1. An all-in-one ruler for quilters? It exists!

    Rotary rulers. How many do you own? It seems like there’s a different ruler out there for every cutting task. But did you know there’s one ruler designed to do the job of many? It proudly proclaims its mission in its name: the All-in-One Ruler™.

    All-in-One Ruler
    The ruler measures 6″ x 18″—no bigger than many rectangular rotary rulers.

    The All-in-One Ruler helps you cut basic squares, rectangles, and strips, of course. But because of the diagonal slant on the right and the special markings on the back, it may be the only ruler you’ll ever need.

    Things start to get exciting when you learn how the ruler helps with cutting triangles. Instead of cutting squares from yardage, and then cross-cutting those squares into triangles, the ruler helps you easily cut triangles from strips of fabric. See here:

    Cutting half-square triangles from strips
    Cutting half-square triangles from strips. The ruler makes diagonal cutting a snap. Position the ruler on top of the strip as shown (above left) and cut along the diagonal edge. To cut the next triangle, rotate and flip the ruler to the right (above right) and cut along the right edge of the ruler. For this second cut, the back side of the ruler is facing up. The ruler is marked with reverse printing, making the numbers easy to read from both sides.

    Cutting quarter-square triangles from strips
    Cutting quarter-square triangles from strips. Printed diagonal lines show what strip size to use to arrive at a desired finished size. To cut, align the notched corner of the ruler with the top edge of the fabric strip; then cut along both edges of the ruler (above left). To cut the next quarter-square triangle, rotate the ruler, align the left edge with the previous cut, and cut along the right edge (above right).

    Here are a few of the quilts that Cathy Wierzbicki, inventor of the All-in-One Ruler, designed using this handy tool. Each design starts with nothing but strips! Find all of these patterns and more in Cathy’s eBook Twosey-Foursey Quilts.

    Quilts from Twosey-Foursey Quilts
    “Wild Goose Chase” (get the ePattern) and “Amish Sparklers” (get the ePattern)

    Quilts from Twosey-Foursey Quilts
    “Prairie Stars” (get the ePattern) and “Splash Dance” (get the ePattern)

    Point trimmerOf all the things the All-in-One Ruler can do, trimming triangle points could be its best benefit. The blunt-edge trimmer lets you cut the points off triangles before you sew—and that’s the key to consistent accuracy, enabling you to match up triangles perfectly. Plus, no dog ears on your patchwork!

    Here’s Cathy demonstrating the ruler in action:

    Reading this in email? See the “All-in-One Ruler from Martingale” video at the Stitch This! blog or watch it on YouTube.

    No need for a scatter of specialty rulers—this one does it all!

    What’s the one quilting gadget you can’t live without? Name it in the comments!

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  2. Wish List Day! Martingale quilt books coming soon (+ giveaway!)

    Welcome to Wish-List Day at Stitch This!, where we give you a sneak peek at new books coming in July, August, and September. Keep track of the books you want to remember by using the “Wish List” and “Notify Me” options at ShopMartingale.

    Notify me and wish list for Fun-Size Quilts

    Ready to check out the latest batch of Martingale books and calendars coming soon to a quilt, sewing, or yarn shop near you? Enter to win your favorite at the bottom of this post!

    IMAGINE QUILTS by Dana Bolyard

    Available now!
    Imagine Quilts

    • Get 11 fresh patterns from the designer behind the Old Red Barn Co. blog
    • Boost your creativity with tips for finding inspiration in unexpected places
    • Break the rules! Use classic blocks in new ways, create unique color combos from your stash, and more

    See more innovative projects from Imagine Quilts


    Available now!
    Fun-Size Quilts

    • 19 fat-quarter friendly quilts come from some of today’s most popular designers, including Julie Herman, Rebecca Silbaugh, and Elizabeth Dackson
    • Try traditional piecing, strip piecing, appliqué, and English paper piecing, all on small quilts

    Got fat quarters? Check out 19 ways to use them in Fun-Size Quilts


    Available July 15
    2015 quilt calendars
    That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar 2015, Award-Winning Quilts 2015 Calendar, A Year of Quilts 2015 Calendar

    • Choose from 3 gorgeous wall calendars that will inspire you all year long
    • Stunning photography features quilts from bestselling authors and award-winning artists
    • Great gifts for every quilter—grab ’em for the holidays before they’re gone!

    BONUS! That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar 2015 includes a pullout booklet with instructions for making each quilt.

    Add a 2015 calendar to your wish list or “notify me” queue


    Available July 22
    Tunisian Crochet Today

    • Learn the basics of Tunisian crochet with best-selling author Sheryl Thies
    • Create richly textured, sumptuous fabric to showcase in 7 beautiful projects
    • Learn a new skill at a great price—just $12.99!

    See more pretty, practical projects from Tunisian Crochet Today

    KNITTED SCARVES by Sheryl Thies

    Available July 22
    Knitted Scarves

    • Knit a dazzling collection of 11 scarves inspired by nature
    • Move beyond basic knits and purls and try lace, cables, and other luxurious textures
    • Value priced at $12.99—that’s just $1.18 per pattern!

    Discover more gorgeous designs from Knitted Scarves


    Available July 22
    Easy Crocheted Hats and Scarves

    • Make a stylish statement with crochet—most patterns are beginner-friendly
    • Choose from 11 dramatic scarves, plus 4 cute and cozy hats
    • One size fits all—no tricky sizing!—and a great value at just $12.99

    See more fun fashions from Easy Crocheted Hats and Scarves

    SEW A MODERN HOME by Melissa Lunden

    Available August 5
    Sew a Modern Home

    • Discover a bounty of quilts and accents to make for most every room in your home
    • 19 projects spotlight simple, clean design for long-lasting style

    See all the decorating possibilities in Sew a Modern Home


    Available August 5
    Remarkable Rectangles

    • Make graphically stunning quilts with simple strip sets that create the illusion of curves, diamonds, and more
    • Get a Bargello look without sewing tubes—build these quilts block by block

    See all 15 mind-bending quilts in Remarkable Rectangles

    NAP AND NOD by Myra Harder

    Available August 5
    Nap and Nod

    • Stitch up adorable baby quilts in time for the shower (even if it’s less than a week away)
    • Use quick piecing, plush appliqué, and monogrammed lettering to personalize designs

    A gummy-bear quilt? See it in Nap and Nod

    BATHTIME BUDDIES by Megan Kreiner

    Available August 12
    Bathtime Buddies

    • Crochet charming undersea creatures that double as tub-friendly toys
    • Use worsted-weight cotton yarn, terry cloth, and natural sponge stuffing

    Discover the ocean of adorable animals in Bathtime Buddies


    Available September 2
    Perfect Quilts for Precut Fabrics

    • A must-have book for precut fans: 64 quilt patterns for fat quarters, fat eighths, charm squares, Layer Cakes, and Jelly Rolls
    • Enjoy designs from bestselling authors such as Kim Brackett, Amy Ellis, Country Threads, Me and My Sister Designs, and many more

    Browse the incredible variety in Perfect Quilts for Precut Fabrics

    COUNTRY ELEGANCE by Leonie Bateman and Deirdre Bond-Abel

    Available September 2
    Country Elegance

    • Create stunning wool-appliqué quilts and accents with the authors of the bestseller Elegant Quilts, Country Charm
    • Antique-inspired designs include lap quilts, table runners, framed appliqué, and more

    See all 12 jaw-dropping designs from Country Elegance

    FABRIC PLAY by Deanne Moore

    Available September 2
    Fabric Play

    • Go traditional, modern, or any style in between by simply varying the fabrics you choose for these versatile quilts
    • Make-in-a-weekend patterns include coloring diagrams, so you can easily create your own colorways

    See all 14 quilts (and their alter egos) in Fabric Play


    Available September 2
    Scrappy Fat Quarter Quilts

    • It’s an unbeatable combination for fabric collectors—fat quarters featured in sparkling scrap quilts!
    • Includes quilts from Elizabeth Hartman, Nancy Mahoney, Liz Porter, Jean Wells, and more
    • A curated collection of favorite quilts first introduced in Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine

    See all the fat-quarter friendlies in Scrappy Fat Quarter Quilts


    Available September 2
    Table Toppers

    • Enhance your home with toppers for several seasons and occasions—from the pages of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine
    • Includes designs from Jodie Davis, Marianne Fons, Sandy Gervais, Debbie Mumm, Edyta Sitar, and more
    • Try a new technique: play with paper piecing, machine appliqué, wool appliqué, and more

    See more ways to grace your table with Table Toppers

    Which new book are you looking forward to most? Name your favorite in the comments and you could win the eBook version when it’s released! We’ll choose a random winner next Tuesday and let you know by email if you win.

    Subscribe to Stitch This! postsSubscribe to Stitch This! and you’ll be notified when each new book becomes available.

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

    “Remarkable Rectangles by Robert DeCarli looks like a book I would enjoy.”

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

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  3. Fresh ideas for your fabric stash (thread too!) + sale

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

    Looking for fresh ideas for your fabric stash—and your thread stash? Get inspired to step outside the box!

    The projects we’re showcasing today might seem unrelated, but they all have one thing in common: they’ll take your creativity in a new direction.

    Fresh ideas for your fabric and thread
    A bowl made from threads; a quilt based on Sudoku; a structured jacket made from quilting cottons

    Check out the unique sewing-project ideas below. Which might inspire you to happily skip off the beaten path?


    Leave it to a quilt designer to find quilting fun in a game grid! In Sudoku Quilts, designer Cyndi Hershey gives you a brain-teasing goal: place a different fabric, color, or motif in each row and column of a quilt.

    Projects from Sudoku Quilts
    Clockwise from left: “Sudoku Windows,” “Full-Tilt Sudoku,” and “I-Spy Sudoku”

    • Sudoku QuiltsEach pattern includes a “puzzle solution”—simply assign a number to each set of identical blocks
    • Base your quilts on 9 color families, block styles, block centers, or fabric motifs
    • Perfect for conversation prints, novelty fabrics, florals, and scraps of all kinds

    Learn more about Sudoku Quilts!



    Think your thread stash could wrap around the globe? Put it to gorgeous use! Create amazing three-dimensional bowls, brooches, earrings, bags, and more with an inventive technique. All you need to make the projects in Sculpted Threads is thread, water-soluble stabilizer, and the ability to drop the feed dogs on your sewing machine.

    Projects from Sculpted Threads
    Clockwise from top left: “Magic Circle Brooch,” “Hoop Earrings,” and “Blazing Bowl”

    • Sculpted ThreadsUse rayon, acrylic, polyester, cotton, and metallic threads
    • Stitch in layers or rounds; then immerse your project in water and shape to finish
    • There’s more than one “right” way to make these works of art; creativity welcome!

    See more projects from Sculpted Threads!



    Never sewn a garment for yourself? Here’s an easy way to dive in. Start with a sweatshirt, add your favorite quilting fabric, and voilá—you’ve got a sophisticated jacket that doesn’t look like a sweatshirt at all! Follow Nancie Wiseman’s simple steps in Start with a Sweatshirt 2: cut, sew, quilt, and embellish.

    Projects from Start with a Sweatshirt 2
    Clockwise from left: “Fussy-Cut Roses,” “Asymmetrical Batik Jacket,” and “Faux Appliqué Coat”

    • Start with a Sweatshirt 2Choose from 5 jacket styles in sizes from Small to 2XL
    • Learn garment-sewing basics with beginner-friendly patterns
    • Showcase those beautiful fabrics from the quilt shop in a fashionable way!

    See more from Start with a Sweatshirt 2!

    You might also like:
    Start with a Sweatshirt

    What projects have you made with fabric or thread beyond quilts? Share a story about your creations in the comments!

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  4. July 4 + fabric or yarn = pure bliss!

    Happy Fourth of July to all of our crafty buds! Today we’re out of the office, enjoying the holiday—which might mean stitching away on our machines, needles, or hooks. That’s what a day off is really for, right?

    If you, too, want to celebrate sweet freedom with a quilt, knit, or crochet project, check out the roundup below with red-white-and-blue, liberty-themed projects for your holiday. If you order any of these books, you’ll also get the eBook right away for free—perfect for diving into over the long weekend.

    Happy 4th of July from Martingale!
    Clockwise from top left: from Patriotic Little Quilts; from Red, White, and Sometimes Blue; from Patriotic Little Quilts; from Red, White, and Sometimes Blue; from Easy Knitting for Baby; from Civil War Legacies; from Red, White, and Sometimes Blue; from American Doll Quilts; from Amigurumi Toy Box; from American Doll Quilts; from Patriotic Little Quilts; from Quilts for Mantels and More.

    How are you spending the long weekend? Tell us in the comments!

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  5. Flash sale! Celebrate the stars and stripes with patriotic quilts

    Posted by on July 3, 2014, in quilting & sewing, ,

    FLASH SALE ALERT: Start your holiday weekend off with a bang—and a flash!

    4th of July flash sale!

    Use the patriotic quilt patterns in Bound for Glory and Patriotic Little Quilts to commemorate holidays and events throughout the year, such as:

    • 4th of July
    • Presidents’ Day
    • Memorial Day
    • Veterans Day
    • Flag Day
    • Gifts for armed-services members
    • Projects for Quilts of Valor
    • Projects for Quilted in Honor

    Click on the cover of each eBook below to learn more!

    Bound for Glory
    Bound for Glory: Five Patriotic Quilts

    by Nancy J. Martin

    Salute the stars and stripes with quilts that celebrate the American spirit.

    • Use red, white, and blue fabrics in 5 lap quilts
    • Scrap-friendly patterns are perfect for bright or muted colors
    • 3 quilts are quick enough to make in a weekend

    Quilts from Bound for Glory
    “Liberty Star” and “Sergeant’s Chevron”

    See more projects from Bound for Glory


    Patriotic Little Quilts
    Patriotic Little Quilts
    by Alice Berg, Sylvia Johnson, and Mary Ellen Von Holt

    Learn how the three ladies known as Little Quilts collected more than 2300 patriotic quilts to give to the families of those lost on September 11, 2001.

    • Tour a photo gallery featuring quilts from the September 11 Little Quilts Project
    • Express your own love of country in 15 step-by-step projects
    • Make these small quilts quickly with the scraps you have on hand

    From Patriotic Little Quilts
    Quilts received from more than 2300 quilters for the September 11 Little Quilts Project

    See the 15 projects in Patriotic Little Quilts


    Red, White, and Sometimes BlueLooking for more patriotic quilt patterns? Browse the 17 projects in Red, White, and Sometimes Blue. Choose from classic red-and-white and blue-and-white designs, plus scrappy red-white-and-blue quilts—all with a fabulous graphic punch. With simple color schemes that are easy to replicate, the sparkling quilts you make can take center stage any time of the year.

    How are you celebrating Independence Day this year—and is sewing involved? Tell us in the comments!

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  6. Beyond basic borders, day 3: design your own! (+ sale)

    Today we wrap up this week’s posts about fun quilt-border ideas. We’ve covered both pieced quilt borders and appliqué quilt borders. You might be asking, “What other kinds of borders are there?” There IS one more kind of quilt border to explore:

    The kind of borders you design yourself!

    Every quilt is unique, as is every quilter. Even when you’re following a pattern, there’s no reason you can’t jump off the page if you’re not crazy about a border as designed. Do you think a border is too big, too small, too plain, or too fancy? Then it’s time to add your own flair.

    Borders by Design--design methods
    You can audition borders for a quilt by starting with graph paper, transparencies, or an addictively fun “fabric paste-up” method.

    Borders by DesignThere are countless ways to enhance your quilts with customized borders. That’s why today we’re sharing two important border-design tips with you from a quilting classic: Borders by Design. Author Paulette Peters packed this timeless resource with how-to for designing more than 30 borders, along with solutions to common pitfalls.

    Speaking of pitfalls… if there’s one hurdle that prevents quilters from designing their own borders, it’s the math. Here’s a quick tip from Borders by Design that demystifies the process of getting pieced and appliquéd borders to fit:

    Tip from Borders by Design
    See page examples from Borders by Design.

    Happy EndingsNext step: binding. Get the book that more than a quarter of a million quilters rely on to bind their quilts with style: Happy Endings! Find techniques for finishing quilt edges with binding, without binding, and even with backing fabric. Loads of options let you choose the perfect finish for every quilt you make. Includes how-to for borders, backings, battings, and hanging sleeves too!

    What’s your favorite part of finishing: the borders, the quilting, or the binding? Share your answer in the comments!

    You might also like: Borders on quilts: solutions for your UFOs

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  7. Beyond basic borders, day 2: appliqué quilt borders (+ sale)

    Posted by on July 1, 2014, in quilting & sewing, ,

    Ready for more quilt-border ideas? Yesterday we showed you how pieced borders can beautifully frame your quilt tops. Today, let’s talk appliqué quilt borders. But wait—this surprising technique is probably not the kind of appliqué you’re used to seeing in borders!

    When Pies Fly quilt
    Pie, anyone? Depending on your collection of large-scale fabrics, you can create whimsical, sophisticated, or dramatic borders with a fun raw-edge appliqué technique.

    Author Pamela Mostek’s extraordinary appliqué quilt borders have a quick-and-easy twist that’s so much fun—and so fast to do! Plus, you can use any large-scale prints that might be collecting dust in your stash. Here’s an excerpt about the technique from Pamela’s book Blended Borders.

    Blended BordersPamela says: “In my quiltmaking history, I know that at times I’ve been in such a hurry to see a quilt all done that I’ve settled for a border that was just an uninspiring add-on. Does that sound familiar to you? If it does, then the blended-border technique is a tool you can use to change that. With the right fabric, you can add a showstopping finish to whatever quilt center you’ve pieced.

    Just how do we do that? It’s very simple. We cut out motifs from a large-scale print fabric and position them on the border seam using a raw-edge appliqué technique. The results are dramatic. All you need is a fabulous fabric and you’re ready to think outside the borders!”

    Check out these quilts from Blended Borders and see how a sprinkle of large-scale prints can soften edges, liven up quilt centers, and add a whole new dimension to a quilt top.

    Tropical Tango quilt
    The scale of the leaves in “Tropical Tango” is huge—some are even 12″ in length—so Pamela made the quilt proportionally large (61½” x 84″). The size of the quilt needs to be proportional to the size of the blended border you’ll add to it. Appliqués of this size on a small quilt would have overwhelmed it.

    Raspberry Mocha quilt
    In “Raspberry Mocha,” Pamela added a 4½straight border beyond the 6½” blended border so that both sides have added appliqués. To make blended borders pop, select coordinating colors that won’t overpower your border fabric. Border fabrics should fade back to allow the blended border to shine.

    Zinnia Patch quilt by Carol MacQuarrie
    In “Zinnia Patch,” Log Cabin takes on a new life when combined with a blended border. Quilter Carol MacQuarrie blended soft colors in a subtle pattern in the center, which allowed the bright flowers to stand out.

    Find more raw-edge appliqué border ideas and projects in Blended Borders.

    Blocks, Borders, Quilts!Looking for blocks and borders to mix and match? Choose from almost 100 quilt blocks, dozens of pieced borders, and seven sample quilt layouts in Blocks, Borders, Quilts! With borders that fit beautifully, these quilts are perfect for round-robin groups! See the fun we had with the book in our own office round robin.

    What large-scale prints have you stashed—and how long have they been there? Share your answer in the comments!

    Stop by Stitch This! tomorrow for the most out-of-the-box idea for quilt borders yet—how to design your own.

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  8. Beyond basic borders, day 1: pieced quilt borders (+ sale)

    Posted by on June 30, 2014, in quilting & sewing, ,

    You’ve spent hours, weeks, months (years?) on a quilt. You’ve lovingly selected colors, carefully contemplated fabrics, and cut, pieced, and appliquéd to the best of your ability. It’s official: the center of your quilt is finally done!

    Now, what about a border?

    Think of a border as a picture frame: it adds structure, balance, and beauty to the main attraction. When you start to think of borders as a design element—just as important as the quilt center—you can take your quilts to a new level of “wow!”

    Black-Eyed Batik table runner
    To emphasize the drama of the quilt center, a simple pieced border of small squares was all this table runner needed.

    This week, we’re focusing on clever alternatives to one-fabric borders. First up: pieced quilt borders. Have you considered them for your quilts? Author Sheila Sinclair Snyder shares her take on the topic in her book Perfect-Fit Pieced Borders.

    Perfect-Fit Pieced BordersSheila says: “I’ve been using pieced blocks to complete my borders for several years now. Here’s the thing about blocks: we quilters are really good at making them! So, I say let’s play to our strengths. When you build a border of pieced blocks, it’s so easy to add them to your quilt. The final construction of the quilt is simplified since everything fits together. You simply add a border block at each end of the row and the border magically appears as you sew the rows together.”

    Take a look at the examples below from Perfect-Fit Pieced Borders. Try to imagine these quilts with plain strips of fabric as borders instead. What a difference a pieced border can make!

    Walled Garden quilt
    In “Walled Garden,” each border block is the same size as the blocks in the center. When you’re done sewing the rows together, the border is already attached.

    The Drama Club quilt
    The pieced border in “The Drama Club” is simply a pieced sashing—a bold and punchy checkerboard. The trick to getting it to fit is to piece all of the sashing and border units, measure their length, and then trim all the appliqué blocks to that same dimension. Whether going horizontal or vertical, the sashing and border units will fit perfectly.

    Tulips to Go quilt
    The border design for “Tulips to Go” resembles a woven basket handle. It’s made up of two simple blocks, pieced together in units that correspond to the basket block dimensions.

    Find more easy pieced-border options in Perfect-Fit Pieced Borders.


    The Border WorkbookWant more ideas for pieced borders? The Border Workbook includes 27 border designs to strip piece or paper piece. Choose from Flying Geese, Log Cabin, Sawtooth, and braided borders, plus fun pictorial motifs like hearts and paw prints. Includes yardage charts so you can estimate the fabric needed for the quilt you’re working on, no matter what size.

    What’s your go-to border choice—plain borders, pieced borders, or no borders? Share your answer in the comments!

    Stop by Stitch This! tomorrow when we’ll reveal another fun idea for quilt borders. Hint: if you have a stash of large-scale fabric prints, be sure to join us!

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  9. Love flowers? Try garden-inspired knitting

    Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

    Summer is here! The grass is green, the flowers are in bloom, and inspiration is everywhere.

    From A Garden Stroll

    Whether you’re a confident beginner or an advanced stitcher, now is the perfect time to let Mother Nature inspire your knitting. Read on for two ways to incorporate flowers into your knitting designs.

    For the confident beginner: knitted embellishments

    From A Garden Stroll

    Creating knitted flowers to embellish sweaters or accessories (ones you’ve just knit or ones that need some perking up!) is a quick and easy way to bring the garden to your designs. Flower embellishments are especially fun for kids!

    Christina's Rose from A Garden Stroll
    See this and an adorable “Flowers and Bugs” cardigan for girls in A Garden Stroll.

    For the advanced stitcher: stranded-knitting and intarsia designs

    Garden's Edge from A Garden Stroll

    If you’re looking for a bit of a challenge, try knitting a beautiful flower design right into the fabric of your project—either with stranded knitting as shown above, or with intarsia as shown below. Find helpful instructions for this sweater plus 6 more beautiful designs in A Garden Stroll.

    A note on designing

    If you’re interested in designing your own nature-inspired projects, you’ll find excellent design tips in Lori Ihnen’s book, A Garden Stroll. Lori was inspired by her background in art and design, and she shares tips for using sketches, paper cutouts, and charts to turn inspiration into knitting designs.

    Design tips from A Garden Stroll
    See these methods plus 5 more design tips in A Garden Stroll.

    Where do you find inspiration: outdoors, or somewhere else? Tell us in the comments!

    Celebrate Christmas blog hop!

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  10. Blog hop: fun Christmas projects to start now (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Welcome to our holly-jolly blog hop for a brand-new book of Christmas sewing patterns: Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place. Ten Martingale authors plus a few blogging friends are choosing their favorite projects from the book to share with you. Follow along for 11 chances to win the eBook!

    Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place blog hop!

    We can’t help but be jolly about this pattern-packed book—each project is designed for you, by us. The Martingale employees who put on their designer hats to bring you Quilting with Fat Quarters, A Baker’s Dozen, and Jelly Babies are back, just in time to start sewing for Christmas. (Aw, come on—if we all start in June we just might sleep on Christmas Eve!)

    So sit back, relax, and imagine a cozy holiday scene: we’re all gathered ’round the Christmas tree, cuddled up in quilts of red and green. We’re enjoying Christmas cookies and hot chocolate (or hot toddies, your choice) as we swap stories about our latest Christmas projects. Here are the stories behind ours.


    Riley Blake DesignsOur friends at Riley Blake have generously donated a festive fabric bundle from their “Home for the Holidays” line to give to you! Learn how you can win it, plus a copy of Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place, at the bottom of this post.

    Home for the Holidays from Riley Blake

    Stories from Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place

    From Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place
    Marketing coordinator Mary Burns says: “I used rick-rack and wool scraps in my ‘Christmas Cracker’ table runner (top left). I tossed handfuls of both in the air and basically tacked them on where they landed! My ‘Snowman Stockings’ (top right) are made from thrifted wool coats. The buttons are from coats too, and the scarves are made from a skirt.

    “I’ve been doing more handwork lately, and I wanted to make something that captured the peaceful quiet of a snowy forest. My ‘O Tannenbaum’ pillow (bottom left) will stay by the hearth for the winter. I designed the ‘Christmas Cookie Apron’ (bottom right) when my friend Tammy challenged our quilt group to make something from a tea towel. This one’s in holiday fabrics, but I’ve also made it in lime green for a cute spring apron.”

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    Designer Connor Chin’s mom, Diane, says: “My inspiration for this tulle tree skirt came from the whimsical fabric. I was given the fabric as a gift, and I knew I had to do something fun with it. Hope you like it!”

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    Senior customer-service representative Cornelia Gauger says: “Growing up with German traditions, I had a chocolate-filled advent calendar every year and so did my kids. Now we have a long-lasting advent calendar that we can fill with whatever we like!”

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    Editor in chief Mary Green says:
    “I love the old-fashioned charm of handmade paper chains draping a Christmas tree. For me, the most appealing ones are those made from simple construction paper. This is the look I tried to re-create in my “Paper Chains” design (left). When I discovered how fast and fun English paper piecing is, I had fun playing with diamonds to create “Fireside Stars” (right). Machine quilter Krista Moser took one look at the blue background and immediately thought of Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night.’ Her gorgeous swirls of quilting stitches added the perfect finishing touch.”

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    Director of sales and marketing Karen Johnson says: “I love all forms of appliqué—depending on my mood, I’ll turn edges under and stitch either by hand or machine. But sometimes I don’t want to go to that much trouble. The circles on my ‘Dotty for Christmas’ tree skirt are fused in place, and then straight-stitched ⅛” inside the raw edge. I love the texture after it’s washed.”

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    Copy editor Tiffany Mottet says: “I designed this wall hanging after the ‘snowcouple’ a friend built for my winter wedding. Snowball blocks seemed like the perfect fit, as did asking my grandmother—who witnessed that special day—to quilt it.”

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    Customer service manager Tracy Overturf says: “The inspiration for my ‘Festival of Lights’ runner comes from sitting at the dinner table during Hanukkah, with everyone wanting to light the candles. I thought how fun it would be to have a menorah as part of the table setting. Both of my kids can ‘light’ the candles, no matter which side of the table they’re sitting on.”

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    Author Liaison Cathy says: “A contemporary collection of Christmas prints for the ‘Diamond Mantel Cover’ (top left) made my vintage mantel from the ’50s shine again. A conversation with friends at a fundraising event was the inspiration for my ‘Pretty Party Purses’ (top right), which are small and elegant for holiday parties. And because all things Christmas must live at my house, the gift of a charm pack quickly turned into my ‘Holiday Delight’ table runner (bottom).”

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    Design manager Adrienne Smitke says: “A full-sized Christmas tree would be a bit overwhelming in my small apartment. This wall hanging (left) makes a great substitute and I love that I can use it year after year! I also love working with felt, and these little critter ornaments (right) were so fun and easy to make, I could have designed a dozen more. They make great stocking stuffers and gift toppers.”

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    Managing editor Karen Soltys says: “I love working with wool—for rug hooking and knitting, and yes, for sewing. I upcycled thrifted wool sweaters to make my ‘Naturally Neutral’ Christmas stocking (left). The sweater textures give the project a subtle crazy-quilt look. For my ‘Snowflake’ pillows (right), I juxtaposed cozy wool snowflakes with vibrant silk. Cutting snowflakes was fun and still is. Each one unique! I added beads for even more sparkle.”

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    Content editor Jenny Wilding Cardon says: “I have a stash of Christmas quilts, but I wanted a quilt that I could display all winter long. So the idea for the frosty-hued ‘Snowflakes’ quilt (left) was born. ‘Ode to the Grinch’ (right) is inspired by my two boys. My hope is that our hearts will grow three sizes when we snuggle under the quilt to read How the Grinch Stole Christmas—just like the Grinch’s heart grew three sizes on Christmas day.”

    Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork PlaceWho are you planning to make a Christmas gift for this year? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place eBook PLUS the fabric bundle from our friends at Riley Blake! 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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    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Melanie, who says:

    “I hope to finish my 16 patch Christmas quilt!”

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

    Follow the blog hop for more chances to win a copy of Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place:

    Thursday, June 26: Stitch This! (that’s us!)
    Friday, June 27: Pat Wys at Silver Thimble Talk
    Saturday, June 28: Kim Brackett at Magnolia Bay Quilts
    Monday, June 30: Rebecca Silbaugh at Ruby Blue Quilts
    Tuesday, July 1: SewCalGal
    Wednesday, July 2: Cindy Lammon at Hyacinth Quilt Designs
    Thursday, July 3: Generation Q
    Saturday, July 5: Cheryl Brown at Quilter Chic
    Monday, July 7: Jen Eskridge at Reanna Lily Designs
    Tuesday, July 8: Kathy Brown at The Teacher’s Pet
    Wednesday, July 9: Amy Ellis at Amy’s Creative Side

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