1. Semiannual warehouse sale: spotlight on scrap quilts (did you miss these $6 books?)

    Scrap savers, don’t miss this chance to steal a deal on the scrap-friendly quilt books below—just $6 each!—filled with patterns that’ll give you the inspiration and the how-to you need to make something beautiful out of all those scraps you’ve lovingly saved.

    FROM KIM DIEHL

    Simple Blessings
    Simple Blessings
    Kim Diehl’s first collection of warm,
    inviting quilts
    Simple Appeal
    Simple Appeal
    More gorgeous scrap quilts from Kim!
    .

    From Simple Appeal
    From
    Simple Appeal


    FROM THE MODA ALL-STARS

    Moda All-Stars: Scraps Made Simple
    Moda All-Stars: Scraps
    Made Simple

    Take scrap quilting to the next level—
    with precuts!
    Moda All-Stars: All in a Row
    Moda All-Stars: All in a Row
    24 mix-and-match rows from the
    All-Stars
    .

    From Moda All-Stars: All in a Row
    From
    Moda All-Stars: All in a Row


    MORE SCRAPPY FAVORITES

    Scrap Quilts Fit for a Queen
    Scrap Quilts Fit for a Queen
    10 scrappy bed-sized quilts
    .
    All-Time Favorite Scrap Quilts from That Patchwork Place
    All-Time Favorite Scrap Quilts
    from That Patchwork Place
    ®
    18 stunning quilts for plentiful stashes

    My Cotswold Cottages quilt
    My Cotswold Cottages from
    All-Time Favorite Scrap Quilts from That Patchwork Place®

    Visit this link to see all 95+ books
    in our semiannual warehouse sale—
    ONLY $6 EACH through Monday, September 24!

    And remember to pick yourself up a beautiful coffee-table book too—they’re all on sale for $18.00 each (48% off or more!) through September 24:

    American Quilt Treasures Minick and Simpson Blue & White
    A Common Thread Stitches to Savor

    Have you shopped our warehouse sale? Tell us which scrappy books you scored in the comments!


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  2. Semiannual warehouse sale: spotlight on techniques (did you miss these $6 books?)

    School’s in, sewing machines are out! Try some out-of-the-box fun with our beautiful and handy how-to books! Each one below is on sale for just SIX BUCKS—they’ll teach you new tricks you can keep in your quiltmaking tool belt and whip out whenever you want. Isn’t it nice to have creative options?



    Piecing Techniques

    Crazy at the Cabin
    Crazy at the Cabin
    Crazy piecing that’s easy to do
    and oh-so cute!
    .
    Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Sew Triangles
    Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew
    Triangles
    13 different ways to sew triangles + 12 projects

    Appliqué Techniques

    Simple Applique
    Simple Appliqué
    Kim’s six favorite techniques revealed!
    .
    Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Applique
    Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Appliqué
    Fusible appliqué that’s soft and
    drapey—and easy

    Finishing Techniques

    Quiltmaking Essentials 2
    Quiltmaking Essentials 2
    Learn the secrets of successful quilt
    construction
    Machine Quilting with Style
    Machine Quilting with Style
    All skill levels: 8 walking-foot and
    10 free-motion motifs + 12 patterns

    English-Paper-Piecing Techniques

    English Paper Piecing
    English Paper Piecing
    Hexagons, diamonds, pentagons, and Dresdens
    English Paper Piecing II
    English Paper Piecing II
    Sequel with 12 gorgeous EPP patterns
    .

    Technique Books for Knitters

    Knitter's Know-How
    Knitter’s Know- How
    A book every knitter should own!
    Cast On, Bind Off
    Cast On, Bind Off
    Hardcover, spiral bound, 200+ techniques
    The Sock Knitter's Handbook
    The Sock Knitter’s
    Handbook

    Demystify socks with this handy hardcover volume

    Visit this link to see all 95+ books
    in our semiannual warehouse sale—
    ONLY $6 EACH through Monday, September 24!

    While you’re shopping, remember to pick yourself up a beautiful coffee-table book too—they’re all on sale for $18.00 each (that’s 48% off or more!) through September 24:

    American Quilt Treasures Minick and Simpson Blue & White
    A Common Thread Stitches to Savor

    Have you shopped our warehouse sale yet? Tell us which technique books you’re getting in the comments!


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  3. Semiannual warehouse sale: spotlight on reproduction quilts (did you miss these $6 books?)

    Reproduction-fabric fans, don’t miss this chance to steal a deal on the inspiring books below—just $6 each!—filled with patterns that’ll give you the inspiration and the how-to you need to make beautiful use of all the repros you’ve been collecting!

    Remembering the PastRemembering the Past
    Enjoy new and antique
    versions of stunning quilts
    .
    19th Century Patchwork Divas' Treasury of Quilts
    19th-Century Patchwork Divas’
    Treasury of Quilts
    From quilters who love antique
    quilts as much as you do!

    Petite Stars quilt
    Petite Stars from
    Remembering the Past


    .
    Civil War Legacies II
    Civil War Legacies II
    Smaller quilts ideal for
    your reproduction scraps
    .Preserving History
    Preserving History

    History-rich quilts spanning
    the late 1800s through the 1930s

    Lizzie's Tents quilt
    Lizzie’s Tents from
    Civil War Legacies II


    .
    Candy Store and More
    Candy Store and More
    Inspired by antique patterns
    discovered in old newspapers
    Vintage Vibe
    Vintage Vibe

    A little bit vintage, a little bit modern

    Scrap Jars quilt
    Scrap Jars from
    Vintage Vibe

    Visit this link to see all 95+ books
    in our semiannual warehouse sale—
    ONLY $6 EACH through Monday, September 24!

    While you’re shopping, remember to pick yourself up a beautiful coffee-table book too—four are on sale for $18.00 each (that’s 48% off or more!) through September 24!

    American Quilt Treasures Minick and Simpson Blue & White
    A Common Thread Stitches to Savor

    Have you shopped our warehouse sale yet? Tell us which books you chose in the comments!


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  4. Semiannual warehouse sale: spotlight on precuts (did you miss these $6 books?)

    What’s your favorite fabric cut? Don’t pass up the chance to steal a deal on the precut-friendly books below—just $6 each!—filled with patterns that’ll give your fat quarters, squares, and strips a lovely place to call home.


    Do you stash: FAT QUARTERS?

    Scrappy Fat Quarter Quilts
    Scrappy Fat Quarter
    Quilts

    From Fons & Porter
    Fat-Quarter Quickies
    Fat-Quarter
    Quickies
    From the Teacher’s Pet
    Fast Fat-Quarter Quilts
    Fast Fat-Quarter
    Quilts
    Fabulously fast!

    Triangle Surprise quilt
    Triangle Surprise by Edyta Sitar, from
    Scrappy Fat Quarter Quilts


    Do you stash: SQUARES OF ALL SORTS?

    Another Bite of Schnibbles
    Another Bite of Schnibbles
    For charms and Layer Cakes
    The Big Book of Nickel Quilts
    The Big Book of Nickel Quilts
    40 projects for 5″ scraps

    Country Threads Goes to Charm School
    Country Threads Goes to
    Charm School
    For your charming 5″ x 5″ packs
    Back to Charm School
    Back to Charm School
    More charmers from Country Threads

    Reveille quilt
    Reveille by Carrie Nelson, from
    Another Bite of Schnibbles


    Do you stash: JELLY ROLL STRIPS?


    .
    Strip Savvy
    Strip Savvy
    Bright designs,
    classic blocks
    .
    Striking Strip Quilts
    Striking Strip Quilts
    Beyond the basics
    .
    Jelly Babies
    Jelly Babies
    14 strippy quilts, baby style

    Twinkle Twinkle quilt
    Twinkle Twinkle by Kate Henderson, from
    Striking Strip Quilts


    Is your stash: A PRECUT PALOOZA?

    A Cut Above
    A Cut Above
    5″ and 10″ squares, 2½" strips,
    fat quarters, and fat eighths
    Seamingly Scrappy
    Seamingly Scrappy
    Fat quarters, fat eighths, 2½"
    strips, and 5″ and 10″ squares
    One Bundle of Fun
    One Bundle of Fun
    Jelly Rolls, fat-quarter bundles,
    and Layer Cakes
    .
    Seems Like Scrappy
    Seems Like Scrappy
    Fat quarters, fat eighths, 5″ and 10″ squares, and Jelly Rolls

    Annabelle quilt
    Annabelle by Rebecca Silbaugh, from
    Seems Like Scrappy

    Visit this link to see all 95+ books in our semiannual warehouse sale—
    ONLY $6 EACH through Monday, September 24!

    Have you shopped our warehouse sale yet? Tell us which books you scored in the comments!


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  5. 📚 It’s baaack! Semi-Annual Warehouse Sale starts TODAY 📚

    Our stupendous Semi-Annual Warehouse Sale starts
    right here, right now—you’ve just GOT to steal these deals!



    Add select books to your shopping cart at ShopMartingale.com for only $6 each. Choose from 95+ titles featuring the inspiring beauty and quality instruction you love in Martingale books.

    Browse the featured books below OR visit this link to see all discounted books. But don’t delay—quantities are limited and we can’t guarantee that we won’t run out of stock during this epic sale!

    >>> Heads up! Check the end of this post for another
    extraordinary deal on four of our gorgeous coffee-table books! <<<

    When your purchase totals $40 or more, we’ll even pay for your shipping in the USA!*

    Take a look at just a few of the books on sale through September 24, while supplies last:


    $6 quilting books: SEW MUCH to choose from!

    'Tis the Season Vintage Vibe Spotlight on Neutrals Block-Buster Quilts: I Love Churn Dashes
    Simple Appeal 501 Quilting Motifs Stash Lab Skip the Borders
    Here Comes Winter Moda All-Stars: All in a Row Sew, Slice, Spin, and Sash Block-Buster Quilts: I Love Log Cabins

    $6 sewing books: start your (sewing-machine) engines!

    Sew This and That! Baby Bliss Windy City Bags

    $6 knitting books: start a new project (or a new hobby)!

    Pick Your Stitch, Build a Blanket The Big Book of Knitted Monsters Sock-Yarn Accessories Slip-Stitch Knits

    $6 crochet books: hook the day away!

    Crochet Pink 9 Months to Crochet Crocheted Softies Boho Crochet

    But wait—we’ve got
    ANOTHER EXTRAORDINARY DEAL!

    If you’ve ever swooned over our exquisite coffee table books, now’s the time to treat yourself!

    While supplies last, get any of these four gorgeous, indulgent, color-splashed and photo-packed hardcover books for just $18 each—that’s at least 48% off the retail price!

    American Quilt Treasures Minick and Simpson Blue & White
    A Common Thread Stitches to Savor

    These keepsake hardcover books retail for $34.99 to $36.99 each, but right now you can order your favorite (or all four!) for only $18 apiece! Inside you’ll find a lifetime of inspiration for stitchers of all kinds. Order them just for you, or buy them in multiples and give as gifts—there’s no better present for stitchers than the gift of inspiration!

    HAVE FUN SHOPPING—AND STITCHING!


    *Free shipping to USA only. All sales are final. Due to volume, orders may take up to 15 days to process. (But our shipping department is awesome—your books will arrive as soon as humanly possible!)


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  6. Crossover crafter (or curious crafter?) Learn crochet with this quick tutorial

    Are you a crossover crafter? Many of us at Martingale do more than just quilt! Crochet is one of those crafts that calls out to us—it’s easy to learn, you don’t need much in the way of supplies, and you can take your work with you anywhere.

    Crochet a star flowerNever crocheted before, but always wanted to give it a try? Or maybe you just need to brush up on the basics. Either way, you’re in luck! Not only do we have four FREE eBooklets that you can download on the topic—we’ve also got a simple star-flower pattern below that you can crochet today!

    This cute pattern comes from A to Z of Crochet, a best-selling book that’s taught tens of thousands of beginning crocheters. From supplies and tools to beginning stitches and beyond, A to Z of Crochet will set you on the path to becoming a crossover crocheter. Plus, it includes more than 1,000 photos of real hands holding real yarn. The photos make learning so easy.

    Now—it’s time to make a crocheted flower of your own! All you need is a crochet hook and a small amount of yarn (this easy crochet flower pattern is a fast, fun way to use up leftover yarn). Learn how to crochet a simple flower in the tutorial below; then have fun embellishing hats, sweaters, bags, and more with your blooms.

    Here are the abbreviations you’ll need to know to make your flower:


    How to Make a Star Flower

    from A to Z of Crochet

    1. Begin with a slipknot and work three chains. Join the chains into a ring by working a sl st through the first ch.

    1. Taking the hook through the ring, work a sc, then work ten chains.

    1. Work a sc into the third ch from the hook.

    1. Work a hdc into the next ch, a dc into the next ch, a tr into each of the next two chs, a dc into the next ch, a hdc into the next chain, and a sc into the last ch.

    1. Rep steps 2–4 four more times. You will have five petals.
    2. Work a sl st into the very first sc that you worked.

    1. Fasten off the yarn but do not trim the tails; these can be used to attach the flower.


    After you’ve made one crochet flower, you won’t be able to resist making more! And there are lots of ways to show them off:

    • Make a bouquet and stitch them to a solid-colored afghan
    • Pin a cluster of blooms to your favorite cardigan
    • Crochet an autumn-colored garden of flowers and attach them to a grapevine or faux-greenery wreath for a welcoming door decoration this fall

    A to Z of CrochetHere’s what people are saying about A to Z of Crochet:

    “I think every person who enjoys crochet would find this book helpful. The stitches and techniques are explained extremely well. Having a book that illustrates the stitches and how they should look in swatches is perfect for me. Youtube is great if you want to see a video on a stitch. But I prefer a book at hand for a quick reference. So, if you want to learn to crochet or simply need help with more intricate work, this book will more than meet your needs.”

    “Exactly what I needed! I’m a novice at best when it comes to my crocheting skills lol. This book was perfect! Pictures are sooooo helpful!”

    “Great book, especially for beginners. Has all the stitches I need to know. It has been years since I crocheted, and I’m happy this book not only has all the stitches, but the instructions on how to develop them are clear and well written.”

    Get your copy of A to Z of Crochet to start your crossover-crafting adventure—less than 20 bucks and you’ll be on your way!

    What kinds of crossover crafts do you enjoy: crocheting, knitting, punchneedle, clothes sewing? Tell us in the comments!


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  7. 🎅 Merry making with the Moda All-Stars 🎁 (+ big giveaway!)

    Good morning, friends! If you follow Martingale on Instagram or Facebook, you know we’ve been counting down the days to the release of the latest Moda All-Stars book. We’re feeling SEW jolly that the Merry Makers are finally here!

    Moda All-Stars: Merry Makers

    Get your patchwork presents wrapped and ready with plenty of time to spare—15 famed Moda designers are ready to become your helpful elves. Complete most of these fun projects in a weekend or quicker. No need to fear the Christmas time crunch!

    From Moda All-Stars: Merry Makers

    Choose from speedy stockings, pincushions, and coasters to make in multiples. Or, pick a patchwork project: lap quilts, table runners, and other deck-the-halls designs abound. Inside the book you’ll also find out which holiday traditions are All-Star favorites. For instance:

    What’s Jo Morton’s favorite holiday tradition? Heading to nearby Omaha to enjoy the sights and sounds in the Old Market.

    Christmastide Coasters
    Mini Broken Dishes and Sawtooth Star blocks will dress up side and coffee tables—we’d use them year-round!

    What’s Lisa Bongean’s favorite holiday tradition? Decorating cookies with her grandson.

    Wool Snowman Door Hanging
    Fusible appliqué makes building this snowman a snap.

    What’s Carrie Nelson’s favorite holiday tradition? Christmas music. All. Day. Long. For weeks.

    Holiday Pinnies
    Carrie shares four holiday-pinnie patterns in the book plus nine smart tips for making them (she knows quite a bit about
    pinnie patchwork!).

    There’s something in Moda All-Stars: Merry Makers for everyone on your gift list and for every fabric stash: get your precuts, yardage, and scraps ready to start your own merry making! See all the projects from Moda All-Stars: Merry Makers here.

    One thing that hasn’t changed between this book and all the other “Moda All-Stars” books is that YOU are still making a difference for good! Together, the designers are donating royalties from the book’s sales to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. The group’s mission is to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute them to less fortunate children at Christmas. The gift of a new toy brings the joy of the giving season and sends a message of hope to America’s less fortunate children. Your purchase of Moda All-Stars: Merry Makers will help the foundation do just that.

    Now, it wouldn’t be a very merry Moda All-Stars celebration if we didn’t host a special giveaway!

    Today you can enter to win a bundle of Janet Clare’s Wintertide fabrics, a bundle of Sweetwater’s Overnight Delivery fabrics—both from Moda, of course!—plus Me and My Sister Designs’ On the Bright Side thread collection from our friends at Aurifil. Moda tossed in two pairs of Woven Pear funky socks too—PLUS each winner will receive a copy of Moda All-Stars: Merry Makers!

    To be automatically entered in the giveaway, tell us:

    Moda All-Stars: Merry MakersWhat’s your favorite holiday tradition?

    Share your answer in the comments! We’ll choose two random winners one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to make merry, you can order Moda All-Stars: Merry Makers at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

    Comments are closed for this post.

    Thanks to all who entered the drawing. The winners are Sherly and Bonnie.

    Sherly says, “My favorite holiday tradition is being around the dinner table after opening gifts and enjoying a lovely meal hearing everyone’s laughter and stories, grandchildren playing or fighting over their toys. Just hanging out and no one is in a hurry.”

    Bonnie says, “Every year I make 4 dozen gingerbread cookies for our annual library gift and book sale. The aroma is great and entices me to begin my holiday decorating at home. I also participate in making the handicrafts for the library sale. Our holiday sale provides extra funds for the library to continue its services to our great and supportive community. We use many of your books to create the lovely items we see, quilt and embroider.”

    We’ll email you about your prizes, ladies—congratulations!


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  8. Ten years of the best quilt-block book around: do you own it? (giveaway + sale!)

    We’re celebrating TEN YEARS since the release of an phenomenal quilt-block book. In fact, we think it’s the best quilt-block book around!

    Do you own a copy of 501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks?

    If you do, grab it and give it a congratulatory pat on the back—it’s 10 years old TODAY!

    501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks

    If you don’t own a copy yet, read on for why the book’s been around for 10 years, why you should own it . . . and the sale we’re having on it today!

    This block-packed volume has been a trusted resource for tens of thousands of quilters. Here’s why we think you love (or WILL love) the book oh-sew much:

    Traditional quilt blocks are perennial favorites—they never go out of style.

    The book is an amazing hands-on resource for hundreds of block designs—and their names!

    Quilt block designs and their names

    Although there are color illustrations of the blocks in the front of the book, the patterns feature black-and-white shading so you can use your imagination when it comes to selecting fabrics. Just follow the shaded illustrations for value placement.

    Toad in a Puddle quilt block

    Each block has directions for a variety of sizes—finished blocks range in size from 4″ to 15⅛" square. 501 blocks x 5 or 6 sizes each = thousands of options!

    With this compendium of 501 quilt-block patterns (really, wrap your head around how many block patterns that is!), you can be your own quilt designer and create quilts your way.

    501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks author Judy Hopkins passed away in 2011. Her story as a quilter is legendary: 25 years of quiltmaking, 17 books, including three coauthored books, 600 quilt-block patterns, dozens of quilt designs, and more than a half-million books sold.

    A third-generation quilter, Judy started pursuing a full-time career in quilting after being named the winner of Alaska’s Great American Quilt Contest in 1986, and she never stopped. She published her first book with That Patchwork Place, One-of-a-Kind Quilts, in 1989, and was working on her 18th book when she died. She was an inspiration to quilters worldwide, including us. She is missed.

    To celebrate Judy’s best-selling book hitting the 10-year mark—and to share it with you!—we’re offering a special $10 discount when you purchase 501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks through Friday, September 14. Let’s see, 501 quilt blocks divided by the discounted price of $19.99. That’s .039 cents per block pattern. Now that’s a special kind of deal for a special kind of book! (And remember, when you buy the book at ShopMartingale.com, you can instantly download the eBook for free.)

    501 Rotary-Cut Quilt BlocksHere’s what quilters like you have said about 501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks:

    “As a new quilter, I cannot say enough good things about this book. I love the pictures of ALL the blocks offered at the very front of the book. I LOVE the detail put into each block in the instructions section, especially the grids!”

    “…the patterns are solid. You need this book. Use it for centers, swaps, borders, and you won’t be disappointed!”

    “I love how all the math is done for you . . . It’s the most-often used book in my quilting library.”

    “I will put this book in my rolling sewing tote so I’m sure to have it each time our guild meets. Get one for yourself or buy one for a quilting friend. You and they won’t be disappointed.”

    We don’t think it would be a “501” anniversary celebration without the ONE other thing you need to make the quilt blocks in the book: fabric!

    Our friends at Moda Fabrics generously gave us two beautiful bundles to give away to two lucky winners: a Play All Day fat-eighth bundle from American Jane and an Oxford Prints fat-quarter bundle from Sweetwater! Moda has even added two little “Live the Good Life” tins from Bonnie & Camille—how cute! To enter to win a bundle, a tin, and a copy of 501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks, tell us:

    How many different quilt-block designs have you sewn since you started quilting: just a few, more than 10, more than 25, more than that?

    Tell us in the comments to enter the drawing. We’ll choose two random winners one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And remember, you can save $10 on 501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks through this Friday!

    Comments are closed for this post.

    Thanks to all who entered the drawing. The winners are Nancy and Diane!

    Nancy says, “I’ve been quilting for many years, so I’m thinking I’ve made 100 or more blocks. 401 to go!”

    Diane says, “I’ve probably done about 25 different quilt blocks. I’ve been quilting for quite a few years and I still find things to learn. Thank you for offering this lovely gift!”

    We’ll email you about your prizes, ladies—congratulations!


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  9. Big-stitch quilting technique: have you tried this fun way to finish? (video)

    When the quilt finish line is near, it’s fun to take a moment to decide which techniques you’ll use to complete your quilt, especially when it comes to quilting your top. There are lots of options! From quick machine quilting with free-motion methods or walking-foot techniques to hand quilting, hand tying, and tacking, the choice is yours.

    Small quilts offer a chance to play with hand quilting and still reach that finish line fast, and the big-stitch quilting technique is a fun and surprisingly quick way to go. Gail Pan, author of the “Patchwork Loves Embroidery” series of books, uses pearl cotton instead of traditional quilting thread, and it really makes each stitch pop! Plus, big stitches mean you’ll cover the surface of your quilt top with stitches more quickly—the finish line will always be in plain sight.

    Read on for Gail’s big-stitch quilting technique—maybe you’ll want to give it a try!


    Gail PanBig-Stitch Quilting Technique
    From Patchwork Loves Embroidery Too by Gail Pan

    To add a little dimension to my projects, I hand quilt them using a big-stitch quilting technique and size 8 ecru pearl cotton. I begin by placing ¼" quilter’s tape so that one side adjoins a seamline or a motif in my project, such as an embroidered circle. Using the edge of the quilter’s tape as a guide allows me to stitch a quilting line that is even and exactly ¼" from the seam. Quilter’s tape comes on a roll and is both inexpensive and repositionable.

    Pretty Floral ToteThread your needle with pearl cotton thread, inserting the end straight off the ball. Cut a length of thread about 15″ long. Knot one end with a single knot. Insert your needle through the backing fabric to the front, where you want to start. Pull the backing fabric away from the batting and tug gently on the thread so the knot pops between the layers.

    Bring the needle up through the quilt top right next to the ¼" quilter’s tape, and then insert it back into the quilt right next to the tape and approximately ¼" from the spot where your needle came up. This will make a “big stitch” approximately ¼" long. Bring the needle back up next to the quilter’s tape ¼" from the point where the needle went down last. Continue in this manner until you have 4″ to 5″ of thread left. Take the thread to the back, knot the thread, and then pull the knot back into the quilt, between the backing and the batting. Bring the needle out approximately 1″ away. Trim the thread close to the backing fabric. For “wavy” line quilting, freehand the quilting as you stitch.

    Big-stitch quilting technique - detail
    Big-stitch quilting: wavy lines

    We put together a little video about Gail’s big-stitch quilting technique, so you can see her how-to in action:


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

    Ready to give big-stitch quilting a try? Let these projects from Gail’s books inspire you!

    This pretty table runner is chock-full of big-stitch quilting and is perfect for enjoying year-round:

    Wildflowers Table Runner
    Wildflowers Table Runner from
    Patchwork Loves Embroidery Too

    See 13 more projects from Patchwork Loves Embroidery Too >

    Here’s a sweet topper for the holiday on the way:

    All Around the Snowmen Table Topper
    All around the Snowmen Table Topper from
    Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery

    See 12 more projects from Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery >

    Or tuck your secrets and dreams into this happy little fabric folder:

    Secrets and Dreams Folder
    Secrets and Dreams Folder from
    Patchwork Loves Embroidery

    See 15 more projects from Patchwork Loves Embroidery >

    How do you usually finish your small quilts?

    • Big-stitch quilting, just like Gail!
    • Machine quilting—with the pedal to the metal to get to the finish line.
    • I like to mix it up with machine quilting, traditional hand quilting, and big-stitch quilting.

    Share your finishing smarts in the comments! And if we’ve inspired you to try Gail’s big-stitch quilting technique, you can order one or more of her books now and instantly download the eBook version for free.

    Patchwork Loves Embroidery Too Patchwork Loves Embroidery Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery


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  10. 🍁 Everyone, everyone, all for fall! 🍁 Autumn’s warmth and whimsy ahead (+ giveaway!)

    Welcome the autumn season with warm-and-woolly wonders from the best-selling author of A Change of Seasons!

    All for Fall

    In All for Fall (don’t you just love that title?), Bonnie Sullivan shares classic patchwork projects in harvest hues, including lap quilts, pillows, and runners. But that’s not all! She’ll also inspire you to delight in playful nods to the lighter side of the season—grinning cats, squirrels, jack-o’-lanterns, and more will inspire smiles all season long.

    Projects from All for Fall

    Made with a mix of crisp cottons, warm wools, and Bonnie’s Woolies flannels by Maywood Studio, these pieced and appliquéd projects will make friends and family fall … for fall! (Full-sized appliqué patterns are included too.)

    We’re excited to have Bonnie Sullivan here as a guest writer to tell us about her enthusiasm for fall!


    Bonnie SullivanI love the beauty and magic of each season. Fall with its crisp, cool weather, changing colors, and often blue skies is one of my favorites. The season conjures up thoughts of running through piles of freshly raked leaves, dressing up for Halloween, gathering with family and friends for Thanksgiving, enjoying warm fires that take the chill out of the air, and smelling hot cider and pumpkin pie.

    The inspiration for my designs comes from many sources, one of the greatest being nature. Every day, I see something new. In fall, I found inspiration for one of my projects in what I call the Dance of the Autumn Leaves:

    Dance of the Autumn Leaves
    Dance of the Autumn Leaves

    I noticed how a gust of wind swept up a few freshly fallen leaves and sent them dancing down the street. Soon there were myriad leaves in various shapes and colors all joining together in their autumn dance.

    Over the years I’ve designed several projects that revolve around this special time of year. All for Fall is the culmination of that process. You’ll find four cozy flannel quilts in rich, warm autumnal colors that are sure to keep the chill at bay:

    Patchwork Pennies quilt
    Patchwork Pennies quilt

    There are whimsical wool penny rugs, pillows, and a table runner, all with a vintage feel that captures the charm of the season:

    Autumn's Bounty Pillow
    Autumn’s Bounty Pillow

    A Halloween stitchery mixes silk matka fabric, wool appliqué, and beautiful embroidery to capture the spooky delight of the holiday:

    Halloween
    Halloween

    And two stuffed, happy jack-o’-lanterns are easy to make and will help you celebrate the season.

    Pumpkin Head Whatnots
    Pumpkin Head Whatnots

    I hope you enjoy my vision of what this wonderful season brings in All for Fall.


    All for FallThanks for introducing us to your vision of fall, Bonnie—what an inspiration!

    We have a copy of Bonnie’s new book to give away to one lucky winner today! To be automatically entered in the drawing, tell us:

    What’s your favorite thing about autumn?

    • The colors of the season match all of my quilts.
    • Layers, layers, layers!
    • Halloween, Thanksgiving, and all the fun that goes with them.

    Tell us 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’re ready to start filling your home with all the wonders of fall, you can purchase All for Fall at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

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    Thanks to all who entered the drawing. The winner is Elizabeth, who says:

     “I love pumpkins and fall colors….I keep them up all year….in AZ you need all the fall help you can get!”

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


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