Posts tagged: "machine quilting"

  1. Get free-motion quilting: meet your you-can-do-it teacher (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on April 11, 2018

    No fancy machine needed, no PhD in quilting required—start free-motion quilting right now with this sequel to a best-selling book for machine quilters just like you! Author Lori Kennedy is back with 62 more fun motifs and tons of tips, tricks, and techniques that will turn you into a top-notch machine quilter (yes, YOU). In […]


  2. Free-motion quilting around appliqués: Pat’s got your back! (video) 📹

    Posted by on April 6, 2018

    Perhaps you mastered stitch-in-the-ditch machine quilting . . . Then you moved on to walking-foot curves . . . And now you’re playing with your free-motion foot: loops and curves are looking good! So, what’s next? In her book Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt, Pat’s mapped out how beginners can start machine quilting […]


  3. Do you free-motion doodle? Try this machine-quilting mashup

    Posted by on March 7, 2018

    If you’re like a lot of quilters (like we are), you’ve likely tried free-motion quilting. You’ve traced, you’ve doodled on paper, and you’ve mastered a few tried-and-true motifs on your machine, which you use all the time. You’re good at them, so you stick to them, right? But maybe those motifs are getting a little […]


  4. Wish List Day! Embroidery, improv, and more FMQ (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on March 5, 2018

    It’s a wonderful day—it’s Wish List Day! We’re counting down to a new batch of beautiful Martingale books arriving in April. 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 […]


  5. Do you stay stitch your quilts? Pat Sloan says . . .

    Posted by on October 13, 2017

    Have you heard of stay stitching? Many quilters stay stitch their quilt tops before machine quilting. But what is stay stitching, and why would you do it? Essentially, stay stitching is simply sewing around the edge of your quilt top to stabilize seams. It’s particularly helpful when there are a lot of patchwork seams on […]


  6. Troubleshooting sewing-machine tension: 5 simple steps

    Posted by on August 25, 2017

    How can you get the perfect thread tension before you start machine quilting? Look no further than Lori Kennedy’s book Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3! In Lori’s book, you’ll learn all you need to know to create 61 whimsical motifs, including how to set up your machine, how to doodle to refine your technique, and yes—how […]


  7. Big blog hop! Piecing, quilting, and precuts (and a pincushion) + giveaway!

    Posted by on August 21, 2017

    It’s Martingale’s day on Christa Watson’s blog hop for her new book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts—welcome, everyone! I’m Karen Johnson, Martingale’s director of marketing. I’ll be your blog-hop host for today! The thing I love most about Christa Watson’s new book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts, is that she gives you a quilt to […]


  8. Have you tried machine quilting panels for practice? (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on August 11, 2017

    How are your free-motion machine-quilting skills coming along? If you need a little practice (don’t we all?), Pat Sloan has a smart little tip: practice your free-motion quilting on printed fabric panels. A free-motion-quilted panel from Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt Why practice on panels? In her book Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to […]


  9. Wish list day! Pat Sloan, precuts, and Civil War patchwork (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on July 5, 2017

    Yay yay yay, it’s Wish List Day! We’re counting down to a new batch of beautiful Martingale books arriving in August—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. Easy free-motion quilting motifs, simple as 1-2-3 (free tutorial + giveaway!)

    Posted by on March 29, 2017

    If you’ve tried free-motion quilting but you’re still in beginner mode . . . If you’re ready to try some fun new motifs . . . If you simply aren’t sure how to progress from where you are . . . Let machine-quilting pro Lori Kennedy take you by the hand and teach you everything […]