1. The Buttermilk Basin book is here! Warmth and whimsy ahead (+ giveaway)

    A smidge of vintage, a splash of folk art, a pop of color, and a pinch of patchwork—that’s your recipe for creating the coveted Buttermilk Basin style!

    The Best of Buttermilk Basin book

    Join bits of wool, cotton, and thread to bring 17 charming projects to life in The Best of Buttermilk Basin—they couldn’t be easier to create. With simple wool-appliqué, embroidery, and quilting techniques, you can adorn spaces with small quilts, pillows, penny mats, a mug rug, and other items for seasonal decorating and everyday living.

    Projects from The Best of Buttermilk Basin

    We can see author Stacy West’s small, pretty projects tucked into nooks and crannies throughout the home. They’re just the right size (and speed) for heartfelt gifts too.

    Folk Art Heart Pillow
    Folk Art Heart Pillow

    She’s even tucked in some of her favorite recipes—Dill Pickle Pasta Salad and Cherry Cheesecake Dip to name two, nom-nom!

    Stacy’s philosophy? Make it fun. Get it done. Enjoy the process! We’re happy to have Stacy as a guest writer today, here to tell you more about her beautiful book.


    Stacy WestIt’s {SEW} exciting to have the opportunity to see some of my FAVE pieces come to life in my new book The Best of Buttermilk Basin! This is a book for anyone who loves working with cotton and wool. Combining the two can lead to stunning results, make your projects more appealing, and add dimension. If you haven’t worked with wool before, this is a perfect opportunity to get a feel for what it’s like while learning my tried-and-true fusible technique for wool appliqué.

    Autumn Pillow
    Autumn Pillow

    With a wool bundle or two, Soft Fuse (my go-to fusible webbing), and a few skeins of floss, you can whip up a project for one of your favorite seasons. If you prefer to work in cottons only, go for it! Buttermilk Basin designs are versatile and will turn out just as slick in cotton appliqué. If you aren’t a handwork gal, machine appliqué is another great option. I always say, all you need is a good design to start with! You will find many of them within these pages. From small pillows to tuck here and there to small quilts for your sewing room, there’s plenty to spark your creativity!

    Shoofly Pie Mug Rug
    Shoofly Pie Mug Rug

    Once you get the groove for working with wool, you can start using hand-dyed variegated and twisted-tweed flosses to create more interest in your projects. The majority of the stitching on these projects feature two simple stitches, the blanket stitch and the featherstitch, making these projects very doable! The Crazy-Stitched Pineapple Mat in this book allows you to get creative with your stitches and see how adding an array of thread colors and weights can enhance your finished pieces.

    Crazy-Stitched Pineapple Mat
    Crazy-Stitched Pineapple Mat

    Let the fun begin!


    The Best of Buttermilk Basin bookThanks for sharing your new book with us, Stacy!

    We’ve got a hot-off-the-press copy of The Best of Buttermilk Basin to give away to one lucky winner! To enter the drawing, tell us in the comments:

    What’s your favorite season to stitch for?

    We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re inspired to sew a little something with Stacy right now, you can order The Best of Buttermilk Basin at our website and we’ll ship it to you toot-sweet!

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

    "LOVE fall! The crispness in the air has me wanting to stitch and create wonderful pieces to celebrate the season. Buttermilk Basin are favorite go to patterns. Thanks for new ones Stacy!"

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


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  2. Write, sketch, plan, dream 💭💭💭 New Kim Diehl journal arrives! (+giveaway)

    Do you keep a journal? Whether you have in the past, you’re keeping one now, or you’d like to start, Kim Diehl will inspire you to keep a new journal—just for your creative side!

    Simple Reflections

    Relax, unwind, and make time in your busy day for a little reflection with Kim at your side. In Simple Reflections, Kim has gathered photographs of favorite quilts and more to share with you—this journal is packed with visual inspiration to enjoy year-round! Here’s a sneak peek inside:


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    Among gorgeous photos of Kim’s work, you’ll find plenty of space to jot down sewing notes, log quilting milestones, and record inspiration wherever it may strike. Kim has included seasonal recipes too! You’ll love bringing the beauty of Kim’s quilts with you wherever you go—a handy take-along size makes it easy to do. (Patterns not included.)

    From Simple Reflections

    Here’s Kim to tell you more about Simple Reflections.


    Kim DiehlGreetings from “fall-ified” Idaho!

    The air is crisp and cool, the days are shorter, and the shadows are longer. It’s that time of year when I find a few moments to pause from my busy days, reflect on the year nearly done, and plan for the year to come—and this coincides perfectly with the arrival of my Simple Reflections journal!

    This sweet little journal is packed with many of my favorite quilts stitched over the span of nearly 20 years, beautiful photography to inspire you as you take your own quiltmaking journey, and shared recipes for yummy treats my family has come to love.

    From Simple Reflections

    Taking pen to paper is such a simple and timeless way to achieve clarity of thought, bring a sense of balance and purpose to each day, and help us feel more grounded as we go about our everyday lives. With a generous amount of space for your memories and inspirations, plans and goals, and your heart’s deepest dreams and whimsies, it’s my hope that this journal will provide food for your mind, body, and soul!

    From Simple Reflections

    And since it’s fall and my porch is all decked out for the season, I’m sharing a photo of my front-porch skelly and this little journal—make no bones about it, I love Halloween!

    ~ Kim
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    Simple ReflectionsThanks for telling us more about your journal, Kim!

    We have a copy of Simple Reflections to give away today! To enter the drawing, tell us in the comments:

    How would you use your Simple Reflections journal?

    • I’d sketch out inspiration for future quilts.
    • I’d use it more like a diary, jotting down details from daily life.
    • I’d fill it up memories of all my quilting adventures!

    We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’d like to start journaling with Kim asap, get Simple Reflections at your local quilt shop or order it at our website.

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

    “I think I would use this beautiful book like a journal to record my daily thoughts, feelings and ideas.”

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

     


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  3. The next breathtaking release in our coffee-table book series is here (+ giveaway!)

    We are so excited to share with you the fifth title from our popular coffee-table book series! In it, you’ll experience the magnificent work of one of the world’s most esteemed quilt artists.

    Yoko Saito through the Years

    Yoko Saito through the Years is a retrospective of the distinguished career of Japanese master quilter Yoko Saito. Her history unfolds in dozens of spectacular photographs, revealing her astonishing patchwork and appliqué creations up close like never before.

    From Yoko Saito through the Years

    This keepsake hardcover volume spotlights snippets about Ms. Saito’s fascinating artistic journey, in her own words.

    From Yoko Saito through the Years

    An in-depth look at Ms. Saito’s spectacular quilts and bags celebrates 40 years of her illustrious career. Each piece is featured in photography that reveals the tiny stitches, the subtle hues, and the surprising details that make her work a joy to study. Every page will take your breath away!

    From Yoko Saito through the Years

    Marvel at hundreds of fabrics, thousands of embroidery stitches, and Ms. Saito’s stunning appliqué—all sewn to perfection.

    From Yoko Saito through the Years

    Give yourself a true treat for your creativity: the opportunity to explore the history of a legendary quilt artist. (Patterns not included.)

    Basket Tree by Yoko Saito
    Basket Tree

    Woods of Green by Yoko Saito
    Woods of Green

    Mystery Quilt by Yoko Saito
    Mystery Quilt

    Here’s a portion of one review from a lifelong Yoko Saito fan:

    “I have almost every single pattern book Yoko Saito has published, both in Japanese and in English or French. So what would this book offer me that I didn’t already have? Well . . . so much more! Let me explain why. You can see each entire quilt, with text in which Yoko Saito explains the quilt’s story. And then the show starts! There are detailed photos of the quilts, getting closer and closer, giving you a sense of Yoko Saito’s amazing handwork, hand appliqué, and hand quilting. These photos give you the opportunity to see the texture of the fabrics used. When looking at the photos in this book, I have the same feeling I had when seeing Yoko Saito’s quilts for real! Her work gives me goosebumps! I’ve never seen so many details and close-up photos in any other book.” (You can read David’s full review here.)

    Gathered Handbag by Yoko Saito
    Gathered Handbag

    Not sure what to get your best quilting buddy for Christmas? Want to surprise a creative soul you know with an indulgent gift? Need fresh gift ideas for the creative people in your life—or a special gift of inspiration just for you? Look no further. Yoko Saito through the Years will have you covered—from cover to cover!

    From Yoko Saito through the Years
    A collection of detail photos from the book

    We have a copy of Yoko Saito through the Years to give away along with a beautiful collection of Yoko Saito Centenary fabrics from our friends at Lecien Fabrics! One winner will receive an Origami Square (10″ precut squares) and two Sushi Rolls (2½" precut strips). Lecien even included a beautiful embroidery pattern designed by Yoko Saito!

    Yoko Saito through the YearsAre you feeling lucky? To enter the drawing, tell us in the comments:

    Yoko Saito: fanatical fan, enthusiastic admirer, or new to her work?

    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 own a copy of Yoko Saito through the Years, you can order one today at our website, ShopMartingale.

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

    “I am new to her work. Absolutely stunning and beautiful details!”

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

     


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  4. Sew a spectacularly scrappy Lone Star quilt: tutorial (video) 🌟📹🌟

    Ah, the Lone Star quilt—it’s a design that many quilters have made, want to make, or wish they could make but might be afraid to try.

    Sherbet Stars Lone Star quilt
    Sherbet Stars by Lissa Alexander from
    Oh, Scrap!

    Well, whether you have made, want to make, or wish you could make a Lone Star quilt, Oh, Scrap! author Lissa Alexander is here to cheer you on! Her exquisite Sherbet Stars quilt (above) is a fan favorite—you can see why 😍—and she recently shared with us the piecing and pinning tricks she used to sew her star-studded design.

    Sherbet Stars Lone Star quilt

    Learn how with Lissa in the video below—including her secret for making Lone Star blocks extra scrappy:


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    Love that scrappy strip-piecing trick. Pure genius.

    If you’re going gaga over Sherbet Stars, we know you’re going to adore Lissa’s other quilts from Oh, Scrap! too:

    Plus Marks the Spot quilt
    Plus Marks the Spot—see Martingale content director Karen’s version
    here

    Firecrackers quilt
    Firecrackers

    Splendid Scraps quilt
    Splendid Scraps

    Surrounded quilt
    Surrounded

    See seven more quilts from Oh, Scrap! here.

    Lissa packed up the surplus of scraps she had left over after writing her best-selling book and sent them to us—so we could send them to TWO of YOU!

    These scrappy bags are full of snippets of fabric from Lissa’s awe-inspiring quilt, Awesome Land:

    Awesome Land quilt

    Two of you will have the chance to make Awesome Land too, with Lissa’s scraps to get you started and a copy of Oh, Scrap!

    Oh, Scrap!To enter the drawing, tell us:

    What kind of scraps make up more of your stash:

    • Strips and squares.
    • Triangles and rectangles.
    • I have no idea what most of the shapes I have are called!

    Share your answer in the comments to be automatically entered into the drawing. We’ll choose two random winners one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to start your own Lone Star quilt or any quilt from Lissa’s book, purchase Oh, Scrap! at our website and you can instantly download the eBook for free.


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  5. 🦇 10 boos, frights, and sewing delights: our annual Halloween roundup! 🎃

    Stitch This! friends, we do invite

    You to enjoy the coming Halloween night.

    Until that spooky day’s in sight

    Let’s sew a little fun and fright!

    Embroider three Jacks to brighten the night:

    Three Jacks
    Three Jacks from
    Stitches from the Harvest

    Or try Halloween colors (less of a fright):

    Old-Time Halloween Quilt and Hooked Pillow Topper
    Old-Time Halloween Quilt and Hooked Pillow Topper from
    Modern Primitive Quilts

    Head off to the kitchen to grab a bite . . .

    Autumn Embellished Kitchen Towel
    Autumn Embellished Kitchen Towel from
    Simple Harvest

    Where this scene would be a delicious sight!

    Trick or Treat
    Trick or Treat from
    All for Fall

    Please heed this caution about moonlight:

    Halloween
    Halloween from
    All for Fall

    Make wee wool bags that are happy and bright:

    Cat and Jack bags
    Cat and Jack from
    All for Fall

    Set a table to inspire an appetite!

    Pumpkin Patch Table Mates
    Pumpkin Patch Table Mates from
    All for Fall

     This sampler stirs up magic and might:

    Magnificent Magical Sampler
    Magnificent Magical Sampler from
    Spellbinding Quilts

    These pumpkins inspire smiles—never fright:

    Pumpkin Head Whatnots
    Pumpkin Head Whatnots from
    All for Fall

    As do all things that grin in the night!

    Things That Grin in the Night quilt
    Things That Grin in the Night from
    Simple Seasons

    What do you enjoy most about Halloween: the frivolity, the frights, the costumes . . . the candy? Tell us in the comments!


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  6. 12 projects from one stack of 10″ squares? Must see, so pretty! (+ giveaway)

    We think you’re going to LOVE these pretty, pint-sized patchwork projects—all from ONE bundle of 10″ squares!

    Vintage Patchwork

    Pam Buda’s Vintage Patchwork will show you how to create a dozen tiny treasures with a single pack of 40 precut 10″ squares. No extra fabric needed (except for backing and binding)—every last scrap is put to perfect use.

    Stitch eight little quilts to hang on walls, display on tables, or tuck into baskets and nestle on bookshelves. Four petite pincushions will add a warm, cozy feel to even the smallest of spaces. All of the projects are great for gift giving too!

    From Vintage Patchwork

    Make projects one at a time OR cut fabrics for all 12 projects at once for oodles of sewing fun. The handy cutting diagrams, included on a pullout sheet, make it easy to do. A swatch guide provides a simple way to organize and plan where to use each 10″ square.

    From Vintage Patchwork
    This is the stack Pam started with: what style of stack will you choose?

    We are thrilled to welcome Pam Buda to the Martingale family and thrilled that she’s our guest writer today!


    Pam BudaHello, Stitch This! readers! I am so jazzed to tell you about my very first book with Martingale.

    I’ve been designing quilts with a traditional feel since 2004. In 2009, I created the Prairie Women’s Sewing Circle Club, which featured stories about what life was like for women who sewed daily out of necessity. The club also offered quilt patterns designed to showcase elements and blocks that honor the make-do spirit of our quilting ancestors. I began designing historic prints for Marcus Fabrics in 2010, and I love re-creating shirtings and prairie-style prints from yesteryear.

    Vintage Patchwork began with an idea to see how many projects I could create from just one 10″ x 10″ precut stack of my Prairie Basics & Shirtings fabric collection. I’ve designed many projects using 10″ precuts, but they were all large quilts or small doll-sized quilts. I adore small blocks and small quilts, so I was excited for the challenge.

    Tess of the d’Urbervilles
    Tess of the d’Urbervilles

    Vintage Patchwork has 12 projects all made from one 10″ precut stack! There are small quilts, tiny quilts, and several different pin keeps for your stitching pleasure. Most projects are scrappy, but for a few, I chose to color coordinate the fabrics. All are fun to piece! I refer to these projects as “bookshelf quilts” because they fit perfectly on a bookshelf, spilling out of a basket, or leaning against an old book cover. I named the projects after 12 of the best-selling books of the nineteenth century.

    Little Women quilt
    Little Women

    You can make all 12 projects from one precut stack, or you can pick your own combination of fabrics to make a single project or lots of them. The choice is yours! I used modern rotary-cutting and piecing techniques to make the projects and they don’t take long to stitch up.

    Walden and HuckleBerry pincushions
    Walden and HuckleBerry

    Most of the quilts are machine quilted, but for the smallest quilts I took a stab (no pun intended!) at hand quilting. Now I’m hooked! Give hand quilting a try for the perfect vintage look.

    I hope you find creative inspiration in the quilts and pin keeps in Vintage Patchwork and enjoy the book as much as I did writing it.

    Visit Pam online: HeartSpunQuilts.com


    Thank you for introducing everyone to your new book, Pam!

    We’ve got an extra-fun giveaway today, courtesy of Marcus Fabrics, Martingale, and Pam herself!

    Vintage PatchworkTo enter your name into the drawing, tell us in the comments:

    What’s the littlest project you’ve ever made: a wall quilt, a baby quilt, a table topper, a pincushion . . . a quilted postcard?

    We’ll choose a random winner one week from today to win this awesome prize and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

    Ready to dive into a 10″ x 10″ precut stack right now? Order Vintage Patchwork at ShopMartingale.com and instantly download the eBook version for free.

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

    “Pincushions, but not too small. Maybe 6″ square. Making the Anthology blocks and they are small for me!”

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


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  7. Wish List Day! Red, white, scraps, shawls, pinnies, and a special journey (+ giveaway!)

    Welcome to Wish List Day! Today we get to share with you books that are coming soon . . . in this case, November! Keep track of your favorites by using the “Notify Me” and “Wish List” options at ShopMartingale.com. Browse the latest batch of Martingale books below; then enter to win your favorite book at the end of this post!

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



    Red & White QuiltsRed & White Quilts
    14 Quilts with Timeless Appeal from Today’s Top Designers

    Generations of quilters have been captivated by the simple beauty of red-and-white quilts. Whether it’s humble patchwork or more complex designs, a quilt stitched in only red and white fabrics speaks to the hearts of many. In Red & White Quilts, 14 of our generation’s top designers share their takes on red-and-white quilts, ranging from vintage-inspired beauties to more modern styles. From patchwork to appliqué to English paper piecing, designers including Lisa Bongean, Sue Daley, Kim Diehl, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Carrie Nelson, Camille Roskelley, and Jen Kingwell offer a one-of-a-kind collection sure to inspire you to create your own legacies in red and white.

    From Red & White Quilts

    Special note: If you’re headed to Quilt Festival in Houston this November, you can see the quilts from Red & White Quilts in person! Look for the special exhibit at the show.


    Hope's JourneyHope’s Journey
    Classic Blocks, Reproduction Quilts, and Stories of Bygone Days
    Betsy Chutchian

    Discover a wealth of antique-inspired blocks and quilts to lead you on Hope’s Journey. Inside a dozen chapters, author Betsy Chutchian shares timeless block patterns along with a collection of small quilts to sew using reproduction fabrics. Enjoy 28 traditional block patterns and 11 beautiful small-quilt patterns. Mix and match completed blocks into one of four large sampler-style settings. A spectacular sampler quilt will guide you toward your journey’s end. Each chapter includes fascinating facts about the American frontier and the hopeful journeys that pioneers took in search of a better life.

    Hope's Journey


    Pin PalsPin Pals
    40 Patchwork Pinnies, Poppets, and Pincushions with Pizzazz
    Carrie Nelson

    Pretty. Playful. Pinnies! Best-selling author Carrie Nelson packs 40 adorable pinnies with personality. Pincushions are quick to stitch and so addicting—they’re like potato chips. No quilter can make just one! And why make just one when they’re so easy to create? Simply sew, quilt, turn, and stuff. Display them as singles or in pleasing piles. You’ll want to sew just for the joy of it.

    From Pin Pals


    Top-Down ShawlsTop-Down Shawls
    12 Lace-Knitting Patterns
    Jen Lucas

    Five-time author Jen Lucas returns with a dozen lacy shawls, each knit in one of three ways: some are wedges, some are crescents, and others are half-circles. And they all start at the top! Cast on just two or three stitches and watch your shawl grow row by row. Both charted and written instructions for making each shawl are included, so you can choose your favorite way to follow along. You’ll also find templates for wedge, crescent, and half-circle shawls plus 18 stitch patterns to mix and match in one-of-a-kind projects. Beautiful outdoor photography features each project in a nature setting, and each shawl is also shown on a model, so you can see options for wearing the shawls you make.

    From Top-Down Shawls


    Patches of ScrapsPatches of Scraps
    17 Quilt Patterns & a Gallery of Inspiring Antique Quilts
    Edyta Sitar for Laundry Basket Quilts

    The next highly anticipated book from famed designer Edyta Sitar is a scrap-lover’s fantasy! Packed with breathtaking scrap quilts, the book features two inspiring ways to enjoy them. First, the antiques: more than two dozen photos of gorgeous scrap quilts from yesteryear, most shared from Edyta’s private collection. Rich photography and industrial settings showcase the utilitarian nature of these incredible works—a spectacular sight! Second, the patterns: choose from quilt designs in a delightful array of colors and prints that you can re-create with your own mix of scraps.

    From Patches of Scraps
    This book is published by Laundry Basket Quilts and is distributed by Martingale.


    Patches of Scraps Note CardsPatches of Scraps Note Cards
    Edyta Sitar for Laundry Basket Quilts

    Write a note of thanks, encouragement, or simply “Hello!” with this collection of striking note cards. Featuring lavish photos of antique and modern-day quilts from the book Patches of Scraps by famed quilt designer Edyta Sitar, a dozen 5″ x 6¾" cards (two each of six designs) come with envelopes and are blank inside, offering plenty of space to share your sentiments with the important people in your life.

    Patches of Scraps Note Cards
    This product is published by Laundry Basket Quilts and is distributed by Martingale.


    Which new book above would make your November extra nice? Name it in the comments and you could win it! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good Luck!

    And by the way . . . October books are available TODAY!


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  8. Where to donate a quilt? 6 caring ways to share the warmth ❤️

    Quilting is often a shared affair. Guilds, groups, get-togethers, swaps, round-robins, quilt-alongs, and more provide a place for us to show and tell. Not to mention those trips to the local quilt shop, where we love to congregate too!

    Whenever quilters gather, there’s a power surge. Frequently, quilters are known to use that power for a good cause. And with the holidays on the horizon, it’s the perfect time of year to use our skills to help others.

    Below you’ll find a list of quilt charities that need your help. Read on for details about each organization; then get involved! Your good deeds—in quilt form—will help make someone’s life special.

    Where to Give

    The mission of Quilts of Valor is “to cover all combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts.” Since 2003, quilters have donated more than 195,000 quilts through Quilts of Valor. Click here for a map that will help you locate an active Quilts of Valor group or quilt shop in your area.


    Project Linus provides comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need by giving them new handmade quilts and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.” They’ve delivered more than seven million quilts and blankets to children since 1995.

    Binky Patrol distributes quilts to children who are born HIV-positive, drug-addicted, or infected with chronic and terminal illnesses, as well as to children who are abused, in foster care, or experiencing trauma. The organization has more than 50 chapters across the U.S. Join a local chapter or start your own!

    Quilts for Kids needs volunteer quilters who will transform fabrics into quilts to comfort children in need. Visit their site to download a quilt pattern, find a local Quilts for Kids chapter, or learn how to create your own chapter where you live.

    The One Million Pillowcase Challenge, created by our friends at American Patchwork & Quilting magazine, challenges those who quilt and sew to help reach a goal of donating one million pillowcases to charity. Find more than 70 free pillowcase patterns, lists of charities, and more at their site.

    Quilts Beyond Borders is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that provides quilts to underserved children, mainly orphans, across the world. Since 2007, the organization has donated thousands of quilts to children in 25 countries, including Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Honduras, Guatemala, and Uganda. Currently their priorities include Syrian refugees and children and elders living in the Navajo Nation.

    If you’re interested in donating quilts locally, consider contacting your local quilt guild to ask about their charitable programs. You can search for local quilt guilds here and local modern quilt guilds here.

    What to Give

    When choosing charity quilts to make, be sure to follow the requirements of the organization to which you’re donating, as some charities have size requirements and other specific needs (for instance, quilts donated to hospitals should be machine pieced and quilted to stand up to multiple washes). Need some pattern ideas? Check out our Quick and Easy category of books at our website.

    Are you planning to make a charity quilt this year? Tell us about your plans in the comments!


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  9. 😍 All-new inspiration for your scrap basket 😍 (+ giveaway!)

    Kim Brackett is back with the fifth book in her popular “Scrap-Basket” series!

    Scrap-Basket Bounty

    In Scrap-Basket Bounty, Kim reveals a fun surprise waiting in her gorgeous repeat-block designs: each quilt pattern comes with extra block arrangements! Simply sew a stack of blocks; then rotate them this way and that for an abundance of creative possibilities. Get 16 beautiful patterns plus three different setting options per quilt—a total of 48 patchwork projects in all.

    Quilts from Scrap-Basket Bounty
    Throw your favorite scraps into the mix and let the scrap-basket sewing begin! We’re excited to have Kim as a guest writer today to tell you more about her new book.


    Kim BrackettIt’s pretty thrilling that Martingale has published my fifth book, Scrap-Basket Bounty! It’s always a great experience working with everyone at Martingale. I especially enjoyed working on this collection of quilts.

    If you’re familiar with the quilts in my previous books, you already know that I love scrap quilts—the more fabrics, the better. Each project in this book is made using a single block pattern that can be rotated and recolored to create a profusion of different quilt designs and layouts. There are no sashings in these patterns, and most of the quilts are borderless. And for a little extra inspiration, two additional layout options are provided for each pattern, for a total of 48 different quilt designs!

    Scrap-Basket Bounty quilt blocks
    Some of the twist-and-turn blocks from
    Scrap-Basket Bounty

    Not all quilt blocks lend themselves to optional layouts, but there are at least a couple of things to look for when choosing a block that will allow you to create different designs. Change the color or value placement of fabrics in some or all of the blocks, and your options expand considerably.

    Floating Pinwheels quilt
    Floating Pinwheels quilt plus alternate block arrangements

    I’ll be sharing a little bit on my blog, Magnolia Bay Quilts, about how I designed these quilts using software by Electric Quilt Company (I used EQ7 but have upgraded to EQ8 since then), and how I used this software to create additional layouts. Even if you don’t use technology for designing quilts, the same concepts apply, and you’ll get a little exercise in the process!

    Falling Stars quilt
    Falling Stars quilt plus alternate block arrangements

    Falling Stars quilt detail
    Detail of Falling Stars

    I hope you enjoy making these quilts and creating your own unique designs. Happy stitching!


    Scrap-Basket BountyThanks for sharing you new book with us, Kim!

    We’ve got a copy of Scrap-Basket Bounty to give away to one lucky winner today! To enter your name in the drawing, tell us:

    What would your scrap stash fill: a grocery bag, a grocery cart…a grocery store?

    Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of Scrap-Basket Bounty! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you ready to start some scrappy sewing today, order Scrap Basket-Bounty at our website and you can instantly download the eBook for free.

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

    “I’m in the grocery bag category!”

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


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  10. ⏰ 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!

    TABLE TOPPIN’

    Set the Table
    Set the Table
    Top Your Table
    Top Your Table
    Table Toppers
    Table Toppers

     


    ESPECIALLY FOR BABY

    Sew Sweet Baby Quilts
    Sew Sweet Baby Quilts
    Welcome Baby
    Welcome Baby
    Cute Quilts for Kids
    Cute Quilts for Kids

     


    FUN AND DONE

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    Sweet Tweets
    Sweet Tweets
    Little Gems
    Little Gems
    Mini Marvels
    Mini Marvels

     


    THE BIGGEST OF ALL SMALL-QUILT BOOKS!

    101 Fabulous Small Quilts
    101 Fabulous Small Quilts

    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 $18.00 each (48% off or more!)—final day to indulge!

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

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


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