1. Wish list day! Layer Cakes, baby fun, calendar girls, and more (+ giveaway!)

    Whoo-hoo, it’s Wish List Day! We’re counting down to the next batch of beautiful Martingale books coming in July—tell us which new release is your favorite and you could win it!

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    Sew Many NotionsSew Many Notions
    Wonderful Wool Appliqués, Simple Stitcheries, and More

    Debbie Busby

    Thread love, needle love, button love—sewing love! Profess your love of sewing with warm-and-fuzzy projects that are quick to put together and fun to display or give. Each sewing-themed project is perfectly portable for on-the-go stitching, and author Debbie Busby (of Wooden Spool Designs fame) shares all her tips for appliquéing with wool and embroidering in her primitive style. Stitch wall hangings, pincushions, a sewing kit, framed stitcheries, plus an entire collection of tomato-themed sewing notions (SEW cute)! You’ll love making and giving these sewing-inspired gifts to all of your sewing friends—the sweet embroidered sayings about sewing will tug at their heartstrings, and yours. Sew Many Notions arrives July 5.

    From Sew Many Notions
    Sew Many Notions

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    A Piece of CakeA Piece of Cake
    Sweet and Simple Quilts from Layer Cake Squares

    Peta Peace

    Have your cake and quilt it too! Go beyond the style of typical Layer Cake designs and transform those yummy squares into fresh, scrappy quilts that are simple to sew and spectacular to show off. Wait until you see Peta’s fun quilt motifs: spools and bows, hearts and stars, and much more. And clever tips for mixing colors to get Peta’s light and playful look? That’s just icing on the cake! A Piece of Cake arrives July 5.

    Modern Spools quilt
    Modern Spools from
    A Piece of Cake

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    Baby Quilts for BeginnersBaby Quilts for Beginners
    Easy to Make, Fun to Give

    Compiled by Karen M. Burns

    Know a beginning quilter? Already a beginner? Want to be a beginner? Ask any quilter and they’ll tell you: a baby quilt is the perfect place to begin! Learn to quilt with some of the best designers in the business: Kim Diehl, Kimberly Jolly, Sue Pfau, Amy Ellis, and more. They’ve chosen simple patchwork blocks that come together quick, color choices you can easily emulate, and designs so adorable, they’ll be treasured by the whole family! If you know a beginner, introduce them to this book. And if you’re a beginner, welcome—let’s get started! Baby Quilts for Beginners arrives July 5.

    From Baby Quilts for Beginners
    Baby Quilts for Beginners: $19.99. Baby feet on a brand-new baby quilt: priceless!

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    That Patchwork Place 2018 Quilt CalendarThat Patchwork Place 2018 Quilt Calendar
    Complete Instructions for Each Project

    A new year is coming—which means there’s a whole new crew of  “calendar girls” in our popular annual wall calendar! Preserving History author Julie Hendricksen graces the cover in 2018. Which designers were chosen to take the remaining 11 coveted spots? Buy the calendar (order early—we sold out last year) to see them all! As always, the calendar includes a pullout booklet containing complete instructions for making all 12 projects. Our 2018 calendar arrives July 5.

    From the That Patchwork Place 2018 Calendar
    From left: Pat Sloan, Jo Morton, and Kate Henderson are 2018 calendar girls too!

    See more from the 2018 calendar >

    Which new book or calendar would jazz up your July? 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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    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Gail, who says:

    “Baby Quilts For Beginners ~ I can’t resist small baby quilts & I really like the simplicity of these & that there is space on many to personalize. I also like A Piece of Cake but it’s currently in second place. Thx for the giveaway opportunity!”

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






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  2. Celebrate International Picnic Day with these fun picnic quilt ideas

    Raise your hand if you knew that International Picnic Day was a thing.

    Why didn’t you tell us? We love picnics!

    I made a simple take-along quilt for my husband more than 15 years ago—little did I know we’d enjoy it as much as we have. We’ve taken the quilt to outdoor concerts, indoor theatres, and lots of picnics in the park. It’s traveled with us from the forest to the beach and back again. The quilt lives in the back of our car, always rolled up and waiting for the next adventure. We literally don’t leave home without it!

    I embroidered some of my husband’s favorite things on muslin, and then set the embroidered squares in between scrappy Nine Patch blocks.

    So the vote is in: YOU need a picnic quilt! Below are a few fun ideas for whipping up a picnic quilt that’s simple, quick, and easy to wash and dry by machine. Don’t be afraid to take your quilts outdoors—just be prepared! Here are a few tips for quilts roaming alfresco:

    • From Farm Girl QuiltsDon’t worry about a spill here or a little dirt there while you’re picnicking; but do treat stains upon your return home.
    • Don’t stress about the little things: is the binding coming undone, or maybe a piece of patchwork is coming un-patched? Find a quick and creative way to mend areas that need it (more patchwork comes to mind!) and your picnic quilt will be ready for action again.
    • Don’t miss the opportunity to build memories into a quilt you make, even if it ends up with some wear and tear over time. When you hear a friend or family member say, “Don’t forget the quilt!” on your way to an adventure, I promise your heart will soar.

    Now, on to our selection of quilts perfect for picnics—all generously sized to accommodate a crowd!

    Prairie Picnic quilt set
    Grab your Prairie Picnic quilt, pack up your coordinating Prairie Picnic tote, and head outdoors for some quality time with Mother Nature. Find the patterns in
    Here Comes Spring (finished size: 70½" x 70½").

    Log Cabin quilt
    Easy strips, classic design, and the warm colors of summer—get back to the basics with a patchwork Log Cabin quilt for picnic season! We love the uneven logs added to the centers of the bright blocks. Get the pattern for this Frolic quilt in
    Seems Like Scrappy (finished size: 72½" x 72½").

    Wish upon a Crazy Star quilt
    Use this Wish upon a Crazy Star quilt as a home base during an evening picnic; then cuddle up in this star-studded quilt as you watch the sky start to twinkle. Find the pattern in
    Crazy at the Cabin (finished size: 62½" x 74½").

    Rainbow Twist quilt
    BIG blocks and easy strip piecing means you can have this quilt ready for picnic weather in no time. The windmill-style blocks and rainbow colors remind us of the great outdoors!
    Find the Rainbow Twist pattern in Striking Strip Quilts (finished size: 72½" x 72½").

    All About Strips
    This quilt was designed to show off large-scale prints—and 20″ blocks make the top go together zip-zip. The floral prints in this example are a perfect backdrop for a relaxing day outdoors. Find the Good Fortune pattern in
    All About Strips (finished size: 80½" x 80½").

    We hope you enjoyed our picnic-quilt ideas! Where will you take your picnic quilt first?

    • To a fun picnic at the park.
    • To a relaxing day at the beach.
    • To a campout in the mountains (those mornings can be a bit chilly!)
    • On our summer vacation!

    Tell us in the comments!







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  3. Learn it once, knit it thrice: Jen Lucas returns with Stunning Stitches (+ giveaway!)

    Knitters, take note: these stitches are too stunning to knit just once!

    Best-selling author Jen Lucas is back with her fifth book, Stunning Stitches, sharing more exquisite wraps that are way easier to knit than you might think!

    Jen’s dreamed up an all-new system for knitting through her latest book: first, she chose seven of her all-time favorite stitch patterns. Then she designed three different wraps highlighting each stitch pattern in all its stunning glory. Once you learn each stitch, you’ll have a trio of gorgeous wraps to create, and you’ll feel confident knitting them all.

    From Stunning Stitches
    More from
    Stunning Stitches

    Choose from 21 projects in a variety of yarn weights, from fingering weight to bulky, and knit every style of wrap: shawls, scarves, cowls, a poncho, a hooded scarf, a Mobius scarf, and more. Jen’s wraps make wonderful gifts—one size fits all!—and they’re so luxe, you’ll feel like royalty when you wear them.

    Jen’s our guest writer today, and she’s here to tell us more about her beautiful new book. Welcome, Jen!

    Jen LucasAs a designer, I’m constantly poring over the pages of my stitch dictionaries, looking for the perfect stitch pattern to use in my design. After I pick one, I use it once, check it off in the book, and most of the time, never use it again. It’s so sad. Some stitch patterns are just too pretty to use only once!

    In Stunning Stitches, I explore using the same stitch in three different accessory patterns. You might find a beautiful lace panel used in a poncho, shawl, and scarf, just like in the Glarus set.

    Glarus knitting trio
    Glarus knitting trio: where a beautiful lace panel is the star of the show.

    The book goes beyond lace stitches: I explore using cables, texture, and slipped stitches. There’s something for everyone.

    Glarus stitch pattern
    Detail of Glarus stitch pattern

    Looking for something simple? The Cyprus collection features a stitch pattern that’s made up of only knits and purls. You can have the cowl, dickie, or stole whipped up in no time.

    Cyprus knitting trio
    Cyprus knitting trio: grab a soft and squishy yarn to knit these richly textured pieces.

    Cyprus stitch pattern
    Detail of Cyprus stitch pattern

    You’ll also notice in this book that I’ve designed a few things that you haven’t seen from me before. There’s the poncho and dickie (pictured above), but I’ve also designed a couple of cowlettes—they’re triangle shawls that don’t fall off! If you like the shawls in my book Sock-Yarn Shawls, you’ll love these sweet cowlettes!

    Bampton cowlette
    Bampton cowlette

    Pomelo cowlette
    Pomelo cowlette

    This book was a blast to put together, and I hope you love the patterns as much as I do!

    Stunning StitchesThanks for showing us all your stylish and truly stunning new stitches, Jen!

    What’s your favorite type of wrap to knit for yourself: shawls, scarves, cowls, ponchos? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Stunning Stitches eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck, and happy knitting!

    See more from Jen Lucas:

    Cozy Stash-Busting Knits Sock-Yarn Accessories Sock-Yarn Shawls II Sock-Yarn Shawls

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

    “I’ve learned to knit several times – having been a crocheter for over 40 years, that second needle still gives me trouble. But having these patterns as incentive would get me to finally learn to knit for real!”

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


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  4. Kimonos, Yoko, and inspiration galore: a quilter’s journey to Japan

    Director of Marketing, Karen JohnsonThis March, I was lucky enough to travel to Japan for a two-week vacation to visit my daughter, Cari. She’s been living and working in Japan for nearly two years in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET). She lives in the Akita prefecture, an eight-hour drive north of Tokyo.

    I began in Tokyo, with a few days on my own. First stop? A quilt shop, naturally. Yoko Saito’s shop! I’m a huge fan and couldn’t wait.

    Yoko Saito’s quilt shop

    I learned that most quilt shops in Japan feature only the fabric and patterns of the owner/designer, unlike in the US, where most shops feature many designers. I was in heaven browsing all of her books, patterns, kits, and beautiful fabrics.

    Oh, look at that bookshelf. I recognize one English-language book—and it’s a Martingale book!

    501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks made it to Japan!

    Right outside of Yoko’s shop, I discovered the art of Japanese manhole covers. I began looking for them everywhere. Some are painted, some are plain. Can’t you see an appliqué quilt featuring each design? I can!

    I spent the next two days walking and taking trains around the city, seeing beautiful shrines, a few tiny cherry-blossom buds (I missed full blossoms by two weeks), and of course, the very busy (and loud) Shibuya Crossing. Think Times Square on steroids.

    The Shibuya Crossing is rumored to be the busiest intersection in the world.

    Taking the bullet train, or Shinkansen train, I sped north to finally see Cari! As I got closer to Akita, I saw more and more snow on the ground. Akita is not touristy, but Cari was easily able to entertain me. We went to a resale clothing shop where I browsed many (MANY!) used and vintage kimonos. Oh my, the fabrics! Racks and racks! I tried on a few, but the prices ranged from $40 to $800, so I made my purchases later at a flea market in Kyoto for a mere $10 apiece.

    So many kimonos to choose from!

    The kimonos I bought at a flea market in Kyoto

    Before leaving Akita, I had the pleasure of visiting Cari’s school and meeting her teachers, a few students, and her vice principal. She teaches her own classes, and she is required to always speak only in English to the students.

    On the next leg of our vacation, Cari, her boyfriend Josh, and I flew to Kyoto/Osaka for a week. Not a lot of opportunity to search out quilt shops when you’re traveling, but I did manage to find a fabric store in Kyoto. It looked similar to fabric stores in the States, with a wide range of fabric types, tools, and notions. I bought a couple of purse handles. Cari also spotted a cute little yarn shop—I love the “menu” outside.

    The rest of our time was spent being tourists. We climbed the many (!) stairs to the top of the beautiful Kiyomizu Temple, which was just a few blocks from where we were staying. We were told to be there at sunset—it was worth the climb!

    Atop the Kiyomizu Temple

    Quilting inspiration was everywhere in Kyoto and Osaka. One day we visited a large bamboo forest. Here are my daughter and me—I see matchstick quilting!

    Enjoying a walk through a bamboo forest

    Along the way, I kept seeing beautiful and peaceful Zen gardens. I’m told the lines in the sand represent water movement. I think they look more like beautiful quilting designs.

    I was also inspired by the unusual roof lines. So many angles and shadows.

    I love to travel, and this was a fantastic trip. Of course, seeing Cari was the highlight, but experiencing the country was so visually stimulating. I hope you enjoyed this little bit of my trip as much as I did. Excuse me now, I need to go stitch something from Yoko Saito’s shop!

    Interested in Japanese quilting? You might like these eBooks:

    Quilting with Japanese Fabrics Asian Elegance Sensational Sashiko

    Have your travels ever inspired your quilting? Share your story in the comments!







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  5. ⏰ Flash sale! Quilts from the Civil War era + a special Civil War story

    If quilt patterns from the Civil War era make your heart skip a beat, you won’t want to miss today’s flash sale on a very special eBook:

    Remembering Adelia flash sale

    Through actual diary entries in Remembering Adelia, you’ll get a rare glimpse into one year in the life of a teenage girl during the Civil War: minding daily chores, joining in sewing and quilting circles, and watching friends and neighbors go off to war. Interspersed throughout Adelia’s diary entries are beautiful quilt patterns from the Civil War era—authentic Civil War blocks and quilt designs typical of the time are included.

    Peony Star quilt
    Peony Star Quilt from
    Remembering Adelia

    In this excerpt from Remembering Adelia, author Kathleen Tracy explains how she came across Adelia’s diary and was inspired to write her second book.

    Kathleen Tracy“While I was visiting local historical societies and researching pioneer families for my book Prairie Children and Their Quilts, I came across a small, leather-bound journal dated 1861. The journal was written by Adelia Thomas, a young woman of 19 who lived in a farming community in northern Illinois, miles away from the conflict when the Civil War began in the spring of that year.

    Adelia and her daughters
    Left: Adelia Thomas Bennett at 54 years old, 1896. Right: Adelia’s daughters, Grace, Alice, and Hester.

    Despite the intensity of the war, Adelia’s journal focuses on family life and daily experiences and is filled with records of births, deaths, marriages, and social visits. It’s a wonderful look at what kinds of activities and thoughts occupied the lives and minds of young women at the beginning of that crucial time in America’s history. Journal accounts like hers show us just how much sewing and quilting was a part of life for the average woman, and perhaps provided sustenance in times of strife, as well as fulfilling a desire to “do something” patriotic to help the soldiers. For many, quilting was also a way to preserve their memories.

    Orange Peel quilt
    Orange Peel Quilt from
    Remembering Adelia

    The diary begins in January 1861, just months after President Lincoln was elected and before his inauguration in March. Fort Sumter was attacked by the Confederacy in April and Lincoln’s first call for volunteer troops occurred a few days later. Most people, including Lincoln himself, expected that the war would be short-lived and over within a few months at the most, with minimal casualties. The actual loss of life that did occur (over 620,000) would have been unimaginable. As the year unfolds, we watch the crisis build as Adelia’s friends, family, and neighbors join the fight to save the Union, some never to return.

    Civil War soldier
    Civil War soldier from McHenry, Illinois

    Many quilts were made during this time in history, but few survived because of the devastation brought by the war. The quilts that did survive are excellent examples of quilting trends of the time. Inspired by a variety of antique quilts and the diary entries, the quilts and projects included in Remembering Adelia reflect some of these trends.

    Quilts from Remembering Adelia
    Quilts from
    Remembering Adelia

    I can’t look at antique quilts without imagining the lives of the women who made them. Adelia’s diary shows what daily life was really like for many women in the latter half of the nineteenth century. I hope this book will take quilters into that world. At first it may appear far removed from our own lives, but a closer glance will show that we are not so different from women who lived and quilted a century and a half ago. In remembering Adelia, I have tried to honor quiltmakers from the past and their extraordinary quilts that have been left to us as inspiration to re-create and treasure.”

    Quilting party, 1898
    Quilting party, 1898

    Read entries from Adelia’s diary and enjoy Kathy’s small quilt patterns from the Civil War era in Remembering Adelia—download the eBook for just $6.00 through May 29 at noon (PT).

    Small and ScrappyLove Kathleen Tracy’s antique-inspired style? Pick up her best seller Small and Scrappy, filled with tiny Civil Warera treasures that are full of scrappy charm. Keep Small and Scrappy by your fabric-cutting area: every time you create a new pile of scraps, you’ll have this inspiring resource at the ready.

    What inspires you most about Civil Warera quilts: the colors, the quilt blocks, the stories behind them? Tell us in the comments.





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  6. NEW Splendid Sampler sew-along starts today!

    Did you miss the Splendid Sampler Sew-Along?

    Are you still working on your blocks?

    Do you want to make your blocks all over again?

    Tune up your machine and start sorting your fabrics—The Splendid Sampler authors Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson are starting an all-new Splendid Sampler Sew-Along this Thursday—meaning TODAY! And this time, they’re sewing from the book!

    The Splendid Sampler

    Pat and Jane have switched up the order of the blocks from last year, so you’ll have a fresh surprise each week. Sometimes they’ll assign one block per week, sometimes two, so the pace is a little more relaxed. And this time, you’ll have the benefit of following along in the book—no more printers or page protectors to fuss with!

    Pages from The Splendid Sampler

    Along with Pat, Jane, and Aurifil, we’re helping to kick off the new sew-along with some fun giveaways! Be sure to visit all three links below and enter for your chance to win The Splendid Sampler PLUS a designer Aurifil thread box from Pat or Jane!

    Martingale’s Instagram
    |The Aurifil blog |Aurifil’s Instagram

    Order your book here and download the eBook instantly for free; then head on over to the Splendid Sampler Sew-Along Facebook group and join in the fun!

    Is your Splendid Sampler project completed, somewhere along the way, or just a twinkle in your eye? Tell us in the comments!








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  7. Whip up a little something: wonderful wool-felt applique designs (+ giveaway!)

    Got a little wool in your stash? Dreaming of taking a little time out of your day to stitch? We all need a little “me” time to enjoy our creativity, and author Roseann Kermes has just the thing to make your stitching dreams come true!

    From A Little Something

    In just a few minutes a day, you can transform bits of wool and thread into “a little something” to show off and share. Roseann’s hand-sewn treats are so sweet—and if you’ve ever wanted to try wool appliqué, A Little Something is the perfect place to begin.

     Hospitality Hanger
    Hospitality Hanger

    Roseann’s portable projects make it a snap to sew wherever you go, even if you only have a few precious moments. You’ll fall in love with Roseann’s petite, practical designs, including a sewing kit, coasters, a jewelry bag, pincushions—even a cute satchel for your cell phone! If you’re looking for great gift ideas that are quick to make, you’ll find oodles inside A Little Something too.

    A Little Something

    Are you a beginner when it comes to wool appliqué or embroidery? No worries! Roseann will lead you step-by-step to first-time success. In fact, we had the pleasure of visiting with Roseann at our office while her book was still in the design stage, and she was kind enough to let us film her doing several of her favorite hand-sewing techniques! Here’s the first video we filmed—a how-to for an embroidery backstitch:

    Reading this post in email? Click here to view the video.

    We’ll be releasing one of Roseann’s videos every week on our Facebook and Instagram pages for the next several weeks—be sure to follow us so you can see more of Roseann’s how-to videos!

    We’re excited to have Roseann here as a guest writer today to tell us more about A Little Something.

    Roseann KermesI’ve always loved making things. Learning how to braid daisy chains, sewing something to wear, painting ornaments for my kids, experimenting with jams or recipes . . . I’m always making something! Sharing the love of making with friends and family is always the best part. It’s one of the things that led me to teaching. I love seeing people learn and be successful, and sharing that joy of making with them.

    As A Little Something began to come to life, I imagined others gathering with friends to make the projects together. That’s why most of my designs have simple steps and not too many stitches to learn. I created many of them on Sunday afternoons, so I think of them as projects you can do without investing many hours. I want people to experience the joy of finishing something they’re proud of—to glance at it several times a day and revel in the feeling of “I made that!”

    Strawberry Sewing Trio
    Strawberry Sewing Trio

    While I love to stitch, I’m also a decorative painter. Wool appliqué and painting are so similar. Each starts with shapes that are layered and then embellished. I’ve replaced a liner brush with thread for the smallest of details. I use a whipstitch instead of a blanket stitch to anchor the appliqués. I want the shapes to stand on their own and not be overpowered by thread.

    Autumn Abundance Wall Hanging
    Autumn Abundance Wall Hanging

    You won’t need a lot of supplies for wool appliqué. The one thing I insist on is to have scissors that are sharp to the point. As for needles, I find that #9 embroidery needles work best. They are slim and sharp, plus the eye is large enough to thread four strands of floss. Other supplies are easy to gather too. Freezer paper for templates, embroidery floss, some pretty wool, and a design you love from A Little Something—that’s all it takes!

    From A Little SomethingThe thing I love best about A Little Something is the simplicity of the stitches. Beginners will feel comfortable learning them, but the stitches aren’t so simplistic that advanced appliquérs will be bored. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be the star stitch. I love how it adds so much texture. (I use it a lot!)

    My wish for everyone making these projects is that they find happiness in stitching and a feeling of accomplishment when they’re done. Enjoy making “a little something!”

    A Little SomethingThanks for sharing A Little Something with us today, Roseann!

    How often do you set time aside for a little hand stitching?

    • A few times a month
    • At least once a week
    • Every day!

    Tell us your answer in the comments and you could win a copy of A Little Something! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And remember, when you purchase A Little Something at ShopMartingale.com, you’ll get to instantly download the eBook for free.

    Comments are closed for this post.

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

    “I try to do some stitching several days a week. I have been embroidering, but recently discovered wool applique, and I love it! Simple stitching and small projects that can be taken with you to work on in spare moments. I’d love to win this book–there are several projects in it I would like to try!”

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





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  8. Patchwork for Pop: quick Father’s Day gift ideas

    Now that we’ve finished honoring Mom (ok, that’s never really finished but you know what I mean!) it’s time to turn our attention to Dad! Father’s Day is coming up fast, and we’re here to help you with some quick projects that the dad in your life is sure to love.

    First up is this stylish Wine Zip from the book Simple, Fun & Quickly Done by Terry Atkinson. Use fabric in a theme or colors that Dad loves, tuck in his favorite beverage, and voilà! The perfect gift in no time!

    Wine Zip
    Wine Zip from
    Simple, Fun & Quickly Done

    For the game lover, why not whip up this super fast and fun Travel Backgammon Set from the book Sew Gifts! It’s the perfect size for stuffing into a travel bag, and the wool felt construction is both quick to stitch and durable.

    Travel Backgammon Set
    Travel Backgammon Set from
    Sew Gifts!

    If Dad likes to cook and/or barbecue, whip up this easy Pot Holder and Oven Mitt by Cassie Barden. Add some gadgets, tools, or specialty spices and maybe you won’t have to cook for Dad on his special day! (See what I did there?)

    Pot holder pattern Oven mitt pattern
    Pot Holder and Oven Mitt by Cassie Barden (find both patterns in The New Handmade)

    If you start right away, there’s still time to make a quilt for Dad. This masculine quilt from 12-Pack Quilts by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson uses 12 fat quarters plus a background and binding fabric. It’s foundation pieced on muslin, so once you have your strips cut, the piecing will be done lickety-split.

    Waste Not quilt
    Waste Not from
    12-Pack Quilts

    For more great quilt ideas for Dad, take a look at the other projects in 12-Pack Quilts.

    Here is another fabulously easy quilt from All About Strips by Susan Guzman. Gather 18 fat quarters plus three yards of background/binding fabric and you’ve got a good-sized quilt that will wrap Dad in love for years to come.

    Treble and Bass quilt
    Treble and Bass from
    All About Strips

    What’s your favorite way to celebrate with Dad? Steaks on the barbeque, an afternoon at the ballpark, or simply waiting on him hand and foot while he lounges in his favorite chair? Tell us in the comments!








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  9. Happening now: Save 30% sitewide (get that book you’ve been wishing for!)

    Quilt Market’s in full swing. You can hear crickets in the office today. I’m all by myself. And you know what they say:

    When the cat’s away, the mice will . . .
    put on a big SITEWIDE SALE!

    Sitewide sale this weekend only!

    From hot-off-the press books to popular classics, from print books to eBooks (plus our indulgent coffee-table books for fabric lovers—you know you want ’em!), save 30% on your purchases through May 21. Get ready to stock your shelves (or tablets!) with creativity for summer stitching and beyond!

    No time to dillydally (the bosses will be back soon): start saving on those books you’ve been dreaming of owning! And remember, whenever you place an order for $40 or more at ShopMartingale.com, you earn free shipping* to the US and Canada.

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  10. Sew a holly-jolly holiday! Sweet Santa embroidery patterns (+ fabric giveaway!)

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas . . . when Santa’s the inspiration for your needle and thread, every day feels like the most wonderful time of the year!

    Just Be Claus

    First Robin Kingsley charmed us with a flurry of sweet snowmen in her best-selling book Snow Happy. Now Robin is back to share more enchanting stitcheries in Just Be Claus—this time featuring Santa and all of his favorite things in beautiful redwork. Even the grumpiest of Grinches won’t be able to resist Robin’s renditions of jolly-old Saint Nick!

    Santa Tea Time
    Deck the kitchen with Robin’s darling tea towels—sure to bring a smile!

    Now’s the perfect time to sew fun little gifts and decorations for your holiday home—there’s no Christmas rush! Savor some slow stitching and bring your own Santas to life in ornaments, pillows, framed embroideries, and a Santa sampler quilt that will fill your holiday guests with joy.

    Jolly Santas quilt
    Surround the embroidery in this Jolly Santas quilt with your stash of Christmas fabrics.

    All of Robin’s projects are easy to create and put on display. And no worries if you’re new to embroidery—Robin’s embroidery basics have you covered. Once you get started, we guarantee you won’t want to wait until December to show off your Santa style!

    Santa Collector table runner
    Start a new Christmas tradition of setting out milk and cookies for Santa on this adorable runner.

    Robin is our guest writer today, here to tell you more about her latest book. But before we get to more merriment . . .

    BOOK + FABRIC GIVEAWAY! Our friends at Maywood Studio sent a festive bundle of Robin’s latest fabric line, Just Be Claus, to give away to one lucky winner!

    Martingale + Maywood Studio giveaway!

    Learn how you can win the bundle plus a copy of Just Be Claus at the end of this post. And be sure to visit Robin’s blog today too: she’s hosting another fun book-and-fabric giveaway!

    Robin KingsleyHow wonderful be asked to design and stitch a WHOLE book about Santa Claus! That jolly old elf can be imagined so many ways. I had a terrific time playing with Santa and even more fun drawing and stitching the projects in Just Be Claus!

    I created holiday projects you can enjoy in your own home or give as welcome gifts to family and friends. There are big and not-so-big projects to keep you busy right up until Christmas.

    One of my favorite projects is the Oil Can Folk-Art Santa, which is mounted on a vintage oil can so people can admire the stitching on the front and the back.

    Oil Can Folk-Art Santa embroidery
    Add tiny buttons and jingle bells to complete this one-of-a-kind, three-dimensional centerpiece.

    The Portraits of Santa Table Mat gave me the opportunity to add extra-decorative embroidery, plus an old button or two to finish.

    Portraits of Santa table topper
    How fun would it be to have Santa join you for a mug of hot chocolate?

    Counting down the days until Christmas is SO important! Make your own colorful Christmas Countdown complete with chalkboard fabric and a pocket to hold your chalk.

    Christmas Countdown embroidery
    A Christmas Countdown to remember!

    These are just three of the 24 special designs you can make in Just Be Claus. I wonder which will be your favorite design?

    Santa Claus is quite the versatile character and will entertain you ALL year as you get ready for the holiday. In the book I also share my favorite tips and tricks for:

    • Transferring embroidery designs to fabric
    • Learning fun embroidery stitches that add special embellishment to your designs
    • Keeping the back of your embroidery neat (you’ll surprise all those nosy people who always turn over your work!)
    • Giving your embroidery a fine, polished finish

    And, of course, there are many FUN embroideries to stitch!

    Just Be ClausThanks for sharing your new book with us, Robin!

    For your chance to win the Just Be Claus book and the fabric bundle from Maywood Studio, tell us:

    How many Santas show up in your home decor at Christmastime?

    • 1 to 5
    • 6 to 10
    • 11 to 20
    • 20 or more!

    Share your answer in the comments and you’ll be automatically entered into the drawing. We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

    ➡ Buy both of Robin’s books, Just Be Claus and Snow Happy, to get some jolly stitching done before the holiday and we’ll pay for your shipping in the US and Canada.

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

    “I’m guessing that I have at least 11 – 20 Santas all around the house during Christmas. There are enough that I’ve never bothered to count!”

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







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