Posts in the quilting & sewing category

  1. Quilting quotes: there are no rules (+ free printable)

    Posted by on July 2, 2015, in quilting & sewing, , ,

    Quilting rules: yay or nay? Author, blogger, and all-around creative quiltmaker Dana Bolyard has an opinion on the subject: Just reading Dana’s words, I feel fired up to try something new. Don’t you? Adhering to certain quilting rules can be helpful, of course. An accurate ¼" seam often comes in handy. Having a trick up […]


  2. Heading to a quilt retreat? Read this “think big” story

    When heading for a quilt retreat, Think Big! In March, I was invited to go on a Leavenworth Quilt Co. retreat at Ingalls Creek Lodge in Peshastin, Washington, about a 2½-hour drive from Martingale in the Cascade Mountains. (That’s me on the left and Martingale’s customer service manager, Tracy, on the right, taking in the […]


  3. Thread tension for quilting: find your machine’s sweet spot (+ sale!)

    Machine-quilting tension making you…tense? The first step toward success is knowing how to adjust your machine’s thread tension for quilting so your thread doesn’t get loopy, limit your progress, or (worst nightmare) come undone. In Easy and Fun Free-Motion Quilting, Eva Larkin presents a simple, step-by-step way to test your tension before you get your […]


  4. Join our book club: save big AND get $40 to spend now

    Have you heard about the Martingale Insider Book Club? If not, we need to talk! The book club is all about choices. To start, you can choose to receive printed books (with free eBooks included!) or just eBooks (and skip the shipping). It’s only $14.99 to join—and take a look at what you’ll get: #1: […]


  5. Beauties for your red, white, and blue stash (+ fabric giveaway!)

    With Flag Day kicking off summer and 4th of July celebrations not far behind, many Americans think of red, white, and blue as the unofficial colors of the season. 
“Americana” by Gerri Robinson But if the patriotic scheme isn’t part of your decor, fear not! Instead, pare down to two colors—red and white, or blue […]


  6. Savor the season: Christmas projects to slow-sew (+ fabric giveaway!)

    New holiday wonders await you—so why wait for Christmas in July? Savor the season with some hand stitching, starting now. 

 “Figgy Pudding” table runner Come sit a spell with best-selling author Pat Wys and her new book, Handmade Christmas Cheer. She’ll show you how to conjure the Christmas spirit with hand embroidery, wool appliqué, […]


  7. Easy as 1-2-3: nearly 500 ePatterns for $1.23 each!

    Posted by on June 22, 2015, in quilting & sewing, ,

    There’s something so satisfying about taking it easy. And today, EASY is our theme: Choose from nearly 500 digital quilt patterns that will be easy on your budget. 
That’s right: pick up as many ePatterns as you like for only $1.23 each! What’s also easy? No coupon codes and no shipping costs. Simply drop your […]


  8. Blog hop! Irish Chain quilt block gets all-star treatment (+ giveaway!)

    Does it take a village to make a quilt? Sometimes! 
First blocks, then sashing: Martingale staffers make “The Village Square” quilt from Irish Chain Quilts (see the finished quilt below!) It also takes a village to build a blog hop—and the list of villagers that author Melissa Corry assembled for her Irish Chain Quilts blog […]


  9. Hello, summer stitching: 45 fun sewing projects

    Can you relate to one of these statements about your sewing life for the summer? ✓ I love quilting, but I want to branch out and learn how to sew other things too—bags, aprons, kitchen and sewing items—maybe even a stuffie? ✓ I’m in the mood for some fun sewing projects—and I’m looking for inspiration […]


  10. How to quilt as you go: learn how now (+ giveaway!)

    You know the feeling: you’re thrilled to have completed your latest quilt top. Pat yourself on the back! You feel accomplished. Proud. Done. But you’re not. There’s still all that quilting to do… We’ve all felt that tinge of disappointment: excited about the piecing, not so much about the quilting. So how would it feel […]