1. 4 ways to build your bag-making skills (+ sale!)

    Posted by on February 8, 2016, in quilting & sewing, , , ,

    1-Funky-HandbagAre you in need of a new favorite tote? Maybe a roomy market bag or a cute clutch? There are literally thousands of bag sewing patterns available, so how do you choose the right one?

    The difference between a ho-hum bag and a fabulous one is all in the finishing and details. Whether you’re new to making bags or a full-fledged fanatic, today’s sale books will help you hone your bag-making skills and create masterpieces you’ll love to flaunt.
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    Style and SwingHow to make a bag for . . . beginners

    Style and Swing: 12 Structured Handbags for Beginners and Beyond by Susan Dunlop not only boasts a dozen must-have bag patterns, it also includes a wealth of excellent bag-making how-tos and resources. Susan is an expert in designing sophisticated, boutique-quality bags that don’t require difficult techniques or hard-to-find tools. She provides a guide to choosing the right interfacing to give your bag structure, as well as tips on selecting hardware and closures that provide a professional touch.

    Check out some of the great comments from Amazon customer reviews of Style and Swing:

    Five-stars“This book is brilliantly illustrated, [with] easy and clear instructions to follow. Such an impressive guide to making my own bags which I’ve always wanted to do. Love the contrasting fabrics used. I’m full of inspiring ideas now!” –Rose

    Five-stars“As the title says, this book contains 12 handbag designs, but the way they are put together, the possibilities are endless. For beginners like myself it gives a great introduction on the use of interfacing, handles, tools and terms that I find very helpful.”—BT

    Five-stars“The instructions are easy to follow and backed up with clear photographs which help even beginners create beautiful bags. Also contains details of techniques and equipment which gives even novices like myself the confidence to try the brilliant projects contained in the book.”—Miranda

    Here are just a few of the versatile and stylish bag patterns from Style and Swing to inspire you:
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    And as every bag devotee knows, you can never have too many! Along with Style and Swing, you can build your bag-making library with three other fantastic books on sale today.


    How to make a bag for . . . the sewing retreat

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    Stitchers on their way to a sewing or quilting retreat needs bags for all their stuff! Make It, Take It by Krista Hennebury includes cute bag patterns that are perfect for getting your rotary mat and rulers, scissors, fabric, and more to your destination in style.


    How to make a bag for . . . that special night out

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    Big-City Bags by Sara Lawson will take you far beyond the basic tote bag. Sara shows how to make bags with modern, on-trend designs and details.


    How to make a bag for . . . friends and family

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    From pencil pouches to wallets to totes and everything in between, Sew Gifts! has a fun bag pattern for everyone on your gift list. The book includes lots of other sew-a-gift ideas too.


    Are you a bag-making beginner or seasoned veteran? Tell us in the comments!


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  2. 🐦 A sew-in-an-afternoon project for lovebirds 🐤

    Sweet TweetsValentine’s Day is coming up fast (didn’t we just count down to the New Year yesterday?)! If your plan was to sew up something special but you think you’ve run out of time, I have good news.

    There really is still time to stitch up something cute for that special someone. This Lovebirds quilt from the book Sweet Tweets by Erin Cox might just be the Valentiney goodness you’re looking for:
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    Best of all, this darling quilt (along with all of the projects in Sweet Tweets) stitches up quickly and easily with Erin’s super-quick and super-fun free-motion appliqué technique. See for yourself in these two short videos:

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    There are plenty of other lovely projects to choose from in Sweet Tweets:
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    You can make this Bird Family quilt to represent your own family or a friend’s family. Simply appliqué one bird for each family member.
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    Erin designed this little quilt to represent herself and her children. Change the number

    of eggs in the nest to represent each child (or grandchild) in your family.

    See more adorable quilts from Sweet Tweets >


    Who deserves a sweet treat of thanks from you this Valentine’s—a friend, coworker, or family member? Tell us in the comments.


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  3. Fabric-filled fun: 8 quilt-alongs to join now

    Seems like quilt-alongs (QALs) are everywhere right now—boy, are they are hot!

    Online QALs are a great way to meet online friends who share your passion for patchwork. Plus, you get the inspiration to start a project and the motivation to complete it. Your online friends will be cheering your progress all the way to the finish line!

    Here’s a quick look at the latest QALs being hosted by Martingale authors, along with a special QAL hosted by our friends at American Patchwork and Quilting that features Martingale’s fearless leader, Jennifer Keltner. A big PLUS in our book!


    QALModa All-Stars All in a Row QAL
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    Buy the book and sew a row—or two or three or more! For every row you post on social media and tag with #allinarowquiltalong, you’ll be entered into a drawing for major book and fabric swag from Martingale and Moda. Top prize? New books and fabrics shipped to your door for 9 months in a row! Ready to make a row? Join the QAL here.

    Don’t use Facebook? No problem, you can still row away. You can post on Instagram or send your row pics to service@shopmartingale.com.


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    Facets QAL with Christa Watson
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    Visit Christa’s blog every Friday to share stitching stories and progress as you make Facets, the popular quilt from Christa’s book Machine Quilting with Style. Fabric and book prizes are up for grabs for those who participate! Get fabric requirements here.


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    The Splendid Sampler QAL with Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson
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    It’s a whole year of fabric fun—and it’s going to be splendid! This 100-block QAL features patterns from an amazing 83 designers, and is hosted by Martingale best-selling author Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson of QuiltJane fame. The Facebook group already has more than 7,000 members and the sewing hasn’t even started yet! The first block pattern will be shared on Valentine’s Day, February 14. Make one, make 10, or make all 100 blocks, but don’t miss being a part of this QAL!


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    Millefiore QAL with Katja Marek (+ 2)
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    Get ready for TRIPLE the fun from one best-selling book! Three quilt-alongs based on The New Hexagon have made author Katja Marek the talk of Quilt Town.

    1. The Millefiore QAL, started in January 2015, boasts more than 7,200 members and is still going strong. The resulting quilts are stunning. New people are joining every day—and you can too!
    2. Katja introduced a brand-new QAL in January 2016 called Blocks on the Go, for Quilts on the Grow! Participants make one English paper-pieced (EPP) block a week that, when joined, creates what Katja calls “quiltlets.” Cute!
    3. The Glorious Hexagons QAL is a year-long quilt-along resulting in a gorgeous EPP quilt. The group is hosted by Liza Lucy, best known for her collaborations with Kaffe Fassett.

    Take your EPP pick!


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    2016 Calendar Girls QAL with Debby Kratovil

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    When you pick up a copy of the Quilter’s Block-a-Day Calendar, you’ll instantly own 366 quilt-block patterns—and when you follow Debby Kratovil’s monthly QAL, you’ll get a dozen quilt designs too! Each month throughout 2016, Debby is designing a new quilt layout using rotary-cut blocks from the calendar. The layouts are all free. Join Debby’s QAL here.


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    Quilts and More QAL: It All Adds Up!
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    Our friends at American Patchwork and Quilting are teaming up with a host of talented quilters to kick off their “It All Adds Up!” QAL. The fun centers around the Easy Addition quilt pattern by Brenda Ratliff, featured in the Spring 2016 issue of Quilts and More magazine, available now. Jennifer Keltner, Martingale Publisher and Chief Visionary Officer, is one of those talented quilters—we think that’s a big PLUS!


    Quilt-alongs: I love them and think the more the merrier; I’ve never tried, but I’m joining now; or eeek, I don’t know if I can keep up but I’d like to try. Which one best describes you? Tell us in the comments!


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  4. New books for you! Strips, squares, and superheroes (+ giveaway)

    SUBSCRIBE-to-Stitch-ThisWelcome to Wish List Day! It’s our monthly peek at new Martingale quilt books and more on their way to your local shop. 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 March 2016 release at the bottom of this post!



    Scrap-Basket Strips and SquaresScrap-Basket Strips and Squares: Quilting with 2½", 5″, and 10″ Treasures
    Kim Brackett

    Available March 1

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    Precut-fabric fanatics rejoice: Brackett is back at it! The four-time best-selling author of the “Scrap-Basket” series of books returns to reveal all-new quilts to create with Jelly Rolls, charm squares, and Layer Cakes. Start with precuts—bye-bye, agonizing color choices!—and let Kim help you create that cheery, scrappy look at the heart of her signature style. She makes it look so easy: and with precuts, it IS!

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    Shhh! Is it from your scrap basket? Only you’ll know for sure! See more >


    Learn to Paper PieceLearn to Paper Piece: A Visual Guide to Piecing with Precision
    Nancy Mahoney

    Available March 1

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    After teaching thousands of quilters to paper piece through in-person classes, online courses, and a bounty of how-to books, quilter extraordinaire Nancy Mahoney has written the quintessential book on paper piecing—and she’s ready to teach YOU! Nancy’s guidebook is the perfect companion to any paper-pieced quilt pattern (including the five beauties provided in the book). Whether you’re a newbie or just brushing up on your skills, we guarantee it—you are going to LOVE those perfect patchwork points! More than 30 how-to photos make it so easy to learn.

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    Discover Nancy’s quick trick for precutting fabric pieces, plus many more tips that will make paper piecing easy and fun.

    Build your paper-piecing prowess—Nancy’s with you every step of the way! >


    Terrific T-Shirt QuiltsTerrific T-Shirt Quilts: Turn Tees into Treasured Quilts
    Compiled by Karen M. Burns

    Available March 1

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    The T-shirt: it’s a classic American collectible. Most everyone owns a stack of tees they’d love to keep forever. And with your sewing skills, they can! First, learn tricks for taming T-shirt fabrics, from cutting motifs and sewing knits to choosing interfacings and stabilizers. Then transform tees celebrating sports, vacation spots, concerts, fundraisers—even children’s onesies, bibs, and jammies—into cute keepsakes that friends and family will adore. And thank you for!

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    A perfect gift for dads, grads, and all kinds of t-shirt fads—see the 10 quilts >


    Knit-SuperheroesKnit Superheroes!: 12 Animals—Caped, Masked, and Ready for Action
    Rebecca Danger

    Available March 8

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    It’s best-selling author Rebecca Danger to the rescue! You’ll save the day when you knit the sweetest superheroes little ones have ever seen—each with a sidesplitting tale of their rise to superhero status. Adorable softies include instructions for 12″ and 20″ sizes and can be knit with most any yarn. Who knew knitting was a superpower? You’ll have a blast bringing these funny fellows to life!

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    See all 12 animals in action >

    Calling all fiber artists! The fiber arts community needs your feedback. Participate in this TNNA survey and you could win a $100 gift card. Please take ten minutes to complete the TNNA Fiber Arts 2016 Survey, part of a major study of U.S. knitters, crocheters, needlepointers, cross-stitchers, weavers, and spinners.

    Which new release will you use to fan your creative fire? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of it in eBook form! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.


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  5. Steal this deal: a year of inspiration, 2 cents per day (supply limited)

    If we offered you quilty inspiration and eye candy every month for a year for only TWO CENTS per day, would you take us up on it?

    Well, today is THE DAY we offer you just that!

    Stitches-to-Savor-calendar-sale-1We can finally bring you this AMAZING deal on an item that’s been a best seller since its release in July: the Stitches to Savor 2016 Wall-Art Calendar of Designs by Sue Spargo.

    In fact, it’s so popular, it was our #5 best seller of 2015!

    But because it’s a time-sensitive item, the rest of our (quickly shrinking) inventory must be sold now. And that means YOU get a sweet deal!

    FOR THREE DAYS ONLY you can get the calendar for an astounding $6.99nearly 70% OFF the retail price! Even better is the shipping cost in the US. Guess what? It’s FREE!

    THREE DAYS ONLY. Pop a calendar in your shopping cart right now!

    You’ve probably seen peeks of the stunning images inside the Stitches to Savor 2016 Wall-Art Calendar online. But NOW you can own it for yourself and enjoy the rest of 2016 being inspired by the incredible photography, lush details, and astonishing beauty of this one-of-a-kind calendar.
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    Some of quilting’s most popular magazines—including McCall’s Quilting, Quiltmaker, and Quilts and More—have RAVED about Sue Spargo’s jaw-dropping calendar! And you can see why:
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    >>> Get an actual peek into the calendar: watch this quick-flip video
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    Stitches-to-Savor-calendar-February-2016Friends will wonder where you got it—and you can tell them you got it from us for a STEAL! (Such a steal, in fact, that you could stock up on copies and give them away as valentine gifts to your favorite sewing buddies. ❤❤❤)

    Use in it your sewing room for year ’round inspiration . . . hang it in your office for when you can steal a few moments to daydream about the stitching you’ll be doing later . . . or even hang it in a more formal area of your home. The photography is SO rich and SO gorgeous, it looks like an art quilt hanging on the wall!
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    We LOVE that we’re able to offer the calendar to you at this price. And to offer FREE SHIPPING in the US makes us smile. We’ll bet it makes you smile too!

    So what are you waiting for? Pop this pretty puppy into your shopping cart at ShopMartingale.com and give yourself a year of beauty and inspiration. YOU DESERVE IT!

    Don’t wait until it’s too late and they’re all gone. Get your copy right NOW.


    P.S. When your copy arrives, hang it up, snap a photo, and post it to social media with the hashtag #stitchestosavor. We’d love to see where the calendar most inspires YOU in your home!


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  6. 📚 Quilt-book lovers: get $40 to spend today 📚

    So, what can $14.99 buy you at our website, ShopMartingale? The answer is, a LOT—when you join the Martingale Insider Book Club!

    Martingale Insider Book ClubFor just $14.99 and a small commitment on your part, you’ll get 35% OFF all of our books and other products for an entire year. PLUS: as soon as you join, you’ll receive a $40 gift certificate to spend right away.


    Free gift certificate for Insider Book Club membersThat’s right. FORTY BUCKS in your virtual pocket, ready to spend on ANYTHING on our website. (Yes, you can even get that gorgeous coffee-table book you’ve been eyeing.)
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    Curious how our Insider Book Club works? Here’s the scoop:

    Joining is so easy: simply choose 1) the club for print-book lovers OR 2) the club for eBook lovers.

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    New books coming soon

    Once you join, you’ll receive an email each month that will reveal the next month’s featured selection, plus alternate choices. You can either:

    1. Do nothing: you’ll receive the featured selection automatically in a couple of weeks.

    2. Choose to receive your featured selection right away (we get it—sometimes you just can’t wait!).

    3. Decline the feature selection and purchase an alternate selection that’s more to your liking.

    4. Simply decline the feature selection if it’s not your cup of tea.

    See? We’re all about choices! We understand that not every book is for everybody.

    Book-club-price-breakdownBest of all? Once you’re a member of the club, you’ll save an incredible 35% on ALL of your purchases (not just the featured selection). Check out the savings on books alone. >>>

    Just think of how much you’ll save over the course of one year to spend on fabric.

    (Yeah, we know how you think!)

    Here’s the commitment part: buy at least four items during the year. (Sorry, items purchased with your $40 gift certificate don’t count toward the four-book purchase obligation.)

    That’s it. Buy four items—all at 35% off, mind you—during your year of membership.

    Ready to sign up? just click here. Put the Insider Book Club membership into your shopping cart and go through the checkout process. During checkout, you’ll get your $40 gift certificate code to use on a future order. (And yes, that “future order” can be two minutes into the future if you like.)

    Want to know more? Just click here for additional details. Won’t you join us?

    Find out more about the club: FAQs | membership terms | sign up!


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  7. How to make a strip quilt: 16 striking ways (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Got Jelly Rolls? Stash strips? Skinny scraps? It’s easy to unite them—all you need is the right quilt pattern. Or the right 16 quilt patterns!
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    If you follow quilter Kate Henderson at her Two Little Banshees blog, you know she’s a lively Australian mother of four who loves to design quilts—and she’s quite a seamstress too (most recent finish: this Star-Wars-geek-worthy Stormtrooper shirt). Now Kate, bestselling author of Strip Savvy, is back to share more clever ways to transform 2½" strips into fresh designs that stitch up quick—and we mean quick. Most blocks in Kate’s new book Striking Strip Quilts measure between 12″ and a whopping 36″ square!
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    Left: Heading Home, finished block size 16" x 16". Right: Rainbow Twist, finished block size 24″ x 24".

    Today we’re happy to welcome Kate as a guest writer to the Stitch This! blog. Don’t miss her smart tip below for how to cut up your stash and scrap fabrics so they’re ready to jump into a strippy quilt as soon as you’re ready to make one. Hi there, Kate!

    But first…


    FABRIC GIVEAWAY! Our friends at Ella Blue Fabrics—featuring collections from Australian designers for the modern quilter—have given us this beautiful bundle of 24 fat quarters from their "Cotton Forest" line by Rosalie Quinlan to give away to you!

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    Learn how you can win this pretty collection plus a copy of Striking Strip Quilts at the bottom of this post.


    Kate-HendersonHi, I’m Kate Henderson and I’m so excited to share with you my new book Striking Strip Quilts. After finishing Strip Savvy I thought I’d run out of ideas for strip quilts, but just when I think I’m out of strip-quilt ideas another one pops into my head.

    The easiest way to get 2½" strips is to buy them precut. Many fabric companies package them this way (think Jelly Rolls), which is perfect for those with limited time to sew. You know the fabrics will coordinate, and most of the cutting is done for you. Just grab some background fabric and get sewing.
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    Strips are also easily cut from yardage and fabric in your stash. TIP: I keep all my scraps and cut them into strips or 2½" squares so they are ready to go when I want to sew. Rainbow Twist is perfect for showing off all those small scraps of favorite fabrics you’ve saved.
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    I’ve included quilts of all different sizes, from baby quilts to lap quilts to big bed quilts. Most quilts in Striking Strip Quilts are easily made bigger or smaller just by making more or fewer blocks. Starburst is the perfect gift to make for a new baby.
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    So grab some strips from your stash or unroll a Jelly Roll and get sewing. Tag your quilts with #strikingstripquilts on Instagram—I love to see what you’re making!


    Thanks for telling us more about your truly striking strip quilts, Kate!

    Are you: A) a Jelly Roll collector, B) a stash stripper like Kate, or C) a little bit of both? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of Striking Strip Quilts in eBook form! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    Buy-it-NowCan’t wait to start a striking strip quilt? Buy the book now and instantly download the eBook version for free.
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  8. 💘 Quilt a bouquet for your valentine 💋 (+ sale)

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    February 14 is getting close, and that means love is in the air! Rather than giving your valentine chocolates that are too-soon devoured or flowers that are too-soon wilted, consider creating a bouquet with some serious staying power.

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    A bouquet made from fabric and thread will provide years of warmth for someone special. The four books on sale today feature beautiful and diverse quilt-flower patterns that are perfect for sharing the love.


    Creative Quilts from Your Crayon Box
    By Terrie Kygar

    In Creative Quilts from Your Crayon Box, author Terrie Linn Kygar teaches a unique Melt-n-Blend technique that incorporates your favorite childhood coloring implement—crayons! This technique allows you to create flowers with a gorgeous painterly look, like the colorful tulips in the quilt Kristy’s Toohoops. (“Toohoops” is the term Terrie’s daughter used for tulips as a toddler—how sweet!)
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    Kristy’s Toohoops from Creative Quilts from Your Crayon Box


    A Flair for Fabric

    A Flair for Fabric includes a wonderful assortment of quilts from the fabric designers of Henry Glass. Funky Flowers is an adorable wall hanging from designer Heather Mulder Peterson. The bouquet at the center of the quilt is one large appliqué, so the design comes together quite quickly.
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    Candy Store and More
    By Kay Connors and Karen Earlywine

    Candy Store and More is packed with ten fun 1930s-inspired designs that are ideal for the reproduction fabrics in your stash. The Idaho Bouquet pattern includes an irresistibly sweet quilt-flower block that’s created from simple appliquéd circles.
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    A Paper-Pieced Garden
    By Maaike Bakker and Francoise Maarse

    For truly stunning quilted blooms, look no further than A Paper-Pieced Garden. The book boasts 27 flower blocks that you can mix and match into your own unique bouquet or use to make the seven delightful patterns that are included. Dutch Tulips looks beautiful in a combination of red, blue, and green prints.
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    Who will you be making a quilted bouquet for this Valentine’s Day? Tell us in the comments!


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  9. Celebrate Local Quilt Shop Day this Saturday!

    Visit-Your-Local-Quilt-Shop-dayTomorrow’s the day you’ve been waiting for. Put your shopping shoes on and get ready to drive, walk, bike, ski, or hoverboard to your local quilt shop, because Saturday, January 23, is Local Quilt Shop Day!

    This Saturday, quilt and fabric shops throughout the country will celebrate all things quilty, with tons of fun activities dedicated to fabric-loving customers just like you. Chances are, your favorite quilt shop is hosting a special event—and trust us, you’ll be glad you stopped by.

    Stock up on fabulous fat quarters, beautiful batiks, fantastic flannels, superb strips, and cheerful charms as you browse your local shop’s shelves for our latest books.
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    Join Jo Morton for a fabric lover’s exploration of the joy of stitching small quilts in Jo’s Little Favorites.
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    Take your strip quilts to a whole new level with the fresh designs and time-saving tips in Striking Strip Quilts.
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    Get happy as you stitch cheerful snowmen with big personalities in Snow Happy.

    While you’re enjoying all the Local Quilt Shop Day fun, be sure to pick up plenty of our Sweet & Simple patterns, which you can ONLY find at independent quilt shops.
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    There’s something for every quilter: traditional, scrappy, modern, easy, challenging—you name it. And best of all, the patterns are just $4 each. Collect ’em all!

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    This isn’t even close to all of the Sweet & Simple patterns available! Ask your quilt shop about their selection.

    Still need an excuse to visit your local quilt shop this weekend? Click here for five..

    QHLogoWondering how you can find a quilt shop near you that’s stocked with Martingale books? It’s easy! Visit QuiltingHub.com for a worldwide directory of quilt stores. You can even use the quilt shop trip planner to visit all the shops in your area on Saturday. And if you need help getting organized for your Local Quilt Shop Day excursion, we’ve got a handy three-step plan.

    Your favorite authors love their local quilt shops too! You’ll never guess what they had to say. What about you?

    What do you love most about your local quilt shop: the people, the fabric . . . the wide selection of Martingale books? Tell us in the comments!

    Save 40% on select eBooks this week!


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  10. These sweet little snowmen will melt your heart (+ fabric giveaway!)

    WinterHow’s winter treating you?

    Rain, snow, sleet, hail . . . sometimes the season summons the dreaded winter blues.

    But we have a secret: there’s a way you can sew those winter blues away.

    How? By embroidering odes to winter’s happiest friends.

    Snowmen!
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    With Snow Happy, the new book from Robin Kingsley of Bird Brain Designs, you can spread good cheer throughout the frostiest time of year. Hand-stitched in beautiful bluework, Robin’s sweet projects come with easy techniques that you’ll catch on to quick—even if you’ve never embroidered before.

    Ready to chase away those winter blues with needle and (blue) thread? Robin is our guest writer today at Stitch This!, here to introduce you to her favorite wintertime friends. Welcome, Robin!

    But first . . .
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    FABRIC GIVEAWAY ALERT! Our friends at Maywood Studio—with whom Robin has designed dozens of fabric lines—gave us a stack of Robin’s “Snow Happens” fabric to give away to you!

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    Find out how you can win the large-stack precuts (center of photo) from Robin’s “Snow Happens” fabric line at the bottom of this post. To win one of the three fat-quarter packs, visit Robin at her blog and leave a comment on her post about Snow Happy for your chance to win!


    Robin-KingsleyI just love snowmen! I love drawing them and then bringing them to life with embroidery thread on fabric. Snowfolks are friendly and cute all winter, and right through the rest of the seasons too! Each snowy little person is a character with a unique personality.

    It turns out I’m not alone as a snowman lover and collector—there are LOTS more of you across the country! That’s why I’m so excited to share Snow Happy, a collection of whimsical frosty friends, with other snowmen and embroidery fans.

    In Snow Happy, you’ll find my tips and tricks for improving your embroidery, including:

    • Snowflake-Faces-ornamentThe best tools of the trade.
    • How to transfer embroidery designs to fabric.
    • How to keep the back of your embroidery neat (you’ll surprise all those nosy people who immediately turn over your work!).
    • The 10 embroidery stitches I use the most—all so easy to master and enjoy.
    • How to give your embroidery a fine finish.
    • And of course, many fun projects to stitch!

    This batch of snow friends is featured in projects you’ll love to stitch as gifts for yourself or for family and friends.

    Create cute needlework accessories for your sewing room:

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    Flakey Pincushion Trio

    Or use the tote bag to carry your embroidery with you.

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    Snowman Stitching Tote

    Of course, the snowmen can be made into cozy quilts and soft pillows:

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    Snow Happy Quilt and Let It Snow Pillow

    Or help with dishes in the kitchen:

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    Snow Chefs Tea Towels

    Such a useful gang of new friends for you!

    Enjoy picking which snowman to stitch first, and have a wonderful time ALL year as you create your own snowman collection with the projects in Snow Happy!


    Thank you for introducing us to your frosty friends, Robin!

    When it comes to embroidery, are you A) a superior stitcher, B) a so-so sewist, or C) a new needler? Post your answer in the comments and you’ll be automatically entered to win the “Snow Happens” fabric pack and a copy of the Snow Happy eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. And don’t forget to visit Robin’s blog for another chance to win!
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    Inspired to embroider? Download the Snow Happy eBook today—you can start stitching a snowman just minutes from now.

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    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Carolyn, who says:

    "I am a so-so sewist, but love combining embroidery and quilting.  The snowman projects are delightful and I can see gifts for many people in those projects."

    Carolyn, we’ll email you about your prizes. Congratulations!


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