1. Got fat quarters? Make fun-size quilts (+ 16 giveaways!)

    From Fun-Size Quilts

    Got fat quarters? Today’s the day to invite them out to play!

    We issued a challenge to popular designers: create a quilt no bigger than a fat quarter. The result? The new book Fun-Size Quilts! And although this unique collection of small quilt patterns is fat-quarter friendly, you can invite your fat eighths, scraps, and yardage to play along.

    Fun-Size QuiltsTo celebrate the release of Fun-Size Quilts, we’ve invited each designer to join the fun. Visit each designer’s blog below and enter to win a copy of the Fun-Size Quilts eBook. Enter at each blog (including ours) and you’ll have 16 chances to win!

    Can’t wait to start your next fat-quarter quilt? Buy Fun-Size Quilts today and instantly download the eBook for free. And if you make a quilt from the book, post a photo of it to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram with the hashtag #funsizequilts—we’d love to see and share it!

    Now, feast your eyes on all 19 fun-size quilts from the book. It’s gonna be one of those “once you start, you can’t stop” kind of quilting adventures!


    To-Do List quilt
    “To-Do List”
    by Debbie Grifka
    Esch House Quilts
    Four Patch Shift quilt
    “Four-Patch Shift”
    by Julie Herman
    Jaybird Quilts
    Quiltalicious quilt“Quiltalicious”
    by Melissa Corry
    Happy Quilting
    Garden Variety quilt“Garden Variety”
    by Heather Valentine
    The Sewing Loft
    A Banner Day quilt
    “A Banner Day”
    by Jocelyn Ueng
    Fat Quarter Shop
    Hedgehog Heyday quilt
    “Hedgehog Heyday”
    by Cheri Leffler
    Cheri Leffler Designs
    Fox in a Box quilt
    “Fox in a Box”
    by Jeni Baker
    In Color Order
    Tapa Cloth quilt
    “Tapa Cloth”
    by Natalie Barnes
    beyond the reef
    White Stars quilt
    “White Stars”
    by Julie Herman
    Jaybird Quilts
    Sunshine quilt
    “Sunshine”
    by Kimberly Jolly
    Fat Quarter Shop
    My Little Garden quilt
    “My Little Garden”
    by Jackie White
    Jackie’s Art Quilts
    HI! quilt
    “HI!”
    by Kimberly Jolly
    Fat Quarter Shop
    Starlight quilt
    “Starlight”
    by Elizabeth Dackson
    Don’t Call Me Betsy
    Skyline quilt
    “Skyline”
    by Emily Herrick
    Crazy Old Ladies
    Elongated Triangles quilt
    “Elongated Triangles”
    by Missy Shepler
    Missy Stitches
    Stalagstripes quilt
    “Stalagstripes”
    by Pippa Eccles Armbrester
    Pippa Quilts
    Perhaps quilt
    “Perhaps”
    by Thomas Knauer
    Thomas Knauer Sews
    Particularly Joyful quilt
    “Particularly Joyful”
    by Victoria L. Eapen
    Spun Sugar Quilts
    Woven Stars quilt
    “Woven Stars”
    by Rebecca Silbaugh
    Ruby Blue Quilting Studio

    To enter our giveaway of the Fun-Size Quilts eBook, answer this question in the comments:

    How many fat quarters do you own? (A ballpark number will do!)

    We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!


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  2. Hot topic! Paper-piecing tips, part 3 (+ sale!)

    Posted by on July 23, 2014, in quilting & sewing, ,

    Save 40% on select eBooks this week

    50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced StarsOur series on paper piecing wraps up today with another great tip from the “Queen of Paper Piecing,” Carol Doak. This tip on choosing the right paper comes from her book 50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars.

    Paper piecing quick tip--which paper is best
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    Papers for Foundation PiecingIf you’re looking for the right paper to use, try our Papers for Foundation Piecing. We’ve designed these papers to be just sturdy enough to withstand machine stitching but still light enough to see through and tear easily!

    Now that you’re armed with great tips and have dipped your toe into the foundation-piecing pool, perhaps you’re ready for a project that is just a little more challenging? Showstopping Quilts to Foundation Piece by Tricia Lund and Judy Pollard has projects that will produce those “oohs” and “ahhs” we all love to hear! Best of all, it’s on sale—40% off this week only!


    Showstopping Quilts to Foundation Piece
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    Showstopping Quilts to Foundation Piece from top right: “Parisian Foundations,” “Summer Feathered Star,” and “Baskets”

    Download Showstopping Quilts to Foundation Piece for only $11.39 through July 27


    We’d like to hear about some of YOUR paper piecing experiences! How did your last project go: Triumph, learning experience, or in-between? Tell us all about it in the comments!

    You might also like:
    Hot topic! Paper-piecing tips, part 1
    Hot topic! Paper-piecing tips, part 2


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  3. Hot topic! Paper-piecing tips, part 2 (+ sale)

    Posted by on July 22, 2014, in quilting & sewing, ,

    Save 40% on select eBooks this week

    A Paper-Pieced GardenOur short series on paper-pieced quilts continues today with another great tip for you! Knowing how to cut out your fabric pieces to ensure they’ll cover the next piece of a pattern can be challenging—ask me how I know! I love this great tip from Maaike Bakker and Françoise Maarse from their book A Paper-Pieced Garden.

    Quick tip--templates for paper piecing
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    Here’s a visual example of Maaike and Françoise’s tip:

    Cutting templates for paper piecing


    Quilter's Home: SummerOn sale this week only: Quilter’s Home: Summer by Lois Krushina Fletcher. It doesn’t get much more summery than watermelon, flip-flops, lemonade, beach balls, and picnic baskets! This super-fun paper-pieced design will conjure up summer for you whenever you need it—no matter what the weatherman says.
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    From Quilters Home: Summer
    Download Quilter’s Home: Summer for only $8.99 through July 27


    How many projects have YOU paper pieced? Tell us in the comments!


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  4. Hot topic! Paper-piecing tips, part 1 (+ sale)

    Posted by on July 21, 2014, in quilting & sewing, ,

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    Show Me How to Paper PieceAre you a paper piecer? Most quilters I know are either enthusiastically in the “Yes!” camp or most emphatically in the “No!” camp. Some of us (me included) are on the fence. Perhaps with a few tips from our paper-piecing experts, some of us can find a new place to camp!

    If you know a little about paper piecing, you might know that you’re supposed to do different things on different sides of the paper pattern. But how do you know which side is which? Below is a terrific tip from Carol Doak, from her book Show Me How to Paper Piece. It really helped me look at paper-pieced quilts in a whole new way!

    Quick tip: paper-piecing patterns
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    Want to try paper piecing on a small scale? Have a look at Quilts for Mantels and More, on sale for 40% off this week (only $8.97). You’ll be able to spruce up your home AND hone your paper-piecing skills without committing to a big quilt!

    Quilts for Mantels and More

    See more seasonal projects from Quilts for Mantels and More

    Papers for Foundation PiecingPaper piecing is always more successful when you have the proper tools. Our Papers for Foundation Piecing work on almost any home printer or photocopier and tear easily when the time comes to remove the paper from your project.
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    Where do you “camp” in the world of paper piecing: yes, no, or on the fence? Tell us in the comments!


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  5. Dreaming of Christmas + free yarn giveaway

    Christmas in July Week

    Today we’re finishing Christmas in July week with a handmade holiday roundup especially for yarn lovers. Get a jump start stitching knitted holiday stockings, crocheted mittens, or a kid’s holiday sweater. Check out the roundup below for a few ideas to get you in the spirit! But first…

    Free yarn giveaway!

    Is your stash lacking in red and green? We’ve got an early Christmas present for you, courtesy of our friends at Plymouth Yarn.

    Kid Gloss from Plymouth Yarns

    Check out the bottom of this post for details on how you can win a pack of your very own Kid Gloss (pictured above) in cherry and emerald from Plymouth Yarn. See more details and colors here.

    Are you dreaming of Christmas yet? Check out these 6 ideas for Christmas knitting and crochet:

    From Knit Bright Knit a festive holiday stocking

    Find this striped knit stocking + 11 more patterns for gift giving throughout the year in Knit Bright by Kristin Spurkland.
    From Paintbox Knits Make Christmas sweaters for kids

    Find this knitted holiday party sweater + 2 more winter sweaters for kids (and more than 30 additional knits for kids) in Paintbox Knits by Mary H. Bonnette and Jo Lynne Murchland.
    From Knitting Scandinavian Slippers and Socks Relax with knitted winter slippers

    Find this cute winter-forest design + 27 more Scandinavian slippers and socks for cooler temperatures in Knitting Scandinavian Slippers and Socks by Laura Farson.
    From Eye-Catching Crochet Get cozy with a crocheted scarf and mitten set

    Find this gorgeous neutral winter accessory set + 20 more crocheted accessories for the entire year in Eye-Catching Crochet by Janet Rehfeldt.
    From Knitting Circles around Mittens and More Spread holiday cheer with cabled wrist warmers

    Find these quick-to-knit, two-at-a-time wrist warmers + 8 more knitted mittens, scarves, and hats in Knitting Circles Around Mittens and More by Antje Gillingham.
    From Knitting the Chill Away Holiday boot socks to give or keep

    Find these elegant knitted boot socks + 27 more cozy winter knits for the whole family in Knitting the Chill Away.

    What will you be knitting or crocheting for Christmas this year? Tell us in the comments and you could win a pack of Kid Gloss in cherry and emerald from Plymouth Yarn. We’ll pick a winner one week from today, and notify the winner by email.


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  6. Perfect quilter gifts: 2015 quilting calendars (+ 4 giveaways!)

    Posted by on July 17, 2014, in quilting & sewing, ,

    Christmas in July week

    Welcome to day four of Christmas in July week! Remember to enter our daily fabric giveaway at the bottom of this post. (Moda sends you their “Hearty Good Wishes”!)


    The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a proper ringing in of the New Year. And because our 2015 quilting calendars have arrived, we’re ready to don our party hats, toss some confetti, and clink glasses in a toast to 2015—right now!

    2015 quilting calendars
    Available now!

    Quilting calendars make a perfect gift—a no-brainer to bestow upon the quilter who has it all. Plus, your quilting buddies will have just the right place to record the next guild meeting, quilt show, and shop hop. Grab ’em for holiday gift giving before they’re gone. They sell out fast!


    That Patchwork Place® Quilt Calendar 2015

    That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar 2015

    • Get 12 step-by-step patterns in a pullout booklet—make any quilt featured
    • Show off your love of quilting with gorgeous photos in a wall-calendar format
    • Enjoy designs from Kate Henderson, Gerri Robinson, Pat Wys, and more

    See (and sew!) all the quilts in That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar 2015


    Award-Winning Quilts 2015 Calendar

    Award-Winning Quilts 2015 Calendar

    • An annual indulgence! 13 award-winning designs from master quilters
    • Be wowed by amazing creativity, fine workmanship, and spectacular quilting
    • Get the best from the 2013 “Quilts: A World of Beauty” judged show

    Prepare for breathlessness: see more from the Award-Winning Quilts 2015 Calendar


    A Year of Quilts 2015 Calendar

    A Year of Quilts 2015 Calendar

    • Fall in love with a feast of favorite quilts photographed in the great outdoors
    • Turn the page to enjoy a new quilt every month, all from popular Martingale books
    • Be inspired by some of our bestselling authors, including Country Threads

    Who else is becoming a calendar girl in 2015? Find out in A Year of Quilts 2015 Calendar


    Quilter's perpetual calendarsLooking for more quilter-friendly gifts? Treat your quilting friends—or yourself!—to a quilt-block-packed perpetual calendar. Both calendars (right) include a block pattern for every day of the year, complete with full-color illustrations and rotary-cutting keys. Spiral bound for years of turning pages, both calendars will inspire you and your friends for as long as you quilt!

     See the blocks in the Quilter’s Block-a-Day Calendar

     See the blocks in 365 Quilt-Block Patterns: Perpetual Calendar

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    Moda FabricsOur friends at Moda have generously donated an astonishing 30 fat quarters from their “Hearty Good Wishes” line to give to you!

    Hearty Good Wishes fabric by Moda

    For a chance to win this beautiful blue bundle of fun, answer this question:

    Which quilting calendar above would inspire you most in 2015?

    Share your answer in the comments and you’ll be automatically entered to win one of four prizes: one of the three new 2015 calendars OR the “Hearty Good Wishes” fat-quarter pack from Moda! We’ll choose four random entries one week from today and let the winners know by email.

    Good luck—and Happy New Year!


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  7. Free printable Christmas gift tags (+ giveaway!)

    Christmas in July week

    Welcome to day three of Christmas in July week! Remember to enter our daily fabric giveaway at the bottom of this post. (New from Clothworks: American Made Brand!)


    Free printable gift tagsFor quilters, the holidays often revolve around making gifts for those we care about. And what special final touch does every handmade gift need? Why, a gift tag of course!

    Download the free printable Christmas gift tags below—print as many copies as you need. Simply cut out tags and finish with a hole punch, which makes these tags easy to tie onto any gift.

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    Free printable Christmas gift tags
    Click to download Martingale’s free printable Christmas gift tags


    Sew Gifts!Got a long gift list, but short on gift ideas? Sew Gifts! to the rescue! Choose from 25 small projects, including bags, pillows, and kitchen items—plus special gifts for fellow stitchers. Reach for this pattern collection again and again to make gifts for every occasion, from holidays and birthdays to “just because.”

    iPad cover
    Casserole carrier
    Kimono scarf
    See all 25 projects in Sew Gifts!

    You might also like:
    Sew the Perfect Gift


    Free fabric giveaway week

    ClothworksOur friends at Clothworks have generously donated a beautiful bundle of their new “American Made Brand” solids to give to you!

    Check out their Farm to Fabric Challenge, featuring fabrics made and grown in the USA. Enter your quilt by August 15—winning designs will be exhibited at Fall Quilt Market!

    American Made Brand fabric by Clothworks

    For a chance to win the bundle of eight American Made Brand fat quarters, answer this question:

    What’s the best handmade gift you’ve ever received?

    Share your answer in the comments and you’ll be automatically entered to win. We’ll choose a random entry one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!


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  8. Easy fusible-appliqué Christmas: a tiny tip (video + giveaway!)

    Christmas in July week

    Welcome back to our second day of Christmas in July week! Remember to enter our daily fabric giveaway at the bottom of this post. (Riley Blake is back!)

    But first, we’ve got a little tip for you today—big emphasis on little:

    Home for Christmas Bed Runner
    “Home for Christmas” bed runner

    Imagine spreading this gorgeous runner across the foot of your bed every Christmas. Or think how delighted a visitor would be to see it grace the guest bed in your home. You can customize the buildings to reflect your hometown—oh, the possibilities!

    Tiny applique--snow on treesBut this runner becomes even more delightful when you learn how it’s put together. Fusible appliqué is the way to assemble those little pieces, says Cheryl Almgren Taylor, author of Christmas is Coming. And learning her easy trick for fusing even the smallest of appliqué pieces, like the snow on the trees (right), is like a getting a Christmas gift in itself.

    We met up with Cheryl at Quilt Market, where she demonstrated her “tiny” trick for us in this video:


    Reading this in email? See the “Fusible-web appliqué: preassembling pieces” video at the Stitch This! blog or watch it on YouTube.


    A bit of preassembly prep goes a long way! Once appliqué pieces are fused in place, simply sew around the edges using a machine blanket stitch, zigzag stitch, or satin stitch.

    Cheryl’s layered-appliqué method is a cinch to master. Take a look at the other beautiful projects in Christmas is Coming that you can make using Cheryl’s technique:

    Projects from Christmas is Coming

    See all 12 projects from Christmas is Coming

    Or, ring in the holidays with projects from Cheryl’s debut book, Deck the Halls:

    Projects from Deck the Halls

    See all 10 projects in Deck the Halls

    Pick up either of Cheryl’s books today at ShopMartingale.com. Buy a print book and instantly download the eBook for free—or save big when you buy the eBook by itself.

    Christmas Is Coming Deck the Halls


    Free fabric giveaway week!

    Riley Blake DesignsOur friends at Riley Blake have generously donated a festive fabric bundle from their “Lost and Found Christmas” line by My Mind’s Eye to give to you!
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    Lost and Found Christmas by My Mind's Eye for Riley Blake

    For a chance to win it, answer this question:

    Appliqué: love it, learning it, or haven’t yet tried it?

    Share your answer in the comments and you’ll be automatically entered to win. We’ll choose a random entry one week from today and let the winner know by email. Good luck!


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  9. Quilt patterns for Christmas: let’s get started! (+ sale and giveaway!)

    Christmas in July week

    Welcome to Christmas in July week at Stitch This! We’re hosting a free fabric giveaway EVERY DAY this week, so be sure to enter today’s giveaway at the bottom of this post.


    We counted—it’s 163 days ’til Christmas. Who will be lucky enough to land on your handmade gift list in 2014? Now’s the perfect time to start stitching for the grandest gift-giving holiday of the year. And we’re here to help you begin!

    Free printable Handmade Holiday Gift ListBrowse the eBooks below for the perfect present. Or, get inspired to make quilts, runners, pillows, and more for your own holiday decorating. And then save big! This week only, take 40% off all of our Christmas-themed eBooks.

    Need help organizing your gift ideas? Print out our handy Handmade Holiday Gift List (right) to help with your Christmas-present planning.

    Get inspired and prepared for the holidays now—and make it a goal to get a good night’s sleep on Christmas Eve!

     

    Browse Christmas eBooks—starting at $7.17

    Comfort and Joy
    $19.95 $11.97
    Paper Piece a Merry Christmas
    $16.95 $10.17
    Christmas at That Patchwork Place
    $14.95 $8.97
    Make Room for Christmas Quilts
    $19.99 $11.99
    Adoration Quilts
    $16.99 $10.19
    Holiday Wrappings
    $11.95 $7.17
    Favorite Christmas Quilts
    $13.95 $8.37
    The Quilter's Home: Winter
    $14.99 $8.99
    Christmas with Artful Offerings
    $16.99 $10.19
    Christmas Cats and Dogs
    $16.99 $10.19
    Merry Christmas Quilts
    $15.99 $9.59

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    More Christmas books to inspire you!

    Available in printed or eBook form

    Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place
    New!
    Here Comes Winter
    Winter themes
    Christmas Is Coming
    For appliqué lovers
    Simply Modern Christmas
    Fresh color palette!
    'Tis the Season
    #1 bestseller
    Sew Merry and Bright
    Fast and fun
    Deck the Halls
    Classic Christmas
    Christmas Quilts from Hopscotch
    2 colorways!

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    Ducks in a Row by American Jane for Moda

    Who could you make a gift for with this colorful bundle? Our friends at Moda have generously donated a stack of American Jane’s “Ducks in a Row” fabric to give away to you—a staggering 33 fat quarters! For a chance to win it, answer this question:

    Christmas Eve: still sewing, still wrapping, or peacefully sleeping?

    Share your answer in the comments and you’ll be automatically entered to win. We’ll choose a random entry one week from today and let the winner know by email.

    Good luck…and happy holidays!


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  10. Summer fun: teach crafty kids to knit!

    Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

    From Knitting with GigiWhat’s on your kids’ summer bucket list?

    No doubt you’ve got plenty of plans for pool days, trips to the zoo, and lots of outdoor fun. But you might also need something to do when your kids (and you!) need a respite from summer frolicking.

    Why not teach them to knit—with help from Gigi? Knitting with Gigi is a kids’ knitting book that combines kid-friendly how-to with fun pictures, stories, and poems. Once your kids have mastered knitting, they can learn to purl with Gigi Knits and Purls.

    Knitting with Gigi Gigi Knits...and Purls

    Gigi is friendly, encouraging, and uses simple language to help kids understand the basics of knitting. With a little help from you, they’ll be on their way in no time!

    For a getting-started tutorial from Gigi, check out this post.

    Teaching knitting to kids
    Our content editor, Jenny, taught her son Jack to cast on with Gigi’s help. Great job, Jack!

    You can buy Knitting with Gigi and Gigi Knits and Purls right now on ShopMartingale.com. Load these eBooks on your iPad and hit the park or enjoy some shade on the front porch for an afternoon of summertime knitting with your children.


    Who taught you to knit or crochet? Tell us in the comments!


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