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  1. All quilters shop together – January 24th

    Short on stitching supplies? Rotary blade got an annoying nick? Just emptied a spool? Need a fabric fix? Plan to right all your quilting wrongs one week from today—Thursday, January 24, 2013. It’s the first annual Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day! Martingale is proud to be a sponsor of Visit Your Local Quilt Shop […]


  2. Quirky question: Your UFOs

    Posted by on January 16, 2013, in quirky question,

    Thanks for stopping by for the weekly Quirky Question—where questions are just for fun, your answers are always welcome, and you could win an eBook for free! (“Three of Hearts” quilt (left) by Ellen Pahl, $4.99.) Are you harboring UFOs (unfinished objects) in your sewing space? Some projects can be so fun to begin—and so […]


  3. Simple modern quilt designs (no art degree required)

    Modern and traditional styles of quiltmaking continue to ebb and flow into one another, and Amy Ellis designs quilts from both ends of the spectrum. But what many of Amy’s fans love best is her knack for making chic, graphic quilts that are just plain easy to sew. In short, her simple modern quilt designs […]


  4. Mitering borders on quilts: tutorial

    “Side-by-Side Hearts” quilt border from The Border Workbook Your quilt top is done and it’s time to add borders. It’s the beginning of the end! But deciding how to border a quilt can be a challenge. From simple to showy, there are as many choices for quilt borders as there are quilt blocks. So many […]


  5. Your top knit and crochet books of 2012

    Last month, we revealed your top ten quilt books of 2012. And now, to kick off another fabulous and fiber-filled year, we’re revealing your favorite knit and crochet books of 2012! Find out which five books on knitting and five books about crochet you made bestsellers for the year. #5: Knitting Scandinavian Slippers and Socks […]


  6. Precut-friendly scrap quilting: meet Deanne

    When it comes to scrap quilting, one word comes to mind for designer Deanne Eisenman: serendipity. She admits to pulling quilt-scrap fabrics from her stash, thinking there’s absolutely no way one fabric could coexist with another in the same project. But as she lays the fabrics out on her cutting table, the possibilities begin to […]


  7. Quirky question: your precious time

    Posted by on January 9, 2013, in quirky question,

    Thanks for stopping by for the weekly Quirky Question—where questions are just for fun, your answers are always welcome, and you could win an eBook for free! (Make-in-a-day Valentine quilt, right: “Box of Chocolates” quilt by Karen Soltys, $4.99.) With the bustle of the holidays behind us, it seems like bouts of free time would […]


  8. Easy quilt patterns for large-print fabrics

    Novelty fabrics, theme prints, pictorial prints too; What in the world will I DO with you? Most every quilter is guilty of the scenario. You see a BIG print—gorgeous, inspiring, whimsical, sentimental, or all of the above—so you buy a half-yard, a yard, or more. You bring the new fabric home, thrilled with your purchase. […]


  9. How to appliqué (from an appliqué icon)

    When you see gorgeous hand-appliqué quilts, what do you think to yourself? A. “Oh my, that’s a beauty. I’m putting this project on my must-stitch list!” or B. “Hmm. That looks hard. I have no idea how to appliqué by hand…I feel sad now. Where’s that pint of Ben and Jerry’s Cake Batter ice cream […]


  10. New year’s resolution: organize your stash!

    As you know, the new year is an excellent time to start fresh. Many people are resolving to make changes like joining the gym, spending more time with the kids, or keeping a cleaner house. Maybe you have a few resolutions of your own for 2013—and if you’re like us, those resolutions might include one […]