1. Splendid Sampler block #56: At Home Anywhere

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    Hello, Splendids! I’m so happy to be a part of the fun and joy that The Splendid Sampler is bringing to the quilt world. My block, “At Home Anywhere,” is a nod to those of us who’ve lived like nomads much of our life—moving here, there, and everywhere. I’ll bet many of you have shared that same experience. But no matter where I’ve lived, to me home is always where my sewing machine is set up. It’s what makes a house a home, and definitely is my happy space where I can make quilts for the people I love the most.

    And no, the little house on my block doesn’t look like any of my previous homes. I’ve lived in a charming Cape Cod–style cottage, a 1910 Sears home, a suburban two-story, a ranch house, and an urban apartment with concrete floors. So, who knows—this could be a future home I haven’t found yet!

    So, let’s get started. (And, if you read to the end, you’ll get a little sneak-peek surprise!)

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    The instructions for my block are simple—it’s fusible appliqué. Here are a few tips if fusible appliqué isn’t familiar to you.

    • Make sure to use lightweight fusible web if you’re going to machine stitch your pieces in place, as I did. The medium- and heavyweight versions are often too thick and will gum up your needle.
    • Decide whether or not you want your machine stitching to star or take on a supporting role. I opted for the latter and used “Perfect Hometown Colors” Aurifil thread to match my fabrics.
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    • When machine appliquéing small pieces, try a small zigzag stitch. I set my BabyLock Crescendo machine to a 2.0 mm width and 1.4 mm length.
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    • The key to machine appliqué stitching that looks sharp and tidy is in the pivot. My favorite setting on the BabyLock is the pivot function button, which allows me to stop with my needle down in the fabric and the foot hovering just slightly so that I can pivot the fabric beneath it. If your machine doesn’t have this capability, you’ll need to either use the knee lift often as you pivot, or use the hand lever for your presser foot in the same way.
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    • These next two tips assume you are stitching clockwise around an appliqué shape with the left-hand swing of the stitch biting into the appliqué and the right-hand swing of the zigzag just biting into the edge of the appliqué foundation. On outside corners (the outer corners of the roof, windows, window frames, and door), stop at the end of the appliqué shape with your needle down and on the right-hand swing of a zigzag. Raise the presser foot and pivot the fabric (turning the corner completely), then lower the presser foot and begin stitching again. The left-hand swing of the needle will just cross over the last zigzag stitch previously made.
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    • On curves (the cloud and shrub), imagine that there are marks similar to those on the face of a clock. As you reach those imaginary marks along the outside edge of a curve, you stop with your needle down on the right-hand swing of the needle. Raise the presser foot, pivot the fabric slightly, then lower the presser foot and continue stitching. Pivot often to keep the gentleness of your curve going.

    I hope you enjoy “building” this little house block. I’m working on building a whole neighborhood of them.
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    And now for that sneak peek I promised you. I may be a wannabe quilt-block designer, but by day my “real” job is Publisher and Chief Visionary Officer for Martingale publishing company. Pretty snazzy title, right? It might seem like I should be able to see the future with a title like that. Well, today, I can! Here’s what was on my desk this week when I returned from a business trip.
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    That’s right, it’s the preliminary pages for The Splendid Sampler book by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson that will be published by Martingale in April 2017. All 128 glorious pages!

    These pages will go through dozens of reads, several editors and copy editors, the layout designer, photographer, and Pat and Jane too . . . all to get this terrific collection ready for you to treasure. In addition to all 100 blocks, there will be finished quilts and different settings for the blocks, too. Our hope is that you’ll love it as much as we all do! We’ll update you with more as these pages go from printouts to real book pages with a cover. But in the meantime, put the book on your wish list. Spring 2017 will be here before we know it!

    All the best,

    Jennifer-Keltner

    Follow Martingale here, there, and everywhere!

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  2. APQ’s 24-Hour Sew-a-Thon is on the way!

    APQ's One Million Pillowcase ChallengeAre you ready to sew for a good cause? Gather some colorful fabric and mark your calendar because it’s almost time for American Patchwork & Quilting’s third annual 24-Hour Sew-a-Thon!

    APQ’s heartwarming mission to donate one million pillowcases to communities around the country is going strong. Last year, during sew-a-thon events held around the United States, 10,763 pillowcases were made and donated by generous sewists like you who put their skills to good use.

    Want to help APQ reach their goal?

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    This year’s 24-Hour Sew-a-Thon runs Friday, September 16, through Saturday, September 17. You can find a shop near you that’s planning to hold a sew-a-thon by clicking here. Or host your own sew-a-thon at home. Invite friends to sew, socialize, and play with fabric!

    If you happen to live near Des Moines, Iowa, you’re invited to stop by the Meredith Corporation from 3:00 p.m. on September 16, through 3:00 p.m. on September 17, to sew pillowcases for your local charities. Meet the APQ staff and get help making your pillowcase. Free supplies and refreshments will be provided.

    Need a pattern? Simple—and 100% free—designs are available to download from APQ right now.

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    Don’t forget to add all your completed pillowcases to APQ’s online pillowcase counter. You can donate pillowcases to these participating shops any time, so keep on sewing!

    Have you made a pillowcase for the One Million Pillowcase Challenge? Tell us about it in the comments!

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  3. 🎁Help is here! Get ready for the gift-giving season 🎁 (+ sale)

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    As soon as I typed the title for this post I instinctively ducked, knowing that somebody was going to want to throw something at me 😄. I can’t lie, though! That season is coming up quickly!

    Wouldn’t it be nice to NOT be quilting that table runner for your sister or stuffing that pincushion for your sewing buddy the night before it’s time to wrap it up and give it to them? (Feel free to tell me all about it because I may never know!)

    Whether you’re making ALL your gifts this year or just a few for special friends and family, our books on sale this week are full of ideas for everyone on your list. The books featured are 40% off this week only, so now is a good time to start planning!


    Sew the Perfect GiftSew the Perfect Gift: 25 Handmade Projects from Top Designers

    With this wonderful collection of gift items, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list. How about a handy apron for your favorite gardener? This pattern would make a great craft apron as well. And a reusable lunch bag is a useful, customizable, and environmentally friendly gift that will work for just about anybody.
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    Sew Embellished!Sew Embellished! – Artistic Little Quilts, Personalized with Easy Techniques by Cheryl Lynch

    What do you do for the loved one who has everything? Why not make them a precious one-of-a-kind keepsake? Cheryl guides you through a staggering variety of techniques and embellishments to help you create a piece of art that will be loved and cherished for years to come.
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    Everyday HandmadeEveryday Handmade: 22 Practical Projects for the Modern Sewist by Cassie Barden and Adrienne Smitke

    Do you need a gift for a world traveler? A domestic goddess? A student? A fellow sewist? You’ll find something for everyone in this creative, stylish, and practical collection of projects.
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    Sew DecorativeSew Decorative: Quick and Easy Home Accents from Sew News

    Home-decor items always make for welcome gifts. You can never have too many table runners, pillows, place settings, or pillowcases, can you? Best of all, these small, doable projects are super adaptable and be customized to fit in anybody’s home.
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    Are you sewing for friends, family, or yourself this year? Tell us in the comments!

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  4. ⏰Flash sale! Quilts to turn your 🏡 into a home sweet home

    Whoo-hoo we 💓 FLASH SALE days! And you are going to 💓 this beauty of an eBook that we have ready for you to steal for just $6.00.

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    Home Sweet QuiltJill-Finley comes from the incomparable Jill Finley—owner of Jillily Studio, thread designer for Aurifil, inventor of Appli-Glue and Poke-A-Dots (sticky thimbles—love ’em!), and most recently, a new designer for Riley Blake Fabrics.

    What an amazing quilty career, right? In Home Sweet Quilt, you’ll see why Jill has been so successful: it’s because her work is uniquely fresh and always from the heart.
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    Whether you want to make a quick project to brighten a room:
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    Highways and Byways pillows

    Or whip up a pretty quilt to dress up a table:
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    Patio Tiles table runner

    Stitch a cozy quilt for the couch:
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    Let’s Get Together lap quilt

    Or sew a bed-sized quilt for a restful retreat:
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    You’ll find projects to love from first to last stitch in Home Sweet Quilt. The eBook is packed with perfect excuses to play in your sewing room!

    You’ll discover lots of beautiful and easily doable projects just waiting for you to create in Home Sweet Quilt. Jill’s even filmed a special video that shows you exactly how to do her “Appliqué the Jillily Way” technique. Way easy. (Instructions for the technique are in the eBook too.)
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    Just listen to what quilters like you are saying about Home Sweet Quilt at Amazon.com:

    Home Sweet QuiltFive-stars“I’ve been familiar with Jill Finley’s work for a while now, and I love this book! Her clean style and color combos are wonderful.”

    Five-stars“Jill’s design sensibilities are just right for today’s quilters. They bundle the traditional together with a freshness that makes the quilts ones that will be embraced by quilters across different generations.”

    Five-stars“Need a gift or something for yourself? The book includes patterns for the whole house, from table runners to dish towels to pillows to quilts of all sizes. They’re all so fresh and pretty!”

    Our weekend flash sale on Home Sweet Quilt starts now. But hurry, because it ends soon! This offer expires Monday, August 22, at noon (PST). Don’t miss your chance to own this exceptional collection of patterns from Jill—they’ll turn any humdrum house into a cozy home.

    Will your next project be stitched up pronto, or will it require a bit more patchwork planning? Tell us in the comments!

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  5. You’ve never seen Nine Patch quilt blocks quite like this (+ giveaway!)

    Nine-Patch-quilt-blockSweet and simple, the Nine Patch is one of the oldest and best-loved quilt blocks. In fact, just knowing its name is almost enough to know how to sew it! This simplicity makes the Nine Patch quilt block a chameleon of sorts, allowing for endless creativity and variation. A Nine Patch block might look classic as can be in one quilt and completely modern as part of a different design. Changing just one element, such as the scale or color placement, gives the block a total makeover.

    Intrigued yet? Well, there’s no better place to see the versatility of Nine Patch quilt blocks than in the newest addition to our Block-Buster series: I Love Nine Patches. We gathered a dream team of designers to bring you 16 unique takes on this timeless block, and you’re sure to be inspired to start your own Nine Patch adventure!
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    Block-Buster Quilts: I Love Nine Patches

    Let’s start with the kaleidoscopically colorful quilt To The Nines by Audrie Bidwell. The block is a straightforward Nine Patch, but the stupendous scrappiness and clever use of color makes this quilt both easy and fun to piece.

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    To the Nines by Audrie Bidwell

    Sherri McConnell recently shared her lovely I Love Nine Patches quilt, Paisley Patch, on her blog A Quilting Life. She combined simple Nine Patch blocks with Snowball blocks in scrappy red, cream, and blue paisley prints, and then set them on point to create this cool composition.

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    Paisley Patch by Sherri McConnell

    Jackie White’s bold and bright quilt Jewel of the Nine is made from two alternating Nine Patch blocks. Can you spot them? Using half-square triangles for the corners of the alternate blocks creates a faceted jewel-like look.

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    Jewel of the Nine by Jackie White

    For a completely different take, Kimberly Jolly played with the scale of her blocks to make her amazing quilt called Gradations. The gradual shift in size among the blocks makes for a truly stunning visual effect.

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    Gradations by Kimberly Jolly

    Corey Yoder tossed half-square triangles and four-patch units in the mix to make the beautiful quilt Bespoke. This combination of two modified Nine Patch blocks makes the design much easier to piece than it looks!

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    Bespoke by Corey Yoder

    There are many more Nine Patch delights to feast your eyes on in Block-Buster Quilts: I Love Nine Patches, plus lots of helpful basics and clever tips for speeding up your sewing. Jump on the Nine Patch train today!

    Do you prefer the Nine Patch block in its purest form or do you like to change it up? Tell us in the comments and you could win one of 15 copies of the Block-Buster Quilts: I Love Nine Patches eBook—one for each designer! We’ll choose random winners one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

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  6. How to decorate with quilts: designer do’s (+ sale!)

    Save 20% on select books + free shipping

    You can decorate with a lamp. A painting. A wreath. Assorted knick-knacks. But bring a quilt into the room and you can actually feel the space become softer. Cozier. A quilt invites you to relax, unwind, and stay a spell.

    How do quilts do that? We say it’s simply their superpower.

    Whether you’re making your first quilt or your one-hundred and first, our books on sale this week will inspire you put them on display. Find a special place in your home for that quilt you just finished—and that quilt you’re about to start making. The books featured below are 20% off this week only (we’ll even pay to ship them in the US and Canada). But hurry—sale offer ends August 21.


    Decorate with BIG quilts

    Remembering the PastRemembering the Past: Reproduction Quilts Inspired by Antique Favorites by Julie Hendricksen

    You might think the only place to display a bed-sized quilt is on a bed. But in Remembering the Past you’ll discover many more ways to get creative with big quilts. Ladders and quilt racks are an obvious choice for sizeable quilts, but there are lots of other places to show them off.

    Decorating DO: Take those bed quilts out of the linen closet and give them the spotlight!

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    Roll up and nestle big quilts into wire baskets, just like arranging fabric flowers into a beautiful bouquet.

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    Drape big quilts over fixtures with hard lines or furniture that needs a pop of color.

    Decorate with quilts from Remembering the Past >


    Decorate with Seasonal Accents

    'Tis the Autumn Season’Tis the Autumn Season: Fall Quilts and Decorating Projects by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks

    Seasonal sewing is so much fun! It’s a great way to mimic Mother Nature indoors. Jeanne and Shelley switch out quilts to celebrate each season’s arrival, and they’ve found lots of fun and functional ways to display them.

    Decorating DO: Think outside of the box (and the bed, couch, and chair). Look up!

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    Surprise! Put pretty pillows and quilts up high and turn a drab corner into a conversation starter.

    Decorate with quilts from ’Tis the Season >


    Decorating with Runners

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

    Runners are a great resource when it comes to decorating skinny spaces. Display a runner across a table or along the foot of a bed, yes, but be on the lookout for other horizontal and vertical spaces that need some pep. A runner just might do the trick!

    Decorating DO: Sew runners to your specifications. Amy’s handy charts tell you how much fabric to cut and sew for a pillow (one block), a runner (a single row of blocks), and several quilt sizes (baby, throw, twin, queen, and king), all using the same block pattern. Seriously, her charts are basically genius.

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    This neutral, six-block Downtown runner complements the sleek, modern feel of both the table and the setting, all while adding a little softness to the scene.

    Decorate with quilts from Think Big >


    Decorating with Small Quilts

    Country Threads Goes to Charm SchoolCountry Threads Goes to Charm School: 19 Little Quilts from 5″ Squares by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene

    Small quilts pack a big punch! And the more the merrier. Whether you spotlight one quilt or twenty in a single room, give yourself the green light to pile on the patchwork—each quilt adds more softness and warmth to the scene.

    Decorating DO: Got a collection of something—old irons, Depression glass, baskets, nesting dolls? Make a quilt that coordinates with the colors of your collection; then arrange the pieces on a flat surface with your quilt as the crowning jewel.

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    A pottery collection harmonizes with a little quilt made of muted prints and plaids.


    💡One last decorating idea: Treat that quilt you’re proud of like an artist would: hang it on the wall and put a spotlight on it. It’ll wow your guests and make you smile whenever you see it.


    How many quilts are helping you decorate your home right now? Tell us in the comments!

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  7. 📚Quilt-book lovers: get $40 to spend at our site today

    Are you a quilt book-a-holic? (It’s okay to say yes. You’re among friends who understand.)

    Or maybe you can’t get enough of books about sewing, knitting, or crochet.

    Or maybe you love them all.

    If you love books about your favorite hobby, it’s time.

    Time to join the Martingale Insider Book Club!

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    Free gift certificate for Insider Book Club membersIt’s only $14.99 per year to join. And we’re so sure you’ll love being a member, we’ll give you a $40.00 gift certificate to spend at our website as soon as you sign up.

    Spend your gift certificate on whatever your creative heart desires. No restrictions, no limitations. Except for one thing: as a book-club member, we insist that anything you buy at our website is 35% off the regular price. Because that’s how we treat our book-club members.

    Are you good with that? Good!

    Our Insider Book Club is brimming with benefits for you. When you join:

    >>> You’ll save 35% off everything at our website, ShopMartingale.com. Log in as a book-club member and this is what you’ll see on your screen:

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    Discounts. Discounts. Discounts!

    Discounts are stupendously fun when you’re a book-a-holic. And yes, that 35% savings applies to whatever you buy with your new $40 gift certificate too. So you’re saving even more!

    >>> You’ll discover that membership is totally flexible. Once a month, you’ll get an email when we’re ready to send a beautiful new book to you. You can tell us:

    • YES! or
    • No thanks! or
    • I’d like to order something else this month. (Then simply place an order for that something else.)

    Or say nothing at all and we’ll automatically ship the Featured Selection to you.

    See? Choices. It’s the superpower we bestow upon you when you become a member.

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    Martingale books coming to the book club soon!

    Joining is easy—put the Insider Book Club membership into your shopping cart, choose to receive print books or eBooks, and follow the prompts to check out. It’s that simple!

    Once your transaction is complete, you’ll receive your $40 gift certificate and you can spend it right away.*

    During the next year, you’ll receive 35% off all your purchases at ShopMartingale.com. Buy at least four items during the year to maintain your membership.* Buy six items in a year and we’ll waive your membership fee next year!

    Questions? Click here for more info or email us at bookclub@shopmartingale.com and we’ll be glad to answer any questions you might have.

    Ready to join? Click here. Or find out more about the club:

    FAQs | membership terms | sign up!


    *Please note: items purchased with your $40 gift certificate, and flash sales, do not count toward the purchase obligation.

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  8. A quilter’s coffee-table book: Gwen Marston’s A Common Thread (+ giveaway!)

    Today is a grrrrreat day! We’re feeling delighted, excited, and proud to share with you this sneak peek of our latest coffee-table book for quilters:

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    A Common Thread: A Collection of Quilts by Gwen Marston.

    You may know Gwen Marston as a living legend in the quiltmaking world. Perhaps you followed her illustrious “Liberated Quiltmaking” phase. If you’re lucky you’ve heard her lecture, participated in one of her workshops, or otherwise met her in person. Or maybe you’re about to discover her for the first time.

    No matter how you’ve come to know Gwen’s work, this in-depth journey into her lifelong love affair with fabric, color, and design will inspire you for as long as you create.

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    A Common Thread chronicles five decades of Gwen’s fascinating work. From her beginnings as a traditional quilter to her “liberated” quilt era; from her series of spectacular string quilts to her exploration of minimalist design, this magnificently photographed collection of more than 65 quilts—curated by Gwen herself—invites you to enjoy her journey, her artistry, and her process like never before.

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    From the Traditional Patchwork chapter

    As you savor each page, the common threads woven through Gwen’s quilts will come into focus—her thought-provoking color and design choices, her perfectly imperfect piecing, her delightfully tiny surprises, just waiting to be discovered! And you just might find that you share many common threads with Gwen.

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    From the Appliqué chapter

    The scope of Gwen’s work is vast, yet she’s come to each of her quilts with the same intentions:

    To happily create without a goal of perfection.

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    From the Liberated Quiltmaking chapter

    To evolve and grow:

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    From the String Quilts chapter

    And to put heart and soul into expressing a unique perspective of our world.

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    From the Abstract Quilts in Solids chapter

    You’ll coax out your creativity, fire up your imagination, and gather inspiration when you immerse yourself in Gwen’s world through the pages of A Common Thread. Treat yourself, your quilting friends, and all the artists you know to this extraordinary retrospective of a celebrated American artist—who we are now overjoyed to call part of the Martingale family!

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    Gwen Marston: fanatical fan, enthusiastic admirer, or new to her work? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of A Common Thread! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    Comments are closed for this post.

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

    “LOVE GWEN’S WORK! WOULD LOVE TO WIN HER NEW BOOK! THANKS FOR SHARING!”

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

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  9. Find summer fun indoors: 4 new quilting techniques to try (+ sale!)

    Save 40% on select eBooks this week only

    Stay out of the summer swelter—try some out-of-the-box fun indoors with new quilting techniques! This week’s sale books will teach you new tricks that you can keep in your quiltmaking tool belt and whip out whenever you want. Isn’t it nice to have creative options?

    Save 40% on the eBooks below, this week only! Sale lasts through Sunday, July 24, 2016.


    Learn how to: create on-point quilts with zero math

    On-Point PatchworkOn-Point Patchwork: Fuss-Free Diagonals using the Omnigrid On-Point Ruler
    Donna Lynn Thomas

    If you know prolific author Donna Lynn Thomas, you know she’s a whiz at quilting math. In On-Point Patchwork she shows you how to create on-point quilts in blocks, borders, and sashing with no templates and no math—just a swish of your rotary blade.
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    In the video below, Donna introduces her book along with a ruler that makes on-point quilts a breeze.

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    Learn how to: sew accurate circles and curves

    Simple Circles and Quick CurvesSimple Circles and Quick Curves: Machine Appliqué the Easy Way
    Nancy Mahoney

    If you’ve tried piecing circles and curves without success, stick with Nancy Mahoney: she’ll teach you to appliqué those arcs, bends, and bows by machine. Her method is easier than piecing, quicker than hand appliqué, and headache free. You’ll pair two techniques for stress-free circles: starch appliqué and a machine blanket stitch.
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    Ever wondered how to perfectly center an appliqué shape on a background fabric? Watch Nancy’s smart tip for preparing circle shapes for machine appliqué—they’ll wind up smack-dab in the center every time. You’ll use her easy tip over and over again!

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    Learn how to: make dimensional prairie points

    Prairie-Point PizzazzPrairie-Point Pizzazz: Quilts with New Dimension
    Karen Sievert

    Karen wanted an easier way to incorporate prairie points into her quilts. She says she failed her way to success. And now, her prairie points aren’t only in the borders of her quilts; they’re in the body of her quilts too. Take a look at these examples:
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    Amazing dimension, right? A surprise under every point! Watch Karen demonstrate her streamlined technique in this video (check out her dimensional Flying Geese border at mark 4:14 in the video—really neat!).

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    Learn how to: appliqué a new way

    Fuss-Free Machine AppliqueFuss-Free Machine Appliqué: Sew on the Line for Great Results
    Lori Buhler

    With Lori’s clever sew-on-the-line technique, there are no raw edges to hide away in your appliqué. Where’d the raw edges go, you ask? Good question! Click here for an in-depth look at her method. From circles to twining vines, curvy petals, and even skinny curlicues, the technique can be adapted to most any project.
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    What’s the latest technique you’ve tried: a piecing or appliqué method, or maybe a finishing technique like quilting or binding? Tell us in the comments!

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  10. You’ve never made a Crazy quilt block this way – unless… (giveaway!)

    You’ve never made a Crazy quilt block this way . . . unless you know Janet Nesbitt and her Crazy approach to piecing!

    Wish-Upon-a-Crazy-Star-quilt
    Wish upon a (Crazy) Star quilt

    So what’s this “Crazy” sewing about? Here’s the process in a nutshell:

    First you do a little a little stackin’ and whackin’
    Then you do a little switchin’ and sewin’
    And it’s all a whole lotta quiltmakin’ fun!

    In her new book Crazy at the Cabin, Janet—formerly of Buggy Barn—will inspire you to get a little crazy with some out-of-the-box piecing. Her collection of cozy quilts will have you daydreaming about summers at the cabin with family and friends. But you don’t need to be anywhere near a cabin to get a cabin-at-the-lake look.

    Welcome-to-the-Lake-quilt
    Welcome to the Lake quilt from
    Crazy at the Cabin

    The perfectly imperfect technique is fun, forgiving . . . and totally addicting. Are you ready to join this quilting craze? We’ve invited Janet to be our guest writer today—she’ll explain why she chose a summer-cabin theme for her first book with Martingale. Welcome, Janet!


    Janet-NesbittThis is just like Christmas . . . I’ve waited and waited and finally! The day is here and I’m so excited to unwrap my special present! You all know what it’s like: that present’s been tucked under the tree, looking so pretty, calling your name, for what seems like forever. Well, today is the day I get to unwrap that present—and it’s even better than what I’d wildly imagined! So here, wanna take a peek?

    Crazy at the Cabin

    Here it is! My brand new “crazy” book, Crazy at the Cabin. It’s full of fun new quilts, many of which I designed while up at the lake last summer.

    Of course, it was crazy-hot . . .

    Crazy-Hot-quilt
    Crazy Hot quilt

    . . . while we motored around the lake . . .

    Crazy-Regatta-quilt
    Crazy Regatta quilt

    . . . taking in the local wildlife.

    Crazy-Moose-Messages-quilt
    Crazy Moose Messages quilt

    Then is was time for a snack . . .

    Crazy-Summer-Blooms
    Crazy Summer Blooms table runner

    . . . to hold us over until it was time for fireworks!

    Folk-Art-Fireworks-quilt
    Folk-Art Fireworks

    What a crazy-fun time we had at the lake. And what a crazy-fun time you’ll have making these quilts!

    So what is all this “crazy” stuff going on at the cabin? Now before your imagination takes off in all directions, let me explain. “Crazy” refers to a method of piecing that I’ve developed over the last 20 years. It’s a bit like making cardboard puzzles as a kid: you cut it up and so it can go back together, right? But because we are quilters, we add seam allowances—hence the patterns!

    You begin by tracing a full-size pattern from Crazy at the Cabin onto freezer paper; then you iron the freezer-paper template onto a stack of fabrics. Cut on the lines, make a quick shuffle, and put it all back together again. It’s a snap!

    Crazy-piecing-how-to
    Clear, concise directions with lots of color photos will help you understand the process.

    This has been the best Christmas present ever. I’d like to thank all the folks at Martingale/That Patchwork Place for giving me this opportunity to share my designs with you. Martingale is the greatest! We’ve worked so hard to make this beautiful book a reality—enjoy!


    Janet, we are so excited that your book is finally here—people are already going CRAZY for it!

    Have you tried Crazy piecing of any kind? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of Crazy at the Cabin! We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

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

    “I’ve quilted for years but for some reason, I’ve never made any kind of crazy quilt. I’d love to have Janet’s new book and try some, they look amazing! Thanks for the chance to win!”

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

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