1. 5 reasons to spruce up your sewing space

    Does your sewing space inspire you?

    From Creating Your Perfect Quilting Space

    Or do messy fabric stacks, toppling tools, and piles of unfinished projects send your creative muse into hiding?

    Clutter, inefficiency, and a simple lack of space can build barriers between us and our creative pursuits. But what if you had a guidebook at your side that could help you:

    • Get—and stay—organized and efficient?
    • Use your space more resourcefully?
    • Create more time to quilt?

    Creating Your Perfect Quilting SpaceIn the bestseller Creating Your Perfect Quilting Space, professional organizer—and quilter—Lois L. Hallock offers dozens of ways to make your sewing space a place that will nurture your creativity. From simple strategies for taming your stash to grandiose sewing-room makeovers, you’ll find tips and tricks that will fit your time, space, and budget.

    Creating Your Perfect Quilting Space offers easy-to-implement ideas that will help you:

    1. SEE all of your fabric. Learn to fold your fabric uniformly—no matter what size or shape—so you can see your entire stash at a glance.
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    2. FIND COMFORT in ergonomics especially for quilters (no more aching back from marathons at the sewing machine).
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    3. RETHINK the location and function of your current space.
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    4. DEVELOP habits that support short- and long-term efficiency and organization.
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    5. MAXIMIZE your creative energy with ideas for layouts, lighting, and storage, plus options for sewing, cutting, and pressing stations.

    Get a sneak peek at the eBook in these posts:


    SPECIAL DISCOUNT OFFER!

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    • Arrange your perfect studio on paper with more than 40 cutouts representing cutting and sewing workstations, ironing boards, shelving, design walls, and more
    • Use the easy worksheet and graph paper to record measurements, reposition cutouts, and avoid snags like doors and electrical outlets
    • Get the Studio Planner for $12.95 $7.99.

    Creating Your Perfect Quilting Space Studio Planner
    Creating Your Perfect Quilting Space Studio Planner


    What’s the current state of your sewing space: comfy and clean, a bit cluttered, or completely chaotic? Tell us about it in the comments!

     


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  2. And the 2015 Quilters Hall of Fame inductee is…

    We’ve been keeping a secret for many weeks. Now that the exciting news is officially official, we can ditch the hush-hush and shout it out loud:

    The Quilters Hall of Fame inductee for 2015 is…

    MIMI DIETRICH!

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    Congratulations, Mimi!

    The mission of The Quilters Hall of Fame is to celebrate quilting by honoring the accomplishments of people who have made outstanding contributions to the world of quilting. You can learn more about the organization here.

    Mimi started out with a dream to write a single quilt book—and she could have easily stopped there. That first book, Happy Endings, has sold hundreds of thousands of copies and is Martingale’s best-selling book of all time! But Mimi went on to write 16 more books and to become a master appliqué teacher, inspiring quilters around the country for more than 20 years.

    From A Quilter's DiaryMimi’s first love has always been appliqué. She made her first quilt—featuring Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Bill—for her son in 1974, and is now appliquéing quilts for her grandchildren. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Mimi is a “founding mother” of the Baltimore Appliqué Society. She teaches a yearlong appliqué class in her hometown.

    Here’s what Mimi has to say about her induction into the Quilters Hall of Fame:

    “I am thrilled and honored to be the next inductee into the Quilters Hall of Fame next July. The best part is that for almost 40 years I have been doing something that I love…quilting! I am truly proud of the books I have written with Martingale, and I have loved traveling around our wonderful country and meeting quilters in my classes. For most of my students it all starts with one little hand-appliqué stitch and grows into a fabulous quilt! If you’ve enjoyed my books or taken a class with me, come join me at the Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, Indiana, next summer…it’s going to be the trip of a lifetime!”

    Want to learn techniques from a Quilting Hall of Fame teacher? Check out these books by Mimi:

    Books by Mimi Dietrich
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    You can learn more about Mimi in these posts:

    How to applique (from an applique icon)
    How to appliqué (from an appliqué icon)

    Get the step-by-step technique from a master
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    SO many ways!: finishing binding on quilts
    SO many ways!: finishing binding on quilts

    Popular tutorial: you’ll never forget how to fold binding on a corner again
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    Re-creating the star-spangled banner
    Re-creating the star-spangled banner

    Mimi tackles two-feet-wide appliqué motifs!
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    You can visit Mimi online at mimidietrich.com.

    We send our heartfelt congratulations to Mimi for receiving this honor from the Quilters Hall of Fame. Our gratitude goes out to her for partnering with us over the years. Thank you for continuing to inspire us all!


    Do you own any of Mimi’s books? Have you taken a class with her, or met her at a guild meeting or show? Leave your congratulations and share your stories of how Mimi has helped you as a quilter in the comments!


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  3. Bed quilts for busy quilters (+ sale)

    We make lap quilts. We make wall quilts. We make table runners, baby quilts, and other little layers of happiness to drape, display, and enjoy.

    So what’s the big deal about a bed quilt?

    Vintage Memories quilt
    “Vintage Memories” from
    Bed and Breakfast Quilts

    Exactly, right? They’re BIG!

    Sure, the sheer big-ness of a bed quilt can be daunting. It’s kind of like making Thanksgiving dinner for a full house. How do you handle the enormity of that feast?

    You start with ideas.
    You turn ideas into a plan.
    You do prep work to stay organized.
    You work assembly-line style to be efficient.
    You work the plan.

    The same steps apply to making a bed quilt. Luckily, it won’t have to be served up to a hungry crowd in November!

    Today we’re featuring beautiful bed quilts designed for both beauty and ease. Repeat blocks, simplified fabric choices, and streamlined cutting and sewing will help make your first bed quilt—or your 15th—a fun, successful experience.

    But first things first: what’s the one thing you need to do before starting a bed quilt? Measure. Here’s a quick way to measure a bed to make sure your quilt fits perfectly.

    Quick tip: measuring bed quilts
    If you’ve been dreaming of making a bed quilt for yourself or someone special, now’s the time to get started. Find inspiration in the photos below, gather your supplies, and work that plan!


    PLAN #1: ROTARY CUTTING

    Quilts from Big 'n Easy
    Go with Big ’n Easy quilts if you want to:

    Get instruction from a master of quick rotary-cut blocks
    Make just a few fabric choices per quilt
    Use repeat blocks in classic quilts
    Choose from 14 triangle-free projects
    Bonus: includes patterns for making plain and cuffed pillowcases and pillow shams

    See all 20 quilts from Big ’n Easy: Supersized Quilts for Queen Beds >


    PLAN #2: PAPER PIECING

    Quilts from Paper-Pieced Bed Quilts
    Go with Paper-Pieced Bed Quilts if you want to:

    Polish your paper-piecing skills
    Achieve near-perfect accuracy in every block
    Try a fun flower or bird theme
    Simplify shapes that can be a challenge with traditional piecing

    See more projects from Paper-Pieced Bed Quilts >

    You might also like:
    Papers for Foundation Piecing


    PLAN #3: BIG BLOCKS + APPLIQUÉ (just a touch!)

    Quilts from Bed and Breakfast Quilts
    Go with Bed and Breakfast Quilts if you want to:

    Make big blocks (which means fewer blocks)
    Incorporate a bit of appliqué into pieced designs
    Sew blocks that are assembly-line friendly
    Try 12 bed-and-breakfast-worthy recipes (yum!)
    BONUS: includes instructions for making queen-size pillow shams, pillow cases, throw pillows, and bed skirts

    See all 14 quilts from Bed and Breakfast Quilts >


    PLAN #4: USE YOUR SCRAPS

    Quilts from Scrap Frenzy
    Go with Scrap Frenzy if you want to:

    Revisit old fabric friends—and discover new ones
    Learn to cut and store your scraps for instant use in any quilt
    Discover scrap-friendly piecing techniques
    BONUS: get Sally’s expert guidance for varying value, variety, and pattern to create scrap quilts that sparkle

    See all 13 quilts from Scrap Frenzy >


    Scrap Quilts Fit for a QueenMORE BED-QUILT BOOKS!

    Want more scrap-friendly bed-quilt patterns? Create 10 gorgeous traditional quilts with scrap master Sally Schneider. Each pattern in Scrap Quilts Fit for a Queen comes with instructions for making it in multiple sizes, from lap to king. Let your scraps shine with Sally’s three strategies for making scrappy blocks, including her liberating “brown-bag” method.
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    Make Your BedOr…run with a bed runner instead!

    No time for a bed quilt now, but still want a quick and beautiful way to decorate a bedroom? Choose from nine quick, reversible bed runners in Make Your Bed, along with patterns for coordinating pillows, shams, and embellished sheets. Which style suits you best? See the projects.
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    What’s your advice for getting a bed quilt to the finish line? Share your tips in the comments!


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  4. Bathtime = playtime! Crochet water-friendly toys

    Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

    Crochet from Bathtime BuddiesIf you’ve spent any time around kids this summer, you know: kids LOVE water! Whether it’s in the pool or in the tub, kids + water = maximum fun.

    Megan Kreiner, author of the wildly popular Crochet a Zoo, noticed how much her little ones, James and Emily, loved bath time. So she created a collection of crocheted tub toys, making clever use of sponges and other tub-friendly materials.

    Today Megan is here to share her newest book, Bathtime Buddies—and a few extra-adorable photos of James and Emily enjoying her underwater creations. Welcome, Megan!


    Megan KreinerIn my latest book, Bathtime Buddies, I took my inspiration from two water-loving bathing beauties: James and Emily. Imaginative play is often the major attraction during bath time, so my newest collection features a colorful array of sea creatures that love the water almost as much as my two little ones do!
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    James with jellyfish

    The book features tips on making a whole tubful of bathtime (or kiddie-pool) friendly creatures using water-happy materials like sponges, cotton yarn, and terry cloth.

    Emily with crocheted toys

    Make an army of starfish for the pool, a pair of sharks for your sprinklers, and a pod of dolphins for the bathtub! Tips for making your creatures for dry land use are also included, so dive right in and make a splash with the sea creatures of Bathtime Buddies.

    Quick tip from Bathtime Buddies
    Find even more helpful tips for making and caring for your crocheted tub toys in Bathtime Buddies.


    Bathtime Buddies: 20 Crocheted Animals from the SeaYou can get Bathtime Buddies right now at ShopMartingale.com. And when you buy the book, you’ll get the eBook version for free right away—why not make a guppy or two for bath time tonight?

    What’s your favorite underwater sea creature? Tell us in the comments, and you’ll be entered to win an eBook copy of Bathtime Buddies. We’ll pick a winner one week from today and notify the winner by email.

     

     

     

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

    “My favorite is the starfish!”

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

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  5. Super-cute baby quilts, 3 easy ways (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Baby quilts from Nap and Nod

    Need an easy baby-quilt pattern to sew in time for the shower—even if it’s less than a week away? Or do you want to pamper a new baby with a beautiful quilt that can be cherished and kept for years to come?

    Nap and NodNo need to choose one or the other—you can do both with the sweet quilts in Nap and Nod.

    Two-time author Myra Harder pairs up today’s fresh fabrics with classic quilt blocks, personalized monograms, and plush fabrics for a trio of ways to make fun baby quilts for the little ones you love.

    Never worked with plush or Cuddle fabrics? Myra’s technique is a cinch. She’ll show you how to machine appliqué with Cuddle, using cottons as a stable base. Just wait until you bestow a quilt with fluffy Cuddle fabric on a lucky baby—it will instantly become his or her favorite blankie!

    Today Myra shares details about her new book…and why it took her ten years to write it. Welcome, Myra!


    Shannon FabricsFABRIC GIVEAWAY ALERT! Myra uses Cuddle from Shannon fabrics in Nap and Nod. So our friends at Shannon Fabrics have generously donated TWO of their Wee Ones’ “Sweet Dreams” Cuddle fabric kits to give away to you—one pink and one blue!

    Cuddle kits from Shannon Fabrics

    Find out how you can win a Cuddle kit plus a copy of Nap and Nod at the bottom of this post. (Enter for a second chance to win a book and kit at the Shannon Fabrics blog!)


    Myra HarderI love designing quilts. Every new fabric collection, family event, or newsstand magazine gives me ideas. In my studio are countless pieces of paper with doodles of quilts I dream of making. However, there was a time when I couldn’t think of a single baby-quilt idea. It was when I found out I was pregnant with my first child. (If you want to know the whole story, make sure you read the introduction to Nap and Nod.)

    I was overwhelmed by self-inflicted pressure to make the perfect baby quilt. But now that I’ve had a decade without that pressure, I’ve been able to think about all the great baby quilts I can make for others. Nap and Nod lets me share my ideas, and hopefully inspire others.

    I wanted there to be quilts in the book that would appeal to different types of quilters. A quarter of the quilts are based on traditional blocks, such as the Grandmother’s Flower Garden pattern used for “Picking Pansies” (below). No matter how old these designs are, they still look stunning in today’s nurseries.

    Picking Pansies quilt
    “Picking Pansies”

    Another quarter of the quilts are designed to personalize with monograms. Once Baby’s old enough to learn her letters, she’ll be proudly showing off her initial on her quilt.

    Sandbox quilt
    “Sandbox”

    It was when I was designing the last half of the projects that my creative skills went in a whole new direction. I started making my “Gummy Bears” quilt using the traditional needle-turn method, but I struggled to sew smooth curves.

    Gummy Bears quilt
    “Gummy Bears”

    Then, when I spied a few small pieces of Cuddle fabric from Shannon Fabrics tucked in a corner of my studio, suddenly all the dots connected. I could use soft plush fabric for the bears and machine stitch them with raw-edge appliqué. I loved it! Using bright, beautiful Cuddle fabrics is fast and so easy that even a beginner can do it with confidence.

    Twinkle, Twinkle quilt
    “Twinkle, Twinkle”

    A few simple tricks makes working with Cuddle fabrics a delight, and you’ll find my tips inside Nap and Nod.

    I ran my ideas past some new moms. They were so excited to have a touch of soft plush to wrap around their little ones. Their approval was all I needed to know that I’d accomplished my goal.

    I hope you’ll enjoy making these quilts as much as you enjoy the little ones who’ll be wrapped in them as they nap and nod.


    Thanks for sharing your adorable quilts with us today, Myra! You can find Myra online at her website.

    Buy the print copy of Nap and Nod today and instantly download the eBook for free. Or, buy the eBook by itself and save $8.00. See all 12 quilts from the book here.

    For a chance to win a copy of Nap and Nod PLUS a Cuddle kit from Shannon Fabrics, answer this question in the comments:

    Sewing with plush fabrics: are you starting with baby steps, teetering like a toddler, or taking strong strides?

    We’ll choose two random winners one week from today and let winners know they’ve won by email. Good luck, and remember: there’s another chance to win a book and kit at the Shannon Fabrics blog!

    Comments are closed for this post.

    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winners are Sally and krafty kc.

    Sally said, “I love the cuddle fabric!!! I have never sewn with it but would love to! I’m probably considered an intermediate sewer with lots of enthusiasm! Have just recently semi-retired so I have more time for my love of sewing, machine embroidery, quilting, etc!! I am anxious to try new things! The cuddle fabric would be one! Thanks for this possible opportunity!”

    krafty kc said, “I’ve not sewn with plush fabrics yet, but I’ll skip the baby steps and just dive right in. Love the ideas in the book!”

    Sally and krafty kc, we’ll email you about your prizes. Congratulations!


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  6. Quilters just wanna have fun: roundup!

    Posted by on August 13, 2014, in quilting & sewing, ,

    Back in June we hosted Quilt Tutorials Week, featuring 50 of our favorite single-topic tutorials from the past year. But some of our most popular posts from the past year aren’t single-topic tutorials…

    What to do?

    Today we’re rounding up those posts into the only category we could think of that would encompass them all:

    JUST FOR FUN!

    Click through and add a little quilty fun to your day. Enjoy!
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    15 unexpected uses for a single quilt block

    Check out the comments section of this post for more great single-block project ideas from our readers!
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    7 quick fixes for your quilting space

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    14 awesome quilting tutorials

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    Should you join a quilt guild?

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    50 quilt-block names + quiz

    Are you a Solid Stitcher, a Savvy Sewist, a Quintessential Quilter, a Piecing Pro, or a Patchwork Professor? Take the quiz and find out!
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    10 types of sewing-machine feet

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    9 cool quilty things on the Internet


    Did you miss Quilt Tutorials Week? Take a look back:

    Day 1: easy quilting
    Day 2: scrap-quilt ideas
    Day 3: skill-building techniques
    Day 4: how to finish a quilt
    Day 5: 24 knit + crochet tutes


    What topics or techniques would you like to see in future posts? Share your ideas in the comments—we may feature your idea in an upcoming post!


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  7. Want an instant $40 to spend right now? Join our book club!

    Posted by on August 12, 2014, in quilting & sewing, , ,

    Martingale Insider Book Club


    Are you a book lover? Do you relish the chance to sit down with a great book and imagine your creative possibilities? What could be better? How about having a new book delivered to your door every month! By joining the Martingale Insider Book Club, that’s just what you can count on.

    Here’s how the club works:

    Free gift certificate for Insider Book Club MembersIt’s only $14.99 to join. Just put the Insider Book Club membership in your shopping cart. At the end of the transaction, you’ll receive a $40 gift certificate that you can spend at ShopMartingale.com right away. Then, for the next year, you’ll receive 35% off all your purchases. Buy at least four items during the year to maintain your membership. (Just remember that the books you purchase with your gift certificate don’t count toward your membership obligation.)


    New quilt books: September 2014
    New books coming in September. As a Book Club member, you can get the ones you want for 35% off!

    Joining is easy—visit us at ShopMartingale.com, put the Insider Book Club into your shopping cart, and you’ll be off and running!

    Contact me about your book-club questions!Have more questions? Click here for more info, or email me directly at bookclub@shopmartingale.com and I’ll be glad to answer any questions you might have.

    Join us, won’t you?
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    Find out more about the Martingale Insider Book Club: FAQs | membership terms | sign up!


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  8. Straight talk about curves: 3 quick sewing tips (+ sale!)

    Quilt detail from Quilter's Happy HourDo quilt patterns with curves make you run for the hills?

    Hey, wait…where are you going?

    Before you disappear around the bend, think about it: Orange Peel, Drunkard’s Path (variation, right), Grandmother’s Fan, and Dresden Plate are just a few well-known blocks that use curves, but there are many more. Sewing curved shapes may take learning a trick or two, but the beautiful shapes that result make them worth the learning curve.

    Whether you prefer to piece or appliqué, you need a technique that will whip those curves into shape. So today, we’re gathered three tips from designers who have conquered curves in their own way. See how they overcame their curve-based fears; then click through to see the quilts they’ve made with the skills they’ve honed. Which curvy quilt will you make first?


    1. Want to PIECE your curves?

    Tip from Quiltastic Curves by Tammy Kelly

    Quick tip: curved piecing

    Practice three-pin curved piecing in projects from Quiltastic Curves:

    Projects from Quiltastic Curves

    See all 12 curvaceous quilts in Quiltastic Curves


    2. Want to MACHINE APPLIQUÉ your curves?

    Tip from Quilter’s Happy Hour by Lori Buhler

    Quick tip: machine appliqued curves

    Try facing curved-appliqué shapes in these projects from Quilter’s Happy Hour:

    Projects from Quilter's Happy Hour

    (As an added bonus, recipes are included for the cocktails after which the quilts are named!)

    See all 11 curvy quilts in Quilter’s Happy Hour


    3. Want to try something COMPLETELY different?

    Learn Fast-Piece Appliqué from Dream Landscapes by Rose Hughes

    In this popular video, you’ll see how Rose creates curves with straight machine stitches and a couching technique that covers raw edges.



    Reading this in email? See the “How to Machine Appliqué in a New Way: Fast-Piece Appliqué!” video at the Stitch This! blog or watch it on YouTube.


    Try Rose’s Fast-Piece Appliqué technique in quilts like these from Dream Landscapes:

    Projects from Dream Landscapes

    See more from Dream Landscapes


    Simple Circles and Quick CurvesAnother approach to curves: starch appliqué

    Designer Nancy Mahoney wanted an easy, efficient, and cost-effective way to sew curves and circles in her quilts. Her solution? Starch appliqué with reusable plastic templates, invisible thread, and a machine blanket stitch. Voilà! See her scrappy quilts featuring beautiful curves in Simple Circles and Quick Curves.
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    What’s your favorite way to sew curves: piecing or appliqué? Share your favorite method in the comments!


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  9. Patterns for pennies—so you can stock up!

    Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

    From Easy Crocheted Hats and ScarvesDo you like to stock your stash with beautiful yarn or fabulous patterns? Even if you’re on a budget, you can do both!

    Easy Crocheted Hats and Scarves is a collection of popular patterns—bundled together into a nifty budget booklet that will cost you less than 90 cents per pattern. Yes, you read that right: 11 crocheted scarves and 4 crocheted hat patterns for just $12.99.

    What this means for you and your stash: more cash to spend at the yarn shop! Check out these three patterns from Easy Crocheted Hats and Scarves and some yummy yarn suggestions (have your shopping list ready; you’ll want to write these down).


    Windy City Chicago crocheted hat and scarf Try this pattern: Windy City Chicago

    Crochet an extra-warm scarf and rolled-brim cloche for chilly days. You’ll want to use a rich wool fiber for maximum warmth! Find the pattern + 3 more hat and scarf combinations in Easy Crocheted Hats and Scarves.
    Wool of the Andes Tweed yarn Try a new-to-you yarn: Wool of the Andes Tweed

    Neutral specks of Donegal tweed give a rustic texture to this worsted-weight wool.

    Silver and Gold scarf Check this out: Silver and Gold

    Chevrons and tassels make a fun holiday scarf if crocheted in sparkly yarn, or a trendy accessory in bright solids. Try it in both! Find this + 10 more easy scarves in Easy Crocheted Hats and Scarves.
    Cascade Cherub Aran Sparkle Yarn Add sparkle: Cascade Cherub Aran Sparkle Yarn

    Metallic threads and bright colors, oh my! This yarn is machine washable AND eye-catching.

    Lovely Lace crocheted scarf Oo La La: Lovely Lace

    Scalloped edges and lattice lace is an elegant combination in a simple scarf. Find this + 3 more crocheted lace scarves in Easy Crocheted Hats and Scarves.
    Spud and Chloe Sweater yarn The perfect blend: Spud and Chloe Sweater

    Available in a deliciously unique color palette, this worsted-weight yarn is a soft blend of wool and organic cotton.

    Got your wish list? Get the patterns shown above and more when you buy Easy Crocheted Hats and Scarves right now at ShopMartingale.com for just $12.99 (and get the eBook version for free right away!). Then it’s time to go yarn shopping with the money you saved!

    Looking for more deals? Check out these other $12.99 booklets available now at ShopMartingale.com:

    Tunisian Crochet Today Knitted Scarves


    Do you spend more money buying new patterns, or buying more yarn? Tell us in the comments and you’ll be entered to win an eBook copy of Easy Crocheted Hats and Scarves. We’ll pick a winner one week from today and notify the winner by email.

    Comments are closed for this post.

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

    More on patterns. I just wish I had more free time.”

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


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  10. Strip piecing gets spectacular: must-see quilts (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on August 7, 2014, in quilting & sewing, , ,

    Spectacular geometrics. Mind-bending curves. Brave, bold designs.

    Sound like a best-of-show winner in a national quilt competition? Here’s a little secret about the quilts in the new book Remarkable Rectangles:

    Robin's Butterfly
    “Robin’s Butterfly”

    They’re 100% strip pieced.

    Remarkable RectanglesAuthor Robert DeCarli’s quilts are graphically stunning, featuring illusions of curves, diamonds, and more. Upon first glance—or even after careful scrutiny—they may seem nearly impossible to replicate. But if you’ve done a little strip piecing, you’ve got all the skill you need to make them.

    Robert is a former math professor who became happily hooked on quilting when his wife asked him to help her make a wedding quilt. Since then, he’s spent many years hunting down woven coverlets, which inspire his quilt designs. And although Robert’s quilts have a Bargello vibe, his method for sewing them is strictly block by block.

    Add stress-free color choices—just 2 to 5 fabrics per quilt, with a focus on contrasting lights and darks—and these rectangle-only quilts become even more enticing to sew. Below you’ll find the basic steps for making a few of the quilts from Remarkable Rectangles:

    Ezekiel's Wheel quilt Starting up: “Ezekiel’s Wheel”

    • Create 4 strip sets using 2 colors
    • Cut strip sets into varying strip widths
    • Sew resulting strips into 16 blocks
    • Finished size: 36½” x 36½”
    Sunny South quilt Adding colors: “Sunny South”

    • Create 9 strip sets using 4 colors
    • Cut strip sets into varying strip widths
    • Sew resulting strips into 16 blocks
    • Finished size: 24½” x 24½”
    Red Lion quilt Going big: “Red Lion” (Yes, there’s a story behind the name of this quilt! Find it on page 60.)

    • Create 4 strip sets using 2 colors
    • Cut strip sets into varying strip widths
    • Sew resulting strips into 36 blocks
    • Finished size: 70½” x 70½”
    Kathy's Star quilt Making motifs: “Kathy’s Star”

    • Create 16 strip sets using 4 colors
    • Cut strip sets into varying strip widths
    • Sew resulting strips into 36 blocks
    • Finished size: 49½” x 49½”

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    Strip-piecing skills: confident, competent, or completely absent? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Remarkable Rectangles 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 Jill, who says:

    “My strip-piecing skills are pretty good after 24 years of making quilts, but my goodness, the quilts in this book are so spectacular, I think my confidence just dropped an inch or two. Absolutely breathtaking!”

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