New Martingale quilting books: May 2015 (+ giveaway!)

Welcome to Wish List Day! It’s time again for a sneak peek at new Martingale quilting books and knitting books coming to your local shop. Click on a book cover below, then use the “Wish List” and “Notify Me” tools at ShopMartingale.com to keep track of your favorites.


Wish List and Notify Me tools


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May-2015

Irish Chain QuiltsIrish Chain Quilts: Contemporary Twists on a Classic Design
Melissa Corry
Available now!

You’ll love it! Here’s why: Our reaction to this beautiful book is unanimous: it speaks to every quilter in the office, no matter her style. The Irish Chain “links” us all! Fifteen unique approaches to this crisscross-style block will wow you—and inspire you to try something new.

  • Play with traditional, modern, improv, and appliqué designs
  • Create chains with fun shapes, from simple squares to dots, houses, and flowers
  • Dip a toe into a style that’s new to you: give yourself permission to experiment!

From Irish Chain quilts

See all 15 ways to play with the Irish Chain >


Quiltmaking Essentials IIQuiltmaking Essentials 2: Settings and Borders, Backings and Bindings
Donna Lynn Thomas
Available now!

You’ll amp up your finishing skills! Here’s why: Have you ever seen a perfectly made quilt and wondered how the quilter managed it? Prolific author Donna Lynn Thomas is that quilter. You learned essential cutting and piecing skills with Donna in Quiltmaking Essentials 1. Now let Donna help you complete quilts like a pro with Quiltmaking Essentials 2.

  • Establish best finishing practices—or relearn them—so the precious time you spend making quilts is frustration free
  • Rely on this resource for every quilt you make: it covers settings, borders, backings, and bindings
  • Add this essential guide to your library for less than $20

From Quiltmaking Essentials II
Top: example of pieced backing. Bottom row: examples of pages from Quiltmaking Essentials 2.

Quiltmaking Essentials IPraise for Quiltmaking Essentials 1: “The section on pressing is worth its weight in gold” “The friendly but no-nonsense style is superb” “GREAT book for beginners!”

See more pages from Quiltmaking Essentials 2 >


Seamless Knits for Posh PupsSeamless Knits for Posh Pups
Sharon Sebrow
Available May 12

Tails will be wagging! Here’s why: Is there anything more precious than knitting for your pup? It’s a cinch to tailor these adorable sweaters to your dog’s specific shape. And when you’re done knitting the piece, you’re really done—these sweet doggy sweaters are 100% seamless!

  • 14 sweater patterns fit dogs from 8 to 30 pounds
  • Try knitting in the round, top-down knitting, adding sleeves—or not!—and more
  • From a little black dress to a sporty hoodie, you’ll have the most stylish bowwow on the block

From Seamless Knits for Posh Pups

See more doggy dress-up from Seamless Knits for Posh Pups >


Which book is calling to your creativity? Tell us your favorite in the comments and you could win a copy of the eBook version when it’s released! We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Shelly, who says:

“The Irish Chains book looks fun – a modern twist on a traditional pattern. I made my first (modified) Irish Chain last year, and just loved it!”

Shelly, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


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