Posts in the quilting & sewing category

  1. Ring in the season: 8 gorgeous spring quilts to make (and more)

    Raise your hand if you’re ready for spring to arrive! (We’re guessing that’s everyone?) Let’s see, March 20 is the first day of spring. That means 25 more sleeps until it’s officially spring. Sigh. But wait . . . we know a wonderful way to send winter packing—by making a springtime project! We can’t think […]


  2. Question: what to do on my lunch hour? Answer: THIS 😍

    Pack your lunch—and a project too—because the second book in our “Lunch-Hour” series is making its debut! Ever said, “I wish I had time to sew that!”? The pretty (and pretty quick) designs in Lunch-Hour Patchwork make small, charming projects easily doable—so easy in fact, that you can stitch them during your lunch hour! Happy […]


  3. Elegant vine appliqué: Yoko Saito’s (astonishing!) technique + video

    We are honored to be able to bring you Yoko Saito books in English, published by Stitch Publications and distributed by Martingale. Today, you’ll see why we feel that way! Ms. Saito is a celebrated Japanese quilter, and we were thrilled at the chance to meet her in person at Quilt Market in October. It’s […]


  4. Can you imagine quilts in different colors? 5 examples to explore (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Have you ever fallen head over heels for a quilt pattern but found it hard to envision the design in your favorite colors? It can be a challenge, but imagining quilts in different color palettes is worth learning how to do—the patchwork possibilities are endless. Three-time Martingale author Christa Watson understands those color predicaments, and […]


  5. Summon spring with scenes from A Cottage Garden (+ giveaway!)

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to introduce you to the new book by designer Kathy Cardiff. Why? Because it’s going to be love at first sight! When this avid gardener and seasoned designer combines her passions, magic sprouts. Using wool as her medium and flowers as her muse, Kathy brings her […]


  6. Infected with the quilting bug—a beginner tackles triangles (+ advice needed!)

    Martingale graphic designer Tara is back to share another tale about her adventures as a beginning quilter! This time Tara tackles a pinnacle of piecing: Flying Geese units. Let’s all cheer her on—and offer some advice for the question she’s been pondering. My last post ended with me teasing that my Rainbow Runner quilt top […]


  7. I Sew for Fun blog hop! 3 essential tips for sewing with kids (+ giveaway)

    We are excited to be a part of a very special blog hop today. We were saddened when we heard that Nancy Zieman, beloved host of Sewing With Nancy, passed away on November 14 of 2017, shortly after retiring from her show and her business. Before her passing, she was preparing to launch a new […]


  8. Quick tip: how to transfer letters to fabric for embroidery (how-to video)

    Have you joined the embroidery craze? It’s blowing up Instagram, and no wonder—it’s inexpensive to start, it’s easy to learn, and you can take it anywhere. Fabric, embroidery thread, and scissors are all you need! A Little Something author Roseann Kermes has loved wool, appliqué, and embroidery ever since childhood when her mother became a […]


  9. Wish List Day! Stash busters, little favorites, and wool minis (+ giveaway!)

    Hooray, hooray, for Wish List Day! We’re counting down the days until Martingale’s March 2018 books hit your local quilt shop—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, freebies, tutorials, and more. […]


  10. Pat Sloan’s slick trimming trick (why didn’t we think of this?)

    If there’s one thing every new quilter wonders, it’s how to make sure fabric is cut straight. Just one little nudge at the wrong angle can make straight cuts go wonky, which means sewing goes wonky, which means blocks go together wonky. And that’s just too much wonky for one quilt! Best-selling author Pat Sloan […]