1. Deeply devoted to Civil War fabrics? Don’t miss this

    Save 20% on select books this week - plus free shipping

    We know there are some of you out there who are deeply devoted to Civil War reproduction fabrics.

    And when we say deeply, we’re talking knee-deep. You know what we mean.

    The tiny prints, the touch of history, the timeless look of quilts awash with those colors—poison greens, madder reds, double pinks, cheddar yellows. Irresistible.

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    If you’ve got a passion for Civil War fabrics, we feel you. We’ve got one too. In fact, we’ve published 11 books on the subject. (Seriously, we could sit with a cuppa and talk reproduction fabrics all day long.)

    Troops-in-Formation-quiltIf you’ve got a Civil War–inspired fabric stash—or if you want to start one—today is the perfect day to treat yourself to something that goes with Civil War fabrics like chocolate goes with peanut butter. And caramel. And cherries. And quilting!

    What is that something? Patterns! But not just any patterns. Patterns that pair perfectly with those prints and colors of years past.

    Browse the four beautiful Civil War quilt-pattern books below, all 20% off + free shipping in the US and Canada this week only. Don’t miss your chance to save on books by authors who love that reproduction look just like you—and who will inspire you to revisit the past with needle and thread. And all that fabric!


    Civil War LegaciesCivil War Legacies: Quilt Patterns for Reproduction Fabrics
    Carol Hopkins

    This debut book from best-selling author Carol Hopkins is the first in a trio of books by Carol on the subject of sewing with repro fabrics. Fifteen stunning patterns for your Civil War stash are small in scale and perfect for those vintage-looking scraps you can’t bear to toss.
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    Alexander’s Bean Pot quilt. See more from
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    The Blue and the GrayThe Blue and the Gray: Quilt Patterns using Civil War Fabrics
    Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene

    When two quilting icons started the Civil War Reproduction Club in their legendary Iowa quilt shop, Country Threads, a whole nation of quilters wanted to join the club too. This shining salute to the era features beautiful, traditional quilts that share visual stories of American history, both in fabric and in design.
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    Battlefield quilt. See more from
    The Blue and the Gray >>>


    The Civil War Sewing CircleThe Civil War Sewing Circle: Quilts and Sewing Accessories Inspired by the Era
    Kathleen Tracy

    Patterned after authentic quilts made during the Civil War era, this collection of nostalgic patterns is ideal for nineteenth-century reproduction fabrics. Quilts and sewing accessories are paired with historical photos and eloquent excerpts from letters written to and from soldiers during the Civil War.
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    Remembering AdeliaRemembering Adelia: Quilts Inspired by Her Diary
    Kathleen Tracy

    Through actual diary entries you’ll get a glimpse of the life of a young girl during the Civil War: minding daily chores, joining in sewing and quilting circles, and watching friends and neighbors go off to war. Fourteen quilts feature authentic Civil War blocks as well as designs typical of the era.
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    Peony Star quilt. See more from
    Remembering Adelia >>>


    What draws you to quilts from the Civil War era: the prints, the colors, the history? Tell us in the comments.


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  2. Quilting Beyond Neutral: #makingallthequilts part 4

    Posted by on February 19, 2016, in quilting & sewing, , ,

    Beyond NeutralWhen Beyond Neutral author John Q. Adams came across a quilter online—New Zealand quilter Deb Robertson—who’d decided to make every quilt in his book, he was thrilled. He let us know about Deb, and we’ve chronicled her quilting journey throughout the past year. Now, in this final installment of her #makingallthequilts series, Deb shares the final four quilts she made from Beyond Neutral.

    Catch up: read part 1, part 2, and part 3 of Deb’s journey.

    Deb has been an inspiration to many—just take a look at her Instagram feed! Many thanks to her for allowing us to share her quilts this past year.

    There’s more exciting news from Deb in 2016: she’s #makingallthequiltsagain!

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    From Deb’s #makingallthequiltsagain feed


    Deb-RobertsonThe hardest part of any challenge is when the end is in sight. I had a self-imposed goal of #makingallthequilts in John’s book, Beyond Neutral, and time was running out. I wanted to wrap up my school semester and finish #makingallthequilts before I had hip surgery.

    Because I’d saved what I thought were the most difficult quilts for last (as you do), I started to make mistakes. I made the Pacific Crest quilt and, at first, I was disappointed with how it turned out.
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    Original Pacific Crest quilt

    The colors I’d chosen in my head didn’t match up to how the finished quilt looked. Now that time has passed, I look at my version and I love it. It just proves that with a bit of time, all things turn out okay in the end.
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    Deb’s version of Pacific Crest

    I made Raven Rock from my stash.
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    Original Raven Rock quilt

    Somehow, I accidently left out one whole panel! There was no way I could rectify it, so I just sewed what I had together. My nephew Knox LOVES my Raven Rock quilt. The pattern is very effective for big-scale fabrics. I’ve said it many times before and this quilt just proved it again: even a wonky quilt keeps you warm!
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    Deb’s version of Raven Rock

    I had a pile of beautiful Meadow fabric by Leah Duncan, and I thought it would be perfect for the Fallen Timbers pattern from Beyond Neutral.
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    Original Fallen Timbers quilt

    I altered the pattern slightly because I wanted the design to look like falling sunshine. I accidentally cut 14 blocks incorrectly (did I mention I was unwell?), but it still turned out to be a beautiful quilt.
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    Deb’s version of Fallen Timbers

    The last quilt I made was a revelation—John’s Glimmerglass quilt.
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    Original Glimmerglass quilt

    Once again, this was one of those patterns I thought I’d just have to make peace with. And once again, I made it . . . and I love it.
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    Deb’s version of Glimmerglass

    It’s been a real lesson to me, making all these quilts, even the ones I didn’t think were my style. I challenged myself to make them my own, and I really think I succeeded. I have to say that #makingallthequilts has changed the way I make quilts forever, which is a pretty cool outcome from a challenge that I set for myself to get through a difficult time.


    A BIG thank you to Deb for allowing us to follow her journey through Beyond Neutral. We hope you’ve been as inspired by Deb as we have been!
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    Which book could inspire you to start #makingallthequilts? Tell us in the comments!

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  3. Welcome the season with 🌷 spring quilt patterns (+ giveaway!)

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    Believe it or not, winter is on its way out. It’s almost time to ring in spring!

    Officially, spring begins March 20—which leaves plenty of time to whip up a lovely, lavish, flower-filled ode to the most colorful of seasons.

    Here Comes SpringBut this year is different from any other sewing spring. Why? Because bestselling authors Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks are back with their fourth season-inspired book—and they’re ready to inspire you with all the wonders that spring brings!

    From first flowers to chirping birds, Here Comes Spring is irresistible—both for its beauty and for its easy-to-sew patterns. Pair big-piece patchwork with chunky appliqué shapes—a clever combo that makes these projects so simple to create.

    We’re happy to have Jeanne and Shelley with us as guest writers today. Welcome back, ladies!


    Jeanne-Large-and-Shelley-WicksWe are so excited for you to enjoy our latest book, Here Comes Spring!

    We loved working on this book. The two of us work so well together and as you can likely tell from our past books, we love a theme!

    For Here Comes Spring we wanted to keep our signature look and color palette, along with the fun, chunky appliqué you’ve come to expect from us. We threw in lots of flowers—our favorite embellishment—along with rickrack and a few birdhouses for good measure.
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    Spring Blooms Duo

    An unexpected favorite for us turned out to be a quilt with no appliqué. Who would’ve thought? We both adore the finished Country Cottage quilt. It has a wide variety of colors in it, and the quilting looks amazing across the open beige areas. And it was easy to make, too!
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    Country Cottage

    The Plum Pretty collection, below, was fun to design. We enjoyed deviating a little from our regular color palette and loved the idea of smaller take-along projects.
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    Plum Pretty collection: quilt, doll quilt, and doll tote

    Fun fact: the original Rebecca’s Quilt, below, now resides in the UK with our very-much-missed staff member and friend, Rebecca! We love the quilt and wanted her to have a touch of the prairies to take with her. What better way to do that than to give her a quilt?
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    Rebecca’s Quilt

    We hope you enjoy Here Comes Spring as much as we do. Here’s to warm weather, picnics, fresh outdoor air, sprouting flowers, singing birds, and of course, lots of quilts!


    Thank you for sneak-peeking your new book with us, ladies!

    Don’t forget: you can enjoy sewing delights for every season with Jeanne and Shelley:

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    When are you in the sewing zone: spring, summer, fall, or winter? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Here Comes Spring eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    Can’t wait to usher in spring? Buy Here Comes Spring now and instantly download the eBook for free. Buy the eBook only and save!

    Comments are closed for this post.

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

    “Definitely the winter months in the cold weather are the most conducive to hunkering down inside and accomplishing something. This is quilt time for me–can’t do much outside. Motivation sometimes is a factor, though, so I have to find ways to get started.”

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


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  4. 4 favorite quilt-color tips from popular authors (+ sale)

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    Fabric-color-wheelStruggle with quilt-color choices? Lots of quilters do. But there’s no need to shy away from color or copy a designer’s palette hue by hue. With the right know-how to guide you, you’ll become more color confident with each color choice you make!

    Get hip to four of our favorite tips from color-savvy eBooks below. Click a book cover to get to know each book better; then choose a how-to guide to color today. They’re all on sale for 40% off—this week only!
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    Color for the Terrified Quilter Color for the Terrified Quilter: Plain Talk, Simple Lessons, 11 Projects
    Ionne McCauley and Sharon Pederson

    Ionne and Sharon will prove to you that color choices don’t have to be intuitive, instinctive, or inborn—there is a step-by-step way to choose color for quilts. With the help of a color wheel, mock-up blocks, and fun exercises, you’ll be ready for any quilt-color challenge.
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    From Amazon.com
    Five-stars“Offers a step-by-step formula for choosing color for quilts . . . packed with fine project ideas which teach the foundations of color.”

    OUR FAVORITE TIP: Make a fabric color wheel that sorts your stash at the same time.

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    Still terrified of color? You need this guide! See more >
    $18.95 $11.37


    Patchwork PalettePatchwork Palette: No-Fail Color Plans for
    Captivating Quilts

    Donna Lynn Thomas

    Create dazzling scrap quilts every time when you learn three simple methods for choosing colors: the Rainbow, Color Family, and Mixed methods. Make 13 color-packed quilts with Donna’s eye-opening ideas—you’ll use her advice again and again.
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    Five-stars“I own every book written by Donna Lynn Thomas. That should say it all. But in this book, she shows you how to choose a color palette, which is hard for some quilters. Even if choosing colors isn’t hard for you, the designs in this book are beautiful.”

    OUR FAVORITE TIP: Assign a small set of blocks a fixed color palette. Donna shares a bit more about her methods in the video below:

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    Feature your unique scraps—and get the color choices right! See more >
    $18.99 $11.39


    Scrappy DuosScrappy Duos: Color Recipes for Quilt Blocks
    Donna Lynn Thomas

    Donna’s prequel to Patchwork Palette is based on a simple strategy: assemble only two blocks at a time, choosing a different set of scrap fabrics for each pair. Picking fabrics for two blocks at a time instead of 20, 40, or more? Now that’s “duo”-ble! Includes 20 block patterns and sample quilt plans.
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    Five-stars“One of the very best books about scrap quilts . . . the author’s approach to fabric selection assures us of quilts in which the colors stand out and the quilt design flows beautifully from block to block.”

    OUR FAVORITE TIP: Instead of choosing colors for an entire quilt at the beginning of a project, choose colors as you go, on an as-needed basis. (Immediately takes the pressure off!)

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    Scrappy Duos for my sister. The two-block approach made it easy to use a lot of different fabrics without getting lost.

    Try the two-at-at-time approach—it’s sew easy! See more >
    $16.99 $10.19


    Double Take: Quilts with That Hopscotch Twist
    Heather Willms and Elissa Willms

    Mom loves muted colors, daughter loves brights. When they get together to write a book about quilts, you get to enjoy the best of both worlds! See how color choices can take a project in dramatically different directions in 16 quilts, totes, place mats, and more. We guarantee you’ll do a “double take!”
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    Five-stars“Projects truly show how color and design choices impact finished quilts . . . it was amazing to see ‘Pinwheel Pizzazz’ on the front cover and ‘A Taste of Turquoise’ on the back cover and realize that it was the same block.”

    OUR FAVORITE TIP: More is more! Heather and Elissa say: “If a color or print doesn’t coordinate with the 3 or 4 fabrics you’re working with, it will be noticed. But if that same fabric is combined with 20 other fabrics, it will blend in.

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    Bright and muted
    Double Take quilts (the two quilts above are scrap, stash, and precut friendly)

    Each quilt two ways: see the terrific transformations >
    $16.99 $10.19


    Which color have you barred from your quilts—or are all the colors of the rainbow welcome? Tell us in the comments!


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  5. We 💗 you – and flash sales! eBooks as low as 1.99

    We love you, Stitch This! readers—and we love eBooks too!

    Put ’em together and whaddaya got? A sweetheart of a flash sale:

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    Most days you’ll spend more for a single pattern—but we’re feeling the love this Valentine’s Day weekend. Through Monday, February 15 at noon (PST), you can stock up on eBooks filled with glorious patterns. Get ready for tons of fun with fabric and yarn.

    💗 Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours! 💗

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    Go-to quilt books you’ll turn to again and again.

    Sew-One-and-Youre-Done
    $16.99
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    The-Quilters-Quick-Reference-Guide-1
    $16.95
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    The-Simple-Joys-of-Quilting
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    Even-More-Quilts-for-Baby
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    Timeless classics for every season.

    40-Fabulous-Quick-Cut-Quilts
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    A-Fresh-Look-at-Seasonal-Quilts
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    All-time favorites for your online library!

    Country-Comforts
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    Bundle up!

    Ocean-Breezes
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    Easy-Crocheted-Hats-and-Scarves
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    Top-selling favorites—because they’re fun!

    Sock-Club
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    Amigurumi-on-the-Go
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    Sweaters to create for every season and any reason.

    The-Pleasures-of-Knitting
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    How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day: fun night out or cozy night in? Tell us in the comments!


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  6. News from Martingale about Moda All-Stars All In a Row

    Posted by on February 11, 2016, in quilting & sewing, ,

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    Martingale let you down, which is the last thing we would ever want to do. We can appreciate how frustrating this situation might be for you. For that, we are very sorry.

    The final file of Moda All-Stars All In a Row that was sent to the printer was a prior uncorrected version. Because of this, mistakes are printed in Moda All-Stars All In a Row. Though the book was carefully edited per our usual style, the edits were not reflected in the file used to print the book. It was Martingale’s error and we take full responsibility. The mistake was due to human error that should never have happened.

    We regret this error and hope you will accept Martingale’s sincerest apologies. We have updated all text, and are sending the book to reprint with final corrections reflected. If you are currently making rows, please CLICK HERE to print a copy of the updated corrections.

    Once reprints are available, we will offer a FREE replacement copy. CLICK HERE for details on how to get your replacement copy.

    eBook purchasers: It takes a bit of time to work with our partner vendors to revise eBook editions. We will announce when corrected versions are available for download.

    The corrections listed should allow you to complete your project accurately. If not, give us a call at 800-426-3126 and we’ll do our best to help. And again, many apologies for the error.


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  7. Log Cabin block ❤ + 16 giveaways!

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    Today’s a day for Log Cabin LOVE!

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    The Log Cabin block is SO easy to adore. If you’ve ever made one, you know why.

    They’re easy. They’re fun. And Log Cabin quilt-pattern variations are practically endless—there are SO many amazing ways to make them your own.

    That’s why we think any quilter with a Log Cabin crush is going to be crushing on the new book I Love Log Cabins: the debut book in Martingale’s Block-Buster Quilts series!

    Today the talented designers featured in I Love Log Cabins are sharing their Log Cabin love with fans via social media. They’re sending their followers here to Stitch This! for our BIG book giveaway: 16 copies of the I Love Log Cabins eBook—one for each pattern designer. Be sure to enter at the bottom of this post for your chance to win.

    (And if you’re new here, welcome—subscribe to our blog so we can stay in touch!)

    Go classic or modern, choose little lap quilts or big bed quilts—you’ll find a fun-tastically fabulous collection of Log Cabin quilt-pattern variations inside. Here’s a peek at just a few:

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    From Susan Ache: Four Patch Log Cabin. Use precut 1½" strips or cut strips from yardage. A perfect project if you’re building Log Cabins for the first time.

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    From Carrie Nelson: Mi Casa. Carrie based her design on an antique quilt dating back to 1900.

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    From Kimberly Jolly: Seeing Stars. Kimberly doubled her fun by combining a Log Cabin block with another classic block, Sawtooth Star.

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    From Jocelyn Ueng: Ice Crystals.
    This pretty batik quilt features four large-scale Log Cabin blocks set on point.

    Rockin-the-Rainbow-quilt
    From Jackie White: Rockin’ the Rainbow. Get a crash course in improvisational piecing as you create this fat-quarter friendly quilt.

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    From Jill Finley: Red Licorice Garden.
    Strips of varying widths create the illusion of curved piecing. If a single color dominates your stash, this quilt will inspire you to feature it in a scrap-happy way.

    Which Log Cabin will you build first? Find your favorite >

    Never made a Log Cabin block before? No worries! Learn all the basics from the “Log Cabin 101” chapter in I Love Log Cabins, which will teach you how to make traditional Log Cabin blocks (adding logs around a center square) and a Courthouse Steps variation (adding logs on opposite sides of a center square).

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    Left: traditional Log Cabin block. Right: Courthouse Steps variation.


    How many Log Cabins have you built: a lot or a just a few? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the I Love Log Cabins eBook—there are a whopping 16 copies up for grabs! We’ll choose 16 random winners one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

    Can’t wait to start creating your next Log Cabin quilt? Buy I Love Log Cabins right now and instantly download the eBook for free.

    Comments are closed for this post.

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

    Suzanne, who says: “I have not made a Log Cabin yet. All of the ones in this book are beautiful. Would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the giveaway.”

    Jean, who says: “I don’t just ‘love’ log cabin blocks, I’m addicted. It’s amazing how many variations there are.”

    Tammy, who says: “I love log cabin blocks! They are a great first block for new quilters and an old stand by for experienced quilters. I’ve made a few in my time!”

    Kathy, who says: “I am currently working on a log cabin block on point that uses batik fabrics in shades of blue, green, gold and brown. It’s just gorgeous and can’t wait to get it finished! Next is a wonky log cabin, looks like so much fun!”

    Nancy, who says: “My first quilt top was a log cabin pattern with mirror images of trees. It’s so large I haven’t finished quilting it.”

    Susan, who says: “I am a relatively new quilter. I have admired the log cabin block for a while, but never made one. The book has great ideas for a quilt I would love to make.”

    Jane, who says: “I’ve made a few log cabin quilts. For the last one I used panel squares and did a spiral of various coordinating prints and colors from stash. My niece’s grandchildren are enjoying finding the matching centers. I like the log cabin block for the endless design possibilities with even minor fabric width and placement variations. Thanks for the inspirations and the opportunity to win a copy of the book.”

    Jennifer, who says: “I have never made a log cabin quilt but I have been saving scrap strips for a while and am getting to the point where I am ready to start making blocks.”

    Doreen, who says: “Alas, I have to confess I’ve never made a log cabin quilt. I have been going to try one but always get distracted by something. This book will get me started on my first one!”

    Regina, who says: “I have only made one log cabin quilt in all the years I have been quilting. It was one of the first quilts I ever made and I paper pieced it, the blocks finished at 4″!!! I think that is why I haven’t ventured to make another log cabin quilt.”

    Jojo, who says: “I have made a pair of twin barn raising, a 60 degree table cloth, several uneven block borders, a double courthouse steps, and untold blocks and border parts.”

    Sharon, who says: “When I first got married (31 years ago on grounding day) my mom and I made about 4 quilt as you go log cabin quilts for various gifts. About 3 years ago I made a lap quilt that was 2 sizes of log cabin blocks in one quilt.”

    Peggy, who says: “Hi, I am a newbie quilter. Participated in a 6 hour course on making log cabin quilts and borders. Thanks for the information about the book! Thank you for the opportunity to win this giveaway!”

    Carol, who says: “Log cabin blocks are so versatile and ageless. It would be amazing to have a chance to win a copy of this book and see all these new variations to choose from.”

    Evelyn, who says: “I did one full size traditional log cabin quilt years ago and currently am working on two (2) more for grandsons who recently got married (hoping to have them by Christmas). One more to get married this fall but his will have to wait a bit longer. I would love to have the book to get ideas for different settings.”

    Shirley, who says: “Well, the Log Cabin is NOT one to make if you are doing quilt as you go! took 20 years to finish that one. the 2nd one I added 2 more logs than was to be, looked OK but not what was supposed to be. So my quilt ended up a bit out of square as I was not going to rrrrripp out 80 seams. lol quilt is on the bed and no body knows.”

    Winners, we’ll email all of you about your prizes. Congratulations!


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  8. 4 ways to build your bag-making skills (+ sale!)

    Posted by on February 8, 2016, in quilting & sewing, , , ,

    1-Funky-HandbagAre you in need of a new favorite tote? Maybe a roomy market bag or a cute clutch? There are literally thousands of bag sewing patterns available, so how do you choose the right one?

    The difference between a ho-hum bag and a fabulous one is all in the finishing and details. Whether you’re new to making bags or a full-fledged fanatic, today’s sale books will help you hone your bag-making skills and create masterpieces you’ll love to flaunt.
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    Style and SwingHow to make a bag for . . . beginners

    Style and Swing: 12 Structured Handbags for Beginners and Beyond by Susan Dunlop not only boasts a dozen must-have bag patterns, it also includes a wealth of excellent bag-making how-tos and resources. Susan is an expert in designing sophisticated, boutique-quality bags that don’t require difficult techniques or hard-to-find tools. She provides a guide to choosing the right interfacing to give your bag structure, as well as tips on selecting hardware and closures that provide a professional touch.

    Check out some of the great comments from Amazon customer reviews of Style and Swing:

    Five-stars“This book is brilliantly illustrated, [with] easy and clear instructions to follow. Such an impressive guide to making my own bags which I’ve always wanted to do. Love the contrasting fabrics used. I’m full of inspiring ideas now!” –Rose

    Five-stars“As the title says, this book contains 12 handbag designs, but the way they are put together, the possibilities are endless. For beginners like myself it gives a great introduction on the use of interfacing, handles, tools and terms that I find very helpful.”—BT

    Five-stars“The instructions are easy to follow and backed up with clear photographs which help even beginners create beautiful bags. Also contains details of techniques and equipment which gives even novices like myself the confidence to try the brilliant projects contained in the book.”—Miranda

    Here are just a few of the versatile and stylish bag patterns from Style and Swing to inspire you:
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    Trendy Hipster Bag
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    And as every bag devotee knows, you can never have too many! Along with Style and Swing, you can build your bag-making library with three other fantastic books on sale today.


    How to make a bag for . . . the sewing retreat

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    Stitchers on their way to a sewing or quilting retreat needs bags for all their stuff! Make It, Take It by Krista Hennebury includes cute bag patterns that are perfect for getting your rotary mat and rulers, scissors, fabric, and more to your destination in style.


    How to make a bag for . . . that special night out

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    Big-City Bags by Sara Lawson will take you far beyond the basic tote bag. Sara shows how to make bags with modern, on-trend designs and details.


    How to make a bag for . . . friends and family

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    From pencil pouches to wallets to totes and everything in between, Sew Gifts! has a fun bag pattern for everyone on your gift list. The book includes lots of other sew-a-gift ideas too.


    Are you a bag-making beginner or seasoned veteran? Tell us in the comments!


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  9. 🐦 A sew-in-an-afternoon project for lovebirds 🐤

    Sweet TweetsValentine’s Day is coming up fast (didn’t we just count down to the New Year yesterday?)! If your plan was to sew up something special but you think you’ve run out of time, I have good news.

    There really is still time to stitch up something cute for that special someone. This Lovebirds quilt from the book Sweet Tweets by Erin Cox might just be the Valentiney goodness you’re looking for:
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    Best of all, this darling quilt (along with all of the projects in Sweet Tweets) stitches up quickly and easily with Erin’s super-quick and super-fun free-motion appliqué technique. See for yourself in these two short videos:

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    There are plenty of other lovely projects to choose from in Sweet Tweets:
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    You can make this Bird Family quilt to represent your own family or a friend’s family. Simply appliqué one bird for each family member.
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    Erin designed this little quilt to represent herself and her children. Change the number

    of eggs in the nest to represent each child (or grandchild) in your family.

    See more adorable quilts from Sweet Tweets >


    Who deserves a sweet treat of thanks from you this Valentine’s—a friend, coworker, or family member? Tell us in the comments.


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  10. Fabric-filled fun: 8 quilt-alongs to join now

    Seems like quilt-alongs (QALs) are everywhere right now—boy, are they are hot!

    Online QALs are a great way to meet online friends who share your passion for patchwork. Plus, you get the inspiration to start a project and the motivation to complete it. Your online friends will be cheering your progress all the way to the finish line!

    Here’s a quick look at the latest QALs being hosted by Martingale authors, along with a special QAL hosted by our friends at American Patchwork and Quilting that features Martingale’s fearless leader, Jennifer Keltner. A big PLUS in our book!


    QALModa All-Stars All in a Row QAL
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    Buy the book and sew a row—or two or three or more! For every row you post on social media and tag with #allinarowquiltalong, you’ll be entered into a drawing for major book and fabric swag from Martingale and Moda. Top prize? New books and fabrics shipped to your door for 9 months in a row! Ready to make a row? Join the QAL here.

    Don’t use Facebook? No problem, you can still row away. You can post on Instagram or send your row pics to service@shopmartingale.com.


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    Facets QAL with Christa Watson
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    Visit Christa’s blog every Friday to share stitching stories and progress as you make Facets, the popular quilt from Christa’s book Machine Quilting with Style. Fabric and book prizes are up for grabs for those who participate! Get fabric requirements here.


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    The Splendid Sampler QAL with Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson
    #TheSplendidSampler

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    It’s a whole year of fabric fun—and it’s going to be splendid! This 100-block QAL features patterns from an amazing 83 designers, and is hosted by Martingale best-selling author Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson of QuiltJane fame. The Facebook group already has more than 7,000 members and the sewing hasn’t even started yet! The first block pattern will be shared on Valentine’s Day, February 14. Make one, make 10, or make all 100 blocks, but don’t miss being a part of this QAL!


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    Millefiore QAL with Katja Marek (+ 2)
    #thenewhexagonmillefiorequiltalong

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    Get ready for TRIPLE the fun from one best-selling book! Three quilt-alongs based on The New Hexagon have made author Katja Marek the talk of Quilt Town.

    1. The Millefiore QAL, started in January 2015, boasts more than 7,200 members and is still going strong. The resulting quilts are stunning. New people are joining every day—and you can too!
    2. Katja introduced a brand-new QAL in January 2016 called Blocks on the Go, for Quilts on the Grow! Participants make one English paper-pieced (EPP) block a week that, when joined, creates what Katja calls “quiltlets.” Cute!
    3. The Glorious Hexagons QAL is a year-long quilt-along resulting in a gorgeous EPP quilt. The group is hosted by Liza Lucy, best known for her collaborations with Kaffe Fassett.

    Take your EPP pick!


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    2016 Calendar Girls QAL with Debby Kratovil

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    When you pick up a copy of the Quilter’s Block-a-Day Calendar, you’ll instantly own 366 quilt-block patterns—and when you follow Debby Kratovil’s monthly QAL, you’ll get a dozen quilt designs too! Each month throughout 2016, Debby is designing a new quilt layout using rotary-cut blocks from the calendar. The layouts are all free. Join Debby’s QAL here.


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    Quilts and More QAL: It All Adds Up!
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    Our friends at American Patchwork and Quilting are teaming up with a host of talented quilters to kick off their “It All Adds Up!” QAL. The fun centers around the Easy Addition quilt pattern by Brenda Ratliff, featured in the Spring 2016 issue of Quilts and More magazine, available now. Jennifer Keltner, Martingale Publisher and Chief Visionary Officer, is one of those talented quilters—we think that’s a big PLUS!


    Quilt-alongs: I love them and think the more the merrier; I’ve never tried, but I’m joining now; or eeek, I don’t know if I can keep up but I’d like to try. Which one best describes you? Tell us in the comments!


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