1. How to transfer embroidery designs to fabric (video)

    How to transfer embroidery designs to fabric


    Embroidery is big in quilting circles these days—browse a recent quilt magazine or visit your local quilt shop and you’ll likely see running stitches, lazy daisies, and French knots on quilts, bags, pincushions, and almost anything else you can poke a needle into.

    Garden Delight needle book
    “Garden Delight” needle book from Patchwork Loves Embroidery

    Why is embroidery so popular? It’s easy, inexpensive, portable, and a fun way to personalize fabric projects. And whether you prefer timeless floral designs or trendy monster motifs, embroidery techniques remain simple, and remain the same. Learn them and they’ll serve you for the rest of your creative days.

    Lovebirds table runner
    “Lovebirds” table runner from Patchwork Loves Embroidery

    With embroidery, every maker starts at step one: learning how to transfer embroidery designs to fabric. We caught up with Gail Pan, author of the best-selling Patchwork Loves Embroidery, at Fall Quilt Market, and asked her how she transfers her charming embroidery designs to fabric. Watch her easy method in this video (and delight in her Australian accent!):


    Reading this in email? See the “How to transfer embroidery designs to fabric” video at the Stitch This! blog or watch it on YouTube.


    After tracing, Gail says, “I always back my traced fabric with a very lightweight fusible interfacing. This serves to prevent show-through of the embroidery threads and knots. And, because the interfacing stiffens the fabric a bit, there is less distortion of the fabric and stitches when the embroidered piece is hooped. To do as I do, cut a piece of interfacing the same size and shape as your background fabric and, following the manufacturer’s instructions, fuse it in place after you’ve traced the design and before you start stitching.”

    Happily Ever After sewing bag
    “Happily Ever After” sewing bag

    Patchwork Loves EmbroideryEager to embroider? Pick up Patchwork Loves Embroidery for all of Gail’s embroidery techniques plus 15 of her patchwork and hand-embroidery projects.

    See more from Patchwork Loves Embroidery

    Print book: $24.99
    eBook: $16.99

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    Stitched for FunWant more embroidery projects?

    Quickly transform most any plain textile object into a personalized work of art! Even a complete beginner can embroider the simple motifs in Stitched for Fun on all kinds of items, from aprons and linens to shoes and lampshades. Choose from 35 sweet embroidery projects; use the motifs to embroider on cotton, fleece, felt, denim—even paper! See the projects.


    On a scale from 1 to 10 stitches (10 being the best): how do you rate your embroidery skills? Tell us in the comments!

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  2. Knitting with sock yarn: it’s not just for socks! (+ giveaway)

    Martingale's Knit & Crochet Friday

    Sock-Yarn Shawls IIHow much sock yarn do YOU own? Whether it’s a few balls, a dozen hanks, or more skeins than you can count, sock-yarn shawl patterns are a versatile—and stunning—way to put those luscious beauties to good use. And you won’t have to worry about overcrowding the sock drawer!

    Jen Lucas of Knitting Like Crazy is the author of the blockbuster best-seller Sock-Yarn Shawls. Now she’s back with 16 more unique lace knitting designs in Sock-Yarn Shawls II. Knitting with sock-yarn just might be your new addiction.

    We’re welcoming Jen as our guest blogger today. She’ll share an inside look at Sock-Yarn Shawls II and her inspiration for these brand-new sock-yarn patterns. Read on to see stunning photos from Sock-Yarn Shawls II, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post!


    When it came time to start Sock-Yarn Shawls II, I had just one thing in mind— include as many shawl shapes as possible. My first book, Sock-Yarn Shawls, has lots of cute one-skein shawls to knit but focuses on just a few traditional shawl shapes. With this second installment, I wanted to write a book that contained a wide array of shawl shapes and sizes. Here are some of my favorites:

    Mondara shawlMonarda (left) was born of a lace pattern I found in a stitch dictionary many years ago. I made this top-down shawl specifically to show off that beautiful pattern. I love how the whole piece came together, from the overall construction to the lace edging flowing from the body of the shawl. Monarda is written as a small one-skein pattern, but I included notes on how to make a bigger one—which I plan to do!

    >> See this + 15 more sock-yarn shawl patterns in Sock-Yarn Shawls II.

    Sparrow shawlSparrow (left) combines two traditional shawl shapes into something unique. The shawl is worked from the top down and starts with half-circle shaping. After that shaping is complete, you move on to a wedge construction typically seen in top-down triangle shawls. I love the way this shawl drapes. There are so many different ways you can wear it.

    >> See more sock-yarn shawl and scarf patterns in Sock-Yarn Shawls II.

    Daylily shawlDaylily (left) is a full circular shawl that I’ve been dreaming about designing for years. You start with a circular cast on (you can see a video tutorial here) and work in the round until the shawl is complete. Since you’re working in the round, there’s no turning the piece to purl on the wrong side—great for those of us who don’t enjoy purling! You can also make this shawl larger by adding extra repeats of the final feather and fan edging. Just keep working to your desired length before binding off.

    >> See more stunning lace designs in Sock-Yarn Shawls II.

    There are so many shawl shapes to explore in this book. You can read about all the shawls in the Sock-Yarn Shawls II blog series on my website.


    Capretta yarn in Harbor*GIVEAWAY ALERT*

    Knit Picks has donated 5 balls of Capretta yarn in Harbor to give away! The winner will receive an eBook PDF copy of Sock-Yarn Shawls II plus enough yarn to knit the Daylily shawl.

    Thank you to Knit Picks for sponsoring this giveaway. Don’t forget to leave your comment at the end of this post for a chance to win!


    Author Jen Lucas admits to wishfully purchasing yarn for "someday" projects—which is what inspired her to create shawls from her stash of sock yarn. (Read more about Jen’s inspiration and process in her first book, Sock-Yarn Shawls.) Do you buy just enough yarn for your current projects, or do you fill your stash with yarn for "someday" knitting? Tell us in the comments and you’ll be entered to win a prize pack with 5 skeins of Capretta yarn in Harbor from Knit Picks plus a free eBook PDF copy of Sock-Yarn Shawls II. We’ll pick a winner one week from today and notify the winner by email.


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  3. 8 heart quilt-block patterns for Valentine’s Day

    Happy Valentine's Day!Cupid is ready to draw his bow and take aim; who do you want his arrow to tag this year?

    Whether you want to spoil your main squeeze, a family member, or a special friend this Valentine’s Day—or simply decorate for the occasion—a quilt featuring a heart quilt-block pattern will send a meaningful message straight to the heart.

    Now’s the perfect time to start planning a project that you’ll love making—and someone special will love receiving. Which quilt is a perfect match for your valentine?

    Faith-Hope-and-Love-quilt
    Faith, Hope, and Love” by Cheryl Almgren Taylor. This wall quilt is a favorite not only for its beauty: fusible appliqué provides the ultimate in easy construction. Watch Cheryl’s trick for fusing small pieces in this how-to video.

    Get this heart quilt-block pattern in Inspirational Appliqué

    Be My Valentine quilt and Heartfelt table runner
    Be My Valentine” wall quilt and “Heartfelt” table runner by Julie Popa. Mix and mingle your stash of red prints in the rows and borders of the quilt; then fuse and machine stitch happy red and pink wool hearts. Use the same fuse-and-stitch technique to make the table runner.

    Get these heart quilt-block patterns in A Fresh Look at Seasonal Quilts
    (or get the “Be My Valentine” ePattern and the “Heartfelt” ePattern for only $4.99 each)

    Three of Hearts quilt
    Three of Hearts” by Ellen Pahl. The classic red-and-white color scheme never goes out of style. Make this quilt to cheer up a blank wall or to give as a gift any time of year.

    Get this heart quilt-block pattern in Pinwheel Party
    (or get the ePattern for only $4.99)

    Bride's quilt
    Bride’s Quilt” by Nancy Mahoney. The pastel motifs in this pretty quilt remind us of conversation hearts—how fun would it be to embroider a little love message on each heart motif?

    Get this heart quilt-block pattern in Treasures from the ’30s
    (or get the ePattern for only $4.99)

    Maple Sugar Hearts quilt
    Maple Sugar Hearts” quilt by Karen Costello Soltys. You quite possibly could make this sweet quilt entirely from your stash! Choose 4 fat quarters for the background, borders, and binding; then add scraps of 20 assorted pink and red florals, checks, and stripes.

    Get this heart quilt-block pattern in Bits and Pieces
    (or get the ePattern for only $4.99)

    Goodnight Sweetheart quilt Rainbow Hearts quilt
    “Goodnight Sweetheart” by Christine Porter, from Cuddle Me Quick (left); “Rainbow Hearts” by Cornelia Gauger, from Jelly Babies (right). Show your love for a little one by making a snuggly baby quilt featuring simple-to-sew patchwork hearts. Cornelia’s quilt is Jelly Roll friendly!

    Get these heart quilt-block patterns in Cuddle Me Quick and Jelly Babies


    Red, White, and Sometimes BlueLooking for romantic red-and-white quilts?
    Love is in the air whenever red and white unite! Use just two fabrics in one of seven red-and-white quilts to achieve a bold contrast; or dip into your scraps to create a romantic charmer. You’ll also find cool, crisp blue-and-white designs and scrappy red-white-and-blue quilts in Red, White, and Sometimes Blue.

    Quilts from Red White and Sometimes Blue
    See more quilts from Red, White, and Sometimes Blue


    Which kinds of valentines capture your heart: the fabric kind, the flower kind, or the chocolate kind? Tell us in the comments!


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  4. Wishes, dreams, and selfies—at your LQS this Saturday

    Posted by on January 21, 2015, in quilting & sewing, ,

    Visit Your Local Quilt Shop DayDitch your plans. Clear your schedule. Call your quilting friends. Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day is this Saturday, January 24, and you’ve gotta be there to lend your support!

    Quilt shops around the U.S. are hosting special events for their celebrating customers. Visit one favorite store or hit every shop in a 100-mile range. But join them!

    GET SOCIAL! Snap a selfie with a Martingale book at your local quilt shop; then post it to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #LQSselfie. We’ll repost your photo on our Facebook and Instagram pages to help spread the word!

    Need help getting organized for Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day? Follow this three-step plan:

    1. Make a wish list. Write down three items:

    • An item you need (A new rotary blade? The right needle for the job?)*
    • An item you want (A beginner book on free-motion quilting? That new-fangled ruler?)*
    • An item you’ve been dreaming about (A half-yard from every bolt of that new fabric line?)*

    Take your list with you on Saturday’s adventure.

    *An inspiring new book is surely in your future! Look for these just-released Martingale books at your local quilt shop now:

    Vintage Vibe A Flair for Fabric Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners
    Graphic Quilts from Everyday Images Think Big Sew and Play
    Cups and Saucers All About Strips Fast-Piece Applique

    2. Plan your day. It’s a whole day to celebrate quilt shops—and if you’re a quilter, you can treat it as a day to celebrate YOU too. (After all, your patronage helps keep local shops thriving!) Invite your quilting friends or relish the time alone, but make the entire day special.

    3. Make time to quilt. Back home with your new loot? Reward yourself with some quilting time when you’re done shopping!


    What will you treat yourself to at your local quilt shop this Saturday: a new book…a new class…a new fabric bundle? Tell us in the comments what you’ll be shopping for—and where you’ll find it!


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  5. Big, easy strip-quilt patterns for many strip widths (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on January 20, 2015, in quilting & sewing, , ,

    New-release day: All About Strips


    Prepare for a strip search!

    (Of your stash, we mean.)

    Got precut strips? Scrappy strips? Yardage you can turn into strips? You’ll find oodles of fun ways to transform them into 15 striking, graphic quilts—as long as you know All About Strips!

    Quilts from All About Strips

    Strips of many sizes (1½" to 10½" wide) make this lively collection of quilts easy to sew from your stash. But it’s designer Susan Guzman’s knack for combining color and pattern that make these quilts spectacular.

    Susan GuzmanAs a longtime contributing designer and now content director for McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts magazines, Susan’s not only a talented quilter in her own right; she’s also charged with the task of coming up with a “big picture” vision for every issue of both magazines. Can you imagine?

    In All About Strips, Susan shares her favorite tips in an extensive “all about color” section, revealing the methods she’s honed at McCall’s and beyond. You’ll value her lessons on color, pattern, and scale; her tips for choosing fabrics; and her encouraging advice for discovering your unique style. With Susan’s guidance, you’ll be able to create the same “wow!” color combinations that she’s mastered.

    Take a look at some of the easy strip-quilt patterns Susan has in store for you to make in All About Strips, as well as the width of strips you’ll need to make them:

    Garden Mews quilt
    “Garden Mews”

    Finished quilt: 106½" x 106½"
    Strip widths used: 2¼", 2½", 8½"

    Summertime on Lombard Street quilt
    “Summertime on Lombard Street”

    Finished quilt: 110½" x 100½"
    Strip widths used: 2¼", 3″, 5½", 10½"

    Kindred Spirit quilt
    “Kindred Spirit”

    Finished quilt: 96½" x 96½"
    Strip widths used: 2¼", 2½", 4½", 10½", 22½"

    Eleven of the 15 quilts included are 100% triangle-free—See more >

    All About StripsGet a bounty of ideas for your strips—and discover how Susan combines hers for maximum impact! Pick up your copy of All About Strips at your local quilt shop or at ShopMartingale.com.

    Print book: $24.99 (with free eBook)
    
eBook: $16.99


    How many strips do you have waiting to be sewn: several, stacks, or shiploads? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the All About Strips eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.


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  6. How to make fabric yo-yos (and use them in Kim Diehl quilts)

    Quilting 101: how to make fabric yo-yos

    Welcome Wagon quiltFabric yo-yos—those little circles of fabric that, when gathered, result in puffy rounds of charm—have many fans in the quilting world. Yo-yos are so easy to sew, you can claim proficiency after stitching only a few. And just like making English paper-piecing shapes, making yo-yos can be addictive. It’s fun to watch the stacks pile up!

    One famous fan of yo-yos is our best-selling author of 2014, Kim Diehl. In her book Simple Graces, Kim shares how to make fabric yo-yos for her jaw-dropping quilt, “Welcome Wagon” (right). Learn below how to make yo-yos just like Kim does—once you get the hang of it, you can whip up yo-yos in any size!

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    How to make fabric yo-yos

    from Simple Graces by Kim Diehl

    Cut out an approximate 4″ fabric circle. With the wrong side up, turn a portion of the edge toward you a scant ¼" to create a hem. Using a knotted length of perle cotton and an embroidery needle, bring the needle up through the hem from the wrong side of the folded fabric to bury the knot between the layers. Sew a running stitch through all of the layers, near the folded edge. Continue turning the hem to the front and stitching as you work your way around the circle to your starting point.

    How to make fabric yo-yos

    Gently pull the threaded needle to gather the yo-yo edges into the center. Insert the needle under the gathered edge, just to the side of the center opening, and bring it out on the back of the yo-yo. Knot and clip the thread from the back, keeping the gathers taut.

    How to make fabric yo-yos

    Yo-yo quiltTIP: I’ve found that keeping my running stitches approximately ¼" in length helps to produce tightly gathered yo-yo centers. If your centers look overly large even after your gathers have been pulled tight, it could be that your stitches are too small, resulting in too many gathers—try adjusting your stitch size and you’ll likely be happier with your yo-yos’ appearance.


    Once you have a pile of yo-yos to play with, you can appliqué them to a background fabric, as Kim does in her “Welcome Wagon” quilt from Simple Graces:

    Welcome Wagon Yo-Yo quilt
    Kim used 36 fat eighths for the large and small yo-yos.

    Kim also appliqués yo-yos onto this springtime table runner from Simple Seasons:

    Tulips and Tossed Greens table runner
    “Tulips and Tossed Greens”

    New to yo-yos? Start with a small appliqué project to get into the groove.

    Welcome Wagon quilted door hanger
    “Welcome Wagon” door hanger from
    Simple Graces

    Or, skip the appliqué entirely and simply sew yo-yos together with a few tacking stitches, as in this lacelike table topper designed by Country Threads:

    Yo-yo table topper
    Choose forty 5″ charm squares to make the yo-yos for this beauty from
    Country Threads Goes to Charm School.

    Want more projects from Kim Diehl and Country Threads? Click on a cover below to view gorgeous photo galleries featuring projects from the books mentioned today:

    Simple Graces Simple Seasons Country Threads Goes to Charm School


    What’s your yo-yo experience: made a million, made a few, or going to make some now? Tell us in the comments!


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  7. Pick your stitch: 80 knitting options (+ giveaway)

    Martingale's Knit & Crochet Friday

    Pick Your Stitch, Build a BlanketA stitch dictionary can be one of the most exciting resources in your knitting library. But what if you’re new to turning those stitches into finished projects?

    Best-selling author Doreen Marquart has combined 80 unique stitch patterns and 11 blanket knitting patterns into one complete resource. This two-in-one reference guide and pattern collection also shows you how to mix and match your favorite stitches into a sampler throw—or even your very own design!

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    From Pick Your Stitch, Build a Blanket
    See all 11 blanket knitting patterns using stitches from Pick Your Stitch, Build a Blanket

    You’ll find unique designs, ideas for sampler afghans, a comprehensive knitting stitch dictionary, and instructions for turning stitch patterns into your very own design. Ready to learn how to make your own blanket? Pick Your Stitch, Build a Blanket is available now at ShopMartingale.com—and remember, when you buy the book, you’ll get the eBook PDF version to download for free, right away.

    YARN GIVEAWAY ALERT

    Vintage yarn by BerrocoWe’ve teamed up with Berroco to offer a BIG giveaway! Leave your comment at the end of this post and you’ll be entered to win skein of Vintage by Berroco as well as an eBook PDF copy of Pick Your Stitch, Build a Blanket.

    Visit Berroco’s blog for another chance to win!


    What is your all-time favorite knitting stitch pattern? Tell us in the comments and you’ll be entered to win a skein of Vintage by Berroco along with an eBook PDF copy of Pick Your Stitch, Build a Blanket. We’ll pick a winner one week from today, and notify the winner by email.


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  8. So you think you can stash?: Civil War fabrics (+ sale!)

    So You Think You Can Stash?: Civil-War-prints
Recently we asked you which kinds of fabrics dominate your stash. Not surprisingly, many of you have admirable collections of Civil War reproduction prints.

    What is it that makes these fabrics so appealing? Is it the prints themselves? The color palette? Or is it the connection with history and tradition that draws us in?

    Of the many Civil War quilt books available, one that really brings that connection home is Kathleen Tracy’s book, Remembering Adelia: Quilts Inspired by Her Diary. Through actual diary entries we glimpse the life of a young girl during the war: moving through her daily chores, joining in sewing and quilting circles, watching friends and neighbors go off to war. It’s an intimate look at the life of an ordinary woman living in extraordinary times.

    And of course, there are the projects. Some of the patterns feature authentic Civil War quilt blocks while others are designs typical of the era. Many of them are small, which makes them ideal for using the leftovers from your last Civil War quilt.

    Quilts from Remembering Adelia
    “Civil War Baskets” and “Prairie Points Doll Quilt” make great use of scraps.

    Quilts from Remembering Adelia
    “Lincoln’s Platform” commemorates the President’s position on slavery. “Charming Coins” is a sweet and simple doll quilt.

    Housewife needle case
    This little needle case is called a “housewife.” These were often given to soldiers as sentimental tokens, and they were also quite practical. Soldiers had to mend their own uniforms in the field.

    One thing we know for sure is that 19th-century quilters made the most of every bit of fabric they had. Challenge yourself to use up your bits in a Civil War scrap quilt.


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    The prints, the colors, the history: what draws you to Civil War reproduction fabrics? Tell us in the comments!


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  9. Bowl, plate, cup, saucer: quilts for the kitchen (+ giveaway!)

    New-release day: Cups and Saucers


    FiestawareDishes! Aren’t they fun to collect? Chances are that you or someone you know loves to collect dishware. Wouldn’t it be great to make something for the kitchen or dining room to match? We have a new book that can help!

    Flashback to October of 2001: I had been working at Martingale for only a little over a year and was a fairly inexperienced quilter. There was a small quilt hanging on the wall quite close to my desk, from a book we’d recently published by the name of Cups and Saucers. Here’s the quilt:

    Quilts from Cups and Saucers
    Left: “Blue Dishes” by Maaike Bakker and Hilly Osterhoo, from the first printing of
    Cups and Saucers. Right: the same quilt from the new Cups and Saucers, remade in fresh fabrics.

    One of my coworkers had been saying quite loudly that if anyone felt like making her a version of that quilt, she would gladly accept it! Guess whose name I drew for our Christmas gift exchange that year? I was so excited that, even though I didn’t know her well, I knew EXACTLY what to make for her! As a new quilter I didn’t know that I was supposed to be afraid of paper piecing, and so I dove right in and found great success with my first paper-piecing attempt. Happy quilter, happy recipient!

    Paper-pieced blocks from Cups and Saucers

    I was delighted to find out that Cups and Saucers was coming back by popular demand, updated to show all the projects remade in completely new fabrics! You’ll find more than 40 block patterns plus 10 projects to get you started on your own kitchen- or dining-room masterpiece.

    Quilts from Cups and Saucers
    “Dutch Dishes” and “Christmas Crockery” from
    Cups and Saucers by Maaike Bakker

    These versatile designs can be incorporated into all kinds of small projects. Imagine these designs on place mats, tea towels, pot holders, table runners, aprons, and more. Voila! The perfect gift! (And hey—I’ll never tell if the gift you’re making is for yourself.)

    Table runner and place mats from Cups and Saucers
    “Teatime Table Runner” and “Summer Placemats”

    Cups and SaucersPick up your copy of Cups and Saucers at your friendly neighborhood quilt shop or at ShopMartingale.com.

    Print book: $24.99 (with free eBook)
    eBook: $16.99

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    Which color scheme would you use for a Cups and Saucers quilt: bright bolds, pretty pastels, or a color + white? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Cups and Saucers eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.


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  10. Blog hop: Applique phobia? Try Fast-Piece Applique (+ giveaway!)

    Fast-Piece Applique blog tour

    Calling all quilt artists: welcome to our stop on the Fast-Piece Appliqué blog tour!

    Four-time author Rose Hughes is on a mission: to give you the techniques you need to make the art quilts of your dreams.

    Aspen Dawning quilt
    “Aspen Dawning”

    Keep Rose’s techniques in your quilting toolkit to use over and over again. They’re easy to learn, fun to experiment with, and liberating to use on all sorts of projects. Even if you’re not experienced at machine appliqué—or have a bit of “appliphobia”—you can quickly master the techniques in Rose’s new book, Fast-Piece Appliqué.

    Umbrella Beach quilt
    “Umbrella Beach”

    So, what are these tools that will coax out inner quilt artists? Rose offers three core techniques (with lots of variations within each):

    1. SKETCHING. Discover how to “simplify, simplify, simplify” any motif by pulling out its most essential elements. Follow along while Rose shows you how on a leaf motif—you’ll learn the ropes in a snap.

    Simplifying a leaf motif

    2. FAST-PIECE APPLIQUÉ. Use most any shape or motif you can dream up, including circles and curves. Rose’s Fast-Piece Appliqué construction technique lets you easily create it in fabric! Watch Rose demonstrate the technique with a flower motif in this video (to see how easy the sewing is, jump to 1:55).


    Reading this in email? See the “How to machine appliqué in a new way: Fast-Piece Appliqué” video at the Stitch This! blog or watch it on YouTube.


    3. EMBELLISHMENTS. Once your quilt top is sewn, the fun continues with decorative embellishments. Learn couching, hand stitching, bead quilting, and other techniques that will help you complete your creative vision.

    Hand-stitched snowflakes
    Rose used a straight stitch to create snowflakes, which fill the background of “Sweet Dreams.”

    Once you try Rose’s methods, you’ll feel your confidence growing and your creativity flowing. Make Rose’s beautiful art quilts as shown in the book, or bring your own ideas to life!

    Fast-Piece AppliquePick up your copy of Fast-Piece Appliqué at your local quilt shop or at ShopMartingale.com.

    Print book: $24.99 (with free eBook)
    eBook: $16.99


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    Fast-Piece Applique hugs patternA gift from Rose: #loveletterhearts

    Visit each stop on the Fast-Piece Appliqué blog tour to download a FREE #loveletterhearts pattern—plus three more on the final day of the tour at Rose’s blog! Collect them all and you’ll have a dozen patterns for making your own hearts just in time for Valentine’s Day. Find general instructions for Rose’s piecing technique in Fast-Piece Appliqué.

    Download the #loveletterhearts “HUGS” pattern.


    What’s the most exciting part of creating a quilt for you: the designing, the sewing, or the embellishing? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Fast-Piece Appliqué eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    Follow the Fast-Piece Appliqué blog tour through January 16:

    Monday, January 5: Victoria Findlay Wolfe
    #loveletterhearts word: KISS

    Tuesday, January 6: Natalie Barnes
    #loveletterhearts word: SOUL

    Wednesday, January 7: Maddie Ketray
    #loveletterhearts word: SEXY

    Thursday, January 8: Generation Q Magazine
    #loveletterhearts word: SWAK

    Friday, January 9: Mandy Leins
    #loveletterhearts word: LEAP

    Monday, January 12: Megan Dougherty
    #loveletterhearts word: LUST

    Tuesday, January 13: Stitch This! (that’s us!)
    #loveletterhearts word: HUGS

    Wednesday, January 14: Sam Hunter
    #loveletterhearts word: FIRE

    Thursday, January 15: Rachel Biel
    #loveletterhearts word: SING

    Friday, January 16: Rose Hughes
    #loveletterhearts words: ???


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