Detailed Quilting Tutorial: How to Bind Your Quilt

When I wrote my latest book, How Do I Quilt It, I wanted to include information on binding. However, there wasn’t enough room to include detailed step by step photos, so I’m happy to share that with you here. All photography by my dear friend Susanne Shultis Photography.

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Learn to make all of the projects shown here as well as my complete machine quilting process, including preparing your quilt and making a quilting plan.

When it comes to choosing binding colors, consider whether you want to match the binding to the border or to the background fabric to create a seamless look. Or you may prefer a contrasting fabric that will serve as a frame around the quilt. You can even add a touch of whimsy to your quilt by using up leftover fabrics to piece a scrappy binding.

There are two ways to attach the binding, by hand with hidden stitches, or by machine with decorative stitches that become part of the design of the quilt. There’s no right or wrong answer – it’s all a matter of personal preference. No matter which method you choose, there are a few steps you need to take before applying the binding.

Prepare the Quilted Quilt

Trim off the excess fabric and batting so that the edges are straight and flush. I prefer to use a large square ruler to trim the corners of the quilt, and long straight rulers to trim the edges.

Prepare the Binding

No matter how I finish my binding – by hand or machine, I use the same method to prepare my binding and attach it to the quilt. I always make a standard double fold, hidden seam binding.

Step 1 – Calculate the total length of binding needed by adding together the measurement of all 4 sides of the quilt, then add an extra 10” for seam joins. For example, to calculate the binding needed for Pinwheel Tessellation quilt shown above, it’s 51+51+62+62+10 =236”. Next, figure out how many binding strips you need to cut by dividing the perimeter by the usable width of fabric. This would be 270” / 40 = 5.9. Round up, so 6 strips of binding are needed for this quilt.

Step 2 – I cut my binding 2” wide and sew it to the quilt with an exact 1/4” seam. This ensures a binding that finishes 1/4” wide on both sides of the quilt. However, if you prefer a wider binding, you can cut your strips 2 1/4” or even 2 1/2” by width of fabric. You can also cut them even wider and sew with a wider seam allowance if you want more of the binding to show on the quilt.

Step 3 – Join the binding strips. Place two strips right sides together at a 90 degree angle. Sew them together at a 45 degree angle across the diagonal. Sewing mitered seams like this helps distribute the bulk for a smoother binding with no lumps and bumps. If needed, you can draw a straight line across the diagonal, or press one of the ends along the diagonal to form a sewing line.

Tip: I like to sew all the strips together at once. I join the first two pieces right sides together, and then add the next binding strip to the end of the previous one, right sides together. This keeps all the mitered seams going in the same direction, too. If the selvages are still on the fabric, you can let them hang over beyond the spot where the fabric overlaps and trim them off later.

Step 4 – Join all the binding strips into one long continuous strip. Trim the excess triangles and press the seams open. Trim one end of the binding at a 45 degree angle. This becomes your starting ”tail.” Finally, press the binding wrong sides together all the way along the length.

Sew the Binding to the Quilt

Step 1 – Starting several inches away from the corner, place the binding on the front side of the quilt. Line up the open the open edges of the binding flush with the edge of your quilt. The folded edge should be facing towards the middle of the quilt. Pin the binding strip to the quilt, leaving about 6” – 8” of loose starting ”tail.”

Step 2 – Begin stitching using 1/4” seam allowance. Use a walking foot or dual feed system if possible. When you get near a corner, stop and mark the stopping point, which is 1/4″ away from the corner, or stop stitching at the line on your presser foot that’s 1/4” away from the tip of the foot.

Step 3 – Stop stitching 1/4″ away from the corner and then diagonally sew off the corner.

Tip: To ensure that you don’t have any binding seams that wind up in the corners, ”walk” the binding all the way around the perimeter first: pin the starting binding tail anywhere along one of the sides and place a few pins all the way around the binding, folding the corners as you go to ensure the binding makes it all the way around the quilt.

If any of the seams end up in the corner, simply move the starting point an inch or two in either direction to offset the seam at the corner. If you still end up with a seam close to the corner when sewing the binding on, you can cut the binding apart and sew it back together to move the seam away from the corner.

Step 4 – Do the ”funky fold.” Take the quilt off the machine and fold the binding up and away from the quilt as shown. Keep the edge of the binding in line with the edge of the quilt.

Step 5 – Bring the binding back down, creating a tuck of fabric underneath. This will form the miter on the front of the quilt. The folded edge of the binding should line up perfectly with the trimmed edge of the quilt.

Step 6 – Start stitching from the corner edge of the quilt. Grasp the starting thread tails with your hand and give an extra nudge on the quilt to push it through the machine. This helps ensure that the threads aren’t caught in the corners. The corners are very thick at this point with the extra layers of mitered fabric.

Step 7 – Stitch the next side of binding to the quilt edge until you reach the next corner and repeat this process for all four corners and sides.

Step 8 – As you near the spot where you began attaching the binding, stop stitching, trim off the excess binding, leave an ending tail of 6” – 8” to work with. Open up the straight end of binding and place the beginning tail with the 45 degree cut edge inside it.

Step 9 – Using the cut angled end as a guide, lightly mark a line next to the angled end on the open straight end. Then measure and trim 1/2” away from this marked line to allow for seam allowances on both ends.

Click here to get my mini mat and ruler set! This makes trimming those ends at the machine “sew” much easier!

Step 10 – Place the two binding ends right sides together, offsetting the corner tips by 1/4” and pin generously.

Sew with 1/4” seam to complete the continuous loop of binding. Finger press the seam open, and press the binding wrong sides together. Pin the remaining binding to the quilt and finish stitching it down on the front of the quilt.

Step 11 – Press the binding away from the front of the quilt and then fold it over to the back of the quilt. Fold the corners in the opposite direction that they were folded on the front to reduce bulk.

Pin generously or use binding clips to hold it in place as you stitch the binding down to finish.

Finish by Hand

Binding by hand gives the cleanest look and most professional finish. Although it takes longer to accomplish, it’s one of my favorite things to do when the quilting is finished. There’s nothing like curling up on the sofa on a cozy evening and stitching away the cares of the day!

For a successful finish, you’ll need a sturdy hand sewing needle and thread. Choose a needle that glides through the fabric easily and feels comfortable to grip. (I usually keep a variety pack of needles on hand and grab whatever is close by.) I use the same thread that I piece and quilt with and take tiny stitches to secure my seams. You can also double up your thread if needed for extra strength and durability.

Click here to get my Aurifil thread sets. These are the threads I use for everything, piecing, quilting AND binding!!

Step 1 – Thread your needle and trim the thread so it is about 18″ long. Tie a knot on the thread end that you just cut. This ensures the thread fibers are in the correct orientation to pull smoothly through the fabric.

Tip – How to Tie a Quilter’s Knot: Hold the threaded needle in your right hand with the ending thread tail in your left hand.

Pinch the thread tail with your right hand while holding the needle at the same time. With your left hand, wrap the freshly cut thread end around the head of the needle 3 times.

Pinch the wrapped thread with your right hand while your left hand grasps the needle and pulls away. With your right hand, slide the knot all the way to the end of the thread. Make a second knot on top of the first one if your thread is very thin. Reverse the movements if you are left-handed.

Step 2 – Tuck the knot underneath the binding, then grab a bite of the backing of the quilt and then a bite of the binding to complete each stitch. For a hidden finish, insert the needle right along the fold of the binding each time. Use a thimble to help push the needle through the quilt if needed.

Some quilters prefer to stitch from right to left with the bulk of the quilt away from them; others like to stitch the opposite direction, from left to right with the bulk of the quilt towards them. There’s no wrong way to do it as long as you feel comfortable with the process.

Step 3 – Continue stitching until you are about to run out of thread. To end a segment of hand stitching, tie a knot with the needle still threaded, and take a backstitch. Pull the needle through the previously stitched area and hide the knot under the binding. Cut off the excess thread, and cut a new length of thread as needed. Stitch until the entire binding is secured and stitch past a few stitches from where you began. Tie another knot and pop it through the quilt so it’s hidden in the batting.

Tip: When you get to a corner, be sure to sew the corners closed on both the front and back.

Finish by Machine

My process for attaching the binding to the quilt by machine is similar to my hand binding process, except that I attach the binding to the quilt on the back of the quilt instead of the front. Then I fold over the binding to the front and secure it with machine stitches that become part of the design of the quilt. I have tried the method of stitching in the ditch to secure the binding, but it always ends up looking messy and I don’t always catch all of the seam. Instead, I developed the following methods which are neater and more secure.

Option 1: Straight Stitching

Starting anywhere on the right side of the quilt, pull up the bobbin thread to the quilt top. Set your needle position so that you will be stitching just to the right of the folded edge, onto the binding fabric. Hold the top and bobbin threads in place and stitch about 6-8 teeny tiny stitches to secure. Set your stitch length back to normal and stitch next to the folded edge all the way around the perimeter of the quilt. When you get to the corners stop with the needle in the down position and rotate the quilt to continue stitching. When you get back to your starting point, stitch on top of your previous line of stitches for about 6-8 teeny tiny stitches. Clip thread tails for a smooth finish.

If desired, stitch another straight line of quilting all the way around the perimeter, approximately 3/16” to 1/4” away from your first line of stitching, almost right next to the right edge of the quilt. You can use your foot as a guideline for even spacing all the way around the binding edge. This is similar to topstitching in garment making, where the stitched edge adds a clean-looking professional finish!

Option 2: Decorative Stitching

Begin stitching anywhere along the edge of your quilt with a decorative stitch. Try to stay within the 1/4” width of the binding fabric as you stitch. Alternatively, you can stitch right next to the ditch or on top of the ditch for a different look. When you get to the corners, stitch slowly so that the decorative stitch can complete its pattern as you rotate and stitch around the corners.

Be sure that the decorative stitching catches the corners on the front and back of the quilt to secure the mitered folds. When you get back to your starting point, stitch on top of your previous line of stitching to secure and clip your thread tails. Or you can bury the starting and ending thread tails as desired.

Watch My Quilt Binding Video Tutorials

Watch my YouTube videos below to see the same techniques in action on two additional quilts, either by hand or machine:

Whew! I know that was a LOT of information for one blog post, but congrats on making it to the end!! Please me know if you use any of these techniques and how they work out for you!

How to Trim Flying Geese Units

I’m currently making a quilt from my new Stitchy fabric collection from Benartex that calls for about a gazillion flying geese units. Because accuracy is important, I decided it would work best if I sewed them slightly larger and then trimmed them down to size. So here’s a quick tutorial showing how to do exactly that:

First you need to know the unfinished size of the units you are working with. These units are 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ unfinished. When sewn together the finished size will be 2″ x 4″ because geese are twice as wide as they are tall.

Rather than purchasing a specialty ruler just for flying geese, I’m trimming these up with my new Mini Mat and Ruler Set, which is perfect for making smaller cuts while at your machine. This saves me loads of time since I don’t have to get up and move to my larger cutting table.

I’m also trimming them up with my new ergonomic rotary cutter, part of my collection of Christa Quilts Notions that I just released in collaboration with Brewer Sewing.

Step 1: Find the midpoint of your geese unit

From the right, measure halfway across the unit which in this instance is 2 ¼”. Line up the 45 degree diagonal line on the ruler with the right diagonal seam. The little blue plus that I’ve marked should be the intersection of the dark triangle tip and the diagonal line. The bottom of the geese unit should hit right on the 2 ½” line.

Step 2 – Trim the first 2 sides only

Trim the right side and the top of the unit only. Notice that you are preserving the 1/4″ distance from the goose point at the bottom to the edge of the unit to account for seam allowances. The diagonal points at the corners of the blocks should go all the way to the edges.

Step 3 – Rotate the block and find the midpoint again

Flip the unit upside down. Measure over from the right, ½ the width of the block, so 2 ¼” again for this unit. Line up the left side of the block with the unfinished width, or 4 ½” for this unit. Line up the bottom with the unfinished height of the unit, or 2 ½” in this example.

Step 4 – Trim the other 2 sides of the unit

Now trim the right and top of the unit again. This will result in a perfectly trimmed flying geese unit! Repeat this for as many blocks as you have. Adjust your trimming based on the unfinished size of your geese units.

If the triangles of your geese are a little wonky, you can fudge your cutting a little bit to accommodate, but try to ensure that there’s enough fabric to trim on all 4 sides of the block.

See a sneak peek of my new Christa Quilts Notions!

I made a short little video about my new notions and included a bonus tip on trimming binding ends, too. You can check it out by clicking the video image below. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more fun videos & quilty tips!

Click here to learn more about my Christa Quilts Notions from Brewer. They are a must have for your sewing toolbox!

Join Me for Stitched up Stories in February!

Every quilter has a story to tell, so I’m so excited about a brand new virtual monthly event called Stitched up Stories. It’s the brainchild of Jenn from The Little Shop of Stitches and is sponsored by over a dozen shops across the US. I love it whenever I see shops collaborating instead of viewing each other as competition because it fits my philosophy that there’s room enough for everyone in the quilting world.

The way it works is that the shops all chip in to pay the speaker’s fee and they all share about it to their audiences. Each time someone registers, they can choose which participating shop told them about it and that shop will get partial credit for the sale. I think it’s a brilliant way to share costs and provide an interesting and inspiring event for the quilting community. When Jenn invited me on behalf of her shop, it was an immediate yes!

A big shoutout to all of the sponsoring shops below. I’m sure this list will continue to grow!

So here’s the upcoming lineup over the next few months:

Deb Strain on December 11th

Deb and her husband Scott, currently live in their new hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio.  A designer for Moda Fabrics since 1996, Deb feels honored to have watched Moda’s growth and success over the years.  Drawing and painting her fabric designs by hand, Deb has created over one-hundred collections since she began working with Moda. She loves working with different colors and patterns, the more intricate the better!  Her artwork has been featured on many different products over the years – calendars, greeting cards, garden flags, books, framed prints and more.

Click here to register for Deb Stain’s story event.

Lisa Archer on January 15th

Lisa Archer is the Owner and Creative Director of Pickle Pie Designs. She founded her company in 2008 and brings a unique style to the machine embroidery market. Her fresh, on-trend designs earned Pickle Pie Designs a worldwide following. Lisa is a Spokesperson for BERNINA of America, and author of the popular book “Modern Machine Embroidery”. As a single mother, Lisa was able to fulfill her dream of raising her children at home, while growing Pickle Pie Designs from the ground up. She lives in North Carolina with her now-teenaged children.

Click here to register for Lisa Archer’s story event.

Christa Watson on February 12th – That’s Me!!!

Christa Watson is an enthusiastic, award-winning quilter from Las Vegas, Nevada who enjoys teaching others to find joy in making “perfectly imperfect” quilts from start to finish. She’s an author, traveling teacher, pattern designer, fabric designer, occasional quilt judge, and quilting industry ambassador. She is a cheerleader for the “do-it-yourself-quilting” movement who believes that quilts don’t have to be perfect to be functional and beautiful. She’s been making her living in the quilting industry for over 20 years, and she believes that if you can dream it, you can do it!

Click here to register for Christa Watson’s story event.

Each story event happens live at 1 PM PST/4 PM EST and they are available for up to a week after the event, if you can’t make it live. They are continuing to add new and interesting speakers with a story to tell, so bookmark the website and sign up for their email to stay in the know. Past speakers have included Toni & Jenny from A Wing and a Prayer, Daniela Stout of Cozy Quilt Designs, Carmen Geddes of 10 Sisters Designs, and more!

During the live session, there will be plenty of Q&A and door prizes. It will be such fun!!
Click here to register for this amazing event. I can’t wait to “see” you there!

I’m Back from Festival and Ready to Get to Work!

This year has been such a whirlwind for me! Like so many others in the quilting industry, the pandemic really interrupted our work flow and it’s take a bit of time to get back on track. I’ve travelled here and there this year and looking forward to a full travel schedule again in 2023. I’ll be vending at QuiltCon in Atlanta in February and teaching nationwide again which I’m really looking forward to.

I’m excited with the response that Stitchy got in the Benartex booth quilt market last month. Right now I’m working behind the scenes to finish up patterns and kits to represent everything shown in this photo above. I know folks are especially clamoring for kits of the star quilt shown here, so as soon as all of that is ready, I’ll let you know! I took lots of video as I made these beauties, so I’m excited to get back to sharing on my YouTube channel soon!

I also had the most amazing time teaching at Quilt Festival last week. It was my first time ever attending this show, let alone teaching and it did not disappoint. I pretty much lived in this hallway the entire time, teaching on wonderful machines provided by BERNINA. One of the great things about attending a huge show like this is that you don’t even have to bring a machine – how cool is that??

However, I was soo busy teaching that I didn’t have time for too many photos. But I brought the family along for support and my daughter was able to snap a few “action” pics in my quilting workshops.

My students were fabulous and eager to learn and I get a lot of joy teaching others my “perfectly imperfect” quilting methods. Whenever someone leaves me a glowing evaluation, it makes me feel warm & fuzzy inside – so thanks to those of you who say such kinds things as “this was the best class ever” or “I learned so much!” It really makes my day!

On the show floor during preview night, I was able to visit with the folks from Arrow Sewing. I loved how they had my Christa Cabinet and quilt blocks prominently on display. That’s been very well received, too!

I’ll end with these great shots of my hubby and daughter. They really enjoyed viewing the quilts while I taught and it was fun hearing about which quilts were their faves. Usually I travel alone, so it was such a nice treat to have company this time around.

Until the next post, happy quilting!

How Do I Quilt It? Now Available as a PDF Download!

I can’t tell you how many requests I’ve gotten for a digital version of my best selling machine quilting book, How Do I Quilt It? Now I’m excited to announce that my publisher has granted me permission to sell the PDF of this book directly to you. This is especially exciting for my international friends who may not be able to find it locally. Even if you have the physical book, it’s always nice to have a digital copy on hand for immediate access from your computer, anytime!

Click here to purchase the PDF/Digital download version of How Do I Quilt It?

My latest book walks you through my machine quilting process, step by step. I explain my spray basting technique in detail and discuss the steps I take to prepare a quilt for machine quilting on a regular home sewing machine. The number 1 tip I teach my students is to create a quilting plan before attempting to machine quilt. By getting most of the thinking out of the way ahead of time, you can enjoy the actual machine quilting process!

Shown above: 3 different versions of the same quilt, Loose Weave, quilted 3 different ways.

In the book, I also include 3 projects to practice your skills. Each pattern is quilted 3 different ways, using walking foot techniques, free motion motifs, or both. My other top tip is to build your machine quilting skills one step at a time. Start with walking foot quilting. Once you are comfortable with moving the quilt under your machine, then try an easy edge-to edge free motion design. Finally, use both techniques to custom quilt your quilt to really make it your own.

Just one of the gorgeous detailed photos from the book. There’s so much eye candy and inspiration!

Reading this book, and implementing my methods will make the machine quilting process simpler and more fun, I guarantee it!

Click here to get your instant PDF copy of How Do I Quilt It?

Click here to get a signed paper copy of How Do I Quilt It?

Stitchy Fabric has Arrived – Grab your fave bundles by colorway or print!

Stitchy, my 8th fabric line with Benartex has now officially arrived and I couldn’t be more thrilled! In additional to yardage and precuts, I’ve also assembled special 1/2 yard bundles by colorway or print. You can grab any of them directly from me at

Sunny Day

Sunny day was inspired by mornings in my studio when the light streams through the windows and the day is full of promise!


Crossweave started off as a simple dot design in black and white but evolved into this stunning print!

Threaded Lines

As the name implies, this interesting print represents the precious threads we use in our quilt making every day. I don’t know about you, but my clothes catch all of my threaded mess every time I sew!!


The title print, Stitches was inspired by one of my favorite free motion designs called Geometric Chains. You can use this print as a cheater cloth to practice your quilting skills. Or embellish it however you’d like!


Hashtags represents my love of sharing my work on social media. If you’d like to share what YOU have made with Stitchy, be sure to use #stitchyfabric in your social media posts. I’d love to give you a shoutout!!

Stitchy by Colorway

I’m curious – do you like to organize your fabrics by print or by colorway?
Click here to order Stitchy bundles by color or print online.

Stitchy in Pretty Pinks

Stitchy in Orange, perfect for Halloween!

Stitchy in Groovy Greens

Stitchy in Terrific Teals – the most popular color!

Stitchy in Black & White, from dark to light

Click here to get your hands on some Stitchy fabric.
I’ll include a cute sticker in your happy mail (while supplies last)!

Get My Free Quilt Pattern: Herringbone Made from Stitchy Fabric!

Have you been enjoying seeing all of my sneak peeks of Stitchy, my new fabric line from Benartex? Today I have more fun stuff to share! You can get this free pattern called Herringbone as my way of saying thanks for supporting me and the quilting community!

Click here to get my Herringbone free PDF quilt pattern emailed to you.

In the quilt pattern, I also included a quilting plan so you can jazz up the quilt with some fun free motion quilting. I took lots of pictures and videos while making this quilt and I’ll have a fun video tutorial to share later on my YouTube channel, so be sure to subscribe. Here’s a detail shot of the quilting below.

The secret is figuring out how to quilt from one edge of the quilt to the other without stopping!!

Have you preorded my Stitchy fabric yet? I’m pre-selling yardage, bundles and precuts and including plenty of freebies in each order placed before 10/15/22. So be the first to get some of this scrumptious fabric. I can’t wait!!

Click here to get your hands on Stitchy!

Preorder My New Stitchy Fabric & Get Bonus Freebies!!

I’m so excited to be releasing my next fabric line with Benartex, called Stitchy! It will be arriving mid October, 2022 and I’m now taking preorders for yardage, bundles and precuts over at

Click the image above to view the short video I made which shows all 25 of the fabrics organized by print or colorway. It’s my 8th collection so far, and truly the best one yet!

Get Your Bonus Freebies with Each Order!

To sweeten the pot, I’m throwing in some fun freebies with each and every order from now until the fabric arrives! The more you buy, the more fun things you’ll receive. To start off, all orders will get these fun stickers I designed below. Use them to decorate your sewing space, water bottles, or anything else you’d like to glam up!

In addition to these cute stickers, once your order reaches $25 or more, I’ll throw in a free pattern. If you’d like to tell me which patterns you already have in the notes of your order, I’ll try to not send a duplicate, but I can’t make any promises!!

Christa Quilts Patterns

And here’s the best part yet!! Once your order reaches $100 or more, you’ll STILL get the free stickers AND the free pattern. But you’ll also get one of my books! This will be my choice and based on what I have excess copies of, so if you get a duplicate – just pass it onto a friend!

Preorder now and you’ll be my BQF – My Best Quilting Friend!!

One of the reasons I love what I do is because I get so much support from you! It really makes my day when you all send me notes and leave comments about how much you enjoy my fabrics, patterns and books. I love quilting and I hope that the things I offer can make your quilting fun, enjoyable and stress free!

Click here to view Stitchy and place your preoroders now. You’ll be glad you did!

Come Quilt with Me in Houston!

I’m thrilled to be teaching at Quilt Festival in Houston for the first time ever, coming up November 3-5, 2022. Registration is open now and classes are filling up fast!

Below is information on all 5 workshops and 1 lecture I will be giving at the show. Jot down the class numbers you are interested in then use the link below to register. I look forward to seeing you there!

Click here to register for quilt festival in Houston Texas

#477 How to Make a Quilting Plan
Thursday 11/3 from 2-5

After discussing the often asked question, “How do I quilt it?” students will practice sketching quilting motifs on paper, then learn strategies to apply those designs to an actual quilt top. Create several different quilting plans using images of your own quilts printed on paper, also learn how to create quilting plans for a wide variety of quilt designs. Time permitting, discuss options for designing a quilting plan in groups, using some of the students’ quilt tops as examples.

#555 Lecture – How Do I Quilt It?
Friday 11/4 from 9-10 AM

Most quilters understand how important it is to practice machine quilting designs on small fabric samples, but they often have trouble applying those designs to an actual quilt. In this informative lecture, I’ll share secrets for domestic machine quilting success which include adequate basting, choosing the right thread colors, thinking about how to divide and conquer each task, and learning how to create rich texture with little to no marking of the quilt. I’ll also discuss the importance of making a quilting plan, so you can figure out the best path around the quilt with the fewest stops and starts. Once you see how easy and carefree my methods can be, you’ll feel empowered to quilt your own quilts!

#591 Quilting Between the Lines with your Walking Foot
Friday 11/4 from 2-5 PM

Get out of the ditch and learn to quilt between the lines instead! In this workshop, learn several of the walking foot designs showcased in my books. Using your seam lines as a guide, learn how to stitch organic linear designs with no marking of the quilt! These include, but are not limited to, chevrons, zig-zags, parallel lines, wavy line variations, and some gentle curves. Become empowered to embrace the beauty of imperfection and learn to quilt your own quilts!

#616 Modern Machine Quilting: Walking Foot Wonders 
Friday 11/4 from 6-9 PM

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, interesting grids, fun spirals, and more. Leave class armed with the confidence that yes, you can quilt your own quilts! Students should be comfortable with a sewing machine and will practice on their own pre-basted fabric and batting samples.

Can’t make it to Houston? Click here to view my full teaching schedule. I travel about once a month all over the country and I’m open to international travel too! If you want to get me to come to your guild or other event, shoot me an email asap:

#744 Modern Machine Quilting: Free Motion Favorites
Saturday 11/5 from 9 AM – Noon

Embrace perfectly imperfect quilting! That means little to no marking and a whole lot of gorgeous texture. Ease into free-motion quilting with asymmetrical textures that are fast and fun to quilt. Explore a wide range of motifs that will look good on any quilt from Modern to Traditional. Students should be comfortable with a sewing machine and will practice on their own pre-basted fabric and batting samples.

#772 Quilting Between the Lines with Free-Motion Techniques
Saturday 11/5 from 2-5 PM

Use the seam lines on your quilt as a guide to add gorgeous texture to your quilts with absolutely no marking! Practice many of the free-motion designs showcased in my books. Embrace perfectly imperfect quilting while exploring a wide range of motifs that include continuous curves, S-curves, geometric chains, chevrons, zig-zags, and other linear geometrics. Leave class armed with the confidence that you can indeed quilt your own quilts!

All of these events are based around my 2 current books: How Do I Quilt It and 99 Machine Quilting Designs. So be sure to grab your signed copy of my books from me before the show. It’s going to be amazing!!

New Video & New FQs – Catching up with Christa

It’s been a minute since I’ve been able to catch up and share the latest & greatest in my quilty world. But I’m home for the rest of the summer until travel season picks back up again in October. Click the video below to see where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to!

New in the Shop – Low Volume Custom Bundles

I share a few sneak peeks of my next fabric line coming soon in the video above. But in the meantime, you can snag these fabulous light/low volume fat quarter sets that I custom cut from my Good Vibes and Black, White & Bright collections. But hurry, as they won’t last long!

Click here to view all of my fat quarter bundles made from my fabric lines.