1. Amigurumi + your home = BIG fun

    Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

    From Amigurumi at HomeIf you’ve got kids (or if you’re a BIG kid at heart), you have the perfect excuse to fill your home with fun and happy accessories!

    Everything from ladybug ottomans (left) to cheerful cloud pillows fill the pages of Ana Paula Rímoli’s brand new book, Amigurumi at Home—along with plenty of tips for bringing smiles to your living space.

    Ana designed many of the projects in Amigurumi at Home to pull double duty. They’re adorable and huggable, as amigurumi are, but they’re also happily functional. Take a look at a few of Ana’s favorite oh-so-useful projects.


    Keep Feet Happy and Warm

    From Amigurumi at Home“Our little dogs, Santiago and Federico, are not allowed upstairs because of my daughter Oli’s allergies, but I’ve always thought it’d be amazingly comforting to have one of them sleep on my feet in the winter. So I made these Dog and Cat Foot Warmers for the end of the girls’ beds—it will NOT be the same at all, but at least their feet will be extra warm.”

    See more bedtime amigurumi, including a Robot Pajama Holder that doubles as a foot warmer, in Amigurumi at Home.


    Tote Anything: Books, Toys, or Yarn

    From Amigurumi at Home

    “My girls Oli and Martina love to read, which is great. But what’s not so great is that whenever they bring their books downstairs, they forget to put them back in their bookcases. I figured it was time to do something about this mess, so I made a basket and added the mushroom in the middle. This way they can put their books inside and take it upstairs to put everything back in its place. You could also use it for magazines or toys, or my favorite, lots of yarn!”

    Quick Tip--choosing stuffing for amigurumi
    Need more organization? Check out more cute catch-all characters in Amigurumi at Home.

    Make Chores a Little More Fun

    From Amigurumi at Home“This one’s for your kitchen! My relationship with dishwashing is definitely complicated. It’s not about the amount of dirty things piled in the sink, or the time of day, or my mood—sometimes I just do not want to wash dishes. Period. Still, I’m positive that a smiling cup will make it a lot easier on the ‘hate days.’ ”
    (Finished size of “Little Teacup Rug,” right: approx. 13″ x 19″.)

    How about a cute rug for your playroom, living room, or bedroom? Check out more happy rugs in Amigurumi at Home.


    Amigurumi at HomeYou can get your copy of Amigurumi at Home right now at ShopMartingale.com! And remember that when you buy the book, you’ll get the eBook version for FREE right away. Happy nesting!

    Which room in your house could use a happy new accessory? Tell us in the comments and you could win an eBook copy of Amigurumi at Home! We’ll pick the winner one week from today and notify you by email if you win.


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  2. Quilt the summer away with cool-weather quilts

    From Tis the Autumn Season
    From ’Tis the Autumn Season

    Summer’s here—and boy does it fly! With a steady stream of town parades, music festivals, farmer’s markets, and fireworks, it’ll race by in the blink of an eye. So how do you carve out some beloved quilting time?

    There’s an easy solution for avoiding a time crunch: start stitching for the next season now. Indulge yourself! Schedule short blocks of time throughout your summer to devote to making memories for seasons on the horizon. Days are longer (at least daylight is!). Can you squeeze in 10 minutes to sew at the beginning and end of each day? Just a few stitches a day will go a long way, and you’ll be proud to display what you’ve made when the first cool breeze or snowflake makes its debut.

    From Tis the Season
    From ’Tis the Season

    But what to make first? We’re glad you asked. Because we have some inspiration for you—and it all comes from books included in this special offer:

    Save 50% on Urban Country Quilts

    Choose a theme—winter, Christmas, or autumn—then enjoy 50% off Urban Country Quilts, jam-packed with quilts for any occasion!

    See all 15 projects in Urban Country Quilts

    Choose a project from Here Comes Winter to make in time for the first snowfall:

    Projects from Here Comes Winter

    See all 19 projects in Here Comes Winter 

    If you look forward to surrounding yourself with the earthy hues of fall, create one of these beauties from ’Tis the Autumn Season:

    Projects from Tis the Autumn Season

    See all 12 projects in ’Tis the Autumn Season 

    Or, get an early start on cozying up your home for Christmas! Take a look at the merry quilts and more from ’Tis the Season:

    Projects from Tis the Season

    See all 14 projects in ’Tis the Season 

    The special offer on these four books ends June 18, so select a favorite season and start your summer sewing!

    Here Comes Winter Tis the Autumn Season Tis the Season Urban Country Quilts


    When do you typically start cold-weather quilting: spring, summer, fall, or “oops, I started too late”? Share your seasonal quilting habits in the comments!

    Also from Jeanne and Shelley—Decorate with quilts: tips to use today


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  3. Winter quilts to warm your heart (+ giveaway!)

    A Few Good Men quilt

    Welcome to our celebration of cute and cozy quilts from the design duo of Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks! Today we’re showing off adorable quilts from their new book, Here Comes Winter. Plus, Shelley is here as a guest blogger!

    BUT FIRST… we have a very special offer for you today on ALL FOUR of Jeanne and Shelley’s books:

    Save 50% on Urban Country Quilts

    Choose a book featuring your favorite theme—winter, Christmas, or autumn—and then enjoy 50% off Urban Country Quilts, jam-packed with quilts for any occasion. (Discount applied at checkout.)

    See all 15 projects in Urban Country Quilts

    Now, on to the newest quilts! We’re thrilled to welcome Shelley, who’s here to give us the scoop about Here Comes Winter. Take it away, Shelley!


    Hello from Saskatchewan, Canada, where the winters are long and our spring was especially chilly as well! Around here, people would rather we’d written a book titled Here Comes a Long Hot Summer! (Maybe for the next book…) But Jeanne and I adore winter quilts. We love snowmen and mittens and all the fun things that go with cold weather. (We could possibly do without the snow!)

    Winter on the Saskatchewan prairie
    Winter on the Saskatchewan prairie

    Shelley Wicks and Jeanne LargeAfter complaining about our cold winters, I do have to tell you that our summers can be very hot—not something people associate with where we live! When we had our photo taken for this book, it was actually a very, very hot day. We had the photography done in Jeanne’s house—no air conditioning, wearing sweaters to match the winter feel of the book. We were broiling!

    Both Jeanne and I have favorite quilts in Here Comes Winter. Jeanne’s favorite is the “Run, Run, Rudolph” lap quilt:

    Run Run Rudolph quilt
    “Run, Run, Rudolph” with coordinating table topper

    While my favorite is “Hang to Dry,” featured on the front cover:

    Hang to Dry quilt
    “Hang to Dry” with “Joy” and “Peace” pillows

    There are so many fabulous projects in this book that we’re sure quilt lovers everywhere are going to enjoy! And although both Jeanne and I love appliqué, we also like to make sure our books include strictly pieced quilts for those who enjoy that aspect of quilting.

    I think the most versatile quilt in the book has got to be “Crosswalk.”

    Crosswalk quilt

    While the pattern is done in a red colorway to fit the flavor of the book, I’ve made this quilt in dark espresso browns on a beige background, and in greens on a black background too.

    See all 19 projects from Here Comes Winter

    We’ve been waiting so patiently for Here Comes Winter to arrive. We’ve been sitting on pins and needles waiting! When you get your hands on a copy, please let us know what you think—we always love to hear your feedback! You can find us online here.


    Here Comes WinterThanks for being here, Shelley!

    What kind of quilts take up the most room in your home: winter quilts, Christmas quilts, autumn quilts, or everyday quilts? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Here Comes Winter eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

    Comments are closed for this post.

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

    “Every day quilts even though I have some for different holidays.”

    Carrie, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!



     


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  4. Change the way you do fusible-web applique (video tip)

    Detail of Petals for the Table quiltHave you tried fusible-web appliqué? If you’ve avoided the technique because of the stiffness that can result, don’t leave this page until you watch the video below. It just might change the way you appliqué!

    We had the pleasure of meeting author Geralyn Powers at Quilt Market, where we asked her to share a favorite tip from her book Patchwork Plus. When Geralyn demonstrated her tip, several of us had a slap-your-head, “Geez, why didn’t I think of that?” moment. Here she is explaining how to do “window appliqué.”


    Reading this in email? See the “Fusible-web appliqué: window method (no stiffness!)” video at the Stitch This! blog or watch it on YouTube.


    What a great tip! Just one extra step and fused-appliqué pieces become stiffness-free.

    Patchwork PlusThe quilts in Geralyn’s book Patchwork Plus are perfect for quilters who dabble in appliqué, and even for those who’ve never tried it before. If you’re already an appliqué pro, the projects will be a breeze. But the best thing about the book? The quilts!

    Geralyn’s easy appliqué quilts (with even easier patchwork backgrounds) will put a smile on your face. They’re so cheerful, and they’re perfect for special occasions throughout the year. Find designs for seasons, family events, and holidays, like this pretty quilt called “Freedom Waves.” Definitely doable by the Fourth of July!

    Freedom Waves quilt

    An adorable “Step into Halloween” quilt was a huge crowd pleaser when it hung in our Quilt Market booth. Notice how simple Irish Chain blocks add to the whimsical vibe.

    Step into Halloween quilt

    See more quilts from Patchwork Plus 

    Here’s one final fusible-appliqué tip from Geralyn:

    QUICK TIP--fusible web

    Join us on Facebook!Making a quilt from Patchwork Plus? Share a photo of your work in progress this Friday (and every Friday) on our Flaunt It Friday post on Facebook!


    What’s your favorite way to appliqué: by hand, by machine, or by fusing? Share your #1 choice in the comments!


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  5. Hundreds of eBooks, 9.99 each—today!

    Posted by on June 9, 2014, in quilting & sewing, ,

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    Sew One and You're Done Wonder Blocks Instant Bargello Sew Fun, So Colorful Quilts Time-Crunch Quilts


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  6. 5 portable projects for Knit-in-Public week

    Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

    World Wide Knit in Public WeekAre you ready? It’s almost time to paint the town red (or whatever color your yarn happens to be) by enjoying your favorite fiber craft on park benches, at the beach, in coffee shops, stadiums, or any public place you can think of. We’re talking about World Wide Knit-in-Public Week!

    Want to join the fun? This year World Wide Knit-in-Public Week is June 14–20. Like us on Facebook to follow our knitting-in-public adventures and to share your photos from KIP week. Follow us on Instagram and tag your photos with #martingaleKIP.

    If you can’t wait to get your stitch on, tomorrow is International Yarn Bombing Day. Check out this post for yarn-bombing tips and ideas.

    Looking for a portable project for your stitchin’ adventures? Check out these five small knitting and crochet patterns:

    From 50 Yards of Fun 1. Stitch an adorable robot from 50 Yards of Fun by Rebecca Danger with just a bit of scrap yarn. See over 30 small, portable projects from the book here.
    From Knit Pink 2. A hat for a friend is a great portable project! Try this chic beanie from Knit Pink by Lorna Miser. Find more small projects and gift ideas from the book here.
    From Ocean Breezes 3. Get the pattern for this colorful shawl in Ocean Breezes by Sheryl Thies—a digital download you can carry with you on your mobile device! See more scarf and shawl projects from the book here.
    From Amigurumi Two! 4. Amigurumi makes for great on-the-go crocheting—how about these cute mushrooms from Amigurumi Two! by Ana Paula Rimoli? Find more adorable projects from the book here.
    From Crochet Bright 5. Crochet these colorful slippers, from Crochet Bright by Kristin Spurkland, for yourself or a loved one during Knit-in-Public Week. The pattern includes sizes for the whole family! Find more portable crochet projects from the book here.

    So don’t leave home without it—your yarn, that is! Pack up your portable project, grab a few friends, and get out in public!

    SNEAK PEEK: Stay tuned next week for a fabulous eBook sale at ShopMartingale.com. You can store eBooks on your mobile device—perfect for on-the-go stitching. Make sure you’re subscribed to get the first word on sale events!

    Would you rather knit or crochet with friends, or alone? Tell us why in the comments!


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  7. Want a lifetime of happy quilting? Know these basics (+ giveaway!)

    All quilters know it’s true: it only takes a few threads to knock a quilt block off its game.

    Muddled cutting and sewing can quickly have a domino effect. One block is too small, another is too large, and all of a sudden no block wants to play nice! But here’s the good news:

    When you learn to cut and piece with precision, you’ll clear the way for a lifetime of quilting creativity—instead of frustration.

    Quiltmaking Essentials IBestselling author Donna Lynn Thomas has taught quiltmaking since 1981. She’s seen (and fixed) it all. Now she’s gathered her know-how into a must-have book: Quiltmaking Essentials 1. In it, you’ll discover time-tested techniques for rotary cutting, pressing, and machine piecing—the trio of techniques that lead to well-behaved quilt blocks!

    If you want patchwork blocks that promise to play nice every time, it’s well worth the effort to learn (or re-learn) the essentials. Today we’re thrilled that Donna is here as a guest blogger to tell us more about her latest book. Welcome, Donna!


    Donna Lynn ThomasI’m SO excited about Quiltmaking Essentials 1 and hope you will be too. Bet you noticed that little old “1” sitting at the end of the title, eh? As an astute reader I bet you noticed that subtitle too. Well, volume 1 is all about cutting, piecing, pressing, and block construction. And Quiltmaking Essentials 2 is on its way. It’ll be in your hands in early 2015 and takes you to the last stitch on your bindings.

    Yes, I admit—I’m all about precision! Precision is getting a bad rap these days, dismissed as an obsessive thing. To correct this undeserved image, I explain to my students that precision isn’t about pleasing the quilt police. It’s about developing good skills and habits to make the piecing process more enjoyable.

    After all, Van Gogh first had to learn how to prepare his canvas, use and care for his brushes properly, mix paints, use the right paints for the desired effect, and much more in order to create his masterpieces. Once his essential skills were mastered and became second nature, he could focus completely on the creative process.

    Tip box from Quiltmaking Essentials IBy the same token, a quilter will enjoy creating her own masterpieces if she isn’t frustrated by pieces and blocks that don’t fit together properly. Her skills should be second nature as well so she can enjoy hours of frustration-free and happy sewing. This is where Quiltmaking Essentials 1 comes in.

    Loaded with tip boxes (see right), the book will travel with you as you learn and grow as a quilter, teaching the basics but also delving into essentials beyond the basics such as cutting and sewing diamonds, set-in seams (they are NOT as scary as people think they are), and much more. And lefties are not forgotten either.

    Quilt how-to for left-handed people
    From
    Quiltmaking Essentials I: illustrations for righties AND lefties!

    But of all the things we need to master, there’s one skill that’s often neglected or underplayed: pressing.

    Quilting with a pressing planPressing you ask? What’s there to know about pressing? An iron, a surface, some electricity, and away you go, right? Well, there’s more to know about pressing than you might think! How wonderful is it when all the seams meeting at an intersection end up pressed in opposite directions? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if strip sets didn’t curve and those half-square-triangle units stayed square? Ever wonder if you should press seams open as opposed to one side?

    In Quiltmaking Essentials 1, mysteries of the quilt-pressing universe are revealed! You’ll learn how to make a pressing plan for all your seams before setting out on that trip. You’ll learn things you didn’t know you needed to know.

    Beyond pressing, you’ll find so much information on all aspects of piecing packed into this 48 page book—oops, that’s wrong—it increased to 64 pages to fit everything in! You’ll want to keep it handy every time you set out to make a new quilt and try new skills.

    My hope is that your copy of Quiltmaking Essentials 1 will become so tattered and worn over the years that you’ll have to buy multiple copies, thus ensuring my ability to retire some day… Well actually, I truly do want you to enjoy many years of happy sewing!


    Donna, thanks for getting us fired up about adding smart techniques to our quilting tool belt!

    A pressing plan: always, sometimes…or never heard of it? Share your answer in the comments and you could win a copy of the Quiltmaking Essentials 1 eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

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

    “I love patterns which tell you how to press. If they don’t, I fumble around pressing and undressing. I would love to learn how to develop a pressing plan.”

    Riley, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


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  8. 5 hot trends from Spring Quilt Market 2014

    We searched every aisle of Spring Quilt Market (a wholesale show that quilt shop owners attend) to see what’s hot. Here are five top trends that you’ll soon see coming to quilt shops:

    1. On fabric, in quilt designs, BUTTERFLIES were everywhere! They were most definitely the “special species.” You couldn’t flutter by a booth without seeing them, including our booth, where we featured Kristin Roylance’s “Butterfly Kisses” quilt from Cute Quilts for Kids. (A distant second were the perennial faves—woodland creatures.)

    Butterfly Kisses quilt from Cute Quilts for Kids

    Patchwork Loves Embroidery2. EMBROIDERY—You won’t have any trouble keeping yourself and your friends in stitches through spring. Whether it was the basic backstitch, the running stitch, or more elaborate textural embroidery stitches, you couldn’t miss seeing it in every aisle and on a variety of surfaces.

    Need a go-to embroidery book to help you get started? Check out Gail Pan’s Patchwork Loves Embroidery, filled with a delightfully charming array of patterns.

    3. Vendors were definitely warming up to WOOL again in a big way. We spotted more earthy, dark tones than brights and lights, but even so, there’s a hue for everyone. And while there were plenty of all-wool projects, we also spotted a trend of combining cotton and wool. Want to see what that might look like? Check out My Enchanted Garden by Gretchen Gibbons.

    From My Enchanted Garden
    Detail of Gretchen’s “My Enchanted Garden” quilt, which hung in our Quilt Market booth

    Beyond Neutral4. Are you neutral on neutrals? You might not be when you start thinking of them in colorful new ways. The “New Neutral of the Market” award goes to…BLUE. That’s right. Blue was the new neutral in oh-so-many quilts on display. It’s said that blue is America’s favorite color, so why not adopt it into your decor?

    Want to visualize what blue as a “neutral” might look like? John Q. Adams’s Beyond Neutral cover quilt tells the story well. (On the color front, they might not be trends yet, but a couple of oft-seen color combos: coral + blue and gray + mint.)

    5. STRIPE IT RICH! Stripes continue to make a strong showing, but there were more complex stripes than we’ve seen before. Stripes made of colorful dots, measuring tapes as stripes…you get the picture. Make sure to stock up your stash with a few stripes. If you’re unsure how to incorporate them in a quilt, think about using them in bindings.

    Discover three ways to use stripes to finish your quilts with Happy Endings, our best-selling book of finishing techniques for quilt edges.

    Striped bindings from Happy Endings


    Are you a trend-spotter too? What’s hot in your local quilt shop right now? We’d love to hear from you!


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  9. 7 quick gifts to sew for Dad

    Father’s Day is Sunday, June 15. Feeling gift-stumped?

    Sure, time’s ticking. But if you’ve got an hour here and there to spare, there’s still plenty of time to stitch a special gift. Our gift ideas for dads are quick enough to sew in less than a weekend, and yes, macho enough to impress even the manliest of men.

    Now, we know that our female designers often use brights, florals, pastels—PINK!—in the projects they create. If you have a hard time seeing beyond the colors and fabrics presented in a project, we offer you this palette to work from:

    Neutrals--the perfect color palette for Father's Day!
    Color palette from Modern Neutrals—an unusually guy-friendly quilt book!

    You simply can’t go wrong with neutrals for guys, right? Search your stash for these hues, add a sprinkle of Dad’s favorite color to the fabric pile, and you’ll be ready to sew.

    Here’s to celebrating Dad with something handmade and from the heart!


    7 quick gifts to sew for Dad

    Tech Dad
    Got a Dad’s who’s never without his iPad? Personalize a tablet cover that he’ll use every day. A flannel piece inside the cover gives added protection to the screen.

    Color Block iPad Cover
    Get the “Color-Block iPad Cover” pattern in
    Sew Gifts!

    What dad wouldn’t want a quilt made in his honor? We love Amy Ellis’s “Circuit Board” quilt not only for its cool geometric design, but also because it’s made of simple repeat blocks. Whip up a small wall quilt for Dad’s office with just a few blocks, or stitch a larger lap quilt for couch time.

    Circuit Board quilt
    Get the pattern for “Circuit Board” in
    Modern Neutrals

    Coffee Dad
    Know a dad who’s crazy for coffee? Sew one or both of these coffee-friendly projects. You can repurpose one of dad’s old sweaters to make the coffee cozy! Include a gift card to his favorite java joint.

    Coffee gift ideas for dads
    Find the “Recycled Wool Cup Cozy” pattern in
    Sew the Perfect Gift; find the “I ♥ Coffee French-Press Cozy” pattern in The New Handmade or get the ePattern here.

    Chef Dad
    If you know a dad who loves to cook or barbecue, make him a signature set of kitchen staples to bring out his inner foodie. Create this quick-to-sew potholder and oven mitt in more masculine colors: think contrasting blues, taupes and browns, or even black and white.

    Gift ideas for dad--pot holder and oven mitt
    See both projects in
    The New Handmade or download the individual ePatterns here and here.

    On-the-Go Dad
    If the dad you’re sewing for is like many dads, he carries only the essentials when he’s out and about: keys, plastic, and cash. This nifty little design holds all three. Consider light and dark grays, browns, or blacks to mimic a man’s leather wallet.

    Card and Key Wallet
    Get the “Card Key and Wallet” pattern in
    Sew Gifts! (+ 24 more fun gift ideas)

    What have you made for your dad in years past? Share your gift ideas!


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  10. Making half-square triangles? Never skip this step (+ sale!)

    Detail from 40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts
    Look—half-square triangles surrounded by half-square triangles!

    How many ways can you make a half-square triangle? Quilters have dreamed up loads of techniques for stitching this humble little unit. Some methods focus on simplicity, while others focus on accuracy. But it’s no wonder that there are so many homages to this simple building block: it’s the workhorse behind oodles of patterns.

    Half-square triangle quilt-block patterns
    From a basic Pinwheel block (left) to dramatic Framed Squares (right), half-square triangles are an important part of many patchwork puzzles.

    There’s one important step in making half-square triangles that’s essential to success: squaring up your units. Skip this step and you may find yourself with a maddening mass of mismatched points! Here’s a simple way to quickly get the job done.

    QUICK TIP: HIP TO BE SQUARE
    To trim half-square triangles to the correct finished size, use a square ruler with a 45° diagonal guide (like the Bias Square® ruler below). Place the diagonal line of the ruler on the diagonal seam of the unit and trim the two sides as shown.Bias Square by Nancy J. Martin

    Try a variety of half-square triangle techniques by making quilts from the books below.

    Evelyn Sloppy’s favorite method: layered squares

    Start with two oversized squares to produce two half-square triangles at a time—a real timesaver.

    From 40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts
    “It’s a Guy Thing”

    See this quilt + 39 more in 40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts.

    Ilene Bartos’ favorite method: sew and flip

    Ilene features no less than NINE ways to make half-square triangles in her book Maple Leaf Quilts. The benefit of using the sew-and-flip technique? You can eliminate cutting and sewing triangles altogether.

    From Maple Leaf Quilts
    Scrappy Leaves”

    See this quilt + 11 more in Maple Leaf Quilts.

    Country Threads’ favorite method: tried-and-true traditional

    The original half-square triangle technique goes waaay back, and it’s what Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene, the design duo known as Country Threads, rely on in their bestseller Quilts from Aunt Amy. The technique is a favorite of scrap quilters because it’s an easy way to use up small pieces.

    From Quilts from Aunt Amy
    “Flying Bats”

    See this quilt + 19 more in Quilts from Aunt Amy.


    What’s your favorite way to make half-square triangles? Share what works for you in the comments!


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