1. Fast, festive, fun!: ornaments, stockings, and tree skirts

    Posted by on December 3, 2014, in quilting & sewing, ,

    Bird ornaments from Sew Merry and BrightQuilts are great to make for Christmas—but what about all the extra little goodies we get to create this time of year? Today we’ve put together a special roundup of smaller-than-a-quilt projects to whip up for gifts, decorating, or simply for spending a few extra hours at the sewing machine. Go classic, modern, or somewhere in between. With the variety below, the choice is yours!



    On the tree, on a gift, in a stocking…or in a quilt (as you’ll see below)!

    Forest Friends holiday ornaments
    “Forest Friends” holiday ornaments by Adrienne Smitke, from
    Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place®

    Wool-felt ornaments from Sew Merry and Bright
    Wool-felt ornaments from Sew Merry and Bright by Linda Lum DeBono

    Christmas Ornaments table runner
    “Christmas Ornaments” table runner from Christmas Is Coming by Cheryl Almgren Taylor



    Sew and stuff, sew and stuff…

    Stockings from Simply Modern Christmas
    “Stockings” from
    Simply Modern Christmas by Cindy Lammon

    Stockings from Sew Merry and Bright
    “Rickrack Rainbow,” “So Sweet,” and “Rudolph’s Favorite” stockings from
    Sew Merry and Bright by Linda Lum DeBono

    Naturally Neutral Christmas stocking
    “Naturally Neutral” stocking by Karen Costello Soltys, from
    Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place®



    Cushion the gifts under the tree with the ultimate in tree trimmery!

    Dotty for Christmas tree skirt
    “Dotty for Christmas” tree skirt by Karen Johnson, from Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place®

    Skirted tree skirt from Simply Modern Christmas
    “Skirted” tree skirt from
    Simply Modern Christmas by Cindy Lammon

    Folksy tree skirt from Christmas Quilts from Hopscotch
    “Folksy” tree skirt from
    Christmas Quilts from Hopscotch by Heather Willms and Elissa Willms

    Projects above are featured in the books below—pick up a print copy (with free eBook) or an eBook copy of your favorite today!

    Simply Modern Christmas Christmas Is Coming Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place

    Sew Merry and Bright Christmas Quilts from Hopscotch


    Home or highway: where will you be celebrating Christmas this year? Tell us in the comments!


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  2. 3 make-in-a-day Christmas projects


    From Simply Modern ChristmasWant to make at least one new project for the holiday season, but aren’t sure you can find the time? Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the holidays sway you. You deserve a little sewing fun!

    We’ve scoured our holiday books and chosen three super-simple Christmas projects that will fit into most any time-crunched schedule. Each can be made in a day—or stretched to fill a weekend—so you can get your sewing fix in and get back into the holiday game.


    1. A charming choice! “Holiday Delight” table runner

    By Cathy Reitan, from the book Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place

    Holiday Delight table runner
    Speedy secret: Make this holly-jolly table runner with a Christmas charm-square pack—or cut charm squares from your Christmas stash. Small enough to quilt on your home machine, this cute runner is a project you can start and completely finish in a day. Includes ideas for simple machine quilting that anyone can do.

    Projects from Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place
    More from
    Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place

    See all 22 projects in Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place >
    Print book: $26.99 eBook: $18.99


    2. Fantastically fusible: “Holly Sox” pillow

    From ‘Tis the Season by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks

    Holly Sox pillow
    Speedy secret:
    Use fast fusible appliqué to press pattern pieces onto a rectangle of black flannel; finish raw edges by machine. Add rick rack by machine too—your pillow will be stuffed and ready to display in no time!

    Quilts from Tis the Season
    More from ‘Tis the Season

    Cozy up to all 12 projects in ‘Tis the Season >
    Print book: $24.99 eBook: $16.99


    3. One-block wonder: “Hanging Around” table topper

    From Simply Modern Christmas by Cindy Lammon

    Hanging Around quilt
    Speedy secret: Raise your hand if you’ve made 60 half-square triangles in one day. Ah yes, lots of hands going up. With chain piecing, it’s a cinch. You can use Christmas fabrics to make this fresh, modern topper, but an assortment of green scraps will turn out the same happy wreath. We love the punchy red-and-white striped binding!

    Quilts from Simply Modern Christmas
    More from Simply Modern Christmas

    See more from Simply Modern Christmas >
    Print book: $24.99 eBook: $16.99


    Quick gift idea: 2015 calendars! Our quilting calendars make perfect gifts—they’re a no-brainer to bestow upon the quilter who has it all. Plus, your quilting buddies will have just the right place to record the next guild meeting, quilt show, and shop hop. Grab ’em for holiday gift giving before they’re gone. They sell out fast!

    That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar 2015 Award-Winning Quilts 2015 Calendar A Year of Quilts 2015 Calendar


    The Christmas tree: real, faux, or fabric? Tell us in the comments!


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  3. Save big during Cyber Week – 20, 30, 40 percent!

    Posted by on December 1, 2014, in crochet & knitting, quilting & sewing

    Skip the car, skip the crowds, and enjoy rare discounts on popular books during our Cyber Week sale! This week only, save big on nearly 100 books about quilting, sewing, knitting, and crochet.

    Martingale Cyber Week Sale 2014

    Get printed books or eBooks—the choice is yours!

    >>> Buy print books, get free eBook versions*
    Buy eBooks, save even more! <<<

    Spend $40 or more and get FREE SHIPPPING in the US and Canada.

    What will you create next? Browse the books on sale below to help you decide! But hurry—quantities are limited.

    Sale ends Sunday, December 7.


    SAVE 20%
    QUILTING & SEWING

    Homestyle QuiltsFat-Quarter QuickiesScrap-Basket SurprisesPatchwork PaletteBack to Charm School

    Browse more books at 20% off >>>

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    KNITTING & CROCHET

    50 Yards of Fun Amigurumi on the GoCrochet a ZooSweet Baby Crochet Crocheted Softies

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    Easy and Fun Free-Motion QuiltingCountry ComfortsLarge-Block QuiltsUrban Country QuiltsThe Rose of Sharon Block Book

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    Amigurumi Toy BoxSock ClubCrocheted SnugglersKnit BoutiqueCrochet Baby Style

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    Design, Create, and QuiltFat-Quarter QuiltingQuilt Batik!Skinny Quilts and Table Runners IIMake It Sew Modern

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    Crocheted PursenalitiesKnits from the North SeaNature's Wrapture Playful Little KnitsSuccessful Lace Knitting

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    *Whenever eBooks are available. Free shipping to the US and Canada only. Must sign in or register first for free shipping to apply at checkout.


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  4. Who’s having a Black Friday sale? Your local shop!

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

    The annual Black Friday buzz is upon us. Where will you spend your dollars this year? Big ads from chain stores may be swamping your mailbox and TV, but check your last email or newsletter from your local quilt or yarn shop: we’ll bet they’re having a Black Friday sale too!

    Shop local

    We’re passing up the opportunity to host our own Black Friday sale. Instead, we’d like to cheer on the thousands of independent quilt and yarn shops hosting special sales this weekend. Why not give them a call and find out what they’re offering?

    Shop local

    Your visit on Black Friday (or on Small Business Saturday) is sure to inspire and delight you—your local shop is all dressed up and ready to deal!

    Shop local

    Do the signs in these photos look familiar? We’ve provided them to many independent quilt and yarn shops around the country. If you see one in a shop you visit this weekend, snap a photo of it and post it to our Facebook page or tag it on Instagram with #localshoplove. Let everyone know you support your friendly neighborhood shop—and inspire others to do the same.

    Together, our combined visits to local shops will make a big impact. Happy shopping!


    Many thanks to Susan Webster of Gathering Fabric Quilt Shop in Woodinville, Washington, for allowing us to take these photos in her store.


    How much of your holiday shopping do you get done on Black Friday—or do you skip the busiest shopping day of the year? Tell us in the comments!


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  5. In gratitude: thank you

    Posted by on November 27, 2014, in quilting & sewing, , ,

    Happy Thanksgiving from Martingale
    Quilt featured: “Rhubarb Crisp” by Jo Morton, from
    Skinny Quilts and Table Runners II

    As we celebrate this season of giving thanks, our thoughts turn to you. We are deeply grateful for your continued support of our goal: to bring the best designers, projects, and techniques to your local quilt shop, your mailbox, and your screen. Thank you for the kind comments you offer and the creativity you share. Each day you make our work possible, and you make our work fun. You inspire us!

    Here’s wishing you a bounty of good food and great company as you spend the day with those you love. May the coming season inspire your creativity. Happy Thanksgiving!


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  6. Holiday roundup! Free Christmas patterns

    Thanksgiving arrives in less than 24 hours, but the Christmas spirit is already at full-tilt in our office. A long weekend of sewing for the holidays feels like the perfect complement to a whirlwind of Thanksgiving planning and prep (and partying, of course).

    But what to sew?

    Start your all-sew all-the-time weekend with one of our free Christmas patterns—simply sign in or register at ShopMartingale.com to download as many as you like.

    Free Christmas patterns

    Browse our freebies page for more quick and fun giftmaking ideas for everyone on your Christmas list—quilters, sewists, knitters, and crocheters welcome!

    Free projects from Martingale
    More free patterns from our freebies page

    No handmade gift would be complete without a pretty gift tag to top it off, so be sure to download our free printable Christmas gift tags as well. Simply cut out tags, punch a hole where shown, and tie with ribbon, twine, rick-rack, or whatever skinny fiber you have on hand.

    Free printable Christmas gift tags

    Here’s wishing you lots of stitching fun in the weeks ahead—and lots of checkmarks on your Handmade Holiday Gift List!


    What will you be doing this weekend: shopping, sewing, or sleeping? Tell us in the comments!


    A Flair for Fabric blog hop continues today!


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  7. Classic or modern quilts? Have cake, eat too (video + giveaway!)


    New quilt-book release: Vintage Vibe


    Quilts from Vintage VibeCan’t decide whether you love classic quilts or modern quilts more? Why choose—you can have the best of both worlds!

    Join past and present as you update classic quilt blocks with fresh, modern fabrics in the new book Vintage Vibe. Newcomer Amber Johnson shares sweet, pretty quilts to make—all ooh-and-ahh inducing for traditional and modern quilters alike.

    We’re thrilled to have Amber as a guest blogger to tell us about her favorite part of the quiltmaking process—fabric selection. Don’t miss the step-by-step fabric-selection tips Amber shares in the video below.


    Amber JohnsonWhen I was barely married (and the ripe old age of 20) I asked my grandmother to teach me how to quilt. She was an avid quilter and ecstatic to be able to share her passion with another member of our family. I was taken by her love of antiques and scrappy quilts and I feel her influence in my quilting today. I love to mix old and new, whether it’s in my patterns, fabric selection, or machine quilting.

    Quilts from Vintage Vibe
    Quilts from Vintage Vibe

    Playing Favorites quilt
    Churn Dash gets a modern makeover in “Playing Favorites,” inspired by a quilt that Amber’s grandmother made.

    See more tradition-with-a-twist quilts in Vintage Vibe >

    Fabric selection is one of my favorite parts of the quiltmaking process. In Vintage Vibe, I offer tips for buying, storing, and using fabric. I show the sources of my color inspiration for some of the projects, and share some of the color lessons I’ve learned in my 16 years of quilting.

    Scrap Jars quilt
    “Scrap Jars” marries fabrics from today and yesterday: can you spot the three vintage fabrics Amber included? (Get the answer at the bottom of this post.)

    Growing Up quiltOne of my favorite projects from the book is called “Growing Up” (right). It takes a traditional appliqué motif, Orange Peel, and puts a big, bold spin on it! The color scheme is based on one of my favorite Carolyn Gavin prints, and I included the print in my book so you can see how everyday objects can translate into quilts. Whenever you’re looking for inspiration, look toward items you love!

    Check out this video we put together at Quilt Market to see a completely different quilt I made using the “Growing Up” pattern. This one’s a baby-size version in a different color scheme, using a new source of inspiration. If you’re a quilter who struggles with fabric selection, this will give you great tips!


    Reading this in email? See the “Choosing Fabrics for Quilts: Finding Your Inspiration” video at the Stitch This! blog or watch it on YouTube.


    I hope Vintage Vibe will help you make meaningful, beautiful quilts inspired by things you love. And I hope that with my little video, you’ll have more confidence when choosing fabrics for your projects.

    Happy quilting!


    Vintage VibeThanks for sharing your new book with us, Amber!

    Pick up your copy of Vintage Vibe at your friendly neighborhood quilt shop or at ShopMartingale.com.

    Print book: $24.99 (with free eBook)
    
eBook: $16.99



    How far back does your stash go? Tell us what year you started your stash in the comments and you could win a copy of the Vintage Vibe eBook! 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 Marguerite, who says:

    “Well looking back, my quilt stash probably started 8 years ago. However, other fabrics have been in my stash for 30 years. LOL!!”

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


    Vintage fabrics from Scrap Jars quiltDid you find the vintage fabrics in Amber’s “Scrap Jars” quilt? They’re in row 1, third from the left; row 2, second from the left; and row 4, first on the left. Amber’s grandmother gave them to her years ago.


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  8. Double your choices, double your fun: quilts two ways (+ sale)

    Posted by on November 24, 2014, in quilting & sewing, , ,

    Why limit yourself to just one color palette—or just one craft? In this week’s featured eBooks, you’ll find two ways to create every design you see. Get ready for some delightful double vision!


    Double Take: Quilts with that Hopscotch Twist
    by Heather Willms and Elissa Willms

    A mother-daughter team create their own quilt challenge: start with the same blocks, but make quilts that reflect each person’s unique style.

    From Double Take
    “Stash of Stars” and “Starry Nights” from
    Double Take

    Seeing double—with projects in Heather’s country colors and again in Elissa’s bold brights—will inspire you to look at your quilts in a whole new way.

    Double Take Amazon review: “What I particularly enjoyed was the variety of ways that color choice, size, and layout impact the look of the finished quilt. 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.”

    See more projects from Double Take >


    Folk-Art Friends: Hooked Rugs and Coordinating Quilts
    by Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson

    Two talented sisters—and popular fabric designers for Moda—team up for quilt-and-rug duets in a traditional folk-art style.

    From Folk-Art Friends
    “Folk Art Stars” quilt and hooked rug from
    Folk-Art Friends

    Feature patriotic and Americana themes in richly colored quilts and coordinating hooked rugs, each paired to perfection!

    Folk-Art Friends Amazon review: “…a wonderfully composed book with clear instructions and beautiful pictures. Inspiration comes from the projects and the wonderful ways the rugs and quilts are displayed in Polly’s home…a must have for any quilter and hooker and a tempting book for those who would like to learn either art.”

    See more projects from Folk-Art Friends >


    Want more quilt books with double vision?

    Fabric Play
    Fabric Play: Change the Fabric, Change the Quilt

    by Deanne Moore

    Change the look of a quilt—dramatically—with a change of fabrics. Choose from 14 graphic designs that can be transformed from modern to traditional or any look in between by varying your fabric selection. Super stash friendly!

    Urban and Amish
    Urban and Amish: Classic Quilts and Modern Updates

    by Myra Harder

    Delight in time-honored Amish quilts; then enjoy a marvelously modern take on each design. Pineapple, Log Cabin, Ohio Star, and other traditional blocks get exciting makeovers—create the classic, stitch the update, or make both!


    What two styles of fabric dominate your stash: Brights and batiks? Civil War reproductions and ’30s prints? Novelties and florals? Tell us in the comments!


    A Flair for Fabric blog hop continues today!


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  9. 72 seriously cute amigurumi patterns + giveaway!

    Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

    The Big Book of Little AmigurumiThis is BIG: a newly released compilation chock-full of Ana Paula Rímoli’s best-selling small amigurumi patterns. How many patterns, you ask? Over 70 patterns, and all for just $22.99! That’s less than 50¢ per pattern.

    If you’re a newbie to amigurumi, here are three reasons to love the adorable little crochet designs in The Big Book of Little Amigurumi:
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    1. You’ll stitch ‘em quick
    These patterns are so quick to make, you’ll be hooked in no time!

    2. You’ll bust out the scraps
    These crochet "amis," as they’re affectionately called, typically require just a few balls of scrap yarn.

    3. You’ll give them and love them
    Amigurumi toys make great gifts—kids love their small size and big personality, and grown-ups often enjoy them as collectibles.

    Check out some of the adorable crochet toys in The Big Book of Little Amigurumi by Ana Paula Rímoli, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post.

    For animal lovers

    Amigurumi animals to crochet
    Find a plethora of little land and sea creatures in The Big Book of Little Amigurumi.

    For green thumbs

    Amigurumi crochet patterns
    Love these cutie garden plants and creatures? See even more garden-variety amigurumi in The Big Book of Little Amigurumi.

    For the foodies

    Amigurumi food to crochet
    Feast your eyes on the most charming cupcakes, cookies, and treats ever in The Big Book of Little Amigurumi.

    For BIG imaginations

    Amigurumi patterns to crochet
    Crochet toy amigurumi for hours of imaginative play! Find these fun patterns in The Big Book of Little Amigurumi.


    Browse all 72 projects in The Big Book of Little Amigurumi here. Remember, when you buy The Big Book of Little Amigurumi from ShopMartingale.com, you’ll get the eBook version for free right away! Our big eBook bundles mean big value, everyday.


    How many amigurumi have you completed since you learned to crochet? Tell us in the comments, and you’ll be entered to win an eBook copy of The Big Book of Little Amigurumi. We’ll pick a winning comment one week from today and notify the winner by email. Good luck!


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  10. Best ways to cut, sew, press: this quilter knows. Do you?

    Review of Quiltmaking Essentials 1Lots of quilters have posted reviews of Martingale books on our website. But once in a while a review comes along that is so in-depth, we couldn’t have described the book better ourselves!

    That’s the case with a review that was recently posted for Donna Lynn Thomas’s book, Quiltmaking Essentials 1. The reviewer, Rebecca Rumpf, is a quilter just like most of us, with a love for the craft and a desire to learn more. After reading Donna’s book of techniques for cutting and piecing, Rebecca tested them on some Bear’s Paw blocks she’d been making. Here’s part of what she had to say about her experience.


    Quiltmaking Essentials 1Quiltmaking Essentials 1 explains everything you need to know to get started with any quilt pattern, whether it’s a stand-alone pattern, a magazine pattern, a project from another quilt book, or an idea you came up with on your own. It’s a book that will help establish good habits from the very beginning.

There are a lot of how-to quilting books on the market, and I’ve read most of them. So, what makes this one a must-have?
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    Sewing tip from Quiltmaking Essentials 1So many books geared toward beginners downplay the need for accuracy in cutting and piecing. How many times have you heard quilters comforting one another by saying “there are no quilt police”? Yet, as Thomas points out, tiny inaccuracies have a way of compounding into a great deal of frustration. Quiltmaking Essentials 1 will help beginners establish good skills with their very first quilt, and will help veteran quilters correct bad habits that may be holding them back.
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    Pressing tip from Quiltmaking Essentials 1The section on pressing is worth its weight in gold. I’ve read many quilt books that have warned me to “press, not iron” and that I should “be careful not to distort the bias,” but I had no idea what that actually meant. I thought “press” and “iron” were synonyms!

    Thomas explains how to press seams properly with handy little diagrams. It is NOT the way I’d been doing it. When I pointed my iron like the iron in the book illustration, lo and behold, my half-square-triangle unit looked much more like a square after I pressed it open.

    Create a pressing plan for quilt blocksThomas also explains the hows and whys of creating a pressing plan for your blocks. This chapter alone could have saved me frustration and tears if I’d read it 10 years ago. I’m planning to go back to some Bear’s Paw blocks that I made and press some of the seam allowances in the opposite direction to eliminate the bumps and bulges I created. I don’t think I’ve ever seen another beginning quilt book that teaches you how to create a pressing plan for your quilt.

    Thank you, Donna, for giving me this opportunity to improve my own piecing and pressing skills. Your book is definitely a keeper, and one I’ll be reaching for again and again.

    –Rebecca Deming Rumpf, blogger at Cheeky Cognoscenti


    Thanks for allowing us to share your review, Rebecca! 

Head over to Rebecca’s blog to read her full review and take a look at the quilt she’s been working on using Donna’s techniques.

    Quiltmaking Essentials IWould you like to learn the precise, efficient techniques Donna shares in Quiltmaking Essentials 1? You’ll rely on her advice for as long as you quilt:

    • rotary cutting
    • pressing
    • block construction
    • machine piecing
    • special sewing techniques


    


Print book: $18.99 eBook: $13.99

    > Already own Quiltmaking Essentials 1? Write your review at ShopMartingale.com!


    What trips you up most when it comes to quilting accuracy: the cutting, the sewing, or the pressing? Tell us in the comments!


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