Posts tagged: "quilt tips"

  1. How to check 1/4″ seam allowance: Pat Sloan’s simple trick

    Posted by on August 17, 2018

    Raise your hand if it’s happened to you: you’re happily sewing along, creating a pile of pretty patchwork blocks. They look perfect—until you press and compare them. One block is too big, another is too small, and the rest are somewhere in between. How did this happen?!? Best-selling author Pat Sloan will tell you: it […]


  2. How to make single-fold binding: video (sew smart!) 📹

    Posted by on July 23, 2018

    Whether you bind your projects using a machine/hand-sewing combo or sew 100% by machine, binding provides that special finishing touch that makes our quilts complete. And what a joy it is to get to that nearly-done stage! There are lots of techniques for sewing double-fold binding (see here and here for a few), but have […]


  3. Prewash quilt fabric or not? Jo Morton has the answer

    Posted by on July 20, 2018

    It’s a question every quilter’s come across on their quiltmaking journey: to prewash fabric or not? Sometimes when you buy the perfect fabric and own the perfect pattern for said fabric, it’s hard to get home and then be patient. Going through the prewashing process before commencing cutting can feel like it takes forever! Best-selling […]


  4. 📹 How to choose colors for a scrap quilt: an Aussie’s simple approach (video)

    Posted by on July 16, 2018

    How to choose colors for a scrap quilt is a question many quilters ask our authors. Do they study color theory? Do they use the brown-bag method? Do they say a little prayer or cast a quilty spell over their fabrics before they begin? Martingale authors use many different methods to create their scrap quilts, […]


  5. Wondering about wool? 2 wool-applique tutorials to inspire your stitching

    Posted by on May 7, 2018

    Wool is all the rage in sewing circles, but if you’re new to working with wool you might have some questions: how to find it, how to felt it, and how to sew with it. We’ve got the answers to all of your fuzzy-wuzzy wool questions today! Debbie Busby’s book Sew Many Notions is all […]


  6. The “value” of your smart phone: are you using this quilting trick? 📱

    Posted by on April 4, 2018

    We’ve got a quick quilting trick for you today! If you’ve ever struggled with deciphering the values of different fabrics, this is a tip that’ll provide lots of “value” when you’re choosing fabrics for a quilt, arranging blocks, or just trying to figure out the value of a particular fabric—not value moneywise, but value colorwise! […]


  7. Can you imagine quilts in different colors? 5 examples to explore (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Posted by on February 16, 2018

    Have you ever fallen head over heels for a quilt pattern but found it hard to envision the design in your favorite colors? It can be a challenge, but imagining quilts in different color palettes is worth learning how to do—the patchwork possibilities are endless. Three-time Martingale author Christa Watson understands those color predicaments, and […]


  8. Pat Sloan’s slick trimming trick (why didn’t we think of this?)

    Posted by on February 2, 2018

    If there’s one thing every new quilter wonders, it’s how to make sure fabric is cut straight. Just one little nudge at the wrong angle can make straight cuts go wonky, which means sewing goes wonky, which means blocks go together wonky. And that’s just too much wonky for one quilt! Best-selling author Pat Sloan […]


  9. Do you pop your quilt-block seams? (how-to video)

    Posted by on September 15, 2017

    Last month we shared a video from Carrie Nelson that explained how to get quilt-block centers to nest together perfectly. Her how-to is a game changer! Today we’re excited to share another video from Carrie that reveals how to press quilt block seams so your blocks lay super-flat and nest perfectly together with other blocks […]


  10. Perfectly pieced Four Patches: Miss Rosie’s simple secret

    Posted by on August 28, 2017

    The Four Patch. It’s the first block many quilters learn to sew. It’s basic. It’s classic. It’s a great introduction to patchwork. Of course you know how to sew a Four Patch quilt block. But if you’re not sewing them like Carrie Nelson (aka Miss Rosie), there’s a new technique to learn! Ask most any […]