1. Semiannual Warehouse Sale: Precut Party! (don’t miss these $7 books)

    What’s your favorite fabric cut? Don’t pass up the chance to steal a deal on the precut-friendly books below—just $7 each!—filled with patterns that’ll give your fat quarters, squares, and strips a pretty place to call home.


    When your purchase totals $40 or more, we’ll pay your shipping in the USA!*


    Do you stash FAT QUARTERS?


    Fat-Quarter Favorites
    Fresh spins for your
    favorite fabric cut
    Scrappy Fat-Quarter Quilts
    From Fons & Porter’s
    Love of Quilting magazine
    Fat-Quarter Quickies
    Fast fat-quarter quilts
    from the Teacher’s Pet

    Triangle Surprise quilt
    Triangle Surprise by Edyta Sitar, from
    Scrappy Fat Quarter Quilts

    Do you stash CHARM SQUARES?


    Sew Charming
    For your charming
    5″ x 5″ packs
    Back to Charm School
    More charmers from
    Country Threads
    Country Threads Goes to Charm School
    Even more charmers
    from Country Threads!

    Vintage Hourglass and Four Patch quilt
    Vintage Hourglass and Four Patch from
    Sew Charming by Country Threads

    Do you stash ALL KINDS OF PRECUTS?


    Cotton Way Classics
    All-time favorites from
    Bonnie Olaveson
    Scrap-Basket Strips and Squares
    Round up your scraps,
    precuts, and stash fabrics!
    Scrappy & Happy Quilts
    Scrappy two-color and
    three-color quilt patterns

    Wildflowers quilt
    Wildflowers from
    Scrap-Basket Strips and Squares by Kim Brackett


    While supplies last, get any of these four gorgeous, photo-packed coffee-table books for just $10 EACH (regular price: $34.99). Order them just for you or buy them in multiples and give as gifts—there’s no better gift than the gift of inspiration!

    Martingale coffee-table books

    Visit this link to see all 100+ books in our
    semiannual warehouse sale—
    ONLY $7 EACH through Monday, September 23!

    Quiltfolk Magazine Issue 11: Southern CaliforniaSpecial Offer from our friends at Quiltfolk!

    Grab your copy of the (ad-free!) Southern California issue of Quiltfolk for just $22.00! When you do, you’ll be one of the FIRST people to receive an exclusive invitation to download a FREE 90-PAGE DIGITAL QUILTFOLK EXPLORER MAGAZINE that features a surprise international location. Explore a foreign city and its quilting community for FREE!


    As soon as the digital edition of Quiltfolk Explorer is ready,
    we’ll send you a link to download it.

    Have you shopped our warehouse sale yet? Tell us which books you scored in the comments!

    *Free shipping to USA only. All sales are final. Quantities limited to stock on hand. Note that eBooks are NOT included with the purchase of print books for the duration of the sale. Due to order volume, processing may take up to 15 days. (But our shipping department is top notch—your books will arrive as soon as humanly possible!)

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  2. 📚 It’s back! Semi-Annual Warehouse Sale starts TODAY 📚

    Our astonishing Semi-Annual Warehouse Sale starts
    right here, right now—you’ve just GOT to steal these deals!

    Add select books to your shopping cart at ShopMartingale.com for only $7 each. Choose from 100+ titles featuring the inspiring beauty and quality instruction you love in Martingale books.

    Browse the featured books below OR visit this link to see all discounted books. But don’t delay—quantities are limited and we can’t guarantee that we won’t run out of stock during this epic sale!

    >>> HEADS UP! Check the end of this post for more extraordinary deals
    on select coffee-table books AND books in our “Big Book” series! <<<

    When your purchase totals $40 or more, we’ll even pay for your shipping in the USA!*

    *Free shipping to USA only. All sales are final. Quantities limited to stock on hand. eBooks are NOT included with the purchase of print books for the duration of the sale. Due to order volume, processing may take up to 15 days. (But our shipping department is top notch—your books will arrive as soon as humanly possible!)

    Take a look at just a few of the books on sale through September 23, while supplies last:

    $7 quilting books: SEW MUCH to choose from!

    Moda All-Stars: All in a Row Again Cozy Quilts and Comforts Jo's Floral Album All for Fall
    Fat-Quarter Favorites Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Applique Pure & Simple French Farmhouse
    Civil War Remembered Civil War Legacies IV Sew Many Notions Sleigh Bells

    $7 sewing books: start your (sewing-machine) engines!

    Simple Applique A Change of Seasons Patchwork Loves Embroidery Windy City Bags

    $7 knitting & crochet books: start a new project (or a new hobby)!

    A to Z of Crochet
    20 Easy Knitted Blankets and Throws Sock-Yarn Shawls Pick Your Stitch, Build a Blanket

    But wait—we’ve got

    If you’ve ever swooned over our exquisite coffee-table books, now’s the time to treat yourself! While supplies last, get any of these four gorgeous, color-splashed, photo-packed volumes for just $10 EACH (regular price: $34.99). Order them just for you or buy them in multiples and give as gifts—there’s no better gift than the gift of inspiration!

    Coffee-table books from Martingale

    And guess what? Select titles from our best-selling
    “BIG Book” series are on sale too—just $10 EACH!

    Our “BIG Books” are packed with inspiration from some of today’s most popular designers, all for just pennies per pattern. Don’t miss your chance to stock up on select BIG Books through Monday, September 23:

    The Big Book of Scrappy Quilts The Big Book of Baby Quilts The Big Book of Nickel Quilts
    The Big Book of Little Amigurumi
    The Big Book of Crochet Stitches .
    The Big Book of Knitted Monsters


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  3. Learn how to make prairie points in just 2 minutes!

    >>> Stitch This readers, be sure to jump to the bottom of this post <<<
    for a VERY SPECIAL announcement!

    How to make prairie pointsLooking to spice up your quilting life during National Sewing Month, but want to keep things simple? We’d like to make a point about that—prairie points, that is!

    It’s so easy to add dimension and detail to your projects with adorable prairie points—just two folds and a press is all it takes. Today we’re sharing a quick video from Stitched So Sweet author Tracy Souza that’ll show you how it’s done. Learn how in just two minutes!

     Reading this post in email? Click here to view the video online.

    We have a feeling that these perfect little prairie points could become addictive—there are so many ways to polish up your projects with them. In Stitched So Sweet, Tracy sews prairie points:

    On pretty embroidered pillows:

    Prairie point pillows

    On the sides of this cute seasonal runner:

    Prairie point table runner

    And around the edges of this framed stitchery:

    Prairie point stitchery

    Stitched So SweetWe hope Tracy’s left you with visions of prairie points dancing through your heads! The possibilities for embellishing your projects with them are infinite.

    Have you used prairie points in your projects?

    • Yes, I love the dimension!
    • Not yet, but it looks easy-peasy—gotta give it a try!

    Tell us in the comments!

    Oh, and P.S., P.S., P.S.!!!

    Here’s your reminder, don’t delay:
    our Semi-Annual Warehouse Sale starts MONDAY!

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  4. Scrappy quilts – with a paint-by-numbers plan! (+ giveaway)

    Do you dream of making beautiful scrap quilts that are as easy as painting by numbers? Best-selling author Susan Ache will show you how!

    Quilt by Color

    Back to share her secrets for making astonishing scrap quilts, Instagram sensation Susan Ache (@yardgrl60) uses coordinated Moda Color Cuts bundles for a scrappy yet planned look. You can use Moda Color Cuts or substitute fabrics from your stash.

    From Quilt by Color

    Moda Color CutsSusan’s approach to fabric selection makes it a snap to re-create her coveted, spectacularly scrappy look. Just grab one or two (or more!) Color Cuts bundles to begin. Each bundle contains 12 different prints in a similar colorway. Prefer to use your stash fabrics? Simply use 12 greens or 12 blues or 12 grays that you have on hand. Either way, you’ll be ready to create Susan’s beautifully planned scrap quilts.

    We recently caught up with Susan and asked her about her latest book—here’s what she had to say!

    Susan AcheStitch This!: You are one prolific designer, releasing not one but two books in the past year! What inspired you to write Quilt by Color?

    Susan: When Moda Fabrics released Color Cuts bundles for the first time, I felt like I was shopping in a quilt shop. The fabrics consist of prints from different designers’ lines, all in a single color. That was genius for building my stash! Color Cuts make my stash shopping so much easier when I’m focusing on certain colors.

    ST!: What’s your designing process like—and where do you find your inspiration?

    Susan: I find inspiration everywhere. My favorite go-to spot is the produce department. There are some colors in fruits and vegetables that make my heart beat a bit faster. I keep my phone with me, and when I see colors that I may not have thought of side by side, I snap a picture.

    My inspiration really is about color, never the project. That part of designing seems to come to me while I’m piling fabrics together. That’s the best part about sorting fabrics by color—I can pull out stacks at a time and narrow my scattered thoughts down from there. I also spend way more time than I need to Googling vintage quilts. I can spend hours upon hours searching for something that catches my eye.

    Counting Stars quilt
    Counting Stars

    ST!: We know from your Instagram feed that you do all kinds of sewing. What other things do you create with needle and thread?

    Susan: I’m a crazy cross-stitch fanatic right now. I discovered Quaker Samplers, and there’s just something so satisfying about completing a little motif in a short time. I also have a stack of embroidery to get back to, and I will, but I’m more of a one-project-at-a-time crafter. Working through my cross-stitch patterns seems to be my focus now.

    ST!: Do you have a favorite quilt from your new book?

    Susan: It sounds silly to say, but every quilt in Quilt by Color is a favorite, for different reasons. Kaleidoscopic is a favorite because I’m in love with that block.

    Kaleidoscopic quilt

    Chiclets and Gumballs is a favorite because it was based on a scrap quilt that I designed some years ago—it was a blast to make.

    Chiclets and Gumballs quilt
    Chiclets and Gumballs

    Sprinkle with Pepper is also a favorite because it was the first time I made a Log Cabin quilt.

    Sprinkle with Pepper quilt
    Sprinkle with Pepper

    I could go on and on about why I love each quilt in Quilt by Color, but here’s the real reason I adore them all: each of the quilts in the book features fun blocks to make. I enjoy sewing a pattern over and over again if it’s fun and the results are happy. 

    ST!: What’s inspiring you right now?

    Susan: A couple of weeks ago I went through my pile of orphan blocks. Let me explain that—I make a quilt block most of the time to see if I want to make a ton of them for a quilt and to see if I can possibly make the construction easier. So, my orphan pile fills up baskets until they’re overflowing. Back to my inspired project. I pulled anything and everything that could be related to fall and started putting them on my design wall. Then the game changer came—I found my pile of Halloween quilt blocks. The project went from fall to Halloween in a blink of an eye! Now I’m just a few blocks away from sewing the sampler together.

    Susan’s Halloween sampler quilt (pattern not available)

    ST!: What’s your #1 tip for beginning quilters?

    Susan: Make practice blocks. I can’t say that enough, especially for getting to know your ¼" seam allowance. Use scraps, or use something you might not love as much as other fabrics in your stash, and then practice sewing the block. There is nothing more disappointing than completing a ton of quilt blocks and finding that they’re all the wrong size.

    ST!: Fingers crossed: will there be a quilt-along for Quilt by Color?

    Susan: I love hosting a quilt-along. It’s so much fun to see variations of my quilts done with such different colors. Maybe I should take an Instagram vote—and maybe we could get some thoughts right here. Leave a comment if you’re interested!

    Quilt by ColorThanks for sharing more about your new book with us, Susan!

    We have a copy of Quilt by Color to give away to someone today—could it be you? Answer our question in the comments to be automatically entered in our random drawing (and don’t forget to chime in about a quilt-along too!):

    To make a project from Quilt by Color, which fabrics would you choose?

    • My stash—it needs some busting.
    • Moda Color Cuts—oh boy do they look fun!
    • Both, as I plan to make more than one quilt from Susan’s new book!

    We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to dive into your stash—or your Color Cuts bundles!—and start one of Susan’s gorgeous quilts today, you can order Quilt by Color at our website and we’ll send you a link to download the eBook version for free.

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  5. 5 simple ways to organize fabric (that you can implement today 👍)

    Fabric organizationDo you suffer from SABLE syndrome (Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy)? If you do, you’ve come to the right place! To us, SABLE seems not so much a syndrome—it’s more of a sign. A GOOD sign that you’re a dedicated quilter who always has piles of muses at the ready. After all, when it comes to fabric, the more the merrier!

    Even if you’re new to stash building, it helps to keep your fabrics corralled so you can easily find what you want, when you want. So today we’re sharing a few easy-to-implement ideas for organizing fabric—because when you’ve got a system to help you keep track of all your treasures, you’ll be ready to sew whenever inspiration strikes!

    1.  Fold, fold, fold. When you fold your fabrics to a uniform size, they’re easier to stack (and prettier to look at). Follow these steps:• Use a 6″- or 8″-wide acrylic rotary-cutting ruler to wrap fabric around until the piece is fully folded around the ruler.

      • Slide the ruler out of the fabric until the folded piece measures to the uniform size you want (in this example, the fabric is folded to form a 5″ rectangle). Fold the fabric onto itself with the ruler still in place. The ruler’s edge will create a crisp fold.

      • Remove the ruler and fold the fabric onto itself, keeping the size of the fabric folds at 5″ (or whatever size you desire).

      Stack folded fabrics on a shelf, or stack them vertically in a basket or bin with the fold in the fabric facing front. And speaking of bins and baskets . . .

    1. Bins, baskets, and boxes, oh my! Containers of all sorts come in handy when organizing your stash, especially if you don’t have much room to spare. Matching containers are nice, but if the cost of buying several at a time is holding you back, take a look around the house—any container will do. From there you can organize fabric by color, size, style, or type of precut. Think about how you select fabrics for a quilt to determine which categories will work best for you. Whether you stack your containers in a closet, slide them under the bed, or place them on shelves in your sewing room, seeing your stash at a glance makes it easy to start a new project.
    1. A “shoe”-in for fat quarters. Amassed a LOT of single fat-quarter cuts over time? Kim Diehl’s clever idea for storing them is perfect—use an over-the-door shoe holder! Rolling or folding fat quarters uniformly will give your stash a tidy look.

    Fat-quarter storage ideas
    From Kim’s book
    Simple Appeal

    1. Scrap-happy solution. Because scraps tend to be small and oddly shaped, they can get lost in a shuffle of yardage or precuts. But sort them by color and put them in see-through glass jars? They become so pretty, you’ll want to put them on display.

    organizing fabric scraps

    1. Why organize when you can decorate? No need to hide away every fabric in a bin or basket—instead, turn your favorite cuts into a display you’ll love to show off. We adore what Sunday Best Quilts coauthor Sherri McConnell calls her “library stack” approach:

    Sew pretty, right? See Sherri’s blog post about how she organizes her sewing room

    Fear you’ll forget which fabrics go where? These handy printable stash labels are just what you need to bring order to cloth chaos. Print the labels on adhesive-backed sheets and press them onto shelves or containers (they’re compatible with the Avery 8161 label template). Or simply print, cut apart, and tape in place.

    Free printable fabric-stash labels
    Download your free printable stash labels now

    Now that you’ve got a fabric-storing plan, you’ll need some fabric-busting quilt patterns! Get a peek inside the books below by clicking on a cover:

    Stashtastic! Oh, Scrap! The Big Book of Fat-Quarter Quilts
    Stash Statement Scrap-Basket Strips and Squares Stash Lab

    Your stash: nice and neat or a beautiful mess? Tell us in the comments!

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  6. Pinnacle of patchwork: a fresh way to make 🍍Pineapple🍍 blocks (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Pier 44 quiltMany quilters aspire to sew a Pineapple quilt—and why not? Pineapple blocks are classic, timeless, and filled with delightful movement. You can create a streamlined color scheme or go wild with a variety of colors and patterns.

    When Sherri McConnell and Corey Yoder teamed up for their book Sunday Best Quilts, they gave each other a challenge: to make the quilts they’d always dreamed of making. Star quilts, red-and-white quilts, Christmas quilts, and Courthouse Steps quilts all made the list. And Pineapple quilts? Well, that was at the tippity-top!

    For Sherri, a super-scrappy version of a Pineapple quilt had always been on her “Sunday Best” list. Instead of cutting odd-shaped pieces and using templates, she decided to streamline the construction of the blocks by using paper foundations (the pattern is provided in Sunday Best Quilts). But she came across another construction method that simplified the process as well: the Pineapple Trim Tool by Creative Grids.

    Pier 44 quilt
    Sherri’s Pineapple quilt: Pier 44

    When we recently met up with Sherri, she showed us how easy the ruler is to use, churning out spectacular, perfectly square Pineapple blocks in a snap. Take a look!

     Reading this post in email? Click here to view the video online.

    Interested in learning more about the Pineapple Trim Tool? Check your local quilt shop or visit a shop online.

    Showing there’s more than one way to make a Pineapple quilt, Sunday Best Quilts coauthor Corey opted to make her version with an easy stitch-and-flip method:

    Dayflower quilt
    Corey’s Pineapple quilt: Dayflower

    Both quilts are gorgeous, don’t you agree?

    Speaking of bucket-list quilts, have you heard about the Sunday Best Quilts Sampler Sew-Along? Check out the bottom left-hand corner of the sampler quilt you’ll be making when you join the fun—yep, pretty Pineapples!

    Sunday Best Quilts Sew-Along sampler quilt

    The sew-along kicks off Friday, September 27, and runs through December 20, and you’ll be making one block per week. Visit Sherri’s blog, A Quilting Life, and Corey’s blog, Coriander Quilts, for all the details!

    Now for some more fun news: we received from our friends at Moda Fabrics two beautiful fat-quarter bundles of Sherri’s and Corey’s latest lines—and we’re giving them both away today! Sherri’s new line is called Harper’s Garden; Corey’s is called Sugarcreek.

    To enter your name into the random drawing to win a fat-quarter bundle from Moda and a copy of Sunday Best Quilts from Martingale, tell us in the comments:

    Sunday Best QuiltsWhich type of quilt is highest on your “Sunday Best” list?

    • Star quilt
    • Scrappy quilt
    • Red-and-white quilt
    • Christmas quilt
    • Pineapple quilt
    • Courthouse Steps quilt

    (Pssst . . . You’ll find two patterns for each type of quilt above in Sunday Best Quilts!)

    We’ll choose two random winners one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to start your own bucket-list quilt with Corey and Sherri by your side, order Sunday Best Quilts at our website and we’ll send you a link to download the eBook version for free.

    Comments are closed for this post.

    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winners are Joyce and Evelyn.

    Joyce says: “The type of quilt highest on my ‘Sunday Best’ list is Star quilts. Thank you for the chance.”

    Evelyn says: “Stars and scrappies. Better yet, a scrappy star quilt! Thanks for a great giveaway.”

    We’ll email you about your prizes, ladies—congratulations!

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  7. Turn over a new leaf 🍂🍁🍂 We’re SEW ready for autumn!

    From Simple Harvest by Kim DiehlWho’s looking forward to autumn? 🍂🍁🍂

    A cooled-down crisp in the air, the crunch of leaves under your feet, a mug of apple cider to warm cold hands, and the first blaze of flames at the hearth—oh yes, we are looking forward to autumn!

    If you’re eager to spruce up your spaces with the colors and motifs of the coming season, let the projects below help you sew something special. Ring in autumn with a cozy quilt, a wooly wonder, or a little pumpkin spice—and cuddle up with a new quilt book too!

    Dance of the Autumn Leaves from All for Fall by Bonnie Sullivan:

    Dance of the Autumn Leaves Table Topper

    Framed Seasonal Basket from Stitched So Sweet by Tracy Souza:

    Framed Seasonal Basket

    Grandmother’s Pride from Autumn Bouquet by Sharon Keightley:

    Grandmother's Pride Quilt

    Autumn Sheaf Needle Keeper from Stitches from the Harvest by Kathy Schmitz:

    Autumn Sheaf Needle Keeper

    Farmer’s Stand Wall Hanging from Pat Sloan’s Celebrate the Seasons:

    Farmer's Stand Wall Hanging

    October Twilight Quilt from Simple Harvest by Kim Diehl:

    October Twilight Quilt

    Building Blocks from Kansas Troubles Quilters Prairie Life by Lynne Hagmeier:

    Building Blocks Quilt

    Celebration Banner from Changing Seasons by Gail Pan:

    Celebration Banner

    Which season does your fabric stash most resemble?

    • Winter
    • Spring
    • Summer
    • Fall

    Tell us in the comments!

    Happy fall (soon), y’all!

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  8. Wish List Day! Cake, wool, stars, and a little farmstead living (+ giveaway!)

    Welcome to Wish List Day at Stitch This! We’re SEW excited to introduce you to new Martingale books coming your way in October. 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 of the month at the end of this post!

    Subscribe to our blog and you’ll always be first to see new Martingale books, plus special sales, freebies, tutorials, and more.

    Moda All-Stars: Mix It Up!Moda All-Stars: Mix It Up!
    16 Quilts from Cake Mix & Cupcake Mix Papers
    Compiled by Lissa Alexander

    This fun approach to patchwork takes the cake! If you can sew a straight line, you can make every gorgeous quilt in this book. All you need is a pack of Cake Mix Papers (for 10″ squares) or Cupcake Mix Papers (for 5″ squares), a stack of fabrics, and Moda All-Stars: Mix It Up!, and you’re set to sew. Simply stitch on the dotted lines, cut on the solid lines, remove the easy-tear paper, and voilà, you’re on your way to beautiful quilt blocks!

    From Moda All-Stars: Mix It Up!

    See more from Moda All-Stars: Mix It Up! >>>

    Wool, Needle & ThreadWool, Needle & Thread
    The Go-To Guide for Wool Stitchery
    Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings

    Welcome to beloved designer Lisa Bongean’s private classroom! Ditch the trial-and-error and learn, from Lisa’s decades of experience, how she creates her exquisite stitcheries step by step: wool appliqué, embroidery, and more. Filled with close-up photos of Lisa’s hands working her magic, this book will help you master each technique down to the tiniest detail. Also included are five sweet projects to make, rounding out this jam-packed volume that will teach you how to start, stitch, and finish your projects more accurately, more confidently, and more beautifully than ever before.

    From Wool, Needle & Thread

    See more from Wool, Needle & Thread >>>

    Patches of StarsPatches of Stars
    17 Quilt Patterns and a Gallery of Inspiring Antique Quilts
    Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts

    The third book in Edyta Sitar’s best-selling “Patches” series celebrates a quintessential quiltmaking motif: the star. Star blocks first take center stage in a gallery of breathtaking antique quilts, from modest, make-do designs to astonishing showstoppers. Then, Edyta shares instructions for 17 star-studded quilts, many inspired by her antiques collection. From humble Sawtooth Star to dazzling renditions of Lone Star, Feathered Star, and more, the latest book from Laundry Basket Quilts will inspire you to reach for the stars.

    From Patches of Stars

    See more from Patches of Stars >>>

    Little Farmstead LivingLittle Farmstead Living
    Creating a Country Life Just Past the City Limits
    Julie Thomas

    A home tells a story; it should be a celebration of the family that resides there. For Instagram influencer (@littlefarmstead) and lifestyle blogger Julie Thomas, family and friends are at the center of it all. Through stories of transforming a fixer-upper into a charming farmhouse for her loved ones to enjoy, Julie reveals dozens of simple ways that anyone can bring warmth, joy, and meaning to their everyday homes. From farmhouse gatherings to seasonal decorating—plus a chapter on making Christmas magic—this beautiful and practical hardcover volume is one you’ll turn to again and again. Whether smack in the city, out in the country, or living life in the suburbs, anyone can begin creating the home of their dreams . . . in the space they live in now.

    See more from Little Farmstead Living >>>

    Which new book would make your October awesome? Tell us in the comments and you could win it when it’s released! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    By the way . . . September’s new releases
    are available TOMORROW!

    Quilt by Color Perfectly Pretty Patchwork Third Time's a Charm

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  9. NEW from Sue Spargo: write, sketch, draw, and dream 💭💭💭 (+ giveaway!)

    Itching to make time to do some planning, doing, and dreaming? World-renowned textile artist Sue Spargo will inspire you to do it all in her Creative Sketchbook and Journal.

    Sue Spargo's Creative Sketchbook and Journal

    Among more than 150 close-up, color-drenched photos of Sue’s incredible stitcheries is a mix of lined pages, graphed pages, and blank pages that offer plenty of space for you to get in touch with your creative side.

    From Sue Spargo's Creative Sketchbook and Journal

    Sue Spargo's Creative Sketchbook and JournalPhotos capture Sue’s incredible stitcheries in glorious detail—you’ll want to quickly head for needle and thread! Use this beautiful volume as a traditional journal, a sketchbook, a place for doodles, lists, and project ideas—or use it in all of these ways. Capture inspiration whenever it strikes; a take-along size makes it easy to do. Patterns not included.

    Take a sneak peek inside Sue’s journal in the video below:

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    Sue Spargo's Creative Sketchbook and JournalWe’ve got a copy of Sue’s Creative Sketchbook and Journal to give away to one winner today! To enter your name in the random drawing, tell us in the comments:

    If I had Sue’s Creative Sketchbook and Journal, I’d fill it with:

    • Ideas for future projects
    • Sketches of stitcheries I want to create
    • Prose about my patchwork
    • All of the above!

    We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck to all! And if you want to start a new journaling journey with Sue right now, you can order your copy of the journal at our website, ShopMartingale.com.

    Comments are closed for this post.

    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Camilla, who says:

    “This is stunning! I would use it to plan future projects. My husband would prefer that I use it to complete my current projects. Ha!!”

    We’ll email you about your prize, Camilla—congratulations!

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  10. Best way to piece quilt batting: 5 quick-and-easy ideas from us!

    Raise your hand if you keep the bits of batting left over from your finished (or almost-finished) quilt projects.

    Hey, that’s a lot of hands! ✋🏿✋🏼✋🏽✋🏻✋🏾

    You’d see the same ratio of hands raised here in the Martingale office. Like scrap-saving quilters of the past, many of us subscribe to this familiar adage:

    After all, it’s in quilters’ blood to save all the bits and pieces!

    But how can you use leftover batting to make a quilt—particularly if that batting is smaller than your new quilt? You make a patchwork batting, of course!

    We asked Martingale staffers about the best way to piece quilt batting, and here’s what they shared.

    Jennifer, publisher and chief visionary officer, says, “(1) Layer two pieces of batting with the edges you want to join overlapped. (2) Cut a gently curving, wavy line across the overlap, cutting through both layers of batting. (3) Remove the excess at each end and abut the cut edges. You may wish to join the cut edges with a wide zigzag stitch—or just abut and baste your quilt sandwich. Cutting a wavy edge avoids producing a hard line where the batting pieces abut, which would be more likely to create a crease or fold line in your quilt over time.”

    Karen, content director, says, “I often piece batting because invariably you have leftover pieces from the side(s) of a quilt, especially when you purchase packaged batting that doesn’t necessarily match the quilt size you’re making. I especially use up leftover pieces of batting when making small quilts, because joining smaller pieces is very manageable. The quick method I use is great for small quilts that you can store flat, or for utility quilts, where straight-edge abutting (vs. wavy-edge abutting) of the batting pieces is less of a concern. Here’s what I was taught to do many years ago:

      1. Because batting edges are rarely cut straight, lay the 2 pieces you want to join on your cutting mat so that their edges overlap completely. It can be by just a little bit, but they should overlap the entire length.
      1. Use your rotary cutter to cut along the overlap. It doesn’t matter if the newly cut edge wobbles. (See Jennifer’s wavy line!)
      1. Remove the skinny piece cut off of each larger batting piece and butt the freshly cut edges together. They now fit perfectly with no overlapping.
      1. By hand, whipstitch the edges together. These can be large stitches, a couple of inches apart. When you reach the end, whipstitch back up the seam, creating big Xs of stitches.
      1. Carefully pick up the joined batting and place it on your backing fabric, smoothing it out as you go. Make sure the join is smooth and flat with no overlap lumps!

    You can machine stitch the batting pieces together, but for me, it’s harder to keep the freshly cut edges even. Plus, the machine stitching makes more of an indentation in the batting, which may be noticeable in the finished quilt.”

    Virginia in purchasing/accounting says, “I’m old school when it comes to piecing batting. I line two pieces of batting up end to end and use a hand-sewn hem stitch to reduce seam bulk, which creates a smoother seam.”

    Cornelia, senior customer-service representative, says: “I’m a big fan of fusible-batting tape. There are quite a few brands out there nowadays. Just layer two pieces of batting and rotary-cut through both layers to create a straight edge (this way your cuts match up). Place the cut edges side by side; then lay the fusible-batting tape on top of the seam and hit it with your iron!”

    Regina, marketing graphic designer, says, “I butt the two pieces of batting with long edges together and stitch the seam with a large zigzag stitch and light-colored thread.”

    How’s that for a wealth of pieced-batting tips, from right here in our office? Raise your hand again if you found our tips helpful!

    Your turn: do you piece your batting, and if so, how do you do it? Share your approach in the comments!

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