin taking orders on May 2nd.

Because I do not have a physical brick and mortar shop, when you order from me, the cabinet will come fully assembled and the delivery guys will even bring it into your home and set it up. It’s an amazing service that is bundled into the price I’ll be offering. Press play below to see a quick video I made a few months ago, once my cabinet was delivered:

Isn’t that great? Ok, who else kept wanting to yell, “pivot!!” when they were climbing up the stairs??? LOL!!

I don’t do any embroidery but a friend of mine does. She came over to sew with me recently and check out my cabinet. She was thrilled with the fact that the table top is large enough to accommodate her embroidery system.

Like any part of your sewing setup, this is definitely an investment, but I wanted to keep it affordable. One of the ways to do that was by offering a manual lift (instead of hydraulic) and keeping the bells and whistles to a minimum. But I can tell you from experience, this is the perfect table for those who wish to quilt on a home sewing machine like I do. All of my recent videos I’ve been sharing, plus all of the quilts I’ve made over the last 6 months have been stitched on this cabinet and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the results!

Questions? Just Ask!

Please feel free to ask me ANY questions you have about my cabinet or quilt blocks. and I’ll do my best to answer.

My table with 2 quilt blocks attached near the corners

Here are answers to a couple other questions I’ve gotten recently: yes, you can remove your bobbin while the table is lowered to flat-bed position. And YES, you can still use your knee lift if you have one. You just need to specify that when you purchase your custom insert.

I sure hope you enjoy this cabinet as much as I do. It’s been a game changer for sure!

Remember to sign up for my email newsletter to get detailed info on pricing, delivery and bonus incentives. And stay tuned for more behind the scenes on how my cabinet came to be.

New Video Tutorial: Machine Quilting Wavy Lines

I have another fun video for you this week! Learn to quilt simple wavy lines with your walking foot or intergrated dual feed. I’m demoing how do this on my free Puzzle Box quilt pattern. Click below to watch:

If you haven’t already done so visit my Free Patterns Page (click here) to download my Puzzle Box pattern, plus a few others. These are great quilts to make to practice your machine quilting skills!

Click here to get my Good Vibes fabric: yardage, precuts and more!

Good Vibes by Christa Watson for Benartex

I made this quilt from 2 strip rolls of my Good Vibes fabric line. I specifically designed this collection so that it would include half lights and half darks. Contrast is the key to the success of this design!

Click here to view my designer Jelly Rolls.

Wavy lines are the simplest, fastest machine quilting design you can do. In fact, it’s the first design I teach my students in my machine quilting workshops. Once you feel comfortable with one design, it will give you the confidence to keep improving your skills!

Now I’m curious to know – what’s your favorite machine quilting motif to stitch? What’s a design you’d love to learn or get better at? I love making more quilts because it’s a great excuse to try new things!!

Join Me & My Fellow Benartex Designers for Virtual Fabric Show Spring 2022!

So the one good thing that came out of working from home was the focus on zoom presentations and the ability to meet with folks easily online. Benartex has been doing semi-annual virtual fabric shows now for a couple of years, and I’m excited to invite you to the next Virtual Fabric Show on Monday, April 25 from 10 AM – 3 PM Eastern Time (or 7 AM -12 PM for those of us on Pacific Time).

Click here to register for the Virtual Fabric Show – It’s free to watch & everyone can attend!

You’ll be able to view the latest & greatest, including more about my my Black, White & Bright collection, plus sneak peeks of fabrics coming out later this year. Take a look at the schedule of designers below:

Some are familiar faces, and there are some new designers that I can’t wait to see, such as my buddies from Sew Yeah Quilting right here in Las Vegas. I can’t wait to see their approach to fabric design!

My time slot will begin at 12:30 Eastern and there will be plenty of time for Q&A throughout the entire event. You can come and go as you please throughout the event, and it will also be recorded so you can watch all of it later if you have to duck out for a few minutes.

I love how most of the Benartex designers are quilters, so as we design, we really think about what the fabric will look like, cut up into smaller pieces. Many of us also release 1-2 lines per year which keeps us pretty busy, as you can imagine!

I hope you’ll join us for this fun event. Bring your enthusiasm, AND your questions!!

Click here to register for the FREE Virtual Fabric Show from Benartex

Watch Episode 1 of Christa’s Quilt Chat!

Hi all, I’m so excited to share episode 1 of Christa’s Quilt Chat with you. Just click play below to watch:

As I mentioned in the chat above, my goal is to bring you fun new video content, each and every Wednesday. This has been on my mind for quite awhile, but I finally got all my ducks in a row to do it!

In this week’s episode I share a little bit more about my Christa Cabinet that will be available from Arrow Sewing in May – I can’t wait!

Click here for rough measurements – final details coming soon!

I also share the tiniest hints about what’s coming next – new fabric and a new book – and I talk a little bit about my decision making process whenever it’s time to make a change.

Clearance Sale at Shop.ChristaQuilts.com

I also mentioned that I’ve recently updated my sale section on my website. From time to time I add things to the category when it’s time to clear out space to make way for new things. This is a constant sale that never ends, and you don’t even need a coupon!

See that empty bottom row? It will be full soon! In the meantime, help me clear out some of my older fabrics! Click here for my fabric clearance sale, while supplies last.

Layer Cakes of my Fandangle Collection have been reduced to $29.95 while they last!

Just grab what you like when you see it though, because one it’s gone, it’s gone!!

Click here to view all remaining Geo Pop fabric on sale – by the yard!

If you enjoy my free video content and tutorials, you can say, “thanks!” by stocking up on your favorite Christa Quilt patterns. As we speak, I’m planning out the next batch of patterns for later this year (with new fabric to make them) and I can’t wait to show you more.

As always, thanks for reading and watching. I hope you have a great quilty week!

New Video Series and Updated Tutorial Schedule

I’m really having a ball making videos and sharing them over on my YouTube channel at ChristaQuilts.TV. I recently launched my DIY Quilting series, where I show you how to make a quilt from start to finish, and improve your machine quilting skills. I’ve updated my schedule for this series and it will now publish every other Wednesday at 10 AM Pacific Time.

On the alternate Wednesdays, I’ve decided to offer a new, informal series called “Christa’s Quilt Chat” where I’ll be chatting all things quilting, with different topics each week.

Keep in mind, this is NOT a live show. I actually tried that a few months back, but I couldn’t get the technology to work properly. The video was grainy, and I would lose signal event though we have a really strong internet connection. So I’ll be pre-recording these, but they’ll still be current and up to date with what’s happening in my quilty world.

My hope is to share more “behind the scenes” things that are going on, plus what I’m currently working on in real time. Think of it as a fun conversation with your BQF (best quilting friend), except that you don’t have to talk back, LOL!

When you share comments and questions on both videos series, I’ll reply to them in a timely manner, and it may open up more topics of conversation for the future.

Both of these shows will drop on Wednesdays at 10 AM Pacific Time on my YouTube channel, which is conveniently located at ChristaQuilts.TV. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on all the fun!!

New Video Tutorial: Make My Hashtags Quilt from Start to Finish

Click the image below to play my latest quilting video tutorial showing how to make my Bling/Hashtags quilt from start to finish including piecing, basting, machine quilting, AND machine binding.

In the video, I show you how to quilt this this fun, foolproof quilting design below, called “Shattered Lines.” You can quilt it with your walking foot or dual feed system, and the best part is, there’s no wrong way to do it!

The quilting motif shown above is originally from my book, 99 Machine Quilting Designs. In the book I walk through how to quilt it on a smaller practice sample. But as you can see, it looks amazing when applied to a real, full sized quilt!

99 Machine Quilting Designs

Click here to grab your signed copy of 99 Machine Quilting Designs. It comes sprinkled with (invisible) quilting pixie dust which is guaranteed to make you a better quilter!

My Bling quilt pattern shown below comes in 3 sizes, with 5 different layouts to choose from, so you really can make this quilt uniquely your own!

Bling Quilt Pattern by Christa Watson

Isn’t it fun to see how different a quilt can look, just by using different fabrics and rotating the blocks? I used my Black, White & Bright collection from Benartex to make the Hashtags version, but it will look fabulous in any fabrics you choose, as long as you have good contrast. You can make it coordinated or scrappy, the choice is up to you!

My absolute favorite way to make a pieced backing these days is to combine leftovers in coordinating colors. Sometimes I’ll use the exact same fabrics as the front; other times I’ll use up larger chunks from my scrap bin. Because I love using my quilts, I enjoy having fun textures to look at on both sides!

I’m excited to post more of these “making of” videos each week, so stay tuned. And please let me know what you’d love to see more of!

Click here to grab the Bling/Hashtags quilt kit, while supplies last.

Subscribe to ChristaQuilts.TV for New Video Tutorials Each Friday!

I’ve excited to share that I’ve just purchased the domain name ChristaQuilts.TV where you can watch all of my quilting videos on YouTube. This has been a long time coming and I’m thrilled to share new tutorials with you each and every Friday. They’ll drop around 7 AM Pacific Time, so that you’ll have new projects & techniques to work on each weekend!

Click here subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss a thing!

My plan is for each of these weekly videos to be about 20 minutes in length. That’s long enough to share my techniques, but not too long that you get bored with watching (hopefully not, anyway!!)

Get the Hashtags Quilt Kit

Click here to view all of my custom quilt kits.

If you want to make the quilt exactly as shown above, click here to get the Hashtags quilt kit while supplies last. I’m using my original Bling quilt pattern with a new layout and enhanced pattern notes that are included.

In my latest video, I show you exactly how I made a walking foot quilting plan to quilt this incredibly dynamic, modern stitching design above, called shattered lines. This is one of the quilting motifs from my book 99 Machine Quilting designs and I was thrilled to actually quilt it on a real, full sized quilt.

One of the tips I like to share in my books, videos and workshops is that the MORE you quilt a quilt, the less you’ll see the individual stitches and that’s totally the case with this quilt.

I was able to use a ton of leftovers on the back of my Hashtags quilt. I combined scraps from the front along with some odd sized pieces of my Black, White & Bright fabric to create this secondary composition on the back. Here’s a bonus tip: put larger chunks of fabric around the edges, because those will get trimmed up the most!

Photo by Susanne Shultis Photography

I’m really pleased with how my quilt turned out and it’s oh, so cuddly! I hope you’ll consider making one, too. If you do, please tag me on social media @christaquilts and #blingquilt so I can see what you are up to!

Do It Yourself Quilting Video: Make a Quilt from Start to Finish!

I recently wrapped up my quilt along for my Blooming Wallflowers quilt. I took all of the individual quilt along videos, and edited them together into one longer video, showing how to make the entire quilt from start to finish. Click below to watch the full video tutorial; it’s just under an hour and shows every step of the process: cutting, piecing, basting, machine quilting, and binding:

Blooming Wallflowers Quilt – Front and Back

As soon as I finished my quilt, I took it outside to photograph, front and back. It was just as much fun sewing the back as the front!

When you make your version of Blooming Wallflowers, please be sure to share it on social media. You can tag me @christaquilts and use the hashtag #bloomingwallflowersquilt. It makes my day when others enjoy making my quilt patterns just as much as I do!

Teaching Update for 2022

It’s been a minute since I updated you all on my current teaching schedule. All I can say is that I’m thrilled to be out there among quilters again. It really fulfills me. I had a fabulous time teaching at QuiltCon earlier in February and I have an amazing line up of events coming over the next year or so.

View from a student’s machine during one of my quilting workshops at QuiltCon 2022

I tried the online teaching thing and didn’t love it. There’s a huge difference between releasing pre-recorded, highly edited videos on Craftsy or YouTube and conducting a live online class, so for now I’ll stick to in person teaching as much as possible. Don’t worry – there’s still plenty of free YouTube content coming, but these are more of a tutorial format than an interactive quilting class.

So, with all of that said, I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be the featured quilter at the upcoming Quilt Show for the Brazos Blue Bonnet Guild June 17-18, 2022. See details in the image below

Basically this means I get to hang out at the quilt show the entire time and give a couple of presentations. This is a new type of event for me and I’m looking forward to it. I can’t think of anything more fun than chatting with quilters all weekend. I’m pretty much an open book, so if you are planning to attend, be sure to stop by and shoot the breeze. The “hang out” time will be unscripted and fun!

The next event on the agenda is a lecture and workshop for the League of Northern Colorado quilters on August 1. If you are nearby, you can contact the group directly for signup info. After that, I’ll be heading over to Always in Stitches Quilt Shop in Noblesville, Indiana October 6-8. I believe the shop will be promoting signups soon so stay tuned.

I love teaching machine quilting and meeting so many lovely quilters in person!

And finally, here’s a super secret sneak peek announcement: I just got the unofficial word that I’ve been selected to teach at The International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas this fall. I’m really pleased because I was very disappointed last year when I had to cancel last minute due to some family illness. Knock on wood things are looking much better this year! I’ll have more details for you all as soon as the official announcement has been made. But the dates of the event will be November 3-6, 2022.

I’m booking more events into 2023 and you can keep track of my complete travel schedule here. I keep it updated on a regular basis so that I know where I’m supposed to be, and when! Be sure to leave me a comment if you plan to attend one of my events. I love putting a name together with a face when I travel. Meeting fun quilty friends in person is the best!!

Blooming Wallflowers Quilt Along Part 7 – How to Bind Your Quilt

How is your Blooming Wallflowers quilt progress going? This week is the last of the video tutorial series, showing how to make this fun quilt from start to finish. Click the video below to learn how to bind your quilt, using double fold, straight of grain binding. It’s the same process I use to bind ALL of my quilts!

Bonus Video: Binding by Machine

I finished my Blooming Wallflowers quilt by hand. However, if you’d rather finish quicker with machine quilting stitches, be sure to check out my earlier video tutorial below. I’m demonstrating two different methods of machine binding on my Color Weave quilt and also on my Infrastructure Quilt. Just remember, you can bind any way you want, because you are the boss of your quilt!!

Click here to view all quilt kits, while supplies last!