Welcome to Wish-List Day! At the beginning of each month we reserve one day to give you a sneak peek at new Martingale quilting books and more coming to your local quilt or yarn shop. Click on a book cover below; then use the “Wish List” and “Notify Me” tools at ShopMartingale.com to keep track of your favorites.
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Simple Appliqué: Approachable Techniques – Easy Methods – Beautiful Results!
What’s inside: Appliqué exquisite quilts just like Kim Diehl? Sign us up! Kim’s taught her appliqué methods to quilters around the country for years. Now she’s sharing her classroom how-to for six different appliqué techniques, from traditional needle-turn appliqué to her signature invisible machine appliqué. With this all-inclusive reference, you’ll never be at a loss for an appliqué answer again!
Why you’ll love it: Each method is a snap to master, with close-up color photos of real hands doing the real steps, plus a little hand-holding from Kim via her written instructions. Experiment with all six techniques; then choose your favorite to create her striking “Scrap Basket Blossoms” quilt (full-sized pattern included).
Left: ”Scrap Basket Blossoms” quilt. Right: how-to photos from Simple Appliqué.
BONUS >>> Kim includes favorite tips and tricks in her trademark “Pin Point” boxes throughout to make your appliqué journey even smoother.
Browse the photo gallery to see more how-to shots from Simple Appliqué >
Style and Swing: 12 Structured Handbags for Beginners and Beyond
What’s inside: The perfect accessory for fabric lovers? A stylish, sewed-it-myself handbag, of course! Susan’s beautiful bags are sturdy and structured, but sidestep complex techniques. Funky, uptown, trendy, groovy—which bag best fits your style?
Why you’ll love it: Stash accumulators, listen up: get ready to feature your fabrics in a whole new way. From a simple, elegant handbag for first-timers to an intermediate-level layered satchel, you can work your way up the bag-technique ladder at your own pace. Plus, there’s plenty of wiggle room for adding your own flair: extra pockets, different handles, unique embellishments—endless possibilities!
Clockwise from left: “Funky Handbag,” “Trendy Hipster Bag,” “Layered Satchel,” “Trifold Wallet”
BONUS >>> Includes a section devoted to essential bag-making techniques that you can use with any bag pattern, such as boxing corners, sewing fabric handles, and adding closures.
See all 12 bag designs in Style and Swing >
Quick Change: Refresh a Room Fast with Quilted Bed Runners
Compiled by Karen M. Burns
What’s inside: No time to make a bed quilt? Create big impact with a bed runner instead! Quickly transform the look and feel of any bedroom by switching out one of these beautiful bed runners, plus a few accessories. Easy to sew (most are make-in-a-day), easy to store, easy to change for a whole new look!
Why you’ll love it: Rest assured that you’ll be able to complete any of these stylish runners in a fraction of the time it would take to finish a bed-sized quilt. Start making your dream bedroom a reality by choosing from four color palettes: “Ocean Blues,” “Summertime,” “Rich and Earthy,” and “Bold and Bright.”
Projects from Quick Change
BONUS >>> Photos throughout Quick Change show how a runner plus a few small changes to accents and pillows can completely make over a room. So easy!
Quick-Change designers include Kimberly Jolly and Jocelyn Ueng of Fat Quarter Shop, Megan Jimenez, Heather Andrus, Brigitte Heitland, Heidi Pridemore, Stephanie Prescott, Doug Leko, and Audrie Bidwell.
“Zen Chic,” “Vintage Petal,” “Fireworks”—see them all in Quick Change >
Happy-gurumi: 20 Super Cute Amigurumi Toys to Crochet
What’s inside: These over-the-top adorable softies will put a smile on every face! Crochet 20 fun patterns in three themes: the great outdoors, animal friends, and party time. Vanessa’s one-of-a-kind, puppet-style mouths animate her creations in such a delightful way.
Why you’ll love it: If you’re a beginning crocheter, start with “Little Blue Bird” (see below); then work your way through all 20 easy-to-intermediate designs. You’ll amazed what you can create once you master a few simple stitches.
Projects from Happy-gurumi
BONUS >>> Cute little Happy-gurumi captions accompany each softie. They’ll keep you in stitches!
What does the squirrel say? Find out in the Happy-gurumi gallery >
Which April book release are you itching to stitch from? Name it in the comments and you could win an eBook copy of it when the book is released! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.
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