1. Great at knitting, not so great at finishing? You need know-how (+ giveaway!)

    No matter your knitting skill, no matter your knitting style—all knitters need know-how!

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    From the best-selling author of Cast On, Bind Off comes an all-new reference guide about arguably the most important step of knitting any project: the finishing.

    From-Knitters-Know-HowDon’t let an unfamiliarity with finishing techniques turn another project into an amateur version of what it could be. Instead, arm yourself with Cap’s expert advice and give every project you start a professional finish.

    Knitter’s Know-How covers a wide range of topics. Seams, zippers, buttonholes, edgings, hems, and much more—this essential handbook will improve every knitting project you create. Check out the jam-packed table of contents:

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    All your finishing questions answered in one essential resource.

    You won’t find these techniques explained in most knitting patterns—and that’s why Knitter’s Know-How is the perfect companion for any knitting book or pattern you own (or ever will own). Pair Cap’s two books together and double your knitting confidence.

    We’re excited to have Cap as a guest writer today to tell us more about her new book. Welcome, Cap!


    Cap-SeaseLove to knit but hate finishing? Do you know only one way to sew together knitted pieces? Hate those lumpy, ill-fitting seams? Do you like the look of zippers on a cardigan but are afraid to try putting one in? Then Knitter’s Know-How is the book for you.

    Most knitters don’t like finishing, so they do it in a rush—and the results aren’t always the best: puckered seams, button bands that pull the knitting out of shape, woven-in ends that stick out. But finishing is really important. It can make or break an otherwise beautifully knit project.

    By taking a little time to learn some basic finishing techniques, you can raise the level of your knitting significantly. Knitter’s Know-How takes you from the very beginning of a project, before you even begin to knit, to the final steps. Full of techniques and tips, it will help you transform your knitting.

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    Knitter’s Know-How: a mix of photos and illustrations clearly walks you through each technique.

    Finishing begins before you even make a slip knot to cast on. It sounds weird, but it’s absolutely true. Just a little time taken before you start knitting to think about what you want your finished project to look like can pay off big time. Knitter’s Know-How will help you make choices as you knit that will make finishing easy and effective.

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    Choices: knitted edgings

    And best of all, Knitter’s Know-How will show you that finishing doesn’t have to be difficult. Just spend a little time to master some of the techniques presented in Knitter’s Know-How, and you’ll find finishing is not such a daunting prospect. And who knows, you might even come to enjoy it!

    Get a peek at more pages from Knitter’s Know-How >


    Knitters-Know-HowThanks for introducing us to your new book, Cap!

    When it comes to finishing your knitting, are you:

    1. a) all As
    2. b) all Bs, or
    3. c) all thumbs?

    Share your answer in the comments and you could win a copy of the Knitter’s Know-How eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

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  2. Sew half-square triangles 4 and 8 times faster than you are now

    Save 40% of select eBooks this week

    The humble yet mighty half-square triangle (or as I’ll fondly refer to it here: HST) is an essential element in scores of classic quilt blocks. And when you’re making a quilt that’s chock-full of HSTs, every little trick that streamlines the process can add up to quite a bit of time saved. If you find the process of making HSTs one or two at a time somewhat tedious, today is your lucky day! Check out videos below of super simple and speedy HST-making methods that will quadruple—and maybe even octuple—your output. We’ve also included easy math formulas for cutting fabric to make HSTs in any size you need.

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    Size to cut = (desired finished size x 2) + ½"

    For example, to make a 2″ finished unit (2½" with outer seam allowances), cut two 4½" squares (2″ x 2″ = 4″ + ½" = 4½").

    Reading this in email? Click here to watch the video.


    Eight-at-a-Time Half-Square Triangles

    Size to cut = (desired finished size + 1″) x 2

    For example, to make a 2″ finished unit (2½" with outer seam allowances), cut two 6″ squares (2″ + 1″ = 3″ x 2 = 6″).

    Reading this in email? Click here to watch the video.

    So quick and easy! Now that you know how to become a lean, mean HST-making machine, it’s time to put these methods to good use. We have three terrific books on sale today that feature easy half-square triangle quilt patterns galore.


    Favorite Quilts from Anka's TreasuresFavorite Quilts from Anka’s Treasures by Heather Mulder Peterson

    Heather Mulder Peterson’s classic patterns were inspired by the sewing legacy of her great-grandma Anka. The beautiful “Maple Harvest” quilt featured on the cover includes ample opportunities to stitch up HSTs for the blocks and border.
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    Maple Leaf QuiltsMaple Leaf Quilts: 12 Projects, 9 Triangle Techniques by Ilene Bartos

    Speaking of Maple Leaf blocks, don’t miss Maple Leaf Quilts by Ilene Bartos, where you’ll learn even more helpful triangle-making techniques. The HSTs you need for the lovely quilt “Midnight Leaves” would be stitched and ready in a snap!
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    Midnight Leaves from Maple Leaf Quilts


    Crazy for ScrapsCrazy for Scraps: 19 Favorite Quilts from Sally Schneider

    Crazy for Scraps is bursting with fun, scrappy patterns that include half-square triangles. The beautiful “Oceans Waves” quilt requires 800 of them, so the eight-at-a-time method would come in extra handy!
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    Ocean Waves from Crazy for Scraps


    Pinwheel PartyPinwheel Party: 12 Fun and Unique Quilts by Ellen Pahl

    Any quilt with Pinwheel blocks most likely necessitates many HSTs. Ellen Pahl’s book Pinwheel Party includes 12 fun pinwheel patterns, including the easy and quick-to-make mini quilt Pinwheel Pirouette. The four-at-a-time method would work like a charm for this pattern.
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    Pinwheel Pirouette from Pinwheel Party

    What’s your go-to method for making HSTs? Tell us in the comments!

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  3. ⏰ Flash sale! Schnibbles Times Two is perfect for you IF . . .

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    Schnibbles Times Two is perfect for you if . . .

    You LOVE the irresistible appeal of charm squares.

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    You LOVE Layer Cakes loaded with patchwork possibilities.

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    McGuffey Layer Cake quilt

    You LOVE making both big and little quilts.

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    Scratch Layer Cake quilt (68″ x 80½") and Scratch charm-square quilt (31¼" x 36½")

    Carrie-NelsonYou LOVE looking at, dreaming about, and making gorgeous quilts designed by Carrie Nelson—aka Wearer of Many Hats at Moda (it’s on her business cards!); amazing designer behind Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company; author of two best-selling books with Martingale; and delightful, funny, and fun-to-be-around person.

    Yes, if you love all of these things, Schnibbles Times Two is perfect for you. Even more perfect is that the eBook is only $6.00 through the weekend.*

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    Plan C Layer Cake quilt (77½" x 77½") and Plan C charm-square quilt (32½" x 32½")

    But wait…what is a Schnibble, anyway? We’ll let Carrie explain in this excerpt from Schnibbles Times Two:

    Short-Story-charm-quilt“Schnibble is a real word. The first time I heard the word, it was used in conjunction with food and it was clear that it meant a small bite or a nibble. I loved the word and used it often, and when it came time to think of something to call my little quilts, I liked the idea of calling them ‘Schnibbles’ for little bits. But having had a past experience with using words that didn’t mean exactly what I thought they did, I did what any twenty-first-century girl would do—I searched Google for the word ‘schnibble’ to see if it had any meanings that I really should be aware of beforehand. In one of those meant-to-be moments of serendipitous perfection, it turned out that this quirky little word actually means a scrap, small bits of cloth, or leftover bits of fabric.”

    And there you have it. Perfect.

    Cows-and-Flying-Geese-uniteCheck out what quilters like you are saying about Schnibbles Times Two on Amazon:

    Five-stars“The designs are beautiful and easy to make . . . It’s a very inspirational book and there’s not a single project I don’t want to make. You’ll be so happy you bought this one!”

    Five-stars“Carrie Nelson has a wonderful writing voice. She is informative and funny. It was fun to read as an experienced quilter, and for a beginning quilter her writing style makes the information easy to understand and not in the least scary.”

    Five-stars“Another book with all the projects tagged for my ‘bucket list.’ I’ll have to live to be 100 years old to finish them all!”

    (We promise, neither Schnibble quilt nor spotted livestock was harmed during the photo shoot above. ^^^)

    Did we mention that Carrie is full of insightful quilting wisdom too? You’ll find many more quotes like this one inside Schnibbles Times Two:

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    and hang it in your sewing space. Just in case someone wants to say something about your stash.

    Whether you prefer bundles and packs or squares from your stash—the time to collect these 12 pairs of pretty patterns is now. Download your copy of Schnibbles Times Two for only $6.00.

    And make it a sew-happy weekend.


    *Sale ends Monday, September 26, 2016, at noon PDT.

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  4. Got a special place in your 💛 for vintage quilts? Don’t miss this! (+ giveaway)

    If you fall head over heels whenever you see a vintage quilt, we’ve got a new a book that’s tailor-made for you: Preserving History.
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    Preserving HistoryHow do we know it’s just your style? Because author Julie Hendricksen falls head over heels for vintage quilts too. In fact, as a collector of antique quilts, she’s fallen several hundred times!

    A connoisseur of antique quilts and author of Remembering the Past, Julie shares the best of her 30+ years of collecting in this exquisitely photographed book. Remake one-of-a-kind quilts from the late 1800s through the 1930s, each handpicked by Julie from her vast collection. A special section addresses an often-overlooked part of antique quilts: the quilting! Learn how to quilt an antique quilt using authentic examples from the era.
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    In this Sugarloaf quilt, the quilter used a curvy Baptist Fan motif to soften the patchwork, which features lots of pointy angles.

    We recently had the pleasure of talking with Julie by phone as she tended to her award-winning Wisconsin quilt shop, JJ Stitches. Our interview is below—find out which pattern took her five or six years to remake, how her first book came about . . . and where she keeps her hundreds of antique quilts.


    Julie-HendricksenStitch This!: What first brought you to quilting?

    Julie: I’ve sewn my whole life—clothing, sewing for the house—but not quilting. Then, when my son started preschool, I wandered into a quilt shop on Main Street in my town. I ended up making my first quilt, and that’s how it all started.

    ST: How did you become an author for the first time?

    Julie: I’d designed 15 quilts for American Patchwork and Quilting. I’d gone to Iowa to do a trunk show featuring 75–100 of my antique quilts. Several girls from APQ showed up that night, including Jennifer Keltner, who said she’d love to feature some of the quilts in the magazine. When Jennifer moved to Martingale, she asked if I’d be interested in doing a book.

    ST: How is Preserving History different from your first book, Remembering the Pastor is your new book a continuation of the first?

    Julie: For the first book, we focused on showing an old quilt, and then showing a new version of that quilt. In Preserving History, we focus on showing how different vintage-looking quilts can be made with the same block. For example, we show a Flying Geese quilt that has 3″ x 6″ units, and then we show a second Flying Geese quilt that uses 1¼" x 2½" units. Two vintage quilts, same pattern, very different results.
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    Fly, Fly Away and Flying Geese

    For another set of quilts in Preserving History, Chrome Yellow, we show two antique quilts that are made in the same fabrics, but use two different patterns.
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    Chrome Yellow quilts

    We also focus on the quilting of the period—we get up close and show how quilters of that time period were quilting their quilts. One of the Chrome Yellow quilts has a giant cable quilted through the blocks, which is unusual. And machine quilters can do cables, so it’s just another way of giving a vintage-style quilt a more authentic look.
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    Hand-quilted cables

    ST: What time period does your collection span? What is your favorite era?

    Julie: My favorites are turn-of-the-century quilts—the quilts with the bubblegum pinks, navy blues, and blacks, and those quilts have been easier to find. Obviously I also love Civil War–era quilts, but it’s hard to find those or afford to add them to my collection. I feel like antique quilts in general are getting harder to find. I’ve been collecting for 35 years, and I think about all those quilts that were bought up during that time. Newer collectors are now looking for ’30s and ’40s quilts because that’s what you see more often now.
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    Indigo Snowballs from
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    ST: How many quilts do you have in your collection, and what do you do with them?

    Julie: Oh gosh, I have several hundred in my collection, at least. And I do use them! Almost all of them are out and being used somewhere around the house. I also use them in my shop for displays.

    ST: Have you ever found an antique quilt that you couldn’t re-create or that was especially challenging? What was different about it?

    Julie: Sometimes it’s the difficulty of the pattern. The last quilt in the book is called Sugarloaf (below), and I love that quilt. I’d just never sat down and figured out how to make it because it seemed a little more difficult. But I think for a lot of us, we’ve been quilting for a long time and it’s time to take on something new.
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    Another one is Scrappy X Delight. It took me five or six years before I sat down and figured out how to piece it but I just love it. It was just a matter of cutting all those little strips. It looks complex, but you can cut strips with your rotary cutter and use the tools we have now. People tend to think that because it’s tiny, it’s hard, but it’s not. And it’s so much easier now to sew things accurately. The Xs in the quilt are strip pieced. When you sit down and deconstruct a pattern, you really can see how easy it is to make with the tools we have available today.
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    ST: Tell us about your Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, quilt shop, JJ Stitches—how did you start it? Can you tell us what it’s like?

    Julie: The shop opened in 1975 as a clothing store. I didn’t own it then. But I was a manager there for almost 20 years. Eventually I purchased it. Now that it’s a quilt shop, it’s divided into three areas: Civil War and turn-of-the-century fabrics are throughout the front of the store. In another area we concentrate on flannels and textured cottons, which I love. And then in the back of the store, in another large room, people are surprised because we have lots and lots of ’30s fabrics and lots and lots of baby fabrics. It’s almost like two separate stores in one! We also have several hundred bolts of wool, and we carry hand-dyed wools too.
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    One thing we always hear from our customers is how much they love the finished samples we have on display. There are probably 30–40 finished projects in the store at any given time. Even if customers don’t want to buy a kit or whatever they’d need to make one of the samples, they’re inspired. We also try to mix in antique displays too, which I think is really appealing—it makes people want to come in and hang around for awhile.
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    ST: We know you recently filmed an episode of Sewing with Nancy with Nancy Zieman that features Preserving History. What was that like? When will the episode air?

    Julie: It was great! We’d planned to do only one show but we ended up filming two because we had so many quilts from the book that we really wanted to show. One thing we showed was the construction of a Basket quilt block from the Sewing Baskets quilt in the book.
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    We had just about all of the quilts from the book there so we could refer to them. Starting in January you can visit the Sewing with Nancy website, and they’ll have a schedule of when the show will run throughout the country.


    Preserving HistoryThank you for taking the time to speak with us, Julie!

    Which colors do you like best: the rich, dark colors of turn-of-the-century quilts, or the happy, bubbly colors of quilts from the 1930s? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Preserving History eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

    Can’t wait to see if you win? Buy Preserving History right now and you can instantly download a digital copy of the book for free.spacer 10px deep

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  5. 4 rick-rack hacks: how to sew it, use it, 💜 it! (videos + sale)

    Save 20% on select books + free shipping

    How do you use rick rack? Do you own a stash of it? Do you have a favorite width, color, brand?

    Or . . . maybe you’ve never used rick rack before.

    Trust us: by the end of this post, you’ll want to rack up the rick rack in your sewing space!

    Popular authors Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks know their way around rick rack. They use it abundantly on their quilts, pillows, runners, and more.
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    Pillow from
    Here Comes Spring; quilt from Urban Country Quilts.

    The last time we had the pleasure of meeting up with this fun pair, Jeanne shared a few rick-rack hacks she’s developed and tested over the years.

    First, she showed us how to sew rick rack three ways, from extra-wide to extra-skinny.
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    Reading this in email? Click here to view the video.

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    And when acquisitions editor Beth Bradley read about a fun rick-rack flower hack in Jeanne and Shelley’s books, she jumped at the chance to show you how easy it is to do!
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    Reading this in email? Click here to view the video.

    Starting to think you need a stack of rick rack at the ready? It’s just like pins, needles, and bobbins—it’s a sewing staple, and one can never have enough!
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    You can never have enough patterns that use rick rack too—and you’ll find plenty in our books on sale this week, all from Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks. The seasonal stylings of this dynamic design team are nothing short of enchanting. And with autumn here and winter on the way, there’s no better time to start a seasonal project. Featuring rick rack, of course!
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    For autumn: Sweet Potato Pie quilt and pillow from
    ’Tis the Autumn Season
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    For winter: Holly Sox Pillow from
    ’Tis the Season

    For pretty projects to display year round, look to Urban Country Quilts and Here Comes Spring—because flowers are always in season.
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    Here Comes Spring; pillowcases from Urban Country Quilts.

    Is your favorite season right now, just behind us, or just ahead? Tell us in the comments!

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  6. Are you a Super Stitcher card holder? Please read this

    Posted by on September 16, 2016, in quilting & sewing, ,

    Super Stitcher cardIf you’ve been a part of our Super Stitcher Award Program, we want to thank you for sharing many years of earning free Martingale books.

    After careful consideration, we will be retiring our Super Stitcher Award Program on December 31, 2016. Your local shop can continue to stamp your Super Stitcher cards through the end of the year.*

    In other words: now’s the time to find your card and fill it up!

    Choose the books you love most and buy them now from your favorite participating brick-and-mortar quilt or yarn shop. Because when you earn nine stamps on your Super Stitcher card, you get a free Martingale book of your choice. The cost of the book and the shipping is on us!

    Here are just a few of the popular books available at your local shop right now:

    One Bundle of Fun 180 Doodle Quilting Designs Block-Buster Quilts: I Love Nine Patches Crazy at the Cabin

    A Common Thread A Change of Seasons The Big Book of Fat Quarter Quilts Preserving History

    Choices, choices, choices . . .

    And what new books are coming before the year ends? Take a look:

    October 2016

    Mini Marvels Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Machine Quilt Sew This and That! Huggable Amigurumi

    November 2016

    19th-Century Patchwork Divas' Treasury of Quilts Sew Charming 12-Pack Quilts The Big Book of Knit Stitches

    December 2016

    Block-Buster Quilts: I Love Churn Dashes Small and Scrappy The New Hexagon Coloring Book 9 Months to Crochet

    Pick up any of these books at your participating local shop by the end of the year—you’ll get a stamp for each one you buy through December 31, 2016. And you’ll earn a FREE book when your card is filled, of course!

    New calendars for 2017? Yep, they’re eligible for the Super Stitcher Award Program too. Treat yourself!

    That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar 2017 The New Hexagon Perpetual Calendar Stitches to Savor Wall-Art Calendar 2017

    Redeem each Super Stitcher card filled with nine stamps for a free book from Martingale. Mail your completed cards to:

    Martingale
    Attn: Super Stitcher Award Program
    19021 120th Ave. NE, Suite 102
    Bothell, WA 98011

    Please note: we must receive all completely stamped cards by January 31, 2017. Partially filled cards and those received after January 31, 2017, cannot be accepted.

    If you have questions, please give us a call at 800-426-3126. And to those of you who’ve “Super Stitched” with us all these years: THANK YOU!


    *Sorry, but online orders cannot be stamped—you must visit your local Super Stitcher shop in person to participate.

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  7. Stitch a welcome for each season with Bonnie Sullivan (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Love sewing year ’round? Now you’ll have a special reason to sew for every season—and that reason is popular designer Bonnie Sullivan and her new book, A Change of Seasons!

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    Bonnie’s refined folk-art style is instantly recognizable—and you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to re-create. Use easy whipstitch appliqué, simple embroidery, and fun embellishments to make showstopping seasonal wall quilts, framed fabric art, banners, and even sweet little stuffies to tuck into nooks and crannies.

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    From A Change of Seasons

    You’ll love capturing the charms of each season as you stitch with Bonnie all through the year. You’ll love all the decorating ideas inside, too!

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    We love this idea from the book for decorating with framed stitcheries—instead of hanging yours on a wall, prop it up against a wall and embellish the scene with winter greenery and a few things that sparkle. Voilà!

    We asked Bonnie to answer a few questions we’ve been dying to ask, and she graciously obliged us. Read our Q & A with Bonnie below.

    But first . . .


    FABRIC GIVEAWAY ALERT! Our friends at Maywood Studio sent us not one, but two Maywood Studio Woolies Pods featuring Bonnie Sullivan fabrics. Pods are exclusive precut kits with patchwork pieces that are cut and ready to sew. Zero fabric leftovers!

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    Maywood Studio sent us two charm packs from Bonnie’s latest Woolies line too. Learn how you can win a pair of these cozy precuts plus a copy of A Change of Seasons at the end of this post.

    >>> Check out Maywood Studios’s Facebook and Instagram pages—there are more chances for you to win the same goodies there!


    Stitch This!: Tell us about your designing career—where did you start, and where are you now?

    Bonnie-SullivanBonnie: Although I’ve been designing and creating little things for as long as I can remember, I didn’t start designing for the quilting world until 2001. I started creating for craft and holiday shows after my first son was born as a way to stay home with him and still earn a bit of money for the family.

    When both my sons went off to school, I went back to college to finish a degree I’d started 20 years earlier. I graduated in 1999 with a degree in Family Studies. However, I soon came to realize that my passion was in working with textiles, and I began the journey I’m still on and enjoying today.

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    Spring Fling quilt

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    My first Quilt Market was in Kansas City, Missouri, in the spring of 2002. I had a line of penny-rug patterns that I published under the name All Through the Night—which is when I used to do a lot of my work. Shortly after that Market, I began designing for Maywood Studio. I started with a line of flannels called Woolies, which look like the wool I enjoy working with. Since then, I’ve designed several other Woolies and cotton-fabric lines. I love designing and continually count my blessings that I am able to be working in this industry with people who share my passion.

    ST!: Your sister is Kathy Schmitz, the best-selling author of Stitches from the Garden. Did you and Kathy grow up in a “maker” family?

    Bonnie: We absolutely did! I’m one of three sisters. Our mother put together a craft room in the basement with every type of supply we could want. We spent countless hours making Troll and Barbie clothes, homemade Christmas ornaments, miniature furniture out of cardboard and fabric, and whatever else our little imaginations could come up with. Our mother also taught 4-H sewing, and we come from a long line of quilters.

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    Summer Celebration quilt

    See 3 more projects for summer >

    ST!: Obviously you find the seasons a source of inspiration for your designs. Are there other things that inspire your work?

    Bonnie: I’m inspired by almost everything. I love looking through books that feature antique quilts and needle arts, but just taking a walk or listening to music can inspire. I do tend to look at the world and the things around me and wonder if there is a quilt or penny-rug pattern that I can make from what I see.

    ST!: Tell us more about your popular Woolies fabric collection for Maywood Studios. How did the collection come about, and what’s your process for designing fabric like?

    Woolies-flannels-by-Bonnie-SullivanBonnie: When I first began to work with Maywood, one of the things I asked was if they could make flannels that mimicked the look of wool. Having flannel that looks like wool has extra benefits. Some people are allergic to wool but still love the look, and now they can achieve it. Wool can also be very expensive; Woolies are a more affordable option. Also, I love combining wool and Woolies flannels. Most often I use flannel for the background of a quilt or wall hanging and appliqué with wool on top.

    The designs for Woolies are taken from actual pieces of hand-dyed wool. I design coordinating flannels with a motif, most recently a couple of Christmas collections called “Winter Folk” and “Crazy for Christmas,” as well as an autumn group called “Pumpkin Party.” I start by sketching out my designs, scanning them onto my computer, and cleaning up the lines. Then I drop in colors and textures. From there, Maywood Studios works their magic and gets the designs ready to send to the mill.

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    Harvest Home

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    ST!: Your pattern company, All Through the Night, is a household name in stitching circles. Was writing A Change of Seasons much different from writing the single patterns you’re so well known for?

    Bonnie: To be honest, I was a little intimidated at first. I have a certain way I write my patterns that I’m comfortable with. However, the editors at Martingale were wonderful. They led me through the process, and I was able to write the patterns in a way not too dissimilar to the way I usually do. All in all it’s been a wonderful experience.

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    The Stockings Were Hung

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    ST!: You were recently married (congratulations!) and travel a lot from Oregon to Australia to be with your husband. Do Aussie stitchers differ from those in the states? Have they influenced your work?

    Bonnie: I’m such a fortunate woman! I get to spend time with quilters (not to mention my husband!) here and on the other side of the world. I don’t think stitchers differ much from here to there. They’re people who love textiles, quilting, and sewing, and they enjoy spending time with others who share their passion—all the same things we appreciate! But I have noticed that many Australian quilters use fabrics a little differently. I’ve seen several examples of varied patterns of fabrics used together, pieced and appliquéd into combinations that seem uniquely their own. I LOVE the look! If I take anything away from the Australian quilting community, it’s to not be afraid to use textiles in combinations that I never would have thought of before.


    A-Change-of-Seasons-1Bonnie, thank you for taking the time to talk with us—and congratulations on your gorgeous new book!

    Which season most inspires you to sew: spring, summer, fall, or winter? Tell us in the comments and you could win a pair of Woolies precut packs from Maywood Studio plus a copy of A Change of Seasons! We’ll choose two random winners one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

    P.S. Don’t forget to visit Maywood Studios on Facebook and Instagram for another chance to win!

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  8. YOUR turn to design quilts (hand-holding available) + sale!

    Save 40% on select eBooks this week only!

    One of the things I love so much about quilting is the fact that there is something for everybody. Some prefer to purchase kits—which takes choosing fabric out of the equation—so they can get right to the cutting and sewing. Some prefer to start with a pattern and put their creativity into choosing fabrics and colors. Still others want to design their own quilts and be the creator from start to finish. Maybe you’re eclectic and like to mix it up and do all three!

    Many of us would love to graduate to designing our own quilts but feel somewhat intimidated by the idea. Help is on the way in the form of this week’s sale eBooks! Each of these quilt artists has a unique approach to quilt design.


    Imagine QuiltsImagine Quilts by Dana Bolyard

    Dana says: “This book will help you to spur your imagination and help you to start turning your own quilt ideas into reality. I try to point your compass in a direction that lets you see not only how to find inspiration, but also how to turn an idea into a quilt.”
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    Blocks, Borders, Quilts!Blocks, Borders, Quilts! by Sunny Steinkuhler

    This book makes it easy to create your own medallion quilt! Sunny says, “Just drop the block or border designs you like into the Medallion template. The blocks and borders have been designed and sized to fit into the template, so you can mix and match and everything will fit together without having to do a lot of math!”

    Martingale staffers even did a quilt-along with Blocks, Borders, Quilts! as a guide. It was fun—take a look at all the quilts we made!

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    Word Play QuiltsWord Play Quilts by Tonya Ricucci

    Got something to say? Want to say it in a quilt but don’t know how? Hate appliqué but don’t want to piece your letters, either? How about trying Liberated Quiltmaking techniques? Liberated quiltmaker Tonya says, “while sewing Liberated houses from Gwen Marston’s book Liberated Quiltmaking, it struck me that I could use the same methods to make letters!”

    Tonya starts with a few step-by-step projects to learn the technique:

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    Then she provides inspiration for designing your own word play quilts with photos of finished quilts.

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    Out of the Box with Easy BlocksOut of the Box with Easy Blocks by Mary Lou Weidman and Melanie Bautista McFarland

    Want to try wonky or whimsical pictorial quilting but not sure where to start? Mary Lou and Melanie say, “Stretch, enlarge, reduce, multiply, wonk, slice your project somewhere and resew it, add more fabric, change the scale of prints, use perspective, ignore perspective, go off the edge. In short, do something different to get out of the box!”

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    How ready are YOU to take the leap into designing your own quilts:

    a) “Got to have a pattern or I’m toast.”

    b) “I’m ready to dip a toe.”

    c) “Pattern? I don’t need a pattern!”

    Tell us in the comments!

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  9. 66 fun fat-quarter quilt projects for your growing stash (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Fat-quarter fanatics, please stand.

    And now, jump for joy.

    We’ve just released the perfect book to pair with your favorite fabric fix. It’s . . .

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    The Big Book of Fat-Quarter Quilts!

    Imagine owning a jam-packed resource that’s instantly available whenever you get the urge to untie a stack, fan open a pack, or pick and choose from your single fat quarters. Did you just get home from a fun fat-quarter run? Or maybe your mail carrier just left a package of those pretty precuts on your doorstep.

    No matter how you collect them, you can count on The Big Book of Fat-Quarter Quilts any time you need fat-quarter inspiration.

    Choose sensational smaller quilts needing less than a dozen fat quarters . . .

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    Sugar by Amber Johnson (9 fat quarters)

    . . . or beautifully BIG quilts that will deplete your stash in a flash:

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    Annabelle by Rebecca Silbaugh (26 fat quarters)

    Stitch up a classic beauty:

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    Don’s Goose by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks (27 fat quarters)

    Or choose a tradition-with-a-twist cutie:

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    Frolic by Rebecca Silbaugh (36 fat quarters)

    Or how about a dash of modern chic?

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    Starflower by Angela Nash (11 fat quarters)

    So many styles to choose from, so many techniques to try, and something spectacular for every skill level: it’s ALL in The Big Book of Fat-Quarter Quilts! At 244 pages—and just pennies per pattern—you’ll be spending a lot of time with this baby.

    (Because if you’re like us, as long as they keep making fat quarters, you’ll keep buying them!)

    And then there are the designers:

    Kim Diehl • Amy Smart • Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks •
    Me and My Sister Designs • Gerri Robinson • Vicki Bellino •
    Cindy Lammon • Julie Herman • Natalie Barnes • and many more!

    A WOW kind of roster, right? Boy is it going to feel good to have so much creativity right at your fingertips!

    So go ahead—find the quilt that’s calling your name right NOW:

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    Boo by Barbara Brandeberg (7 fat quarters)

    And then find another quilt that’s perfect for making NEXT:

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    Christmas Magic by Kim Diehl (12 fat quarters)

    Let’s have some BIG fun with those little fat quarters!

    We’ve sneak-peeked seven fat-quarter quilts from the book so far . . . can you believe there are 59 MORE quilts to discover? Click here to see them all!


    GIVEAWAY ALERT! You know we’d never introduce a fat-quarter friendly book like this without giving you the chance to win some fabulous fat quarters too! Our good friends at Moda sent us three big bundles of fun to give away to three lucky winners:

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    Clockwise from top: Endangered Sanctuary Flannels by Holly Taylor; Hope’s Journey by Betsy Chutchian; Olive’s Flower Market by Lella Boutique.

    To be entered into our random drawing, answer this question:

    How do you organize your fat quarters:

    a) I’m more easily inspired when my stash is organized by color, type of print, or designer.

    b) My stash is a bit of a mash up. But I know where to find every one of those little guys when I need them!

    c) I don’t do “organize.”

    Share your answer in the comments and you could win one of the three fat-quarter packs from Moda plus a copy of The Big Book of Fat-Quarter Quilts! We’ll choose three random winners one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    Want to start a fresh fat-quarter adventure right now? Buy The Big Book of Fat-Quarter Quilts and you can instantly download the eBook for free.

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  10. NEW Martingale quilt books! Pat Sloan – Moda – This and That 😉 (+ giveaway!)

    Yippee for Wish List Day! We LOVE sneak-peeking our newest books and finding out your favorites. In fact, you can WIN your favorite book if you leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Take a look at what’s coming in October and let us know which book you love best!

    👍 Subscribe to our blog and you’ll always get a first look at new Martingale quilt books, plus special sales, freebies, tutorials, and more.


    Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Machine QuiltPat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt: Learn the Basics of Walking-Foot & Free-Motion Quilting

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    First she taught you all about appliqué; then she turned triangles into a hassle-free task. Now celebrated teacher, designer, and bubbly quilting personality Pat Sloan is back to teach you the know-how you need to become a confident machine quilter! In her relaxed, no-stress approach to learning, Pat will guide you through both walking-foot quilting and free-motion quilting, step by step. From tension troubles to stitching speed to what quilting designs to use, Pat’s got your questions covered. And when you buy the book, you’ll gain instant access to bonus video tutorials starring Pat herself. She’s even included nine pretty projects for practice. You’ll be proud of the machine quilting you can do right at home!

    Reference guide + project book + video tips + Pat cheering you on along the way—everyone who quilts (or has a stack of quilt tops!) needs Pat’s new book.
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    Left: try different walking-foot techniques on a cute table runner made of precut strips. Right: a few free-motion stitching styles from the book.

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    Moda All-Stars Mini MarvelsModa All-Stars – Mini Marvels: 15 Little Quilts with Big Style
    Compiled by Lissa Alexander

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    You’ll reap BIG quilty rewards with this third book in our “Moda All-Stars” series: Mini Marvels! Not only will you find spectacular small quilts from some of today’s most popular designers (Edyta Sitar, Vanessa Christenson, and Jen Kingwell, to name a few); you’ll also get unique ideas for decorating with small quilts. You’ll even find layouts for creating your own mini-quilt gallery on that empty wall you’ve been meaning to dress up. What a great excuse for a “mini” sewing binge! But what might be best about these tiny little treasures? Cut, sew, press, quilt, done, and display—all on the same day.
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    Stars and Stars quilt by Laurie Simpson

    See many more mini quilts! >
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    A trio of Moda love: own all three books in the “Moda All-Stars” series!


    Sew This and That!Sew This and That! 13 Quick-to-Make Quilted Projects
    Sherri K. Falls

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    Love to sew, but feel like you’re always watching the clock? Let popular designer Sherri K. Falls fill your precious sewing time with fresh, fast, and fun projects that you can whip up whenever the time is right. Find instant success (and instant gratification!) in this collection of little quilts, pillows, pouches, and more. Plus, many projects pair up perfectly with 5″ precut charm packs. Start one of these sweet projects in the morning—you’ll be showing it off come lunchtime!
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    Don’t miss the Button Bliss pouch—too cute! >


    Huggable AmigurumiHuggable Amigurumi: 18 Cute and Cuddly Animal Softies
    Shannen Nicole Chua

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    Need a hug? These sweet, snuggly crocheted animals are ready to give and get cuddles ’til the cows come home! Big amigurumi-style buddies measure from 9″ to 13″ tall, rely on basic crochet stitches, and are quick to create with easy-to-find yarns. This 20-year old author has charmed the crochet world—and when you take a peek at the Huggable Amigurumi gallery, you’ll see why. Meet Belle Bluebird, Henry Elephant, Rocco Raccoon, and many more cozy critters you can crochet!
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    Discover even more adorableness in Shannen’s illustrations, sprinkled throughout the book.


    Which October book are you wishing was in your hands right now? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of your favorite book when it’s released! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

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