Posts tagged: "quilting for beginners"

  1. A girl finally becomes a quilter—thanks to YOU!

    Posted by on July 31, 2014

    In February, I shared my love-hate relationship with wanting to become a quilter. I told you how my first attempt went (spoiler alert: not so great) and how I was fearful of trying again—until authors Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson showed me a couple of techniques that made it seem so easy (you can see […]


  2. Types of sewing-machine feet: a guide for the baffled

    Posted by on April 17, 2014

    How many presser feet do you own? Not sure? Is that because you shy away from everything but an all-purpose presser foot? Or is your sparkly, much beloved collection of specialty feet so vast it’s simply hard to keep track? If everything but your all-purpose foot is gathering dust, now’s the time to learn what […]


  3. YOUR turn to design: start with easy quilt-block patterns

    Posted by on February 13, 2014

    When designer Katy Jones released her first book, 25 Patchwork Quilt Blocks, she inspired thousands of quilters to ask, “What can I do with quilt blocks—but no quilt pattern?” Katy convinced them: plenty! Now Katy’s back with 25 Patchwork Quilt Blocks Volume 2, featuring even more ways to play. Blocks from 25 Patchwork Quilt Blocks […]


  4. Advice to seasoned quilters…from a beginner (+ videos)

    Posted by on February 11, 2014

    Can I tell you a secret, dear reader? I love quilts. I’ll never get tired of seeing new quilts on the walls of the Martingale office, with their beautiful, bright patterns. Even three years later, I am still utterly in love with the two quilts my husband and I received for our wedding, one from […]


  5. How to sew a quarter-inch seam – perfectly, every time – in 5 steps (+ sale)

    Posted by on January 13, 2014

    No matter what kind of quilter you may be—traditional, modern, art, country, beginner, expert, and every kind in between—there’s something we all need to master: the art of the ¼” seam. In their bestselling book The Simple Joys of Quilting, popular designers Mary Hickey and Joan Hanson share a foolproof method for getting a perfect […]


  6. Easy quilts to sew in a weekend

    Posted by on December 19, 2013

    Picture this: “You have a wide-open weekend coming up with nothing on your schedule. No chores to do, no errands to run, nowhere you need to be, nothing to do but…sew. Ah, bliss!” That’s the inviting scenario described in Easy Weekend Quilts. So let’s make that blissful quilting-only weekend your reality. We’ll get the ball […]


  7. Six-buck eBooks all October! This week: quick quilts

    Posted by on October 21, 2013

    WEEK THREE: QUICK QUILTS! Need an easy-to-make gift? A fast quilt for a charity event? A quick stitching fix? Sewing simple projects is like making tasty weeknight meals—perhaps they aren’t as fancy as a Christmas dinner, but they can be speedy, satisfying, and oh-so fun! During our October eBook sale, treat yourself to simple quilts […]


  8. Quilts for happy times, heartbreak (+ giveaway)

    Posted by on September 26, 2013

    Have you ever had someone close to you experience a dramatic life event—either heartwarming or heartbreaking—and you wanted to let them know you care more than words could express? Sometimes giving something of yourself, whether it’s time, hugs, a nourishing meal, or a simple gift, can be healing not only for the person going through […]


  9. Oh-so-easy quilts from Me and My Sister (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Posted by on September 19, 2013

    Planning to spend this weekend stitching your way through your UFO pile? Not so fast! If your UFOs have waited this long to see the finish line, perhaps they can wait a weekend longer. Why wait? Because Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson of Me and My Sister Designs—famous for their fresh, fun, and fabulously fast quilts—have […]


  10. Are you a confident quilter? (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on September 10, 2013

    How did you catch the quilting bug? For many quilters, that first bite occurred as a direct result of just one factor: the fabric! A lot of those quilters have been receiving treatment for their condition at their local quilt shop ever since. For most, it’s a lifelong affliction. Designer Elizabeth Dackson found quilting while […]