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September 18, 2020
Machine Quilting Tips and Tricks Series Starts Soon! from Christa Quilts

Since I know many of you can’t be with me in class in person this year, I thought I’d do the next best thing and try to share more of my my best quilting tips and tricks online. Over the next several weeks I’ll be blogging about many of my behind the scenes secrets for successful machine quilting. Most of these are ideas are also in my machine quilting books so you can grab a copy of each and follow along!

Machine Quilting Books by Christa Watson

My number one goal in teaching machine quilting is to help you understand how fun and ...

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September 14, 2020
Virtual Classes for October’s PIQF from Christa Quilts

I’m really excited to be teaching three classes for Pacific International Quilt Festival Online, coming up Oct. 14 to 17. Registration is open and I’d love to have you join me!

Here are brief descriptions. You’ll find more complete information at the links below.

1. Free Motion Improv, Thursday evening 10/15, 4–7 PST

Example of my Free Motion Improv

Liberate yourself from traditional quilting symmetry by mashing up your favorite motifs in a seemingly random way. Combine basic shapes with transitional designs and free-motion fillers to add amazing texture to the negative spaces in your ...

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August 3, 2020
QuiltCon Together 2021 General Registration is Now Open for Everyone! from Christa Quilts

I sure am glad that The Modern Quilt Guild knows how to make lemonade out of lemons. Earlier this year when it became apparent that there would be no big public quilting events through the end of the year, The MQG made the decision to go virtual for their show next February and I’m thrilled to be a part of it!

QuiltCon Catalog

Click Here for the QuiltCon Together Catalog and Interactive Schedule

Due to the online nature of this event, more people will be able to participate! Class sizes are still limited, but I made my schedule available so that ...

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July 6, 2020
Save the Date: QuiltCon Together Registration Opens July 15 from Christa Quilts

I’m so excited to be a part of this! The Modern Quilt Guild took early steps to reimagine QuiltCon as a virtual event February 18–22, 2021, and it’s going to be great!

QuiltCon Together 2021

I think that more people will actually get to participate this way. I love that The MQG made lemonade out of lemons! I’ll miss seeing everyone in person, but this is the next best thing!

I didn’t originally apply to teach for QuiltCon 2021 because we were supposed to be out of the country. But of course the pandemic changed all that.

 

QuiltCon Catalog

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June 1, 2020
Ask Me Anything Facebook Live Moves to Tuesdays at 3 PM PST: Catch The Latest Episode Here! from Christa Quilts

I’ve had so much fun doing “Ask Me Anything” in my Christa Quilts Group over on Facebook the past few weeks. Your questions have kept me on my toes and I love that!

Ask Me Anything is moving to a new Day and time.

I hope you’ll join me on Tuesdays at 3 pm Pacific for all of the fun.
That’s 4 PM Mountain, 5 PM Central, and 6 PM Eastern. And sometime in the middle of the night for all of my Aussie friends (sorry guys!!). But you can always catch the replays later if you ...

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May 25, 2020
Virtual Quilt Market Spring 2020: You’re Invited! from Christa Quilts

I’m excited to be a part of Virtual Quilt Market June 2–4, a brand new event from Quilts Inc. Traditional quilt market has been reimagined in light of current events and it’s going to be so interesting to see everyone’s creativity come shining through!

Virtual Quilt Market

I’ll debuting my 6th fabric line for Benartex called Good Vibes which is a nod to good vibes and happy times of my childhood as a kid growing up in the 80s!

There are 10 low volume prints and 10 saturated colors, all featuring my signature, colorful geometrics. Here’s a ...

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April 3, 2020
More Free Stuff: Free Pattern, Designers Virtual Trunk Show from Christa Quilts

I love how the quilting community rallies together to support fellow makers! Today I’m back with more free stuff to keep you inspired. After all quilting is such good therapy, right??

Free Zipped Up Pattern in Modern by the Yard

Modern by the yard

This fabulous modern quilt, Zipped Up was designed by my talented friend Lisa Ruble and it features a few of my Gridwork fabrics. It a simple, yet striking design that sews up super quick!

Click here to get the lastest issue of Modern by the Yard from Benartex – For Free!

Quilter’s Candy LIVE Virtual Trunk Show

Speaking of ...

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April 1, 2020
Stream My Online Video Content For Free + Free Live Event!! from Christa Quilts

It might seem like we are all living in an April Fools joke lately, but fortunately I’m here to share some free content with you – and that’s no joke! First up – I’m thrilled that Bluprint is offering all 3 of my online video class for free until April 9, 2020. Click the links below each image to register and watch for FREE:

The Quilter's Path by Christa Watson

Click here to watch The Quilter’s Path for free.

Learn how to quilt some of my favorite Walking Foot and Free Motion designs + a free pattern to practice your skills. This is like taking ...

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March 25, 2020
Virtual Designer Hop Part 2 of 2 from Christa Quilts

Stay at Home and Hop With Us!

The word is to stay at home so why not just stay at home and hop with us!?! These are extraordinary times we are living through and many of us are no doubt stitching up a storm at
home! Last week I shared the first part of a long list of designers’ sites for you to explore. This week I’m back with the res of the list below. Have fun exploring and take your time to look around!

https://www.lonestarpatternworks.com ...

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March 21, 2020
Virtual Designer Hop Part 1 of 2 from Christa Quilts

Stay at Home and Hop With Us!

No doubt like me, all of your upcoming quilty events have been postponed or cancelled and you find yourself now stitchin’ up a storm at home!  Why not take a break and join me on a virtual pattern designer shop hop? Come join the fun and virtually hop on over to some of my favorite friends in the quilting industry!!

Starting today, which happens to be International Quilting Day,  I’ll invite you to explore the newest inspiration from over dozens of my designer friends.  All of them have something unique to offer ...

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March 13, 2020
Benartex Precut Project Hop Starts Next Week! from Christa Quilts

Do you love working with precuts as much as I do? Well, I’m excited that my fabric company Benartex has decided to host a precut project hop to help you decide what to make with your collection of charm squares, strip-pies, 10x10s and fat quarter bundles. And the best part is, most (if not all) of the projects featured will include a free pattern or tutorial. How cool is that??

Benartex Precut Project Hop

Designer Schedule

Below is the schedule of fabric and pattern designers who have cooked up some fantastic ideas for you. Of course, we prefer to use Benartex precuts which ...

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February 5, 2020
Come See Me (and my Quilts) at QuiltCon 2020 in Austin, Texas! from Christa Quilts

QuiltCon, put on by The Modern Quilt Guild is absolutely my favorite quilting event to attend! It’s taking place this year in Austin, Texas February 20-23 and I can’t wait!!

QuiltCon 2020

The first modern quilt show and conference took place back in 2013 and I’ve attended each and everyone one since. It’s a can’t miss event for me and this year I’m especially thrilled to taking classes, doing some meet’n greet events, and sharing my quilts on the show floor and in several vendor’s booths.

Meet ‘n Greets on Friday and Saturday

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January 17, 2020
Making of Terrace Tiles Part 1 – Quilt Design, Cutting Fabrics from Christa Quilts

Now that my Gridwork fabric line has started arriving in quilt shops, I want to share more about the quilts I made from it. Over the next 4 weeks I’ll share some detailed progress pics of the three Terrace Tiles Quilts I made in three different colors.

Terrace Tiles Quilts

Terrace Tiles Quilts were first shown at Fall 2019 Quilt Market in Houston Texas

With 27 different fabrics in this collection, I wanted to make it easier to work with so I organized Gridwork into 3 distinct colorways with 9 fabrics each: Amethyst, Breeze, and Citron.

Gridwork by Christa Watson

All 27 fabrics from my Gridwork ...

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October 31, 2019
MQX 2020 Quilt Registration Opens Friday, November 1 from Christa Quilts

Are you planning to attend MQX quilt festival? It takes place April 14-18, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire. This will be my second time returning to the show and I can’t wait!

MQX Quilt Show

What I’m teaching

I’ll be teaching my most popular machine quilting workshops and lecture!
Here’s my complete schedule:

148-20 Free Motion Favorites
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
228-20 How do I Quilt it?
Tips for Machine Quilting Success
Thursday, April 16, 2020
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
244-20 Walking Foot Wonders
Thursday, April 16, 2020
1 ...

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October 17, 2019
Come See Me at Fall Quilt Market in Houston, Texas Oct 25-28, 2019 from Christa Quilts

It’s that time of year again when the quilting industry gears up for its semi-annual trade show for quilt shop owners, designers, and pretty much who’s who in the quilting industry. This year’s fall show takes place in Houston, Texas, October 25-28.

Quilt Market Fall 2019

New FAbric coming in January!

I’ll be presenting my next quilt fabric collection (my 5th line!!) called Gridwork from Benartex and I can’t wait! It will ship to stores next January, so be on the lookout for more details soon.

Gridwork by Christa Watson

MY QUILT MARKET SCHEDULE

Things kick off on Friday, October 25 with the ...

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