Christa Cabinet Sewing & Quilting Table Available Now – Tips for Measuring & Fitting, Too!

The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived. You can now place your order for my Christa Cabinet. This will totally change your quilting life!!

Due to MAP policies (minimum advertised pricing) it’s difficult to share the cost here in print on the internet that lasts forever. However, you can click here to get the current price and order info automatically emailed to you.

Double Check The Measurements

The most important thing about my cabinet is double checking that your machine will fit the space allowed for the drop-down table. The official measurements are listed below, but the most important thing is to measure the width and depth of your machine. If it’s less than 23 1/2″ by 12 1/2″ you should be good to go.

  • Cabinet fully open, will all leaves extended: 71 5/8″ W x 40″ D x 29″ H
  • Cabinet closed with side leaf down: 56 1/2″ W x 22 5/8″ D x 29″ 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″ W x 14 3/8 D

Partial List of Machines that Fit

I’ve been told that all BERNINAs and all Juki models will fit. However, double check your specific machine, just in case. You may have an older machine not on this list so it’s up to you to ensure proper measuring before placing your order. The cabinet will hold about 98% of the machines out there, except for the really huge ones.

Where Will it Ship?

The cabinet will be sent via FED EX “White Glove Delivery” which is available for 90-95 percent fo the continental US. This means it will arrive fully assembled, and they’ll deliver it to any room in your home, and even take away the packaging if you’d like. For anyone outside of this delivery area, we can discuss options on a case by case basis. Right now I can’t ship it out of the country, so my international friends will need to contact their nearest Arrow dealer.

Questions – Just Ask!

This is a big purchase so I want to help you through every step of the process. If you have a local Arrow dealer nearby, you are welcome to order it from them instead of me. I’m just here to provide a convenience for those who don’t have local access to one.

So please ask me any questions you have before purchase (and after, too)! You can reply in the comments, or shoot me an email: christa@christaquilts.com.

Click here for the final pricing details emailed to you.

Other FAQS:

  • Christa Cabinet features manual lift and locking casters.
  • Standard height with casters is 29″
  • Assembled Cabinet takes 3-4 weeks for delivery
  • Both top loading and front loading bobbins can be accessed.
  • Knee will fit with the cabinet; specify with custom insert
  • Custom insert ships separately, allow 3-4 weeks for delivery
  • Height of table tray can be adjusted for perfect fit by tightening the wing nut or removing a few of the chain links. (Click here for Arrow video showing how!)

Christa’s Quilt Blocks Coming July 2022

The first small batch of quilt blocks sold out right away during the local trade show, but more will be coming around mid July. I’ll open up orders for them around that time, to ensure there aren’t any production or shipping issues that may cause a delay.

I’ve been sewing on my cabinet since last October, when the first cabinet was sent to me to test and make sure I was happy with it. The answer has been a resounding yes!! I’ve made over a doze quilts on it since then (many in secret…) and I can’t emphasize enough what a joy it’s been to work on.

In Case You Missed It…

Check out the following information I’ve shared previously:

Click here to read the story behind how and why I decided to design this table.
Click below to watch my previous “Quilt Chat” where I share video of the table in action.
(Fast forward through the intro chat part!)

Click below to watch my “unboxing” when my Cabinet was delivered back in October:

I promise – you are going to love your cabinet as much as I do. In fact, I would say the cabinet is just as important as the machine you put in it! (But shhh…..don’t let me BERNINA dealer friends hear me say that, LOL!!)

Click here for current pricing. It includes the Christa Cabinet, custom insert to fit your machine, assembly and delivery to most areas in the US.

Trunk Show of Quilts & More Quilty Chat in Episode 2!

Thanks so much for all the love for my videos! It’s a lot of work putting up a new video each week, but I am loving the format! It took me years to finally take the plunge and be consistently active on YouTube but I’m loving the feedback! In this week’s episode I’m sharing the story about how my first book came about, plus a virtual trunk show of all the quilts with lots of quilting detail. Watch below:

As I mentioned in my video, Machine Quilting with Style is now out of print, but you can grab one of the few remaining copies online at Shop.ChristaQuilts.com – and I’ll be happy to sign it for you! As of this writing there are less than 200 copies left and when they are gone, they are gone!!

Learn to quilt and practice your machine quilting skills with my book, Machine Quilting with Style!

Writing this book back in 2015 really changed my quilty life for the better. It was a dream come true and catapulted my quilting career. I learned so much while writing it and it’s helped me become a better teacher, too. If you already own this book, I’d love to know – what’s your favorite quilt from the book?

Thanks for stopping by and happy quilting!!

How My Christa Cabinet Was Created: Necessity is the Mother of Invention!

So here’s the story about how my quilting table came to be. It’s been a 2 year process, but over 20 years in the making. This is a long story, but I hope you enjoy the journey along with me! And if you want more details about pricing & delivery click here: http://eepurl.com/dOqCgb & I’ll be happy to email that to you!

I love my new cabinet! Stay tuned for the story of the quilt behind me – that’s coming soon!

So waaay back in the late 90s when I began quilting, my supportive mother picked up an inexpensive sewing table for me that fit my machine. I don’t remember the brand, and the store she purchased it from went out of business soon after. But it worked.

Once I upgraded my machine back in 2013, my original insert no longer fit. So to create as flat of an area as possible I covered the hole with the extension that came with my machine and propped a couple of books underneath so the machine was sitting at *mostly* the right height. That was hack job #1!

Old Table Setup:

Hack job #1 – Covering *most* of the hole with the extension bed of my machine.

Next, I realized the table I had didn’t have enough space to hold my scissors, thread, seam ripper and a drink right where I needed them, to the right of my machine. Stuff was always falling of the side, so I set up a little tray next to my table to catch anything that fell down. Hack job #2!!

Hack job #2 on the old table. There’s not much room to the right, but at least the stickers are fun!!
Look closely to see the books holding up the machine underneath!!

But most frustrating of all, whenever I quilted a large quilt, most of it would end up in my lap because there was no where to hold the bulk of the quilt as I pushed it under my machine.

The quilt falling to the ground can be sooo frustrating!!

I discovered then, that an “L” shaped work surface with an area sticking out to my left was needed to hold the weight of the quilt. So I used various tables, ironing boards etc. to give me some extra room. Hello hack job #3!!
Christa Quilts Studio

My table against the wall with a small table in front, forming an L shape to hold the quilt.

Once I moved into my new house with a larger studio space, I tried several different locations for my workspace. I finally decided to put my old table in the middle of the room instead of tucked into a corner. Now I discovered a whole new set of problems with my workspace!

Christa's Quilt Studio

Hello wobbly legs!!! And non-locking casters that would slip & slide on my laminate flooring!

My older table had very flimsy legs that would move out of position whenever I tried to move the table. That caused the back extension to slam down, sending anything on top of it flying through the room! And the casters didn’t lock so it never did stay firmly in place unless shoved against a wall. But you gotta work with what you have, right??

Also, whenever I quilted a large quilt, it would fall off the back and side of the table causing a ton of grief while quilting.

Due to gravity, a falling quilt creates friction and drag, wreaking havoc on your stitches!

This pulled on the quilt, causing friction and drag… and ugly stitches. I tried to mitigate this with hack job #4: taping up cardboard around the edges, but that didn’t really work!

My table needed a bumper around the edges, to prevent the quilt from falling off the sides.

About this same time I began to share more videos on social media, and folks began asking where to find a table just like mine. I creatively zoomed in so they couldn’t see the ugly hack jobs I had created. And it wasn’t just one or two people, it was dozens and dozens. Like crazy! In fact, I got so many questions about where to find one like mine, that I started shying away from sharing more videos because sadly, I had no answer for them!

So I decided, you know what?? I need to find a table that’s perfect for domestic machine quilting. And if I offered to make some videos about it, maybe a sewing furniture company would give me one in exchange for some promo, or perhaps let me buy one at a discount.

So I started searching and researching and contacting several of the furniture manufacturers out there. I did get a couple of nice offers of tables and cabinets currently on the market but as I examined them, I realized none of them suited my needs. I couldn’t believe NO ONE had a solution to the quilt falling off the sides of the table. And although there were a few tables that came pretty close to my needs, they were either way too big, or much too expensive for my budget.

The New Cabinet Situation

Look at the legs on her! My new cabinet is perfectly sized, sturdy and a joy to sew on!
It’s “sew” stable!

So you know what they say, necessity is the mother of invention! I began making sketches and taking pics of my hack job in the hopes that I could present my idea for a NEW table to a company who would be willing to work with me. Several helpful folks recommended a few companies that could create a custom cabinet for me. But that’s not what I wanted.

Not only did I need a solution for myself, I needed a stock item that I could recommend to others as well, since I knew the question of “where did you get your table?” would be asked over and over and over and over and over and over and over again!!

Well, thankfully from some mutual industry connections, I was introduced to the amazing team over at Arrow Sewing, and we hit it off from the start! They worked with me on my design specifications and were realistic to let me know what was possible and what wasn’t.

Part of the fabulous Arrow team that made this happen: account managers Bobbi Jakic & Valerie Tribble, Me, president Jerry Voors, marketing director Harley Thomas, and VP Robert Hafner.

We recently launched the Christa Cabinet and Christa’s Quilt Blocks at a trade show right here in Las Vegas. This was for sewing dealers who come to these events to find the latests and greatest for their shops. I was a little nervous since I’d never done anything like this before.

We set up a cabinet display and I actually demoed for 3 days in a row, showing how the everything worked while quilting an actual quilt. Well, the cabinet and blocks where a hit! I was actually surprised with how well the quilt blocks sold, but when folks realized that they could fit on any table, including those they already had in stock, it was a no brainer.

Christa’s Quilt Blocks are like guard rails for your quilt! They keep it from falling overboard!

Arrow talked me into becoming a drop-ship dealer which means that you can order it directly from me, and then they will ship the cabinet directly to you so that I don’t have to warehouse, since I don’t have an actual shop.

It’s a nice way to get the cabinet to people who don’t have a local dealer nearby. And so as not to compete too much with other dealers, I’m only offering MY table & accessories, rather than their full catalog of furniture.

I quilted on a smaller quilt throughout the trade show.
Push play above to watch a short video clip.

I really have been pleased throughout the entire process and very happy with the reception so far. I’ll be opening up online orders on May 2nd, so be sure and sign up to get notified once it’s ready to launch. I’ll email you with special incentive that I can’t share publicly!!

I’m excited that my Christa Cabinet is finally being introduced into the world, and I can’t wait to see other folks sewing and quilting on it, too!

Click here to learn more about my Christa Cabinet & Quilt Blocks.

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!