1. 🌷 Spring Quilt Market trends update! 🌷

    Quilt Market logoInternational Quilt Market is a trade show where quilt-shop owners, designers, and quilt-industry professionals gather to show the latest and greatest offerings coming soon to quilt shops near YOU. You might say it’s where independent quilt shops go to shop—looking for new fabrics, notions, books, club ideas, and more!

    This May, Quilt Market was held in Salt Lake City. Martingale sent a team of eight people to the show, not only to scope out potential new authors, but also to showcase authors’ books that are soon to be released. In addition, our team was looking to spot new trends. So what did we see at this latest Market? Here are eight great trends you can keep your eye out for:

    1. It’s time to get CAMP-y! Whether you’re interested in “glamping,” sitting inside a sewn-to-stylish-perfection Airstream travel trailer, or roughing it in a playful pup tent or teepee, one thing is for sure: quilters love camping motifs this year. We counted at least six teepees, four fire pits, two campers, and even some faux roasted marshmallows on the show floor. So fire up and get ready for camping!

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    Playhouse Teepee from Simple Simon and Company.

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    Coming in August from Martingale—Let’s Go Camping!: Crochet Your Own Adventure by Kate Bruning. Pick up your copy wherever books are sold.


    2. BLUE and WHITE were more than all right. They were the perfect pair and the season’s freshest one-two punch of color! Whether it was the new Shibori line by Debbie Maddy of Calico Carriage Quilt Designs for Moda Fabrics or the new Marks line by Valori Wells Designs for Robert Kaufman Fabrics…we think blue and white will take this season’s top honors as the go-to dynamic color duo.

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    Marks by Valori Wells Designs for Robert Kaufman. Bottom: Shibori by Debbie Maddy of Calico Carriage Quilt Designs for Moda.


    3. There’s power in PRECUTS! If you didn’t believe in the power of precuts before, you can’t deny it any longer. Strips and squares and fat quarters, oh my! They were everywhere. They call at you from shop shelves and checkout counters, practically begging you to take them home. Fortunately there are great patterns to accompany your favorite cuts. Check out Scraps Made Simple by the Moda All-Stars or One Bundle of Fun by Sue Pfau, both from Martingale. Your only problem will be choosing which pattern to make first!

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    Scraps Made Simple is available now; look for
    One Bundle of Fun at your local quilt shop in July.


    4. BIG FLOWERS were big! Spring had definitely sprung and it was showing its staying power with plenty of big florals printed on fabric, as well as embroidered onto furnishings and embellishing booth displays. Cultivate your love of all things floral with the array of blooms sure to be on your local shop’s shelves soon.

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    Clockwise from top: Mod Corsage by Anna Maria Horner for Free Spirit; giant paper flowers in the Michael Miller booth; Potpourri pattern from HappNstance by Fabric Confetti.


    5. Bring on the BARNYARD ANIMALS. With an oink oink here and a moo moo there, here a cheep, there a baa—everywhere you looked, there were adorable barnyard animals. We were especially smitten with Stacy Iest Hsu’s Farm Fun fabric line from Moda. If farm fresh is your happy place, get ready!

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    Stacy Iest Hsu’s Farm Fun fabric line from Moda.


    6. What starts with an E and ends with everybody wanting to get in on the fun? EMBROIDERY, of course. Whether it’s soft and sweet, bold and beautiful, whimsical and wonderful, there truly is something for every stitchery lover this season. Don’t miss out making your mark with this hot trend. Martingale is at the ready to help you get inspired with three books and a stunning new calendar all centered on this hot topic!

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    Clockwise from top left: Stitches from the Garden, Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery, Snow Happy, Stitches to Savor 2017.


    7. This trend isn’t likely to flutter by too quickly. Spring Market was again aflutter with BUTTERFLIES. You could find them on fabric and in pieced and appliquéd patterns. Perhaps no butterflies were more striking than the quilted beauties on Lepidoptera, a new pattern from Elizabeth Hartman featuring her Paintbox Basics collection for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

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    Lepidoptera pattern by Elizabeth Hartman


    8. MACHINE QUILTING. Finishing your own quilts—whether on a home sewing machine or long-arm quilting machine—is what everyone is talking about and learning to do! You can be a “perfectly imperfect quilter” like author Christa Watson or remember author Angela Walters’ advice that “finished is better than perfect.” Either way, you won’t want to miss out on all the amazing advice this pair shares in their new co-authored book The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting. In it, they share expert advice and encouragement on when, where, why, and how to use a long-arm or sit-down machine to finish your projects with flair. It’s a must-have resource guide for quilters trying to improve their quilting skills, no matter what machine they use.

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    Angela Walters and Christa Watson at Spring Quilt Market talking up their new book.

    Those were the top trends we spotted at Market. Which ones fire you up to make more quilts? We’d love to hear which ones you’re most excited about.


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  2. The coloring craze has arrived – for quilters (giveaway + contest!)

    A coloring craze is sweeping the nation! Millions of grown-ups (including yours truly) are recalling the carefree delight that coloring can bring. It’s relaxing, creative, portable—even a bit addictive! And really, who loves to play with color more than quilters? Well, get your colored pencils sharpened and your coloring hand rested and ready, because we’re so excited to announce the release of Color a Quilt, our brand-new coloring book that’s perfect for quilters and coloristas alike!

    Color a QuiltColor a Quilt includes 45 fun-to-color designs from popular That Patchwork Place® books. Information about each design is included on the coloring page, just in case you you want to sew a fabric replica of your artwork! Plus, we’ve gathered photos of all the designs on our website so you can see what they look like stitched up as quilts. Refer to the photo of the original quilt as a color guide, or use the coloring page as an opportunity to try out something completely different. Coloring gives you the chance to experiment and visualize a quilt design without the time commitment or money you’d invest in a real-life quilt.

    We couldn’t wait to start coloring here at the office! Here’s some of our handiwork, along with the original quilts:


    Buckwheat Star from Civil War Remembered by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene

    I’m a big fan of Star blocks and I love the Civil War reproduction fabrics of the original quilt, but I thought it would be fun to see how the design might look in an entirely different color scheme of fuchsia, red, and purple with a gray background.

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    Buckwheat Star, colored by Beth


    Leaf Pile from Stash Lab by Tonya Alexander

    I just love how Martingale book designer Connor colored the Leaf Pile design in a gradient of blues. It really shows how versatile the design can be depending on the color and placement of lights and darks.

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    Leaf Pile, colored by Connor


    Farmers’ Market from Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Appliqué

    Pat Sloan’s Farmers’ Market quilt features a bright and cheerful palette, so I used the original as a guide for choosing my colors. Cute!

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    Farmer’s Market, colored by Beth


    Daydream from Striking Strip Quilts by Kate Henderson

    Wendy, Martingale’s director of sales, tried out an alternating black and white background for the colorful spiderweb blocks, adding another neat layer to the design. Now I’m itching to try out this pattern!

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    Daydream, colored by Wendy


    Seeing Spots from Splash of Color by Jackie Kunkel

    I’ve been thinking about making a rainbow quilt but haven’t quite figured out a plan. The Seeing Spots coloring page gave me an easy way to take the idea for a test drive, and also really highlights the possibilities of the pattern.

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    Seeing Spots, colored by Beth


    Sallie’s Quilt from Tributes and Treasures by Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison

    Martingale marketing graphic designer Kathy used bright primary colors combined with black and white to color in Sallie’s Quilt from Tributes and Treasures. The bold combination emphasizes the graphic quality of the design.

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    Sallie’s Quilt, colored by Kathy

    And check out this fun hyperlapse video we filmed at Quilt Market last week! That’s me coloring.

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    CONTEST ALERT! We want to invite you to be a part of the Color a Quilt fun, so we’re also announcing a coloring contest! Simply buy a copy of Color a Quilt, do your best coloring, and post a photo of your colored quilt on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #coloraquilt. (Not on Instagram or Facebook? Snap a pic of your coloring and send it to jenny@martingale-pub.com.) Ten random winners will receive a book of their choosing. We’ll choose random winners on Monday, June 27. Good luck and happy coloring!


    Have you joined the coloring craze yet? Tell us in the comments!


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  3. 🏆 And the best way to applique designs of all kinds goes to… (+ sale!)

    Save 40% on select eBooks this week

    Do you suffer from appliphobia? Don’t let a fear of appliqué designs stop you from making the quilts you love. There are lots of ways to appliqué, and we know there’s a perfect method for you!

    Today we’re bestowing a few appliqué awards on eBooks that will help you learn, master, and most importantly, enjoy appliqué. Best of all, each eBook is instantly downloadable and on sale for 40% off this week! Which technique will you try first?


    Machine Applique for the Terrified Quilter🏆 Fastest appliqué technique: machine appliqué

    Learn how in Machine Appliqué for the Terrified Quilter

    If you think that life is too short to do handwork, this is the book for you! Author Sharon Pederson referred to appliqué as “the A word” until she learned that she could mimic the look of hand appliqué with her sewing machine. Her techniques for invisible, reversible, fusible, and padded machine appliqué will make you a convert.
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    Double Wedding Ring quilt

    Feeling a little less . . . terrified? See more >


    Design, Create, and Quilt🏆 Most artistic appliqué technique: Fast-Piece Appliqué

    Learn how in Design, Create, and Quilt

    Does the artist in you wish for appliqué know-how? Let quilt artist Rose Hughes grant that wish with her ingenious Fast-Piece Appliqué technique (watch Rose demonstrate it in this video). With her step-by-step guidance and incredible range of creative ideas and inspiration, you’ll be able to create any appliqué motif you can dream up!
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    Tree of Life quilt

    Rose’s sketching exercises will get your creativity flowing >


    Frayed-Edge Fun🏆 Most forgiving appliqué technique: raw-edge appliqué

    Learn how in Frayed-Edge Fun

    Who doesn’t love the fluffy, plushy goodness of a frayed-edge quilt? Try fun raw-edge appliqué and piecing techniques that are so easy, you may never want to hide your seams again! Other perks: worry-free wash-and-dry quilts, boo-boo proof block construction, and quilts that everyone will love to cuddle under.
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    For this clever Baby Blues quilt, the back side of blocks are folded and appliquéd to the front.

    See more from Frayed-Edge Fun >


    Mimi Dietrich's Favorite Applique Quilts🏆 Best slow-sewing technique: hand appliqué

    Learn how in Mimi Dietrich’s Favorite AppliquĂ© Quilts

    If you want to learn the mother of all appliqué techniques, learn from the best: Mimi Dietrich! Mimi’s array of books about hand-appliqué culminates in this beautiful collection of quilt designs—and with Mimi’s friendly guidance, any beginner can make them.

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    Make Mimi’s Songs for All Seasons quilt as a skinny quilt or a square quilt.


    Which appliqué techniques have you tried: machine appliqué, Fast Piece Appliqué, raw-edge appliqué, hand appliqué? Tell us your favorite in the comments!

    Save 40% on select eBooks this week


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  4. ⏰ FLASH SALE! 16 terrific table-runner patterns – take a peek

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    The-Dahlia-is-a-Diva-table-runnerDrape. Hang. Tuck.

    Tack. Fold. Ruffle.

    However you display them, it’s easy to say YES! to decorating with table runners—that you make yourself!

    Using a runner to brighten up any space is a simple task. And since runners run around a quarter of the size of an average throw quilt, you know that sewing speed is built in.

    When you stitch a stash of runners from today’s flash-sale eBook, Skinny Quilts and Table Runners II, you’ll be able to spruce up a room with a dash of color, a ton of texture, or a splash of the season. For any reason! Runners are fun to make, quick to stow away, and easy to display. (Not to mention a great handmade gift to give.) And the showcase of popular designers in Skinny Quilts and Table Runners II will inspire you. Take a peek:
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    Clockwise from top left: Wisteria Lane by Melinda Bula; Rhubarb Crisp Runner by Jo Morton; Rungs by Karla Alexander; Starry Night by Karen Costello Soltys, Las Hojas del Otoño (Autumn Leaves) by Jane Dávila; An American in Paris by Joanna Figueroa.

    See all 16 projects—get them all for only $6.00 right now >


    Skinny Quilts and Table RunnersWant more runner patterns from popular designers?

    Get the book that started the “skinny” series: Skinny Quilts and Table Runners! Try out a new technique or style without committing to a lot of time or fabric. You’ll find designs from Kaffe Fassett, Jane Sassaman, Marti Michell, and many more.
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    What spot needs a “skinny” spruce up in your home: a skinny wall, a skinny shelf, a skinny table top? Tell us in the comments!


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  5. Win at gift giving all year long – sew many gifts! (+ giveaway!)

    Get ready to be thanked, appreciated, admired, and hugged. Because when you sew gifts for others, gratitude is their return gift to you!

    Sew Many GiftsIf you like to sew gifts but sometimes wonder what to make for someone special—or if you’ve never sewn gifts before but would like to start—let the new book Sew Many Gifts become your go-to gift guide. It’s packed with treasures to treat those you love. And because you love to sew, you treat yourself too!

    Gift ideas are sorted into categories, making it a cinch to find a unique handmade gift for most anyone on your gift list throughout the year. The designer roster is an impressive one too, including Amy Smart, Gail Pan, Amy Struckmeyer, Sarah Bisel, and Natalie Barnes. These popular Martingale authors can’t wait to inspire you!

    Take a peek at just one gift idea from each chapter of Sew Many Gifts—visit this link to see every gift idea in the book.

    Gifts to Wear

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    Fat-Quarter Apron and Pot Holder by Beth Bradley

    A sweet kitchen set is perfect for a foodie, a bride, or a new home owner—and you can easily make it in a weekend or less.

    See all 3 gifts to wear >

    Gifts for the Home

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    Bloom Pillow by Andy Knowlton

    This pretty pillow relies on fusible appliqué and a straight stitch around raw edges. Construction’s as easy as smelling spring flowers!

    See all 7 gifts for the home >

    Gifts for Sewing Pals

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    Biscornu Patchwork Pincushion by Adrienne Smitke

    The French word “biscornu” means quirky (in the best way!), making Biscornu the perfect name for this uniquely shaped pincushion.

    See all 4 gifts for sewing pals >

    Gifts for Those on the Go

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    Glam on the Go Travel Case by Natalie Barnes

    Imagine sewing this Glam on the Go travel case to give to someone special, along with special jewelry tucked inside!

    See all 5 gifts for those on the go >


    Who’s next on your gift list: a family member, a friend, a sewing buddy . . . yourself? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Sew Many Gifts eBook. We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

    Need to sew a gift NOW? Purchase Sew Many Gifts at ShopMartingale.com and you can instantly download the eBook for free. Or buy only the eBook and SAVE $8.00.


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  6. Serve up pretty patchwork at the kitchen table (+ sale!)

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    Table runners remind us of Hershey’s Kisses, Milk Duds, Junior Mints, and Skittles . . . Each piece is its own tiny treasure. And try as you might, you can’t stop at one!
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    Table Toppers

    The seasons and reasons may change, but there’s always a place to show off a little quilt you’ve made. You can play with different shapes and sizes—for instance, set a square topper in a diamond shape, let longer runners drape over table edges, or group a set of three small, square toppers together. And of course, the table isn’t the only place that you can show off smaller quilts. Hang them on walls, drape them over chairs, toss ’em over a cabinet door, line a basket . . . the possibilities are practically endless.

    When you whip up a quilt from one of our sale books this week you’ll save 20%, get FREE shipping in the US and Canada, and be on your way to stitching a stack of happy little quilts to grace your table all year long.


    If you like VARIETY, you’ll love
    Table Toppers: Quilted Projects from Fons and Porter

    Short, long, square, skinny, classic, contemporary—these table-runner treats from Fons and Porter will inspire you every which way. Experiment with a new color palette, learn a helpful technique, show off your quilting . . . with this diverse collection, you’ll have fun trying it all.
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    Don’t miss the watermelon runner—perfect for summer >
    $19.99 $15.99 + FREE shipping
    eBook-only $11.99


    If you like a MODERN VIBE, you’ll love
    Set the Table: 11 Designer Patterns for Table Runners

    For a new challenge, a speedy gift, or a stress-free sewing spree, these runners from popular designers make great go-to projects. Turn out one of these pretty quilts in a weekend or less!
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    Can you find the runner that’s an ode to the cocktail shaker? >
    $16.99 $13.59 + FREE shipping
    eBook-only $9.59


    If you like SEASONAL SENTIMENTS, you’ll love
    Stitch on the Double: Easy Quilt Projects to Sew on the Go
    by Kathleen Brown

    If you can do a running stitch, you know the basics of the Double Stitch technique. Follow this easy hand-piecing method to get the warm, textured look of hand quilting as you sew. You’ll be amazed at how much sewing you can complete in as little as 10 or 15 minutes!
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    See the sweet tulip topper featuring its own buzzing bees >
    $24.99 $19.99 + FREE shipping
    eBook-only $13.59


    If you like . . . PICTURE-PERFECT PATCHWORK, you’ll love
    A Year of Paper Piecing: 12 Sensational Seasonal Designs
    by Beverly Maxvill

    What better way to practice your paper piecing than on a dozen small, quick-to-complete quilts? By the time you finish December’s Cardinal in Wreath quilt, you’ll be a pro—and you’ll have a year’s worth of pictorial quilts to prove it.
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    A Year of Paper Piecing (Don’t forget the papers!)

    A guide to paper piecing will help you along the way >
    $26.95 $21.56 + FREE shipping
    eBook-only $15.16


    What’s decorating your table right now: a quilt, a candlescape, a bowl of fruit…your sewing machine? Tell us in the comments!


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  7. 🎄Make your next Christmas a Kim Diehl Christmas🎄(+ fabric giveaway!)

    Kim Diehl fans, we’ve been waiting sooooo long for this moment! And today it’s finally here—the moment when we get to raise our glasses of eggnog from ’round a toasty holiday hearth and say:

    Merry Christmas from Kim Diehl!

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    Kim’s first-ever book dedicated to the holiday season—destined to be her 10th bestseller—will have you dreaming of December and wishing for snow. Ask us how we know . . . we’ve been dreaming and wishing since we saw Kim’s Christmas projects arrive in the office!

    Seriously, are you itching to stitch these Scrap-Basket Stockings as much as we are?
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    Sew delightful!

    In Simple Christmas Tidings, Kim celebrates the magic of the holidays as only she can. Her rich, scrappy color palette will warm your home and charm your guests. From classic to whimsical, Kim’s got lots of treats for you this Christmas—and they’re not only of the fabric variety. She’ll share her holiday decorating ideas, tried-and-true recipes, and treasured traditions with you too!
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    Today we’re thrilled to have Kim here as a guest writer to give you a peek inside her latest book. Welcome back, Kim!

    But first…


    FABRIC GIVEAWAY! Our friends at Henry Glass have given us this beautiful bundle of 16 fat eighths from Kim’s “Winter Blessings” line to give away to you!

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    Learn how you can win this pretty collection plus a copy of Simple Christmas Tidings at the bottom of this post. And be sure to visit the Henry Glass blog today; they’re having a Kim Diehl celebration and giveaway too!


    Kim-DiehlChristmas in May? Absolutely! If you’re a quiltmaker and you’d like to wrap yourself (and your family) in a little handmade goodness when the snow begins to fly, now is the PERFECT time to start planning, dreaming, and stitching for the holidays.

    Simple Christmas Tidings is such a labor of love and so very special to me, because it gave me the opportunity to design and stitch a huge variety of quilts and projects using blocks and motifs loved by generations of quilters. And what an honor to share some of my favorite holiday recipes, decorating tips, and ideas that make my home sparkle during the chilliest of winter days, as well as traditions I’ve enjoyed with my family through the years.
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    Winter Delight Candle Mat

    My very favorite holiday quilts and projects are those that don’t scream “Christmas!,” because I’m able to use and display them for the entire season (or even longer), not just for the holidays. With this in mind, you’ll find tons of classic patchwork and appliqué designs, richly hued colors in both cotton prints and wooly fabrics, and a huge variety of projects from big to small that use lots of easy techniques.
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    Snowman Shenanigans Wall Hanging

    My mother used to tell me that good things come in small packages, and she was so right! It feels incredibly good to start AND finish quick little projects, and Christmas Baubles are just the thing for a dose of instant gratification. Quick-to-stitch wooly snowmen and penny ornaments, a sprinkling of fabric yo-yos, and patchwork stars can be whipped up in a jiffy. Best of all, they can be tied onto doorknobs and handles for a dollop of holiday cheer all through the house, or they can be shared with special people in your life when you tie them onto gift bags and packages. Everyone loves receiving a little homemade cheer!
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    Christmas Baubles

    Thanks so much for letting me share Simple Christmas Tidings with you. I hope you’ll take a few moments to break out your favorite holiday music, sip on a yummy beverage, and curl up in your favorite chair with the book as you dream about Christmas!
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    Twinkle Trees Table Topper


    Simple-Christmas-TidingsThanks for sharing your holiday cheer with us, Kim!

    What is your holiday home in need of: a new table topper for your Christmas feast, new stockings to stuff with treats, new ornaments to decorate the tree? Tell us in the comments and you could win the beautiful bundle of Kim’s “Winter Blessings” fabric from Henry Glass PLUS a copy of Simple Christmas Tidings. We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck—and happy holidays!
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  8. De-stash in a flash ⚡ play with your yarn today (+ giveaway!)

    Best-selling author Jen Lucas is back with a new book—and we can’t wait to share her BIG idea with you!
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    Jen’s big idea is inspired by her BIG stash of yarns. Those hanks, balls, and skeins of yarn all have one thing in common: they’re greater in weight than the delicate sock yarns she designed with in her first three books.

    In Cozy Stash-Busting Knits, you’ll find beautiful accessories to knit up quick—and they’re quick in part because they rely on heavier-weight yarns. Think DK, worsted, and Aran-weight yarns, plus bulky and super-bulky weights too. That’s a lot of yarn types covered. So whether your yarn stash is BIG or small, you can bet that Jen will have the perfect project for you in her latest book!
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    Jen’s all about texture and touchability, and her work shows it. But if you’re on the beginning arc of the knitting continuum, Jen’s already picked out the perfect projects from Cozy Stash-Busting Knits for you—see below. Welcome, Jen!


    Jen-LucasI’ve written a lot of books about sock yarn. I love the stuff. When it came time to write my next book, however, I was ready for something bigger. I used up a lot of my sock-yarn stash over the last few years while working on Sock-Yarn Shawls, Sock-Yarn Shawls II, and Sock-Yarn Accessories, and what it left was a sizeable stash of thicker yarn. I loved the idea of challenging myself to design patterns in bulkier yarns. That’s how Cozy Stash-Busting Knits was born.

    The book contains a wide variety of patterns. You’ll find shawls (of course), as well as cowls, scarves, hats, and more. With 22 projects in the book, there’s sure to be a few projects heading to your knitting needles. Here are some of my favorites:

    Damsel, the shawl featured on the cover of the book, is at the top of my favorites list. The intriguing stitch pattern combined with the ultra-squishy Tosh DK from Madelinetosh makes for a lovely shawl. It doesn’t hurt that the shawl also features a knitted-on lace border—one of my favorite shawl techniques.
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    The body of Damsel contains an allover stitch pattern. The same stitch is slightly modified and used in the border.

    Merope is a great fingerless-mitts pattern, perfect for experimenting with variegated yarns in your yarn stash. Slipped stitches and small cables create texture and help break up color blocks in the yarn.
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    These fingerless mitts are worked as mirror images of each other, keeping the knitting interesting so you’ll have no problem starting (and finishing) the second one!

    There are lots of hats in the book, but I think my favorite has to be Norfolk. The stitch pattern, which would typically be seen on a fisherman’s sweater, adds interest to an otherwise plain hat. The combination of a simple hat with a textured Guernsey pattern makes for quick and fun knitting!
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    The charming diamond motif on this hat is created by a simple knit-and-purl stitch pattern.

    Hopefully you’ll find a few new favorite patterns in Cozy Stash-Busting Knits too!


    Cozy Stash-Busting KnitsThanks for giving us a peek into your new book, Jen!

    When it comes to yarn are you a) a certified stasher, b) a use-it-as-you-buy-it knitter, or c) a knitting newcomer? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of Cozy Stash-Busting Knits in eBook form! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    Want to start making a dent in your yarn stash ASAP? Buy Cozy Stash-Busting Knits at our website—get the print book (with free eBook) or just the eBook—download instantly and start knitting just minutes from now.


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  9. Moda All-Stars All in a Row: replacement copies available

    Posted by on May 10, 2016, in quilting & sewing, ,

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    ***REVISED COPIES NOW AVAILABLE***

    Martingale let you down, which is the last thing we would ever want to do. We can appreciate how frustrating this situation might be for you. For that, we are very sorry.

    The final file of Moda All-Stars All In a Row that was sent to the printer was a prior uncorrected version. Because of this, mistakes were printed in Moda All-Stars All In a Row. Though the book was carefully edited per our usual style, the edits were not reflected in the file used to print the book. It was Martingale’s error and we take full responsibility. The mistake was due to human error that should never have happened.

    We regret this error and hope you will accept Martingale’s sincerest apologies. FREE REPLACEMENT COPIES ARE NOW AVAILABLE with final corrections reflected. Details on how to get your replacement copy are provided at this link: http://www.shopmartingale.com/moda-all-stars-all-in-a-row-replacement.html

    Questions? Give us a call at 800-426-3126 and we’ll do our best to help. Again, many apologies for the error.


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  10. Baby quilts for summer arrivals (+ sale!)

    Save 40% on select eBooks this week!

    Babies! Oh, how we love them. Those chubby cheeks, their itty-bitty toes, and that special baby smell are just the best thing ever. I sure wish my kids were as ready to have kids as I am to be an Oma. I will just have to be patient for a few more years. In the meantime, I’ll have to be content to snuggle my friends’ grandbabies.

    It seems like late summer is prime time for baby arrivals. It’s so easy to get caught up in summer activities only to find yourself scrambling to get that gift done, so we thought we’d help you out by putting a few of our baby quilt books on sale NOW. Take a look:


    Lickety-Split Quilts for Little Ones
    Lickety-Split Quilts for Little Ones by Laurie Bevan

    Sewing on a deadline? Large blocks + cute fabrics = Lickety-Split quilts!

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    Wish on a Star quilt from
    Lickety-Split Quilt for Little Ones

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    Baby Elephant quilt from
    Lickety-Split Quilt for Little Ones


    Baby's First Quilts
    Baby’s First Quilts by Nancy J. Martin

    New to quiltmaking? The patterns in Baby’s First Quilts are not only cute enough to be baby’s first quilts to snuggle, but many of them are simple enough to be Grandma’s and Auntie’s first quilts to stitch, too!

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    Baby’s First Quilts


    More Quilts for Baby
    More Quilts for Baby by Ursula Reikes

    Need a pattern for a novelty print? More Quilts for Baby is another great book for simple, quick-to-stitch designs. Choose a fabulous focus fabric, pull a few colors out of it, and then sit back and wait for the accolades at the baby shower.

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    Sweet and Simple Baby Quilts
    Sweet and Simple Baby Quilts by Mary Hickey

    When it comes to Sweet and Simple Baby Quilts, the title says it all. Adorable quilts feature themes to suit every taste: sailboats, hearts, baskets, airplanes, and more!

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    Family Hearts and Sunny Sailors from Sweet and Simple Baby Quilts


    Who are YOU sewing for this summer? Tell us in the comments!


    Sewing-in-America-survey

    A quick reminder: our friends at Sew News want to know what makes you tick! Their Sewing in America survey is now live, so head on over and share a little about your sewing life – you’ll get a free digital pattern AND be entered to win a $500 gift certificate when you’re done! Start the survey here.


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