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February 7, 2019
Blooming Wallflowers Week 4 – Sewing the Quilt Top from Christa Quilts

I love seeing everyone’s progress on their Blooming Wallflowers quilts! Whether you are making it from my fabrics, or something completely different, they are looking so fabulous! Check out the hashtag #bloomingwallflowersquilt on Instagram or in my Facebook group to see how everyone is doing. This week we will sew our completed blocks from last week to make the quilt top.

Blooming Wallflowers Quilt Pattern

Blooming Wallflowers Quilt Top – Throw Size

This quilt top is sewn together in diagonal rows, so it’s much easier to assemble than it looks. The trick in getting it right is to pay attention to the placement ...

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February 4, 2019
Perfect HST BOM Block 2: Wellington Star from Freshly Pieced

Wellington Star - Block 2 of the Perfect HST Block-of-the-Month

Happy February, you guys! I admit I’m glad to put January in the rearview, especially after last week’s -50 degree temps and days and days of the kids being home from school due to the snow and cold. February feels just the tiniest bit closer to spring—maybe not a lot closer, but I’ll take it!

At any rate, February’s block for the Perfect HST BOM dropped this morning for subscribers! This is Wellington Star—named after one of the streets I lived on in Chicago in the early 2000’s. My husband and I spent ...

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February 1, 2019
Blooming Wallflowers Week 3 – Continue Sewing the Blocks & Loads of Inspiration! from Christa Quilts

If you are new to the Blooming Wallflowers Quilt along, click here for links to all of the QAL posts.

Blooming Wallflowers Triangle in a Square Blocks

Click here to get the Blooming Wallflowers (printed) quilt pattern to join in the fun!
Click here to purchase the downloadable PDF version.

Welcome to Week 3 of Blooming Wallflowers Quilt Along! I’ve built in a few “catch-up” breaks so that you won’t feel overwhelmed with the process. After all, there are a LOT of blocks to sew! This week we are continuing to make the blocks as shown in the videos from last week.

Inspiration From Fellow ...

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January 31, 2019
Love with a Twist Balloon Dog from Clever Chameleon

Dippy Balloon Dog is the second of our appliqué blocks for the Love with a Twist quilt along. He is a loveable, friendly character with adorable big floppy ears. Awwwww.

Dippy dog, balloon dog appliqué designed by Dione Gardner-Stephen and available free at Clever Chameleon Quilting during 2019.

There are two downloads in this post – make sure you get them both

In this post you will find a downloadable pdf for the shapes and layout to make this charming balloon dog. And a short pictorial on how the parts go together too.

There is also a second downloadable for people wanting to make the dog for the twin size version of the Love with a Twist quilt. For ...

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January 28, 2019
I’m the Guest Curator For February’s Quilty Box! from Christa Quilts

I have some super fun and exciting news to share: I’ll be the guest curator for February’s Quilty Box. And even better news: click here to get $10 off your first Quilty Box subscription!

Quilty Box February 2019

Here’s the way this fun subscription service works: choose a 1 month, 3 month, 6 month or one year subscription and received a fabulous box of quilt goodies curated by some of your favorite designers. They usually include fabrics, a brand-new pattern, and several awesome notions, all for an amazing lower price over what you would pay for them separately. And the more ...

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January 26, 2019
Blooming Wallflowers Week 2: Sewing the Blocks from Christa Quilts

This week it’s time to start sewing our blocks from the pieces we cut out last week. (Be sure to scroll to the end for all of the pertinent QAL links.) And don’t worry if you haven’t started yet; next week will be a catch-up week so you won’t get too far behind!

Anatomy of a Triangle in a square block

Triangle in a Square Block

Designed in EQ8, using Abstract Garden & Modern Marks by Christa Watson for Benartex
Note that this is the FINISHED block, not including seam allowances

The triangle in the middle is called an isosceles triangle which ...

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January 20, 2019
Love with a Twist: Balloon Poodle from Clever Chameleon

Balloon Poodle appliqué by Dione Gardner-Stephen at Clever Chameleon

Balloon Animal Block 1A – Pretty Poodle

Love with a Twist 2019 quilt along at Clever Chameleon

Finally, it’s here – the first appliqué for the Love with a Twist quilt along! You will find the free downloadable balloon poodle appliqué pattern within this post. And a short pictorial on how to put it together too.

You know how I have always had every intention of this quilt along being a little relaxed and random in its delivery?…. Well, that is still so. But I didn’t really intend for it to be quite this long between the throw-size quilt construction instructions and the release of Block 1A. Apologies! But with ...

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January 18, 2019
Blooming Wallflowers Week 1: Cutting from Christa Quilts

Are you ready to dive in and make this dynamic looking quilt? All you need is a copy of the Blooming Wallflowers quilt pattern and you can jump in anytime! See the end of this post for all relevant links.

Blooming Wallflowers quilt

Blooming Wallflowers can be made in three sizes: Crib, Throw, or Queen

Cutting the Center Triangles

The triangles used in this pattern are a specific shape and require either the use of the full-size templates included in the pattern, or a specialty ruler. Tri recs is recommended for the smaller sizes or Creative Grids Triangle Squared AND Perfect Rectangle for ...

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January 17, 2019
Quilty Hearts Quilt Along - My Fabric Selection! from Busy Hands Quilts

I am participating in the Quilty Hearts Quilt Along hosted by Emily of Quilty Love over on Instagram from January 15th to Feb 5th.  This is my fabric selection - a rainbow, of course!

The Quilty Hearts pattern is written with traditional piecing, sewing individual squares together, but you know I am a stripper at ♥, so I plan to strip piece my quilts.

Yes - quiltS!  There is enough fabric here to make two Twin XL quilts.  One will have a light gray background, and the other background is still being determined.  Backing for both quilts will be my favorite extra-wide backing ...

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January 7, 2019
Today’s the day! Block 1 of the Perfect HST BOM! from Freshly Pieced

Ridgeline Star - Block 1 of the Perfect HST Block-of-the-Month

YESSSS you guys! Today is the day! Ridgeline Star – Block #1 of The Perfect HST Block-of-the-Month – drops into your inboxes this morning! I’m so excited to get the BOM off and running, and I hope you’ll enjoy this first installment!


We’ll be making this quilt during 2019 with the Perfect HST BOM. It’s a beginner-friendly block-of-the-month program that uses my best-selling Perfect HST templates, so that you won’t have to trim or square up a single half-square triangle! And if you haven’t joined in yet, I’m extending pre-sale discount pricing for 2 more ...

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January 4, 2019
Blooming Wallflowers Quilt Along Supply List and Schedule: The Fun Begins in 2 Weeks!! from Christa Quilts

Happy Quilty New Year!! Are you ready to kick off 2019 with a super fun quilt along? I know I am!! Blooming Wallflowers Quilt Along begins on January 18th! All you need to get started is a copy of the quilt pattern and a few supplies listed below:

Click here to receive quilt along updates via email.

Blooming Wallflowers quilt

Supply List

(1) Blooming Wallflowers Quilt Pattern

(2) Fabric Needs – see materials list in the image below. I will ...

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January 3, 2019
Around The Web 2019 – My Yearly BOTM List… from Seams To Be Sew

Happy New Year!! Each year on my blog I feature a list of the block of the months, Quilt Alongs, Sew Alongs, and other various events that happen on other sites each year. I love the block of the months myself and this list helps me to keep track, and I’ve heard from you that it also helps you keep track. This is the one page on my blog that I do actually update often during the year. It will get updated a lot over the course of this month as new sites are found that are offering a ...

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December 17, 2018
I am Enough Quilt Along update from A Ditchin' Time Quilts

We're already on our 6th block.  This one is the scallop border.  Our 5th block was the trip around the world.  Love these patterns.  I am using my mom's old fabric stash so everything in this quilt was her fabric.  She passed away 5 years ago so none of this fabric is new.  Every time I look at these fabrics, I remember something she made before.  It gives me such happiness.  Love Love Love.

Boris is helping!

Check out Havel's Sewing Blog for their wonderful sewing tools and batting! 
There you can find this pattern, designed by ...

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December 7, 2018
Graceful Points Quilt Along coming February, 2019 from Quilting Affection

Have you ever wanted to make a quilt using the Studio 180 Design Blockbuster blocks?  Or are you one of those Deb Tucker Studio 180 Design fans that love the tools and want to expand your skills.  Well, you’re in luck, I will be hosting the first of many Quilt Along in 2019, where I have designed a quilt around the blockbuster blocks.

Some of you may be wondering, what is a Blockbuster? Starting back in 2016, the Deb Tucker Studio 180 design team began developing a Free PDF download program called “Blockbusters” to encourage Deb Tucker Studio 180 ...

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November 29, 2018
30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days in South Africa from Creatin' in the Sticks

It was about a year ago when I created

and my year has been so fun keeping up with the enthusiasm I've received by everyone making blocks and quilts.

My heart swells and eyes tear from the comments and visits to my blog.

I designed these blocks with the beginner in mind
 the blocks are perfect for quick piecing for anyone.

Each block makes so many designs when put together.


Or make all 30 blocks for a great sampler quilt.

Today I received such a wonderful email from a guild in 
South ...

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November 26, 2018
Sign up for My Next Quilt Along in January: Blooming Wallflowers from Christa Quilts

Can I say how much I enjoy doing quilt alongs with you all? It keeps me motivated to design and make new things, and nothing thrills me more than seeing all the variety of quilts that are being made, even when we all start with the same basic pattern. So I’m excited to announce the next quilt along which will start January 4th!

Blooming Wallflowers quilt

We will be making my Blooming Wallflowers quilt from start to finish over 12 weeks. Each Friday starting in Janaury, I’ll share a new blog post with inspiration pictures, bonus tips and plenty of cheerleading ...

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November 21, 2018
New Quilt Pattern – Blooming Wallflowers from Christa Quilts

Are you enjoying seeing all of the new quilts I made from my Abstract Garden collection? I sure had fun making them! Today I’m excited to introduce you to Blooming Wallflowers, an optical illusion type quilt that looks much more complicated than it actually is.

Blooming Wallflowers quilt

Blooming Wallflowers – Throw Size

I paired up the colorful prints from Abstract Garden along with the Navy Herringbone print from Modern Marks, which is still available! I love brightly colored quilts with a rainbow of fabrics and it’s been fun to experiment and use “neutrals” other than black white or gray for this ...

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November 16, 2018
Dot ‘n Dash Quilt Along Wrap Up and Inspiration Photos from Christa Quilts

Although my Dot ‘n Dash quilt along wrapped up about a month ago, I wanted to revisit it one final time to share all the links to all the posts for anyone just wanting to get started. I also want to share some gorgeous photos from several in my Facebook Group that made their versions.

Dot n Dash quilt by Christa Watson

Click here to purchase the Dot ‘n Dash quilt kit, while supplies last.

As a reminder, the pattern for Dot’n’Dash can be found in my book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts and it’s easy enough to gather your supplies: just one Jelly ...

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November 2, 2018
Magical November - Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along Maple Leaf Quilt / Aunt Challenge from Creatin' in the Sticks

 Today, I finally get to share this finish.

I'm not so good with secret sewing
this one was a "go" and then rescheduled.
(you may have seen it a few days ago - oops)

I'm excited to show this one now!

This quilt is made with Fat Quarter Shop's newest pattern from their 

The Fat Quarter Shop asked if I would make one quilt block for the Maple Leaf Quilt Along, but once I started I couldn't stop.
I had so much fun and my pile ...

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October 31, 2018
The 2019 Quilt Along Directory at Busy Hands Quilts is Open! from Busy Hands Quilts

Share 2019 Quilt Alongs you've found below!

Please add the link where the Quilt Along is originally posted even if it's not your Quilt Along.  Hostesses appreciate when you share their Quilt Along, so please share!  This linky will be open through October 2019, at which time I'll start one for 2020.

Suggestions when you add a link:
  1.  Check if the Quilt Along has already been added and avoid adding a duplicate.
  2.  Select an image that reflects the Quilt Along if at all possible.  
  3.  In the description, leave the NAME of the Quilt Along, the HOST'S ...

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