Posts in the quilting & sewing category

  1. Quilt-value anxiety, be gone: meet the Ruby Beholder (+ special offer)

    Posted by on October 23, 2014, in quilting & sewing, , ,

    If you’ve struggled with choosing fabric values for your quilts, you’re not alone. Determining which colors are light, medium-light, medium, medium-dark, and dark sounds like a cinch. But if you’ve tried it, you know it can be tricky. 
How would you order these fabrics from light to dark? Hmm… Contrast is key to creating sharp, […]


  2. Amish quilting patterns, urban quilt style (+ giveaway!)

    To many quilters, Amish quilts represent the pinnacle of traditional quilt design and craftsmanship. The bold, graphic patterns sparkle in rich solid colors, and the beautifully flowing hand-quilting stitches demonstrate a high level of skill that many of us aspire to. As traditional as they are, the drama and simplicity of Amish quilt patterns make […]


  3. Modern, but basic: easy quilts to try (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Curious what it’s like to create a “modern” quilt? Amy Ellis will soon release her fourth book, and each one makes dipping your toe in the modern-quilting pool easy and fun. Once you stitch a quilt with Amy, you’ll want to dive in head first to start another. Amy’s gift? Giving classic foundations a modern […]


  4. Six-buck eBooks all October! This week: bestsellers

    Posted by on October 20, 2014, in quilting & sewing, , ,

    WEEK THREE: BESTSELLING eBOOKS Stock your computer, laptop, or tablet with Martingale quilt books—our top 10 bestselling eBooks of all time! Download eBooks instantly and start stitching minutes from now. Only $6 each with new choices every week.  Sale on select eBooks below ends at midnight on Sunday, October 26. Quilting for Joy by Barbara […]


  5. 52 new ways to sew a hexagon quilt (+ giveaway!)

    Who knew there were so many possibilities hidden inside a hexagon? English-paper-piecing blocks from The New Hexagon Quilt-shop owner Katja Marek has been English paper piecing since the 1990s—back when the technique didn’t differ much from the method invented in the 1800s. But thanks to modern techniques, Katja became inspired to play with the hexagon […]


  6. Skip triangle math with strips: try Twosey Foursey

    If you’ve been around the quilt block a few times, you know about mathematical formulas for figuring seam allowances. They go like this: The more you cut, the more math you have to do. It can get downright complicated! Author Cathy Wierzbicki isn’t a fan of mind-numbing math. She’s such an anti-fan, in fact, that […]


  7. How to sew borders on quilts: free how-to download

    Some of my quilting friends think I’m a little odd because I love to put the binding on a quilt but absolutely HATE adding the borders. Isn’t that a little backward, they’ll ask? I’ll even offer to trade—I’ll sew the binding on someone’s quilt, including the hand stitching, if they’ll do my borders.  Maybe you […]


  8. Six-buck eBooks all October! This week: out-of-the-box quilts

    Posted by on October 13, 2014, in quilting & sewing, , ,

    WEEK TWO: OUT-OF-THE-BOX QUILTS Stock your computer, laptop, or tablet with unique quilt patterns from Martingale quilt books that will stretch your creativity—and your dollar! Download eBooks instantly and start stitching just minutes from now. Only $6 each with new choices every week. Sale on select eBooks below ends at midnight on Sunday, October 19. […]


  9. Free quilt-pattern roundup: our top 5 freebies

    Are you in need of some handmade-holiday inspiration? With Christmas marching toward us (let’s put it in perspective: 77 days and counting), we’re all starting to think about gifts—and how much time we have left to make them. Start your gift-giving idea search right now by browsing our top-five free patterns below. These patterns aren’t […]


  10. Got 5 minutes + 5 fat quarters? (+ fabric giveaway!)

    How about a little quilting arithmetic to keep you on your toes today? (It’s easy, promise—we’ll even give you the answer.) …5 fat quarters + 1 background fabric = More fast fat-quarter quilts from bestselling author Kathy Brown! “Staying Focused” from Take 5 Fat Quarters Kathy’s first two “Take 5” books have inspired thousands of […]