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Guest Designer Interview- Christa of Christa Quilts

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Today is our guest designer interview / podcast!  Man, I do love a good chat and for sure Christa is one!  Her enthusiasm for quilting ….and everything else in between is so inspiring!  She is a go-get em kind of girl and she speaks a mile a minute…and sews it too!  (I totally relate and seriously love having conversations with her)

We met a few years ago at quilt market– had dinner with a bunch of other designers and have since ran into each other a few times.  She has been a busy gal this year with a new book, thread collection with Aurifil, a guest designer for the quilt group, one of the designers for the splendid sampler….plus her blog and teaching schedule.  Oh did I mention she and her husband own a precut fabric store as well. Phew!!

Take a minute to get to know her….and look at the wall hanging quilt she designed for members.  Love it!


Feel free to listen to her interview (it’s not the same as what’s below!)

Christa Watson

How did you get your start in sewing?

A friend from church invited me to help tie charity quilts 20+ years ago and it was love at first stitch!


What inspires you?

I love graphic, geometric images with bold, bright colors.

Walking Foot Quilting

Do you have a favorite notion?

My favorite is the orange Triangle thread cutter from Sunflower Quilts. It’s perfect for clipping thread after chain piecing.


Quirky Fun little thing about yourself:

I always wanted to be artist when I was little but it took until I was in my 40’s to realize that making quilts was a form of art.


What’s coming up that we can look forward to?

I just launched two thread collections with Aurifil The Piece and Quilt collection in my favorite colors and neutrals. As the title says, you can use them for both piecing and quilting your projects. I’ve written two books on machine quilting (so far) and it’s the thread I highly recommend.

Christa Watson Books


Where can you find her?


Teaching schedule

About the project for the quilt group:

It’s a small quilt called Nested Pinwheels. I’m trying to make more Americana themed quilts for my home with an updated aqua and turquoise palette rather than traditional red and navy blue. It’s the perfect size for a table topper, wall quilt or newborn quilt. I’m also including tips on how to machine quilt a continuous spiral with your walking foot.


Materials Needed:

Red #1 2 x 2 scrap
Red #2 5 x 7 scrap
Red #3 1 fat quarter (18 x 21) or regular 1/4 yard
Red Binding 1 fat quarter or regular 1/4 yard
Aqua #1 5 x 5 scrap
Aqua #2 5 x 9 scrap
Aqua #3 1 fat quarter (not reg. 1/4 yard)
White 2/3 yard
Backing 1 yard
Batting at least 31 x 31 square


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