Posts tagged: "machine quilting"

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

    Posted by on June 29, 2015

    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 […]


  2. New quilt books + more coming in June (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on June 2, 2015

    Welcome to Wish List Day! Time for a first look at new quilt books—plus new knit and crochet books!—on their way 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. Subscribe to our blog so you’ll know […]


  3. Learn free-motion quilting in new Sewing with Nancy videos

    Posted by on February 5, 2015

    Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners author Molly Hanson visits Nancy Zieman at the Sewing with Nancy studio. Most quilters fall into one of two camps: those who’ve tried free-motion quilting and those who want to try. Have you given it a go? If you haven’t yet—or if you’ve tried with unfortunate results—or if you’ve tried, succeeded, […]


  4. How to transfer patterns to fabric for quilting: no-mark method

    Posted by on December 4, 2014

    There are many ways to mark designs on a quilt top in preparation for quilting. But have you ever tried not marking your quilt top? See how six-time Martingale author Mary M. Covey transfers her beautiful machine-quilting patterns to fabric without pencils, pens, or chalks ever touching her quilts. No-Marking Method for Machine Quilting from […]


  5. Free-motion quilting for those who think they can’t (blog hop + giveaway!)

    Posted by on November 11, 2014

    Do you dream of free-motion quilting on your home sewing machine? You need a teacher. And a copilot. And a cheerleader! Today we introduce you to an extraordinarily talented young quilter, Molly Hanson, who wears all three hats for you in her new book, Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners (and Those Who Think They Can’t). With […]


  6. Can YOU quilt it? You bet—learn how now (+ big giveaway!)

    Posted by on March 6, 2014

    If you ever wondered, “How did she quilt that?,” you’ve been in the same boat as Kim Diehl’s preferred machine quilter, Deborah Poole. A hand quilter for years, Deborah taught herself how to free-motion quilt, step by tiny step. Now she’s sharing her own brand of shortcuts and secrets for free-motion quilting in her new […]


  7. Making a quilt sandwich: step-by-step tutorial

    Posted by on March 4, 2014

    In a recent Quirky Question we asked what one quiltmaking skill you’d like to get better at—and we were surprised when so many of you chose the same thing! Can you guess what so many quilters want to improve upon? If you guessed quilting your own quilts, you’d be as right as a 90-degree angle. […]


  8. 501 quilting design motifs + 8 ways to mark a quilt (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on February 27, 2014

    If you quilt by hand or machine—or if you’re one of many quilters who is ready to try her hand (or machine) at quilting your own quilts—you simply must get to know our #1 bestselling book on the art of quilting. Why now? Because it’s finally available in paperback for a new low price! Whether […]


  9. Strip quilts to (speedily) eat up your Jelly Roll stash (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on January 28, 2014

    Fess up: how many of you have so many unused 2½" strips that a sinkhole is taking shape in your sewing space? As beautiful as that sinkhole would be, it’s not where we imagined our glorious fabric finds would wind up. Don’t we all want those cotton ribbons of delight to end up in quilts? […]


  10. How to quilt a quilt—6 quick ideas

    Posted by on April 25, 2013

    You’ve just finished your quilt top—time to tackle the quilting! Some quilters gleefully embrace this essential part of finishing quilts; some hire a machine quilter by rote or drop their quilt top onto the UFO pile to finish…later. Although the words “quilt as desired” and “instant gratification” aren’t typically uttered in the same sentence, there […]