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August 21, 2019
Bling Quilt Part 3 of 4 – Making the Quilt Top from Christa Quilts

Now it’s time to take those yummy cut up pieces from Geo Pop and sew them together into a quilt! Although I’m making two versions of Bling at the same time, it’s really not that much extra effort to do double the amount of sewing! This is a quick overview of my process – please purchase a copy of the Bling quilt pattern for more detailed instructions.

Geo Pop Cutting in Progress
Bling Fabric Cutting in process

Cutting in progress for both version of Bling – in black or white

Geo Pop Fabric

Click here to get Geo Pop fabrics, kits, precuts and coordinating patterns.

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August 19, 2019
The Making of Bling Quilt Part 2 of 4 – Cutting the Fabrics from Christa Quilts

I’m working on both versions of my Bling quilt at the same time, so it will be double the fun! If you remember from my last post, I’m making the same design and using the same Geo Pop fat quarters for both quilts, but one will have a white background and the other will have a black background. Any colorful prints will work as long as you have contrast between your fat quarters and background fabric.

Geo Pop by Christa Watson

Geo Pop Fat Quarter Bundle – I love working with my own fabrics!

I have more fabrics than I need since the pattern ...

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August 16, 2019
The Making of Bling Quilt Part 1 of 4 – Choosing Fabrics from Christa Quilts

I enjoy sharing my process of quilt making so that you can have more success when you make your own quilts. Over the next 4 blog posts, I’ll share my process for making Bling – one of my newest patterns featuring my 4th fabric collection – Geo Pop for Benartex/Contempo. Of course it would look great in any fabrics, which is what today’s topic is all about.

Bling Quilt Pattern by Christa Watson

Bling Quilt Pattern by Christa Watson

I love this design for ...

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August 15, 2019
Fibonacci Pattern Updated from Carol Lyles Shaw

I just uploaded an update for the Fibonacci Quilt #1 Pattern on my Etsy shop.

Here’s the original quilt:

Modern Quilt Pattern

And here’s a mock up of a new layout with some variations!   The pattern addendum  includes info on fabric requirements for the new quilt size. You can customize this quilt to suit your interests–and your fabric stash.

Modern Quilt Pattern

This variation has a mix of improvisational blocks and a very scrappy look.


Modern Quilt Pattern

You can modify or improvise the individual patches in each block. Here’s a version that has variations in the blocks and an outside border.I even included ...

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August 12, 2019
Fandangle Grays + Color Weave Kits + Other Faves Back in Stock!! from Christa Quilts

Welcome to a “virtual” quilt show of many of the quilts I’ve made in the couple of years since I began designing fabric!Color Weave Quilt

Color Weave photographed in my neighborhood desert of Las Vegas.

I’m so pleased with the reception that my fabrics have been getting. Although I always encourage you to buy my things from your local quilt shop first, I realize not everyone has access to a shop nearby, and not all shops carry my fabrics, books and patterns (yet!!!) So I try to keep a supply on hand just in case you can’t get them ...

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Paris Collection from Made By Marney

These 3 new paper pieced blocks were designed for a sweet customer who needed some Paris images.

Eiffel Tower

This EIFFEL TOWER paper pieced block measures 7 1/2″x 7 1/2″.


The FIFI block is super cute and ready to be sewn into an adorable pillow, perhaps.


I love this sweet TIARA block. These 3 blocks are my Paris Collection. Use them in pillows, wall hangings or quilts.

King Charles

My customer Kelly shared this photo. She used my KING CHARLES block to create this piece of art work. This is some major paper piecing fun ...

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August 9, 2019
LatticeWork Quilt Part 2 of 2 – Quick and Easy Walking Foot Quilting from Christa Quilts

If you missed it, click here for part 1 – tips on sewing the LatticeWork quilt top.

LatticeWork quilt by Christa Watson

LatticeWork is made from charm packs; I used my Abstract Garden fabric line.

Today I’ll be sharing how I quilted my LattticeWork quilt using a super simple, fast and fun walking foot quilting design. It’s called “wavy grid” and it’s one of my fave designs when I’m on a deadline, so you’ll probably see it in lots of my quilts!

Here’s a close detail shot of what it looks like quilted with my Aurifil Variegated Thread collection. I ...

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August 7, 2019
LatticeWork Quilt Part 1 of 2 – Making the Quilt Top from Christa Quilts

While we wait for my next quilt along to start, I thought I would share some “making of” blog posts. Think of them as process posts rather than full-on quilt alongs. Because I’m usually sewing on a deadline I have to make my quilts months ahead, but when my fabric and patterns are finally released into the world, my favorite part of the process is sharing behind the scenes of them being made.

LatticeWork quilt by Christa Watson

LatticeWork by Christa Watson, 74″ x 82″ made from Abstract Garden 5″ Squares + background
Click here to get the LatticeWork quilt kit (while supplies last)

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August 6, 2019
ONLINE Block-of-the-Month Program! from Selvage Blog

Visit The Quilt BOM for free Block-of-the-Month projects starting (now) September 2019-June 2020.

I'm designing the blocks to be fast and fun to make (nothing fussy), blocks that will make a nice quilt, and can surely be made from existing stash.

My guild, Hearthside Quilters, will be using this site for our BOM. Your guild is invited to use it too and hold the drawings at your meetings. See The Quilt BOM for details.

See some layout ideas below for this block. Click HERE to see more quilt patterns.

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August 5, 2019
Save the Date: Infrastructure Quilt Along Begins September 9 from Christa Quilts

I’m thrilled with the reception that my Color Weave quit along received this spring/summer, and now it’s time to get ready for the next one! If you want to learn how to make an entire quilt from start to finish, click here to join the fun, and I’ll send you a reminder once the next QAL begins.

Infrastructure QAL

Infrastructure is a Modern Row Quilt designed by my friend Heather Black of Quiltachusetts. I wrote the pattern based on her design and now I’m excited to make it using my brand new Geo Pop fabric which has ...

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August 1, 2019
Blooming Wallflowers Quilt Revisited – See 3 Different Versions from Christa Quilts

I wanted to do a quick throwback to my Blooming Wallflowers quilt because I’ve made it twice and digitally recolored it a third time, using 3 of my fabric lines. When I design a quilt, I love iterating to see what it will look like in different fabric/color combos!

Blooming Wallflowers in Modern Marks

Blooming Wallflowers Modern Marks

Click here to get the Blooming Wallflowers quilt pattern – PDF version.

Above is the original version, made completely in Modern Marks fabric. I originally made it for a magazine to promote my first fabric line when it came out. I had fun selecting the ...

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July 30, 2019
Cozy Colors For Fall from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

You may not be able to see it just yet, but autumn is on its way. It’s going to creep in, sweep you off your feet and leave you to wonder where summer has gone. Don’t worry though, you aren’t missing anything with summer soon gone, you are just simply awaiting the next amazing thing. Welcome the season that awakens all the senses! Feel the wind, taste the cider, smell the spices, hear the rustling of the leaves, and see the colors change. Best of all… this is the season to break out all the quilts!

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July 29, 2019
Color Weave Quilt Along Week 8 – Binding by Machine from Christa Quilts

We’ve finally come to the end of our quilt along and I sure have enjoyed seeing everyone’s progress so far! This week we will finish the quilt with machine binding. Now usually, I prefer the clean look of binding by hand. However, I was in a hurry to make this quilt so I decided to make the machine stitched binding an overall part of the design.

Color Weave Quilt by Christa Watson

This tutorial is pretty heavy on the videos because I thought it would be much easier to SHOW you my process for binding and explain what I’m doing each step of ...

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July 22, 2019
Christmas Cats In July from Made By Marney

Welcome to my 12 Days of Christmas in July web post. Thanks to Sarah Craig at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for organizing such a delightful Blog Hop. Join us from July 14 through 25 as we share clever Christmas ideas with you.

If you are at all familiar with my paper pieced designs, you know that I love designing animal images for quilts, table runners, pillows, etc. Some of my customers have been asking for paper pieced Christmas cats. I thought this would be a great time to share my newest table runner: CHRISTMAS CATS. This pattern is available ...

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Color Weave Quilt Along Week 7 – Machine Quilting Random Crosshatch from Christa Quilts

How is your quilt coming along? Remember, you can work at your own pace, so please don’t every feel like you have to “catch up!” Last week I discussed making a quilting plan and stitching in the ditch to anchor your quilt. This week we will complete the Random Crosshatch quilting.

Random Crosshatch Quilting

Here’s what it looks like after I’ve stitched in the ditch in both directions and am filling in randomly spaced lines vertically. My Aurifil variegated thread adds lots of texture and I’m not stressing out too much about whether the stitches are perfectly straight or ...

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July 17, 2019
Etsy Summer Sale: Buy 3 PDF Patterns – Get 1 Free! from Christa Quilts

I’ve been selling PDF/digital patterns on Etsy for a few months now and have been very pleased with the results so far. Now it’s time for me to test out the coupon/sale functionality. So for one week only (through 7/22)  I’m offering a super summer sale: buy any 3 PDF patterns and automatically get one free. It applies to all 18 of my patterns in my Etsy shop, with no coupon required!

Christa Quilts Patterns

 Click here to buy 3 get 1 free on all PDF patterns!

The fine print: This applies to instant downloads only purchased ...

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July 15, 2019
Color Weave Quilt Along Week 6 – Stitching in the Ditch from Christa Quilts

Now we’ve reached my favorite part of the quilt-making process – machine quilting!! Quitling will be broken up into 2 parts so that it won’t feel so overwhelming. The quilting design I’ve chosen – random crosshatch, is actually very easy to do, but it can be a bit time-consuming if you like your quilting to be as dense as mine.

Random Crosshatch quilt plan

My favorite designs to quilt are those than can go all the way across the quilt without starting and stopping. That way I don’t have to worry about tying off and burying my threads. The random crosshatch above ...

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July 13, 2019
Learn to Paper Piece with Marney from Made By Marney

This is an opportunity for anyone living in the Two Rivers, Wisconsin area. Sarah Gallagher, owner of the The Quilt Shop of Two Rivers, is sponsoring a paper piecing class featuring little ole’ me as the teacher. The class will be held at her shop on Saturday, August 3 from 9am-3pm.

Link HERE for the class information. What a great chance to share a day of fun and learning with me. Can’t wait!

We will learn how to paper piece a Simple Block and a Combination Block. Once you master these two skills, the sky’s the limit. You ...

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July 10, 2019
Sunday Best Quilts from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Are there certain quilts you dream of making? Maybe you’re putting aside fabrics for a special quilt, assembling the right colors and prints for your someday creation. Or maybe you’re building your skills until you feel confident you can tackle that quilt with confidence. Making the quilts you’ve always wanted to make is the concept behind Sunday Best Quilts by Sherri L. McConnell and Corey Yoder. It’s about making those someday, maybe quilts – today!

Sunday Best Quilts: 12 Must-Make Quilts You’ll Love Forever

Moda designers Sherri McConnell and Corey Yoder set out to design and ...

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Quilt in Progress: Color Weave Blocks in Fandangle from Christa Quilts

I’m currently working on a second version of Color Weave using my Fandangle strip roll (2 1/2″ precut strips). This is what the finished layout will look like:

Color Weave Fandangle

I’m loving how it’s looking so far. Here are my finished blocks in color order waiting for quilt top assembly:

Color Weave by Christa Watson

Color Weave by Christa Watson

Color Weave by Christa Watson

Color Weave by Christa Watson

Color Weave by Christa WatsonColor Weave by Christa Watson

Color Weave by Christa Watson

Color Weave by Christa Watson

Color Weave by Christa Watson

If you are making this quilt along with me, be sure to share your progress on social media with the hashtag #colorweavequilt so I can see what you are doing. You can also share in my ChristaQuilts Facebook group along with many others. Happy sewing!!

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