1. How to make fabric yo-yos (and use them in Kim Diehl quilts)

    Quilting 101: how to make fabric yo-yos

    Welcome Wagon quiltFabric yo-yos—those little circles of fabric that, when gathered, result in puffy rounds of charm—have many fans in the quilting world. Yo-yos are so easy to sew, you can claim proficiency after stitching only a few. And just like making English paper-piecing shapes, making yo-yos can be addictive. It’s fun to watch the stacks pile up!

    One famous fan of yo-yos is our best-selling author of 2014, Kim Diehl. In her book Simple Graces, Kim shares how to make fabric yo-yos for her jaw-dropping quilt, “Welcome Wagon” (right). Learn below how to make yo-yos just like Kim does—once you get the hang of it, you can whip up yo-yos in any size!

    How to make fabric yo-yos

    from Simple Graces by Kim Diehl

    Cut out an approximate 4″ fabric circle. With the wrong side up, turn a portion of the edge toward you a scant ¼" to create a hem. Using a knotted length of perle cotton and an embroidery needle, bring the needle up through the hem from the wrong side of the folded fabric to bury the knot between the layers. Sew a running stitch through all of the layers, near the folded edge. Continue turning the hem to the front and stitching as you work your way around the circle to your starting point.

    How to make fabric yo-yos

    Gently pull the threaded needle to gather the yo-yo edges into the center. Insert the needle under the gathered edge, just to the side of the center opening, and bring it out on the back of the yo-yo. Knot and clip the thread from the back, keeping the gathers taut.

    How to make fabric yo-yos

    Yo-yo quiltTIP: I’ve found that keeping my running stitches approximately ¼" in length helps to produce tightly gathered yo-yo centers. If your centers look overly large even after your gathers have been pulled tight, it could be that your stitches are too small, resulting in too many gathers—try adjusting your stitch size and you’ll likely be happier with your yo-yos’ appearance.

    Once you have a pile of yo-yos to play with, you can appliqué them to a background fabric, as Kim does in her “Welcome Wagon” quilt from Simple Graces:

    Welcome Wagon Yo-Yo quilt
    Kim used 36 fat eighths for the large and small yo-yos.

    Kim also appliqués yo-yos onto this springtime table runner from Simple Seasons:

    Tulips and Tossed Greens table runner
    “Tulips and Tossed Greens”

    New to yo-yos? Start with a small appliqué project to get into the groove.

    Welcome Wagon quilted door hanger
    “Welcome Wagon” door hanger from
    Simple Graces

    Or, skip the appliqué entirely and simply sew yo-yos together with a few tacking stitches, as in this lacelike table topper designed by Country Threads:

    Yo-yo table topper
    Choose forty 5″ charm squares to make the yo-yos for this beauty from
    Country Threads Goes to Charm School.

    Want more projects from Kim Diehl and Country Threads? Click on a cover below to view gorgeous photo galleries featuring projects from the books mentioned today:

    Simple Graces Simple Seasons Country Threads Goes to Charm School

    What’s your yo-yo experience: made a million, made a few, or going to make some now? Tell us in the comments!

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  2. Pick your stitch: 80 knitting options (+ giveaway)

    Martingale's Knit & Crochet Friday

    Pick Your Stitch, Build a BlanketA stitch dictionary can be one of the most exciting resources in your knitting library. But what if you’re new to turning those stitches into finished projects?

    Best-selling author Doreen Marquart has combined 80 unique stitch patterns and 11 blanket knitting patterns into one complete resource. This two-in-one reference guide and pattern collection also shows you how to mix and match your favorite stitches into a sampler throw—or even your very own design!

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    From Pick Your Stitch, Build a Blanket
    See all 11 blanket knitting patterns using stitches from Pick Your Stitch, Build a Blanket

    You’ll find unique designs, ideas for sampler afghans, a comprehensive knitting stitch dictionary, and instructions for turning stitch patterns into your very own design. Ready to learn how to make your own blanket? Pick Your Stitch, Build a Blanket is available now at ShopMartingale.com—and remember, when you buy the book, you’ll get the eBook PDF version to download for free, right away.


    Vintage yarn by BerrocoWe’ve teamed up with Berroco to offer a BIG giveaway! Leave your comment at the end of this post and you’ll be entered to win skein of Vintage by Berroco as well as an eBook PDF copy of Pick Your Stitch, Build a Blanket.

    Visit Berroco’s blog for another chance to win!

    What is your all-time favorite knitting stitch pattern? Tell us in the comments and you’ll be entered to win a skein of Vintage by Berroco along with an eBook PDF copy of Pick Your Stitch, Build a Blanket. 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 Melissa, who says:

    "I love all stitches but am so fascinated with cable stitches of any kind. I love to make blankets for wedding and baby gifts so this book would be invaluable to me so thank you for the chance to win it and the yarn."

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

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  3. So you think you can stash?: Civil War fabrics

    So You Think You Can Stash?: Civil-War-prints
Recently we asked you which kinds of fabrics dominate your stash. Not surprisingly, many of you have admirable collections of Civil War reproduction prints.

    What is it that makes these fabrics so appealing? Is it the prints themselves? The color palette? Or is it the connection with history and tradition that draws us in?

    Of the many Civil War quilt books available, one that really brings that connection home is Kathleen Tracy’s book, Remembering Adelia: Quilts Inspired by Her Diary. Through actual diary entries we glimpse the life of a young girl during the war: moving through her daily chores, joining in sewing and quilting circles, watching friends and neighbors go off to war. It’s an intimate look at the life of an ordinary woman living in extraordinary times.

    And of course, there are the projects. Some of the patterns feature authentic Civil War quilt blocks while others are designs typical of the era. Many of them are small, which makes them ideal for using the leftovers from your last Civil War quilt.

    Quilts from Remembering Adelia
    “Civil War Baskets” and “Prairie Points Doll Quilt” make great use of scraps.

    Quilts from Remembering Adelia
    “Lincoln’s Platform” commemorates the President’s position on slavery. “Charming Coins” is a sweet and simple doll quilt.

    Housewife needle case
    This little needle case is called a “housewife.” These were often given to soldiers as sentimental tokens, and they were also quite practical. Soldiers had to mend their own uniforms in the field.

    One thing we know for sure is that 19th-century quilters made the most of every bit of fabric they had. Challenge yourself to use up your bits in a Civil War scrap quilt.

    Remembering Adelia
    Remembering Adelia
    Paperback (with free PDF eBook): $24.99
    PDF eBook: $16.99
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    The prints, the colors, the history: what draws you to Civil War reproduction fabrics? Tell us in the comments!

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  4. Bowl, plate, cup, saucer: quilts for the kitchen (+ giveaway!)

    New-release day: Cups and Saucers

    FiestawareDishes! Aren’t they fun to collect? Chances are that you or someone you know loves to collect dishware. Wouldn’t it be great to make something for the kitchen or dining room to match? We have a new book that can help!

    Flashback to October of 2001: I had been working at Martingale for only a little over a year and was a fairly inexperienced quilter. There was a small quilt hanging on the wall quite close to my desk, from a book we’d recently published by the name of Cups and Saucers. Here’s the quilt:

    Quilts from Cups and Saucers
    Left: “Blue Dishes” by Maaike Bakker and Hilly Osterhoo, from the first printing of
    Cups and Saucers. Right: the same quilt from the new Cups and Saucers, remade in fresh fabrics.

    One of my coworkers had been saying quite loudly that if anyone felt like making her a version of that quilt, she would gladly accept it! Guess whose name I drew for our Christmas gift exchange that year? I was so excited that, even though I didn’t know her well, I knew EXACTLY what to make for her! As a new quilter I didn’t know that I was supposed to be afraid of paper piecing, and so I dove right in and found great success with my first paper-piecing attempt. Happy quilter, happy recipient!

    Paper-pieced blocks from Cups and Saucers

    I was delighted to find out that Cups and Saucers was coming back by popular demand, updated to show all the projects remade in completely new fabrics! You’ll find more than 40 block patterns plus 10 projects to get you started on your own kitchen- or dining-room masterpiece.

    Quilts from Cups and Saucers
    “Dutch Dishes” and “Christmas Crockery” from
    Cups and Saucers by Maaike Bakker

    These versatile designs can be incorporated into all kinds of small projects. Imagine these designs on place mats, tea towels, pot holders, table runners, aprons, and more. Voila! The perfect gift! (And hey—I’ll never tell if the gift you’re making is for yourself.)

    Table runner and place mats from Cups and Saucers
    “Teatime Table Runner” and “Summer Placemats”

    Cups and SaucersPick up your copy of Cups and Saucers at your friendly neighborhood quilt shop or at ShopMartingale.com.

    Print book: $24.99 (with free eBook)
    eBook: $16.99

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    Which color scheme would you use for a Cups and Saucers quilt: bright bolds, pretty pastels, or a color + white? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Cups and Saucers 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 Lynn, who says:

    “I would probably be traditional and use Wedgewood blues to make a set, and another set out of white and that reddish/pinkish color you see on antique dishes. And then another set with little purple pansies, because I love them!”

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

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  5. Blog hop: Applique phobia? Try Fast-Piece Applique (+ giveaway!)

    Fast-Piece Applique blog tour

    Calling all quilt artists: welcome to our stop on the Fast-Piece Appliqué blog tour!

    Four-time author Rose Hughes is on a mission: to give you the techniques you need to make the art quilts of your dreams.

    Aspen Dawning quilt
    “Aspen Dawning”

    Keep Rose’s techniques in your quilting toolkit to use over and over again. They’re easy to learn, fun to experiment with, and liberating to use on all sorts of projects. Even if you’re not experienced at machine appliqué—or have a bit of “appliphobia”—you can quickly master the techniques in Rose’s new book, Fast-Piece Appliqué.

    Umbrella Beach quilt
    “Umbrella Beach”

    So, what are these tools that will coax out inner quilt artists? Rose offers three core techniques (with lots of variations within each):

    1. SKETCHING. Discover how to “simplify, simplify, simplify” any motif by pulling out its most essential elements. Follow along while Rose shows you how on a leaf motif—you’ll learn the ropes in a snap.

    Simplifying a leaf motif

    2. FAST-PIECE APPLIQUÉ. Use most any shape or motif you can dream up, including circles and curves. Rose’s Fast-Piece Appliqué construction technique lets you easily create it in fabric! Watch Rose demonstrate the technique with a flower motif in this video (to see how easy the sewing is, jump to 1:55).

    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.

    3. EMBELLISHMENTS. Once your quilt top is sewn, the fun continues with decorative embellishments. Learn couching, hand stitching, bead quilting, and other techniques that will help you complete your creative vision.

    Hand-stitched snowflakes
    Rose used a straight stitch to create snowflakes, which fill the background of “Sweet Dreams.”

    Once you try Rose’s methods, you’ll feel your confidence growing and your creativity flowing. Make Rose’s beautiful art quilts as shown in the book, or bring your own ideas to life!

    Fast-Piece AppliquePick up your copy of Fast-Piece Appliqué at your local quilt shop or at ShopMartingale.com.

    Print book: $24.99 (with free eBook)
    eBook: $16.99

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    Fast-Piece Applique hugs patternA gift from Rose: #loveletterhearts

    Visit each stop on the Fast-Piece Appliqué blog tour to download a FREE #loveletterhearts pattern—plus three more on the final day of the tour at Rose’s blog! Collect them all and you’ll have a dozen patterns for making your own hearts just in time for Valentine’s Day. Find general instructions for Rose’s piecing technique in Fast-Piece Appliqué.

    Download the #loveletterhearts “HUGS” pattern.

    What’s the most exciting part of creating a quilt for you: the designing, the sewing, or the embellishing? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Fast-Piece Appliqué eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    Follow the Fast-Piece Appliqué blog tour through January 16:

    Monday, January 5: Victoria Findlay Wolfe
    #loveletterhearts word: KISS

    Tuesday, January 6: Natalie Barnes
    #loveletterhearts word: SOUL

    Wednesday, January 7: Maddie Ketray
    #loveletterhearts word: SEXY

    Thursday, January 8: Generation Q Magazine
    #loveletterhearts word: SWAK

    Friday, January 9: Mandy Leins
    #loveletterhearts word: LEAP

    Monday, January 12: Megan Dougherty
    #loveletterhearts word: LUST

    Tuesday, January 13: Stitch This! (that’s us!)
    #loveletterhearts word: HUGS

    Wednesday, January 14: Sam Hunter
    #loveletterhearts word: FIRE

    Thursday, January 15: Rachel Biel
    #loveletterhearts word: SING

    Friday, January 16: Rose Hughes
    #loveletterhearts words: ???

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

    “I like the designing and the logistics of making the sewing as ‘seamless’ as possible.”

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

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  6. Quilting 101: how to square up a quilt block

    Quilting 101: how to square up a quilt block

    Ever sewed a quilt block that was supposed to be square…but didn’t turn out that way? We guarantee it’s even happened to some of the quilters at Martingale! Less-than-perfect cutting and sewing can result in too-big or too-small blocks that refuse to lie flat when sewn together. Frustration soon follows.

    Squaring up your blocks before you sew them together can help blocks fit together better, and it only takes an extra moment or two per block. Here’s a quick tip for how to square up a too-big quilt block from Quilts from Sweet Jane author Sue Pfau. (Look for help with too-small blocks in an upcoming post).

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    How to square up too-big quilt blocks

    When you check the desired measurement of an unfinished block and then trim any overlarge blocks to that size, your blocks will sew together nicely and your quilt top should lie flat. You can measure and trim sections of your block before assembling the full block, or you can trim the full block after you’ve joined its sections.

    Use both the vertical and horizontal lines on your rotary ruler to ensure you are trimming the block squarely. You may have more excess on one side of the block than the other, so you should never trim the edges without determining where any excess lies.


    When squaring up a block, first find its midpoint. For example, if you have a block that should measure 10″ square but it’s a bit large, place the 5″ intersection of your ruler where the block center should be. Trim the right and top edges. Rotate the block 180 degrees and align the 10″ lines of your ruler with the newly cut edges of the block. Trim any excess fabric.

    BONUS TIP: It’s always a good idea to make one practice block before starting your project. You can do this with extra fabric from your project or fabric from your stash. Making a practice block helps answer any questions you may have about measurements, cutting, how the blocks go together, etc. If you make a mistake, you will see it and be able to fix it before it’s repeated throughout your quilt!

    Projects from Quilts from Sweet Jane
    From Quilts from Sweet Jane—most projects use one set of precut fabrics plus a neutral background fabric.

    Quilts from Sweet JaneSee more from Quilts from Sweet Jane >

    Print book (with free eBook): $16.99
    eBook: $11.99

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    Seamingly ScrappyWant more precut-friendly ideas?

    Create a wonderfully varied collection of scrappy-looking quilts—all made the Seamingly Scrappy way! Choose from 10 innovative quilt patterns that rely on fat quarters, fat eighths, 2½" strips, and 5″ and 10″ squares. The Seamingly Scrappy technique works for traditional and modern styles, so you can let your favorite fabrics shine.

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    How do your quilt blocks usually turn out: a bit too big, a smidge too small, or just right? Tell us in the comments!

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  7. New year, new books! Knit and crochet sneak peek

    2015 knit and crochet books

    Welcome to 2015! We love a good resolution to stitch more, learn a new technique, or complete a record number of patterns. But truth be told, we also love the New Year for all the anticipation it embodies. After all, we’re in the business of creating all sorts of fabulous things for you to look forward to each month of the year! (Psst, if you really do love getting shiny new books every month plus a 35% discount in our online store, you might want to join the Martingale Insider Book Club.)

    We’ve been working busily over the past months planning a wonderful list of brand-new and beautiful knitting and crochet books to deliver in 2015. Ready for your sneak peek? Preview these upcoming books and tell us in the comments which one is on your wish list. You could be a lucky winner and get your favorite book delivered right to your door!

    Don’t forget to subscribe to Stitch This! for updates, because we’ll be featuring these books on our blog very soon.

    Coming in January Available Now!

    Sock-Yarn Shawls II

    Sock-Yarn Shawls II

    Sock-Yarn Shawls was on the best-sellers list for 2014—and we’re bursting with excitement for the follow-up! Jen Lucas is back with a beautiful, versatile collection of shawls made from sock-yarn. Patterns range from small shawlettes to large circular shawls, and many are made from a single skein.

    See all 16 brand-new designs in Sock-Yarn Shawls II!

    Pick Your Stitch, Build a Blanket

    Pick Your Stitch, Build a Blanket

    Itching to design your own throw but don’t know where to start? Doreen Marquart shows how to feature your favorite stitches in eye-catching afghans and samplers. You’ll find popular stitch designs from the 365 Knitting Stitches a Year Perpetual Calendar, now combined with instructions for understanding gauge, stitch counts, and repeats. It’s stitch dictionary, technique reference, and pattern collection in one!

    Explore the possibilities in Pick Your Stitch, Build a Blanket.

    Coming in February

    Boho Crochet

    Boho Crochet

    Crochet goes hip and happy! Celebrate the bohemian spirit with these bright, trendy pieces for home decor and accessorizing. You’ll find 30 projects, including blankets, pillows, coasters, bags, fashion accessories, and more.

    (Available to customers in the US and Canada only)

    Browse all 30 boho projects in Boho Crochet.

    Coming in March



    These amigurumi are more than just adorable mini creatures—they’re whimsical toys with puppet-style open mouths and BIG personality! Crochet everything from a friendly dog and funny frog to a grinning birthday cake and a hot-air balloon.

    Check out all 20 irresistible amigurumi now!

    Coming in April

    Seamless Knits for Posh Pups

    Seamless Knits for Posh Pups

    Doggie hoodies, dresses, and sweaters galore! Knit these chic and adorable knits for your pooch, including a little black dress with pearled neckline and a cute Waldo sweater (glasses not included). Also included are alternate colorways for most patterns, sizing information for dogs from 8 to 30 pounds, and—best of all—you’ll never have to sew any seams.

    See all 13 terrific designs (modeled by man’s best friend) now!

    Trust us—you won’t want to miss a single post this year. Be sure to subscribe to Stitch This! so you get the latest information about new books delivered right to your inbox!

    Which book would you love to own? Tell us in the comments and you’ll be entered to win a copy of your favorite upcoming release as soon as it is available. We’ll pick a winner one week from today and notify them by email.

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

    "Sock Yarn Shawls II is on my wish list. I love knitting shawls. It’s a great way to learn new stitches and have something beautiful to show for it."

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

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  8. Staff stitch + show: recent pictures of quilts we made!

    Martingale staff stitch + show #5

    The weeks leading up to Christmas sure did inspire us to sew quilts of many sizes! Here’s a look at some of the little, lap, and large quilts our staff recently completed.


    Coffee-cup quilt by Kara
    Senior account manager Kara says: “I got creative with my own setting for this quilt pattern from Country Threads. It perfectly shows off some charm squares I wanted to use in a special way.”

    See the original quilt in Back to Charm School >

    Slices of Sunshine quilt by Karen J
    Director of sales and marketing Karen J. says: “I made this ‘Slices of Sunshine’ table-runner design by Jessica Levitt after passing by the original several times a day—it was on display in our office. I pieced 2½" Kaffe Fassett charm squares to make the outer rows and machine quilted straight lines with a walking foot.”

    See the original quilt in Set the Table >

     Totally Taupe table runner by Karen J
    Karen J. also made this “Totally Taupe” table runner designed by Mary Green, and says: “I finished the top in less than a day while on retreat, including hand appliquéing the circles with my favorite Perfect Circles templates—the method is foolproof!”

    See the original quilt in Sew the Perfect Gift >

    Simple Patch baby quilt by Cornelia
    Senior customer-service representative Cornelia says: “I made this Hello Kitty-themed baby quilt for a new member of my extended family—a recently adopted baby girl. Baby Sonja’s mom loves Hello Kitty!”

    See the original quilt in Even More Quilts for Baby >


    Beach Glass quilt by Tracy
    Customer service manager Tracy says: “I made this quilt round-robin style with two friends. Each of us made blocks for the others, in their choice of colors. The other two quilts are done in red-and-brown prints and bright batiks. We call them our friendship quilts.”

    See the original quilt in 40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts >

    Over and Under quilt by Kara
    Kara says: “I created this ‘Over and Under’ quilt, designed by Kim Brackett, with a Jelly Roll of Mary Engelbreit fabric. The biggest challenge was getting my dachshund to stop lying on it while I worked!”

    See the original quilt in Scrap Quilting Strip by Strip >

     Star Blossoms quilt by Kara
    Kara also made “Star Blossoms,” saying: “This quilt is made with a pack of Moda ‘Fancy’ fat quarters I got at Spring Quilt Market. I took a tip from author John Q. Adams’s book Beyond Neutral and used a dark-gray background instead of my usual white. I may never go back!”

    See the original quilt in Scrap-Basket Beauties >


    Administrative assistant Linda says: “I’d been given a Layer Cake of Asian fabrics that I didn’t know what to do with until I was browsing the book More Loose Change and ran across this pattern. A lightbulb went off. I LOVE it!”

    See the original quilt in More Loose Change >

    Take 5 Gets a Buzz Cut quilt by Linda
    Linda went from 30 to 49 blocks to enlarge this beautiful “Take 5 Gets a Buzz Cut” quilt from More Take 5 Quilts. She says, “It’s all about the fabric. It’s the only quilt I’ve made for my bed; it fits perfectly in our nautical-themed room.”

    See the original quilt in More Take 5 Quilts >

    Square City quilt by Linda
    Linda also made this “Square City” quilt from Skip the Borders, saying: “This quilt was made for our great nephew Ryan who is REALLY into trains. He was so incredibly adorable when I gave it to him; he disappeared immediately to put it on his bed.”

    See the original quilt in Skip the Borders >

    What size project are you creating right now: little, lap, or large? Tell us in the comments!

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  9. What’s on YOUR wall? 2015 calendars half off now

    Posted by on January 7, 2015, in quilting & sewing, ,

    Calendars make great inexpensive gifts, and there’s one for nearly every subject imaginable. Perhaps you gave one to someone on your list this holiday season. But while you were thoughtfully selecting calendars for others, did you remember to get one for yourself? It’s not too late! There’s still time to pick up one of our three 2015 quilt calendars. And right now, you can get your favorite for 50% off while they last!

    Award-Winning Quilts 2015 Calendar A Year of Quilts 2015 Calendar That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar 2015
    Quantities limitedorder yours at 50% off now

    A wall calendar filled with gorgeous quilt photos provides daily inspiration along with practicality. You’ll be inspired by Award-Winning Quilts 2015 Calendar, the quilt show calendar from the International Quilt Association. It features a carefully curated selection of prizewinning quilts from the 2013 judged show, “Quilts: A World of Beauty,” held in conjunction with the International Quilt Festival in Houston. Whatever your quilting style, you’ll be blown away by the skill and artistry exhibited in these quilts.

    Distraction II quilt by Susan Stewart Indian Summer Sunset quilt by Shirley Gisi
    Celebration of Feathered Stars and Wildflowers quilt by the Vereins Quilt Guild Letter Carriers quilt by Janet Stone
    Some of the quilts featured in the Award-Winning Quilts 2015 Calendar, clockwise from top left: “Distraction II” by Susan Stewart of Pittsburgh, Kansas; “Indian Summer Sunset” by Shirley Gisi of Colorado Springs, Colorado; “Letter Carriers” by Janet Stone of Overland Park, Kansas; and “Celebration of Feathered Stars and Wildflowers,” a group quilt by members of the Vereins Quilt Guild of Fredericksburg, Texas.

    Order the Award-Winning Quilts 2015 Calendar >
    $14.99 $7.49

    A new calendar for 2015 is one we’ve called A Year of Quilts 2015 Calendar. We gathered some of our loveliest photos of quilts taken outdoors through the seasons. It’s a celebration of quilts and nature that feels like a breath of fresh air every month.

    Lime Punch quilt by Sara Diepersloot Grandpa’s Weathervane quilt by Tammy Johnson
    Sweet Potato Pie by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks Daisy Vines quilt by Nancy Mahoney
    Quilts featured in A Year of Quilts 2015 Calendar, clockwise from top left: “Lime Punch” by Sara Diepersloot; “Grandpa’s Weathervane” by Tammy Johnson; “Daisy Vines” by Nancy Mahoney; and “Sweet Potato Pie” by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks.

    Order the A Year of Quilts 2015 Calendar >
    $14.99 $7.49

    Our third calendar delivers more than just inspiration, although it certainly provides plenty of that: our That Patchwork Place® Quilt Calendar 2015 includes step-by-step instructions for all 12 quilts featured.

    For 14 years this beloved quilting calendar has graced the kitchens, offices, and sewing rooms of quilters around the world. Maybe you’ve been motivated to make a quilt from a previous calendar? One quilter we know made the most of her 2014 calendar: Dawn Goodall from Schodack Landing, New York. Dawn wrote to tell us she made all 12 quilts and donated them to charity. I was pretty impressed by Dawn’s accomplishment, until I learned that she makes and donates two quilts every month. Now that’s impressive. Well done, Dawn!

    Draped Dresdens quilt by Kay Connors Tiny Textured Trees quilt by Carolyn Friedlander
    Road Trip quilt by Pat Wys That ’70s Quilt by Kate Henderson
    Quilts featured in the That Patchwork Place® Quilt Calendar 2015 (patterns included), clockwise from top left: “Draped Dresdens” by Kay Connors; “Tiny Textured Trees” by Carolyn Friedlander; “That ’70s Quilt” by Kate Henderson; and “Road Trip” by Pat Wys.

    Order the That Patchwork Place® Quilt Calendar 2015 >
    $16.99 $8.49

    Have a look at all three calendars and see which one suits your style. All 50% off while they last.

    2015 quilting calendars

    Which calendar is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

    2015 wall calendars on sale

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  10. New quilting books for 2015: sneak peek!

    Welcome to Wish-List Day! Get a sneak peek at new books coming to your local quilt shop in January. Keep track of your favorites by using the “Notify Me” and “Wish List” tools at ShopMartingale.

    Notify-Me and Wish-List tools

    Be sure to subscribe to our blog—that way you’ll know when each book has been officially released. Visit the blog on new-release days and enter to win an eBook too!

    Special note for knitters and crocheters: stop by the blog this Friday for a sneak peek at new knit and crochet books coming soon.

    All About Strips: Colorful Quilts from Strips of Many Sizes

    by Susan Guzman

    Calling all fabric strips: the more the merrier! Susan’s easy-to-construct quilts use strips from 1½" to 10½" wide—hand-cut or precut strips welcome. Timeless designs with a modern kick make it easy to show off your favorite stash fabrics or designer collections (or that fabric you’ve never had the guts to cut).

    BONUS >>> Learn to create a mood board to tap into your unique style.

    All About Strips

    Quilts from All About Strips

    See all 15 strip-happy quilts in All About Strips >

    Fast-Piece Appliqué: Easy, Artful Quilts by Machine

    by Rose Hughes

    What would you feature in an art quilt? No matter your subject, celebrated quilt artist Rose Hughes will help you transform your ideas into graphic art quilts with 11 step-by-step projects and one mantra: simplify, simplify, simplify. Once you learn her all-purpose machine-appliqué technique, you’ll be able to stitch any of the quilts in the book—or any design you can dream up.

    BONUS >>> Use Rose’s fun embellishment techniques on any project: couching, dimensional stitching, and quilting with threads and beads.

    Fast-Piece Applique

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    Make one of Rose’s 11 inspiring art quilts, or create your own >

    Make It Martingale: Value-Priced Quilting Books

    Top Your Table: 10 Quilts in Different Shapes and Sizes

    Make beautiful runners and toppers in a snap with this fun collection of favorite patterns from Martingale authors. Small in scale and simple in construction, designs are perfect for decorating and making quick gifts—many double as baby or doll quilts. Value-packed at just $12.99!

    Top Your Table

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    From Top Your Table

    Welcome Baby: 9 Adorable Quilt Patterns

    Grab this go-to baby-quilt book at a gotta-get-it price! Enjoy nine adorable designs from popular Martingale authors. Several are so simple, even a beginner can have a quilt wrapped up in time for the baby shower. Only $12.99!

    Welcome Baby

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    From Welcome Baby

    Welcome Home: 8 Inviting Wall Hangings

    Entryway, living room, bedroom, guest room—these pretty quilts are ready to wow wherever you hang them. Stylish, scrap-friendly projects include favorite designs from Vicki Bellino, Barbara Brandeburg and Teri Christopherson, and Country Threads. Only $12.99!

    Welcome Home

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    Which new book would you like to dive into first? Tell us in the comments!

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