1. Quick tip: how to transfer letters to fabric for embroidery (how-to video)

    From A Little SomethingHave you joined the embroidery craze? It’s blowing up Instagram, and no wonder—it’s inexpensive to start, it’s easy to learn, and you can take it anywhere. Fabric, embroidery thread, and scissors are all you need!

    A Little Something author Roseann Kermes has loved wool, appliqué, and embroidery ever since childhood when her mother became a 4-H leader. She’s learned lots of tricks for making sewing simpler over the years, and today we get to share one of those tips with you!

    Roseann stopped by our office and showed us how she transfers letters to fabric in preparation for embroidery. This is a super-slick trick, tribe—check it out:

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

    Could it really be that simple? Yes, it could!

    You’ll find lots of “little” embroidery and appliqué tips in Roseann’s book A Little Something, along with 16 pretty projects that are perfect for celebrating spring:

    Spring Bouquet Bag
    Spring Bouquet Bag

    Strawberry Sewing Trio
    Strawberry Sewing Trio

    Hospitality Hanger
    Hospitality Hanger

    A Little SomethingRing in spring a “little” early this year—pick up A Little Something at ShopMartingale.com and you can instantly download the eBook for free.

    What’s your embroidery life like?

    • I carry my embroidery wherever I go.
    • I love to sit at home and enjoy every stitch.
    • I don’t have an embroidery life, but I think I might need one!

    Tell us in the comments!

    47 comments (read all)

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  2. Wish List Day! Stash busters, little favorites, and wool minis (+ giveaway!)

    Hooray, hooray, for Wish List Day! We’re counting down the days until Martingale’s March 2018 books hit your local quilt shop—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.

    Oh, Scrap!Oh, Scrap!
    Fabulous Quilts That Make the Most of Your Stash

    Lissa Alexandera

    Want to be a scrap quilter? Great! Want to think like a scrap quilter? Learn from a master. Lissa Alexander has spent three decades honing her scrap-quilting skills, and in her first solo book, she offers page after page of tips for making dazzling scrap quilts bursting with colors, prints, and textures.

    As you make 12 exquisite quilts, you’ll learn Lissa’s secrets for deciding which fabric combinations work (and understanding why others don’t). Best of all, discover how to (finally!) use your unique stash to make scrap quilts that sing. Includes a preface on scrap quilting by renowned quilt historian Barbara Brackman.

    See more scrappy sensations from Lissa >

    Jo's Little Favorites IIIJo’s Little Favorites III
    Enduring Designs for Classic-Quilt Lovers

    Jo Morton

    Quilting icon Jo Morton returns with the third book in her “Jo’s Little Favorites” series! Enjoy 15 lovely little quilts previously available only to her devoted club members—until now.

    For the first time, Jo invites you into her charming 1920s-era bungalow to share how she displays quilts in her own home. Gather oodles of ideas for showcasing small quilts, along with Jo’s favorite techniques for making them. You’ll be inspired to start right away with Jo’s wise approach: if you want to make them all, make them small!

    See more from Jo >

    Lunch-Hour Wool MinisLunch-Hour Wool Minis
    14 Easy Projects to Stitch in No Time

    Kathy Brown

    Introducing perfectly portable projects for sewing on the go! So small, so sweet—so simple to complete. About all that’s needed is a needle, thread, wool, and a little lunch-hour time to make 14 cute and creative projects with popular Martingale author Kathy Brown.

    Seasonal and everyday designs include framed art, a pincushion, a mug rug, and more. Even beginners can easily appliqué these charming decor pieces—and complete each in a few lunch hours or less!

    See more lovely lunch-hour projects >

    Which March book would make your month? 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.

    Comments are closed for this post.

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

    “Oh Scrap! would be my choice. I would love to use up some of my scraps with it.”

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

    510 comments (read all)

  3. Pat Sloan’s slick trimming trick (why didn’t we think of this?)

    If there’s one thing every new quilter wonders, it’s how to make sure fabric is cut straight. Just one little nudge at the wrong angle can make straight cuts go wonky, which means sewing goes wonky, which means blocks go together wonky. And that’s just too much wonky for one quilt!

    Best-selling author Pat Sloan has a smart tip for making straight cuts, and all you need is the rotary trio of tools to do it: mat, ruler, and cutter. Watch below for her clever little trick:

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

    Easy-peasy, lemon squeezy. We love how Pat’s like that!

    Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Make My First QuiltWhether you’re a beginner or a seasoned quilting pro, Pat’s latest book, Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Make My First Quilt, is packed with tips and tricks that you may never have come across. Such as:

    • How to test your ¼" seam allowance (and keep it consistent)
    • How to make sure your grainline is straight before cutting (I didn’t know this!)
    • How to fix blocks that are the wrong size
    • How to calculate how much backing fabric you need

    Plus tons more tips to make your quilting precise. Because less frustration means more fun!

    I recently started teaching my first beginning quiltmaking class, and I’m using Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Make My First Quilt as a guide. My students are making every block in the book and then creating a sampler quilt with them. I’ve made each block two times to use as examples in class, and each time I’ve learned something new from Pat—and I’ve been quilting since 1997!

    Blocks from Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Make My First Quilt
    Get bonus instructions online for making Pat’s sampler quilt when you buy the book.

    Blocks from Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Make My First Quilt
    Pat’s blocks in a different color palette

    My students are super excited for their first quiltmaking adventure, and so am I! I’ve enjoyed learning Pat’s tips so I can pass them on to my students. And I know they’ll thank me for introducing them to Pat!

    Pick up all four books in Pat’s “Teach Me” series for great advice you’ll refer to as long as you quilt:

    Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Machine Quilt Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Make My First Quilt Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Sew Triangles Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Applique

    What’s your trick for cutting fabric as straight as an arrow?

    • Same trick as Pat!
    • I use the lines on the rotary mat and/or ruler.
    • I didn’t have a trick—until now!

    Tell us your technique in the comments!

    49 comments (read all)

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  4. Fresh vintage style, precut ease: 10 beautiful quilts for your bundles (+ giveaway!)

    Give your precuts a happy home—in a quick quilt!

    Easy Quilts from Precut Fabrics

    We’re SO excited that Sue Pfau’s third book, Easy Quilts from Precut Fabrics, is finally here!

    Sue’s whipped up gorgeous quilts featuring classic quilt blocks—and you’ll get to the finish line fast using time-saving precut fabrics. No need for stockpiles of scraps; all those small cuts of fabric in a precut bundle make it easy to coordinate colors and prints. Simply pick your favorite precut: Layer Cakes, Jelly Rolls, or fat quarters.

    Vintage Bear Paw quilt
    Layer-Cake lovely: Vintage Bear Paw

    Jack's Cross quilt
    Jelly-Roll ready: Jack’s Cross (the oar—how clever!)

    The Ties That Bind quilt
    Fat-quarter friendly: The Ties That Bind

    Just one or two precut bundles plus a background fabric are all you need to begin sewing these beauties. And you know if it’s from Sue, it’s economical too! She’ll help you make the most of any precut bundle or scraps you have.

    We invited Sue to be our guest writer at Stitch This! today so she can tell you more about her latest book. Welcome, Sue!

    Sue PfauQuilters who know my work know that I like “easy.” I’ll make no excuses for that! But as my tastes and interests have changed through the years, I’ve started to take more of an interest in vintage quilts. The problem is that when I look at antique quilts, they are way too time-consuming and complicated for me—you could even say intimidating. In Easy Quilts from Precut Fabrics, I wanted to design quilts with vintage elements and appeal, but also quilts that would be quicker and easier to complete.

    I love to use precuts. I have always been color challenged, and ever since I started using precuts, my quilts have turned out so much nicer! The designs in the book require one or two bundles of precuts plus one background fabric. This makes picking out fabric quick and uncomplicated. My cutting directions are simple and easy to follow as well. I’ve also included some tricks I use for color placement and for picking out background fabrics. I hope these suggestions will answer some of your questions about using precuts.

    From Easy Quilts from Precut Fabrics

    You’ll find that the designs in my book either have no border or a very simple border. If you are anything like me, after I get the main part of the quilt top done I just don’t have the energy to put together that border. I have a UFO that has been sitting in the attic for 12 years for the mere fact that I was too lazy to piece the border. You won’t have that problem with any of these quilts!

    Churn Dash Echo quilt
    For your fat quarters: Churn Dash Echo

    Unintentionally, each of the quilts in the book has only one repeated block. I suppose this appeals to my simple tastes! I like it because it makes the blocks easier to piece; you can get into the groove of putting blocks together without constantly referring to the directions. Another benefit of a one-block design is that you can change the size of your quilt on your own by making more or fewer blocks. I love that.

    The Fourth of July quilt
    For your Layer Cakes: The Fourth of July

    One last point. My quilts are scrappy and they can all be made with fabrics from your stash. Please don’t think you need to buy precuts to complete my quilts. I hope I’ve inspired you to get busy sewing, and I hope you have as much fun making these quilts as I did!

    Easy Quilts from Precut FabricsSue, thanks for introducing us to your new collection of precut quilts!

    We’d love to give away a copy of Easy Quilts from Precut Fabrics to one lucky winner today—to enter the random drawing, tell us in the comments:

    Which precut bundle would you love to use in one of Sue’s quilts?

    • A Layer Cake
    • A Jelly Roll
    • A fat-quarter bundle
    • I choose my scraps!

    We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    Feeling inspired to untie the ribbon on a fat-quarter stack or Layer Cake or unfurl a Jelly Roll right now? Order Sue’s new book at ShopMartingale.com and you can instantly download the eBook for free.

    Comments are closed for this post.

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

    “Fat quarters are fun because you  have more fabric to play with. You could also try another pattern from the book with the same fabric.”

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

    644 comments (read all)

  5. English paper piecing by hand OR machine: prep steps (video)

    You’ve seen them online, at shops, and at shows: glorious English-paper-pieced quilts bursting with color and texture. They’re just WOW!

    Now the new trend in English paper piecing is here: Dresdens. And with all the success that best-selling author Katja Marek has had with EPP hexagons, you know she’s on top of the Dresden trend!

    Paper Lanterns Wall Quilt
    Paper Lanterns Wall Quilt

    Her new quilt-along, Rainy Days and Sun Days, is all about exploring the infinite ways you can piece Dresden blocks. In her latest book, Distinctive Dresdens, you’ll find 26 gorgeous renditions:

    Blocks from Distinctive Dresdens
    Eight of the 26 blocks in the book

    Distinctive DresdensAnd because Katja is such a pro at math, at sewing, and at figuring out the steps for you, she’s made it so you can easily create Dresden blocks too—and you can sew them by hand OR by machine. YES!

    The first step is all about preparing pieces for sewing. Depending on your sewing method, the prep steps differ a bit. We caught up with Katja at Quilt Market and she demonstrated the two different ways she prepares her Dresden wedges: for hand sewing and for machine sewing (which are also covered in the book with step-by-step photos). Watch below:

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

    Once you’ve prepped your pieces, the sewing can begin, and you’ll find complete step-by-step directions for hand and machine sewing in Distinctive Dresdens. Then you can create gorgeous Dresden projects like this:

    Good Morning Place Mats
    Good Morning Place Mats

    …and this:

    Class-Act Cushions
    Class-Act Cushions

    …and this!

    Clamoring for More Quilt
    Clamoring for More Quilt

    Katja just launched her quilt-along for Distinctive Dresdens, and it’s not too late to join the fun! You can find all the quilt-along details here, and you can join her Facebook group for the quilt-along here.

    Rainy Days and Sun Days Quilt-Along

    Dresden blocks: by hand or machine? Tell us in the comments how you’ll make yours!

    34 comments (read all)

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  6. Learn how now: blanket stitch for appliqué with Debbie Busby

    If there’s one embroidery stitch that everyone who sews should know, we just might pick the blanket stitch as the big winner. It’s an easy way to conceal raw edges of appliqué pieces, it’s quick to learn, and it’s super cute too!

    The blanket stitch
    See what we mean?

    Sew Many Notions author Debbie Busby has traveled across the United States and to Australia to share her wool-appliqué techniques, and the blanket stitch is one of her favorite stitches to teach. Her beautiful book is chock-full of them! Once you have this simple little stitch down, you can embellish every edge of your work with it.

    We caught up with Debbie at Quilt Market, where she shared her method for the blanket stitch with us. Take a look!

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

    Adding the blanket stitch to your appliqué is like putting frosting on a cake: it makes your finished projects sparkle. Here are a few more of Debbie’s sewing-inspired projects from Sew Many Notions:

    Sewing Day Wall Hanging
    Sewing Day Wall Hanging

    Cute as a Button Pincushions
    Cute as a Button Pincushions

    Sewing Stuff Pocketbook

    Simple Tomato Pincushions
    Simple Tomato Pincushions

    See more projects from Sew Many Notions >>>

    Debbie’s adorable tomato pincushions are so popular, they recently caused a commotion on Facebook—people were clamoring for the pattern when they saw this fun photo from a Facebook group member. Well, we’ve got the pattern. It’s in Sew Many Notions!

    Maker: Delane Young Turner. Prairie Star Table-runner pattern is by Cheri Saffioti-Payne.

    Along with the blanket stitch, we think Debbie may be the world’s #1 fan of wool appliqué. Here’s Debbie to tell you about her favorite type of sewing (but be warned, addictive-personality people!):

    “If there’s anything you should know about wool appliqué, it’s this: it’s fun, easy, quick, and addicting! The projects in this book are meant to be quick and easy too. Make them for your home or sewing studio, or give them as gifts to your stitching friends and neighbors.

    My hope is that you’ll enjoy the process, add your own touches, and change the colors to those you love. I also hope wool appliqué will find its way into your life and your heart. So jump in and find a project that will bring you joy. Once you start, you may not be able to stop!”

    What’s the first embroidery stitch you ever learned: blanket, buttonhole, backstitch? Tell us in the comments!

    50 comments (read all)

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  7. Q&A with the creator of the Civil War Legacies series (book #4 is here!)

    Love fabrics inspired by the Civil War era? Save every scrap? Best-selling author Carol Hopkins applauds you—she saves every scrap too! You’ll find fantastic ways to use your reproduction stash and scraps in Carol’s latest book, Civil War Legacies IV.

    Civil War Legacies IV

    In this fourth book from Carol’s “Civil War Legacies” series, you’ll find a collection of small, spectacular quilts where every scrap you save can shine.

    Make a quilt honoring the Blue and Gray Trail:

    Blue and Gray Trail quilt
    Blue and Gray Trail

    Choose a stunning tribute to the woman who established the American Red Cross:

    Battlefield Angel quilt
    Battlefield Angel

    Or stitch a sampler chock-full of charming Basket blocks:

    Tilly's Basket Sampler quilt
    Tilly’s Basket Sampler

    Along with 14 of Carol’s exquisite designs, you’ll enjoy reading little-known facts about the Civil War and Carol’s stories about how each stunning little quilt came to be.

    From Civil War Legacies IV

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

    Stitch This!: This is the fourth book in your best-selling “Civil War Legacies” series—what inspired book #1?

    Carol HopkinsCarol: I’d been designing about six new patterns a year to introduce to shop owners at spring Quilt Markets. I’d never thought about writing a book, but during my fifth trip to Market, I was approached by several publishers, one of whom was Karen Soltys representing Martingale/That Patchwork Place. I have bookshelves full of That Patchwork Place books that I’ve collected over my 30 years of quilting, and I was so humbled and excited about the possibility of having my own book with that logo in the corner. It was my own “yes to the dress” moment!

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

    Carol: To be honest, I never design a quilt from start to finish before I start sewing. I’m always on the lookout for interesting blocks or settings in antique quilts. When I find an unusual block or a clever use of fabrics in a traditional block, I’ll make up one block as a reference. Then, when I’m ready to start a new quilt, I’ll make a few more, still with no plan for where I’m going.

    I seem to have a 10-block attention span, so when I’ve made about that many, I start to think about how I’ll set them together and how many more blocks that would take. This is probably the main reason that I make small quilts—once I’ve figured out a small one, I’m ready to move on. I often think I’d like to remake my small quilts into full-sized quilts containing more of those cute little blocks, but that just doesn’t seem to happen.

    Wedding Bouquet

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

    Carol: Reproduction fabrics call to me for several reasons. One is the soft, muted colors that reflect the worn-and-loved patina of those found in antique quilts. I’m also drawn to the motifs and details in the prints themselves, especially the beautiful florals and paisleys which may contain 20 or more different colors.

    When I first started quilting in 1980, there were no fabrics like these in the marketplace, so it was virtually impossible to reproduce an antique quilt. Turquoise polyester just didn’t do the job! When manufacturers started reproducing eighteenth- and nineteenth-century prints in the late 1980s, I could finally make quilts like those found in old trunks, and I’ve been focused on them ever since.

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

    Carol: My favorite display is a two-foot-tall folk art angel with jointed arms that can hold a quilt without folding it. I also have two small wooden rocking chairs once used by my husband and his twin sister, the backs of which are perfect for showcasing quilts. Other little quilts are displayed on doll beds, folded up in piles in glass-front bookcases, rolled in baskets, or used as table toppers. I used to have groupings of quilts hanging on the walls, but when we went all fixer-upper and removed walls, those spaces disappeared. With more than 100 small quilts, there’s no way I can display them all at once, so some spend their time in storage bins, waiting for their turn to shine.


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

    Carol: In addition to the creative outlet that quilting itself provides, and the never-ending new offerings of fabrics, patterns, and techniques, it’s the friendships with and inspirations from other quilters that nourish my quilting soul. I’m challenged to think of another group of people with such diverse talents and interests who come together to share, listen, support, and encourage others more than the heartfelt way that quilters do.

    ST!: Finish these sentences for us!

    • One reason making smaller quilts is so fun is: They allow you to explore something new without huge time investments, and then you get to move on to a new project with a different selection of fabrics.
    • If I had a three-word quilting mantra, it would be: Enjoy the process!
    • My best tip for new quiltmakers is: Find your ¼".
    • Before I begin a quilt, I must have: A scavenger hunt through my house to make sure I’ve found just the right fabrics from my stash. This goes with my other three-word quilting mantra: It’s here somewhere!
    • If I had a quilting superpower, it would be: To surround myself with an anti-procrastination shield.

    >>> Follow Carol on Instagram: @carol_hopkins_designs <<<

    Thanks for indulging us, Carol—congratulations on your lovely new book!

    Carol’s had lots of experience piecing smaller blocks and quilts—if you haven’t seen her tips for making flying-geese units (many of which you’ll find in Civil War Legacies IV), don’t miss this helpful video:

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

    Civil War Legacies IVWe have a copy of Civil War Legacies IV to give away to one lucky winner today! To enter the drawing, tell us in the comments:

    My Civil War fabric stash needs: 

    • Some thinning—I’ve amassed a lot.
    • A few more colors and prints—I need to go shopping.
    • A kick start—I don’t have any yet!

    We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. And if you’re ready to start sewing with Carol’s new book now, order Civil War Legacies IV at ShopMartingale.com and you can instantly download the eBook for free.

    Comments are closed for this post.

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

    “Lots more colors and prints. I have done a few Civil War quilts, but would love to do more. I love the tiny prints and colors of that era.”

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

    308 comments (read all)

  8. Jo Morton shares the back-basting appliqué stitch: 9 reasons to try it

    At Martingale, we’re totally over-the-top fanatical for Jo Morton. Aside from her stunning books filled with spectacular quilts, Jo has a wonderful way of explaining techniques—it fills you with the curiosity and confidence to try.

    So, when Jo says her favorite way to appliqué is by using the back-basting method, we’re all ears!

    Jo learned the back-basting appliqué technique from Martingale author Jeana Kimball years ago, and now she shares the technique step by step in her latest book, Jo’s Floral Album. The method doesn’t require freezer paper or templates, and it will help you achieve appliqué perfection, just like Jo:

    From Jo's Floral Album

    Here’s what Jo says about the technique:

    Jo Morton“While you can use any appliqué method you like to make the Anna’s Blue Baskets quilt from Jo’s Floral Album, I hope you’ll try my back-basting method which is described in the book, complete with how-to photos. It’s a method that requires a bit of preparation, but it yields precise results for everyone.

    Renowned quiltmaker Jeana Kimball calls this method template free, because there’s no need for any type of template-making material. You’ll create the appliqués directly from the design that you trace onto the background fabric. A couple of the benefits of this technique are that your pieces will be correctly positioned and your appliqués will lie flatter.”

    There are three prep steps to complete before you start sewing:

    1. Trace a pattern onto your background fabric

    2. Baste oversized fabric pieces to the right side of your background fabric, following the traced lines

    3. Cut the oversized fabrics to the shape of the motif, adding a fat ⅛" seam allowance

    You’ll find more details about the first three steps in the book.

    Back-basting applique technique

    Now you’re ready to start the best part—the sewing! Here’s Jo demonstrating the stitching portion of the back-basting appliqué technique:

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

    Once you have the back-basting appliqué technique down, you can join Jo and create the exquisite quilt from the book:

    Jo's Floral Album quilt

    Aren’t the blocks stunning?

    From Jo's Floral Album

    Jo’s spectacular blocks feature beautiful blossoms, twining vines, luscious berries, and other motifs that define traditional Album quilts. Make blocks one after another, or set a relaxed pace and sew just one block each month—by year’s end, you’ll have a breathtaking quilt to display, give, or save as a family heirloom. Plus, the book comes complete with full-sized pullout patterns—no visits to the copy shop for you!

    If you create your own version of Jo’s quilt, share a photo on social media and use the hashtag #josfloralalbum—we’d love to see and share!

    What’s your go-to appliqué method?

    • I use back-basting appliqué, just like Jo!
    • I prefer the needle-turn method.
    • I’m all about freezer-paper appliqué.
    • My machine and I prefer machine appliqué.
    • Fused and finished!

    Tell us in the comments!

    80 comments (read all)

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  9. Snow day? Sew day! 8 projects for winter’s final weeks

    Snowmen Are Cool Mug MatsHow’s winter been treating you?

    For some it’s been a season similar to winters before . . . but we’ve watched others endure frigid temperatures, mountains of snow, and a chilly case of the winter blues. For those going through it, we send you our warmest wishes—and we want to help you send those winter blahs packing!

    It’s 60 days until winter’s officially done (we know, it sounds like an eternity). Until that first day of spring arrives, why not immerse yourself in some snow-inspired stitching? The projects below will warm your hands and your heart. Before you know it, you’ll have a family of little snowmen to help you bid winter farewell—and to help you welcome the winter to come!

    You can never have too many pincushions:

    Flakey Pincushion Trio
    Flakey Pincushion Trio from
    Snow Happy

    Or tea towels.

    Snow Chefs Tea Towels
    Snow Chefs Tea Towels from
    Snow Happy

    And everyone knows that a few good (snow) men will add a little delight to your day.

    A Few Good Men quilt
    A Few Good Men lap quilt and banner from
    Here Comes Winter

    Winter doesn’t have to be blah . . .

    Winter Wonders
    Winter Wonders from
    A Change of Seasons

    When you stitch a wintertime project, blah quickly turns into awe:

    Snowman motif
    Snowman motif on the Joy stocking from
    A Change of Seasons

    Time to pick up that needle and thread and brighten your day—or the day of someone who’s longing for spring—with some sweet snowman stitching. Best of all? You can enjoy these happy snowmen all winter long!

    Snow Happy Here Comes Winter A Change of Seasons

    What do you love most about winter: snowy landscapes, only-in-winter activities . . . the excuse to stay home and sew? Tell us in the comments!

    42 comments (read all)

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  10. Scrappy makes happy: fun two- and three-color scrap quilts (+ giveaway!)

    Pick just two or maybe three . . . now choosing scraps is SEW easy!

    Scrappy & Happy Quilts

    Create lively, colorful quilts with three-time author Kate Henderson—and say bye-bye to stressing over color choices. With this collection of two-color and three-color quilt patterns, choosing colors is a snap. Plus, you can use up every scrap!

    Start with yardage, scraps, or precuts: the choice is yours. And if you’ve got a LOT of one color in your fabric collection, these bright and beautiful quilts will make that color sparkle. The more of one color, the merrier!

    From Scrappy & Happy Quilts

    Everything is happy when it’s scrappy, don’t you agree? Here’s Kate to tell us more about her latest book.

    Kate HendersonColor is one of my favorite things. The more colors and patterns I can surround myself with, the better. So no one was more surprised than me when I kept being drawn to vintage red-and-white quilts.
    I started designing some quilts is just two colors, but of course I couldn’t quite contain my choices to just two fabrics (or to solids). The results are the 13 quilts in Scrappy & Happy Quilts.

    The book is divided into two sections. The first section features quilts made from just two colors; the second section features quilts that use three colors. As much as I tried to keep every quilt to just two colors, a third sometimes crept in!

    Mellow quilt

    There is something for every quilter in this book. From Pink Daisy, made from squares:

    Pink Daisy quilt
    Pink Daisy

    To Sunrise, which is foundation pieced.

    Sunrise quilt

    Most of the quilts, like Fields of Green, are quite scrappy. I really enjoyed combining lots of patterned fabrics with solid fabrics.

    Fields of Green quilt
    Fields of Green

    There are also a few quilts that can be made from precuts, such as Shimmer, which uses charm squares.

    Shimmer quilt

    Like my other books, there are lots of diagrams, tips, and tricks throughout to make the sewing process easy and enjoyable. Whether you want to make a baby quilt or a bed quilt, there’s a pattern for you in here. Just chose your favorite color (or two) and get sewing!

    I would love to see what you make from the book—post your photos and use #scrappyandhappyquilts on Instagram. You can find me there as @katehendersonquilts.

    Scrappy & Happy QuiltsKate, thank you for sharing your new book with us!

    We’d love to give a copy of Scrappy & Happy Quilts to one lucky winner today! To be entered in the drawing, tell us in the comments:

    What color of scrappy would make you happy?

    We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to get scrappy and happy right now, order Kate’s new book at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

    685 comments (read all)