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  1. Overwhelmed by yarn choices? 4 top tips

    Posted by on May 30, 2014, in crochet & knitting, ,

    I’ll be the first to admit that I get a little overwhelmed—in a good way!—by the walls, cubbies, baskets, and bins of luscious yarn when I visit my local yarn shop. Wool? Cotton? Magenta? Pastel? Hand dyed? How is one to decide? Turns out, some of our authors have some really handy tips for choosing […]


  2. Secrets revealed! The basics of Bargello quilting

    Bargello quilts are a shining example of grandiose quiltmaking—you can’t help but oooh and aaah when you spot one. But if you’ve ever thought “There’s just NO WAY I could make that!” upon seeing a Bargello quilt, put a pin in that doubt until the end of this post. Because we’ve got a surprise for […]


  3. Retirement party invite: Quirky Question says goodbye!

    Posted by on May 28, 2014, in quirky question,

    Since we started Stitch This!, we’ve asked you 133 Quirky Questions and received a staggering 20,506 answers from you. Your stories have moved us, made us laugh ourselves silly, and inspired us to try new ideas. And from reading your comments, it’s apparent that you’ve moved and inspired each other, too. We have many, many […]


  4. Machine quilting feathers – easier than you think

    Posted by on May 27, 2014, in quilting & sewing,

    Machine quilting a straight line is pretty simple. That’s why so many of us love to stitch in the ditches of our seams. When we go beyond straight lines and try free-motion machine quilting, we might attempt a looping allover fill. Again, fairly simple. But what if your lovely patchwork demands an equally elegant quilt […]


  5. Celebrate grads with cool quilts (+ sale)

    Seriously, where does the time go? Another school year is coming to an end and children are moving up—elementary school to middle school, middle school to high school or <gasp!> high school to college or whatever other “grown up” plans they may have. All of these moving-up occasions call for the perfect gift. Or, perhaps […]


  6. Where we’ve been—and what we’re up to!

    Posted by on May 23, 2014, in crochet & knitting,

    This spring Acquisitions Editor Karen Burns was on the move! Karen (left) has a super-fun job that includes seeking out new authors and book ideas, meeting and brainstorming with current Martingale authors, and traveling around the country to scout the latest trends. This month she attended a trade show hosted by The National NeedleArts Association […]


  7. Sew hexagons, diamonds, more—by machine! (+ giveaway!)

    Drawn to quilts with hexagons, diamonds, and triangles, but fear an uphill battle when it comes to making them? You may think you need to be an A+ student of geometry to create 60° shapes in quilts. But when a self-proclaimed math geek supplies the answers to all of your questions—and shows you how to […]


  8. Quirky question: the joys and sorrows of quilting

    Posted by on May 21, 2014, 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! Today’s spotlight: Quilting with My Sister: 15 Projects to Celebrate Women’s Lives by Barbara Brandeburg and Teri Christopherson (eBook only). See quilts from the eBook at the bottom […]


  9. How to be brave with quilt colors: moving beyond neutral (+ giveaway!)

    “Cape Lookout” What inspires you? For popular “Quilt Dad” John Q. Adams, inspiration strikes with one step outside. He’s stitched the sunrise, mimicked the flight of a flock of birds, and captured nature’s many wonders in his new book, Beyond Neutral. His designs purposefully sidestep neutrals in favor of the intense colors that nature’s elements […]


  10. How to design a quilt – 3 easy ways (+ sale)

    Posted by on May 19, 2014, in quilting & sewing, ,

    Following a quilt pattern provides a comfortable sense of security. You’ve got a clear idea where you’re headed and instructions on how to get there. Designing your own quilt, on the other hand, leads to unknown territory. Mapping out an original quilt design can be exhilarating—and for some of us, a little scary. Is there […]