1. Sew it, shrink it! Ten quilts to reduce your fat-quarter stash

    fat-quarter bundleWe know, we know . . . you see a fat quarter you love and you simply MUST have it. Never mind all the other fat-quarter singles (and bundles with their pretty ties and tags) you already have at home!

    Sometimes a fat quarter is so perfect, folded just so, prints a-peeking, that we just want to keep it as is forever. But for those OTHER fat quarters—it’s time to slice ’em up and sew ’em!

    Can’t make up your mind what you’d like to make with that bundle or stack? Today we’re here as your best fat-quarter friend (BFQF) to help you enjoy your fat quarters—in quilts! Our fat-quarter quilt-pattern books abound, and we’ve selected 10 extraordinary quilts for you to try.

    How about this single-block sensation?

    The Ties That Bind quilt
    The Ties That Bind from
    Easy Quilts from Precut Fabrics (fat quarters needed: 35)

    This quilt’s perfect for a coordinated precut bundle:

    Four Sisters quilt
    Four Sisters from
    Easy Quilts from Precut Fabrics (fat quarters needed: 16)

    Someone you love would adore getting this fat-quarter quilt from you!

    Heart's Desire quilt
    Heart’s Desire from
    12-Pack Quilts (fat quarters needed: 12, of course!)

    Here’s a traditional beauty to try (and no triangles):

    Classic Mosaic quilt
    Classic Mosaic from
    Stashtastic! (fat quarters needed: 22)

    Got a superstar in your life? Make them a super-starry quilt!

    How They Shine quilt
    How They Shine from
    Fat-Quarter Favorites (fat quarters needed: 20)

    Reproduction-fabric lovers, this is your jam:

    Triangle Surprise quilt
    Triangle Surprise from
    Scrappy Fat Quarter Quilts (fat quarters needed: 34)

    Got lots of single fat quarters? Put them to beautiful use in this cozy quilt:

    Triple Four Patch quilt
    Triple Four Patch from
    Scrappy Fat Quarter Quilts (fat quarters needed: 28)

    Batik fat quarters were made to live in this quilt!

    Caribbean Cooler quilt
    Caribbean Cooler from
    Fat-Quarter Quickies (fat quarters needed: 30)

    Does red pop up a lot in your stash? Make a red quilt to remember:

    Rugby Stars quilt
    Rugby Stars from
    A Cut Above (fat quarters needed: 24)

    Does your eye gravitate to neutral-toned fat quarters? Gather them now for this scrappy little number:

    Moonlight quilt
    Moonlight from
    A Cut Above (fat quarters needed: 21)

    The Big Book of Fat-Quarter QuiltsStill not sure if you’re ready to cut into your fat-quarter stash? We have the be-all and end-all solution—The Big Book of Fat-Quarter Quilts! With 66 fat-quarter quilt patterns to choose from, you’ll always have loads of choices nearby for whenever inspiration strikes.

    How many fat quarters are patiently waiting for you to work your magic?

    • 1 to 10
    • 11 to 20
    • 21 to 50
    • Let’s just say waaaay more than that!

    Tell us in the comments!

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  2. Wish List Day! Yoko Saito 💕 scrap baskets 💕 merry makers 💕 fall fun (+ giveaway!)

    Whaddya say? It’s our favorite day! Welcome to Wish List Day—today we’re sharing with you the new books on their way to your local quilt shop in September. 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 one at the end of this post!

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

    Yoko Saito through the YearsYoko Saito through the Years
    Yoko Saito

    In the fifth book from our coffee-table book series, you’ll experience the magnificent work of one of the world’s most esteemed quilt artists. A retrospective of the distinguished career of Japanese master quilter Yoko Saito unfolds in dozens of spectacular photographs, revealing her astonishing patchwork and appliqué creations up close like never before. You’ll revel in this hardcover volume as you read snippets about Ms. Saito’s fascinating artistic journey, in her own words.

    An in-depth look at Ms. Saito’s quilts and quilted 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. Marvel at hundreds of fabrics, thousands of embroidery stitches, and Ms. Saito’s stunning appliqué—all sewn to perfection. This keepsake book offers a rare opportunity to explore the history of a legendary artist. Patterns not included.

    From Yoko Saito through the Years

    Moda All-Stars: Merry MakersModa All-Stars: Merry Makers
    Patchwork Quilts and Projects to Celebrate the Season
    Compiled by Lissa Alexander

    Get your patchwork presents all wrapped and ready! The Moda All-Stars are back with 15+ handmade gifts to give or keep. Choose from stockings, pincushions, and coasters to make in speedy multiples. Lap quilts, table runners, and other deck-the-halls designs abound too!

    Complete most projects in a weekend or quicker—no need to fear the Christmas time crunch. And just for fun, you’ll learn all about the favorite holiday traditions of the All-Stars in a series of Q & As.

    Royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

    From Moda All-Stars: Merry Makers

    Scrap-Basket BountyScrap-Basket Bounty
    16 Single-Block Quilts That Make Your Scraps Shine
    Kim Brackett

    Get scrappy with the best-selling author of the Scrap-Basket series! In her fifth book, Kim Brackett reveals a fun surprise waiting in these gorgeous repeat-block designs: each pattern comes with extra block arrangements. Simply sew the 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 for a total of 48 patchwork projects in all! Throw your favorite scraps into the mix and let the scrap-basket sewing begin.

    From Scrap-Basket Bounty

    All for FallAll for Fall
    Whimsical Wool Projects and Warm Quilts
    Bonnie Sullivan

    Welcome the autumn season with warm-and-woolly wonders from the best-selling author of A Change of Seasons. Start with classic patchwork projects in harvest hues, including lap quilts, pillows, and runners. Then delight in playful nods to the lighter side of the season—grinning cats, squirrels, jack-o’-lanterns, and more will inspire smiles all season long.

    Made with a mix of crisp cottons, warm wools, and Bonnie Sullivan’s Woolies flannels, these pieced and appliquéd projects will make friends and family fall … for fall! Full-sized patterns included.

    From All for Fall

    Which new book from September would put you in a stitching mood? Tell us in the comments for your chance to win it! We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And by the way . . .

    August books are available TODAY!

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  3. Celebrate the New Year early: 2019 quilt calendars are here! 📅 (+ giveaway!)

    Why are we celebrating 2019 sooo early?

    Because Martingale’s 2019 wall calendars are here!

    Today we’re excited to give you a peek inside both calendars. Each is more beautiful, more inspiring, and more gift-able than ever—whether you give one (or one of each) to a quilty friend or simply give one to yourself. You deserve it!

    First: Our Stitches to Savor 2019 Calendar

    We are thrilled to once again bring you an all-new, awe-inspiring wall calendar featuring the work of Sue Spargo. Enjoy Sue’s captivating work all year long in this spectacular calendar, featuring a 3″ x 6″ at-a-glance calendar format. The format lets Sue’s quilts shine in big, beautiful photographs that are so realistic, when you hang the calendar, it actually looks like a quilt on the wall! You’ll want to slow the days to savor each amazing stitch. (Patterns not included.)

    Sue’s magnificent hand-sewn works of art will have you yearning to put needle and thread to fabric. Stunning, close-up photography captures every detail.

    Example from the
    Stitches to Savor 2019 Calendar

    Order your Stitches to Savor 2019 Calendar now
    (limited quantities—order soon)

    Next: Our 2019 That Patchwork Place® Quilt Calendar

    We’re celebrating 17 years of publishing this pretty and practical calendar. It’s become a favorite of quilters worldwide! Whether it graces the kitchen, office, or sewing room, our That Patchwork Place calendar will show off your love of quilting year-round. As always, complete instructions for each project are included in the enclosed 28-page pullout booklet.

    Enjoy projects featured in beautiful photography, from favorite Martingale authors including Kim Diehl, Bonnie Olaveson, Pat Sloan, Betsy Chutchian, and Robin Kingsley. Here’s a quick look inside:

    The “TPP” calendar SOLD OUT before the end
    of the year last year—don’t wait to order yours!

    Which calendar would you like to hang in your home? Tell us in the comments and you could win it! We’ll choose two random winners one week from today—one to win the Stitches to Savor 2019 Calendar, one to win the That Patchwork Place 2019 Quilt Calendar. We’ll contact you by email if you win.

    Want to make sure you own one of these gorgeous calendars before they sell out? Order your copy now. And remember, when you spend $40 or more at ShopMartingale.com, shipping’s always free in the USA. Good luck—and Happy New Year!

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    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winners are Barbara and Joyce.

    Barbara says, “This is a difficult choice because I like them both.  But would go with Sue S’s stitches.”

    Joyce says, “They both have beautiful quilts but The Patchwork Place Calendar would be the one I would make items from.”

    We’ll email you about your prizes, Barbara and Joyce—congratulations!

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  4. Meet the new Martingale (sew excited to share!)

    We’ve been planning and prepping. Now it’s time to welcome you to our freshened-up, beautified, ready-to-wow-you website—meet the NEW ShopMartingale.com!

    Our brand-spanking-new home page!

    Martingale staffers have been working hard to redesign ShopMartingale.com so you can easily find the information you’re looking for, whether it’s finding quilt books, downloading free how-tos, checking out our sale books, making your Insider Book Club selections, or simply enjoying some time browsing our site. Streamlined menus make it easier than ever!

    Plus, we think it’s pretty . . . well, pretty! 😍

    Our new site is now compatible with mobile phones and tablets too, so you can browse, buy, and be inspired on the go!

    If you’ve already created an account at ShopMartingale.com, you’ve got no worries—your user name and password will work just as it did on our retired website. Our goal is to continually improve your shopping experience at ShopMartingale.com. We hope you like our new online home. We are in love!

    Head on over and check out the new site. Take a few moments and add a little inspiration to your day!

    Let us know what you think in the comments—and thank you, Stitch This! readers, for your continued support of Martingale books.

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  5. Today is World Embroidery Day 🌎 10 ways to celebrate ahead!

    World Embroidery Day is today! Shall we celebrate with a little slow sewing? Our needles and threads are ready!

    Butterfly Stitches Needlecase from
    Patchwork Loves Embroidery Too

    World Embroidery Day was created by Kerstin Nettelblad and Skåne Sy-d, members of the Swedish Embroiderer’s Guild. The first World Embroidery Day was celebrated in Vismarlöv, Sweden, on July 30, 2011. It’s now celebrated annually on July 30. (You can read Kerstin and Skåne’s “Embroidery Manifesto” in English here—it’s inspiring!

    We love to embroider, and we’re surrounded by inspiration courtesy of our talented embroidery authors. We think they’ll inspire you to park your sewing machine for the day and enjoy a little slow-it-down stitching. Here are just a few projects we’re loving right now—and you don’t need an excuse to start them right away. After all, it’s World Embroidery Day!

    You could start with a little on-the-go sewing kit:

    Blackbird Notion Nest from
    Stitches from the Garden

    Or start a small pincushion collection:

    Centerpiece Pincushions from
    Sew Many Notions

    Go fun, cute, and colorful:

    Hospitality Hanger from
    A Little Something

    Or embroider a bit of elegance:

    Pouch from
    120 Original Embroidery Designs

    Look forward to fall:

    Give Thanks from
    Stitches from the Harvest

    Or start stitching for the holidays!

    Winter Glory Pillow from
    Stitches from the Yuletide

    Embroider a step-by-step project:

    Rose Cat Mini Stitchery from
    Cottage-Style Charm

    Or embroider a design on any project you like!

    Find A to Z motifs in
    Lunch-Hour Embroidery

    Or . . . be inspired by exquisite embroidery every day and all year long when you own Sue Spargo’s Stitches to Savor book and her Stitches to Savor 2019 Calendar:

    See more from
    Stitches to Savor here.

    A peek at Sue’s 2019 calendar (follow Martingale on Instagram)

    New to embroidery? Get all the basics you need to begin with our downloadable eBooklet on common hand-embroidery stitches. It’s FREE!


    Whatever project you create to celebrate World Embroidery Day, know this: we’ll be sewing and celebrating with you!

    How will you celebrate World Embroidery Day?

    a) I’ll start a project
    b) I’ll finish a project
    c) I’ll stitch on a work in progress
    d) I’ll organize my embroidery threads!

    Tell us in the comments!

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  6. Elegant free applique tote-bag pattern (with a touch of country charm)

    We love freebie days at Stitch This! Today we’re sharing a free applique tote-bag pattern from the authors of the eBook Elegant Quilts, Country Charm by Leonie Bateman and Deirdre Bond-Abel.

    Bag for Sophia free pattern

    Download the Bag for Sophia pattern when you
    sign in or register at ShopMartingale.com

    This beauty of a bag measures a roomy 16″ x 21″. That’s spacious enough to fit your wallet, your sundries, your sew-on-the-go kit, your copy of A Quilter’s Journal, and maybe even a couple of quilt books too!

    The bag features a blend of tactile wool and reproduction fabrics—why limit them just to quilts? Use the bag for special occasions or for everyday tote-ing. It would work great for a quilt retreat or a back-to-school bag too!

    What’s even more fun is that in Elegant Quilts, Country Charm, you’ll find another pattern that coordinates perfectly with the Bag for Sophia—the Scarf for Sophia:

    Scarf for Sophia
    Find the Scarf for Sophia pattern in
    Elegant Quilts, Country Charm

    Elegant Quilts, Country CharmWouldn’t this pair of projects make a lovely gift for someone who’s a little bit elegant and a little bit country? Make both and they’ll have the perfect ensemble to wear on a chilly day!

    Elegant Quilts, Country Charm is packed with creative ways to mix felted wool and cotton fabrics, which will add depth and texture to your projects. We love that with wool appliqué, there are no edges to turn under, because felted wool doesn’t fray! Even beginners can create these cozy, antique-looking designs with ease.

    Choose from 11 projects, including table runners:

    In Full Bloom table runner
    In Full Bloom


    Out on a Limb pillow
    Out on a Limb

    Framed appliqué:

    Jessie's Flowers
    Jessie’s Flowers

    And conversation-starting quilts!

    Jeanette's Quilt
    Jeanette’s Quilt

    Do you have a wool stash? Do you felt your wool or purchase it felted? Tell us in the comments!

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

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

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

    From A Prairie Journey

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

    A Prairie Journey

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

    Projects from A Prairie Journey

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

    Wagon Wheels quilt

    Crossing the Prairie:

    Crossing the Prairie quilt

    and Welcome Home:

    Welcome Home quilt

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

    Friendship is a Sheltering Tree quilt
    Friendship is a Sheltering Tree

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Child's Play quilt
    Child’s Play

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

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

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

    Do you have a connection to past quiltmakers?

    We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to plunge into the past with Kathleen, you can order A Prairie Journey at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Bunny Delights Bag
    Bunny Delights Bag

    Plus charming houses and hearts:

    Houses and Hearts Wall Hanging
    Houses and Hearts Wall Hanging

    And her signature bird, leaf, and vine stitcheries.

    Pumpkins and Sunflowers Pillow
    Pumpkins and Sunflowers Pillow

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

    From Patchwork Loves Embroidery Too

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

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

    Share your binding tips in the comments!

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

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

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

    Jo MortonJo’s Tips for Prewashing Fabric

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

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

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

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

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

    Basket Parade quilt
    How about appliquéing a beautiful Basket Parade?

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

    See more from Jo’s Little Favorites III here.

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

    Browse more books from Jo:

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

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  10. 13 new ways to grace the spaces in which you gather 🍽 (+ giveaway!)

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

    Table-Runner Roundup

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

    Try a fresh design for a farmhouse table:

    Farm Fresh table runner
    Farm Fresh by Sue Pfau

    Sweet pineapples and savory olives for alfresco dining:

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

    Scrappy stars for the dinner table:

    Scrappy Stars table runner
    Scrappy Stars by Jude Spero

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

    Detachable Hexagons table runner
    Detachable Hexagons by Jane Davidson

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

    From Table-Runner Roundup

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

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

    Here are their creative answers!

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

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

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

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

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