1. Semiannual warehouse sale: spotlight on precuts (did you miss these $6 books?)

    Do you stash precuts? Don’t pass up the chance to steal a deal on the precut-friendly books below—just $6 each!—filled with patterns that’ll give your fat quarters, squares, and strips a lovely place to call home.

    GOT FAT QUARTERS?

    Fat-Quarter Quickies
    Fat-Quarter Quickies
    From the Teacher’s Pet
    Fast Fat-Quarter Quilts
    Fast Fat-Quarter Quilts
    Fabulously fast

    Table Toppers
    Table Toppers
    Top ’em all with a fat-quarter
    quilt
    Sew This and That!
    Sew This and That!
    Fat quarters, charms, and more


    Cottage Charm table runner
    From
    Sew This and That!


    Do you stash: SQUARES OF ALL SORTS?

    Country Threads Goes to Charm School
    Country Threads Goes to
    Charm School
    More charmers from
    Country Threads
    Scrap-Basket Strips and Squares
    Scrap-Basket Strips and Squares
    For charms, Jelly Rolls, and
    Layer Cakes
    ___
    ___
    Back to Charm School
    Back to Charm School
    For your charming 5″ x 5″
    packs

    The Big Book of Nickel Quilts
    The Big Book of Nickel Quilts
    40 projects for 5″ scraps


    Coffee-cup quilt
    From
    Back to Charm School


    Do you stack up: JELLY ROLL STRIPS?

    Jelly Babies
    Jelly Babies
    14 strippy quilts, baby style
    ___
    Scrap-Basket Sensations
    Scrap-Basket Sensations
    Perfect for precuts and
    stash strips

     

    Strip Savvy
    Strip Savvy
    Bright designs inspired by
    classic blocks
    Strip-Smart Quilts II
    Strip-Smart Quilts II
    Lickety-split quilts for strips


    From Strip Savvy
    From
    Strip Savvy


    Is your stash: A PRECUTPALOOZA?

    Seems Like Scrappy
    Seems Like Scrappy
    Fat quarters, fat eighths,
    5″ and 10″ squares,
    and Jelly Rolls
    Seamingly Scrappy
    Seamingly Scrappy
    Fat quarters, fat eighths,
    2½" strips, and 5″
    and 10″ squares

    One Bundle of Fun
    One Bundle of Fun
    Jelly Rolls, fat-quarter
    bundles, and Layer Cakes
    A Cut Above
    A Cut Above
    5″ and 10″ squares,
    2½" strips, fat quarters,
    and fat eighths

    Rugby Stars quilt
    From
    A Cut Above

    Visit this link to see all 95+ books in our semiannual
    warehouse sale—ONLY $6 EACH through Monday, March 19!

    Have you shopped our warehouse sale yet? Tell us which books you scored in the comments!


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  2. SHOP NOW: semiannual warehouse sale! 95+ books, $6 each (while supplies last)

    March is National Quilting Month. 😊

    Worldwide Quilting Day is this coming Saturday. 😊

    Today marks the SIXTH anniversary of our Stitch This! blog. 😍

    We feel like CELEBRATING! 🎉

    So we got together and decided to launch our stupendous semi-annual sale right here, right now. It starts today!

    Are you ready to celebrate with us? You’ve just GOT to steal these deals!

    Add select books to your shopping cart at ShopMartingale.com for only $6 each. Choose from 95+ titles featuring the inspiring beauty and quality instruction you love in Martingale books.

    Browse the featured books below OR visit this link to see 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!

    >>> Heads up! Check the end of this post for another
    extraordinary deal on four of our gorgeous coffee-table books! <<<

    When your purchase totals $40 or more, we’ll even pay for your shipping* (USA only).

    Take a look at just a few of the books on sale through March 19, while supplies last:

    $6 quilting books: SEW MUCH to choose from!

    Simple Applique Machine Quilting with Style Scrap-Basket Sensations Here Comes Spring
    Knockout Neutrals Country Threads Goes to Charm School Civil War Legacies Simple Charm
    Skip the Borders 101 Fabulous Small Quilts English Paper Piecing II Seamingly Scrappy

    $6 sewing books: start your (sewing-machine) engines!

    Make It, Take It Baby Says Sew Style and Swing Sew Many Gifts


    $6 knitting books: start a new project (or a new hobby)!

    Sock-Yarn Shawls Knit Superheroes! Pick Your Stitch, Build a Blanket Cast On, Bind Off



    $6 crochet books: hook the day away!

    Tunisian Crochet Today Cuddly Crochet Crochet Pink Crochet a Zoo


    But wait—we’ve got
    ANOTHER EXTRAORDINARY DEAL!

    If you’ve ever swooned over our exquisite coffee-table books, now’s the time to treat yourself!

    While supplies last, get any of these four gorgeous, indulgent, color-splashed and photo-packed volumes for just $22 each—that’s 37% off the retail price!

    American Quilt Treasures Minick and Simpson Blue & WhiteA Common Thread Stitches to Savor

    These keepsake hardcover books retail for $34.99 each, but right now you can order your favorite (or all four!) for only $22 each! All contain a lifetime of inspiration for stitchers of all kinds. Buy them just for you, or buy them in multiples and give as gifts—there’s no better gift for stitchers than the gift of inspiration!

    HAVE FUN SHOPPING—AND STITCHING!


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


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  3. Q & A with icon Jo Morton + a fresh batch of little favorites (giveaway!)

    Jo Morton fans, today is your day: she’s back with the third book in her “Jo’s Little Favorites” series!

    Jo's Little Favorites III

    The 15 lovely little quilts in Jo’s Little Favorites III were available only to her devoted club members—until now. We got ’em, and we guarantee you’ll want to stop everything you’re doing right now and sew ’em!

    For the first time, Jo invites you into her charming 1920s-era bungalow to share how she displays quilts in her own home. What a rare treat! You’ll gather oodles of ideas for showcasing small quilts, along with Jo’s favorite techniques for making them.

    From Jo's Little Favorites III
    Start one of these beautiful quilts right away with Jo’s wise approach: if you want to make them all, make them small!

    We asked Jo to answer a few pressing questions we had about her quilting life—read her answers below.


    Jo MortonStitch This!: This is the third book in your best-selling “Jo’s Little Favorites” series—what inspired book #1?

    Jo: The first book was (Martingale’s Chief Visionary Officer) Jennifer Keltner’s idea. I ran my Jo’s Little Women Club from 2003 to 2017, and I discontinued each club when a new pattern collection was available. The clubs were run only in quilt shops, so many of the designs weren’t available to latecomers or to those not near a shop running the JLW Club. Jennifer’s concept of bringing those patterns back seemed like a win-win to me.

    ST!: What’s your typical process for designing quilts, and where do you find inspiration?

    Jo: I’m always inspired by antique quilts, no matter the size. I love looking at the color combinations and blocks quilters used in the past. I decide what size of block I want to make, and I work with fabrics from my lines with Andover (previously) and Moda Fabrics. In many ways it’s hard to actually “reproduce” an antique quilt—making a version of an antique quilt is how I think of it.

    Brown Sugar quilt
    Brown Sugar

    ST!: How did you start quilting?

    Jo: I took my first quilting class in 1980. Everything was traditional then, and there was little access to cotton quilting fabric. What was available seemed to almost fade in the sack on the way home. Quilt shops were really small, with very few books and patterns. I also started quilting before the rotary cutter was invented.

    Back then it was Jinny Beyer who showed us that we could draft and design our own quilts. Her book was one of the early ones I purchased. We focused on skills! We hand quilted, and on larger quilts we would use quilt-as-you-go techniques a la Georgia Bonesteel. Nothing was fast, but we loved the process. And I still love the process.

    I am not a power sewer at all. I like to play with fabric, have the option to change my mind midstream, and not have a bunch of fabric cut and not used. Yes, I am ancient.

    Pineapple Table Runner
    Pineapple Table Runner

    ST!: It’s obvious that you love reproduction fabrics; what is it that draws you to them over other fabrics?

    Jo: I made my first “new” quilt that had vintage appeal in 1985. I was smitten with the antique quilts I would see at area quilt shows. Back then, guilds also hung antique quilts to fill a show. We have a cannon-ball reproduction bed in our bedroom, a walnut wardrobe, and a pine pie safe for clothes storage. I live with antiques and wonderful reproduction items and it all just feels right to me. Happily my husband, Russ, loves it all too!

    ST!: You must have many, MANY little quilts—how do you use them? Do you display them all, rotate them out?

    From Jo's Little Favorites IIIJo: I do have lots of little quilts. Many are nicely stacked inside an antique jelly cupboard from Pennsylvania. Others are under a small chest and in the bottom of an antique dry sink. A small group of quilts is folded in a candle box that has two small shelves (see right). You’ll find quilts under a lamp and under a small rocking horse purchased at a folk-art show. I also have a wall of small quilts in my studio, while other quilts are folded in a stack in a bookcase. I drape quilts out of baskets and on doll beds or cradles. There are probably more I’m forgetting to mention.

    One of the things I love most about Jo’s Little Favorites III is that most of the photography was taken in our home and in my studio across the alley, which is a 1954 small ranch, just 854 square feet. It’s a perfect commute. The move about 12 years ago helped me get my sewing out of our 1100-square-foot home. Russ and I have lived in our home all our married life. It will be 47 years this July.

    Keystone Medallion quilt
    Keystone Medallion

    ST!: What do you love about being a quilter?

    Jo: Being a quilter, one never has free time. There is always something to work on, including prepping take-along handwork projects. I can stitch in the car on a trip, hand piece blocks, work on a hexagon project, or hand quilt a small quilt without a frame. Appliqué is not easy for me to do in the car, however—it’s homework, so to speak.

    ST!: Finish these sentences for us!

    From Jo's Little Favorites IIIOne reason making smaller quilts is so fun is: They don’t take much time. I’ve always been drawn to antique small quilts and doll quilts, and I’ve always made small quilts that looked old or had vintage appeal.

    If I had a three-word quilting mantra, it would be: Enjoy the process. Look at the fabulous antique quilts in museums—they aren’t perfect, but you can see fabulous workmanship, colors, and design . . . and they ended up in a museum. Sometimes perfection loses the made-by-a-human aspect.

    My best tip for new quiltmakers is: Perfection is overrated, but do your best work. The more you do, the better you get.

    Before I begin a quilt, I must have: The fabrics I want for the quilt—and I do have a really nice fabric collection. It’s NOT a stash. Anything that costs that much is a “collection.” For some reason I don’t care for the word “stash” because it sounds like something that should be hidden. My fabrics are folded on shelves and sorted by color because I need to see my fabric to use it. Who can remember a pretty pink in the bottom of a bin in the closet? Not me.

    Basket Parade quilt
    Basket Parade

    If I had a quilting superpower, it would be: I really don’t know what to say to this question. Quilting isn’t a hobby for me. It’s something I need to do. I like the way I make my quilts. I love playing with blocks on the design wall, playing with setting fabrics, finding the right fabric for blocks and borders. I think quilting is in my DNA.

    I went through a lot of hobbies before finding quilting. I remember Russ kind of rolling his eyes—“here we go again”— with another new hobby. I told him that I loved making quilts so much that I would do it for the rest of my life. Thirty-eight years later, I’m still loving it. I  have a list of quilts I still want to make. I’ve been involved in several block exchanges and I haven’t had the time to do something with the blocks, so that is on my agenda this year.


    Jo, thanks for indulging us, and congratulations on your gorgeous new book!

    Jo’s a pro when it comes to piecing small quilts—check out her “clippy trick” for making little blocks lie flat:


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    Jo's Little Favorites IIIWe’ve got a copy of Jo’s Little Favorites III to give away to one lucky winner today! To be automatically entered to win, tell us in the comments:

    If I made a quilt from Jo’s Little Favorites III, I would:

    • Display it in my home like Jo.
    • Give it as a gift to someone I know who loves everything repro.
    • Finish it and then make another!

    Good luck, everyone! And if you’re ready to start sewing with Jo right now, you can purchase Jo’s Little Favorites III and instantly download the eBook for free.

    Also by Jo Morton:

    Jo's Little Favorites II Jo's Little Favorites Jo's Floral Album Simple Friendships

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

    “Probably all of the above, but definitely – quilt it and make another one.”

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


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  4. Do you free-motion doodle? Try this machine-quilting mashup

    If you’re like a lot of quilters (like we are), you’ve likely tried free-motion quilting. You’ve traced, you’ve doodled on paper, and you’ve mastered a few tried-and-true motifs on your machine, which you use all the time. You’re good at them, so you stick to them, right?

    But maybe those motifs are getting a little repetitive, and you’re looking for something new to try.

    Well, we have your solution. And you don’t need to learn any new free-motion motifs (unless you want to, of course!)—you can use the motifs you already know.

    It’s a little trick we learned from three-time Martingale author Christa Watson:

    In her latest book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts, Christa offers 11 quilt patterns, 18 walking-foot and free-motion quilting designs, and the inspiration to not only mix and match your quilts with her quilting designs, but also to mix up different free-motion quilting designs on a single quilt. “Quilt as desired?” Yes, please!

    From Piece and Quilt with Precuts
    A close-up of Christa’s mash-it-up method

    We had the opportunity to hang out with Christa at Quilt Market, and she was kind enough to show us how she mashes up her motifs into something she calls free-motion improv. We’ll let Christa explain in this video:


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    Your free-motion motifs + Christa’s marvelous mash-up method = lots of fun doodle quilting ahead!

    Piece and Quilt with PrecutsNot ready to mash it up just yet? No worries—in Piece and Quilt with Precuts, Christa walks you step-by-step through exactly how to quilt each quilt in the book. So you can quilt by the book, or quilt off the page! Christa will meet you wherever you’re at on your machine-quilting adventure.

    Speaking of adventures, where are you on your machine-quilting adventure?

    • Um…still packing.
    • I’m packed and I’ve started my journey—bon voyage!
    • I’ve been on this adventure for years!

    Tell us in the comments!


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  5. Wish List Day! Embroidery, improv, and more FMQ (+ giveaway!)

    It’s a wonderful day—it’s Wish List Day! We’re counting down to a new batch of beautiful Martingale books arriving in April. Tell us which new release is your favorite and you could win it!

    Subscribe to our blog and you’ll always be first to see new Martingale quilt books, plus special sales, freebies, tutorials, and more.

    Patchwork Loves Embroidery TooPatchwork Loves Embroidery Too
    14 Delightful Handmade Treasures
    Gail Pan

    Best-selling author Gail Pan returns with an all-new collection of designs that are a delight to admire and a dream to embroider! Inspired by Gail’s daily walks, an abundance of sweet motifs includes bunnies and bees, houses and hearts, and her signature bird, leaf, and vine stitcheries. New to embroidery? Learn just eight simple stitches to create any project in the book. Choose from a pillow, pouch, pincushion, and tote, plus wall hangings, table toppers, and sewing-related items.  Enjoy your finished projects at home or give them as gifts—you’ll want to make them all!

    From Patchwork Loves Embroidery Too


    More Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3More Free-Motion Machine Quiting 1-2-3
    62 Fast-and-Fun Designs to Finish Your Quilts
    Lori Kennedy

    No fancy machine needed, no PhD in quilting required—start free-motion quilting right now! Best-selling author Lori Kennedy is back with 62 more fun motifs and tons of tips, tricks, and techniques that can turn you into a top-notch machine quilter (yes, YOU). Follow Lori’s setup plan for stress-free stitching; then learn about doodling, troubleshooting, and mastering the perfect stitch. Then put your pedal to the metal with seasonal and holiday motifs, backgrounds and fills, and “just for fun” designs that will infuse your quilts with personality. The book also includes a section on how to quilt BIG quilts—Lori’s got loads of ideas to help you succeed!

    From More Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3


    Stash StatementStash Statement
    Make the Most of Your Fabrics with Easy Improv Quilts
    Kelly Young

    Want to turn your stash fabrics into one-of-a-kind quilts? This creative book was written for you! Welcome to structured improvisation, where there’s a plan in place but still plenty of room to play. Structured improv is perfect for using any fabric you have on hand—everything works and anything goes. Learn three methods for sewing rectangles, squares, strips, and even the tiniest fabric scraps together to create new yardage; then use the resulting scrappy fabrics in a dozen dazzling quilt patterns. Start by working with just one color at a time to get the hang of improv piecing. Soon you’ll progress to mixing colors and prints in scrap-packed quilts that will give a happy home to every piece of fabric you’ve ever saved.

    From Stash Statement


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


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  6. Mind blown! 💥 Lynne Hagmeier patterns for layered patchwork (video)

    Have you stitched any Lynne Hagmeier patterns before? When you see the video we’re sharing today, you’re going to want to run-not-walk to get your hands on one!

    Lynne HagmeierYou might know Lynne as Kansas Troubles Quilters, her pattern company—or you might know her from her 50+ fabric collections with Moda Fabrics. Or you might know her for the famous technique she’s created: layered patchwork. It’s a technique that mimics traditional piecing but promises super-simple, super-fast results. It takes some serious squinting to tell the difference between traditional patchwork and layered patchwork:

    Kansas Troubles Too quilts
    One of these quilts was made with traditional patchwork; the other with layered patchwork. Can you guess which is which?

    Layered patchworkLayered patchwork’s pinked-edge pieces reduce cutting time, minimize bulky seams, and skip pressing steps. The raw edges of layered-patchwork blocks barely fray when washed, giving a slightly fluffy, snuggly finish. And isn’t that how we want all our quilts to look and feel? Yummy!

    We met up with Lynne at Fall Quilt Market, and she was kind enough to show us how her layered-patchwork technique works with six different blocks, all featured in her book Kansas Troubles Quilters Cozy Quilts and Comforts. We couldn’t believe it—it just can’t be this easy! But see for yourself:


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    Are you as pumped as we are to try Lynne’s technique? You can make the process even faster by using precut fabric bundles—simply layer, sew, quilt, and cuddle.

    Galaxy of Stars quilts
    Galaxy of Stars quilts: one pieced traditionally, the other with layered patchwork.

    Kansas Troubles Quilters Cozy Quilts and ComfortsHere’s what quilters like you are saying about Lynne’s book:

    “OMGoodness. I had to read about this technique twice not because it was difficult or poorly explained—I just couldn’t believe my eyes! Lynne’s technique is another trick I will have up my sleeve and use not only on the book’s projects but also the next time I am stuck trying to figure out how to simplify a block’s construction. Brilliant, Lynne!” –Denise

    “Great ideas for making blocks look traditionally pieced using precuts and sewing along the bias. If you want to make traditional patterns this book has that also. Love having choices. Thanks Lynne for thinking outside the box for all of us quilters.” –Kathy H.

    “Lynne’s layered-patchwork method of piecing is amazing. Hate making HSTs or Flying Geese? Lynne’s method cuts down the time it takes to make your beloved quilts. And once your quilts are washed, there is no raveling of the edges as the fabric is cut on the bias and/or cut with a pinked blade . . . A must have!” –Kathy L.


    You’ll love the look of both kinds of quilts: cozy, country-style designs that call out “cuddle me!” Order Lynne’s book and you can instantly download the eBook for free and get started on a layered-patchwork quilt today!

    Which of your fabric cuts would you use in a layered-patchwork quilt?

    • My precuts—skipping additional cutting steps sounds good to me.
    • My stash—I can see my fabric stacks looking good in these quilts.
    • My scraps—my scrappy piles would disappear into this patchwork!

    Tell us in the comments!


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  7. Moda + Minis = fast, fun projects to “charm” us all! (+ fabric giveaway)

    We’re just a “little” excited to introduce you to the latest book from the Moda All-Stars—they’re back to charm you in many “mini” ways!

    Moda All-Stars: Mini Charm Quilts

    Start with one, two, or three packs of 2½" mini-charm squares; then choose a project from 18 celebrated Moda designers, including:

    Lisa Bongean:

    Spare Time quilt
    Spare Time

    Jo Morton:

    Pinwheels All in a Row quilt
    Pinwheels All in a Row

    Pat Sloan:

    Tulip Time quilt
    Tulip Time

    Kathy Schmitz:

    Game Day quilt
    Game Day

    And many more mini-makers! (Betsy Chutchian, Karla Eisenach, Sandy Gervais, Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson, Lynne Hagmeier, Brigitte Heitland, Stacy Iest Hsu, Jen Kingwell, Sandy Klop, Brenda Riddle, Laurie Simpson, Pat Sloan, Anne Sutton, and Corey Yoder, to name them all—wow!)

    Mini-charms pack a mighty punch, and these little patterns work like a charm.

    From Moda All-Stars: Mini Charm Quilts

    In the book you’ll also find revealing Q & As with each designer—it’s what makes each book in the “Moda All-Stars” series extra fun.

    One thing that hasn’t changed between this book and all the other “Moda All-Stars” books is that YOU are still making a difference for good! Together, the designers are donating royalties from the book’s sales to benefit the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Charity. The group’s mission says, “A dog is a friend who brings a calming influence, allowing people to open up their hearts and receive help for what is affecting them.” Specially trained LCC K-9 Comfort dogs visit disaster locations, community events, and care facilities around the U.S. wearing their “Please Pet Me” vests—offering comfort where words often fail. It’s a little thing that can make a huge impact in the lives of those hurting. But it’s the little things that count, don’t you think?

    Now, it wouldn’t be a Moda All-Stars day if we didn’t host a special giveaway!

    Today you can enter to win one of two yummy mini-charm collections from our friends at Moda Fabrics—there are 14 mini-bundles in each pack!—plus a copy of Moda All-Stars: Mini-Charm Quilts!

    To be entered in the drawing, tell us:


    And if you’re ready to get your mini motor rolling right now, you can order Moda All-Stars: Mini-Charm Quilts at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

    For a second chance to win, visit The Moda Cutting Table blog by Thursday, March 1, at midnight!

    Comments are closed for this post.

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

    Deborah, who said, “I love mini quilts or other small quilted items, they are relatively quilck to complete. I am partial to mini candies since I don’t eat a lot of sweets.”

    and Christina, who said: “I love the mini quilts, although it’s fun to have a mini quilt to take on a mini vacation to keep one’s hands busy.  :)”

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


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  8. A fuss-free approach to fussy-cutting quilt blocks (video)

    Have you ever come across a fabric print that is SO darn cute that you want to frame a particular part of the print in a portion of a quilt block? That’s called fussy cutting—but that doesn’t mean you have to fuss and fight to make it happen.

    Sewing Cottage Pillow
    Fussy-cut motifs: we spot a sewing room (or two) in this patchwork abode!

    Super Cute Paper Piecing author Charise Randell has perfected her fussy-cut formula so it’s a breeze to feature any motif you like in any paper-pieced project you like. No fuss required! Let Charise show you how it’s done:


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    Charise includes lots of fun projects to practice your fussy cutting in Super Cute Paper Piecing:

    Colored-Pencil Pouch
    Colored-Pencil Pouch

    Summer Fruit Coasters
    Summer Fruit Coasters

    Clothesline Mini Quilt
    Clothesline Mini Quilt

    Super Cute Paper PiecingNever paper pieced before? The photographs in Super Cute Paper Piecing walk you through the technique, so you’ll be paper piecing like a pro in no time. Don’t fear the paper-piecing path—Charise has got you covered from first to last stitch. You can stitch motifs into projects from the book or sew these happy little blocks into any project you can dream up!

    How do you fussy-cut motifs: Just like Charise, with a window template, or something else? Share your approach in the comments!


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  9. Ring in the season: 8 gorgeous spring quilts to make (and more)

    From Here Comes SpringRaise your hand if you’re ready for spring to arrive! (We’re guessing that’s everyone?)

    Let’s see, March 20 is the first day of spring. That means 25 more sleeps until it’s officially spring. Sigh.

    But wait . . . we know a wonderful way to send winter packing—by making a springtime project! We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the season on the way, when the sun will be shining, the birds will be singing, and the flowers will start poking their colorful heads out of the soil. Oooh, we can’t wait!

    You could make a little pillow to summon the flowers:

    From A Cottage Garden
    From
    A Cottage Garden

    Build a few nests to welcome mama birds:

    From A Change of Seasons
    From
    A Change of Seasons

    Or paper piece your own sun rays.

    From Scrappy & Happy Quilts
    From
    Scrappy & Happy Quilts

    (Look—Martingale’s director of marketing, Karen, has already made her own mini rays!)

    From Scrappy & Happy Quilts
    Progress shots: Karen (and her furry friend) paper pieced with our
    Papers for Foundation Piecing

    From Scrappy & Happy Quilts
    Super-cool rays!

    Remember to wave hello to the butterflies:

    From Moda All-Stars: Mini Marvels
    From
    Moda All-Stars: Mini Marvels

    Fill up your watering can:

    From Stitches from the Garden
    From
    Stitches from the Garden

    And greet the buzzing bees.

    From Stitches from the Garden
    From
    Stitches from the Garden

    Because spring is about celebrating what’s new:

    From Here Comes Spring
    From
    Here Comes Spring

    And soon one of these projects could be new to YOU!

    From Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Sew Triangles
    From
    Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles

    What’s the weather like where you are today: dull and dreary, wet and soggy, cold and snowy—or has spring arrived early for you? Tell us in the comments!


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  10. Question: what to do on my lunch hour? Answer: THIS 😍

    Pack your lunch—and a project too—because the second book in our “Lunch-Hour” series is making its debut!

    Lunch-Hour Patchwork

    Ever said, “I wish I had time to sew that!”? The pretty (and pretty quick) designs in Lunch-Hour Patchwork make small, charming projects easily doable—so easy in fact, that you can stitch them during your lunch hour! Happy patchwork can be completed in as little as an hour or over just a few lunch breaks during the week.

    Choose from pretty pillows:

    Zig Zag Triangles Pillow
    Zigzag Triangles Pillow by Jemima Flendt

    Small quilts:

    Bluebird Wall Hanging
    Bluebird Wall Hanging by Sandra Clemons

    Cute bags:

    Star Block Tote
    Star Block Tote by Melissa Mortenson

    And more!

    From Lunch-Hour Patchwork

    All projects are beginner friendly, simple to start, and a breeze to finish. And if you’ve ever wanted to expand your sewing skills beyond quilting, Lunch-Hour Patchwork is the perfect place to begin.

    Feel time-crunched or budget-strapped? Lunch-Hour Patchwork to the rescue! And speaking of budget-strapped . . . how about a FREE ONLINE BONUS PATTERN to try right now? Download Jacquelynne Steves’ Spring Meadow Table Runner right here:

    Spring Meadow Table Runner
    Spring Meadow Table Runner

    Whether lunchtime is spent at the office, on the road, or right at home, now you can break up each busy day with some sublime stitching time!

    Look what acquisitions and development editor Amelia Johanson (designer of this clever On-Point Picture Frame) made to cushion her sewing-room chair—the Sister’s Choice Table Topper from Lunch-Hour Patchwork, along with a little extra binding for the ties:


    Perfect size, perfect polish

    Amelia even hand-drew the steps to make the special tie binding—you can find them here on our Instagram. Another little freebie for you, because that’s just how we roll.

    More free? Yep! We’re giving away a free copy of Lunch-Hour Patchwork to one random winner today! To enter your name in the drawing, tell us:

    Lunch-Hour PatchworkWhat’s a favorite quick-patchwork project you like to make?

    • Small quilts and runners
    • Totes and bags
    • Wristlets, clutches, and such

    We’ll choose one winner a week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to happily stitch your lunch hour away, you can purchase Lunch-Hour Patchwork at your local quilt shop or at our website, ShopMartingale.

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

    “This is awesome. Sometimes you just need a quick fix! I also have a friend beginning and will share this with her.”

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


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