Posts tagged: "quilting 101"

  1. 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 […]


  2. 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 […]


  3. 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! […]


  4. 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 […]


  5. 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 […]


  6. 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 […]


  7. 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. […]


  8. 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 […]


  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. Learn the Kim Diehl freezer-paper applique technique (video)

    Posted by on September 4, 2017

    (Psst . . . don’t miss our special offer at the end of this post!) Boy oh boy does best-selling author Kim Diehl know how to appliqué. Penny Garland by Kim Diehl, from Simple Appeal Now, we know that some of you out there are flat-out scared of the “a” word. But what if Kim […]