1. Easy free-motion quilting motifs, simple as 1-2-3 👍 (free tutorial + giveaway!)

    If you’ve tried free-motion quilting but you’re still in beginner mode . . .

    If you’re ready to try some fun new motifs . . .

    If you simply aren’t sure how to progress from where you are . . .

    Let machine-quilting pro Lori Kennedy take you by the hand and teach you everything she knows!

    Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3
    Lori’s new book,
    Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3

    Let us tell you about Lori: she’s a BERNINA Ambassador, a two-time Craftsy star, and she regularly writes machine-quilting tutorials for American Quilter Magazine. She’s also filmed a two-part series about her machine-quilting techniques for Sewing With Nancy, which you can watch this September.

    In short, she knows her sewing stuff!

    Square Flower Variations quilt
    Fun flower variations from
    Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3

    Lori’s book, Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3, is chock-full of easy free-motion quilting motifs that you can add to your quilts. You’ll see more than 60 designs close up throughout every step of the process, all in detailed photographs—not illustrations—so you can clearly see what you and your quilt should be doing under the needle. More than 400 photos will guide you to success!

    From Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3

    Learn to quilt flowers, leaves, tiny houses, and many more pictorial motifs, along with lots of easy-to-learn loops, spirals, circles, and squares. If you want your quilting to be as much a part of your quilt’s personality as your piecing, start with this book!

    Speaking of personality, we love this quiltmaking quote from Lori:

    Personality is more important than perfection

    Don’t you agree?

    As you’ll see in her guest post below, Lori’s enthusiastic and easygoing approach to free-motion quilting will inspire you to stitch right along with her. Welcome, Lori!

    Lori KennedyI’ve been machine quilting on a domestic sewing machine for more than 20 years, and in that time I’ve concluded two things:

    Free-motion quilting should be FUN!


    Quilting motifs should add personality to our quilts.

    Do YOU love machine-quilted feathers and stippling? Then you should cover your quilts in feathers and stippling galore!

    But if you’re like me . . . I simply cannot stipple. I cannot stitch a wavy line that doesn’t cross over any other line and makes a quarter-turn every so often.

    And I want more than feathers. I want my quilting lines to tell a story. However, I do NOT want to do a lot of marking.

    I started designing my own motifs and sharing them on my blog, The Inbox Jaunt. Together, my readers and I quilted leaves and flowers as well as spirals and circles. But we didn’t stop there. We quilted stars, sailboats, hearts, and roses. We added schools of fish and little houses and trees surrounded by picket fences. All these motifs helped tell our quilting story.

    Sailboat, fish, wave, and bubble quilting motifs
    Sailboat, fish, wave, and bubble motifs

    On my blog I’ve offered tutorials that are easy to follow and easy to commit to muscle memory. Suddenly, challenging motifs seemed simple—just one step at a time!

    Spiral bindingThat’s how Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 was born—one “Tuesday Tutorial” at a time.  The book includes more than 60 motifs with step-by-step photos, all organized in six chapters for quick reference. A spiral binding allows the book to lie flat next to your sewing machine while you are stitching.

    The first chapter will have you stitching in less than five minutes with my 12-step setup. Not sure about thread, batting, or marking pens? It’s all in here.

    Next, you’ll find skill-building exercises to help you create the perfect stitch, as well as instructions on creating four different knots to tie off your quilting. You’ll discover why stopping points are important, as well as other tips that will refine your technique and elevate your machine quilting to the next level.

    the perfect machine quilting stitch

    Then the fun begins—stitching the motifs and variations! Find motifs to tell YOUR story—from beginner to advanced, modern to traditional, pretty to whimsical.

    Motifs from Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3
    Motifs from
    Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3

    Not sure how to begin? Here’s a tutorial from the book that you can start with, and it’s my favorite: Flower Power!

    Free tutorial for Flower Power free-motion quilting motif
    Download Lori’s Flower Power tutorialprint it out and try it for yourself!

    Meander no more—happy stitching!

    Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3Thanks for sharing a peek inside your book, Lori!

    Which free-motion motifs from Lori’s book are you excited to try on your quilts?

    • Loops, lines, and spirals
    • Leaves and flowers
    • Circles and squares
    • All of the above!

    Tell us your pick in the comments and you could win a copy of Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck—and remember, when you buy the book at ShopMartingale.com, you can instantly download the eBook for free. Easy as 1-2-3!









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  2. VIDEO: How to cut teeny fabric appliques quick, quick, quick! ✂

    Bird applique from A Change of SeasonsTrue story: a couple of years ago, I was prepping a project and realized that I was nearly at the end of my roll of freezer paper. When I actually remembered to pick up another roll, I was so impressed with myself! A few weeks later, I was ransacking my pantry and what did I find? You guessed it, another brand-new roll of freezer paper. These words actually came out of my mouth: “What is this doing here?” I’ll bet my “helpful” hubby put it there—silly of him to think that it belonged in the pantry, wasn’t it?

    Speaking of freezer paper, here’s a fantastic video tip from Bonnie Sullivan, author of A Change of Seasons. Have you ever looked at an appliqué pattern and been intimidated by the sheer number of tiny pieces in it? Bonnie’s tip will help you cut those tiny berries and leaves quickly and accurately.

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

    Now that you know how to prep your appliqué pieces easily, take a look at some of Bonnie’s spring-inspired projects from A Change of Seasons:

    From A Change of Seasons - Spring
    Spring Blossoms and Spring Fling

    From A Change of Seasons - Spring
    Spring Has Sprung and Spring Chick

    Spring has definitely sprung in Chapter 1 of A Change of Seasons! Bonnie devotes a chapter to each season in her book. Take a look at more of her projects here.

    Kim Diehl's Best Applique Freezer PaperBy the way . . . those freezer-paper rolls for appliqué are now history (at least in my sewing room!). I switched to Kim Diehl’s Best Appliqué Freezer Paper. You get thirty 8½" x 11″ sheets that lie flat for easy tracing and cutting. You can even run the sheets through an inkjet printer or photocopier. They’re great for both hand and machine appliqué. You’ll never go back to grocery-store rolls again!

    What kind of appliqué technique do you use most?

    1) Hand appliqué

    2) Machine appliqué

    3) Fusible appliqué

    4) A combination of all three!

    Share your appliqué style in the comments!








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  3. ⏰Flash sale! Graceful quilts + companion projects from Kim Diehl

    Whoo-boy are we excited to share this deal with you today!

    Flash sale - Simple Graces only $6

    Download Kim Diehl’s best-seller Simple Graces for only $6.00! What a steal!

    Kim’s fourth book is extra special: not only has she designed quilts in her stunning signature style, she’s also designed simple-and-sweet companion projects for each quilt that you can whip up in a jiffy. Think of all the gifts you can make . . . the decorating you can do . . . the fun you can have with Kim guiding you all the way!

    Take a look at just a few pairs of patchwork projects from Simple Graces:

    Pie in the Sky quilt
    Create this scrappy-to-the-max Pie in the Sky quilt (the piecing’s way easier than you might think . . .)

    Pie in the Sky pillows
    Then whip up coordinating pillowcases and a throw pillow for a cozy-to-the-max scene.

    Cottage Garden table runner
    Use Kim’s invisible machine-appliqué technique to stitch this penny-packed Cottage Garden table runner . . .

    Cottage Garden companion projects
    Then make more pretty pennies to embellish a kitchen towel and a lampshade—top it all off with some penny coasters!

    Petal Pushers quilt
    The rows of scrappy Dresden blossoms in Kim’s Pedal Pusher quilt will never go out of style . . .

    Dresden pincushions
    And neither will these cute Dresden pincushions—stitch one up in cotton or wool.

    Kim Diehl's Pin PointsIn Simple Graces, you’ll also get 25+ of Kim’s famous “Pin Points”—little hints throughout the book that will make your quilting easier, faster, and lots more fun. Gaining Kim’s sewing wisdom alone is worth the price!

    A “Pin Point” example (right): this little doll quilt was made with leftovers from the Pie in the Sky quilt, shown at the beginning of this post. Kim used scraps from her strip sets—how clever!

    And for all you yo-yo fans out there—Kim being one of them!—how about a peek at just one more mini-collection from Simple Graces?

    Welcome Wagon quilt
    Stitch stacks of yo-yos to make Kim’s Welcome Wagon quilt; a few extra yo-yos result in a welcoming door hanger (and as you can see, you don’t have to hang it on a door).

    Download your eBook copy of Simple Graces at our website—but don’t delay! This offer ends on Monday, March 27, at noon (PT).

    Do you turn leftovers from your quilts into coordinating projects—and if yes, what do you typically make? Tell us in the comments!





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  4. Charm-quilt ideas from the best in the biz: Moda All-Stars are back! (+ fabric giveaway!)

    You’re loving the Moda All-Stars series of books so much, we went and did it again: we published book #4, and it’s available NOW!

    Moda All-Stars Lucky Charm Quilts

    In Moda All-Stars: Lucky Charm Quilts, you’ll find dazzling quilts from some of Moda’s most popular designers, all made with 5″ charm squares. Chapters are organized by how many charm packs to use:

    ONE charm pack.

    Forever Friends quilts
    Just one charm pack is all it takes to make this pair of Forever Friends mini quilts by Lisa Bongean—one for you and one for a friend.

    See 4 more quilts that use ONE charm pack >

    TWO charm packs.

    Spring Mosaic quilt
    This Spring Mosaic quilt by Sandy Gervais reminds us of lemon, lime, and orange sherbet! You’ll use leftover charm squares to piece a pretty border.

    See 5 more quilts that use TWO charm packs >

    Or THREE charm packs!

    Tire Tracks quilt
    Tire Tracks by Carrie Nelson and Tammy Vonderschmitt will put your (sewing-machine) pedal to the metal with quick piecing; faded red cross-weave cotton gives a soft texture to a solid color.

    See 5 more quilts that use THREE charm packs >

    We didn’t want to stifle creativity, so we asked the Moda All-Stars to follow just ONE rule: all designers had to use at least 80% of each charm pack in their project. They stuck to the rule beautifully!

    From Moda All-Stars: Lucky Charm Quilts

    Just like in all the Moda All-Stars books, there’s a special Q&A with each designer. In Lucky Charm Quilts, one question we asked was: “What charms you most about charm packs?”

    Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life said: “They’re a terrific way to sample every piece of a collection, and they’re perfect for scrap quilts!”

    Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co. said: “Convenience! I know if I want to make a baby quilt, I need one charm pack, two packs will make a crib quilt, three make a lap, and four will make a twin-size.”

    Sandy Klop of American Jane said: “I don’t have to cut them. Such a time-saver!”

    You’re sure to discover a love of charm packs just like the Moda All-Stars—or grow your love of them—with Lucky Charm Quilts at your side! Other all-star designers include:

    Designer lineup for Lucky Charm Quilts

    What a star-studded lineup! See all the quilts (and which Moda All-Star made which quilt!) in this quick little video we made:

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

    Alex's Lemonade Stand FoundationDID YOU KNOW? As with all our Moda All-Stars books, your purchase will make you a lucky charm for others. All royalties for Lucky Charm Quilts will be donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising funds for research into new treatments and cures for all children battling cancer.

    You know that when it comes to our pals at Moda, generosity is just their style. And in true form, Moda’s fabric fairies sent us a few charm packs to give to a few *lucky* winners!

    Moda charm pack giveaway!

    For your chance to win 3 of these fun charm packs plus a copy of Lucky Charm Quilts, tell us:

    If you had to choose a “lucky charm” from a charm pack, what color would it be?

    Share your answer in the comments to be automatically entered into the drawing. We’ll choose FIVE random winners one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck—and remember, when you purchase Lucky Charm Quilts at ShopMartingale.com, you get to download the eBook for free. Instant gratification—how charming!






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  5. How to sew rickrack on a quilt (think spring flowers!) 💐

    Today is the first day of spring! It’s the perfect time to start sewing something new—and we’ve got the perfect book to help you welcome warmer weather!

    Rick rack stems from Here Comes SpringHere Comes Spring is packed with pretty patchwork to decorate your home for the season—and the little details that authors Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks dream up for their designs make them extra special. One of the authors’ trademark tricks is to use rickrack for stems, vines, and flower embellishments. You won’t believe 1) how easy it is to sew rickrack and 2) how cute those wavy strips look in quilts!

    We asked Jeanne to show us how she sews all kinds of rickrack, from super fat to super skinny—and we caught all her suggestions on video! Follow her expert advice to try rickrack in your quilts:

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

    We also filmed a little video of another rickrack trick from Here Comes Spring—the technique gives a lovely scalloped edge to your flower appliqués and finishes the raw edges at the same time!

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

    So clever!

    Once you learn rickrack basics, you can sew them into all sorts of springtime quilts, such as:

    Opening Day flower pillow
    This sweet Opening Day Pillow

    Rebecca's Keepsake Quilt
    This starry showstopper, called Rebecca’s Keepsake Quilt (see the stems?)

    Prairie Picnic quilt and tote
    This Prairie Picnic set (raise your hand if you miss picnics!)

    Spring Blooms quilts
    This Spring Blooms Duo—just the right quilts for watchers of birds and keepers of gardens.

    You’ll find lots more how-to tricks in Here Comes Spring—sew smart with Jeanne and Shelley and you’re guaranteed projects that won’t take all season to finish!

    Which project pairs up with what you’ll be doing this spring?

    a) A quilt for sunset watching.

    b) A pillow for nighttime stargazing.

    c) A tote for springtime shopping!

    Tell us what you’d make first in the comments—and remember, when you purchase Here Comes Spring at our website, you can instantly download the eBook version for free.

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  6. It’s official – Moda All-Stars: All in a Row Again has a cover! 👏

    The votes have been tallied . . . here is the cover of Moda All-Stars: All in a Row Again!

    Moda All-Stars: All in a Row Again

    No matter which cover was your favorite, patterns for ALL the rows you saw on both covers are included in the book, coming in October 2017. Mix and match 23 rows in four fun categories:

    Flowers and Trees
    Critters and Creatures
    Buildings and Houses
    Classic Patchwork

    Many thanks for helping us choose the cover—preorder your copy of the book here!

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  7. 5 fun ideas for celebrating Worldwide Quilting Day 2017 (tomorrow!)

    Worldwide Quilting Day 2017Worldwide Quilting Day 2017 is tomorrow!

    Just think of all the quilters . . . all the fabric . . .  all the happily humming sewing machines! Tomorrow that humming will be heard ’round the world—we all need to make some noise, right?

    We’ve been celebrating Worldwide Quilting Day on our blog for five years running, and we’ve shared some fun posts full of ideas for commemorating the day. This year, we’re rounding up those ideas for you. Choose one idea or choose them all—but be sure to share your love of quilting with the world tomorrow!

    IDEA #1: Teach someone to quilt.

    Quilting is fun, and it can be even more fun with a friend. If you don’t have a quilting friend to share the day with, why not create one from scratch—teach a beginner how to quilt! This cute Just Buttons quilt pattern is perfect for beginners (and it’s FREE). You can download basic how-to booklets from our How to Quilt page too.

    Just Buttons quilt - free pattern
    Just Buttons free quilt pattern by Susan Nelsen

    IDEA #2: Give a little TLC to a WIP.

    Got a work in progress that you’d love to get to the finish line? Set aside time tomorrow to give that project your full attention. We all know how glorious it feels to finally finish a quilt—you’ve got a great excuse to do just that this weekend!

    From the book Quiltmaking Essentials I

    IDEA #3: Go shopping!

    It’s the perfect day to visit to your local quilt shop! Download our free printable shopping list for quilters to keep track of what you need, want, or can’t resist.

    Free printable shopping list for quilters

    IDEA #4: Host a patchwork party!

    Download this free printable quilt-party invitation to send to your friends and put together a little patchwork party. A few snacks and drinks are all you really need, along with some portable projects to work on. If you want to up your party game, here are three fun quilt-party themes to try.

    Quilt party invitations free printable

    IDEA #5: Teach yourself a new trick.

    Celebrate the day by giving yourself a challenge—try a new technique, sharpen your skills, or get your sewing space organized! Check out these 24 tutorials and these 52 tutorials to get inspired.

    76 quilting tutorials

    Speaking of learning new techniques—who better to learn with than best-selling author Pat Sloan? We’re giving away ALL THREE books in her “Teach Me” series to one lucky winner today!

    Win all 3 of Pat's books in her "Teach Me" series!

    Just answer this question to be entered into the drawing:

    How will you celebrate Worldwide Quilting Day 2017?

    a) I’m staying inside to quilt, quilt, quilt!

    b) I’m heading out for some fabulous fabric shopping!

    c) I’m connecting with quilty friends—we’ll be celebrating together!

    Tell us your answer in the comments and you could win all three of Pat’s books in her “Teach Me” series! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck—and from all of us at Martingale, here’s wishing you a VERY happy Worldwide Quilting Day!

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  8. Repro lovers, assemble! 182 twists on Civil War–style quilt blocks (+ fabric giveaway)

    Reproduction-quilt lovers, are you ready for a decidedly different quilt-block book?

    Save your scraps, pile up your precuts, and iron your yardage—The 4″ x 5″ Quilt-Block Anthology is a BIG quilt-block book that will inspire you for years to come!

    The 4 x 5 Quilt-Block Anthology

    If you’re like us, you’re “long”ing to stitch these one-of-a-kind rectangular blocks—the unexpected shape is rocking our quilty world!

    How did this compendium of rectangular quilt blocks come to be? Coauthors Carol Hopkins (of Civil War Legacies fame) and Linda M. Koenig dreamed up a challenge for their Indiana-based quilt group: design 4″ x 5″ blocks using only reproduction fabrics in blue, black, red, and double pink. That’s what inspired The 4″ x 5″ Quilt-Block Anthology—and the results are breathtaking.

    Small Town Parade quilt
    Small Town Parade, pieced by Garnet Roesel and quilted by Lisa Ramsey

    At a whopping 208 pages, the book is packed with brand-new block designs—

    Original blocks from The 4 x 5 Quilt-Block Anthology
    Clockwise from top left:
    Ripples, Signature, Log Off, and Apple Seeds

    —as well as classic favorites, all reinvented to fit the 4″ x 5″ shape:

    Classic blocks reinvented
    Clockwise from top left:
    Shoo Fly, Hopscotch, Anvil, and Lost Ship

    Block photos are so close up, you can see the color and print choices that each quilter made, right down to the teeniest polka dot. And once you’ve made your blocks, you’ll get inspired to set them with examples of magnificent sampler quilts in the gallery. When you buy the book, you’ll get online access to even more settings (trust us, they’re gorgeous).

    Did we mention that the anthology also includes ideas for using the blocks in your own quilt group or club? Create a block club just like the authors’ club and have a blast—with this last-a-lifetime book, you’ll never run short of ideas!

    We’re thrilled to have Carol Hopkins as a guest writer today, here to tell you the remarkable tale of how the anthology came to be.

    But first . . .

    FABRIC GIVEAWAY! Carol Hopkins and our friends at Marcus Fabrics curated the American Swatch Book fabric collection—a line of classic prints designed by Judie Rothermel—to pair perfectly with The 4″ x 5″ Quilt-Block Anthology. And we’ve got a bundle to give away to one lucky winner!

    Marcus Fabrics and Martingale giveaway!

    Learn how you can win the bundle plus a copy of The 4″ x 5″ Quilt-Block Anthology at the end of this post. (To learn more about American Swatch Book, visit the Marcus Fabrics blog, Marcus Mentions!)

    Carol HopkinsLike many quilters, I count my quilting friends among life’s treasures. Over the last 25 years or so, I’ve been fortunate to share my passion for making small quilt blocks with reproduction fabrics through block exchanges with a special group of friends. Our exchanges focus on creating blocks of a certain size, pattern, or color, such as 3″ multicolored sampler blocks, tiny Shoo Fly blocks in assorted blues, 6″ red-and-green sampler blocks, 4″ pink-and-brown stars, and blocks on which we wrote favorite sayings or quotations.

    It Started with a Block-Exchange Idea

    When four of us met for lunch a few years ago to discuss our next exchange, we’d just finished a year-long exchange of 96 small Weathervane blocks using only plaids, checks, and stripes. To make our next exchange less time-consuming, we agreed on a simple block consisting of a plain rectangle surrounded by a one-inch border on all sides. Easy enough, until Linda Koenig had an inspiration while driving home, and then sent us a note with an invitation: “Design and assemble 4″ x 5″ quilt blocks using reproduction fabrics in blue, black, red, and double pink. Make four different blocks to share/keep each month, for nine months.” We were hooked when we saw the four sample blocks she enclosed. How hard could this be?

    We were hooked and dove into making blocks. But we soon realized the challenge! It’s not hard to design a 4″ block.  And it’s not hard to design a 5″ block. But to design a block that’s 4″ in one direction and 5″ in the other? That was trickier, and that’s what made it gratifying.

    Blocks from The 4 x 5 Quilt-Block Anthology
    Blocks from
    The 4″ x 5″ Quilt-Block Anthology

    Linda showed our blocks to another group of her quilting friends, and they decided joined the challenge. In all, we ended up with 182 blocks: some based on adaptations of classic square quilt blocks, and at least 50 new, never-before-seen blocks.

    Blocks from The 4 x 5 Quilt-Block Anthology
    More blocks from
    The 4″ x 5″ Quilt-Block Anthology

    A Book is Born

    When I showed the first few months of blocks to the folks at Martingale, they loved the innovative approach and agreed to publish a block book with full-sized photographs and step-by-step cutting and sewing directions for each block, along with a photo gallery of quilts made from the blocks. Thus, the The 4″ x 5″ Quilt-Block Anthology was born.

    Sadly, Linda passed away from a devastating illness before the book went to press. She saw the page proofs, but never viewed the book’s beautiful cover featuring her wonderful quilt, the result of a brainstorm on her drive home from lunch. We all greatly miss her friendship and her creative, perfectly pieced quilt designs.

    The Sparrow's Window quilt
    The Sparrow’s Window quilt, pieced by Linda M. Koenig and quilted by Viki Kirby

    Next Stop: Fabric

    The original 4″ x 5″ blocks were made from a wide assortment of fabrics from the exchange participants’ decades-old stashes. Since there was no existing collection in the marketplace suitable for recreating the 1880s look of the fabrics in the blocks, Jennifer Keltner, Martingale’s Chief Visionary Officer, and I approached Marcus Fabrics about asking Judie Rothermel, one of the pioneer designers of reproduction fabric lines, to create a collection that would capture the color palette and prints used for the blocks in the book.

    Marcus Fabrics agreed to develop a new collection, and Judie shared with me approximately 70 fabric swatches of blue, red, pink, black, and shirtings from her private collection of antique textiles. I felt like a kid in a candy store getting to see so many beautiful old fabrics, many of which contained prints never before available to reproduction-fabric lovers. Narrowing the choices to 22 prints was torturous, because, as I’m sure you can imagine, I wanted them all! In the end, the fabric line, which Judie named American Swatch Book, is a collection that beautifully reflects the colors and prints used in the original blocks.

    American Swatch Book fabrics

    Block-of-the-Month Club

    It's Not a Square Block-of-the-Month ClubSo, what do you do when you have a book of wonderful quilt blocks and a fantastic new fabric line? My response was to create the “It’s Not a Square” Block-of-the-Month Club. The club pairs blocks from the book and the new fabric line to make a 72-block sampler quilt. Available through quilt shops this fall, the club will offer full-color, detailed block guides to create six blocks each month from The 4" x 5″ Quilt Block Anthology using American Swatch Book prints. Information about the fabrics and the club is on its way to local quilt shops now. Watch for the book at your favorite shop, and ask about the club!

    What a whirlwind story, Carol—thank you for sharing it with us!

    Now, on to the giveaway! For your chance to win the American Swatch Book bundle plus a copy of the The 4" x 5″ Quilt Block Anthology, tell us:

    The 4 x 5 Quilt-Block AnthologyWhat fabrics would you choose to make the blocks in the anthology?

    a) I’d go with what the original makers intended: blue, black, red, and double pink.

    b) I’d follow the color guide but throw in a few surprises.

    c) I’d try these blocks in modern fabrics—the quilts would be just as spectacular!

    Tell us your answer in the commentswe’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And remember, when you purchase The 4" x 5″ Quilt Block Anthology at ShopMartingale.com, you can instantly download the eBook for free.

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

    “I love the scrappy look of my collection of reproduction fabrics. I love a challenge of the 4 by 5 blocks. I would love this project.”

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





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  9. Get ready for All in a Row – again! But first, help us choose a cover?

    Get ready for MORE row-by-row quilting fun—Moda All-Stars: All in a Row Again is in the works!

    Just like the original Moda All-Stars All in a Row, All in a Row Again is packed with pretty patchwork rows to inspire your quiltmaking in *sew* many ways! The book arrives in October 2017—and we can’t wait to show you all the delightful row designs inside!

    BUT . . . we’ve run into a hiccup. With the cover. Our awesome editorial team designed two amazing covers for the book, and we simply can’t decide which one we like best!

    So please, won’t you help us choose?

    Moda All-Stars - All in a Row Again

    Which cover is your #1 patchwork pick for the cover of Moda All-Stars: All in a Row Again—Autumn Harvest or Spring Brights?

    Share your vote for favorite cover in the comments by tomorrow at 9:00 am (PT). We’ll tally up the votes, make a few final touches, and reveal the winning cover soon!

    Many thanks for helping us choose—we knew we could count on you! We’re excited to discover what the new cover of Moda All-Stars: All in a Row Again will be!

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  10. SHOP NOW: semiannual warehouse sale – 90+ books, $5 each (while supplies last)

    It’s baaaack!!! Our semiannual warehouse sale is in full swing—and you’ve just GOT to steal these deals!

    Add select books to your shopping cart at ShopMartingale.com for only $5 each. Choose from 90+ titles featuring the inspiring beauty and quality instruction you love in Martingale books.

    Choose from the featured books below OR visit this link to browse 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!

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    Quilting: SEW MUCH to choose from!

    Bloom Creek Quilts Strip-Smart Quilts At Home with Country Quilts Homestyle Quilts
    Modern Quilts from the Bloggin Universe Knockout Neutrals Scrap Quilting Strip by Strip Think Big
    Country Elegance Sweet Tweets Red, White, and Sometimes Blue Easy Quilts for Beginners and Beyond

    Sewing: Start your (sewing-machine) engines!

    Sew Practical Sew and Play Sew Much Fleece It's a Wrap

    Knitting: start a new project (or a new hobby)!

    Sweet Pickles Sock-Yarn Accessories Pick Your Stitch, Build a Blanket Knit a Monster Nursery

    Crochet: hook the day away!

    Sweet Baby Crochet Amigurumi Toy Box Crochet a Farm Tunisian Crochet Encore

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