1. Go BIG or go home: 5 titles in our “BIG BOOK” series are on sale!

    These aren’t just any quilt books on sale: these are BIG BOOKS on sale!

    5 BIG BOOKS on sale!

    Our “BIG BOOKS” are packed with inspiration from some of today’s most popular designers, all for just pennies per pattern! Don’t miss your chance to stock up on select BIG BOOKS through Sunday, February 19. (And remember, when you buy the print book at ShopMartingale.com, you instantly get the eBook for FREE.)


    The Big Book of Scrappy Quilts77 PATTERNS! The Big Book of Scrappy Quilts

    There’s not a scrap stash around that can outlive this indispensable resource! This colossal collection features patterns from Kim Brackett, Kim Diehl, Country Threads, and many more.

    From Amazon: “They weren’t kidding when they named this book. It is BIG! I want to make every one! If you love to quilt and need a stash-busting book, this book is it.”

    The Big Book of Baby Quilts87 PATTERNS! The Big Book of Baby Quilts

    One book of delightful quilt patterns to make for all those beautiful babies you know—with enough ideas for their babies and their babies’ babies! Sweet designs come from Nancy Mahoney, Mary Hickey, Nancy Martin, and more.

    From ShopMartingale.com: “I can’t get over the variety of baby quilts that they’ve included here—there’s appliqué and curved piecing and prairie points and rickrack and chenille . . . I could see a charity quilter working her way through the whole book!”

    The Big Book of Nickel Quilts40 PATTERNS! The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

    Got 5″ charms or scraps? Then you’ve GOT to get this book! Many “charming” quiltmaking adventures await when you have so many charm-square quilt patterns at the ready.

    From ShopMartingale: “A must-have book for anyone who enjoys working with 5″ charm precuts, using fabric from your stash, or even swapping scrap fabrics with others . . . your book of go-to designs for scrap busting and making beautiful quilts.”

    Perfect Quilts for Precut Fabrics64 PATTERNS! Perfect Quilts for Precut Fabrics

    (Don’t let the title fool you—this is a BIG book too!)

    A staggering 64 quilt patterns for most every precut you own—or will ever own. Enjoy patterns from Carrie Nelson (aka Miss Rosie), Me and My Sister Designs, Country Threads, Amy Ellis, and more.

    From Amazon: “I have loads of Jelly Rolls, charm packs, and fat quarters. I swear this book was made for me. A compilation of the best precut quilts . . . a super addition to your quilt library.”

    The Big Book of Patchwork50 PATTERNS! The Big Book of Patchwork

    Classic crib quilts, lap quilts, bed quilts and more, all featuring the fast cutting and piecing techniques that beloved quilt designer Judy Hopkins is famous for.

    From Amazon.com: “Judy Hopkins is a great author. All of her books give very clear, concise directions and the patterns are fabulous!”


    What’s been your BIG quilting kick so far in 2017: precut quilts, baby quilts, scrappy quilts? Tell us in the comments!

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  2. 🐮Miss Rosie’s stitchin’ at the farmhouse!🐴(+ fabric giveaway!)

    When Miss Rosie puts needle to fabric, magic happens.

    From Miss Rosie's Farmhouse Favorites

    That’s why so many quilters are in love with Miss Rosie—she’s also known as best-selling author Carrie Nelson. And we can’t wait to give you a few peeks inside her latest book, Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites!

    Miss Rosie's Farmhouse Favorites

    Carrie’s quilts are chock-full of familiar blocks that quilters love, and she’s nothing short of a master of scrappy style. As you turn the pages of Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites, you’ll be whisked away to a place where scrap quilts feel right at home—at the farmhouse, where the pace is unhurried, the surroundings are serene, and scrappy patchwork quilts are aplenty. Take a look:



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    How would it feel to mix scraps like Carrie does, be a pro at print and pattern play, combine colors so effortlessly? You’ll find out with this collection of popular patterns, curated by Carrie herself—and they’re all fat-quarter friendly! A dozen big, beautiful quilt projects come with ideas for enlarging or reducing them to the size you like best. Patterns are written as if Carrie’s sitting right next to you, telling you why she did or didn’t do something (and why you should heed her tales!). Best of all? The book comes with the witty prose and funny stories you’ve come to know and love from Carrie’s other books.

    Due South quilt
    Due South quilt

    We asked (okay, begged) Carrie to share a few of her favorite tips for choosing fabrics for scrappy quilts. She obliged in her own creative way—read on for a few of her scrap-tastic secrets!

    BUT FIRST . . .


    FABRIC GIVEAWAY! We asked Carrie to create a one-of-a-kind fat-quarter bundle using Moda fabrics as her muse (because when Carrie’s wearing her other creative hat, she’s the blog and social-media guru for Moda Fabrics). And of course—because it’s how Miss Rosie rolls—she gave us TWO bundles to give away to you!

    Moda fabric giveaway #1
    Bundle #1: a rainbow of pretty Moda prints

    Moda fabric giveaway #2
    Bundle #2: a collection of prints perfect for patriotic patchwork

    Learn how you can win one of these extraordinary bundles—with fabric hand-picked by Carrie herself—plus a copy of Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites at the end of the post.


    Carrie Nelson (and the original Miss Rosie)I think quilts are stories. You know how folks like to say, “(insert name of activity here) is a microcosm of life”? Well, I think most things are. Maybe everything. When we start something new, we wish we knew everything . . . then we think we do . . . then we realize we don’t. My quilt stories run the gamut from short to long, adventurous to wonderfully comfortable, comically funny to “What was I thinking?” (Five yards of pea-green solid . . . I should’ve seen that train wreck coming.)

    When it comes to picking fabric for scrap quilts, the stories are the same. Some days you can wing it and things work out perfectly, and other days you work really, really hard and the results are “nice.” It takes time, thought, and—ugh—a bit of experience to get better.

    Raise the Roof quilt
    Raise the Roof quilt

    I think the most important thing is to know is yourself. What do you like? When you see a quilt you love, have you ever studied it to figure out why you love it? Is it the color palette—every color of the rainbow or monochromatic? Are the colors muted or dramatic? Are the prints all the same scale or is there a mix—big florals mixed with tiny geometric prints? Is there a theme, or does the quilt have an “everything but the kitchen sink” look?

    Wayne and Gordy quilt
    Wayne and Gordy quilt

    I like using prints—the more the better—and I prefer prints with color on them. Tone-on-tone prints are necessary for the overall mix, but most of my favorite fabrics for scrap quilts have at least three colors. I also use a lot of large-scale prints because they add variety when cut into small pieces.

    Three Barns quilt
    Three Barns quilt (+ a wooly farmhouse friend!)

    Once I’ve started choosing fabrics for a quilt, there are two things I’ve learned to do that I think are important. First, don’t arrange your fabrics by color or shade—mix them all up. That’s how they’re going to look in your quilt. If a fabric or color only goes with one or two other pieces, mixing them is how you’ll see that. And second, before you take that piece out, add a few more scraps in a similar color. Sometimes that fabric just needs a friend or two for balance.


    Miss Rosie's Farmhouse FavoritesThanks for sharing your scrappy wisdom with us, Carrie!

    So, how do you choose fabric when making a scrappy quilt?

    a) I head to my scrap bin—which is actually a closet. I have more than enough to work with!

    b) I head for my fat quarters—and might zoom by the quilt shop for a few more.

    c) I don’t have a scrap stash yet, but Miss Rosie’s quilts are inspiring me to start one!

    Tell us your answer in the comments and you could win one of the hand-picked fat-quarter bundles from Carrie and our friends at Moda Fabrics plus a copy of Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites! We’ll choose two random winners one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    Good luck—and remember, when you buy the book at ShopMartingale.com, you get to instantly download the eBook for free.

    Comments are closed for this post.

    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winners are Maureen and Rita.

    Maureen says, “I use a combination of fabrics from my scrap stash and fat quarters to find the right colours for my quilts.”

    Rita says, “My fat quarter stash is huge, so I challenge myself to see how I can downsize to create a new spin on a quilt.  Love scrap quilts from stash.”

    Winners, we’ll email you about your prizes—congratulations!

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  3. 🌞Yoo-hoo warm weather, where are yoooou?🌷(Stitch it and it will come)

    Isn’t winter wonderful . . . at the beginning? That first snowflake; a blanket of fluffy white; a fresh, brisk bite to the air.

    And then February arrives.

    Oh, the hearts! The flowers! (Not to mention the chocolates!)

    And suddenly, that familiar yearning returns: to spot a patch of green grass, to take in the scent of freshly turned soil, to find the first flower petals poking up from the ground. We begin to realize—could it be?—that winter is coming to a close.

    And the countdown to spring begins!

    Daffodil Tote Bag
    Daffodil Tote Bag from
    Nature’s Beauty in Appliqué by Susan Taylor Propst

    From My Enchanted GardenSometimes the last weeks of winter can feel like years—but if you incorporate activities to enjoy while you’re waiting for warmer weather, they can whizz by. What do we quilters do? We thread our needles to sew the sun, we gather our fabrics to grow some flowers, and we create light and bright quilts to celebrate the coming of spring.

    Today we’re sharing a few fun ways to stay happy during the last weeks of winter. Choose your favorite springtime scene below and stitch an ode to the season of new beginnings—we guarantee it will get you through these last 35 days until spring.

    Who knows? If we all sew together, spring just might decide to arrive early this year!


    Bring back the birds and bunnies

    Spring Blossoms from A Change of Seasons by Bonnie Sullivan

    Spring Blossoms
    Gather your hand-dyed wools to make this sweet springtime scene; all you need to finish your piece is foam-core board and a rustic frame.

    Stitch some showy bouquets

    Rebecca’s Quilt from Here Comes Spring by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks

    Rebecca's Quilt
    What a showstopper for spring! We love how Jeanne and Shelley use rickrack to add life to their flower stems—check out their how-to video on how to sew rickrack on quilts (*sew* easy).

    Celebrate the spirit of the season

    My Enchanted Garden (from the book of the same name) by Gretchen Gibbons

    My Enchanted Garden quilt
    Gretchen used yummy felted wools and her favorite bird, animal, and flower motifs to create this sonnet to spring—simply a masterpiece! But don’t be fooled. No-fray wool makes this beauty easier to stitch than you might think.

    Stitch a springtime wreath

    Rose Wreath from A Paper-Pieced Garden by Maaike Bakker and Françoise Maarse

    Rose Wreath quilt
    Whether spread on a table, draped over a sofa, or hung on the front door, this long-lasting wreath will spread springtime cheer. In the book you’ll find other ways to personalize your wreath—make one for every season!

    Wreath quilts
    More wreaths from
    A Paper-Pieced Garden

    Invite spring to the table

    Iris Table Runner from Nature’s Beauty in Appliqué by Susan Taylor Propst

    Iris Table Runner
    Susan chose a dark hue for the pieced background of this runner, and it gives her pretty purple flowers extra sparkle and pop.

    Fuse a fabulous flower garden

    Crepe-Paper Poppies from Flower Show Quilts by Lynn Ann Majidimehr

    Crepe-Paper Poppies quilt
    Lynn was inspired to design this dazzler when she was reminded of a childhood art project—making paper poppies for Mother’s Day. Fusible appliqué makes the design easier than it looks. Doesn’t the patchwork make a perfect backdrop for these flowers?


    We hope we inspired you with our sewing-for-spring roundup! For more flower quilt patterns, check out our “Flowers” category of books at ShopMartingale.com.

    What excites you most about spring: the riot of colors, the return to the outdoors, the rising temperatures? Tell us in the comments!

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  4. 5 reasons why your Splendid Sampler blocks aren’t done (we feel you!)

    Can you believe it? It’s been almost a year since The Splendid Sampler Sew-Along began! On February 14, 2016, Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson launched a spectacular sew-along featuring 80+ designers who shared 100 beautiful quilt-block patterns. The sew-along has been spreading the joys of quilting across the globe ever since.

    Jane Davidson and Pat Sloan
    Jane Davidson and Pat Sloan

    Thousands of new and seasoned quilters (25,235 quilters, to be exact!) joined the Splendid Sampler Facebook group and quilted along: two blocks every week for an entire year. What a fantastic journey it has been!


    “Where else can 20,000+ women and men from

    all over the world come together and quilt together at the same time?

    It’s like a universal language that we all understand.”

    —Gloria Galiana, Facebook


    If you’re hearing about the Splendid Sampler for the first time and are disappointed that you might have missed the fun, no worries. All 100 blocks from the sew-along are available in The Splendid Sampler book, coming April 4!

    The Splendid Sampler

    For those of you who have been quilting along . . . we get it. Perhaps you didn’t reach your goal of making all 100 blocks in one year. But take heart—we know you’re not alone. At least three Martingale staffers tried it and fell behind too! We wondered if you might share some of our reasons for not quite making it to the finish line.

    1. I started, got distracted, and forgot to restart. I need a do-over! Am I the only one?

    Oh, we know the feeling. Get up to find something in the next room, then can’t remember what you went in after. No need to feel alone. With The Splendid Sampler book, you’ll have all the how-to you need (plus more resources at the Splendid Sampler website). Yes, you can finish—all the Splendids are cheering you on! Plus, you can pick the perfect order for YOU to complete them in. See what strikes your fancy. Two a week? Maybe. Two in a day? Possibly? Too many ideas? Never! You’ll love the variety. Ready, set, sew!

    Blocks from The Splendid Sampler
    Blocks from
    The Splendid Sampler

    2. I can handle sewing two blocks a week; but oh, my organizational skills!

    Sewing two blocks a week is doable. But sewing 100 blocks in a year—with different patterns, supplies, and fabrics for each design—can be a test even for the most organized quilter. We’re happy to report your administrative assistant is (almost!) ready to report for duty, and she’ll be available any time you’re ready to sew: you guessed it, The Splendid Sampler book! You can go at your own pace and find plenty of time to organize in a way that works for you.

    Blocks from The Splendid Sampler
    More blocks from
    The Splendid Sampler

    3. Another (and another, and another) quilt distracted me!

    Oh boy do we get it—so many quilts, so little time! With The Splendid Sampler book you’ll easily be able to sandwich a block or two in between more pressing projects.

    4. My three-ring binder is stuffed to the hilt—and I ran out of printer ink and page protectors somewhere along the way . . .

    No need for those extras anymore! The Splendid Sampler book’s got your binder, page protectors, and printer ink all wrapped up into one neat and tidy book that will fit perfectly alongside other quilt books in your bookcase.

    Blocks from The Splendid Sampler
    More blocks from
    The Splendid Sampler

    5. Um … I just started!

    Okay, so you’re one year late and 100 blocks short. No worries! The Splendid Sampler was made for everyone, first-comers and latecomers alike. There’ll be plenty of quilters just starting their blocks along with you—so share yours on the Splendid Sampler Facebook page. All the quilters playing along will be waiting to welcome you.

    The Splendid Sampler designers
    Some of the Splendid Sampler designers gathered at Fall 2016 International Quilt Market for a photo shoot!

    Valentine’s Day 2016 marked the kickoff of The Splendid Sampler Sew-Along; and you can bet that this Valentine’s Day there will be a big celebration. Be sure to visit the Splendid Sampler website this Tuesday—there’s lots more fun to be had!

    In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re sneak-peeking this completed quilt from the book in romantic red and white:

    30-Block Red-and-White quilt
    30-Block Red-and-White quilt by Tammy Vonderschmitt

    Seriously, we want to make a Splendid Sampler quilt in every color!

    The book arrives in just 59 days (yes, we’re counting!) and we can’t wait to share more of it with you! Until then, browse The Splendid Sampler on our website and put the book on your wish list, or sign up to be notified as soon as the book is available.

    The Splendid Sampler

    Pat and Jane will be posting the blocks all over again in 2017, so you can enjoy making them with The Splendid Sampler book at your side!


    “The Splendid Sampler has broadened my quilt life in a hugely global way.

    I’m thrilled to learn new techniques and skills, and I love seeing what others

    around the world have done. The Splendid Sampler has become a personal

    journey that I treasure. Thank you to all the designers!”

    —Tucks N. Frills, Facebook


    Were you a part of the Splendid Sampler Sew-Along this past year, or are you ready to get started now? Tell us in the comments!

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  5. Kim Diehl + Jo Morton = a simply spectacular friendship 👭 (+ big fabric giveaway!)

    What could be more fun than making quilts? Making quilts with friends—and with quilting superstars Kim Diehl and Jo Morton by your side!

    Simple Friendships

    The wait to share this book with you has been almost unbearable for us. We are sooooo excited that today is the day we can reveal the beauty of a very special friendship—and a quiltmaking dream team: Kim and Jo!

    From Simple Friendships

    Kim and Jo bring together their signature styles in Simple Friendships, a book bursting with exquisite quilts to make with friends. Kim and Jo chose six of their all-time favorite blocks for exchanges; then each designed six quilts using those blocks, plus a sampler quilt that incorporates all six blocks. The results are breathtaking. You’ll learn how easy it is to form an exchange group with Kim and Jo’s advice. Instructions include options for making an entire quilt solo and making just one block at a time (perfect for exchanges). Friends, guilds, bees, online exchanges, and more—invite everyone to sew along and build lasting friendships while stitching these dazzling quilts!

    Kim and Jos Basket block quilts
    Basket block: Jo’s Berry Baskets quilt is on the left; Kim’s Cake in the Cabin quilt is on the right.

    We feel so lucky—we got to ask Kim and Jo our burning questions about the book, and their answers are below. Get chummy with these patchwork pals; then check out the a-ma-zing giveaway at the end of this post!

    Ladies, welcome back to Stitch This!


    Stitch This!: How did the two of you get together to write Simple Friendships? Did you know each other as friends before you joined creative forces?

    Kim DiehlKim: For years before we met I worshipped Jo from afar (yes, I will happily admit I was a groupie). We were both busy traveling and teaching and it seemed like we were often at the same guilds and events, but never at the same time. Until one day we WERE in the same place at the same time! I remember getting ready for our very first meeting and being so excited that I had to keep chanting to myself, “Act normal, act normal, act normal.” Our quiltmaking styles are different but complementary, and after years of dreaming about the idea of a blended book I finally suggested it to Jo. But we were both so busy and lived so many miles apart, we couldn’t make it happen. And then Martingale worked some magic!

    Jo MortonJo: About four years ago, Kim and I emailed each other about writing a book. But due to our busy schedules, it wasn’t coming together. When Jennifer Keltner joined Martingale, she resurrected the book concept and talked to both of us. She said, “How about friendship quilts?” How does one say no to Jennifer? By then Kim and I had pulled back from our busy teaching schedules, so it turned out to be great timing.

    Liberty Star quilt
    Star block: Liberty Star quilt by Kim

    ST!: How did you dream up block and project ideas for Simple Friendships—did you get together and have a block-brainstorming session to bounce ideas off each other?

    Kim: During the early planning stages of the book we both happened to be in Houston for Quilt Market. We got together, grabbed some Starbucks, and began tossing ideas around. Right from the start we were on the same page, and everything just fell into place. The hardest thing was having to whittle down our favorite blocks to only six when there are so many that we love. I thought it might come down to arm wrestling or rock, paper, scissors, but with a little give and take we got it handled.

    Jo: After our initial coffee chat in Houston, we followed up with lots of emails and a few phone calls. We sent pictures back and forth, asking “What do you think?” and saying, “This is what I’m doing!” The Internet is a wonderful tool, not always a time waster. Kim added her beautiful appliqué skills to her projects. I mostly sew patchwork quilts; I do get diverted from time to time with appliqué, but not on a regular basis like my friend. Kim lives in Idaho, and I live in Nebraska. We’re 991 miles apart, so it’s hard to meet up for coffee very often. Thank goodness Kim went to Quilt Market!

    Blueberry Buckle quilt
    King’s Crown block: Blueberry Buckle quilt by Jo

    ST!: There’s a section in Simple Friendships containing helpful guidelines for block exchanges. Can you share some of your best tips for starting and maintaining a quilt group?

    Kim: Because of my super busy schedule I admit it’s been a while since I’ve been part of a sewing group, but working on this book with Jo brought those memories flooding back and the experience felt very similar. Having a love of quilting is what will bring you together as a group, but establishing and agreeing upon realistic guidelines is what will keep you happy. To me, the single most important aspect of any swap is to clearly define color preferences, especially for scrappy exchanges, because color can be so subjective. And equally important, let the group know of any color you strongly DISLIKE (which we don’t usually think to do). If bubblegum pink is going to kill your buzz, speak up!

    Ruby Jubille sampler quilt
    Ruby Jubilee sampler quilt by Kim

    Jo: Thanks to Betsy Chutchian, I was lucky enough to get involved with several “unofficial” block exchanges put on by the 19th-Century Patchwork Divas. I made some good friends. That’s how I learned about block exchanges and how they work. One tip I suggest is to appoint a “hostess” for your exchange. A hostess makes sure everyone receives materials lists and instructions for making the block, and she also establishes deadlines. The hostess receives and distributes finished blocks to members. The hostess is of mega importance!

    Parkersburg quilt
    Yankee Puzzle block: Parkersburg quilt by Jo

    ST!: Tell us about your favorite block in the book and your favorite quilt (yes, we’re going to make you choose!).

    Kim: Noooo . . . this is like having to choose a favorite child or pet. But if my arm were to be twisted, I’d admit that the Warm Regards quilt made with the Old Italian block is my favorite (shhh, don’t tell the other quilts!). Jo introduced me to this block, and it immediately jumped right to the top of my “love it” list. Each block was an adventure in color and gave me some unexpected surprises, and the appliqué was a blast to stitch. But the very best part? Scads of yo-yos!

    Warm Regards quilt
    Old Italian block: Warm Regards quilt by Kim

    Jo: Hmm, that is hard. Favorite quilt block? I always like stars and baskets, and I also love medallions. You’re asking a quiltmaking mom to say this is my favorite child/quilt! I think my favorite quilt is whatever quilt I’m currently making. The current quilt has my full attention. I enjoy the process of getting my quilt to where I love it. I don’t draw designs on paper and then sew. I sew blocks, play with them on the design wall, and then play with assorted fabrics for the setting and borders until it all comes together.

    Twilight quilt by Jo
    Star block: Twilight quilt by Jo


    Thanks for sharing the scoop about your new book, Kim and Jo!

    Now, about that gorgeous fabric giveaway. . .

    Our friends at Henry Glass & Co. gave us a big, beautiful bundle of Kim’s latest line of fabric, called Katie’s Cupboard . . .

    Henry Glass fabric giveaway!
    Head over to the Henry Glass blog for another grand giveaway today!

    And our buddies at Moda Fabrics sent us a pretty pack of Jo’s latest fabric line, called Reflections . . .

    Moda fabric giveaway!

    And we get to give them away to you!

    For your chance to win one of the bundles PLUS your very own copy of Simple Friendships, tell us:

    When it comes to quilt-block exchanges:

    a) I’m seasoned—I love quilting with friends.
    b) I’m sporadic: I split my quilting time between my friends and me, myself, and I.
    c) I’m new to exchanges, but I think I need some “simple friendships” in my life!

    Tell us your answer in the comments—we’ll choose two random winners one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And remember, when you buy Simple Friendships at ShopMartingale.com, you get to instantly download the eBook for free! Yippee!

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    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winners are Jane and M.

    Jane says, “I’m a new quilter, so I am definitely a ‘C.’  I’m a big history buff and have read quite a few historical books mentioning friendship quilts, and, scrappy quilts with blocks made by friends, neighbors and family for a gift.  I’d love to do this!”

    M says, “I’m somewhere between sporadic and seasoned. My daughter and I have been quilting together for some time. Our quilting experience began with my aunts getting together with my Mom, and making quilts. They had a wooden frame they used to tie the quilts. After each quilt was made, one of them, would make a note on the frame, the date and who the quilt was for. I have the frame now. My daughter and I used the frame when we first started making quilts. Since then we have advanced to different methods. I hope, one day, my daughter will continue quilting and want the frame.”

    We’ll email you about your prizes, winners—congratulations!

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  6. Wish List Day! Moda All-Stars, 4″ x 5″ blocks, free-motion 1-2-3 (+ giveaway!)

    We’re back for our favorite day of the month: it’s Wish List Day! We can’t wait to show you sneak peeks of books coming from Martingale in March—tell us which one is your favorite book and you could win it!

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

    Moda All-Stars: Lucky Charm QuiltsModa All-Stars: Lucky Charm Quilts
    17 Delightful Patterns for Precut 5″ Squares
    Compiled by Lissa Alexander

    Oh yes we did—you love the Moda All-Stars series of books so much, we’re publishing book #4! In Lucky Charm Quilts, you’ll find dazzling quilts from some of Moda’s most popular designers, all made with 5″ charm squares. Chapters are organized by how many charm packs to use: one, two, or three. And guess what? Each designer had to stick to one important rule: use at least 80% of the charm pack. So no worries about waste! Click here to see beautiful charm quilts from Laurie Simpson, Lisa Bongean, Jenny Doan, Pat Sloan, Jen Kingwell, and more—they’re magically delightful! 🍀

    Prairie Nights quilt
    Stitches from the Garden author Kathy Schmitz has *charmed* us with Prairie Nights, a quilt she designed for Lucky Charm Quilts. So dramatic and elegant!

    Alex's Lemonade Stand FoundationAs with all our Moda All-Stars books, your purchase will make you a lucky charm for others. All royalties for the book will be donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising funds for research into new treatments and cures for all children battling cancer.

    See more charming quilts from the All-Stars >


    The 4" x 5" Quilt-Block AnthologyThe 4″ x 5″ Quilt-Block Anthology
    182 Blocks for Reproduction Fabrics
    Carol Hopkins and Linda M. Koenig

    Coming soon: a decidedly different quilt-block book! Perfect for your reproduction fabrics, this timeless collection is packed with 180+ block designs in a size that makes them simply spectacular: 4″ x 5″. This 208-page, pattern-packed volume is based on blocks that started as a challenge in the authors’ Indiana quilt group: design 4″ × 5″ quilt blocks using reproduction fabrics in blue, black, red, and double pink. Boy did they meet the challenge! Pore over scrap-tastic fabric choices with a close-up photo of each block; then get inspired to set your blocks with several examples of magnificent sampler quilts. You’ll never run short of ideas for transforming the blocks from this stunning anthology into heirloom-worthy works of art.

    Linda M. Koenig passed away shortly before this book went to press, saddening all of us who worked with her. Despite being ill, Linda, along with her good friend Carol Hopkins, put great effort into making this book a superb resource for lovers of reproduction fabrics and seekers of both classic and unusual block patterns. We’re grateful that she did.

    Small Town Parade quilt
    Small Town Parade pieced by Garnet Roesel and quilted by Lisa Ramsey

    See all the blocks from the Anthology >


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    61 Designs to Finish Your Quilts with Flair
    Lori Kennedy

    If you need to fill up a quilt quickly—and you want the quilting to be as much a part of your quilt’s personality as your piecing—start here! Hang 61 free-motion designs on your quilting tool belt with help from quilting pro Lori Kennedy. Learn to quilt flowers, leaves, tiny houses, and SO many more of the whimsical motifs Lori is known for on your home sewing machine with step-by-step, close-up photography instead of illustrations—the photos make it easy to understand how each motif is created and how to reproduce it. A concealed spiral binding keeps your book flat as you learn, and Lori’s 12-step setup routine guarantees you’ll achieve success right from the start.

    Sample page from Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3
    Sample page from
    Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3

    See more of Lori’s designs—easy as 1-2-3 >


    So, which book would make your March marvelous? Tell us 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 thanks for browsing our newest books today!

    New books from Martingale

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

    "They’re all appealing! But I think I’d like to try the 4″x 5″ Anthology."

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

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  7. Scrappy Nine Patch quilt block tutorial (+ the one clever step you’re missing)

    Detail of Gradations quiltOnce in a while we come across a piecing technique we hadn’t heard about before—just goes to show that even after 40 years, there’s always something new to learn! We’re excited to share this little tweak to a technique you’ve likely used many times before: chain piecing.

    The video below focuses on a scrappy version of a Nine Patch quilt block, but you can use the technique with many different block designs. So if you’re drowning in scraps (and we know many of you are), skip the strip piecing and make your own super scrappy Nine Patch blocks—and learn a tip for keeping your squares and rows in the right order as you sew.


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

    This smart little tip comes from the book Block-Buster Quilts: I Love Nine Patches—take a look at some of the sensationally scrappy Nine Patch quilts you can create!

    Not So Plain Nine Patch quilt
    Not So Plain by Susan Ache

    Old Nine - Nine Patch quilt
    Old Nine by Tammy Vonderschmitt

    Bespoke Nine Patch quilt
    Bespoke by Corey Yoder

    Patches and Pomegranates Nine Patch quilt
    Patches and Pomegranates by Debbie Roberts

    See more from Block-Buster Quilts: I Love Nine Patches >


    A beautiful basic gets even better: don’t you just love it when that happens?

    So, is this chain-piecing technique new to you, or has it been in your quilting tool belt all along? Tell us in the comments!

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  8. We 💘 quilts! Perfect pairs of Valentine’s Day gifts for the loves in your life

    Thirties-Hearts-and-Arrows-quiltIt’s February 1st—almost time to shower all the darlings, dears, sweethearts, and honeys in your life with a special gift. And of course a gift from you will be the creative kind!

    We’ve rounded up some pretty (and pretty quick) projects to sew in plenty of time to bestow your adorations and affections on someone special—and they’re paired with add-on gift ideas that will give you more time with your loved ones. Your stash of reds, whites, and pinks await!

    💞 For your one true love

    Honor your one and only with a quilt full of hearts that you can display all through the year. Add a bouquet of flowers; then splurge on a romantic dinner or an indulgent couple’s massage.

    Three of Hearts quilt
    Download the Three of Hearts Wall Quilt ePattern
    by Ellen Pahl for $4.99.

    💞 For your BFF

    Pair one of these cute hand-sewn greeting cards with tickets for you and a friend to attend a play, musical, festival, museum, or other local event. You can both look forward to precious time together.

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    Download the Hi and Heart Greeting Cards ePattern
    for $3.99; download the movie-invite printable at Confetti and Bliss.

    💞 For your family peeps

    This tiny heart quilt is perfect for making in multiples—make one in each family member’s signature color. Add a basket of nom-nom goodies and enjoy a movie night at home!

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    Little Love quilt by Edyta Sitar, from the book
    Moda All-Stars Mini Marvels; Movie Night Snack Basket from A Tasteful Gift.

    💞 For your little loves

    Make a Valentine-hued quilt for your favorite kiddo; then venture out on the town for a fun movie night away from home! Bring the quilt you make so you can snuggle up at the show.

    Wish Upon a (Crazy) Star quilt
    Wish upon a (Crazy) Star quilt by Janet Nesbitt, from
    Crazy at the Cabin; theater image from clipartion.com.

    💞 For the littlest of littles

    A quilt to cuddle in and a book all about love to read: does Valentine’s Day get any better?

    Tender Hearts quilt
    Tender Hearts quilt by Mary Hickey, from
    The Big Book of Baby Quilts; Guess How Much I Love You available at Amazon.com.

    🐺 For your furry friends 🐶

    Don’t forget the ones who love you unconditionally, day in and day out: your pets!

    Comfy Pet Perch
    Comfy Pet Perch by Linda Turner Griepentrog, from the book
    Sew Much Fleece; turn up the love quotient by adding your pooch’s favorite treat.

    Kitty Tunnel and Toys
    Kitty Tunnel and Toys by Missy Shepler, from the book Sew Much Fleece; treat your cat to a fancy Valentine’s Day feast too!

    Do you like to celebrate Valentine’s Day by going out or staying in? Tell us in the comments!

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  9. Meet the quilter who made 366 quilt blocks in a year (spoiler alert: she’s awesome)

    Patricia-BryantMeet Patricia Bryant—Australian quilter extraordinaire who gave herself a challenge: make every block in Debby Kratovil’s Quilter’s Block-a-Day Calendar. That in itself would be a feat. But Patricia went one step further: she decided to sew a block for 366 days in a row. One block for each day in 2016.

    And guess what? SHE DID IT!!!

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    We were thrilled when Patricia began posting her daily quilt blocks to our Facebook page because we got to watch her journey unfold—and we got to marvel at her daily styled photos:

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    This collage represents only 80 of the 366 photos Patricia took of her blocks in 2016.

    Wondering what 366 quilt blocks look like all stacked up? Patricia knew you would:

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    We kept in contact with Patricia throughout the year. When her goal had been reached, we asked if she wouldn’t mind a little Q&A—because we all had questions. Did she use up her fabric stash? How did she stay inspired all year? How did she find the time? And WHAT is she going to do with all those blocks?

    Patricia was kind enough to answer those questions below. You can see all of Patricia’s beautiful blocks in this album on Facebook.


    Stitch This!: What inspired you to make every block in the Quilter’s Block-a-Day Calendar—one block a day for an entire year?

    Patricia: I didn’t start out to make all the blocks. I made the first one as a new beginning for 2016. I received the calendar as a gift from one of my craft-group friends. I enjoyed sewing the block for the first of January, and then the second of January, and then the first week, and then the first month. By the time I’d been sewing the blocks for about six weeks, friends and family started encouraging me to keep going. I thought I would, but only if it continued to be enjoyable. By about the six-month mark I found I was determined to finish the year!

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    A peek at Patricia’s blocks from January, February, and March

    ST!: Were all the blocks made from your fabric stash?

    Patricia: Yes. My mother and I began patchwork and quilting together in the mid-1980s, so we had ample time to amass sizeable stashes. When Mum passed away, I inherited her fabric stash. Sewing the blocks seemed like a good way to decrease the size of the combined stashes. However, having made 366 blocks, I can honestly say there is no discernible hole in the stash!

    ST!: What motivated you to keep on going each day?

    Patricia: Mainly two things: there were lots of people expressing enjoyment from seeing the blocks each day, and I felt that if I stopped, I would be letting them down. I was also sewing the blocks in memory of Mum, using her fabrics.

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    Blocks from April, May, and June—you’ll find
    lots of sweet animals in Patricia’s pics!

    ST!: Did you ever feel like skipping a day, or did you ever make two blocks in a day so you could take a break?

    Patricia: Yes, I often made blocks in advance if knew about travel, medical appointments, etc. I worked around leukemia and post-chemotherapy issues.

    ST!: Was it difficult to keep up with sewing on the road?

    Patricia: Not really, it was all down to planning ahead, and power for the sewing machine.

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    Blocks from July, August, and September

    ST!: How did you come up with photo vignettes for each block on a daily basis?

    Patricia: The vignettes improved as the year progressed. The early photos are very plain, then the photo shoots started to take on a life of their own! I tried to keep each photo shoot as spontaneous as possible with no plan in mind. Just whatever took my fancy on the day. They were influenced by circumstance, weather, location, and time.

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    A misadventure with Patricia’s Ocean Waves block on August 19—oops!

    ST!: What are some of your favorite blocks or favorite photos?

    Patricia: I don’t think I could choose a favorite block. There are so many blocks I love, it would be like trying to choose a favorite child!

    I have two favorite photos. One is from April 8, called Eight Hands Around, where dear friends from my craft group lent me a hand in so many ways:

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    Eight Hands Around block, April 8

    Another favorite photo is from April 29, called Wheels. We had stopped late the previous evening with the caravan and slept right beside a truck refueling point. This was our view the next morning. To me the photo was serendipitous!

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    Wheels block, April 29

    Over the year I did end up using two calendars. My original calendar was looking a bit worse for wear—it had been pecked by birds, dropped in the ocean, and rained on, just to mention a few of its misadventures.

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    Patricia’s well-loved calendar!

    ST!: What did you learn about yourself as a quilter during your year-long journey?

    Patricia: I learned how very thankful I was for past quilters. At the very start of my quilting journey in the 1980s, I went to classes and made a couple of sampler quilts. It was that basic knowledge from other quilters which allowed me, many years later, to have the know-how to easily sew every block in the calendar. I’ve found I enjoy passing this knowledge onto others.

    I also could not have completed the year without the support of my amazing husband.

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    Blocks from October, November, and December

    ST!: Everyone is dying to know: what will you do with all the blocks?

    Patricia: I’m intending to make a lot of them into quilts for family, friends, and charity. I’m excited about using the blocks in original layouts, adding other units, and playing with the blocks on my new design wall. Some of the blocks will find their way into table toppers, tote bags, and other small gifts.

    ST!: We’ve been watching you on Instagram and noticed that you’re making blocks from The Splendid Sampler sew-along. Do you plan to catch up on all 100 blocks by the group’s last day, February 14?

    Patricia: I’m loving The Splendid Sampler. The 6½" blocks really appeal to me. I enjoy “meeting” all the different designers of the blocks and being part of the online community. But as we are away from home, trying to take my stash while traveling the open roads with our caravan’s weight and storage restrictions make it impossible to bring too much with me. So sadly, I won’t be caught up by February 14. I do have a couple of projects with me to work on though, when time and electrical power allow!

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    Patricia and her blocks on January 1, 2017.


    Patricia, thank you for sharing your year with us—we looked forward to your posts every day and we miss them already!

    In honor of Patricia’s milestone, we’re offering 20% off the Quilter’s Block-a-Day Calendar plus free shipping in the US and Canada—while supplies last. Treat yourself to a quiltmaking journey just like Patricia!

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    So, how many blocks do you think you made in 2016?

    a) It’s gotta be a lot, because I lost count.

    b) Definitely more than 20—and I have the quilts to prove it.

    c) Not enough—I’d like to sew more in 2017!

    Tell us your answer in the commentsand if you’d like to see what Patricia’s up to this year, follow her at @bryant_patricia on Instagram!

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  10. What makes a spectacular scrap quilt? 7 designers share their secrets

    It’s a mystery to many quilters: how do you make a scrap quilt that doesn’t turn into a muddled mess?

    In her book Modern Heritage Quilts, Amy Ellis asks her superstar quilting friends to share what they think makes a great scrap quilt. Today we’re sharing some of their answers. If you’re drowning in scraps, longing to make a scrap quilt, or aren’t sure how to get started, read on!

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    CARRIE NELSON

    Author of Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites

    “The scrap quilts that are memorable to me—whether they’re new or vintage, made by others or by me—are those that tell me a little bit about the maker. I love it when quilts have some sense of personality. They can be messy or organized, with a defined color palette or every color of the rainbow. I like quirky quilts with a crazy pastiche of colors, prints, textures, and so on. It isn’t always about how many fabrics they include but rather the attitude behind the selection.”

    AMY SMART

    Author of Fabulously Fast Quilts

    “Using as many scraps as possible and throwing in some ugly scraps. I tried making a scrappy Trip Around the World quilt a few months ago and hated it at first because it was too matchy. As soon as I purposely threw in some ‘uglies,’ I fell in love with the quilt. Now it sings!”

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    The Comfort Quilt by Amy Ellis, from Modern Heritage Quilts

    JACKIE KUNKEL

    Author of Splash of Color

    “I think a scrap quilt is successful when there are enough scraps used that they cause conversation and make the entire look of the quilt so darn interesting you just can’t stop looking at it! That is the sheer beauty of a scrap quilt—the randomness, the intrigue, the curiosities that go along with the finished quilt.”

    PAT SLOAN

    Author of Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt

    “I prefer a plan to my scrap quilts. The plan might be to limit the colors or to be sure I have enough of the same light to balance all the crazy fabrics and patterns.”

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    Venus by Amy Ellis, from
    Modern Heritage Quilts

    NANCY MAHONEY

    Author of Learn to Paper Piece

    “What makes a scrap quilt successful is value and contrast. Using fabrics with different values (light, medium, and dark) will make the design sing. You also want to think about contrast when using fabrics with similar values. Without enough contrast, the fabrics will blend together and the design will be lost.”

    MARIANNE FONS

    “An abundance of fabrics! When I started making quilts in the mid 1970s, a scrap quilt was not possible because there were so few patchwork-weight 100% cottons available. The first scrap quilt Liz Porter and I made was in the 1980s, and we were simply amazed when we counted 60 fabrics in it!

    In a scrap quilt, any fabric can work, as long as it has ‘friends’ to lean on. With 60, 100, or 200 fabrics, the success of the quilt doesn’t depend on just one or two of your choices. The ‘wonder fabrics’ (those you bought and wonder why) lose themselves among the great fabrics.”

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    The Wedding Quilt by Amy Ellis, from
    Modern Heritage Quilts

    So the consensus is: MORE IS BETTER! But saving scraps can be a messy business (ask us how we know). Here’s Amy’s strategy for efficiently saving her fabric scraps as she’s making other quilts:

    Amy-Ellis“A few of my favorite quilts are those I’ve made from my scrap bin. They contain bits of fabric from other projects I’ve created, and they always bring a smile to my face. When I’m cutting any quilt, I keep a container nearby for scraps. The extra bits after crosscutting my squares and rectangles, plus any leftovers after piecing, all go into the container. This can be a simple storage tote or a pretty jar. It all depends on your space and what works for you, but once it’s full, the sorting begins! At that point I sort by color.”

    Amy’s “One at a Time” boxes in Modern Heritage Quilts allow you to make just one block at a time from your scrap bin, instead of cutting fabric for an entire quilt—such a smart way to get scrappy!

    We hope you’ve enjoyed these scrappy designer secrets from Modern Heritage Quilts!

    Modern Heritage QuiltsSo, how do you make a scrap quilt?

    a) I like to plan my scrap quilts, keeping close track of colors and values as I go.

    b) I like to plan but sometimes I’ll throw in a surprise, just to see what happens.

    c) I close my eyes and dig in. Anything goes!

    Tell us your approach in the comments!

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