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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 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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April 26, 2019
ChristaQuilts Patterns are Now Available on Etsy from Christa Quilts

I’ve finally jumped on the Etsy bandwagon!! I set up an account many years ago before we had The Precut Store but didn’t do much with it. I’ve also purchased a few items here and there. But I finally made the push to get my quilt patterns (PDF versions) on the site so you could access them quickly and easily!

Click here to visit my Etsy store.

Christa Quilts Patterns

Click here to visit my Etsy store.

Although I still have my print patterns available for sale at shop.ChristaQuilts.com, AND the PDF versions are still available to purchase ...

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April 17, 2019
Sneak Peek of My Appearance on the Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims! from Christa Quilts

On a hot August day last summer, I was invited to be a guest on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. It was a nerve-wracking but wonderful experience, and now I’m excited to announce that my episode will be airing on April 21! The folks behind the scenes over at the Quilt Show were amazing, and they’ve prepared this fun trailer to get you excited about the show:

The Quilt Show Trailer

Click here to view a sneak peek of my episode #2409 of The Quilt Show.

Members of The Quilt Show will be able to catch this hour ...

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February 13, 2019
Come See Me at QuiltCon 2019 in Nashville! (And a fun personal update) from Christa Quilts

I can’t believe it’s already time to get packed and ready for QuiltCon which is happening next week! It’s been a whirlwind of a year for our family so far – moving into a new home and getting ready for our younger son leave for his mission to China this week. The older one will be moving back home for awhile to work for us, and we are sooo glad we got the bigger house with an extra room! During all the chaos, we were even able to sneak in a last minute Disney vacation over the weekend ...

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February 11, 2019
Abstract Garden Blog Hop and Fabric Giveaways! from Christa Quilts

What a fun week this is going to be! I have blog posts going up later this week about QuiltCon  and the Blooming Wallflowers quilt along and I can’t wait. To top it off, Benartex is hosting a blog hop for Abstract Garden all week over on their blog at Sew in Love with Fabric. You’ll be able to see fabulous projects made by the amazing lineup of makers below. Plus, each one will be giving away a fat quarter bundle, so there’s tons of chances to win, whoo hoo!!

Abstract Garden by Christa Watson for Benartex Contempo Studio

Blog Hop Participants and Schedule

Click each ...

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December 17, 2018
My QuiltCon Entries for 2019 and a Plea for Kindness Online from Christa Quilts

I love this time of year. Not only for the holidays, but also to see what quilts everyone has entered for next year’s QuiltCon show. So far, I’ve been to every show since it began in 2013 and I’ve also had at least one quilt accepted for each show which is always fun to see. I just received word that one of three of my entries got in this year and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Blooming Wallflowers Accepted

Blooming Wallflowers quilt

Click here to get the PDF pattern for Blooming Wallflowers
Click here to get the print pattern ...

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November 1, 2018
My Schedule for Fall Quilt Market 2018 – Come See Me in Person or Virtually Online from Christa Quilts

If you are heading out to quilt market, the industry trade show in Houston, Texas, be sure to come find me and say hi! I’ll be hanging out in my booth #2134 in the Benartex Contempo area most of the time, and I’ll be sharing some fun presentations with goodies to give away!

Fall Quilt Market 2018

Click here to see all of the Abstract Garden fabrics.

If you plan to attend schoolhouse – educational seminars on Friday before the show, make plans to attend mine at 5:30 on November 2 room 342A. Everyone who comes will get a free sample pack ...

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September 5, 2018
EQ Design Contest Winners from Christa Quilts

I have to tell you how blown away I was with all of the entries into the Fandangle EQ design contest last month. EQ limited it to one entry per person which was probably a good thing, or we never would have been able to make a decision, LOL! EQ picked their favorite, I picked my favorite, and together we picked a joint favorite. So without further ado, congratulations to the winners below:

Overall Winner – Betsy’s Pinball

Betsy EQ8 entry for Fandangle

This quilt really spoke to me with it’s asymmetrical modern style. It’s really eye catching and I love how she ...

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August 1, 2018
EQ Design Challenge: Design a Quilt with Fandangle – Win the Fabric to Make It! from Christa Quilts

For all of my Electric Quilt loving friends out there, I’ve teamed up with Benartex and EQ to bring you a fun challenge this month! Use any of the fabrics from my latest collection Fandangle to design a quilt you’d like to make using EQ7, EQ8, EQ Stitch, or EQ Mini.

Click here for complete contest details and entry.

Fandangle Fabric by Christa Watson for Benartex Contempo Studio

Fandangle collection by Christa Watson for Benartex Contempo Studio

Three winners will each win the fabric they need to make the quilt! Complete details along with the link to download the Fandangle fabric swatches are over on the EQ ...

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July 28, 2018
Creative Spaces Blog Hop Week 3 – Organization! from Christa Quilts

This week on the Creative Spaces blog hop, we are discussing organization. This is one of those topics where I realize that sometimes my perfection stands in the way of me being as organized as I should. I can be an all-or-nothing type person: if I can’t organize every last bit, I’ll let everything fall into disarray, LOL!! You can see that here in my “before” pic about my sewing room cleanup!

Creative Spaces Blog Hop Week 3

For my stop this week, I thought it would be fun to share my wish list for the things I want to get to help me ...

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July 25, 2018
Get Your Free Tickets to The Quilt Show Live Taping in Denver Aug 26 from Christa Quilts

Quick announcement! I just found out that you can get free tickets to be part of The Quilt Show studio audience with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. I’m going to be a guest on an upcoming show and I’ll be taping my segments on August 26th in Denver, Colorado.

Click here for information on how you can get free tickets to the taping.

Interview for the Quilt ShowClick here to watch the short interview I did with Alex back at QuiltCon in 2016.

The episode won’t appear until months later, but what a fun opportunity if you are in the area ...

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July 20, 2018
Creative Spaces Blog Hop Week 2 – My Favorite Tools from Christa Quilts

Are you enjoying the Creative Spaces blog hop so far? I know I am! Scroll to the end for a list of all the stops on the hop and get motivated to organized your creative space! This week, 16 of us are sharing our favorite tools. It’s fun to see the ones we all love as well as picking up ideas for new things to try!

Creative Spaces Blog Hop - Favorite Tools

For my post, I thought I’d do a roundup of some previous blog posts when I shared about some of my favorite notions and tools.  I did a series of “favorite tools ...

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July 13, 2018
Creative Spaces Blog Hop Week 1 – My Sewing Room from Christa Quilts

Welcome to Week 1 of the creative spaces blog hop! Scroll to the end for links to everyone who has posted about their spaces this week – I’m sure you’ll love it, be inspired, and hopefully, feel good about your own creative space!

Creative Spaces Week 1

This week, we are blogging about our sewing spaces, and sharing before and after pics.

I like to keep a tidy room, but whenever I travel, things can become a hot mess. I’m usually trying to finish up some deadline at the same time and my sewing space can often look like this:

I have ...

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July 10, 2018
General QuiltCon Registration Opens Today – Check out the Lectures!! from Christa Quilts

Great news! QuiltCon 2018 registration opens today for the general public, meaning you do NOT have to be a member of The Modern Quilt Guild to attend. Although most of the hands on workshops have sold out (including mine), you can still get on the waiting list because cancellations DO happen. Every time I’ve taught at QuiltCon, at least one person has been able to get into my workshops last minute due to a cancellation. And the good news is, there’s still plenty of space available in the a la cart lectures – including mine.

QuiltCon Panel

Lecture/Panel Discussion from ...

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July 7, 2018
Creative Spaces Blog Hop Starts Next Week! from Christa Quilts

Want to get to know some fun, talented friends of mine? Then join us for the Creative Spaces blog hop which launches on Monday, July 9th, 2018!

Creative Spaces Blog Hop

Hosted by Tammy Silvers and Cherry Guidry, 16 of us are going to write a weekly post for 6 weeks about fun, creative topics in the quilting community. Think of it as getting to know some new friends and learning a few tips along the way!

Inspiring Content!

Here are the scheduled topics we’ll be covering:

  • Week 1: Studio Clean Up – before and after pics
  • Week 2: Favorite Tools
  • Week 3: Organizing ...

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July 5, 2018
My Week at BERNINA University 2018 from Christa Quilts

I just got home from a fabulous week in Chicago, attending the 125th Anniversary of BERNINA. What a legacy for this fantastic company!! Each year, BERNINA hosts an industry only event exclusively for BERNINA dealers, select quilting industry vendors, and BERNINA owned companies (Brewer Sewing, Benartex Fabrics and OESD embroidery.)

The Main Event

BERNINA 125th Anniversary

BERNINA University (BU for short) kicks off with an opening reception and announcement of new products.  A new 4 Series was introduced this year, aimed at making BERNINAs more affordable to the “casual” quilter with many of the same bells and whistles of the high-end machines ...

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June 25, 2018
QuiltCon Registration Opens June 26 for MQG Members from Christa Quilts

Just a friendly reminder that QuiltCon 2019 registration opens for MQG members Tuesday, June 26 at 7:00 AM Pacific Time (10 AM Eastern). Here’s a recap of what I’m offering:

My QuiltCon 2019 Teaching Schedule

DSMQ200 Walking Foot Wonders, Thursday Feb. 21, 9-5

Learn to stitch beyond the ditch and unleash the power of your walking foot to quilt modern or traditional designs. Walking foot motifs to be taught include: wavy lines, decorative stitches, irregular grids, several different spirals, straight‐line designs, and more. You’ll leave class armed with the confidence that yes, you can quilt ...

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June 12, 2018
A Plethora of Stepping Stones Quilts: Student Work from my Latest Workshop from Christa Quilts

Last week I taught a week-long class at John C. Campbell Folkschool on how to make a complete quilt from start to finish. Everyone made the same quilt from my Stepping Stones quilt pattern – but as you can see in the group pic below, they all look so different – and so fabulous!

Students' Stepping Stones Quilts

A Colorful Plethora of Stepping Stones Quilts

Last Saturday, I flew to Atlanta, Georgia along with my mom, Jason and two of my kids. My mom and the kids stayed with my aunt and uncle for the week while Jason and I drove over to the Folkschool. He ...

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May 31, 2018
QuiltCon 2019 Catalog Just Released – Here’s What I’m Teaching from Christa Quilts

I’m excited to be teaching at QuiltCon once again February 21-24 in Nashville, Tennessee. I’ve been to every QuiltCon since it began and this will be my third time as a member of the faculty. I’m most excited about the fact that although I’ll be plenty busy teaching 3 workshops and a lecture, I’ll still have plenty of time for all of the social events, too.

QuiltCon 2019 CatalogClick here to get the complete QuiltCon 2019 catalog.
Member registration opens June 26 and general registration begins July 10.

My QuiltCon 2019 Teaching Schedule

DSMQ200 Walking Foot Wonders ...

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