1. Patchwork from the past, reimagined on a small scale (+ giveaway!)

    “My whole life is in that quilt. It scares me sometimes when I look at it. All my joys and all my sorrows are stitched into those little pieces. When I was proud of the boys and when I was downright angry at them. When the girls annoyed me or when they gave me a warm feeling around my heart. And John too. He was stitched into that quilt and all the thirty years we were married. Sometimes I loved him and sometimes I sat there hating him as I pieced the patches together. So, they are all in that quilt, my hopes and fears, my joys and sorrows, my loves and hates. I tremble sometimes when I remember what that quilt knows about me.”

    —The Standard Book of Quilt Making and Collecting,
    Marguerite Ickis, 1949

    From A Prairie Journey

    We’re grateful to author Kathleen Tracy for sharing her love of history with us, uncovering stories from the past about women and their quilts. That connection continues in Kathleen’s latest book, which we’re thrilled to introduce to you today: A Prairie Journey.

    A Prairie Journey

    Kathleen presents 13 small quilts that explore ties to the past, each inspired by yesterday’s traditional blocks and today’s reproduction fabrics. You’ll be whisked back to an era when the classic quilt blocks of today were just making their debut.

    Projects from A Prairie Journey

    You’ll love stitching these small, sweet projects, including Wagon Wheels:

    Wagon Wheels quilt

    Crossing the Prairie:

    Crossing the Prairie quilt

    and Welcome Home:

    Welcome Home quilt

    Or, immerse yourself in the tradition of friendship quilts on a small scale, featuring autographed blocks from family and friends:

    Friendship is a Sheltering Tree quilt
    Friendship is a Sheltering Tree

    Vintage photos and the words of pioneer women from the mid-nineteenth century sprinkled throughout make this beautiful book extra special.

    Today Kathleen is our guest writer, here to tell you more about A Prairie Journey.

    Kathleen TracyWhen I first became interested in quilting, I fell in love with small antique quilts with their simple, naïve look and their childlike charm. Doll quilts of the past and the scrappy reproduction quilts that were popular then inspired me. They seemed easy enough for me to master, and so I began to make small quilts for my daughter’s dolls and embarked on my quilting journey. Soon after, I became interested in history as well, as a way of finding out what I could about women living in the nineteenth century and the quilts they made.

    The six books I’ve written for Martingale have all included my three loves—women’s history, small quilts, and reproduction fabrics. The quilts in A Prairie Journey were inspired by my passion for these. The book tells the story of the settling of the West during the mid-nineteenth century through the words of the women and the pieces of scraps that were stitched into quilts. It was a significant journey for many women in nineteenth-century America.

    Aunt Sarah's Scrap Basket quilt
    Aunt Sarah’s Scrap Baskets

    I always love to include tidbits of history in my books, and you’ll find that making these little quilts with reproduction fabrics and traditional blocks is a way of stitching the past into the present.

    The quilts I’ve designed are small and simple. If there’s one thing I know, it’s that quiltmaking doesn’t have to be a complicated art in order to satisfy the soul. Throughout the centuries, quilting has appealed to novices and experts alike. While we may admire a quilt made with fine stitches and complex pieces—some that are true works of art—we can also appreciate the ones that are made simply. And we can still call ourselves quilters if we piece together simple squares into four patches, like women did years ago.

    Child's Play quilt
    Child’s Play

    Whether you’re a beginning quilter or an expert, I hope you’ll take a journey into the past through the quilts and stories in A Prairie JourneyYou can join me in my Small Quilt Lovers Facebook group as we challenge ourselves to make one quilt per month from the book, starting in August.

    A Prairie JourneyMany thanks to Kathleen for sharing her passion for the past with us.

    We have a lovely new copy of A Prairie Journey to give away to one lucky winner today! To be automatically entered into the drawing, tell us in the comments:

    Do you have a connection to past quiltmakers?

    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 plunge into the past with Kathleen, you can order A Prairie Journey at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

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

    “I don’t know any quilters. I have taught myself by watching Craftsy and YouTube videos. I am on my third queen size quilt and have made two baby quilts for a great niece and a great nephew. I would love to have this book. Thank you.”

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

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  2. How to make single-fold binding: video (sew smart!) 📹

    From Patchwork Loves Embroidery TooWhether you bind your projects using a machine/hand-sewing combo or sew 100% by machine, binding provides that special finishing touch that makes our quilts complete. And what a joy it is to get to that nearly-done stage!

    There are lots of techniques for sewing double-fold binding (see here and here for a few), but have you tried single-fold binding? For smaller projects, such as pincushions, wall hangings, table runners, and pillows, double-fold binding might be too bulky. Single-fold binding is a great alternative—it’s lighter, thinner, and uses less fabric too.

    The sweet, small projects that best-selling author Gail Pan creates are a perfect match for single-fold binding. We were lucky enough to sit down with Gail recently and she showed us her version of how to make single-fold binding:

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    You’ll find an abundance of darling motifs to embroider in Gail’s latest book, Patchwork Loves Embroidery Too—and lots of ways to try single-fold binding too! Gail’s projects are inspired by her daily walks and include some of the cutest bunnies and bees you’ve ever seen:

    Bunny Delights Bag
    Bunny Delights Bag

    Plus charming houses and hearts:

    Houses and Hearts Wall Hanging
    Houses and Hearts Wall Hanging

    And her signature bird, leaf, and vine stitcheries.

    Pumpkins and Sunflowers Pillow
    Pumpkins and Sunflowers Pillow

    New to embroidery? No sweat! Learn just eight simple stitches to create any project in the book. Choose from a pillow, pouch, pincushion, and tote, plus wall hangings, table toppers, and sewing-related items.  Enjoy your finished projects at home or give them as gifts—you’ll want to make them all!

    From Patchwork Loves Embroidery Too

    Patchwork Loves Embroidery TooHow do you typically bind your smaller projects?

    • Single-fold binding—Gail knows my secret!
    • I’ve always used double-fold binding.
    • Single, double, or skip the binding and frame it—I’ve done it all!

    Share your binding tips in the comments!

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  3. Prewash quilt fabric or not? Jo Morton has the answer

    It’s a question every quilter’s come across on their quiltmaking journey: to prewash fabric or not? Sometimes when you buy the perfect fabric and own the perfect pattern for said fabric, it’s hard to get home and then be patient. Going through the prewashing process before commencing cutting can feel like it takes forever!

    Best-selling author Jo Morton votes “Yes!” when it comes to prewashing fabric. But what are the benefits? Today we’re sharing an excerpt from Jo’s latest book, Jo’s Little Favorites III, that just might convince you that it’s best to launder your fabrics before the real fun begins. Read on for Jo’s pretested prewash process.

    Jo MortonJo’s Tips for Prewashing Fabric

    “Many people ask me if I prewash my fabrics. Yes, I do prewash them all, for several reasons. Whether I’m sewing by hand or machine, I prefer the way prewashed fabric handles during the process of piecing or appliquéing. The fabric weave tightens up during the washing and drying process and not only makes it easier to handle, but also makes it less likely to ravel. Prewashing gets rid of any chemicals used in the finishing process. I generally don’t work with precut fabrics; if you do, you probably shouldn’t prewash those.

    When I wash a fabric, I don’t just rinse it out in the sink to see if it bleeds. I wash the fabric with my regular laundry soap, using the gentle wash cycle and cold water. I run it through the entire cycle and then place it in the dryer on the permanent press setting until it’s almost dry. Overdrying fabric may set in wrinkles. As soon as I take fabric out of the dryer, I fold it and place it on the shelf. I press the fabric when I’m ready to cut it for a project.”

    You’ll find lots more of Jo’s quiltmaking tips and tricks in Jo’s Little Favorites III, along with 16 stunning small quilt patterns—which one would you make first?

    Tic-Tac-Toe quilt
    Perhaps you’ll start with a little game of Tic-Tac-Toe?

    Blueberry Muffins quilt
    Or maybe you’ll bake up this little Blueberry Muffins quilt.

    Basket Parade quilt
    How about appliquéing a beautiful Basket Parade?

    Star Shine quilt
    Of course, stars never go out of style!

    See more from Jo’s Little Favorites III here.

    What do you think about prewashing: yay or no way? Tell us in the comments!

    Browse more books from Jo:

    Jo's Little Favorites Jo's Little Favorites II Jo's Floral Album Simple Friendships with Kim Diehl

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  4. 13 new ways to grace the spaces in which you gather 🍽 (+ giveaway!)

    From classic chic to fresh twists, the versatility of the table runner shines in the new book Table-Runner Roundup!

    Table-Runner Roundup

    “Skinny” quilts are the best, aren’t they? They’re perfect for trying new techniques, for getting from start to finish fast, and for decorating and gifts too! This fun collection of all-new projects includes 13 designs to enjoy whenever the desire to stitch strikes.

    Try a fresh design for a farmhouse table:

    Farm Fresh table runner
    Farm Fresh by Sue Pfau

    Sweet pineapples and savory olives for alfresco dining:

    Pineapple Parade and Olive Tree table runners
    Pineapple Parade by Deane Beesley and Olive Tree by Annette Ornelas

    Scrappy stars for the dinner table:

    Scrappy Stars table runner
    Scrappy Stars by Jude Spero

    And even a clever hexagon runner that easily transforms into place mats!

    Detachable Hexagons table runner
    Detachable Hexagons by Jane Davidson

    Fun and easy techniques range from traditional patchwork and fusible appliqué to stitch-and-flip triangles and dimensional curves. You’ll get double the enjoyment when you use these beautiful pieces as wall hangings or as accents to drape on other kinds of “table” tops, such as dressers, bookshelves, hutches, and cabinet doors. Here’s a peek at more projects from the book:

    From Table-Runner Roundup

    We posed a question to the designers featured in Table-Runner Roundup:

    How do you like to display your table runners (besides on a table)?

    Here are their creative answers!

    • Jude Spero of Little Louise Designs says, “I like to use them as wall hangings, possibly on the wall of a staircase landing or other narrow wall space. They’re also nice to cover pillows on beds or drape over the foot of a bed. Sometimes I arrange them on the back of an overstuffed chair to pull the colors of a room together.”
    • Julie Taylor says, “I like to display my table runners on the hearth in my lounge. They look really nice next to a lit fire in winter or with a few candles on them in summer.
    • Jane Davidson of Quilt Jane says, “I’ve hung them on the wall or placed them at the end of a bed as a bed runner. I’ve even used them on the top of the piano.
    • Michelle Bartholomew says, “I hung my table runner on the wall in my daughter’s nursery. It makes the perfect wall hanging!”
    • Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams says, “I have a wall between my door and window that’s really skinny. It’s the perfect place to hang a table runner if you don’t want to put it on your table. My family also has an apple orchard, and every season we cover all the displays with table runners to make the shop more warm and inviting.
    • Tony Jacobson, manager and creativity director at Piece Works Quilt Shop in Winterset, Iowa, has a unique idea—he says, “Currently in our shop, a table runner is draped around a dress form.” It’s like Miss Table-Runner America!

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

    Where do you like to show off your skinny quilts: tables, walls, beds, couches? Outdoors, indoors? Up high, down low?  

    We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you found a runner above that you’d love to start sewing right now, order Table-Runner Roundup at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

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  5. 📹 How to choose colors for a scrap quilt: an Aussie’s simple approach (video)

    From Scrappy & Happy QuiltsHow to choose colors for a scrap quilt is a question many quilters ask our authors. Do they study color theory? Do they use the brown-bag method? Do they say a little prayer or cast a quilty spell over their fabrics before they begin?

    Martingale authors use many different methods to create their scrap quilts, but one of the easiest ways we’ve come across just might be how Scrappy & Happy Quilts author Kate Henderson works her magic. Her latest book is filled with two- and three-color quilts that are super scrappy, and also super stress-free!

    We caught up with Kate and she was kind enough to show us her approach to choosing a scrappy palette. Take a look:

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    Kate’s method is great for quilters who struggle with color selection. Just choose “Green!” or “Blue!” or “Yellow!” and then gather up the prints you have in that color. Sort your fabrics like Kate and you’re ready to start cutting and sewing!

    In Scrappy & Happy Quilts, you’ll find 13 lively, colorful quilt designs—and the skills you need to say bye-bye to agonizing over color choices. Choose colors in a snap and use up every scrap!

    Is your go-to color pink? Why not plant a giant Daisy in your quilted garden?

    Pink Daisy quilt
    Pink Daisy

    Are your fabric bins filled with blues? Create your own day at the beach in fabric!

    Day at the Beach quilt
    Day at the Beach

    Or maybe for you, orange is where it’s at. The perfect color for a sun-kissed quilt:

    Sunrise quilt

    Martingale’s director of marketing, Karen Johnson, is in the process of making her sun rise right now!

    Sunrise quilt blocks

    How do you choose colors for a scrap quilt?

    • I use my handy mathematical formula to determine color, value, and pattern ratios.
    • I choose colors and prints just like Kate!
    • I close my eyes and start digging.

    Share your scrappy tips in the comments!

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  6. Sewing podcasts 2018: five we’re loving right now 🎧

    Do you listen to podcasts? There’s nothing that goes together quite like an afternoon of quilting while listening to people’s related stories. We’ve rounded up some of the quilting and sewing podcasts we’ve been listening to lately—read on to learn more!

    American Patchwork & Quilting Podcast with Pat Sloan

    Pat is where it’s at! Pat Sloan has published six book with Martingale and knows just about everyone on the US quilting scene, which means her fun interviews are with the best quilters and designers in the business. If you want to be in the know, Pat will keep you up to date each week. See Pat’s books here.

    Just Wanna Quilt

    Dr. Elizabeth Townsend Gard, host of Just Wanna Quilt, started her podcast because she was interested in copyright laws as they apply to quilters and their work. Although she regularly touches on that topic, she also interviews quilters from around the world to better understand what she calls the “quilting ecosystem.” A thought-provoking podcast!

    Quilting . . . for the Rest of Us

    Host Sandy Hasenauer has a huge backlog of podcasts (almost 200) that are casual in style and a treat for quilters. Her podcasts are lighthearted and fun and they whiz by.

    Love to Sew

    Caroline Somos and Helen Wilkinson love to sew, and it shows. The pair interviews celebrities of the sewing world and focuses on sewing a handmade wardrobe. The duo also touches on the topic of running a business in the sewing industry.

    The Midnight Quilt Show

    Okay, this isn’t exactly a podcast . . . but Angela Walters is loads of fun to watch and listen to! Tune in to weekly episodes on Youtube to learn Angela’s tips and tricks, plus get free quilt patterns in videos that are both educational and entertaining. Angela’s book, The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting, co-authored with Christa Watson, is available now.

    When it comes to sewing podcasts, do you:

    • Love ’em—listen to them all the time.
    • Dabble in ’em—I’ve listened here and there.
    • Wonder about ’em—I think I’ll give podcasts a try!

    Tell us in the comments—and share your favorite podcasts too!

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  7. Farmhouse quilts, French-country style 😍 (+ giveaway!)

    Bonjour, Stitch This! readers! We’ve been waiting-waiting-waiting to share this book with you, and the time has come! Meet French author Marie-Claude Picon and her beautiful new book, French Farmhouse.

    French Farmhouse

    Marie-Claude has a sparkling talent for blending two beloved quiltmaking styles. The foundation of each quilt is inspired by the beauty of vintage quilts, while the textured details she dreams up for her designs are rooted in primitive stitchery. The result is so warm, so welcoming . . . so French, so farmhouse!

    Inside French Farmhouse, Marie-Claude shares her techniques for combining prints, colors, and textures so that you, too, can capture an old-fashioned, comfy quality in your quilts—quilts that look just like they came straight from a charming farm in France.

    From French Farmhouse

    Play with simple patchwork, quick wool appliqué, and easy embroidery stitches to make your own renditions of Marie-Claude’s quilts. There are so many drool-worthy details pictured throughout the book! The photos capture the little things that make French Farmhouse quilts so special.

    From French Farmhouse

    Choose from classic Nine Patch, Sixteen Patch, and medallion designs in cotton fabrics, along with quilts featuring tiny houses, stunning stars, and even adorable sheep (!) in wool and flannel. As you sew along, you’ll learn how to get that perfectly aged feel in your quilts, and you’ll also discover gorgeous display ideas that will inspire you to add a little French flair to your home, s’il vous plait. Merci, Marie-Claude!

    Little Sunshine
    Little Sunshine

    All the way from the South of France on the French Riviera, here’s Marie-Claude to tell you a little more about her new book.

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    (Are you as enchanted by her sweet French accent as we are?)

    Marie-Claude also talks about her quiltmaking journey in the book, including why embroidery is such an important part of her work. We love hearing how the French inspire a life of sewing!

    Marie-Claude Picon“What gives a quilt that special French-country look? It’s a certain combination of prints, such as ticking, florals, and dots. It’s a particular selection of colors, including the grays, taupes, and tans that call to mind French linens. And it’s a rich mixture of wool and flannel appliqués that add texture and warmth.

    I love incorporating appliqué as well as embroidery into my quilts. Embroidery is popular in France and all over Europe—all the famous fashion houses use it in their designs. My connection to embroidery is more personal than that, however, because my mother was a professional embroiderer who inspired me from a young age, and that inspiration was reinforced at school, where my classmates and I embroidered as well. Learning to combine stitches was a way to remember the work of our grandmothers.

    Marie's Alphabet
    Marie’s Alphabet

    There’s something very satisfying about connecting to previous generations by creating a quilt with an old-fashioned feel. Let these designs inspire you to play with fabric as you would a painting palette, slow your pace with needle and thread, and bring your own French-farmhouse quilts to life!”

    Laura's Quilt
    Laura’s Quilt

    French FarmhouseWe’ve got a copy of French Farmhouse to give away to one lucky winner today! To be automatically entered into the drawing, tell us:

    I have: 

    • Been to France
    • Never been to France
    • Not been to France, but I’m considering purchasing a French farmhouse right now

    We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Bonne chance! (Translation: Good luck!) And if you’d like to turn your French quilting dreams into a reality starting today, you can order French Farmhouse at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

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

    “I have never been to France but my family way back in the 1600’s were French and I would love to see France one day and have a farmhouse!”

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

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  8. How to piece a large quilt back with scraps or fat quarters (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Honeycomb quiltWhen it comes to big quilts, we give Stashtastic! author Doug Leko big props: he’s the king of ’em! He’s also well versed in the art of finishing big quilts. And what’s step one for finishing big quilts? Making a quilt back big enough to fit the quilt front!

    Doug included downloadable patterns for pieced quilt backs in his book, Stashtastic! But today, those patterns are now an exclusive download for our Stitch This! peeps—that means YOU! We love Doug’s approach to using both quilt-top leftovers and fat quarters in his backings—both easy and economical. And pretty too.

    To use scraps, Doug says, “Trim all of your leftover pieces to a common size; normally I have enough fabric to cut 3½"-wide strips. Sometimes I can only cut 2½"-wide strips and other times I can cut 6½"-wide strips.”

    How to piece a large quilt back
    Doug’s scrappy quilt backing, pieced with short strips left over from his quilt top

    For fat quarters, Doug says, “I love using leftover fat quarters to make another ‘quilt’ for the backing. That way, you get a two-sided quilt. When selecting fat quarters for the backing, I like to use the leftover fat quarters from a bundle. Often there are miscellaneous ones that I know I’ll never use in another quilt but that would make a great backing.”

    How to piece a large quilt back
    Doug’s fat-quarter quilt backing, made with leftovers from a bundle

    Download Doug’s “How to piece
    a large quilt back” instructions here

    Now that you’ve got a big-quilt backing plan, you can make beautiful quilt-top fronts with Doug too! Check out the quilts from Stashtastic! that you can make—each presented in two colorways:

    Quilts from Stashtastic!

    We’ve got a BIG giveaway today! (Are you sensing a theme here?)

    One lucky winner will win this BIG fat-quarter bundle—Return to Cub Lake by Holly Taylor in cozy flannels—from our friends at Moda Fabrics, PLUS a copy of Stashtastic! Share your answer to the following question in the comments and you’ll be automatically entered into our drawing:

    How many BIG quilts have you completed on your quilting adventures so far?

    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 itching to make a big quilt with Doug right now, you can order Stashtastic! at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

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

    “I would say I  have completed between 10 and 20 quilts full size or larger over the years.  I like to have at least one (or two!) quilts on my bed to sleep under at night.  I have a quilting machine now, which helps me be able to complete quilts faster and cheaper than quilting by check!  I have often pieced backings for my quilts.  It is time consuming but I always love the results–so much more interesting than a one-fabric back.”

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

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  9. 🌺 🌼 🌸 in embroidery! New from Japanese master Reiko Mori (+ giveaway!)

    Visit an exquisite embroidered garden in Floral Motifs to Embroider, the latest awe-inspiring book from a Japanese master embroidery artist.

    Floral Motifs to Embroider

    In seven chapters, Reiko Mori shares an abundance of motifs inspired by flowers, from delicate sprigs and bouquets to climbing vines and perching birds.

    Blossoms as showy as roses and as modest as dandelions become masterpieces under Reiko Mori’s hand.

    Themes within each chapter showcase these embroidered blooms. Delicate bridal accessories, precious teapots and teacups, a ballet slipper, and an astonishing floral alphabet are just a few of the elements embellished with elaborate flowers. You’ll even find a chapter dedicated to Japanese traditions captured in appliqué and embroidery.

    A guide to embroidery-floss colors, essential notions and tools, basic techniques, and a how-to library of embroidery stitches will help aspiring embroidery artists find success. You’ll be inspired to dream up all kinds of ways to use these elegant motifs:

    The Floral Dress motif atop a fabric-covered box

    Lily of the Valley Sachet

    Mimosa bag

    How might you use these pretty floral motifs in your projects? Tell us in the comments and we’ll automatically enter you to win a copy of Floral Motifs to Embroider! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

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

    “The embroidery is so beautiful and delicate. This would be just beautiful on a handkerchief for a bride on her wedding day. What a wonderful heirloom to pass on. I have a handkerchief that my grandmother had given me on my wedding day, my daughter-in-law used the day she got married as well as my daughter. We will continue this tradition. Thanks for showing us such interesting topics in you posts. I really enjoy them.”

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

    This book is published by Stitch Publications and is distributed by Martingale.

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  10. ✨ Wish-List Day! Wonders, layers, littles, and sleigh bells (+ giveaway!) ✨

    Welcome to Wish-List Day! Time to share an all-new batch of inspiring Martingale books coming your way in August. Take a peek at what’s headed to your local quilt shop soon—and don’t forget to choose your favorite book in the comments. You could win it as soon as it’s released!

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

    Temecula Quilt Company Quirky Little QuiltsTemecula Quilt Company—Quirky Little Quilts
    Patchwork from the Past, Projects for the Present
    Sheryl Johnson

    Mismatched blocks, make-do colors, planned mistakes, and happy surprises—it’s all good at Temecula Quilt Company! Inspired by quiltmakers of the nineteenth century, Sheryl Johnson shares 15 petite patchwork quilts and invites you to play with reproduction fabrics in quirky ways. Try asymmetrical layouts, unexpected block pairings, and blends of color where anything goes. The results are instantly endearing, just like the quilts of yesteryear.

    From Temecula Quilt Company Quirky Little Quilts

    Small WondersSmall Wonders
    Tiny Treasures to Fuse, Embroider, and Enjoy
    Serena Boffa Soda

    Peek inside the world of Italian quiltmaker Serena Boffa Soda, a place where tiny treasures abound. Study these sweet quilts with their fast-to-fuse appliqués and you’ll discover delightful details upon a closer look. Only basic sewing and embroidery skills are needed, and these pages are packed with how-tos for every step (so don’t sweat the small stuff!). As you stitch you’ll learn what Serena knows to be true: it’s the little things that make all the difference.

    From Small Wonders

    Easy Layer-Cake Quilts 2Easy Layer-Cake Quilts 2
    More Simple Quilts from 10″ Squares
    Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson

    Introducing more sensationally simple quilts from Me and My Sister Designs—Layer-Cake style! Sisters Barb and Mary are famous for sharing little sewing tricks that make quilts look more complex than they truly are. In Easy Layer-Cake Quilts 2, they’re at it again. Put your Layer Cakes (or any 10″ fabric squares) to use in 11 easy quilts that are as pretty as can be. A Layer Cake, a background fabric, and maybe a border fabric or two are all you need to begin!

    From Easy Layer-Cake Quilts 2

    Sleigh BellsSleigh Bells
    Stitch a Folk-Art Quilt Full of Winter Fun
    Jan Patek

    Celebrate the season with a quilt chock-full of winter’s charms! Make a dozen cute quilt-block designs featuring whimsical snowmen, quaint cottages, towering trees, wonky stars, and joyful angels, plus kids bundled up for wintertime fun. Need some cold-weather comfort? At queen size, this cozy quilt can be showcased anywhere—and cuddled under anytime you need to warm up! For quick coordinating projects, turn single blocks into pillows, wall quilts, table toppers, and more. Full-size appliqué patterns included.

    From Sleigh Bells

    Which book above would amp up your August? Tell us in the comments and you could win it when it’s released! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

    By the way—books released in July are available TODAY!

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