1. Perfect knitted scarves for your stash! (+ giveaway)

    Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

    From Knitted ScarvesWe know it happens. You were browsing the local yarn shop and ended up buying a few special skeins with no pattern in mind—gasp!

    No need to worry—even if those skeins have been sitting in your stash for months, we’ve just released a new booklet of popular designs by Sheryl Thies that can be knit in a variety of yarn weights. Show off that special fiber!

    We’ve paired patterns from Knitted Scarves by Sheryl Thies with four common yarn weights (you’ve probably already got them in your stash!). If you’re not sure what weight yarn you’ve got, check out this handy chart from the Craft Yarn Council.

    Worsted Weight

    Fishnet scarf from Knitted Scarves Knit a fishnet-inspired design. Find this + 4 more ocean-inspired designs that are perfect for worsted-weight yarn in Knitted Scarves.

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    Add an extra skein to turn this scarf into a wall hanging instead. Embellish with shells for a nautical theme!

    DK Weight

    Scallop shell scarf from Knitted Scarves Show off your DK-weight yarn with lovely scallop shells or one of 3 more designs in Knitted Scarves.

    Sport Weight

    Goldfish tail scarf from Knitted Scarves Sport-weight yarn is perfect for delicate goldfish tails. Find this pattern in Knitted Scarves.

    Bulky Weight

    Cabled wrap from Knitted Scarves Balance bulky weight with a tasseled and textured cabled scarf. Find this pattern in Knitted Scarves.

    Knitted Scarves

    You’ll get these patterns + 7 more designs inspired by the sea when you buy Knitted Scarves at ShopMartingale.com. For just $12.99, you’ll get the book + the eBook version for free right away.


    Which comes first for you: the yarn or the pattern? Tell us in the comments and you’ll be entered to win an eBook copy of Knitted Scarves. We’ll pick the winner one week from today and notify them by email.


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  2. A girl finally becomes a quilter—thanks to YOU!

    From Simple Quilts from Me and My Sister DesignsIn February, I shared my love-hate relationship with wanting to become a quilter. I told you how my first attempt went (spoiler alert: not so great) and how I was fearful of trying again—until authors Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson showed me a couple of techniques that made it seem so easy (you can see the techniques here).

    In my previous post I asked you what you wish you’d known before you started quilting, and while many helpful tips and tricks were mentioned, one resounding sentiment was shared by most of you: “I wish I’d known how much I would love it!” you cried. “If I had known that, I would have taken the leap much, much sooner.”

    This left such an impression on me (the same way Barb and Mary’s four-patch method did!) that I shared it with Karen Johnson, our director of sales and marketing. She asked what we were waiting for, and offered to sew with me on a couple of afternoons.

    And guess what? With her help, I did it! I actually finished a quilted pillow from start to finish: cutting, pressing, and stitching; trimming, quilting, and binding. The verdict? It was a million times more successful than my first attempt, thanks to Karen’s help along the way, and I suddenly realized the quilting monster in the closet was not just imaginary, but was quite a friendly imaginary monster as well.

    Here’s a photo of my first four-patch blocks using Barb and Mary’s method:

    Sarah's first four-patch blocks

    Not too shabby! Within a few hours I had my pillow top:

    Sarahs-pillow-top

    I’m beaming because I’m so happy I got this far! Check out my quilting and binding skills—I’m super proud of my results:

    Pillow-details

    I’m so grateful to Barb and Mary for sharing their wonderful beginner-friendly tips with me, Karen for taking me under her wing, and to YOU for encouraging me to explore something I might love. You were right—I did love it! I’m eyeing this one for my next project, from Simple Quilts from Me & My Sister Designs:

    From Simple Quilts from Me and My Sister Designs


    Who taught you to quilt? Who could you teach to quilt? Tell us in the comments—then go plan a sewing day with them, stat! Simple Quilts from Me & My Sister Designs is a great place to start and will take beginners through all the basics.


    250+ ePatterns on sale for $1.23 this week


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  3. Secrets for improv quilting: start with a road map (video)

    Quilt details from Becoming a Confident QuilterSew two pieces of fabric together and see where it leads you.

    Think that defines improvisational quilting?

    For some, that approach may feel like a safe place to start. But if you’re like many quilters, no matter how cool an improv quilt may look, the thought of rules-free quilting can seem overwhelming.

    But what if you could learn more about improv quilting in baby steps—just a few exercises to warm up to common improvisational techniques?

    Becoming a Confident QuilterFor author Elizabeth Dackson—a self-proclaimed Type-A personality—the key to making your first improvisational quilt is to start with a road map: a start-to-finish pattern (yes, a pattern with instructions and everything!) that lets you try wonky quilt blocks with angled seams and shows you how to twist and turn blocks to get that carefree, improv look.

    When we met up with Elizabeth at Quilt Market, she told us about one special project in her book, Becoming a Confident Quilter, that lets quilters try their hand at what seems like a spontaneous, unplanned kind of design. Her secret: it doesn’t have to be! See what she says about her quilt “Wonky Fences” in the video below.


    Reading this in email? See the “Improv Quilting: with a Roadmap!” video at the Stitch This! blog or watch it on YouTube.


    Cutting charts and placement guides are all provided—you get the look of spontaneity and the comfort of a predetermined plan.

    Wonky Fences quilt
    LEARN IT!
    Try improv piecing in “Wonky Fences” (make the full-size quilt or the smaller version)

    Improv quilting is just one of the techniques to try in Becoming a Confident Quilter. Check out more techniques that Elizabeth covers in her book:

    Lattice of Stars quilt
    LEARN IT!
    Sew half-square triangles and Flying Geese units in “Lattice of Stars” (try the full-size or smaller version)

    Deconstructed Beads quilt
    LEARN IT! Embrace negative space in “Deconstructed Beads”

    Wham! quilt
    LEARN IT! Try paper piecing in “Wham!”

    Find 14 skill-building quilt patterns in Becoming a Confident Quilter 

    Stock up your quilting tool belt and see where it leads you!


    Improv quilting: dive in, dip a toe, or stay ashore? Share your thoughts in the comments!


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  4. Back-to-school cool: cute sewing projects

    Is it me getting older or do the days seem to go by faster all the time? Just when I get into the swing of summer the stores start advertising back-to-school supplies. But if the season is changing that quickly, then it’s time to think about stitching up something special to help your little ones (or big ones) start the year off right.

    Check out these fun-to-make, fun-to-use school sewing projects. Some are super quick and easy for you busy moms (who might be counting the days until the kids are back in school, but we won’t tell!); others are perfect for grandmas like me who may have a little more sewing time available. Whatever you choose to stitch, you’ll be sending the kids off with a bit of yourself, like a warm hug to get them through the day.

    Time for Class

    Keep pencils and pens organized with this colorful pencil pouch from Sew Gifts!. Add the matching book cover for a really special set.

    From Sew Gifts!

    If your student carries a tablet or laptop to class, check out the quirky “Mustachioed Man” tablet case (made from easy-to-sew felt) from Everyday Handmade or the “Color-Block iPad Cover” from Sew Gifts!.

    Mustachioed Man tablet case Color-Block iPad Cover

    Lunch Time

    Girls of all ages will love keeping their lunch money safe in this adorable “Ladybug Coin Purse” from Everyday Handmade. And for kids who carry their lunch from home, these quick-and-easy reusable snack bags from Sew the Perfect Gift are easy to clean and oh-so-green. Be sure to tuck a little note in with their favorite snacks!

    Ladybug Coin Purse Lunch Break Reusable Bags

    Nap Time/Nighttime

    Does your little preschooler need a nap quilt? “Monkey in the Middle” from Fast, Flirty, and Fun makes great use of novelty fabric and strips (it’s also available as an ePattern). “Head in the Clouds” is a soft, pretty design sure to encourage sweet dreams. Find the pattern in Everyday Handmade.

    Monkey in the Middle quilt Head in the Clouds quilt

    No need to stop with nap quilts: why not make a new quilt for everyone who’s starting a new school year, whether it’s for cuddling under at home or carrying off to college? These two versatile patterns from Young at Heart Quilts can be adapted easily to different fabric styles.

    From Young at Heart Quilts
    Also available as ePatterns: “Brickwork” and “Cherry Blossoms

    After School

    Many kids let themselves into the house after school. Here are two great ideas for keeping track of that important house key. The “Wristlet Key Holder” from Sew Gifts! is a clever way to carry a key and some lunch money. Also featured in Sew Gifts!, the “Card and Key Wallet” has a place for a driver’s license, student ID card, and a little cash.

    From Sew Gifts!

    What’s your favorite back-to-school tradition? Tell us in the comments!


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  5. Easy as 1-2-3: 250+ ePatterns for $1.23 each!

    There’s something so satisfying about easy quilt patterns. You have your fun, and then you’re done! So today, we’re making EASY our theme:

    This week only - select ePatterns for $1.23 each

    This week only, choose from 250+ digital quilt patterns that will be easy on your time and your budget. Pick up as many ePatterns as you like for only $1.23 each!

    What’s also easy? No coupon codes and no shipping costs. Click on a link, drop your favorite ePatterns into your cart, and proceed to checkout (at just $1.23 a pop, you can pile ’em up). Download ePatterns instantly and start a project minutes from now.

    Stock up on ePatterns in every category below—think decorating, holidays, housewarmings, birthdays, picnics, and more. And “just because.” After all, they’re easy as 1-2-3!

    Sale ends August 3 at midnight.

    Fruit Basket quiltMatilija Poppies quiltGriddle Cakes quilt
    Fruit Basket,” “Matilija Poppies,” “Griddle Cakes

    Browse 150+ quick-and-easy ePatterns

    Flying Shuttles quiltChristmas Goose quiltVintage Cherries quilt
    Flying Shuttles,” “Christmas Goose,” “Vintage Cherries

    Stash too fat? Stock up on 20+ fat-quarter friendly ePatterns

    Bali Sea Star quiltSlushie quiltCircles and Chains quilt
    Bali Sea Star,” “Slushie,” “Circles and Chains

    Unroll and you’re ready to sew: browse 50+ Jelly Roll ePatterns

    Ladybugs! quiltBeginner's Luck quiltNickel Bricks quilt
    Ladybugs!,” “Beginner’s Luck,” “Nickel Bricks

    Stitch up those squares! See 16 charm-square ePatterns

    Dripping Diamonds quiltSunny Days quiltFarmer's Favorite quilt
    Dripping Diamonds,” “Sunny Days,” “Farmer’s Favorite

    Strip, strip, hooray! Browse 75+ strip-piecing ePatterns

    Little Dominoes quiltBinky Squares quilt Framed Square quilt
    Little Dominoes,” “Binky Squares,” “Framed Square

    Small size, quick to quilt: see 60 ePatterns for little ones

    Mocha Stars quiltSerendipity Sampler quiltOld-Fashioned Hospitality quilt
    Mocha Stars,” Serendipity Sampler,” “Old-Fashioned Hospitality

    Invisible machine appliqué: learn how with Kim Diehl ePatterns

    Pastel Pinwheels quiltAmericana Nine Patch quiltJapanese Circles quilt
    Pastel Pinwheels,” “Americana Nine Patch,” “Japanese Circles

    Fun to start, quick to finish: browse 17 small-quilt ePatterns

    Rings and Things quiltCharming Garden quiltVintage Bow Ties quilt
    Rings and Things,” “Charming Garden,” “Vintage Bow Ties

    It doesn’t get easier than this! Browse ePatterns for beginners


    What makes quilting easy for you: size, speed, or simply finding the time? Tell us in the comments!


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  6. Stop dreaming, start doing! 7 top projects

    Posted by on July 25, 2014, in crochet & knitting, ,

    Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

    From Tunisian Crochet TodaySo you’ve been perusing Pinterest, and you’ve dreamt of freshening up your decor, and you’re itching to try something new. With so many ideas and so little time, how do you go beyond dreaming and start doing?

    Let us help! We’ve compiled popular projects into budget-friendly booklets just for you. For less than 15 bucks, you can get Tunisian Crochet Today, a simple booklet with 5 curated, coordinating projects for home + 2 versatile crocheted bags for you—as well as a quick primer on the technique (if you haven’t tried it). Voilà: learn something new and get a fresh new look!

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    VIDEO: Check out this post to watch 4 Tunisian crochet how-to videos by Sheryl Thies.

    Tunisian crochet creates a weave-like tapestry—with the right yarn, it’s perfect for today’s popular nautical or shabby-chic themes (virtually your entire Pinterest feed, right?). Imagine the afghan above in a chunky, neutral-colored yarn. Mm!

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    From Tunisian Crochet Today

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    Tunisian Crochet Today

    Trés chic! Find these patterns in Tunisian Crochet Today plus:

    • 2 additional pillows
    • 1 additional bag
    • Reversible placemats

    For just $12.99 you’ll get the Tunisian Crochet Today booklet + the eBook version for free right away at ShopMartingale.com. Less scrolling and more crocheting = one happy yarn-lover!

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    What do you pin more of: crafty inspiration or everything else? Tell us in the comments and you’ll be entered to win an eBook version of Tunisian Crochet Today! We’ll pick a winner one week from today and notify you by email if you win.

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  7. Got fat quarters? Make fun-size quilts (+ 16 giveaways!)

    From Fun-Size Quilts

    Got fat quarters? Today’s the day to invite them out to play!

    We issued a challenge to popular designers: create a quilt no bigger than a fat quarter. The result? The new book Fun-Size Quilts! And although this unique collection of small quilt patterns is fat-quarter friendly, you can invite your fat eighths, scraps, and yardage to play along.

    Fun-Size QuiltsTo celebrate the release of Fun-Size Quilts, we’ve invited each designer to join the fun. Visit each designer’s blog below and enter to win a copy of the Fun-Size Quilts eBook. Enter at each blog (including ours) and you’ll have 16 chances to win!

    Can’t wait to start your next fat-quarter quilt? Buy Fun-Size Quilts today and instantly download the eBook for free. And if you make a quilt from the book, post a photo of it to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram with the hashtag #funsizequilts—we’d love to see and share it!

    Now, feast your eyes on all 19 fun-size quilts from the book. It’s gonna be one of those “once you start, you can’t stop” kind of quilting adventures!


    To-Do List quilt
    “To-Do List”
    by Debbie Grifka
    Esch House Quilts
    Four Patch Shift quilt
    “Four-Patch Shift”
    by Julie Herman
    Jaybird Quilts
    Quiltalicious quilt“Quiltalicious”
    by Melissa Corry
    Happy Quilting
    Garden Variety quilt“Garden Variety”
    by Heather Valentine
    The Sewing Loft
    A Banner Day quilt
    “A Banner Day”
    by Jocelyn Ueng
    Fat Quarter Shop
    Hedgehog Heyday quilt
    “Hedgehog Heyday”
    by Cheri Leffler
    Cheri Leffler Designs
    Fox in a Box quilt
    “Fox in a Box”
    by Jeni Baker
    In Color Order
    Tapa Cloth quilt
    “Tapa Cloth”
    by Natalie Barnes
    beyond the reef
    White Stars quilt
    “White Stars”
    by Julie Herman
    Jaybird Quilts
    Sunshine quilt
    “Sunshine”
    by Kimberly Jolly
    Fat Quarter Shop
    My Little Garden quilt
    “My Little Garden”
    by Jackie White
    Jackie’s Art Quilts
    HI! quilt
    “HI!”
    by Kimberly Jolly
    Fat Quarter Shop
    Starlight quilt
    “Starlight”
    by Elizabeth Dackson
    Don’t Call Me Betsy
    Skyline quilt
    “Skyline”
    by Emily Herrick
    Crazy Old Ladies
    Elongated Triangles quilt
    “Elongated Triangles”
    by Missy Shepler
    Missy Stitches
    Stalagstripes quilt
    “Stalagstripes”
    by Pippa Eccles Armbrester
    Pippa Quilts
    Perhaps quilt
    “Perhaps”
    by Thomas Knauer
    Thomas Knauer Sews
    Particularly Joyful quilt
    “Particularly Joyful”
    by Victoria L. Eapen
    Spun Sugar Quilts
    Woven Stars quilt
    “Woven Stars”
    by Rebecca Silbaugh
    Ruby Blue Quilting Studio

    To enter our giveaway of the Fun-Size Quilts eBook, answer this question in the comments:

    How many fat quarters do you own? (A ballpark number will do!)

    We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

    Comments are closed for this post.

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

    “Since I am a beginner quilter, I only have a small amount. 50, I actually counted them.”

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


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  8. Hot topic! Paper-piecing tips, part 3 (+ sale!)

    Posted by on July 23, 2014, in quilting & sewing, ,

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    50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced StarsOur series on paper piecing wraps up today with another great tip from the “Queen of Paper Piecing,” Carol Doak. This tip on choosing the right paper comes from her book 50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars.

    Paper piecing quick tip--which paper is best
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    Papers for Foundation PiecingIf you’re looking for the right paper to use, try our Papers for Foundation Piecing. We’ve designed these papers to be just sturdy enough to withstand machine stitching but still light enough to see through and tear easily!

    Now that you’re armed with great tips and have dipped your toe into the foundation-piecing pool, perhaps you’re ready for a project that is just a little more challenging? Showstopping Quilts to Foundation Piece by Tricia Lund and Judy Pollard has projects that will produce those “oohs” and “ahhs” we all love to hear! Best of all, it’s on sale—40% off this week only!


    Showstopping Quilts to Foundation Piece
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    Showstopping Quilts to Foundation Piece from top right: “Parisian Foundations,” “Summer Feathered Star,” and “Baskets”

    Download Showstopping Quilts to Foundation Piece for only $11.39 through July 27


    We’d like to hear about some of YOUR paper piecing experiences! How did your last project go: Triumph, learning experience, or in-between? Tell us all about it in the comments!

    You might also like:
    Hot topic! Paper-piecing tips, part 1
    Hot topic! Paper-piecing tips, part 2


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  9. Hot topic! Paper-piecing tips, part 2 (+ sale)

    Posted by on July 22, 2014, in quilting & sewing, ,

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    A Paper-Pieced GardenOur short series on paper-pieced quilts continues today with another great tip for you! Knowing how to cut out your fabric pieces to ensure they’ll cover the next piece of a pattern can be challenging—ask me how I know! I love this great tip from Maaike Bakker and Françoise Maarse from their book A Paper-Pieced Garden.

    Quick tip--templates for paper piecing
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    Here’s a visual example of Maaike and Françoise’s tip:

    Cutting templates for paper piecing


    Quilter's Home: SummerOn sale this week only: Quilter’s Home: Summer by Lois Krushina Fletcher. It doesn’t get much more summery than watermelon, flip-flops, lemonade, beach balls, and picnic baskets! This super-fun paper-pieced design will conjure up summer for you whenever you need it—no matter what the weatherman says.
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    From Quilters Home: Summer
    Download Quilter’s Home: Summer for only $8.99 through July 27


    How many projects have YOU paper pieced? Tell us in the comments!


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  10. Hot topic! Paper-piecing tips, part 1 (+ sale)

    Posted by on July 21, 2014, in quilting & sewing, ,

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    Show Me How to Paper PieceAre you a paper piecer? Most quilters I know are either enthusiastically in the “Yes!” camp or most emphatically in the “No!” camp. Some of us (me included) are on the fence. Perhaps with a few tips from our paper-piecing experts, some of us can find a new place to camp!

    If you know a little about paper piecing, you might know that you’re supposed to do different things on different sides of the paper pattern. But how do you know which side is which? Below is a terrific tip from Carol Doak, from her book Show Me How to Paper Piece. It really helped me look at paper-pieced quilts in a whole new way!

    Quick tip: paper-piecing patterns
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    Want to try paper piecing on a small scale? Have a look at Quilts for Mantels and More, on sale for 40% off this week (only $8.97). You’ll be able to spruce up your home AND hone your paper-piecing skills without committing to a big quilt!

    Quilts for Mantels and More

    See more seasonal projects from Quilts for Mantels and More

    Papers for Foundation PiecingPaper piecing is always more successful when you have the proper tools. Our Papers for Foundation Piecing work on almost any home printer or photocopier and tear easily when the time comes to remove the paper from your project.
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    Where do you “camp” in the world of paper piecing: yes, no, or on the fence? Tell us in the comments!


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