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May 24, 2019
Quilts and Projects from my Booth at KC Spring Market 2019 from Christa Quilts

As promised, here’s a virtual tour of my quilt market booth, where I showcased my brand new Geo Pop line (shipping in Aug/Sept) and shared new things made from my current line, Abstract Garden. Quilt Market is an industry only trade who which took place in Kansas City, MO. Ready for a bunch of inspiring pics??? Here goes:

Christa Watson Spring Quilt Market 2019

Here’s the whole booth at a glance. I features some brand new quilt patterns, along with some fabulous projects made from my designer friends. Putting up a booth is no easy feat; fortunately I do get help from Benartex ...

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May 22, 2019
My Finished Terrace Dresses (and Matching Shoes) from Christa Quilts

I’m finally recovered from Quilt Market last week, so I can share with you how my dresses turned out using my new Geo Pop fabric line. “3-D” sewing is new to me, so this was a fun adventure! I began by pairing up my new fabric samples with some of my favorite Fluevogs

Geo Pop Fabric Fluevog Shoes

Which do you think came first – the fabric or the shoes??

Then I made a “muslin” – a practice version (using my Modern Marks fabric) without all the finishing touches so I could test for fit. I used Liesl & Co’s Terrace Dress pattern because it looked ...

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May 19, 2019
may day, may day . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It's been a very busy Spring! I looked up and realized if I didn't post something here, May would go by (along with the bottom two-thirds of April) without a word from me. Heaven forbid!!  ;)

Our guild strives to be active in community-oriented events.  One of those events is Panoply, an annual arts festival held in downtown Huntsville's Big Spring Park.
This year at our booth, we went interactive! We had hexies prepped and ready to baste to engage passersby!  
Over the course of Saturday and Sunday, over 200 people, adults and kids alike, basted up a ...

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stash report May 19, 2019 from Making A Lather

I've added a few pieces to my civil war reproduction stash, since I am using them in my circa 1880 swap. I have many more prints than neutrals, and, it seems I am using a lot of neutrals. I really like the cheddar/ mustard yellows and poison greens, so I add them any chance I get. This sort of fabric doesn't seem to be popular right now with all the modern and bright colors available. I hope that pretty soon, people will be sending repro fabric to goodwill, until then, I have to buy here and there since ...

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Polka Dot Fun from Heart Desire Creations

When I was getting ready for my April Quilt & Sew-In, I prepped an easy and quick quilt using the many polka dot fabrics I have.  I paired them with some striped fabric and cut all into 2 1/2 inch strips.  I got the inspiration for this quilt which she called the Ernie Quilt. For me, it’s best to have something fairly mindless, quick and gratifying for when I am facilitating a retreat. This worked!

Here is the quilt top on the design wall at the retreat:


And, very unlike me, I quilted it as soon as I got ...

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Sunday Stash May 19, 2019 from Quilt Paint Create

When the numbers move, they MOVE.
My guild had their fabric sale yesterday. Need I say more?
This is part of what came home with me.
The pink on the left is vintage. The paw print fabric will go in the quilt with the cat blocks. I have no excuse for the rest. Not pictured: a few fat quarters and several yards of neutrals.
These fabrics I bought to make clothing. The pink came from the thrift. It’s a textured rayon blend and there’s a lot of it. The other two came from the sale, although I’m ...

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May 13, 2019
Come See Me at Spring Quilt Market 2019 in Kansas City! from Christa Quilts

This week I head off to Kansas City, Missouri for Spring 2019 international quilt market – the quilting industry trade show. I’ll have new fabric, quilts and patterns to share plus loads of inspiration! Catch live daily updates from me on instagram @christaquilts – and if you’ll be at the show, please be sure to come say hi during my in-person events below:

Geo Pop by Christa Watson

Ask your local quilt shop to order Geo Pop from their Benartex sales rep.
Click here to view Geo Pop fabric swatches.

Schedule of Events

  • Thursday 1:55-2:25 PM Schoolhouse Session, Room 2209
  • Friday 8-9 AM ...

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#’s Two & Three Complete from Heart Desire Creations

Happy Mother’s Day! Today’s celebration had many facets. First, I celebrated the memory of my mother. How I wish I could share my passion for quilting with her. She did not quilt, but one of her many talents was sewing. Second, my dear hubby honored me for being the mother to his children. I rather enjoyed his cooking breakfast for me. My children then honored me with an exceptional luncheon that they prepared. I in turn celebrated the good fortune of being their mother. Such a great day!!


Now on to today’s quilt story!  I made three ...

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May 10, 2019
Sneak Peek of My Newest Fabric Line – Geo Pop with Benartex! from Christa Quilts

Today I’m excited to share a quick sneak peek of my newest fabric line, Geo Pop from Benartex/Contempo Studio. It will debut at quilt market next week and I can’t wait!

Geo Pop by Christa Watson for Benartex

Click here to pre-order Geo Pop 25 Fat Quarters – shipping Aug/Sept, 2019.

Geo Pop is my fourth fabric line and I was super stoked to add black, white and gray to the mix of fun, bright geometrics. It mixes well with my previous collections: Modern Marks, Fandangle, and Abstract Garden. More info and patterns to come, so stay tuned – I’d better go pack!!

Where ...

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May 9, 2019
Post Retreat + Enjoying my Passions from Heart Desire Creations

After being home a week, I’ve finally made it to the computer to do a wrap up of my somewhat productive sewing at a quilt retreat I attended in South Carolina.  I began the week full steam ahead by making string blocks for a border that I cut into fours. I then paired each with a white on white square and made half square triangles.  All of my notes were at home (why oh why??) so I just made bunches!  This is the quilt top I was preparing the border blocks for:


These are the border blocks, not yet ...

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May 8, 2019
Fabric Delivery! from Joy Studio

It’s true,

Costume Makers Ball

is available NOW!

Just delivered to your favorite quilt shop,

from Riley Blake Designs.

And have we been plenty busy making,


Here is some of the fun we have had with our latest ‘Art to Applique’ designs.

We used Riley Blake Designs Confetti Cotton basics with Costume Makers Ball, to achieve the perfect blend for these projects.

“Classic Jacs”

was translated from the art in one of my classic Halloween collections. It is a vintage inspired, quick and easy fused appliqué design.

Did I mention FUN to make?!! Perfect for Trick or Treat ...

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May 6, 2019
It's a Cinch Bag from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been meaning to make the It's a Cinch Bag from Patterns for Pirates since it was released. It is a free pattern and there is even a video tutorial if you're more of a visual learner. I pulled three fabrics from my stash and got cutting.
I made the strap using a bias binding tool instead of sewing then turning that much tubing. I did use my favorite bodkin to get it threaded into the channel.
I added some lightweight fusible interfacing to the outer bag panels to give the bag a little more structure. The ...

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New Color Weave Quilt Pattern Now Available in My Etsy Shop! from Christa Quilts

I’ve had something under wraps that I’m finally excited to share! My latest quit pattern – Color Weave is now available as a PDF download from my Etsy shop.

Rainbow Weave Quilt

Click here to get the Color Weave quilt pattern PDF from my Etsy shop.

Color Weave is made from one Strip-pie of Abstract Garden plus about 3 yards each of my light and dark grays from Fandangle.  For a limited time, you can also grab a quilt kit to make one exactly as shown here.

Abstract Garden Strip-pie

Click here to get the Abstract Garden Strip-pie or Color Weave quilt kit.

I enhanced ...

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May 4, 2019
Finished Quilt – Geese in the Garden made from Abstract Garden Fabric from Christa Quilts

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 ...

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May 2, 2019
Alexandria is for Colorful Quilters from Fabrics 'n Flowers

I have another finished quilt to share…and I couldn’t be happier to display gorgeous new fabrics by Lizzie Clark for

The post Alexandria is for Colorful Quilters appeared first on Color Girl Quilts by Sharon McConnell.

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May 1, 2019
FREE block #5 for Out of the World BOM + Charity block #7 from Pat Sloan's Blog

There are two parts of my articles today, My FREE Block of the month & the Charity sewalong. 

Pat Sloan Out of this World block 5 button

Block #5 is about the people who make it happen, the Astronauts!

We could spend years on the Astronauts that make space exploration come alive for us. At our post today I share about 2 of them, below is more about Astronaut Karen Nyberg. 

Pat Sloan American Patchwork and Quilting radio Karen Nyberg Jan guest

CLICK THE PLAYER & Listen to listen to my Show

Listen to my interview with Karen by clicking the player above

I was so lucky to see that article about asking to interview Karen Nyberg about her mission. Because I ...

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Tips for Making Geese in the Garden – Part 2 of 2 from Christa Quilts

I’m excited to share with you how I quilted my Geese in the Garden quilts – using two different but super simple and fun walking foot quilting designs. These are designs that I teach in my quilting classes and they can also be found in my books Piece and Quilt with Precuts and Machine Quilting with Style.

Wavy Line Quilting on Geese in the Garden

Wavy Line Quilting on Geese in the Garden – Warm

Most people think that stitch in the ditch is the easiest thing you can do with your walking foot, but wavy lines “near” the ditch are much easier to accomplish. Then, when you are ...

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April 29, 2019
Hidden Treasures from From the Strawberry Patch...

I love aprons; I wear them all the time. Normally I wear a bib-style style apron that loops behind my neck and ties behind my waist. I have made many of these over the years and have tried out different patterns for similar bib-style aprons. I found this apron, pictured, in a box of my Mom's fabric this week, she brought it to me after she had cleaned out her sewing space last fall and I

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Hidden Treasures from From the Strawberry Patch...

I love aprons; I wear them all the time. Normally I wear a bib-style style apron that loops behind my neck and ties behind my waist. I have made many of these over the years and have tried out different patterns for similar bib-style aprons. I found this apron, pictured, in a box of my Mom's fabric this week, she brought it to me after she had cleaned out her sewing space last fall and I

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April 27, 2019
Prepping and More Prepping from Heart Desire Creations

Off to another retreat! I’m a  guest at this one, so I get to do a lot more sewing. Prepping has been going on for about a week and I am SO ready! There’s something wonderful about being in a room full of creative quilters that serves to feed my creativity and productivity.

First – a scrappy flimsy that needs a border. It’s a strip quilt and I’ll be doing more strip blocks, making them into small half square triangles with a white-on-white, and adding as a border.


Second – a baby scrappy quilt that was started a ...

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