1. Eat, shop, get, give: welcoming the giving season

    Happy Thanksgiving, Stitch This! readers!

    As we reflect on the holiday season, we want you to know how much we value your support of our publishing family. You continue to fuel our passion for creativity, beauty, and excellence. You are part of our family! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your creative lives.

    Today we’re celebrating Thanksgiving with our loved ones—and tomorrow some of us just might be shopping! The next day marks the seventh year of Small Business Saturday. Drop by your local quilt or yarn shop—we know they’ll have something special in store for you.

    And once you’ve celebrated Thanksgiving, ventured out on Black Friday, visited local businesses on Small Business Saturday, and stayed in your pajamas to shop on Cyber Monday (whew!), remember Giving Tuesday, which kicks off the charitable season. Since its inauguration in 2012, Giving Tuesday has become a movement that supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year.

    This year, we thought it would be particularly meaningful to give to charities that Sewing With Nancy host Nancy Zieman supported, as the news of her passing just a week ago led to many heavy hearts throughout the sewing and quilting community. Nancy’s family suggests that donations be made in Nancy’s name to Wisconsin Public Television, Hillside Hospice in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, or a hospice-care facility in your area. Nancy’s life’s work meant something to so many of us; this is a way that we all can give back to her.

    Here’s wishing you good food, warm welcomes—and a bit of fabric play if you can squeeze it in!—as you spend the holiday with those you love. May the coming holiday season inspire your creativity.


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  2. Quilting icon Jo Morton’s tribute to Album quilts 💗 (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Jo Morton is back with another gorgeous book—and it just may be the first time you’ve seen her absolutely admirable appliqué!

    Jo's Floral Album

    In Jo’s latest book, Jo’s Floral Album, you’ll stitch spectacular blocks featuring beautiful blossoms, twining vines, luscious berries, and other motifs that define traditional Album quilts. Make blocks one after another, or set a relaxed pace and sew just one block each month—by year’s end, you’ll have a breathtaking quilt to display, give, or save as a family heirloom.

    Jo's Floral Album quilt
    Jo’s Floral Album: finished size 57½" × 57½".

    Jo’s student-approved instructions for back-basting appliqué (no freezer paper or templates required) will help you achieve appliqué perfection. From materials needed to final finishing steps, all you need to create this stunning quilt is inside, including full-sized patterns (no copy-store trips for you).

    Take a closer look at all nine of Jo’s stunning Album blocks:

    We are excited to welcome Jo as a guest writer today, here to tell us more about her amazing Album quilt. But before we do . . .


    FABRIC GIVEAWAY! Our friends at Moda Fabrics sent us a lovely Layer Cake from Jo’s line, called Timeless, to give away to one lucky winner!

    Learn how you can win the Layer Cake plus a copy of Jo’s Floral Album at the end of this post.

    All right, NOW we can welcome Jo!


    Jo MortonI’m a fan of appliqué (yes, I do make more than just patchwork quilts), but I struggled with it for some time. I found that if I appliquéd frequently, my work improved; but then I would go back to patchwork, creating a vicious circle of needing to improve my appliqué skills all over again.

    I was fortunate to take a class from Jeana Kimball about 15 years ago. I drove to Liberty, Missouri, for the class, a little more than two hours from my home. But it was worth the drive. In class I learned Jeana’s “back-basting” prep method for needle-turn appliqué. I was immediately hooked! It’s the only method I’ve used for appliqué since. Now I can go for months between appliqué projects, pick up needle and thread, and feel confident in my workmanship. In Jo’s Floral Album, you’ll find all the steps needed to learn back-basting appliqué—along with full-color photos of the process—so you too can be successful with this technique.

    The blocks for Jo’s Floral Album were inspired by blocks from at least three antique quilts. I changed and/or simplified some motifs, because I’m not a fancy person. I make quilts that we hang or use in our home, as we have a mix of antique furniture from our trips east to Ohio and Pennsylvania, along with period reproduction furniture.


    A peek inside Jo’s home, featured in her book
    Jo’s Little Favorites III (coming March 2018)

    I make quilts for me and then I share them with you, because traditional quilts are always in style. In Jo’s Floral Album, you’ll find full-sized patterns for the 12″ finished blocks. There are also page-sized color photos of each block. If one is so inclined, one could trace those to make an 8″ finished block instead.

    From Jo's Floral Album

    Back-basting appliqueThese blocks were completed in 2012. They rested with the gorgeous border fabric for some time, due to other obligations. Finally, last year, I took the time to square up the blocks, assemble the top, and send the quilt out for beautiful machine quilting. I’m looking forward to hanging it in our home come spring—like many of you, I have Christmas quilts going up soon—decked on the walls and  beautifully displayed in stacks, on beds, and on tables, of course.

    I think you’ll enjoy making this Album quilt. Take your time and enjoy the process. That is why I quilt. There’s nothing like the rhythm of needle and thread. It warms my heart and soul.


    Jo's Floral AlbumJo, we always love having you as a guest writer—thank you for sharing all the heart and soul you put into Jo’s Floral Album.

    Now, about that giveaway! To be automatically entered to win Jo’s Timeless Layer Cake and book, tell us:

    What would you do with your finished Album quilt?

    • Snuggle under it—that’s what quilts are for!
    • Hang it on the wall for EVERYONE to see. Forever.
    • Put it on display for special occasions; then leave it in my will for someone who will appreciate it!

    Share your answer in the comments to be automatically entered into the drawing—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 your own appliquéd heirloom, order Jo’s Floral Album today at our website, ShopMartingale.com.


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  3. You’re Invited: Martingale + Moda Quilt Retreat 😍 it’s ON in 2018!

    Get ready for a fabulously fun quilt retreat—we’d love to see you and your quilting buddies there!

    It’s the quilters’ retreat of a lifetime! Join us for an epic five-day/four-night event that quilters will talk about for years to come. Don’t miss your chance to mix and mingle with other quilters and top-notch designers, all brought to you by Martingale and Moda—the people and brands that bring you more of what you love about quilting!

    Fun, friends, piecing, and happiness—plus four fabulous world-class designers to learn from. And you don’t have to choose the classes you want to attend. YOU get to have classes with ALL OF THEM!


    Introducing YOUR Quiltstock teachers!

    Classes + free-time sewing + fun & games = THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE

    Guarantee your spot with a $995 payment that covers all four classes, special events, a limited-edition Quiltstock 2018 goodie bag (retail value over $250), and seven meals. The $995 retreat fee is nonrefundable but is transferrable.

    Don’t wait, SPACE IS LIMITED. Class supply list will be available June 1, 2018.

    Here’s how to reserve your spot at Quiltstock:

     Sign up! Call 800-426-3126, ext. 1378, or 425-483-3313, ext. 1378 (for callers outside US/CAN).

    Don’t miss out on an extra SHOPportunity, July 23, 2018, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.! Tell us now if you’d like to add an optional excursion to visit Chip and Joanna Gaines’ flagship store, Magnolia Market, in Waco, Texas. The $125 tour fee is nonrefundable but is transferable. (Click here for details.)

     Reserve your hotel room for Quiltstock 2018 online here or by calling Magnolia Hotel Park Cities, Dallas, at 888-983-5012 or 214-750-6060 (reference Quiltstock room block). All Quiltstock participants must stay onsite at the Magnolia Hotel during the event. Rooms are $139 per night and include parking. Share a room with a friend or room alone, it’s your choice!

     Invite your friends! Download this Quiltstock 2018 brochure and tell them you’re going!


    Questions? Comments?
    Leave a comment below and we’ll be sure to answer!

    Hope to see you in 2018 at QUILTSTOCK!


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  4. One-block quilts: anything but boring! 57 examples ahead (+ giveaway!)

    You keep enjoying them, so we keep creating them—meet the 15th book in our “Big Book” series!

    The Big Book of One-Block Quilts

    The Big Book of One-Block Quilts makes it easy to create 57 exciting quilts that repeat a single block. Sew just one block and you’ll build the confidence you need to fly through the rest of your quilt!

    Think one-block quilts sound a bit . . . boring? Not the case—look how you can switch up one-block quilts in a variety of ways:

    one-block quilts

    Pair your repeated blocks with plain squares, rotate blocks for a playful spin, or simply line them up row by row. And look how Kim Diehl switched the backgrounds of her star blocks from dark to light (above, bottom right)—now that’s a showstopping quilt, and it’s made with just one repeated block!

    This book is packed with inspiration to last you for years to come. We wanted to find a way to give you a peek at each and every quilt in the book, so we made a little video that offers a glimpse:


    Reading this post in email? Click here to view the video.

    Did you watch all the way through? We’re talking LOTS of ways to love one-block quilts!

    We haven’t even talked about the designers included in The Big Book of One-Block Quilts—so many stars of the quilting world:

    Lady of the Lake quilt
    Lady of the Lake by Country Threads’ Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene

    Fresh Air quilt
    Fresh Air by Pat Sloan

    Churning Stars quilt
    Churning Stars by Jenifer Gaston


    Tangerine Summers by Cheryl Brown

    Double X quilt
    Double X by Jo Morton

    Front Porch Blooms quilt
    Front Porch Blooms by Joanna Figueroa

    The Big Book of One-Block QuiltsFrom fun make-in-a-weekend designs to stunning quilts to cherish and pass on, you’ll find the perfect block to repeat in this colossal compilation of quilt patterns—order your copy of The Big Book of One-Block Quilts today and instantly download the eBook for free!

    Speaking of eBooks, we have an eBook copy of The Big Book of One-Block Quilts to give away to one lucky winner today! To be automatically entered to win, tell us:

    Which quilt block have you made over and over again?

    Share your answer in the comments—we’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck, and happy single-block sewing!


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  5. Simplify classic blocks in a snap: you’ll 😍 Layered Patchwork (+ fabric giveaway!)

    We are thrilled to be the publisher of the latest book from Kansas Troubles Quilters—aka the talented Lynne Hagmeier!

    Kansas Troubles Quilters Cozy Quilts and Comforts

    With Kansas Troubles Quilters Cozy Quilts and Comforts, you can sew quilts in the instantly recognizable style of Kansas Troubles Quilters—and you can do it TWO ways. Use traditional piecing or Lynne’s signature (and super-simple) method.

    layered patchworkIn the book you’ll learn Lynne’s secret for easy-peasy piecing—she calls it Layered Patchwork. The raw edges of layered-patchwork blocks barely fray when washed, giving a fluffy, snuggly finish. Best of all, the technique reduces cutting time, minimizes bulky seams, and skips pressing steps. Yay to all three—that means more beautiful, quick quilts for you and me!

    You’ll love the look of both kinds of quilts: cozy, country-style designs that call out “cuddle me!”

    We love Lynne’s passion for quiltmaking—she’s a quilt lover, maker, and designer for life. How do we know? Check out her Kansas Troubles tattoo—isn’t it the awesomest? She let us snap a pic of it at Quilt Market, and we LOVE it!

    We’re happy to have Lynne as a guest writer at Stitch This! today—Lynne, tell us more about your gorgeous quilts!


    Lynne HagmeierI have admired and collected the beautiful books published by Martingale/That Patchwork Place since I first began quilting more than 30 years ago. After partnering with Moda in 1999 to design my own line of fabrics, I was able to meet and visit with some of the authors of these wonderful books. What an honor to be among this creative group of women I’ve admired all these years. I am delighted to share with you my first book with Martingale, Kansas Troubles Quilters Cozy Quilts and Comforts.

    The inspiration for Cozy Quilts and Comforts came from my desire to share a new technique I’ve developed over the past few years that I call Layered Patchwork. By placing a triangle, diamond, or other shape over a background square and topstitching, I can piece simplified blocks that have fewer seams—blocks lay flat and remain perfectly square. Simplified piecing of difficult-looking blocks equals more quilts for you and everyone on your list in less time! I’ve included traditional piecing methods for some of the projects to show the difference in construction, and so you have options.

    I chose a variety of quilting projects for Cozy Quilts and Comforts, from simple Nine Patch and Snowball blocks in holiday hues to my favorite Kansas Troubles block in red, tan, and blue to Star blocks that spin and sparkle.

    Xs and Os
    X’s and O’s

    When I design a bed-size or lap quilt, I always have smaller projects in the back of my mind as options for a coordinated look in my home. I live with my quilts—on the beds, thrown over the sofa or chairs, on tabletops, in baskets, and even as a shower curtain. I start many new designs with a sample block that becomes a pillow topper—bonus! With that in mind, I’ve included wall-size quilts, runners, and pillows for every space in your home. Smaller projects are also a great way to try out a new technique, such as Layered Patchwork, without the commitment of a larger quilt.

    Kansas Troubles pillow
    Kansas Troubles pillow

    Here are a few of my favorite projects from Cozy Quilts and Comforts with my Kansas Troubles Retreats space as the backdrop. Jennifer Keltner, Martingale’s Chief Visionary Officer (and creative genius), gathered my collections of old “stuff” to showcase the quilts perfectly. Enjoy!

    Mending Fences
    Mending Fences simplifies an already simple Rail Fence block by layering a pinked strip over the center of a square. It’s the perfect choice for a guy quilt in warm, dark colors. The table runner goes together in a flash, and starts with a charm pack to coordinate with your kitchen.

    Galaxy of Stars
    Create a Galaxy of Stars with the help of a Layer Cake, a Jelly Roll, and a charm pack. With most of the pieces precut for you, assembly time is cut in half and your stars will shine brightly in no time.

    Prairie Pinwheels
    Triangles layered over rectangles and squares create visual movement in my Prairie Pinwheels quilts. Layered Patchwork makes quick work of more difficult-looking blocks.

    Checkerboard Garden
    Dig into your stash to piece a divinely scrappy path meandering through a garden of primitive flowers with my Checkerboard Garden wall quilt or table topper. Raw-edge appliqué and buttons add extra interest and dimension to the blooms.

    Kaleidoscope
    Kaleidoscope begins with simple four patches sewn together in rows. The magic happens with diamonds (Kansas Troubles Diamond Templates), which are layered over the seams and topstitched to create a whirling kaleidoscope of colors in lap or mini sizes.

    Skipping Stones
    Our Kansas Troubles Melon template is used to create a beautiful two-color quilt created with two small squares and a melon topstitched on each background square. Sew the red and tan squares together and watch the pattern of Skipping Stones come to life.

    Kansas Troubles quilts
    And, last, but not least, these Kansas Troubles quilts are pieced and layered in seasonal tones of black, gold, and tan for fall (check out the spooky spiderweb quilting); red, tan, and blue for summer festivities; or a scrappy mini for year-round use.

    I hope you’ve enjoyed this preview of Kansas Troubles Quilters Cozy Quilts and Comforts as much as I’ve loved every minute of working with the wonderful ladies at Martingale. Thanks to all of you for capturing my vision in the pages of this book.


    Thank you for giving us a one-of-a-kind look into your new book, Lynne!

    Did you know that Lynne has designed SIXTY fabric lines for Moda Fabrics? It’s obvious why the partnership is so strong once you get a look at one of Lynne’s latest lines, Thistle Farm. And guess what? Moda sent us a big fat-quarter bundle of Thistle Farm to give away to one lucky winner today!

    To be entered into the giveaway for the bundle plus a copy of Kansas Troubles Quilters Cozy Quilts and Comforts, tell us:

    How often do you try new techniques (like Layered Patchwork) in your quilts?

    • I try new techniques all the time—if it makes my work quicker and easier, bring it on!
    • I like traditional piecing, but trying new techniques is fun too.
    • I’m a little shy about trying new techniques—with traditional piecing I know exactly what to do!

    Share your answer in the comments! We’ll choose one random winner a week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    Ready to fall in love with Lynne’s Layered Patchwork technique right now? Order Cozy Quilts and Comforts at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.


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  6. Get ready to row again! Moda ⭐ All-Stars ⭐ blog hop begins today (+ big giveaway!)

    It’s a blog hop filled with talented Moda Fabrics designers, exciting daily giveaways, and lots and lots of rows—so YOU can start rowing and sewing!

    Moda All-Stars All in a Row Again blog hop

    Moda All-Stars: All in a Row Again is here!

    The sequel to the best seller features 23 all-new row designs, 10 pretty blender rows, and a revealing Q & A with each designer—it’s what makes each book in the “Moda All-Stars” series extra fun. And look who you’ll learn more about—what a star-studded lineup!



    The All-Stars at Fall 2017 Quilt Market, October 27.

    The Moda sewing stars have designed rows in four creative categories:

    • Flowers and Trees
    • Critters and Creatures
    • Buildings and Houses
    • Classic Patchwork

    Make just one row for a fast runner, wall quilt, or gift . . .

    Tricolor Stars by Lisa Bongean
    Tricolor Stars by Lisa Bongean

    . . . or choose your favorite rows to make bigger quilts—it’s entirely up to you.


    Here, Tamra Dumolt combined five rows with five blender rows in a scrappy assortment of warm-tone prints.


    Blue and white set the stage for this two-color row quilt by Susan Ache, who kept the emphasis on changes in value.

    One thing that hasn’t changed between this book and the first Moda All-Stars book is that YOU are still making a difference for good! Together, the designers are donating royalties from the book’s sales to benefit Give Kids the World Village. Know that your purchase of Moda All-Stars: All in a Row Again will help children with life-threatening illnesses enjoy weeklong, cost-free vacations with their families. All the more reason to keep rowing along!

    Curious about all the rows in the book, and who made which? Take a peek right here!

    JOIN US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE ROWING FUN! Our “All in a Row” Facebook group will be hosting several prize giveaways from Martingale and Moda, including stacks of books and fabrics AND three grand-prize winners—follow the page for your chance to row, sew, and win!

    A GIVEAWAY—TODAY!

    Today you can enter to win one of five beautiful bundles of Moda fabrics plus a copy of Moda All-Stars: All in a Row Again!


    Up for grabs, clockwise from top right: a BIG Layer Cake of Grunge, a Layer Cake of Snowberry by 3 Sisters, a fat-quarter bundle of Oak Grove Lane by Kathy Schmitz, and two mini-charm-pack samplers!

    To be entered in the drawing, tell us:

    Which chapter from Moda All-Stars: All in a Row Again would you make a row from first:

    • Flowers and Trees
    • Critters and Creatures
    • Buildings and Houses
    • Classic Patchwork

    Share your answer in the comments! We’ll choose five random winners one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to row ’n’ sew right now, order Moda All-Stars: All in a Row Again at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

    Follow the blog hop through November 24—Moda designers will be choosing their favorite rows from the book and hosting giveaways of the Moda All-Stars: All in a Row Again eBook! Here’s the schedule:

    November 13

    Martingale: http://blog.shopmartingale.com/

    Moda: http://blog.modafabrics.com/

     

    November 14

    Pat Sloan: http://blog.patsloan.com/

    Janet Clare: http://janetclare.co.uk/blog/

    Corey Yoder: http://littlemissshabby.com/


    November 15

    Laurie Simpson: http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/

    Stacy lest Hsu: https://www.stacyiesthsu.com/blog/

     

    November 16

    Anne Sutton: http://bunnyhillblog.com/

    Alma Allen: http://www.blackbird-designs.com/

     

    November 17

    Lynne Hagmeier: http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/

    Betsy Chutchian: http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/

     

    November 18

    Deb Strain: https://www.instagram.com/debstrain/

    Kathy Schmitz: http://kathyschmitzstudio.blogspot.com/

     

    November 19
    Sandy Klop: https://www.instagram.com/sandyklop/

    Sandy Gervais: http://piecesfrommyheart-sgervais.blogspot.com/

     

    November 20

    Brenda Riddle: http://brendariddle.blogspot.com/

    Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson: https://www.meandmysisterdesigns.com/blog/page/2/


    November 21

    Karla Eisenach: https://www.thesweetwaterco.com/the-sweetwater-blog/

    Camille Roskelley: https://www.instagram.com/thimbleblossoms/

     

    November 22

    Sheri McConnell: http://www.aquiltinglife.com/

    Kate Spain: http: https://www.instagram.com/katespain/

     

    November 24

    Lissa Alexander: http://modalissa.com/

    Lisa Bongean: https://lisabongean.com/

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  7. ⏰ Eleven-eleven flash sale! Top 11 books every quilter should own

    Tomorrow is 11/11—and that got us thinking: what a fun excuse to put 11 of our must-have books on sale!

    After all, the number 1 signifies a fresh start, but four number ones in a row? That’s REALLY starting fresh. And we like the sound of that!

    That’s why today, we’re choosing our top 11 best learn-to-quilt books and putting them on sale this weekend for 40% off! These must-have books will teach how to quilt from first to last stitch, and they’re all from Martingale’s trusted, top-selling authors.

    Are you a beginner? Or maybe you’ve got a knowledge hole in your quiltmaking tool belt that needs patching. Either way, take advantage of this weekend flash sale to stock up on skill-building books that will lead you to a fresh start. Reach a new level of quilty enlightenment on 11/11 and save 40% to boot! Hurry, offer ends November 12.

    THE BASICS OF QUILTMAKING

    When you need to learn about tools, terms, choosing fabrics, rotary cutting, sewing, and pressing, trust Pat Sloan to get you up to speed! She’s taught thousands of newbies how to quilt and shown seasoned quilters tons of easier ways to sew.



    Get
    Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Make My First Quilt for just $14.99 (eBook only $10.19) >>>


    PIECING BLOCKS

    Want to be a better piecer—especially when it comes to points? Pat to the rescue again! Learn all about pointy piecing in her book Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles—you’ll discover 13 different techniques.


    Get
    Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles for just $16.19 (eBook only $11.39) >>>


    APPLIQUÈING BLOCKS

    Got a case of appli-phobia? Kim Diehl wrote an entire book about appliqué just for you. Learn six different appliqué methods in Simple Appliqué—Kim’s special brand of “You can do it!” teaching and more than 85 photos will guide to toward conquering the “A” word. (Don’t forget to get yourself a pack of Kim Diehl’s Best Appliqué Freezer Paper too).


    Get
    Simple Appliqué for just $13.79 (eBook only $8.99) >>>


    PAPER PIECING BLOCKS BY MACHINE

    Paper pieced before, but never been back for a second try? Solve the mysteries of paper piecing with quilting pro Nancy Mahoney! She’ll guide you step by step through the basics and show you how fun paper piecing can be.


    Get
    Learn to Paper Piece for just $11.39 (eBook only $8.39) >>>


    ENGLISH PAPER PIECING BLOCKS BY HAND

    If the popularity of English Paper Piecing has made you curious about the technique, now’s the time to jump on the EPP bandwagon! The New Hexagon contains 52 English paper pieced blocks, and best-selling author Katja Marek will walk you through the steps to make them. Join one of Katja’s quilt-alongs on Facebook—you’ll be hooked!


    Get
    The New Hexagon for just $16.19 (eBook only $11.39) >>>


    BLOCK PATTERNS GALORE!

    Looking for block-by-block inspiration? Pick up one (or all three) of these favorite block books on sale—you’ll find a lifetime’s worth of inspiration inside!

    Get The 4″ x 5″ Quilt-Block Anthology for just $17.99 (eBook only $11.99) >>>
    Get The Splendid Sampler for just $16.79 (eBook only $11.99) >>>
    Get 501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks for just $17.97 (eBook only $11.97) >>>


    QUILT PATTERNS GALORE!

    With a book from our “Big Book” series, you’ll have patterns at the ready whenever the urge to quilt comes on. Cut from your stash or play with precuts as you enjoy a whopping 77 patterns from well-known designers, including Kim Diehl, Kim Brackett, Amy Ellis, Country Threads, Joanna Figueroa, and many more.


    Get
    The Big Book of Scrappy Quilts for just $17.99 (eBook only $11.99) >>>


    MACHINE QUILTING

    Why quilt by check when you can learn to quilt at home on your own machine? Beginners can start with Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt; more confident machine quilters will enjoy 501 Quilting Motifs, chock-full of fun motifs to try.

    Get Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt for just $16.19 (eBook only $11.39) >>>
    Get 501 Quilting Motifs (softcover version) for just $11.99 (eBook only $8.99) >>>


    There it is, our top 11 must-haves for every quilter, just in time for 11/11!

    Which skills do you need to brush up on—or do you have a friend or family member who wants to learn to quilt? Tell us in the comments (and be sure to forward this post to your newbie buddies today!).

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  8. It’s Wish List Day! New books: strip it, stash it, embroider it (+ giveaway!)

    Today is wonderful—it’s Wish List Day! We’re counting down to a new batch of beautiful Martingale books arriving in December (only 22 days to go!). Tell us which new release is your favorite and you could win it!

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



    Start with StripsStart with Strips
    13 Colorful Quilts from 2 ½" Strips
    Susan Ache

    You’ll want to stand back to admire the stripalicous quilts you finish! Master scrap quilter and Instagram sensation Susan Ache (@yardgrl60) shares her secrets for creating gorgeous, colorful quilts—and they all start with 2½" fabric strips. Once you learn Susan’s tricks for sorting strips, you’ll feel free to make these sensationally scrappy quilts without fear of choosing colors or prints. (And Susan’s sorting method? It works the same for ALL precut fabrics!) Whether you use Jelly Rolls, yardage, or scraps from your stash, you’ll love creating these oh-so-beautiful quilts—the kind that make a house a home.

    Projects from Start with Strips

    See more of Susan’s strippy quilts >


    Stashtastic!Stashtastic!
    12 Patterns for Fat-Quarter Quilts
    Doug Leko

    Fat-quarter fanatics, you’ve found the perfect book for your fabric! Make beautiful lap- and bed-sized quilts with fat quarters—those fun little cuts of fabric that are just right for sewing super scrappy quilts. Gather as few as eight or as many as 30 fat quarters and let the creativity begin!

    Designer Doug Leko has so much sewing fun in store for you; he’s made each quilt in two different colorways, and the results are spectacular. So whether you love dark, subdued hues or you prefer light and bright quilts, you’ll find the inspiration to make these quilts your way.

    Quilts from Stashtastic!

    Doug’s got your fat-quarter stash covered! >


    Lunch-Hour EmbroideryLunch-Hour Embroidery
    130 Playful Motifs from A to Z
    Illustrated by Adrienne Smitke

    It’s the debut book in Martingale’s “Lunch-Hour” series! From apples, anchors, and alligators to zebras, zippers, and zinnias, you’ll love creating your own embroidery art from A to Z. Learn 10 basic embroidery stitches in minutes; then choose from more than 75 cute motifs to embroider, plus the entire alphabet in both capital and lowercase letters. Mix and match motifs and letters to create one-of-a-kind embroidery art!

    Sneak in a few stitches during lunchtime, car time, game time—anytime. Embroider motifs onto bags, clothing, linens, and more, or follow the easy instructions inside to display your embroidery. Projects are perfectly portable, so you can steal a few seconds to stitch no matter where you go.

    Motifs from Lunch-Hour Embroidery

    What could you create during your lunch hour? >


    Which new book would make your December extra delightful? 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.

    By the way . . . November books are here!!!

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  9. A closer look: Yoko Saito’s Floral Bouquet Quilts 💐 (+ a special pic!)

    As promised, we’re continuing to share with you details about books from Stitch Publications, now distributed by Martingale. Today we’re sharing a peek into Yoko Saito’s Floral Bouquet Quilts.

    We just returned from Quilt Market in Houston, Texas, where Yoko Saito was an honored guest in our booth. We watched her demonstrate several techniques, from hand piecing (she’d give a sewing machine a run for its money in the speed department!) to hand-appliquéing stems that were the skinniest of skinny—only ⅛" wide! We captured her sewing demos on video and we’ll be sharing those videos in the coming weeks. Be sure to subscribe to our blog so you don’t miss them!


    Yoko Saito in the Martingale booth!
    Back row, from left: Karen Soltys, Amelia Johanson, Wendy Jacobson, Jenny Wilding Cardon, Karen Johnson. Front row, from left: Jennifer Keltner, Satomi Funamoto (Yoko Saito’s assistant), Yoko Saito, Sheila Markewicz, and Priscilla Knoble (translator of Yoko Saito’s books and owner of Stitch Publications).

    Here’s a closer look at Yoko Saito’s Floral Bouquet Quilts.

    Yoko Saito's Floral Bouquet Quilts
    Yoko Saito’s Floral Bouquet Quilts

    In this book dedicated to flowers, gorgeous location photos are paired with lavish, detailed shots that reveal every fabric choice, appliqué stitch, and quilted detail that Yoko Saito makes.

    Flowers Birds and Butterflies quilt detail
    Flowers, Birds, and Butterflies Wall Hanging: location and detail photos

    Flowers Birds and Butterflies quilt
    Flowers, Birds, and Butterflies

    Twenty-nine step-by-step projects range from practical pouches and bags to magnificent wall quilts.

    Watering Can Notebook Cover
    Watering Can Notebook Cover

    And of course, Ms. Saito always shares something special for those who, like her, love the stitching life:

    Scissors Case
    Scissors Case

    Yoko SaitoIn the book, Ms. Saito also shares her three-dimensional technique for making flower petals.

    In the introduction to the book, Ms. Saito writes, “I particularly like the Earthenware Wall Quilt. Each of the vessels is unique. I think it would be fun to appliqué the flowers of your choice to fill the vases.”

    Earthenware Wall Quilt
    Earthenware Wall Quilt

    How fun would it be to build your appliqué skills while making this beautiful quilt, filling each vase with flowers of your choice from the book?

    Here’s one more peek into the pages of Yoko Saito’s Floral Bouquet Quilts:

    Floral Bucket
    Floral Bucket

    Order your copy of Yoko Saito’s Floral Bouquet Quilts at our website, ShopMartingale.com. See more books from Stitch Publications here.

    We look forward to sharing more sneak peeks of Stitch Publications books with you in the coming weeks!

    How do you typically add flowers to your quilts?

    •  I machine piece my flowers—it’s quick, easy, and pretty.
    • I machine appliqué my flowers—I like adding curves and little details.
    • I hand appliqué my flowers—for me, appliqué is a thoughtful and meditative process.

    Tell us how you grow your fabric flowers in the comments!

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  10. 🎄 14 quick Christmas sewing ideas to get in the holiday spirit 🎄

    It’s November. Let that sink in! The hubbub of Halloween is over and now we turn our thoughts to the wintertime holidays. Where’s that panic button when I need one?

    Panic and planning aside, I can’t think of a better way to get yourself into the festive season mindset than to make a fun little stress-free project. Something that you can finish in a weekend or a few evenings that will make you feel like you got a bit of a jump start on the whole affair. Whether you choose to keep the project as a present to yourself or plan to give it away, you’ll feel just a tiny bit ahead of the game and hopefully a bit more relaxed. Think of it as a type of meditation!

    Of course, we have suggestions for such projects in our holiday books. And, even better, the books are on sale for 40% off right now!

    Take a peek inside each book on sale below.

    Christmas Baubles
    These sweet little ornaments from Simple Christmas Tidings by Kim Diehl can be whipped up in a jiffy. Bonus points for using up a few scraps in the process!

    Christmas pincushions
    Cute and practical pincushions from Just Be Claus by Robin Kingsley are just the ticket for adding a little whimsy to your (or your sewing buddy’s) sewing room.

    Handmade Christmas gift tags
    Put a personal touch on your loved one’s gift with a handmade gift tag; then hang it on the tree for years to come. Get the how-tos for these in Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery by Gail Pan.

    He's Making a List
    This little hanger project will dress up any corner that needs a little holiday cheer. Are you naughty or nice? (I’ll never tell!) Find this pattern and more in Season’s Greetings by Anni Downs.

    Snow Happy Family
    Do you want to build a snowman? These little cuties from Here Comes Winter by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks let you do that without having to bundle up first!

    Halloween is over! When do you start thinking about sewing for the season?

    • I’ve been at it for months.
    • I’m gearing up now.
    • HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

    Tell us your answer in the comments!

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