Posts tagged: "quilting for beginners"

  1. 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 […]


  2. 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 […]


  3. 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 […]


  4. Learn how to quilt for beginners: 5 essential posts to save and share

    Posted by on April 8, 2016

    Are you a beginner? We’re all beginners in some way. Some of us have never paper pieced; others have yet to try needle-turn appliqué. How about hand piecing, embroidery, or machine quilting? There’s always something new to learn that will inspire your creativity! In today’s post we’ve collected resources for new quilters of all kinds. […]


  5. Help! How to make a quilt – for beginners and beyond (+ sale)

    Posted by on April 4, 2016

    If you’ve been a quilter for any length of time, you’ve probably heard the following from a friend, family member, coworker, or passerby upon seeing a quilt you’ve created: “I wish I knew how to make a quilt!” As quilters, we know that person can learn how to make a quilt—after all, we did it! […]


  6. How to paper piece quilt blocks – once and for all (3 expert tips + giveaway!)

    Posted by on March 16, 2016

    We are SO excited to share the latest book from prolific author, celebrated teacher, talented designer, and all-around fabulous person Nancy Mahoney today. Why? Because we’ve tested her new how-to ourselves—and we can’t wait to reveal the results! Four Martingale staffers, ranging from complete beginner to occasional paper piecer, made blocks from Nancy’s new book, […]


  7. Machine-quilting ergonomics: set up for comfort

    Posted by on March 4, 2016

    Machine quilting on a home sewing machine is becoming the norm for more and more quilters. With designers and teachers like Christa Watson leading the way, the process has been vetted and—aren’t we lucky—they’ve share their tried, tested, and true techniques with us! For Christa, author of Machine Quilting with Style, enjoying the process is […]


  8. 4 favorite quilt-color tips from popular authors (+ sale)

    Posted by on February 15, 2016

    Struggle with quilt-color choices? Lots of quilters do. But there’s no need to shy away from color or copy a designer’s palette hue by hue. With the right know-how to guide you, you’ll become more color confident with each color choice you make! Get hip to four of our favorite tips from color-savvy eBooks below. […]


  9. Need a make-in-a-weekend quilt pattern? We’ve got 12 you can start right now.

    Posted by on December 16, 2015

    One of the big trends in quilting right now is slow stitching, and it’s a good one. Mindfulness while stitching is a beautiful thing! There are times, however, when you need quilt patterns that are quick and easy to put together. Perhaps you’re a beginner—please don’t be like my friend whose first quilt was a […]


  10. Quilt-book gear for the New Year: fresh fun for 2016 (+ sale)

    Posted by on December 7, 2015

    What’s your quilting resolution for 2016? Maybe it’s learning a new technique—something you’ve never attempted before or have been afraid to attempt, even though you L-O-V-E the quilts you see that use said technique. Maybe it’s tightening up your skills—learning how to cut without a wobble, sewing with an exact ¼" seam allowance, or piecing […]