1. Feeling grateful: a Thanksgiving wish for you

    Posted by on November 26, 2015, in quilting & sewing, ,

    Quilt from Jo’s Little Favorites by Jo Morton, coming January 2016.

    Next year, Martingale will celebrate 40 years in business.

    Did you know that 40th anniversaries are traditionally celebrated with rubies? It’s true (we googled it). Rubies are thought to possess an inner flame representing passion. A thriving passion that stays strong. Even after 40 years!

    As we near this milestone and reflect on this holiday, we want you to know how much we value your continued support of our small, close-knit publishing family. You continue to fuel our passion for creativity, beauty, and excellence. Even after 40 years.

    Thank you.

    Here’s wishing you good food, great fun—and a bit of fabric play, of course—as you spend the weekend with those you love. May the coming holiday season inspire your creativity. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Small business Saturday

    P.S. This weekend marks the fifth year of Small Business Saturday. Drop by your local quilt or yarn shop—we know they’ll have something special in store for you!
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  2. Sew much fuzzy fun: fleece projects for the whole family (+ giveaway!)

    It’s New Release Day!


    If you’ve eyed the fleece aisle at your local fabric store lately, you’ve probably noticed—it’s grown! Fleece is inexpensive, easy to clean, and doesn’t fray. And with so many fleece prints to choose from these days, what’s not to love?

    So go ahead, browse that fleece aisle! Why now? Because you’ll soon have something to “sew” for it: pair your favorite fleece picks with the new book Sew Much Fleece. This snuggly fabric isn’t just for no-sew blankets anymore.

    Projects from
    Sew Much Fleece
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    Sew Much FleeceFrom prints and plaids to sweet paw-print motifs, you’ll love the variety of fleece prints and colors to choose from. And how easy it is to sew! In Sew Much Fleece you’ll start with a comprehensive how-to section written by the former editor of Sew News magazine. Then you’ll jump into 20 fuzzy fleece projects that will delight the whole family. Even your furry family members: pets!

    Take a look at what you could be creating with comfy, cozy, fray-free fleece fabrics. Projects in Sew Much Fleece are divided into three themes:
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    Theme 1: Just for Fun

    Here’s a favorite with the quilters in the office! This “Hex Mix Blanket” is die-cutter friendly. Hexies are held in place with simple straight stitching, which also adds lots of texture to the blanket.

    See a cute trio of fleece pillows: sun, moon, and stars >
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    Theme 2: Cozy Companions

    Left: this cute pet bed is perfect for sweet doggy dreams. No sewing is needed except for the letters, which you can personalize with your pet’s name. Right: an interactive tunnel toy for cats features a pocket strip to hold treats and toys.

    Don’t miss “Hank the Hound”—a sweet stuffie made with fleece! >
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    Theme 3: Warm Wear

    Sew the “Sassy Scarf” on the left with just two lines of stitching and a little bit of elastic. Create the fun “Hand Warmers” on the right by tracing your own hands for a perfect fit.
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    Turn two yards of fleece into this one-size-fits-all “Punched Up Poncho” (modeled by our own acquisitions editor, Karen Burns!). Make it in sport-logo fabric for a game day in the stands, or choose a solid color for casual wear on cooler days.

    See 4 more projects from the “Warm Wear” section >

    Do you have a little or a lot of fleece on hand right now—or are you feeling inspired to start stashing it? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of Sew Much Fleece! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    Want to start your fleece adventure now? Pick up Sew Much Fleece at your local fabric shop or order the book at ShopMartingale.com.

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  3. Baby’s first Christmas: “sew” fun to be Santa! (sale)

    Save 20% on select books this week + free shipping!

    From-Cuddle-Me-QuickHave you had any sweet new additions to your family this year? Or is a grandbaby, niece, or nephew scheduled to make his or her debut any day now?

    Baby’s first Christmas is a wonderful occasion to commemorate and an especially lovely occasion to sew for. But with December 25 fast approaching, time for finishing your handmade holiday gifts is starting to run low. Luckily, four books on sale this week are filled with quick-and-easy baby quilts that you’ll have no trouble finishing in time for Christmas, or whenever a new little bundle of joy is on the way!

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    Nap and NodNap and Nod: 12 Adorable Baby Quilts
    By Myra Harder

    Nap and Nod proves that sewing baby quilts can be both fast and fun. The sweet polar bear quilt on the cover, “Twinkle, Twinkle,” would be a perfect wintertime baby gift. The simple design makes a big impact but comes together quickly thanks to large-scale appliqué. “Gift Wrapped” is another ideal Christmas baby quilt with a design reminiscent of a ribbon-wrapped Christmas present. It’s also super easy to personalize with a little one’s first initial.

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    “Gift Wrapped” from
    Nap and Nod

    Don’t miss the gummy-bear quilt in Nap and Nod
    $24.99 $19.99 + free shipping*

    Cuddle Me QuickCuddle Me Quick: 11 Baby-Quilt Designs
    By Christine Porter and Darra Williamson

    Cuddle Me Quick is bursting with great ideas for eye-catching and adorable baby quilts plus timesaving tricks and tips. For example, the construction of the scrappy-looking “Grace’s Quilt” is made even simpler by using strip piecing as a clever shortcut. The design works equally well for a baby girl or boy, depending on the color scheme you choose.

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    “Grace’s Quilt” from
    Cuddle Me Quick

    Stitch rubber duckies, ladybugs, hearts, and more adorable motifs
    $24.99 $19.99 + free shipping*

    Modern BabyModern Baby: Easy, Fresh, and Fun Quilt Designs

    Modern Baby is a fantastically diverse collection of 14 baby-quilt patterns from a variety of popular quilting bloggers, including Amy Smart, Audrie Bidwell, and Victoria Findlay Wolfe. There are lots of different styles and designs to choose from. “Modern Shapes Sampler” by Sarah Flynn is inspired by classic shape-sorting toys, and offers a great chance to use fun large-scale novelty prints in big pieced blocks.

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    Modern Shapes Sampler" from Modern Baby

    See 13 more modern baby quilts
    $24.99 $19.99 + free shipping*

    Jelly BabiesJelly Babies: Adorable Quilts from 2½" Strips
    From the Staff at That Patchwork Place

    Nothing speeds up the quiltmaking process quite like precuts! Jelly Babies is a compilation of 14 super-cute baby quilts made from Jelly Rolls or 2½" strips from your stash. “Diamond Double Play” by Chris Wright requires just one Jelly Roll and a quarter-yard of border fabric to complete the quilt top. The geometric design is quick to piece using easy folded-corner units, so you’ll be done with plenty of time to spare before Christmas!

    “Diamond Double Play” from
    Jelly Babies

    Easy precut patchwork! See more from Jelly Babies
    $24.99 $19.99 + free shipping*

    What projects will you be sewing to give the little ones in your life this Christmas? Tell us in the comments!

    Holiday-Gift-List-free-downloadAnd speaking of Christmas – what do YOU want from Santa this year? If all you want for Christmas is a stack of quilt books, we can help you make your wish come true! Download and print this wish list, write down your favorite book picks, and leave it in a conspicuous place for your Santa to see. Happy holiday quilting!
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    *Free shipping to the US and Canada only. Must sign in or register first; free shipping applies at checkout. Offer ends Sunday, November 29, 2015.


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  4. 🔺Triangle troubles?🔻Try Pat Sloan’s triumphant techniques (+ BIG giveaway!)

    We’ve all made that half-square triangle. You know the one.

    The one with the unintentionally curvy edges?

    The one you can’t press flat, even if you doused it with water and kept it under a brick for a week?

    The one that’s too small/too crooked/too frustrating to use in the quilt you’re making?

    Would you love to never make that half-square triangle again?

    Detail-of-Union-Square-quiltWith celebrated teacher and bubbly quilting personality Pat Sloan at your side, you can toss your triangle troubles for good. She’s written a new book that’ll teach you everything—and we mean everything—you need to know about triangles.

    In Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles, you’ll get two books in one: a technique-packed section featuring a whopping 13 ways to cut and sew triangle shapes, plus a pattern-packed section where you’ll put your new skills to use. A project book, a reference guide for all your other project books, and Pat cheering you on along the way—everyone who quilts needs Pat’s new book!
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    Enjoy page after page of photos featuring real hands and real fabric examples, so you can visually learn each technique.

    Today Pat is a guest writer at Stitch This!, here to tell you all about the latest book in her “Teach Me” series. Welcome, Pat!

    But first…

    GIVEAWAY ALERT! Pat has many friends in the quilting world, and she called upon some of them to put together a BIG giveaway for Stitch This! readers!
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    One lucky winner will receive:

    Find out how you can win this fabulous Pat Sloan giveaway at the bottom of this post.

    Pat-SloanWhen I learned to quilt, my teacher believed in jumping in head first. Every block but one in the quilt pattern she taught had a triangle shape in it! So triangles are a natural for me. I think they add so much flair to quilts.

    Over the years I’ve run into quiltmakers who haven’t fallen in love with triangles yet. When I ask why, they tell me they aren’t “good” at them, they don’t care for the method they were taught, or they are always cutting off the points!

    Armed with all this information, I packed 13 easy techniques and 12 fun projects into Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles.
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    “Union Square”

    If you’re looking to up your triangle game, this is the book for you! I show you:

    • 4 methods for making half-square triangles
    • 2 methods for making quarter-square triangles
    • 2 methods for making Flying Geese units
    • How to properly do the sew-and-flip triangle technique, with step-by-step photos
    • 3 methods that demystify equilateral triangles (they really are NOT scary)
    • How to sew triangles without chopping off the points
    • A chart that makes it easy to put your quilt blocks on point, no matter what size block!

    Marking-on-fabric-tipI’ve also included lots of tips. They’re sprinkled around in boxes on the pages (like the one on the right).

    And I included a FABULOUS cheat-sheet chart, you know . . . just what you need to remember all the cutting dimensions needed to make different-sized triangle units.

    The quilts are super fun too, and they relate to the techniques I teach.

    I even share my FIRST quilts with the world for the FIRST time in a book. You know I’ve gotta love Martingale to allow that . . . ha! (See my website for the story of my first quilt.)
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    “Boden” from
    Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles

    We start off with half-square triangles. I designed a nice table mat called “Boden,” which means messenger. My message to you is that you can do it! I also made a four-block small quilt and would love to make a larger one for my bed. I really adore this design!
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    “Jane’s Jewel Box” quilt from
    Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles

    My friend Jane Michel designed this quilt and I call it “Jane’s Jewel Box.” Choose 90 charm squares plus a background fabric to make it.
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    “Dandoy Delight” quilt from
    Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles

    Showcase your favorite fabrics with “Dandoy Delight.” I used two triangle techniques to sew this one!
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    “Fresh Air” quilt from
    Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles

    “Fresh Air” will give you a chance to really learn equilateral-triangle assembly.

    See more from Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles >

    This is the second book in my “Teach Me” series. Use it as a reference guide and a pattern book. Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Appliqué is the first book in the series. Look for more “Teach Me” books to come.

    Now Let’s Go Sew!

    Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Sew TrianglesThanks for sharing your latest “Teach Me” book with us, Pat!

    Now, to win Pat’s big BIG giveaway, tell us: How did sewing your first-ever triangle unit go: aced it, fudged it, or tossed it? Share your answer in the comments – we’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. GOOD LUCK!

    Can’t wait to try Pat’s triangle techniques? Get Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles at your local quilt shop or order it right now at ShopMartingale.com and get the eBook for free.

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  5. Christmas sewing projects for YOUR style (+ flash sale!)

    Posted by on November 19, 2015, in quilting & sewing, ,

    This week, we’re making a list of all the Christmas sewing projects we want to tackle before the snow flies and all the great Christmas gifts (handmade, of course) that we want to give.

    For some much-needed inspiration, we’re poring over Christmas Quilts from Hopscotch: Warm and Cozy, Merry and Bright by Heather Willms and her daughter, Elissa Willms. Christmas Quilts from Hopscotch is really two books in one, with each project shown two ways. Double the inspiration, double the fun!


    Heather’s holiday style can best be described as “Warm and Cozy,” with earthy shades and primitive highlights. Elissa’s style, on the other hand, is “Merry and Bright,” with bold colors and contemporary accents.

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


    Not sure whether you’re a “Warm and Cozy” stitcher or a “Merry and Bright” decorating diva? Take a look at just a few of the fun projects from Christmas Quilts from Hopscotch and see which style strikes your fancy.


    Warm and cozy Christmas stockings
    Warm and Cozy: “Primitive Stockings”
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    Merry and bright Christmas stockings
    Merry and Bright: “Bright Stockings”

    Christmas tree quilt

    Warm and cozy Christmas quilt
    Warm and Cozy: “Woodland Winter Lap Quilt”
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    Merry and bright Christmas quilt
    Merry and Bright: “Winter Whimsy Lap Quilt”

    Tree skirt

    Warm and cozy tree skirt
    Warm and Cozy: “Folksy Tree Skirt”
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    Merry and bright tree skirt
    Merry and Bright: “Snowman Tree Skirt”

    Advent calendar

    Warm and cozy Advent calendar
    Warm and Cozy: “Country Advent Calendar”
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    Merry and bright advent calendar
    Merry and Bright: “Jolly Advent Calendar”
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    Which is your holiday style: “Warm and Cozy” or “Merry and Bright?” Tell us in the comments!


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  6. 🎁 Finish that Christmas quilt!: 7 resources to help you get it done

    From-Seasons-GreetingsFear you might be facing another Christmas celebrating UFOs and WIPs? Have you quilted by check so many times that you’re no longer sure how to quilt a quilt top yourself? We’re here to help!

    Below you’ll find ways to help you complete those quilted gifts so you can lovingly place them under the tree before December 25 arrives. Whether you want to free-motion quilt, use specific motifs, or try an out-of-the-box way to quilt your quilts, you’ll find the inspiration to get started (and finished!) below.

    Pin ’em, bookmark ’em, however you save ’em, but keep your favorite posts below handy so you can refer to them whenever you’re in a quilting time crunch.

    Together on Christmas Eve, let’s plan to nestle all snug in our beds, while visions of finished quilts dance in our heads!


    Pin-ItWant to try some out-of-the-box quilting ideas? In one of our most popular posts you’ll find 6 unique ways to finish that quiltQUICK!
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    Pin-ItNew to free-motion quilting? It helps to see the technique in action—that way you can get a visual sense of how the hands and the quilt move together. Check out these “action” videos from Sewing with Nancy, with the bestselling author of Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners – and Those Who Think They Can’t at the helm.
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    Pin-ItIf you’ve been exclusively quilting by check, you might need a brush-up on finishing basics. Save this quick tutorial on how to make a quilt sandwich.
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    Pin-ItMany experienced free-motion quilters swear by it—doodling. Because when it comes to free-motion quilting, it’s all about muscle memory. In a quick video, watch how Machine Quilting with Style author Christa Watson doodles her way to quilting motifs with ease. (Plus, download her fun pieced-backing pattern for free).
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    Pin-ItChoices are good! Learn 8 different ways to mark a quilt in preparation for hand or machine quilting from the bestselling book 501 Quilting Motifs.
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    Pin-ItWant to use specific quilting motifs instead of free-motion? Try this no-mark method for machine-quilted motifs, also from 501 Quilting Motifs.
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    Pin-ItToo-tight or too-loose tension making you…tense? Follow 4 simple steps to test your sewing-machine tension before you begin (skip ripping stitches).

    Do you have a tried-and-true method for speeding up the quilting process? Share it with fellow Stitch This! readers in the comments!

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  7. Sew festive! Wrap up your Christmas list 🎅 with fun gifts to sew (sale)

    Save 20% plus get free shipping this week only

    It happens to me every year. I have big plans to sew fun gifts for friends and family. Then the festive season hits, I run out of time, and it all goes down in flames!

    This year, I plan on making just a couple of low-stress projects. During the long Thanksgiving weekend I’m going to turn off my phone, fire up my sewing machine, put a couple of holiday movies in the DVD player, and sew some gifts! Who’s with me? (PS: I’ll never tell if you decide that the gifts turn out so cute that they become gifts to yourself. My lips are sealed!)

    Our sale books this week are perfect for getting the gift-making juices flowing!

    Pincushion Appeal by Cecile McPeak and Rachel Martin has six darling pincushion patterns that are sure to be loved by the sewists on your gift list.
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    “Santa” and “Measuring Mushroom” from
    Pincushion Appeal. We have pincushion embellishment kits too!

    In Sew the Perfect Gift: 25 Handmade Projects from Top Designers, you’ll find gifts for just about everyone on your list. Choose from home decor, bags, upcycled items, travel accessories, and more.
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    “In Bloom Pillow” by Sarah Bisel and “Swingy Shoulder Bag” by Kim Diehl, from
    Sew the Perfect Gift.
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    “Dungaree Denim Scarf” by Jenny Wilding Cardon and “Curling-Iron Cozy” by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson of Me and My Sister Designs, from
    Sew the Perfect Gift.

    In Sweet and Simple Sewing by Jessi Jung, Carrie Jung, and Lauren Jung, you’ll find even more gift-giving inspiration. No doubt someone on your list will need one of these simple-to-make gifts.
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    “Hand-Bound Journal” and “Pleats-a-Plenty Clutch” from
    Sweet and Simple Sewing.
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    “Luggage Tag” and “Gypsy Moth Quilt” from
    Sweet and Simple Sewing.

    Have you ever tried sewing with corduroy? I have and it’s yummy! It’s easy to work with, results in very cozy quilts, and yields cute (but still sturdy) bags. And—you guessed it—we have just the book for you! Uncommonly Corduroy by Stephanie Dunphy is full of velvety, texturey goodness.
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    “California Girl Scarf,” “Sister Sharon” bag, and “Mrs. D” quilt from
    Uncommonly Corduroy.

    How is your gift-making going? Not happening, coming along, or all wrapped up? Tell us in the comments!

    Save 20% plus get free shipping this week only

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  8. Skip the binding: frame that quilt! (tutorial + fabric giveaway)


    Shortcuts. Time-savers. Beelines!

    Around the holidays, quilters look to make lots of gifts—and they look for ways to make those gifts more quickly.

    Choosing smaller quilts is a smart start (size matters). But what if you could also cut out an entire quiltmaking step—one you thought had to be completed every time?

    Now that’s starting to sound as speedy as Santa’s sleigh!

    Scroll down to see A Cut Above author Gerri Robinson’s secret for finishing quilts quickly—and get ready to say bye-bye to binding.

    GIVEAWAY ALERT! Gerri sent us a gorgeous bundle of her latest Red Rooster fabric line, called “Classic Elegance.” She’s asked us to give this bundle of joy to one lucky winner!


    Learn how you can win the fabric, plus a copy of A Cut Above, at the bottom of this post.

    Autums-Glow-framed-quiltHow to Hang a Small Quilt: Frame It!

    From A Cut Above: Turn Charm Squares, Strips, and More into Beautiful Patchwork by Gerri Robinson

    Several quilts in A Cut Above are framed. I use suggestions from my local frame shop when preparing my quilts for framing. Here are their recommendations:

    • Add a 2″-wide border to the pieced top. It’s not necessary to match the border to the quilt top since the border will be pulled and pinned to the back of an acid-free board prior to framing.
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    • Layer the quilt top with batting and backing; then quilt as desired, leaving the 2″-wide outer border unquilted. Once the quilting is complete, fold the outer border toward the center of the quilt and carefully trim the backing and batting ¼" inside the quilt-top edge. Do not bind your quilt.
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    • Lay the frame front side down on a table. Lay the quilt over the frame, ensuring the quilt is straight. Add the back of the frame and slide the frame clips in place. You may choose to finish your framed quilt with a glass front. For the framed designs in A Cut Above, I chose not to add glass.

    We were thrilled to see Deb, one of our Facebook followers, join our #imadeitmyselfie challenge and show off her version of “Do-Si-Do,” one of Gerri’s framed quilt designs from A Cut Above:

    Gerri’s quilt is on the left; Deb’s is on the right.

    Deb says, “I wasn’t sure how this would hold up on the porch, but after one year it still looks the same. Kinda of wish I had splurged for the glare-free glass.” We think it looks lovely, Deb!

    Of course, Gerri’s big quilts are quite captivating too:

    “Rugby Stars” from
    A Cut Above

    See more quilts to pair with ready-to-sew precuts in A Cut Above >

    Want more examples of framed quilts?

    Clockwise from top left: “Harvest Art Piece” from Stitch on the Double, “Starflowers” and “A Dresden Delight” from English Paper Piecing, “Trail of Stars” from A Cut Above.

    What’s the quickest quilting step for you: the cutting, sewing, quilting, or binding? Tell us in the comments and you could win the “Classic Elegance” fabric bundle from Gerri and Red Rooster plus a copy of A Cut Above! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    >>> You might also like: Drowning in precuts? Grab this lifesaver

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  9. 😻Adorable applique animals for baby, take 2😻 (special giveaway!)



    Are you ready for a dose of downright darling baby quilts?

    There’s only one thing that can take baby-appliqué quilts to the tippity-top level of sweetness: a dash of appliqué animals.

    “Sweet Tweets” from Animal Parade 2

    See what we mean? Sew very sweet!

    You’ll smile at the happy hedgehogs, rambunctious raccoons, precious piglets, and other animated animals that steal the spotlight in all-new baby quilts from the author of the best-seller Animal Parade.

    Turtle-Tale-blockAs in her first book, designer Cheri Leffler combines simple patchwork backgrounds with endearing animal scenes in Animal Parade 2. You can appliqué using the needle-turn method or quick-and-easy fusible web—you’ll find instructions for both in the book.

    Bestow one of these precious animal quilts upon a little one you love. Watch their eyes sparkle with delight. Then bring on the hugs!

    Today Cheri is a guest writer at Stitch This!, here to tell you all about her adorable new book. Welcome Cheri!

    But first…

    GIVEAWAY ALERT! Our friends at Valdani Threads have given us a box of their “Animal Parade 2” Designer Collection perle cotton as a giveaway prize! The collection is curated by none other than Cheri Leffler herself.


    Enter to win the perle cotton pack and a copy of Animal Parade 2 at the bottom of this post.

    Cheri-LefflerWhen I finished my first book, Animal Parade, I knew there were more animal quilts I wanted to design. My inspiration comes from a variety of sources. Sometimes I’m inspired by people’s suggestions. Sometimes I see a new fabric collection and I immediately know what I’ll do with it.

    Until my family’s recent move, I worked in a quilt shop. When I opened a new shipment of fabric and saw the fabric I used in my “Pachyderm Pals” quilt, I immediately knew I had to make an elephant quilt. I saw elephants squirting water out of their trunks when I looked at the fabric.

    “Pachyderm Pals” from
    Animal Parade 2

    I was inspired to make “Masked Mischief” when my dad told me about his losing battle of trying to keep raccoons out of his bird feeder. I had so much fun showing him the quilt and telling him that I made it in his honor. I’m not sure he thought it was as funny as I did.

    “Masked Mischief” from
    Animal Parade 2

    Detail-of-Hoppy-Trails-baby-quiltIn all my designs, I strive to make friendly looking animals. I usually accomplish that by adding a few subtle stitches of embroidery. Sometimes it’s only a sparkle in an eye or a smile on an animal’s face. I began using Valdani 12-weight perle cotton several years ago. I love it for several reasons. You don’t need to separate strands as you do with embroidery floss, and it’s hand dyed, so the color variations give your embroidery more life and movement.

    I love piecing and I love appliqué, but when they’re combined, they just make something special. In designing these quilts, I try to keep the piecing simple enough that beginning quilters can confidently make them. Adding the appliqué makes the quilt unforgettable.

    “Turtle Tale” quilt from
    Animal Parade 2

    See all 10 animal quilts for baby—and for little and big kids too! >

    Animal Parade 2Thanks for sharing your new book with us, Cheri!

    Are the baby quilts you’ve made of the utilitarian or heirloom variety? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of Animal Parade 2 AND the designer perle-cotton pack from Valdani Threads! We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    Can’t wait to surprise a baby or child you love with a quilt from Animal Parade 2? Pick the book up at your local quilt shop or order it at ShopMartingale.com.

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  10. Classic, cozy, comforting quilts – the “Sloppy” way! (sale)

    Save 40% on select eBooks this week!

    Classic, cozy, comforting quilts. Quilts you can wrap around your shoulders at sundown, nestle under as you nap, offer to loved ones to warm them inside and out. These are the kind of quilts that five-time bestselling author Evelyn Sloppy loves to design.

    Evelyn’s books have sold an astounding 185,000 copies, and we think we know why: so many of us think of quilts the same way she does. As a fabric hug.

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    Beyond cozy and comforting, Evelyn’s scrap-happy quilts are also easy and fun to create. In each of her books she’s zeroed in on a specific style or technique, but she always stays true to her dream of designing quilts that most anyone—even confident beginners—can complete with ease.

    If you’ve never made one of Evelyn’s quilt designs, you’re in for a treat! Below we’ve chosen one of our favorite quilts from each of Evelyn’s books on sale this week. Click through to see many more quilts and take advantage of this week’s offer—you’ll save 40% on each eBook featured!

    40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts
    This week only: $19.99 $11.99

    Browse 40 beauties that rely on simplified cutting and sewing so you can sew them fast and enjoy them sooner.
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    “Vintage Patches” from
    40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts. This quilt was designed by Evelyn and made by our own content director, Karen Soltys!
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    Customer service manager Tracy made this “Fall Frolic” quilt from
    40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts. She says, “I made this quilt round-robin style with two friends. Each of us made blocks for the others, in their choice of colors. The other two quilts are done in red-and-brown prints and bright batiks. We call them our friendship quilts.”

    See all 40 designs in 40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts >

    Log Cabin FeverLog Cabin Fever
    Innovative Designs for Traditional Quilts
    This week only: $18.99 $11.39

    Give a spectacular twist to classic quilts by combining easy-to-piece Log Cabin blocks with other favorite quilt blocks. Explore 11 imaginative layouts, mingling scrappy Log Cabins with stars, hearts, baskets, and more.
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    Former editor in chief Mary Green requested a
    Log Cabin Fever design for her anniversary quilt, called “Love Entangled.”

    See more twists on traditional Log Cabin blocks >

    Strips and StringsStrips and Strings
    16 Sparkling Quilts
    This week only: $16.99 $10.19

    What do you think of when you hear the term “string piecing”? Maybe sewing strips to a fabric foundation comes to mind. But in Strips and Strings, Evelyn reveals a quicker, easier way to create strippy (and wonderfully scrappy!) quilts.
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    “Stars of Freedom” may look complex, but look closely—it’s simply triangles sewn into rows. Evelyn shares a fun method for making equilateral triangles from your red and blue scraps (or whatever colors dominate your scrap stash).

    This way to more scrappy, strippy quilts >

    Frayed-Edge FunFrayed-Edge Fun
    10 Cozy Quilts
    This week only: $14.95 $8.97

    Get ready for fuzzy, fluffy fabric fun! Evelyn will teach you four ways to make frayed-edge quilts that everyone will love to touch. And because they’re worry-free, wash-and-dry quilts, you can let them.
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    Here’s a close-up of “Baby Blues,” another quilt of Evelyn’s that only looks complex. There’s absolutely zero curved piecing needed to make this quilt!

    See more fuzzy-wuzzy quilts >

    Which of Evelyn’s books would you make a quilt from first—or do you already own Evelyn’s books? Tell us in the comments!

    Save 40% on select eBooks this week!

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