1. 🏡 House quilt-block tutorial (new video!)

    From I Love House BlocksEarlier this week we showed you how to sew a Churn Dash block; today we’ve got a House quilt-block tutorial for you!

    House quilts are hot—and they’re so much fun to make. You can personalize them in so many ways! Create a quilt that looks like your neighborhood or create the house of your dreams. But you’ll need to start with two basics that every house needs: a foundation for your fabric home and a roof overhead.

    In this video, featuring photos from the book Block-Buster Quilts: I Love House Blocks, you’ll see how easy it is start the construction of your houses. Take a look:


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    Wouldn’t a quilt full of houses be the perfect “house” warming gift?

    In I Love House Blocks, you’ll find quaint cottages, smart schoolhouses, trendy townhouses, big barns, and even houses in the ’burbs—and you know it wouldn’t be home sweet home for quilters without a Log Cabin. Whatever your vision of the perfect home is, you’ll find a design to inspire your construction! Take a look at just a few quilts from the book:

    Sherbet Town house quilt
    Make a Sherbet Town quilt in solids with Corey Yoder.

    Block Party house quilt
    Throw a Block Party with Sherri Falls.

    Tiny Town house quilt
    Stitch a Tiny Town with Carrie Nelson (finished quilt: 22″ × 25¾").

    Neighborhood house quilt
    Sew an ode to your Neighborhood with Sherri McConnell!

    Explore more books in our “Block-Buster Quilts” series:

    I Love Nine Patches I Love Churn Dashes I Love Star Blocks I Love Log Cabins

    How would you personalize your house blocks: trees, shutters, pets, a garden . . . a few weeds? Tell us in the comments!

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  2. New video! 📹 Make an easy Churn Dash quilt block

    Summer Dash quiltDid you know that the Churn Dash block dates back to the early nineteenth century? It’s made from elements—usually half-square-triangle units, rectangles, and a square—placed in a Nine Patch–style grid. The simplicity of the layout makes the Churn Dash block a favorite among many quilters (including Kim Diehl!).

    There are LOTS of fun variations on this classic block—the design has been around so long, of course quilters would think of new ways to “churn” things up! But before we delve into those fun variations, let’s learn how to make a Churn Dash block in its most basic form. Here’s our latest video to show you how!


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    Carriage Wheels Churn Dash blockAnother interesting fact about Churn Dash is its name, which is also a clue to its history. The term comes from the design’s resemblance to the staff or pole (referred to as the dash) used in a traditional wooden butter churn.

    While Churn Dash is the most common name for this block, you might also hear it called Monkey Wrench, Double Wrench, Hole in the Barn Door, or Lincoln’s Platform, among other names. As is the case with many traditional blocks, different names for the same basic design tend to pop up over time, depending on the era or region.

    In Block-Buster Quilts: I Love Churn Dashes, you’ll find 15 creative takes on Churn Dash—note how the block slides into traditional quilts and modern quilts with the same amount of charm:

    Butterscotch and Blue quilt
    Butterscotch and Blue by Jo Morton

    Churn Dash Daze quilt
    Churn Dash Daze by Amy Ellis

    Carriage Wheels Churn Dash quilt
    Carriage Wheels by Carol Hopkins

    Toast and Cheddar Churn Dash quilt
    Toast and Cheddar by Churn Dash mega-fan, Kim Diehl

    So many churns, so many dashes—so little time! See 11 more quilts from I Love Churn Dashes here.

    Do you know this classic block as Churn Dash, Monkey Wrench, Hole in the Barn Door, or something else? Tell us in the comments—we love them all!

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  3. Flawless Flying Geese: a flip-and-trim technique (new video!)

    From American Quilt TreasuresFlying-geese units are a staple in quiltmaking, and there are lots of ways to make them (here are four ways—the four-at-a-time method is pretty cool!). But if your ¼" seam is just a smidge off, it can cause those geese to fly off kilter when it comes time to sew units together. And that’s no way to get your quilt to take flight!

    Carol Hopkins, author of the best-selling “Civil War Legacies” series, is the princess of precise piecing. At spring Quilt Market, she showed us how she gets her flying-geese units to fly flawlessly into her quilts. Don’t miss this tip—a tiny trim is truly all you need!


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    We love how Carol’s teeny trimming technique will not only square up your units, it’ll make them fit together with ALL those other units you’re sure to be stitching!

    Now that you know how to perfect your flying-geese piecing, you can use your skills in a flock of Carol’s flying-geese quilts, including:

    Abigail's Gowns quilt
    Abigail’s Gowns from
    Civil War Legacies II

    Blue and Gray Trail quilt
    Blue and Gray Trail from
    Civil War Legacies IV (coming January 2018)

    Thorns and Roses quilt
    Thorns and Roses from
    Civil War Legacies II

    And don’t forget all the beautiful blocks you can make (in a decidedly different size) with Carol’s book, coauthored with Linda M. Koenig, The 4 x 5 Quilt-Block Anthology!

    From the 4" x 5" Quilt-Block Anthology
    Blocks from
    The 4″ x 5″ Quilt-Block Anthology

    Civil War Legacies seriesWhat’s your favorite way to make flying-geese units: one at a time, four at a time, or as-many-times-as-possible at a time? Tell us in the comments!

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  4. Simple quilts from Me and My Sister Designs – Layer-Cake style! (+giveaway)

    Get ready for more sensationally simple quilts from Me and My Sister Designs—and this time, they’re all made with lovely Layer Cakes!

    Designing sisters Barb and Mary are famous for those little tricks that make simple blocks look more complex than they truly are. And in Easy Layer-Cake Quilts, they’re at it again! Put your precious Layer Cakes to work in 11 quilts that are easy AND as pretty as can be.

    A Layer Cake, a background fabric, and a border fabric are about all you need to begin any of the quilts. And just look at all the fun-to-stitch projects you can create—choose from:

    Cake Walk quilt
    A stitch-and-flip Cakewalk quilt

    Chevrons, Anyone? quilt
    A Chevron-style string quilt

    Off-Center Log Cabin quilt
    This off-center Off the Grid quilt

    Pieced Flower quilt
    And a pretty pieced-flower quilt (for those who love flowers but are allergic to appliqué)

    Let this dynamic duo teach you how to whip your Layer Cakes into tasty quilts—for cuddling, for giving, or just because!

    We’re happy to welcome Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson back to Stitch This! as guest writers today. Tell us about your latest book, Layer-Cake ladies!


    Me and My Sister DesignsLayer Cakes! For us there couldn’t be a more fitting name for a fabric precut. After all, it’s our favorite dessert in the form of fabric, and it doesn’t get much better than that! So it would make perfect sense for us to create a new book just to celebrate a wonderful precut.

    Easy Layer-Cake Quilts features 11 projects, each made using Layer-Cake precuts. All of the quilts are designed for confident beginners and beyond. None are overly time intensive, and most can be completed in a few days.

    So, what is a Layer Cake?

    Layer Cake is a term trademarked by Moda Fabrics to describe a bundle of 42 precut fabric squares that measure 10″ x 10″. Each Layer Cake usually contains at least one square of each fabric from an entire fabric collection.

    We LOVE Layer Cakes . . . and here are 10 reasons why!

    House quilt1. We love that when we purchase a Layer Cake, we get a piece of everything in a fabric collection.

    2. We love that it’s an affordable way to get our fabric fix when we can’t decide which fabrics to buy off the bolt.

    3. We love that we can hide Layer Cakes in our purses when bringing them into the house and keep our purchases top secret.

    4. We love that they fit easily in our stashes.

    Flower Pot quilt5. We love that when we talk about Layer Cakes, our husbands think we’re talking about food.

    6. We love that patterns that use Layer Cakes are fast, fun, and easy.

    7. We love that we don’t need to have any idea of what we might be making when we purchase Layer Cakes. We know we can find something to do with them in Easy Layer-Cake Quilts!

    8. We love Layer Cakes because we’d rather be sewing than cutting.

    9. We love Layer Cakes because we get four times the fabric of a charm square.

    10. We love Layer Cakes because they’re low-cal!

    We hope you enjoy our latest book and can find projects to create something beautiful with your favorite Layer Cakes! For best results, be sure to read the “quilt recipes” carefully before baking/sewing!


    Easy Layer Cake QuiltsBarb and Mary, thanks for sharing your new book with us—you being here is icing on the (Layer) Cake!

    What do you love most about Layer Cakes—less cutting, easy fabric fix, low-cal? 😊 Tell us your answer in the comments and you’ll be automatically entered to win a copy of the Easy Layer-Cake Quilts eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    Ready to serve up a Layer-Cake quilt with Me and My Sister Designs? Order Easy Layer-Cake Quilts at our website and instantly download the eBook version for free.

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  5. This video makes it SO easy to choose colors for your quilts 🎨

    You’ve carved out a few hours to quilt, and you want to start something new. Whoo-hoo!

    You pore over your books and peruse your patterns. Ah-ha! You found the perfect quilt to get started.

    Now, time to choose colors. You approach your stash, start pulling fabrics . . . and all of a sudden you feel a wave of anxiety wash over you. So many fabrics, so many colors. How do you even begin to decide which colors make the grade?

    Say so-long to that scary feeling! We’ve got a little tip for you today from Brigitte Heitland, interior designer and author of Zen Chic Inspired. Her approach will set you straight on your way to choosing colors with ease.

    We caught up with Brigitte at Spring Quilt Market and she showed us how she likes to choose colors for her quilts. All you need is a picture and paint chips to create a winning palette. Watch and see!


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    In Zen Chic Inspired, Brigitte shares tons of tips for creating quilts that capture your unique style, along with a dozen step-by-step quilt patterns. No difficult design concepts here—Brigitte’s approach is innovative and fun. From turning a pixelated image of your space into a color palette, to transforming the shapes in a room (a lamp, a cushion, a coffee cup) into a foundation for a show-stopping quilt, you’ll love Brigitte’s practical advice for designing quilts that tell your story. And the styled room shots that inspired the 12 quilt patterns inside? 😍 Gorgeous!

    Click here for another video example from Brigitte on how to choose colors for your quilts. And if you’re ready to learn more from Brigitte, pick up Zen Chic Inspired at your local quilt shop or at our website, ShopMartingale.com.

    So, how do you typically pick colors for your quilts?

    • I’m a planner—I carefully choose where every color goes.
    • Sometimes I plan and sometimes I let the chips fall where they may.
    • I piece randomly—I don’t know what my quilts will look like until the very end!

    Tell us in the comments!

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  6. ⏰ Flash sale! Easy Quilts for Beginners and Beyond (beyond beautiful!)

    Sometimes, don’tcha just want to make a quilt that’s EASY?

    We’re all for challenges—we want to improve our knowledge and skills. But there’s a time and a place for easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy, start-to-finish sewing fun.

    That time is now . . . and that place is right here at Stitch This! Because this weekend only, you can download 14 easy and beautiful quilt patterns for only SIX BUCKS. They’re all in the eBook Easy Quilts for Beginners and Beyond: 14 Quilt Patterns from Quiltmaker Magazine!

    So, what kinds of quilts are truly EASY to sew?

    Quilts with repeating shapes that are simple to cut:

    Cobblestones quilt
    Cobblestones

    Quilts with few or no points to match within a block:

    Coin Collecting quilt
    Coin Collecting

    Quilts that use large patches of beautiful fabric:

    Porcelain Petals quilt
    Porcelain Petals

    Improvisational piecing (where matching doesn’t matter!):

    Summer Solstice quilt
    Summer Solstice

    And strips, strips, strips!

    Cafe Mocha quilt
    Café Mocha

    See 9 more quilts from Easy Quilts for Beginners and Beyond >>>

    What springs to mind when you hear “easy quilts”: triangle-free piecing, big-big blocks, fusible appliqué, something else? Tell us in the comments—and place your order for Easy Quilts for Beginners and Beyond  before our flash sale disappears!

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  7. Masterpiece quilts with just 2 colors: Edyta Sitar’s latest (+ giveaway!)

    Martingale is distributing books for a select group of other publishers, including Patches of Blue from Laundry Basket Quilts. This new book filled with 17 patterns by Edyta Sitar is just TWO beautiful—and it may inspire you to begin a TWO-color obsession!

    Patches of Blue

    You’ll discover TWO delightful ways to enjoy the classic combination of blue and white in Patches of Blue!

    First: the patterns. Quilting star Edyta Sitar (aka Laundry Basket Quilts) has created 17 breathtaking designs in crisp, cool blues and whites that you can re-create with your own fabric collection. Check your stash—use hues of blues from baby to navy, and tones of white from snow and cream to eggshell and ivory. And all the lovely shades in between!

    Quilts from Patches of Blue
    Quilts from
    Patches of Blue

    Quilts are shown in lavish photography, capturing the ambiance of Edyta’s new home in coastal southern California. The ocean, the sky, the breeze, the quilts—all a spectacular sight!

    First Flakes quilt
    First Flakes

    Second: the antiques. In a gallery of quilter’s eye candy at the front of the book, you’ll find photos of gorgeous blue-and-white quilts from yesteryear, shared from the private collections of Edyta and her friends, plus a few of Edyta’s more recent quilts. From simple Snowball quilts to glorious renditions of Ocean Waves, Compass, and Wedding Ring, you’ll love peeking into these pages of quilt history, back when blue and white was just as timeless as it is today.

    Blue and white antique quilts
    Left: Compass, 67″ × 80″, Pat Cox collection. Right: Appliqué, 73″ × 82″, Pat Cox collection.

    The book is a TWO-for-one treat: 128 pages of true blue-and-white bliss!

    Edyta SitarIn the introduction to Patches of Blue, Edyta writes, “Blue is my favorite color. The combination of blue and white together is so fresh, and I enjoy the simplicity of creating quilts with patches of blue against a canvas of lights. The result is relaxing, inviting, simple, yet elegant. It’s a color combination that’s been popular for centuries and quilters today seem to continue their love affair with it.”

    When you peruse Patches of Blue, there’s a good chance your favorite color might become blue, too!

    Blue Spruce quilt
    Edyta’s Blue Spruce quilt hangs on the wall next to her grandmother’s laundry basket, which inspired her company name.

    Here’s a peek at more pages from Patches of Blue:

    FABRIC GIVEAWAY! Edyta sent us a beautiful bundle of her line with Andover Fabrics, called Blue Sky, so we could give it away to one lucky winner!

    Patches of BlueTo be automatically entered into the giveaway to win the bundle and a copy of Patches of Blue, tell us:

    Which blue are you?

    Baby blue: I live a lighthearted life with an upbeat vibe.

    Cornflower blue: My favorite place in life is right in the middle.

    Navy blue: I enjoy the more majestic side of life.

    Or maybe a different blue looks good on you?

    Tell us 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 if you can’t wait to sit down with Edyta’s new book, you can order Patches of Blue right now at ShopMartingale.com.

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  8. 😍 Awe-inspiring applique: a peek at Yoko Saito’s 138 Original Applique Designs

    We are so excited to be distributing books produced by Stitch Publications—including books by famed Japanese quilt designer Yoko Saito! Over the next several weeks we’ll be sharing more details with you about these gorgeous books.

    Today we’re sharing a peek into 138 Original Appliqué Designs by Yoko Saito. If you’re familiar with Ms. Saito’s work, you know she’s famous for her magnificent appliqué and her one-of-a-kind neutral color palettes. If you aren’t familiar with Yoko Saito, you are in for a treat today!

    138 Original Applique Designs
    138 Original Appliqué Designs

    At a substantial 230 pages, this vast collection of Yoko Saito’s appliqué patterns ranges from whimsical and charming to simply breathtaking. The book also includes 20 projects that can showcase any appliqué motifs you choose. Lush, detailed photos of both blocks and projects reveal Ms. Saito’s flawless work and her meticulous attention to every detail.

    Mushroom Gathering applique motif
    Detail of the Mushroom Gathering appliqué motif, used on the Side Pocket Bag

    Side Pocket Bag
    Side Pocket Bag

    The book looks, feels, and reads like an indulgent coffee-table book, drawing you in with each turn of the page as you anticipate what the next motif will be. Chapters are organized by type of motif and include Animals in the Zoo, Designs for Children, My Favorite Things, Botanical Motifs, The Alphabet, and Borders and Repeatable Patterns.

    Sewing Pouch
    This Sewing Pouch features the Sewing Shears, Pincushion, and Rotary Cutter appliqué motifs

    Yoko SaitoIn the introduction to the 138 Original Appliqué Designs, Ms. Saito writes, “If you know my work, you know I love to appliqué. I find the process of cutting small pieces of fabric and precisely layering them into place while blind stitching them down to create pictures incredibly appealing . . . I hope you come to love the process of picking fabrics and the appliqué technique as much as I do and incorporate it into your work.”


    Umbrella Bag
    For a rainy day: Umbrella Bag

    Little Pouch
    For a hoppin’ day: Little Pouch

    Find favorite childhood characters, robots, and friendly monsters; a primitive-style alphabet with motifs that correspond with each letter; glorious flowers and fronds; and appliquéd animals to charm and delight. 138 Original Appliqué Designs is a must-have book for appliqué enthusiasts, lovers of Japanese style, and of course, Yoko Saito fans!

    Acorn Handbag
    Acorn Handbag

    You can order your copy of Yoko Saito’s 138 Original Appliqué Designs at our website, ShopMartingale.com. See more books from Stitch Publications here. Which Stitch Publications book would you like to see featured next? Let us know in the comments!

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

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  9. Do you stay stitch your quilts? Pat Sloan says . . .

    Have you heard of stay stitching? Many quilters stay stitch their quilt tops before machine quilting. But what is stay stitching, and why would you do it?

    Essentially, stay stitching is simply sewing around the edge of your quilt top to stabilize seams. It’s particularly helpful when there are a lot of patchwork seams on the outer edge of your quilt top. With all the rolling, unrolling, scrunching, and smooshing that occurs during machine quilting, or even hand quilting, stay stitching prevents those outer patchwork seams from unraveling.

    In her book Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt, Pat Sloan shares how she does stay stitching, and in the video below, she shows you!


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    Find comprehensive how-to instructions for machine quilting—including walking-foot quilting and free-motion quilting—in Pat’s book Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt, along with nine pretty projects to practice your machine quilting on:

    From Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Machine Quilt
    Projects from
    Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt

    You’ll be proud of the machine quilting you can do right at home!

    Do you stay stitch your quilt tops in preparation for machine quilting? Tell us in the comments!

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  10. Kim Diehl. New book. Enough said. Come see! 🍁 (+ giveaway!)

    In her 11th “Simple” book, Kim Diehl is in her happy place—the autumn season!

    Simple Harvest

    Packed with projects, decorating ideas, sewing tips, and even recipes, Simple Harvest is your gorgeous one-stop guide to capturing the colors, the warmth, and the cozy feel of fall.

    Mix snuggly wools and crisp cottons in 19 pretty projects that will inspire you all season long. Want to make something quick? Try Kim’s mini penny garland, half-pint mason-jar pincushion, or the cutest little needle keep you’ve ever seen (yes, you need another one!).


    The perfect little Christmas gifts!

    Want to re-create one of Kim’s masterpieces? Her October Twilight and Harvest Tapestry quilts will take your breath away.


    October Twilight


    Harvest Tapestry

    No need for appliqué fears—Kim will make you a convert with her ingenious invisible machine-appliqué technique. Best of all? These projects may celebrate fall, but you can display, use, and cuddle with them throughout the year!

    We’re excited to have Kim here as a guest writer to tell us more about her latest “Simple” book. Welcome, Kim!

    But first . . .


    BOOK & FABRIC GIVEAWAY! Our friends at Henry Glass sent us a beautiful bundle of Kim Diehl’s fabric line, Sunday Best, to give to one lucky winner!

    Learn how you can win the bundle plus a copy of Simple Harvest at the end of this post.


    Kim DiehlThe air has become crisp and cool, leaves are turning tawny shades of gold, and I’ve busted out my best fuzzy socks. This can only mean that autumn is here! And thanks to a very timely delivery by the package man in the big brown truck, so are my Simple Harvest quilts and projects. After months of my projects being away for photography, they’re finally back home!

    Maybe I should be a little bit embarrassed to tell you how fast I ripped into the boxes (the phrase “monkey on a banana” comes to mind), but I have no shame when it comes to all things fall. My two-year-old grandie, Puddin Cup, gladly helped me unwrap the “fancy blankies” and we had the best time petting wool and welcoming my harvest-time goodies back home.

    Dresden Dish Garden quilt
    A fancy blankie indeed: Kim’s Dresden Dish Garden Quilt

    Each book in my “Simple” series has been special to me, and there was a time when I couldn’t possibly have picked a favorite, but that was before Simple Harvest! With no arm-twisting whatsoever, I can freely admit that stitching the quilts and projects for this book totally took me to my happy place, and being able to include recipes for my favorite harvesttime munchies (which of course meant MUCH sampling) shot this book right to the top of my list.

    Buttery Caramel Corn recipe
    A recipe to share from Simple Harvest: Buttery Caramel Corn! Martingale content director Karen Soltys made this goodie as a gift for her knitting group and they loved it. Download a pdf of the recipe here.

    My approach to decorating for autumn has always been to stitch a variety of projects that can be tucked all around the house, rather than spreading a single quilt on the bed and calling it good.

    Autumn Abundance Bedroom Set
    Autumn-infused pillows, plus a bed runner and curtain topper: Autumn Abundance Bedroom Set

    Whipping up scads of quilted throws, bed runners, wall hangings, pillows, mug mats, and more gives you the ability to surround yourself with little bits of harvesty goodness, often in surprising and unexpected places. Even better, many of these Simple Harvest projects are perfect for some on-the-go hand stitching, and their size makes them super approachable—they can be easily started AND finished.

    First Frost Table Accessories
    First Frost Table Accessories

    Thank you so much for letting me share a little bit about this book…it’s my hope that you’ll pull on YOUR favorite fuzzy socks, dive into a new autumn project, and enjoy some simple stitching time.

    Kim's quilts and more at home
    Kim’s quilts and more are back home—and being put to beautiful use!


    Simple HarvestThanks for giving us a peek into your new book, Kim!

    What do you love most about autumn: the crunch of leaves under your feet, the arrival of sweater weather, pumpkin-flavored everythingKim’s latest book? Tell us in the comments and you’ll be automatically entered to win the Sunday Best bundle from Henry Glass and a copy of Simple Harvest! We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

    Ready to join Kim and start a new autumn project now? Pick up Simple Harvest at our website and you can instantly download the eBook for free.

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