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February 2, 2020
February Means a New Goal from Needle and Foot

It is February!! A. new month means another goal to set for what I will accomplish in the sewing room. This month I plan to finish assembling the quilt top I am making with the Mosaic Mystery QAL hosted by Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs.

The fabric pull for my Mosaic Mystery Quilt.

I have really enjoyed making this quilt and it is exciting to be this close to finishing up the top. Cheryl did such a great job with the drafting of this pattern. Her instructions were great. One would think this would make it easy for me to ...

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January 27, 2020
Pieced Primrose QAL Week 4 – Block Finishing, Choosing Layouts from Christa Quilts

I know that last week’s foundation paper pieced tutorial was quite intense, so this week I wanted to give you some extra time to finish sewing your blocks. Last week I shared the steps using the cool colorway of my Abstract Garden fabric. Now here are more pics of the warm colorway:

Pieced Primrose Quilt Blocks

Remember to piece as many blocks as you need for the size you are making. The primrose block is constructed from 3 units per block: the A & B foundation sections (full sized paper template to photocopy is included in the quilt pattern), and the corner triangle unit ...

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January 25, 2020
Moving Times and New Beginnings from Clever Chameleon

Lunar New Year quilt at Clever Chameleon

Happy Lunar New Year 2020!

As I write this, it is Chinese New Year today and Australia Day tomorrow. So I’m wishing everyone who celebrates either or both occasions a very splendid day.

I am celebrating today, albeit in the absence of the Chinese branch of my extended family, with the next step towards launching our next free BOM here at Clever Chameleon. I got word this morning that the Lunar New Year quilt BOM will be supported by Island Batik, who will very kindly supply the fabrics shown in the picture above so I can make the demo ...

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January 10, 2020
Another Colourwerx Quilt Along – Featuring Gridwork from Christa Quilts

I’m excited to tell you about the PaintBox quilt along being hosted by my talented friend Linda Sullivan from Colourwerx, starting on January 28th. The version below is made from my new Gridwork fabric collection and I’ve even put together some quilt kits to make it.

PaintBox by Colourwerx

Click here to get the PaintBox quilt kit featuring Gridwork.

Linda is such a talented designer and her patterns are top notch! I love that she makes each of her patterns in several different fabric lines so you can see how they look in various colors.

Click here to get the PaintBox ...

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January 7, 2020
Camden Road QAL – New Kits! from Needle and Foot

Being the start of the new year, there are all sorts of fun quilting challenges, projects and quilt alongs to take part in. Today is the kick off of a fun quilt along, the Camden Road QAL. Hosted by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs and Cindy of Hyacinth Designs, this might be just the project to start your new year right. The pace is a bit quicker than Cheryl’s Mosaic Mystery QAL which I have been sewing along with since late summer. As you can see in the picture above, the Camden Road pattern is gorgeous!

Prints from this ...

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January 6, 2020
Today’s the day! The first Paper Chain BOM Block is here! from Freshly Pieced

 

January block of the Paper Chain Block-of-the-Month

Happy new year! If you’re looking to add another project to your 2020 sewing list, our Paper Chain Block-of-the-Month program begins TODAY! If you’re already a subscriber, check your email inbox for the January block pattern!

Paper Chain: A 2020 Block of the Month programIf you’re not already a subscriber: Twelve months, 12 foundation paper-pieced blocks—that’s so doable, right? Me and my Summer Sampler co-conspirators, Katie and Faith, have created this fabulous quilt, and it really wants to be your project in 2020. : ) We’ve got a great Facebook community for everybody who’s participating, and we’ll give you lots of paper-piecing ...

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December 30, 2019
Paper Pieced Primrose Quilt Along Starts Next Week!! from Christa Quilts

Are you planning on learning to foundation paper piece in the new year? With my Pieced Primrose pattern, learning this skill is much easier than you’d think!! Be sure to let me know in the comments if you’ve done paper piecing before, or if this will be your first experience with it.

Pieced Primrose Quilt Pattern

The fun begins on Monday, January 6th with weekly posts ...

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December 27, 2019
“Best of” Quilt Alongs – Make a Quilt from Start to Finish from Christa Quilts

Just in case you missed it, here are some of my most popular quilt alongs from prior years. I still have kits available for many of them! Click this link and use code KIT at checkout to save 10%!

Color Weave – Made from Precut Strips or FQ’s

Color Weave Quilt from Abstract Garden

Click here for the Color Weave quilt along.
Click here to get the original Color Weave quilt kit.

The original version of this was made using one strip roll of my Abstract Garden fabric plus background grays from my Fandangle line.

The Color Weave quilt pattern was so popular that I recently ...

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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 5, 2019
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 2, 2019
Push Pull QAL has Begun from Needle and Foot

You may have seen the promotions of the Push Pull Quilt Along on social media over the past couple of weeks. This quilt along is being hosted by Yvonne Fuchs of Quilting Jetgirl. She is well known for her striking use of transparency technique to achieve a look of layered colors in her quilt design. Her Push Pull design also uses transparency to achieve that effect.

I like the pace of this event. She is sending out instructions approximately every three weeks. It is different in that this is a purchased pattern. I bought mine this week and look forward ...

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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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November 25, 2019
Join us for Paper Chain, a 2020 paper-pieced block-of-the-month program! from Freshly Pieced

Paper Chain: A 2020 Block of the Month Program

You guys! I have an exciting announcement this morning: We’re unveiling a Paper Chain: A 2020 Block-of-the-Month program, and you can reserve your spot right now!

Paper Chain: A 2020 Block of the Month program

Yes! I’m once again joining forces with my Summer Sampler girls—Katie and Faith—to create another fun program for you all, which will take you allllll the way through 2020! So many of you have loved the weekly Summer Sampler blocks that we wanted to give you a monthly option for next year. And it features a favorite technique of the three of ours: Foundation paper piecing.

Paper Chain: A 2020 Block of the Month

Just $24.99 total ...

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Infrastructure Week 12 – Binding by Machine from Christa Quilts

Have you enjoyed following along with Infrastructure? Remember, even if you haven’t even started your quilt, you can make it anytime and I’m here to help cheer you on! We’ve come to the very last step of making the quilt and I’m “sew” excited to share my tutorial for binding by machine.

Infrastructure Quilt

Click here to get the Infrastructure quilt kit while supplies last.

Step 1 Trim the Quilt

Infrastructure Quilt in Progress

I like to use a large square ruler at the corners and along straight ruler for the sides. I trim the extra batting and backing flush with the ...

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November 22, 2019
Love with a Twist: Udderly Unique from Clever Chameleon

Udderly Unique cow balloon appliqué by Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon

Holy Cow! We are Finished!!

Love with a Twist is done and dusted! Can you believe it? Last month we finished all the blocks for the Throw size versions of Love with a Twist. However, to complete the Twin size quilt top we need one more block. The last bonus block.

Today we unveil our last block, and it is a balloon cow. Udderly amazing! And a little bitter sweet. It’s been so much fun. Read on to collect your cow balloon appliqué pattern. Also, make sure you’ve collected the whole Love with a Twist appliqué set. They ...

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November 18, 2019
Infrastructure Quilt Along Week 11 – Machine Quilting from Christa Quilts

And now we get to my favorite part of making a quilt – machine quilting!!! There are so many different ways to quilt this quilt. Heather Black did an amazing job custom quilting hers, and I took the opposite approach with one of the simplest designs you can do – decorative machine stitching.

Decorative Stitch Machine Quilting

Infrastructure Machine Quilting Detail Using a Decorative Stitch

Thoughts on Thread

Christa Watson Aurifil Thread

Click here to get my Aurifil Thread Kits in Colors, Neutrals, or my newest Variegated box.

So the first thing to do is choose the thread you’d like to quilt with. I piece AND quilt all of ...

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November 16, 2019
Saturday Morning Musings from 120 Blocks

Nothing has happened in the sewing room for weeks. Nothing. A little knitting happened but I didn’t like the process of knitting that hat pattern so it got ripped out. I’ll find another pattern for that yarn soon. I do … Continue reading

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November 11, 2019
Infrastructure QAL Week 10 – Quilt Top Assembly and Spray Basting Tutorial from Christa Quilts

How is your Infrastructure quilt coming along? Just remember, you can work at your own pace and if you are new, you can start this quilt any time! This week is quilt top assembly plus a complete basting video on YouTube. Keep reading for more….

Infrastructure Rows

Tips for Quilt Top Assembly

Once all 9 rows of Infrastructure have been sewn, it’s time to sew them together. They may look a little wavy, but if you sew each section in opposite directions, that will help eliminate some of the waviness.

If your rows are not all the same size, you can ...

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November 10, 2019
Quilt Shows and Quilt Alongs from Needle and Foot

Good morning all. I am enjoying a lovely, quiet morning here with coffee and some blog reading and I thought it a good time to catch up. It has been a while right?

Last weekend I spent a couple of days as a vendor at a fun show in the small town of Brownsville. I can’t say how much I enjoyed this little show. It was so relaxed and the people, quilters and wanderers both, were incredibly friendly. This guild has a membership of about 30 people with roughly half being very active. The town has a population of ...

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November 4, 2019
Perfect HST BOM Block 11: Navigator Star from Freshly Pieced

Welcome to November! We started it out with a couple of inches of snow. Ugh! Winter is starting far too early for my taste.

centerblock

But November means it’s time for another HST BOM block, and yes, this month we’re tackling the big baddie in the center. It’s finally here!

I’m calling this month’s block Navigator Star. After 10 months of blocks named after various places that have been important to me throughout my life, this block basically the compass rose of this quilt. It points in all the directions that my life has taken. So ...

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