Wish list day! Stars, Dresdens, Autumn, and Treasures (+ giveaway!)

Hip-hip hooray, it’s Wish List Day! We’re counting down to a new batch of beautiful Martingale books arriving in September—tell us which new release is your favorite and you could win it!

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American Quilt TreasuresAmerican Quilt Treasures
Historic Quilts from the International Quilt Study Center & Museum


Take a fascinating behind-the-scenes journey through a curated collection of quilts housed at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, the largest publicly held quilt collection in the world. The museum graciously allowed Martingale to photograph 65 one-of-a-kind quilts, ranging from just 30 years old to an incredible 197 years old. Many of these quilts have unknown makers; but in this lavish coffee-table book devoted to the history of American quiltmaking, those makers’ voices are heard—and their talents are celebrated.

Be whisked away by astonishing patchwork and awe-inspiring appliqué, all captured in lavish, detailed photography. Marvel at a jaw-dropping 1870s quilt featuring 2,750 half-square triangles; a 1940s quilt embellished with more than 11,000 buttons (it weighs 65 pounds!); and an astounding Civil War-era appliqué quilt that sold at auction for more than a quarter of a million dollars. You’ll be captivated by the creativity and persistence of quilters from the past—and as you turn each page, you’ll discover the enduring impact that quilts of yesteryear have on quiltmakers of today.

Patchwork Album quilt
Patchwork Album. Made in Pennsylvania, dated 1842, 130″ × 131″. Made for Sarah Wistar.

Album quilt
Album. Made in the United States, circa 1920, 87″ × 87″. Maker unknown.

See more from American Quilt Treasures >


Distinctive DresdensDistinctive Dresdens
26 Intriguing Blocks, 6 Projects
Katja Marek

Stitch Dresdens like you’ve never seen before—and in ways you may never have sewn them before! Katja Marek, best-selling author of The New Hexagon, returns with a new English-paper-piecing technique that you can do by hand or machine. Play with 26 dazzling Dresden-style blocks that breathe new life into the classic Dresden wedge, transforming the design with fresh angles and points that will have you seeing stars, flowers, and more. You’ll be wowed by the dizzying array of Dresdens you can create. We can’t wait to try it ourselves! (Follow Katja on Facebook—she’ll be hosting a Dresden quilt-along soon!)

From Distinctive Dresdens
Clockwise from top left: wall quilt, runner, and quilt from Distinctive Dresdens

See more of Katja’s delightful Dresdens >


Stitches from the HarvestStitches from the Harvest
Hand Embroidery Inspired by Autumn
Kathy Schmitz

Best-selling author Kathy Schmitz is back with more exquisite embroidery, this time celebrating the warm, welcoming hues of Autumn. Inspired by the everyday beauty of the season, Kathy shares her spectacularly embroidered nature scenes, charming hand-drawn sketches, and beautiful watercolor paintings in page-after-page of elegant designs. Create a needle keeper, pincushion, table runner, pillow, and more featuring embroidered leaves, vines, and berries, along with Autumn’s favorite woodland friends—squirrels, birds, and bunnies. They’ll inspire you to start some slow sewing!

Projects from Stitches from the Harvest
Projects from
Stitches from the Harvest

See more Autumn-inspired stitches >


I Love Star BlocksBlock-Buster Quilts: I Love Star Blocks
16 Quilts from an All-Time Favorite Block

It’s the fifth book in our “Block-Buster Quilts” series! This time the celebrated Star block is the *star* of the show. Let a stellar group of designers, including Lynne Hagmeier, Kimberly Jolly, Janet Nesbitt, and Amy Ellis help you stretch Star blocks sky high. From repeat-block renditions to a medallion quilt and a giant single star, you’ll love sewing each sparkling design. The book also includes step-by-step instructions for making two kinds of eight-pointed-star blocks—Sawtooth and LeMoyne—so you can create more star-studded quilts your way.

Quilts from I Love Star Blocks
Quilts from
I Love Star Blocks

See more star-spangled quilts >


Which new book would make your September sensational? Tell us in the comments and you could win it when it’s released! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

August books available now!

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

“Stitches from the Harvest would be my selection. I am an avid fan of Kathy Schmitz as well as Martingale publishing. Hand stitching has become a daily necessity with arthritis setting in.”

We’ll email you about your prize, Michelle—congratulations!

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