Save the Date: Infrastructure Quilt Along Begins September 9

I’m thrilled with the reception that my Color Weave quit along received this spring/summer, and now it’s time to get ready for the next one! If you want to learn how to make an entire quilt from start to finish, click here to join the fun, and I’ll send you a reminder once the next QAL begins.

Infrastructure QAL

Infrastructure is a Modern Row Quilt designed by my friend Heather Black of Quiltachusetts. I wrote the pattern based on her design and now I’m excited to make it using my brand new Geo Pop fabric which has just started arriving in quilt shops!!

Heather is going to make her version using using Benartex Superior Solids which will look just as fabulous! I’ll be quilting mine on a domestic sewing machine while Heather will quilt hers on a longarm so you’ll learn lots of tips and tricks for doing both.

Infrastructure Quilt

Heather originally designed this pattern in Adobe Photoshop. I was able to redraw in EQ8 software enabling me to break down the design and the write a comprehensive pattern.

Infrastructure Quilt Along Overview

The quilt along will run for a total of 12 weeks: we’ll spend 9 weeks cutting and piecing the rows and assembling the quilt top. Then we will spend 3 weeks basting, quilting and binding. You’ll have plenty of time to follow along will and you’ll actually have a finished quilt by the time we are done! Along the way, you’ll learn how we approach making the quilt and I’m even going to throw in some video tutorials, too. I can’t wait!!

The quilt along itself is completely free; all you need to purchase is a copy of the quilt pattern using one of my links below:

I’m also offering Geo Pop quilt kits while supplies last. Click here to grab yours.

If you’d like to choose your own fabrics, see the materials requirements from the back of the quilt pattern below. Just pick fabrics in similar colors to get the same look as mine. You can click the image to enlarge:

Infrastructure Supply List

There Will Be Prizes!!

Heather will be coordinating weekly giveaways during the quilt along, from a wonderful group of sponsors shown below. Think of it as a great incentive to keep on going throughout the entire event!

Infrastructure Quilt Along Sponsors

I’ve gathered my fabrics and the first thing I’ll do is prewash, starch and press them. Prewashing is a matter of personal preference, but I do it to wash out any chemicals, preshrink the fabric, and get out any excess dye with fabric color catchers. I’ll meet you back here with an update at the end of the month. In the meantime, let me know if you plan to join, and click here to sign up for my quilt along newsletter!

Geo Pop Bundle

Click here to get Geo Pop fabric, bundles and kits.

New Quilt Patterns Featuring Geo Pop!

I’m excited to release three new patterns that I created to showcase my new fabric line, Geo Pop which will be shipping to stores in August/September. Just like all of my quilt patterns, they will look great in any fabrics you choose! And they are available in either print or PDF.

Bling – Fat Quarter Friendly

Bling Quilt Pattern by Christa Watson

Bling comes in three sizes and is made from 20 fat quarters plus background. I loved the design so much I had to make it twice! The key to color success is choosing a very high contrasting background. I wanted to show off the black and white prints from Geo Pop and I love how they turned out!

Optical Illusion – 3 Colors, Fun to Look At!

Bling Quilt Pattern by Christa Watson

It only takes 3 fabrics to create this stunning Optical Illusion! Scroll up and down to watch the lines play tricks on your eyes. Yes, they really are straight!! I’ve made my version using geometric prints in black, white and gray, but I’d love to see this made up in other colors, too! I’ve included instructions for 3 sizes and like all of my patterns, it also includes machine quilting suggestions.

Infrastructure – a Modern Row Quilt

Infrastructure Quilt Pattern

This stunning quilt is a collaboration between me and my very talented friend Heather Black. I sent her digital images of Geo Pop early on and asked her to come up with a fun modern design with straight piecing (rather than the curves she’s well known for). I think she knocked it out of the park with this design while cleverly using every fabric in the line. I love this quilt so much that it will be my next quilt along in September, once the fabrics have been released. I can’t wait!!

Once Geo Pop hits stores later this year, I’ll share more about the making of each quilt. Remember – I’m here to cheer you on every step of the way so that you enjoy making these quilts as much as I did!