Posts in the quilting & sewing category

  1. How to set up your sewing machine for free-motion quilting: 12 essential steps

    Have you ever wanted to learn the secrets of expert free-motion quilters? How do they dream up their designs? How much practice did they need before their machine quilting started looking great? Are there any tips or tricks to machine quilting that they know . . . and I don’t? Short answer to that last […]


  2. Blockheads, unite! Join 6 Moda designers for new block fun (+ fabric giveaway!)

    A star-studded lineup. Spectacular sampler quilts. And 48 quilt-block patterns that’ll turn you into a "Blockhead"—and we mean that in the VERY best of quilty ways! It started as a simple idea: celebrating traditional quilts and quilters by having six Moda designers host a yearlong block-of-the-week program on social media. Every Wednesday one designer would […]


  3. 🎅 Short on sewing time? Try these 7 quick Christmas gifts to embroider

    Family, friends, coworkers, sewing besties, party hosts, the mail carrier, teachers, neighbors, and more—don’t you wish there was time to make something special for everyone on your holiday gift list? Well, we’ve got a little secret: little embroidery projects fit the bill! They’re simple, quick, portable, and fun—both to make and to give. So take […]


  4. 14 big, beautiful Civil War quilts that will blow your mind! (+ giveaway!)

    Best-selling author Carol Hopkins is back with new ways to create your own antique-style treasures with a big twist—big quilts! You’ll love learning how Carol uses her signature Civil War color palette in Vintage Legacies—each quilt is more stunning than the last: Fourteen patterns ranging from lap- to twin-size pay tribute to Southern belles, men’s […]


  5. How to finish a small quilt: tips from a “quirky” quilter (new video! 🎬)

    You’ve just finished a little quilt top—and it’s soooo darned cute! Now maybe you’re wondering how to finish a small quilt with style. No worries—Quirky Little Quilts author Sheryl Johnson of Temecula Quilt Company has you covered from batting to binding. We caught up with Sheryl at Fall Quilt Market so she could share her […]


  6. Wish List Day! Kim and Jo, Red Crinoline Quilts, and a new BIG book (+ giveaway!)

    Whoo-hoo, it’s Wish List Day! Today we’re giving you a sneak peek at Martingale books coming in January—and we think you’re gonna be inspired! Keep track of your favorites by using the “Notify Me” and “Wish List” options at ShopMartingale.com. Browse the latest batch of Martingale books below; then enter to win your favorite book […]


  7. 9 quick last-minute Christmas gifts to make in multiples

    Okay, it’s not a last-minute Christmas-gift situation yet . . . but it sneaks up on you f-a-s-t, doesn’t it? When you’ve got a holiday party, a work function, or an unexpected guest, you’ll want to spread a little Christmas cheer—quilter style! So why not prep some sewn gifts to give to the people you […]


  8. Fabric collectors: welcome to Edyta Sitar’s scrappy world (+ fabric giveaway!)

    The next highly anticipated book from famed designer Edyta Sitar is here . . . and it’s a scrap-lover’s fantasy! Packed with breathtaking scrap quilts both old and new, Patches of Scraps gives you two inspiring ways to enjoy them. First, there are the awe-inspiring antiques: Barn Raising Log Cabin, 64″ × 78″, Sitar Family […]


  9. 🎁 9 no-sew gifts . . . for people who sew (+ special sale!) 🎁

    Many quilters begin with a dream each January: to make something special for the all the quilty friends they have on their gift list. And then the months roll on . . . A year packed with jobs, kids, family, friends, vacations, housekeeping, clothes washing, dinner making—whew! Before you know it, the countdown to Christmas […]


  10. Create a holly-jolly home 🎄 8 Christmas decorations and ideas

    The time is near for Christmas cheer! Soon many of us will be unpacking those boxes and bins filled with tinsel, ornaments, and memories that make the season bright (oops, how did that candy cane get in there?). Today we’ve rounded up fun ways to display your handmade pieces from the past . . . […]