Posts in the quilting & sewing category

  1. Sneak peek: Sue Spargo’s Stitches to Savor (a quilter’s coffee-table book)

    Have you ever fallen head-over-heels in love with a quilt? Seen a design that stops you in your tracks? Gotten goose bumps with each new detail you discover? Wanted to take it home and touch it, study it…savor it? Detail of “Imperial Blooms” quilt by Sue Spargo If you’re captivated by color, texture, whimsy, creativity—and […]


  2. New quilt books! Machine quilting, Double Stitch, more (+ giveaway!)

    Welcome to Wish List Day! Today you’ll get a sneak peek at new books from Martingale, all on their way to your local shops this month. Click on a cover below; then use the “Wish List” and “Notify Me” tools at ShopMartingale.com to keep track of your favorites. Subscribe to our blog for info on […]


  3. Sew an endless summer: applique flower designs (+ sale!)

    
Projects from Another Season of Beautiful Blooms You can see the signs: big sunflower heads drooping under the weight of their seeds, the angle of the sun changing ever so slightly, bees rushing to finish their work before all the blossoms are gone. It’s the end of the summer, when the last of the warm-weather […]


  4. Flash sale! Scrap quilts made simple: 3 ways to play

    Posted by on August 28, 2015, in quilting & sewing, , ,

    What’s a quilter to do when her yardage, precuts, and scrap stash keeps growing, with no signs of stopping? The answer is simple: make scrap quilts! But many quilters wonder how to make a scrappy quilt sing. So many different fabrics…where should they all go? When you see a scrap-quilt pattern that doesn’t jive with […]


  5. How to join binding ends: no-tuck technique (tutorial)

    Still tucking your binding tails, one into the other? It’s a quick way to finish your binding, but the result can look a bit bulky. There’s a better way to give your binding a smooth finish—and it’s just as easy as the tuck technique. Popular author Donna Lynn Thomas has spent 30+ years weeding out […]


  6. Let’s pretend! Role-playing toys to sew for kids (+ giveaway!)

    “Let me try!” It’s an often-heard phrase from the mouths of curious kids. Whether you’re at work or at play, if you’re doing something, they want to do it too! Now you can use your sewing skills to let the little girls and boys in your life “try” on for size what grown-ups do. The […]


  7. Sew your way to a beautiful home (+ sale!)

    Posted by on August 24, 2015, in quilting & sewing, ,

    Want to transform your living space without a drastic overhaul of your decor? All you need are some easy home-decorating ideas, combined with fun sewing projects for the home! Sewing home decor is a fantastic way to achieve a makeover that reflects your personal style. We’ve rounded up a full house of creative and stylish […]


  8. Got precuts? Click for 13 yummy precut patterns (+ flash sale!)

    Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, Honey Buns, Dessert Rolls…have we whetted your appetite? What you’re hungry for are tempting fabric precuts! Lucky for you, the staff at Martingale has cooked up a batch of 13 scrumptious precut sewing patterns. A Baker’s Dozen: 13 Quilts from Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, and More from the Staff at That […]


  9. Inspired by antique quilts? How to re-stitch the past (+ fabric giveaway!)

    If you’re inspired by antique quilts, you’ll find an instant connection with author Julie Hendricksen. As the owner of J. J. Stitches Quilt Shop in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Julie’s been collecting antique quilts for more than 30 years. Her favorite period? The late nineteenth century. (Raise your hand if you concur!) Old and new: “Petite […]


  10. Bird quilts fly with free-motion appliqué (+ giveaway!)

    < Have you met the little birdy who’s ever-perched on our logo? Her name is Marti. She’s a creative, confident little bird. We love her spirit and her spunk. (It’s all in how she carries her tail). Usually, Marti doesn’t say much. But today, she’s singing the praises of her new favorite book. She’s chirping, […]