Posts in the quilting & sewing category

  1. Can you imagine quilts in different colors? 5 examples to explore (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Have you ever fallen head over heels for a quilt pattern but found it hard to envision the design in your favorite colors? It can be a challenge, but imagining quilts in different color palettes is worth learning how to do—the patchwork possibilities are endless. Three-time Martingale author Christa Watson understands those color predicaments, and […]


  2. Summon spring with scenes from A Cottage Garden (+ giveaway!)

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to introduce you to the new book by designer Kathy Cardiff. Why? Because it’s going to be love at first sight! When this avid gardener and seasoned designer combines her passions, magic sprouts. Using wool as her medium and flowers as her muse, Kathy brings her […]


  3. Infected with the quilting bug—a beginner tackles triangles (+ advice needed!)

    Martingale graphic designer Tara is back to share another tale about her adventures as a beginning quilter! This time Tara tackles a pinnacle of piecing: Flying Geese units. Let’s all cheer her on—and offer some advice for the question she’s been pondering. My last post ended with me teasing that my Rainbow Runner quilt top […]


  4. I Sew for Fun blog hop! 3 essential tips for sewing with kids (+ giveaway)

    We are excited to be a part of a very special blog hop today. We were saddened when we heard that Nancy Zieman, beloved host of Sewing With Nancy, passed away on November 14 of 2017, shortly after retiring from her show and her business. Before her passing, she was preparing to launch a new […]


  5. Quick tip: how to transfer letters to fabric for embroidery (how-to video)

    Have you joined the embroidery craze? It’s blowing up Instagram, and no wonder—it’s inexpensive to start, it’s easy to learn, and you can take it anywhere. Fabric, embroidery thread, and scissors are all you need! A Little Something author Roseann Kermes has loved wool, appliqué, and embroidery ever since childhood when her mother became a […]


  6. Wish List Day! Stash busters, little favorites, and wool minis (+ giveaway!)

    Hooray, hooray, for Wish List Day! We’re counting down the days until Martingale’s March 2018 books hit your local quilt shop—tell us which new release is your favorite and you could win it! Subscribe to our blog and you’ll always be first to see new Martingale quilt books, plus special sales, freebies, tutorials, and more. […]


  7. Pat Sloan’s slick trimming trick (why didn’t we think of this?)

    If there’s one thing every new quilter wonders, it’s how to make sure fabric is cut straight. Just one little nudge at the wrong angle can make straight cuts go wonky, which means sewing goes wonky, which means blocks go together wonky. And that’s just too much wonky for one quilt! Best-selling author Pat Sloan […]


  8. Fresh vintage style, precut ease: 10 beautiful quilts for your bundles (+ giveaway!)

    Give your precuts a happy home—in a quick quilt! We’re SO excited that Sue Pfau’s third book, Easy Quilts from Precut Fabrics, is finally here! Sue’s whipped up gorgeous quilts featuring classic quilt blocks—and you’ll get to the finish line fast using time-saving precut fabrics. No need for stockpiles of scraps; all those small cuts […]


  9. English paper piecing by hand OR machine: prep steps (video)

    You’ve seen them online, at shops, and at shows: glorious English-paper-pieced quilts bursting with color and texture. They’re just WOW! Now the new trend in English paper piecing is here: Dresdens. And with all the success that best-selling author Katja Marek has had with EPP hexagons, you know she’s on top of the Dresden trend! […]


  10. Learn how now: blanket stitch for appliqué with Debbie Busby

    If there’s one embroidery stitch that everyone who sews should know, we just might pick the blanket stitch as the big winner. It’s an easy way to conceal raw edges of appliqué pieces, it’s quick to learn, and it’s super cute too! See what we mean? Sew Many Notions author Debbie Busby has traveled across […]