The Geo Pop Precuts are Here!

It’s always a happy mail day when my fabric arrives!! I’m excited that Geo Pop has finally started arriving at quilt shops around the country. Geo Pop is my 4th fabric line with Benartex/Contempo and it comes in all 4 standard precut sizes: Fat Quarters, 10×10’s, 5×5’s and Strip Rolls.

Geo Pop 10×10 (aka Layer Cake)

The 10×10 set includes a total of 42 squares that measure 10″ x 10″. It’s a great way to get a nice chunk of each fabric without breaking the bank. You can use them as is and make a nice throw size quilt from all 42 squares (set 6×7). Or you can cut them up into various smaller sized pieces.

Geo Pop 10x10

Click here to get your hands on a Geo Pop 10×10 pack.

Geo Pop 5×5 (aka Charm Pack)

The 5×5 charm squares include the exact same fabrics: 42 precut squares, 5″ x 5″. These are one of my favorite size precuts to collect because they are relatively inexpensive and you can make a baby sized quilt from just one pack! There are 25 fabrics in the line which means you get 1-2 squares of every print.

Geo Pop 5x5

Click here to get your hands on a Geo Pop 5×5 pack.

Geo Pop Strip-pie (AKA Jelly Roll)

Strip Rolls are everyone’s favorite precut. You can make a nice sized throw quilt from one bundle, or pair it up with some background fabric for a larger quilt! Each strip is 2 1/2″ x 42″ and there are a total of 40 strips per pack. I love the innovative packaging too. It’s easier to ship, and you don’t get all of that fabric lint that accumulates when they are folded round and round.

Geo Pop Strip-pie

Click here to get your hands on a Geo Pop Strip-pie

Here’s a bonus tip: when sewing with the precuts that have pinked edges, use the pointy side as your guideline for measuring. Benartex precuts are very accurate and a joy to work with!

Geo Pop Fat Quarters – 25 Prints

The fat quarter bundle includes all 25 fabrics from the line, cut into convenient 18″ x 22″ sizes. These are large enough to prewash if you choose, and enough fabric to make a fabulous scrappy quilt!

Geo Pop FQ bundle

Click here to get your hands on Geo Pop Fat Quarters

When I ship them to you, they’ll come packaged in a plastic bag for economical shipping rates. Take a look at all 25 prints included in Geo Pop below:

Geo Pop by Christa Watson for Benartex

Don’t they look so yummy piled up on top of each other?? I was thrilled to include black, white and gray with the bright rainbow of color in this line!

Geo Pop Fabric

If you can’t find Geo Pop at your favorite local quilt shop, click here to get them online from me.

Blooming Wallflowers Quilt Revisited – See 3 Different Versions

I wanted to do a quick throwback to my Blooming Wallflowers quilt because I’ve made it twice and digitally recolored it a third time, using 3 of my fabric lines. When I design a quilt, I love iterating to see what it will look like in different fabric/color combos!

Blooming Wallflowers in Modern Marks

Blooming Wallflowers Modern Marks

Click here to get the Blooming Wallflowers quilt pattern – PDF version.

Above is the original version, made completely in Modern Marks fabric. I originally made it for a magazine to promote my first fabric line when it came out. I had fun selecting the 12 rainbow prints from the line and pairing them up the light blue accent and dark navy background.

Blooming Wallflowers in Abstract Garden

Blooming Wallflowers quilt

Click here to get the Blooming Wallflowers quilt pattern – print version.

Once the publishing rights reverted back to me,  I decided to self-publish the pattern with a new cover to show case my third line of fabric, Abstract Garden. Again, it was fun to mix and match the prints and arrange them in a pleasing order. I used the navy herringbone print from Modern Marks again because it really made the other prints pop!

Blooming Wallflowers in Geo Pop

Blooming Wallflowers Quilt in Geo Pop

Click here for the free Blooming Wallflowers quilt along.

Now that my fourth line of fabric, Geo Pop officially releases next month, I wanted to see what the quilt would look like in the new fabric, with a different colored background. Thanks to Electric Quilt, I can upload jpegs of my fabric swatches and easily recolor it. It was fun to play around with different fabric combinations and I was happily surprised with how good it looks when pairing it with the yellow/gray Diamond Pop print and the charcoal Op Squares print for background. I may have to add this one to my “to make” list!!

What do you think? Which colorway is YOUR favorite?

Get the Supplies!

If you are new to the blog and haven’t seen this quilt before, click the links below for more info about the quilt pattern, fabric, and a recent quilt along to make it:

Pre-order Geo Pop Fat Quarters and Kits

I’m super excited about my next fabric line which is coming  soon! Geo Pop is a bold, bright, collection of 25 geometric prints in gorgeous rainbow color.

Geo Pop by Christa Watson for Benartex

Click here to preorder Geo Pop Fat Quarters

I’m really excited to add black, white, and gray to my mix of modern prints and hope you’ll enjoy working with them as much as I had fun creating them. Best of all, they mix and match with all 3 of my previous collections: Modern MarksFandangle, and Abstract Garden.

I’m also excited to offer several kits shown below:

Bling Quilt Kit: Fat Quarters + Background

This quick and easy quilt calls for one fat quarter bundle + 4 yards of white or black. You can even use the leftovers to make a scrappy binding! Choose your fave background: Op Squares in White or Tiny Hex in Black.

Bling Quilts with Geo Pop

Once the fabric arrives, I’ll share more about the making of both quilts shown above. Think of it as a “mini” quilt along!

Optical Illusion KIT: Made From Only 3 Fabrics

This “trippy” quilt kit creates the optical illusion using only 3 fabrics. The bold geometric prints in Geo Pop add such movement to this design. Scroll the image up and down to see it wiggle!

Optical Illusion Quilt

I’ll share more of my step-by-step process for making Optical Illusion soon, so stay tuned!

Infrastructure Quilt Kit – QAL Coming Soon!

I’m really excited to make this one, and it will be my next full length quilt along coming this fall. Pick up a quilt kit now, and stay tuned for more details!

Infrastructure Quilt

Infrastructure was designed by Heather Black and we are both going to be making two different versions of this quilt – one in prints and one in solids. I can’t wait!

Click here to preorder the Infrastructure quilt kit
Click here to get the Infrastructure quilt pattern – paper version
Click here to get the Infrastructure quilt pattern – PDF version

Geo Pop Fat Quarters – Preorder Now

Geo Pop Fabric

To ensure that you get in on the first printing of this collection, claim your fat quarter bundle now. Based on the reaction I’ve received so far, I think this will be my best-selling collection yet!

Click here to preorder Geo Pop Fat Quarters

I can’t wait until Geo Pop arrives, and I especially can’t wait to see what you all make with it!

I’m Off to BERNINA University!

Tomorrow I fly out for my next fun event – setting up my booth and teaching a couple of classes to dealers at BERNINA University. BU is an industry event exclusively for BERNINA dealers that’s held in different locations around the country. This will be my third time attending and it’s been great for getting up close and personal with quilt shop owners who carry the brand.

BERNINA U 2018My BU Booth last year when Fandangle fabric was released.
Click here to get the fabric, kits and quilt patterns shown.

At the show, I’m able to show off my newest line of fabric (which shops can order from Benartex), sell my latest patterns designed to support my fabrics, and talk one-on-one with shop owners.

No matter how huge the quilting industry is, it’s so important to create relationships with shops who carry my products. Many of them have also invited me to come teach at their shops, so I’m looking forward to traveling to new places over the next few years.

Big BERNINA at BU

Giant BERNINA on display at BU for their 125th anniversary last year.

If you’d like me to visit your local BERNINA dealer – be sure to have them contact me and I’ll be glad to add them to my teaching schedule. I’m currently booked through the end of 2020 but have just opened up my calendar for 2021 and it’s starting to fill.

Be sure to follow my adventures over the coming week on instagram @christaquilts and I’ll continue to share fun things here on the blog, too – so stay tuned!

Free Fat Quarter with $50 Purchase!

I was cleaning and organizing my sewing room and realized I have a TON of leftover fat quarters from quilts in progress, bolt ends, and fat quarter bundles from all four of my fabric lines: Modern Marks, Fandangle, Abstract Garden, and Geo Pop.

Christa Watson FQ's

Don’t they look like colorful candy?? This is just a small sampling of my freebies for you!!

Rather than trying to cram them in somewhere and let them collect dust, I’d rather give them to you!! So from now on, all orders of $50 or more from my little online store at shop.ChristaQuilts.com will get one of these beauties as a surprise in their package!

Modern Marks Fabric swatches

Click here to shop all remaining Modern Marks fabric.

Fandangle fabrics

Click here to shop all remaining Fandangle fabric.

Abstract Garden by Christa Watson for Benartex Contempo

Click here to shop all remaining Abstract Garden fabric.

Geo Pop by Christa Watson

Click here to preorder bundles of Geo Pop fabric.

I’m very much a minimalist, and although I’m keeping plenty of yardage of all my collections on hand for personal use, I have a hard time storing smaller pieces of fabric. So I’m excited to send them your way instead! 🙂

Click here to shop my fabrics, patterns, books, and thread at Shop.ChristaQuilts.com.

Quilt Shops that Carry Abstract Garden

Below is the current list of shops I know of who’ve purchased Abstract Garden from Benartex. Keep in mind that I don’t get a report of who orders from distributors or international stores unless they tell me. So if you know of another shop, I’ll be glad to add them to the list!

Christa Watson Abstract Garden

Click here to purchase quilt patterns seen above, plus many more!

Clickable links are included for shops selling online.
For all others – contact them directly.

Note: shops that have purchased the full line are indicated with ***
fabrics may go in an out of stock and this is by no means a complete list.

1915 Inspired – Raleigh, NC
A Stitch in Time – Franklin, NC
***Always in Stitches – Nobelsville, IN***
***Bernina Sewing Center – Greenville, SC***
Bernina Sewing Etc. – Ridgeland MS
***Blue Bar Quilts – Middleton, WI***
Carolina Quilt – Vorhees, NJ
Checker Distributors – Nationwide
***Christa Quilts  ———– That’s Me!!***
***The Crafty Bundler – Online***
Distribuidora de Tejidos SLU – Valencia, Spain
***E. E. Schenck Distributor – Nationwide***
eQuilter.com – Online Only
***Fabric.com – Online Only***
Fabrics Plus – Anacortes, WA
Heirlooms Forever – Tupelo, MS
Highered Hands – Hopewell, NY
***Homestead Hearth – Mexico, MO***
***Kennard & Kennard – Australian Distributors***
Kiki’s Quilt Shack – Fresno, CA
***Long Teh Trading Co. Distributor – Taichung City, Taiwan***
***Jordan Fabrics – Grants Pass, OR***
***Meissner Sewing – Sacramento, CA***
***Niemanns-Land Quiltshop – Germany and Online***
Mennonite Quilt Center – Reedley, CA
Midwest Textiles & Supplies Distributor – Nationwide
Patches & Stitches – Huntsville, AL
***QBFabrics – Distributor to the Netherlands***
***Quilt Basket – Wappingers Falls, NY***
Quilt Nuts – Sand Springs, OK
Quilting Gardner – McLouth, KS
Quilts & Treasures – East Longmeadow, MA
***Sew Many Ideas – Jackson, TN***
Sew Much More – Waukesha, WI
Stitchin’ Heaven – Mineola, TX
Stofgalleriet Engros – Distributor to Denmark
The Quilted Nest – Collingswood, NJ
The Sewing Source – Lake Villa, IL
***The Vintage Owl – Silsbee, TX***
Trend-Tex Fabrics – Distributor to Canada
Watt A Find – Mesquite, TX
Whale’s Tail Quilt Shop – Ketchikan, AK
Wooden Spool Boutique – Odessa, TX
Zweigart & Sawitzki,GmbH&Co.KG – Distributor to Germany

Abstract Garden Fabric

Click here to get Abstract Garden yardage, bundles and kits from me while supplies last.

Quilts and Projects from my Booth at KC Spring Market 2019

As promised, here’s a virtual tour of my quilt market booth, where I showcased my brand new Geo Pop line (shipping in Aug/Sept) and shared new things made from my current line, Abstract Garden. Quilt Market is an industry only trade who which took place in Kansas City, MO. Ready for a bunch of inspiring pics??? Here goes:

Christa Watson Spring Quilt Market 2019

Here’s the whole booth at a glance. I features some brand new quilt patterns, along with some fabulous projects made from my designer friends. Putting up a booth is no easy feat; fortunately I do get help from Benartex with booth setup, but it still takes all day!

Make These Fun Projects from Geo Pop

Mini Quilts Made from Geo Pop by Christa Watson for Benartex

Two of my talented friends made the projects above. You can get the Sew Speedy quilt pattern from Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio.  The Retro Runner pattern is brand new from Margaret Travis of Eazy Peazy Quilts.

Colour Maze quilt with Geo Pop

This amazing strip-roll quilt is called Colour Maze, from the uber talented Linda Sullivan of Colourwerx. How fab would it look made from an Abstract Garden Strip Roll?? On the benc above left, you’ll see the adorable rope bowl made by Vicki Arnold of SewPositivelyVickie on Instragram (who also made my adorable name tag below.)

I displayed my Geo Pop fat quarter bundle (which you can pre-order now), plus my quilt patterns that work great in any of my lines (or other fabrics for that matter.) Shops really liked being able to my current patterns directly from me and take them home from the show!

Woven Bag with Geo Pop

Don’t you love this woven bag made by Sherry Shish of Powered by Quilting? I believe she’s currently working on a pattern for it, so stay tuned!!

Spark Quilt by Tammi Silvers

Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis chose white and gray, with pops of blue and green for her brand new Spark quilt pattern, coming soon. Isn’t it super cool and modern? On top of the quilt are the new patterns being released this spring , so stay tuned for more info when they are ready!

Sprinkled throughout the booth were more pops of color – bags and accessories from the folks over at ByAnnie. They make quick gifts and give you a fast finish!

Mally the Maker and Miss Bunny

Domestic machine quilting goddess Leah Day recently released her first fiction novel, “Mally the Maker” about a young girl on a quest to find her missing grandmother. Her companion is Miss Bunny, her beloved doll. Leah created a pattern to go along with the book and even made a miss Bunny for me (which my daughter quickly claimed.)

Geo Pop Dress

You can see above that Miss Bunny and I are both wearing matching dresses – from the Mosaic Dots print in green. Just behind me and left I showcased my Pieced Primrose pattern made from Abstract Garden fabric. Because the line is currently in stock, I wanted to show how nicely the two colorful groups play with each other.

Aurifil Thread

I also displayed my newest Aurifil Thread kit – The Variegated Collection. I used it to quilt the Pieced Primrose quilts as well as Color Weave. It was fun to share quilting tips with anyone who stopped by!

I displayed a few Abstract Garden fat quarter bundles throughout the booth, so shops could touch and feel the actual fabrics.

Bling Quilts with Geo Pop

The highlight of my booth was two versions of my Bling pattern that I made, with either black or white background from the line. It just takes 20 fat quarters of Geo Pop (or your favorite fabrics) and it goes together super fast!

Click here to pre-order the Bling quilt pattern – shipping mid June.

Abstract Garden Color Weave Quilt

Color Weave Quilt from Abstract Garden

By far, my Color Weave quilt got the most attention because of its striking color gradation. I wrote the Color Weave pattern to showcase the Abstract Garden strip roll, and paired it with the grays from Fandangle which has been reprinted several times.

Although it was a ton of work to pull this together for 3 days of display, it was worth it seeing all of the smiles of everyone who’s ordered it so far for their shops. I hope you enjoyed this virtual tour, and believe it or not, it’s already time for me to start prepping for fall market, LOL!!

Where to Buy Geo Pop

My Finished Terrace Dresses (and Matching Shoes)

I’m finally recovered from Quilt Market last week, so I can share with you how my dresses turned out using my new Geo Pop fabric line. “3-D” sewing is new to me, so this was a fun adventure! I began by pairing up my new fabric samples with some of my favorite Fluevogs

Geo Pop Fabric Fluevog Shoes

Which do you think came first – the fabric or the shoes??

Then I made a “muslin” – a practice version (using my Modern Marks fabric) without all the finishing touches so I could test for fit. I used Liesl & Co’s Terrace Dress pattern because it looked easy enough for beginners, and it really was!!

Making a dress from Modern Marks

I used Crossmarks in pink for my “practice” dress before making the real thing.

I don’t have many in-progress pics because I was a hot mess while sewing on a deadline. But I tried tissue fitting and making an FBA (full-bust adjustment) before I finally settled on making a version of the dress according to the size I thought I was on the pattern, without any adjustments. This actually seemed to give me the best result.

Black Yellow Terrace DresssCut pattern pieces all laid out on my design wall – it’s not just for quilts!!

I made a total of 4 of this dress using each color of the “Mosaic Dots” print from my new Geo Pop fabric line from Benartex (shipping in August). I put pockets in the first version which was awesome! But they took a lot of extra time, so I skipped that step in the other 3 versions since I was in a hurry. I also changed up the hem length a couple of times, just to see which I liked better (slightly longer for sure!) I missed getting a good pic of me in the yellow version, but here are the other 3 versions below.

A purple dress with matching purple shoes!!

Terrace Dress in Geo Pop Fabric

I admit it – sometimes my fabric color palette is influenced by my shoe collection!!

Geo Pop Terrace Dress

You can’t go wrong with classic black and white!!
It was fun to try out different sash/belt configurations.

I really enjoyed making these dresses, and am excited to make more clothing. I got a great tip from a seamstress I met when I wondered why the top had a few small wrinkles between the bust dart and shoulder area. She said  I should look for patterns with set in sleeves rather than a cap sleeve – that it would fit my shape better. I’ll be sure to look for that next time!!

If I’ve piqued your curiosity about my new booth and fabrics, don’t worry. I’ll share more about the items in my booth at the of the week, so stay tuned!!

Come See Me at Spring Quilt Market 2019 in Kansas City!

This week I head off to Kansas City, Missouri for Spring 2019 international quilt market – the quilting industry trade show. I’ll have new fabric, quilts and patterns to share plus loads of inspiration! Catch live daily updates from me on instagram @christaquilts – and if you’ll be at the show, please be sure to come say hi during my in-person events below:

Geo Pop by Christa Watson

Ask your local quilt shop to order Geo Pop from their Benartex sales rep.
Click here to view Geo Pop fabric swatches.

Schedule of Events

  • Thursday 1:55-2:25 PM Schoolhouse Session, Room 2209
  • Friday 8-9 AM Business Seminar – click here to register
  • Friday-Sunday during show hours –  meet and greet in booth #2111

  • Friday 2:30 PM Designer Showcase Booth 2111 – free goody bags for attendees
  • Saturday 11 AM Designer Showcase Booth 211 – free goody bags for attendees

Benartex Designer ShowcaseJoin me and the other Benatex designers shown above to learn more about our new collections, grab a goody bag and take pics of our booths – it will be super fun!!

Quilt Market Newsletter Feature

Speaking of quilt market, I was pleased to be featured in the April Edition of eInsider – News and Trends from Quilt Market. Click here to read my interview.

Geo Pop by Christa Watson

Click here to preorder Geo Pop FQ Bundles, shipping Aug/Sept 2019.

WHERE TO BUY Geo Pop – SHIPPING IN AUG/SEPT

QUILT SHOP OWNERS:

Click here to view the entire line from Benartex. You can order directly online from Benartex, from your independent sales rep, or from most major distributors:

FANS AND FRIENDS:

Please ask your favorite local quilt shop to carry it. If you don’t have one nearby,
click here to preorder FQ bundles for a limited time (one per person, please).

Geo Pop Fabric

Geo Pop includes 25 skus of saturated geometrics with black and gray neutrals.

Sneak Peek of My Newest Fabric Line – Geo Pop with Benartex!

Today I’m excited to share a quick sneak peek of my newest fabric line, Geo Pop from Benartex/Contempo Studio. It will debut at quilt market next week and I can’t wait!

Geo Pop by Christa Watson for Benartex

Click here to pre-order Geo Pop 25 Fat Quarters – shipping Aug/Sept, 2019.

Geo Pop is my fourth fabric line and I was super stoked to add black, white and gray to the mix of fun, bright geometrics. It mixes well with my previous collections: Modern Marks, Fandangle, and Abstract Garden. More info and patterns to come, so stay tuned – I’d better go pack!!

Where to Buy – Shipping in Aug/Sept

Quilt Shop Owners:

Click here to view the entire line from Benartex. You can order directly online from Benartex, from your independent sales rep, or from most major distributors:

Fans and Friends:

Please ask your favorite local quilt shop to carry it. If you don’t have one nearby,
click here to preorder FQ bundles for a limited time (one per person, please).

Geo Pop Fabric