1. Sew sweet! Small wool projects for sewing on the go (+ giveaway!)

    Introducing perfectly portable projects for sewing on the go, new from an author we all know and love—the Teacher’s Pet, Kathy Brown!

    Lunch-Hour Wool Minis

    Kathy’s fun projects in Lunch-Hour Wool Minis are so small, so sweet—and so simple to complete. About all that’s needed is a needle, thread, wool, and a little lunch-hour time to make 14 cute and creative projects. Seasonal and everyday designs include framed art:

    Ewe and Me and the Jingle Tree
    Ewe and Me and the Jingle Tree

    A mug rug:

    Bees and Blossoms
    Bees and Blossoms

    And fun pieces you can stitch and attach to craft-store and found items to make them extraordinary:

    Projects from Lunch-Hour Wool Minis
    More projects from
    Lunch-Hour Wool Minis

    Even beginners can easily appliqué these charming decor pieces—and complete each in a few lunch breaks or less!

    Today we’re excited to have Kathy here as a guest writer to tell us more about her latest book—and the “chilly” story of how her love affair with wool began.

    Kathy BrownI have been a creative person for as long as I can remember. From an early age armed with crayons, paper, and tempera paint to my later years where I dabbled in pen and ink illustrations, china painting, ceramics, cross-stitch, and more, my hands were forever moving and creating.

    In the early nineties, I discovered the world of quilting and instantly fell in love. It was the creative outlet I needed for my hands to work their magic. Yet something, some little thing, was still missing in my creative soul.

    As chance would have it, a dear friend in the bitter-cold climate of Wisconsin had an obsession (I mean that in a good way) and led me to the world of wool. Up until that point, wool was a four-letter word to this Louisiana girl. Hot, rough, itchy, and utilitarian were the only words I knew to describe wool. Little did I know that wool could become such a glorious fabric for me to work with: soft, supple, hand-dyed, full of textures, and just waiting to be turned into glorious works of art!

    Wool threads
    And don’t forget wool threads—scrumptious!

    Armed with the creative spark that started that day, I began my journey into wool working. I love to think of my passion for wool as a fire hidden deep within, originating from my great grandparents who emigrated to the United States from their tiny little island of Fair Isle, Scotland, where the Shetland sheep roam free upon the lands. Today, you can find me knee-deep in my wool obsession, so much so that when the wonderful folks at Martingale asked if I’d like to write another book, I immediately said yes—if it could be a book about wool! And so here we are with Lunch-Hour Wool Minis!

    I love working with mini projects. A lot of us, myself included, have so many commitments in our lives today that we don’t have time to create pieces that take weeks or months to complete. So the idea of wool minis was on my mind when I started writing this book. Add to that, I absolutely love working with old, antique, or reproduction pieces that can be repurposed into fabulous “bases” that incorporate the wool-appliqué project I’m working on. A good example of this is Night Lights—taking a common cheese grater and repurposing it as a base for a cute snowman appliqué and letting it do double duty as a luminary by placing a battery-operated timer candle on the inside!

    Night Lights
    Night Lights

    Another favorite is this cute little bunny among soft white daisies, mounted on a vintage grain scoop—a perfect way to usher in the sweet days of springtime.

    Sweet Smell of Spring
    Sweet Smell of Spring

    Any free time I have is usually spent scouring vintage shops or antique stores, hunting down those “just-right” pieces that I can find to accentuate the wool appliqué that is next on my list! I hope you’ll find wonderful ways to embellish items you have in your home with the projects from Lunch-Hour Wool Minis.

    Lunch-Hour Wool MinisThank you for giving us a peek into your latest book, Kathy!

    We have a copy of Lunch-Hour Wool Minis to give away to one lucky winner today! To enter your name into the random drawing, tell us:

    Do you have a wool stash? 

    • No wool yet—but Kathy’s inspired me to start one!
    • I’ve got bits and pieces, and I’m ready for more.
    • I think I’ve got a flock of sheep’s worth of wool!

    Tell us your answer in the comments—we’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to make a mini with Kathy right now, purchase your copy of Lunch-Hour Wool Minis at ShopMartingale.com and you can instantly download the eBook for free.

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

    “I just started working with wool about a year ago and love it! I’m just starting to build my wool stash… So much fun!”

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

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  2. 5 reasons to attend Quiltstock: a quilt retreat hosted by Martingale and Moda

    Giddyup and let’s get going! Spend time doing what you love with people who love the same things as you. Ready or not, here it comes—and we’d hate for you to miss it. Still need a nudge to know whether or not to add your name to our must-not-miss Martingale and Moda Quiltstock retreat list? Read on!

    1. Sit Back and Relax

    The origination of the word “retreat” is Latin and translates to “pull back.” Quiltstock is a place to do just that—pull back from the demands of daily life and focus on doing what you love! Sit back, relax, and sew with like-minded enthusiasts.

    2. Fire up the fun!

    A change of location, a change of pace, and a change of people can free you up to just have fun. At Quiltstock, you can set up your sewing space once, and we’ll bring the teachers to you. What could be easier?

    Speaking of fun . . . meet your Quiltstock guest instructors: Carrie Nelson, Lisa Bongean, Kathy Schmitz, and Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson of Me and My Sister Designs!

    3. All play and no work!

    Work commitments, family obligations, household chores—none of that follows you here! At Quiltstock, you’ve got permission to “retreat” from everyday duties so you can focus on you for a few days!

    4. Fill in the blanks:

    I’ve always wanted to go on a getaway retreat, but ____________ has gotten in the way. This time, I’m gonna make ME time and not let _____________ get in the way!

    5. Find Your Tribe

    Quilters are the kindest, most generous people on earth. We know this for a fact! And what’s more? With all of our differences, we share even more similarities. Come connect with other quilters who want to nurture their creativity, who value their quilting time, and who are looking for ways to connect with other quilters. If we just described you, guess what? We just described other quilters attending the retreat too! They can’t wait to meet you—come join in the fun!

    Learn more details about—and sign up for—the Quiltsock retreat, sponsored by Martingale and Moda, at this link.

    Space is limited. Don’t delay. You are worth it—we hope to see you there!

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  3. Oh, Scrap! 😜 Don’t miss this scrapalicious blog hop (+ a OOAK giveaway!)

    We’re thrilled to be a stop on Lissa Alexander’s blog hop for her new book today! Oh, scrap—after all the buzz, all the anticipation, and all the teases and sneak peeks, Oh, Scrap! is finally here!

    Oh, Scrap!

    Lissa Alexander is a wife and mother of five, a quilter since 1980, the curator of the “Moda All-Stars” series, and the director of marketing at Moda Fabrics. Whew!

    Oh, and did we mention she’s also a scrap-quilting master? Oh, yes, that too!

    Quilts from Oh, Scrap!
    Quilts from Oh, Scrap!

    If you want to think like a scrap quilter, look to Lissa. She’s spent three decades honing her scrap-quilting skills, and in her first solo book, she offers page after page of tips for making dazzling scrap quilts bursting with colors, prints, and textures.

    Indian Blanket
    Indian Blanket

    As you make 12 exquisite quilts with Lissa, you’ll learn her secrets for deciding which fabric combinations work—and (sometimes more importantly!) understanding why others don’t. She’ll explain how to use your unique stash to make scrap quilts that sparkle. Take a look at this handy visual “swatch card” for Lissa’s quilt, Sherbet Stars:

    Sherbet Stars quilt
    The swatch card (right) is invaluable when it comes to choosing fabrics like Lissa does—it features the actual colors and prints that she used in her quilt.

    Oh, Scrap! also includes a preface by renowned quilt historian Barbara Brackman, who muses on the history of scrap quilts. Fascinating!

    And then there are the QUILTS!

    So many fabrics, so many colors, so many prints . . . so many possibilities!

    We’ve also got a SPECTACULAR giveaway today, like nothing we’ve ever done before. The prize? It’s like Julia Child sending you the finest ingredients to make her latest recipe … like van Gogh gifting you his favorite paints and a canvas (graced with a few paint strokes to start) … it’s like Beethoven shipping his piano to you, along with sheets of music on which the beginnings of a sonata are written. Find out more at the end of this post!

    But first, here’s Lissa to introduce you to her new book and give you some tips for making your own scrappy quilts.

    Lissa AlexanderI hope many of you know me, but for those who don’t, let me give you a short history of what brings me here today. I began quilting in 1980 the old-fashioned way—tracing patterns, adding seam allowances, cutting templates, piecing by machine, and using the quilt-as-you-go method.

    I was thrilled when my sister-in-law gave me a rotary cutter and the book It’s Okay If You Sit on My Quilt by Mary Ellen Hopkins. In the book was a little note from my sister-in-law, saying there was one other item I needed, but the shop was out of it. I had no idea what was missing (and this was before Google existed) so I just waited. After a little research, I discovered the rotary mat was the missing item. Once I got that all straightened out, I was on my way.

    A few years later I got a part-time job at Jenny Lynn’s quilt shop in Dallas, Texas, where I also taught. Later I was hired by Melba Hamrick to start a quilt shop in her existing shop, The Old Craft Store, in Carrolton, Texas. Nine years later, Mark Dunn and Cheryl Freydberg from United Notions/Moda Fabrics hired me. I just celebrated my 20th anniversary with Moda. It seems like yesterday when I came on board. I’ve been able to work for what I consider the best fabric company in the industry. My experience running a shop ties in with Mark Dunn’s vision of supporting independent quilt shops.

    Kismet quilt

    Then something happened that turned my world upside down. Two years ago, I spent the night at my son’s house to help with my new granddaughter. The following morning, my husband came by just in time to witness me having a seizure. The rest is a whirlwind, but I was hospitalized, and on March 16, 2016, I had brain surgery. After I recovered, I decided I was ready to push myself and take on the challenge of publishing a book about what I love most about quilting—color.

    Izzy Squared quilt
    Izzy Squared

    So, why is the book titled Oh, Scrap!? When I started writing the book I was thinking, oh, crap, I’m lucky to be alive. I’m lucky to have a wonderful family and many quilty friends. That’s why I decided to take Martingale’s Chief Visionary Officer, Jennifer Keltner, up on her invitation to write a book. But what kind of title would Oh, Crap! be? So the working title became Oh, Scrap!, and it just stuck.

    I should’ve known I was suffering from QuiltPox or ScrapPox when I started saving the tiniest pieces of scraps in a shoe box. Come on, you’ve done that, right? I thought I’d need them someday because I was going to paper piece mini-quilts. When the box was full, I came to my senses and threw the scraps in the yard for the birds to build nests with. That season my neighborhood had very colorful nests.

    Splendid Scraps quilt
    Detail of Splendid Scraps

    My favorite thing about quilting is color, and my second favorite thing is mixing and matching fabric lines from different designers to achieve a scrappy look. My definition of scrappy doesn’t mean everything including the kitchen sink—it means color-coordinated quilts with lots of different fabrics. A variety of fabrics ensures different values, a nice range of scale, and a flow throughout. But you don’t need a degree in color theory to make scrap quilts.

    Surrounded quilt

    My scraps are mainly bits and pieces left over from Moda precuts. Precuts build color confidence, because if you use all of the fabrics in a bundle together, you’ll have a beautiful quilt. Having scraps ready and accessible to cut is the biggest trick. The majority of my pieces are folded and stored in plastic containers that measure 5″ x 14″ x 5″ tall, the same container size you’d use to store canned soft drinks in the fridge. I pull containers out by color and cut away. Fat quarters or smaller pieces fit nicely. Organization is always a big topic for quilters—how do you store your fabrics?

    Stair Steps quilt
    Stair Steps

    The patterns in Oh, Scrap! are traditional and made in a wide range of fabrics. I hope that, using my tips throughout the book, you’ll expand your vision about what fabrics can go together in a quilt. If you’ve been following the Oh, Scrap! blog hop, you’ll see that some of my friends have made quilts from the book in their favorite colors. We’re all constantly learning and looking at things from different perspectives. I hope Oh, Scrap! finds a place in your quilt library and helps you use up the scraps you’ve saved.

    Firecrackers quilt

    I would love to see your versions of my quilts, or even your color palettes. Please tag me on social media using the hashtags #ohscrap or #modalissa.

    Thank you to the entire team at Martingale for making my dream come to life.

    Thank you for this peek into your beautiful and enlightening book, Lissa! You can follow Lissa online at modalissa.com and on Instagram at @modalissa.

    Now for that stupendous giveaway! Lissa sent us something a little old and something a little new to give away to you:

    First, a little old—win a one-of-a-kind collection of scraps taken from two of Lissa’s quilts in Oh, Scrap! You’ll get to see up close and in detail the fabrics she chose, and you’ll be able to use them in your version of these quilts!

    Win scraps to make the Sherbet Stars quilt, plus a copy of Oh, Scrap!, or . . .

    Win scraps to make the Stair Steps quilt, plus a copy of the book.

    Then, a little new—as Moda’s director of marketing, you know Lissa would be sending us brand-new bundles of beautiful fabric too! Two winners will receive one fat-eighth bundle each of either Play All Day by American Jane or Overnight Delivery by Sweetwater.

    Oh, Scrap!So, let’s answer Lissa’s question: how do you store your scrap fabrics?

    • In organized bins, like Lissa.
    • I use bins and shelves and closets and boxes and such.
    • Organized? Not so much—I just go digging!

    Tell us your answer in the comments for your chance to win! We’ll choose two random winners one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you can’t wait to discover Lissa’s best scrap-quilting secrets, you can buy Oh, Scrap! at ShopMartingale.com and instantly download the eBook for free.

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    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winners are:

    Carole, who says, “I store my scraps in small bins or boxes on shelves…pretty organized.”

    Althea, who says, “Lissa, I love the colors in your ‘Oh, Scrap’ book. I do have lots of scraps and boxes of fabric which should be used up soon. I would certainly love to start out with your book of quilts to use my scraps.”

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

    The Oh, Scrap! blog hop ends today—and all of the giveaways below end today too! You still have a chance to enter each one of them in order to win a free eBook copy of Oh, Scrap!

    March 16: Pat Sloan

    March 17: Corey Yoder

    March 18: Barbara Brackman

    March 19: Alison Dale of Fabric Expressions

    March 20: Melissa Corry

    March 21: Carrie Nelson of Moda Fabrics

    March 22: Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life

    March 23: Kimberly of Fat Quarter Shop

    March 24:  Teresa Silva of Quilting is my Bliss

    March 25: Jane Davidson of QuiltJane

    March 26: Martingale (that’s us!)

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  4. Hand-appliqued houses with Yoko Saito (video) 📹

    We’re pleased to bring you Yoko Saito books in English, published by Stitch Publications and distributed by Martingale. And today we’ve got a new video of Ms. Saito in action, sharing a technique from her book Houses, Houses, Houses!because house quilts are hot!

    This celebrated Japanese quilter is known for her exquisite appliqué, and in Houses, Houses, Houses! she explores quilted dwellings in all kinds of designs, from quilts and bags to pillows, pouches, and three-dimensional house-shaped blocks—34 step-by-step projects in all. You’ll also learn how to design your own house blocks, just like Yoko Saito does! Let’s take a look at how she appliqués her houses onto fabric. (And if you do hand appliqué, you won’t want to miss the two clever tools she uses to prepare her pieces—brilliant!).

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

    The way she turns those seams—we think that might be the best idea ever for prepping appliqué pieces with straight edges!

    Here are just a few beautiful projects from the book:

    Stairs Bag by Yoko Saito
    Stairs Bag

    Town on a Hill Carry-All by Yoko Saito
    A Town on a Hill Carry-All

    Block-of-the-Month II Quilt by Yoko Saito
    Block-of-the-Month II Quilt

    Here are some inspirational words from Yoko Saito’s Houses, Houses, Houses!

    Yoko Saito“The wonderful thing about appliqués of houses is that anyone can easily create one of their own. Even if you start with the same basic house pattern, just changing the fabric used for the walls or roof will make it completely unique. You can get creative and think about changing the shape of a door, or making it appear as if there is a light shining out of a window. You can even add trees outside the house. It’s almost as though you are young again and playing with blocks, putting them together however you desire.

    Ideas for house blocks can come from anywhere. You might stop and sketch a building that you see on a corner when you are out walking, find one in a picture book, or be inspired by a photo you took while on holiday. I hope this book sparks your imagination and encourages you to create your own original house.”

    Watch more Yoko Saito videos on hand sewing Log Cabins and stitching elegant vine appliqués.

    What kinds of abodes would you build with Houses, Houses, Houses?

    • Barns, churches, and mom-and-pop shops: I like the country life.
    • City skyscrapers: the sky’s the limit!
    • A friendly neighborhood with houses all in a row.

    Tell us which you’d stitch in the comments!

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  5. Our beginner is machine quilting! See her sublime first stitches

    Third time’s the charm! Martingale graphic designer Tara is back with a third installment of her “newbie” series, giving us a peek into the mind of a beginning quilter. Help us cheer her on! This time Tara tackles a topic that even longtime quilters can feel anxious about: machine quilting. Leave your good wishes and advice for Tara in the comments!

    You can read Tara’s first post here and her second post here.


    In my last post, I was nervous about starting the quilting, and with good reason. Behold: my practice wholecloth sandwich! What a mess! It did its job, though—I quickly learned that quilting is nothing to be afraid of (unless you’re this poor sandwich).

    Oh my.

    For my Rainbow Runner, I started out trying to “stitch in the ditch.” I thought it would anchor the quilt and help me get a feel for sewing through all three layers before committing to anything too noticeable. I had also heard somewhere that it was a good skill for a beginner to start with. In reality, I couldn’t stay in the ditch at all! Not yet, anyway. Even when I could, I noticed that some of the stitches were visible and others disappeared into the seam. I got through two ditches and wanted to start over—so I ripped them out and pretended it never happened.

    Awhile back, Martingale’s director of marketing, Karen Johnson, had suggested that I quilt straight lines by sewing along painter’s tape. It worked really well for me (mostly because I dislike measuring things). I started with one set of diagonal lines across the whole quilt—about eight lines, eyeballed to be about the same distance apart.

    I started quilting and realized this was quite an undertaking. I noticed that the way I held the fabric while feeding it into the machine made a big difference. It also had to be folded a certain way to move with ease around the machine . . . then it needed somewhere to go on the other side. It required much more concentration and was far more physical than I expected. Every time I finished a set of lines and still thought it needed more, I wondered, “Are you sure?”

    Yes, you’re sure. Keep quilting!

    At some point—I’m not sure when exactly—probably around the 50th line—I suddenly realized the quilt felt like . . . a quilt! It had changed right under me into this thick, substantial material that was a lot easier to work with. It had stiffened a little so that it rolled up and folded nicely, and now it had this texture that changed the whole look. For some reason it surprised me—I guess forgot I was making a quilt? Or I didn’t expect it to work? I’m not sure, but I couldn’t stop!

    Almost done!

    After 69 lines, I had this nice diamond pattern that felt amazing and looked pretty cool, but I also thought it should be just a little more stiff and flat. So I did one more round of lines, which turned my diamonds into wonky parallelograms. Between you and me, it’s bugging me that I didn’t get those nice even-looking diamonds, but it feels perfect for a runner, and I’m chalking it up to a learning experience. Now I know how much quilting density I like, and I can plan my next quilt more easily.


    Did you read that? My next quilt! I’m definitely hooked and thinking hard about this project:

    Wrapped in Love from Peta Peace’s
    A Piece of Cake

    But first! I need to bind, label, and use this Rainbow Runner to make my first quilt official. I’ve already got a pieced binding strip and label made. I can’t wait!

    Thanks for sharing your newbie story with us, Tara—we all remember those “a-ha” moments when everything starts to click!

    Next time we’ll find out how Tara fared with binding her pretty little runner—and finishing her first quilt!

    What was the first kind of quilting you ever tried?

    • Same as Tara—straight lines on my machine.
    • Free-motion quilting.
    • I haven’t gotten that far yet!
    • Hand quilting, all the way.

    Tell us in the comments!

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  6. ⏰ Semiannual warehouse sale spotlight: small, quick quilts (FINAL DAY!)


    Today we’ve curated a list of $6 books packed with small, quick quilts—you know, for when you have the urge to whip up a pretty quilt for yourself, for a gift, or just because (because who needs a reason to sew?). Grab ’em for just $6 each, today only!

    Browse all $6 books at this link—make sure you didn’t miss any!


    Goes to
    Charm School

    Back to Charm

    101 Fabulous
    Small Quilts


    Set the Table

    Top Your Table

    Table Toppers


    Civil War Legacies

    Civil War Legacies II

    English Paper
    Piecing II


    Make It, Take It

    Sew Much Fleece

    Sew Many Gifts

    Sew This and That!

    Celebrate Christmas
    with TPP


    Welcome Baby
    Modern Baby
    Modern Baby

    Baby Bliss

    Visit this link to see all 95+ books
    in our Semiannual Warehouse Sale—
    ONLY $6 EACH through today!

    And remember to pick up a beautiful coffee-table book too—they’re all on sale for $22.00 each (37% off!)—final day to indulge!

    Which books are you treating yourself to on this final day of our warehouse sale? Tell us in the comments!

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

    Scrapaholics, don’t miss this chance to steal a deal on the scrap-friendly 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!

    Simple Charm
    Pure scrap-fabric magic

    Scrap Quilts Fit for a Queen
    10 scrappy bed-sized quilts

    Short and Sweet quilt
    Short and Sweet from Simple Charm

    Civil War Remembered
    For your reproduction scraps

    Scrap-Basket Sensations
    Perfect for strippy scraps

    Road to Victory quilt
    Road to Victory from Civil War Remembered

    Simple Appeal
    Use it up and make it do

    Simple Blessings
    Where scraps are a blessing 🙂

    Quilts from Simple Appeal
    Farm-Girl Finery, Sprigs and Twigs, and Apple Brown Betty from Simple Appeal

    All About Strips
    For scrappy strips of all sizes

    Divas’ Treasury
    of Quilts

    Antique-inspired blocks

    Star-Crossed Ohio Star quilt
    Star-Crossed Ohio Star from 19th-Century Patchwork Divas’ Treasury of Quilts

    Little Gems
    For your itty-bitty scraps

    Candy Store and More
    Cheerful quilts from ’30s scraps

    Playing with Plaids quilt
    Playing with Plaids from Little Gems

    Visit this link to see all 95+ books
    in our semiannual warehouse sale—
    ONLY $6 EACH through Monday, March 19!

    And remember to pick yourself up a beautiful coffee-table book too—they’re all on sale for $22.00 each (37% off!) through March 19!

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

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

    Do you stash precuts? 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.


    Fat-Quarter Quickies
    Fat-Quarter Quickies
    From the Teacher’s Pet
    Fast Fat-Quarter Quilts
    Fast Fat-Quarter Quilts
    Fabulously fast

    Table Toppers
    Table Toppers
    Top ’em all with a fat-quarter
    Sew This and That!
    Sew This and That!
    Fat quarters, charms, and more

    Cottage Charm table runner
    Sew This and That!

    Do you stash: SQUARES OF ALL SORTS?

    Country Threads Goes to Charm School
    Country Threads Goes to
    Charm School
    More charmers from
    Country Threads
    Scrap-Basket Strips and Squares
    Scrap-Basket Strips and Squares
    For charms, Jelly Rolls, and
    Layer Cakes
    Back to Charm School
    Back to Charm School
    For your charming 5″ x 5″

    The Big Book of Nickel Quilts
    The Big Book of Nickel Quilts
    40 projects for 5″ scraps

    Coffee-cup quilt
    Back to Charm School

    Do you stack up: JELLY ROLL STRIPS?

    Jelly Babies
    Jelly Babies
    14 strippy quilts, baby style
    Scrap-Basket Sensations
    Scrap-Basket Sensations
    Perfect for precuts and
    stash strips


    Strip Savvy
    Strip Savvy
    Bright designs inspired by
    classic blocks
    Strip-Smart Quilts II
    Strip-Smart Quilts II
    Lickety-split quilts for strips

    From Strip Savvy
    Strip Savvy

    Is your stash: A PRECUTPALOOZA?

    Seems Like Scrappy
    Seems Like Scrappy
    Fat quarters, fat eighths,
    5″ and 10″ squares,
    and Jelly Rolls
    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
    A Cut Above
    A Cut Above
    5″ and 10″ squares,
    2½" strips, fat quarters,
    and fat eighths

    Rugby Stars quilt
    A Cut Above

    Visit this link to see all 95+ books in our semiannual
    warehouse sale—ONLY $6 EACH through Monday, March 19!

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

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  9. SHOP NOW: semiannual warehouse sale! 95+ books, $6 each (while supplies last)

    March is National Quilting Month. 😊

    Worldwide Quilting Day is this coming Saturday. 😊

    Today marks the SIXTH anniversary of our Stitch This! blog. 😍

    We feel like CELEBRATING! 🎉

    So we got together and decided to launch our stupendous semi-annual sale right here, right now. It starts today!

    Are you ready to celebrate with us? 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.

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  10. Q & A with icon Jo Morton + a fresh batch of little favorites (giveaway!)

    Jo Morton fans, today is your day: she’s back with the third book in her “Jo’s Little Favorites” series!

    Jo's Little Favorites III

    The 15 lovely little quilts in Jo’s Little Favorites III were available only to her devoted club members—until now. We got ’em, and we guarantee you’ll want to stop everything you’re doing right now and sew ’em!

    For the first time, Jo invites you into her charming 1920s-era bungalow to share how she displays quilts in her own home. What a rare treat! You’ll gather oodles of ideas for showcasing small quilts, along with Jo’s favorite techniques for making them.

    From Jo's Little Favorites III
    Start one of these beautiful quilts right away with Jo’s wise approach: if you want to make them all, make them small!

    We asked Jo to answer a few pressing questions we had about her quilting life—read her answers below.

    Jo MortonStitch This!: This is the third book in your best-selling “Jo’s Little Favorites” series—what inspired book #1?

    Jo: The first book was (Martingale’s Chief Visionary Officer) Jennifer Keltner’s idea. I ran my Jo’s Little Women Club from 2003 to 2017, and I discontinued each club when a new pattern collection was available. The clubs were run only in quilt shops, so many of the designs weren’t available to latecomers or to those not near a shop running the JLW Club. Jennifer’s concept of bringing those patterns back seemed like a win-win to me.

    ST!: What’s your typical process for designing quilts, and where do you find inspiration?

    Jo: I’m always inspired by antique quilts, no matter the size. I love looking at the color combinations and blocks quilters used in the past. I decide what size of block I want to make, and I work with fabrics from my lines with Andover (previously) and Moda Fabrics. In many ways it’s hard to actually “reproduce” an antique quilt—making a version of an antique quilt is how I think of it.

    Brown Sugar quilt
    Brown Sugar

    ST!: How did you start quilting?

    Jo: I took my first quilting class in 1980. Everything was traditional then, and there was little access to cotton quilting fabric. What was available seemed to almost fade in the sack on the way home. Quilt shops were really small, with very few books and patterns. I also started quilting before the rotary cutter was invented.

    Back then it was Jinny Beyer who showed us that we could draft and design our own quilts. Her book was one of the early ones I purchased. We focused on skills! We hand quilted, and on larger quilts we would use quilt-as-you-go techniques a la Georgia Bonesteel. Nothing was fast, but we loved the process. And I still love the process.

    I am not a power sewer at all. I like to play with fabric, have the option to change my mind midstream, and not have a bunch of fabric cut and not used. Yes, I am ancient.

    Pineapple Table Runner
    Pineapple Table Runner

    ST!: It’s obvious that you love reproduction fabrics; what is it that draws you to them over other fabrics?

    Jo: I made my first “new” quilt that had vintage appeal in 1985. I was smitten with the antique quilts I would see at area quilt shows. Back then, guilds also hung antique quilts to fill a show. We have a cannon-ball reproduction bed in our bedroom, a walnut wardrobe, and a pine pie safe for clothes storage. I live with antiques and wonderful reproduction items and it all just feels right to me. Happily my husband, Russ, loves it all too!

    ST!: You must have many, MANY little quilts—how do you use them? Do you display them all, rotate them out?

    From Jo's Little Favorites IIIJo: I do have lots of little quilts. Many are nicely stacked inside an antique jelly cupboard from Pennsylvania. Others are under a small chest and in the bottom of an antique dry sink. A small group of quilts is folded in a candle box that has two small shelves (see right). You’ll find quilts under a lamp and under a small rocking horse purchased at a folk-art show. I also have a wall of small quilts in my studio, while other quilts are folded in a stack in a bookcase. I drape quilts out of baskets and on doll beds or cradles. There are probably more I’m forgetting to mention.

    One of the things I love most about Jo’s Little Favorites III is that most of the photography was taken in our home and in my studio across the alley, which is a 1954 small ranch, just 854 square feet. It’s a perfect commute. The move about 12 years ago helped me get my sewing out of our 1100-square-foot home. Russ and I have lived in our home all our married life. It will be 47 years this July.

    Keystone Medallion quilt
    Keystone Medallion

    ST!: What do you love about being a quilter?

    Jo: Being a quilter, one never has free time. There is always something to work on, including prepping take-along handwork projects. I can stitch in the car on a trip, hand piece blocks, work on a hexagon project, or hand quilt a small quilt without a frame. Appliqué is not easy for me to do in the car, however—it’s homework, so to speak.

    ST!: Finish these sentences for us!

    From Jo's Little Favorites IIIOne reason making smaller quilts is so fun is: They don’t take much time. I’ve always been drawn to antique small quilts and doll quilts, and I’ve always made small quilts that looked old or had vintage appeal.

    If I had a three-word quilting mantra, it would be: Enjoy the process. Look at the fabulous antique quilts in museums—they aren’t perfect, but you can see fabulous workmanship, colors, and design . . . and they ended up in a museum. Sometimes perfection loses the made-by-a-human aspect.

    My best tip for new quiltmakers is: Perfection is overrated, but do your best work. The more you do, the better you get.

    Before I begin a quilt, I must have: The fabrics I want for the quilt—and I do have a really nice fabric collection. It’s NOT a stash. Anything that costs that much is a “collection.” For some reason I don’t care for the word “stash” because it sounds like something that should be hidden. My fabrics are folded on shelves and sorted by color because I need to see my fabric to use it. Who can remember a pretty pink in the bottom of a bin in the closet? Not me.

    Basket Parade quilt
    Basket Parade

    If I had a quilting superpower, it would be: I really don’t know what to say to this question. Quilting isn’t a hobby for me. It’s something I need to do. I like the way I make my quilts. I love playing with blocks on the design wall, playing with setting fabrics, finding the right fabric for blocks and borders. I think quilting is in my DNA.

    I went through a lot of hobbies before finding quilting. I remember Russ kind of rolling his eyes—“here we go again”— with another new hobby. I told him that I loved making quilts so much that I would do it for the rest of my life. Thirty-eight years later, I’m still loving it. I  have a list of quilts I still want to make. I’ve been involved in several block exchanges and I haven’t had the time to do something with the blocks, so that is on my agenda this year.

    Jo, thanks for indulging us, and congratulations on your gorgeous new book!

    Jo’s a pro when it comes to piecing small quilts—check out her “clippy trick” for making little blocks lie flat:

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

    Jo's Little Favorites IIIWe’ve got a copy of Jo’s Little Favorites III to give away to one lucky winner today! To be automatically entered to win, tell us in the comments:

    If I made a quilt from Jo’s Little Favorites III, I would:

    • Display it in my home like Jo.
    • Give it as a gift to someone I know who loves everything repro.
    • Finish it and then make another!

    Good luck, everyone! And if you’re ready to start sewing with Jo right now, you can purchase Jo’s Little Favorites III and instantly download the eBook for free.

    Also by Jo Morton:

    Jo's Little Favorites II Jo's Little Favorites Jo's Floral Album Simple Friendships

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

    “Probably all of the above, but definitely – quilt it and make another one.”

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

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