1. How to join binding ends: no-tuck technique (tutorial)

    Still tucking your binding tails, one into the other? It’s a quick way to finish your binding, but the result can look a bit bulky. There’s a better way to give your binding a smooth finish—and it’s just as easy as the tuck technique.

    How to join binding endsPopular author Donna Lynn Thomas has spent 30+ years weeding out fussy finishing methods in favor of efficiency. Her quilting philosophy? Once you establish reliable ways to finish your quilts, your quilting experiences will become frustration free. A goal well worth accomplishing!

    Today Donna is a guest writer at Stitch This! to share how to join binding ends in a way that’s so simple, you’ll never tuck again (see photo at right—zero bulk—and her tutorial below).

    You’ll find all of Donna’s favorite finishing methods in Quiltmaking Essentials 2. Add her popular quilt-finishing handbook to your library for less than $20—or buy both volumes of Quiltmaking Essentials and get free shipping. (You’ll also instantly get the eBook versions for free.)

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    Donna Lynn ThomasYou’ve turned the last corner on your binding and the excitement is mounting! You’re heading down the stretch toward the finish line…and skid to a halt. There’s one last thing left to do: join those tails together before you can stitch the binding to the back of your quilt.

    While waiting to present a lecture at a guild meeting a number of years ago, a guild member gave me a quick demo on what I now think is the best way to join binding tails. I don’t know who came up with the idea, but I thank them heartily—and no doubt you will too!

    Quilt tutorial: how to join binding ends

    Note: Make sure you have about 12″ of ending tail and at least a 12″ space between where you started and stopped sewing the binding on your quilt. You must have enough binding length to overlap the starting tail by several inches.

    1. Open up and trim the end of the starting tail so it has a precise right angle cut on its end. Using a ruler, measure in from the end of the starting tail a distance equal to the full width of the binding strips you cut, and mark that point. For instance, if you cut 2¼"-wide binding strips, you would make a mark 2¼" in from the end of the starting tail.
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    2. Lay out the open starting tail smoothly along the edge of the quilt, pinning it so it doesn’t shift. Open up and smooth the ending tail over it, pinning it so it’s flat along the edge too.

    3. Now comes the magic! Mark and trim the ending tail to the 2¼" mark on the starting tail with a right-angle cut. In essence, you’re cutting the ending tail longer than the starting tail by the same distance as the width of the binding.
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    4. To join the ends, place the two tails right sides together and perpendicular to each other as shown below. Pin and sew on the diagonal across the corner.
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    5. Open up the joined binding to make sure the tails weren’t twisted during sewing. (Believe me, you want to check because someone who’ll remain nameless has been known to rush and sew twisted bindings that had to be taken apart and resewn. Ahem.) Trim the excess corners ¼" from the seams, and finger press the seam.

    6. Refold the joined binding, lay it on the edge of the quilt top, and finish sewing it in place. It should fit perfectly along the remaining distance to be sewn. And the join will look just like all the others where you sewed binding strips together. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
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    How to join binding ends


    Did you miss Donna’s post on how to miter binding corners? Read it here.

    Sewing binding: love that final step, or leave it until the last minute? Tell us in the comments!

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  2. First day of school: 6 picture-perfect kid knits

    Knit and Crochet at Stitch This!
    From More Paintbox KnitsIt’s a ritual for parents everywhere. After the supplies have been gathered and lunches have been packed, it’s time for back-to-school pictures. You know the ones: standing in the front yard or in front of the school, backpack and all, smiling and ready for the first day.

    As you get ready for the new school year, why not knit something picture-perfect for your eager and excited little ones on their first day? Not only will those pictures become special memories as your child grows but their knitted outfit will become a precious heirloom!

    Check out these 6 kids’ clothing patterns, perfect for any child’s first day of school this fall:

    Back-to-school knits for kids

    Top row (left to right): simple sweater from Clever Knits, pup sweater from Paintbox Knits, yellow bow cardigan from Paintbox Knits

    Bottom row (left to right): striped sweater from More Paintbox Knits, fall cardigan from More Paintbox Knits, hearts cardigan from Paintbox Knits

    Don’t miss our back-to-school crochet post here.


    Which do you prefer: solid or striped sweaters? Tell us in the comments!


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  3. Let’s pretend! Role-playing toys to sew for kids (+ giveaway!)

    “Let me try!”

    It’s an often-heard phrase from the mouths of curious kids.

    Whether you’re at work or at play, if you’re doing something, they want to do it too!

    Now you can use your sewing skills to let the little girls and boys in your life “try” on for size what grown-ups do. The six fun collections of role-playing toys in the new book Little Big Stuff make it easy and fun.

    From Little Big Stuff
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    Little Big Stuff

    Gardening, cooking, camping, and more—each themed play set includes several simply sewn items that will provide hours of hands-on, imaginative play.

    Ready to stitch some battery-free fun for the little ones you love? Little Big Stuff author Michelle Lee Jensen is our guest writer today, here to tell you more about her new book. Welcome, Michelle!


    Michelle Lee JensenHi there! I’m Michelle Jensen of MixiHeart.com and the author of Little Big Stuff. I’m so excited to share what an amazing job Martingale did in helping me bring these projects to you!

    To start, who sews for KIDS? Have you ever wanted to make a sweet handmade gift for a child? I have two little ones, a girl and a boy. I feel such joy when I sew for my two crazy kids and their friends and I wanted to help others have that same experience.

    Little Big Stuff includes many projects, all organized into pint-sized play sets. I’ll let you in on a secret though…I’ve thrown in some projects that can be sewn for both children and adults (don’t tell the kids). Let’s check out a few of those projects:

    Doll Diaper Bag
    “Diaper Doll Bag” from the “Baby Love” play set

    My very first pattern I created for Little Big Stuff was a precious “Doll Diaper Bag” for the “Baby Love” play set. With it, a child practicing to be a caring parent can carry all the essentials needed. This would be a wonderful project to whip up for a birthday-party present.

    Baby Love play set
    The “Baby Love” play set includes a diaper bag, changing pad, receiving blanket, burp cloth, and sling.
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    Pet Practice play set
    “Pet Practice” play set

    The “Pet Practice” play set includes a pet carrier, leash, and cozy pet bed. How fun would it be to create a collection of treasures for a little one who loves animals?
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    Sleeping bag
    “Sleeping Bag” from the “Campout Fun” play set

    A handmade sleeping bag makes camping out—or camping inside—pretty special! Use flannel to make sleeping extra cozy and warm. Similar to many projects in Little Big Stuff, this project has an easy-to-sew design that’s great for beginners.
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    Campout Fun
    The “Campout Fun” play set also includes a tent, duffle bag, pillow, and bindle.

    So much fun to be had! These are just a few of the projects you’ll find in Little Big Stuff. I hope you’ve enjoyed this little sneak peek. Please pick up a copy and share your projects through Instagram using #LittleBigStuffSewn. I can’t wait to see what you create!

    What will they be when they grow up? See more “little big stuff” >


    Little Big StuffDo you know a little girl or boy who would love a handmade play set from Little Big Stuff? Tell us about him or her in the comments and you could win a copy of the Little Big Stuff eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    Want to start stitching a play set from Little Big Stuff right now? Buy the book and instantly download the eBook for free.


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  4. Sew your way to a beautiful home (+ sale!)

    Posted by on August 24, 2015, in quilting & sewing, ,

    Want to transform your living space without a drastic overhaul of your decor? All you need are some easy home-decorating ideas, combined with fun sewing projects for the home!

    Sewing home decor is a fantastic way to achieve a makeover that reflects your personal style. We’ve rounded up a full house of creative and stylish projects that you can start on today. And right now, the featured project books below are all 20% off—with free shipping too!*

    Get 20% off plus free shipping on select books

    What’s your decorating style? Traditional elegance? Chic and modern? Country-cozy? Step this way for some domestic DIY inspiration that will motivate you to stitch a fresh look of your own.


    Sew A Modern HomeBedroom

    Versatile, modern designs meet traditional details in Sew a Modern Home: Quilts and More for Every Room. Drape a bed with a quilt featuring a favorite color palette, add a cleverly patterned accent pillow, toss a vibrant table runner atop the dresser, and voila! It’s the bedroom of your dreams.
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    Chevron Starburst pillow
    “Chevron Starburst Pillow”
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    Horizon Line quilt
    “Horizon Line Quilt”
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    Garden Path crib quilt
    “Garden Path Crib Quilt”


    Kitchen StitchesKitchen

    Whether you love to cook or love to eat, the kitchen is likely to be the heart of your home. Kitchen Stitches: Sewing Projects to Spice Up Your Home is like a pantry of functional projects ready to become your favorite kitchen gear. These cheerful and handy creations make fabulous housewarming gifts—and remember, the holidays are right around the corner….
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    Vintage-inspired kitchen
    “Vintage-Inspired Kitchen” casserole cozy and double-handed pot holder
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    Coasters with Curves
    “Coasters with Curves”
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    Shirt Tales apron
    “Shirt Tales Apron”


    Country Threads Goes to Charm SchoolLiving room

    Little quilts can make a big statement in your living room, especially when they’re made with those delightful 5″ precuts known as charm squares. Displayed on walls, slung over sofas, hung on doors, placed on bookshelves—Country Threads Goes to Charm School: 19 Little Quilts from 5″ Squares will show you that a little quilt makes anything in the living room look “charming!”
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    Wipe Your Feet quilt
    “Wipe Your Feet”
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    Eat Soup with the Side of Your Spoon quilt
    “Eat Soup with the Side of Your Spoon”
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    Take Turns quilt
    “Take Turns”


    Set the TableDining Room

    The dining room is the perfect place to showcase your unique style. A table runner placed just so on the dining-room table makes a striking focal point. Set the Table: 11 Designer Patterns for Table Runners has styles aplenty to choose from, including bold graphic designs, new interpretations of traditional blocks, and simple shapes just right for showcasing elaborate quilting. And why confine your runners to the dining room? Add one to your living-room coffee table, on the kitchen sideboard, or at the foot of the bed in the guest room.

    Stand Out table runner
    “Stand Out”
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    Shake Up table runner
    “Shake Up”

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    Game Time table runner
    “Game Time”


    How do you describe your personal style: traditional, modern, primitive, or ??? Tell us in the comments!

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  5. Got precuts? Click for 13 yummy precut patterns (+ flash sale!)

    Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, Honey Buns, Dessert Rolls…have we whetted your appetite?

    From A Baker's Dozen
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    What you’re hungry for are tempting fabric precuts! Lucky for you, the staff at Martingale has cooked up a batch of 13 scrumptious precut sewing patterns. A Baker’s Dozen: 13 Quilts from Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, and More from the Staff at That Patchwork Place® is filled with easy Jelly Roll quilts, quilt patterns using Layer Cakes, and—as icing on the cake—a surprise fat-quarter bonus project.
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    A Baker's Dozen flash sale!

    Savor the eye-candy—there’s something in this baker’s dozen of projects to suit everyone’s taste. Dig into sweet scrappy quilts, nosh-worthy Nine Patch blocks, appetizing appliqué stars, and savory strip piecing. You can load your plate of quilting projects as full as you like—the only fat you have to worry about is in the quarters!

    A Baker’s Dozen is your recipe for successful precut quilting. And as a special treat, you can download the eBook now for just $6.

    Let’s browse the bakery aisle…

    Slushie Jelly Roll quilt
    Slushie from A Baker’s Dozen (uses one Jelly Roll)
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    Winterberry quilt
    Winterberry from A Baker’s Dozen (uses two Jelly Rolls)
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    Tutti Frutti for Mishayla quilt
    Tutti Frutti for Mishayla from A Baker’s Dozen (uses one Honey Bun and one Layer Cake)
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    My Scrappy Challenge quilt
    My Scrappy Challenge from A Baker’s Dozen (uses one Jelly Roll and one Layer Cake)


    Which precut do you consistently crave: fat quarters, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes or…? Tell us in the comments!

    A Baker's Dozen flash sale!


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  6. Inspired by antique quilts? How to re-stitch the past (+ fabric giveaway!)

    If you’re inspired by antique quilts, you’ll find an instant connection with author Julie Hendricksen. As the owner of J. J. Stitches Quilt Shop in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Julie’s been collecting antique quilts for more than 30 years. Her favorite period? The late nineteenth century. (Raise your hand if you concur!)

    Petite Stars quilts
    Old and new: “Petite Stars” from
    Remembering the Past

    Over the years, Julie’s customers have had the pleasure of seeing reproduction quilts and the antique quilts that inspired them on display together. In her new book Remembering the Past, Julie lets you see what only her customers have seen until now. Plus, she’ll show you how to re-create her quilts of yesteryear so perfectly, people will be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the old and the new!
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    “Bordered Stars” from
    Remembering the Past. Can you tell the original from the reproduction?

    Julie even includes close-ups and commentary about individual blocks in her antique quilts, as in this example of the antique “Bordered Stars” quilt:

    Close-ups of antique quilt blocks

    Gather your reproduction fabrics, shirtings, and plaids; then give yourself ample time to browse this gorgeously photographed book, featuring photos of authentic antique quilts and their modern-day remakes.

    Today Julie is a guest writer at Stitch This! to tell us more about Remembering the Past. Welcome, Julie!


    FABRIC GIVEAWAY ALERT! Julie has given us a whopping 45 fat eighths from “Threads of Time,” her latest fabric line with Windham Fabrics, to give to one lucky winner!

    Threads of Time fabric giveaway

    Learn how you can win the fabric plus a copy of Remembering the Past at the bottom of this post.


    Julie HendricksenI’ve been collecting antique quilts for over 30 years. Most of the quilts I collect are scrap quilts from the late nineteenth century, with more than 50 different fabrics in each quilt. Studying these individual fabrics and wishing they were available in today’s quilt world led to a new adventure for me: designing reproduction prints for Windham Fabrics.

    I also own J. J. Stitches, a quilt shop in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, that specializes in reproduction fabrics, from the Civil War through the 1930s. As fabrics arrive in the store, I keep an eye out for any that I could use to reproduce one of my antique quilts. Going for an overall look, instead of matching individual fabrics, makes it easy to pick the variety of fabrics needed for each quilt.

    Ninepatch Road quilt
    This super-scrappy “Ninepatch Road” quilt provides an easy introduction to working with reproduction fabrics.
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    Flying North quilt
    Julie purchased the antique version of “Flying North” (folded on table) as an unquilted quilt top.

    So many of us quilt because we love all of the fabrics and books available to us. I hope Remembering the Past will inspire you to pull out your stash and start your own collection of “vintage” quilts for your home and family.

    Madder reds, chrome yellows, poison greens?
    Learn nineteenth-century color lingo in Remembering the Past >


    Remembering the PastThanks for telling us more about your new book, Julie!

    Antique quilts: own some, want to own some, or want to remake some? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Remembering the Past eBook plus the 45 fat eighths from Julie’s “Threads of Time” line with Windham Fabrics! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

    Can’t wait to start quilting? Buy Remembering the Past at ShopMartingale.com and instantly download the eBook for free.


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  7. Back to school? Don’t forget your bag!

    Knit and Crochet at Stitch This!
    From trying on new duds to picking out school supplies, preparing for class is an exercise in self-expression. While you’re busy planning lunches and checking off supply lists, don’t forget a standout book bag! Check out this roundup of unique crochet backpack patterns for all grade levels.

    From Boho Crochet

    Bright and fresh backpack from Boho Crochet. Find more happy, colorful patterns in the book.

    For Preschool Kids

    Send little ones to their first day with a bag that doubles as a fun friend. Find these and more patterns for school including crocheted pencil pouches, apple cozies with animal faces, and more character tote bags in Amigurumi on the Go.

    From Amigurumi on the Go
    From Amigurumi on the Go

    For Grade School

    Send kids back to class with homework and library books in this cute crocheted messenger bag. Find more character and animal-themed bags in Amigurumi on the Go.

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    Amigurumi on the Go

    For Junior High and High School

    A felted messenger bag is sturdy enough for carrying supplies and books between classes. Find instructions for crocheting and felting this bag and more in Crocheted Pursenalities.

    From Crocheted Pursenalities
    From Crocheted Pursenalities

    For College and University

    A big boho bag with a leather strap is perfect for college students, and goes great with a crocheted tablet cover and cell phone case to protect electronics. Find these and more colorful crocheted patterns in Boho Crochet.

    Boho Crochet From Boho Crochet
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    Boho Crochet

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    Which do you prefer: a backpack or a messenger bag? Tell us in the comments!


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  8. Bird quilts fly with free-motion appliqué (+ giveaway!)

    Marti< Have you met the little birdy who’s ever-perched on our logo?

    Her name is Marti. She’s a creative, confident little bird. We love her spirit and her spunk. (It’s all in how she carries her tail).

    Usually, Marti doesn’t say much. But today, she’s singing the praises of her new favorite book. She’s chirping, cheeping, and tweeting the news to all the birdies on the block: If you love to make cute quilts that are as quick to finish as a bird can fly, you’ll adore the new book Sweet Tweets!

    Birds Holding a Quilt
    “Birds Holding a Quilt” from Sweet Tweets

    Take it from Marti: with author Erin Cox’s liberating “free-motion appliqué” technique, you can stitch these heartwarming bird scenes in the time it takes to shake a tail feather.

    One of the fine birds in our office, senior account manager Kara, let us film her trying out the technique:

    Sweet Tweets Instagram video

    Kara says, “The free-motion technique is really easy and fun! Since you’re trying for a somewhat scribbled result, it takes the fear out of trying free motion. Besides, all the designs are adorable. Who wouldn’t want one of these cute little birdies decorating their home?”

    Ready to let your creativity—and your sewing machine—fly to new heights? Erin is a guest writer at Stitch This! today to tell you more about Sweet Tweets. Welcome, Erin!


    Erin CoxI’m so happy to be posting on Martingale’s Stitch This! blog today, talking about my new book Sweet Tweets: Simple Stitches, Whimsical Birds.

    Since I began making little bird quilts I’ve had many requests to make them into patterns. I wrote Sweet Tweets as a way of honoring that request, as well as hopefully sparking a quilting interest in someone who may be put off by a larger, more time-consuming quilt. That’s really my dream, for the whole world to quilt. Can you imagine how lovely that would be?!

    Lovebirds quilt
    “Lovebirds” quilt

    Sweet Tweets is great for letting your hair down and playing with your fabric to create fun and personalized projects. It’s not unusual to finish one of them within a few hours! Free-motion appliqué is used to make the appliqué pieces—birds, in this case—look illustrated, as though they were sketched or drawn. The method is simple and is also very forgiving.

    Erin's sketched birds
    Erin’s sketched birds

    I have such a fun time making these bird quilts. I often make them in between larger, more time-consuming quilts for a bit of instant gratification. And I often give my quilts  personal, meaningful touches. For example, I choose different elements to represent my children, such as the number of birds or eggs used.

    Mama Bird and Her Nest quilt
    Four children, four eggs! “Mama Bird and Her Nest” from Sweet Tweets

    The projects in Sweet Tweets are also great to make as gifts for holidays or special occasions, and they can easily be personalized for the recipient. You are limited only by your imagination. I hope you learn new skills from the book, and then have fun creating things in colors and fabrics you love!

    Rainy Day Bird Coaster
    “Rainy Day Bird Coaster”

    See more whimsical birdies fly in free-motion >

    I’m a big Elvis fan, so you know I had to make him into a bird on a quilt! It’s one of my favorites and you can find it on my blog.

    I think you’ll love Sweet Tweets. When you make your bird quilt or project, please let me know via my blog, Instagram, or email. Tag your projects with #sweettweets. I love seeing your versions of the bird quilts.

    Happy Sewing!


    Sweet TweetsWe—Marti included—thank you for telling us more about your adorable new book, Erin!

    Free-motion sewing: ever tried it to appliqué or to quilt? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Sweet Tweets eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    Can’t wait to make your machine fly? Buy Sweet Tweets today at ShopMartingale.com and instantly download the eBook for free.

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

    “Yes I have free-motion quilted before, love the designs in this book.”

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


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  9. Terrific quilting techniques for your tool belt (+ sale!)

    Posted by on August 17, 2015, in quilting & sewing, , ,

    Terrific quilting techniques for your tool belt

    Ok, I admit it…I can’t resist a new and fun quilting technique. I will try anything, but rarely do I do the same thing twice. I call it Quilter’s ADD. The fact that I work here at Martingale is, well, not helping me with this problem.

    Seriously, though, isn’t it great to have a few special techniques in your tool belt that you can use in almost any quilt to give it that extra little bit of “oomph”? Our sale books this week have some great ideas for you.

    Save 40% on select eBooks this week!

    Prairie Points

    I hear you: “Uh, Cornelia, there’s nothing new or exiting about prairie points!” Those cute little fabric squares that have been folded into triangles have long been used to add dimension and interest to the outside edges of quilts. In Prairie-Point Pizzazz, author Karen Sievert shows you how to use them in the body of the quilt to give your quilts extra dimension and sparkle. They can be used to add subtle layers of color as seen here:

    Blooming Tree of Life quilt
    “Blooming Tree of Life” + detail
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    Or, used to create an extra “pop” of color:

    Bear's Paw table runner
    “Bear’s Paw Table Runner” + detail
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    Karen illustrates just how simple her prairie-point technique is in this video:

    Reading this in email? See the “Prairie Points & 3D Flying Geese Borders” video at the Stitch This! blog or watch it on YouTube.

    See more projects from Prairie-Point Pizzazz >


    Folded-Corner Technique—expanded

    Chances are you’ve run across the concept of folded corners. Sew a smaller square of fabric to the corner of a larger square or rectangle, and then fold it over to make a triangle on the corner.

    Folded-corner technique

    In Flip Your Way to Fabulous Quilts, Donna Lynn Thomas has taken that simple idea and expanded it to make striped units.

    Folded-corner units
    Example of striped units from
    Flip Your Way to Fabulous Quilts

    Donna’s versatile units will add excitement and visual complexity to your projects.

    From Flip Your Way to Fabulous Quilts
    “Blackford Blue” and “Flames”

    See more projects from Flip Your Way to Fabulous Quilts >


    Strip-Pieced Triangles (“Twin Peaks”)

    Half-square triangles are a main component of so many block designs. By taking one side of that unit and using two fabrics instead of one, you get double the design possibilities! Who knew that you could improve on that basic unit? After all, if one fabric is good, two are better, right?

    Take a look at this classic Ohio Star—see how those side triangles use two fabrics instead of one? Best of all, the triangles are strip pieced so you don’t have to worry about those pesky middle seams!

    Ohio Star quilt block variation

    In Twin Peaks, Gayle Bong shows you how quickly and easily you can add this technique to your tool box.

    From Twin Peaks
    “Get Dizzy” and “Queen for a Day”

    See more projects from Twin Peaks >


    I hope we’ve given you some great new technique ideas for your tool box! What are your favorites? Tell us in the comments!

    Save 40% on select eBooks this week!


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  10. Do these easy quilt patterns catch your eye? (+ flash sale!)

    As quiltmakers, it’s often hard to decide which we love more: the dramatic look of a dynamic block layout or the flair of a fantastically vibrant fabric.

    From Eye-Catching Quilts
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    Eye-Catching Quilts

    In Eye-Catching Quilts: 16 Designs from the Experts at Quiltmaker Magazine you’ll get the best of both: a veritable beauty pageant of elegantly arrayed blocks paired with artful fabric choices.

    Right now, you can download the eBook for just $6.

    Eye-Catching Quilts flash-sale!

    Prepare to be dazzled by lively ikats and batiks, hand-dyed solids, and nostalgic reproduction prints, while Dresden Plates and Log Cabins vie with curving vines, baskets of raspberry truffles, and wool appliqué petals for your attention.

    Aspen leaves and red maple leaves cascade across a creamy ecru field.

    Falling Leaves quilt
    “Falling Leaves” by Erin Wilcoxon
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    The scrappy look meets a dignified English Ivy design.

    Perennial Petals quilt
    “Perennial Petals” by Caroline Reardon
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    Double your fabric choices with double the Dresden Plates.

    All Drezzed Up quilt
    “All Drezzed Up” by Diane Harris
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    Log Cabin blocks are transformed by cool blues and greens into a perfect midsummer night’s cruise.

    Smooth Sailing quilt
    “Smooth Sailing” by Carolyn Beam
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    Eye-Catching QuiltsDownload your copy of Eye-Catching Quilts right now—this $6 flash sale ends Monday, Aug. 17, at noon (PT).


    What typically catches your eye: bold blocks or festive fabrics? Tell us in the comments!
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