1. Best paper for paper piecing? 3 choices to make before you sew

    Paper-pieced block from Learn to Paper PieceWhat’s the best paper for paper piecing? There are several choices out there, and choices are great—it’s fun to experiment to see what works best for you. That’s exactly what Scott Hansen, owner of Blue Nickel Studios and one of the designers featured in The Splendid Sampler, was exploring when we met him at Spring Quilt Market. He was kind enough to sit with us for a minute and talk to us about the options.

    Copy paper: Scott says, “Copy paper is okay to use, but it’s pretty thick and can be tough to tear through. It’s also kind of hard to see through copy paper to the other side, which is important because you want to see the numbers on the pattern when you’re sewing. And of course, copy paper is really easy to find.”

    Copy paper printed with Scott’s block pattern from The Splendid Sampler

    Newsprint (like our Papers for Foundation Piecing): Scott says, “Newsprint tears well, and you can also see through it more easily than copy paper. It’s also easy to find at your local quilt shop or online.”

    From A Paper-Pieced Garden
    A block paper pieced with our Papers for Foundation Piecing (find the squirrel pattern here)

    Vellum: Scott says, “With Vellum, you can easily see through to the other side, which is important—you can see through to the numbers on the back of the pattern when sewing. Vellum tears better than copy paper, but not at easily as newsprint. It’s also harder to find than copy paper or newsprint.”

    Seeing through to the back side of vellum

    A final tip from Scott: “One of the most important things you can do when paper piecing is use a really tight, tight stitch—13 to 16 stitches per inch. I also backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam to make sure seams don’t pull apart when sewing.”

    Bobbin Chase block by Scott HansenHere’s Scott’s fun Bobbin Chase block featured in The Splendid Sampler—and yes, it’s paper pieced! Of his block, Scott says, “I designed Bobbin Chase just after my mother’s death. I was in a very nostalgic mood, thinking back to the 1980s when I created counted cross-stitch projects. The four ‘bobbins’ in Bobbin Chase are a nod to the cardboard winders I used to wind floss onto when I was stitching (akin to winding thread onto bobbins).”

    You’ll find 21 paper-pieced blocks in The Splendid Sampler, and a total of 100 blocks overall. Patchwork, appliqué, embroidery—so many choices! And when you’re done choosing and making your favorite blocks, you can feature them in a beautiful sampler quilt like this one:

    100-Block Sampler quilt
    100-Block Sampler, 80″ × 80″. Assembled by Melanie Barrett and quilted by Debby Brown.

    Can you spot Scott’s Bobbin Chase block in the quilt above? It’s there with all 100 blocks from The Splendid Sampler!

    If you make Scott’s block, be sure to tag him at #bluenickelstudios and #urbanfolkquilts so he can see and share. You can also download a coloring page of Scott’s block to play around with color placement before you sew.

    Papers for Foundation PiecingWant to give Scott’s paper-pieced block a whirl? Pick up The Splendid Sampler and a pack of our Papers for Foundation Piecing. We offered our papers for the first time in 1998 and it’s still the go-to foundation-piecing paper for thousands of quilters. At only $14.99 for 100 sheets, it’ll keep you in paper-piecing mode for 100 blocks . . . or more!

    Which kinds of paper have you tried for paper piecing: copy paper, newsprint, vellum, our Papers for Foundation Piecing? Tell us your experience in the comments!




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  2. 💛 New Kathy Schmitz embroidery patterns to “fall” in love with 🍂 (+ fabric giveaway!)

    First Kathy Schmitz graced us with her exquisite embroidery in Stitches from the Garden; now she’s back with another season to celebrate in stitches!

    Stitches from the Harvest

    This best-selling author returns to celebrate the warm, welcoming hues of Autumn in Stitches from the Harvest. Inspired by the everyday beauty of the season, Kathy shares her spectacularly embroidered nature scenes, charming hand-drawn sketches, and beautiful watercolor paintings in page after page of elegant designs.

    Give Thanks framed embroidery art
    A peek into the pages of
    Stitches from the Harvest

    Create a needle keeper, pincushion, table runner, pillow, and more featuring embroidered leaves, vines, and berries. You’ll also find Autumn’s favorite woodland friends—squirrels, birds, and bunnies—frolicking among the pages. They’ll inspire you to start some seasonal stitching!

    Here’s a peek at all the lovely projects you can make in the book:

    We had the opportunity to film Kathy at Spring Quilt Market, and she showed us her method of transferring embroidery designs to fabric. Although she prefers a light box for the task, in a pinch she got creative and used . . . an iPad!

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

    We’re thrilled to have Kathy here at Stitch This! as a guest writer today to tell us more about her love of autumn.

    But first . . .

    FABRIC GIVEAWAY! Our friends at Moda Fabrics sent us a beautiful bundle of Kathy Schmitz’s latest fabric line, Oak Grove Lane, so we could give it to one lucky winner. (Shhh . . . Kathy’s latest line isn’t even officially available until November!)

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

    Kathy SchmitzGrowing up in Oregon I loved every season; sweaters in the winter, fresh-cut grass in the spring, sprinklers in the summer, and then there was fall. The smell of a new box of crayons, the crunch of leaves underfoot, and long evening shadows still bring peace to my soul. Not to mention those sweet little acorns! To this day I have a hard time walking by an acorn without picking it up.

    The embroidery projects in Stitches from the Harvest were all created with these memories in mind. Little projects, like the Black Satin Sachet and the Plentiful Coat Pin, are small enough to stitch in a couple of evenings.  Projects like these are great for gifts!

    Black Satin Sachet
    Black Satin Sachet

    Plentiful Coat Pin
    Plentiful Coat Pin

    I can never have too many cute ways to carry my sewing notions. I designed the Nutty’s Nest Notion Keep with practical pockets on the inside and my take of a Robin Hood squirrel on the outside. The zippered Nature’s Finest Pouches are just the right size for storing small sewing projects too. There are three zippered pouch embroidery designs to choose from—a feather, oak leaf and acorn, and a fall berry branch. Or stitch all three!

    Nutty's Nest Notion Keep
    Nutty’s Nest Notion Keep

    Nature's Finest Pouches
    Nature’s Finest Pouches

    Having small projects satisfies my need for quick gratification, but I also love to have a larger project in the works. I like to know I have something I can pick up and stitch whenever the mood may strike. One of the bigger projects in Stitches from the Harvest is the Gather Together Runner. This table runner features my favorite fall treats. Of course, there must be acorns and Chinese Lantern plants. The design is finished with the addition of a fall harvest of pears, figs, pomegranates, and blackberries.

    Gather Together Runner
    Gather Together Runner

    This table runner is also a great way to use a variety of embroidery stitches—satin, stem, seed, wagon wheel, fern, and fly, to name a few.

    When I’m not stitching, I’m drawing and painting. I hope you enjoy the preliminary sketches for the projects and my watercolor paintings included in Stitches from the Harvest.

    Welcome Home quilt
    Welcome Home from
     Stitches from the Harvest

    Stitches from the HarvestKathy, thank you for sharing your beautiful new book with us!

    To enter the giveaway and win the Oak Grove Lane bundle from Moda plus a copy of Stitches from the Harvest, tell us in the comments:

    What’s your level of embroidery expertise?

    • I’m an embroidery expert.
    • I love embroidery, and I’m still learning.
    • I want to learn how—now!

    Good luck! And if you’re ready to start stitching with Kathy today, you can order Stitches from the Harvest at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.





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  3. ❄ Snowflake-button tutorial with Bonnie Sullivan: sew quick, so cute! ❄

    Button embroidery designWe know, we know . . . because we’re quilters, people automatically think we sew everything—hems, holes, pleats, ruffles, and the like. Maybe you do that kind of sewing and maybe you don’t, but when it comes to sewing buttons, you’ve just got to learn the way that A Change of Seasons author Bonnie Sullivan does it—with a little embellished flourish!

    Button, button, have you got a button? If you do, you’ll be buttoning up these cute snowflakes on all kinds of projects—watch how easy it is to do!

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

    Add snowflake buttons to quilts, pillows, bags, clothing, gifts—the sky’s the limit! And the next time you’re asked to sew a button, you can give ’em a little snowflake surprise.

    Have you seen the 16 spectacular seasonal projects in Bonnie’s book, A Change of Seasons? Since today is the first day of fall, y’all, it’s the perfect time to get started on one of Bonnie’s cozy autumn designs!

    Autumn Star quilt
    Autumn Star (find three more autumn projects in the book)

    Or, get a head start on the snowy season—and your button-snowflake making—and create Bonnie’s heartfelt stockings for your family or a family you know and love (won’t they be lucky!):

    The Stockings Were Hung
    The Stockings Were Hung (find 3 more holiday projects in the book)

    See the spring and summer project collections >>>

    How many buttons—or button jars/bags/tins—do you own? Tell us in the comments!

    Warehouse sale ends September 26!






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  4. Astonishing Dresden Plate quilt blocks by hand . . . or machine! (+ giveaway)

    Best-selling author Katja Marek has done incredible things with hexagons, inspiring thousands of quilters with her fun quilt-alongs and beginner-friendly approach to English paper piecing. So when we heard that for her next book Katja wanted to pay homage to the classic Dresden Plate, we couldn’t wait to see where her creativity would take her. Today, we get to show you—and it’s incredible all over again!

    Distinctive Dresdens

    In Distinctive Dresdens, you’ll stitch Dresden Plate blocks like you’ve never seen them before—and in ways you may never have sewn them before! Katja shares a new English-paper-piecing technique that you can do by hand or machine. Play with 26 dazzling Dresden Plate quilt-block patterns that breathe new life into the classic Dresden wedge, transforming the design with fresh angles and points that will have you seeing stars, flowers, and more. You’ll be wowed by the dizzying array of Dresdens you can create.

    Our favorite part of the book? The geometry—and the fact that we can skip calculating equations! Katja’s done all the work for you: simply trace, cut, and stitch for piecing that’s a perfect fit. Just for that, we’re giving Katja an honorary doctorate degree in geometry from Martingale!

    Distinctive Dresdens
    Clockwise from top left: wall quilt, runner, and quilt from Distinctive Dresdens

    Katja MarekIn the introduction to Distinctive Dresdens, Katja says, “I asked myself why the Dresden Plate always had to have 20 equal-sized petals, when there are so many more possibilities. In this book, I have tried to provide an answer to my own question. I wanted to create very distinctive blocks containing wedges with multiple and varying angles, sometimes with points inserted between the wedges for interest. To achieve this, I developed a system using the precise paper shapes that are so effective for English paper piecing, combined with the option of machine piecing to easily insert pointed fabric pieces between the wedges.

    By bringing together my beloved English paper piecing, precise paper templates, and machine piecing for a new approach, I have added new chapters to the Dresden Plate story.”

    Don’t you just love how her brain works?

    Here’s a peek at the 26 blocks in the book—and the six beautiful projects Katja’s included too!

    Now, if you’re familiar with Katja’s previous book and calendar, you know she LOVES a good quilt-along. And you can bet she’s hosting one for Distinctive Dresdens! But we’ll all have to be patient—the samples for the quilt-along are debuting at Fall Quilt Market at the end of October. This is the only peek we can give you today:

    Rainy Days and Sun Days QAL

    Follow Katja’s “Quilt with Me” group on Facebook for the big reveal of Katja’s Distinctive Dresdens quilt-along project.

    Distinctive DresdensWe’re giving away a copy of Distinctive Dresdens today! To enter your name into the drawing, tell us:

    When it comes to quilt math, I am:

    • A whiz!
    • A little wobbly.
    • The worst.

    Tell us your answer in the comments—we’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

    Already dreaming of all the Dresdens you want to make? Order Distinctive Dresdens at ShopMartingale.com and instantly download the eBook for free.





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

    It’s baaaack!!! Our semiannual warehouse sale is here—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.

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

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

    Remember, whenever your purchase totals $40 or more, we’ll pay for your shipping* to the US and Canada. Happy shopping!

    $5 QUILTING BOOKS: sew much to choose from!

    The Blue and the Gray Skip the Borders Christmas Is Coming The Big Book of Fat-Quarter Quilts
    Crazy at the Cabin Civil War Legacies III Machine Quilting with Style Preserving History
    Sew Charming Animal Parade 2 Striking Strip Quilts Simple Appeal

    $5 SEWING BOOKS: start your (sewing-machine) engines!

    Windy City Bags Baby Bliss Sew Many Gifts Sew This and That!

    $5 KNITTING BOOKS: start a new project (or a new hobby)!

    The Big Book of Knit Stitches The Big Book of Knitted Monsters The Sock Knitter's Handbook Sock-Yarn Shawls II

    $5 CROCHET BOOKS: hook the day away!

    Huggable Amigurumi Let's Go Camping! Honk! Beep! Vroom! 9 Months to Crochet

    But wait—we’ve got


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

    While supplies last, get Stitches to Savor and A Common Thread for just $15 each—that’s 57% off the retail price!

    Stitches to Savor A Common Thread

    These gorgeous hardcover volumes retail for $34.99 each, but right now you can order your favorite (or both!) for only $15 apiece! Both contain a lifetime of inspiration for stitchers of all kinds. (You should see Martingale staff copies, adored and a bit dog-eared from turning pages again and again!) Buy in multiples and give as gifts this coming Christmas—there’s truly no better gift for stitchers than the gift of inspiration!


    *Free shipping to U.S. and Canada only. All sales are final. Due to order volume, processing may take up to 15 days to process. (But our shipping department rocks—your books will arrive as soon as humanly possible!)














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  6. Do you pop your quilt-block seams? (how-to video)

    Last month we shared a video from Carrie Nelson that explained how to get quilt-block centers to nest together perfectly. Her how-to is a game changer!

    Today we’re excited to share another video from Carrie that reveals how to press quilt block seams so your blocks lay super-flat and nest perfectly together with other blocks when it comes time to sew them together.

    All it takes is a pint-sized pop. A tiny twist. A teeny twirl. Watch Carrie work her magic!

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

    The technique works for any unit or block where four fabrics meet. Give it a try! We promise your blocks, your quilt top—and whoever will be machine quilting your quilt—will thank you!

    Sometimes you just need a friend to show you the little tricks they know. You can bet that inside Carrie’s latest book, Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites, you’ll find more simple sewing tips that’ll make you say, “Thanks, Miss Rosie!”

    Carrie’s sewing tips are just icing on the cake—in the book you’ll fall for a dozen delightful quilt designs that are just Miss Rosie’s style:

    Three Barns quilt
    Of this Three Barns quilt, Carrie says, “You’re thinking I went a little overboard with the stars, aren’t you? It isn’t possible! When it comes to stars, more is always better! How do I know? Go outside tonight and look up into the sky. I rest my case.”

    Stella Blue quilt
    Of this Stella Blue quilt, Carrie says, “The block in this quilt is a simple Star block, often called an Eight-Pointed Star, Sawtooth Star, or Variable Star. I placed background fabrics randomly in the blocks, and I purposely made flying-geese units with two small triangles that matched in color but were not the same print.”

    Cracked Pots quilt
    Of this Cracked Pots quilt, Carrie says, “Due to my love affair with 1½"-wide strips, I wanted to make something that would let me indulge myself while still making something different. (An extra-quiltacular affair, if you will.) The Courthouse Steps block seemed perfect. And, I wanted houses in my quilt—another way to use those 1½"-wide strips!”

    Check out this Instagram pic from @richyjr16 of SpazzyCat Designs—he transformed Cracked Pots into a fun Halloween quilt. (Don’t worry, no Halloween frights in his neighborhood!)

    So, how do you flatten your quilt-block seams:

    • I use the same method as Carrie!
    • I press all my seams open.
    • I press, press, press . . . and then I press again.

    Tell us your method in the comments!






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  7. Hold a history of American quiltmaking in your hands (+ giveaway!)

    Whether you fall head over heels for every antique quilt you see or you’re intrigued by quiltmakers of the past—our latest coffee-table book, American Quilt Treasures, was made for you. We’re elated to introduce this beautiful new book to you today!

    American Quilt Treasures

    Inside this exquisite hardcover volume, you’ll take a fascinating behind-the-scenes journey through a curated collection of quilts housed at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska, the largest publicly held quilt collection in the world. The museum graciously allowed Martingale to photograph 65 one-of-a-kind quilts, ranging from just 30 years old to an incredible 197 years old. Many of these quilts have unknown makers; but in this lavish coffee-table book devoted to a visual storytelling of American quiltmaking, those makers’ voices are heard through their stitches—and their talents are celebrated.

    Prepare to be whisked away by astonishing patchwork and awe-inspiring appliqué, all captured in lavish, detailed photography. Here’s a little peek:

    You’ll marvel at the variety of quilts included, such as a jaw-dropping 1870s quilt featuring 2,750 half-square triangles (see below); a 1940s quilt embellished with more than 11,000 buttons (it weighs 65 pounds!); and an astounding Civil Warera appliqué quilt that sold at auction for more than a quarter of a million dollars in 1991. You’ll be captivated by the creativity and persistence of quilters from the past—and as you turn each page, you’ll discover the enduring impact that quilts of yesteryear have on quiltmakers of today.

    Here are a few more favorite examples from the book, chosen by Martingale’s publisher, Jennifer Keltner, who was at the museum when photos were taken for the book.

    Birds in the Air quilt
    Of this circa 1890 Birds in the Air Quilt by Mary Linderburger, possibly made in New Jersey, Jennifer says, “Everything old is new again—at least it seems that way when you study the strong visual graphic of this quilt. From a distance, the quilt appears almost as if you’re looking through a screen. The careful placement of bubblegum pinks in each block, composed entirely of half-square triangles, is the key.”

    Prairie Point Bull's Eye quilt
    Of this Prairie Point Bull’s Eye, possibly from Tennessee by an unknown maker, Jennifer says, “I look at this circa 1960 quilt and wonder: what was the maker thinking? Where did the fabrics come from for her to make this? It includes cottons, polyesters, sheers, solids, and prints—and an incredible amount of patience. ’Round and ’round she goes. How she knew when to stop? Nobody knows.”

    Flying Geese quilt
    Of this Flying Geese quilt, known only to be from the United States and created by an unknown maker, Jennifer says, “Do you see an ugly duckling or a beautiful swan of a quilt? This circa 1860 quilt, more than any other in
    American Quilt Treasures, seems to illicit a ‘love it’ or ‘don’t like it’ response. It’s one of my favorites in the book for its simple repetition, the changes of direction, and the red and green scrappy prints used.”

    From simply breathtaking works to quilts that seem simply impossible to create, you’ll be inspired to keep this book close to enjoy for years to come. And as the publisher of this visual account of important American quilts, we hope we’ve helped give a voice to those quilters with one collective name: “maker unknown.” Please note: patterns are not included in the book.

    There’s one more exciting thing we got to do when we visited the museum to photograph the book. Museum volunteers were kind enough to allow us to film how they store the amazing quilts in their collection:

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

    If you aren’t storing your heirloom quilts this way, you may want to start now! Don’t forget the white gloves. 🙂

    American Quilt TreasuresWho would you like to give a copy of American Quilt Treasures to (besides yourself, of course!): a mother, a grandmother, or maybe a daughter, son, or friend? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of American Quilt Treasures! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

    If you’re ready to start your history lesson now (or to give the book to a friend this Christmas?), you can get your copy of American Quilt Treasures at your local quilt shop or at ShopMartingale.com.



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  8. National Sewing Month ideas: put on your Santa hat early this year! 🎅

    National Sewing Month ideasHave you been celebrating National Sewing Month? There’s no better excuse to carve out some extra time to sew in September. In fact, you can tell everyone it’s your duty and responsibility to sew. It’s a national month, people!

    Today we’re thinking ahead to the hustle and bustle of Christmas—and how every year, we wish we had more time for holiday sewing. This year we’ve got the solution: start NOW!

    Below we’re spotlighting some of our favorite projects from books with a holiday vibe. From quick-to-make decorations to quilts that’ll become a holiday tradition to hang (or cuddle with) in your home, give yourself the gift of leisurely sewing before the flurry of the festive season arrives. Just think—cozying up in a quilt, in front of a blazing fire on Christmas Eve . . . instead of sitting at your sewing machine (we’ve all been there!).

    And here’s an early gift from us, to you: SAVE 40% on all the books we’re featuring in today’s post! Happy holidays!

    Joy to the World Pillow
    From Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery by Gail Pan

    Joy to the World pillow
    Picture settling into a quiet September afternoon with a bit of holiday embroidery. Heaven! You need only know (or learn) the easiest embroidery stitches to create this cute design—and the patchwork is even easier.

    See 16 more projects in Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery >
    $24.99 Now only $14.99

    To All a Good Night quilt
    From ’Tis the Season by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks

    To All a Good Night quilt
    Scrappy Nine Patch blocks, both big and small, will shrink your stash or your scrap pile. Jeanne and Shelley’s fusible-appliqué technique, along with big, chunky shapes, makes the border as breezy as Santa floating up the chimney.

    See 13 more projects in ’Tis the Season >
    $24.99 Now only $14.99

    The Stockings Were Hung
    From A Change of Seasons by Bonnie Sullivan

    The Stockings Were Hung
    Use a cozy combination of flannel, linen, and wool to create these keepsake stockings, all sharing special holiday wishes with the loved ones who are lucky enough to receive them.

    See 15 more projects in A Change of Seasons >
    $27.99 Now only $16.79

    Christmas Cookie Apron
    From Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place

    Christmas Cookie Apron
    A tea-towel challenge led to the creation of this ruffly, fat-quarter-friendly apron. Put your piles of Christmas prints to good use—make aprons in multiples for gifts and ensure you’ll be invited into many holiday kitchens this December!

    See 21 more projects in Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place >
    $26.99 Now only $16.19

    Welcome to the North Pole quilt
    From Welcome to the North Pole by Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins

    Welcome to the North Pole quilt
    It’s the 20th anniversary of this whimsical book—you can see why it’s been a favorite for so long! Stitch Santa’s entire North Pole village in appliqué, or simply make a block or two to feature in a runner or wall quilt. Either way, Santa will be delighted when he visits your house come Christmas.

    See more from Welcome to the North Pole >
    $16.95 Now only $10.17

    What have you sewn so far this September to celebrate National Sewing Month: a quilt, a pillow, a bag . . . a button? Tell us in the comments!





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  9. These sweet thread-spool blocks are a piece of cake to make! 🍰 (+ giveaway!)

    We are “sew” excited to be a part of Peta Peace’s mega-big, mega-fun, 28-stop (!) blog tour for her new book A Piece of Cake!

    Peta challenged one of us at Martingale to create a little something from her book. I was totally up for the challenge—mainly because when I saw Peta’s Modern Spools quilt, it was love at first stitch:

    Modern Spools quilt
    Modern Spools

    I decided to make a mini version of the quilt to share with you today. I had chosen a Layer Cake to use, but because this pattern is so versatile—and I heard some happy leftover Jelly Roll strips calling out to me!—I decided to try Jelly Roll strips in place of the Layer Cake squares. Here’s how my little quilt turned out:

    Straight-line spiral quilting and scrappy binding, which I can never resist.

    I love my sweet little spools! A Layer Cake for the centers of the spools works great, but the space allows for scrappier spools too (if, like me, you prefer the scrappier side of life).

    Peta’s book is full of fun Layer Cake quilts to make—here are a few of my other favorites:

    A Piece of Cake Layer Cake quilt
    A Piece of Cake: slice your Layer Cake squares just like a piece of sheet cake, and in no time you’ll have a beautiful quilt to show off!

    Square Peg in a Round Hole Layer Cake quilt
    Square Peg in a Round Hole: I love the play on angles and curves in this quilt. Learn a cool reverse-appliqué technique from Peta to set the plus signs on the hot-pink background fabric.

    Wrapped in Love Layer Cake quilt
    Wrapped in Love: this quilt is so sweet and simple—who wouldn’t love to own it? Make it as a baby quilt, a wall quilt, or a “just because” gift for someone you love.

    Check out what people on Instagram are making from A Piece of Cake—and see many more versions of Peta’s quilts on her blog tour! Find the tour schedule at the end of this post.

    A Piece of CakeTo celebrate Peta’s BIG tour, we’re giving away a copy of A Piece of Cake to one lucky winner today! To enter to win, tell us:

    How many Layer Cake bundles do you think you could create from your stash (there are typically forty 10″ squares per bundle)?

    • 1 to 5 bundles
    • 6 to 10 bundles

    Share your answer in the comments—we’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you can’t wait to start playing with your Layer Cakes (or Jelly Roll leftovers!), you can order A Piece of Cake at ShopMartingale.com and instantly download the eBook for free.

    Comments are closed for this post.

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

    “If I were to cut my fabric into layer cakes, I would never live long enough to complete the project!!”

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

    Thanks for letting us be a part of your tour, Peta! Visit these blogs for more fun from A Piece of Cake:

    August 14: Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane

    August 15: Jemima of Tied with a Ribbon

    August 16: Samantha of Aqua Paisley Studio

    August 17: Andy of A Bright Corner

    August 18: Kirsty of Bonjour Quilts

    August 19: Lisa of A Spoonful of Sugar Designs

    August 20: Alison of Cotton Factory

    August 21: Carrie of Moda Fabrics

    August 22: Nadra of Ellis and Higgs

    August 23: Angie of Gnome Angel

    August 24: Tara of Tara Sews

    August 25: Jules of The Creative Retreat

    August 26: Kristyne of Pretty by Hand

    August 27: Kimberly of Fat Quarter Shop

    August 28: Lissa of Moda Lissa

    August 29: Amy of Diary of a Quilter

    August 30: Kerry of Kid Giddy and Cat of Hello from Cat on Instagram

    August 31: Jane of Modern Makers Retreat

    September 1: Kate of Never Enough Hours

    September 2: Jodie of Vintage Ric Rac

    September 3: Sharon of Patches Indooroopilly (in store and online!)

    September 4: Amanda of Material Girl Quilts

    September 5: Amber of A Little Bit Biased

    September 6: Xanthe of Wife-Made

    September 7: Rachel of Family Ever After

    September 8: Jenny of Martingale’s Stitch This! blog (that’s us!)

    September 9: Amy of Nana Company

    September 10: Peta of She Quilts A Lot











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  10. Wish list day! Kim 💛 Moda 💜 Sisters 💚 Edyta 💙 (+ giveaway!)

    It’s a wonderful day—it’s Wish List Day! We’re counting down to a new batch of beautiful Martingale books arriving in October. Tell us which new release is your favorite and you could win it!

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

    Simple HarvestSimple Harvest
    A Bounty of Scrappy Quilts and More
    Kim Diehl

    In her 11th “Simple” book, Kim Diehl is in her happy place—the autumn season! Packed with projects, sewing tips, decorating ideas, and even recipes, Simple Harvest is your one-stop book for capturing the colors, the warmth, and the cozy feel of fall.

    Mix snuggly wools and crisp cottons in 19 pretty projects that will inspire you all season long. Want to make something quick? Try Kim’s mini penny garland, half-pint mason-jar pincushion, and the cutest little needle keep you’ve ever seen (yes, you need another one!). Want to re-create one of Kim’s masterpieces? Her October Twilight and Harvest Tapestry quilts will take your breath away. No need for appliqué fears—Kim will make you a convert with her ingenious invisible-machine appliqué technique. Best of all? These projects may celebrate fall, but you can display, use, and cuddle with them throughout the year!

    Projects from Simple Harvest

    See more of Kim’s fantastic fall creations >

    Moda All-Stars: All in a RowModa All-Stars: All in a Row Again
    23 Row-by-Row Quilt Designs
    Compiled by Lissa Alexander

    Ready to row again with Martingale and the Moda All-Stars? We’re counting down the days until this amazing sequel arrives! Join 23 Moda sewing stars who’ve designed rows in four creative categories: Flowers and Trees; Critters and Creatures; Buildings and Houses; and Classic Patchwork. The book also includes 10 blender rows that perfectly fit the width of each designer row. Make just one row for a fast runner, wall quilt, or gift, or choose your favorite rows to make bigger quilts—it’s entirely up to you! And, as in all the “Moda All-Stars” books, you’ll enjoy questionaires that let you get to know each designer—it’s what makes every All-Star book extra fun.

    Rows and projects from Moda All-Stars: All in a Row Again

    See this and more books in the “Moda All-Stars” series >

    JOIN US ON FACEBOOK! Our “All in a Row” Facebook group is gearing up for some fun row sewing in the weeks to come. Follow the page and get in on sneak peeks, giveaways, and more leading up to the book’s release!

    Easy Layer Cake QuiltsEasy Layer-Cake Quilts
    Simple Quilts That Start with 10″ Squares
    Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson

    Me and My Sister Designs are back with more sensationally simple quilts and loads of Layer-Cake style! The sisters are famous for those little tricks that make simple blocks look more complex than they truly are. A Layer Cake, a background fabric, and a border fabric are all you need to begin. Eleven fun-to-stitch projects include a stitch-and-flip Cake Walk quilt, a Chevron-style string quilt, an off-center Log Cabin quilt, and a pretty pieced-flower quilt (for those of you who love flowers but are allergic to appliqué). Let this dynamic duo teach you how to whip those Layer Cakes into tasty quilts—for cuddling, for giving, or just because!

    Projects from Easy Layer-Cake Quilts

    See more easy quilts you can create with a Cake! >

    A special note: Before we introduce our final book for October, we have news we’re excited to share with you. We hope we’ve earned your appreciation for the books that Martingale publishes. Now, we’re rounding out our offerings with a few additional books from other publishers that will also be distributed by Martingale. We hope you enjoy our first distributor release: Edyta Sitar’s Patches of Blue.

    Patches of BluePatches of Blue
    17 Quilt Patterns & a Gallery of Inspiring Antique Quilts
    Edyta Sitar

    Join the two-color craze! Acclaimed author and designer Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts shares dozens of antique blue-and-white quilts in a gallery of inspiring photos; then she follows with patterns for 17 breathtaking two-color quilt designs. Mixed in with a parade of stunning quilts are photographs taken in and around Edyta’s home in southern California. Take a journey with Edyta as she embraces a fresh start in a new location, exploring the beauty of the California coast. Her signature style is artfully reflected in these exquisite quilts—after taking time to pet each page, you’ll want to make them all.

    Projects and gallery images from Patches of Blue

    See more from Patches of Blue >

    Which new books would make your October awesome? Tell us your favorite 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.

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

    “All in a Row Again would be my first choice but any of them would make me happy. Great selection for this wish list day.”

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










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