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  1. Inspired by antique quilts: 3 stunners + their remakes

    See if you’ve ever been in this situation as a quilter: you’re at the quilt show, the antique shop, or the museum. Suddenly your jaw drops. You let out an audible gasp. You cup your hands over your mouth. Your eyes quickly move from side to side, top to bottom, taking it all in. (You […]


  2. Stash buster quilts for SABLE syndrome

    Do you suffer from SABLE syndrome (Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy)? Many of us at Martingale do too. Others in the office are striving to be diagnosed (just a few more yards oughta do it for some). To us, SABLE seems like less of a syndrome and more of a sign. A good sign! You […]


  3. No time for a bed quilt? Try a quick bed runner (blog hop + giveaway!)

    No time to make a bed quilt? Perhaps you’ve dreamed of making one—or you have one (or more) in progress—but you can’t see the finish line from where you are. Keep that bed quilt going; we’re cheering you on! But in the meantime, you can get that beautiful quilt-on-a-bed look without finishing a big bed […]


  4. Paper-piecing tip: cut fabric pieces to the right size every time (+ sale!)

    Isn’t it amazing what you can do with paper piecing? Using the technique, you can: Sew the tiniest pieces with amazing accuracy: simply machine stitch on the lines. Nevermind the straight of grain—the paper stabilizes fabric so well that you can safely sew on the bias. Turn designs with reputations for fussiness (like “Mariner’s Compass” […]


  5. How to crochet a flower: free pattern!

    Spring is finally here and blossoms are bursting out all over. To celebrate the arrival of the new season, create some cheerful flowers of your own with a crochet hook and a small amount of yarn. Easy crochet flowers are fast, fun, and a great way to use up leftover yarn. Learn how to crochet […]


  6. Break out your fabric stash: make beautiful bags (+ giveaway!)

    Stash accumulators, material girls, and fabric fanatics: how do you wear your heart on your sleeve? “Large Market Bag,” made with fabric from the Winter’s Lane collection by Kate & Birdie Paper Co. for Moda Fabrics You let the quilting fabrics you love do double duty—and go bag-making! Get ready to feature your fabrics in […]


  7. Happy Earth Day! Celebrate nature’s beauty in quilts

    Celebrate the beauty of our planet this Earth Day: create a bounty of blooming quilts using the most eco-friendly books of all—eBooks! Get inspired by nature with eBooks that capture the best of Mother Earth in fabric. And get stocked up for spring and summer sewing!                 Flowers All Around Cindy Lammon Tea in the Garden […]


  8. Martingale quilting books in the digital age

    eBook. ePub. Digital. Print. Viewers. Readers. Tablets. iPad. Kindle. Nook. Sometimes it seems like the new world of books is all about keeping up with the lingo! Not sure which book format to choose? Here are a few facts about the book formats available—and how they can benefit you. DIGITAL BOOKS A digital book is […]


  9. Fabrics need friends! Smart tip for successful scrap quilts

    To make a great scrap quilt you need lots and lots of scraps, right? Well, yes, but have you ever finished a scrap quilt feeling a little let down by the results? Attempting to use ALL your scraps in one project might not leave you with the look you were after. While it might be […]


  10. The happiest amigurumi you’ll ever see (+ giveaway)

    Have you heard the latest buzz? No, it’s not the bees taking up residence in your garden. It’s the happiest collection of amigurumi toys ever! But there’s something unique about these crochet designs: many of them have puppet-style mouths. Vanessa Chan, author of Happy-gurumi, started incorporating open mouths for her crocheted softies after studying animation […]