Posts in the quilting & sewing category

  1. Quick quilts, famed designers, low price, ship free (+ giveaway)

    Introducing…three new titles in our popular “Make It Martingale” series! What can you always count on in our “Make It Martingale” books? Quick quilt patterns—enjoy favorites from some of our best-selling books Popular designers—like Kim Diehl, Vicki Bellino, Country Threads, and Amy Smart, to name a few A great price—all 18 books in the series […]

  2. How to transfer embroidery designs to fabric (video)

    Embroidery is big in quilting circles these days—browse a recent quilt magazine or visit your local quilt shop and you’ll likely see running stitches, lazy daisies, and French knots on quilts, bags, pincushions, and almost anything else you can poke a needle into. “Garden Delight” needle book from Patchwork Loves Embroidery Why is embroidery so […]

  3. 8 heart quilt-block patterns for Valentine’s Day

    Cupid is ready to draw his bow and take aim; who do you want his arrow to tag this year? Whether you want to spoil your main squeeze, a family member, or a special friend this Valentine’s Day—or simply decorate for the occasion—a quilt featuring a heart quilt-block pattern will send a meaningful message straight […]

  4. Wishes, dreams, and selfies—at your LQS this Saturday

    Posted by on January 21, 2015, in quilting & sewing, ,

    Ditch your plans. Clear your schedule. Call your quilting friends. Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day is this Saturday, January 24, and you’ve gotta be there to lend your support! Quilt shops around the U.S. are hosting special events for their celebrating customers. Visit one favorite store or hit every shop in a 100-mile range. […]

  5. Big, easy strip-quilt patterns for many strip widths (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on January 20, 2015, in quilting & sewing, , ,

    Prepare for a strip search! (Of your stash, we mean.) Got precut strips? Scrappy strips? Yardage you can turn into strips? You’ll find oodles of fun ways to transform them into 15 striking, graphic quilts—as long as you know All About Strips! Strips of many sizes (1½" to 10½" wide) make this lively collection of […]

  6. How to make fabric yo-yos (and use them in Kim Diehl quilts)

    Fabric yo-yos—those little circles of fabric that, when gathered, result in puffy rounds of charm—have many fans in the quilting world. Yo-yos are so easy to sew, you can claim proficiency after stitching only a few. And just like making English paper-piecing shapes, making yo-yos can be addictive. It’s fun to watch the stacks pile […]

  7. So you think you can stash?: Civil War fabrics

Recently we asked you which kinds of fabrics dominate your stash. Not surprisingly, many of you have admirable collections of Civil War reproduction prints. What is it that makes these fabrics so appealing? Is it the prints themselves? The color palette? Or is it the connection with history and tradition that draws us in? Of […]

  8. Bowl, plate, cup, saucer: quilts for the kitchen (+ giveaway!)

    Dishes! Aren’t they fun to collect? Chances are that you or someone you know loves to collect dishware. Wouldn’t it be great to make something for the kitchen or dining room to match? We have a new book that can help! Flashback to October of 2001: I had been working at Martingale for only a […]

  9. Blog hop: Applique phobia? Try Fast-Piece Applique (+ giveaway!)

    Calling all quilt artists: welcome to our stop on the Fast-Piece Appliqué blog tour! Four-time author Rose Hughes is on a mission: to give you the techniques you need to make the art quilts of your dreams. “Aspen Dawning” Keep Rose’s techniques in your quilting toolkit to use over and over again. They’re easy to […]

  10. Quilting 101: how to square up a quilt block

    Ever sewed a quilt block that was supposed to be square…but didn’t turn out that way? We guarantee it’s even happened to some of the quilters at Martingale! Less-than-perfect cutting and sewing can result in too-big or too-small blocks that refuse to lie flat when sewn together. Frustration soon follows. Squaring up your blocks before […]