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  1. How to Knit Lace, Part 1 – basic knitting stitches

    These days lace knitting seems to be all the rage. Whether used in the cuffs of a pretty pair of socks, as the focal point in a drapey shawl or scarf, or even as a design element in a sweater, beautifully textured and open lace stitches are a fabulous way to show off your knitting […]


  2. Choosing baby quilts? Let mom and dad be your guide

    Fun facts: according to the National Center for Health Statistics, more babies are born in the month of August than during any other month of the year. (Hmm. Counting backward nine months… that’s December. Who’da guessed?) And if you’ve ever wondered about the most popular baby names of all time, check out the Social Security […]


  3. Celebrating Judy Hopkins: queen of quilting blocks

    Posted by on June 28, 2012, in quilting & sewing, ,

    Detail of “Crow’s Foot” from The Big Book of Patchwork by Judy Hopkins It’s a story of numbers. Twenty-five years, fourteen books, 3 co-authored books, 600 quilt block patterns (each one in 6 sizes!), dozens of quilt designs, a whopping 551,058 (and counting) books sold. Untold thousands of quilters who’ve stitched up her patterns, read […]


  4. Quirky Question: Speaking of dazzling colors…

    Posted by on June 27, 2012, in quirky question,

    Thanks for joining us for our weekly Quirky Question—where the question’s just for fun, your answer’s always welcome, and you could win an eBook for free! This week’s new Quirky Question Speaking of dazzling colors, what’s one place where you especially enjoyed watching fireworks light up the sky? Post your answer in the comments anytime […]


  5. Free quilts for all! (when you work here 10 years)

    Posted by on June 26, 2012, in quilting & sewing, ,

    When Linda Astle started working as a receptionist at Martingale, making a quilt was quite possibly the furthest thing from her mind. Unlike most of the employees here, Linda didn’t quilt, or sew, or knit, or crochet. And she had no interest in learning. We were convinced this would change (How could it not? Being […]


  6. Meet the Folks at Martingale: Palmer Louise Davis (a travel guide)

    Posted by on June 25, 2012, in quilting & sewing,

    When trying to explain my odd history, I usually start with numbers: I’m thirty years old and have moved twenty-seven times, living in six states (starting in Washington, where I live now) and three countries. Then I list some of the jobs I’ve held: nanny, recruiter, “eBay Queen” at a motorcycle store, manager of after-school […]


  7. Knit & Crochet Saturday: we’re showing off YOUR stitches!

    We have a confession to make: we love Ravelry. Here at the Martingale offices, it’s a favorite (and slightly addictive) pastime. We love browsing the many pages of Ravelry patterns and knitting designs—beautiful lace wraps, cabled sweaters, and crocheted socks and animals. Plus, we love sharing our own creations! Probably our favorite thing about Ravelry […]


  8. Never tried eBooks? Now’s the time – only $9.99

    Posted by on June 22, 2012, in on sale,

    Ever wondered how eBooks compare to printed books? There’s never been a better time to find out! Right now download any eBook on our site for just $9.99 or less. From bestselling classics to our newest releases, simply click, download, and start creating in a matter of minutes. Choose from eBooks on quilting and sewing, […]


  9. Quilting with fat quarters (+ giveaway)

    Regina Girard has 22 nieces and nephews, a grandniece and grandnephew, and two children of her own. Regina is Martingale’s Production Manager, and in the 13 years we’ve worked together, I’ve watched in amazement as Regina—the only quilter in her family—lovingly produced quilt after quilt for birthdays, weddings, graduations, anniversaries, and best of all, new […]


  10. Quirky Question: If your latest quilt…

    Posted by on June 20, 2012, in quirky question,

    Thanks for joining us for our weekly Quirky Question—where the question’s just for fun, your answer’s always welcome, and you could win an eBook for free! This week’s new Quirky Question If your latest quilt (or project) weren’t the least bit shy, what would it say is one of its finest features? Post your answer […]