Posts tagged: "quilting for beginners"

  1. 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, […]


  2. 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 […]


  3. 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. […]


  4. 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 […]


  5. 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 […]


  6. 🔺Triangle troubles?🔻Try Pat Sloan’s triumphant techniques (+ BIG giveaway!)

    Posted by on November 20, 2015

    We’ve all made that half-square triangle. You know the one. The one with the unintentionally curvy edges? The one you can’t press flat, even if you doused it with water and kept it under a brick for a week? The one that’s too small/too crooked/too frustrating to use in the quilt you’re making? Would you […]


  7. How to make a simple quilt? Try these sweet treats

    Posted by on September 14, 2015

    Are you in the mood for a sweet quilting treat? Presenting the latest from the Sweet & Simple™ series, our line of delightful single patterns. These easy-to-start-and-finish simple quilt designs are available only at independent quilt shops, and they’re just $4 each! Why not stop by your local quilt shop this weekend and pick up […]


  8. Quick quilt patterns—stash ’em for THOSE times

    Posted by on July 6, 2015

    How many times have you thought to yourself: I’d love to make a quilt for this occasion…but I don’t think I have enough time. Maybe it was a birthday that snuck up on you. Or maybe you were invited to an event—a housewarming, a baby shower, a holiday bash—and had a week or less to […]


  9. Put an end to UFOs with quilt-finishing smarts (tutorial + giveaway!)

    Posted by on May 26, 2015

    It’s an ongoing conundrum for quilters: why do we let our UFOs (or WIPs, or whatever you might call your unfinished quilts) pile up? If you’re like many quilters, the reason is this: the techniques you currently rely on to finish your quilts aren’t efficient or easy—and that can make finishing quilts feel more frustrating […]


  10. Roundup: Just for fun free quilting tutorials

    Posted by on May 14, 2015

    Loved the top 20 free quilting tutorials we shared during our anniversary week in March? Today we’re rounding up another batch of tutorials for you to peruse! From using your scraps to choosing quilt colors, you’ll find ideas to jump-start your creativity and the inspiration to try something new. Bookmark them, pin them, save them […]