1. 12 quick Christmas presents to sew in an hour or two? See our ideas!

    Only seven more sleeps until Christmas day—how’s your gift sewing going?

    If you’re looking for quick Christmas presents to sew, wrap, and put under the tree before the big day arrives, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve rounded up 12 little gifts that we’re guessing you can make in an hour or two, tops—and won’t your gift recipients feel special getting something handmade from you? (Don’t worry, we’ll never tell that you made their gifts lickety-split!)

    For the person who just. wants. gift. cards!

    Special Delivery Gift Card Holder
    Special Delivery Gift-Card Holder by Karla Eisenach, from
    Moda All-Stars: Merry Makers

    For the Christmas-party hostess

    Wine Zip
    Wine Zip by Terry Atkinson, from
    Simple, Fun & Quickly Done

    For Baby’s first Christmas

    Girly-Girl Bibs
    Girly-Girl Bibs by Kim Diehl, from
    Baby Bliss (coauthored with Pat Wys)—switch up the colors for boy bibs if you like!

    For the new sewist

    My Sewing Box
    My Sewing Box by Kathy Brown, from
    Lunch-Hour Wool Minis

    For the cell-phone dropper 😄

    Cell-Phone Satchel
    Cell-Phone Satchel by Roseann Meehan Kermes, from
    A Little Something

    For the foodie

    Too Hot to Handle Pot Holders
    Too Hot to Handle Pot Holders by Kim Niedzwiecki, from
    Kitchen Stitches

    For people who adore their pets

    Sewing for pets
    Comfy Pet Perch and Toy by Linda Turner Griepentrog and Kitty Tunnel and Toys by Missy Shepler, from
    Sew Much Fleece

    For the bookworm (quilt books included!)

    Reading List Tote
    Reading List Tote by Cassie Barden, from
    The New Handmade

    For a friend who loves the country life

    Happy Mornings Embroidered Towels
    Happy Mornings Embroidered Towels by Cynthia Tomaszewski, from
    Sew the Perfect Gift

    For ALL of your sewing buddies!

    Straight Strips pincushions
    Straight Strips pincushions by Carrie Nelson, from
    Pin Pals

    For the fashionista

    All-Season Scarf
    All Season Scarf by Vanessa Christenson, from
    Make It Sew Modern

    We hope you’ve found our little roundup helpful—happy holiday sewing!

    How many handmade gifts are you sewing this year? Tell us in the comments!


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  2. How to set up your sewing machine for free-motion quilting: 12 essential steps

    Free-motion machine quilting doodlesHave you ever wanted to learn the secrets of expert free-motion quilters? How do they dream up their designs? How much practice did they need before their machine quilting started looking great? Are there any tips or tricks to machine quilting that they know . . . and I don’t?

    Short answer to that last question: yes! And that’s why Lori Kennedy’s latest book, More Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3, is packed with tips, tricks, advice, troubleshooting, and more. Not to mention 60+ motifs that’ll inspire you to give your free-motion quilting sparkle!

    Notions quilt
    Lori’s Notions quilt, featuring motifs from her book

    One thing Lori does—and she swears by this—is to take a few extra minutes before she starts quilting to set up her machine for the fun ahead. It makes sense: you and your sewing machine are partners in creativity, and you’ve got to work together to get the best results! So today, we’re sharing the 12 setup steps that Lori reveals in her book, guaranteed to make you a better machine quilter from the get-go.

    Below you’ll find an abbreviated version of Lori’s free-motion quilting setup steps—you’ll get even more in-depth information in More Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3.


    Lori KennedyHow to set up your sewing machine for free-motion quilting: Lori’s 12-step setup

    Excerpted from More Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3

    Once your quilt top is finished, it’s time to transform it into a quilt with the magic of machine quilting. There are some easy steps to take before the quilting can begin. These steps are simple but important in determining the final look and feel of your quilt. Here are the 12 setup steps I always use before I begin.

    1. Clean and oil your machine. Due to the fast sewing speed and fibers migrating from the batting layer, free-motion quilting leads to more lint buildup and requires more frequent cleaning and oiling than other types of sewing.

    2. Thread the bobbin. Wind several bobbins and thread the bobbin case as for normal sewing. If the bobbin requires a tension adjustment, do it only after stitching a sample and adjusting the top tension.

    3. Attach a straight-stitch plate. The stitch plate is the metal plate that sits below the needle and presser foot. It has a single hole for straight stitching and provides more support to the fabric as the needle penetrates the quilt, preventing the fabric from being pushed into the needle opening, which in turn allows for better stitch formation.

    4. Attach a table extension. In order to free-motion quilt smoothly, it’s important to provide as much support for the quilt as possible. The completely flat surface provided by a set-in sewing cabinet is ideal. Extension tables are a good alternative and are available for most sewing-machine models. For very large quilts, add an ironing board or a banquet table beside the sewing machine to support the weight of the quilt.

    5. Tape a Supreme Slider in place (optional). The Supreme Slider by LaPierre Studio is a Teflon sheet that adheres to the sewing bed and reduces friction during free-motion quilting. The Supreme Slider has a self-sticking back; however, to avoid accidentally stitching the Supreme Slider into the quilt if it shifts during quilting, many quilters use painter’s tape to hold the sheet in place. The Supreme Slider is an optional accessory, but one of the few I highly recommend.

    6. Insert a new needle. Always begin a quilt project with a new needle. During free-motion quilting, the needle passes through the fabric hundreds of times per minute. In addition, free-motion quilting often creates a slight tug on the needle as the quilt is maneuvered. Change your needle whenever you see skipped stitches, notice tension changes, or detect a change in the sound of your machine—all indicators that the needle is dull or bent.

    7. Attach a free-motion quilting foot. Depending on the make and model of your sewing machine, you may have a choice of several presser feet for free-motion quilting. The appropriate foot is often called a darning foot (right), but choose the option that provides the greatest visibility. I like an open-toe foot with an offset shank.

    8. Disengage the feed dogs. In normal sewing, the feed dogs advance the fabric with every stitch. In free-motion quilting, the quilter controls the speed and direction of the quilt without interference from the feed dogs. On most sewing machines the feed dogs can be lowered to disengage their function by switching a button. Alternatively, set the stitch length to zero and the feed dogs will remain in the original position but won’t advance the fabric with each stitch.

    9. Activate the needle-down function. Many sewing machines offer a “needle-down” option. When you use this function, every time you stop sewing the needle ends in the down position in the fabric. Engaging the needle-down function is very helpful in free-motion quilting, allowing you to maintain a continuous line of stitching when stopping to adjust quilt position or hand position.

    10. Thread the machine. With the presser foot in the up position to properly engage the tension discs, thread the top of the machine as for normal sewing. For the best thread choices, see my “Thread” information in More Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3.

    11. Stitch a test sample and adjust tension. Whenever starting a new project, stitch a sample to test tension, thread color, and the quilting motif. Most sewing machines have factory-set tensions suitable for straight stitching on two layers of fabric. Because free-motion quilting involves three layers, disengaged feed dogs, and a variety of thread types, it’s likely that you’ll need to make tension adjustments. Always adjust the top thread tension before making any bobbin adjustments. Tension adjustments may be required for each project, and on each day, because factors such as thread, batting, needle, and humidity all affect tension. (Find more tension-adjusting tips in the book.)

    12. Begin stitching! Once the tension is adjusted and the stitches look perfect on your sample, you’re ready to quilt.

    While the list above may seem long, you’ll be able to perform all of these steps quickly and start free-motion quilting in less than five minutes.


    When you’re ready to start your next project, make sure you have lots of options for free-motion motifs! Lori has 60+ fun motifs to try in her latest book, including designs for the seasons, special celebrations, and some that are just for fun, plus a whole chapter on backgrounds and fills. Lori’s motifs really are as easy as “1-2-3”—she’ll show you how to free-motion quilt step by step, as you can see!

    Butterfly free-motion quilting motif
    Butterfly motif from the seasonal chapters

    Baby carriage free-motion quilting motif
    Baby Carriage from the Celebrations chapter

    Scissors free-motion quilting motif
    Scissors from the Just for Fun chapter

    More Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3Order More Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 at our website and you’ll be sent a link to download the eBook for free. How’s that for instant quilting gratification!

    How many of Lori’s steps do you typically do before starting a machine-quilting project? Tell us in the comments!


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  3. Blockheads, unite! Join 6 Moda designers for new block fun (+ fabric giveaway!)

    A star-studded lineup. Spectacular sampler quilts. And 48 quilt-block patterns that’ll turn you into a "Blockhead"—and we mean that in the VERY best of quilty ways!

    Moda Blockheads

    It started as a simple idea: celebrating traditional quilts and quilters by having six Moda designers host a yearlong block-of-the-week program on social media. Every Wednesday one designer would publish a block pattern, and the others would make that block using the reproduction and primitive-style fabrics they loved. And that’s how the Moda Blockheads were born!

    Moda Blockheads designers
    The six original Blockheads invite you to join them for some block-making fun!

    Now all the block patterns the designers created are available in the book Moda Blockheads. Quilting stars Lisa Bongean, Betsy Chutchian, Lynne Hagmeier, Jo Morton, Jan Patek, and Carrie Nelson offer imaginative interpretations of a whopping 48 blocks, both new and classic. Each 6″ x 6″ design is lovingly chosen by the Moda Blockheads for quilters who want to be Blockheads too!

    Blocks from Moda Blockheads
    Twenty of the 48 blocks from the book

    You’ll love this varied collection, from traditional patchwork inspired by history to whimsical appliquéd scenes from nature. Instructions for the six jaw-dropping sampler quilts allow you to showcase the beautiful blocks you make. Take a look at the quilts each designer made from their stack of blocks—which sampler would you make first?

    Jo Morton's Blockheads quilt
    From Jo Morton—an incredible beauty in shades of brown

    Lisa Bongean's Blockheads quilt
    From Lisa Bongean—red, white, and blue to inspire you

    Betsy Chutchian's Blockheads quilt
    From Betsy Chutchian—a reproduction-fabric lover’s dream come true

    Jan Patek's Blockheads quilt
    From Jan Patek—a mix of pretty patchwork and folk-art appliqué

    Carrie Nelson's Blockheads quilt
    From Carrie Nelson—that sashing really makes our hearts flutter!

    Lynne Hagmeier's Blockheads quilt
    From Lynne Hagmeier—an on-point wonder (and some Layered Patchwork too!)

    Please don’t make us choose a favorite—it’s like trying to choose a favorite kid!

    Now it just wouldn’t be a Moda Blockheads celebration without a little fabric thrown into the mix, right?

    Moda sent us a gorgeous bundle of Lynne Hagmeier’s Fresh Cut Flowers fabric to give one lucky winner—along with a copy of Moda Blockheads, of course! To enter your name in the drawing, tell us:

    Moda BlockheadsHow many different quilt blocks do you think you’ve made during your life as a quilter? (In other words, how big of a Blockhead are you? Guesstimates accepted!)

    Tell us your answer in the comments and you could win the bundle from Moda and the book from Martingale! 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 be christened a Blockhead ASAP, you can order the book at our website and you’ll be sent a link to instantly download the eBook for free.


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  4. 🎅 Short on sewing time? Try these 7 quick Christmas gifts to embroider

    Family, friends, coworkers, sewing besties, party hosts, the mail carrier, teachers, neighbors, and more—don’t you wish there was time to make something special for everyone on your holiday gift list?

    Well, we’ve got a little secret: little embroidery projects fit the bill! They’re simple, quick, portable, and fun—both to make and to give. So take a look at the make-in-a-day projects below and start planning who’ll be lucky enough to get a handmade gift from you this season!

    Redwork Candle Mat
    Brighten someone’s holiday with a redwork candle mat graced by whimsical robins—they can display it all winter long. (From
    Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery by Gail Pan.)

    Snowman Bookmark
    Easy-to-stitch Christmas gift? Bookmarked! Everybody needs one, and this little snowman will inspire anyone to cuddle up with a good book. (From
    Snow Happy by Robin Kingsley.)

    Bunny Sachet
    Dressed for a romp in the snow, this little bunny hops atop a lavender-filled sachet—give the gift of the sweet scent of summer all winter long. (From
    Stitches from the Yuletide by Kathy Schmitz.)

    Pincushion collection
    This cute set of make-in-a-day pincushions, embellished with buttons, lace, and rickrack, is sure to delight your sewing friends! (From
    Patchwork Loves Embroidery by Gail Pan.)

    Embroidered Tea Towels
    Embroider one of 130 sweet motifs onto purchased tea towels for a super-quick, practical, and personalized gift.
    (From Lunch-Hour Embroidery.)

    Red Bird Coin Purse
    Whip up this cute Red Bird Coin Purse in multiples and enclose gift cards for an extra surprise. It also makes a great pouch for all of those people who can’t live without their earbuds! (From
    Cottage-Style Charm by Natalie Bird.)

    Embellished coffee-cup stoppers
    Embellished coffee-cup stoppers do more than keep your coffee warm and from spilling—they look adorable too! Embroider initials on the back for a personalized touch. (From
    A Little Something by Roseann Meehan Kermes.)

    Redwork Christmas ornaments
    Cheerful fabric ornaments are embroidered in red and easy to finish with a simple binding. They hang from wool strips—use two wool strips to hang from a wooden spool as shown or use a single centered wool strip to hang directly from a Christmas-tree branch. (From
    Just Be Claus by Robin Kingsley.)

    Christmas question: would you rather . . .

    • be one of Santa’s elves, or
    • be one of Santa’s reindeer?

    Tell us in the comments!


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  5. 14 big, beautiful Civil War quilts that will blow your mind! (+ giveaway!)

    Best-selling author Carol Hopkins is back with new ways to create your own antique-style treasures with a big twist—big quilts!

    Vintage Legacies

    You’ll love learning how Carol uses her signature Civil War color palette in Vintage Legacies—each quilt is more stunning than the last:

    Quilts from Vintage Legacies

    Fourteen patterns ranging from lap- to twin-size pay tribute to Southern belles, men’s work shirts from the Civil War era, First Lady of the United States Mary Todd Lincoln, and more. Interesting tidbits about nineteenth-century life round out this gorgeous collection that will inspire you to think big!

    We asked Carol a few wanna-know questions about her quilting life and about her new book—here are her answers (don’t miss the answers to our quirky questions, they’re a hoot!).


    Carol HopkinsStitch This!: Your first four books featured smaller quilts; in Vintage Legacies you make a big leap to big quilts! What inspired you to design larger quilts?

    Carol: I’ve designed larger quilts throughout my quilting life for workshops and classes, to commemorate special events, to showcase specific fabric lines, and to memorialize block exchanges with a special group of friends. After numerous suggestions that I write a book featuring quilts large enough to sleep under, I decided it was time to demonstrate that my attention span occasionally surpasses 10 to 20 small blocks!

    Enduring Love quilt
    Enduring Love

    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?

    Carol: I’d like to say I design with a plan, but I rarely do. I don’t draft patterns or draw ideas on paper or the computer. I guess I’d describe my process as “organic” (though I’m sure others would describe it as “backwards.”) I’ll explain: I’m always on the lookout for interesting blocks, especially those found in antique quilts. When I find a block I like, I usually make up a 4″ or 6″ sample and keep it in my personal block-reference library. When I decide to make a quilt using one of these blocks, I choose a size, pull coordinating fabrics, and make a bunch of scrappy blocks. Then I play with the blocks to determine how I want to set them together and how many more blocks it will take to end up with a quilt with balanced colors and good proportions. Finally, I go back and create a drawing and directions to match the quilt I’ve just made.

    Nellie Jane quilt
    Nellie Jane

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

    Carol: Two antique quilts with blocks I haven’t seen before and stacks of beautiful reproduction fabrics are calling my name.

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

    Carol: I’m finishing up three brightly colored unicorn quilts and one flannel penguin quilt made from Elizabeth Hartman patterns for my grandchildren’s Christmas gifts. I have to admit I’m finding it a challenge to work with bright fabrics covered in gold dots!

    Tribute to Judie quilt
    Tribute to Judie

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

    Carol: Enjoy the process and admire your progress.


    6 Quirky Questions for Carol Hopkins

    • What’s your secret talent? I taught the kids in my neighborhood how to spit when I was six years old.
    • What’s the last thing you Googled? New book releases on Amazon.
    • What’s the funniest joke you know by heart? Why do seagulls fly over the sea? Because if they flew over the bay, they’d be bagels.
    • What movie have you seen again and again? Same Time Next Year with Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn.
    • If someone narrated your life, who would you want to be the narrator? Ellen DeGeneres.
    • What’s the most historic thing that has happened in your lifetime? It’s a tie between the moon landing and 9/11.

    Vintage LegaciesThanks for answering our pressing patchwork questions, Carol!

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

    My Civil War fabric stash needs:

    • Some shrinking—I’ve collected a lot.
    • Some expanding—I need to go shopping.
    • A kick off—I don’t have any yet!

    We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you can’t wait to dive into Carol’s latest book, you can order Vintage Legacies at our website and instantly download the eBook for free—it’s a deal you’ll only find at ShopMartingale.com!


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  6. How to finish a small quilt: tips from a “quirky” quilter (new video! 🎬)

    Shoofly Sampler quiltYou’ve just finished a little quilt top—and it’s soooo darned cute!

    Now maybe you’re wondering how to finish a small quilt with style. No worries—Quirky Little Quilts author Sheryl Johnson of Temecula Quilt Company has you covered from batting to binding.

    We caught up with Sheryl at Fall Quilt Market so she could share her bounty of “little” tips with us, and with you! It all comes down to three simple steps:

    1. Baste the layers—Sheryl’s got a terrific idea for using an unusual batting so your small quilts stay soft and bendy (instead of stiff as a board).
    1. Quilt ’em together—learn Sheryl’s method for stress-free hand quilting—she makes it look so easy!
    1. Bind the edges—discover another awesome little tip for small-quilt binding in the video below. Take a look:


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

    Now that you’ve got a little how-to for finishing little quilts, why not make one with Sheryl? All you need is a few handfuls of your favorite scraps and your choice of Sheryl’s pretty patterns from Quirky Little Quilts:

    Joyful Jumble quilt
    Joyful Jumble

    Patchwork Potpourri quilt
    Patchwork Potpourri

    T is for Temecula quilt
    T is for Temecula

    See more from Quirky Little Quilts >>>

    How do you typically finish your small quilts?

    • Basting, hand quilting, and single-fold binding—just like Sheryl!
    • I usually machine quilt my small quilts.
    • No small quilts yet, but Sheryl’s are so sweet I may give one a try!

    Share your methods in the comments—and be sure to follow Sheryl on Instagram (@temeculaquiltco) for more quirky fun!


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  7. Wish List Day! Kim and Jo, Red Crinoline Quilts, and a new BIG book (+ giveaway!)

    Whoo-hoo, it’s Wish List Day! Today we’re giving you a sneak peek at Martingale books coming in January—and we think you’re gonna 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.


    Simple Friendships IISimple Friendships II
    14 Fabulous Quilts from Blocks Stitched among Friends
    Kim Diehl and Jo Morton
    COMING JANUARY 2

    Gather your favorite fabrics—and your favorite quilting friends! Kim Diehl and Jo Morton first paired up for the best seller Simple Friendships; now they’re back to share more showstopping quilts that reflect each designer’s signature style. Chapters showcase 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.

    From Simple Friendships II


    Step Back in TimeStep Back in Time
    Turn Reproduction Prints into Vintage-Inspired Quilts
    Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts
    COMING JANUARY 2

    Reproduction fabric collectors and antique-quilt lovers, the much-anticipated follow-up to Tributes and Treasures is here! Enjoy an all-new, jaw-dropping collection of patterns from the talented design team behind Red Crinoline Quilts—you’ll learn streamlined techniques for creating 13 of their vintage-inspired designs. 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.

    From Step Back in Time


    The Big Book of Lap QuiltsThe Big Book of Lap Quilts
    51 Patterns for Family Room Favorites
    COMING JANUARY 2

    It’s the biggest lap-quilt collection ever to land in your lap! Get a whopping 51 patterns for the always-popular lap quilt—designs for everyday, seasons, holidays, and special days abound. And at just 55 cents per pattern, you’ll enjoy both inspiration and savings! Discover quilts from outstanding designers, including Country Threads, Kim Diehl, Joanna Figueroa, Lynne Hagmeier, and many more. Lap quilts are the perfect size for many occasions: cozy cuddling, creative decorating, gift giving . . . the list goes on! You’ll lap up this versatile pattern collection—there are SO many ways to use it!

    From The Big Book of Lap Quilts
    A mere 31 of the 51 patterns you’ll find in the book!


    Which book would jump-start your January? 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 . . . December books are available NOW!

    Moda Blockheads Vintage Legacies Turnabout Patchwork


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  8. 9 quick last-minute Christmas gifts to make in multiples

    From Simple Christmas TidingsOkay, it’s not a last-minute Christmas-gift situation yet . . . but it sneaks up on you f-a-s-t, doesn’t it? When you’ve got a holiday party, a work function, or an unexpected guest, you’ll want to spread a little Christmas cheer—quilter style! So why not prep some sewn gifts to give to the people you meet and greet this season?

    Today we’ve got nine fun—and f-a-s-t—gifts that you can whip up in multiples. Make a few, make a dozen, make more! You’ll always be ready to hand over a handmade surprise that’s sure to make anyone’s holiday a little brighter. (Plus you give yourself permission to step away from the bustle of the season and sew, sew, sew!)

    Embroidered ornaments
    Whether you hang them from a tree bough or on a doorknob, these classic embroidered ornaments will bring a smile to everyone who’s lucky enough to get one! Give the ornaments as a set or as singles—get the patterns in
    Stitches from the Yuletide by Kathy Schmitz.

    Christmastide Coasters
    Sprinkle a little patchwork-style Christmas cheer with Jo Morton’s Christmastide coasters—they’ve been a huge hit on our
    Instagram! Make your quilt-block pick—Sawtooth Star or Broken Dishes—and then surprise a friend with a coaster or two (a bottle of wine or a tin of cocoa mix would be a great addition too!). Get the patterns in Moda All-Stars: Merry Makers.

    Christmas Baubles
    This little trio of Christmas ornaments can be fashioned from scraps of fabric and wool gathered straight from your stash. But these baubles aren’t just for the tree—your giftees can mingle them into garlands, perch them on mantels, or nestle them in nooks and crannies throughout their holiday home. Get the patterns in
    Simple Christmas Tidings by Kim Diehl.

    Strawberry Sewing Trio
    Getting together with your sewing buddies for a party during the holidays? This adorable Strawberry Sewing Trio contains a cute needle keeper, pincushion, and scissors shield that are soooo easy to make, many at a time! Turn bits of wool and embroidery floss into fun little gifts that your sewing friends will treasure. Find the patterns in
    A Little Something by Roseann Meehan Kermes.

    Christmas mini pillows
    Share holiday sentiments with these fun mini pillows from Gail Pan—super-easy to embroider and a snap to finish with her single-fold binding technique (
    Gail shows you how here). Get the patterns in Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery.

    Snowflake Faces Ornaments
    You’ll find two options for gifting these Snowflake Faces Ornaments: as ornaments or as whimsical coat pins to wear all winter long! To turn the embroideries into pins, simply use a hot-glue gun to attach a pin backing. Get the patterns in
    Snow Happy by Robin Kingsley.

    Log Cabin Zippered Wristlet
    This Log Cabin Zippered Wristlet by Jennifer Moore features bold fabrics in an easy-to-make wristlet that updates the traditional Log Cabin block. The patchwork is so simple, you’ll be gifting these to all your friends—who, incidentally, will think you’re a genius with needle and thread! Get the pattern in
    Lunch-Hour Patchwork.

    Christmas pincushions
    Mini pillows or pincushions? Your choice! Either way, you can easily sew these cute trinkets with fabrics from your stash, and then mix and match them for holiday giving. Get the patterns in
    Just Be Claus by Robin Kingsley.

    Summer Fruit Coasters
    Charise Randell’s Summer Fruit Coasters are super cute, just like all the projects in her book
    Super Cute Paper Piecing! Consider making the cherry coaster with richer reds and greens for more of a winterberry feel, or keep the bright pinks and reds as a happy preview of spring.

    What kinds of projects have you made in multiples for gifts: hot pads, ornaments, gift tags, something else? Tell us in the comments!


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  9. Fabric collectors: welcome to Edyta Sitar’s scrappy world (+ fabric giveaway!)

    The next highly anticipated book from famed designer Edyta Sitar is here . . . and it’s a scrap-lover’s fantasy!

    Patches of Scraps

    Packed with breathtaking scrap quilts both old and new, Patches of Scraps gives you two inspiring ways to enjoy them. First, there are the awe-inspiring antiques:

    Barn Raising Log Cabin quilt
    Barn Raising Log Cabin, 64″ × 78″, Sitar Family collection, antique

    Enjoy page after page of gorgeous scrap quilts from yesteryear—most shared from Edyta’s private collection.

    From Patches of Scraps
    A peek at more antique quilts from the book

    Second comes the patterns: re-create 17 of Edyta’s scrap-packed masterpieces with your own mix of scraps! Photos for the book were taken at the Issaquah Depot in Issaquah, Washington. The 1888 Depot building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The caboose below was built in 1942 as No. 1206 for the Southern Pacific Railroad. We think the setting is perfect for Edyta’s quilts!

    From Patches of Scraps

    See all the quilts from Patches of Scraps >>>

    Like the quilts you’re seeing so far from Patches of Scraps? Then we think you’re going to LOVE the beautiful matching note cards!

    Patches of Scraps Note Cards
    Patches of Scraps Note Cards

    Perfect for thank-you notes, thinking-of-you notes, gift enclosures, teacher notes—or simply to say “Hello!”—this set of a dozen 5″ x 6¾" cards (two each of six designs) comes with envelopes and each card is blank inside, offering plenty of space to share your sentiments. Cards feature Edyta’s favorite vintage and modern-day quilts from the book. They’ll inspire you to send a sweet message to everyone you know. (They make a great gift for fellow quilters too—and Christmas is calling!)

    Flower Box quilt
    Flower Box, featured in
    Patches of Scraps Note Cards

    Our friends at Andover Fabrics sent along a stunning bundle of Edyta’s latest fabric line, called Something Blue, so we could give it away ALONG WITH a copy of Patches of Scraps AND a box of Patches of Scraps Note Cards to one lucky winner!

    Patches of ScrapsTo throw your hat in the ring for a chance to win, tell us:

    What size scrap is just big enough for you to save? (A 2″ square? A 5″ square? A 2″x4″ rectangle?) How small does a fabric scrap need to be before you toss it out?

    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 can’t wait to sit down with Edyta’s new book, you can order Patches of Scraps right now at our website, ShopMartingale.com.

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

    “My rule for my smallest scraps is 2 inch square or wonky pieces, and 1-inch string or strip.  Anything else goes in a dog-bed bag. Thank you for the chance.”

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


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  10. 🎁 9 no-sew gifts . . . for people who sew (+ special sale!) 🎁

    From Sleigh BellsMany quilters begin with a dream each January: to make something special for the all the quilty friends they have on their gift list.

    And then the months roll on . . .

    A year packed with jobs, kids, family, friends, vacations, housekeeping, clothes washing, dinner making—whew! Before you know it, the countdown to Christmas has started all over again.

    If you’re on track with holiday sewing for your best quilting buddies, we raise our rotary cutters to you—congrats! And if you’re a bit behind schedule, we’ve rounded up several gift ideas for you. They’re 100% no-sew. But they’ll delight every quilting fan on your gift list.

    GIFTS THAT GIVE ALL YEAR LONG: A 2019 QUILT CALENDAR

    Stitches to Savor 2019 CalendarStitches to Savor 2019 Calendar
    SAVE 20% NOW

    We are thrilled to once again bring you an all-new, awe-inspiring wall calendar featuring the work of Sue Spargo. Enjoy Sue’s captivating work all year long in this spectacular calendar, featuring a 3″ x 6″ at-a-glance calendar format. The format lets Sue’s quilts shine in big, beautiful photographs that are so realistic, when you hang the calendar, it actually looks like a quilt on the wall! (Patterns not included.)

    GIFTS FOR CREATIVE SOULS: QUILTING JOURNALS

    Simple ReflectionsSimple Reflections: A Journal for Memories and Musings

    Kim Diehl will inspire your sewing friends to keep a journal just for their creative side! In Simple Reflections, Kim’s gathered photographs of favorite quilts and more to share. Among gorgeous photos of Kim’s work, there’s plenty of space to jot down sewing notes, log quilting milestones, and record inspiration wherever it may strike. Kim’s included seasonal recipes too! Your giftees can bring the beauty of quilts wherever they go—a handy take-along size makes it easy to do. (Patterns not included.)

    A Quilter's JournalA Quilter’s Journal
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    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. Throughout the pages you’ll find fun prompts to answer all year long—they’ll get the creative juices flowing. And at a petite 5¼" x 8⅜", it’s the perfect size to carry along while you’re on the go. (Patterns not included.)

    GIFTS TO INSPIRE A CREATIVE LIFE: COFFEE-TABLE BOOKS

    Yoko Saito through the YearsYoko Saito through the Years

    This in-depth look at Yoko Saito’s quilts and quilted bags celebrates 40 years of her illustrious career. Each piece is featured in photography that reveals the tiny stitches, the subtle hues, and the surprising details that make her work a joy to study. Marvel at hundreds of fabrics, thousands of embroidery stitches, and Ms. Saito’s stunning appliqué—all sewn to perfection. This keepsake book offers a rare opportunity to explore the history of a legendary artist. (Patterns not included.)


    American Quilt TreasuresAmerican Quilt Treasures: Historic Quilts from the International Quilt Study Center & Museum
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    Take a fascinating journey through a curated collection of quilts housed at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, the largest publicly held quilt collection in the world. The museum graciously allowed Martingale to photograph 65 one-of-a-kind quilts, ranging from just 30 years old to an incredible 197 years old. You’ll be captivated by the creativity and persistence of quilters from the past—and discover the enduring impact that quilts of yesteryear have on the quiltmakers of today. (Patterns not included.)

    Minick and Simpson Blue & WhiteMinick and Simpson Blue & White: Living with Textiles You Love
    SAVE 20% NOW

    In this hardcover volume you’ll pore over page after page of breathtaking room settings, all in calming blues and crisp whites. Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson invite readers to explore their inspiring collections, from quilts and hooked rugs to darling antiques. Spotlighting three different homes featuring Americana, coastal, and classic styles, this book features delightful decorating ideas and loads of tips for creating a two-color look. (Patterns not included.)


    A Common ThreadA Common Thread: A Collection of Quilts by Gwen Marston
    SAVE 20% NOW

    Got a quilting BFF who loves to quilt off the pattern page? Don’t miss the opportunity to WOW him or her with this in-depth look at the work of Gwen Marston. The book chronicles five decades of Gwen’s fascinating career, from her beginnings as a traditional quilter to her “liberated” quilt era and beyond. This magnificently photographed collection of more than 65 quilts—curated by Gwen herself—invites readers to enjoy her journey, her artistry, and her process like never before. (Patterns not included.)

    Stitches to SavorStitches to Savor: A Celebration of Designs by Sue Spargo
    SAVE 20% NOW

    If you know someone captivated by color, texture, whimsy, creativity—and of course, quilts!—they’ll fall in love with this coffee-table book. From embellished leaves and fanciful birds to extravagant blooms, 200 lush, color-splashed photographs capture the pure magic that Sue Spargo makes with needle and thread. Sue’s work will summon creativity, light up inspiration, and delight anyone who dreams of making more time to stitch. (Patterns not included.)

    Of course you’ll want to make your wrapping as special as your gift—and these pretty gift tags are our gift to you! Simply download, print, cut out, and add names.

    Download your free printable Christmas gift tags here!

    Christmas Eve predictions: will you still be sewing, still be wrapping, or already be peacefully sleeping? Tell us in the comments!


    Sale ends December 2, 2018.


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