1. Scrappy makes happy 😊: fun two- and three-color scrap quilts (+ giveaway!)

    Pick just two or maybe three . . . now choosing scraps is SEW easy!

    Scrappy & Happy Quilts

    Create lively, colorful quilts with three-time author Kate Henderson—and say bye-bye to stressing over color choices. With this collection of two-color and three-color quilt patterns, choosing colors is a snap. Plus, you can use up every scrap!

    Start with yardage, scraps, or precuts: the choice is yours. And if you’ve got a LOT of one color in your fabric collection, these bright and beautiful quilts will make that color sparkle. The more of one color, the merrier!

    From Scrappy & Happy Quilts

    Everything is happy when it’s scrappy, don’t you agree? Here’s Kate to tell us more about her latest book.

    Kate HendersonColor is one of my favorite things. The more colors and patterns I can surround myself with, the better. So no one was more surprised than me when I kept being drawn to vintage red-and-white quilts.
    I started designing some quilts is just two colors, but of course I couldn’t quite contain my choices to just two fabrics (or to solids). The results are the 13 quilts in Scrappy & Happy Quilts.

    The book is divided into two sections. The first section features quilts made from just two colors; the second section features quilts that use three colors. As much as I tried to keep every quilt to just two colors, a third sometimes crept in!

    Mellow quilt

    There is something for every quilter in this book. From Pink Daisy, made from squares:

    Pink Daisy quilt
    Pink Daisy

    To Sunrise, which is foundation pieced.

    Sunrise quilt

    Most of the quilts, like Fields of Green, are quite scrappy. I really enjoyed combining lots of patterned fabrics with solid fabrics.

    Fields of Green quilt
    Fields of Green

    There are also a few quilts that can be made from precuts, such as Shimmer, which uses charm squares.

    Shimmer quilt

    Like my other books, there are lots of diagrams, tips, and tricks throughout to make the sewing process easy and enjoyable. Whether you want to make a baby quilt or a bed quilt, there’s a pattern for you in here. Just chose your favorite color (or two) and get sewing!

    I would love to see what you make from the book—post your photos and use #scrappyandhappyquilts on Instagram. You can find me there as @katehendersonquilts.

    Scrappy & Happy QuiltsKate, thank you for sharing your new book with us!

    We’d love to give a copy of Scrappy & Happy Quilts to one lucky winner today! To be entered in the drawing, tell us in the comments:

    What color of scrappy would make you happy?

    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 get scrappy and happy right now, order Kate’s new book at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

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  2. Beautiful blocks alert! A peek at Yoko Saito’s Traditional Block Patterns

    As promised, we’re continuing to share with you books from Stitch Publications, now distributed by Martingale. Today we’re taking a peek into Yoko Saito’s Traditional Block Patterns—but you may not have seen traditional beauties quite like this before!

    Yoko Saito's Traditional Block Patterns

    Did you know that famed Japanese master quilter Yoko Saito was first inspired to quilt after seeing antique quilts during a visit to the United States? You can see the influence of American quiltmaking in this stunning volume, featuring 66 of Ms. Saito’s favorite block designs. Her approach to color—so unique that it has its own name, “taupe color”—relies on subtle hues and tints that bring a soft and dreamy neutral color palette to life.

    From Yoko Saito's Traditional Block Patterns

    Yoko Saito’s Traditional Block Patterns includes three main sections to inspire your creativity. First, the Shape patterns: Drunkard’s Path, Nine Patch, Log Cabin, hexagons, and triangle blocks, along with 10 projects to make, such as this gorgeous Grandmother’s Flower Garden Handbag:

    Grandmother's Flower Garden Handbag

    Next, the Object patterns: star, basket, house, floral, and tree blocks that will take your breath away. One of our favorite projects from this section (13 projects in all) is the Spool Cabinet Wall Hanging—a must-sew for anyone with a quilting space, big or small!

    Spool Cabinet Wall Hanging

    Yoko SaitoThe final section includes step-by-step lessons for Ms. Saito’s approach to sewing and pressing, along with her picks for essential quilting notions and tools. She hand pieces everything she makes, and you’ll get her helpful tips for precise stitching.

    Of course, you can choose to sew by machine, but take a look at this video of Yoko Saito sewing a Log Cabin block by hand at Fall Quilt Market—her speed and precision are mesmerizing!

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

    The simple tools she uses really speed things along—just watching her makes us want to try her technique. She makes it look so easy!

    Projects in the book range from a bag that features one block:

    Washington Evergreen Bag
    Washington Evergreen Handbag

    To a spectacular sampler quilt that features 30 blocks.

    Sampler Quilt
    Thirty blocks plus a stunning appliquéd border (full-sized pattern sheets included)

    Yoko Saito's Traditional Block PatternsWe’re giving away a copy of Yoko Saito’s Traditional Block Patterns to one lucky winner today! To enter the giveaway, tell us in the comments:

    How friendly are you with handwork?

    • I love handwork—it’s my favorite part of making things.
    • I enjoy handwork and usually have a hand-sewing project nearby.
    • Me and my machine are best buds, so I’ll be a whiz whipping up the blocks in this book by machine!

    We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

    Feeling inspired to play the Yoko Saito way? Order your copy of Yoko Saito’s Traditional Block Patterns at our website, ShopMartingale. And stay tuned for more peeks of Stitch Publications books coming soon!

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  3. 📚 Join our book club and get $40 to spend right now – yes, 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.

    Martingale Insider Book Club

    As a book-club member, you’ll get all our brand-new books, all our best sellers, all 35% off, all the time—that’s a lot of saving! And you’ll save on other things too—calendars, foundation papers, even Kim Diehl’s Best Appliqué Freezer Paper (you can never have too much). 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*. 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 certificate by email as soon as you’ve joined the club. Then you can enjoy a little spending spree at our website—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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  4. Plan, dream, create: an inspiring journal for the New Year (+ giveaway!)

    A New Year means a fresh start—and today, we’re excited to introduce you to a tool that will give you a fresh outlook on your creative life. Welcome to organization for your quilting life, and inspiration for your quilting soul!

    A Quilter's Journal

    Photographed at quilting star Lisa Bongean’s gorgeous lakeside home, A Quilter’s Journal is an inspiring week-by-week journal packed with stunning photos of quilts and more to enjoy.

    From A Quilter's JournalThroughout the pages of this beautiful journal, you’ll find fun prompts to answer all year long—they’ll get your creative juices flowing. Create plans for quilting adventures, keep track of your projects, document gift and charity quilts—or simply keep a memory journal for future generations of quilters in your family to cherish. And at a petite 5¼" x 8⅜", it’s the perfect size to carry in your bag while you’re on the go.

    Use the journal as a to-do list, as your sketchbook, as your diary, or all of the above! We’re excited to welcome Lisa Bongean as a guest writer today to tell us more about the journal that every quilter is going to want to own.

    Lisa BongeanI have always wanted a place to keep track of the daily progression of my quiltmaking. A place I retire to at the end of the day to write a little about what I’ve accomplished. But the problem has been that notebooks are boring, calendars aren’t quite right—and who can commit to being consistent? Not me.

    So when I pitched my idea to Martingale about a journal for quilters in a weekly, open-ended format—no dates, no years—I decided I could certainly commit to that. And if I choose to write daily, that can be done as well!

    A Quilter’s Journal has a beautiful matte finish for smear-free writing and a lay-flat binding that won’t break when writing week after week. The Martingale team thought of everything to encourage us to keep the journal active.

    From A Quilter's Journal

    The photography throughout is filled with amazing inspiration. There are lots of photos of quilts, both new and from my collection of antiques, along with sewing items and notions, also new and antique. Although there are no patterns in the journal, you can find patterns and/or kits for some of the featured quilts, which can be ordered on my Primitive Gatherings website. You’ll find a link in the journal to a list of available patterns.

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

    We also wanted a place in the journal for lists: bucket-list items, classes we wanted to take, teachers we wanted to meet, shows and retreats we wanted to attend. I also wanted a place just to write down my thoughts about quilting and why I am inspired to do it every day… and there’s space to do all of these things in A Quilter’s Journal.

    Inside A Quilter's Journal

    We as quilters are a rare breed. We put lots of love into the things we make. Some things we make take years. Some projects take months, and some only days, but still, time is our most precious asset. When you take the time you have and pour it into a quilt, it’s the perfect way to show someone how much you love and care about them.

    My quote at the end of the journal says it all to me:

    I think you’ll enjoy this journal and the pleasure it will bring you when you look back on it over the years.

    A Quilter's JournalThanks for sharing your journal with us, Lisa—we can’t wait to get to planning, doing, and dreaming.

    To celebrate the release of A Quilter’s Journal, we’re giving away a copy today! To enter the drawing, tell us in the comments:

    If I had A Quilter’s Journal, I’d fill it with:

    • Ideas for future projects
    • Plans for quilty travels
    • Prose about my patchwork
    • All of the above!

    We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. And if you want to start jotting down your quilting plans for the New Year now, order your copy of the journal at our website, ShopMartingale.com. Happy journaling!

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  5. A beginning quilter at Martingale: did she catch the quilting bug?

    It’s a happy day here at Martingale—we have a budding quilter on our staff! Our marketing graphic designer, Tara, is testing the quiltmaking waters, and she’ll be sharing her experience in a series of blog posts at Stitch This! Today you’ll get to know Tara and see her first sewing efforts. Let’s all cheer her on!

    As I sit down to write this it’s January 3, 2018—exactly one year to the day that I started working at Martingale as a graphic designer in the marketing department.

    Me and my office! This quilt was made by Judy Murrah in 1995, and it actually plays London Bridge if you know where to find the button. I’m not kidding.

    First things first: Martingale is fantastic! Working here is truly inspiring. Everyone here is so creative—I’ve never worked with so many people who make things in their spare time. I distinctly remember using the phrase “wannabe quilter” in my cover letter when I applied for the job, and Karen Johnson, our Director of Marketing, took that 100% seriously.

    Enter 2018. My resolutions were to be more creative in my spare time and to do some home improvements, including cozy-making. Committing to a series of blog posts seemed like a good way to jump-start those efforts (and impress my boss!). So here we go with my first post about my first quilt!

    Fabric Selection—Keep It Simple, Sewist

    There’s so much fabric out there it makes my head spin. So I decided to start with my tiny stash. I was given a bundle of Kona Cotton Solids as a souvenir from Spring Quilt Market, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to use them. At our Martingale holiday potluck, I won another awesome bundle of Bonfire Batiks by Moda. I thought they might work well with the solids.

    Kona Cotton Cookie Cutter Bundle and Bonfire Batiks by Moda

    Tools of the Trade—OLFA and Pat Sloan to the rescue!

    Martingale let me borrow a toolbox full of OLFA rulers, cutters, mats, and spare blades. I really like their Frosted Advantage Ruler. It was easy to see what I was doing—very helpful for a beginner. Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Make My First Quilt seemed like a logical choice, and I was right. Although I didn’t plan to make a project from the book, I knew that Pat’s explanation of techniques would be the perfect prerequisite reading.

    Project Ideas

    There is no shortage of amazing Martingale patterns I would love to make someday if I turn out to be any good at this quilting thing. Here are a few:

    Wrapped in Love from
    A Piece of Cake
    Come On-a My House from Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites
    Spectrum from Rock Solid 

    In the end, I decided to make a little runner for my table at home, sewn out of strips in a rainbow palette. I figured sewing straight lines would be challenging enough!

    So, do you want to know how it went? Stay tuned for my next post in which I put Pat’s book to the test and end up with a real live finished quilt top!

    Spoiler alert: I love it!

    To be honest, the experience was over far too fast. I wanted more, and more happened. You’ll see…

    I’d love to know: What was your first quilt project? Describe it in the comments!

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  6. Quiltstock is coming this summer—will we see you there? 😍

    It’s the New Year—time for a NEW adventure! And we’ve got just the thing: our first-ever quilt retreat with our friends at Moda Fabrics will take you on the adventure of a lifetime!

    Give yourself an early birthday gift . . .  Start planning your summer vacation . . .  Use your tax refund wisely! Invest in fun, friends, and a fantastic quilting experience you’ll never forget.

    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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  7. Wish List Day! Charms, gardens, and lunch-hour patchwork (+ giveaway!)

    Can we get a whoop-whoop for Wish List Day? We’re counting down the days until our February 2018 books hit your local quilt shop—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.

    Moda All-Stars: Mini Charm QuiltsModa All-Stars: Mini Charm Quilts
    18 Clever Projects for 2½" Squares

    Compiled by Lissa Alexander

    The Moda All-Stars are back to charm you in many “mini” ways! Start with one, two, or three packs of 2½" mini-charm squares; then choose a project from 18 celebrated Moda designers, including Lisa Bongean, Jen Kingwell, Jo Morton, Laurie Simpson, and Pat Sloan. And let the mini-making begin!

    Projects include a pincushion, a runner, a doll-quilt-and-pillow set, and a multitude of small quilts, including one inspired by an antique game board. Mini charms pack a mighty punch—and these fun patterns work like a charm.

    From Moda All-Stars: Mini Charm Quilts

    See more marvelous minis >

    A Cottage GardenA Cottage Garden
    Stitch and Enjoy a Bounty of Beautiful Blossoms

    Kathy Cardiff

    When an avid gardener and seasoned quilt and stitchery designer combines her passions, magic sprouts! Using wool as her medium and flowers as her muse, Kathy Cardiff brings her blossoming backyard garden to life in projects that blend elegant beauty with a touch of primitive charm.

    Projects from pillows and sewing notions to table toppers and wall quilts culminate in a stunning nine-block sampler quilt bursting with blooms. Add basic embroidery-stitch details to give each flower, leaf, and vine Kathy’s special brand of cottage style.

    From A Cottage Garden
    This way to more cottage style in wonderful wool >

    Lunch-Hour PatchworkLunch-Hour Patchwork
    15 Easy-to-Start (and Finish!) Projects

    Pack your lunch . . . and a project too! The second book in our “Lunch-Hour” series makes small, charming projects easily doable—during your lunch hour! Perfectly portable patchwork can be completed in as little as an hour or over just a few lunch breaks during the week.

    Choose from pretty pillows, small quilts, cute bags, and more—all beginner friendly, simple to start, and a breeze to finish. Whether lunchtime is spent at the office, on the road, or right at home, now you can break up each busy day with some sublime stitching time!

    From Lunch-Hour Patchwork

    See more lovely lunch-hour projects >

    Which February book would you flip your lid for? 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.

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  8. Best new quilt books? They’re coming in 2018! (sneak peek)

    Cheers to the New Year!

    As we turn the page on a new year, we celebrate the creativity of you, our customers, the loyalty of passionate book lovers, and the spirit that spurs all of us on to make things for those we love.

    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 coming from Martingale in 2018. We hope you’re excited about them as we are!

    A Cottage Garden
    February: Kathy Cardiff brings her blossoming backyard garden to life in projects that blend elegant beauty with a touch of primitive charm. Wool lovers, this one’s for you!

    Lunch-Hour Patchwork
    Pack your lunch . . . and some stitching too! These perfectly portable patchwork projects can be completed in as little as an hour or over just a few lunch breaks. Lunch-time fun is served!

    Moda All-Stars: Mini Charm Quilts
    Eeny, meeny, mini, moe . . . small quilts are so fun to sew! The Moda All-Stars are back to charm you in many mini ways—each project uses one, two, or three packs of 2½" mini-charm squares.

    Jo's Little Favorites III
    Oh, Jo—we love you so! Enjoy 16 more exquisite little quilts previously available only to Jo’s devoted club members. Jo also invites you into her 1920s-era bungalow to share how she displays quilts in her home. What a treat!

    Oh, Scrap!
    Lissa Alexander has spent three decades honing her talents, and now you get to learn all her scrappy tricks. Your unique stash—and Lissa’s book—is all you need to make scrap quilts that sing in 2018.

    More Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3
    No fancy machine needed, no PhD in quilting required—start free-motion quilting right away with this sequel to Lori Kennedy’s previous best seller. Sixty irresistibly fun motifs will get your machine whirring!

    Patchwork Loves Embroidery Too
    Gail’s sweet embroidery motifs feature bees and bunnies, houses and hearts, and her signature bird, leaf, and vine motifs. Learn just eight simple stitches to create any project in the book.

    Simple Whatnots
    Kim Diehl returns with a new collection of petite quilts that are scrap friendly, quick to finish, and as cute as can be. Kim Diehl fans won’t want to miss this one!

    Stitches from the Yuletide
    Celebrate the charms of the winter season with Kathy Schmitz’s spectacularly embroidered winter scenes, hand-drawn sketches, and beautiful watercolor paintings. Dreamy.

    Pure and Simple
    Celebrated maker Maggie Bonanomi will lead you on a creative journey with her hand-drawn patterns, hand-dyed wool, artful motifs, and casual stitches. A slow-sewing delight!

    Whew—we say that’s a wonderful way to kick off the New Year!

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

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  9. Announcing YOUR top 10 quilt books of 2017 🏆 (+ big BIG giveaway!)

    Christmas is almost here. 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 10 BOOKS OF THE YEAR—the books YOU voted for every time you bought a new book. And we also get to give a copy of every top 10 book away to one lucky winner! Will it be you? Let’s start the countdown—which includes reviews from quilters like you!

    The Big Book of Strip Quilts: Start with Strips to Make 60 Stunning Quilts
    For scrappy strips, stash strips, and the Jelly Rolls on your shelves come a whopping 60 patterns from some of today’s brightest designers—Kim Brackett, Kathy Brown, Amy Ellis, Melissa Corry, Kate Henderson, Rebecca Silbaugh, Sue Pfau, Julie Herman, Gerri Robinson, and more. All for just pennies per pattern!

    “My goodness! 60 projects in one book! This is a strip quilter’s haven, using all those 2½" strips that we all have. Martingale does a great job with illustrations so that there aren’t any questions on techniques. There is something for everyone in this 224-page book. Strip on!”

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    That Patchwork Place® 2018 Quilt Calendar

    We sold out of our 2018 calendar last Friday—but you may still be able to get your hands on one at your local quilt shop or online! Our “TPP” calendar will show off your love of quilting year-round, and you can sew along each month too: the calendar features 12 gorgeous quilts PLUS a 28-page pullout booklet that includes directions for making every project.

    “This large wall calendar is filled with page after page of colorful photos of quilts. Each month features a different color palette and pattern. Oh, and speaking of patterns, all the patterns and directions for each quilt are included in a booklet in the back so you can make each project as the months go by.”

    See inside >

    Simple, Fun & Quickly Done: 18 Easy-to-Sew Table Runners, Bags, Pillows, and More
    Terry Atkinson

    No one needs a hobby that adds more stress to life! That’s the spirit that guides Terry’s simple-to-sew designs, from toppers and pillows to quilts and bags. She’ll inspire you to master the zipper, the tote, and other dimensional projects—with her easygoing approach to learning, you can’t go wrong.

    “This book has a really nice variety of projects that are as cute as they are handy. They also include some really fun dimensional elements like twisted pleats, rosettes, and DIY chenille. You will be sewing up all sorts of super-cute projects you will enjoy using as much as you did making.”

    See the projects >

    Jo’s Little Favorites II: A Classic Collection of 15 Small Quilts
    Jo Morton

    Quilting icon Jo Morton returned this year with more exquisite little quilts that have previously been available only to her devoted club members. Gorgeous styled photography captures 15 quilts reminiscent of days gone by, while close-up photos reveal every scrappy choice Jo makes. Like Jo says: if you want to make them all, make them small!

    “A beautiful collection of small quilts to decorate your home through the changing seasons. Patterns include instructions that even a beginner quilter will have no trouble understanding. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves small quilts.”

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    Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3: 61 Designs to Finish Your Quilts with Flair
    Lori Kennedy

    If you need to fill up a quilt quickly—and you want your quilting to be as much a part of your quilt’s personality as your piecing—let Lori lead the way! Learn to quilt flowers, leaves, tiny houses, and other whimsical motifs Lori is known for on your home sewing machine. And Lori’s setup routine guarantees you’ll achieve success right from the start.

    “I looked through the pages and thought, ‘Yes, I can do this.’ This book has spiral binding: I kept it open on the page I needed next to my sewing machine as I could easily refer to it when I did not know where to go next when I attempted one of the motifs. Sweet!”

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    Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites: 12 Captivating Scrappy Quilts
    Carrie Nelson

    This curated collection of popular patterns from Miss Rosie—aka Carrie Nelson—is absolutely stunning, and the quilts are fat-quarter friendly! A dozen bed-sized patterns are written as if Carrie’s sitting beside you, telling you why she did or didn’t do something (and why you may want to follow her lead). The book features all the witty prose quilters love to read when Carrie’s wearing her other creative hat—as blogging and social-media guru for Moda Fabrics.

    “So many charming projects to choose from! I think my family is afraid I may never take the sewing machine off the dining room table . . . and the photography makes me want to be a farm girl!”

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    Simple Harvest: A Bounty of Scrappy Quilts and More
    Kim Diehl

    Kim’s 11th “Simple” book is packed with projects, decorating ideas, and even recipes—a one-stop book for capturing the cozy feel of fall. Want to make something quickly? Try Kim’s mini penny garland and the cutest little needle keep you’ve ever seen. Want to re-create one of Kim’s masterpieces? Her October Twilight and Harvest Tapestry quilts will take your breath away. And you can put those appliqué fears to rest—Kim will make you a convert with her invisible machine-appliqué technique.

    “You get the whole nine yards in this book. Gorgeous photography displaying lovely project after lovely project, mouth-watering recipes, and darling ideas for decorating your home for fall. The instructions are detailed and easy to follow, with links for printing full-sized patterns. I am going in search of more Kim Diehl books.”

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    The Splendid Sampler: 100 Spectacular Blocks from a Community of Quilters
    Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson

    Pat and Jane started The Splendid Sampler Sew-Along with a shared idea: to bring the whole world together to quilt. And with help from quilters across the globe, that’s exactly what they did. More than 28,000 quilters have joined the sew-along—100 quilt blocks, 80+ designers, and 12 months of sewing fun! The Facebook group is still going strong, so get the book, share your blocks, and experience the joys of quilting with a very special community of quilters.

    “This book is based on a sew-along with more than 28,000 quilters that joined the group on Facebook. One hundred blocks, 83 designers, and 12 months to share inspiration, techniques, and stories. If you feel stuck and you are looking for more and different ideas, this is the book for you. I highly recommend this book.”

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    The Big Book of Table Toppers: 56 Patterns

    The 13th book in our “Big Book” series includes 56 projects for tables, walls, chairs, and gifts: quick, fun, and so easy to display. The book is divided into two sections—toppers and runners—and then there’s the designer power! All of your favorites are here: Kim Diehl, Country Threads, Jo Morton, Me and My Sister Designs, and many more. Each design is featured in beautiful styled photography, a perk that’ll inspire you to sew to your heart’s content (all for only 50 cents per pattern).

    “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.”

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    Simple Friendships: 14 Quilts from Exchange-Friendly Blocks
    Kim Diehl and Jo Morton

    Kim and Jo bring their signature styles together in a book bursting with exquisite quilts to make with friends. The results are breathtaking! Instructions include options for making an entire quilt solo and making just one block at a time (perfect for swaps). Friends, guilds, bees, and more—invite everyone to sew, swap, and build lasting friendships while stitching these dazzling quilts!

    “I can’t say enough wonderful things about this book. Kim and Jo have definitely outdone themselves. If you love quilting and love quilting with friends even more, you will enjoy the idea of swapping blocks to make any of the projects in this book. The book gives you great guidelines to follow for a successful block exchange. First thing I had to do was make the darling pin cushion from page 90 from a leftover orphan block. Trust me, you will love this book.”

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    So, what was YOUR favorite quilt book of 2017? Share your pick in the comments and you’ll be automatically entered into our random drawing to win our TOP 10 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 2018 for more stitching fun!

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  10. Need a fat-quarter de-stash? Do it in a flash 💥 (+ giveaway!)

    Love to buy fat quarters . . . maybe a little too much? You’re not alone! When your fat-quarter stash starts to teeter-totter, look to Doug Leko to inspire your downsizing (and replenishing). He just may be the fat quarter’s #1 fan!


    Doug’s new book Stashtastic! is filled with beautiful lap- and bed-sized quilts that use as few as eight or as many as 30 fat quarters per project. He’s made each of his classic quilts in TWO different colorways, and the results are spectacular:

    From an elegant English Knot quilt . . .

    English Knot quilt
    English Knot and alternate colorway

    . . . to a dramatic Cathedral Ceiling . . .

    Cathedral Ceiling quilt
    Cathedral Ceiling and alternate colorway

    . . . to easy quilts you can breeze through . . .

    Easy Street quilt
    Easy Street and alternate colorway

    Doug’s got your fat quarters covered. He also provides tips for each project that will inspire you to amp-up the scrap factor, so you can really raid your stash!

    Whether you love dark, subdued hues or you prefer light and bright quilts, you’ll find the inspiration to make these quilts your way.

    Due North quiltDoug’s a well-known designer, but here are some facts you may not know about him:

    • He founded his pattern company, Antler Quilt Design, in 2008, when he was just 14 years old.
    • Doug’s been quilting since the age of six, and working in his mother’s quilt shop over the years has helped him develop his skills and refine his art.
    • After pattern testing for various designers, he began to develop his own quilt patterns.
    • He launched a full-scale design and marketing operation while he was still in high school, and continued his venture throughout college.

    And you wonder where he gets his inspiration!

    Here’s Doug explaining why fat quarters are his favorite fabric cut:

    “Fat quarters, in my opinion, are the best size of precut fabric you can get. I know that many quilters agree. I find that the fat quarter is the one cut of fabric almost all quilters have in their stashes. It makes sense. At 18″ x 21″, a fat quarter is usually large enough to include the entire design of a print or to show the whole repeat. I love playing with fat quarters when designing, shuffling them around and swapping them for other pieces to see which fabric I like best. There are so many things you can create with them! When you want a great collection of prints, colors, and styles, fat quarters are the most economical way to achieve that desire.”

    We completely agree!

    So, tell us (you’re among fat-quarter friends, so don’t be shy): how many fat quarters could you de-stash right now?

    Tell us your answer in the comments and you could win a copy of Stashtastic! plus a yummy fat-quarter bundle of Basic Grey Grunge from our friends at Moda Fabrics!

    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 play with your fat quarters today, pick up Doug’s new book at ShopMartingale.com and you can instantly download the eBook for free.

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