Posts in the quilting & sewing category

  1. Civil War quilt ideas (58 if you’re counting…) + giveaway!

    If you love/stash/hoard Civil War fabrics, there’s just one thing you need to make your quilting dreams come true—patterns that pair perfectly with those fabrics. And boy do we have what quilting dreams are made of in the newest addition to our “Big Book” series! Fans of Civil War quilts and reproduction fabrics, this is […]


  2. Perfectly pieced Four Patches: Miss Rosie’s simple secret

    The Four Patch. It’s the first block many quilters learn to sew. It’s basic. It’s classic. It’s a great introduction to patchwork. Of course you know how to sew a Four Patch quilt block. But if you’re not sewing them like Carrie Nelson (aka Miss Rosie), there’s a new technique to learn! Ask most any […]


  3. Troubleshooting sewing-machine tension: 5 simple steps

    How can you get the perfect thread tension before you start machine quilting? Look no further than Lori Kennedy’s book Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3! In Lori’s book, you’ll learn all you need to know to create 61 whimsical motifs, including how to set up your machine, how to doodle to refine your technique, and yes—how […]


  4. Free sewing patterns for fall 🍂 autumn-inspired kitchen set

    Crunching leaves. Hot apple cider. Sweaters. The pumpkin patch! Perhaps an autumn chill isn’t in the air just yet . . . but it’s coming. And today we’ve got a great way to celebrate the cooler season on the way—with needle and thread, of course! Download the Harvest Spice Trio patterns for free when you […]


  5. Big blog hop! Piecing, quilting, and precuts (and a pincushion) + giveaway!

    It’s Martingale’s day on Christa Watson’s blog hop for her new book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts—welcome, everyone! I’m Karen Johnson, Martingale’s director of marketing. I’ll be your blog-hop host for today! The thing I love most about Christa Watson’s new book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts, is that she gives you a quilt to […]


  6. Weekend-wonder quilts for the back-to-school sewing pace (+ sale!)

    Is your town back to school yet, or are the kiddos heading back soon? That may mean less sewing time during the week—but you can make it all up on the weekend! If your next sewing splurge is planned for this weekend (or the next, or the next), now’s a great time to do a […]


  7. Best book for beginning quilters? Pat’s where it’s at (+ big giveaway!)

    Think back to when you were a beginning quilter (or maybe that’s right now). Wh0 do you wish you’d had to help you as you started on this whimsical, wonderful journey? After reading the new book we’re sharing with you today, we know wh0 we wish we’d had: PAT SLOAN! If you want to learn […]


  8. 2 tricks for how to paper piece quilt blocks: video

    Ever tried paper piecing? If you have, you know there’s no better technique for getting accuracy in your blocks. If you haven’t tried paper piecing, give it a shot! The benefit of pinpoint precision is worth a try. There are a few tricks that make paper piecing easier and more enjoyable. We caught up with […]


  9. Have you tried machine quilting panels for practice? (+ giveaway!)

    How are your free-motion machine-quilting skills coming along? If you need a little practice (don’t we all?), Pat Sloan has a smart little tip: practice your free-motion quilting on printed fabric panels. A free-motion-quilted panel from Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt Why practice on panels? In her book Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to […]


  10. What can you do with a charm pack? 8 fun projects to try

    Got a stack of charm packs but no inspiration in sight? Whether you’re an accumulator of precut charm squares or a saver of 5″ squares from your scraps, we’ve got bundles of “charming” ideas to get you sewing something fun! Pillow party ahead Charm squares needed: 42 In this cute Country Threads pillow, the raw […]