Christa Quilts Workshops and Lectures

Please note – my classes are geared towards comfortable beginners to intermediate students who have a good working knowledge of their own sewing machines.

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Machine Quilting Workshops


All classes taught are based on ideas presented in my machine quilting books. Each book includes full pieced patterns for each quilt (between 10-12 per book) along with detailed step-by-step machine quilting instructions. All three books include walking foot techniques and free-motion motifs.

Christa Quilts Machine Quilting BooksMachine quilting students will learn a sampling of designs from all three of my books.
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Machine Quilting with Christa: Walking Foot Wonders

All Levels – Full Day (6 Hours)

Learn to stitch beyond the ditch and unleash the power of your walking foot to quilt modern or traditional designs. Walking foot motifs to be taught include: wavy lines, decorative stitches, irregular grids, large continuous spirals, several straight line variations, and more! You’ll leave class armed with the confidence that yes, you can quilt your own quilts!

Class will also include a discussion on basting, favorite tools and supplies that make the job easier, plus tips for putting it all together on a real quilt.  Students should be comfortable with their sewing machines, and will practice on their own pre-basted fabric and batting samples.

Walking Foot Quilting


Machine Quilting with Christa: Free-Motion FAvorites

All Levels – Full Day (6 Hours)

Embrace perfectly imperfect quilting! That means little to no marking, and a whole lot of gorgeous texture. Ease into free-motion quilting with asymmetrical wavy lines, then move onto loops, traditional and modern stippling, plus curvy fillers like wishbones and cursive l’s that can expand to fit any space. Finish it off with 4 different swirl variations, and you’ve got a toolbox of over a dozen different motifs to try on your next quilt!

Class will also include a discussion of basic free-motion quilting tips and tools, plus figuring out how to combine motifs together in the same quilt.  Students should be comfortable with their sewing machines, and will practice on their own pre-basted fabric and batting samples.

Free Motion Favorites


Free-Motion Improv

Level: Intermediate – Half Day (3 Hours)

Liberate yourself from traditional quilting symmetry by combining your favorite free-motion fillers in a seemingly random way. Add amazing texture to the negative spaces in your quilts and create your own unique combinations. Quilt the motifs in clusters to create textural fillers, then learn how to improvisationally combine them for stunning results.

Note: This is a fast pace class geared to those already comfortable with free-motion quilting. The workshop includes many of the same motifs that are taught in “free-motion favorites.”

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Improv Piecing Workshops


Get your feet wet with modern, improvisational piecing, but in an organized way. Once you embrace “structured improv,” you’ll be able to apply this process to any design!


Structured Improv: Modern Logs

Level: Comfortable Beginner – Full Day (6 Hours)

Put a modern spin on the classic Log Cabin block when you create your own unique improv blocks. Fabric selection is quick and easy – the secret to success of this design is the contrast between solids and prints. Modern Logs pattern is required.

PDF pattern available for purchase here.
Print pattern available for purchase here.

Modern Logs


Structured Improv: Facets

Level: Intermediate – Full Day (6 Hours)

Embrace the beauty inherent in improvisational piecing, but in an organized way. Students will create their own crazy pieced fabric, then give it some structure when they make their own Facets quilt top.

Required book: Machine Quilting With Style
Recommended Rulers: Creative Grids Triangle Squared and Perfect Rectangle Ruler

Facets Quilt


Structured Improv: Lightning
Level: Comfortable Beginner – Half Day (3 Hours)

Dive into improv by taking the traditional rail fence block and giving it a modern makeover. This class is great for using up scraps and creating a “controlled scrappy” look!

Required book: Machine Quilting With Style

Lightning by Christa Watson from Machine Quilting with Style


Lecture/Trunk Show

I’m excited to share my quilts “in the cloth” and answer any questions you may have. Attendees are welcome to take as many photos of my quilts as they wish to inspire them on their own quilting journey.


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Autographed copies of my books will be available for purchase following the event.

Modern Quilting Trunk Show

60-90 minute presentation. Includes physical quilts and Q&A/book signing.

I enjoy making complete quilts from start to finish, and am excited to show you the latest quilts from my books and patterns. This is your opportunity to get up close and personal with my quilts as I share my creative journey along with explanations of what makes them “modern.” Exact quilts shown will vary.


FindIng Your Path: Tips and Tricks for Quilting on Your Home Sewing Machine

60-90 minute presentation. Includes slide show, physical quilts, and book signing.

The secret to successful domestic machine quilting is in the planning and preparation. I’ll guide you through the steps I take to make each quilting experience fun and stress free. Once you see my methods, you’ll feel empowered to quilt your own quilts! Learn how I make a quilting plan, divide and conquer each task, and apply rich texture with little to no marking of the quilt.

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