1. The wonderful, whimsical world of Quilt Market: fall 2014 recap

    We went. We saw. And we’re back from Fall 2014 Quilt Market to share what we experienced with you!

    (For those of you who aren’t familiar, Quilt Market is a twice-yearly event where people who make quilt stuff—like us—and people who sell quilt stuff—like your local quilt shop—get together and find ways to get the latest quilt stuff into your hands.)

    Quilt Market 35th anniversary
    Day one: booth setup done. Time for dinner and some shut eye!

    If you follow us via Facebook or Instagram, you know we were busy with Schoolhouses (presentations to quilt-shop owners), book signings, and oohing and aahing at all things Market.

    An astounding display of red-and-white quilts in the exhibit hall. “Ruby Jubilee” celebrates 35 years of Quilt Market and 40 years of Quilt Festival.


    Our favorite part of Market? We get to meet, reunite, and celebrate with our authors! And they were everywhere.

    Our authors at Schoolhouse—debuting their books and quilts to quilt-shop owners from around the world.

    Not one, but TWO groups of talented designers also debuted their work at Schoolhouse, sharing the spotlight to celebrate the release of two compilation books. Fun-Size Quilts:

    Fun-Size Quilts designers
    Fun-Size Quilts
    designers, clockwise from top left: Cheri Leffler, Kimberly Jolly, Heather Valentine, Melissa Corry, Natalie Barnes, Jocelyn Ueng, Julie Herman, Debbie Grifka.

    And A Flair for Fabric.

    A Flair for Fabric
    designers (each a designer of Henry Glass fabrics as well!), from left: Dana Brooks, Linda Lum DeBono, Mary Ellen Von Holt of Little Quilts, Janet Nesbitt, Leanne Anderson.

    Our leader and high-energy Schoolhouse emcee, Jennifer Keltner, revealed our new pattern line for sale exclusively at your local quilt shop in January—Sweet & Simple!

    Jennifer with new Sweet and Simple patterns
    Look for them at your local quilt shop after the holidays.

    That night everyone lined up to be a part of Sample Spree, a popular event that provides an opportunity to purchase samples of upcoming fabric lines.

    Quilt Market Sample Spree
    Acquisitions editor Karen Burns and marketing coordinator Mary Burns—aka the Burns girls—are starting Sample Spree with smiles. As you can see from the crowd, it can get a little crazy!

    After Schoolhouse day came the three-day event known as Quilt Market, where people came to see our happy faces and our newly built booth:

    Martingale booth at Quilt Market

    And our authors’ happy faces—signing books, offering demos, and having fun!


    Of course, there were plenty of wonderful, whimsical things to see too:

    Quilted in Honor
    Wonderful—after touring as part of the Quilted In Honor exhibit, a quilt makes its way back to the injured soldier it was made for. Here the soldier’s mother is presented with the quilt in the Island Batik booth.

    Quilted Crow Girls wool for Marcus Fabrics
    —sending many congratulations to Leonie Bateman and Dierdre Bond-Abel, authors of Country Elegance, on their new “The Seasons” line of wool with Marcus Fabrics!

    Fall 2014 Quilt Market
    (clockwise from left)— a patchwork dress for the modern quilter at the Free Spirit booth; a Volkswagen convertible parked on the Quilt Market floor; surfing cat fabric from Riley Blake.

    Martingale booth at Quilt Market
    —how about our own booth, where we featured a full-size baby crib, plus fabric bugs, horses, and pancakes with butter?

    So much to see; so little time. But one thing we always see is the energy, enthusiasm, and talent of our authors. They never cease to amaze us! Click though to learn more about their new books, at or on the way to a quilt shop near you.

    Until spring in Minneapolis—thanks for the memories, Quilt Market!

    Martingale gang at Quilt Market

    Does your local quilt shop attend Quilt Market? Tell us in the comments—and please let them know we’d love to see them next time!

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  2. Guys love quilts too

    From Spotlight on NeutralsWe know there are a lot of talented guys out there who love to make quilts. But I know guys who love to receive quilts, and I’ll bet you do too. With seven weeks to go, there’s still time to add a quilt or two to your Christmas project list. How about a generous-sized nap quilt for your favorite guy?

    Quilting for men can sometimes seem challenging because so many designs don’t seem appropriate. Yes, it’s true that any quilt pattern can be made in any colors, but it isn’t always easy to see beyond what’s shown. And quilt designs for men and boys often feature sports or wildlife themes that don’t appeal to everyone.

    The no-fail solution? Go neutral! In her two books showcasing neutral palettes, Spotlight on Neutrals and Knockout Neutrals, Pat Wys establishes once and for all that neutral does not mean boring. Her designs range from bold and graphic to subtle and soothing, but they’re never dull, and any one of them would make an ideal quilt pattern for men.

    Here are just three of the many quilts in Pat’s latest book, Knockout Neutrals, that would be a welcome surprise on Christmas morning.

    Road Trip quilt from Knockout Neutrals
    A winning combination: “Road Trip,” his recliner, and a wintry Sunday afternoon.

    Dominoes quilt from Knockout Neutrals
    “Dominoes” is stunning in black, white, and gray with just a touch of brown.

    Cobblestones quilt from Knockout Neutrals
    Short on time? The Four-Patch blocks that make up “Cobblestones” go together quickly and look great.

    Check out these and all the quilts in Knockout Neutrals and Spotlight on Neutrals. You might find just right gift for that special guy on your list.

    Knockout Neutrals Spotlight on Neutrals

    Husband, son, father, brother, friend: who will you be stitching for this holiday season? Tell us in the comments!

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  3. So you think you can stash?: Christmas prints (+ sale!)

    So You Think You Can Stash?: Christmas prints

    If you’ve got a fabric stash that keeps growing instead of shrinking, this series is for you! We’ll focus on one style of fabric in each “So You Think You Can Stash?” post, and offer ideas for how to cut it, sew it, and enjoy it.

    Christmas sewingToday’s stash subject: Christmas fabrics. From candy-cane and reindeer motifs that light up a child’s eyes to gorgeous holly-and-berry prints that sparkle with sophistication—to good ol’ St. Nick himself!—Christmas fabrics are what make sewing for the holidays so much fun.

    Sometimes it’s hard to cut into those festive fabrics. But it doesn’t have to be hard—in fact, it can be joyfully easy. When you give the fabrics room to shine, you can choose patterns that are as effortless as Santa flying his sleigh through a snowy night sky.

    In her book Sew Merry and Bright, designer Linda Lum DeBono shares happy designs especially for showcasing Christmas prints. Her design trick? Simple shapes. Take a look at her ideas below. Then use the holiday prints you have on hand to whip up new keepsakes for Christmas—for someone on your gift list or for yourself!

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    Christmas fabric projects from Sew Merry and Bright
    Sew one of these table runners or a set of place mats in an afternoon. Linda gives center stage to the prints—and they put on a great show! Plus, you can skip the batting and the quilting; simply topstitch around the edges.

    Linda says, “Be aware of directional prints as you cut. Position a print so any words and images will be correctly oriented in your finished project.”

    Christmas fabric projects from Sew Merry and Bright
    Linda uses strip-pieced triangles in “Be Merry,” left, and big half-square triangles in her “Noel” pillow, right. Easy triangle techniques will help you quickly create ribbons of Christmas color.

    Petrie's Modern Polygon Hexagons Pillow
    Relax with a little slow sewing as you display up to 22 prints in “Petrie’s Modern Polygon Hexagons Pillow” (all is revealed about the project title in the book). Choose a coordinating tone-on-tone fabric for the border to ground busy prints.

    Feature your Christmas stash and other fabrics in more fun projects from Sew Merry and Bright:

    Projects from Sew Merry and Bright
    Create whimsical stockings, a bird-themed advent calendar, and a star-studded tree skirt.

    Want more ideas for your Christmas fabrics? Browse these books:

    Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place Simply Modern Christmas 'Tis the Season

    What’s your favorite Christmas color palette: classic red and green, modern teal and pink, or a color combination of your own design? Tell us in the comments!

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    You might also like:
    So you think you can stash:? Novelty prints


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  4. Super-simple shapes, super-duper fun: stormy-weather quilts (+ sale!)

    From 'Tis the Autumn SeasonHere in the Pacific Northwest, we generally enjoy nice, sunny fall weather well into October. But come November, it turns blustery and rainy—perfect quilting weather! Today we’re featuring fabulous get-it-done-in-a-weekend projects that will make you happy to stay in and stitch.

    Easy shapes make these quilts quick to cut and sew. And even better: they’re on sale this week!

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    The Casual Quilter by Robin Strobel

    The Casual QuilterThe late Robin Strobel was one of my early quilt mentors and a dear friend to many of us at Martingale. She was incredibly patient, kind, and generous with her knowledge. I’m pleased to say that she can be your mentor too, as she left us all a legacy in this terrific book. It’s full of wonderful tips and tricks, one of the most valuable of which is: “I believe every quilter needs to find tolerance for imperfections and not let the opinions of others keep him or her from enjoying and sharing creations.” The book is full of “Casual Tips” to help you along. Six very doable projects are each offered in five different sizes.

    Do Your Own Thing quilt
    “Do Your Own Thing” from
    The Casual Quilter

    Stairway to Heaven quilt
    “Stairway to Heaven” from The Casual Quilter

    Spectacular Rectangles by Ilene Bartos

    Spectacular RectanglesIlene challenged herself to design a group of quilts using only rectangular blocks. I love what she has to say about the moment a design comes together for her: “Until I’ve found the colors and fabrics to make my quilts complete, my designs aren’t real to me. Once it has been pieced together and quilted, a quilt becomes real—a true and faithful friend.” It makes me want to go home and make some new “friends!”

    Ziggy Zaggy quilt
    “Ziggy Zaggy” from Spectacular Rectangles

    Hot Flash quilt
    “Hot Flash” from
    Spectacular Rectangles

    Autumn Paths quilt
    “Autumn Paths” from Spectacular Rectangles

    Wonder Blocks by Terry Martin

    Wonder BlocksTerry was inspired to create these “wonder blocks” when she needed to design a guild raffle quilt that was seriously behind schedule. She figured out how to quickly cut a stack of fat quarters into pieces (with NO waste!) and sew them into seven different 6″ blocks. These blocks work up so quickly and easily, with very little seam matching needed—a real plus for me, the Pointless-Piecing Princess! You can sew these blocks in different sizes too, which makes them fabulous “frames” for a panel, or for blending a stack of orphan blocks into a cohesive quilt.


    Batik Blast quilt
    “Batik Blast” from
    Wonder Blocks

    Safe Harbor quilt
    “Safe Harbor” from
    Wonder Blocks

    What do you like to pair with sewing on a rainy day: hot tea, mulled cider, hot chocolate…or just chocolate? Tell us in the comments!

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  5. Yetis, monster, robots—oh my! 12 spooky projects

    Martingale's Knit & Crochet Friday

    Halloween knitting roundup

    Boo! It’s October 31, and we have a special Halloween-themed knitting roundup—all sourced from our resident monster expert and best-selling author, Rebecca Danger. From mini yetis and other small Halloween knitting projects to monster booties and caps for babies, this roundup will inspire your spooky Friday. These projects are cute enough to be played with and worn all year long, so pick up one (or more) of Rebecca’s books at your local yarn shop or ShopMartingale.com, and consider it a Halloween treat to yourself!

    From 50 Yards of Fun
    Find robots, ninjas, a luchador, a yeti, and more mini characters in 50 Yards of Fun. These patterns can be knit with approximately 50 yards or less of yarn!

    From The Big Book of Knitted Monsters
    Monsters galore, from kitchen monsters to monster families, can be found in The Big Book of Knitted Monsters. Knit one to keep you safe on Halloween night and all year round!

    From Knit a Monster Nursery
    Forget costumes—baby can be comfy and adorable in the monster booties, beanie, and hoodie towel from Knit a Monster Nursery. BONUS: you’ll also find nursery decor ideas and a whole roomful of practical items to knit for baby!

    Get even more value when you buy the eBook version of any of these books. You can get an instant download for less than $15. Talk about a screamin’ deal (wink!).

    Do you go out on Halloween, or stay in to greet trick-or-treaters? Tell us in the comments!

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  6. Mom tested, baby approved: 20 ways to sew for Baby (+ giveaway!)

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

    Today is all about cute babies. And fun sewing. And fun sewing for cute babies.

    Sewing for baby--Super Bibs
    “Super Bibs” from
    Baby Says Sew

    Baby Says SewAs a mom to a three-year-old and a baby born in March, Rebecca Danger is smitten with her new role. Already a three-time bestselling knitting-book author, her little ones inspired her to return to her sewing roots. In her new book Baby Says Sew, this creative mom shares 20 sweet toys, garments, and nursery essentials that have been tested and approved by her toddler son—and are now going through a second round of tests by her brand-new baby.

    Projects to sew during naptimeTrue to a mommy mindset, Rebecca’s adorable projects are not only quick to sew; they’re also intentionally budget friendly. And no need to stress about time to make these items: each is rated by how many of Baby’s naptimes it will take to create. How handy is that?

    Plus…there are the awww-inspiring photos of babies.

    Sewing turtles for baby

    See? Awww!

    Take a peek inside the chapters of Baby Says Sew below. Then just try to resist the urge to sew one of these darling projects for every baby you meet.

    Sewing for baby--Turtle Stacker
    Switch out classic rings for colorful turtles and what do you get? A turtle stacker! Turtles attach with fat squares of Velcro; make all five or stitch just one as a special huggable toy.

    See 3 more playtime projects in Baby Says Sew >

    Sewing for baby--Baby Legwarmers
    Transform an inexpensive pair of women’s knee-high socks into adorable leg warmers (rival boutique versions cost a bundle). Rebecca’s pattern is so easy—only three steps!

    Make cozy knit hats—and karate pants too!—in Baby Says Sew >

    Sewing for baby--Counting Sheep Mobile
    Send baby to sleep counting sheep! Whip up this sweet mobile with craft felt and an embroidery hoop.

    Make a plush mama sheep to watch over these little lambs >

    Sewing for baby--Mei Tai Baby Carrier
    Pricey baby carriers get a low-cost makeover with this “Mei Tai” carrier that you can personalize with fun fabrics. Simply wrap, tie, and you’re off!

    Make a superhero cape/blanket and a toy-storing pocket blanket too >

    Sewing for baby--Changing Organizer
    This organizer does double duty—first as a place to store items at the changing table; then as an activity center for older kids in the crib.

    Keep things tidy with 4 more cleanup projects in Baby Says Sew >

    Karen, our director of sales and marketing, couldn’t help but make Rebecca’s fun “Taggle Blocks” before Baby Says Sew was released—she ended up with the perfect toys to pair with a baby quilt she’d made.

    Karen's taggle blocks from Baby Says Sew
    Karen made three sizes of blocks; the largest was made from the pattern in
    Baby Says Sew.

    You can find more of Rebecca’s playful projects in her bestselling knitting books:

    50 Yards of Fun Knit a Monster Nursery The Big Book of Knitted Monsters

    Do you know a baby who’d love a special something from Baby Says Sew? Tell us about him or her in the comments and you could win a copy of the book! We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    But wait…Just one more baby pic:

    Sewing for baby--hooded towel
    “Hooded Towel” from Baby Says Sew

    Awww! Happy sewing!

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

    “I’d like to use this book to make baby items for my grandson! I love the ideas!”

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

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  7. Staff stitch + show: look what we made!

    Martingale Staff Stitch + Show!

    It’s been a few months since I’ve done a staff show-and-tell post. The finished projects are piling up around here, so it’s time for another!

    Perfect for Retreats

    Let’s start with Karen Burns, our acquisitions editor. Karen’s favorite time to stitch is at quilting retreats. She returns from a three-day weekend and amazes us with how many quilt tops she’s completed! Her trick? She collects Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes. She spends time precutting every project, creating a kit for each quilt. When she arrives at a retreat, she’s ready to do some serious chain piecing. Here are just a few from her latest getaway weekends:

    Karen's quilt from Large-Block Quilts
    From Large-Block Quilts by Victoria L. Eapen.

    Karen's quilts from Skip the Borders
    From Skip the Borders by Julie Herman. Look how versatile this pattern is! Any fabric collection will work. (You might notice that when Karen gets attached to a pattern, she keeps making it.)

    More of Karen's quilts from Skip the Borders
    Also from Skip the Borders.

    Karen's quilt from Urban Country Quilts
    From Urban Country Quilts by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks.

    Karen's quilt from Rolling Along
    From Rolling Along by Nancy J. Martin.

    Karen's quilt from Homestyle Quilts
    From Homestyle Quilts by Kim Diehl and Laurie Baker.

    Karen's quilt from Simple Seasons
    From Simple Seasons by Kim Diehl.

    Never Enough Kim Diehl

    We know many of you are Kim Diehl fans. You’re not alone. As you can see, we love her patterns too! Our publisher and chief visionary officer, Jennifer Keltner, made this treasure to add to her collection of Kim Diehl quilts.

    Jennifer's quilt from Simple Traditions
    “Quaint and Charming Lap Quilt” from Simple Traditions by Kim Diehl.

    Seasonal Quilts

    Cathy, our author liaison, is getting ready for the holidays. Starting with fall pumpkins, she’s prepared all the way through winter!

    Cathy's runner from A Fresh Look at Seasonal Quilts
    “Pumpkin Runner” from A Fresh Look at Seasonal Quilts by Julie Popa.

    Cathy's quilt from Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place
    “’O Christmas Tree” pattern by Adrienne Smitke, from Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place®.

    Cathy's quilt from A Fresh Look at Seasonal Quilts
    “Cold Hands, Warm Hearts” from A Fresh Look at Seasonal Quilts by Julie Popa.

    Linda, our office receptionist and tour guide, is also ready for the holidays. She whipped up this beauty using colorful Halloween fabrics!

    Linda's quilt from Beyond Neutral
    “Glimmerglass” from Beyond Neutral by John Q. Adams.

    It’s such a treat to work with so many creative souls. Too much fabric? Too many UFOs?  Not words you’ll ever hear in our hallways! We’ve already got nine staff projects stockpiled to show next time. Stay tuned!

    What’s your favorite season to create quilts for: fall, winter, spring, or summer? Tell us in the comments!

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  8. Quick crafts for Halloween

    Posted by on October 28, 2014, in quilting & sewing, , ,

    Did Halloween sneak up on you this year? I find that although I always have the best intentions to decorate my home or my office cubicle, I end up scrambling at the last minute to do just a little something to commemorate the holiday. Read on for a few “quickie crafts” that you can do if you’re like me.

    Looking for a fast but fun way to hand out little treats? These “Ghost and Pumpkin Party Favors” are quick to make and delightful to receive, as are these cute “Halloween Party Crackers.”

    Quick Halloween crafts
    “Ghost and Pumpkin Party Favors” from
    Creepy, Crafty Halloween and “Halloween Party Crackers” from Hocus Pocus.

    Do you need a Halloween-themed container for handing out candy to the little ghosts and goblins who’ll be at your door in a couple of days? This painted and stenciled ice bucket would work beautifully as a candy bowl. Or, use a “carveable pumpkin” from the craft store to make a simplified version of this pumpkin basket!

    Quick Halloween crafts
    “Haunted House Ice Bucket” and “Glittered Pumpkin Basket” from
    Hocus Pocus.

    If you want to add a spooky glow to your porch or window, these paper lanterns come together quickly with a little black construction paper, an X-Acto knife, tissue paper or vellum, and a glow stick.

    Halloween paper lanterns
    “Paper Lanterns” from
    Creepy Crafty Halloween.

    For a homemade treat, why not whip up these yummy pumpkin bars or dip some pretzels?

    Halloween treats from Hocus Pocus
    “Pumpkin Bars” and “Candy-Coated Pretzels” from
    Hocus Pocus.

    And if you didn’t decorate or make anything fun for this year’s festivities, well, there’s always next year! Here are some Halloween quilt projects that you can get started on NOW.

    Things that Grin in the Night quilt
    “Things that Grin in the Night” from
    Simple Seasons by Kim Diehl.

    Step into Halloween quilt
    “Step into Halloween” from
    Patchwork Plus by Geralyn Powers.

    Pick a Pumpkin quilt
    “Pick a Pumpkin” from
    Slash Your Stash.

    Pumpkin Wool Table Runner
    “Pumpkin Wool Table Runner” from
    A Fresh Look at Seasonal Quilts by Julie Popa.

    Are you ready for Halloween? Tell us in the comments below! Happy Halloween!

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  9. Six-buck eBooks all October! Final week: quick gifts

    Select eBooks on sale for $6 each this week!


    Need ideas for gifts to make for Christmas—or any time of year? Stock your computer, laptop, or tablet with Martingale quilt books featuring fun gift ideas that’ll get you to the finish line quick! Download eBooks instantly and start stitching just minutes from now. Only $6 each this week.

    Sale ends at midnight on Sunday, November 2.

    Bits and Pieces:
    18 Small Quilts from Fat Quarters and Scraps
    by Karen Costello Soltys
    $18.99 $6.00

    Bits and Pieces

    Amazon review: “Great quilts – great color combinations – and quick to finish. A+”

    Choose from 18 make-in-a-day quilts for fat quarters, fat eighths, and scraps >

    Sew One and You’re Done:
    Making a Quilt from a Single Block
    by Evelyn Sloppy
    $16.99 $6.00

    Sew One and You're Done

     Amazon review: “These quilts work up in a couple of days and are wonderful gifts. Everyone should have this book!”

    1 supersized block + 3 to 5 fabrics = a beautiful, traditional quilt in no time >

    Quilts for Cherished Family Moments
    by Mary M. Covey
    $14.95 $6.00


    Commemorate life’s little triumphs—make a quilt for the occasion! >

    Folded Fabric Fun:
    Easy Folded Ornaments, Pillows, Purses, Totes, and More
    by Nancy J. Martin
    $10.99 $6.00

    Folded Fabric Fun

     Amazon review: “Easy to do, the instructions are easy to follow, and most of all, they are FUN. I highly recommend this book for people who like small projects. Love it!”

    Press folds into fabric and sew, glue, or fuse to secure—it’s really that easy >

    House Party:
    Coordinated Quilts and Pillows
    by Sue Hunt
    $16.99 $6.00

    House Party

     Amazon review: “I’ve already mapped out a blank space on my living-room wall to rotate wall hangings throughout the year. Truly a great quilting book for all seasons!”

    Give the gift of dynamic decor: see more perfectly paired quilts and pillows >

    Joined at the Heart:
    Quilting for Family and Friends
    by Anne Moscicki and Linda Wyckoff-Hickey
    $19.95 $6.00

    Joined at the Heart

     Amazon review: “I like the idea of something quick and easy for a gift even though I am an advanced quilter. Can’t wait to make the pinwheel quilt—just adorable.”

    A great go-to book for fast, fun, heartwarming quilts >

    Handprint Quilts:
    Creating Children’s Keepsakes with Paint and Fabric
    by Marcia L. Layton
    $13.95 $6.00

    Handprint Quilts

     Amazon review: “Who doesn’t need a supply of cute ideas for quick gifts? The book includes projects perfect for all age groups… I love books that spark creativity.”

    Turn handprints into flowers, butterflies, dinosaurs, and more >

    Cool Girls Quilt:
    More than 15 Fresh, Fun, and Funky Projects
    by Linda Lum DeBono
    $16.95 $6.00

    Cool Girls Quilt

     Amazon review: “If you have a young person you want to teach to sew or quilt you MUST have this book. My copy is well worn and loved by both me and my daughters.”

    Stitch pretty gifts for tweens and teens—or teach them to sew! >

    The Quilter’s Home: Winter
    by Lois Krushina Fletcher
    $14.99 $6.00

    The Quilter's Home: Winter

     Amazon review: “The weather outside may be frightful, but quilting is so delightful…will give you hours of quilting delight and numerous projects to turn your home into a winter wonderland.”

    Warm up someone’s winter—whip up one of many projects in an afternoon >

    From the Heart:
    Quilts to Cherish
    Compiled by Dawn Anderson
    $14.99 $6.00

    From the Heart

    Thank a loved one, encourage a friend, or give a to someone close to you >

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    Own one of these Martingale quilt books? Share your review in the comments!

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  10. Patterns for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Martingale's Knit & Crochet Friday

    Knit and crochet for Breast Cancer Awareness MonthOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month—an annual campaign to bring awareness about the impact of this all-too-prevalent illness. Breast Cancer has affected many of us, either directly or indirectly. Take the opportunity to offer your support in an actionable way—whether in October or after. Not sure where to start? Here are three suggestions:

    1. Knit or crochet a chemo cap pattern for a woman in need

    Whether it’s for a close friend, a family member, an acquaintance, or even a stranger, a knitted or crocheted hat for a breast cancer patient is a wonderful gesture and a much-needed gift.

    You can find the knit chemo hat pattern shown above in Knit Pink by Lorna Miser, along with 24 additional breast cancer knitting patterns from lap robes to sweaters and mittens. You’ll find a similar variety of cancer crochet patterns in Crochet Pink by Janet Rehfeldt.

    Be sure to carefully choose the best yarn for chemo caps. Here’s a tip:

    Quick tip: Choosing yarn for chemo caps
    Want to donate a chemo cap?

    The National Needle Arts Association has teamed up with Woman’s Day magazine to sponsor a chemo cap charity drive through December 31, 2014. Simply knit or crochet a chemo cap (you can use a pattern from Knit Pink or Crochet Pink, or use the free patterns on TNNA’s site) and mail to TNNA or drop off at a TNNA retailer (you can search for one near you here). Questions? Email health@tnna.org.

    2. Donate your time or money

    If you won’t be knitting a chemo cap or other gift for a cancer patient, consider giving a monetary donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Your donation will help provide mammograms for women in need.

    You can also volunteer your time to help educate women or host a fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Find out more here.

    3. Create an early detection plan

    Early detection is one of the key factors for improving survival rates. Do you and your loved ones have an early detection plan? Do you part to create a plan here and invite your friends and relatives to do the same.

    Knit Pink Crochet Pink

    Find more patterns to knit and crochet for comfort, gratitude, and charity in Knit Pink and Crochet Pink. Any of the patterns can be adapted for different forms of cancer by simply swapping out the yarn color. Find a list of cancer awareness colors here.

    Which action will you take for Breast Cancer Awareness month? Tell us in the comments!

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