1. ⭐ Appliquéd stars a snap? ⭐ Yes – when you use wool and fusible web! (+ video)

    Wool applique starWe’ve shared several wool-appliqué techniques with you over the years. Why? Because every Martingale author who uses wool appliqué has her own little spin. Maggie Bonanomi, Roseann Kermes, Bonnie Sullivan, and Debbie Busby have all shared their quick-and-easy techniques, and we’ve tried and loved them all!

    But how do the French do it?

    Well, we happen to know how at least one French quilter appliqués wool!

    French Farmhouse author Marie-Claude Picon has a sparkling talent for blending two beloved quiltmaking styles. The foundation of her quilts is inspired by the beauty of vintage patchwork quilts, while the textured appliqué details she dreams up for her designs are rooted in the primitive style—and wool is often a focus. The result is so warm, so welcoming . . . so French, so farmhouse!

    Wish upon a Star quilt
    Wish upon a Star

    One thing we can tell you is that if you’ve shied away from other kinds of appliqué—needle-turn, back-basting, or freezer-paper, to name a few—you are going to love no-fray wool appliqué with Marie’s special French twist. Her technique’s as easy as ordering French fries, opening French doors, or listening to a French horn (note we said listening, not playing). Take a look!


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    Marie’s technique is used on many of the beautiful quilts in French Farmhousebut it’s not just for stars! Look at the other woolly wonders you can create with Marie’s method, such as:

    Houses:

    Simply Houses quilt
    Simply Houses

    Letters:

    Marie's Alphabet quilt
    Marie’s Alphabet

    And even woolly little sheep!

    Les Moutons quilt
    Les Moutons

    See more from Marie-Claude’s book, French Farmhouse >>>

    What’s your favorite way to appliqué?

    • Wool appliqué, hands down—just like Marie-Claude.
    • Machine appliqué, with a zigzag or blanket stitch.
    • Hand appliqué for sure—it’s just my speed.

    Share your answer in the comments!


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  2. Meet Red Crinoline Quilts AND their new book – 2 videos ahead! 📹

    Reproduction-fabric collectors and antique-quilt lovers, the much-anticipated follow-up to Tributes and Treasures is here!

    Step Back in Time

    Enjoy an all-new, jaw-dropping collection of patterns from the talented design team behind Red Crinoline Quilts. In Step Back in Time, you’ll learn streamlined techniques for creating 13 of their vintage-inspired designs.

    From Step Back in Time

    Each quilt is paired with a fascinating true story from the 1800s, while more than 70 beautiful photos capture the style and sentiment of this unique time in American quilting history.

    We’re thrilled that Paula Barnes (on the right in the video) and Mary Ellen Robison (on the left) recorded two videos for us, to introduce their new book to YOU! Get ready for project reveals and some fun stories about the quilts they designed for Step Back in Time.


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    In this next video, you’ll learn how Paula and Mary Ellen met and how Red Crinoline Quilts came to be. It’s a great story—we think destiny played a part in their pairing!


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    Here’s an excerpt from Step Back in Time that shares the introduction to the Potato Chip Stars quilt, which Paula and Mary talk about in the video above.

    Potato Chip Stars
    Potato Chip Stars

    George Crum“While recipes for potato chips appeared in cookbooks prior to the 1850s, the legend of George Crum, Kate Wicks, and their invention of the potato chip is probably the most interesting. Born in 1824, George was an American chef who honed his culinary skills at Cary Moon’s Lake House on Saratoga Lake in upstate New York. Moon’s Lake House was an expensive restaurant that catered to the wealthy families from Manhattan that vacationed at their “camps” on the lake.

    Kate Wicks was George’s sister, and they worked side by side in the kitchen. The story goes that she dropped a thin slice of potato into the pan of fat, fished it out, and set it aside. George tasted it, liked it, and said, “We’ll have plenty of these.” This was the invention of “Saratoga Chips.”

    Potato Chip Stars closeupOne night, a dinner guest returned his French fries to the kitchen because he felt they were too thick. George decided to annoy the customer by serving him a much thinner fry that he overcooked and salted. To his surprise, the guest was ecstatic over the browned, paper-thin potatoes, and the potato chip was born.

    In 1860, George opened his own restaurant, called Crum’s, in Malta, New York. It’s said he served a basket of chips at every table. In 1932, Herman Lay founded Lay’s, and his potato chips became the first successfully marketed national brand.

    Paula calls the 4″ block used in this quilt her “potato chip block” because they’re like potato chips—you can’t stop after just one!”


    Step Back in TimeWould YOU like to win a copy of Step Back in Time? Because we would love to give a copy to one lucky winner today! To enter our random drawing, tell us in the comments:

    Which typically first inspires you when starting a quilt: the pattern or the fabric?

    We’ll choose one winner a week from today and let you know by email if you win—good luck! And if you’re ready to dive in to those “potato chips” 😄 with Paula and Mary Ellen, you can purchase Step Back in Time on our website and instantly download the eBook for free.


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  3. Colonial knot embroidery tutorial with Italian quiltmaker Serena Boffa Soda 🇮🇹

    Inside Italian quiltmaker Serena Boffa Soda’s world, petite pleasures abound. Her teeny-tiny landscape quilts are astonishing. We could spend hours oohing and ahing at all the pint-sized details!

    Colonial knot flowers
    Flowers as tiny as a pinhead!

    Some of the most adorable details? Her wee little sheep, trees, and bushes:

    Colonial knot embroidery

    Colonial knot pumpkinsWe had a wonderful time meeting Serena when she came to the United States to attend Fall Quilt Market in November. She shared with us two of her favorite embroidery stitches: the colonial knot and the bullion stitch. She uses the colonial knot for her sheep and foliage and the bullion stitch for her sweet pumpkins (right).

    Here’s Serena to show you how easy it is to embroider puffy sheep and billowy trees and bushes just like she does with a colonial knot embroidery tutorial!


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    Here’s another tip we got from Serena—a great one if you want to go embroidery-hoop free:

    Serena Boffa Soda“When I embroider, I stabilize all my fabrics, because I don’t love to use an embroidery hoop. What I do love to use is a very light fusible stabilizer on the back of my cotton fabric; it makes the fabric a bit firmer. Then I’m ready to start working hoop-free.”

    Wondering how Serena stitches her pumpkins? We’ll be sharing another how-to video from Serena in an upcoming post, so stay tuned! While you’re waiting, you might want to step into Serena’s teensy world for a “little” embroidery fun:

    Four Seasons Dream Wall Hanging
    Four Seasons Dream Wall Hanging

    Colonial knot snowman
    Close up: use the colonial knot for snow—and a snowman!

    My Blessings Table Topper
    My Blessings Table Topper

    Colonial knot flowers
    Close up: colonial-knot flowers

    The Simple Life Table Runner
    The Simple Life Table Runner

    Embroidered flower garden
    Close up: the flower garden is in full swing!

    Note: Serena’s appliqués are all fusible—just cut out, fuse, and embroider! 👍

    Small WondersWhat’s your level of embroidery expertise?

    • I’m an expert.
    • I’m learning and loving it!
    • Never tried it, but I want to learn how now!

    Tell us in the comments!


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  4. New quilt-along alert! Make a stunning Millie Stars quilt with Katja Marek ⭐⭐⭐

    Nearly 20,000 quilters on Facebook are following Katja Marek’s quilt-alongs based on The New Hexagon and The New Hexagon Perpetual Calendar. Now Katja introduces an all-new quilt-along based on the same book and calendar—and you can sew with traditional English paper-piecing methods OR by machine!


    The New Hexagon and The New Hexagon Perpetual Calendar

    We’re excited to have Katja here as a guest writer to tell you more about her 2019 quilt-along, Millie Stars.


    A new year brings new ideas and new projects—and for me it brings new possibilities for using hexagons and a brand-new quilt-along. Millie Stars, my 2019 quilt-along, offers with it new ways to use the blocks I designed for The New Hexagon and The New Hexagon Perpetual Calendar.

    On the first day of each month, I’ll let you know which blocks are required to make one star rosette. Each star rosette consists of blocks from both The New Hexagon and The New Hexagon Perpetual Calendar, and participants will need both the book and the calendar to make the blocks. Each month’s post will include photos that show how to machine piece the star rosette.


    Millie Stars quilt

    Machine piecing? Did you read that correctly? Yes! I’ve had so many people ask about options for machine piecing that I asked Paper Pieces to to make several options for the papers and acrylic templates available:

    1. Hexagon papers for traditional English paper piecing: These bundles are for traditional English paper piecing. They can be ordered as a complete pack or as a monthly shipment. A separate finishing package is available for the background, which you can learn more about when you click the “Finish” button on this page.

    2. Acrylic templates with ⅜" seam allowances for traditional English paper piecing.
    These ⅜" seam-allowance acrylic templates are for traditional English paper piecers who would like to cut or fussy-cut their fabrics using acrylic templates. They’re the perfect solution for ease of cutting, and awesome for fussy-cutting. There is also an optional finishing set for purchase with these acrylics.

    Paper Pieces also offers ⅜" seam-allowance window acrylics. These are perfect for cutting from the wrong side of the fabric and gluing the papers right into the open window (for precise placement).

    3. Acrylic templates with ¼" seam allowances for machine piecing. For the machine-piecing option, ¼" seam-allowance window acrylics are offered. This allows you to cut or fussy-cut your fabrics with the ¼" seam allowance that your sewing machine is already set up for. These acrylics make it easy to mark the seam allowance on the wrong side of the fabric for perfect seams and point matching every time.

    Lastly, I asked Paper Pieces to make acrylic templates for the background piecing. These acrylics have ¼" seam allowance, are solid in the center, and have drilled corner holes. I felt ¼" window acrylics might be challenging to hold in place and cut around, as the background pieces are large. You can still mark corner points for matching and pinning using the open corner holes.

    This will be the fourth quilt-along using blocks from The New Hexagon and the second quilt-along using blocks from The New Hexagon Perpetual Calendar. Why are the book and the calendar required? First of all, you probably own either one or the other (or maybe even both) already. Second, using these blocks will limit the number of shapes (and the cost) for those wishing to use the acrylic templates.


    Millie Star #1: Fuchsia

    Guidelines for the quilt-along and the first pattern are available now! If you register for email notifications I’ll let you know when the latest download is ready each month. Downloads for this and all my other quilt-alongs can be found on my website.

    It’s always fun to interact with other quilters working on the same projects. You can post photos of your progress and ask questions at my two Facebook groups—the Millefiore Quilt-Along group and Katja Marek’s Quilt with Me group, and I hope you join the fun!

    Come with me on this new adventure and discover new "Hex"-abilities!

    For more information about all of Katja’s fun quilt-alongs, visit katjasquiltshoppe.com—you can join any of the quilt-alongs below, anytime!

    When you join the quilt-along, what will be your sewing style of choice: English paper piecing by hand or by machine? Tell us in the comments!


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  5. Best quilting buds, back again: new from Kim and Jo (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Gather your favorite fabrics—and your favorite quilting friends—because Kim Diehl and Jo Morton are back with Simple Friendships II!

    Simple Friendships II

    Kim and Jo have a fun idea for you: start with patchwork, add a few friends, and stitch it all together with gorgeous new patterns from their latest book. Their all-new, showstopping quilts reflect each designer’s signature style.

    From Simple Friendships II

    Every chapter showcases a classic quilt block; Kim and Jo each take the block and transform it into a spectacular quilt. Discover fresh spins on Churn Dash, Ohio Star, Flock of Geese, and more. Instructions make it easy to create blocks on your own or as part of a group—and the sampler quilts included are simply stunning!

    We asked Kim and Jo some pressing questions about their latest book, and what other sewing adventures they’ve been on lately—read below for their answers!


    Stitch This!: Your first book, Simple Friendships, was an instant best seller. What inspired you to team up again for Simple Friendships II

    Kim DiehlKim: Jo and I live in different parts of the country and we’re used to working on our own during other book projects—we just bop along by ourselves and see where the wind blows us. Collaborating on our first Simple Friendships book was a real change of pace! When we began that book, we had a rare opportunity to get together face-to-face and brainstorm while sipping Starbucks (my kind of meeting!). It was really fun to stay connected throughout the process, compare notes and projects, and share the love. So of course I wanted to do it all again for Simple Friendships II! With a basic format already in place from our first book, we had an easy time falling into a creative rhythm for this new book (even without being able to suck down coffee together), and I feel that it’s even better than the first!

    Jo MortonJo: Even though we don’t live close to each other, we keep in touch via the internet. We each do our own take on a block (not confined by block size). People seemed to enjoy the first book, so a second book was an exciting idea for both of us!

    Churn Dash quilts
    Kim and Jo’s takes on Churn Dash

    ST!: What’s your designing process like—do you draft a pattern first or gather fabrics first? Do you draw ideas on paper or use a computer?

    Kim: I tried being spontaneous in the design of a project ONCE, and found myself lying awake each night wondering what my next “spontaneous” step would be. I couldn’t handle it! I have to admit that I’m totally into planning. I begin by exploring block and layout ideas using graph paper. When I have a basic blueprint, I use a computer program to plug in prints and colors so I have a jumping-off point for when I begin making the quilt. That said, once I begin stitching I never hesitate to trust my instincts and stray from the plan if I feel changes are needed.

    Jo: I don’t use a computer to design quilts, I never have. I’m happy working the way I work. Old habits and all that jazz.

    Ohio Star quilts
    Ohio Star gets a makeover from Jo (left) and Kim (right)

    ST!: What’s inspiring your work right now?

    Kim: Last year was my year of embracing simplicity, so I’m currently in the process of finishing a few in-progress projects inspired by that theme. I recently realized, though, that I’ve been so goal and deadline oriented that I somehow let evening handwork fall off my radar screen. I’m in the process of remedying this heinous oversight, and I’m currently working up blocks and appliqué designs for a long-term project that will let me enjoy hand stitching again.

    Jo: Antique quilts, mid-to-late nineteenth century, have always inspired my work. My husband and I live in a 90-year-old bungalow, and we live with antique furniture (a 20-year collection process purchased during many road trips). Some pieces were acquired in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and we also own some great reproduction furniture from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, and New England. These pieces suit my soul, and I need to make quilts that are also good for my soul. I’ve always said that I make quilts for me, and share them with you.

    Courthouse Steps quilts
    Two versions of Courthouse Steps: Kim’s (left) and Jo’s (right)

    ST! What’s on your sewing table right now?

    Kim: Lots of simple patchwork blocks and lots of wool-on-cotton appliqué designs!

    Jo: Fabric! I’m currently finishing a couple of quilts made mostly with my Hickory Road line with Moda Fabrics, which begins shipping to quilt shops this month. I have a couple of block exchanges coming up and I need to get my blocks sewn.

    Kim Diehl's sewing space
    A peek at Kim’s sewing space: the wool appliqué is part of a just-for-fun project; the patchwork blocks are for an upcoming book.

    ST! What’s your #1 tip for beginning quilters?

    Kim: Strive for accurate seam allowances! Each time I begin a new project I take a quick moment to double-check my seam-allowance width. I cut three rectangles, 1½" x 3½", and stitch them together along the long edges. After pressing the seams away from the center rectangle, the patchwork should measure 1″ in width. If the size of my center rectangle is off, I make an adjustment when feeding my future pieces through the sewing machine. Once I’ve achieved accuracy, I know I’ll have smooth sailing.

    Jo: Learn the basics (take a beginner class recommended by someone you admire). Acquire and work toward learning good skills. Math is involved in skills. I learned how to draft patterns from a book by Jinny Beyer in the early 1980s. Once you understand the math and can sew a consistent seam allowance, you’ll be able to make most any quilt.

    Sampler quilts
    The stunning samplers: Harmony by Jo (left) and Best of Friends by Kim (right)


    Quirky Questions for Kim and Jo

     What’s your secret talent? 

    Kim: I can’t carry a tune in a bucket when singing. I can’t bake a cake that doesn’t cave in at the middle to save my life. But I’m a fantastic disco dancer.

    Jo: Answering questions . . . from my students.

     What movie have you seen again and again?

    Kim: I have a handful of favorite movies that I never get tired of: A League of Their Own, Gone with the Wind, Forrest Gump, and Con Air, to name a few. (I have eclectic tastes!)

    Jo: Miracle on 34th Street with Maureen O’Hara, Edmund Gwenn, and Natalie Wood—the black-and-white version, of course. I also love The Devil Wears Prada and Pretty Woman. Most evenings TV isn’t very good, so I watch/listen to Home Improvement and Last Man Standing or old reruns of Murder, She Wrote.

     If someone narrated your life, who would you want to be the narrator?

    Kim: Ellen DeGeneres for sure. She would make everything I do, including my goof-ups, sound down to earth and funny.

    Jo: The American historian and novelist, Shelby Foote.


    We’ve got a very *friendly* giveaway coming your way!

    Our friends at Moda Fabrics sent us a bundle of Jo’s Shirtings; our pals at Henry Glass sent a bundle of Kim Diehl’s Wit and Wisdom fabrics. What shall we do with them? Well, give them away to two lucky winners, of course!

    Simple Friendships IITo enter you name in the drawing to win Kim’s or Jo’s fabric bundle plus a copy of Simple Friendships II, tell us:

    How often do you quilt with friends?

    • As often as I can!
    • I have regular meetups with my quilting buds.
    • I usually quilt by myself—but quilting with friends sounds fun!

    Share your answer in the comments to be automatically entered into the random drawing—we’ll choose two winners and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to begin a new quilty friendship with Kim and Jo, order your copy of Simple Friendships II at our website and we’ll send you the eBook for free.


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  6. 📚 Join our book club, get $40 to spend now (yes, right now!) 📚

    If you follow our Stitch This! blog, we know something about you: you love books that inspire your creativity. And because you do, the Martingale Insider Book Club may be just right for you.

    As a book-club member, you’ll have the opportunity to get all our brand-new books, all our best sellers, all at 35% off, all the time—that’s a lot of saving! For book-club members everything is on sale, every time you visit us online!

    When you log on to our website as a book-club member, you’ll instantly see how much you can save:



    How does the book club work? It’s easy:

     Join the club for just $14.99 per year. You’ll immediately get that back, plus more, in books and other merchandise of your choice because you’ll instantly receive a FREE $40 gift certificate from us* (you’ll get a coupon code in an email confirmation after your order has processed). How’s that for instant gratification? Wahoo!

     Buy 4 or more books in a year, always at 35% off. We’ll send monthly emails to you about our hot-off-the-press books. Choose the format you like best: printed books or eBooks. You can accept our Featured Selection, decline it, or choose something else. It’s entirely up to you.

     Purchase 6 or more books or other products during the year and we’ll waive next year’s membership fee!

    Joining is easy! Visit us at ShopMartingale.com and add the Insider Book Club membership to your shopping cart. We’ll send your $40 gift coupon code by email as soon as you’ve joined the club. Then you can enjoy a little spending spree at our site—it’s on us!

    Have more questions? Click here for more information, or email us directly at bookclub@shopmartingale.com and we’ll be glad to help.

    Find out more about the club:
    FAQs | membership terms | sign up!

    Which book would you choose to get with your gift certificate? Tell us in the comments!


    *Please note that gift-certificate purchases do not count toward your membership obligation.


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  7. 10 charming ideas . . . for your charm packs!

    Got charm packs? Mini-charm packs? Got yardage that you can cut into 5″ or 2½" squares? Then you’re ready for our “charming” roundup of quilt patterns for those pretty piles of fabrics!

    Today we’ve chosen 10 quick, super-cute projects to make with charms and mini-charms. These patterns are perfect for those days when you just want to sew, not cut fabric . . . and don’t we all have those days? With all the holiday hoopla behind us, maybe that day is today! Start and finish these smallish projects in a jiffy; then feel accomplished and happy that you made time for a little creativity in your life.

    Make just nine blocks as a little reminder of spring (yes, it’s on the way . . .) 🌷

    Spring Mosaic quilt
    Charms:
    Spring Mosaic by Sandy Gervais, from Moda All-Stars: Lucky Charm Quilts

    How about a set of quick-to-sew doll quilts for a little one you love?

    Howdy and Pinwheel Doll Quilts
    Mini-charms:
    Howdy Doll Quilt and Pinwheel Doll Quilt by Stacey Iest Hsu, from Moda All-Stars: Mini-Charm Quilts

    Sometimes you just need a simple sewing fix . . .

    Double Four Patch quilt
    Charms:
    Double Four Patch by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene of Country Threads, from Sew Charming

    Rail Fences + Stars? Pretty as can be! (And pretty easy too.)

    Lincoln quilt
    Charms:
    Lincoln by Carrie Nelson, from Another Bite of Schnibbles

    You’ll get a kick out of how easy it is to put this fusible pillow together (cross our hearts!):

    Cross My Heart pillow
    Mini-charms:
    Cross My Heart Pillow by Brenda Riddle, from Moda All-Stars: Mini-Charm Quilts

    Spiffy bow ties really dress up this quick-to-make quilt:

    Bow-Tie quilt
    Charms:
    Better to Be Overdressed than Underdressed by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene, from Back to Charm School

    Here’s a super-duper fun quilt for a “charming” baby:

    Tiny Bits quilt
    Charms:
    Tiny Bits by Rebecca Silbaugh, from Seamingly Scrappy

    CHARMING TIP: Rebecca has a great idea for mixing up your charm packs for a scrappier look: throw the squares in the dryer! The tumbling action will automatically mix the colors and prints for you like magic. Take the squares out of the dryer and restack them before heading to your cutting mat.

    Make a pretty topper in a snap with Lynne’s Layered Patchwork approach:

    Little Steps, Big Fun quilt
    Mini-charms: Little Steps, Big Fun! by Lynne Hagmeier, from
    Moda All-Stars: Mini-Charm Quilts

    You might think it’d take a magic trick to pull off piecing this quilt—and it does! (Simple sewing magic, that is . . .)

    Half Hitch quilt
    Charms: Half Hitch by Kim Brackett, from
    Scrap-Basket Strips and Squares

    Did we give you a reason to sew this weekend? Not that you need one! We hope you’ve been “charmed” by our project roundup today!

    How many charm packs or mini-charm packs do you have waiting in the wings? Tell us in the comments!


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  8. Wish List Day! Country Threads, Yoko Saito, sweet stitches, and . . . texting? (+ giveaway!)

    Welcome back to Wish List Day! Today we’ve got a sneak peek at Martingale books coming in February—get ready to be inspired! Keep track of your favorites by using the “Notify Me” and “Wish List” options at ShopMartingale.com. Browse the latest batch of Martingale books below; then enter to win your favorite book at the end of this post!

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


    Beyond the BattlefieldBeyond the Battlefield
    14 Scrappy Civil War Quilts
    Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene of Country Threads
    COMING FEBRUARY 1

    Capture the old-fashioned feel of quilts from the Civil War era with stunning new designs from Country Threads! Mary and Connie’s signature make-do style comes to life in 14 quilts that are paired with period photographs and fascinating true stories of unsung heroines of the Civil War, from women who disguised themselves as soldiers to others who became doctors, nurses, and even spies in order to serve. Whether you’re a fan of traditional designs, Civil War fabrics, or scrappy-to-the-max patterns, this pattern collection is sure to inspire!

    From Beyond the Battlefield


    Stitched So SweetStitched So Sweet
    Whimsical Embroidery, Patchwork, and Appliqué
    Tracy Souza
    COMING FEBRUARY 1

    Simple stitching is always in season! Showcase seasonal delights in quick-to-sew projects featuring sprinkles of embroidery, patchwork, and appliqué. Playful motifs capture everyday pleasures, from springtime flowers and buzzing bees to plump pumpkins and frosty snowmen. Charming touches such as prairie points, wool appliqué, and big-stitch quilting give each project its pop! Create seasonal pillows, framed embroideries, and needle books, or make a four-season quilt, a table topper, and a wall hanging to enjoy year-round.

    From Stitched So Sweet


    Text It!Text It!
    Quilts and Pillows with Something to Say
    Sherri Noel
    COMING FEBRUARY 1

    Take our word for it—you’ll love expressing yourself in fabric with Text It! as your guide! Use letters, numbers, and symbols from seven different fonts to create 10 quilt and pillow patterns as shown in the book. Or personalize projects with one-of-a-kind wordplay! Appliqué text with a variety of techniques, including fusible, bias-strip, and needle-turn appliqué, plus English paper piecing. From clever catchphrases to sayings that are good for the soul, now you can choose just the right words to convey your thoughts in fabric.

    Text It!


    Yoko Saito's Beautiful Bags, Pouches & QuiltsYoko Saito’s Beautiful Bags, Pouches & Quilts
    Projects that are a Pleasure to Make and Fun to Use
    Yoko Saito
    COMING FEBRUARY 1

    From Japanese master quilt artist Yoko Saito comes this collection of exquisite quilts, bags, and more, each immersed in tradition yet refreshingly modern in style. Ms. Saito shares 25 all-new designs that spotlight her immaculate attention to the tiniest details—pleats, tucks, scallops, and whimsical motifs infuse each piece with originality. Projects that spotlight nature-inspired motifs and fascinating geometric patterns include everything from small quilts and mini pouches to roomy handbags and a notepad cover. Instructions and full-sized pullout patterns for making each project are included.

    From Yoko Saito's Beautiful Bags, Pouches & Quilts


    Which book would make your creative heart beat faster in February? Name it in the comments and you could win it! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good Luck!

    And by the way . . . January books are available NOW!

    Simple Friendships II Step Back in Time The Big Book of Lap Quilts


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  9. Best new quilt books? They’re coming in 2019! (sneak peek)

    Cheers to the New Year! We know the gift-giving season is behind us, but we wanted to share just one more little gift with you—a sneak peek at books on their way from Martingale authors in 2019. We hope these books will inspire you to grow your creativity in the New Year!

    (Here at Stitch This! on Wednesday, we’ll be sharing books making their debut in February 2019, so we’ll start with what’s coming in March!)


    Pat Sloan's Celebrate the Seasons
    March: Each season offers something special to celebrate, and Pat Sloan’s easy-to-make projects will help you welcome each turn of the calendar page. Add to wish list >>>


    Moda All-Stars: On a Roll
    March: The Moda All-Stars are back with sparkling projects for irresistible Jelly Rolls—coordinating precut 2½" strips of fabric that slash cutting time and speed up sewing time. Royalties from the sale of On a Roll will be donated to School on Wheels. Add to wish list >>>


    Strip-Pieced Bargello
    March: Bargello beauty—quilting-by-number ease! Make mesmerizing bargello quilts with as few as four or as many as 24 fabrics. Add to wish list >>>


    Changing Seasons
    April: Sew switchable seasonal stitcheries with popular author Gail Pan! Small patchwork quilts include spaces to spotlight interchangeable embroidery panels; simply replace one pretty piece for another to reflect the time of year. Add to wish list >>>


    Countdown to Christmas
    April: The best-selling author of Start with Strips is back with stunning Christmas quilts in colors that can be enjoyed year-round! Choose among exquisite quilts with traditional roots and lighthearted quilts that capture the magic of the season. Add to wish list >>>


    Stitched from the Heart
    April: Sew your love into the gifts you give with pretty embroidery, simple patchwork, and sweet appliqué. Patterns for a hand-lettered alphabet in two sizes make it easy to embroider the heartfelt phrases provided or to personalize projects with names, dates, sayings, and more. Add to wish list >>>


    Prairie Life
    May: Get the prairie-life look with Lynne’s Layered Patchwork method! The simple technique—cut shapes and topstitch them to a base fabric—will help you get to the finish line faster. (Prefer traditional patchwork? You’ll find plenty of projects for those methods too.) Add to wish list >>>


    Quilts of Love and Valor
    May: An old-fashioned love story comes alive in 11 quilts inspired by the only complete set of Civil War letters known to exist. Letter excerpts will give you a sense of what life was like for everyday people during the Civil War. Add to wish list >>>


    Tabletop Turnabouts
    May: These fun little quilts from Jan Patek will have you seeing double! Drape these darling “turnabouts” over mini racks, cupboard doors, and baskets to see two delightfully different sides. Add to wish list >>>


    Christmas at Buttermilk Bssin
    June: At Buttermilk Basin, the holidays abound with handmade cheer! Make delightful ornaments, stockings, gift bags, framed stitcheries, and quilts that are small in scale. Stacy West’s simple wool-appliqué and embroidery techniques make them a breeze to complete. Add to wish list >>>


    Sunday Best Quilts
    June: Two stars of the quilting world—Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts and Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life—share the “Sunday best” quilts they’ve always wanted to create. Get ready for a fun and easy way to cross off the quilts on your bucket list! Add to wish list >>>


    Hearth & Home
    June: Elegant, timeless, traditional, and beautiful—that’s the magic Jo Morton brings to the quilts she creates. Find fresh twists on quilt-block favorites and Jo’s smart tips for choosing fabrics, piecing by hand, pressing for success, sewing triangles, and much more. Add to wish list >>>


    Follow Your Heart
    June: Start with a travel-inspired sampler quilt, then veer off the beaten path by making 10 companion projects with a wanderlust vibe. Quilts, runners, bags, and more—all based on blocks from the sampler—promise adventurous escapes, excursions, and escapades at the sewing machine! Add to wish list >>>


    Whew—what a wonderful way to kick off the New Year!

    Which book do you predict will make its way into your sewing space this year? Tell us in the comments!


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  10. Announcing YOUR top 10 quilt books of 2018 🏆 (+ big book giveaway!)

    Christmas is almost here, and we want to wish you all the merriment and happiness you can handle this season!

    Whether you’re wrapping gifts, baking goodies, or doing a last-minute sewing sprint, we want you to know how honored we are to be a part of your creative life. Thank you for staying connected with us, sharing your stories, and inspiring us to do our best work.

    Our last post of the year at Stitch This! is one of our favorites. Why? Because we get to count down our TOP TEN BOOKS OF THE YEAR—the books YOU voted for every time you bought a new book. And we also get to give away a copy of every top 10 book to one lucky winner! Will it be you? Let’s start the countdown, which includes five-star reviews from quilters just like you.


    The Big Book of Table Toppers The Big Book of Table Toppers

    “A fun book of table toppers. Eye-catching cover. Something for the beginner up to the more experienced quilter. Fifty-six designs with lots of photos and detail. Nicely diagrammed! Love the variety of table toppers. Something for every season. A must for my collection.”


    The Splendid Sampler 2 The Splendid Sampler 2
    Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson

    “I love The Splendid Sampler 2! The fantastic blocks still measure 6″ so you can mix blocks from both books to create your own masterpiece, or make all the blocks from The Splendid Sampler 2 and have another gorgeous sampler quilt. This book would make a great Christmas gift, as beginners and veteran quilters alike will enjoy the new blocks.”


    Stitches from the Yuletide Stitches from the Yuletide
    Kathy Schmitz

    “As with all of Kathy’s other books, this one is fantastic! The projects are beautiful and the directions are clear and easy to follow. This book is just lovely and one sure to be enjoyed by anyone who owns a copy.”


    Jo's Little Favorites III Jo’s Little Favorites III
    Jo Morton

    “I love the individual quilt stories that go along with the pictures of the quilts. Not only do you get instructions on how to make these little quilts, but the author also gives you suggestions on how to display them. After looking at the pictures and reading the stories, I am impatient to get started making some of these lovely quilts to display in my home.”


    Start with Strips Start with Strips
    Susan Ache

    “This is one book that I will be making ALL of the quilts inside. The photography and styling beautifully shows off these gorgeous quilts, and the pattern instructions are very well written and easy to understand and follow. I enjoyed the tips from Susan Ache on how to sort and store the 2½" strips so that they will be USED. A must-have book for any quilter’s library, from the beginner to the advanced! I hope that Susan Ache will be working on another book soon!” [We’ll spill the beans—she IS!]


    Moda All-Stars: Mini-Charm Quilts Moda All-Stars: Mini-Charm Quilts
    Compiled by Lissa Alexander

    “As I looked through this book over and over, I thought, “Now that is clever!” and so this book lives up to its subtitle. The projects are varied and clever, using interesting techniques. The instructions are well illustrated and clear. These are traditional patchwork designs, which happen to be my favorite.”


    Stashtastic! Stashtastic!
    Doug Leko

    “Sometimes I spend the same amount and get one pattern. Here you get a book full of doable patterns that look hard but really aren’t. The directions are clear and use quick techniques. I plan to use the Stripology ruler to further speed up the cutting process. The book also offers an alternative color combination for each pattern.”


    Patches of Blue Patches of Blue
    Edyta Sitar

    “This is a beautiful book of inspiration! The quilts are unique and eye-catching. I may not make them, but this is a beautiful picture book. Blue is my favorite color. Until seeing these photos, I would not have thought of using some of the appliqués they used. You could make these quilts in your favorite color if blue is not your color. Amazing quilts to create and to admire!”


    Oh, Scrap! Oh, Scrap!
    Lissa Alexander

    “Lissa Alexander’s book of a dozen terrific scrap quilts ranging from beginner to intermediate level captured my imagination. What sets this book apart is how she explains what she did and why, with many useful tips and techniques. Nicely written, easy-to-follow instructions make this one a keeper near my sewing table.”


    And now for the #1 book of the year . . . drumroll please!

    Simple Whatnots Simple Whatnots
    Kim Diehl

    “Kim Diehl does it again. This is an amazing collection of little quilts that would surely keep a maker busy for months! The projects are so creative. ‘I wish I had thought of that’ came to mind several times while I paged through the book. I received my copy just yesterday and I have already cut out two of the projects and started a third. Don’t hesitate to take a chance on this book. You will not be disappointed.”


    So, what was YOUR favorite quilt book of 2018? Share your pick in the comments and you’ll be automatically entered into our random drawing to win the TOP TEN BOOKS OF THE YEAR! We’ll choose one winner two weeks from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

    Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a very happy New Year to you, from us. We have LOTS more inspiration coming your way in the New Year—let’s meet up here again in 2019 for more quilting fun!

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

    “Loved Scraptastic!, want to make every quilt in the book.”

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


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