1. Be the star of the baby shower: free knitting pattern x 3!

    Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

    Spring means colorful flowers, bright green leaves, and, of course, baby showers! Why not combine all three in an adorable handmade gift that’s quick and easy to knit? We’ve got a darling blanket, hat, and bootie set that any Mom-to-be would adore—and best of all, the pattern is free.
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    Free knitting pattern: blanket, hat, and booties
    FREE PATTERN: “Flowers” from Blankets, Hats, and Booties by Kristin Spurkland

    This matching set from Blankets, Hats, and Booties is knit in a simple stockinette stitch with eye-catching borders in Irish moss stitch, and is accentuated by appliquéd flowers and leaves. Customize the color scheme with yarn from your stash or a trip to your local yarn store for the recipient’s favorite shades.

    Sign in or register to download your free pattern right now.

    If you’re in the market for more delightful baby patterns to knit, be sure to check out our sweet selection!
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    From Knits for Kids
    From Knits for Kids: Patterns for Boys and Girls
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    From Knit a Monster Nursery
    From Knit a Monster Nursery: Practical and Playful Knitted Baby Patterns
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    From Grammy's Favorite Knits for Baby
    From Grammy’s Favorite Knits for Baby

    Find these cute-as-can-be baby knits and so many more by visiting ShopMartingale.com.

    Which do you prefer to knit: baby blankets, booties, or hats? Tell us in the comments!

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  2. Fat quarter storage ideas (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Fat quarters are like little bundles of fabric joy.

    But as you continue to stockpile them, they can start to turn on you…

    And transform from a tidy collection of tantalizing tidbits into some downright chaotic clutter!

    Leave it to bestselling author Kim Diehl to dream up a near-effortless way to get a handle on your fat quarter stash. She’s got a perfect solution if you’re on a shoestring.

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    Fat-quarter storage ideasEasily Organized Fat Quarters

    From Simple Appeal by Kim Diehl

    Because my sewing room is so small and space is at a premium, I’ve worked hard to find creative ways to stay organized. One of my favorite repurposed storage items is a clear plastic over-the-door shoe organizer (found in the home section of most department stores) that keeps my fat-quarter and fat-eighth prints within easy reach and enables me to see at a glance what’s available.

    I roll these fabric pieces up into little bundles to fit the plastic cubbies and sort them by color—it makes choosing prints for my new projects a snap. Love this little trick!

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    FABRIC GIVEAWAY ALERT! Our friends at Henry Glass sent us a fat eighth bundle of Kim Diehl’s “Butter Churn Basics” fabrics—and they want us to give it away to you!

    Butter Churn Basics fabric giveaway!

    See how to enter to win this beautiful fabric bundle at the bottom of this post.

    Now that your fat quarters are easy to store—which means they’ll be easy to see!—what will you make first? Here are a few fat-quarter-friendly ideas from some of Kim’s bestselling books.
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    Country Wedding Ring quilt from Simple Seasons
    From Simple Seasons: This country twist on the much-loved Wedding Ring design features a dozen fat quarters in fresh hues, plus assorted green scraps for the leaf appliqués.

    See more from Simple Seasons >
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    Mocha Stars quilt from Simple Comforts
    From Simple Comforts: When choosing 18 fat quarters for this color- and print-drenched quilt, Kim suggests choosing fabrics that stand out from your brown border print. That way, your appliqués won’t get “lost.”

    See more from Simple Comforts >
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    Mending Basket quilt from Simple Appeal
    From Simple Appeal: Kim invites you to get back to basics by diving into this simple, scrappy “Mending Basket” quilt. You’ll need 11 fat quarters plus 37 fat eighths in assorted colors. This design was made to show off a rainbow of colors and prints!

    See more from Simple Appeal >

    What’s your favorite precut: fat quarters, fat eighths, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, or charms? Tell us in the comments and you’ll be entered to win the beautiful “Butter Churn Basics” fabric bundle from our friends at Henry Glass plus an eBook copy of Kim’s latest book, Simple Appliqué. 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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  3. Bring on the BBQs! Free apron sewing pattern and more for summer

    There’s nothing quite like summertime grillin’ and chillin’. Before the season arrives, why not prep to grill and chill in style with a little pre-summer sewing?

    Apron and oven mitts free patterns

    In this retro-style set, each oven mitt has a strip of Velcro attached to the wrist on the palm side. The facing Velcro sections are attached to the front of the apron where your hands naturally fall. When the oven mitts aren’t in use, they remain securely attached to the apron.

    Register or sign in at ShopMartingale.com to download the free apron sewing pattern and oven mitt sewing pattern now—plus browse 50+ more free patterns!

    Want more summer sewing ideas? Check out this sunny quilt that celebrates summer’s favorite pastimes: picnicking, sailing, fishing, and toes-in-the-sanding.

    From The Quilter's Home: Summer
    From Quilter’s Home: Summer

    This 1950s-style summer tablecloth pattern does double duty: skip the batting for easy draping on an indoor table, or add batting to create a heavier-duty picnic quilt.

    1950s Summer Tablecloth
    Get the ePattern for “A 1950s Summer Tablecloth” by Joanna Figueroa

    What’s summertime without a good old-fashioned potluck? Bring dishes to share in colorful cozies that keep food warm and prevent burned fingers during transport and serving.

    From Kitchen Stitches
    Kitchen Stitches:“Casserole Cozy” by Natalie Barnes and “Slow-Cooker Cozy” by Rebecca Silbaugh

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    What are you most looking forward to this summer: a vacation or a staycation? Tell us about your plans in the comments!

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  4. Put an end to UFOs with quilt-finishing smarts (tutorial + giveaway!)

    It’s an ongoing conundrum for quilters: why do we let our UFOs (or WIPs, or whatever you might call your unfinished quilts) pile up?

    If you’re like many quilters, the reason is this: the techniques you currently rely on to finish your quilts aren’t efficient or easy—and that can make finishing quilts feel more frustrating than fun.

    Quiltmaking Essentials 2For 30+ years, prolific author Donna Lynn Thomas has been weeding out fussy finishing methods, forming an arsenal of go-to techniques that work every time (check out her free binding tutorial below). Now she’s ready to help you complete quilts like a pro with Quiltmaking Essentials 2.

    Donna doesn’t encourage the use of her techniques so your quilts will be perfect. Instead, she’s a cheerleader for the “essentials” because she knows that once you establish reliable ways to finish your quilts, your quilting experiences will become frustration-free. That means you’ll finish more UFOs (and have a whole lot more fun doing it)!

    Settings, sashings, borders, backings, and bindings—you’ll find Donna’s favorite methods for each in Quiltmaking Essentials 2. You can add Donna’s new finishing guide to your library for less than $20—but this week only, we’re offering a special bonus when you buy both volumes of Quiltmaking Essentials:

    Free shipping on Quiltmaking Essentials books
    Free shipping to US and Canada only. Offer ends June 1, 2015.

    Today Donna is our guest at Stitch This! to share one of her favorite techniques from Quiltmaking Essentials 2—mitering those pesky binding corners. Welcome, Donna!

    Donna Lynn ThomasIt’s Happy Dance time! That exciting quilt you’ve been working on for what seems like ages is assembled to perfection, quilted beautifully, and now—dum-de-dum-dum—it’s time to bind it!

    Well, binding’s not hard at all. With a few simple tricks and tips from Quiltmaking Essentials 2, it’ll be done in no time.

    The easiest and most commonly used binding is a double-fold binding cut across the grain of the fabric. What that means is that the binding strips are cut selvage to selvage (along the crosswise grain), just like you cut strips for patchwork. Once strips are sewn together, they’re pressed in half lengthwise so there are two layers wrapping around the edge of your quilt.

    Quiltmaking Essentials 2 will show you how to bind just about anything, but one really cool part of the binding process is making a square mitered corner. It’s like magic, finishes your quilt beautifully, and is as easy as can be. Here’s how to do it:

    1. Sew the prepared binding to the edge of your quilt; stop ¼" from the corner.

    Quilt binding tutorial 1

    2. Flip up the binding so it is running in a direct line from the next quilt edge.

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    3. Now, fold the binding straight back down on itself, being careful not to move the pleat you just formed at the corner. By doing this, you create the correctly angled pleat in the corner to turn to the back. Pin the pleat in place. Starting at the edge, stitch the binding to the second side of the quilt top, pin-marking and stopping ¼" from the corner as before. Repeat the process for the remaining corners.

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    You’ll find my favorite way to connect the starting and ending tails of the binding in Quiltmaking Essentials 2.

    Once your binding is machine sewn to the front of your quilt, you’re ready to roll the binding to the quilt back in preparation for slip-stitching it to the back of the quilt. Remember that neat miter on the front of the quilt? It’s just as important to do the same on the back. Here’s how:

    1. Slip-stitch the binding to the back of the quilt, up to the first corner. Fold the binding on the next side of the quilt to the back to make a miter.

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    Stitch to the corner; fold to miter the corner.

    2. Slip-stitch the diagonal fold in place. Then, slide your needle to the front of the binding and slip-stitch the diagonal fold on the front too. Once that’s done, slip your needle to the back of the quilt and continue slip-stitching the binding to the next edge of the quilt.

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    Slip-stitch the miter in place on the front and back of the quilt.

    3. Finish slip-stitching all four sides and corners and your quilt is done—except for that all-important label. But that’s for another day!

    Thanks for dropping in to share a technique from Quiltmaking Essentials 2, Donna!

    How do you typically sew binding to the back of your quilts: by hand or by machine? Tell us in the comments and you could win eBook copies of both Quiltmaking Essentials 1 and Quiltmaking Essentials 2! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    Free shipping on Quiltmaking Essentials books

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

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  5. Great Depression patterns + scraps: a perfect pair (+ sale!)

    Save 40% on select eBooks this week!

    Detail of Jeweled Wedding Ring quiltThe first 1930s reproduction fabrics appeared in the late 1980s. Within 10 years, they were seemingly everywhere, along with authentic 1930s patterns to use them in. Even now, many fabric companies include a ’30s collection in each season’s new line. That means that quite a few of you have a ’30s stash to be proud of!

    The prints of the ’30s were simpler and less stylized than their predecessors, and their colors were sweet and sunny. They were meant to be uplifting at a time when folks really needed a reason to smile.

    As cheerful as they are on their own, 1930s prints seem to be happiest when they’re tossed together in a scrappy design. It’s like a party in a quilt!

    Some blocks and quilts showcase your scraps even better than others do. These beauties from Treasures from the ’30s by Nancy Mahoney let you really mix it up. Nancy designed her quilts using authentic Great Depression patterns (see insets, lower right).

    Bride's Quilt Whirling Fans quilt
    “Bride’s Quilt” and “Whirling Fans” from Treasures from the ’30s

    Rose and Trellis quilt Beginner's Luck quilt
    “Rose and Trellis” and “Beginner’s Luck” from
    Treasures from the ’30s

    You’ll find more scrappy 1930s quilts in Quilt Revival by Nancy Mahoney.

    From Quilt Revival
    “Treasure Chest,” “Flying Kites,” and “Shadow Star” from Quilt Revival

    Sisters Kay Connors and Karen Earlywine were introduced to quilts by their grandmother. They fell in love with the mix of colorful prints and bright solids in 1930s quilts. Their book Link to the ‘30s includes these fantastic patterns and more, all based on authentic designs.

    Quilts from Link to the 30s
    “Chain Link,” “Stars in the Attic,” and “Double Windmill” from Link to the ’30s

    Is appliqué your thing? Nancy Mahoney selected outstanding examples from her collection of ’30s patterns for her book Applique Quilt Revival.

    From Applique Quilt Revival
    “Tulip Patch,” “House on a Hill,” and “Bunny Hop” from Appliqué Quilt Revival

    Which of these movies from the 1930s describes your ’30s stash: You Can’t Take It with You (my stash exceeds my life expectations), Gone with the Wind (been there, done that), or Modern Times (sorry, ’30s prints don’t float my boat)? Tell us in the comments.

    Save 40% on select eBooks this week!

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  6. Need a vacation? Plan a “yarncation!”

    Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

    Imagine the perfect vacation for knitters and crocheters: a cruise to the Shetland Islands—that paradise of supple, chunky wool yarn—on a luxurious cruise ship loaded with stitchaholics who each have a serious yarn stash and a collection of knitting patterns to back it up, just like you.

    Yes, such a thing really does exist! Knitting and crochet cruises may be the ultimate crafter’s retreat. When we heard about them, we were oh-so tempted!

    From Knits from the North Sea
    Knits from the North Sea

    While it’s fun to daydream about sailing away to an exotic locale, just you and your yarn, it’s simply not in the cards for a lot of us. But don’t despair! You can plan a fabulous “yarncation” right in your own backyard—or at your local yarn shop, your guild’s annual retreat, or even a few towns away for a mini shop hop!

    Here’s your handy “yarncation” planning checklist:

    Travel agent: yarn-shop owner, guild retreat planner, or you

    Traveling companions: knitting and crochet friends, fellow guild members, or eager-to-learn family members

    Itinerary: Knit, crochet, repeat

    Packing list: Needles, hooks, yarn, yarn, yarn—need we say more?

    And most important of all…

    Guide books: Knitting Scandinavian Slippers and Socks, Crocheted Softies, Fair Isle Sweaters Simplified, and Knits from the North Sea.

    You’re all set to travel the world of yarn!

    Start with a tour of traditional Scandinavian sock designs and modern variations for men and women.

    From Knitting Scandinavian Slippers and Socks
    Knitting Scandinavian Slippers and Socks
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    Crochet your own safari, tropical island getaway, or arctic adventure.

    From Crocheted Softies
    Crocheted Softies
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    Journey to Scotland’s remote Fair Isle and create cozy, vibrantly patterned sweaters.

    From Fair Isle Sweaters Simplified
    Fair Isle Sweaters Simplified
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    Explore the exotic beauty of Shetland Island lace knitting.

    From Knits from the North Sea
    Knits from the North Sea

    What’s your dream “yarncation?” Tell us in the comments!

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  7. Memorial Day: honor them with a Quilt of Valor

    When I was growing up, the last Monday in May was called Decoration Day. It was established in 1868 as a day to honor those who died in the Civil War by decorating their graves with flowers. It wasn’t until 1971 that Memorial Day was declared a national holiday, and by then its scope had been expanded to honor those who died in all American wars.

    Celebrate Memorial Day Make a Quilt of Valor
    Memorial Day, Soldier’s National Cemetery, Gettysburg (source)

    Today the holiday is celebrated with parades and barbecues, fireworks and family picnics, and is generally acknowledged as the kickoff to summer. But it’s important not to lose sight of the reason for the day: to remember those who sacrificed their lives for our country.

    To help ensure they’re never forgotten, “The National Moment of Remembrance Act” was signed into law in 2000. Its purpose is to encourage all Americans to pause, wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who’ve died in service to the nation.

    Equally important to remember are those who are still with us: brave men and women who put themselves in harm’s way in service to their country. As quilters, we have a tangible way to honor them. We stitch love and respect into quilts of comfort and support and then donate them to individuals or to organizations such as the Quilts of Valor Foundation.

    Quilts of ValorSince its founding in 2003, this amazing organization has overseen the donation of more than 116,000 quilts. In the beginning, the focus was on the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Just like Memorial Day itself, however, over time the scope was expanded to embrace all service members and veterans who have been touched by war. Check out this video to learn more about this inspiring organization.
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    Presenting the Quilts of Valor Foundation
    from Catherine Roberts on Vimeo.

    Perhaps you’ll choose to make a Quilt of Valor this Memorial Day weekend. Here are a few gorgeous projects to inspire you, but these are really just a starting point. The quilts can be any pattern, but there are specific size and other requirements. Be sure to check the Quilts of Valor Foundation website for details.
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    Quilts from Red, White, and Sometimes Blue
    Clockwise from top: “Americana,” “Road to Richmond,” and “Hometown Afternoon” from
    Red, White, and Sometimes Blue
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    Quilts from The Blue and the Gray
    “Battlefield” and “Civil War Log Cabin” from
    The Blue and the Gray
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    From Scrap-Basket Beauties
    Clockwise from left: “Generations,” “Porch Swing,” and “Triple Star” from
    Scrap-Basket Beauties

    How will you mark Memorial Day? Tell us in the comments.

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  8. How to make a scrap quilt: 3 wonderful ways (+ flash sale!)

    Are you sew very happy when you make quilts that are scrappy?

    Flash sale!

    Today we’ve got three reasons to celebrate scrapaholics—a spectacular sale on a trio of eBooks filled with scrap-quilt ideas and patterns from some of the best in the business. Right now they’re only $6 each!

    Sale ends May 21 at noon (PST), so hurry. Get one or get them all—you’ll have a scrap-busting pattern collection at your fingertips.

    S is for ScrapsS is for Scraps: 18 Great Quilts
    Gayle Bong

    • Learn Gayle’s secrets for selecting scraps by character, color, and contrast
    • Showcase every scrap you’ve saved in your choice of 18 gorgeous traditional quilts
    • Organize your scraps with Gayle’s smart advice

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    Five-starsReview from Amazon: “Great for any quilter who struggles with scrap quilts. A very nice section on selecting fabrics, organizing, and piecing.”

    From S is for Scraps
    S is for Scraps

    Patchwork PalettePatchwork Palette: No-Fail Color Plans for Captivating Quilts
    Donna Lynn Thomas

    • Follow three easy scrap-fabric “recipes”
    • Pack oodles of different fabrics into a quilt but still feel in control of the process
    • See examples of Donna’s quilts in different colorways

    $18.99 $6.00
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    Five-starsReview from Amazon: “One of my favorite quilting books…the patterns are actually easier than they seem. AWESOME!”

    From Patchwork Palette
    Patchwork Palette

    Save the Scraps: Great Quilts from Small BitsSave the Scraps
    Gayle Bong

    • Watch classic traditional blocks shine in 15 scrappy designs
    • Use your scraps to try strip piecing, folded corners, and foundation piecing

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    Five-starsReview from Amazon: “When I bought this book, I was still a beginning quilter…it has inspired me to make scrap quilts!”

    From Save the Scraps
    Save the Scraps

    How long have you been saving your scraps: months, years…decades? Tell us in the comments!

    Flash sale!

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  9. 15 terrific twists: the Irish Chain quilt block links us all (+ giveaway!)

    Each month, our editorial department presents upcoming books to our marketing department. Not only does everyone get to hear about books on the way, they get to see projects up close and in person, too.

    Irish Chain QuiltsWhen the new book Irish Chain Quilts was presented at the meeting a few months ago, it created a unique kind of excitement. Why? Because it spoke to every quilter in the office, no matter her style. Modern quilters ooohed; traditional quilters aaahed. Appliqué lovers and improv piecers alike were delighted by author Melissa Corry’s creativity.

    Our reaction to this beautiful book is unanimous: leave it to a classic quilt block to “link” us all together!

    Only one question remained: which quilt to make first? We answered that question by joining Melissa for her upcoming blog hop in June. Here’s a sneak peek at the quilt we’re making for the hop—it’s coming along!
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    Staff Irish Chain blocks
    See the finished quilt here at Stitch This! on June 19.

    Today we’re happy to have Melissa Corry as a guest, to tell us more about how her innovative book came to be. Welcome, Melissa!

    Hello to all of you wonderful Martingale readers. My name is Melissa Corry and you can normally find me at my blog Happy Quilting. But today, I am super excited to be visiting here to share a little bit about my new book!

    Why the Irish Chain? It’s a traditional design dating back to Colonial times, and it has a personal draw for me. For my wedding, my mother made me a beautiful queen-sized Double Irish Chain quilt. It was our master bedspread for many years. As my children hit their toddler years, the quilt became “well-loved” and was moved to a quilt rack to be admired. It was one of the first quilts my mother made and it will always be a treasured heirloom.

    Melissa Corry and family
    My Double Irish Chain wedding quilt, created by my mother and cherished by my family.

    So you can see why Irish Chain blocks are special to me. And while teaching or meeting new friends in the online community, I’m amazed at how many quilters found their start in quilting with an Irish Chain.

    I wanted to make Irish Chain Quilts for everyone! What do I mean by that? When I’m asked, “What kind of quilter are you?” I say I am a quilter. I love it all. Some days I feel like throwing together fabrics without a plan, and other days I want lots of precise cutting followed by a wonderfully therapeutic session of chain piecing. I love jumping from one type of design to another. It helps push me out of my comfort zone and try new things. I wanted to bring that diversity into my book as well.

    Irish Chain Quilts is divided into four sections, each featuring quilts that blend the classic crisscross motif with the design concepts of today.

    In the Twists on Tradition section, you’ll find single Irish Chain quilts that have little twists on simple squares. The quilts in this section use a lot of strip piecing, making them fast to piece. The quilts in this section are in my designing comfort zone.

    Breaking Up quilt
    From the Twists on Tradition section: “Breaking Up”

    See 3 more tradition-with-a-twist quilts >

    In the Modern Patchwork section, you’ll play with bold colors, minimalism, negative space, and asymmetry. Designing these quilts pushed me outside my comfort zone. I was an accountant before I was a mom; I like symmetry and balance. But modern design is a great way to express your creativity with no boundaries. It was fun for me to push the limits of my design concepts.

    Unraveled quilt
    From the Modern Patchwork section: “Unraveled”

    See 3 more modern versions of Irish Chain >

    The Improvisational Piecing section is where you’ll find fun, fun, fun. Most of your fabrics are going to be stacked, slashed, and/or trimmed. A combination of structure and fun—start one and see where it takes you!

    Bitty Bits quilt
    From the Improvisational Piecing section: “Bitty Bits”

    See 3 more wonky wonders from Irish Chain Quilts >

    In the final section, Appliquéd Chains, you’ll learn basic raw-edge appliqué. Appliqué is fun because it gives you the ability to use any shape. The blocks are simple and they repeat, so you don’t have to appliqué a lot of different shapes. Who knows? Before long you just might start adding a bit of appliqué flair to all of your projects.

    Daisy Chain quilt
    From the Appliquéd Chains section: “Daisy Chain”

    Discover hot dots and happy houses in more appliqué quilts >

    And that is Irish Chain Quilts! Thank you to Martingale for having me as a guest blogger today. Let me sign off with my own little Irish blessing for you. May the Irish Chain design fit your comfort zone and allow you to stretch and try new things. Happy Quilting!

    Thanks for sharing the “chain” of events that led to your beautiful book, Melissa!

    Which Irish Chain quilt would you try first: tried-and-true traditional style or fun-and-funky modern style? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Irish Chain Quilts eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    Can’t wait to see if you’re a winner? Pick up Irish Chain Quilts now at ShopMartingale:

    Print book (with free eBook): $24.99
    eBook only: $16.99

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  10. Reasons to try paper piecing right now (+ sale!)

    Quilting 101: Reasons to try paper piecing right now

    From A Paper-Pieced GardenIn a recent post about the new book of paper-pieced quilt patterns, Little Gems by Connie Kauffman, we asked Stitch This! readers to describe your level of paper-piecing prowess. More than 1000 of you enthusiastically responded (thank you!), and your comments told us that while many of you are paper-piecing fans, others haven’t yet caught the bug.

    Maybe you’re new to quilting, or you’ve been playing with other techniques and haven’t yet tried paper piecing, or perhaps you’re just a wee bit intimidated by what appears to be an upside-down-and-backwards process. We’re here to help you overcome your hesitation and discover how fun paper piecing can be.

    Being a confident paper piecer can open the floodgates to becoming a more creative quilter. It means having another tool in your toolbox to help you achieve the quilts you dream about. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Read on to see just a few of the reasons your fellow quilters gave for loving this technique.

    > “Paper piecing is like painting by number, or coloring inside the lines. You just cannot go wrong with paper piecing.”

    > “You can design your own blocks or use the technique to overcome construction challenges.”

    > “The smallest quilts and most intricate blocks come out so perfect. AND your friends are just amazed at your skill.”

    Need more reasons? How about these: you can achieve absolutely accurate points, it’s a great way to use scraps, it’s perfect for creating a picture, you don’t have to worry about grainline, it’s the best way to do miniatures, and you can enlarge or reduce blocks to suit your needs.

    When it comes to choosing fabrics for paper piecing, anything goes…almost. Here’s a tip about fabric selection that’ll help you avoid frustration.

    Quick tip: choosing fabrics for paper piecing

    Are you ready to give paper piecing a try? You’ll find a wealth of paper-pieced quilt block patterns in these popular books to get you started.

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    Quilts from A Quilter's Ark
    Clockwise from bottom left: “North American Animals Quilt,” “Farm Quilt,” and “Ark Quilt” from
    A Quilter’s Ark.

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    From 300 Paper-Pieced Quilt Blocks
    These are just a handful of the amazing variety of blocks in 300 Paper-Pieced Quilt Blocks, which includes a CD of patterns to print out so you can get to the sewing faster.

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    Projects from A Paper-Pieced Garden
    From bottom left: “A Winter’s Tale,” “Dutch Tulips,” and “Four Seasons Sampler” from
    A Paper-Pieced Garden.

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    From Needles and Notions
    Needles and Notions, you can showcase your favorite quilting and sewing notions in a quilt for your sewing space.

    Papers for Foundation PiecingDon’t forget the paper!
    Paper 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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    What pictorial image would you like to paper piece into a quilt? Tell us in the comments.

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