1. Wish list day! New quilt books coming soon (+ giveaway!)

    Welcome to Wish List Day! Today you’ll get a sneak peek at new quilt books and more from Martingale, all on their way to your local shop. Click on a cover below, then use the “Wish List” and “Notify Me” tools at ShopMartingale.com to keep track of your favorites.

    Season's Greetings

    Subscribe to Stitch This!Subscribe to our blog so you’ll know when each item is available. Enter to win your favorite at the bottom of this post!

    Kim Diehl's Best Applique Freezer PaperKim Diehl’s Best Appliqué Freezer Paper

    Available now!

    Trade in those giant, clumsy rolls of grocery-store freezer paper for Kim’s convenient 8½" x 11″ sheets! Trace appliqué patterns onto the matte side (ink-jet printer friendly, perfect for making copies); lay the shiny side face down and press to the fabric. Paper easily sticks and releases. No more coiling paper—these handy sheets lie flat!

    “This paper hits the mark on so many levels—flat sheets in an easy-to-use size, just the right amount of weight and stick, and tons of versatility for multiple techniques.” —Kim Diehl
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    Kim Diehl free pattern
    Buy Kim Diehl’s Best Appliqué Freezer Paper and get this “Folk-Art Dish Garden” pattern FREE!

    TIP: Iron the shiny side of two freezer-paper sheets together to make sturdy template material. Cut out and use the templates again and again.

    Learn more about Kim Diehl’s new freezer paper >

    Season's GreetingsSeason’s Greetings: A Hatched and Patched Christmas
    Anni Downs

    Available July 14

    Spread the spirit of Christmas, stitch by stitch! Create quilts, gift bags, ornaments, an Advent calendar, and more with vintage-country color palettes and the whimsical flair of popular Aussie designer Anni Downs. Embroider and appliqué your way through a dozen cheerful projects.
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    From Season's Greetings
    From Season’s Greetings

    From quick holiday gifts to heirloom quilts—see more >

    A Bit of AppliqueA Bit of Appliqué: Easy Projects with Modern Flair
    Amy Struckmeyer

    Available July 14

    How can you take your projects from so-so to oh-so-special? All you need is a bit of appliqué! Experiment with a variety of hand and machine techniques, from raw-edge to reverse appliqué, as you create small, practical projects with a modern aesthetic. Once you’ve gotten the hang of the methods, you can use them to elevate most any everyday item.
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    From A Bit of Applique
    From A Bit of Appliqué

    Part primer, part projects: get the best of both in A Bit of Appliqué >

    Stitches to Savor 2016 Wall-Art CalendarStitches to Savor: 2016 Wall-Art Calendar of Designs by Sue Spargo

    Available now!

    Exquisite stitchery meets folk-art whimsy: a perfect match in fiber artist Sue Spargo’s fanciful world. Martingale is delighted to bring you this 2016 calendar featuring Sue’s jaw-dropping, hand-sewn works in rich, close-up photography. Get ready to be inspired all year long by these stunning appliquéd, embroidered, and embellished pieces—as only Sue can stitch them.
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    From the Stitches to Savor 2016 Wall-Art Calendar
    Stitches to Savor

    Order yours now—limited quantity is selling fast >

    That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar 2016That Patchwork Place® Quilt Calendar 2016
    Complete Instructions for Each Project

    Available now!

    For 14 years this beloved calendar has graced the kitchens, offices, and sewing rooms of quilters around the world. And this year’s calendar is the best yet! Get 12 step-by-step patterns in a pullout booklet—make any quilt featured. Show off your love of quilting year ’round as you enjoy dazzling quilts from Kim Diehl, Country Threads, Carol Hopkins, and other popular designers.

    From That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar 2016
    From That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar 2016

    A perennial favorite—see (and sew!) every quilt >

    What’s kindling your creative cravings: a book, a calendar, a little of both? Tell us your favorite in the comments and you could win it! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    In case you missed last month’s new releases: New quilt books + more coming in June (now available!)

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  2. Quick quilt patterns—stash ’em for THOSE times (+ sale!)

    Quilting 101: quick quilt patterns

    How many times have you thought to yourself:

    I’d love to make a quilt for this occasion…but I don’t think I have enough time.

    Maybe it was a birthday that snuck up on you. Or maybe you were invited to an event—a housewarming, a baby shower, a holiday bash—and had a week or less to turn out a quilt before the big day.

    There are many events to celebrate with the gift of a quilt. But often it feels like we have so little time to make one!

    That’s why it’s important to build not only a stash of fabric: you also need to build a stash of quick and easy quilt patterns. And that’s what today’s post is all about.

    Take the advice of some of our popular authors below, who created entire books on the subject of making quick quilts. Enjoy their designs, get hip to their tips, and take advantage of a special offer on their eBooks this week only:

    Save 40% on select eBooks this week


    From Large-Block Quilts by Victoria L. Eapen

    Vickie says: “A technique I use to speed things along is to make large blocks. The majority of the quilts in Large-Block Quilts are made with 16″, 18″, and 20″ blocks. ‘Spin Patch’ is made from four supersized 24″ blocks!”

    Spin Patch quilt
    “Spin Patch”

    “Oversized blocks will inspire you to make bigger quilts without too many pieces. Skipping borders also cuts down on time. Take advantage of precut fabric bundles, charm squares, and strips for even more timesaving benefits.”

    Quick-quilting-tipVICKI’S QUICK QUILTING TIP: Finish quilts faster with a simple overall quilting design that goes from edge to edge.

    See 15 more examples of Victoria’s big-block designs >
    $10.19 this week only


    From Fast, Flirty, and Fun by Sarah Bisel

    Sarah says: “Small-size quilts are so simple and speedy, you’ll want to keep making more—as gifts, baby blankets, table toppers, and wall art.”

    Kitchen Basics quilt
    “Kitchen Basics”

    “I took advantage of a charm pack to make this quick and easy ‘Kitchen Basics’ quilt. Whimsical raw-edge appliqué flowers offer texture and visual interest. For a darling baby quilt, use juvenile prints instead.”

    Quick-quilting-tipSARAH’S QUICK QUILTING TIP: For raw-edge appliqué, you won’t need interfacing, and you can stitch with a straight stitch or a zigzag stitch.

     See more small, speedy quilts from Sarah >
    $10.19 this week only


    From Pick Four by Sue Abrey

    Sue says: “During show-and-tell at my quilt group, I was showing my latest quilt and realized how often I say, ‘I can’t do scrappy quilts.’ This led me to think about all the quilts I’ve made and sure enough, most of them were made with one, two, or at most three fabrics, plus a background fabric. That started my brain ticking. Am I the only quilter in the world who’s more comfortable with fewer fabrics?”

    3-D Noughts and Crosses quilt
    Four-fabric “3-D Noughts and Crosses” quilt

    “I started asking other quilters and found that I wasn’t unique. Thus the idea for Pick Four was born—a book which will inspire quilters to make stunning quilts with a limited selection of fabrics.”

    Quick-quilting-tipSUE’S QUICK QUILTING TIP: The easiest way to combine your fabrics is to find a medium- to large-scale fabric that you absolutely love. You may not even use the fabric in your quilt, but it’s going to be your inspiration. Once you have this fabric, which I call your focus, pick four fabrics that coordinate with it and you’re ready to go.

     Find more four-fabric quilts to whip up quick >
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    From Sew Fun, So Colorful Quilts by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson

    Barbara and Mary say: “Calling all colors! Collect ‘string beans’ or strips from your favorite fabrics to create this cheerful cuddle-up quilt. It’s so easy to sew these blocks!”

    String Beans quilt
    “String Beans”

    “You’ll also love this ‘String Beans’ quilt if you’re a fat-quarter collector. The pattern calls for 36 fat quarters in assorted colors.”

    Quick-quilting-tipBARB AND MARY’S QUICK QUILTING TIP: Can’t keep bias strips from stretching? Sew them to a foundation square to stop the stretch—you’ll learn how as you make the “String Beans” quilt.

     Finish it fast with strip piecing, folded corners, and more >
    $8.37 this week only

    What makes a pattern extra-quick for you: big blocks, small size, limited colors, or piecing tricks? Tell us in the comments!

    Save 40% on select eBooks this week

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  3. Patriotic quilts do double duty (+ flash sale!)

    Let this holiday weekend inspire you to make quilts that you can display during patriotic days throughout the year!

    Bound for Glory flash sale

    Nancy J. Martin’s Bound for Glory has never been offered at this low price before. You can download it now for just $4.00.

    Think the classic quilt patterns in Bound for Glory can only come out to play on Independence Day? No way! You can display these quilts on:

    4th of July • Presidents’ Day • Memorial Day
    Veterans Day • Flag Day

    Plus, you can stitch these quilts as gifts for armed-services members, for Quilts of Valor recipients, and for other charities of your choice.

    But the quilts in Bound for Glory are even more versatile—below you’ll discover “double duty” ways to use them again and again.

    Union quilt “UNION”

    Novelty prints in the center of each block—Nancy’s blocks feature children waving American flags—give this timeless design a patriotic spin.

    Double-duty design: Switch to a simplified red-and-white or blue-and-white color scheme for a crisp, clean style that you can display all year long.
    = make in a weekend!

    Stick with traditional red, white, and blue in this design, perfect for picnicking at the park, sunset watching on the beach, or cuddling under by the campfire.

    Double-duty design: Envision this pattern in red, white, and green—for Christmas snuggling!
    Paper Pinwheels quilt
    Carrie Nation quilt “CARRIE NATION”
    = make in a weekend!

    Simple squares and strip-pieced four-patch units combine in an Irish Chain style beauty.

    Double-duty design: Choose six fat quarters each of two different colors, pair with a neutral background, and voila!—you have a simple, sizeable (48″ x 72″) go-to pattern to make for just about any occasion.
    = make in a weekend!

    Log Cabin style piecing and easy Pinwheel blocks make this quick quilt great for soldiers, veterans, or even Boy Scouts, as the center blocks mimic the stripes on both kinds of uniforms. Use the quilt to display military patches and awards or scout badges.

    Christmas tree blockDouble-duty design: Turn the chevron blocks upside down and replace the star with a tree trunk. How’s that for a cute Christmas tree quilt?
    Sergeant's Chevron quilt
    Liberty Star quilt “LIBERTY STAR”

    Fussy-cut patriotic motifs shine in this muted beauty, reminiscent of an antique. The design takes shape as you assemble the rows.

    Double-duty design: Feature any kind of fussy-cut motifs in this pretty pattern, from baby and kid themes to holiday motifs and beyond.

    How will you celebrate the holiday this weekend: at a picnic, at a parade, at a fireworks show, at home? Tell us in the comments—and here’s wishing you a happy, safe, and sewing-friendly 4th of July!

    Bound for Glory flash sale

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  4. Quilting quotes: there are no rules (+ free printable)

    Posted by on July 2, 2015, in quilting & sewing, , ,

    Quilting rules: yay or nay?

    Author, blogger, and all-around creative quiltmaker Dana Bolyard has an opinion on the subject:

    Imagine Quilts quilting quote

    Just reading Dana’s words, I feel fired up to try something new. Don’t you?

    Adhering to certain quilting rules can be helpful, of course. An accurate ¼" seam often comes in handy. Having a trick up your sleeve for matching points can be a sanity saver. And having a pat binding technique is a satisfying swirl of icing on any quilted cake.

    But we understand the rules Dana is talking about: those creative ones. The kind of rules that can cloud your imagination. With a peek into her design process, Dana gives you the tools you need to clear the creative air and envision quilts that are distinctly you. In Imagine Quilts, Dana will help you:
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    Find inspiration in the ordinary

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    Ampersand quilt
    “Ampersand” from
    Imagine Quilts

    For “Ampersand,” Dana became inspired by something that had been right in front of her for years. All she had to do was look down. And allow herself to dream.
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    Let your stash lead the way
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    Elephant Parade quilt
    “Elephant Parade”
    from Imagine Quilts

    Dana didn’t even see this quilt coming! While sorting her stash one day, she realized she had an abundance of gray fabrics. As the stack of grays grew, she was struck by the thought of elephants. And “Elephant Parade” was born.spacer 10px deep

    Scribble on your quilt (no, really!)
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    Scribble quilt
    “Scribble” from
    Imagine Quilts

    Dana dared to scribble. Now that’s one FUN idea for free-motion quilting.

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    In Imagine Quilts you’ll discover even more ideas for developing your creative side. For example, these photos are inspiring Dana’s quilts-to-be:

    Inspiration from Imagine Quilts

    What’s inspired you lately?

    You can DOWNLOAD AND PRINT a 5″ x 7″ image of Dana’s quote for your personal use (encouragement for your sewing space?). You can also COPY AND PASTE today’s quilting quote to Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram.

    It’s hip to be square over at Instagram, so here’s a square version for you to use:

    Imagine Quilts quilting quote for Instagram

    Quilting rules: obey, bend, or break? Tell us what you think in the comments!

    Get 20% off + free shipping on select books!

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  5. Oh say, can you crochet?

    A quick note: Knit & Crochet Friday is moving to Wednesdays at Stitch This! Now, onto today’s post.

    Knit and Crochet at Stitch This!

    Have you got any red, white, or blue yarn in your stash? How about all three? You’ll want to dig them out—in all their star-spangled glory—for this roundup of crochet projects.

    Red white and blue crochet

    Row 1 (left to right): Cobblestone Streets socks from More Crocheted Socks; Little Tugboat from The Big Book of Little Amigurumi.

    Row 2 (left to right): Breakfast Cozy from Boho Crochet; Little Teacup Rug from Amigurumi at Home.

    Row 3 (left to right): Mr. Crabby from Crocheted Softies; Sugar n’ Spice Cardigan from Crochet for Tots

    Want to learn to crochet? Check out our how-to pages!

    Which do you prefer: custom colorwork, or self-striping yarn? Tell us in the comments!


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  6. Heading to a quilt retreat? Read this “think big” story

    Mary and TracyWhen heading for a quilt retreat, Think Big!

    In March, I was invited to go on a Leavenworth Quilt Co. retreat at Ingalls Creek Lodge in Peshastin, Washington, about a 2½-hour drive from Martingale in the Cascade Mountains. (That’s me on the left and Martingale’s customer service manager, Tracy, on the right, taking in the scenery by the lodge).

    Usually when I go on a retreat, I pack at the last possible minute, come up with some vague idea of what I want to make, and throw a bunch of fabric and books in a bin (or two!). Then I have to concentrate at the retreat on what fabric will go where and spend time cutting it all before even starting to sew. I usually come home with one (almost finished) quilt top.

    Meanwhile, my friend and coworker Karen Burns is always busy sewing her precut quilts. She finishes five or six quilt tops on retreat!

    This time I was determined to be more like Karen. I spent a couple of evenings beforehand planning and cutting out all the pieces for four quilts, so all I’d have to do on retreat was sew, sew, sew!

    Think BigI don’t know about you, but when I go on retreat, I find it’s best to work on something that doesn’t require a lot of concentration. With all the chatting and sharing and EATING (and maybe a few adult beverages too), I like to work on fun, easy projects, or else too much time is spent “unsewing!”

    One of the books I chose for this retreat was Amy Ellis’s Think Big. Besides the great designs with large blocks (and hence large quilts!), what I really love about this book is how Amy gives the fabric requirements for each pattern. Not only does she list the yardage needed for six different sizes in one chart; she also tells you how many of each shape to cut from the yardage in another chart.

    Example of materials chart from Think Big
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    I chose to make a pattern from Think Big called “Building Blocks.”

    Building Blocks quilt projects
    “Building Blocks” from
    Think Big. You can make a pillow, a runner, or one of several sizes of quilts. The cutting charts make it a snap to find out how much fabric you’ll need for the project you choose.

    Most of my stash consists of precuts. So instead of yardage, I worked with a fat-quarter bundle of Central Park by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics. Amy’s charts make it SO easy to figure out just what you need. The math is spelled out for you!

    Using the charts for “Building Blocks,” I figured out that I could cut all but one shape, the center square, from one fat quarter of light fabric. So I just fussy cut the center square from a different light fat quarter for all the blocks, and it worked out great! I had enough fat quarters to make 16 blocks, right in between the throw and twin size on Amy’s chart.

    Partial cutting chart for Building Blocks
    Example: a portion of the cutting chart for “Building Blocks.”
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    Here’s my 16-block version of “Building Blocks.”

    Mary's Building Blocks quilt

    So how many quilt tops did I finish? Three! I probably would have started a fourth, but the mountain setting was so beautiful I ended up spending a lot of time on long walks outside, enjoying the scenery.
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    Scenery at Ingalls Creek

    Next on my list from Think Big: “Filmstrip!” All cut out and ready to go.
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    Filmstrip quilt
    “Filmstrip” quilt from
    Think Big

    Do you plan and cut ahead for retreats or are you a “throw-it-all-in-a-bin-and-figure-it-out-later” kind of retreater? Tell us in the comments!

    Get 20% off + free shipping on select books!

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  7. Thread tension for quilting: find your machine’s sweet spot (+ sale!)

    Quilting 101: Thread tension for quilting

    Machine-quilting tension making you…tense? The first step toward success is knowing how to adjust your machine’s thread tension for quilting so your thread doesn’t get loopy, limit your progress, or (worst nightmare) come undone.

    In Easy and Fun Free-Motion Quilting, Eva Larkin presents a simple, step-by-step way to test your tension before you get your machine whirring. Best part? You can test your tension on your readied quilt sandwich!

    Easy way to test thread tension for quilting
    An easy way to accurately test thread tension: use the extra backing and batting on one side of the quilt with a piece of scrap fabric from the quilt top.

    With Eva’s method for testing thread tension for quilting, your efforts will be accurate from the get-go (read: no unpicking). Just follow the steps below.

    Exercise: How to Test Thread Tension
    From Easy and Fun Free-Motion Quilting by Eva A. Larkin

1. Thread the machine with the quilting thread to be used in the quilt.

    2. Place a test section of the quilt (as in the photo above) under the needle and sew a line of stitches 3″ to 4″ long. If the stitches are too small to see clearly, sew another line of stitches with the machine running at a slower speed.

    3. Remove the quilt from under the needle, clip the threads, and look at the thread on both the front and back of the sample area.

    • Is the fabric pillowing around the stitches? If it’s not, the tension needs to be tightened (turned to a higher number).
    • Is the bobbin thread still lying on the back of the quilt? If it is, the tension
      needs to be increased quite a bit.

    You might need to make three to four changes in half-step increments before the tension is correct.

    Pillowing around stitches
    The tension is correct when pillowing occurs around the stitches, as in this example.

    4. Continue testing and adjusting the tension settings in this manner until the tension is correct.

    Now that tension is no longer a tense subject, you can get creative! This week’s sale books each give lessons on how to machine quilt, as well as loads of ideas for what to quilt when you’re ready. Which book will inspire you to spend some time at your machine?

    Get 20% off + free shipping on select books!

    1. Easy and Fun Free-Motion Quilting by Eva A. Larkin

    From Easy and Fun Free-Motion Quilting
    Easy and Fun Free-Motion Quilting

    Easy and Fun Free-Motion QuiltingEasily turn stippling and simple lines into gorgeous quilting designs by focusing on only one block or area at a time. No tracing or resizing needed—and the frames and fillers included offer hundreds of design options.

    See more from Easy and Fun Free-Motion Quilting >
    Print book (with free eBook): $26.99 $21.59 + free shipping
    eBook only: $18.99 $15.19

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    2. Free-Motion Quilting Made Easy by Eva A. Larkin

    From Free-Motion Quilting Made Easy
    Free-Motion Quilting Made Easy

    Free-Motion Quilting Made EasyEva’s debut bestseller will introduce you to basic loops, ovals, diamonds, triangles, and other familiar shapes. Practice the shapes with several exercises; then combine them in dozens of block-based designs. Loads of tips and hints included!

    See more from Free-Motion Quilting Made Easy >
    Print book (with free eBook): $26.99 $21.59 + free shipping
    eBook only: $18.99 $15.19

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    3. You Can Quilt It! by Deborah M. Poole

    From You Can Quilt It
    From You Can Quilt It!

    You Can Quilt ItWhen you’re learning from Kim Diehl’s preferred machine quilter, how can you go wrong? Written for quilting on a long-arm or home sewing machine, you’ll find lessons for quilting oodles of free-motion patterns, along with eight techniques for classic feathers.

    See more from You Can Quilt It! >
    Print book (with free eBook): $27.99 $22.39 + free shipping
    eBook only: $19.99 $15.99

    4. Feathers That Fly by Lee Cleland

    From Feathers That Fly
    Feathers that Fly

    Feathers That FlyThere’s no better resource for quilting feathers by machine! Learn to quilt straight-spine feathers, plus wreaths, curves, and cables in this bestseller, back in print by popular demand. Discover a new technique in each chapter, along with projects for practice.

    See more from Feathers that Fly >
    Print book (with free eBook): $26.99 $21.59 + free shipping
    eBook only: $18.99 $15.19

    What’s your favorite way to machine quilt: with an overall pattern or block by block? Tell us in the comments!

    Get 20% off + free shipping on select books!

    *Free shipping to the US and Canada only. Must sign in or register first; free shipping will apply at checkout.

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  8. Slip some color into your knits (+ yarn giveaway)

    Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

    From Slip-Stitch Knits

    Remember the BIG box of crayons you owned as a kid? The one with nearly 100 colors to choose from?

    Slip-Stitch KnitsBrowsing the local yarn shop can feel just like pawing through those colorful crayons. So many fabulous, fantastic, phenomenal hues!

    If you’ve never tried knitting with multiple colors, you’re in for a thrill.

    Best-selling author Sheryl Thies wants you to give color a spin with her new book, Slip-Stitch Knits. Knitting with two colors or more doesn’t have to be complicated.

    Cowls from Slip-Stitch Knits

    Sheryl’s instructions are easy to follow so even beginners can make these projects. If you can knit and purl, you already know how to slip a stitch! You’re never working with more than one yarn per row, so slipping in those colors and watching colorful patterns appear before your eyes couldn’t be easier.

    Scarves from Slip-Stitch Knits

    Why not enjoy the full spectrum of yarn colors available? Sheryl’s slip-stitch knitting patterns are great for stash busting too. If you pick up two skeins from separate dye lots, the subtle color variation can be elegantly showcased with a slip-stitch pattern.

    Shawls from Slip-Stitch Knits


    Our friends at Plymouth Yarn are sponsoring our giveaway today with a generous prize: enough yarn to knit "Token Creek" from Slip-Stitch Knits:

    Plymouth Yarn giveaway
    “Token Creek” from Slip-Stitch Knits. See all the designs in Slip-Stitch Knits in the gallery.

    Do you knit primarily with one color, or have you experimented with multiple colors at a time? Tell us in the comments and you’ll be entered to win a copy of Slip-Stitch Knits plus two skeins of Jeannee Worsted from Plymouth Yarn in light gray and dark blue, enough to knit the “Token Creek” pattern. We’ll pick a winner one week from today and notify the winner by email.

    Can’t wait to find out if you’re a winner? You can buy Slip-Stitch Knits today at ShopMartingale.com and instantly download the eBook for free. Find out where to buy Plymouth yarn here.

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    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Patrice, who says:

    "I have tried a few items with 2 or more colors. It’s fun, but I feel like I need more practice! Will sometimes use 1 skein with multi colors to get an exciting effect."

    Patrice, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!

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  9. Join our book club: save big AND get $40 to spend now

    Have you heard about the Martingale Insider Book Club? If not, we need to talk!

    Martingale Insider Book Club

    The book club is all about choices. To start, you can choose to receive printed books (with free eBooks included!) or just eBooks (and skip the shipping). It’s only $14.99 to join—and take a look at what you’ll get:

    #1: Everything, yes, everything we sell at ShopMartingale.com is 35% off for Insider Book Club members. What if an item is already on sale? Then you’ll receive the greater of the two discounts!

    $40 gift certificate for new book club members!#2: Join and instantly receive a $40 gift certificate to use on your next order. Even better? You’ll get your 35% discount (see #1) on whatever you buy with your gift certificate. An even sweeter deal!

    New Martingale books coming soon
    Some of our upcoming books, on their way to Insider Book Club members soon.

    #3: As always, enjoy FREE SHIPPING* when you place an order for $40 or more. Or, skip shipping costs entirely when choosing eBooks and ePatterns.

    The Big Book of Baby QuiltsLet’s break down your savings using the best-seller The Big Book of Baby Quilts as an example. The nonmember price for the printed book (with free eBook) is $29.99. Members pay only $19.49. You save $10.50 (and remember, if your order totals $40 or more, you get free shipping as well)! The nonmember price for the eBook is $19.99, but members pay just $12.99—you save $7.00!

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  10. Beauties for your red, white, and blue stash (+ fabric giveaway!)

    With Flag Day kicking off summer and 4th of July celebrations not far behind, many Americans think of red, white, and blue as the unofficial colors of the season.

    Americana quilt by Gerri Robinson
“Americana” by Gerri Robinson

    But if the patriotic scheme isn’t part of your decor, fear not! Instead, pare down to two colors—red and white, or blue and white—for a look that’s fresh year ’round.

    You’ll be amazed at the drama you can create with simple combinations of these three colors—and there are sparkling examples of each in Red, White, and Sometimes Blue: Classics from McCall’s Quilting.

    Is your stash of red, white, and blues ready to shine in everyday quilts, heirloom beauties, and fun seasonal tributes? Take a look below. But first…

    FABRIC GIVEAWAY ALERT! Our friends at Marcus Fabrics have generously given us two bundles of their new Collector’s Gallery line of fabrics to give to you—and they coordinate perfectly with the quilts we’re featuring today!

    Collector's Gallery from Marcus Fabrics

    Enter to win a fabric bundle plus a copy of Red, White, and Sometimes Blue at the bottom of this post. Visit the Marcus Mentions blog and comment again to increase your chances of winning!

    Red + white: romantic, dramatic, classic

    Garnet Glaze quilt
    “Garnet Glaze” by Vicki Hoskins.
    Dig deep in your stash for a variety of red prints to make this stunner. When selecting fabrics, include lights, mediums, and darks, as well as a mix of prints and textures to give your quilt sparkle.
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    Celebrer quilt
    “Célébrer!” by Lissa Alexander.
    This traditional Ocean Waves quilt is made with three simple block designs. Lissa used quilting cottons and heavier woven striped fabrics to add gotta-touch-it texture. Feature your favorite prints in the large squares.

    See 5 more red-and-white quilts >

    Blue + white: cool, crisp, calming

    Bits of Sunshine quilt
    “Bits of Sunshine” by Julie Sheckman.
    The square-and-rectangle blocks in this breezy quilt are made even simpler with raw-edge, fused yellow centers.
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    Blue Moon quilt
    “Blue Moon” by Charlotte Angotti.
    Shrink your stash of creams, tans, and blues when you combine them in a scrappy star quilt. The design looks complex, but is based on just two different blocks.

    See 3 more blue-and-white quilts >

     Red + white + blue: dazzling, spirited, patriotic

    Hometown Afternoon quilt
    “Hometown Afternoon” by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith.
    Wow summer guests with this bed-sized beauty. Twenty easy-to-piece blocks and a wide striped sashing make this pattern speedier than it looks! And although this quilt is scrappy, you’ll only choose only four fabrics per block.
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    Stars and Stripes Forever quilt
    “Stars and Stripes Forever” by Gerri Robinson
    . Striped twills and scrappy blue and red prints make this star-studded quilt pop! Wonky appliquéd stars, cut from dark-red overdyed wool, march around traditional eight-pointed stars.

    See 3 more red, white, and blue quilts >

    Red, White, and Sometimes BlueWant this beautiful collection of quilt patterns at your fingertips? Pick up Red, White, and Sometimes Blue today.

    Print book (includes FREE eBook!): $24.99
    eBook only: $16.99

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    Which color combo gets your creative flag waving: red and white; blue and white; or red, white, and blue? Tell us in the comments and you could win one of the Collector’s Gallery bundles from Marcus Fabrics plus an eBook copy of Red, White, and Sometimes Blue! We’ll choose two random winners one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

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    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winners are Tanya and Gail.

    Tanya says, “It’s hard to choose but I love Blue Moon and Garnet Glaze. Fabric is gorgeous in them all!”

    Gail says, “Decisions, decisions. I’ve always loved red and white, but the blue and white with the bit of yellow is perfect!”

    We’ll email you both about your prizes. Congratulations!

    You might also like: Stitch, create, celebrate: 10 patriotic quilt patterns

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