Christa Quilts Live! Episode 4 – Variegated Thread

I sure hope you are enjoying my live chats! They happen every Tuesday at 2 PM Pacific Time in my Christa Quilts Group on Facebook. Then I post the replays here on the blog and over on my YouTube channel. Click the image below to watch the chat about quilting with Variegated Thread.

My Favorite Machine Quilting Thread

Here is my Variegated Thread collection from Aurifil. I find myself using these more and more for all of my machine quilting. I can usually quilt an entire throw sized quilt from just one spool of thread.

Christa Quilts Variegated Thread

Click here to get any of my 3 Aurifil Thread Kits.

My Favorite Quilting Needles

My favorite needles for both piecing and machine quilting are size 80/12 Topstitch needles from Superior threads.

Superior Threads Needles
Click here to get Superior Topstitch Needles, size 80/12.

If you have any questions about what we discuessed, please leave them in the comments and I’m happy to reply and keep the conversation going!

Blooming Wallflowers Quilt Along Schedule

I’m thrilled to be remaking my Blooming Wallflowers Quilt right along with all of you. This page will serve as the landing spot for all of the quilt along info. As I share new blog posts and videos, I’ll update those links right here, so be sure to bookmark this page and refer back to it each week!

Click here to get the optional Blooming Wallflowers Kit (While Supplies Last)
Click here for the intro post with the materials list and optional specialty cutting tools.

  • Week of Jan 10 – Part 1: Cutting
  • Week of Jan 17 – Part 2: Sewing the Blocks
  • Week of Jan 24 – Part 3: Sewing the Quilt Top
  • Week of Jan 31 – Part 4: Sewing the Back
  • Week of Feb 7 – Part 5: Basting the Quilt
  • Week of Feb 14 – Part 6: Machine Quilting
  • Week of Feb 21 – Part 7: Binding to Finish
  • Week of Feb 28 – QAL Wrap up

Blooming Wallflowers Color Inspiration

Don’t think you have to choose the exact same colors that I did. Here are two more suggested color schemes. But really, the sky’s the limit when it comes to your creativity. You can make this quilt scrappy or coordinated – the choice is up to you!

Click here to get the Blooming Wallflowers Quilt Pattern (PDF Download)
Click here to get the Booming Wallflowers Quilt Pattern (Printed Booklet)

Blooming Wallflowers Modern Marks
The original Blooming Wallflowers, made from my first fabric line, Modern Marks
Blooming Wallflowers in Geo Pop

This version of Blooming Wallflowers was made from my 4th fabric line, Geo Pop.

I recolored this version in EQ8 (Electric Quilt), using a mix of my fabric lines in red, white & gray.

Make a Scrappy Quilt from Fat Quarters!

1 fat quarter’s worth of fabric is enough to cut 1 full flower set (8 triangles total), so mix and match from your stash, or try out some of my custom color bundles for more variety! No matter which fabrics you choose, it’s going to look great!!

Click here to grab custom fat quarter bundles made from a mix of my fabric lines.

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Quilting Tutorial: How to Bind a Quilt

Now that I’m back in the swing of blogging and video editing, I have a fun tutorial for you today. This is how I finished the binding on my Modern Logs Quilt made from Good Vibes fabric. I finished the stitching by hand – although you could definitely do it by machine. (Stay tuned for my machine binding tutorial soon!)

Click here, or the image below to view my quilt binding tutorial on my YouTube channel. It’s less than 10 minutes long.

Modern Logs Quilt – Good Vibes Version

Click here to get the Modern Logs Kit made from Good Vibes fabric.

Modern Logs Quilt – Black, White & Bright Version

Click here to get the Modern Logs Kit made from Black White & Bright

Follow the Modern Logs Quilt Along!

Did you know I hosted a quilt along to make this quilt awhile back? You can follow along and make it on your own schedule, any time you wish!

If you’ve made this quilt before, leave me a comment and let me know how you liked it!

Chatting About Pattern Design: Replay Episode 3!

Now that I’ve done a few live chats, I guess it’s time to number them and call it a series, right?? This week we were chatting about my pattern design process, why I love EQ8 for quilt design, and where some of my inspiration comes from. I hope you enjoy it!! If you missed the live weekly chat in my facebook group, view the replay on my YouTube channel or click the image below:

Next week, we will be chatting about machine quilting with variegated thread with lots of fun examples!

Click here to grab my Variegated Thread Kit from Aurifil.

Christa Quilts Variegated Thread

I can’t wait to “see” you again Live! next week!!

Click here to view my Christa Quilts Live #1 – Fabric Design
Click here to view my Christa Quilts Live #2 – Upcoming Quilt Along

The QuiltCon Reject Parade!

Every year around this time, you can see one of the most amazing virtual quilt shows on the internet: the QuiltCon Reject parade. This is everyone posting their entries into the show that did not get accepted. Now to put things into perspective, there’s usually around 1800+ entries and room for only about 300-400 of them. So that’s a LOT of quilts that don’t make it in. Without further ado, I thought it would be fun to post my entries that did not get accepted with a note about each under the image. I hope you enjoy the virtual show!

Mini X Quilt

Above is “Mini X” a smaller version of my Modern X quilt pattern. I’ll be updating the pattern soon, but in the meantime here’s the secret: follow the pattern as written but cut smaller (or larger) blocks to change up the size.

Interlinked Quilt

Interlinked Quilt by Christa Watson

Click here to get the Interlinked Quilt Pattern
Click here to get the Interlinked Quilt Kit in Jade or Blue

Next is Interlinked above: one of my most popular quilt patterns of all time. Now to be fair, this was shown in the show virtually last year. We were allowed to re-enter the in person show even if it was shown at the virtual show previously. But darn it – I really wanted to hang this one in person, LOL!

Infrastructure Quilt

Infrastructure Geo Pop Fabric
Click here to get the Infrastructure quilt pattern – PDF download.

This is Infrastructure, one of my favorite quilts I made that I didn’t actually design. It was a collaboration between myself and Heather Black of Quiltachusettes. We even did a quilt along to make this quilt. (Click here for the Infrastructure Quilt Along and follow along at your own pace). Here’s a hint: quilts that you design yourself have a better chance of making it in the show. I still love it though, even if it didn’t get in!

Optical Illusion Quilt

Optical Illusion Quilt

Click here to get the Optical Illusion PDF Quilt Pattern

Entering Optical Illusion was sort of a cheat. I’ve actually made this quilt from solids, before I designed fabric, so the original version actually hung at QuiltCon in 2015. I was just hoping the newer version made with my fabric would be allowed to hang, too. So it’s ok that this one didn’t make it in.

Modern Logs

Click here to get the Modern Logs quilt pattern PDF download.
Click here to get the Modern Logs quilt kit – Good Vibes Fabric
Click here to get the Modern Logs quilt kit – Black, White & Bright Fabric

This is one of my all time favorite designs. I’ve made Modern Logs a few times now in different fabric lines and it’s still fun to make!! You can grab a kit to make this quilt from Good Vibes (shown above) or my newest Black, White & Bright collection, while supplies last.

Pixie Stix

This is Pixie Stix, mad from my Good Vibes fabric line. It’s another one that was seen in the virutal show last year, too. So again, it’s no surprise that there wasn’t room for it this year. It was actually part of QuiltCon magazine in 2021 so it did get some niceexposure. I plan to write a stand alone pattern for it soon, and possibly remake it with a different layout, so stay tuned for more on that front….

Sadly I didn’t get any entries in this year, but I was only sad for about 5 minutes. After all, I’ve had a quilt hang in the show every single time until now, so I totally get that it’s someone else’s turn to get their quilts in, too. This is the first year I didn’t specifically make a quilt FOR the show since most of my recent quilts have been to showcase my fabric collections. Also, the deadline snuck up on me since it was a month earlier this year. But that’s ok – I’ll just get started on next year’s entries NOW!

So there you have it. I really enjoy participating in Quiltcon and plan to attend every year, whether I have a quilt to share or not. I’m excited for my upcoming (sold out) workshops, and I can’t wait to see all of the beauitful quilts that DID make it in the show.

If you’d like to learn a more about QuiltCon and read about my experiences from prior years, check out what I’ve previously written by clicking any of the links below.

Blooming Wallflowers Quilt Along Materials List and Cutting Tools

The best thing about blogging regularly is hosting quilt alongs once again. These are multi-week posts where I walk you through the entire process of making a quilt from start to finish. In, 2022 we will make my Blooming Wallflowers quilt using regular cutting, or AccuQuilt Dies – your choice!

This quilt is so fast and fun to make and it looks much harder than it actually is. I’m going to be making my version using my new Black, White & Bright fabric line from Benartex, but of course you can use any fabrics you wish to follow along. All you need is a copy of the Blooming Wallflowers quilt pattern.

I’ve made this quilt a couple of times before, but this time around I’m excited to use AccuQuilt Dies. The kits, pattern and quilt along videos will all show how to make it with traditional cutting OR die-cutting.

I talked more about the upcoming Quilt Along on my latest Live Chat. Click here or the image below to watch.

Here are the rest of the details with links on where you can get supplies to make this quilt.

Fabric Requirements for “Scrappy” Blooming Wallflowers Quilt

Blooming Wallflowers Pattern Cover

6 Fat Quarters (18″ x 21″) of Saturated Colors for the Flowers
6 Fat Eighths (9″ x 21″) of Light/Low Volume Prints for the Flower Shadows
6 Fat Eighths (9″ x 21″) of Black & White Prints for the Flower Shadows
4 1/4 yds of Contrasting Fabric for Background & Binding

Traditional Rotary Cutting

To cut this quilt the traditional way, I highly recommend the Tri/Recs ruler set. It will cut blocks up to 6″ finished which is what is shown on the pattern cover.

Tri Recs Tools

AccuQuilt Die Cutting

These are the Dies I plan to use when I make my new version of Blooming Wallflowers. Click each link to learn more about the Die from AccuQuilt.

Click here for the complete Blooming Wallflowers Quilt Along Schedule.

Join Me for the Next Christa Quilts Live Event on Tuesday!

I have to tell you how much fun it’s been share again on a regular basis. It feels like I’m keeping in touch with all of you – my quilting friends – and I sure have missed you! Keeping up with a habit is a lot easier than starting a new one, and it’s nice to be able to write a few sentences, or record a short video, without feeling like it has to be perfect, LOL!!

Today I want to remind you about Live! events that I’ve relaunched over in my Facebook group. The first one last week went well, and I’m excited to chat again on Tuesday, Nov 30 at 2 PM PST.

Our topic will be starting to prepare for the next Quilt Along that will happen in January. As a reminder for those who haven’t followed along before – the QAL itself is completely free. All you need to get is a copy of the quilt pattern. I held a poll over in my FB group asking which quilt everyone wanted to make next.

By a large margin, folks voted for my Blooming Wallflowers quilt. I’m excited to remake it in my new Black, White & Bright collection shown below. I’ll also be offering optional kits, so be on the lookout for that soon!

I recolored the original version of Blooming Wallflowers in EQ8 from Electric Quilt – it was so easy to do!!

I’ll have full details and the QAL schedule soon – so stay tuned!

My Christmas Wish Came True – Check out My New Christa Cabinet from Arrow Sewing!

Do you remember nearly 2 years ago when I lamented in a previous blog post that I couldn’t find the *perfect* sewing table? Well I’m happy to announce that my dream finally came true!! Meet the “Christa Cabinet” – the perfect table that I designed in conjunction with Arrow Sewing.

The Christa Cabinet – Coming Soon from Arrow Sewing!

Now before we get too far, I must tell you that as of this writing (November, 2021) the table won’t be available to purchase until May of 2022. But I can’t hold a secret that long so I wanted give you a sneak peek soon as I could!!

The Christa Cabinet Arrives May 2022

The Christa Cabinet has a drop in table that can fit most large sewing machines. I took some unofficial measurements with my measuring tape, but final ones will be out soon. Here’s the specs so far:

  • 56″ wide plus an extra 16″ on the right with extended leaf
  • 22″ deep + 18″ with back extension plus 14″ with front drawer extension.
  • Sewing machine cutout is 24″ x 13.” It fits my BERNINA 770 perfectly!
  • 29″ high with locking casters
  • Adjustable manual table lift
  • Acrylic insert add-on is customizable to fit your machine
  • An optional pair of “quilt block” stoppers attach to the back or side to keep the quilt from falling off the edge of the table. These are completely my own invention!
The Christa Cabinet in action – It will help you become a better machine quilter!

I cannot tell you how excited I’ve been to test out this table/cabinet over the last few months. It works beautifully to hold up the weight of the quilt! The Christa Cabinet will be available through all Arrow Cabinet distributors, and if there’s enough interest, I’m considering drop-shipping it myself, which means I order for you and then Arrow sends it directly to your home. You just pay the MSRP (or less when it goes on sale) plus shipping.

Video Unboxing of the Christa Cabinet Sewing Table

When my cabinet arrived earlier this year, I had fun filming the unboxing. It came with white glove delivery service from FedEx – which I didn’t even know what a thing. All I thought when they were carrying it up my stairs was, “Pivot!! Pivot!!!”

Click here, or the image above to see the unboxing video on my YouTube channel.

Let’s Get Real about the Numbers

Right now the estimated MSRP is coming in around $1500 which is a fantastic price for this level of table! After doing tons of research on all of the current tables out there, I really wanted to make this one affordable. Just to compare, the table I had been using prior to this which did NOT have all the upgrades cost me around $800 waaaaay back in 1995! The current high end tables on the market now go for about $3-$6k. [Insert eyes popping out of head emoji here!!] That’s way out of my price range and I figured it was way out of most quilters’ reach, too. After all – wouldn’t you rather spend that kind of money on the machine itself??

So leave me a comment if you think you may be interested in getting this cabinet. As it gets closer to launch date I’ll share more details. I can’t wait!!

Chatting About Fabric Design – Watch the Replay

Well it feels great to be back in the saddle again – quilting, blogging, and creating more fun video content. I just did a soft launch of my Christa Quilts Live! series in my Facebook Group. I uploaded the replay to my YouTube channel so you can click HERE or the image below to watch.

Each Live chat will be about 30-45 minutes covering a different topic. For next week’s chat (on Tuesday, November, 30) we will be discussing more details about my upcoming Blooming Wallflowers Quilt Along that starts in January.

This version of Blooming Wallflowers is made from my Black, White & Bright line for Benartex.

So click here to grab a copy of the Blooming Wallflowers Quilt Pattern and stay tuned!

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See My Optical Illusion Quilt Pattern in Black, White & Bright Fabric!

Whenever I release a new line of fabric, I LOVE to see what it will look like made up into one of my previous quilt patterns. Depending on my free time, sometimes I’ll remake the quilt. But usually if time is tight, I’ll get just as much satisfaction recoloring it in EQ8 (Electric Quilt design software.)

I enjoyed recoloring Optical Illusion Using my Black, White and Bright fabric line. This line can be used all together of course (just like any of my collections). But there’s something magical when you pull just a few prints together in its own color story.

Be sure to scroll up and down to see these quilts wiggle. That’s the optical illusion caused by the placement of light, medium and dark fabrics in the correct proportion. The secret is to have high contrast in the squares (the lightest and darkest prints) with a medium/midtone color as the long skinny strips in between.

Optical Illusion Quilt in Red/Pink Fabrics

Click here to view all Black, White & Bright fabrics for more fun combinations!

In the red/pink version above, I’ve chosen Branch dots in orange/pink, Crackle in red, and Electric Stripe in red/white. I love how all of these combine together, don’t you?

Optical Illusion Quilt in Navy/Black Fabrics

Click here to grab any of the quilt fabrics above, by the yard!

In the navy/black version above, I’ve chosen Crackle in blue, Electric Stripe in navy/black, and Links in Gray.

Check out the Optical Illusion Quilt Along to Make this Quilt!

A couple of fabric lines back, I made the first version in Black, White & Gray. I offered a free quilt along to go with it, too. All you need to purchase is a copy of the quilt pattern to follow along.

Click here to follow the Optical Illusion Quilt Along

In the link above, I’ve also included additional tips and tricks for choosing fabric combinations and why they work. I also included some examples of what doesn’t work so you’ll know how to choose fabrics effectively, right off the bat! Below is the original version of the quilt shown on the pattern cover.

I’m curious – what color combination would you choose to make this quilt?

Electric Quilt Software (EQ8) Black Friday Sale!

P.S. My friends over at Electric Quilt just set up an affiliate program AND they are offering 25% off of any purchase through the end of the month when you use code 25 Days at checkout through my affiliate link here. I design ALL of my quilts in EQ8, and I’m also an ambassador for the company – so I can’t say enough nice things about them!!

Click here to get EQ8 design software – perfect for holiday gift giving!!

Electric Quilt 8