Blooming Wallflowers QAL Fabric Prep

I’m going to officially start Blooming Wallflowers quilt along next week since I’m waiting on a cutting mat from AccuQuilt before I can finish up the first video. Be sure to subscribe to my youtube channel so you don’t miss a thing. In the meantime, you can start prepping your fabrics. I like to prewash and starch yardage (not precuts), so check out my bonus video below!

Bonus Starching Video

I prefer to starch my fabrics before cutting. Click the image below to watch! I’m demonstrating using Good Vibes fat quarters.

AccuQuilt Dies Used

If you’d like to use die-cutting techniques to cut out your entire quilt, here are a list of the specific dies I used. Click each of the links below to learn more about that die.

Blooming Wallflowers Quilt Kit and Pattern

Click here to grab the optional Blooming Wallflowers quilt kit while supplies last.
Click here to purchase the Blooming Wallflowers print pattern.
Click here to purchase the Blooming Wallflowers PDF pattern.

Other Important Links:

Click here for the Blooming Wallflowers landing page & QAL schedule
Click here for the complete Blooming Wallflowers materials list
Click here to share your progress in my Christa Quilts group on Facebook

New Video: Spray Basting Tutorial

Whenever I share about my spray basting process, I get all kinds of great questions, so this week I put together a comprehensive video showing my method. I’m demonstrating on 3 different quilts: my smaller version of Modern Logs, my larger Hashtags quilt, and an older quilt called Improv Squares. Check out the video below and please let me know if you have any questions!

Get the Quilt Kit or Pattern

Click here to get the complete kit to make Modern Logs, made from Black, White & Bright
Click here to get the Modern Logs quilt pattern – paper booklet
Click here to get the Modern Logs quilt pattern – PDF download

Click here to get the complete kit to make Bling-Hashtags layout
Click here to get the Bling quilt pattern – paper booklet
Click here to get the Bling quilt pattern – PDF download

Click here to get the Improv Squares quilt pattern – PDF download
Click here to choose your favorite 10″ squares bundle

Improv Squares Quilt Pattern using Modern Marks Fabric

Celebrate the New Year with 4 Free Quilt Patterns

What better way to ring in the new year, than with 4 fabulous and free quilt patterns, just for you! In case you haven’t visited my free quilt patterns page, check out each of the PDF downloads below and get ready for a quilty new year!

Free Quilt Pattern: Stacked Bricks

Made from one Black, White & Bright Strip Roll, or 1/2 Strip Roll + Rainbow Fabric.

Click here to get my free Stacked Bricks quilt pattern. You can choose from three different layouts shown above, each made from 2 1/2″ precut strips.

Use the full jelly roll for option 1. Or pair up 20 strips of light or dark prints with a contrasting light or dark background for options 2 or 3. No matter which one you choose, it will look fabulous indeed!

Free Quilt Pattern: Puzzle Box

Made from 2 Good Vibes Jelly Rolls (half light/half dark).

I design most of my fabric lines to have a colorful variety of lights and darks. So this pattern is the perfect match for any of my designer jelly rolls, but it still looks great in any fabric combo with good light/dark contrast.

Click here to download my free Puzzle Box quilt pattern.

Free Quilt Pattern: Beaded Lanterns

Made from one Fandangle Strip Roll + 4 Yards of gray background fabric.

Click here to download my free Beaded Lanterns quilt pattern.

It includes a step-by-step quilting plan, too! Although I made it with the light gray confetti crosshatch print shown above, you can use the darker version, too. Or go super scrappy with leftovers from your stash!

Free Quilt Pattern: Rainbow Taffy

Made from a Rainbow of Colorful Prints!

Rainbow Taffy by Christa Watson made from Modern Marks

The version of Rainbow Taffy shown above was made from charm packs of my very first fabric line, Modern Marks. Sadly, it’s out of print, but it would look fabulous remade from some of my custom color bundles in rainbow order!

Click here to download my free Rainbow Taffy quilt pattern.

I hope you enjoy these free quilt patterns! If you make any of them, be sure to tag me on social media #christaquilts. Or share pics in my ChristaQuilts Group on Facebook. I’d love to see!

10 Days Until Blooming Wallflowers Quilt Along!

We are just a week away from the end of the year (thank goodness!) and just over a week away from the start of my Blooming Wallflowers quilt along! Here are a few reminders as we anticipate this super fun event!

Blooming Wallflowers Quilt Along

I’m going to be posting updates each week in all the places. That means if you follow me here on the blog and are reading this, you don’t have to do a thing. Just keep reading my blog! I’ll also be sharing the same info in my newsletter, youtube, facebook and instagram.

That may seem overwhelming, but it’s really not. Not everyone follows me everywhere, so I don’t mind reformatting the info to meet everyone where they are at.

And if you DO follow me in more than one spot, it will be a good reminder to keep you moving along. To recap, here are a roundup of links to all of the important info so you are ready to begin, starting on January 3rd. I can’t wait!!

I will be making this version above, from my Black, White & Bright fabric line for Benartex.

Machine Binding Quilting Tutorial: New Videos Each Week!

I recently made a “grand plan” for my social media including more blogging, YouTubing, instagramming, and more. Part of that plan was to release a new video tutorial each week! Subscribe to my ChristaQuilts YouTube channel to get instantly notified when a new one drops. My latest tutorial shows how to machine bind a quilt 2 different way. Click below to watch:

The two quilts I’m showing in this video are Color Weave and Infrastructure.
Click here to grab the PDF quilt patterns to make one just like it.

If you have any questions about my process, please leave them in the comments and I’m happy to answer. Each weekly video will be around 10-11 minutes in length, and I have so many more fun ideas planned, so stay tuned!!

Color Weave Quilt by Christa Watson

Color Weave Quilt
Click here to get the Color Weave quilt pattern – PDF version.
Click here to get the Color Weave quilt pattern – paper booklet version.

Infrastructure Quilt by Christa Watson
(Designed by Heather Black)

Infrastructure Quilt using Geo Pop

Click here to get the Infrastructure quilt pattern – PDF version.
Click here to get the Infrastructure quilt pattern – paper booklet version.

By the way if, you do make quilts from any of my tutorials or patterns, I’d love to see them. Please share over in my ChristaQuilts Facebook group, or tag me @christaquilts on Instagram. I love to see what you are doing!!

Why I Love to Design My Quilts in EQ8

It’s no secret that I’m a cheerleader for the quilting industry. One of my favorite things is being an ambassador for companies whose products I love. Full disclosure: I’m not paid for this other than getting a few free or discounted products here & there, but that’s not why I do it. I sing these companies’ praises because I LOVE their stuff and want everyone to have as much fun quilting as much as I do!! (And yes, I’ve turned down plenty of opportunities from companies who DON’T float my boat!!)

Christa and EQ at QuiltCon 2017
Electric Quilt Co. showcased my work in their Booth at QuiltCon several years back & I’ve also been featured in a few ad campaigns, too. I’ve been super loyal to them ever since I started designing quilts! I design each and every quilt I make in EQ8!

So here are my top 5 reasons why I love designing my quilts in Electric Quilt Software:

  1. They love working with designers to cross-promote. Ever since I’ve used their software to design commercial patterns, my friends at EQ have done an amazing job promoting my books, patterns, fabrics and more. It’s been a mutually beneficial relationship and the folks that work for the company genuinely love what they do.
  2. I can see the finished design in the exact fabrics I plan to use, before ever making the first cut! This is so valuable to me as a fabric and pattern designer. Because most of my stuff has to be designed months ahead of when it’s available for sale, being able to create a perfect rendering of the finished design is such a critical part of my work flow.
  3. EQ8 checks my math for me. Although I design all of my quilts from scratch and calculate the yardage requirements myself, I love being able to use the calculate yardage feature as a double check. If something’s way off, I’ll be able to spot it right away and fix it asap!
  4. Amazing product support. I shouldn’t really be telling you this, but I’m often not as tech savvy as I’d like to be. There are a LOT of things I don’t know how to do in the software. But it’s always a fun learning experience when I’m trying something new. When you have a question about how to perform a certain task in EQ, my #1 tip when is to contact customer support or search their website and check out ALL of the tutorials. My #2 tips is to google “How do I ______ in EQ?” Chances are, someone has already written a blog post about that!
  5. Most of their block designs are copyright free. Did you know that? I think all (or nearly all) of the blocks included in the basic version of EQ are public domain and/or copyright free. That makes it easy to start with a traditional quilt block and then build an original design from there. Why re-draw a 9 patch when I can already start what’s in the program to begin with, right??

So those are just a few of the many reasons I love designing in EQ8. Below are some of my quilts designed in EQ compared to the actual finished quilt. Can you tell which is which?

Sparkling Stars Quilt by Christa Watson
This is my Sparkling Stars Quilt. It was critical to get exact fabric placement for this quilt.
EQ makes it easy!

Facets, shown above, was the first quilt I designed for my first book, Machine Quilting with Style way back in 2015. Sometimes I create an exact design in EQ; other times, especially when designing improv quilts, I’m not too worried about exact color or fabric placement.

(Click here to get the Bling-Hashtags quilt kit while supplies last!)

Fast forward to a recent finish and I’m still designing and making quilts the same way! This is “Hashtags” one of the layouts included in my Bling Quilt Pattern.

EQ8 allows me to upload images of my own fabric and rescale the sizes if needed. I really don’t know how to design without it!

I hope you enjoyed that bit of inspiration. If you use Electric Quilt Software to design quilts, be sure to tell me all about it in the comments. I’d love to know which features YOU use the most!

Electric Quilt 8

Click here to check out Electric Quilt Software Version 8 – I love it!!

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.

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.

Stay in the Know – Subscribe to My Blog!

If you’d like to get notified each time a quilt along post has released, be sure to enter your email address in the box located on the right hand side of your screen. If you are viewing this on a phone or other mobile device, you’ll need to scroll aaaaaaalllllllllll the way down to the bottom of the screen to see it. I can’t wait to get started!

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