Posts tagged: "quilting for beginners"

  1. Quilting 101: how to square up a quilt block

    Posted by on January 12, 2015

    Ever sewed a quilt block that was supposed to be square…but didn’t turn out that way? We guarantee it’s even happened to some of the quilters at Martingale! Less-than-perfect cutting and sewing can result in too-big or too-small blocks that refuse to lie flat when sewn together. Frustration soon follows. Squaring up your blocks before […]


  2. Best ways to cut, sew, press: this quilter knows. Do you?

    Posted by on November 20, 2014

    Lots of quilters have posted reviews of Martingale books on our website. But once in a while a review comes along that is so in-depth, we couldn’t have described the book better ourselves! That’s the case with a review that was recently posted for Donna Lynn Thomas’s book, Quiltmaking Essentials 1. The reviewer, Rebecca Rumpf, […]


  3. Free-motion quilting for those who think they can’t (blog hop + giveaway!)

    Posted by on November 11, 2014

    Do you dream of free-motion quilting on your home sewing machine? You need a teacher. And a copilot. And a cheerleader! Today we introduce you to an extraordinarily talented young quilter, Molly Hanson, who wears all three hats for you in her new book, Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners (and Those Who Think They Can’t). With […]


  4. How to quilt: all the answers, one place

    Posted by on September 17, 2014

    Looking for a quilting reference that has it all? Trust the skill-building chapters, how-to instructions, and patchwork-packed pages in The Simple Joys of Quilting to guide you toward becoming a better quilter. Whatever your skill level, there’s something new to learn—and a timeless quilt pattern to fall in love with—in this beautiful eBook by celebrated […]


  5. 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 […]


  6. 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 […]


  7. 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 […]


  8. 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 […]


  9. 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 […]


  10. 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 […]