Christa’s Quilt Links – QuiltCon Edition

This is my last post about QuiltCon for the week. I think I blogged about it more days than I was there, LOL!

For today’s list of blog links to check out, I am going to share with you links to a few of the bloggers I met at QuiltCon. It was quite the fun friendship frenzy with everyone meeting up (many for the first time in person), swapping business cards and chatting. Enjoy the ride:

Carolyn Friedlander and Ellen Rushman

Carolyn Friedlander and Ellen Rushman

Carolyn Friedlander is a fabric designer for Robert Kaufman. Her project, The Local Quilt was one of the QuiltCon award winners. (I really need to get Architextures!)

Ellen Rushman presented the findings of her research study into Modern Quilting for her college thesis.  She basically confirmed what everyone has been saying – Modern Quilting is part aesthetics/part attitude.

Both of these creative women were a joy to meet!

Latifah Saafir

Latifah Saafir

Latifah Saafir is one of the board members of the Modern Quilt Guild.

She also moderated a lecture/panel discussion on how to get one’s work into magazines.

The info I gained in that one lecture was worth the entire trip to QuiltCon!

Heather Jones

Heather Jones

Heather Jones presented a lecture on Everyday Inspiration in Modern Quilts at QuiltCon. It was the first lecture I attended upon arriving and it really set the tone for the weekend.

She showed numerous beautiful examples of how she took pictures of the world around her and interpreted them into breathtaking graphic quilts.

I wish I had taken more pictures of her work, but fortunately her lecture and several others from the show are available for free on Craftsy – so check it out!

Vicki Anderson, Christa, Amy Gibson

Vicki Anderson, Christa Watson, Amy Gibson

Here I am, standing in between two lovely people, Vicki Anderson, CEO of Meander Publishing, and Amy Gibson from Stitchery Dickory Dock.

Vicki was part of a panel that talked about Publishing Your First Book, and Amy did the wonderful free Craftsy 2012 Block of the Month series.

I am surrounded by awesomeness!


Christa’s Quilt Links – QuiltCon Sneak Peek

I’ve put together a little Sneak Peek of a few quilts going to QuiltCon. I do a LOT of blog surfing for inspiration and by chance have come across quite a a few blogs whose quilts have been accepted into this show.

Think of this as a mini show for those of you that cannot attend in person. I think this is only natural since the whole Modern quilting movement essentially started online. It only makes sense that we should all share.

This post is long, but I wanted to show a large enough of picture of each quilt so you can enjoy their beauty. All pictures are re-posted with permission of each quiltmaker.

Leanne from She Can Quilt:





Lee, from Freshly Pieced:

Modern Mirage

Modern Mirage

Shattered Spectrum

Shattered Spectrum



Faith from Fresh Lemons:

Off Centered Improv

Off Centered Improv

Belle Wave

Belle Wave

Kati From The Blue Chair:

From the Blue Chair

Unraveled, Broken Diamonds, NY Beauty Mini

(Unraveled was featured in the latest issue of Modern Quilting Unlimited – Yay Kati!)

Melissa from Happy Quilting:



Melissa has a tutorial on how to make this pretty quilt here.

Katie from Swim, Bike Quilt:

Desert Stars

Desert Stars, Dear Stella Challenge

Amy from The Cute Life:


Birthstones, Madrona Road Challenge Winner to be Displayed in Michael Miller’s Booth

Be sure to visit each of these quilters’ blogs for some fantastic inspiration and and to learn a little bit more about each quilt. To think that my quilt will be hung with these lovelies is a humbling thought. I couldn’t ask for better company.

I am also super excited about all of the classes and lectures being offered at QuiltCon. I will be taking Angela Walters’ machine quilting class and I look forward to translating her long-arm quilting techniques into domestic machine quilting on my Bernina.

There are two lectures that I am most eager to attend; one is on preparing a book proposal and the other is discussing how to get one’s work into magazines. Since these are listed as part of my professional quilting goals, I will be all ears!

Every time I turn around, one of the awesome modern bloggers I follow has gotten one of her patterns published in a magazine or is writing her next book. If that’s not inspiration and encouragement I don’t know what is. 🙂

By the way, if any of you are going, here’s a link to my QuiltCon intro post with my picture. I’m pretty short (but feisty) so you can come on up to me in the halls or on the show floor and I’ll be glad to meet ya!

Christa’s Quilt Links – Valentine’s Edition

Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, I thought I’d share a few links showing adorable valentine’s themed quilt projects and tutorials. All links and pictures are re-posted with permission. 🙂

Twisting Heart TutorialFirst we’ll start off with Connie from Free Motion by the River with her wonderful Twisting Heart Tutorial.

She made her design into a mini-quilt with lots of gorgeous quilting texture. She says it could easily be made into a pillow as well.

I love it!

Heart PouchNext, the lovely Jennifer from Ellison Lane Quilts has this adorable drawstring pouch tutorial complete with an appliqued heart on it.

By the way, Ellison Lane Quilts is sponsoring SewSouth – a modern sewing retreat in the south. Too bad that I am too far away in the west for this one. 😦

Patchwork Heart BlockMegan from Canoe Ridge Creations has created a patchwork heart block to share with you.

It’s made from 2 1/2 inch scrap squares in a variety of pretty pinks and reds.

I can see this as the center piece of a larger quilt, but it’s cute enough to stand on its own, too!

Heart PillowFor those of you that would like to add a touch of Valentine’s Day home decor, here’s a sophisticated, yet easy to make reverse applique heart pillow tutorial by Kati From The Blue Chair.

I love the subtle piecing and the linen background.

Finally, I will share the Love with you as I complete my Love Table Runner this weekend. This is part of a 3-step tutorial series that I started last month. My final reveal will be posted on Monday so be sure to watch for it!

Love Table Runner

Here’s hoping you can spread the (quilty) love next week and all year long!

Christa’s Quilt Links, QuiltCon Intro and More

I’m linking up to a couple of different posts today. Then I’ll tell you about more fun linkups at the end! Warning: this post is heavy on words and light on pictures! 🙂

The Modern Quilt Guild is hosting a linky party for those of us attending QuiltCon in just a couple of weeks.  It’s a fun way for us to share pictures of ourselves so we can recognize each other when we meet in person. I’m also introducing myself  for the Thinky Thursday linky party. Here are 5 things you may not know about me:

Here's Christa!

Here’s Christa!

1. I signed up to go to QuiltCon all by myself with no roommate or traveling buddy. No, I’m not a loner. It’s just when I first heard about QuiltCon in August, I had never met or talked to any modern quilters before so I didn’t know a soul. I just knew I had to go to QuiltCon and make some modern quilts. In the few months since, I have met many online friends through their blogs, gotten one of my quilts juried into QuiltCon and now officially consider myself a modern quilter!

2. I’ve been quilting since I was 20, (a year after I got married) but sometimes feel like I’m still a beginner. It took me about 10 years to figure out stippling and another 10 to finally give starching a try. But this is the year I make up for lost time, LOL!!

3. I turn 40 this year. I had to put that in there because sometimes I feel a little “sandwiched” in between the younger modern crowd, and the more experienced ‘quiltie ladies’ from my guild as I call them, (some old enough to be friends with my grandmother). But I love them all!

4. My husband and I work full-time from home running our online quilt shop.  We also homeschool our 3 kids. Yes, we get in each other’s way and step on toes quite a bit so it’s kind of a crazy lifestyle. But we are in charge, so we love it! (We both used to be accountants so we know that a hard day at home is better than a great day at the office!)

Hubby and Kids

Hubby and Kids

5. I hated writing papers in college but I love to blog about quilting! Ok, that one is sort of cheesy but what it really means is that sometimes I can be a little long-winded. That’s the beauty of written thoughts. I can write pages and pages of blog thoughts and then edit them down to one or two simple posts. And yes, this is the shortened edited version, LOL!!

So now that I’ve shared where I’m linking up, I wanted to include the following linky parties that I have come across in my blog travels.

They are all sewing and quilting related, and I can spend hours browsing through them and finding tons of inspiration. Just click the images to go that blog and enjoy!

Monday Linkups:

Tuesday Linkups:

Wednesday Linkup:

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Thursday Linkups
Live A Colorful LifeThursday Think Tank

And Sew Thinky Thursday Hosted by Mommy’s Nap Time

Friday Linkups

Lily's Quilts

And Finish It Up Friday Hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts

Weekend Linkups:

Finding FifthFree Motion Quilting Project

If you have any other fun quilt-related linkups you participate in, just let me know!

Christa’s Quilt Links – Flickr Groups To Check Out

Ok, I know I’m hitting the flickr thing a little hard, but I’ve really become addicted. So for today’s version of my favorite quilt links,  I will be listing a bunch of different groups I’ve found, and invite you to check them out as well.

Of course, I need to start with my very own flickr group that I created a couple of weeks ago: Christa’s Quilt-Along. I’ve been pleased with the response and it’s been fun to see pictures that everyone’s been posting.

Two other flickr groups that I’m personally involved with are Pile O’ Fabric’s Skillbuilder Block of the Month and Quiet Play’s And Sew On Paper Pieced Block of the Month.

If you are into modern quilting like I am, you can check out these two groups: The Modern Quilt Guild and Fresh Modern Quilts.

A group I just recently was invited to join is Quilt as Desired. Their focus is on machine quilting so I was all over that one!

And of course, everyone and their buddy is jumping on the Scrappy Trip Along bandwagon, so that’s another fun one to check out.

These few groups are like just a drop in the bucket compared the hundreds of different quilt and sewing related sites, and the thousands of groups available on flickr. So browse around, have fun, and don’t forget to come back and tell me any other fun groups I should join!

Christa’s Quilt Links – Finish Your Quilts with these fun Sew-Alongs

There are so many fun projects to work on that I could literally start a new project a day for an entire year.  Since there’s no way I would have time for that, I will share a few fun project ideas and inspiration that I found on some blogs instead. Join the fun below:

A Year of FinishesSewBitterSweetDesigns is hosting A Lovely Year of Finishes.

The way it works is that you pick one project per month that you know you can finish. You check in at the beginning, middle, and end of each month to show your progress.

Prizes will given each month as well as year-end prizes for those who finish. Sounds like a great way to set some goals!

Finish AlongSpeaking of setting goals to finish your  sewing projects this year, Leanne from She Can Quilt is hosting her own Finish-Along. Each quarter, you will have a chance to show pictures of projects you want to finish over the next 3 months. Those that finish are eligible to win prizes, too! The opening for the first quarter has already passed, but you many want to follow along anyway, so you can secure your spot to join up in April for Q2!

Project QuiltingIf a weekly finish is more your thing, be sure to check out Project Quilting‘s Weekly Challenges, hosted by Persimon Dreams.

There will be loads of inspiration, prizes, and of course, fun!

Express Your LoveLeah Day from the Free-Motion Quilting Project invites you to quilt-along with her Goddess Quilt series she is offering on her blog.

This talented quilter has so many ways for you to make this outstanding piece of art: order a pre-printed panel, outline-stitch on your machine, or practice your applique techniques.

You can Express Your Love in so many ways with quilts!

Row AlongIf a quilt-along is too much for you, how about a Row-Along?

Lori Holt from Bee in my Bonnet has been hosting a lovely set of tutorials for making a row quilt.

She’s on row 9 right now but you can hop on over to her blog to join the fun.  She has a flickr group, too!

And if you think all of the above is great, but you still want to add to your pile of UFO’s  Finished Quilts, you can start on your own version of a scrappy Trip Around the World. Unless you’ve been under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard of it by now. This is the beauty of social media – someone has a fantastic idea and it goes viral!

Check out Bonnie Hunter’s Scrappy Trip Along Tutorial at Quiltville!

Christa’s Quilt Links – New Projects for the New Year

In addition to my ongoing Do-It-Yourself quilt-along, there are a host of exciting new quilt projects to participate in for the new year. The ones below are just a few that I’ve had my eye on or am going to participate in.

And Sew OnKristy from Quiet Play is hosting a paper pieced block of the month for 2013.

She has included a tutorial on paper piecing and will be showcasing her original patterns each month.

Each block pattern will be free for the current month. And the best part is – there will be prizes each month for those who participate!

Pile O' FabricAlyssa from Pile of Fabrics is also hosting a fantastic year-long project she’s calling her Skillbuilder Block of the Month.

From January-October she will demonstrate 2 blocks per month utilizing quilt-as-you-go techniques.

Then in November-December she will show how to add the borders and put on the finishing touches. And it’s Free!

In Your WordsLinda from Buzz-N-Bumble is hosting a blog hop in January called, “In Your Words.”

Each hop participant will show an item made from fabric with words added that tells a little bit about that person.

It will be fun to hop around,  find some inspiration, and maybe even win some fabulous prizes!

For the complete blog hop schedule, click here.

Dare to DresdenFor another fun January blog hop, visit Christine’s Quilt Monster in My Closet blog.

She will be posting the blog hop schedule on Sunday and it promises to be loads of fun. Do you Dare to Dresden?

Blogger Girls BOMAnd finally, Monique at Open Gate Quilts is hosting a free Blogger Girls Block of the Month series.

The block patterns are very traditional yet they can be interpreted in numerous ways.

She has posted a schedule of other bloggers who will be joining with their versions so you will get to see the blocks in lots of different colorways.

If you love to blog and hop like me, feel free to send me links to more fun events. I try to post my favorite blog quilt links each week, and I’m always on the hunt for more!

Sat Dec 22 Christa’s Quilt Links – Holiday Projects and Beyond

Ok, so maybe this post is a little late talking about holiday sewing projects with Christmas a few days away, but I couldn’t resist. I saw so many of them while blog hopping this week that I just had to share. You can file this under “get started right away for next year!”

Snomen OrnamentsTerry from A Quilting Blog has a tutorial for  adorable snowman ornaments on her blog.

She used a super easy snowball block to make them (love that theme!) and they turned out so cute. You can follow her tutorial here.

Mug Rug TutorialConnie at Free Motion by the River has put together an excellent Christmas mug rug tutorial.

In fact, she has several posts about different mug rugs, mats and fun holiday ideas  that I know you will want to check out on her blog so be sure to take your time reading and enjoy it!

Turtle Doves PillowsAmy from During Quiet Time made some fun Christmas pillows from the song “12 Days of Christmas”.

She focused on the line about 2 Turtle Doves for her festive creation! I love it, don’t you?

Patchwork StarKaren, blogging at BlondeDesign has decided to share this fantastic Patchwork Star Ornament tutorial.

I definitely feel the need have to make a few of these for next year!

Karen is talented enough to have been featured on Liberty of London’s blog. Way to go Karen!

Felt GarlandAnother talented Karen, from Sew Well Maide, has stitched together a very crafty Christmas garland created from felt.

She’s also hosting TGIFF (Thank Goodness is Finished Friday) this week so pop on over to her blog and you will be treated to loads of inspiration!

After browsing through all these awesome Christmas craft ideas, there is still more sewing fun to look forward to in the new year! Did you like my beginning paper piecing tutorial I finished last week?

Paper Pieced BOM

If so and you are ready for more paper piecing goodness, you are in luck!

Kristy from Quiet Play will be launching a fantastic sewing-themed block of the month starting in January.

There will be prizes for those who participate and each pattern presented will be free for that month!

Her adorable “Sewing Room” block caught my eye some weeks ago and now I can’t wait for more!

Christa’s Quilt Links – FMQ, Block of the Month, Free Patterns

I’ve been doing a lot of machine quilting lately, finishing up a few quilts in time to enter them into some shows. That got me thinking about all of the wonderful quilting tutorials, blocks of the month and free pattern ideas there are out there.

I can only begin to post a few, but here are some of my favorites I ran across this week.

ElizabethModern Patchwork Hartman from Oh Fransson shows how to do easy some easy free-motion quilting with her Dogwood Quilting tutorial. This one is definitely on my list to try!

Elizabeth is also offering a wonderful (FREE!!) Craftsy class called Creative Quilt Backs. I love “back art” so this is definitely the class for me! I just ordered it (FOR FREE!!)  and can’t wait to have some time to watch….

Angela Walters In StudioAngela Walters has a wonderful new book out and she has loads of FMQ inspiration and tips on her blog.

I’ve signed up to take one of her classes at QuiltCon and have viewed her machine quilting class on Craftsy, too. She is my FMQ muse right now 🙂

In Color Order BOMI found a super cute Block of the Month hosted by Jeni of In Color Order.

All of Jeni’s blocks feature half-square triangles (one of my favorites!) in a striking combo of Citron and Aqua.

She just posted the final block in December and you can visit her blog for the entire group. She included some setting instructions, too, along with her finished quilt. It’s gorgeous!

ZiggyI found this totally modern quilt block tutorial called “Getting Ziggy With It” from Kelly at Live Love Create. Isn’t it cool? I’ve never seen anything like it before!

Speaking of fun projects, the Art Gallery fat quarter gang has a fantastic Pillow Cover tutorial on their blog. Hmm, I wonder how you become part of the “gang”??? That sounds fun!

I’vePearl Bracelets been checking out Andover‘s blog a lot lately, considering I’m expecting Lizzy House‘s Pearl Bracelets to arrive any day now.

In fact, Andover has have a super funky free quilt pattern to go along with Pearl Bracelets, aptly titled, “Pearls.” Lizzy designed it herself and it features large applique circles in a rainbow of colors.

Kissing FishIf applique is not your style, how about this awesome free pattern from Lee at Freshly Pieced?

It’s called Kissing Fish and is available as a free pattern download. Nice share, Lee!

By the way, that’s Lee who hosts the WIP linkup every Wednesday on her blog.  But I warn you – it’s quite addicting and can take hours to view and read about all of the lovely quilts each week!

Wow, there’s so much to check out that I could spend all of my free time blog-surfing rather than quilting. What a tough balance!

Christa’s Quilt Links – Linky Parties and Blog Hop Giveaways

I’ve been having so much fun surfing the web and discovering so many fantastic quilting blogs! Did you know that many bloggers have fun linky parties where you can share your work and be inspired by others?

UFO Sundays on the Free Motion Quilting ProjectThe Free Motion Quilting Project – Leah Day offers  a chance to bust through your pile of UFO’s with her linkup every Sunday.

Each Wednesday she demonstrates a new free-motion quilting design along with a link-up party for that, too.

Plum and JunePlum and June – On Mondays, Beth asks a fun question each week.

You get to  answer with a linkup to any sewing project you are currently working on.

Canoe Ridge Creations – Also on Mondays, Megan inspires us with Sew Modern Monday, a chance for you to show off your modern creations.

Her style is bright and clear and she serves up plenty of hand-made inspiration.

Fresh Poppy DesignQuilt Story – Each week, sisters Heather and Megan host Fabric Tuesday, a fun linkup where you can share your projects.

It’s not  just limited to quilts, and the work they do is fantastic!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedFreshly Pieced – WIP Wednesdays are the focus of Lee’s fresh, fun and colorful blog.

She occasionally features guest posters with lots of great inspiration, too.

Please leave me a comment and let me know about any other linky parties that you participate in so we can share more of the fun!

While you are surfing around, be sure to mark your calendars so you can participate in these fun giveaway hops in the next couple of weeks:

Sew Mama Sew launches their giveaway day this coming Monday, December 3rd. Lots of blogs will be participating and will give away fun handmade items along with sewing and craft supplies. Can you say free fabric??? It should be fun!

The Quilting Gallery will be hosting their 5th anniversary blog hop party beginning Monday, December 10. Hundreds of different blogs will be hosting giveaways all at the same time. What a great chance to find some new fun blogs and win cool “quilty” prizes!