Posts in the quilting & sewing category

  1. Masterpiece quilts with just 2 colors: Edyta Sitar’s latest (+ giveaway!)

    Martingale is distributing books for a select group of other publishers, including Patches of Blue from Laundry Basket Quilts. This new book filled with 17 patterns by Edyta Sitar is just TWO beautiful—and it may inspire you to begin a TWO-color obsession! You’ll discover TWO delightful ways to enjoy the classic combination of blue and […]


  2. 😍 Awe-inspiring applique: a peek at Yoko Saito’s 138 Original Applique Designs

    We are so excited to be distributing books produced by Stitch Publications—including books by famed Japanese quilt designer Yoko Saito! Over the next several weeks we’ll be sharing more details with you about these gorgeous books. Today we’re sharing a peek into 138 Original Appliqué Designs by Yoko Saito. If you’re familiar with Ms. Saito’s […]


  3. Do you stay stitch your quilts? Pat Sloan says . . .

    Have you heard of stay stitching? Many quilters stay stitch their quilt tops before machine quilting. But what is stay stitching, and why would you do it? Essentially, stay stitching is simply sewing around the edge of your quilt top to stabilize seams. It’s particularly helpful when there are a lot of patchwork seams on […]


  4. Kim Diehl. New book. Enough said. Come see! 🍁 (+ giveaway!)

    In her 11th “Simple” book, Kim Diehl is in her happy place—the autumn season! Packed with projects, decorating ideas, sewing tips, and even recipes, Simple Harvest is your gorgeous one-stop guide to capturing the colors, the warmth, and the cozy feel of fall. Mix snuggly wools and crisp cottons in 19 pretty projects that will […]


  5. Top 5 basic hand-embroidery stitches for beginners

    Embroidery is in the spotlight these days—and we think we know why. It’s a snap to learn, it’s meditative and calming to do, and it doesn’t take mountains of money or tons of time to enjoy it. YES! If you love sewing, quilting, fabric, and thread but you’ve never tried embroidery, you simply must—we guarantee […]


  6. 🎃 Halloween humor: cute quilts and more for the not-too-scary season 🎃

    A little fright can be fun on Halloween—but there’s a sunnier side to the holiday too. Kids in hilarious getups, school costume parades, and of course, the candy. Oh, the CANDY! Today we’ve rounded up several Halloween-themed projects that capture the less-scary side of Halloween. Start stitching one today to add a little beauty and […]


  7. Wish list day! A record-breaking SIX new books for Sew-vember 😊 (+ giveaway!)

    We’re wild about Wish List Day! Why? We’re counting down the days to a new batch of SIX beautiful Martingale books arriving in November. Tell us which new release is your favorite and you could win it! Subscribe to our blog and you’ll always be first to see new Martingale quilt books, plus special sales, […]


  8. Yoko Saito quilt books in English – we got ’em!

    We are so excited to reveal that we are now distributing books produced by Stitch Publications—including books by famed Japanese quilt designer Yoko Saito! Over the next several weeks we’ll be sharing more details with you about these gorgeous books. Today we’re giving you a sneak peek into Yoko Saito’s Quilts & Projects from My […]


  9. ⭐ twinkle ⭐ twinkle ⭐ a stellar salute to star quilt blocks (+ giveaway!)

    The fifth book in our “Block-Buster Quilts” series has arrived—and it is STAR STUDDED! If you’re familiar with our “Block-Buster” series of books, you know that each book is chock-full of quilts inspired by one beloved block (check out our “Block-Buster” books on Nine Patches, Churn Dashes, Log Cabins, and House blocks here). In our […]


  10. Best paper for paper piecing? 3 choices to make before you sew

    What’s the best paper for paper piecing? There are several choices out there, and choices are great—it’s fun to experiment to see what works best for you. That’s exactly what Scott Hansen, owner of Blue Nickel Studios and one of the designers featured in The Splendid Sampler, was exploring when we met him at Spring […]