Posts tagged: "quilt-block patterns"

  1. Scrappy Nine Patch quilt block tutorial (+ the one clever step you’re missing)

    Posted by on February 3, 2017

    Once in a while we come across a piecing technique we hadn’t heard about before—just goes to show that even after 40 years, there’s always something new to learn! We’re excited to share this little tweak to a technique you’ve likely used many times before: chain piecing. The video below focuses on a scrappy version […]


  2. Meet the quilter who made 366 quilt blocks in a year (spoiler alert: she’s awesome)

    Posted by on January 30, 2017

    Meet Patricia Bryant—Australian quilter extraordinaire who gave herself a challenge: make every block in Debby Kratovil’s Quilter’s Block-a-Day Calendar. That in itself would be a feat. But Patricia went one step further: she decided to sew a block for 366 days in a row. One block for each day in 2016. And guess what? SHE […]


  3. Splendid Sampler block #92: a splendid tip for matching seams

    Posted by on January 15, 2017

    Have you been sewing along with the Splendid Sampler? It’s truly inspiring to see quilters from around the world sharing the love of quilting together. I’m really honored to be a part of it, and also excited to share a little bit about my block today! Download Beth Bradley’s Double Bees block at the Splendid […]


  4. Churn Dash: a fresh face, a mod makeover, and a GIANT twist (+15 giveaways!)

    Posted by on December 9, 2016

    Along with the celebrated Nine Patch and Log Cabin, Churn Dash is a beloved quilt block that tops many quilters’ lists as an all-time favorite. What’s the allure? Perhaps you love its versatility, its simplicity, or its history. We can honestly say that we’ve never seen a Churn Dash quilt we didn’t like! Whether you […]


  5. A Divas’ guide to antique quilt-block patterns (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Posted by on November 16, 2016

    We took this new book to Market—and the response to it was tremendous! But why wouldn’t it be, with the Patchwork Divas at the helm? A common love of antique quilts and reproduction fabrics brought them together. Now, 20 years after the 19th-Century Patchwork Divas’ block-exchange group was formed, they’re celebrating—by letting YOU become an […]


  6. Wish List Day! Scrappy little quilts, Churn Dash 💕 + more (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on November 2, 2016

    Thanks for joining us on Wish List Day—our favorite day of the month! What books are coming your way in December? Sit back and enjoy the inspiration! And remember, you could win your favorite book if you let us know your choice at the end of this post. Subscribe to our blog and you’ll always […]


  7. From The Splendid Sampler: stitch a Splendid basket handle!

    Posted by on October 27, 2016

    When Pat Sloan asked me to participate in The Splendid Sampler Sew-Along by designing an original block that signified my life as a quilter, I immediately knew I would design some sort of basket block. During my years of quiltmaking, I’ve made many basket blocks—both pieced and appliquéd. I love baskets—I use them for holding […]


  8. The hourglass quilt block: a trimming trick (because they can be tricky!)

    Posted by on August 26, 2016

    Stop the presses! We just had to share this quick tip with you. It answers a question many of us quilty staffers at Martingale have asked ourselves before—maybe you’ve asked it too. The question usually arises after removing a bit of patchwork from your sewing machine: “How come I lost my points?” Raise your seam […]


  9. Splendid Sampler block #56: At Home Anywhere

    Posted by on August 25, 2016

    Hello, Splendids! I’m so happy to be a part of the fun and joy that The Splendid Sampler is bringing to the quilt world. My block, “At Home Anywhere,” is a nod to those of us who’ve lived like nomads much of our life—moving here, there, and everywhere. I’ll bet many of you have shared […]


  10. You’ve never seen Nine Patch quilt blocks quite like this (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on August 17, 2016

    Sweet and simple, the Nine Patch is one of the oldest and best-loved quilt blocks. In fact, just knowing its name is almost enough to know how to sew it! This simplicity makes the Nine Patch quilt block a chameleon of sorts, allowing for endless creativity and variation. A Nine Patch block might look classic […]