Christa Watson of Christa Quilts is a force to be reckoned with! She is inspiring, creative and a home machine quilting whiz. I particularly love Christa’s “soapbox” blog posts and her encouraging, in-depth quilt-a-longs. Christa has been quilting for years but recently discovered the “warm and welcoming” modern quilting movement. She has begun to win awards for her modern quilts in national shows! Christa owns a fabric shop, blogs for Craftsy, designs quilt patterns for Camelot Fabrics and was the Modern Quilt Guild featured pattern designer in March. You can also catch her in several issues of Quilty magazine! Christa says she, “…Loves to teach others the joys of machine quilting!”
Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
My favorite quilt right now is my latest finish, called Modern Logs. I completed it last month and it measures 48″ x 54″. I designed it myself to serve two purposes: (1) it’s my entry into the Modern Quilt Guild’s latest fabric challenge, and (2) I made it as a sample for a couple of classes I’m teaching.
I used the Michael Miller Petal Pinwheels fabric line with coordinating solids, and I was able to use up all of the leftovers to create a secondary composition on the back.
Have you shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
Other than being part of the MQG fabric challenge, I haven’t entered it into any other shows or contests… Yet! However, in addition to teaching it locally, it’s going to be an example of “How to Make a Modern Quilt” when I teach a week-long retreat-type class at the John Campbell Folk School in North Carolina next year. I’m so excited!
What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
Well, I have a fun story to go along with that. I was showing Modern Logs at my local quilt shop’s class preview day recently when, lo and behold, one of my former quilting students from long ago walked in to say “hi” and see the quilt. She brought in the first quilt she had ever made in my class 14 years ago, and it just happened to be a log cabin! I’ve always loved log cabins, which is why I was so excited to put a modern twist onto this one.
What do you like best about the quilt?
I love the bright happy colors, and how the improv blocks add a touch of playfulness to the design. I also had fun with the machine quilting. It’s a simple decorative zig-zag done on my Bernina, but it adds so much texture!
How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
I think this is the most modern quilt I’ve made so far. I challenged myself to take a simple traditional block– the log cabin– and make it modern. I’m still relatively new to the whole modern movement and I know the basic “improv log cabin” block has probably been overdone, but I still love it! I had fun creating a unique layout using half-blocks to offset the rows, and I purposefully alternated solid fabrics with print strips to create contrast and movement.
If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
I would make it bigger!
Whenever my husband travels with me to a quilt show to look at amazing quilts he always says (while pointing to a large quilt hanging up), “Do you know what I like about that quilt over there? It’s huge!” So I need to make bigger quilts!
Back of Modern Logs
Where is the quilt now?
Right now it’s hanging up on the wall of my favorite local quilt shop (Quiltique in Las Vegas). That’s why I’m glad I took lots of pictures of it; I miss my quilts when they are gone!
Would you like to add anything?
After stumbling around in the quilting world for nearly 20 years not knowing what I “like,” it’s been exhilarating to finally find my niche with modern quilting. I love bold, graphic designs and bright, colorful fabrics, and I can’t wait to make many more modern quilts!
Tell Us About Your Favorite Quilt
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- Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
- Have your shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
- What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
- What do you like best about the quilt?
- How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
- If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
- Where is the quilt now?
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