1. How to sew rickrack on a quilt (think spring flowers!) 💐

    Today is the first day of spring! It’s the perfect time to start sewing something new—and we’ve got the perfect book to help you welcome warmer weather!

    Rick rack stems from Here Comes SpringHere Comes Spring is packed with pretty patchwork to decorate your home for the season—and the little details that authors Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks dream up for their designs make them extra special. One of the authors’ trademark tricks is to use rickrack for stems, vines, and flower embellishments. You won’t believe 1) how easy it is to sew rickrack and 2) how cute those wavy strips look in quilts!

    We asked Jeanne to show us how she sews all kinds of rickrack, from super fat to super skinny—and we caught all her suggestions on video! Follow her expert advice to try rickrack in your quilts:


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    We also filmed a little video of another rickrack trick from Here Comes Spring—the technique gives a lovely scalloped edge to your flower appliqués and finishes the raw edges at the same time!


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    So clever!

    Once you learn rickrack basics, you can sew them into all sorts of springtime quilts, such as:

    Opening Day flower pillow
    This sweet Opening Day Pillow

    Rebecca's Keepsake Quilt
    This starry showstopper, called Rebecca’s Keepsake Quilt (see the stems?)

    Prairie Picnic quilt and tote
    This Prairie Picnic set (raise your hand if you miss picnics!)

    Spring Blooms quilts
    This Spring Blooms Duo—just the right quilts for watchers of birds and keepers of gardens.

    You’ll find lots more how-to tricks in Here Comes Spring—sew smart with Jeanne and Shelley and you’re guaranteed projects that won’t take all season to finish!

    Which project pairs up with what you’ll be doing this spring?

    a) A quilt for sunset watching.

    b) A pillow for nighttime stargazing.

    c) A tote for springtime shopping!

    Tell us what you’d make first in the comments—and remember, when you purchase Here Comes Spring at our website, you can instantly download the eBook version for free.


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  2. It’s official – Moda All-Stars: All in a Row Again has a cover! 👏

    The votes have been tallied . . . here is the cover of Moda All-Stars: All in a Row Again!

    Moda All-Stars: All in a Row Again

    No matter which cover was your favorite, patterns for ALL the rows you saw on both covers are included in the book, coming in October 2017. Mix and match 23 rows in four fun categories:

    Flowers and Trees
    Critters and Creatures
    Buildings and Houses
    Classic Patchwork

    Many thanks for helping us choose the cover—preorder your copy of the book here!


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  3. 5 fun ideas for celebrating Worldwide Quilting Day 2017 (tomorrow!)

    Worldwide Quilting Day 2017Worldwide Quilting Day 2017 is tomorrow!

    Just think of all the quilters . . . all the fabric . . .  all the happily humming sewing machines! Tomorrow that humming will be heard ’round the world—we all need to make some noise, right?

    We’ve been celebrating Worldwide Quilting Day on our blog for five years running, and we’ve shared some fun posts full of ideas for commemorating the day. This year, we’re rounding up those ideas for you. Choose one idea or choose them all—but be sure to share your love of quilting with the world tomorrow!

    IDEA #1: Teach someone to quilt.

    Quilting is fun, and it can be even more fun with a friend. If you don’t have a quilting friend to share the day with, why not create one from scratch—teach a beginner how to quilt! This cute Just Buttons quilt pattern is perfect for beginners (and it’s FREE). You can download basic how-to booklets from our How to Quilt page too.

    Just Buttons quilt - free pattern
    Just Buttons free quilt pattern by Susan Nelsen


    IDEA #2: Give a little TLC to a WIP.

    Got a work in progress that you’d love to get to the finish line? Set aside time tomorrow to give that project your full attention. We all know how glorious it feels to finally finish a quilt—you’ve got a great excuse to do just that this weekend!

    From the book Quiltmaking Essentials I


    IDEA #3: Go shopping!

    It’s the perfect day to visit to your local quilt shop! Download our free printable shopping list for quilters to keep track of what you need, want, or can’t resist.

    Free printable shopping list for quilters


    IDEA #4: Host a patchwork party!

    Download this free printable quilt-party invitation to send to your friends and put together a little patchwork party. A few snacks and drinks are all you really need, along with some portable projects to work on. If you want to up your party game, here are three fun quilt-party themes to try.

    Quilt party invitations free printable


    IDEA #5: Teach yourself a new trick.

    Celebrate the day by giving yourself a challenge—try a new technique, sharpen your skills, or get your sewing space organized! Check out these 24 tutorials and these 52 tutorials to get inspired.

    76 quilting tutorials


    Speaking of learning new techniques—who better to learn with than best-selling author Pat Sloan? We’re giving away ALL THREE books in her “Teach Me” series to one lucky winner today!

    Win all 3 of Pat's books in her "Teach Me" series!

    Just answer this question to be entered into the drawing:

    How will you celebrate Worldwide Quilting Day 2017?

    a) I’m staying inside to quilt, quilt, quilt!

    b) I’m heading out for some fabulous fabric shopping!

    c) I’m connecting with quilty friends—we’ll be celebrating together!

    Tell us your answer in the comments and you could win all three of Pat’s books in her “Teach Me” series! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck—and from all of us at Martingale, here’s wishing you a VERY happy Worldwide Quilting Day!

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

    “Good morning, I will be staying in to quilt, quilt, quilt! Perfect for a March Saturday in Wisconsin. Thank you.”

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


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  4. Repro lovers, assemble! 182 twists on Civil War–style quilt blocks (+ fabric giveaway)

    Reproduction-quilt lovers, are you ready for a decidedly different quilt-block book?

    Save your scraps, pile up your precuts, and iron your yardage—The 4″ x 5″ Quilt-Block Anthology is a BIG quilt-block book that will inspire you for years to come!

    The 4 x 5 Quilt-Block Anthology

    If you’re like us, you’re “long”ing to stitch these one-of-a-kind rectangular blocks—the unexpected shape is rocking our quilty world!

    How did this compendium of rectangular quilt blocks come to be? Coauthors Carol Hopkins (of Civil War Legacies fame) and Linda M. Koenig dreamed up a challenge for their Indiana-based quilt group: design 4″ x 5″ blocks using only reproduction fabrics in blue, black, red, and double pink. That’s what inspired The 4″ x 5″ Quilt-Block Anthology—and the results are breathtaking.

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

    At a whopping 208 pages, the book is packed with brand-new block designs—

    Original blocks from The 4 x 5 Quilt-Block Anthology
    Clockwise from top left:
    Ripples, Signature, Log Off, and Apple Seeds

    —as well as classic favorites, all reinvented to fit the 4″ x 5″ shape:

    Classic blocks reinvented
    Clockwise from top left:
    Shoo Fly, Hopscotch, Anvil, and Lost Ship

    Block photos are so close up, you can see the color and print choices that each quilter made, right down to the teeniest polka dot. And once you’ve made your blocks, you’ll get inspired to set them with examples of magnificent sampler quilts in the gallery. When you buy the book, you’ll get online access to even more settings (trust us, they’re gorgeous).

    Did we mention that the anthology also includes ideas for using the blocks in your own quilt group or club? Create a block club just like the authors’ club and have a blast—with this last-a-lifetime book, you’ll never run short of ideas!

    We’re thrilled to have Carol Hopkins as a guest writer today, here to tell you the remarkable tale of how the anthology came to be.

    But first . . .


    FABRIC GIVEAWAY! Carol Hopkins and our friends at Marcus Fabrics curated the American Swatch Book fabric collection—a line of classic prints designed by Judie Rothermel—to pair perfectly with The 4″ x 5″ Quilt-Block Anthology. And we’ve got a bundle to give away to one lucky winner!

    Marcus Fabrics and Martingale giveaway!

    Learn how you can win the bundle plus a copy of The 4″ x 5″ Quilt-Block Anthology at the end of this post. (To learn more about American Swatch Book, visit the Marcus Fabrics blog, Marcus Mentions!)


    Carol HopkinsLike many quilters, I count my quilting friends among life’s treasures. Over the last 25 years or so, I’ve been fortunate to share my passion for making small quilt blocks with reproduction fabrics through block exchanges with a special group of friends. Our exchanges focus on creating blocks of a certain size, pattern, or color, such as 3″ multicolored sampler blocks, tiny Shoo Fly blocks in assorted blues, 6″ red-and-green sampler blocks, 4″ pink-and-brown stars, and blocks on which we wrote favorite sayings or quotations.

    It Started with a Block-Exchange Idea

    When four of us met for lunch a few years ago to discuss our next exchange, we’d just finished a year-long exchange of 96 small Weathervane blocks using only plaids, checks, and stripes. To make our next exchange less time-consuming, we agreed on a simple block consisting of a plain rectangle surrounded by a one-inch border on all sides. Easy enough, until Linda Koenig had an inspiration while driving home, and then sent us a note with an invitation: “Design and assemble 4″ x 5″ quilt blocks using reproduction fabrics in blue, black, red, and double pink. Make four different blocks to share/keep each month, for nine months.” We were hooked when we saw the four sample blocks she enclosed. How hard could this be?

    We were hooked and dove into making blocks. But we soon realized the challenge! It’s not hard to design a 4″ block.  And it’s not hard to design a 5″ block. But to design a block that’s 4″ in one direction and 5″ in the other? That was trickier, and that’s what made it gratifying.

    Blocks from The 4 x 5 Quilt-Block Anthology
    Blocks from
    The 4″ x 5″ Quilt-Block Anthology

    Linda showed our blocks to another group of her quilting friends, and they decided joined the challenge. In all, we ended up with 182 blocks: some based on adaptations of classic square quilt blocks, and at least 50 new, never-before-seen blocks.

    Blocks from The 4 x 5 Quilt-Block Anthology
    More blocks from
    The 4″ x 5″ Quilt-Block Anthology

    A Book is Born

    When I showed the first few months of blocks to the folks at Martingale, they loved the innovative approach and agreed to publish a block book with full-sized photographs and step-by-step cutting and sewing directions for each block, along with a photo gallery of quilts made from the blocks. Thus, the The 4″ x 5″ Quilt-Block Anthology was born.

    Sadly, Linda passed away from a devastating illness before the book went to press. She saw the page proofs, but never viewed the book’s beautiful cover featuring her wonderful quilt, the result of a brainstorm on her drive home from lunch. We all greatly miss her friendship and her creative, perfectly pieced quilt designs.

    The Sparrow's Window quilt
    The Sparrow’s Window quilt, pieced by Linda M. Koenig and quilted by Viki Kirby

    Next Stop: Fabric

    The original 4″ x 5″ blocks were made from a wide assortment of fabrics from the exchange participants’ decades-old stashes. Since there was no existing collection in the marketplace suitable for recreating the 1880s look of the fabrics in the blocks, Jennifer Keltner, Martingale’s Chief Visionary Officer, and I approached Marcus Fabrics about asking Judie Rothermel, one of the pioneer designers of reproduction fabric lines, to create a collection that would capture the color palette and prints used for the blocks in the book.

    Marcus Fabrics agreed to develop a new collection, and Judie shared with me approximately 70 fabric swatches of blue, red, pink, black, and shirtings from her private collection of antique textiles. I felt like a kid in a candy store getting to see so many beautiful old fabrics, many of which contained prints never before available to reproduction-fabric lovers. Narrowing the choices to 22 prints was torturous, because, as I’m sure you can imagine, I wanted them all! In the end, the fabric line, which Judie named American Swatch Book, is a collection that beautifully reflects the colors and prints used in the original blocks.

    American Swatch Book fabrics

    Block-of-the-Month Club

    It's Not a Square Block-of-the-Month ClubSo, what do you do when you have a book of wonderful quilt blocks and a fantastic new fabric line? My response was to create the “It’s Not a Square” Block-of-the-Month Club. The club pairs blocks from the book and the new fabric line to make a 72-block sampler quilt. Available through quilt shops this fall, the club will offer full-color, detailed block guides to create six blocks each month from The 4" x 5″ Quilt Block Anthology using American Swatch Book prints. Information about the fabrics and the club is on its way to local quilt shops now. Watch for the book at your favorite shop, and ask about the club!


    What a whirlwind story, Carol—thank you for sharing it with us!

    Now, on to the giveaway! For your chance to win the American Swatch Book bundle plus a copy of the The 4" x 5″ Quilt Block Anthology, tell us:

    The 4 x 5 Quilt-Block AnthologyWhat fabrics would you choose to make the blocks in the anthology?

    a) I’d go with what the original makers intended: blue, black, red, and double pink.

    b) I’d follow the color guide but throw in a few surprises.

    c) I’d try these blocks in modern fabrics—the quilts would be just as spectacular!

    Tell us your answer in the commentswe’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And remember, when you purchase The 4" x 5″ Quilt Block Anthology at ShopMartingale.com, you can instantly download the eBook for free.

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

    “I love the scrappy look of my collection of reproduction fabrics. I love a challenge of the 4 by 5 blocks. I would love this project.”

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

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  5. Get ready for All in a Row – again! But first, help us choose a cover?

    Get ready for MORE row-by-row quilting fun—Moda All-Stars: All in a Row Again is in the works!

    Just like the original Moda All-Stars All in a Row, All in a Row Again is packed with pretty patchwork rows to inspire your quiltmaking in *sew* many ways! The book arrives in October 2017—and we can’t wait to show you all the delightful row designs inside!

    BUT . . . we’ve run into a hiccup. With the cover. Our awesome editorial team designed two amazing covers for the book, and we simply can’t decide which one we like best!

    So please, won’t you help us choose?

    Moda All-Stars - All in a Row Again

    Which cover is your #1 patchwork pick for the cover of Moda All-Stars: All in a Row Again—Autumn Harvest or Spring Brights?

    Share your vote for favorite cover in the comments by tomorrow at 9:00 am (PT). We’ll tally up the votes, make a few final touches, and reveal the winning cover soon!

    Many thanks for helping us choose—we knew we could count on you! We’re excited to discover what the new cover of Moda All-Stars: All in a Row Again will be!


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  6. SHOP NOW: semiannual warehouse sale – 90+ books, $5 each (while supplies last)

    It’s baaaack!!! Our semiannual warehouse sale is in full swing—and you’ve just GOT to steal these deals!

    Add select books to your shopping cart at ShopMartingale.com for only $5 each. Choose from 90+ titles featuring the inspiring beauty and quality instruction you love in Martingale books.

    Choose from the featured books below OR visit this link to browse all discounted books, but don’t delay—quantities are limited and we can’t guarantee that we won’t run out of stock during this epic sale!

    P.S. Remember, whenever your purchase totals $40 or more, we’ll pay for your shipping to the US and Canada.

    Happy stitching!


    Quilting: SEW MUCH to choose from!

    Bloom Creek Quilts Strip-Smart Quilts At Home with Country Quilts Homestyle Quilts
    Modern Quilts from the Bloggin Universe Knockout Neutrals Scrap Quilting Strip by Strip Think Big
    Country Elegance Sweet Tweets Red, White, and Sometimes Blue Easy Quilts for Beginners and Beyond

    Sewing: Start your (sewing-machine) engines!

    Sew Practical Sew and Play Sew Much Fleece It's a Wrap

    Knitting: start a new project (or a new hobby)!

    Sweet Pickles Sock-Yarn Accessories Pick Your Stitch, Build a Blanket Knit a Monster Nursery

    Crochet: hook the day away!

    Sweet Baby Crochet Amigurumi Toy Box Crochet a Farm Tunisian Crochet Encore

    *Free shipping to U.S. and Canada only. All sales are final. Due to order volume, processing may take up to 15 days to process. (But our shipping department rocks—your books will arrive as soon as humanly possible!)

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  7. 5 years!!! It’s our blog anniversary – celebration ahead! (giveaway + a heads up!)

    Can you believe it? We’re celebrating FIVE YEARS since we launched the Stitch This! blog!

    We’ve published 1,184 posts, read 163,334 comments, and introduced you to 280 new books. That’s a lot of happy numbers! We love sharing our books with you, and we hope you enjoy hearing about what our wonderful authors are up to!

    How-to posts are popular at Stitch This!, and we wondered which posts you found the most helpful during the past year. Below, take a look at our top 5 posts—which ones helped you?

    (By the way, if you aren’t following us on Pinterest, now’s the time—we’ve got more than 35,000+ followers and we’d love for you to join us, so pin the posts below and click “Follow” on our Pinterest page!)

    #5: Quick video tip: nice, neat embroidery—on the back!

    Embroidery tip: invisible tie-off
    From Snow Happy


    #4: Scrappy Nine Patch quilt block tutorial (+ the one clever step you’re missing)

    How to make a scrappy Nine Patch block
    From Block-Buster Quilts: I Love Nine Patches


    #3: 5 easy quilt-finishing tips for “toppers”

    5 easy quilt-finishing tips for toppers
      From The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting


    #2: How to sew bump-free block seams (video tip)

    How to sew bump-free block seams
    From Block-Buster Quilts: I Love Log Cabins


    #1: Walking-foot quilting tutorial (video): try quick & easy curves

    Walking-foot quilting tutorial
    From
    Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt


    Now, what’s an anniversary celebration without gifts? Answer our question at the end of this post and you’ll be automatically entered to win one of the following pairs of anniversary goodies:

    Book and fabric giveaway!
    A mammoth fat-quarter bundle from our friends at Moda: Rainy Day by Me and My Sister Designs—PLUS a copy of Me and My Sister Designs’ latest book, 12-Pack Quilts!

    Book and fabric giveaway!
    OR
    these adorable About a Boy/About a Girl bundles by Anni Downs, courtesy of our friends at Henry Glass—PLUS a copy of Baby Bliss by Kim Diehl and Pat Wys!

    And because you’re celebrating 5 years with us, we’ll let you in on a BIG little secret that has to do with the number 5 too . . . we’ll be hosting our semiannual WAREHOUSE SALE on Monday, March 13.

    More than 90 books will be on sale for only $5 each while supplies last. So mark your calendar and get up early for some fun Monday cybershopping in your jammies!

    Now, back to those goodies up for grabs! For your chance to win a book and a bundle, tell us:

    How long have you been following Martingale’s Stitch This! blog?

    a) I’m brand-new to the blog (be sure to subscribe!).

    b) I’ve been hanging with this tribe for a while now (so glad you’re here!).

    c) I’ve been following Stitch This! since the very first post!

    Tell us in the comments and you could win the About a Girl and About a Boy bundles from Henry Glass, plus a copy of Baby Bliss; or you could win the Rainy Day fat-quarter bundle from Moda, plus a copy of 12-Pack Quilts! We’ll choose two random winners one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

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    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winners are:

    Leanne, who says, “Happy Blogiversary! B. I’ve been reading the blog for about a year and a half. Love all the tips and books!”

    Linda, who says, “I have been following your blog for a while now. I really learn a lot from your emails. Thank you so much for the valuable information. I look forward to receiving your emails.”

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

    Many thanks for celebrating our 5th anniversary with us—
    stay tuned for much more to come in year six!

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  8. How to quilt a patchwork quilt just like Civil War–era quilts

    Birthday QuiltWe know we have just a few (ha!) fans of reproduction quilts out there—so today we’ve got something special to share with you!

    If you’ve ever wondered how to choose a quilting design for your reproduction quilts, one that’s authentic to the era, Julie Hendricksen is the perfect person to ask. She’s made a career out of her passion for antique quilts as an author, fabric designer for Windham Fabrics, and owner of JJ Stitches quilt shop in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Julie and her antique and antique-inspired quilts were even featured in a two-part episode of PBS’s Sewing With Nancy last year. So yeah, the perfect person to ask!

    With hundreds of antique quilts in her collection—scrap quilts from the turn of the nineteenth century being her favorite—Julie’s had ample opportunity to research the quilting designs that quilters from the late 1800s chose. And in her book Preserving History, she shares her years of expertise with you.

    Quilts from Preserving History
    Quilts from
    Preserving History

    There are two main categories of quilting that Julie delves into in Preserving History: crosshatching and marked motifs. In this excerpt from the book, Julie covers crosshatching—a simple motif that produces striking results.


    Quilting a Reproduction Quilt: Crosshatching

    Julie HendricksenThese days, many of us send our quilts off to be quilted by a professional long-arm quilter rather than handling the quilting ourselves. But if you want your quilt that’s pieced using reproduction fabrics to look authentic to the antique one it’s modeled after, what type of quilting design do you choose?

    Part of the fun of looking at vintage quilts is not only to examine the prints and colors and the plan or whimsy with which they’ve been combined, but to also have a close-up look at how these dearly loved and oft-used quilts were quilted.

    Crosshatching (lines going in two opposite directions, forming intersecting lines) was a popular quilting style in the 1800s and remains so today. One thing you’ll notice about quilts from long ago is that the quilter probably didn’t bother marking her quilting lines, nor did she have tools such as spacer bars or rulers at her disposal like we have for our machines today. Crosshatched lines were “eyeballed,” stitching from one corner of the block to another. Sometimes things got a little wobblier as the crosshatch was continued into the border, because there were no more patchwork lines to use as a guide, as in the 1930s Checkerboard quilt below. Does that mean the quilt was any less special or loved or warm? Certainly not!

    Checkerboard quilt - crosshatching quilting
    1930s Checkerboard quilt

    When blocks were set straight, the crosshatching typically was done diagonally, from corner to corner of blocks. This means the stitches were sewn along the bias of the fabric, which is the easiest direction to go when hand quilting. Sewing along the grainline is quite a bit harder.

    Conversely, when blocks were set on point (diagonally), the crosshatching was still done along the bias of the fabric, but the resulting grid looks like it’s worked vertically and horizontally across the quilt, as in this Triangles in a Row quilt.

    Triangles in a Row quilt
    Close-up: Triangles in a Row

    Crosshatching doesn’t have to be done in squares. Quiltmakers adapted it to match the style of the quilt. Below, two different versions are shown. The first is diamond crosshatching, which is formed by following the lines of the Thousand Pyramid triangles. (The pattern for this quilt is in my first book, Remembering the Past.)

    Thousand Pyramid quilt
    Thousand Pyramid quilt: diamond crosshatching

    Another example is on the 1890s Baskets quilt below. The crosshatch is a combination of parallel diagonal lines intersecting with parallel vertical lines. It creates a nice effect, especially in the plain alternate blocks where the crosshatching shows up quite well.

    1890s Baskets quilt
    1890s Baskets quilt

    If you plan to machine or hand quilt your project with crosshatching, an easy way to mark the lines is with painter’s tape. It comes in many widths, you can reposition it several times before you need a new piece, and it’s not so sticky as to leave a residue on your quilt. Crosshatching isn’t the easiest technique for a long-arm quilter, however. It involves a lot of ruler work and stopping and starting as the quilt is rolled forward or backward. While its look is all about simplicity, the price tag for this type of quilting may not be!


    In Preserving History, Julie also covers marked quilting motifs in antique quilts, when classic designs like pumpkin seeds, cables, and Baptist Fans were all the rage. Learn more about authentic marked motifs from the Civil War era in Preserving History.

    Examples of marked quilting motifs
    Examples of marked quilting motifs from
    Preserving History

    Books by Julie HendricksennWant to learn more from Julie about Civil War quilts? Pick up her books Preserving History and Remembering the Past. When you buy either book, you’ll be able to instantly download the eBook for free. Buy both and we’ll pick up your shipping tab in the US and Canada!

    How do you quilt your reproduction quilts: with crosshatching or marked motifs? Tell us in the comments!

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  9. Wish list day! A splendid sampler, Minick and Simpson, and more (+ giveaway!)

    Hey hey hey, it’s Wish List Day! We’re back for our favorite day of the month, and we can’t wait to give you a peek at new books coming from Martingale in April—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.

    The Splendid SamplerThe Splendid Sampler
    100 Spectacular Blocks from a Community of Quilters
    Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson

    Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson started The Splendid Sampler Sew-Along with a shared idea: to bring the whole world together to quilt. And with help from quilters across the globe, that’s exactly what they did. More than 25,000+ quilters from all walks of life joined the sew-along—100 quilt blocks, 80+ designers, and 12 months of sewing fun—and now the much-anticipated companion book is almost here! All 100 block patterns (with close-up photos of each design) are included, along with ideas for setting your blocks. Make a few or make them all! The Facebook group is still going strong—get the book, share your blocks, and experience the joys of quilting with a very special community of quilters.

    Quilt blocks from The Splendid Sampler
    Blocks from the Splendid Sampler

    See all 100 blocks up close—which is your favorite? >


    Minick and Simpson Blue & WhiteMinick and Simpson Blue & White
    Living with Textiles You Love
    Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson

    When we first saw images from the photo shoot for this book, everyone in the Martingale office immediately wanted to switch the colors in their homes to blue and white—and we bet you will too! In this hardcover, coffee-table-style volume, you’ll pore over page after page of breathtaking room settings, all in calming blues and crisp whites. Polly and Laurie invite you to explore their inspiring collections, from quilts and hooked rugs to darling antiques (the heart-shaped tin cookie cutters and timeworn game boards made us gasp with glee!). Spotlighting three different homes featuring Americana, coastal, and classic styles, you’ll discover delightful decorating ideas and loads of tips for creating a two-color look. Whenever you want to be inspired by tranquil beauty—or you want to dream up a new decorating scheme—let this picturesque book whisk you away to a wonderful world of blue and white.

    From Minick and Simpson Blue & White
    From
    Minick and Simpson Blue & White

    Minick and Simpson Blue & White
    A room setting from the Americana chapter

    Sneak more peeks from Minick and Simpson Blue & White >


    The Big Book of Strip QuiltsThe Big Book of Strip Quilts
    Start with Strips to Make 60 Stunning Quilts

    Gather your stockpiles of strips for the 13th book in our “Big Book” series! Use precuts or strips from your stash to create 60 strip-tastic projects in styles ranging from classic beauty to fresh quilts with a modern vibe. Choose from designs by Kim Brackett, Amy Ellis, Kate Henderson, Julie Herman, Kathy Brown, and many more. So many designers, so many strips—sew much fun! And all for just pennies per pattern.

    From The Big Book of Strip Quilts
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    Get ready for some “big” fun with your strips! See more >


    Oh Glory!Oh Glory!
    11 Quilt Projects to Salute the Stars and Stripes
    Kathy Flowers

    Stitch a salute to the American spirit with the red-white-and-blue projects in Oh Glory! Show your pride in July and throughout the year with patriotic table toppers, wall quilts, throws, and more—or make and give a project to honor and comfort service members and veterans you know. A story about Kathy’s inspiration for the book—her father, a veteran of World War II—will tug at your heartstrings and fill you with gratitude for the men and women who proudly serve our country. Stitch an ode to them, to freedom, and to a celebration of the stars and stripes!

    Projects from Oh Glory!
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    Oh Glory!

    See more patriotic patchwork from Oh Glory! >


    Which book would make your April awesome? Tell us in the comments you could win your favorite when it’s released! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

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  10. 🌷9 quilts that sing of spring🌷

    It may not feel like it just yet, but spring is almost here! There are just 17 days until the first day of spring. Woohoo! 👏🌷☀

    Soon, we’ll be able to go outdoors without dressing like Nanook of the North. Flowers and green grass will replace the now-dreary snow and slush. The gray skies will be turning blue. Birds will be singing. And we’ll be able to get our Vitamin D from the sky instead of the kitchen cupboard. It just can’t happen soon enough!

    Sadly, Mother Nature doesn’t use a calendar so the shift will be gradual. 😔 We’ll just have to take it one day at a time. But thankfully your sewing room can reflect any season you like! Why not pull out some of your pretty springtime fabrics and create a beautiful quilt that will help get you through the transition?

    If you’re looking for some great ideas, we have an assortment of inspiring, instantly downloadable patterns to get you on your way. On sale this week for just $1.99 each, what are you waiting for?

    Birdhouses of Key West quilt
    Birdhouses of Key West by Cynthia LeBlanc Regone

    Iris Wool Table Runner
    Iris Wool Table Runner by Julie Popa

    Spring is Sprung quilt
    Spring is Sprung by Julie Popa

    Spring Bouquet Table Topper
    Spring Bouquet Table Topper by Julie Popa

    Double Pink Blooms quilt
    Double Pink Blooms by Cynthia LeBlanc Regone

    Fruit Basket quilt
    Fruit Basket by Cheryl Brown

    Gathered from the Garden quilt
    Gathered from the Garden by Cindy Lammon

    Spring Showers quilt
    Spring Showers by Cynthia Tomaszewski

    Mocha Stars quilt
    Mocha Stars by Kim Diehl

    How do YOU feel about the change of seasons?

    a) Spring can’t get here soon enough!
    b) I LIKE my wool socks!
    c) I can go with the flow!

    Tell us in the comments!

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