A Quick Chat with Issue #21 Contributor Christa Watson

Modern Quilts Unlimited Issue #21 has a terrific pattern for “Color Weave” by Christa Watson. Christa is an award winning quilter, author, teacher, and designer who lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with her husband and three children, who has written three books on machine quilting. We sat down for a quick chat with Christa to ask her a little about this quilt design and her quilting background in general.

I baste my quilts on a design wall so that I can get really close and make sure they are flat and straight.

When did you start sewing?  When did you start quilting?

My mom tried to get me interested in sewing when I was younger, but other than making a few pincushions and Barbie doll outfits I wasn’t really interested in what I call “3D-sewing.” Later, when I found quilting in 1994 (at the ripe young age of 21), I taught my mom how to quilt and she recommended me to a local quilt shop which launched my teaching career.

What about Modern Quilting appeals to you?

I love the bold geometric shapes, the simple clean lines, and especially the DIY attitude. I love teaching others how to successfully machine quilt on their home sewing machines, so the fact that so many modern quilters embrace every step of quilt-making process really resonates with me.

Precuts I used – Moda Bella Solids

What inspired you to design the quilt in this issue of the magazine?

I wanted to design a modern quilt using precuts to push back a bit on the idea that some say modern quilters shouldn’t use precuts (coordinated bundles of precut shapes and sizes all from the same collection) –  that it’s somehow “cheating.” In fact, I love making modern quilts from precuts so much that I wrote a whole book about them (Piece and Quilt with Precuts, Martingale 2017).

Here’s a fun fact: my project Color Weave from the current issue, was originally made for the book, but we had to cut it out due to length. I’m so glad I was still able to share the project in Modern Quilts Unlimited, and I love that the instructions on how to quilt it are included as a web extra on the MQU blog!

I machine all of my own quilts because it’s such a fun part of the process!

What’s the next quilt project that you’re working on?

I just finished making a quilt from my brand new fabric line which just came out (Modern Marks from Benartex.) It will be coming up in a future issue so I can’t wait to share it with Modern Quilt Unlimited readers!

Thanks Christa!  Want to get the full instructions for her quilt?  Pick up a copy of Modern Quilts Unlimited #21 today.  You can also read about how she quilted it in the Web Extras of this issue.

Christa has a tutorial on her website on how to wall baste her quilts as she does in the photo above, which you can find on her tutorials page at www.christaquilts.com.

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