Posts in the quilting & sewing category

  1. Slip and slide? New technique for Stack the Deck quilts (+ giveaway!)

    Eight-time author Karla Alexander has amassed quite a few quilting fans through her topselling “Stack the Deck” books—and if you ask those fans, the reason is simple: her Stack the Deck method is fast and fun! Now she’s back with a new twist—actually, it’s more of a shuffle—for a perfect balance of carefree cutting, simple [...]

  2. Walls, sofas, tables, more: speed decorating with quilts (+ sale!)

    Spring cleaning officially done (or officially skipped)? Time to add some new color, zest, and zing to your spaces. Today we’ve gathered a collection of projects for decorating that include all the fun of quilting, but with one important twist—a finish date is guaranteed to be close in sight! Below you’ll find small, quick projects [...]

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

    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 [...]

  4. Baby animal quilts on parade (+ giveaway!)

    Twice a year, I have the privilege of attending International Quilt Market. It’s part of my job and there’s a lot of work involved, but it’s fun work that results in a satisfying exhaustion. We’re there to showcase our books and authors, meet our customers, and see what’s new in design trends, fabrics, and notions. [...]

  5. Smart block patterns for scrap quilts (+ sale!)

    Whether you have a bagful, a few drawers full, or a room full of scraps, get ready to celebrate them! Today we’re sharing ideas for quilting with scraps—with one important consideration in mind: choosing blocks that are perfect for the scrappy approach. If you’ve ever wished that you could stitch scrappy blocks with abandon—without worrying [...]

  6. Quiz: how many of these quilt-block designs have you made?

    Today we’ve got a quilting query for you: how many classic quilt blocks have you made? We’ve scoured the ultimate resource for traditional quilt blocks, 501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks, in search of the some of the most timeless, classic quilt blocks we know. And now we want to know if you’ve sewn these pretty pieces [...]

  7. Q&A with Kim Diehl + new scrappy quilts + fabric giveaway!

    It’s been two years since Kim Diehl released a collection of quilt patterns in her “Simple” series of books—and if you’ve been counting, her new book is lucky #7. This latest bunch of warm, welcoming quilts are as gorgeous as ever, and as always, they speak to lovers of scrappy quilts. “Farm-Girl Finery,” “Sprigs and [...]

  8. Country-cottage style: 9 tips for getting it with quilts (+ sale!)

    SHARING BIG NEWS Here at Martingale, we’re feeling both sad and excited. As our longtime President and CEO, Tom Wierzbicki, is leaving for different adventures, we’re looking ahead to a new chapter in Martingale history. You might know our incoming Publisher and Chief Visionary Officer from her work as the Crafts Group Content Chief at [...]

  9. Lend a hand: donate quilts, cash to Oso mudslide victims, families, workers

    As images and stories about the devastation created by the mudslide in Oso, Washington, began to surface on March 22, we were all greatly concerned. Oso is less than an hour’s drive from our office, and news of such a disastrous event, so close to our own homes, has affected us all. We are reaching [...]

  10. Build your color confidence: take out the color (video + giveaway!)

    “Bee-U-tiful” table runner from Knockout Neutrals When it comes to choosing colors, value seems to be the grand enigma for quilters. We all know that value plays an important role, but Pat Wys is one of those designers who’s figured out how to choose fabric values for quilts just right, every time. And because Pat’s [...]