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November 20, 2023
Quilt festival 2023 from Chocolate Cake Quilt Designs

A day spent at the Houston quilt show is always a treat.

I went on opening day and enjoyed wandering the vendor aisles and gushing over all the beautiful quilts, especially those of the applique variety.

One thing I noticed this year was a much-reduced quantity of fabric for sale, compared to shows in previous years when it was common for vendor booths to burst at the seams with fabric. I would chalk this up to a marketplace realignment with reality. High inflation is stressing budgets, along with the fact that most quilters have healthy stashes and are shopping them ...

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October 20, 2023
New Video: Dazzle Dots Fabric and Patterns from Christa Quilts

I’m so pleased to introduce you to my brand new fabric collection called Dazzle Dots from Benartex. It will be shipping to shops hopefully by the end of the year. But you can get a sneak peek of the entire line and preorder it now! Click below to see all the fun things I’m making from it!

Click here to preorder Dazzle Dots

You can get all your favorite precuts: Fat Quarters, 10″ Squares, 5″ Squares, and 2 1/2″ Strip-pies. I’m also offering 1/2 yard and full yard bundles by colorway. If there’s a ...

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October 10, 2023
Will I See You in Houston for Inernational Quilt Festival? from Christa Quilts

I’m thrilled to be returning to Houston, Texas later this month for International Quilt Market and Festival. Market is the trade show that takes place a week before Festival, which is the consumer show. At market I’ll be sharing my latest and greatest fabrics and patterns with quilt shops. At Festival, I’ll be lecturing and teaching about my favorite subject – domestic machine quilting!

Schedule of Quilting Classes and Events

I’m excited to try something new to me, which is called the Machine Quilting Forum. Amazing insructor & quilter Jenny Lyon has rounded up a bunch of us ...

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October 6, 2023
How to Custom Quilt a King Sized Quilt in My New Video! from Christa Quilts

I’m super excited for the video I just released over on my YouTube channel. It was a year in the making. I originally wanted to finish this quilt last fall, but you know how life can get in the way sometimes! But I finally moved it up on the to do list and now I finally have a quilt that will fit my bed. Click below to watch how I quilted each area of this quilt with custom quilting:

Interlinked Beauty Shots

This quilt is so big that I haven’t even been able to photgraph the whole thing ...

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October 3, 2023
Free Pattern Alert! Grab Streamers Made from 5″ Squares from Christa Quilts

I’m so excited I can hardly stand it. My next fabric line called Dazzle Dots from Benartex makes its way to shops later this winter. So to celebrate I have a brand new free pattern to share! It’s called Streamers and is made from 5″ squares plus background.

Click here to get my free Streamers pattern emailed to you.

Isn’t this a fun design? And it’s full of crinkly goodness if you quilt it the way I did. I’ve included machine quilting suggestions and of course I’ll be sharing a new video showing how ...

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September 29, 2023
New Video Tutorial: Free Motion Quilting Boxes Motif Edge to Edge from Christa Quilts

Are you enjoying my weekly youtube video tutorials? I hope so because I enjoy making them for you! On this week’s video I’m showing how to quilt an easy free-motion quilting design called Modern Boxes. I quilted it on my Terrace Tiles quilt made from my Stitchy fabrics. Click the image below to watch.

Grab the Pattern, Fabric or Kit (while supplies last)

This is one of those quick and easy quilts that I seem to make over and over again (so watch our for more designs using this quilt pattern… just sayin’!). I’ve updated the pattern ...

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September 27, 2023
Register for Benartex’ Virtual Fabric Show Oct 17, 2023 from Christa Quilts

It’s time once again for Benartex to showcase all the fabulous brand new collections coming out this fall and winter. I’m super excited to be releasing my 9th fabric collection with them called Dazzle Dots, coming in December. Stay tuned as preorders for this sizzling group will be available soon! In the meantime you can get an in-depth sneak peek next month.

Click here to register for Virtual Fabric Show – It’s Fun and Free!

Virtual Fabric Show Schedule of Events.

The full schedule of presenters is listed below. The event will be presented live, but it will ...

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September 21, 2023
New Machine Quilting Video: How to Quilt Decorative Stitches on Bling from Christa Quilts

Bling is fun, modern quilt that I’ve made several times from different fabric lines. In this week’s video I go in depth showing how I quilted diagonal wavy lines using a decorative stitch on my sewing machine (#4 Serpentine on my BERNINA). In the video I also share more ideas from a few other versions I’ve made. Click below to watch:

Grab the Pattern, Fabric or Kit!

My Bling pattern is so versatile and includes several layouts, too. In fact, depending on how you make it you can’t even tell it’s the same quilt! For ...

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September 19, 2023
ICYMI: Herringbone Quilt Video Tutorial, made from Stitchy! from Christa Quilts

Well hello to all my new followers out there! In case you missed it, I wanted to reshare my Herringbone Quilt video tutorial showing how I made this quilt from start to finish, including a really fun custom machine quilting plan. It’s made from my Stitchy fabric, but would look fabulous in ANY fabrics! Click play below to watch:

If you liked that be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for new videos each week!

Click here to view all Stitchy fabrics, bundles and kits!

Click here to get my free Herringbone quilt pattern emailed to you.

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September 18, 2023
Thousands … from Quilting and More...

… and thousands of stitches! That’s what is included on my new Bernina 790Pro machine. I like to have a visual of what a stitch looks like, so for this machine (as for my previous one), I’ve made a stitch book, following directions on the WeAllSew site. Yes, it takes a long time to do […]

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A day of rest............. from Exuberant Color

We had rain off and on the last 2 days, only .8" of rain here, but 5+" just 60 miles east of us in an area that has been hit with heavy rain more than once this past summer.  It was overcast so this photo is a little off in color.  I love both of these quilts so I have them both on the bench by the fireplace.  Fall starts at 2 a.m. Saturday so I guess I should look through my favorites for one with fall vibes.

I did spend some time going through things on the dining ...

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September 15, 2023
Machine Quilting Tutorial: How to Quilt an Infinite Wavy Spiral on a Large Quilt from Christa Quilts

I made this version of Sparkling Stars to showcase my Stitchy fabric collection from Benartex. Because it is such a vibrant quilt with lots of piecing, I wanted to add simple, yet interesting machine quilting texture. Check out my piecing and basting tips, plus some detailed video showing how I quilted it on a domestic machine by clicking on the image below to play:

As I mentioned in my video above, I wanted to demo how to quilt this design on a large quilt with lots of turning. Whenever I shared a video demo on a small sample, folks kept ...

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September 12, 2023
What Some of My Quilty Friends are Doing… from Christa Quilts

It’s fun to support my fellow quilty friends in the industry, especially when they do amazing things I wouldn’t even dream of. So today I want to tell you about 2 fun things to check out!

Thing 1: I Love Notions Podcast

The first is from my friend Carolina Moore of Always Expect Moore. She’s “multi-craftsual” which means she dabbles in lots of fun crafty things in addition to quilting. Her latest venture is a podcast called “I love Notions” in which she chats with sewing industry peeps about their fave notions.

I was honored when she ...

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September 8, 2023
New Video: Learn to Quilt Diagonal Wavy Lines on my Churn Dash Slide Quilt from Christa Quilts

Now that my college age kids have gone back to school, I’m excited to have more time to create and share weekly tutorial videos with you all. They will focus mainly on domestic machine quilting with a few bonus tips thrown in for fun. This week, I’m showing how to stitch diagonal wavy lines on my Churn Dash Slide quilt. Click the image below to watch:

Grab the Churn Dash Slide Quilt Pattern in Print or PDF

I originally released my quilt patterns as paper hardcopies, but as demand picked up I started offering them as PD downloads ...

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September 5, 2023
Reminder – Join me for Finishing Fest this Week! from Christa Quilts

I invite you to join me for Quilt Finishing Fest, this Thursday, September 7, 2023 for a full day live event brought to you by C&T publishing. Click here to register for $20 off the regular price!

Now the good news is that if you can’t make it live you can still purchase the workshop package and then view it any time in the future at your convenience.

So what is quilt finishing fest?

Quilt Finishing Techniques Made Simple!

Quilt Finishing Fest is a live, virtual event of quilting and quilt finishing techniques taught by expert instructors. You ...

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September 1, 2023
New Video: Machine Quilting Pinwheel Tessellation 3 Ways! from Christa Quilts

As promised, I’m back with another fun machine quilting video for you. This week I wrap up my series showing how I quilted all 9 quilts from my book, How Do I Quilt It. Check out 3 versions of my Pinwheel Tessellation quilt below. The complete pattern is included in the book so you can make it from start to finish!

Get My Books in Print or PDF

Click here for the physical printed versions of my books.
Click here for the instant PDF downloads of my books.

3 of my books are still available in print, while all ...

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August 29, 2023
My Christa Cabinet Is On Sale! from Christa Quilts

Since my namesake Christa table from Arrow debuted last year, I’m loving how much everyone is loving it! I have good news to share for the Month of September, 2023. It’s on sale for just $1499 + tax which includes assembly, delivery, one set of quilt block bumpers, and a custom insert to fit your sewing machine. I created a video a few months back that you can watch. Just click the image below:

Click here for Christa Cabinet dimensions & specifications.

My cabinet can ship to about 95% of the US, so be sure to check with me directly ...

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August 24, 2023
Learn to Quilt the Same Pattern 3 Ways: Walking Foot, Free Motion or Both! from Christa Quilts

I love making the same quilt more than once to show off different quilting possibilities and fabric choices. In my latest YouTube video (part 2 of 3), I’m sharing my methods and ideas showing how to quilt my Loose Weave Quilt 3 different ways. This is one of the patterns included in my book, How Do I Quilt It?

Click the image below to watch. The final video in this series will be shared next week, so stay tuned!

(Click here for the first video in this series).

I love showing different quilting plans for the same quilt. The ...

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August 21, 2023
Family preservation project from Chocolate Cake Quilt Designs

The weather this summer has given new meaning to the word hot. Even though this is the time of year people in the south live in air conditioning 24/7, this unrelenting heat has sapped my enthusiasm to sew. Instead, I got to work on a goal I’ve had for several years to organize and digitize all our family photos.

This activity is a natural follow up to formalizing our wills and final health directives after I retired last September. The difference is that pictures, family diaries and other keepsakes are much more fun to handle than your standard ...

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Weekly Machine Quilting Videos Coming Your Way! from Christa Quilts

After what feels like playing catch up all year, I finally feel organized enough to start sharing the videos I’ve been taking while making my quilts. So starting this week, I’ll have loads of tutorials geared towards helping you gain the confidence to quilt your own quilts. To kick things off, I’ll revisit a video I created last year, showing how to quilt the Daisy Chain quilt from my book, How Do I Quilt It?

Check out my tips and tricks for quilting the same project using a walking foot, free motion, or both. Click the image ...

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