Posts tagged: "quilting 101"

  1. 5 easy quilt-finishing tips for “toppers”

    Posted by on January 13, 2017

    Are you a topper? If you’ve got lots of quilt tops waiting to make their debut as a quilt—but you haven’t finished them yet—you’re a topper, alright. Welcome to the club! Our own acquisitions editor, Karen Burns, compares herself to the cobbler whose children have no shoes. She is the quilter with no finished quilts! […]


  2. 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 […]


  3. 🚫No Christmas UFOs: the 1 skill you need to machine quilt at home (+ sale!)

    Posted by on December 5, 2016

    With Christmas just a few weeks away, it’s time to put the (machine) pedal to the metal! For many quilters, that means machine quilting is in your very-near future. If you feel like your machine-quilting skills aren’t what they could be, if you’re stuck on what and where to quilt, or if you’re terrified about […]


  4. Learn to machine quilt with Pat Sloan (once and for all): mega-big blog tour!

    Posted by on November 25, 2016

    A note about Black Friday: We’re once again passing up the opportunity to host our own Black Friday sale this year. Instead, we’ll cheer on the thousands of independent quilt and yarn shops hosting special sales, including Small Business Saturday, this weekend. Why not give your local shop a call and find out what they’re […]


  5. Need to make a quilt sandwich in a hurry? Spray basting to the rescue (how-to)

    Posted by on November 9, 2016

    As the holidays draw near, do visions of quilty gifts dance in your head? Do you wonder how many gifts you can start and finish before Christmas? Do you assume you’ll be burning the midnight oil—along with Santa and his reindeer—come Christmas Eve? Often it’s not block-making or row-sewing that halts our gift-making progress: it’s […]


  6. Seams: to glue or not to glue? Watch this video first

    Posted by on October 28, 2016

    While it’s fun to have long-term quilting projects to work on—challenging quilts that might take months or even years to finish—I frequently find myself on a much tighter deadline. Maybe there’s a new baby on the way or a friend in need of comfort, and time really is of the essence. Theresa Ward’s book Sew, […]


  7. Learn to machine quilt with Pat Sloan? Yes please (+ big giveaway!)

    Posted by on October 12, 2016

    First she taught you all about appliqué; then she turned triangles into a hassle-free task. Now celebrated teacher, designer, and bubbly quilting personality Pat Sloan is back to teach you the know-how you need to become a confident machine quilter. We are so excited about pairing up with Pat to bring you an all-new resource, […]


  8. How to sew bump-free block seams (video tip) 🎥

    Posted by on October 7, 2016

    We’ve all done it: you’re happily whirring along at the sewing machine when you feel a little bump under the needle. Oops. One of your seams just got sewn in the wrong direction. Rats! In the video below, Martingale acquisitions editor Beth Bradley shows a quick fix for avoiding those accidental bumps. And if you […]


  9. Free quilt pattern: a quick beauty for beginners (and for THAT fabric)

    Posted by on September 30, 2016

    It’s the weekend!!! So, whatcha doing this weekend? Got any plans yet? Well guess what: we just reserved a spot for you, and it’s the best seat in the house. It’s at your sewing machine! Download this free quilt pattern by Sara Diepersloot, called Nest, and then head to your fabric stash pronto. Let’s get […]


  10. Sew half-square triangles 4 and 8 times faster than you are now

    Posted by on September 26, 2016

    The humble yet mighty half-square triangle (or as I’ll fondly refer to it here: HST) is an essential element in scores of classic quilt blocks. And when you’re making a quilt that’s chock-full of HSTs, every little trick that streamlines the process can add up to quite a bit of time saved. If you find […]