Happy New Year 2020 and New Blogging Goals!

It’s been a few years since I actually sat down and wrote some business goals. But finally feel like I’m catching up and have actually had time to think and plan again, LOL! One thing has really stuck out at me lately, and that’s how much I enjoy blogging (and sharing pretty quilt pics)!

Surplus Strips by Christa Watson made from Fandangle Fabric

Here’s a recent quilt finish you may have missed.
It’s called Surplus Strips made from leftovers or precut strips.

I’ve written several times over the past year about how I’m trying to nail down this social media stuff. I appreciate everyone’s support in ALL THE PLACES and I’m not going to abandon any of them. But no sooner had I decided that I should blog LESS that I realized that’s the wrong answer for me. I actually want to blog MORE!

So I was looking at my stats and I get a healthy number of people who visit my blog each and every day, whether they leave a comment or not. And I LIKE writing lots of words! And sharing lots of pics!

Surplus Strips Warm by Christa Watson

I made surplus strips in both warm and cool colorways of my Fandangle fabric line.

Don’t get me wrong – Facebook and Instagram are great for spur of the moment stuff. But sooo many people don’t see my content because of the 8#!@& algorithms! In fact I would say I have double the number of instagram followers than blog followers, yet my engagement and views here on the blog is about 2-3x higher than on Instagram.

So all of this is to say that going forward I plan to increase my blogging frequency to 3x per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Now to make this work, I’ll write up and schedule some of the content, like quilt alongs, ahead of time. Other days I’ll write a stream of consciousness “soapbox” post like today (but I’ll still include pretty pics).

Surplus Strips Warm Pieced backing

I love making pieced quilt backs from leftovers!!

And because this IS my business after all, I’ll still need to sprinkle in the occasional post about my latest & greatest fabrics, books or patterns for sale. But hopefully it will be inspiring content that will get you excited to make (and finish) more quilts!

Surplus Strips Cool by Christa WatsonClick here to get the Surplus Strips Quilt Pattern – PDF
Click here to get the Surplus Strips Quilt Pattern – in Print

So now I’m curious to know: how do you read this blog?

  1. Do you get instant email notices when a new post goes up?
    (You can add your email in the right side bar or scroll to the end below.)
  2. Do you use a blog reader service like Bloglovin’?
  3. Do you book mark this blog and come back to check it occasionally?
  4. Or do you get reminded about it when I share links to my posts on instagram/facebook/newsletter?

Surplus Strips quilts made from Fandangle by Christa Watson

Click here to get the Surplus Strips quilt kit.

I’m very data driven and geeky about this stuff, so I’d love to know. And feel free to leave me a comment letting me know what you’d love to see more of in the new year. Here’s hoping you have a fabulous 2020 and that all your quilty dreams come true!!! 🙂

Pattern Clearance: Grab 6 of My Paper Patterns for just $6.95 Each!

Thanks to everyone for your tremendous support of my pattern business. I’ve been focusing on creating fresh new patterns to showcase my fabrics and the response I’ve been receiving is simply wonderful! So I’ve decided to reduce the price of all previous paper patterns that were published before I started designing fabrics:

Modern X

Click here to purchase Modern X paper pattern for $6.95 + free US shipping

Modern X Received a 2nd Place ribbon in my local guild’s show back in 2014.

Plus, if you stock up on any of my other paper patterns and spend $50 or more, I’ll throw in a free bonus fat quarter (my choice so it will be a fun surprise)!

String of Pearls

Click here to purchase String of Pearls paper pattern for $6.95 + free US shipping

String of Pearls at Road to California

String of Pearls was my first national award winner! It received an honorable mention at MQX in 2013, but the thrill I felt was as if I had received best in show!

Patterns make great gifts for a quilty friend because you can provide them with great instruction and inspiration and you don’t even have to make them a quilt, LOL!! So stock up now and help me make some room for more great things coming your way!

Stepping Stones

Click here to purchase Stepping Stones paper pattern for $6.95 + free US shipping

Stepping Stones by Christa Watson

I learned how to do interesting outdoor photography when I made Stepping Stones in 2015.

I’ve learned a lot over the years about designing patterns and what makes for a fun and interesting quilt. Plus I share machine quilting suggestions for all of them so you can actually finish the quilt!

Charming Chevrons

Click here to purchase Charming Chevrons paper pattern for $6.95 + free US shipping

Colorful chevrons

The one that started it all – my first published pattern is made completely from charm packs.

Nothing thrills me more than seeing someone make a quilt from my patterns. It’s always fun to see the fabrics and colors they choose and how fabulous it ends up looking!

Modern Logs

Click here to purchase Modern Logs paper pattern for $6.95 + free US shipping

Modern Logs Quilt Pattern

Iconic wonky logs made from improv piecing – it’s so fun to make!!

Most of my quilts are either precut friendly or scrap friendly so you can really use up your stash. I especially love making “coordinated scrappy” quilts with lots of color, pattern and texture!

Positive Direction

Click here to purchase Positive Direction paper pattern for $6.95 + free US shipping

Positive Direction quilt pattern by Christa Quilts

Make this fun scrappy quilt just in time for 4th of July!

If any shop owners owners out there want to stock up on this deal, please send me an email to christa@christaquilts.com and I’ll give you distributor pricing on these 6 patterns only and then wholesale pricing on my entire line. 🙂

Click here to shop all ChristaQuilts paper patterns.

Finished Quilt – Geese in the Garden made from Abstract Garden Fabric

I hope you enjoyed reading about the making of my Geese in the Garden Quilt:
Click here for part 1 of Geese in the Garden
Click here for part 2 of Geese in the Garden

Geese in the Garden with Abstract Garden fabric

Click here to purchase Geese in the Garden quilt pattern – print version.
Click here to purchase Geese in the Garden quilt pattern – PDF version on Etsy.
Click here to purchase the Geese in the Garden Quilt Kit

About Geese in the GArden

  • Size: 32″ x 40″ (Baby)
  • Pattern comes in 4 sizes
  • Completed: October, 2018
  • Machine used: BERNINA 770QE
  • Fabric used: Abstract Garden by Christa Watson for Benartex Contempo Studio
  • Batting used: Hobbs Tuscany Cotton/Wool
  • Thread used: Aurifil 50 weight cotton from The Variegated Collection by Christa Watson
  • Quilting Motifs: straight lines (cool), wavy lines (warm)

Geese in the Garden by Christa Watson

Geese in the Garden by Christa Watson