Posts tagged: "quilting 101"

  1. Sawtooth Star quilt-block pattern, step by step (video)

    Posted by on May 28, 2018

    Star blocks have been around as long as quiltmaking itself. There might be enough different Star block patterns to populate a whole galaxy! One of the most iconic star motifs in quilting is the basic eight-pointed star, and there are dozens of variations. As with many other common blocks, you can take your pick of […]


  2. Our beginner just finished her quilt 😍 See her final share!

    Posted by on April 27, 2018

    It’s official: Tara’s a quilter! Martingale’s marketing graphic designer is back with the final installment of her quilting saga, giving us a peek into the mind of a beginning quilter. We’ve shared her highs and lows, her troubles and triumphs—and today is most certainly a triumph. See Tara’s finished quilt below, and remember to leave […]


  3. Our beginner is machine quilting! See her sublime first stitches

    Posted by on March 21, 2018

    Third time’s the charm! Martingale graphic designer Tara is back with a third installment of her “newbie” series, giving us a peek into the mind of a beginning quilter. Help us cheer her on! This time Tara tackles a topic that even longtime quilters can feel anxious about: machine quilting. Leave your good wishes and […]


  4. Infected with the quilting bug—a beginner tackles triangles (+ advice needed!)

    Posted by on February 12, 2018

    Martingale graphic designer Tara is back to share another tale about her adventures as a beginning quilter! This time Tara tackles a pinnacle of piecing: Flying Geese units. Let’s all cheer her on—and offer some advice for the question she’s been pondering. My last post ended with me teasing that my Rainbow Runner quilt top […]


  5. 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 […]


  6. English paper piecing by hand OR machine: prep steps (video)

    Posted by on January 29, 2018

    You’ve seen them online, at shops, and at shows: glorious English-paper-pieced quilts bursting with color and texture. They’re just WOW! Now the new trend in English paper piecing is here: Dresdens. And with all the success that best-selling author Katja Marek has had with EPP hexagons, you know she’s on top of the Dresden trend! […]


  7. A beginning quilter at Martingale: did she catch the quilting bug?

    Posted by on January 8, 2018

    It’s a happy day here at Martingale—we have a budding quilter on our staff! Our marketing graphic designer, Tara, is testing the quiltmaking waters, and she’ll be sharing her experience in a series of blog posts at Stitch This! Today you’ll get to know Tara and see her first sewing efforts. Let’s all cheer her […]


  8. A gift from Nancy Zieman to all of us: share the joys of sewing

    Posted by on December 15, 2017

    Sewing is magic, creative, and fun, it’s meant to be shared with a special someone. Let’s fly off to Sewland and stitch something new, Where all the town sews at a quarter to two. The person who penned this little rhyme knew all about the magic of sewing. In fact, she shared that magic with […]


  9. Eleven-eleven flash sale! Top 11 books every quilter should own

    Posted by on November 10, 2017

    Tomorrow is 11/11—and that got us thinking: what a fun excuse to put 11 of our must-have books on sale! After all, the number 1 signifies a fresh start, but four number ones in a row? That’s REALLY starting fresh. And we like the sound of that! That’s why today, we’re choosing our top 11 […]


  10. House quilt-block tutorial (new video!)

    Posted by on November 1, 2017

    Earlier this week we showed you how to sew a Churn Dash block; today we’ve got a House quilt-block tutorial for you! House quilts are hot—and they’re so much fun to make. You can personalize them in so many ways! Create a quilt that looks like your neighborhood or create the house of your dreams. […]