1. Wonder how to make high-end handbags? Sara shares all (giveaway!)

    What woman doesn’t want to spoil herself with a high-end handbag?

    Unfortunately, sometimes the cost of a department-store bag can spoil the fun.

    However . . . if you know sewing-machine basics, you can spoil yourself silly. How? By making high-fashion handbags yourself at a fraction of the cost. And the big bonus: you can personalize them with your favorite fabrics.

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    Windy City Bags by Sara LawsonSo, how are those high-end handbags made, anyway? Big-City Bags author Sara Lawson knows, and she’s back to share a dozen new bag patterns plus her savvy sewing know-how in Windy City Bags.

    From sweet little swinging numbers to sophisticated shoulder bags, a roomy duffel, and even a backpack, you’ll get to choose the fabric, choose the style, and choose those little details that will inspire passersby to do a double take and ask, “Where’d you get that great bag?” And you can answer, “I made it myself!”

    We’re excited to have Sara as a guest writer today, here to tell us more about her second bag-making book. Welcome, Sara!

    Sara-LawsonHello book-lovers! My name is Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness, and my second book, Windy City Bags, is chock full of 12 brand-new bag-sewing patterns.

    I like bags with interesting details, so each of the patterns in the book will give you a taste of different bag-sewing techniques—such as how to install a zippered pocket—plus bag-hardware techniques, like how to install a twist-lock.

    New in Windy City Bags are helpful hints sprinkled throughout, noted with the heading “Sara Says.” These are suggestions for design details or tips to help your bag sewing go more smoothly.

    Windy City Bags by Sara Lawson
    Find “Sara Says” tips throughout the book

    The “Sara Says” tip above is my favorite from the book. I like to use large-scale prints for my bags, and it’s important to spend time looking your fabric over before cutting—the old saying of “measure twice, cut once” definitely applies here!—in order to get the maximum eye appeal for your chosen print.

    As in my first book, Big-City Bags, pattern instructions are accompanied by easy-to-understand illustrations. Windy City Bags features a pullout section at the back of the book with full-size pattern pieces; all rectangular pieces are called out in the cutting instructions, making it easy to use your rotary cutter to cut those rectangular pieces out. Rotary cutting for squares and rectangles is very exact!

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    The Trompe le Monde Bag features two techniques to try: a thumb catch closure and piping. Piping is a fun feature you can add to almost any bag, and this pattern lets you give it a try in a low-stress way. You’ll be able to feature the biggest fabric print from your stash on this bag, as I’ve done with a “Nightshade” print from Tula Pink!

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    Trompe le Monde Bag

    I’d always wanted to design a rounded bag that looks three-dimensional rather than flat, and I think the Hey Mercedes bag ticks those boxes! The straps on the front and back are curved to mimic the shape of the bag, and there is a great pocket on the front. Everything closes on the lining side with a magnetic snap.

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    Hey Mercedes Bag

    This retro-inspired Sweet Talk Bag has some fun detailing and uses O-ring hardware on the straps. My favorite feature is the magnetic snaps in each of the side panels. The snaps cinch the sides in when the bag has just a few items inside, but stuff the bag full and you can easily open up those snaps. How fun!

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    Sweet Talk Bag

    I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at some of the Windy City Bags projects! Interfacing and purse hardware are important features of bag making, so in addition to the project instructions, there are detailed chapters in the book discussing interfacing types and methods for installing purse hardware. These chapters will be helpful as you get to sewing some bags. Happy bag making!

    Thanks for spoiling us with a sneak peek of your new book, Sara!

    Handbags: made a bounty, made a few, or ready to give bag making a go? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of Windy City Bags! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    Buy-it-NowCan’t wait to start your next bag with Sara? Buy the book now—or buy both of Sara’s books and earn free shipping in the U.S. and Canada.

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

    “I have made a few simple bags but would like to progress on to something more sophisticated like those in the book.”

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

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  2. Quilt-book gear for the New Year: fresh fun for 2016 (+ sale)

    Save 20% plus get free shipping on select books

    What’s your quilting resolution for 2016?

    Maybe it’s learning a new technique—something you’ve never attempted before or have been afraid to attempt, even though you L-O-V-E the quilts you see that use said technique.

    Maybe it’s tightening up your skills—learning how to cut without a wobble, sewing with an exact ¼" seam allowance, or piecing precisely perfect points.

    Or maybe it’s simply getting a few projects to the finish line. We can all resolve to do that!

    No matter what your quilting goals are for the days, weeks, months, and yes, even the whole year ahead, Martingale has your (thread-flecked) back. This week’s books on sale will help you dive into the New Year with a newfound fever for playing with fabric. All at a great price!

    Hexagons, Diamonds, Triangles, and MoreLearn a New Quilt Technique In 2016

    Hexagons, Diamonds, Triangles, and More:
    Skill-Building Techniques for 60-Degree Patchwork
    Kelly Ashton

    Ever wondered if you can sew hexagons, diamonds, and other 60-degree shapes by machine? It can be done! Add Kelly’s easy-to-learn techniques to your box of quiltmaking tricks and you’ll have the freedom to machine sew more than eighty 60-degree blocks with precision. Start with two small projects for practice; a gallery of beautiful quilts will show you where you’re headed.

    From the gallery: Painted Mountains quilt

    Five-starsAmazon.com review: “There are patterns, but the book’s strength is in its explanations. It shows how different shapes and their measurements work together and how to combine them. For anyone who wants to learn to draft blocks with hexagons and diamonds, this book is a goldmine.”

    See examples of pages from the book >
    $21.59 + FREE SHIPPING

    Back-Basting Applique Step by StepLearn a New Quilt Technique In 2016

    Back-Basting Appliqué, Step by Step:
    By Hand or Machine
    Barbara J. Eikmeier

    Perhaps you’ve heard of back-basting appliqué—but what exactly is it? It works like this: baste, trim, appliqué. No templates, no marking, no careful cutting. Just the 1, 2, 3 mantra. If traditional needle-turn isn’t your thing, back-basting just might be. Author Barbara J. Eikmeier says it changed her whole world!

    Stitch this Blue Pot quilt to practice all the techniques taught in the book.

    Five-starsAmazon.com review: “I love this book! I love to appliqué but have always wondered how others that appliqué have such invisible stitches. This book is my answer to perfect appliqué. I am very happy with my results.”

    13 techniques, six projects, and a lifetime of appliqué fun >
    $22.99 $18.39 + FREE SHIPPING

    Quiltmaking Essentials 1Tighten Up Your Skills In 2016

    Quiltmaking Essentials 1:
    Cutting and Piecing Skills
    Donna Lynn Thomas

    Inaccurate cutting and sewing can quickly have a domino effect on your quilts—one block is too small, another is too large, and all of a sudden no block wants to play nice! Sidestep that frustration by learning Donna’s blue-ribbon rotary-cutting, pressing, and machine-piecing skills. Together they’ll help you create the most efficient and precise patchwork possible, every time.

    Learn the fundamentals of block construction: Four Patch, Five Patch, and Nine Patch blocks

    Five-starsAmazon.com review: “Explains everything you need to know to get started with any quilt pattern…or an idea you came up with on your own. It’s a book that will help establish good habits and techniques from the very beginning, that you’ll dog-ear and highlight and refer to again and again.”

    See page examples from Quiltmaking Essentials 1 >
    $18.99 $15.19 + FREE SHIPPING

    Happy EndingsGet Projects to the Finish Line In 2016

    Happy Endings:
    Finishing the Edges of Your Quilt
    Mimi Dietrich

    Ready to finish that quilt? Have this best-selling resource at the ready. From super-quick to beautifully elaborate, Mimi’s comprehensive how-to book about finishing your quilts offers LOTS of options to inspire you. Find chapters on sewing basic borders, finishing quilt edges with or without binding (or even with the backing), plus loads of special techniques.

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    Happy Endings

    Five-starsAmazon.com review: “Updated edition of a classic quilter’s bible covers dozens of creative ways of finishing the edges of a quilt…an excellent quilter’s reference for all levels.”

    Find out why Happy Endings has sold more than 275,000 copies! >
    $24.99 $19.99 + FREE SHIPPING

    Where will your focus be in 2016: starting new projects or finishing projects you’ve already started? Tell us in the comments!

    Save 20% plus get free shipping on select books

    Free shipping to the US and Canada only. Must sign in or register first; free shipping applies at checkout. Offer ends Sunday, December 13, 2015.

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  3. Flash sale! 11 precut patterns for joyful giving all year long

    Christmas. Birthday. Housewarming. Wedding. Hellos. Goodbyes. And just because.

    There are so many opportunities to make a quilt!

    Wish you had time to make a quilt for every occasion, celebration, and situation?

    With a stash of patterns that are fast and fun—and a little bit flirty!—on hand, that wish can easily come true.

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    This weekend only, download the eBook Fast, Flirty, and Fun by Sarah Bisel for only $6.

    In Fast, Flirty, and Fun, Sarah relies on precuts—such as charm squares, Jelly Rolls, and Layer Cakes—to make quilts in a hurry. Dust those precuts off the shelf and sew them into something beautiful this weekend. Or anytime an occasion arises!

    Take a look at just a few of the cute projects from the book below. Who would you whip up these quilts for?
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    Birthday Bash: start with 4 fat quarters
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    Dripping Diamonds: start with a Jelly Roll
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    Griddle Cakes: start with a Layer Cake
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    Up a Tree: start with a Jelly Roll

    See all 11 fast, flirty, and fun quilts >
    $16.99 $6.00

    Filled with small-to-medium sized quilt designs that fit most every occasion, you can start zipping out quilts for those you love (and for you!) in no time.

    Hurry—this flash sale ends December 7 at noon (PST). Don’t miss your chance to own this go-to resource for quick little quilts!
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    What occasions do you make quilts for the most: holidays, birthdays, housewarmings? Tell us in the comments!


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  4. New Martingale quilt books (pssst, Moda’s row-by-row book is here!)

    What makes a perfect present for a fabric lover? Hot-off-the-press inspiration—in the form of new quilt-book releases from Martingale! Check out our all-new batch of inspiring books below. In the U.S., order by December 15 to guarantee that Santa gets it there by Christmas.

    KnittingA special note for knitters: we have a new knitting book coming on December 8 that you (and the little ones you love) won’t want to miss. Scroll down to see!

    Moda All-Stars All In a RowModa All-Stars All in a Row
    24 Row-by-Row Quilt Designs


    A whopping 24 popular Moda fabric designers wait all in a row, ready to inspire you! Each designed a row in her signature style: mix and match your favorites for one-of-a-kind row quilts every time. From whimsical bunnies and birds to classic baskets and stars—plus rows to celebrate every season—plus nine blender rows to finish quilts with flair—the creative combinations are unlimited. Make rows as singles, add rows for bigger quilts, or round up your sewing friends for a fun Row Robin. (Moda will be hosting a quilt-along for the book too—join all 24 designers in January for the fun!)
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    Jump-start your creativity with a gorgeous gallery of photos and ideas.

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    The same row quilt shown in two different color schemes.
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    Announcing the all-star lineup! Sandy Klop • Sandy Gervais • Pat Sloan • Karla Eisenach • Anne Sutton • Barbara Groves • Mary Jacobson • Edyta Sitar • Carrie Nelson • Lynne Hagmeier • Lisa Bongean • Laurie Simpson • Corey Yoder • Janet Clare • Brenda Riddle • Kathy Schmitz • Kate Spain • Jen Kingwell • Camille Roskelley • Betsy Chutchian • Barbara Brackman • Alma Allen • Kaari Meng • Joanna Figueroa • Lissa Alexander
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    No-Kid-HungryAll royalties will be donated to No Kid Hungry, a charitable organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger.

    See your favorite designer’s row 🎁

    Primitive StylePrimitive Style
    Folk-Art Quilts and Other Finery
    Jenifer Gaston


    Easy, casual, full of character and charm: that’s primitive style. Sprinkle your spaces with these heartwarming, wooly accents that invite rest and relaxation. As you create primitive pouches, runners, quilts, and more, you’ll discover how to dye, texturize, patch, and otherwise “rough up” your projects to achieve an authentic folk-art look. Jenifer’s tips are easy, flexible, and fun! What a wonderful way to capture your personality in your stitches—not perfect, just perfectly you.
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    Projects from
    Primitive Style

    Primitive-Quilts-and-Projects-magazineStyle look familiar? If you love Primitive Quilts and Projects Magazine you’ll adore Primitive Style. Author Jenifer Gaston is the co-owner of the magazine with her two sisters!

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    Windy City BagsWindy City Bags
    12 Handbags and Totes Sewn with Structure and Style
    Sara Lawson


    It’s Big-City Bags author Sara Lawson’s favorite phrase: “One can never have too many bags!” And why limit yourself when you can make your own designer bags for a fraction of the cost of department-store bags? Sara’s back with Windy City Bags, and she’s ready to show you how to sew all-new arm candy. From sweet little swinging numbers to sophisticated shoulder bags, a roomy duffel, and even a backpack, you’ll get to choose the fabric, choose the style, and choose those little details that will inspire passersby to do a double take and ask, “Where’d you get that great bag?”

    Projects from
    Windy City Bags. With Sara’s guidance for interfacing, zippers, hardware, and more, you’ll feel confident through the whole bag-making process.
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    Sara-SaysBONUS: Look for “Sara says” boxes throughout the book for her favorite tips on personalizing your projects.

    12 projects—tons of techniques—high-style fashion and fun 🎁

    Sweet PicklesSweet Pickles
    27 Adorable Knits for Babies and Toddlers
    Anna Enge and Heidi Grønvold

    Available December 8

    Turn sticks and string into sweet memories! From the popular Norway knitwear designers known as Pickles comes an enchanting collection of knits for babies and childrentheir first book translated into English. Signature color choices make for modern-day knits that are simultaneously trendsetting and timeless, while no-fuss knits require only a minimal amount of finishing. Rest assured you’ll be able to complete these darling knitted confections long before little ones outgrow them!
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    Projects from
    Sweet Pickles

    From-Sweet-PicklesBONUS: precious photos of babies and kids trying out their neat new knits are guaranteed to provide you with endless smiles!

    35+ jumpsuits, sweaters, pants, hats, and more—see them all 🎁

    Which book is calling your creative name right now? Tell us in the comments and you could win your favorite! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    Subscribe-to-Stitch-This!Subscribe to our blog and you’ll always be first to know about new books, flash sales, freebies, tutorials, and more.

    >> Did you miss November’s new releases? Check them out here!

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

    “The Row Quilts book from Moda looks like one I would enjoy!”

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

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  5. 🎉 Happy (almost) New Year! 🎉 2016 quilt calendar offer inside

    (Please note: the That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar 2016 is SOLD OUT!)

    HAPPY NEW YEAR! (Well, nearly.)

    Why are we celebrating the New Year so early?

    Because we know you’ve been eyeing our 2016 quilt calendars.

    And we’re excited to tell you that today’s the day to say YES to a year’s worth of gorgeous quilty eye candy for your wall (like what you see below).

    Yummy quilty eye candy. (This is
    not a quilt hanging on the wall. It’s a calendar!)

    Today’s the day to splurge and get a 2016 quilt calendar for yourself. And for your BQF (best quilting friend), and your guild buddy, and and and…

    Why today?

    Because today when you buy a 2016 calendar, you can take 50% off a second calendar that will inspire you for a lifetime: the 365 Quilt-Block Patterns: Perpetual Calendar.
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    Sample pages from the
    365 Quilt-Block Patterns: Perpetual Calendar.


    Stitches-to-SavorIf you’ve been eyeing our new coffee-table book, Stitches to Savor, we’ve got a surprise for you. Buy a copy for yourself or a friend today and the same great deal applies: you’ll get the 365 Quilt-Block Patterns: Perpetual Calendar for HALF OFF the retail price.

    (That’s only $11.49 for 365 quilt-block patterns. Three cents per pattern. If you’re wondering.)

    Choose the book for yourself and a calendar for a friend, or vice versa—either way, you save!
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    See? A great reason to celebrate the New Year early.

    Free-shippingTake advantage of this offer now and start building inspiration for next year—and many years to come. And remember: when your purchase at ShopMartingale.com totals $40 or more, you’ll earn FREE SHIPPING in the US and Canada.

    Which will you choose? Click a cover to see more details and drop your favorites into your shopping cart!*

    Stitches to SavorStitches to Savor: A Celebration of Designs by Sue Spargo

    If you’re captivated by color, texture, creativity—and of course, quilts!—you’ll love our indulgent coffee-table book for quilters. Dive into fiber artist Sue Spargo’s acclaimed works of art with this 144-page hardcover volume. Picture yourself relaxing with your cuppa, relishing each page of this stunning keepsake book over and over again. It will inspire you anew each time you peruse! See more >>>
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    Stitches to Savor 2016 CalendarStitches to Savor: 2016 Wall-Art Calendar of Designs by Sue Spargo

    Exquisite stitchery meets folk-art whimsy: it’s a perfect match in fiber artist Sue Spargo’s fanciful world. Enjoy Sue’s jaw-dropping, hand-sewn works in rich, close-up photography. Get ready to be inspired all year long by these stunning appliquéd, embroidered, and embellished pieces—as only Sue can stitch them. See more >>>
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    That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar 2016SOLD OUT
    That Patchwork Place® Quilt Calendar 2016
    Complete Instructions for Each Project

    For 14 years this beloved calendar has graced the kitchens, offices, and sewing rooms of quilters around the world. And this year’s calendar is the best yet! Get 12 step-by-step patterns in a pullout booklet—make any quilt featured. Enjoy dazzling designs from Kim Diehl, Country Threads, Carol Hopkins, and other popular designers. See more >>>
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    365 Quilt-Block Patterns Perpetual Calendar365 Quilt-Block Patterns: Perpetual Calendar
    The Best of Judy Hopkins
    Own a whopping 365 quilt-block patterns in a handy flip-calendar format to use year after year. Block sizes range from 6″ to 14″ and spotlight familiar favorites (Monkey Wrench, Bear’s Paw) and uncommon designs (Wagon Tracks, Swamp Angel). Each pattern includes a color illustration, lettered line drawing, and cutting instructions. See more >>>

    What one project are you looking forward to making most in 2016? Tell us in the comments!

    *Limited quantities available. Discount will apply after sign in.

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  6. 🐷 Crochet farm-fuls of barnyard animals 🐮 too cute! (giveaway)

    Megan Kreiner had a farm, E-I-E-I-O!

    Megan’s also had a zoo – Crochet a Zoo – and an ocean – Bathtime Buddies – in which to play with crochet. In her third book, Crochet a Farm, sweet barnyard animals take center stage.

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    Megans-daughter-EmilyFun on the farm is guaranteed: crochet cute chickens, cows, horses, pigs—even a tiny barnyard mouse. Never crocheted before? No matter. Beginners can watch one of these animals come to life in a few hours or less. Yeehaw!

    Small projects are fast to finish, economical to make, portable, and most importantly, adorable. Finished animals are just the right size for little hands—and a fun theme for curious minds. (Left: that’s Megan’s daughter, Emily, with one of the piglets featured in the book.)

    Today we’re thrilled to have Megan (who by day is an animator at DreamWorks Animation) as a guest writer. Please introduce us to more of your charming farm fare, Megan!

    Megan-KreinerBreak out your overalls and get ready to have some fun down on the farm! This third book rounds out my series of crochet animal friends and features loveable farm characters to make and share.

    Just like my books Crochet a Zoo and Bathtime Buddies, Crochet a Farm features animals designed with simplicity in mind. Each project starts out with simple shapes that crochet up quickly, perfect for the crafter with only a few moments to spare throughout the day.
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    Assembly is made easy with detailed step-by-step illustrations for each project, along with finishing touches such as spots, horns, fluffy wool textures, and simple embroidery stitches for plenty of customization opportunities.

    You can even customize the cows . . .
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    What I’ve found to be the most fun about creating farm animals is that you can match up your yarn fibers with your projects! So go ahead and make wooly sheep, angora rabbits, and alpaca alpacas for an extra touch of whimsy.
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    Anybunny would love caring for these little cuties.

    Crochet a Farm includes patterns for a bountiful farm harvest as well (including pails of milk, ears of corn, and plump orange pumpkins with curly vines). And when you purchase the book you’ll get access to a bonus project—host a hoedown with your very own family of farmers!
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    See more from Crochet a Farm (the shaggy sheepdog will melt your heart) >

    All projects can be made baby safe by using French knots for eyes. You can even insert rattles or bells into the toys before closing up the seams to make them extra appealing for little ones.

    I had a fantastic time putting Crochet a Farm together and I hope you’ll enjoy creating a farm family of your own.

    Crochet a FarmThanks for sharing your farm-tastic new book with us, Megan!

    Which of Megan’s farm animals would you crochet first? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Crochet a Farm eBook! We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    Can’t wait to start crocheting a farm brimming with barnyard critters? Buy Crochet a Farm now at ShopMartingale.com and download the eBook instantly for free. Buy two or more of Megan’s books and get free shipping in the US and Canada!

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

    “The dog of course. He is so stinking cute!!!!!!!!!!!! They all are and my grandsons will flip over these. Looks like I need to take a few days off….wonder if my boss would take crochetitis as an excuse.”

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

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  7. Feeling grateful: a Thanksgiving wish for you

    Posted by on November 26, 2015, in quilting & sewing, ,

    Quilt from Jo’s Little Favorites by Jo Morton, coming January 2016.

    Next year, Martingale will celebrate 40 years in business.

    Did you know that 40th anniversaries are traditionally celebrated with rubies? It’s true (we googled it). Rubies are thought to possess an inner flame representing passion. A thriving passion that stays strong. Even after 40 years!

    As we near this milestone and reflect on this holiday, we want you to know how much we value your continued support of our small, close-knit publishing family. You continue to fuel our passion for creativity, beauty, and excellence. Even after 40 years.

    Thank you.

    Here’s wishing you good food, great fun—and a bit of fabric play, of course—as you spend the weekend with those you love. May the coming holiday season inspire your creativity. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Small business Saturday

    P.S. This weekend marks the fifth year of Small Business Saturday. Drop by your local quilt or yarn shop—we know they’ll have something special in store for you!
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  8. Sew much fuzzy fun: fleece projects for the whole family (+ giveaway!)

    It’s New Release Day!


    If you’ve eyed the fleece aisle at your local fabric store lately, you’ve probably noticed—it’s grown! Fleece is inexpensive, easy to clean, and doesn’t fray. And with so many fleece prints to choose from these days, what’s not to love?

    So go ahead, browse that fleece aisle! Why now? Because you’ll soon have something to “sew” for it: pair your favorite fleece picks with the new book Sew Much Fleece. This snuggly fabric isn’t just for no-sew blankets anymore.

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    Sew Much FleeceFrom prints and plaids to sweet paw-print motifs, you’ll love the variety of fleece prints and colors to choose from. And how easy it is to sew! In Sew Much Fleece you’ll start with a comprehensive how-to section written by the former editor of Sew News magazine. Then you’ll jump into 20 fuzzy fleece projects that will delight the whole family. Even your furry family members: pets!

    Take a look at what you could be creating with comfy, cozy, fray-free fleece fabrics. Projects in Sew Much Fleece are divided into three themes:
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    Theme 1: Just for Fun

    Here’s a favorite with the quilters in the office! This “Hex Mix Blanket” is die-cutter friendly. Hexies are held in place with simple straight stitching, which also adds lots of texture to the blanket.

    See a cute trio of fleece pillows: sun, moon, and stars >
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    Theme 2: Cozy Companions

    Left: this cute pet bed is perfect for sweet doggy dreams. No sewing is needed except for the letters, which you can personalize with your pet’s name. Right: an interactive tunnel toy for cats features a pocket strip to hold treats and toys.

    Don’t miss “Hank the Hound”—a sweet stuffie made with fleece! >
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    Theme 3: Warm Wear

    Sew the “Sassy Scarf” on the left with just two lines of stitching and a little bit of elastic. Create the fun “Hand Warmers” on the right by tracing your own hands for a perfect fit.
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    Turn two yards of fleece into this one-size-fits-all “Punched Up Poncho” (modeled by our own acquisitions editor, Karen Burns!). Make it in sport-logo fabric for a game day in the stands, or choose a solid color for casual wear on cooler days.

    See 4 more projects from the “Warm Wear” section >

    Do you have a little or a lot of fleece on hand right now—or are you feeling inspired to start stashing it? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of Sew Much Fleece! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    Want to start your fleece adventure now? Pick up Sew Much Fleece at your local fabric shop or order the book at ShopMartingale.com.

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

    “I have a little – new ways to use it would be great!”

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

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  9. Baby’s first Christmas: “sew” fun to be Santa! (sale)

    Save 20% on select books this week + free shipping!

    From-Cuddle-Me-QuickHave you had any sweet new additions to your family this year? Or is a grandbaby, niece, or nephew scheduled to make his or her debut any day now?

    Baby’s first Christmas is a wonderful occasion to commemorate and an especially lovely occasion to sew for. But with December 25 fast approaching, time for finishing your handmade holiday gifts is starting to run low. Luckily, four books on sale this week are filled with quick-and-easy baby quilts that you’ll have no trouble finishing in time for Christmas, or whenever a new little bundle of joy is on the way!

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    Nap and NodNap and Nod: 12 Adorable Baby Quilts
    By Myra Harder

    Nap and Nod proves that sewing baby quilts can be both fast and fun. The sweet polar bear quilt on the cover, “Twinkle, Twinkle,” would be a perfect wintertime baby gift. The simple design makes a big impact but comes together quickly thanks to large-scale appliqué. “Gift Wrapped” is another ideal Christmas baby quilt with a design reminiscent of a ribbon-wrapped Christmas present. It’s also super easy to personalize with a little one’s first initial.

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    “Gift Wrapped” from
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    Don’t miss the gummy-bear quilt in Nap and Nod
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    Cuddle Me QuickCuddle Me Quick: 11 Baby-Quilt Designs
    By Christine Porter and Darra Williamson

    Cuddle Me Quick is bursting with great ideas for eye-catching and adorable baby quilts plus timesaving tricks and tips. For example, the construction of the scrappy-looking “Grace’s Quilt” is made even simpler by using strip piecing as a clever shortcut. The design works equally well for a baby girl or boy, depending on the color scheme you choose.

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    “Grace’s Quilt” from
    Cuddle Me Quick

    Stitch rubber duckies, ladybugs, hearts, and more adorable motifs
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    Modern BabyModern Baby: Easy, Fresh, and Fun Quilt Designs

    Modern Baby is a fantastically diverse collection of 14 baby-quilt patterns from a variety of popular quilting bloggers, including Amy Smart, Audrie Bidwell, and Victoria Findlay Wolfe. There are lots of different styles and designs to choose from. “Modern Shapes Sampler” by Sarah Flynn is inspired by classic shape-sorting toys, and offers a great chance to use fun large-scale novelty prints in big pieced blocks.

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    Modern Shapes Sampler" from Modern Baby

    See 13 more modern baby quilts
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    Jelly BabiesJelly Babies: Adorable Quilts from 2½" Strips
    From the Staff at That Patchwork Place

    Nothing speeds up the quiltmaking process quite like precuts! Jelly Babies is a compilation of 14 super-cute baby quilts made from Jelly Rolls or 2½" strips from your stash. “Diamond Double Play” by Chris Wright requires just one Jelly Roll and a quarter-yard of border fabric to complete the quilt top. The geometric design is quick to piece using easy folded-corner units, so you’ll be done with plenty of time to spare before Christmas!

    “Diamond Double Play” from
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    Easy precut patchwork! See more from Jelly Babies
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    What projects will you be sewing to give the little ones in your life this Christmas? Tell us in the comments!

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  10. 🔺Triangle troubles?🔻Try Pat Sloan’s triumphant techniques (+ BIG giveaway!)

    We’ve all made that half-square triangle. You know the one.

    The one with the unintentionally curvy edges?

    The one you can’t press flat, even if you doused it with water and kept it under a brick for a week?

    The one that’s too small/too crooked/too frustrating to use in the quilt you’re making?

    Would you love to never make that half-square triangle again?

    Detail-of-Union-Square-quiltWith celebrated teacher and bubbly quilting personality Pat Sloan at your side, you can toss your triangle troubles for good. She’s written a new book that’ll teach you everything—and we mean everything—you need to know about triangles.

    In Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles, you’ll get two books in one: a technique-packed section featuring a whopping 13 ways to cut and sew triangle shapes, plus a pattern-packed section where you’ll put your new skills to use. A project book, a reference guide for all your other project books, and Pat cheering you on along the way—everyone who quilts needs Pat’s new book!
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    Enjoy page after page of photos featuring real hands and real fabric examples, so you can visually learn each technique.

    Today Pat is a guest writer at Stitch This!, here to tell you all about the latest book in her “Teach Me” series. Welcome, Pat!

    But first…

    GIVEAWAY ALERT! Pat has many friends in the quilting world, and she called upon some of them to put together a BIG giveaway for Stitch This! readers!
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    One lucky winner will receive:

    Find out how you can win this fabulous Pat Sloan giveaway at the bottom of this post.

    Pat-SloanWhen I learned to quilt, my teacher believed in jumping in head first. Every block but one in the quilt pattern she taught had a triangle shape in it! So triangles are a natural for me. I think they add so much flair to quilts.

    Over the years I’ve run into quiltmakers who haven’t fallen in love with triangles yet. When I ask why, they tell me they aren’t “good” at them, they don’t care for the method they were taught, or they are always cutting off the points!

    Armed with all this information, I packed 13 easy techniques and 12 fun projects into Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles.
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    “Union Square”

    If you’re looking to up your triangle game, this is the book for you! I show you:

    • 4 methods for making half-square triangles
    • 2 methods for making quarter-square triangles
    • 2 methods for making Flying Geese units
    • How to properly do the sew-and-flip triangle technique, with step-by-step photos
    • 3 methods that demystify equilateral triangles (they really are NOT scary)
    • How to sew triangles without chopping off the points
    • A chart that makes it easy to put your quilt blocks on point, no matter what size block!

    Marking-on-fabric-tipI’ve also included lots of tips. They’re sprinkled around in boxes on the pages (like the one on the right).

    And I included a FABULOUS cheat-sheet chart, you know . . . just what you need to remember all the cutting dimensions needed to make different-sized triangle units.

    The quilts are super fun too, and they relate to the techniques I teach.

    I even share my FIRST quilts with the world for the FIRST time in a book. You know I’ve gotta love Martingale to allow that . . . ha! (See my website for the story of my first quilt.)
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    “Boden” from
    Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles

    We start off with half-square triangles. I designed a nice table mat called “Boden,” which means messenger. My message to you is that you can do it! I also made a four-block small quilt and would love to make a larger one for my bed. I really adore this design!
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    “Jane’s Jewel Box” quilt from
    Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles

    My friend Jane Michel designed this quilt and I call it “Jane’s Jewel Box.” Choose 90 charm squares plus a background fabric to make it.
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    “Dandoy Delight” quilt from
    Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles

    Showcase your favorite fabrics with “Dandoy Delight.” I used two triangle techniques to sew this one!
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    “Fresh Air” quilt from
    Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles

    “Fresh Air” will give you a chance to really learn equilateral-triangle assembly.

    See more from Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles >

    This is the second book in my “Teach Me” series. Use it as a reference guide and a pattern book. Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Appliqué is the first book in the series. Look for more “Teach Me” books to come.

    Now Let’s Go Sew!

    Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Sew TrianglesThanks for sharing your latest “Teach Me” book with us, Pat!

    Now, to win Pat’s big BIG giveaway, tell us: How did sewing your first-ever triangle unit go: aced it, fudged it, or tossed it? Share your answer in the comments – we’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. GOOD LUCK!

    Can’t wait to try Pat’s triangle techniques? Get Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles at your local quilt shop or order it right now at ShopMartingale.com and get the eBook for free.

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

    “I would love to win because I have not tried triangles in a quilt and I would be happy for someone to teach me how. Have a happy and blessed day. Quilt on :)”

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

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