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August 21, 2019
Boo, J.D. (for Juvenile Delinquent) from Art and Quilting in Camden

Boo, J.D. by Sarah Ann Smith, 2019

Boo’s portrait is the third part of this trio of quilts. I had considered doing a self portrait, Sarah and her muses, with the selfie for my local Coastal Quilters challenge due next May. But then hubby, who has never ever asked me to make an art quilt, said when he saw the ones of Yoda and Widgeon, “you should make one of Boo, too.” Boo, you see, is his Very Special Cat. So I did that instead. Much nicer than a selfie! And it turns out the portrait challenge doesn ...

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August 15, 2019
Teaching Schedule for the Rest of 2019—Australia + New Zealand and MORE from Tales of a Stitcher

Being a traveling quilt teacher is something I have long dreamed about being. Now that it is a reality, I often think about just how UNGLAMOROUS this life style is. The logistics are maddening, the time in the air is tedious, and the details of teaching can be nerve-wracking. Still, every time I have caught up on my sleep, I look forward to my next teaching adventure. It is weirdly addictive.

In the hopes that one of my upcoming gigs is near you, I am going to share the rest of my teaching schedule for 2019.

Next week ...

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August 11, 2019
Oh Scrap! : More Blue Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I still have a few more blue Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks to share this month.

I made four more garlic knot blocks using blue, black/white, and taupe.  I have to admit that these are my current favorite block on my design walls.

Here are the two colors together that I have completed so far.

Oh, but look what can happen with a few rotations!
This is simply just a happy accident - it wasn't intentional.  But I have learned when designing a block, when you create a "pattern" of fabric/color within a block, it can open up lots ...

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July 23, 2019
Quilt Camp Wrap Up from From the Strawberry Patch...

I posted a week ago about the eager-beaver quilt camper that I had hanging out in the sewing room with me! A week ago-- where does all that flying time go? I am SEW very impressed by this young lady's enthusiasm and focus when it came to creating her very first quilt that I can hardly contain myself. She and I chatted earlier in the year about her wanting to learn and I agreed to help her get

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Quilt Camp Wrap Up from From the Strawberry Patch...

I posted a week ago about the eager-beaver quilt camper that I had hanging out in the sewing room with me! A week ago-- where does all that flying time go? I am SEW very impressed by this young lady's enthusiasm and focus when it came to creating her very first quilt that I can hardly contain myself. She and I chatted earlier in the year about her wanting to learn and I agreed to help her get

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July 22, 2019
Easy-Peasy Inside-Out Bag class at Quilt Festival Houston 2019 from Art and Quilting in Camden

Like potato chips, you can’t stop at just one! Learn to make these FAST, easy and FUN bags on Thursday afternoon at International Quilt Festival! I’ll show you how to adapt the concept into card cases (fast gifts!), tablet cases, sketchbook covers, you name it!

Come play with me on Thursday at International Quilt Festival…Easy Peasy Inside Out Bags, class 491, is in the afternoon, total play, and you’ll become addicted to making them. So far I’ve had every. single. student. nearly finish or finish a bag in the three hours including the quilting and ...

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July 16, 2019
International Quilt Festival Houston 2019 from Tales of a Stitcher

Today—Monday, July 15— a state of the art enrollment system opened up for participants to sign up to take workshops at the International Quilt Festival in Houston this fall. Click here to see the complete listings of classes as well as tutorials on how to use thier new system.

I am teaching the following workshops. I hope you find something to your liking.

Monday, October 28
Kitchen Sink Quilting—The Art of Making Do
9 AM-5 PM
Description: All leftover fabric, UFO’S, orphan blocks, and random strips of fabric are welcome in this class. We’ll take those ...

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July 3, 2019
Another Workshop Opportunity from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Starting this Fall, I am going to be teaching classes at the Stitchin' Post in Sisters Oregon.
I am really excited about it!

I will be teaching my Spin! quilt September 16th 2019.

A fun variation to a Log Cabin block, this class is perfect for beginning or seasoned quilters. You'll learn to sew this uniquely curved Log Cabin quilt without sewing any curves. You'll easily incorporate some scraps from your stash in this project!

A Geese Migration workshop is scheduled for October 10th 2019.

Geese Migration is not your ordinary scrap quilt. In this class, you'll ...

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July 1, 2019
June 2019—Wild Ride from Tales of a Stitcher

June 2019 will be known in my head as the Wild Ride. I know I have had some crazy teaching trips, but this one was particularly complicated—the logistics had my head expanding and contracting. Going into it, I doubted I would be able to get from point A to M to 9 and then 20, but I did.

I started out with a red eye to Chicago with sons #2 & #3. I then loaded them onto a plane headed to Pittsburgh, and got myself on a flight to Rochester, New York for the  New York for the Genesee Valley ...

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June 30, 2019
Take a class with me in Houston! from Art and Quilting in Camden

WOOT! The International Quilt Festival Houston catalog is starting to ship and online registration–yes, ONLINE, with instant knowing if you got into the class, goes live in July (I’ll post when it does). If you’d like to take a workshop with me, now’s your chance because I’m teaching a ton of my favorite workshops. For more detail on any of these classes, please visit the Classes/workshops page of my website and scroll down to the individual class–you’ll find a supply list PDF and sometimes links to blogposts about previous workshops sharing student ...

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June 29, 2019
20 Skills Every Sewist Learns from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Have you ever wondered what skills you've learned as you picked up sewing? It was a topic of discussion on one of the Facebook groups where I'm a member. The writer mentioned several and others chimed in. I've compiled the list of skills with a few examples of each. This list is certainly not exhaustive, but it's a great way to get started thinking about the many skills you have learned along the way.
  1. Artistry (creating and designing, use of color, fit and form)
  2. Chemistry (fiber content, treatment and care of fabrics, glues)
  3. Color theory (using ...

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June 28, 2019
Come See Me at Dave’s BERNINA in Utah August 7-10! from Christa Quilts

I love teaching machine quilting, and it’s always extra special when I get to teach at BERNINA dealerships around the country. This August 7-10, 2019, I invite you to come see me at either location of Dave’s BERNINA, one of the top BERNINA dealerships in the entire country!

Christa Watson Quilts

I love my BERNINA!! But my students can be successful on any machine!

Teaching in Provo, UT

I’ll be making my first stop at Dave’s BERNINA in Provo where I’ll be presenting my popular lecture and trunk show, “How Do I Quilt It?” on Wednesday, August 7 ...

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June 21, 2019
QuiltCon 2020 Lectures & Workshops from Flying Parrot Quilts

Registration for QuiltCon 2020 in Austin, Texas, starts next week, and if you’re planning to attend, I hope you’ll think about signing up for one of the lectures or workshops I’ll be teaching there! I’m absolutely thrilled to have been asked back, and have several different lectures and workshops on the calendar. You can find all the details in the official catalog, but here’s a short summary.


Designing With Negative Space (DES003 and DES009; Thursday or Saturday 6-9 pm)
This is a non-sewing workshop in which we’ll work from design prompts using paper ...

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June 19, 2019
preparing for Africa from Ellyn's Place

In 24 days I leave for Africa! I think I've mentioned the trip a couple of times here on the blog, but I have not given much detail. I will be traveling with my daughter, Leigh Anne, and a team from her church, Liberty Church, to do mission work in eswatini. There will be 11 of us going, and we will work with Liberty Manzini and Children's Cup, helping at children's care centers, visiting families, hosting a family day for families of disabled children.... oh and a safari! 

I have 2 sponsor children over there who I ...

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June 17, 2019
GSQA Pursuit of Excellence class from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Meet Paula (in the pink shirt)
POE teacher
On Saturday I spent my day in Lafayette with the members of Quilter's Guild Acadienne (QGA) and ladies from the Gulf States Quilt Association (GSQA) who had promised to come, learn and return with new techniques, information and associations to their home guilds. 

As a new circuit teacher, I've been wanting to meet some of the members of GSQA. I had planned to attend a meeting last month but there was that whole "spend 13 days in Cabrini hospital" episode and missed my opportunity. Since I'd also hedged my ...

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June 7, 2019
I’m Off to BERNINA University! from Christa Quilts

Tomorrow I fly out for my next fun event – setting up my booth and teaching a couple of classes to dealers at BERNINA University. BU is an industry event exclusively for BERNINA dealers that’s held in different locations around the country. This will be my third time attending and it’s been great for getting up close and personal with quilt shop owners who carry the brand.

BERNINA U 2018My BU Booth last year when Fandangle fabric was released.
Click here to get the fabric, kits and quilt patterns shown.

At the show, I’m able to show off my newest ...

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April 25, 2019
"Guess what, Mommy? I sewed!" from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

There is nothing quite like a sleepover with a grandchild, especially on a beautiful spring day. We enjoyed a perfect day this week with our oldest grandson—a day packed with fun. And to top it all (for me, Teri, at least), he asked me what every needlework-loving grandmother wants to hear: "Grandma, could we sew something?" Need I tell you my response?! 

Sew we did! (Forgive my lame attempt at punny Yoda-speak.)

We started our adventure at a local creamery, where we enjoyed ice cream and play time on their playground. We had such fun, we almost forgot to ...

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April 4, 2019
Appraisals, and workshops and QUILTS, Oh My:) -part 3 from Nestlings By Robin

Houston Bound and I haven't stopped squealing with delight:)

So SWIMMING SEAHORSE which I recently taught to the West Pasco QG will be my second class and I didn't want to push both together in one post because I had so many lovely photos to show!

Below you will find photos from the latest Seahorse class and it really shows how different fabric choices change the look.
Here is the original sample made by me:
This is such a great Quilt As You Go technique 
that can work for so many things!

We all LOVED the polka dot ...

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April 2, 2019
Appraisals, and workshops and QUILTS, Oh My:) -part 2 from Nestlings By Robin

So in between all the appraisals and training, I have lectured and premiered my new, Fabric Collaborations, workshop to glowing reviews (not that I was shaking in my shoes or anything:)!

Have I told you yet that I will be teaching in Houston???  !!!!  Can you hear me squealing with delight?!

FABRIC COLLABORATIONS will be one of the workshops and the other will be my SWIMMING SEAHORSE which I recently taught to the West Pasco QG.

Here are some teasers to wet your whistle so you will come play with me in Houston...

Fabric Collaborations:
I revealed this last year in ...

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March 15, 2019
Baton Rouge Modern Quilt Guild -- What Fun! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

The BRMQG invited me to give a lecture at our meeting on Monday evening. I had a wonderful time. I haven't taught in such a long time and I've missed it. 

This class, though, was more about presenting than teaching. I did talk about my philosophy of improv and how I found my way into the modern movement. And I showed about 15 quilts. The whole thing lasted an hour and, happily, I had just enough "teaching material" to talk about and quilts to show. 

Of course, there was other business. Several of us had attended Quilt Con ...

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