1. Behind every great knitter . . . (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on September 30, 2015, in crochet & knitting, , , , ,

    Knit and Crochet at Stitch This!
    Have you heard the saying that begins, "Behind every successful person . . .?" According to the saying, there may be a number of things behind a successful person, including great mentors, years of practice, and lots of coffee.

    This got us thinking: behind most knitters and crocheters are great friends, family members, and teachers who generously passed on the gift of fiber art.

    So who’s behind you? Did someone teach you to knit or crochet?

    Tell us in the comments, and you’ll be entered to win two free eBooks—one for you, and one for a friend. Give it to your crafty mentor as a thank you, or give it to someone you’d like to see succeed at knitting or crochet.

    Here’s how some of our authors answered the question:

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    Cap Sease, author of Cast On, Bind Off, thanks her grandma for teaching her to knit.
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    Lorna Miser Megan Kreiner
    Lorna Miser (left), author of Knit Pink, and Megan Kreiner (right), author of Crochet a Zoo and Bathtime Buddies, have grandmas (and moms!) to thank.

    (You can find Helen’s Lace, a hand-dyed yarn named after Lorna’s grandma, at LornasLaces.net.)
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    Nancie Wiseman
    Nancie Wiseman, author of The Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques and The Essential Book of Crochet Techniques, was taught by her favorite aunt.
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    Sharon Sebrow
    Sharon Sebrow, author of Seamless Knits for Posh Pups, is indebted to her Grandma Ruth.
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    Jen Lucas
    Jen Lucas, author of Sock-Yarn Shawls, Sock-Yarn Shawls II, and Sock-Yarn Accessories, taught herself with the help of a book. Now she’s teaching others with her own books!

    Did someone teach you to knit or crochet, or did you learn on your own? Tell us in the comments, and you’ll be entered to win two free eBooks of your choice—one for you, and one for a friend. We’ll pick a winner one week from today, and notify the winner by email. Good luck!

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  2. Celebrating 85 years of fabric fun: join us! (+ big giveaway)

    Posted by on September 29, 2015, in quilting & sewing, , ,

    Today we’re celebrating the 85th anniversary of Jaftex, parent company of one of our favorite quilt-fabric companies, Henry Glass. Congratulations to all who’ve been a part of this extraordinary company!

    Jaftex 85th Anniversary
    Co-sponosors: Aurifil ThreadsSchmetz Needles, and Janome

    A blog hop commemorating Jaftex’s milestone has been making stops all over the Internet throughout September. Each blogger on the hop received a bundle of fabric with one simple directive:

    Make something.

    For the past 28 days, designers have been showing off their creations, and they are ah-ma-zing. Here are some that came from designers who are also Martingale authors.

    Jaftex blog-hop projects
    Clockwise from top left: projects by Linda Lum DeBono, Jill Finley, and Kim Diehl.

    So, who was the lucky Martingale staffer to receive a coveted bundle of Henry Glass fabric, along with the “make something” decree? Me.

    Folio Basics colorway
    My bundle: “Folio Basics
    from Henry Glass

    The brilliant, saturated colors of these fabrics immediately brought to mind a quilt I’ve wanted to make since December 2012—the year Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe was published.

    Jigsaw quilt
    “Jigsaw” by Amy Ellis

    I decided now was the perfect time to make my own “Jigsaw.”

    Folio Puzzle quilt
    My version, “Folio Puzzle”

    Folio Puzzle quiltIsn’t it funny how a bit of fabric (okay, in this case it was a sumptuous bundle of free fabric from Henry Glass, but you know what I mean), a needle, and thread can provide solitude, comfort, and even therapy? During the few weeks that I worked on this quilt, I helped my elderly father make a difficult move to a new location, survived the first nutty days of school with my two sons, and acted as support for even more first-day-of-school drama (my husband is a 5th-grade teacher). Through the flurry of it all, I kept coming back to this quilt. Twenty minutes here, forty minutes there. The process of making it provided me with a space to get quiet, recharge—and even play a little.
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    Folio Puzzle quilt
    The playing: big-stitch quilting using all the colors of the rainbow (or in this case, all the colors of “Folio”).

    The opportunity to make this quilt came to me just when I needed it. Most quilts do, don’t you think? I’m grateful. Many thanks to Jaftex for asking us to be a part of their BIG blog hop.

    And now onto the business of winning BIG!

    You’ll find 13 different ways to enter Jaftex’s big giveaway at the bottom of this post. Prizes include a Janome S5 sewing machine valued at $1500, an Aurifil thread box valued at $300, a Schmetz needle anniversary tin valued at $75, fat-quarter bundles—plus bolts of fabric for your favorite quilt shop. Good luck!

    To enter our giveaway for a “Folio” fat-quarter bundle plus a copy of A Flair for Fabric: Creative Sewing Projects from the Designers at Henry Glass, tell us: which quilting “anniversary” are you celebrating this year?

    Folio Basics by Henry Glass

    Leave your answer in the comments below; we’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    Cheers to Jaftex for 85 years of inspiration, and here’s wishing many more in the years to come.

    Don’t miss the chance to browse through all the blog-hop links below; the designers on this blog tour are remarkable!

    September 1 – Kim Diehl guest posting @ American Patchwork & Quilting
    September 2 – Pepper @ Pepper at the Quilt Studio
    September 3 – Anjeanette @ Anjeanette Klinder
    September 4 – Leanne @ The Whole Country Caboodle
    September 5 – Mark @ Mark Lipinski’s Blog
    September 6 – Heather @ Heather Kojan Quilts
    September 7 – Heather @ Trends and Traditions
    September 7 – Martha @ Wagons West Design
    September 8 – Linda @ Linda Lum DeBono
    September 9 – Heidi @ Red Letter Quilts
    September 10 – Jill @ Jillily Studios
    September 10 – Dana @ My Lazy Daisy
    September 11 – Penny @ Sew Simple Designs
    September 12 – Ida @ Cowtown Quilts
    September 13 – Liz and Beth @ Lizzie B Cre8ive
    September 14 – Melissa @ Sew Bitter Sweet Designs
    September 15 – Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
    September 16 – Amy @ Kati Cupcake
    September 16 – Barbara @ QuiltSoup2
    September 17 – Erica @ Kitchen Table Quilting
    September 18 – Leona @ Leona’s Quilting Adventure
    September 19 – Margot @ The Pattern Basket
    September 20 – Sylvia @ Flying Parrot Quilts
    September 21 – Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts
    September 22 – Kim @ Aurifil Threads
    September 23 – Rebekah @ Don’t Call Me Becky
    September 24 – Julie @ The Crafty Quilter
    September 25 – Mary Ellen @ Little Quilts
    September 25 – Mary Jane @ Holly Hill Designs
    September 26 – Daisy @ Ants to Sugar
    September 27 – Melissa @ Happy Quilting
    September 28 – Janet @ One S1ster
    September 29 – Jenny @ Martingale
    September 30 – Teresa @ Third Floor Quilts

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

    “Quilting off and on between various reincarnations for over thirty years….still lots of ideas and designs rumbling around in my head (no, that’s not the rocks you hear). Thanks for a lovely month of inspiration!”

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

    85th Anniversary Giveaway

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  3. Dip a toe in the modern-quilting pool (+ sale!)

    Posted by on September 28, 2015, in quilting & sewing, , ,

    Do you find negative space intriguing? Want to try classic blocks with a twist? How about improv piecing or intentional imperfections—do these ideas make you stand up and cheer? Modern quilt designs can be an exciting experiment for traditional quilters, and they often rely on the ideas mentioned above. Right now, we have not just one modern quilting book on sale, but four!

    Save 20% + free shipping on select books

    Each book is chock full of simple modern quilt patterns. Take a look at how the designers of the quilts below use the unruly “rules” of modern quiltmaking to achieve attention-grabbing results.

    Capitalize on neutral grey to create a generous swath of negative space.

    Improv Color Blocks quilt
    “Improv Color Blocks” quilt by Kati Spencer, from
    Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe

    Embrace imperfections to create a charmingly wonky house, bird, and flowers.

    The Birdhouse Quilt
    “The Birdhouse Quilt” by Carrie Bloomston, from Modern Baby
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    Jennifer's birdhouse baby quilt
    Martingale Publisher and Chief Visionary Officer Jennifer Keltner just finished her birdhouse quilt top. She dipped a toe and loved it!

    Reimagine classic quilt blocks like Dresden Plate with strikingly modern flair.

    Princess Crowns quilt
    Imagine Quilts by Dana Bolyard
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    Here’s another example of turning a classic quilt block on its head:

    Sliced quilt
    “Sliced” from
    Modern Neutrals

    In “Sliced,” Amy Ellis makes asymmetrical Log Cabin blocks, slices them diagonally, and then sews the halves together in different pairings. Then she tops it all off by setting the resulting new blocks on point too.

    Improvisational piecing sound too out-of-the-box for you? These happy, scrappy, free-form triangles are a great introduction to the technique. Plus, you can further express your own creativity through colors and layout. In this case it’s not what the designer says—it’s what you say that goes!
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    Tree Quilt
    “Tree Quilt” by Jolene Klassen from
    Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe

    Modern or traditional quilts: which do you prefer to stitch—or do you dabble a little in both styles? Tell us in the comments!

    Save 20% + free shipping on select books

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  4. Blog hop! Rainbow stash? Add black and white (+ giveaway)

    Today’s our stop on the blog hop for the new book Splash of Color. If you’re visiting Martingale’s blog for the first time, welcome—be sure to subscribe to our posts so we don’t lose touch!
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    Splash of Color blog hop

    Does your fabric stash resemble a rainbow? Then it’s a perfect match for A Splash of Color. You’ll learn to pair bright, vivid fabrics with black-and-white prints for instant color pops, great graphic appeal, and downright dramatic quilts.
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    Star Bright quilt
    “Star Bright” quilt
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    Star Bright quilt - alternate colorway
    “Star Bright,” alternate colorway
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    Best of all? You’ll never struggle when choosing colors for these black-and-white beauties—bold contrasts make fabric selection a cinch. Thirteen projects show you how to easily make color the star of the show—it’s all here in black and white.

    Ready to sew a color-splashed quilt all your own? Meet designer and online quilt-shop owner Jackie Kunkel—she’s the author of Splash of Color and our guest writer today!
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    Details of quilts from Splash of Color
    Details of quilts from Splash of Color

    Jackie KunkelMy name is Jackie Kunkel and I’m the author of Splash of Color: A Rainbow of Brilliant Black-and-White Quilts. This book was such a joy for me to create. I LOVE black and white fabrics and everything bright, bold, and rainbow-like.

    My love for mixing pops of color with black and white fabrics goes way back. In 2008, I began The Black and White Quilt Challenge Project for quilters who shared that love. You’ll find lots of inspiration there, as we had 100 contributors!

    My love for these fabric combos continued to grow. That led me to draft a proposal for a book with the same focus, and that led to Splash of Color!
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    Proud Mary quilt
    “Proud Mary” quilt and alternate colorway
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    I’ve collected black and white fabrics over many years and they are plentiful in my stash. When you pair bright fabrics with black and white they really POP! In Splash of Color I talk about which kinds of prints and colors work well together, which don’t, and why.
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    Examples of black and white fabrics
    Examples of white on black, black on white, and multicolor prints on black or white.
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    The first quilt I made for Splash of Color was “Lava Lamps.” This is probably my favorite quilt, as there are so many design possibilities within just two simple shapes.
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    Lava Lamps quilt
    “Lava Lamps” quilt
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    If you look closely, you’ll see a variety of multicolor prints on black and white. Because of the distinct black and white backgrounds, it’s easy to create a fantastic design.

    One vision I had for Splash of Color was to have my quilting friends participate. I asked each one which pattern she’d like to make and then gave each of them guidelines for making an alternate version. For “Seeing Spots,” I gave my friend Fran the template and asked her to create a black, white, and rainbow quilt.
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    Jackie’s “Seeing Spots” quilt

    She did. But instead of simply following my original layout, she came up with an incredible new design using the same colors and shapes! She simply changed the value placement to turn a hexagon quilt into a strippy diamond design.
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    Fran's Seeing Spots quilt
    Fran’s “Seeing Spots” quilt

    There’s a lot to see and learn in Splash of Color, and a lot of fun quiltmaking to be had. Enjoy, and happy quilting!

    Bold, brilliant, bright: see more in black and white >

    Splash of ColorThanks for sharing your new book with us, Jackie!

    What’s your stash heavy on: black prints, white prints, or a  rainbow of colors? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Splash of Color 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 Pam, who says:

    “I have a lot of rainbow colors. I’ll need to stock up on the black and white prints to make these gorgeous quilts. Thanks for the giveaway!

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

    Follow the Splash of Color blog hop for more fun, and for more chances to win the book!

    Wednesday, September 23
    Jackie Kunkel – Canton Village Quilt Works
    Kate Colleran – Seams Like a Dream
    Pat Sloan –  Pat Sloan Blog

    Thursday, September 24
    Sherri McConnell – A Quilting Life
    Shelly Pagliai – Prairie Moon Quilts
    Margaret Solomon Gunn – Quilts Of Love

    Friday, September 25
    Faith Jones – Fresh Lemons Quilts
    Martingale (that’s us!) – Stitch This! blog

    Saturday, September 26
    Vicki Welsh – Field Trips in Fiber
    Pam Viera-McGinnis – Pam Kitty Morning

    Sunday, September 27
    Pat Wys – Silver Thimble Quilt Co.
    Sharon McConnell – Color Girl Quilts

    Monday, September 28
    Julie Sefton – Me and My Quilts – Exploring the Possibilities
    Victoria Findlay Wolfe – Bumblebeans/Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts

    Tuesday, September 29
    Caroline Critchfield – Sew Can She
    Amy Ellis – Amy’s Creative Side

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  5. Blog hop: free-motion video tip + free backing tutorial + giveaway!

    It’s our turn to host the blog hop for the new book Machine Quilting with Style. If you’re visiting Martingale’s blog for the first time, welcome—be sure to subscribe to our posts so we can stay in touch!

    Machine Quilting with Style blog hop

    When award-winning quilter Christa Watson asked us to be a part of her blog hop for Machine Quilting with Style, we jumped at the chance—because we have a LOT to share with you. Today we want to tell you about three things: the BOOK, the VIDEO, and the FREEBIE.

    #1: THE BOOK

    Eight walking-foot quilting designs, 10 free-motion quilting designs, and 12 fun projects for practice—this is the machine-quilting book that has it all. First, stretch beyond typical stitch in the ditch with creative approaches to straight-line—or not-so-straight-line—quilting. Then, free-motion quilt with success using easy-does-it motifs, tips, and advice—and do it all on your home sewing machine.

    From Machine Quilting with Style
    Choose straight-line quilting, free-motion quilting, or learn how to combine both techniques in your quilts.

    See more from Machine Quilting with Style >

    #2: THE VIDEO

    Still feeling timid about trying free-motion quilting? Watch Christa tell a Quilt Market crowd how she combines two free-motion quilting designs—loops and spirals—in her “Candy Pop” quilt from Machine Quilting with Style.

    Viewing this in email? Watch the video at the Stitch This! blog or on YouTube.

    As you can see, it all starts with muscle memory. In Machine Quilting with Style, Christa says:

    Christa Watson“Draw before you quilt. Sketch out your quilting design on a piece of paper first to practice your muscle memory and train your brain to recognize the pattern of movement for a particular design. Draw or doodle every day for best results. Keeping a quilting journal just for drawing is a great way to develop designs and practice your ‘quilt handwriting.’”

    Grab a piece of paper and give some loops and spirals a try!


    In Machine Quilting with Style, you can experiment with 12 of Christa’s chic, modern quilt patterns. But there’s a whole new space on which to get creative with color, design, and quilting—the backs of your quilts! That’s why Christa is offering you a free pattern download for making the backing for a quilt from the book, called “Lightning.” She’s even named the back of her quilt: “Staggered Squares.”

    Lightning quilt
    The front and back of Christa’s “Lightning” quilt

    For the back of this quilt, Christa used up some of her less-than-full-sized fat quarters, randomly adding a pop of yellow here and there for pizzazz. Download Christa’s quilt-backing tutorial now and use it to create a backing for any quilt.

    Oh, there’s one more thing we need to tell you about:


    Machine Quilting with Style giveawaysChrista is featuring a different quilt from Machine Quilting with Style every day during her blog hop. Many bloggers have made their own versions of Christa’s quilts, so you won’t want to miss a day! Follow along to see all the variations—AND enter for your chance to win some amazing prizes (like the loot on the right). See the full blog-hop schedule below.

    Quilt backs—made from a single fabric? Or does a mix of fabrics means "no boring quilt backs" to you? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Machine Quilting with Style 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 June, who says:

    “I really like the back to have a lot of detail and different fabrics, but recently have been working on some charity quilts with one fabric backings and they are finishing up pretty nicely too. So either way is good. Thanks for the chance!”

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

    Machine Quilting with Style Blog-Hop Schedule

    Additional blog-hop stops will include reviews, interviews, sample blocks, and other eye-opening info about machine quilting that you won’t want to miss

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  6. Yarn eBooks for everyone: 2 days only, $6.99 each

    Posted by on September 23, 2015, in crochet & knitting, , , ,

    Fall is almost here, the kids are back in school, and we know you need a post-summer pick-me-up. Forget that pumpkin spice latte; treat yourself to an eBook!

    Knit and crochet eBook sale!

    We’re putting our knit and crochet eBooks on sale through Friday, September 25, at noon PST. That’s over 70 eBooks, for just $6.99 each. Fill up your cart before this sale disappears!


    Only $6.99 each

    Sensational Knitted Socks Easy Knitting for Baby Mostly Mittens Dazzling Knits Ocean Breezes

    Browse more knitting eBooks >>>


    Only $6.99 each

    Contemporary Crochet Crocheted Aran Sweaters Crocheted Sweaters Crochet from the Heart Crochet for Tots

    Browse more crochet eBooks >>>


    Only $6.99 each

    The Little Box of Scarves II Ocean Breezes Wrapped in Comfort Nature's Wrapture Knitted Shawls, Stoles, and Scarves


    Only $6.99 each

    Knitting More Circles around Socks Sock Club Crocheted Socks! Knitting More Circles around Socks Knitting Brioche-Stitch Socks


    Only $6.99 each

    Knit Boutique Easy Knitting for Baby Paintbox Knits Crochet Baby Style Crochet for Tots


    Only $6.99 each

    Crocheted Sweaters Together or Separate Easy Cable Knits for All Seasons Simple Stitches Chic Knits

    See all 70+ eBooks on sale >>>

    Knit and crochet eBook sale!
    Offer for retail customers and online orders only. No other discounts apply. On select eBooks only. Sale ends Friday, September 25, 2015, at noon (PST).

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  7. ’Tis the season: “Fall” in love with autumn-inspired quilts

    Here in the Pacific Northwest, we enjoyed record-breaking warm weather over the summer. As of this writing, we’ve had more days over 90 degrees than New York or Chicago—unusual for our region. I’m sure you can imagine that, at least around here, we’re more than ready for fall!
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    From Tis the Autumn Season
    ’Tis the Autumn Season

    Tis the Autumn SeasonReady or not, the first day of fall is tomorrow—time for pumpkin-spiced everything, leaves turning colors, that nip in the air. It’s time to put away the light, airy decor of summer and pull out the earthier, warmer looks that so complement the autumn season.

    Naturally, we have just the book to get you in the mood! ’Tis the Autumn Season, by popular designers Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks, has a lovely variety of projects that will add that perfect touch of autumn to your home.
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    Reunion quilt
    Vibrant thistle flowers dance among espresso and chocolate rows. Pumpkin-spiced latté, anyone?
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    Oak and Rose quilt
    “Oak and Rose.”
    Glowing scrappy reds and beiges on a brown background will make any room look warm and toasty.
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    On a Prairie Corner quilt
    “On a Prairie Corner.”
    If you can’t take a drive out in the country to pick brown-eyed Susans, why not stitch up your own indoor bouquet?
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    Jo's Jammies quilt
    “Jo’s Jammies.”
    Make some popcorn, grab your favorite Martingale books, and curl up under this cozy quilt on a crisp fall day.
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    Cranberry Cottage quilt
    “Cranberry Cottage”
    lap quilt and table runner. Decorating with this quilt and matching runner will add a comfy, colorful touch to any room.

    “Fall” in love with more quilts from ’Tis the Autumn Season >

    What’s your favorite sign of the fall season—cool nights, colorful fall leaves, or delicious apple crisp? Tell us in the comments!

    Save 40% on select eBooks this week!

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  8. Got fabric? Indulge your art quilter (+ sale!)

    Save 40% on select eBooks this week!

    Art quilts! We ogle them at quilt shows and many of us dream of making one of our own someday. Now, I happen to think that all quilters are artists! But for the purposes of this particular post, we’re going to refer to pictorial and nontraditionally pieced quilts as “art quilts.”

    Perhaps you’ve been thinking about branching out and trying new and different art-quilting techniques. Don’t be afraid! It’s only fabric and you’ll learn something regardless of how your project turns out. And if you need a little help, well, we have lots of that available.

    May I start by showing you one of my art quilts?

    Mountain Sunrise quilt

    This is called “Mountain Sunrise” and I used techniques found in Dream Landscapes and Fast-Piece Appliqué by Rose Hughes. I was pretty happy with the way it turned out! And now, I can say, “I’m an art quilter!”

    Our sale books this week all feature fun, easy, arty techniques that will unleash the art quilter in you. Get inspired to try something new!

    Dream LandscapesDream Landscapes by Rose Hughes

    If you can dream it, you can create it! Rose’s Fast-Piece Appliqué technique makes it easy to sew complex-looking shapes. You can try one of the step-by-step patterns in the book or use her techniques to create your own one-of-a-kind quilt. You’ll also explore fun options for embellishing your creation. Click here to watch a video where Rose explains and demonstrates her Fast-Piece Appliqué technique.

    Quilts from Dream Landscapes
    “Oak—King of Trees” and “Moonrise” from
    Dream Landscapes by Rose Hughes

    Mosaic Picture QuiltsMosaic Picture Quilts by Pat Durbin

    Do you ever look at a beautiful photograph and think “That would make a gorgeous quilt!” but aren’t quite sure how to go about it? Pat Durbin will show you how to easily transform your favorite photographs into gorgeous pieces of art!

    From Mosaic Picture Quilts
    “Pacific Beach” (top) and “Morning Light” (bottom) from Mosaic Picture Quilts by Pat Durbin

    Out of the BoxOut of the Box by Mary Lou Weidman

    Life stories—we all have them and want to tell them! Mary Lou is a consummate quilt storyteller and she’ll help you to become one too. This idea book will help you create YOUR story, YOUR quilt, YOUR way. And you’ll have tons of fun doing it.

    Here are just a few examples of Mary Lou’s “Short Story” quilts:

    Quilts from Out of the Box
    “Prayer Quilt” and “I Feel Like a Witch”

    MacGregor's Garden quilt
    “MacGregor’s Garden”

    Design Your Own QuiltsDesign Your Own Quilts by Judy Hopkins

    We all want to design our own quilts, but where to start? With help from the late Judy Hopkins, you’ll have the tools to create quilts that carry your personal imprint using a framework of 12 different “blueprints.” Her approach provides organization and direction while allowing you to make creative decisions along the way.

    From Design Your Own Quilts
    In “Martha Washington Star” (left), Judy used Blueprint 1 as a starting point; for “High Five” (right), she used Blueprint 12 as a base.

    Fast-Piece AppliqueNeed more artistic inspiration?
    Take a look at Fast-Piece Appliqué by Rose Hughes, where she expands on the technique she introduced in Dream Landscapes.

    How have you indulged your artistic side lately: new techniques, unconventional colors, a new-to-you style? Tell us in the comments!

    Save 40% on select eBooks this week!

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  9. Dazzling table runners to make – for more than tables (+ flash sale!)

    Want to start a new quilt but feeling spread a little thin this time of year? Are the odds that you’ll start and complete a project slim to none? Or maybe you’re finding it hard to narrow down which new technique or style you want to try?

    Look no further! We’ve got the skinny on a fun project you’ll love to tackle: make a table runner from Skinny Quilts and Table Runners!

    Flash sale: Skinny Quilts and Table Runners

    The slender splendors in Skinny Quilts and Table Runners are perfect for trying out a new technique or construction method without also making a big investment in time or fabric. And these slim creations aren’t just for tables. Skinny quilts make great wall hangings, mantel coverings, shelf adornments, and bed runners.

    Right now, you can download the Skinny Quilts and Table Runners eBook for just $6.00.

    Rosy RunnerHere’s what quilters like you are saying about Skinny Quilts and Table Runners on Amazon.com:

    Five-stars“Flip through this book and you will know this is definitely not your typical runner book. The skinny quilts are designed by a number of well-known quilt designers, and as a result, there is a wonderful variety of styles and techniques taught in this book.”

    Five-stars“This book is full of wonderful ideas! Each design has something I can use and several designs are ones I will make.”

    Five-stars“I bought this book because of one particular picture that was featured on another website, and discovered an entire book full of contemporary quilting projects. If you like quilting or fabric decor, this book is for you.”

    See for yourself!
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    Traditional Churn Dash blocks shine in a primitive folk-art design with a warm color palette…

    Churn Dash Stretch table runner
    “Churn Dash Stretch” by Avis Shirer of Joined at the Hip

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    Pinwheels take center stage in a Courthouse Steps version of the Log Cabin block…

    Pinwheels table runner
    “Pinwheels” by Terri Atkinson

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    Free-form curves and bold topstitching evoke gently rolling waves…

    By the Sea table runner
    “By the Sea” by Karen Eckmeier

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    Whimsical appliqué meets exuberant machine quilting in a colorful teatime design…

    Tea 4 Two table runner
    “Tea 4 Two” by Laura Wasilowski

    Don’t delay! This $6.00 weekend flash sale ends Monday, September 21, at noon (PST).

    Where do you like to show off your skinny quilts: tables, walls, or beds? Tell us in the comments!

    Flash sale: Skinny Quilts and Table Runners

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  10. Blog hop! Sew-sweet bird quilts from Erin Cox (+ giveaway!)

    Welcome to our stop on the Sweet Tweets blog tour. If this is your first time visiting Stitch This!, welcome!

    MartiA few weeks ago, Marti—Martingale’s mascot—sang the praises of the new book by popular quilt designer Erin Cox called Sweet Tweets. Since then, several fine birds in our office have been tweeting about their first experience with bird appliqué—and more specifically, free-motion appliqué!

    From Sweet Tweets
    Projects from
    Sweet Tweets

    Speaking of singing praises: Sweet Tweets is the new book that everyone is chirping about. As soon as the book was released, it flew to the #1 spot in the Patchwork category at Amazon, and has skyrocketed to best-seller status at our site too. Sweet Tweets is also a Quilty Box book selection of the month and the book of the month at Fat Quarter Shop. There’s no telling how high it will fly!

    Martingale staffers quickly made Sweet Tweets a favorite in the office too. We recently tried out Erin’s techniques and shared our experience on Instagram:

    Making Sweet Tweets quilts

    Staff projects from Sweet Tweets

    So easy, so fun . . . sew cute!

    We even launched our recent #imadeitmyselfie contest using the projects we made from Sweet Tweets.
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    Clockwise from top left: Publisher and Chief Visionary Officer, Jennifer Keltner; Senior Account Manager, Kara Davies; Director of Marketing, Karen Johnson; Senior Customer Service Representative, Cornelia Gauger. Click on the photo to learn more about our #imadeitmyselfie contest.

    And finally, the praises are rolling in from readers:

    Sweet Tweets

    > “As a mother of 3 young kids, I am a big fan of mini quilts. This was perfect for me. I love the sweet projects and cannot wait to try them out!”

    > “I love this book . . . every project in it is adorable and easy to make.”

    > “One of the cutest patchwork books I’ve seen in years.”

    Today we’re giving away a free eBook copy of Sweet Tweets to one lucky winner, but why wait? Order Sweet Tweets today and instantly download the eBook for free. Let your machine take flight right now!

    Who would you make a “sweet tweets” quilt for? Tell us in the comments for your chance to win an eBook copy of Sweet Tweets. We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    Good luck, and thanks for letting us be a part of your blog hop, Erin! Follow along every day for more chances to win:

    Tuesday, September 8 – Erin at Why Not Sew?
    Wednesday, September 9 – Heidi at Fabric Mutt
    Thursday, September 10 – Debbie at A Quilter’s Table
    Saturday, September 12 – Jacque at Brown Dog Prims
    Monday, September 14 – Amy at nanaCompany
    Tuesday, September 15 – Svetlana at s.o.t.a.k handmade
    Wednesday, September 16 – Renee at Sewn With Grace
    Thursday, September 17Stitch This! (that’s us!)
    Friday, September 18 – Heather at Vintage Grey Handmade
    Saturday, September 19 – Clara and Jennie at Clover & Violet
    Monday, September 21 – Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts
    Tuesday, September 22 – Cindy at Live a Colorful Life
    Wednesday, September 23 – Carla at Grace and Favour
    Thursday, September 24 – Mary at Molly Flanders
    Saturday, September 26 – Erin at Why Not Sew? (big giveaway post!)

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

    “My little 2 year old great granddaughter would love this.”

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

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