1. Need a vacation? Plan a “yarncation!”

    Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

    Imagine the perfect vacation for knitters and crocheters: a cruise to the Shetland Islands—that paradise of supple, chunky wool yarn—on a luxurious cruise ship loaded with stitchaholics who each have a serious yarn stash and a collection of knitting patterns to back it up, just like you.

    Yes, such a thing really does exist! Knitting and crochet cruises may be the ultimate crafter’s retreat. When we heard about them, we were oh-so tempted!

    From Knits from the North Sea
    Knits from the North Sea

    While it’s fun to daydream about sailing away to an exotic locale, just you and your yarn, it’s simply not in the cards for a lot of us. But don’t despair! You can plan a fabulous “yarncation” right in your own backyard—or at your local yarn shop, your guild’s annual retreat, or even a few towns away for a mini shop hop!

    Here’s your handy “yarncation” planning checklist:

    Travel agent: yarn-shop owner, guild retreat planner, or you

    Traveling companions: knitting and crochet friends, fellow guild members, or eager-to-learn family members

    Itinerary: Knit, crochet, repeat

    Packing list: Needles, hooks, yarn, yarn, yarn—need we say more?

    And most important of all…

    Guide books: Knitting Scandinavian Slippers and Socks, Crocheted Softies, Fair Isle Sweaters Simplified, and Knits from the North Sea.

    You’re all set to travel the world of yarn!

    Start with a tour of traditional Scandinavian sock designs and modern variations for men and women.

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    Knitting Scandinavian Slippers and Socks
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    Crochet your own safari, tropical island getaway, or arctic adventure.

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    Journey to Scotland’s remote Fair Isle and create cozy, vibrantly patterned sweaters.

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    Fair Isle Sweaters Simplified
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    Explore the exotic beauty of Shetland Island lace knitting.

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    Knits from the North Sea

    What’s your dream “yarncation?” Tell us in the comments!

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  2. Memorial Day: honor them with a Quilt of Valor

    When I was growing up, the last Monday in May was called Decoration Day. It was established in 1868 as a day to honor those who died in the Civil War by decorating their graves with flowers. It wasn’t until 1971 that Memorial Day was declared a national holiday, and by then its scope had been expanded to honor those who died in all American wars.

    Celebrate Memorial Day Make a Quilt of Valor
    Memorial Day, Soldier’s National Cemetery, Gettysburg (source)

    Today the holiday is celebrated with parades and barbecues, fireworks and family picnics, and is generally acknowledged as the kickoff to summer. But it’s important not to lose sight of the reason for the day: to remember those who sacrificed their lives for our country.

    To help ensure they’re never forgotten, “The National Moment of Remembrance Act” was signed into law in 2000. Its purpose is to encourage all Americans to pause, wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who’ve died in service to the nation.

    Equally important to remember are those who are still with us: brave men and women who put themselves in harm’s way in service to their country. As quilters, we have a tangible way to honor them. We stitch love and respect into quilts of comfort and support and then donate them to individuals or to organizations such as the Quilts of Valor Foundation.

    Quilts of ValorSince its founding in 2003, this amazing organization has overseen the donation of more than 116,000 quilts. In the beginning, the focus was on the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Just like Memorial Day itself, however, over time the scope was expanded to embrace all service members and veterans who have been touched by war. Check out this video to learn more about this inspiring organization.
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    Presenting the Quilts of Valor Foundation
    from Catherine Roberts on Vimeo.

    Perhaps you’ll choose to make a Quilt of Valor this Memorial Day weekend. Here are a few gorgeous projects to inspire you, but these are really just a starting point. The quilts can be any pattern, but there are specific size and other requirements. Be sure to check the Quilts of Valor Foundation website for details.
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    Quilts from Red, White, and Sometimes Blue
    Clockwise from top: “Americana,” “Road to Richmond,” and “Hometown Afternoon” from
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    Quilts from The Blue and the Gray
    “Battlefield” and “Civil War Log Cabin” from
    The Blue and the Gray
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    From Scrap-Basket Beauties
    Clockwise from left: “Generations,” “Porch Swing,” and “Triple Star” from
    Scrap-Basket Beauties

    How will you mark Memorial Day? Tell us in the comments.

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  3. How to make a scrap quilt: 3 wonderful ways (+ flash sale!)

    Are you sew very happy when you make quilts that are scrappy?

    Flash sale!

    Today we’ve got three reasons to celebrate scrapaholics—a spectacular sale on a trio of eBooks filled with scrap-quilt ideas and patterns from some of the best in the business. Right now they’re only $6 each!

    Sale ends May 21 at noon (PST), so hurry. Get one or get them all—you’ll have a scrap-busting pattern collection at your fingertips.

    S is for ScrapsS is for Scraps: 18 Great Quilts
    Gayle Bong

    • Learn Gayle’s secrets for selecting scraps by character, color, and contrast
    • Showcase every scrap you’ve saved in your choice of 18 gorgeous traditional quilts
    • Organize your scraps with Gayle’s smart advice

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    Five-starsReview from Amazon: “Great for any quilter who struggles with scrap quilts. A very nice section on selecting fabrics, organizing, and piecing.”

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    S is for Scraps

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

    • Follow three easy scrap-fabric “recipes”
    • Pack oodles of different fabrics into a quilt but still feel in control of the process
    • See examples of Donna’s quilts in different colorways

    $18.99 $6.00
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    Five-starsReview from Amazon: “One of my favorite quilting books…the patterns are actually easier than they seem. AWESOME!”

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    Patchwork Palette

    Save the Scraps: Great Quilts from Small BitsSave the Scraps
    Gayle Bong

    • Watch classic traditional blocks shine in 15 scrappy designs
    • Use your scraps to try strip piecing, folded corners, and foundation piecing

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    Five-starsReview from Amazon: “When I bought this book, I was still a beginning quilter…it has inspired me to make scrap quilts!”

    From Save the Scraps
    Save the Scraps

    How long have you been saving your scraps: months, years…decades? Tell us in the comments!

    Flash sale!

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  4. 15 terrific twists: the Irish Chain quilt block links us all (+ giveaway!)

    Each month, our editorial department presents upcoming books to our marketing department. Not only does everyone get to hear about books on the way, they get to see projects up close and in person, too.

    Irish Chain QuiltsWhen the new book Irish Chain Quilts was presented at the meeting a few months ago, it created a unique kind of excitement. Why? Because it spoke to every quilter in the office, no matter her style. Modern quilters ooohed; traditional quilters aaahed. Appliqué lovers and improv piecers alike were delighted by author Melissa Corry’s creativity.

    Our reaction to this beautiful book is unanimous: leave it to a classic quilt block to “link” us all together!

    Only one question remained: which quilt to make first? We answered that question by joining Melissa for her upcoming blog hop in June. Here’s a sneak peek at the quilt we’re making for the hop—it’s coming along!
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    Staff Irish Chain blocks
    See the finished quilt here at Stitch This! on June 19.

    Today we’re happy to have Melissa Corry as a guest, to tell us more about how her innovative book came to be. Welcome, Melissa!

    Hello to all of you wonderful Martingale readers. My name is Melissa Corry and you can normally find me at my blog Happy Quilting. But today, I am super excited to be visiting here to share a little bit about my new book!

    Why the Irish Chain? It’s a traditional design dating back to Colonial times, and it has a personal draw for me. For my wedding, my mother made me a beautiful queen-sized Double Irish Chain quilt. It was our master bedspread for many years. As my children hit their toddler years, the quilt became “well-loved” and was moved to a quilt rack to be admired. It was one of the first quilts my mother made and it will always be a treasured heirloom.

    Melissa Corry and family
    My Double Irish Chain wedding quilt, created by my mother and cherished by my family.

    So you can see why Irish Chain blocks are special to me. And while teaching or meeting new friends in the online community, I’m amazed at how many quilters found their start in quilting with an Irish Chain.

    I wanted to make Irish Chain Quilts for everyone! What do I mean by that? When I’m asked, “What kind of quilter are you?” I say I am a quilter. I love it all. Some days I feel like throwing together fabrics without a plan, and other days I want lots of precise cutting followed by a wonderfully therapeutic session of chain piecing. I love jumping from one type of design to another. It helps push me out of my comfort zone and try new things. I wanted to bring that diversity into my book as well.

    Irish Chain Quilts is divided into four sections, each featuring quilts that blend the classic crisscross motif with the design concepts of today.

    In the Twists on Tradition section, you’ll find single Irish Chain quilts that have little twists on simple squares. The quilts in this section use a lot of strip piecing, making them fast to piece. The quilts in this section are in my designing comfort zone.

    Breaking Up quilt
    From the Twists on Tradition section: “Breaking Up”

    See 3 more tradition-with-a-twist quilts >

    In the Modern Patchwork section, you’ll play with bold colors, minimalism, negative space, and asymmetry. Designing these quilts pushed me outside my comfort zone. I was an accountant before I was a mom; I like symmetry and balance. But modern design is a great way to express your creativity with no boundaries. It was fun for me to push the limits of my design concepts.

    Unraveled quilt
    From the Modern Patchwork section: “Unraveled”

    See 3 more modern versions of Irish Chain >

    The Improvisational Piecing section is where you’ll find fun, fun, fun. Most of your fabrics are going to be stacked, slashed, and/or trimmed. A combination of structure and fun—start one and see where it takes you!

    Bitty Bits quilt
    From the Improvisational Piecing section: “Bitty Bits”

    See 3 more wonky wonders from Irish Chain Quilts >

    In the final section, Appliquéd Chains, you’ll learn basic raw-edge appliqué. Appliqué is fun because it gives you the ability to use any shape. The blocks are simple and they repeat, so you don’t have to appliqué a lot of different shapes. Who knows? Before long you just might start adding a bit of appliqué flair to all of your projects.

    Daisy Chain quilt
    From the Appliquéd Chains section: “Daisy Chain”

    Discover hot dots and happy houses in more appliqué quilts >

    And that is Irish Chain Quilts! Thank you to Martingale for having me as a guest blogger today. Let me sign off with my own little Irish blessing for you. May the Irish Chain design fit your comfort zone and allow you to stretch and try new things. Happy Quilting!

    Thanks for sharing the “chain” of events that led to your beautiful book, Melissa!

    Which Irish Chain quilt would you try first: tried-and-true traditional style or fun-and-funky modern style? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Irish Chain Quilts eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    Can’t wait to see if you’re a winner? Pick up Irish Chain Quilts now at ShopMartingale:

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

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

    “I’m excited to see the fun and funky twists on the tried and true. I love the sample block with the houses! So cute.”

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

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  5. Reasons to try paper piecing right now (+ sale!)

    Quilting 101: Reasons to try paper piecing right now

    From A Paper-Pieced GardenIn a recent post about the new book of paper-pieced quilt patterns, Little Gems by Connie Kauffman, we asked Stitch This! readers to describe your level of paper-piecing prowess. More than 1000 of you enthusiastically responded (thank you!), and your comments told us that while many of you are paper-piecing fans, others haven’t yet caught the bug.

    Maybe you’re new to quilting, or you’ve been playing with other techniques and haven’t yet tried paper piecing, or perhaps you’re just a wee bit intimidated by what appears to be an upside-down-and-backwards process. We’re here to help you overcome your hesitation and discover how fun paper piecing can be.

    Being a confident paper piecer can open the floodgates to becoming a more creative quilter. It means having another tool in your toolbox to help you achieve the quilts you dream about. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Read on to see just a few of the reasons your fellow quilters gave for loving this technique.

    > “Paper piecing is like painting by number, or coloring inside the lines. You just cannot go wrong with paper piecing.”

    > “You can design your own blocks or use the technique to overcome construction challenges.”

    > “The smallest quilts and most intricate blocks come out so perfect. AND your friends are just amazed at your skill.”

    Need more reasons? How about these: you can achieve absolutely accurate points, it’s a great way to use scraps, it’s perfect for creating a picture, you don’t have to worry about grainline, it’s the best way to do miniatures, and you can enlarge or reduce blocks to suit your needs.

    When it comes to choosing fabrics for paper piecing, anything goes…almost. Here’s a tip about fabric selection that’ll help you avoid frustration.

    Quick tip: choosing fabrics for paper piecing

    Are you ready to give paper piecing a try? You’ll find a wealth of paper-pieced quilt block patterns in these popular books to get you started.

    Save 20% + free shipping on select books


    Quilts from A Quilter's Ark
    Clockwise from bottom left: “North American Animals Quilt,” “Farm Quilt,” and “Ark Quilt” from
    A Quilter’s Ark.

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    From 300 Paper-Pieced Quilt Blocks
    These are just a handful of the amazing variety of blocks in 300 Paper-Pieced Quilt Blocks, which includes a CD of patterns to print out so you can get to the sewing faster.

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    Projects from A Paper-Pieced Garden
    From bottom left: “A Winter’s Tale,” “Dutch Tulips,” and “Four Seasons Sampler” from
    A Paper-Pieced Garden.

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    From Needles and Notions
    Needles and Notions, you can showcase your favorite quilting and sewing notions in a quilt for your sewing space.

    Papers for Foundation PiecingDon’t forget the paper!
    Paper piecing is always more successful when you have the proper tools. Our Papers for Foundation Piecing work on almost any home printer or photocopier and tear easily when the time comes to remove the paper from your project.

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    What pictorial image would you like to paper piece into a quilt? Tell us in the comments.

    Save 20% + free shipping on select books

    *Free shipping to the US and Canada only. Must sign in or register first; free shipping will apply at checkout.

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  6. How to knit a dog sweater with seamless results (+ giveaway!)

    Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

    Your dog needs a sweater. You want to knit that sweater. But figuring out how to make a dog sweater from a human-shaped pattern is downright daunting.

    Enter Seamless Knits for Posh Pups.

    Seamless Knits for Posh Pups

    What’s your pooch’s personal style? Pearls and a little black dress? All-American sports mascot? Celtic-style cable aficionado?
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    Take your pick from these and plenty of other adorable dog-sweater patterns designed to be the perfect fit for man’s best friend. Sweaters for dogs from 8 to 30 pounds, long-sleeved, and sleeveless—you’ll find something to fit just about every doggy breed, body type, and personality.

    And because most sweaters in Seamless Knits for Posh Pups are knit top-down and seamless, you can try your creation on your pup while your knitting is still on your needles, adjust as needed, then cast-off and head straight for the dog park where he can strut his stuff in style.

    Want to see just how much your dog wants a sweater? Go behind the scenes of our dog fashion shoot and meet the glamorous models from Seamless Knits for Posh Pups in this video. There were tails wagging for sweaters all around!

    Outtakes? In a building full of dogs? Yep, we’ve got outtakes.

    Seamless Knits for Posh Pups outtakes
    The life of a model. . .it ain’t as easy as it looks!

    Have you ever played dress-up with your dog? Share a photo on Facebook or tell us all about it in the comments and you could win a copy of the Seamless Knits for Posh Pups eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

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    Thanks to all who entered the giveaway! The winner is Joanne, who posted this photo of her super pup, Jack, on Facebook.

    Congratulations, Joanne! We’ll contact you about your prize.

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  7. Roundup: Just for fun free quilting tutorials

    Martingale's Stitch This! blogLoved the top 20 free quilting tutorials we shared during our anniversary week in March? Today we’re rounding up another batch of tutorials for you to peruse!

    From using your scraps to choosing quilt colors, you’ll find ideas to jump-start your creativity and the inspiration to try something new. Bookmark them, pin them, save them however you choose, but keep these tutorials handy for the times when you need them.

    Smart block patterns for scrap quilts

    How to hand piece quilt blocks

    No-fail tip for colorful quilts

    Use every fabric you own in a single scrap quilt

    How to wash a quilt

    How to make fabric yo-yos

    Build your quilt-color confidence

    Want more free quilting tutorials? Visit our tutorial roundups from anniversary week:

    Quilting 101: 8 tutorials

    Smart techniques: 6 tutorials

    Finishing your quilts: 6 tutorials

    Where do you most often find answers to your quilting questions: from a quilting friend, in a quilt book, at your local shop, or online? Tell us in the comments!

    QM logoOur coverage of Quilt Market begins today! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for all the latest buzz.

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  8. Colors of summer: 6 patterns to inspire your patchwork

    Quilts from Vintage VibeCan you feel summertime in the air yet? Here in the Pacific Northwest, the upcoming summer is making itself known in the form of brilliant flowers blooming in a whole spectrum of stunning shades. Color inspiration is everywhere! Favorite vacation destinations (think ocean blues and tropical greens), delicious confections (ice cream pastels), or Fourth of July festivities (red, white, and blue) bring to mind many potential fabric combinations for summer quilt patterns.

    To help start your color wheels spinning, check out these gorgeous patchwork projects from two books that put bold and beautiful fabrics front and center.

    Vintage VibeVintage Vibe: Traditional Quilts, Fresh Fabrics

    In Vintage Vibe, Amber Johnson combines time-honored quilt blocks and designs with contemporary fabrics in bright and sunny color schemes that are perfect for summer stitching.

    “Growing Up” is a simple quilt pattern that makes a big impact. The oversized flowers provide a great opportunity for showing off vivid, large-scale prints. The navy background is a unexpected choice that really makes the petals pop.

    Growing Up quilt from Vintage Vibe
    “Growing Up” from Vintage Vibe

    Patriotic and nautical colors are summer classics. For a fresh twist, Amber used light and airy shades of red and blue for the Churn Dash blocks in “Playing Favorites.” Mixing summery shirting prints, polka dots, plaids, and florals gives the quilt a scrappy and playful look.

    Playing Favorites quilt from Vintage Vibe
    “Playing Favorites” from Vintage Vibe

    Candy colors are reminiscent of sweet summer treats like saltwater taffy, making them an ideal choice for a quilt called “Sugar.” Use fat quarters in cheerful prints for the tulip-inspired blocks. The companion “Sugar Sweet” quilt pattern is a cute crib-sized option.

    Sugar and Sugar Sweet quilts from Vintage Vibe
    “Sugar” and “Sugar Sweet” from Vintage Vibe

    A Flair for FabricA Flair For Fabric: Creative Sewing Projects from the Designers at Henry Glass

    In this inspiring collection of projects, the talented designers from Henry Glass & Co., Inc., share 15 fun designs as well as expert advice for successfully mixing and matching fabrics.

    For “Delightful,” designer Jacquelynne Steves used a palette of summery citrus colors and a hint of aqua. You’ll also find her helpful tips for sewing scallops.

    Delightful quilt from A Flair for Fabric
    “Delightful” by Jacquelynne Steves from A Flair For Fabric

    Sometimes quick and small projects are best in summer, when lovely weather is tempting you away from your sewing machine. Update your dining decor with Vicki Oehlke’s “Blueberries and Bananas Place Mats.” This project is also a great option for using up leftover fat quarters or scraps from your stash.

    Blueberries and Bananas place mats
    “Blueberries and Bananas Place Mats” by Vicki Oehlke from A Flair For Fabric

    “Breezy,” by Jill Finley, features patchwork and appliqué in soft shades of blue and green combined with a rich black print for contrast. Jill also provides suggestions for discovering your own color “muse” to inspire you and add that special spark to your next quilt.

    Breezy quilt from A Flair for Fabric
    “Breezy” by Jill Finley from A Flair For Fabric

    What’s your favorite summer color scheme? Bright and bold? Or soft and subtle? Tell us in the comments!

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  9. 3 quick-to-make quilts for dads AND grads

    School’s winding down and summer’s drawing near—it’s time to celebrate dads and grads! Do you want to shower a special dad or grad with a handmade quilt this year? Or maybe you know a dad and a grad who need spoiling. That’s a lot of quiltmaking ahead…isn’t it?

    Not when you have that special something in your quilting toolbox: a go-to quick quilt pattern.

    Detail of Rows of Bricks quilt

    Every quilter needs a go-to pattern—one you can whip up in a weekend (or less)—with a simple but eye-catching design that will be appreciated by anyone who receives it.

    From the dorm room to the man cave, today’s roundup will inspire you to sew a quick quilt that dads and grads alike will love. Make one or two—these designs are ready for double duty!

    3. “Filmstrip” from Think Big by Amy Ellis. This squares-and-rectangles-only quilt stitches up super quick—just ask Marketing Coordinator Mary Burns. Mary whipped up this fun quilt (below right) during a weekend retreat to give to her niece, who’s graduating from UCLA film school. Perfect, huh?

    Go with fresh, flowery fabrics for a modern yet feminine quilt, or try cream and tan prints against a darker neutral backdrop for a guy quilt. BONUS: Amy includes cutting charts to make this quilt in no less than five different sizes—take your pick.

    Film Strip quilt from Think Big
    “Filmstrip” quilt

    2. “Fire Island” from Beyond Neutral by John Q. Adams. Our Publisher and Chief Visionary Officer, Jennifer Keltner, transformed John’s brightly colored quilt design by envisioning a black-and-white version for her cousin’s teenage son (below right). You’ll love the freedom John gives you in the pattern to “eyeball” the sewing—you’ll be zooming along that much faster.

    Fire Island quilt from Beyond Neutral
    “Fire Island” quilt

    1. “Rows of Bricks” from Skip the Borders by Julie Herman. Make it big or small, go girly or manly, feature novelty fabrics or simple splashes of color—this stress-free design is the perfect quick quilt! Senior customer service representative Cornelia used Julie’s pattern to make a music-themed quilt for a school-band fund-raiser (below right). We think it turned out great—and when you skip the borders, you’re already skipping ahead toward the finish line.

    Rows of Bricks quilt from Skip the Borders
    “Rows of Bricks” quilt

    Pick up the print or digital versions of these fun books today—we guarantee you’ll find even more go-to quick quilt patterns to add to your quilting toolbox!

    Think Big Beyond Neutral Skip the Borders

    Dads or grads (or both): who will you be celebrating this year? Tell us in the comments!

    QM logoP.S. Our coverage of Quilt Market begins this Thursday! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for all the latest buzz.

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  10. Living a charmed life: fun charm-square quilt patterns (+ sale!)

    Quilting 101: size of charm-pack squares

    Charm squaresDon’t you love fanning your thumb down the corner of a charm pack at the quilt shop, just to see the rainbow of colors pop? Charm packs are petite, pretty, and oh-so patchwork friendly. So today we’re singing praises to those multicolored, multilayered sandwiches filled with fabric joy!

    Charm squares can vary in size. These days, 5″ squares are a standard size of charm pack squares, while mini charms measure in at 2½" square. But it hasn’t always been that way. Charms have ranged from tiny 2″ squares to substantial 6″ squares. Who knows what future charm sizes are on the horizon?

    Simply Charming quilt
    “Simply Charming”: Do you have the 880 charm squares it takes to make this beauty from the book
    Charmed? In this pattern, charm squares must measure at least 3 7/8″ square.

    The good news is that charms are a cinch to cut from your stash. Simply select several coordinating fabrics, get that rotary cutter rolling, and produce your own designer charm pack in minutes!

    Whether you collect charm packs or you cut them yourself, many “charming” adventures await you and your sewing machine when you have charm square quilt patterns at the ready. Take a look at the fun patterns below—they’re all from eBooks that are 40% off this week. Click on a photo below to see many more designs from each eBook.

    Save 40% on select eBooks this week

    Interlocking Squares quilt

    Are your charms (or your stash) heavily weighted toward a single color? Go monochromatic with this “Interlocking Squares” quilt from Charmed. No complicated value choices here—simply separate fabrics into light and dark piles.

    See more charm-square quilts that spotlight a scrappy look >

    Merry Triple Tree quilt
    This sweet “Merry Triple Tree” charm quilt from Charmed, I’m Sure is so easy to make, you can sew several at once and have a forest of festive gifts to give during the holidays. You’ll need 101 charm squares for the background and border, plus two green fat quarters for the (fusible) trees.

    See more make-in-a-weekend quilts from Charmed, I’m Sure >

    Ozark Maple Leaf quilt
    Showcase color-drenched batik charms in “Ozark Maple Leaf” from Nickel Quilts. Choose jewel tones like the example above, or gather charms in autumn colors and stitch a gorgeous homage to the season of falling leaves. (Do you love that stunning pieced border as much as we do? It’s made of simple half-square triangles.)

    This way to more traditional-style charm quilts >

    Brave New World quilt
    Got a hodge-podge of 5″ scraps? Transform them into a dazzling quilt with this wildly scrappy “Brave New World” design from More Nickel Quilts. Author Pat Speth mixed floral, geometric, tone-on-tone, and novelty prints in this beauty—what kind of prints would you add to the mix?

    Twenty quilts each include directions for three different sizes >

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