1. "Quilt Recipes" by Jen Kingwell: Baking and Stitching for the Holidays + An Upcoming Quilt Along

    Jen Kingwell, author of "Quilt Recipes," chats about why she was inspired to include treasured family recipes in her new book. Learn how she uses the quilt designs and dessert recipes in the book to add special, festive touches throughout the holidays. She also shares a special announcement about an upcoming quilt along….

    As Jen mentioned in the video, the details for the quilt along will be announced soon. The quilt along will be self-paced, so don’t worry if you don’t have your copy of "Quilt Recipes" yet! But DO make sure you place your preorder so you can reserve your copy and receive the book as soon as we get our shipment. (As you may know, our inventory of "Quilt Recipes" is stuck in transit, but have high hopes our ship will come in soon, and we will ship preorders ASAP.)

    Preorder your copy of "Quilt Recipes" from ShopMartingale.com so you can get the instructions for 12 pillow and quilt projects + 8 tasty dessert recipes + stitching and baking tips. Preorder link: https://www.shopmartingale.com/quilt-recipes.html

    In the mood to stitch projects that you can use to decorate (and gift) for the holidays? Check out the covers below for a few ideas, then view the entire collection of holiday and seasonal books available at ShopMartingale.com now!

    Happy stitching!

     


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  2. SHOP FOR BOOKS AT YOUR LOCAL QUILT SHOP!

    Support your local quilt shop this holiday season when you buy Martingale books.

    Why buy Martingale books at your local quilt shop?

    1. Shopping local helps keep your local quilt shop thriving.
    2. Local quilt shops are filled with quilters that are happy to help you choose just the right book and fabric combinations.
    3. Local quilt shops carry the specialty tools and notions used in many books, and their staff members can demonstrate how to use those tools!
    4. Books let you dream with your eyes open—and they make great gifts for your or any of the special quilters on your list.
    Happy holidays from the 18 employee-owners of Martingale. Our small business appreciates your support of Martingale publishing and local quilt shops worldwide.

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  3. Guest Post from Carrie Nelson: "Quilt Recipes" You Had Me at Hello….

     

    Join us for an insightful guest post from author and designer, Carrie Nelson, as she shares her first impression of Jen Kingwell’s new book, "Quilt Recipes."

     

    Do you remember the movie Jerry Maguire?  One of the famous lines is: “You had me at hello.”

    "Quilt Recipes."  As soon as I saw the cover… it was the loveliest of hellos.  When images from the book began being shared, it wasn’t a question of which quilt and recipe I wanted to make, it was which one would I make first.

    Daylesford.  Clopin.  Wensleydale.  Diamond Exchange.  I love them all, though Daylesford (pictured, below) is a favorite.

    But let me start with the food recipes – the sweets.  As I read through the recipes, I loved that they were the sort of thing my mother and grandmothers often made.  Simple, just sweet enough treats that were fancy enough for an after-dinner dessert, and perfect for an afternoon snack.  While I love everything chocolate, the first two recipes I’ve made are the Syrup Soaked Orange Cake and the Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.

    I’d share pictures but I might have had a few issues – the operator-error kind.  In short, I might have over-baked the cookies, and my first attempt at Glazed Orange Slices resulted in a rather messy pile.  Even someone with expert Photoshop skills couldn’t have done much to make my photos appealing.

    Despite those falters, both the cake and the cookies were very good, and quickly eaten.  And I will make both again soon.  Per Jen’s suggestion about options, I will leave out the raisins and add butterscotch chips.  I’ll let you know how both turn out.

    I’ve had a bit better luck with the sewing projects in the book.  For work, I was asked to make something for the catalog showing Jen’s next collection, The Lookout.  Because of time and size, I made the Love Letters pillow.

    Working from scraps leftover from cutting the reps’ samples, I chose to use just the pinks and yellows from the collection.  I also mixed in a few of Jen’s Low Volume Wovens for color and variety.

    Because Jen is a hand-quilter, I persuaded another devoted hand-quilter to quilt this for me.  Laurie Simpson.  That this finished pillow will always remind me of both of these lovely ladies makes the pillow extra-special.

    Just so you know, this block is easy to make.  But pay attention, at least when making the first couple.  I might have made one or two errors – yes, a seam ripper was required – but once I found a rhythm, I fell in love with making these blocks.  So much so that I have pieces for another pillow cut out.  (Maybe two… I have an idea for a variation.)

    This block would also make a spectacular, super-scrappy one-block quilt.  From scraps, Layer Cakes, leftover Jelly Roll strips, and all of the above.  That’s now on the list too.

    My version of Aunt Sukey’s is also in the works.

    I confess that I was very tempted to copy be inspired by Jen’s quilt made with Lollies.  Then I ran across a bundle I’d put together using shades of blue, navy, aqua, and citron.  The fabrics are from Linzee McCray’s Flowers for Freya, Robin Pickens’ Cottage Bleu, Zen Chic’s Dance In Paris, and Anne Sutton’s Crystal Lane.

    I’ve started cutting out the pieces for the flying geese units, and I think a scrappy binding might be in order.  So that I can put this on my bed, I’ll make five extra blocks for a square quilt.

    I knew from the pictures that I would love the book, but it’s even better than that.  What I have enjoyed the most is that the text and photography has given the book a personal feel.  It’s as though we’ve been invited into Jen’s home, where the aesthetic is a lovely mix of contemporary and traditional, where the feeling is warm and full of spirit.

    "Quilt Recipes" really did have me at hello.

    ~Carrie

    Want more fabulousness from Carrie Nelson? Check out her super popular book, "Pin Pals – 40 Patchwork Pinnies, Poppets, and Pincushions with Pizzazz." And sign up to receive Moda’s blog to learn more about Jen Kingwell’s upcoming fabric collection, The Lookout, as well as more inspiration and resources from the talented folks at Moda Fabrics.

    Preorder your copy of "Quilt Recipes" at ShopMartingale.com. Please note: our shipment of "Quilt Recipes" is experiencing a freight delay. The expected arrival and ship-to-you date is mid- to late December. We will ship "Quilt Recipes" preorders as soon as we receive them, but we cannot guarantee Christmas delivery.


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  4. 30% Off Stocking Stuffers and New-in-November Books!

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    Save 30% on stocking stuffers during our FLASH sale on ShopMartingale.com. But don’t delay and miss Santa’s sleigh, the sale ends tonight (Wednesday, November 10)! Make your list, check it twice, and buy yourself something nice!

    And if you need some new stockings to stuff or give as gifts, check out the "Cross-Stitch Christmas Countdown" booklet. Noted designer Susan Ache will help you put the merry in the season with original cross-stitch designs for two dozen 4″ x 10″ mini stockings. Combine decorative linen cuffs with whimsical cotton prints to make little stockings you can hang each day in December until the big day arrives.

    And don’t stop with the selection of 30% off books and stocking stuffers–make sure to check out the newest titles that are on their way to your local quilt shop, or straight to your mailbox when you place your order on ShopMartingale.com. If you spend $60 or more, we’ll pick up the tab for shipping (USA only).

    NEW NOVEMBER BOOKS:

    "Tabletop Stitchery" by Gail Pan

    It’s easy to see why so many stitchers have fallen in love with the artistry of Australian designer and author Gail Pan. Her embroideries are as sweet as birdsong on a summer morning, and in this follow-up to her previous best sellers she presents a dozen enchanting designs to top your table.

    Choose from a variety of shapes to suit your space–circles, squares, hexagons, and rectangles–and be inspired by projects ranging from dainty 8″ doilies to a charming 14″ x 33″ table runner. Gail includes full-size patterns and covers all the basics of hand embroidery, so you can relax and enjoy stitching each whimsical bird, basket, flower, and plump little pumpkin. Perfect for brightening your home throughout the year or bestowing as gifts, these designs will bring joy and beauty to any table.

     

    "Moda All-Stars – Soft Spot" compiled by Lissa Alexander

    With Soft Spot, it’s easy to show off your style at home, even if you’re short on time. Pillows don’t require much time or fabric, so go ahead and pile them on the sofa, stack them in a big basket, swap them out with the seasons–or change them for no reason!

    Besides adding punch to your decor, pillows offer excellent opportunities to try a variety of techniques. So why not experiment with a new-to-you shape, insert a zipper closure, dabble in a different color scheme, or add a touch of appliqué? The Moda All-Star contributors share their expert tips so you can become a pillow-making pro! You’ll learn how to make perfect pillow corners and gain insight on the benefit of quilting pillow tops. With so many fresh looks from your favorite designers, you’ll be living in cushioned comfort!

    The All-Stars are donating royalties from the sale of this book to Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit group that supports military, veterans, and first responders.

     

    "A Season in Blue" by Edyta Sitar for Laundry Basket Quilts

    Now more than ever, quilters appreciate the joy of immersing themselves in the beauty of quilts. Reveling in classic blue and white, acclaimed author and designer Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts shares an inspiring gallery of quilts photographed in a cabin nestled on a snow-capped mountain. Reflect on the beauty of blue-and-white quilts as you dream about your next quilt project. Each of the 16 patterns in the book captures Edyta’s signature style, and with her guidance, you, too, can create these stunning two-color quilts.

    Happy shopping! Happy saving! And happy stitching!


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  5. Save 30% on Our Top 10 Books of 2021 + HOT Recent Releases

    The ho, ho, holidays will be here with the next flip of the calendar, so shop now and save 30% on our best-selling books of 2021. Visit our flash sale page on ShopMartingale.com to fill your cart with in-stock books today! Act now: the 30% discount is valid through Wednesday, November 10, 2021. And remember, if you spend $60 or more, we’ll pay for shipping (USA only).

     

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    And if you already have all of the on-sale books in your quilting library, scroll down to learn more about a trio books that recently made their debut in quilt shops and on ShopMartingale.com–they’re sure to be chart toppers!

    NEW RELEASES:

    "A Quilting Life Planner and Workbook"  by Sherri L. McConnell

    Started a project but never got back to it? Know you have the perfect specialty ruler but aren’t sure where you put it? Need to buy backing for a quilt but can’t remember how much? Overwhelmed by your sewing space but don’t know where to begin to organize it? If you answered yes to any (or many) of these questions–help is in your hands!

    Expert planner and organizer Sherri McConnell of AQuiltingLife.com guides you step-by-step, sharing tips and resources so you can easily and efficiently organize your quilting projects, supplies, and time. Gain a complete perspective of the systems and ideas Sherri finds most helpful. Keep a thorough record of your quilting projects, patterns, tools, notions, and more. Track your progress. Learn how better organization can lead to more free time to sew.

    Build your skills as you work through the planner month by month. Don’t wait to get started (you fill in the months and dates). Organization isn’t a one-size-fits-all system, but the basic principles inside will help you develop the ideal program for YOU. Let’s get to work!

     

    "Buttermilk Basin’s Ornament Extravaganza II" by Stacy West

    Deck the halls, trim the tree, spruce up your packages . . . the options for displaying the 45 wool ornaments in this book are just about limitless! Author and designer Stacy West reveals a multitude of inspiring ideas that you can use to arrange your finished ornaments. Sure, they’re great hanging on the Christmas tree, but don’t stop there! You can tuck these fun-to-sew pieces into your holiday decor all around your house, give them as gifts, and use them to adorn packages.

    With this eagerly awaited sequel to Buttermilk Basin’s Ornament Extravaganza, you’ll be on your way to stitching a cookie tin full of festive ornaments in no time. All you need are some bits of wool, small buttons, and embroidery floss or pearl cotton, and you can re-create Stacy’s vintage look in your home.

    And since these tiny treasures are quick and easy, you’ll probably want to whip up a batch to give as gifts. Secret Santa recipients, teachers, friends, and family members will all be delighted to receive them!

     

    "Dear Jane" by Brenda Manges Papadakis

    Come join the celebration of the 25th anniversary edition of Dear Jane!

    Whether you have made The Quilt or are ready to make your first block, there’s something new in this book for you.

    The author, Brenda Manges Papadakis, delves into history, women’s rights, and the Civil War through her emotional letters to Jane A. Stickle. You’ll draw inspiration from and have admiration for the collection of 18 unique quilts, all influenced by Jane’s 1863 geometric wonder.

    This new edition of Dear Jane has tested and updated patterns. For the first time, the patterns in the book are the same as the Dear Jane EQ software. It has never been easier to make your own Jane.

    Perhaps you have seen some of the thousands of Dear Jane quilts on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook and want to create your very own. Brenda always says, “Everyone comes to Jane in their own time.” Your time is now!

    Connect with the global community of Janiacs and get started on your own Dear Jane masterpiece today!

    Visit ShopMartingale.com to order these three new books and shop our FLASH sale.


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  6. New and Upcoming Books: View our Updated Digital Catalog!

    We’ve updated our digital catalog of recent and upcoming releases on ShopMartingale.com. Download the catalog to get the scoop on books from new-to-us authors and distribution partners including:

    • Allison Jensen of Woodberry Way

    • Jina Barney and Lori Woods of Poppie Cotton

    • Jen Kingwell

    • Diane Brinton and Audrey Mann of The Cloth Parcel

    • and Brenda Manges Papadakis of "Dear Jane" fame!

    Plus, you’ll find fantastic new books from some of your favorite Martingale authors, such as (but not limited to):

    • Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin

    • Sherri L. McConnell of A Quilting Life

    • Gail Pan

    • Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts

    • Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson of Me and My Sister Designs

    • Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings

    • and many, many more!

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    Download the catalog, then visit us on ShopMartingale.com to order your favorites! And remember to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube to see sneak peeks and get info on all of our books, products, + our calendar!


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  7. Harvest the Savings: 30% Off Select Fall-Theme Books

    Autumn is upon us, and our Fall Flash Sale ends on Saturday, October 16! Scroll down to see a handful books that are harvest-worthy, then visit our sale page and save 30% on a baker’s dozen of fall-theme pattern books.

    Friday’s Featured Books:

    ^^Looking for some flexibility in your fall decor? Check out the Autumn Abundance Bedroom Set from "Simple Harvest" by Kim Diehl. The bed runner can do double duty as a door display! You’ll also get instructions for a trio of pillows and a curtain topper. In addition to the 19 spectacular projects, you’ll be delighted with Kim’s recipes and signature decorating tips.

    ^^Give your needles and threads a cozy home far away from the disarray of tangles and knots in the Autumn Sheaf Needle Keeper from "Stitches from the Harvest" by Kathy Schmitz. The 15 sweet and sentimental hand-embroidery projects highlight the warm colors and welcoming textures of autumn.

    ^^Try a new-to-you, layered-patchwork technique in designs from "Kansas Troubles Quilters Cozy Quilts and Comforts" by Lynne Hagmeier. The book includes 20 projects (traditional and layered patchwork) for less than $20–that’s less than a dollar per pattern! The Mending Fences wall hanging is a Jelly Roll- and fat eighth-friendly quilt, and the delightfully easy table runner is a perfect way to use up your Charm Squares.

    ^^Celebrate fall for all its lovely reasons with the Life is Good pillow from "Pure & Simple" by Maggie Bonanomi. Warm up any nook or cranny when you stitch the 17 primitive projects inspired by the seasons.

    ^^Soothe your soul with a host of handwork projects, including the Ball Jar Wall Hanging from "The Best of Buttermilk Basin" by Stacy West. The 17 projects include wool appliqué, embroidery, and quilting techniques that transform wool, cotton, and thread into a bevy of seasonal decor.

    Be sure to go the FLASH sale page to see all of the books included in our 30% sale. Happy stitching (and saving)!


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  8. 30% Off Select Books: Shop Our FLASH Sale!

    There aren’t many things that can beat snuggling on your couch with a fabulous fall quilt. It’s starting to feel more like fall, we’re kicking off our Fall Flash Sale today! Visit our sale page and save 30% on books that are filled with projects that you’ll fall for….Start shopping, get stitching, then kick back and relax with your awesome self this autumn!

    Click on the book covers below to see a video of all the projects from each of today’s featured books.

    "Pumpkin Hill" by Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Quilts

    "Autumn Bounty" by Renée Nanneman of Need’l Love

    "County Seat Quilts" by Julie Hendricksen and Vickie Gerike

    Want more? Go to our FLASH sale page on ShopMartingale.com to see all of the books included in the sale. And if fall isn’t your jam right now, maybe a couple new Christmas books will bring some cheer to your year!

    ^^From left: "Christmas Cheer" by Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin and "Cross-Stitch Christmas Countdown" by Susan Ache.

    Happy stitching!


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  9. Tips for Selecting Fabrics and Color Combinations with Jen Kingwell VIDEO

    Did you ever think that a 14-minute video could change your quilting life? Well, here you go! Build your color confidence with the help of "Quilt Recipes" author, Jen Kingwell, as she explains how she picks fabrics for her projects. She walks you through her tiered method (don’t worry, it’s not scary–it’s just a way to break down the steps) for selecting fabrics and choosing color combinations.

    (If the video doesn’t show up in your browser, click here to view the Tips for Choosing Color video with Jen Kingwell on our YouTube channel.)

    Join Jen in her Australia-based quilt shop, Amitié Textiles, as she does a step-by-step fabric pull to demonstrate how YOU can:

    • choose fabrics to create visual interest.

    • use her tiered method to provide sparkle.

    • achieve a scrappy–yet coordinated–look for your quilts.

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    Jen also details how she chose fabrics for the Diamond Exchange quilt pattern (pictured, above) from her new book, "Quilt Recipes". She explains how she balances print, color, and contrast, plus the perks of using a design wall.

    Preorder your copy of "Quilt Recipes" from ShopMartingale.com so you can get the instructions for Diamond Exchange + instructions for 11 additional pillow and quilt projects + 8 tasty dessert recipes + stitching and baking tips! Check out this video for a quick flip through of the 192-page hardcover book. Please note: Circumstances beyond our control have delayed delivery of "Quilt Recipes" to mid/late November. We apologize for the delay, and we appreciate your patience.

     


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  10. Q&A with "Quilt Recipes" author Jen Kingwell

    Join "Quilt Recipes" author, Jen Kingwell, in a new, exclusive video as she chats about her:

    • childhood, crafting influences, and first career.

    • first quilt project, and hanging out at a quilt shop.

    • path to publishing patterns and books.

    • vision for her new book.

    • go-to recipe for special family events.

    Jen also chats about the 12 patterns and 8 recipes included in "Quilt Recipes". Be sure to visit ShopMartingale.com to reserve your copy today!

    (If the video doesn’t show up in your browser, click here to view the Q&A video with Jen Kingwell on our YouTube channel.) Get the scoop and watch sneak peek trunk shows, plus project-based videos (featuring the styled photography) for all of our upcoming books when you visit our YouTube channel and click on the "subscribe" button.

    Friendly reminder: as we’re getting ready to flip the calendar in a few days, be sure to add the "2022 That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar" to your cart while you’re shopping at ShopMartingale.com.

    The wall calendar includes a 28-page booklet with complete instructions to make all 12 of the pictured projects, and plenty of space to make notes for activities, appointments, meetings, and special events. Click here to see a video slideshow of the projects included in the calendar. We’ve sold out of our calendar the last few years–don’t miss out on your chance to own one! Plus, the "2022 That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar" will make a great stocking stuffer for your quilting friends!


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