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December 13, 2019
Aurifil Color Builder Designer from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am thrilled to announce that I am an Aurifil Color Builder 2020 Designer !  The Colors of Italy will be the 2020 theme. We designers will be creating a series of blocks for a worldwide Sew A Long.  The free (yes free) blocks and patterns will be available monthly on Pat Sloan’s’s blog.  Pat [ ...Continue Reading ]

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December 12, 2019
Introducing the Spot on Dot from Expect Moore

Several months ago, I had an idea. Why can’t we magnify right on our quilting rulers? I don’t know about you, but my eyesight certainly hasn’t gotten any better the older I’ve gotten, and my eye doctor say I should expect it to continue to get worse. Since more accurate cuts lead to more precise […]

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Make the Rounds Quilt Pattern and Kit Available from Christa Quilts

Did you see this amazing quilt, designed and made by my friend Heather Black? She used my Geo Pop fabric and it’s in the current issue of American Patchwork and Quilting (February 2020).

Make the Rounds by Heather Black

Click here to get the quilt kit for Make the Rounds.

Before the issue went to print, APQ magazine contacted me and asked if I’d be willing to offer kits for this quilt since it’s so eye catching. I immediately said yes and they were kind enough to mention my fabric and include a link to my shop in the magazine pattern.

Here’s ...

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December 10, 2019
Texture & Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Scarlet Macaw colour board at Clever Chameleon Quilting

Have you ever played with texture on a quilt?

3D challenge logo by Island Batik

You know me, I often like to experiment with texture and embellishments in my quilt projects. Quilting is for me where “art meets sewing”. Two itches, one colossal scratching!

So when Island Batik announced that December was 3D month for the 2019 Ambassadors, I was in both ecstasy and agony. Right up my alley…. but, oh! Which alley to choose!?!? Thing is, I just about need a street directory for all my alleys. I didn’t even have to make up any new projects for this challenge, and I still had ...

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Christmas outing ... from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

Our Tuesdays girls had our yearly Christmas outing today.  This time we headed west and went to Palmerston North, which is about 1 hour 40 mins from here.  It's a bit longer these days because the gorge that you used to drive through has been closed for the last 18 months or so due to major slips.  The cost of repairing it was too major and a new road is going to be developed.  Unfortunately, it's going to take about another 6 years before that is completed!!  We are way down on the list of priorities. This is ...

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December 9, 2019
Let’s Learn to Foundation Paper Piece – New Quilt Along Starts in January! from Christa Quilts

I just love hosting quilt alongs, and better yet, I love it when you all quilt along with me! We just wrapped up Infrastructure Quilt Along, and I now I’m excited to dive into Paper Pieced Primrose QAL starting January 6!

Paper Pieced Primrose

Paper Pieced Primrose Kits Available

The image above shows the 35″ x 35″ wall size in two colorways, made from 16 paper pieced blocks. The images below show the 68″ x 84″ throw size in both colors, made from 80 paper pieced blocks.

For your convenience, I’m offering kits in both colorways, and both sizes – so you ...

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December 8, 2019
A Few Finishes! from Heart Desire Creations

Oh how I like to say “finished!”  Two of these are little, one bigger, but all make me happy.

First, for a couple of little Christmas time gifts, I embellished these towels.  From my stash, I made prairie points and cut strips.  These make great hostess gifts and guild gift exchanges.  They’re also pretty quick!


These next are, as my hubby declared, “Cute, Cute, Cute!”  I found these little dishes at our local Habitat Store.  Buttons added around the rim and magnets on the bottom and voila! Pin dishes.  I am struggling though, I want to keep one.  I ...

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Sunday Stash December 8, 2019 from Quilt Paint Create

No change in the numbers this week.
I spent most the week sorting and organizing my fabric. Fabrics are now together by color or type (ex. Christmas). Pieces too small to use for anything but scrap quilts went in a box. I’ll have to deal with those later.
Nothing motivates you to stop buying fabric more than handling every piece you own. I found things I forgot I had and others I don’t remember buying. There was fabric stored with a pattern (helpful) and coordinating fabrics stored together without a pattern (not helpful). It was a bit overwhelming ...

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December 5, 2019
FREE.Perfect 5 Sampler Layouts from Pat Sloan's Blog

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Pat sloan single block sampler version pic 1

*** My Sampler *** 

This has been SO MUCH FUN! I am thinking we need to do this again so more of you can join in. What do you think? 

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Pat sloan single block sampler version pic 2

*** Quilting *** 

  • I wanted an overall that had a tile feel to it... love this! 
  • Quilted by Cindy and Dennis Dickinson 

Pat sloan single block sampler version pic 3

*** Backing *** 

  • Backing is my Bonnie Lane
  • So is the binding

Pat Sloan blocks bonus star 2

*** Bonus Star *** 

  • Made from the snickerdoodle Sew and Flip corners.
  • Down load directions along with the the 2 sampler layouts ...

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FREE Wreaths for Everyone! (pattern that is...) from Pat Sloan's Blog

Pat Sloan Nov Button club pic 1

*** Project ***

My FREE wreath pattern is very quick to do!  And I must say I gave myself a challenge with this one that I'll explain below.  The Fat Quarter Shop's button club kit is called 'Jolly' so I used the letters on the sashing! Then decorated the wreath with the super cute buttons. 

My Pattern Download is after my tutorial below along with the fabrics and supplies I used


*** Fabric ***

  1. I started with this Fat Quarter bundle of Winterberry
  2. There were so many cute options! The text print is amazing.  But I had to narrow it down to ...

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More Infrastructure Inspiration from Christa Quilts

Earlier this week, I shared my Infrastructure quilt finish, along with links to all of the quilt along tutorials. Today I’m back with more inspiring versions of this quilt made by others. I love to see the same design made up in different fabric, don’t you??

Infrastructure Quilt with Geo Pop fabric by Christa Watson

My version of Infrastructure quilt made with Geo Pop fabric.

Heather Black’s Version Made from Solids

Heather Black originally designed this quilt for me to show off my Geo Pop fabric line. But then she made her own version using Benartex Superior Solids. The color placement is basically the same, but ...

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December 4, 2019
DEEP discount on Oliso Irons and How are you doing as we end November 2019? from Pat Sloan's Blog

I have a great Friday Roundup of things, Deals, Finishes, and blocks to do! Then a preview of what is coming up

Purple iron
If you really want to try the Oliso Iron but want to spend less, you can purchase the blue model for 20% off and FREE Shipping. Blue Blue iron has a different sole plate and a few less features. It is still an amazing iron and a chance to try it for 20% off is a great way to see if you like using it! There are mine so you can see the difference is material. 

Use my ...

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December 2, 2019
Infrastructure Quilt Finish – Ta Da!! from Christa Quilts

I had the most amazing time making my Infrastructure quilt and sharing each step of the process with you. I’m excited to share more pics of the finished quilt along with links to all of the previous quilt along tutorials and videos. I hope it inspires you to make your own version!

Infrastructure made from Geo Pop Fabric

Infrastructure Finished Stats:

  • Finished Size: 60″ x 73″
  • Pieced and ...

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December 1, 2019
Try Big Stitch Hand Quilting with Corey Yoder from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

We’re back in the studio with Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts to learn how she hand quilts! Corey grew up helping her mother and grandmother hand quilt their quilts since she was four years old. Corey uses a Big Stitch Hand Quilting technique designed to quilt easily and make a statement at the same time. We have a video tutorial so you can quilt right along with us!

For the pillow, all you’ll need is a 12” pillow form, a mini charm pack, an 8.5” square of fabric for the center, 1⁄2 yard of fabric for ...

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The Geese are Flying! from Heart Desire Creations

thumbnail_img_1702.jpgBusy week – blowing leaves, Thanksgiving, decorating the house and family.  I did manage, however, to work on the flying geese for my Tula Strings quilt.  I sewed two cutoffs together and from that made the flying geese using a paper piece pattern I drew on EQ.  What I love about this is the accuracy.


I narrowed the inner border and the geese borders are on three sides.  One more to go – yippee! Then, unfortunately, it will go to the land of unquilted flimsies until next year. This will make five flimsies and there are 3 Hospice flimsies.  There’s also ...

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November 30, 2019
Quilt Shop Stop Ahead from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

Our girl's been in Oklahoma for 18 months and although I've been there a couple of times, her Daddy never has. She makes the trip home quite a bit (we'll take her and our boy anytime we can get them) and it hasn't been long since her last visit. This last weekend we remedied that with a little  road trip that allowed us time to catch up on podcasts: On a 7 hour trip, we pass through 2 decent

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November 29, 2019
Around The Sewing Room from Quilt Paint Create

All sorts of things going on in the sewing room. I don’t know that so much activity does me any favors, but so it goes.
I finished embroidering bear block #3 and started #4. I’ll hold off on pictures until I start setting the blocks together.
At Art Quilt Group Tuesday we made these folded fabric ornaments.
folded starMy stitching was off and a few points turned out wonky, but it was a first attempt. I think it’s begging for paint and hope to play with that this weekend.
I started organizing my fabric. I store fabric EVERYWHERE ...

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November 28, 2019
Happy Turkey Day!! Save 20% on My Fabric Collections by the Yard! from Christa Quilts

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This officially kicks off the holiday shopping season, so I figured I’d join the crowd of business owners and get it on the Black Friday frenzy! From now through the end of the month, you can save 20% off all of my fabric lines by the yard, when you use code TURKEY during checkout at

Modern Marks – My Very First Line from 2017!!

Modern Marks by Christa Watson for Benartex

Click here to shop Modern Marks fabric.

It was such a thrill when Benartex contacted me three years ago and invited me to become one of their fabric designers for ...

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November 26, 2019
Peekaboo Penguin! Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Peek a boo penguin colour board at Clever Chameleon Quilting

This is the Last Penguin Tease!

I promise! December is just around the corner, so I can show you all of my penguin project very soon. But I am very pleased to be able to tell you that the penguins are done and are ready for their photo shoot.

In other news, I have finished my octopus label for the Safe Harbour Seahorses, and we have a winner for the Blue Sea fabrics offered on the “A Piece Of….” blog hop.

And of course, there’s our weekly party to attend. Happy Tuesday!

Blue Sea Housekeeping

Safe Harbour Seahorses quilt

Do you remember how ...

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November 24, 2019
Tula & Shot Cotton Strips from Heart Desire Creations


Progress! Yeah! I first brought this project to a retreat in SC and got a number of blocks completed.  It then it made its way to the Fall Quilt & Sew-In and I completed all but about 4 blocks.  At last they are all complete, sewn together, and the first border is on.  This solid border, however, is probably going to be reduced. Unfortunately, there was gobs of rain today and could only get this inside picture – pretty dull.



The border is my next step.  There are a ton of the cuts from the strip sets that will be stitched in ...

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