Posts in the quilting & sewing category

  1. A quilter’s journey Beyond Neutral: #makingallthequilts part 1

    Have you ever loved a quilt book so much that you wanted to make EVERY quilt in it? Beyond Neutral author John Q. Adams (aka QuiltDad) found someone who did just that. Her name is Deb Robertson, a quilter from Christchurch, New Zealand. And she’s joined up with us to share her story about making […]


  2. New quilting books this March: newbie applique, Civil War

    Welcome to Wish-List Day! Get a sneak peek at new quilting books coming to your local quilt shop in March. Click on a book cover; then use the “Wish List” and “Notify Me” tools at ShopMartingale.com to keep track of your favorites. Subscribe to our blog so you’ll know when each book is available. Enter […]


  3. How to hand appliqué inside points (1 extra stitch)

    Have you tried your hand at hand appliqué? Hand appliqué can be a simple, relaxing way to sew. And if you’ve tried it, you’ve probably mastered the basics. Straight lines? No sweat. Big curves? Can do. But it’s the finer details—like sharp points and tight curves—that can give otherwise amazing appliqué motifs an amateur look. […]


  4. National Quilting Month: start your bucket quilt (and see ours)

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

    March is National Quilting Month! With 31 days to celebrate quilting—including the crowning jewel of the month, Worldwide Quilting Day on Saturday, March 21—we got to thinking about our “bucket quilts.” What’s a bucket quilt, you ask? A bucket quilt is an all-time favorite quilt. Perhaps you’ve pinned a picture of one; maybe you’ve purchased […]


  5. How to make a king-size quilt quicker: 4 strategies

    Posted by on February 25, 2015, in quilting & sewing, , ,

    The KING-SIZE quilt. If there’s one thing all quilters can agree on about king-size quilts, it’s this: They’re big. “Cabin Flowers” from English Paper Piecing
 by Vicki Bellino No way of getting around it, is there? But does big have to equal overwhelming, unmanageable, or impossible? No way! In fact, getting to the finish line […]


  6. Perfect projects for quilt retreats (+ giveaway!)

    Whether you’re “retreating” to your quilting space for an afternoon or meeting up with friends for a long weekend of sewing, quilt retreats are all the rage. And why not? Just like a massage or a mani-pedi, a retreat plucks you from your day-to-day life and places you in an environment where you can lavish […]


  7. Best batting for quilts? Well, it depends… (cheat sheet)

    Do you choose the same batting for your quilts over and over again—but only because you’re not sure which quilt-batting types are best for what purposes? Many quilters favor one batting over another, and with good reason. Machine quilters prefer one kind, hand quilters another, and the topics of warmth and washing can take you […]


  8. Quick, easy, fun, done: new quilt patterns at your LQS

    Fantastic qualities to have in a quilt pattern, right? These qualities are exactly what we relied on when creating an exciting new pattern line for you. And today we can introduce it: Martingale’s Sweet & Simple™ pattern series! Thirty sensational projects will help you get to the finish line fast—and you’ll love every sweet-and-simple minute […]


  9. There’s no place like home: house quilt patterns

    Childhood home, first home, dream home. Large or small, clapboard or brick, Colonial, contemporary, or high-rise condo: homes come in many shapes and sizes and so do the memories and emotions attached to them. Maybe that’s why the iconic house quilt is so beloved among quilters: it reminds us of home. “Village Square” from Fig […]


  10. For your quilting toolbox: exploring the three Cs (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on February 17, 2015, in quilting & sewing, , ,

    The quilter’s toolbox—we all have one. Many of our tools are items we can find at a local quilt shop or buy from a favorite vendor at a quilt show. There are also “tools” we use every day that make our quilts special and uniquely ours. Our eye for color, the way we plan and […]