1. An easy knit beanie pattern for every noggin (+ giveaway!)

    If you’re an avid knitter, you may find you’re not always in the mood to take on a big project like a sweater, yet you’ve already knit enough scarves to keep everyone in the neighborhood warm. What’s a dedicated knitter to do? Knit Beanies!

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    Fair Isle Roll knit beanie

    If you’re new to knitting but don’t know which way to go after finishing your fourth scarf—Knit Beanies. (Learning to knit in the round is fun and you don’t have to worry about seams. Perfect!)

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    Parry knit beanie

    If you’re looking for a quick project as a break between big projects . . . you’ve got it—Knit Beanies!

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    Cat Hat knit beanie

    Knit BeaniesHats are stylish, functional, and fun—and popular with people of all ages. So no worries about making a wardrobe of beanies that will take over your closet. Knit one or two for yourself, then make more for your family and friends. Knit Beanies contains 20 patterns by top designers so you can find just the right style for everyone on your gift list—babies and toddlers, school-age kids, and kids at heart. We’ve included styles for both men and women, so no one needs to be left out. And if you start now, you can have a stack of hats ready before the holidays.

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    Whale knit beanie

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    Portland Birdie knit beanie

    Most of the patterns require just one ball or skein, so you can use up your stash without having to find more yarn to match. Or splurge on a ball of a yummy new luxury yarn if that’s your heart’s desire. Go ahead, it’s just one ball. We won’t tell.

    The projects in Knit Beanies are organized by yarn weight, so you can easily put sock yarn as well as DK, worsted, Aran, and chunky yarns to work. Some patterns are for variegated yarns, many are for solids, and all will delight your fingers as you work your way through this amazing assortment of headwear. Multiple images for each pattern show all the stitch details and textures, so there’s no guesswork. And with 20 patterns for just $19.99, Knit Beanies is a terrific value.

    So what are you waiting for? It’s time to Knit Beanies!


    When it comes to knitting hats, how many have you made?

    1. None, but I’m excited to start knitting in the round.
    2. A few, but I need some new inspiration when it comes to patterns.
    3. Too many to count. Knitting hats is one of my favorite pastimes!

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

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  2. Paper-piecing palooza! Pictorial blocks, precise results (+ sale)

    Save 20% on select books this week plus free shipping

    Most of the quilters I know fall into two categories when it comes to paper-foundation piecing. They either love it or they don’t. And if they don’t love paper piecing, they’re convinced they never will. Personally, I’ll paper piece whenever it’s going to give me the results I’m looking for.

    The great thing about foundation paper piecing is that you can sew a pictorial look without having to do appliqué. And if your “jam” leans to more geometric designs, you’ll get super accurate results that will make you look like a master quilter!

    We have fabulous paper-piecing books on sale this week—read all about them below (and get some great tips from our experts, too).


    A Quilter's ArkA Quilter’s Ark by Margaret Rolfe

    This book is an absolute must have for animal lovers! You’ll find more than 50 blocks that you can mix and match any way you like for the ultimate animal-themed quilt.

    TIP ✅ Margaret says: “Use a slightly smaller than usual stitch length—but not so small that you can’t pick the stitches out if necessary.”

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    Ark Quilt and Cat and Elephant blocks from
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    Needles and NotionsNeedles and Notions by Jaynette Huff

    Do you have sewing buddies? (Of course you do!) These incredibly cute sewing-themed blocks are just what you need to make gifts those buddies will love and cherish. Use just one block to make a fun pincushion or use a combination of blocks for a wall hanging, mug rug, or table runner.

    TIP ✅ Jaynette says: “Make sure that the fabric piece you are adding will be large enough to cover the area it’s designed to cover, plus extra for the seam allowance. Simply pin the new fabric along the proposed sewing line and flip the fabric up.”
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    Sewing Room Sampler Quilt and Rotary Cutter, Cup and Saucer, Tape Measure, and Scissor blocks from
    Needles and Notions


    A Paper-Pieced GardenA Paper-Pieced Garden by Maaike Bakker and Françoise Maarse

    Many quilters I know are also incredible gardeners. I don’t happen to be one of them—I have the blackest thumb in Washington State! Thankfully, I can create a beautiful garden in fabric (and so can you).

    TIP ✅ Maaike and Françoise say: “For very narrow pieces, trim seam allowances to less than ¼". Trim just enough to eliminate extra layers of fabric extending into the next seam.”
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    Autumn Dance (from the gallery) and summer and spring versions of the Wreath pattern from
    A Paper-Pieced Garden


    Kaleidoscope Paper PiecingKaleidoscope Paper Piecing by Nancy Mahoney

    One of the joys of quilting is playing with fabric and color placement. The mesmerizing designs in Nancy’s book will provide you with endless possibilities.

    TIP ✅ Nancy says: “Color-code or mark your patterns so that you sew the correct fabric to the proper place in your units or blocks. I make an extra copy of the paper foundation, write the color or fabric description on each piece, and place it next to my sewing machine so I can easily see where the different fabrics go as I work.”

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    Dutch Treat and Raspberry Truffle from
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    If you’re new to paper piecing, pick up Nancy’s newest book, Learn to Paper Piece. And don’t forget the paper!

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    Learn to Paper Piece and Papers for Foundation Piecing


    How do you feel about foundation paper piecing? Not a fan (yet)? Love, love, love it? Or, ready to use it for the right project? Tell us in the comments.

    Save 20% on select books this week plus free shipping

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  3. 275,000 quilters asked, “How do you bind a quilt?” Like this (+ flash sale!)

    Remember last Friday when we mentioned you could get Mimi Dietrich’s best-selling quilt-finishing resource, Happy Endings, in a FLASH this week? Well, now’s the time!

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    We’ve blogged about Happy Endings many times since Stitch This! was launched. Why? Because it answers most any question you can come up with about quilt borders, backings, battings, and bindings.

    More than 275,000 quilters have given “happy endings” to their quilts using Mimi’s essential resource. Did we mention that Happy Endings is Martingale’s best-selling book of all time? Yep. Of all time. And now you can own the eBook version for only $6.00.

    You’ll discover oodles of inventive ways to complete your quilts in Happy Endings, including:

    • binding-techniquesFinishing edges without binding
    • Finishing rounded corners
    • Making imitation binding
    • Appliquéing edges to a border
    • Working with sculpted edges
    • Finishing edges with backing
    • Finishing with overlapped corners
    • Finishing with mitered corners
    • Single- vs. double-fold binding
    • Straight-grain vs. bias binding
    • Determining binding yardage
    • Cutting bindings (straight-grain and bias)
    • Continuous bias binding
    • Cutting special fabrics for bindings (stripes, plaids, etc.)
    • Scrappy, scalloped, and sculpted bindings
    • Grandmother’s Flower Garden (i.e. hexagon) edges
    • Adding trims, cording, piping, prairie points, lace, and ruffles

    ^^^ Not a complete list of how-tos from the book!

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    Sample pages: Mimi’s tips for creating striped and scrappy binding

    From super-quick to beautifully elaborate, there are LOTS of finishing options to inspire you. If you’ve finished every quilt you’ve made the same way since the day you started quilting, you might like mixing things up a bit with Mimi’s fun alternatives!

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    Scallops, ruffles, curves, trims, piping, stripes, plaids—learn to sew them all in
    Happy Endings.

    This offer ends on Monday, June 27 at noon (PST), so don’t delay—download your copy of Happy Endings today.

    What width do you usually cut your binding strips? Tell us in the comments!

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  4. Kim Diehl + Pat Wys + baby sewing projects = Adorbz 😍 (+ fabric giveaway!)

    What happens when two best-selling quilt-book authors—and proud grandmothers—team up for a book brimming with baby sewing projects? Adorableness!

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    Slurp and Burp Boy Bibbies

    Grandmas sew the sweetest things!

    From smart and practical to simply adorable, there are lots of fun projects to choose from in the new book Baby Bliss by Kim Diehl and Pat Wys. We guarantee you’ll find the perfect thing to sew for a baby you know.

    In Baby Bliss you’ll discover two kinds of projects:

    1. Start from scratch using fabrics of your choice—make quilts, bibs, and more, like this King of the Floor Sleep-and-Play Rug:

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    2. Start with ready-to-embellish items—such as socks, burp cloths, overalls, and onesies—and transform them into one-of-a-kind gifts:

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    From your stash or lightning fast—the choice is yours, baby!

    Nursery-Door-Latch-CoverYou’ll also get Kim and Pat’s words of grandmotherly wisdom throughout Baby Bliss—and clever projects to go with them. One example is this little latch cover for the nursery door (right). Pretty ingenious, huh? And cute too!

    We wanted the backstory: how did Kim and Pat come up with the idea for their first book together—and how did they create it when they lived on opposite sides of the country? Get their answers in our exclusive Q&A below, plus more peeks at the darling projects in Baby Bliss.

    But first…


    FABRIC GIVEAWAY! Our friends at Henry Glass & Co. sent us a giant bundle of joy—25 flannel fat quarters from Kim’s new Ric Rac Paddywack line for Baby—to give to one lucky winner.

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    Learn how you can win this fun bundle at the bottom of this post.


    Baby Bliss Q&A

    Stitch This!: How did you two come together to write Baby Bliss? Did you know each other before you joined creative forces?

    Grandma-KimKim: Pat and I met years ago when she was a student in a workshop I was teaching. Even though she was very shy and quiet (wink) she somehow managed to stand out from the crowd. We’ve been friends ever since! When we discovered that our daughters were both expecting babies around the same time, we caught a bad case of baby fever and started sewing like crazy. Pictures and text messages were flying across the airwaves as we shared what we made and tried to one-up each other. Then one day it occurred to us that other people might enjoy making some of these goodies for their own babies. And Baby Bliss was born!
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    Grandma-PatPat: I took a class from Kim several years ago, and I guess the best way to explain our first meeting is that she “had me at hello.” Kim has me in stitches all the time. We struck up a friendship, seeing each other at Quilt Market and teaching together. We’ve both said it would be so much fun if we lived next door to each other. I have a feeling there would be a lot of cooking and sewing going on! The Kim and Pat story continues with texting and calling, as if we were still writing our book. I have a good feeling that we’ll be close friends forever. We are bound at the heart.

    ST!: How is being a quilting and sewing grandma different from being a quilting and sewing mom?

    Kim: Young mothers today are SO much more savvy and sophisticated than when I was a new mother, but with my “advanced” age comes experience. I know which things are indispensable go-to items during the early months of Baby’s life. There’s no such thing as too many bibs, burp cloths, and blankies! Another huge difference? TIME and SLEEP. Both of these are in short supply when you’re a new mom, so being a grandma means you’ve got more time to stitch and enjoy the fun stuff.

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    Kim’s Girly-Girl Bibs

    Pat: Being a quilting grandy is the best kind of sewing in the world. I used to sew for my girls, making dresses, Halloween costumes, and the like. But sewing for the grands is something different. Just knowing that you’ve created something special for them to enjoy (and probably drag around and ruin) is so carefree. Pure joy. BABY BLISS! That’s part of the reason we chose items to purchase and embellish. Why reinvent the wheel and get stressed out? Give plain purchased bibs a new lease on life. Transform some basic overalls into a fun lion outfit with a few simple handmade touches. I could sew for days for my angels. I’m also making nonstop gifts for baby showers and baby homecomings. I can’t stop myself!

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    Pat’s All Jazzed Up Overalls

    ST!: How did you dream up project ideas for Baby Bliss—did you get together for a big baby brainstorming session? How did you bounce ideas off each other?

    Kim: Pat and I live in opposite parts of the country, so we each made lists of our favorite projects, connected by phone and email to compare notes, and found that a perfect balance naturally fell into place. There was very little tweaking to do. After sewing for our grandies, we were hooked on being in sewing rooms that looked like the aftermath of a flannel and minky hurricane! We couldn’t wait to dive back into stitching baby projects for this book.

    Pat: We each made a long list of projects we thought would work. I remember my list had about 30 items. Kim texted me and told me to simmer down (I was quite excited!). We looked for similar items on each list so we could pair some boy and girl items together. Putting the ideas and projects together was a snap. It simply worked. Creating this book was a designer’s heaven.

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    Kim’s Ric Rac Paddywack Chevron Quilt and Pat’s Stardust Baby Quilt

    ST!: Your projects from Baby Bliss have been baby-tested—by your own grandbabies! Which projects are the most loved so far?

    Kim: Nothing has made me happier than to see my little Norah using all of her nana-made items. For the first year of her life she was always decked out in embellished onesies, leggings, and beanies. And she still uses her bibs! Her personal favorite, though, is the little Sock It to Me Teddy Bear that I made for her, because it’s soft and easy for her to hold. My newest little grandbaby, Ruby, is just three months old, but she already loves falling asleep clutching her Gaggle of Taggles Mini blanket that I made from trimmed flying-geese patchwork corners.

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    Kim’s Sock It to Me Teddy Bears, each made from two pairs of women’s socks

    Pat: Without question, all three of my grands LOVE their Tags for Days Taggy Blanket loveys. They sleep with them, and we can see the babies on the baby monitor playing with the tags before they settle down for naps or bedtime. The Slurp and Burp Boy Bibbies are in constant use, so the adults love those! The King of the Floor Sleep-and-Play Rug is a showstopper. The rug is large and looks adorable in front of their cribs. The projects are tested and approved by Owen, Walker, and Jane. A special note to you readers: make extra taggy blankets with your scraps of ribbon and you’ll always have a baby gift ready to go.

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    Pat’s Tags for Days Taggy Blanket, made with scraps of assorted ribbons and trims


    Baby BlissKim and Pat, can we come sew with you sometime? You gals know how to have fun—thanks for Q & A-ing with us!

    How many babies do you know who would love a special handmade gift from you: 1 to 5 little ones, 6 to 10 little ones, or more than 10—in other words, a LOT of little ones? Tell us in the comments and you could win the Ric Rac Paddywack fat-quarter bundle from Henry Glass & Co. PLUS a copy of Baby Bliss! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    Want to start sewing for Baby today? Purchase a print copy of Baby Bliss and instantly download the eBook for free—OR buy the eBook only and save $8.00!

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  5. Stack-and-whack patterns on “deck” – 4 ways (+ sale)

    Save 40% on select eBooks this week!

    Who doesn’t love stack-and-whack-style quilts? Time flies by as you follow the steps:

    • Stack your fabrics.
    • Rotary cut your fabrics, stack by stack.
    • Shuffle the order of the cut fabrics.
    • Sew back together for unexpected surprises!

    From-Stack-a-New-DeckKarla Alexander has built a beautiful quilting career on her unique stack-and-whack approach—you know her method as Stack the Deck. With Karla’s easy sequence of steps, even a beginner can turn out complex-looking quilts without resorting to difficult techniques. With each new book she’s written, Karla’s come back with a different twist on the concept. But one thing remains the same: there’s always a perfect balance of carefree cutting and simple sewing. And it’s always a blast!

    If you’ve tried a Stack the Deck quilt, you know the process is fast and fun. If you haven’t tried Karla’s method yet, you’re in for a treat. This week only, you can save 40% on four of her popular Stack the Deck eBooks. Download your favorite and start stacking your fabric deck just minutes from now.


    Start with the basic technique: Stack the Deck!

    Learn to stack, slice, shuffle, and sew blocks, borders, and backgrounds reminiscent of crazy-pieced blocks. We love the quilt below; the block backgrounds are pieced using the Stack the Deck method and the wonky hearts are fused. Great project for beginners!

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    Detail of Crazy Hearts from
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    See all 18 quilts in Stack the Deck! >
    This week only: $14.99 $8.99


    Stack and whack with a twist: Stack a New Deck

    Take Stack the Deck quilts to new heights with simplified curves, diamonds, and other classic patchwork shapes—but sidestep all the traditional rules. Each pattern starts with simple squares.

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    Detail of Funky Curvy Rail quilt from
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    See all 18 quilts in Stack a New Deck >
    This week only: $16.99 $10.19


    Mix straight seams, curves, and funky-cut angles: New Cuts for New Quilts

    Expect the unexpected when you play with different slicing techniques in Stack the Deck quilts. In the introduction, Karla says, “These quilts may reflect my mood for the day with quiet and straight cuts or wild and whacky ones.” What kind of quilting mood are you in?

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    Detail of The Spin from
    New Cuts for New Quilts. Look for fun large-scale prints to use in the centers of these spinning blocks.

    See all 17 quilts in New Cuts for New Quilts >
    This week only: $16.95 $10.17


    Controlling a rainbow of colors: Color Shuffle

    When it comes to choosing fabrics, the more the merrier is what Color Shuffle is all about. With detailed tips on fabric selection from Karla herself, you’ll discover how to shuffle your fabric decks in a way that pleases your eye—and uses up your stash.

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    Detail of Window Box from
    Color Shuffle

    See all 16 quilts in Color Shuffle >
    This week only: $18.99 $11.39


    Have you sewn a Stack the Deck quilt—or have we inspired you to try? Tell us in the comments!

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  6. How to sew binding strips together: 2 ways

    How to sew binding strips together: 2 ways

    If you make your own quilt binding, you probably do it the same way every time. But depending on how you cut your binding strips, it can be beneficial to sew them together in a certain way. With a simple change to your routine, you can avoid bulky seams, eliminate unsightly stretching, and strengthen your binding too. If you’re going to make your binding, you might as well make it last!

    Happy EndingsThat’s why today we’re sharing a quick tutorial on how to sew binding strips together for both straight-grain binding strips and bias binding strips. The how-to comes from Mimi Dietrich’s best-selling book Happy Endings. Are you giving your binding its best shot at a long life? See if your technique matches up with Mimi’s!
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    Sewing Binding Strips Together: 2 Ways

    The easiest way to sew straight-grain strips together is to connect the pieces using straight seams; however, this method creates bulky areas when the binding is applied. To make a binding lie flat and smooth even where there are seams, it’s best to sew the strips together with diagonal seams. When the binding is folded over the edge of the quilt, the bulk of the seam is distributed in opposite directions. And on bias binding, using a diagonal seam means you’re stitching along the straight of grain, so it prevents the seam from stretching.

    Method 1: Joining Straight-Grain Strips

    The ends of straight-grain binding strips are square, not diagonal. You can take the time to trim them at a 45º angle and stitch them together as for bias-binding strips. But I find the following method is quick and accurate.

    1. Place two strips right sides together, crossing the ends at right angles. Lay them on a flat surface and pin securely.
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    2. Imagine the strips as the capital letter A. Draw a line across the pieces to connect the points where they intersect, just like crossing the A, and then sew along the line.
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    1. Trim the excess fabric, leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance, and press the seam allowances open.
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    2. Continue adding strips in the same manner until you have enough binding to go around your quilt, plus 10″.
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    Method 2: Joining Bias Strips

    Because they’re cut at an angle to the straight edges of the fabric, bias strips will have ends that are angled at 45º to the length of the strip.

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    1. Place two binding strips right sides together with the diagonal edges aligned. Slide them so that the ends extend ¼".
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    1. Sew a ¼" seam across the cut edges.
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    2. Press the seam allowances open and trim off the parts that extend beyond the edge of the binding. Trimming the points will reduce bulk in the finished binding.
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    3. Continue adding strips in the same manner until you have enough binding to go around your quilt, plus 10″.

    Binding options from Happy EndingsThere’s lots more to learn about binding in Happy Endings—choosing single or double-fold binding; mitering corners; sewing by hand or machine; making striped, plaid, and scrappy bindings; and much more. Did you know you can cut a single strip continuously from yardage so you don’t have to sew strips together at all? You can, and in Happy Endings, Mimi will show you how!

    You can buy Happy Endings in a ⚡FLASH⚡ next week (hint, hint). Be sure to subscribe to our blog posts so you don’t miss our great offer on this best-selling resource for finishing your quilts!

    How do you cut your binding strips: on the straight of grain or on the bias? Tell us in the comments!

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  7. Modern quilts from traditional quilt patterns: a new family legacy (+ giveaway!)

    If you’re like many quilters, you’re on the lookout for quilts that seamlessly blend traditional beauty and modern flair. Look no further! In her latest book, popular author Amy Ellis stitches together the two styles to create quilts that are both fresh and timeless.
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    Modern Heritage Quilts by Amy Ellis

    Let Amy introduce you to her favorite traditional quilt blocks in her latest book, Modern Heritage Quilts. Then watch as she transitions them into made-for-today treasures, ensuring that the next generation will become quilt lovers too.

    If you know Amy from her previous books, you know that creating tomorrow’s heirloom quilts will be precise, stress free, and fun. She’s here today as a guest writer at Stitch This! to tell us more about her new book. Welcome, Amy!


    Modern Heritage Quilts: New Classics for Every GenerationAmy-Ellis is about celebrating the quilts we make as a labor of love. Quilts become part of our family, or a part of the family to whom a quilt is gifted, for a long time to come.

    In Modern Heritage Quilts I’ve taken traditional blocks that have been around for decades—even centuries in some cases—and updated them with today’s fabrics and layouts. My goal is to encourage quilters everywhere to try something new. And maybe even entice the next generation in your family to start their own quilting journey!
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    The Comfort Quilt

    In some quilts the blocks are much larger than you’ve seen them before; in other quilts I set just a few blocks against a solid background, allowing the quilting to shine.
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    I didn’t use specific fabric collections in Modern Heritage Quilts. Instead, I mixed and matched from my stash to make fun and scrappy quilts. Scrappy quilts always seem to be my favorites! I included step-by-step instructions for making each quilt, but I also included instructions for making one block at a time, so that you can make single blocks without cutting fabric for an entire quilt. My goal is to give you lots of options so you can sew whenever you feel inspired.
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    The Wedding Quilt

    Throughout the book I ask many of my quilting friends, “What makes a scrap quilt successful?” It’s fun to read their responses. Everyone follows a different path to success, but in the end it’s all about the love we put into each stitch.

    I can’t wait to see what you make from Modern Heritage Quilts, and I hope your family loves the heritage that you are passing down to them.


    Thanks for sharing your latest book with us, Amy!

    Who would you make a modern-heritage quilt for: a family member, a friend, a special organization or group? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Modern Heritage Quilts eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

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    Don’t miss Amy’s Block of the Month quilt-along featuring blocks from Modern Heritage Quilts! Ask your local shop for details or visit Amy’s Facebook group to join her QAL online.

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  8. This summer = your best bed quilt (+ sale!)

    Posted by on June 13, 2016, in quilting & sewing, , ,

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    The idea of making a quilt big enough for a bed can be a little daunting. What’s the best way to approach such a sizable project? Break it up into bite-size bits! Working block by block on a large quilt allows you to see progress quickly and prevents the process from becoming overwhelming. Challenge yourself to sew a few blocks a week over the summer, and you’ll have a cozy new quilt to sleep under by the time autumn arrives. The four books on sale today include dozens of patterns that will inspire you to get started.


    Think BigThink Big: Quilts, Runners, and Pillows from 18” Blocks
    Amy Ellis

    One great way to speed up the process of making a big quilt is to start with large-scale blocks. Amy Ellis’s book Think Big incorporates fresh and graphic 18″ blocks, plus all the information you need to make projects from pillow-size to king-size. To make a 90″-square (queen-size) version of the Connections quilt below, you’d need 25 blocks. If you started now and made just two or three blocks per week, you could easily finish the top by fall. You might even be tempted to make one more block to use for a matching pillow.
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    Connections from
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    Scrap Quilts Fit for a Queen: Or a King, Twin, or Lap!
    Sally Schneider

    Sally Schneider designed the big quilts in Scrap Quilts Fit for a Queen with scraps and precuts in mind. As Amy does in Think Big, Sally shows you how to make a bed quilt in a variety of sizes, all with the scrappy look that many of us love. The blocks in Diamond Ring can be cut entirely from 10″ squares, ideal for using those Layer Cakes in your fabric stash.
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    Diamond Ring from
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    The Big Book of Nickel QuiltsThe Big Book of Nickel Quilts: 40 Projects for 5-Inch Scraps
    Pat Speth with Charlene Thode

    Starting with small fabric pieces rather than yardage can really decrease the cutting time needed for a big quilt. Pat Speth and Charlene Thode refer to small 5″ squares as “nickels,” conveniently the same size as precut charm packs. The Big Book of Nickel Quilts includes 40 scrappy quilts made from 5″ squares, all of which can be made in sizes up to queen.
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    Mount Hood quilt
    Mount Hood from
    The Big Book of Nickel Quilts would look fantastic on a cozy cabin bed, and it features two simple blocks that come together in a snap.


    The Big Book of PatchworkThe Big Book of Patchwork: 50 Fabulous Quilts from Judy Hopkins

    With 50 different patterns, including several that are large enough for a king-size bed, The Big Book of Patchwork is an excellent value. Crab Pot is 80″ x 100″ and is composed of 63 super simple Courthouse Steps–style blocks. For a monochrome effect as in the featured quilt, choose fabrics in different shades of one color that matches your bedroom decor. If you like a more eclectic look, mix it up with lots of prints and colors.
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    Crab Pot quilt
    Crab Pot from
    The Big Book of Patchwork


    What’s the biggest quilt you’ve ever made? Tell us in the comments!

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  9. Welcome to the garden: spectacular embroidery you can do too (+ 2 giveaways!)

    Let popular Moda fabric designer Kathy Schmitz take you on a tour of her garden: it’s an embroidered wonderland!

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    Stitches from the Garden

    In her new book, Stitches from the Garden, Kathy shares her spectacularly embroidered nature scenes, charming hand-drawn sketches, and beautiful watercolor paintings. Together they create what Kathy calls “an embroiderer’s sketchbook of garden stitches.”

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    A peek into the pages of
    Stitches from the Garden

    Whether you love embroidery, nature, or simply cherish beautiful books, you’ll be inspired to play in Kathy’s lush garden—and she’ll guide you every step of the way. She’s our guest writer today, here to tell you all about the fun to be had in Stitches from the Garden. Welcome, Kathy!

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    Kathy at the Martingale Experience Bar during Spring Quilt Market 2016 in Salt Lake City.

    But first…


    GIVEAWAY ALERT! Our friends at The Gentle Art—Kathy’s choice for embroidery floss—sent us sampler packs of their beautiful hand-dyed embroidery thread PLUS two cute tote bags to give away to you! You can follow The Gentle Art on their Facebook page.

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    You could also win one of Kathy’s favorite tools! Kreinik’s Custom Corder is a hand-held tool that twists together two or more strands of floss to create cording, piping, and trim. We saw her demonstrate how it works at Quilt Market, and it is really cool! You can follow Kreinik on their Facebook page too.


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    (Thread not included with Kreinik Custom Corder giveaway.)

    Learn how you can win one of these three prizes at the bottom of this post.


    Kathy-SchmitzWhen the first green shoots pop out of the ground in spring I get inspired to paint those little beauties. The joyful paintings inspired the embroidery designs in Stitches from the Garden.

    The projects vary from small, quick ones to a few more detailed pieces, like the Woodlands Table Runner below. Each is embellished with embroidery designs stitched in some of my favorite colors of floss.

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    Woodlands Table Runner

    I really enjoy doing both quick and more elaborate embroidery, depending on how much time I have and my mood. In the little Acorn Needle House, I mixed both styles. It’s a small project that comes together quickly but looks quite detailed.

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    Little Acorn Needle House

    If you look at the New Day Pillow below, you may notice that I love adding birds and nests to my designs! I thought it would be fun to surround this mama and her eggs in a garden of color. It’s a bit like a window into her home, as seen through a garden trellis.

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    New Day Pillow

    Just like nature, I want my designs to be organic. So you’ll see that I rarely use straight lines in my designs. I like that these pieces aren’t perfect and that they look hand stitched. I hope that you will enjoy not only the designs in Stitches from the Garden but also the process of peacefully stitching without worrying about achieving perfection.

    What I wish most for anyone who browses through this book is a sense of peace.


    Thank you for sharing your new book with us, Kathy!

    When it comes to embroidery, are you: 1) a top-notch needler, 2) a satisfactory stitcher, or 3) a brand-new beginner? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of Stitches from the Garden plus one of the generous prizes above from The Gentle Art or Kreinik! We’ll choose three random winners one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck, and happy stitching!

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  10. New book sneak peek! Bundles, doodles, hexies, more (+ giveaway)

    SUBSCRIBE-to-Stitch-ThisWelcome to Wish List Day: July 2016 edition! Get your monthly sneak peek at new Martingale books making their way to your local shop soon. Subscribe to our blog and you’ll always get a first look at new books, special sales, freebies, tutorials, and much more.

    Enter to win your favorite July 2016 release at the bottom of this post!

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    One Bundle of FunOne Bundle of Fun: Turn Any Bundle, Roll, or Pack into a Great Quilt

    Sue Pfau

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    Beautifully quick quilts are in your reach—and one precut bundle of fabric is all you need to make any of them! The author of the popular book Quilts from Sweet Jane returns to take you on a fast-and-fun trip through your precut stash. Once you reach your destination—your favorite pattern—you’ll be ready to unpack a fat quarter, Jelly Roll, or Layer Cake bundle and begin! Skip agonizing over fabric choices, and don’t worry about extra yardage for backgrounds or borders. NO additional fabric is required for these quilt tops. Zero-zip-zilch. So grab a pack of precuts and get sewing!

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    This Magnetized quilt from
    One Bundle of Fun was an instant hit when we sneak-peeked it on our Instagram feed.

    See more from One Bundle of Fun >


    180 Doodle Quilting Designs180 Doodle Quilting Designs: Free-Motion Ideas for Blocks, Borders, and Beyond

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    Free-motion quilting—it’s all about doodling! In 180 Doodle Quilting Designs you’ll choose doodly free-motion quilting sets from popular designers (Angela Walters, Christa Watson, Melissa Corry, and Maddie Kertay, to name a few). Each set includes doodles for a square block, a border, and a setting triangle. Practice the doodles by tracing, and then try them freehand. Soon you’ll be ready to doodle by machine! We can’t wait to try the Squiggles and Giggles design set below by Vicki Ruebel—it looks super easy and fun.
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    Top: Try tracing, freehand doodling, and doodling by machine. Bottom: the Squiggles and Giggles design set.

    See more from 180 Doodle Quilting Designs >


    The New Hexagon Perpetual CalendarThe New Hexagon Perpetual Calendar
    Katja Marek

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    Get ready for 365 new twists on the hexagon craze! Katja Marek has wowed thousands of quilters with not one, but two quilt-alongs based on her #1 bestseller The New Hexagon. Now Katja is back with a clever perpetual calendar, featuring a different 6″ hexagon block for every day of the year (even leap-year day!). Mix and match them any way you like! Is Katja starting an all-new QAL for her calendar? Of course she is—don’t miss the hexie-licious fun!

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    Page examples from
    The New Hexagon Perpetual Calendar: each block includes a photo, a placement diagram, and full-sized templates.

    See more from The New Hexagon Perpetual Calendar >


    That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar 2017That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar 2017

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    A new year is coming—which means there’s a whole new crew of ❤ calendar girls ❤ in our popular annual wall calendar! Remembering the Past author Julie Hendricksen graces the cover in 2017. Which other designers were chosen to take the remaining 11 coveted spots? Buy the calendar (which sold out WAY early last year—order early) to see them all! As always, the calendar includes a pullout booklet containing complete instructions for making all 12 projects.

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    From left: Amy Ellis, Rebecca Silbaugh, and Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene are 2017 calendar girls too!

    See more from the 2017 “TPP” calendar >


    Stitches to Savor 2017 Wall-Art CalendarStitches to Savor 2017: Wall-Art Calendar of Designs by Sue Spargo

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    Ring in a brand-new year with all-new Sue! Sue Spargo’s 2016 wall calendar was an instant best seller, featuring big, breathtaking displays of her exquisite stitchery and folk-art whimsy on every page. There’s more in store for the 2017 edition: jaw-dropping photographs of Sue’s latest creations that are so close-up and clear, you’ll reach out and touch the pages. An at-a-glance calendar format makes room for even more of Sue’s glorious pieces to shine.

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    When the calendar hangs, it measures an impressive two feet long—it actually looks like a gorgeous quilt on the wall!

    Sue-Spargo-calendar-envelopesTurning art into . . . art! We’ve been watching people enjoy Sue’s first calendar in a way we never anticipated. People have been tearing out the pages at month’s end and transforming them into gorgeous paper creations, like these envelopes (right). Sue shared the photo on Instagram, saying, “Barbara Quinby sent me this wonderful picture of envelopes she made by using my calendar! Love it!” We love it too, Sue!

    See more from the Stitches to Savor 2017 calendar >


    Which new release would jazz up your July? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of it when it’s released! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

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