1. Simple quilts from Me and My Sister Designs – Layer-Cake style! (+giveaway)

    Get ready for more sensationally simple quilts from Me and My Sister Designs—and this time, they’re all made with lovely Layer Cakes!

    Designing sisters Barb and Mary are famous for those little tricks that make simple blocks look more complex than they truly are. And in Easy Layer-Cake Quilts, they’re at it again! Put your precious Layer Cakes to work in 11 quilts that are easy AND as pretty as can be.

    A Layer Cake, a background fabric, and a border fabric are about all you need to begin any of the quilts. And just look at all the fun-to-stitch projects you can create—choose from:

    Cake Walk quilt
    A stitch-and-flip Cakewalk quilt

    Chevrons, Anyone? quilt
    A Chevron-style string quilt

    Off-Center Log Cabin quilt
    This off-center Off the Grid quilt

    Pieced Flower quilt
    And a pretty pieced-flower quilt (for those who love flowers but are allergic to appliqué)

    Let this dynamic duo teach you how to whip your Layer Cakes into tasty quilts—for cuddling, for giving, or just because!

    We’re happy to welcome Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson back to Stitch This! as guest writers today. Tell us about your latest book, Layer-Cake ladies!

    Me and My Sister DesignsLayer Cakes! For us there couldn’t be a more fitting name for a fabric precut. After all, it’s our favorite dessert in the form of fabric, and it doesn’t get much better than that! So it would make perfect sense for us to create a new book just to celebrate a wonderful precut.

    Easy Layer-Cake Quilts features 11 projects, each made using Layer-Cake precuts. All of the quilts are designed for confident beginners and beyond. None are overly time intensive, and most can be completed in a few days.

    So, what is a Layer Cake?

    Layer Cake is a term trademarked by Moda Fabrics to describe a bundle of 42 precut fabric squares that measure 10″ x 10″. Each Layer Cake usually contains at least one square of each fabric from an entire fabric collection.

    We LOVE Layer Cakes . . . and here are 10 reasons why!

    House quilt1. We love that when we purchase a Layer Cake, we get a piece of everything in a fabric collection.

    2. We love that it’s an affordable way to get our fabric fix when we can’t decide which fabrics to buy off the bolt.

    3. We love that we can hide Layer Cakes in our purses when bringing them into the house and keep our purchases top secret.

    4. We love that they fit easily in our stashes.

    Flower Pot quilt5. We love that when we talk about Layer Cakes, our husbands think we’re talking about food.

    6. We love that patterns that use Layer Cakes are fast, fun, and easy.

    7. We love that we don’t need to have any idea of what we might be making when we purchase Layer Cakes. We know we can find something to do with them in Easy Layer-Cake Quilts!

    8. We love Layer Cakes because we’d rather be sewing than cutting.

    9. We love Layer Cakes because we get four times the fabric of a charm square.

    10. We love Layer Cakes because they’re low-cal!

    We hope you enjoy our latest book and can find projects to create something beautiful with your favorite Layer Cakes! For best results, be sure to read the “quilt recipes” carefully before baking/sewing!

    Easy Layer Cake QuiltsBarb and Mary, thanks for sharing your new book with us—you being here is icing on the (Layer) Cake!

    What do you love most about Layer Cakes—less cutting, easy fabric fix, low-cal? 😊 Tell us your answer in the comments and you’ll be automatically entered to win a copy of the Easy Layer-Cake Quilts eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    Ready to serve up a Layer-Cake quilt with Me and My Sister Designs? Order Easy Layer-Cake Quilts at our website and instantly download the eBook version for free.






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  2. This video makes it SO easy to choose colors for your quilts 🎨

    You’ve carved out a few hours to quilt, and you want to start something new. Whoo-hoo!

    You pore over your books and peruse your patterns. Ah-ha! You found the perfect quilt to get started.

    Now, time to choose colors. You approach your stash, start pulling fabrics . . . and all of a sudden you feel a wave of anxiety wash over you. So many fabrics, so many colors. How do you even begin to decide which colors make the grade?

    Say so-long to that scary feeling! We’ve got a little tip for you today from Brigitte Heitland, interior designer and author of Zen Chic Inspired. Her approach will set you straight on your way to choosing colors with ease.

    We caught up with Brigitte at Spring Quilt Market and she showed us how she likes to choose colors for her quilts. All you need is a picture and paint chips to create a winning palette. Watch and see!

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    In Zen Chic Inspired, Brigitte shares tons of tips for creating quilts that capture your unique style, along with a dozen step-by-step quilt patterns. No difficult design concepts here—Brigitte’s approach is innovative and fun. From turning a pixelated image of your space into a color palette, to transforming the shapes in a room (a lamp, a cushion, a coffee cup) into a foundation for a show-stopping quilt, you’ll love Brigitte’s practical advice for designing quilts that tell your story. And the styled room shots that inspired the 12 quilt patterns inside? 😍 Gorgeous!

    Click here for another video example from Brigitte on how to choose colors for your quilts. And if you’re ready to learn more from Brigitte, pick up Zen Chic Inspired at your local quilt shop or at our website, ShopMartingale.com.

    So, how do you typically pick colors for your quilts?

    • I’m a planner—I carefully choose where every color goes.
    • Sometimes I plan and sometimes I let the chips fall where they may.
    • I piece randomly—I don’t know what my quilts will look like until the very end!

    Tell us in the comments!





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  3. ⏰ Flash sale! Easy Quilts for Beginners and Beyond (beyond beautiful!)

    Sometimes, don’tcha just want to make a quilt that’s EASY?

    We’re all for challenges—we want to improve our knowledge and skills. But there’s a time and a place for easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy, start-to-finish sewing fun.

    That time is now . . . and that place is right here at Stitch This! Because this weekend only, you can download 14 easy and beautiful quilt patterns for only SIX BUCKS. They’re all in the eBook Easy Quilts for Beginners and Beyond: 14 Quilt Patterns from Quiltmaker Magazine!

    So, what kinds of quilts are truly EASY to sew?

    Quilts with repeating shapes that are simple to cut:

    Cobblestones quilt

    Quilts with few or no points to match within a block:

    Coin Collecting quilt
    Coin Collecting

    Quilts that use large patches of beautiful fabric:

    Porcelain Petals quilt
    Porcelain Petals

    Improvisational piecing (where matching doesn’t matter!):

    Summer Solstice quilt
    Summer Solstice

    And strips, strips, strips!

    Cafe Mocha quilt
    Café Mocha

    See 9 more quilts from Easy Quilts for Beginners and Beyond >>>

    What springs to mind when you hear “easy quilts”: triangle-free piecing, big-big blocks, fusible appliqué, something else? Tell us in the comments—and place your order for Easy Quilts for Beginners and Beyond  before our flash sale disappears!









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  4. Masterpiece quilts with just 2 colors: Edyta Sitar’s latest (+ giveaway!)

    Martingale is distributing books for a select group of other publishers, including Patches of Blue from Laundry Basket Quilts. This new book filled with 17 patterns by Edyta Sitar is just TWO beautiful—and it may inspire you to begin a TWO-color obsession!

    Patches of Blue

    You’ll discover TWO delightful ways to enjoy the classic combination of blue and white in Patches of Blue!

    First: the patterns. Quilting star Edyta Sitar (aka Laundry Basket Quilts) has created 17 breathtaking designs in crisp, cool blues and whites that you can re-create with your own fabric collection. Check your stash—use hues of blues from baby to navy, and tones of white from snow and cream to eggshell and ivory. And all the lovely shades in between!

    Quilts from Patches of Blue
    Quilts from
    Patches of Blue

    Quilts are shown in lavish photography, capturing the ambiance of Edyta’s new home in coastal southern California. The ocean, the sky, the breeze, the quilts—all a spectacular sight!

    First Flakes quilt
    First Flakes

    Second: the antiques. In a gallery of quilter’s eye candy at the front of the book, you’ll find photos of gorgeous blue-and-white quilts from yesteryear, shared from the private collections of Edyta and her friends, plus a few of Edyta’s more recent quilts. From simple Snowball quilts to glorious renditions of Ocean Waves, Compass, and Wedding Ring, you’ll love peeking into these pages of quilt history, back when blue and white was just as timeless as it is today.

    Blue and white antique quilts
    Left: Compass, 67″ × 80″, Pat Cox collection. Right: Appliqué, 73″ × 82″, Pat Cox collection.

    The book is a TWO-for-one treat: 128 pages of true blue-and-white bliss!

    Edyta SitarIn the introduction to Patches of Blue, Edyta writes, “Blue is my favorite color. The combination of blue and white together is so fresh, and I enjoy the simplicity of creating quilts with patches of blue against a canvas of lights. The result is relaxing, inviting, simple, yet elegant. It’s a color combination that’s been popular for centuries and quilters today seem to continue their love affair with it.”

    When you peruse Patches of Blue, there’s a good chance your favorite color might become blue, too!

    Blue Spruce quilt
    Edyta’s Blue Spruce quilt hangs on the wall next to her grandmother’s laundry basket, which inspired her company name.

    Here’s a peek at more pages from Patches of Blue:

    FABRIC GIVEAWAY! Edyta sent us a beautiful bundle of her line with Andover Fabrics, called Blue Sky, so we could give it away to one lucky winner!

    Patches of BlueTo be automatically entered into the giveaway to win the bundle and a copy of Patches of Blue, tell us:

    Which blue are you?

    Baby blue: I live a lighthearted life with an upbeat vibe.

    Cornflower blue: My favorite place in life is right in the middle.

    Navy blue: I enjoy the more majestic side of life.

    Or maybe a different blue looks good on you?

    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! And if you can’t wait to sit down with Edyta’s new book, you can order Patches of Blue right now at ShopMartingale.com.









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  5. 😍 Awe-inspiring applique: a peek at Yoko Saito’s 138 Original Applique Designs

    We are so excited to be distributing books produced by Stitch Publications—including books by famed Japanese quilt designer Yoko Saito! Over the next several weeks we’ll be sharing more details with you about these gorgeous books.

    Today we’re sharing a peek into 138 Original Appliqué Designs by Yoko Saito. If you’re familiar with Ms. Saito’s work, you know she’s famous for her magnificent appliqué and her one-of-a-kind neutral color palettes. If you aren’t familiar with Yoko Saito, you are in for a treat today!

    138 Original Applique Designs
    138 Original Appliqué Designs

    At a substantial 230 pages, this vast collection of Yoko Saito’s appliqué patterns ranges from whimsical and charming to simply breathtaking. The book also includes 20 projects that can showcase any appliqué motifs you choose. Lush, detailed photos of both blocks and projects reveal Ms. Saito’s flawless work and her meticulous attention to every detail.

    Mushroom Gathering applique motif
    Detail of the Mushroom Gathering appliqué motif, used on the Side Pocket Bag

    Side Pocket Bag
    Side Pocket Bag

    The book looks, feels, and reads like an indulgent coffee-table book, drawing you in with each turn of the page as you anticipate what the next motif will be. Chapters are organized by type of motif and include Animals in the Zoo, Designs for Children, My Favorite Things, Botanical Motifs, The Alphabet, and Borders and Repeatable Patterns.

    Sewing Pouch
    This Sewing Pouch features the Sewing Shears, Pincushion, and Rotary Cutter appliqué motifs

    Yoko SaitoIn the introduction to the 138 Original Appliqué Designs, Ms. Saito writes, “If you know my work, you know I love to appliqué. I find the process of cutting small pieces of fabric and precisely layering them into place while blind stitching them down to create pictures incredibly appealing . . . I hope you come to love the process of picking fabrics and the appliqué technique as much as I do and incorporate it into your work.”

    Umbrella Bag
    For a rainy day: Umbrella Bag

    Little Pouch
    For a hoppin’ day: Little Pouch

    Find favorite childhood characters, robots, and friendly monsters; a primitive-style alphabet with motifs that correspond with each letter; glorious flowers and fronds; and appliquéd animals to charm and delight. 138 Original Appliqué Designs is a must-have book for appliqué enthusiasts, lovers of Japanese style, and of course, Yoko Saito fans!

    Acorn Handbag
    Acorn Handbag

    You can order your copy of Yoko Saito’s 138 Original Appliqué Designs at our website, ShopMartingale.com. See more books from Stitch Publications here. Which Stitch Publications book would you like to see featured next? Let us know in the comments!

    We look forward to sharing more sneak peeks of Stitch Publications books with you in the coming weeks!







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  6. Do you stay stitch your quilts? Pat Sloan says . . .

    Have you heard of stay stitching? Many quilters stay stitch their quilt tops before machine quilting. But what is stay stitching, and why would you do it?

    Essentially, stay stitching is simply sewing around the edge of your quilt top to stabilize seams. It’s particularly helpful when there are a lot of patchwork seams on the outer edge of your quilt top. With all the rolling, unrolling, scrunching, and smooshing that occurs during machine quilting, or even hand quilting, stay stitching prevents those outer patchwork seams from unraveling.

    In her book Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt, Pat Sloan shares how she does stay stitching, and in the video below, she shows you!

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    Find comprehensive how-to instructions for machine quilting—including walking-foot quilting and free-motion quilting—in Pat’s book Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt, along with nine pretty projects to practice your machine quilting on:

    From Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Machine Quilt
    Projects from
    Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt

    You’ll be proud of the machine quilting you can do right at home!

    Do you stay stitch your quilt tops in preparation for machine quilting? Tell us in the comments!




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  7. Kim Diehl. New book. Enough said. Come see! 🍁 (+ giveaway!)

    In her 11th “Simple” book, Kim Diehl is in her happy place—the autumn season!

    Simple Harvest

    Packed with projects, decorating ideas, sewing tips, and even recipes, Simple Harvest is your gorgeous one-stop guide to 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, or the cutest little needle keep you’ve ever seen (yes, you need another one!).

    The perfect little Christmas gifts!

    Want to re-create one of Kim’s masterpieces? Her October Twilight and Harvest Tapestry quilts will take your breath away.

    October Twilight

    Harvest Tapestry

    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!

    We’re excited to have Kim here as a guest writer to tell us more about her latest “Simple” book. Welcome, Kim!

    But first . . .

    BOOK & FABRIC GIVEAWAY! Our friends at Henry Glass sent us a beautiful bundle of Kim Diehl’s fabric line, Sunday Best, to give to one lucky winner!

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

    Kim DiehlThe air has become crisp and cool, leaves are turning tawny shades of gold, and I’ve busted out my best fuzzy socks. This can only mean that autumn is here! And thanks to a very timely delivery by the package man in the big brown truck, so are my Simple Harvest quilts and projects. After months of my projects being away for photography, they’re finally back home!

    Maybe I should be a little bit embarrassed to tell you how fast I ripped into the boxes (the phrase “monkey on a banana” comes to mind), but I have no shame when it comes to all things fall. My two-year-old grandie, Puddin Cup, gladly helped me unwrap the “fancy blankies” and we had the best time petting wool and welcoming my harvest-time goodies back home.

    Dresden Dish Garden quilt
    A fancy blankie indeed: Kim’s Dresden Dish Garden Quilt

    Each book in my “Simple” series has been special to me, and there was a time when I couldn’t possibly have picked a favorite, but that was before Simple Harvest! With no arm-twisting whatsoever, I can freely admit that stitching the quilts and projects for this book totally took me to my happy place, and being able to include recipes for my favorite harvesttime munchies (which of course meant MUCH sampling) shot this book right to the top of my list.

    Buttery Caramel Corn recipe
    A recipe to share from Simple Harvest: Buttery Caramel Corn! Martingale content director Karen Soltys made this goodie as a gift for her knitting group and they loved it. Download a pdf of the recipe here.

    My approach to decorating for autumn has always been to stitch a variety of projects that can be tucked all around the house, rather than spreading a single quilt on the bed and calling it good.

    Autumn Abundance Bedroom Set
    Autumn-infused pillows, plus a bed runner and curtain topper: Autumn Abundance Bedroom Set

    Whipping up scads of quilted throws, bed runners, wall hangings, pillows, mug mats, and more gives you the ability to surround yourself with little bits of harvesty goodness, often in surprising and unexpected places. Even better, many of these Simple Harvest projects are perfect for some on-the-go hand stitching, and their size makes them super approachable—they can be easily started AND finished.

    First Frost Table Accessories
    First Frost Table Accessories

    Thank you so much for letting me share a little bit about this book…it’s my hope that you’ll pull on YOUR favorite fuzzy socks, dive into a new autumn project, and enjoy some simple stitching time.

    Kim's quilts and more at home
    Kim’s quilts and more are back home—and being put to beautiful use!

    Simple HarvestThanks for giving us a peek into your new book, Kim!

    What do you love most about autumn: the crunch of leaves under your feet, the arrival of sweater weather, pumpkin-flavored everythingKim’s latest book? Tell us in the comments and you’ll be automatically entered to win the Sunday Best bundle from Henry Glass and a copy of Simple Harvest! We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

    Ready to join Kim and start a new autumn project now? Pick up Simple Harvest at our website and you can instantly download the eBook for free.









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  8. Top 5 basic hand-embroidery stitches for beginners

    Embroidery is in the spotlight these days—and we think we know why. It’s a snap to learn, it’s meditative and calming to do, and it doesn’t take mountains of money or tons of time to enjoy it. YES!

    If you love sewing, quilting, fabric, and thread but you’ve never tried embroidery, you simply must—we guarantee you’ll have a good time! Today we’re sharing a roundup of short-and-sweet videos from embroidery enthusiast Roseann Kermes, author of A Little Something. She’ll show you what a cinch it is to get started with five basic embroidery stitches for beginners.

    First things first: learn how to separate single strands of embroidery thread (simple as can be):

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    Next, learn how to do a running stitch (if you’ve ever hand quilted before, you’ve already got it down):

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    A backstitch is just as easy as a running stitch, with one little twist:

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    Now we’ll learn a favorite of many embroiderers—the blanket stitch:

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    Here’s Roseann’s signature stitch—the star stitch:

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    And finally, the fanciest of basic embroidery stitches, the French knot:

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    Think you can master these stitches? You bet you can! Grab a square of fabric, a bit of embroidery thread, and a hand-sewing needle and give it a try. Post your embroidery sampler to Instagram using the hashtag #martingaleembroidery—we’d love to see your stitchery!

    With these stitches in your embroidery tool belt, you’ll be able to create lots of beautiful goodies from Roseann’s book, A Little Something, including:

    Autumn Abundance Wall Hanging
    Autumn Abundance Wall Hanging

    Strawberry Sewing Trio
    Strawberry Sewing Trio

    Hospitality Hanger
    Hospitality Hanger

    Plus lots more! See all 16 projects from A Little Something.

    BONUS! Download our FREE Common Hand-Embroidery Stitches eBooklet at our website to learn even more embroidery stitches.

    What other embroidery stitches would you like to learn—or as an experienced embroiderer, which stitches should we focus on sharing in future posts? Tell us in the comments!




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  9. 🎃 Halloween humor: cute quilts and more for the not-too-scary season 🎃

    Boo quiltA little fright can be fun on Halloween—but there’s a sunnier side to the holiday too. Kids in hilarious getups, school costume parades, and of course, the candy. Oh, the CANDY!

    Today we’ve rounded up several Halloween-themed projects that capture the less-scary side of Halloween. Start stitching one today to add a little beauty and fun to your annual celebration—whether it be spooky or a little silly!

    Jack Stack door hanger
    Jack Stack Door Hanger from Kim Diehl’s
    Simple Harvest. Bring a smile to any trick-or-treaters face with a stack of silly pumpkins—just one smile will make your stitching worthwhile! Grab scraps of wool and a little embroidery floss to whip up this happy Halloween greeting.

    Jo's Jammies quilt
    Jo’s Jammies from Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks’
    ’Tis the Autumn Season. This quilt is perfect for cuddling up on Halloween night as you wait for little ghosts and ghouls to arrive. Combine harvest-hued fabrics and easy Star blocks for a warm and wonderful way to spend the evening.

    Three Jacks embroidery for Halloween
    Three Jacks from Kathy Schmitz’s
    Stitches from the Harvest. These three little jack-o’-lanterns will lighten up any spooky Halloween night. Small, medium, and large embroidery hoops make the perfect frames for your embroidery.

    Harvest Home framed applique
    Harvest Home from Bonnie Sullivan’s
    A Change of Seasons. Use wool and embroidery to create a pretty framed piece that celebrates the season. Display from now until Thanksgiving—and every year after!

    Things That Grin in the Night quilt
    Things That Grin in the Night from Kim Diehl’s
    Simple Seasons. These Halloween grins always make us grin back! Use Kim’s invisible machine-appliqué method to whip up this little quilt in plenty of time for Halloween.

    November quilt runner for Halloween
    November row by Lisa Bongean, from
    Moda All-Stars All in a Row. Are you in your happy place when you appliqué? Stitch a runner that pays homage to Halloween night—but in a beautiful way. Wouldn’t this look great on your autumn table?

    Hexagon Scramble quilt
    Hexagon Scramble from Natalie Barnes’
    A Modern Twist. Natalie uses traditional Halloween colors in this hexie quilt, but then she adds a pop of pink that turns Halloween on its head. It’s truly a “Happy Halloween” quilt—emphasis on happy!

    Pumpkin Harvest quilt runner
    Pumpkin Harvest from Jenifer Gaston’s
    Primitive Style. This charming penny rug can be enjoyed all season, and wool appliqué makes it a breeze to complete. Three stitches take center stage: a whipstitch, a running stitch, and a blanket stitch. Sew easy!

    No matter how you celebrate, we wish you lots of fabric fun (and your fill of yum-yum goodies) this Halloween!

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








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  10. Wish list day! A record-breaking SIX new books for Sew-vember 😊 (+ giveaway!)

    We’re wild about Wish List Day! Why? We’re counting down the days to a new batch of SIX beautiful Martingale books arriving in November. 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.

    Kansas Troubles Quilters Cozy Quilts and ComfortsKansas Troubles Quilters Cozy Quilts and Comforts
    Easy to Stitch, Easy to Love
    Lynne Hagmeier

    Sew quilts in the instantly recognizable style of Kansas Troubles Quilters—two ways! Some designs are traditionally pieced, simplified for smooth and easy piecing. Others use Lynne’s clever layered-patchwork technique, where pinked-edge precuts reduce cutting time, minimize bulky seams, and skip pressing steps. The raw edges of layered-patchwork blocks barely fray when washed, giving a fluffy, snuggly finish. You’ll love the look of both kinds of quilts: cozy, country-style designs that call out “cuddle me!”

    Projects from
    Kansas Troubles Quilters Cozy Quilts and Comforts

    See more cozy quilts >

    Jo's Floral AlbumJo’s Floral Album
    An Artful 9-Block Sampler Quilt
    Jo Morton

    Jo is back with another gorgeous book! Stitch spectacular blocks featuring beautiful blossoms, twining vines, luscious berries, and other motifs that define traditional Album quilts. Make blocks one after another, or set a relaxed pace and sew just one block each month—by year’s end, you’ll have a breathtaking quilt to display, give, or save as a family heirloom.

    Jo’s student-tested instructions for back-basting appliqué (no freezer paper or templates needed) will help you achieve appliqué perfection. From materials needed to final finishing steps, all you need to create this stunning quilt is inside. Full-sized patterns included.

    Jo’s Floral Album

    See more from Jo >

    Super Cute Paper PiecingSuper Cute Paper Piecing
    Designs for Everyday Delights
    Charise Randell

    Unbelievable accuracy—absolute adorability! Discover delightful designs to paper piece; then sew them into even more delightful projects. Photographs walk you through the technique, so you’ll be paper piecing like a pro in no time—and get perfectly precise results. Feature Charise’s cute motifs in a pillow, wristlet, cross-body bag, coasters, pouches, and a mini quilt. Or, sew these happy little blocks into any project you like!

    Projects from
    Super Cute Paper Piecing

    See more paper-pieced patchwork >

    The Big Book of One-Block QuiltsThe Big Book of One-Block Quilts
    57 Single-Block Sensations

    It’s so easy to create quilts that repeat a single block—make just one and you’ll have the confidence to fly through the rest of your quilt! Choose from a whopping 57 quilts to piece one block at a time, or make blocks in multiples with quick chain-piecing methods. Star designers including Kim Diehl, Country Threads’ Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene, Pat Sloan, Carrie Nelson, and Jo Morton will help you along the way. Pair your repeated blocks with plain squares, rotate blocks for a playful spin, or simply line them up row by row. From fun make-in-a-weekend designs to stunning quilts to cherish and pass on, you’ll find the perfect block to repeat in this colossal compilation of quilt patterns!

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    See more single-block sensations >

    The Flying Sewing MachineThe Flying Sewing Machine
    Nancy Zieman
    Illustrated by Philip Ashby

    Sewing is magic,
    creative and fun,
    it’s meant to be shared
    with a special someone.
    Let’s fly off to Sewland
    and stitch something new,
    Where all the town sews
    at a quarter to two.

    Welcome to Sewland, the magical town where everyone sews! In this new children’s book written by beloved TV personality Nancy Zieman, kids will discover the excitement of creating beautiful things with fabric. In a world where sewing is a delightful part of every afternoon, they’ll meet wonderful friends—who just happen to be flying sewing machines! This charming book offers parents, grandparents, and others a special way to show children how fun sewing can be.

    From The Flying Sewing Machine
    A sneak peek at Sophie, the Flying Sewing Machine!

    Introduce children to the wonders of needle and thread >

    A special note: Our friends Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson of Me and My Sister Designs have an exciting new book coming, and Martingale is proud to be the distributor. We hope you enjoy a first look at their latest release: The Double Wide Dresden Book.

    The Double Wide Dresden BookThe Double Wide Dresden Book
    13+ Projects for the Double Wide Dresden Ruler
    Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson

    What is a Double Wide Dresden? It’s a fast, fun way to make classic Dresden blocks! These 36-degree Dresdens require only 10 wedges (instead of the traditional 20). Cut sewing time in half and create all the beauty with none of the fuss. There are no hand-appliqued centers—instead, stars appear with no raw edges! You can even cut wedges from strip sets. Make projects even easier with the companion Double Wide Dresden Ruler (sold by your favorite retailer).

    Projects from
    The Double Wide Dresden Book

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