1. How to check 1/4″ seam allowance: Pat Sloan’s simple trick

    Raise your hand if it’s happened to you: you’re happily sewing along, creating a pile of pretty patchwork blocks. They look perfect—until you press and compare them. One block is too big, another is too small, and the rest are somewhere in between. How did this happen?!?

    Best-selling author Pat Sloan will tell you: it might be your cutting. It might be your pressing. But most likely, it’s your ¼" seam allowance.

    Even small inaccuracies can result in block-fitting hassles, row-sewing stress, and even sashing and border woes. So if you want to know how to fix a consistently too-wide or too-narrow ¼" seam allowance, read on for Pat’s sage advice!

    Fixing an Inaccurate Seam Allowance
    Excerpted from Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Make My First Quilt

    Sewing a consistent ¼"-wide seam allowance is very important in quiltmaking. Quilt blocks are generally building blocks of specific-sized squares, rectangles, and sometimes other shapes that fit together like a puzzle to create the final block in a specific size. And like a puzzle, if a piece is the wrong size, it won’t fit in its spot.

    If your seam allowance is less than ¼", your units (or blocks) will be too big and your seam intersections won’t match. If your seam allowance is greater than ¼", your units (or blocks) will be too small, and once again, your seam intersections won’t match up and the final block will be the wrong size.

    Even if you use a ¼" foot on your machine, you need to be sure you’re sewing an accurate ¼" seam allowance. Here’s an easy test to see if your seam allowance is accurate.

    Place a small ruler (one with markings in ¼" increments) under the needle on your sewing machine. Slowly lower the needle by turning the flywheel by hand, until it barely touches the ruler. Adjust the ruler until the needle is on the ¼" line on the ruler and the edge of the ruler is ¼" to the right of the needle. Where is the ruler in relation to the seam guideline on your machine? Is it spot on? If not, you need to make some adjustments.

    If your seam allowance is too wide, raise the needle slightly. Using the needle-position button on your machine, move the needle one position to the right. Carefully lower the needle and align it with the ¼" line on the ruler. If needed, repeat to move the needle one more position to the right.

    If your seam allowance is too narrow, raise the needle slightly. Using the needle-position button on your machine, move the needle one position to the left. Carefully lower the needle and align it with the ¼" line on the ruler. If needed, repeat to move the needle one more position to the left.

    Sometimes you simply can’t adjust the needle to match the seam guideline on the machine, because either you’re unable to move the needle to the correct position or your machine doesn’t have a needle-position button. In that case, place a piece of painter’s tape on the machine along the right  side of the ruler to make your own seam guideline that you can follow.

    Recheck your seam allowance whenever you sew on a new machine, or if your blocks are not coming out the right size. Sometimes our minds wander and we’re no longer following the seam guideline.

    Pat’s got tons of tricks just like this one in her “Teach Me” series of books—she’s taught thousands of quilters how to get better at their craft. Want to learn more with Pat too? Pick up one of her helpful books today:

    Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Make My First Quilt Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Machine Quilt Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Sew Triangles Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Applique

    Have you mastered a ¼" seam allowance?

    • Yep—and I re-check mine from time to time just like Pat.
    • It’s kind of hit or miss right now, but I’m going to try Pat’s tip!
    • Mastery seems like a looong way off for me . . . but I keep working at it.

    Tell us in the comments!

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  2. Little reproduction quilts, distinctly quirky style (+ big giveaway!)

    Get ready for delightful little quilts from the past. Perfectly imperfect.

    Temecula Quilt Company Quirky Little Quilts

    Mismatched blocks, make-do colors, planned mistakes, and happy surprises—it’s all good in Temecula Quilt Company—Quirky Little Quilts!

    From Temecula Quilt Company Quirky Little Quilts

    Inspired by quiltmakers of the 1800s, author Sheryl Johnson shares 15 petite patchwork quilts and invites you to play with reproduction fabrics in quirky ways. Try asymmetrical layouts:

    Special Scraps quilt
    Special Scraps

    Unexpected block pairings:

    Joyful Jumble quilt
    Joyful Jumble

    And blends of color where anything goes.

    Patchwork Potpourri quilt
    Patchwork Potpourri

    The results are instantly endearing—just like the quilts of yesteryear.

    With Sheryl’s “make-do” philosophy, you can use your scraps to create charming, stress-free quilts that celebrate one-of-a-kind choices. Designs are small, cute, and quick to stitch, each with a unique personality all its own.

    We’re thrilled to have Sheryl as a guest writer at Stitch This! today, here to share more about her quirky outlook on life (and quilts). Welcome, Sheryl—and HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! 🎈 🎈 🎈

    Sheryl JohnsonI’m so excited to connect with Stitch This! readers. When Martingale’s editors approached me about writing a book, I was totally overwhelmed and honored. I’m not a writer, I’m a quilter and a quilt-shop owner. But I thought writing a book sounded like a fun new experience that would provide another great way to interact with the quilting community. I decided to give writing a try, and I’m excited to share with you the unconventional small gems found in Temecula Quilt Company—Quirky Little Quilts.

    I opened Temecula Quilt Co. in 2007, inspired by a love of historical reproduction fabrics and patchwork from the past. I’ve been re-creating quilts with a feel of yesteryear ever since. Somewhere along the line I became enamored with making small quilts and petite projects for the present. My shop’s Monthly Mini program is one of our most popular, so I knew I was on to something: many of you love little quilts too!

    T is for Temecula quilt
    T is for Temecula

    What is a quirky little quilt? According to the dictionary, quirky means characterized by peculiar or unexpected traits. I think this definition fits the projects in my book to a T. I love little quilts with a make-do spirit and unexpected twists. Your basket of scraps will be put to good use as you search for perfect and not-so-perfect pairings.

    Dainty Dishes quilt
    Dainty Dishes

    The quilts in the book are not to be taken too seriously. The simple designs are easy to stitch and don’t take much time. And if you enjoy handwork, hand quilting is the perfect finishing touch to give your projects a vintage look. Whether you keep your creations or spread joy by giving them away, I hope you’ll treasure your copy of Temecula Quilt Company—Quirky Little Quilts as much as I have enjoyed producing it for you.

    Visit Sheryl online:

    Website Blog

    Thank you for sharing your quirky little book with us, Sheryl!

    Look—Sheryl sent along a beautiful collection of goodies to get you started on your quirky little quilts!

    The collection includes a few of Sheryl’s favorite things (and a copy of her book, of course—the products have a retail value of $175.00!):

    • 3 Original Temecula Quilt Co. Ruler Boxes (Small, Medium, and Large)
    • 1 Full Temecula Quilt Co. Bobbin Box
    • 2 Scrappy Mini Bundles (light and dark)
    • Jillily Studios Poke-A-Dots
    • Clover Appliqué Pins
    • Clover Silk Pins
    • Elan 5″ Embroidery Scissors
    • 3 Balls Valdani Pearl Cotton
    • 2 Jenna Kimball’s Needle Samplers
    • Dritz Hummingbird Needle Threader
    • Temecula Quilt Co. Project Bag

    See something you love above? All of these goodies are available on Sheryl’s website!

    Temecula Quilt Company Quirky Little QuiltsTo enter to win Sheryl’s generous prize plus a copy of Temecula Quilt Company—Quirky Little Quilts, tell us:

    What’s your favorite kind of quirk to add to your quilts: an upside-down block? A fabric sewn wrong-side out? A unit in a block that’s been turned this way and that? A “zinger” color?

    Tell us in the comments! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. And if you’re feeling inspired to start a quirky quilt today, you can order Temecula Quilt Company—Quirky Little Quilts at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

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  3. How to whip stitch wool applique with Maggie Bonanomi

    If you haven’t tried wool appliqué, you’re in for a treat. Wool is tactile, cozy, dimensional, easy to sew, it doesn’t fray, and it’s deeply rooted in the history of textiles. It’s fuzzy-wuzzy fun!

    But exactly how do you sew with wool? While there are a bunch of ways to work with wool, if you ask Maggie Bonanomi, you’ll find her method is completely suited to the title of her new book: Pure & Simple. She uses ONE kind of thread in just ONE color. For everything! No fusing, no fussing.

    Maggie’s wool-appliqué designs are made with wools, linens, and homespuns—all fabrics that instantly warm and charm—and her hand-sewn appliqués couldn’t be easier to stitch. Maggie uses just ONE type and color of thread to sew all of her welcoming designs, and her go-to stitch is a whipstitch. Basic and beautiful.

    We recently caught up with Maggie and she showed us how easy her wool appliqué is to sew—even stitching those skinny stems! Take a look at her pure-and-simple approach:

    Reading this post in email? Click here to watch the video or click the attachment in your email.

    Seriously, has appliqué ever been easier?

    Best of all, in Pure & Simple, Maggie welcomes not-so-straight stitches, less-than-perfect appliqués, and your own whimsical touches.

    Whip up sweet little veggies to ring in spring (or to remind you of spring during winter months):

    Early Radish and Sweet Peas wool applique
    Early Radish and Sweet Peas

    Stitch a patchwork-style pinkeep to warm up small spaces:

    May Basket wool applique
    May Basket

    Create an ornamental topiary that stays evergreen:

    Potted Topiary wool applique
    Potted Topiary

    Or sew a pure-and-simple statement that inspires everyone to smile:

    Life is Good wool applique pillow
    Life is Good

    See more Pure & Simple projects here.

    Do you use a whipstitch when you appliqué with wool, or do you typically use a different stitch? Share your answer in the comments!

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  4. 11 easy-to-sew school bags 🎒send ’em back in style!

    When is school back in session? Soon! (Unless school’s already started where you are, that is!)

    Fresh clothes, fresh shoes, fresh haircut, fresh start—maybe you remember the beginning of those dear-old-golden-rule days the same way too? A new bag, backpack, pencil case, or other container to corral all your school stuff was always a special treat too.

    If you’ve got kids in your life—whether they’re preschool-aged or college-bound—a surprise gift of a handmade bag will set the scene for a great school year. Today we’ve rounded up 11 ideas for making your kids’ first day back a little brighter. Let’s have a look!

    Make a pouch for all those freshly sharpened colored pencils:

    Colored-Pencil Pouch
    Colored-Pencil Pouch from
    Super Cute Paper Piecing

    Or a cute wristlet for a fashionista:

    Apple Wristlet
    Apple Wristlet from
    Super Cute Paper Piecing

    A favorite high schooler or college student would love this backpack, which includes ample storage space plus a compartment to hold a small laptop:

    Shades Laptop Backpack
    Shades Laptop Backpack from
    Windy City Bags

    This practical duffel bag is great for gym class and sporting trips:

    Jump-Start Duffel
    Jump-Start Duffel
    from Windy City Bags

    🦉 Whoo-whoo 🦉 would love this small zip-purse, perfect for keeping little-girl essentials nearby?

    Owl Zip
    Owl Zip from
    Simple, Fun & Quickly Done

    This mini-charm-square friendly journal cover will turn students’ writings into keepsakes:

    Charming Journal Cover
    Charming Journal Cover from
    Moda All-Stars: Mini-Charm Quilts

    This roomy tote will remind a hard-working student that her friends are always there for support:

    True Friend Tote
    True Friend Tote from
    Cottage-Style Charm

    Encourage students to jot down their hopes and dreams:

    Secrets and Dreams Folder
    Secrets and Dreams Folder from
    Patchwork Loves Embroidery

    Or use your scraps to create a little pouch to house the little things:

    In the Clouds Patchwork Pouch
    In the Clouds Patchwork Pouch from
    Sew Many Gifts

    This layered satchel will make it cool to be at school:

    Layered Satchel
    Layered Satchel from
    Style and Swing

    And here’s a super-special bag for the student who’s a quilter in the making:

    Grandmother's Flower Garden Tote
    Grandmother’s Flower Garden Tote from
    Yoko Saito’s Bags for Everyday Use

    How many bags have you made since you started sewing?

    • 1 to 5
    • 6 to 10
    • 11+
    • Quilts only, so far!

    Tell us in the comments!

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  5. The best things come in small packages: sooo mini, must see! (+ giveaway!)

    Peek inside the teeny-tiny world of Italian quiltmaker Serena Boffa Soda—it’s a place where petite pleasures abound!

    Small Wonders

    Study Serena’s sweet quilts with their fast-to-fuse appliqués, and you’ll discover delightful details upon a closer look:

    Thumbnail-high houses complete with doors and windows

    Itty-bitty pumpkins ready to harvest

    Mini sheep grazing in a mini meadow

    Laundry hung on a pint-size clothesline

    Birds the size of sunflower seeds taking flight

    Only basic sewing and embroidery skills are needed to make the projects in Small Wonders, and Serena’s packed these pages with how-to for every step (so don’t sweat the small stuff!). As you stitch you’ll learn what Serena knows to be true: it’s the little things that make all the difference.

    We love what Serena says about the little things in the introduction to Small Wonders:

    Serena Boffa Soda“This book is dedicated to the simple life, pulsing with slow, cozy rhythms and marked by the harmony of nature—an ‘old-style’ life that today’s modernity has overshadowed. In this world, everything is made small but with great attention to every possible detail, because the details matter the most. It’s the details and the love we put into them that transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.”

    We are so excited to share with you our Q&A with Serena today—all the way from Italy!

    Stitch This!: Tell us about how you first started sewing.

    Serena: I started sewing late, when I was 29 years old. That year I fell in love with patchwork. I couldn’t resist the call of the fabrics, singing to me like mermaids to sailors! But sewing has always been around me. I have been lucky to experience Grandma and Mom’s sewing talents since I was a young girl. I was fascinated by their talented hands; they taught me everything I needed to shape the quilter I am today.

    ST!: What is the sewing scene in Italy like right now?

    Serena: Italy is a relatively young country on the patchwork scene, but we’re famous all over the world for our clothing! Quilts are not part of our traditions, but in the last few years we’ve started breathing new air. Something is changing—a new generation is willing to learn, the offerings from shops are improving, and long-arm machines have landed here too! Not to mention our manufacturing industry: we are very proud to count Aurifil thread as an amazing representative of our country inside the quilting market.

    Four Seasons Dream Wall Hanging
    Four Seasons Dream Wall Hanging

    ST!: What inspired you to write Small Wonders?

    Serena: I love houses and villages and everything that goes with them, so the recurring theme for Small Wonders was easy to imagine. And I knew I had to make them mini! My love for embroidery, appliqué, and English paper piecing completed the idea. I had to think about a different way to look at hexagons, apple cores, and other English-paper-piecing shapes—they became a part of my little landscapes, and I absolutely love the result. Small Wonders is dedicated to the serenity of the heart, where handwork and machine piecing are well balanced.

    ST!: What’s your typical process for designing your quilts, and where do you find your inspiration?

    Serena: I sketch on paper first. When a new idea comes to my mind, I put it in my special inspiration notebook. Ideas disappear as quickly as they come, so it’s important to get them on paper! You may not need them immediately, but once they are sketched, they’re ready to use. Once a project takes shape, I can move to the computer for the final details. But almost the whole process is done on paper. That doesn’t mean I’ll follow the original plan to the end . . . some things may change along the way, but the first idea is very important. Simple things are the most inspiring to me, and nature is the most important source. There’s such beauty in simple things—we should never get tired of them!

    My Blessings Table Topper
    My Blessings Table Topper

    ST!: It’s obvious that you love the little things in life! What is it that draws you to working on such a small scale?

    Serena: I have always done it! Since I was a little girl, learning different things, I’ve been working on a small scale. From cross-stitch to painting, if the subject was big, it wasn’t as appealing to me. It had to be small. In small things reside the most beautiful details, which I love the most. Little things speak to my heart in a language I understand.

    ST!: How do you use your little quilts? How do you like to display them?

    Serena: I love to be surrounded by my mini-quilts in my sewing space, where I spend most of the day. I have them hanging wherever possible, and not only on walls. When I get bored, I simply switch them! Mini-quilts are super easy to take care of and don’t need much space!

    The Simple Life Table Runner
    The Simple Life Table Runner

    ST!: What do you love most about being a quilter?

    Serena: I do what I love and this makes me a blessed girl. I’ve had the chance to meet amazing people who share the same passion. The sense of community around the quilting world is something really special to me. That’s why I love teaching—it gives me the chance to get in touch with lovely people!

    By the Seaside PillowST!: Finish these sentences for us:

    • One reason making small quilts is so fun is: They are quick to finish! You won’t be haunted by UFOs and guilty feelings about not finishing a project.
    • If I had a three-word quilting mantra, it would be: Relax, enjoy, and keep it easy.
    • My best tip for new quiltmakers is: Don’t be too hard on yourself. Always try your best to achieve the maximum you can, and take care of the details that make all the difference.
    • Before I begin a quilt, I must have: All the fabrics prewashed and pressed!
    • If I had a quilting superpower, it would be: Super-sight for tiny details!

    Small WondersThank you for taking the time to answer our questions, Serena!

    We’ve got a copy of Small Wonders to give away to one lucky winner today! To enter your name in the drawing, tell us in the comments:

    What do you like most about little quilts?

    • So simple
    • So speedy
    • So sweet!

    We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. In bocca al lupo! (That’s Italian for good luck!) And if you’re ready to start a little sewing adventure with Serena today, you can order Small Wonders at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

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  6. Sew it, shrink it! Ten quilts to reduce your fat-quarter stash

    fat-quarter bundleWe know, we know . . . you see a fat quarter you love and you simply MUST have it. Never mind all the other fat-quarter singles (and bundles with their pretty ties and tags) you already have at home!

    Sometimes a fat quarter is so perfect, folded just so, prints a-peeking, that we just want to keep it as is forever. But for those OTHER fat quarters—it’s time to slice ’em up and sew ’em!

    Can’t make up your mind what you’d like to make with that bundle or stack? Today we’re here as your best fat-quarter friend (BFQF) to help you enjoy your fat quarters—in quilts! Our fat-quarter quilt-pattern books abound, and we’ve selected 10 extraordinary quilts for you to try.

    How about this single-block sensation?

    The Ties That Bind quilt
    The Ties That Bind from
    Easy Quilts from Precut Fabrics (fat quarters needed: 35)

    This quilt’s perfect for a coordinated precut bundle:

    Four Sisters quilt
    Four Sisters from
    Easy Quilts from Precut Fabrics (fat quarters needed: 16)

    Someone you love would adore getting this fat-quarter quilt from you!

    Heart's Desire quilt
    Heart’s Desire from
    12-Pack Quilts (fat quarters needed: 12, of course!)

    Here’s a traditional beauty to try (and no triangles):

    Classic Mosaic quilt
    Classic Mosaic from
    Stashtastic! (fat quarters needed: 22)

    Got a superstar in your life? Make them a super-starry quilt!

    How They Shine quilt
    How They Shine from
    Fat-Quarter Favorites (fat quarters needed: 20)

    Reproduction-fabric lovers, this is your jam:

    Triangle Surprise quilt
    Triangle Surprise from
    Scrappy Fat Quarter Quilts (fat quarters needed: 34)

    Got lots of single fat quarters? Put them to beautiful use in this cozy quilt:

    Triple Four Patch quilt
    Triple Four Patch from
    Scrappy Fat Quarter Quilts (fat quarters needed: 28)

    Batik fat quarters were made to live in this quilt!

    Caribbean Cooler quilt
    Caribbean Cooler from
    Fat-Quarter Quickies (fat quarters needed: 30)

    Does red pop up a lot in your stash? Make a red quilt to remember:

    Rugby Stars quilt
    Rugby Stars from
    A Cut Above (fat quarters needed: 24)

    Does your eye gravitate to neutral-toned fat quarters? Gather them now for this scrappy little number:

    Moonlight quilt
    Moonlight from
    A Cut Above (fat quarters needed: 21)

    The Big Book of Fat-Quarter QuiltsStill not sure if you’re ready to cut into your fat-quarter stash? We have the be-all and end-all solution—The Big Book of Fat-Quarter Quilts! With 66 fat-quarter quilt patterns to choose from, you’ll always have loads of choices nearby for whenever inspiration strikes.

    How many fat quarters are patiently waiting for you to work your magic?

    • 1 to 10
    • 11 to 20
    • 21 to 50
    • Let’s just say waaaay more than that!

    Tell us in the comments!

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  7. Wish List Day! Yoko Saito 💕 scrap baskets 💕 merry makers 💕 fall fun (+ giveaway!)

    Whaddya say? It’s our favorite day! Welcome to Wish List Day—today we’re sharing with you the new books on their way to your local quilt shop in September. Keep track of your favorites by using the “Notify Me” and “Wish List” options at ShopMartingale.com. Browse the latest batch of Martingale books below—then enter to win one at the end of this post!

    Subscribe to our blog and you’ll always be first to see new Martingale quilt books, plus special sales, freebies, tutorials, and more.

    Yoko Saito through the YearsYoko Saito through the Years
    Yoko Saito

    In the fifth book from our coffee-table book series, you’ll experience the magnificent work of one of the world’s most esteemed quilt artists. A retrospective of the distinguished career of Japanese master quilter Yoko Saito unfolds in dozens of spectacular photographs, revealing her astonishing patchwork and appliqué creations up close like never before. You’ll revel in this hardcover volume as you read snippets about Ms. Saito’s fascinating artistic journey, in her own words.

    An in-depth look at Ms. Saito’s quilts and quilted bags celebrates 40 years of her illustrious career. Each piece is featured in photography that reveals the tiny stitches, the subtle hues, and the surprising details that make her work a joy to study. Marvel at hundreds of fabrics, thousands of embroidery stitches, and Ms. Saito’s stunning appliqué—all sewn to perfection. This keepsake book offers a rare opportunity to explore the history of a legendary artist. Patterns not included.

    From Yoko Saito through the Years

    Moda All-Stars: Merry MakersModa All-Stars: Merry Makers
    Patchwork Quilts and Projects to Celebrate the Season
    Compiled by Lissa Alexander

    Get your patchwork presents all wrapped and ready! The Moda All-Stars are back with 15+ handmade gifts to give or keep. Choose from stockings, pincushions, and coasters to make in speedy multiples. Lap quilts, table runners, and other deck-the-halls designs abound too!

    Complete most projects in a weekend or quicker—no need to fear the Christmas time crunch. And just for fun, you’ll learn all about the favorite holiday traditions of the All-Stars in a series of Q & As.

    Royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

    From Moda All-Stars: Merry Makers

    Scrap-Basket BountyScrap-Basket Bounty
    16 Single-Block Quilts That Make Your Scraps Shine
    Kim Brackett

    Get scrappy with the best-selling author of the Scrap-Basket series! In her fifth book, Kim Brackett reveals a fun surprise waiting in these gorgeous repeat-block designs: each pattern comes with extra block arrangements. Simply sew the blocks; then rotate them this way and that for an abundance of creative possibilities! Get 16 beautiful patterns plus three different setting options per quilt for a total of 48 patchwork projects in all! Throw your favorite scraps into the mix and let the scrap-basket sewing begin.

    From Scrap-Basket Bounty

    All for FallAll for Fall
    Whimsical Wool Projects and Warm Quilts
    Bonnie Sullivan

    Welcome the autumn season with warm-and-woolly wonders from the best-selling author of A Change of Seasons. Start with classic patchwork projects in harvest hues, including lap quilts, pillows, and runners. Then delight in playful nods to the lighter side of the season—grinning cats, squirrels, jack-o’-lanterns, and more will inspire smiles all season long.

    Made with a mix of crisp cottons, warm wools, and Bonnie Sullivan’s Woolies flannels, these pieced and appliquéd projects will make friends and family fall … for fall! Full-sized patterns included.

    From All for Fall

    Which new book from September would put you in a stitching mood? Tell us in the comments for your chance to win it! We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And by the way . . .

    August books are available TODAY!

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  8. Celebrate the New Year early: 2019 quilt calendars are here! 📅 (+ giveaway!)

    Why are we celebrating 2019 sooo early?

    Because Martingale’s 2019 wall calendars are here!

    Today we’re excited to give you a peek inside both calendars. Each is more beautiful, more inspiring, and more gift-able than ever—whether you give one (or one of each) to a quilty friend or simply give one to yourself. You deserve it!

    First: Our Stitches to Savor 2019 Calendar

    We are thrilled to once again bring you an all-new, awe-inspiring wall calendar featuring the work of Sue Spargo. Enjoy Sue’s captivating work all year long in this spectacular calendar, featuring a 3″ x 6″ at-a-glance calendar format. The format lets Sue’s quilts shine in big, beautiful photographs that are so realistic, when you hang the calendar, it actually looks like a quilt on the wall! You’ll want to slow the days to savor each amazing stitch. (Patterns not included.)

    Sue’s magnificent hand-sewn works of art will have you yearning to put needle and thread to fabric. Stunning, close-up photography captures every detail.

    Example from the
    Stitches to Savor 2019 Calendar

    Order your Stitches to Savor 2019 Calendar now
    (limited quantities—order soon)

    Next: Our 2019 That Patchwork Place® Quilt Calendar

    We’re celebrating 17 years of publishing this pretty and practical calendar. It’s become a favorite of quilters worldwide! Whether it graces the kitchen, office, or sewing room, our That Patchwork Place calendar will show off your love of quilting year-round. As always, complete instructions for each project are included in the enclosed 28-page pullout booklet.

    Enjoy projects featured in beautiful photography, from favorite Martingale authors including Kim Diehl, Bonnie Olaveson, Pat Sloan, Betsy Chutchian, and Robin Kingsley. Here’s a quick look inside:

    The “TPP” calendar SOLD OUT before the end
    of the year last year—don’t wait to order yours!

    Which calendar would you like to hang in your home? Tell us in the comments and you could win it! We’ll choose two random winners one week from today—one to win the Stitches to Savor 2019 Calendar, one to win the That Patchwork Place 2019 Quilt Calendar. We’ll contact you by email if you win.

    Want to make sure you own one of these gorgeous calendars before they sell out? Order your copy now. And remember, when you spend $40 or more at ShopMartingale.com, shipping’s always free in the USA. Good luck—and Happy New Year!

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    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winners are Barbara and Joyce.

    Barbara says, “This is a difficult choice because I like them both.  But would go with Sue S’s stitches.”

    Joyce says, “They both have beautiful quilts but The Patchwork Place Calendar would be the one I would make items from.”

    We’ll email you about your prizes, Barbara and Joyce—congratulations!

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  9. Meet the new Martingale (sew excited to share!)

    We’ve been planning and prepping. Now it’s time to welcome you to our freshened-up, beautified, ready-to-wow-you website—meet the NEW ShopMartingale.com!

    Our brand-spanking-new home page!

    Martingale staffers have been working hard to redesign ShopMartingale.com so you can easily find the information you’re looking for, whether it’s finding quilt books, downloading free how-tos, checking out our sale books, making your Insider Book Club selections, or simply enjoying some time browsing our site. Streamlined menus make it easier than ever!

    Plus, we think it’s pretty . . . well, pretty! 😍

    Our new site is now compatible with mobile phones and tablets too, so you can browse, buy, and be inspired on the go!

    If you’ve already created an account at ShopMartingale.com, you’ve got no worries—your user name and password will work just as it did on our retired website. Our goal is to continually improve your shopping experience at ShopMartingale.com. We hope you like our new online home. We are in love!

    Head on over and check out the new site. Take a few moments and add a little inspiration to your day!

    Let us know what you think in the comments—and thank you, Stitch This! readers, for your continued support of Martingale books.

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  10. Today is World Embroidery Day 🌎 10 ways to celebrate ahead!

    World Embroidery Day is today! Shall we celebrate with a little slow sewing? Our needles and threads are ready!

    Butterfly Stitches Needlecase from
    Patchwork Loves Embroidery Too

    World Embroidery Day was created by Kerstin Nettelblad and Skåne Sy-d, members of the Swedish Embroiderer’s Guild. The first World Embroidery Day was celebrated in Vismarlöv, Sweden, on July 30, 2011. It’s now celebrated annually on July 30. (You can read Kerstin and Skåne’s “Embroidery Manifesto” in English here—it’s inspiring!

    We love to embroider, and we’re surrounded by inspiration courtesy of our talented embroidery authors. We think they’ll inspire you to park your sewing machine for the day and enjoy a little slow-it-down stitching. Here are just a few projects we’re loving right now—and you don’t need an excuse to start them right away. After all, it’s World Embroidery Day!

    You could start with a little on-the-go sewing kit:

    Blackbird Notion Nest from
    Stitches from the Garden

    Or start a small pincushion collection:

    Centerpiece Pincushions from
    Sew Many Notions

    Go fun, cute, and colorful:

    Hospitality Hanger from
    A Little Something

    Or embroider a bit of elegance:

    Pouch from
    120 Original Embroidery Designs

    Look forward to fall:

    Give Thanks from
    Stitches from the Harvest

    Or start stitching for the holidays!

    Winter Glory Pillow from
    Stitches from the Yuletide

    Embroider a step-by-step project:

    Rose Cat Mini Stitchery from
    Cottage-Style Charm

    Or embroider a design on any project you like!

    Find A to Z motifs in
    Lunch-Hour Embroidery

    Or . . . be inspired by exquisite embroidery every day and all year long when you own Sue Spargo’s Stitches to Savor book and her Stitches to Savor 2019 Calendar:

    See more from
    Stitches to Savor here.

    A peek at Sue’s 2019 calendar (follow Martingale on Instagram)

    New to embroidery? Get all the basics you need to begin with our downloadable eBooklet on common hand-embroidery stitches. It’s FREE!


    Whatever project you create to celebrate World Embroidery Day, know this: we’ll be sewing and celebrating with you!

    How will you celebrate World Embroidery Day?

    a) I’ll start a project
    b) I’ll finish a project
    c) I’ll stitch on a work in progress
    d) I’ll organize my embroidery threads!

    Tell us in the comments!

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