Who’s Up for a Design Challenge? Show Your Creativity with my Black, White & Bright Collection

I have 2 super fun things to talk about today, both involving Electric Quilt.

First of all, I’ve partnered with them on a design challenge, featuring my new fabric collection, Black, White & Bright from Benartex.

During the month of November 2021 you can head over to the EQ blog to download swatches of my newest line and design an original quilt to enter into the contest.

Click here for complete details to download swatches and enter the contest!

2 lucky winners will each get a bundle of Black, White & Bright – how cool is that??

Click here to get Black, White & Bright Precuts, Bundles & Yardage

The second EQ news is that I’m featured over on their blog as one of their “Pearls of Wisdom” celebrating 30 years of EQ! I’ve used the software since before the beginning of my quilting career and I currently use EQ8 to design ALL of my quilt patterns. I couldn’t design without it!

Free Quilt Pattern!

Whenever I design a new fabric line, I include a free quilt pattern to go with it, designed in EQ8 of course! Here’s my free Pattern, Puzzle Box, recolored in my Black, White & Bright collection. This really plays up the black, white and grays in the group – don’t you think? It just takes 2 jellyrolls to make it with half light/half dark fabrics.

Click here to get my Free Puzzle Box Quilt Pattern

Click here to get the Black, White & Bright JellyRolls to make this quilt.

Preorder My New Fabric Line & Get Free Shipping!

I’m so excited to introduce my 7th fabric line with Benartex, called Black, White & Bright!

Click here to view and preorder my Black, White & Bright fabric line from Benartex.

It’s a cheery collection that I’ve been wanting to do for awhile. I have a thing for black and white prints but as I started designing this group, I knew that I needed to add a pop of color to it. So I started with a base of black, white and grey below….

Black, White & Black: Gray Fabrics

Then I wanted to add in some more low volume prints that can work well as “light” backgrounds…

Black, White & Bright: Low Volume Prints

And finally, I added in some bold, bright, saturated colors to round out the collection…

Black, White & Bright: Saturated Colors

Get Free Shipping On Fabric by the Yard!

For all you early birds out there, I’m offering a pre-order special now through October 31st!! Get any of the 20 Black, White and Bright prints by the yard and receive FREE US shipping with NO coupon required. How cool is that???

Click here to PreOrder Black, White & Black Fabrics by the yard with Free US shipping!!

I’ve also grouped the entire line into two bundles – lights and darks. You can order a full yard bundle, or a half yard bundle, and those qualify for free US shipping, too!!

Click here to order the Light Bundle of Black, White & Bright – Choose 1/2 yard or Full Yard cuts.
Click here to order the Dark Bundle of Black, White & Bright – Choose 1/2 Yard or Full Yard Cuts.

I hope you love using these fabrics and much as I enjoyed designing them. Stay tuned over the next few weeks to see what you can make with these fabulous fabrics. I’m excited to dive in and start using them and sharing my process with you!!

How to Make a Pieced Quilt Backing Tutorial

This is my favorite way to use up leftover scraps while making an interesting quilt back! Below is a roundup of some of my favorite pieced backs that I’ve made over the years. Click each of the links below to get instructions on how to make the quilt back (or front)!

Modern Logs Quilt Leftovers

Click here for the Modern Logs quilt backing tutorial.

I made this one from my Good Vibes scraps plus a few leftover strips of my other fabric collections.

Pieced Quilt Backing

Bar Graphs Pieced Backing

This was the pieced backing for an early version of my Charming Chevrons Quilt pattern. I love how the machine quilting lined up on the back – that was purely accidental and not planned!

Click here for the pieced quilt back tutorial.

Quilt Back

Leftover Fat Quarters Pieced Quilt Back

This black and white backing used up leftover fat quarters for one of the quilts in my first book, Machine Quilting with Style. The front of the quilt is called Lightning and it was a modern take on a rail fence design in black and white with a pop of yellow.

Click here to download the free PDF pattern for this pieced quilt back.

Surplus Strips Pieced Backing

While I don’t have step by step tutorial for this one, I used up leftover blocks from the front combined with larger chunks of fabric in coordinating colors. This is an easy way to add a pop of interest to your back, and it’s much faster to piece together.

Click here to get my Surplus Strips digital quilt pattern.

Shades of Gray Pieced Quilt Back

Sometimes I will sketch out exactly how I want the pieced quilt backing to look in EQ8. This can more easily help me figure out the dimension to cut each piece. See the before and after pics below:

Shades of Grey Backing
Click here for the tutorial and dimensions to cut for my Shades of Gray pieced backing.

I hope you enjoyed that walk down memory lane. I want to know – have you ever made a pieced quilt back before? If so – how did you like it?

Now it’s time for me to go make some more pieced backs – and fronts!! Happy quilting, friends!!

Add Some Color to Your Stash!

One of things I love most about being a fabric designer is creating fabrics to add to my own personal stash. Although I’ve now designed 6 fabric lines for Benartex (#7 on the way soon!!), I really just look at it as a continuation of one large collection, LOL! To help you fill out the rainbow in your stash, I’ve created custom color bundles from a mix of all of my fabric lines.

Click here to grab your favorite fat quarter color bundle!

Red Fat Quarters

My red color bundle includes fabrics from Abstract Garden, Geo Pop, Gridwork & Good Vibes

Orange Fat Quarters

My orange color bundle includes fabrics from Fandangle, Abstract Garden, Geo Pop & Good Vibes

Yellow Fat Quarters

My yellow color bundle includes fabrics from Geo Pop & Good Vibes

Green Fat Quarters

My green color bundle includes fabrics from Geo Pop, Gridwork & Good Vibes

Medium/Dark Blue Fat Quarters

My medium/dark blue fat quarter bundle includes fabrics from Abstract Garden, Geo Pop & Gridwork

Light Blue Fat Quarters

My light blue fat quarter bundle includes fabrics from Abstract Garden, Gridwork & Good Vibes

Pink Fat Quarters

My pink fat quarter bundle includes fabrics from Fandangle, Abstract Garden, Geo Pop & Gridwork

Purple Fat Quarters

My purple fat quarter bundle includes fabrics from Abstract Garden, Geo Pop and Gridwork

Black, White & Gray Fat Quarters

My neutral fat quarter bundle includes fabrics from Fandangle, Geo Pop, Gridwork and Good Vibes

Which bundle is your favorite? Which colors would you like to see more of? Leave me a comment – I’d love to know!!

Join Me for the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show March 2022!

Save the date: registration for the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show opens Sept 7, 2021 and the show itself takes place March 3-5, 2022.

I’ll be teaching 3 full day workshops and I can’t wait! Check out my schedule below:

Thursday March 3, 9-5 PM Walking Foot Wonders

Detail shown is Wavy Grid motif stitched on Bling quilt pattern.

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! Class will also include a discussion on basting, favorite tools and supplies that make the job easier, plus tips for putting it all together on a real quilt.  Students should be comfortable with their sewing machines and will practice on their own pre-basted fabric and batting samples.

Friday March 4, 9-5 PM Free-Motion Favorites

Detail shown is Jagged Stipple motif stitched on Terrace Tiles quilt pattern.

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! Class will also include a discussion of basic free-motion quilting tips and tools, plus figuring out how to combine motifs together in the same quilt. Students should be comfortable with their sewing machines and will practice on their own pre-basted fabric and batting samples.

For both of my machine quilting classes, we will be working from my latest book, 99 Machine Quilting Designs. If you haven’t grabbed it yet, you can order your signed copy of the book here.

99 Machine Quilting Designs
My 4th book, 99 Machine Quilting Designs was published by Martingale/That Patchwork Place in 2021.

Saturday March 5, 9-4 PM Improv Piecing – Modern Logs

Modern Logs Quilt Top
Modern Logs Quilt Pattern made from Good Vibes Fat Quarters

Put a modern spin on a classic block while you learn to create improvisationally pieced Log Cabin blocks. Choose two sets of fabrics that have good contrast, such as lights and darks. You’ll need 10 fat quarters of assorted lights and 10 fat quarters of assorted darks to make the 48″ x 54″ quilt. Pattern is required and includes additional sizes. Suitable for all skill levels.

A copy of my Modern Logs Quilt Pattern is required for the class. Click here to get the optional Modern Logs kit.

Be sure to leave a comment letting me know if you plan to attend. I’d love to see you there!

Click here for complete workshop details, schedules and instructors for IHQS.

I’m Now an AccuQuilt Go! Getter!

I’m so thrilled to let you know I’ve just partnered with AccuQuilt to be one of their newest brand ambassadors. When they invited me to be a Go! Getter, how could I say no?? After all, I’ve been admiring their cutters and dies for a looong time and now is finally the right time to start investing in their system.

I received my first box of goodies recently, so I made an ”unboxing” video to tell you all about it. Check it out on my YouTube channel here:

Here are all of the die bundles included in the video (affiliate links):

Click here to learn more about the Go Big Electronic Starter Set.

Click here to learn more about the Go Qube Mix and Match 12″ Block Set

Click here to learn more about the Angles Companion Set for 12″ Blocks

Click here to learn more about the Corners Companion Set for 12″ Blocks

Click here to learn more about the Go! Me Die Cutter

Click here to learn more about the Go Qube English Paper Piecing 1″ Sides

Click here to learn more about AccuQuilt patterns and books

So What Does a Go! Getter Actually Do???

This is a fancy way of saying I’ll be working with their dies and cutters, designing patterns using their dies, and generally sharing about my adventures with this awesome system. I hope you’ll follow me in my journey. It’s going to be great!!! So now I’m curious – what’s YOUR favorite die shape or block? Please leave me a comment and let me know!!


Save the Date: QuiltCon 2022 registration opens August 4!

I’m so excited to be back teaching live and in person at various events throughout throughout the country (and the world!!) I’m especially thrilled to be returning to the QuiltCon faculty in Phoenix from February 16-20, 2022. It’s my absolute favorite event!!

I’ll be teaching a total of 3 workshops all about domestic machine quilting!

Make a note of the class numbers, times and dates and be sure to register first thing on August 4th Workshops tend to fill up very quickly and many sell out on the first day. If you aren’t yet a member of The Modern Quilt Guild – be sure to join so you don’t miss out!

Quilting Between the Lines: Walking Foot

DSMQ005 Friday, February 18, 6 – 9 p.m.

Get out of the ditch and learn to quilt between the lines instead! In this domestic machine quilting workshop, you will learn several of the walking-foot designs showcased in Christa’s book, “99 Machine Quilting Designs.” Using your seam lines as a guide, you’ll learn how to stitch organic, linear designs with no marking of the quilt! These include but are not limited to: chevrons, zigzags, parallel lines, wavy line variations, and some gentle curves. You will leave empowered to embrace the beauty of imperfection as you learn to quilt your own quilts!

Quilting Between the Lines: Free Motion

DSMQ010 Saturday, February 19, 6 – 9 p.m

Use the seam lines on your quilt as a guide to add gorgeous texture to your quilts with absolutely no marking! In this domestic machine quilting workshop, you will practice many free-motion designs showcased in Christa’s book, “99 Machine Quilting Designs.” Embrace perfectly imperfect quilting while exploring a wide range of mo- tifs that include: continuous curves, S-curves, geometric chains, chevrons, zig-zags, and other linear geometrics. You will leave class armed with the confidence that you can indeed quilt your own quilts!

Both of these quilting classes are brand new and are based on many of the motifs included in my new book, 99 Machine Quilting Designs. You can grab your signed copy here.

99 machine quilting designs

How to Make a Quilting Plan

QP001 Thursday, February 17, 6 – 9 p.m

This class is part lecture, part hands-on design workshop with an emphasis on domestic machine quilting. After discussing the often-asked question, “How do I quilt it?” you will practice sketching quilting motifs on paper, then learn strategies to apply those designs to an actual quilt top. You will have a chance to create several different quilting plans using images of your own quilts printed on paper, as well as learning how to create quilting plans for a wide variety of quilt designs. If time permits, Christa will also discuss options for designing a quilting plan as a group, using some of your quilt tops as examples. This is a no-sew workshop.

Download the Class Catalog

Click here to view the interactive class catalog, or download it to read at your leisure!

Be sure to leave me a comment if you plan to attend – I’d love to see you!!

Join me on the Quilting Hour July 30, 2021

I’m excited to announce I’ll be a guest on a brand new video series called The Quilting Hour! It’s hosted by Lee Chappell Monroe of May Chappell and will be presented by C&T’s Creative Spark. Here’s a quick roundup of who all the guests will be. I can’t wait!!

Quilting Conversations with Trendsetting Designers For Quilt Enthusiasts

The Quilting Hour dives deeper into quilting techniques and trends. Each week the LIVE one-hour conversations will focus on a specific theme or technique. Expert quilter Lee Chappell Monroe of May Chappell will host 2-3 sensational guests and guide the conversation to be sure you learn the most you can on the theme of the week. Of course there will be time to ask questions so come ready to participate.

If you miss the LIVE event, don’t worry. Each week’s discussion will be recorded and accessible to watch at your leisure.

So pick a discussion topic you want to learn more about or better yet sign up for the entire series!

Here’s a list of dates and topics that will be included in the series:

I’m excited that they’ve saved the best for last!! On July 30, I’ll be the featured guest along with Teri Lucas and we will be chatting all things domestic machine quilting!!

Click here for full details and to register for this series.

It’s going to be “sew” much fun!

Here’s a fun promo video of all the guest that will be on the show. I hope you’ll join us!!

Click here to join The Quilting Hour!


Next year from March 19-27, you can come with me on an adventure of a lifetime to Spain, including stops in Barcelona, Madrid, and Sitges for the world renowned international patchwork festival. I’ve been invited by Craftsy and Craft tours to headline this amazing event.

We are going to do such fun things like marzipan making, touring a craft village, meeting up with other quilters, and of course, quilting! I’ll hang out with everyone each day of the tour, plus we’ve set aside time for 2 half day workshops.

A view of Sitges, Spain

In the first workshop, students will get to practice their hand piecing skills while making the Star of Spain mini quilt; an original design by me inspired by the colors and landscape of this beautiful country.

Kits will be provided and are included in the cost of the tour. You’ll get everything you need to make this cute mini – in your choice of colors below! Plus, I’l die cut everything for you ahead of time, so you’ll have more time to sew!

Star of Spain Mini Quilt – Exclusively for Tour Attendees

In the second workshop, students will discuss machine quilting options and learn Christa’s successful tips and tricks for machine quilting. We won’t need to worry about machines on the trip, but we’ll get a whole lot of inspiration and this will be an interactive class!

Here’s a quick video I made, inviting you on the tour. My enthusiasm for this trip is unbridled, and I can’t wait for you to join me!! So grab your friends, loved ones, or quilting buddies for this bucket list adventure!

Click HERE for complete travel itinerary and registration information.

A $1000 deposit is required, and the rest of the balance can be paid in $350 monthly installments. You’ll want to reserve your spot by 6/21/21 for the best price, and there’s a “land-only” option available if you prefer to travel to Spain yourself.

Spaces are limited to just 28 students, and I’ve already been getting emails from groups of friends who plan to go together. How fun is that?? If you DON’T have a buddy to go with – sign up to share a room with another student and make a new friend on the tour!

It’s going to be epic!!

So – who’s going to join me???

Click here to join me in Spain next year!

More Live Teaching This Year!

I am so thrilled to be getting back to live teaching this year. My next big upcoming event takes place in Nebraska August 5-7. I’ll be teaching for BERNINA Sewing Center of Omaha & BERNINA of Lincoln. I can hardly wait!

I’ll be teaching the same things at each shop. We will kick off the event with my popular “How Do I Quilt It?” lecture in the evening. Then the following day I’ll teach my hands-on Modern Machine Quilting full day workshop.

So first you’ll learn the theory of how I quilt my quilts, then you’ll be able to practice my fun and easy walking foot & free motion techniques. By the end of the event you’ll be a better quilter, guaranteed!!

Just one of the walking foot designs you’ll learn!

It’s a closeup of the continuous spiral on my Sparkling Stars quilt.

Click here to register for the Omaha event, Thursday-Friday
Click here to register for the Lincoln event, Friday-Saturday

I can’t wait to see you there!!