Episode 37 – Christa Watson and Tiffany Jawor-Smith

December 07, 2017

Welcome to Episode 37 of Sit & Sew Radio, a Quilt Addicts Anonymous podcast.

This week we are thrilled to have Sit & Sew Radio alum Christa Watson back on the show for a third time. I interviewed Christa for this week’s episode here at Quilt Addicts Anonymous headquarters after she taught a class at our shop.

Also joining us on this week’s show is Tiffany Jawor-Smith, the Marketing Brand Manager at Ink & Arrow. We chat a bit about her background and then get into the Ink & Arrow brand, which is the modern arm of Quilting Treasures, and what’s next for the fabric company.

We are big fans of Ink & Arrow, because without them our latest pattern, Medallion Star, could not have happened! And speaking of Medallion Star, we have limited edition quilt kits available in two colorways with guaranteed Christmas delivery! Click here to order yours.

There is no coupon code for this week’s podcast, but be on the lookout for our upcoming 12 Days of Christmas deals beginning Friday at shop.quiltaddictsanonymous.com! If you’re not signed up for emails, make sure you click here to sign up so you can know about all the sales.

Christa Watson works with a student during her free motion quilting class at Quilt Addicts Anonymous headquarters in Rock Island, IL.

Christa Watson, Quilting Triple Threat

Christa Watson has pretty much done it all in the quilting world. She’s written three books. She’s an expert in machine quilting and a talented pattern designer. She’s also a fabulous teacher, which the Quad-Cities quilting community found out first hand this past weekend.

And now, she has added fabric designer to the list. Last month Christa released her first fabric line, Modern Marks, through Benartex. In our interview, Christa and I chat about how she got started on her first fabric collection and the process to bring it to quilt shops near you.

We also chat about her third book, “Piece and Quilt with Precuts.” The book includes 11 projects, all made from precuts, that come with patterns to make the quilt tops as well as step-by-step instructions and diagrams to quilt them.

Christa also gives some of her top tips for machine quilting. No. 1? Practice, practice, practice.

Click here to check out all of Christa’s patterns, books and fabric at shop.quiltaddictsanonymous.com. And learn more about Christa at christaquilts.com. And check out her Craftsy class, Start Up Library: Quilting and The Quilter’s Path.

Tiffany Jawor-Smith, Ink & Arrow Marketing Brand Manager

We’re getting a behind the scenes look at what it takes to bring fabric to market with Tiffany Jawor-Smith. Tiffany oversees the marketing and creative efforts at Ink & Arrow, which is the modern division of Quilting Treasures, now known as QT Fabrics.

I met Tiffany when she reached out to me about collaborating on some quilt patterns using Ink & Arrow fabrics. I have loved working with Tiffany and the Ink & Arrow team. So you can thank Tiffany for providing me the inspiration for our latest pattern, Medallion Star.

Tiffany worked as a fabric designer before moving into the marketing department. We talk about how that experience helps her do a better job getting Ink & Arrow fabrics out to the world and the company’s philosophy on how there are no rules, “Because fabric should be fun.”

Click here to shop Ink & Arrow Fabric and get a limited edition Medallion Star quilt kit using Ink & Arrow Fabric at shop.quiltaddictsanonymous.com.

You can learn more about Ink & Arrow at inkandarrowfabrics.com.

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