1. Prewash quilt fabric or not? Jo Morton has the answer

    It’s a question every quilter’s come across on their quiltmaking journey: to prewash fabric or not? Sometimes when you buy the perfect fabric and own the perfect pattern for said fabric, it’s hard to get home and then be patient. Going through the prewashing process before commencing cutting can feel like it takes forever!

    Best-selling author Jo Morton votes “Yes!” when it comes to prewashing fabric. But what are the benefits? Today we’re sharing an excerpt from Jo’s latest book, Jo’s Little Favorites III, that just might convince you that it’s best to launder your fabrics before the real fun begins. Read on for Jo’s pretested prewash process.

    Jo MortonJo’s Tips for Prewashing Fabric

    “Many people ask me if I prewash my fabrics. Yes, I do prewash them all, for several reasons. Whether I’m sewing by hand or machine, I prefer the way prewashed fabric handles during the process of piecing or appliquéing. The fabric weave tightens up during the washing and drying process and not only makes it easier to handle, but also makes it less likely to ravel. Prewashing gets rid of any chemicals used in the finishing process. I generally don’t work with precut fabrics; if you do, you probably shouldn’t prewash those.

    When I wash a fabric, I don’t just rinse it out in the sink to see if it bleeds. I wash the fabric with my regular laundry soap, using the gentle wash cycle and cold water. I run it through the entire cycle and then place it in the dryer on the permanent press setting until it’s almost dry. Overdrying fabric may set in wrinkles. As soon as I take fabric out of the dryer, I fold it and place it on the shelf. I press the fabric when I’m ready to cut it for a project.”

    You’ll find lots more of Jo’s quiltmaking tips and tricks in Jo’s Little Favorites III, along with 16 stunning small quilt patterns—which one would you make first?

    Tic-Tac-Toe quilt
    Perhaps you’ll start with a little game of Tic-Tac-Toe?

    Blueberry Muffins quilt
    Or maybe you’ll bake up this little Blueberry Muffins quilt.

    Basket Parade quilt
    How about appliquéing a beautiful Basket Parade?

    Star Shine quilt
    Of course, stars never go out of style!

    See more from Jo’s Little Favorites III here.

    What do you think about prewashing: yay or no way? Tell us in the comments!

    Browse more books from Jo:

    Jo's Little Favorites Jo's Little Favorites II Jo's Floral Album Simple Friendships with Kim Diehl

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  2. 13 new ways to grace the spaces in which you gather 🍽 (+ giveaway!)

    From classic chic to fresh twists, the versatility of the table runner shines in the new book Table-Runner Roundup!

    Table-Runner Roundup

    “Skinny” quilts are the best, aren’t they? They’re perfect for trying new techniques, for getting from start to finish fast, and for decorating and gifts too! This fun collection of all-new projects includes 13 designs to enjoy whenever the desire to stitch strikes.

    Try a fresh design for a farmhouse table:

    Farm Fresh table runner
    Farm Fresh by Sue Pfau

    Sweet pineapples and savory olives for alfresco dining:

    Pineapple Parade and Olive Tree table runners
    Pineapple Parade by Deane Beesley and Olive Tree by Annette Ornelas

    Scrappy stars for the dinner table:

    Scrappy Stars table runner
    Scrappy Stars by Jude Spero

    And even a clever hexagon runner that easily transforms into place mats!

    Detachable Hexagons table runner
    Detachable Hexagons by Jane Davidson

    Fun and easy techniques range from traditional patchwork and fusible appliqué to stitch-and-flip triangles and dimensional curves. You’ll get double the enjoyment when you use these beautiful pieces as wall hangings or as accents to drape on other kinds of “table” tops, such as dressers, bookshelves, hutches, and cabinet doors. Here’s a peek at more projects from the book:

    From Table-Runner Roundup

    We posed a question to the designers featured in Table-Runner Roundup:

    How do you like to display your table runners (besides on a table)?

    Here are their creative answers!

    • Jude Spero of Little Louise Designs says, “I like to use them as wall hangings, possibly on the wall of a staircase landing or other narrow wall space. They’re also nice to cover pillows on beds or drape over the foot of a bed. Sometimes I arrange them on the back of an overstuffed chair to pull the colors of a room together.”
    • Julie Taylor says, “I like to display my table runners on the hearth in my lounge. They look really nice next to a lit fire in winter or with a few candles on them in summer.
    • Jane Davidson of Quilt Jane says, “I’ve hung them on the wall or placed them at the end of a bed as a bed runner. I’ve even used them on the top of the piano.
    • Michelle Bartholomew says, “I hung my table runner on the wall in my daughter’s nursery. It makes the perfect wall hanging!”
    • Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams says, “I have a wall between my door and window that’s really skinny. It’s the perfect place to hang a table runner if you don’t want to put it on your table. My family also has an apple orchard, and every season we cover all the displays with table runners to make the shop more warm and inviting.
    • Tony Jacobson, manager and creativity director at Piece Works Quilt Shop in Winterset, Iowa, has a unique idea—he says, “Currently in our shop, a table runner is draped around a dress form.” It’s like Miss Table-Runner America!

    We have a brand-spanking-new copy of Table-Runner Roundup to give away to one lucky winner today! To be automatically entered into the drawing, tell us in the comments:

    Where do you like to show off your skinny quilts: tables, walls, beds, couches? Outdoors, indoors? Up high, down low?  

    We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you found a runner above that you’d love to start sewing right now, order Table-Runner Roundup at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

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  3. 📹 How to choose colors for a scrap quilt: an Aussie’s simple approach (video)

    From Scrappy & Happy QuiltsHow to choose colors for a scrap quilt is a question many quilters ask our authors. Do they study color theory? Do they use the brown-bag method? Do they say a little prayer or cast a quilty spell over their fabrics before they begin?

    Martingale authors use many different methods to create their scrap quilts, but one of the easiest ways we’ve come across just might be how Scrappy & Happy Quilts author Kate Henderson works her magic. Her latest book is filled with two- and three-color quilts that are super scrappy, and also super stress-free!

    We caught up with Kate and she was kind enough to show us her approach to choosing a scrappy palette. Take a look:

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    Kate’s method is great for quilters who struggle with color selection. Just choose “Green!” or “Blue!” or “Yellow!” and then gather up the prints you have in that color. Sort your fabrics like Kate and you’re ready to start cutting and sewing!

    In Scrappy & Happy Quilts, you’ll find 13 lively, colorful quilt designs—and the skills you need to say bye-bye to agonizing over color choices. Choose colors in a snap and use up every scrap!

    Is your go-to color pink? Why not plant a giant Daisy in your quilted garden?

    Pink Daisy quilt
    Pink Daisy

    Are your fabric bins filled with blues? Create your own day at the beach in fabric!

    Day at the Beach quilt
    Day at the Beach

    Or maybe for you, orange is where it’s at. The perfect color for a sun-kissed quilt:

    Sunrise quilt

    Martingale’s director of marketing, Karen Johnson, is in the process of making her sun rise right now!

    Sunrise quilt blocks

    How do you choose colors for a scrap quilt?

    • I use my handy mathematical formula to determine color, value, and pattern ratios.
    • I choose colors and prints just like Kate!
    • I close my eyes and start digging.

    Share your scrappy tips in the comments!

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  4. Sewing podcasts 2018: five we’re loving right now 🎧

    Do you listen to podcasts? There’s nothing that goes together quite like an afternoon of quilting while listening to people’s related stories. We’ve rounded up some of the quilting and sewing podcasts we’ve been listening to lately—read on to learn more!

    American Patchwork & Quilting Podcast with Pat Sloan

    Pat is where it’s at! Pat Sloan has published six book with Martingale and knows just about everyone on the US quilting scene, which means her fun interviews are with the best quilters and designers in the business. If you want to be in the know, Pat will keep you up to date each week. See Pat’s books here.

    Just Wanna Quilt

    Dr. Elizabeth Townsend Gard, host of Just Wanna Quilt, started her podcast because she was interested in copyright laws as they apply to quilters and their work. Although she regularly touches on that topic, she also interviews quilters from around the world to better understand what she calls the “quilting ecosystem.” A thought-provoking podcast!

    Quilting . . . for the Rest of Us

    Host Sandy Hasenauer has a huge backlog of podcasts (almost 200) that are casual in style and a treat for quilters. Her podcasts are lighthearted and fun and they whiz by.

    Love to Sew

    Caroline Somos and Helen Wilkinson love to sew, and it shows. The pair interviews celebrities of the sewing world and focuses on sewing a handmade wardrobe. The duo also touches on the topic of running a business in the sewing industry.

    The Midnight Quilt Show

    Okay, this isn’t exactly a podcast . . . but Angela Walters is loads of fun to watch and listen to! Tune in to weekly episodes on Youtube to learn Angela’s tips and tricks, plus get free quilt patterns in videos that are both educational and entertaining. Angela’s book, The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting, co-authored with Christa Watson, is available now.

    When it comes to sewing podcasts, do you:

    • Love ’em—listen to them all the time.
    • Dabble in ’em—I’ve listened here and there.
    • Wonder about ’em—I think I’ll give podcasts a try!

    Tell us in the comments—and share your favorite podcasts too!

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  5. Farmhouse quilts, French-country style 😍 (+ giveaway!)

    Bonjour, Stitch This! readers! We’ve been waiting-waiting-waiting to share this book with you, and the time has come! Meet French author Marie-Claude Picon and her beautiful new book, French Farmhouse.

    French Farmhouse

    Marie-Claude has a sparkling talent for blending two beloved quiltmaking styles. The foundation of each quilt is inspired by the beauty of vintage quilts, while the textured details she dreams up for her designs are rooted in primitive stitchery. The result is so warm, so welcoming . . . so French, so farmhouse!

    Inside French Farmhouse, Marie-Claude shares her techniques for combining prints, colors, and textures so that you, too, can capture an old-fashioned, comfy quality in your quilts—quilts that look just like they came straight from a charming farm in France.

    From French Farmhouse

    Play with simple patchwork, quick wool appliqué, and easy embroidery stitches to make your own renditions of Marie-Claude’s quilts. There are so many drool-worthy details pictured throughout the book! The photos capture the little things that make French Farmhouse quilts so special.

    From French Farmhouse

    Choose from classic Nine Patch, Sixteen Patch, and medallion designs in cotton fabrics, along with quilts featuring tiny houses, stunning stars, and even adorable sheep (!) in wool and flannel. As you sew along, you’ll learn how to get that perfectly aged feel in your quilts, and you’ll also discover gorgeous display ideas that will inspire you to add a little French flair to your home, s’il vous plait. Merci, Marie-Claude!

    Little Sunshine
    Little Sunshine

    All the way from the South of France on the French Riviera, here’s Marie-Claude to tell you a little more about her new book.

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    (Are you as enchanted by her sweet French accent as we are?)

    Marie-Claude also talks about her quiltmaking journey in the book, including why embroidery is such an important part of her work. We love hearing how the French inspire a life of sewing!

    Marie-Claude Picon“What gives a quilt that special French-country look? It’s a certain combination of prints, such as ticking, florals, and dots. It’s a particular selection of colors, including the grays, taupes, and tans that call to mind French linens. And it’s a rich mixture of wool and flannel appliqués that add texture and warmth.

    I love incorporating appliqué as well as embroidery into my quilts. Embroidery is popular in France and all over Europe—all the famous fashion houses use it in their designs. My connection to embroidery is more personal than that, however, because my mother was a professional embroiderer who inspired me from a young age, and that inspiration was reinforced at school, where my classmates and I embroidered as well. Learning to combine stitches was a way to remember the work of our grandmothers.

    Marie's Alphabet
    Marie’s Alphabet

    There’s something very satisfying about connecting to previous generations by creating a quilt with an old-fashioned feel. Let these designs inspire you to play with fabric as you would a painting palette, slow your pace with needle and thread, and bring your own French-farmhouse quilts to life!”

    Laura's Quilt
    Laura’s Quilt

    French FarmhouseWe’ve got a copy of French Farmhouse to give away to one lucky winner today! To be automatically entered into the drawing, tell us:

    I have: 

    • Been to France
    • Never been to France
    • Not been to France, but I’m considering purchasing a French farmhouse right now

    We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Bonne chance! (Translation: Good luck!) And if you’d like to turn your French quilting dreams into a reality starting today, you can order French Farmhouse at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

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  6. How to piece a large quilt back with scraps or fat quarters (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Honeycomb quiltWhen it comes to big quilts, we give Stashtastic! author Doug Leko big props: he’s the king of ’em! He’s also well versed in the art of finishing big quilts. And what’s step one for finishing big quilts? Making a quilt back big enough to fit the quilt front!

    Doug included downloadable patterns for pieced quilt backs in his book, Stashtastic! But today, those patterns are now an exclusive download for our Stitch This! peeps—that means YOU! We love Doug’s approach to using both quilt-top leftovers and fat quarters in his backings—both easy and economical. And pretty too.

    To use scraps, Doug says, “Trim all of your leftover pieces to a common size; normally I have enough fabric to cut 3½"-wide strips. Sometimes I can only cut 2½"-wide strips and other times I can cut 6½"-wide strips.”

    How to piece a large quilt back
    Doug’s scrappy quilt backing, pieced with short strips left over from his quilt top

    For fat quarters, Doug says, “I love using leftover fat quarters to make another ‘quilt’ for the backing. That way, you get a two-sided quilt. When selecting fat quarters for the backing, I like to use the leftover fat quarters from a bundle. Often there are miscellaneous ones that I know I’ll never use in another quilt but that would make a great backing.”

    How to piece a large quilt back
    Doug’s fat-quarter quilt backing, made with leftovers from a bundle

    Download Doug’s “How to piece
    a large quilt back” instructions here

    Now that you’ve got a big-quilt backing plan, you can make beautiful quilt-top fronts with Doug too! Check out the quilts from Stashtastic! that you can make—each presented in two colorways:

    Quilts from Stashtastic!

    We’ve got a BIG giveaway today! (Are you sensing a theme here?)

    One lucky winner will win this BIG fat-quarter bundle—Return to Cub Lake by Holly Taylor in cozy flannels—from our friends at Moda Fabrics, PLUS a copy of Stashtastic! Share your answer to the following question in the comments and you’ll be automatically entered into our drawing:

    How many BIG quilts have you completed on your quilting adventures so far?

    We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re itching to make a big quilt with Doug right now, you can order Stashtastic! at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

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    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Gina, who says:

    “I would say I  have completed between 10 and 20 quilts full size or larger over the years.  I like to have at least one (or two!) quilts on my bed to sleep under at night.  I have a quilting machine now, which helps me be able to complete quilts faster and cheaper than quilting by check!  I have often pieced backings for my quilts.  It is time consuming but I always love the results–so much more interesting than a one-fabric back.”

    We’ll email you about your prize, Gina—congratulations!

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  7. 🌺 🌼 🌸 in embroidery! New from Japanese master Reiko Mori (+ giveaway!)

    Visit an exquisite embroidered garden in Floral Motifs to Embroider, the latest awe-inspiring book from a Japanese master embroidery artist.

    Floral Motifs to Embroider

    In seven chapters, Reiko Mori shares an abundance of motifs inspired by flowers, from delicate sprigs and bouquets to climbing vines and perching birds.

    Blossoms as showy as roses and as modest as dandelions become masterpieces under Reiko Mori’s hand.

    Themes within each chapter showcase these embroidered blooms. Delicate bridal accessories, precious teapots and teacups, a ballet slipper, and an astonishing floral alphabet are just a few of the elements embellished with elaborate flowers. You’ll even find a chapter dedicated to Japanese traditions captured in appliqué and embroidery.

    A guide to embroidery-floss colors, essential notions and tools, basic techniques, and a how-to library of embroidery stitches will help aspiring embroidery artists find success. You’ll be inspired to dream up all kinds of ways to use these elegant motifs:

    The Floral Dress motif atop a fabric-covered box

    Lily of the Valley Sachet

    Mimosa bag

    How might you use these pretty floral motifs in your projects? Tell us in the comments and we’ll automatically enter you to win a copy of Floral Motifs to Embroider! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

    Comments are closed for this post.

    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Lori, who says:

    “The embroidery is so beautiful and delicate. This would be just beautiful on a handkerchief for a bride on her wedding day. What a wonderful heirloom to pass on. I have a handkerchief that my grandmother had given me on my wedding day, my daughter-in-law used the day she got married as well as my daughter. We will continue this tradition. Thanks for showing us such interesting topics in you posts. I really enjoy them.”

    We’ll email you about your prize, Lori—congratulations!

    This book is published by Stitch Publications and is distributed by Martingale.

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  8. ✨ Wish-List Day! Wonders, layers, littles, and sleigh bells (+ giveaway!) ✨

    Welcome to Wish-List Day! Time to share an all-new batch of inspiring Martingale books coming your way in August. Take a peek at what’s headed to your local quilt shop soon—and don’t forget to choose your favorite book in the comments. You could win it as soon as it’s released!

    Subscribe to our blog and you’ll always be first to see new Martingale quilt books, plus special sales, freebies, tutorials, and more.

    Temecula Quilt Company Quirky Little QuiltsTemecula Quilt Company—Quirky Little Quilts
    Patchwork from the Past, Projects for the Present
    Sheryl Johnson

    Mismatched blocks, make-do colors, planned mistakes, and happy surprises—it’s all good at Temecula Quilt Company! Inspired by quiltmakers of the nineteenth century, Sheryl Johnson shares 15 petite patchwork quilts and invites you to play with reproduction fabrics in quirky ways. Try asymmetrical layouts, unexpected block pairings, and blends of color where anything goes. The results are instantly endearing, just like the quilts of yesteryear.

    From Temecula Quilt Company Quirky Little Quilts

    Small WondersSmall Wonders
    Tiny Treasures to Fuse, Embroider, and Enjoy
    Serena Boffa Soda

    Peek inside the world of Italian quiltmaker Serena Boffa Soda, a place where tiny treasures abound. Study these sweet quilts with their fast-to-fuse appliqués and you’ll discover delightful details upon a closer look. Only basic sewing and embroidery skills are needed, and these pages are packed with how-tos for every step (so don’t sweat the small stuff!). As you stitch you’ll learn what Serena knows to be true: it’s the little things that make all the difference.

    From Small Wonders

    Easy Layer-Cake Quilts 2Easy Layer-Cake Quilts 2
    More Simple Quilts from 10″ Squares
    Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson

    Introducing more sensationally simple quilts from Me and My Sister Designs—Layer-Cake style! Sisters Barb and Mary are famous for sharing little sewing tricks that make quilts look more complex than they truly are. In Easy Layer-Cake Quilts 2, they’re at it again. Put your Layer Cakes (or any 10″ fabric squares) to use in 11 easy quilts that are as pretty as can be. A Layer Cake, a background fabric, and maybe a border fabric or two are all you need to begin!

    From Easy Layer-Cake Quilts 2

    Sleigh BellsSleigh Bells
    Stitch a Folk-Art Quilt Full of Winter Fun
    Jan Patek

    Celebrate the season with a quilt chock-full of winter’s charms! Make a dozen cute quilt-block designs featuring whimsical snowmen, quaint cottages, towering trees, wonky stars, and joyful angels, plus kids bundled up for wintertime fun. Need some cold-weather comfort? At queen size, this cozy quilt can be showcased anywhere—and cuddled under anytime you need to warm up! For quick coordinating projects, turn single blocks into pillows, wall quilts, table toppers, and more. Full-size appliqué patterns included.

    From Sleigh Bells

    Which book above would amp up your August? Tell us in the comments and you could win it when it’s released! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

    By the way—books released in July are available TODAY!

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  9. 📹 A true beauty: LeMoyne Star quilt-block pattern (free how-to video)

    LeMoyne Star quiltOh my stars—we have a new Star block video to share with you today!

    The LeMoyne Star block is at the top of many a quiltmaker’s list of favorites. But when it comes to sewing, the block’s got a bad rap! Known for its diamond-shaped pieces and set-in seams, the design has acquired a reputation for being tricky to piece. But when you rethink the design like we’ve done in Block-Buster Quilts: I Love Star Blocks, you’ll start seeing stars in no time!

    Take a look—if you’ve ever made two-at-a-time half-square triangles, you’re already on your way to making LeMoyne Star blocks:

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    This Ties That Bind quilt by Janet Rae Nesbitt makes beautiful use of the simplified version of the LeMoyne Star block:

    Ties That Bind quilt
    Ties That Bind from
    Block-Buster Quilts: I Love Star Blocks

    This medallion-style quilt from Country Threads also uses the easier version:

    President's Pride quilt
    President’s Pride from
    Civil War Remembered

    Of course, the traditional way of sewing the block contains a lot of star power too!

    Mocha Stars quilt
    Mocha Stars by Kim Diehl from
    Simple Comforts

    Buckwheat Star quilt
    Buckwheat Star by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene from
    Civil War Remembered

    Did you miss our video on how to make Sawtooth Star blocks? Click here to go to that post.

    You might also like these other fun books in the “Block-Buster” series:

    Block-Buster Quilts: I Love Nine Patches Block-Buster Quilts: I Love House Blocks Block-Buster Quilts: I Love Log Cabins Block-Buster Quilts: I Love Churn Dashes

    What’s your favorite Star block to sew: LeMoyne, Sawtooth, Kansas, Missouri, Amish, Ohio? Tell us in the comments!

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  10. Mending is trending: give new life to old favorites with visible mending (+ giveaway!)

    When is a hole-in-one not a happy event? When it’s a hole in one of your favorite sweaters! Some of us shed a tear when we find a tear in our go-to pair of jeans. But you can turn those frowns upside down with ideas for repairing lovingly worn garments with Visible Mending.

    Visible Mending

    In this virtual guide to giving worn clothing and fabric items new life, you’ll discover not only inspiration and eye candy (35 examples and 150+ photos), but multiple how-to methods to experiment with—Japanese boro stitching, embroidery, darning, patching, and machine mending.

    From the Visible Mending book

    The toughest part isn’t choosing which method to try, it’s finding enough things that need mending. But don’t worry. We’ll keep your secret, even if you “mend” something that wasn’t really torn to begin with. Yep, that’s right—the results are so cute you’ll be ripping things apart just to have a reason to mend.

    From Visible Mending

    Jenny Wilding Cardon is the author of Visible Mending, and she’s going to share with you what drives her mending madness. We’re lucky to work with her every day (that’s right, she’s a Martingale employee by day, mender by night)! So, Jenny, give us your take on why mending is trending!

    —Jennifer Keltner
    Chief Visionary Officer, Martingale

    Jenny Wilding CardonThank you for the introduction, Jennifer!

    Stitch This! friends, it’s been my pleasure to write for this blog since Martingale’s inaugural post in March 2012. As of today, I’ve written 986 posts as Martingale’s content editor. Oh my heck, can you believe that? I think I have the best job in the world, sharing all the latest and greatest books from Martingale’s talented and inspiring authors with you.

    But today’s post is different. Today I get to share with you my very own book. My baby! It’s called Visible Mending, and I hope it will stop you in your tracks—particularly if you’re a quilter who’s been asked by a family member or friend to mend something for them. (I mean, what quilter hasn’t had that happen?)

    I’ve been a quilter since 1997, long before I turned to mending as a creative outlet. And I think there are two things you need in order to be creative: skills and ideas. The sewing skills I’ve learned as a quilter have made the transition to visible mending an easy one. And since I already had the skills, I could jump right to the ideas!

    Of course, I know all about sewing patches:

    Visible mending patches
    This patch on the back of a sweater consists of woven strips from a fat-quarter pack

    And I already have basic embroidery stitches in my quilting tool belt:

    Visible Mending embroidery
    A simple eyelet stitch mends a hole in a sweater; I added a little embroidery sampler around the hole for flair

    The Japanese tradition of boro stitching couldn’t be easier—a simple running stitch is all you need to begin:

    Visible mending boro stitching
    With boro stitching you can mend holes with patches under or on top of a tear, using as many or as few fabrics as you like

    Darning was new to me—but again, straight stitches are the foundation for the technique:

    Visible mending - darning
    Darning is fun to do on both knit fabrics (left) and woven fabrics (right)

    And sewing by machine? Are you kidding me? Me and my machine are besties!

    Visible mending by machine
    These patches are secured with free-motion stitching

    I use so many of my quilting skills in my visible-mending projects. But the best part? This unique kind of mending is fun and creative, quick to complete—and sew fun to show off!

    Visible mending jacket
    This boro-stitched elbow patch is one of my favorite mends from the book

    There’s one more thing about visible mending that I think marries perfectly with quilting: the idea of using what you have and creatively making do, just like our quilting sisters of yesteryear did with their quilts. In a world of fast fashion and throwaway quality, visible mending offers the opportunity to step away from that world and put love, thought, and care into pieces we truly treasure.

    visible mending tablecloth
    A stain on a tablecloth from my grandmother gets a new life with an embroidered “mend”

    Visible Mending is half how-to book, half inspiration guide. My goal is to provide a technique book for people who have never sewn before and an inspiration book for people who have been sewing all their lives. And in the book I’ve created an experiment just for you. When clothing or other textiles (yes, even quilts!) become worn and torn, think of it as an opportunity for creativity. Follow along in the book and you’ll soon be giving a new life to items you might otherwise throw away, all while letting your creativity take center stage.

    An exciting experiment is waiting for you inside the pages of Visible Mending, and it starts with this: embrace the imperfect. Make do and mend. Repair it and wear it. I hope you’ll join me on this fun sewing adventure!

    Follow Jenny online:
     Remade Nation blog   Instagram

    Visible MendingWe have a copy of Visible Mending to give away today! To enter your name in the drawing, tell us in the comments:

    Which of your quilting skills might you use with Visible Mending?

    • I know all about patches and embroidery.
    • I can sew a running stitch like nobody’s business.
    • All of the above: patches, embroidery, darning, machine work—I’m ready to mend!

    We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to start a visible-mending adventure right now, you can order Visible Mending at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

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    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Maureen, who says:

    “Patches, embroidery, darning, machine work—I’m ready to give them all a try.”

    We’ll email you about your prize, Maureen—congratulations!

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