1. Quiz: Your Quilting Tastes Will Reveal Which Book You Should Get Next 📖😍📖

    So many quilt books, so little time!

    With so many wonderful quilt books to enjoy, it can be a challenge to narrow down which quilt books are right for you and your creativity. That’s why we created a little quiz that we hope will do just that.

    Simply follow this link to take our quick quilt-book quiz. Let us know how the quiz worked for you in the comments!

    Quilt book quiz


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  2. Equilateral triangle quilt tutorial: WAY easier than you might think! (video)

    equilateral triangles quilt tutorialTriangles are a staple shape in so many quilts, and if you’re a confident beginner, it’s likely you’ve already sewn lots of them. They’re everywhere! But have you tried sewing equilateral triangles—where all sides and angles are the same size?

    Equilateral triangles (also called 60-degree triangles) are used in all kinds of quilts, including the classic Thousand Pyramids design. And there are a lot of ways to sew them. But we think Terry Atkinson, author of the new book Follow Your Heart, may have the easiest way of all! Check out her approach in her equilateral triangle quilt tutorial:


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    See? No need to be terrified of those triangles after all!

    Terry’s got a variety of pretty quilts in Follow Your Heart that will tempt you to practice your 60-degree skills:

    Turn Lane Table Runner
    Turn Lane Table Runner

    Evening Sky Quilt
    Evening Sky

    Follow Your Heart Sampler Quilt
    Follow Your Heart Sampler Quilt

    She includes quilts featuring her smart triangle techniques for flying-geese units too:

    Blue Spruce Table Runner
    Blue Spruce Table Runner

    City Streets Quilt
    City Streets

    Follow Your HeartHave you worked with equilateral triangles before? 

    • Yes, and I’ve sewn them just like Terry!
    • Yes, although I used a different technique.
    • Not yet, but Terry’s triangle quilts are super cute!

    Tell us in the comments!


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  3. 14 little ways to meet quiltmakers from the past (+ giveaway!)

    Re-create a little piece of history with Sheryl Johnson, owner of Temecula Quilt Co. and author of Quirky Little Quilts!

    Returning to Temecula

    Sheryl is back with her interpretations of authentic quilts from yesteryear in Returning to Temecula. Her all-new patterns for 14 little quilts capture the make-do spirit of quilters from the past.

    From Returning to Temecula

    From beginner-friendly blocks and scrap-friendly samplers to beautiful appliqué and crazy piecing, these personality-packed patterns invite you to play with classic blocks:

    Lovely Ladders quilt
    Lovely Ladders

    Unexpected block pairings:

    Building Blocks quilt
    Building Blocks

    And distinctive color blends:

    Kenny's Courthouse quilt
    Kenny’s Courthouse

    We asked Sheryl a few questions about her latest book, her love of antiques, and whether or not she’ll host a sew-along for Returning to Temecula (we want one!). Read her answers below.


    Stitch This!: You recently wrapped up a fun quilt-along for your first book, Quirky Little Quilts. What inspired you to write Returning to Temecula?

    Sheryl: There always seems to be just one more little vintage quilt that I want to reproduce. Returning to Temecula is full of quilts that I just couldn’t resist making. I’m so excited for readers to come back to Temecula for more of the special quilts that have become my hallmark.

    ST!: You often gather inspiration from antique quilts—what’s your designing process like once you fall in love with a vintage quilt?

    Sheryl: I love the search! My stash is not that large, but I love to dig through it trying to find the perfect fabrics to re-create a new project. If the quilt is simple, I just dig right in and start making blocks. I have tried to slow down and take notes as I go, but sometimes, I feel like that ruins the creative process.

    Citrus Circles quilt
    Citrus Circles

    ST!: What’s the most important part of the designing process for you, and what’s the most fun?

    Sheryl: I think the most important part of the process is getting the pattern right and making it simple enough so that others can make it without frustration. No one wants to be irritated when they are making a quilt! I enjoy all aspects of the process, but I think my favorite part is the machine piecing.

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

    Sheryl: Don’t be intimidated by little pieces. They really are simple and the results are so darn cute! All the quilts in Returning to Temecula are written to give you room to square up your blocks, and they all go together simply. Just give it a try!

    Patchwork Plates quilt
    Patchwork Plates

    Fingers crossed: will there be a sew-along for Returning to Temecula?

    Sheryl: I am working on a fun Scavenger Hunt Sew-Along. Follow the clues and make a completely new quilt using components from Returning to Temecula. My Scavenger Hunt Sew-Along will begin on my blog in January 2020, so be sure to get your copy of Returning to Temecula—maybe add it to your Christmas wish list!

    Returning to Temecula Sew-Along sneak peek
    Sneak peek at January’s sew-along


    Returning to TemeculaThank you for sharing more about your new book, Sheryl!

    We have a copy of Returning to Temecula to give away today! To enter our random drawing, tell us in the comments:

    Antique quilts: own some, want to own some, or want to remake some?

    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 return to Temecula today, you can purchase Returning to Temecula at our website and we’ll send you a link to download the eBook version for free.


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  4. NO knots on the back of your embroidery. NONE. Watch how it’s done (video 🎬)

    Embroidery from Stitched So SweetHow can you embroider without any knots to hold your stitches in place?

    It’s totally doable . . . and it’s as easy as can be!

    Knots on the back of your work can make the front of your work look lumpy and bumpy. Thread tails can show through to the front of your work too. After all the care you put into your embroidery, you want it to look polished and professional. And today Stitched So Sweet author Tracy Souza is sharing a simple technique that will help you do just that!

    Tracy SouzaAbout the technique in the video below, Tracy says:

    “Several years ago while I was teaching a class, one of my students taught me this handy trick for stitching without knots on the back of my work. It’s by far one of my favorite methods for keeping my work neat and tidy.”

    Watch the clever how-to:


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    What about when it’s time to end your stitching? Tracy says, “When you’ve completed the embroidery or you’re near the end of the floss, stop when you have 2″ to 3″ of floss. Then weave the thread through the back of the stitches.” (Check out a video about that technique here.)

    Now that you’re ready to say so-long to knots, take a look at all the pretty embroidery you can enjoy in Stitched So Sweet:

    Make a whimsical quilt that features the four seasons:

    Thread and Whimsy wall quilt Thread and Whimsy wall quilt
    Thread and Whimsy Quilt

    Or stitch an embroidered runner, Log Cabin style:

    Seasons of Whimsy table runner Seasons of Whimsy table runner
    Seasons of Whimsy Table Runner

    Or perhaps you’ll embroider a pretty prairie-point pillow (or two or three?):

    Spooling Around pillow Spooling Around pillows
    Spooling Around Pillows

    Note: soon we’ll be sharing another video from Tracy on how she makes her cute prairie points, so be sure to subscribe to Stitch This! so you don’t miss it!

    See more from Stitched So Sweet >>>

    Stitched So SweetHow do you typically start and end your embroidery stitches?

    • The no-knot way, just like Tracy.
    • I’ve been using a quilter’s knot, but this tutorial has changed my mind!
    • Any way I can . . . 😂

    Tell us in the comments!


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  5. 🎬 Video: how to do lettering on quilts (say it with your sewing!)

    Lettering on quiltsTake our *word* for it—you’re gonna love today’s new video!

    Text It! author Sherri Noel is a whiz when it comes to adding words to quilts. In her fun book, she shares a variety of ways to add letters to projects, from baby, lap, and bed quilts to cute pillows. With her simple techniques, you can say anything, from “Happy Birthday!” to “I Love You” and any sentiment in between. The message is up to you—and with seven different alphabets to choose from, the sky’s the limit!

    We recently sat down with Sherri to learn one technique she shares in Text It!—Bias-Strip Letter Appliqué. We thought the steps sounded easy enough, but when we saw how to do lettering on quilts using the technique, we realized that even a beginner could get great results. Take a look at Sherri’s method and see for yourself!


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    As you can see, it’s easier than ever to express yourself in fabric!

    Text It!In addition to the bias-strip method, Text It! includes fusible appliqué, needle-turn appliqué, and English-paper-piecing techniques. You can mix and match lettering styles—choose from print and cursive. Make any of the 10 projects in the book with sayings as shown, or personalize your projects with one-of-a-kind wordplay.

    Fonts in Text It!
    Examples of the seven fun fonts in
    Text It!

    Make a Text It! project for Baby:

    Counting Sheep quilt
    Counting Sheep

    For the bride and groom:

    Infinity quilt
    Infinity

    For someone you love:

    Loving You quilt
    Loving You

    Or create a message just for fun!

    Life is Short quilt
    Life is Short

    What saying would you share on a Text It! quilt? Tell us in the comments!


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  6. Put a little romance back in your life – and your precious scraps too (+ giveaway!)

    Fall in love with romantic quilts—perfect for your reproduction stash!

    Autumn Bouquet

    The collection of dreamy quilts in Autumn Bouquet bursts with fabrics from the scrap basket. Classic patchwork provides a backdrop for pretty flowers and twining vines, all made easy with machine appliqué. Learn two ways to prepare appliqués, plus tips and tricks for setting up your machine for appliqué success.

    From Autumn Bouquet

    Dozens of close-up photos reveal secrets for mingling antique-style fabrics ranging from blushing pinks and soft purples to rich golds, red, and browns. From small wall quilts to lap-sized designs, this bouquet of quilts is simple to sew—yet so extraordinary, the quilts you make will be handed down from generation to generation.

    Purple Daisies quilt
    Purple Daisies

    We’re thrilled to introduce you to Autumn Bouquet author Sharon Keightley today—she’s here as our guest writer to tell us about her gorgeous new book!


    Sharon KeightleyIt gives me great pleasure to share the patterns in my new book, Autumn Bouquet. Every one of these quilts is a favorite, and each was a joy to make. I hope you’ll choose a pattern you like, take out your scrap bins, and find treasures you had long forgotten. Locating those long-lost special fabrics, ones I couldn’t bear to throw away, and incorporating them into a quilt is something I love.

    Recollecting who we were thinking of and what we were doing as we made a quilt turns each one into a memory keeper. If I had to choose among the quilts in Autumn Bouquet, I’d say Goose Crossing has a large part of my heart.

    Goose Crossing quilt
    Goose Crossing

    Detail of Goose Crossing quiltFor a long time I collected scraps and made Flying Geese blocks with them, knowing that they would someday go into a quilt. After laying out the blocks, the quilt still seemed to need something. Appliqué was the perfect fit. I was so glad this quilt made it on the book’s cover.

    Another quilt that was made in the same manner—Treasures from the Scrap Bin—found me making cute little Shoo Fly blocks, and then adding appliqué in the border to give the quilt the punch it needed.

    Treasures from the Scrap Bin quilt
    Treasures from the Scrap Bin

    Appliqué is always a favorite part of a quilt for me. I give two appliqué methods in the book, along with everything I know about stitching invisibly by machine to get the hand-sewn look that I love. Or, if you like, you can sew the appliqué by hand. I’ve also included quilts without appliqué for those who prefer to piece only, although I hope you decide to give the appliqué a go!

    Itty Bitty Roses quilt
    Itty Bitty Roses

    Autumn Bouquet has something for everyone, and I hope you enjoy making the quilts as much as I did.

    Visit Sharon’s blog: SharonKeightleyQuilts.com
    Follow Sharon on Instagram • Follow Sharon on Youtube


    Watch Sharon share a bit about how she creates her appliqués in the video below:


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    Autumn BouquetThank you for sharing a few favorites from your new book, Sharon!

    We have a lovely new copy of Autumn Bouquet to send to one random winner today! To add your name to the drawing, tell us in the comments:

    How do you prefer to appliqué?

    • I like the relaxing, slow-and-steady pace of needle-turn appliqué.
    • I like using the back-basting appliqué method.
    • Machine appliqué: fun and done!

    We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’d like to start one of Sharon’s projects above right away, order Autumn Bouquet at our website and we’ll send you a link to download the eBook for free.


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  7. 35 Ways for Quilt-Industry Hopefuls to Break into the Business

    Ever wanted to break into the quilting industry with your designs, your inventions, or your business savvy? At Fall 2019 Quilt Market in Houston, Texas (October 25–28), there’s a new event that can give you the tools to make it happen: Threads of Success!

    Sponsored by Quilts, Inc., Threads of Success is a unique conference bringing industry hopefuls together with industry leaders of today. The conference will run concurrently with Quilt Market and will feature sessions, networking events, and lectures geared specifically toward new or budding entrepreneurs.

    Thirty-five breakout sessions will provide content for the four Focus Tracks:

    • Fabric Designers
    • Pattern Designers
    • Writers/Teachers
    • Retailers/Inventors

    Additional offerings include copyright law and accounting/finance concepts. Three breakfasts and two luncheons will feature keynote speakers who are leaders in the industry and beyond. You’ll also get the chance to walk the Market floor with mentors on the final day of the show.

    35 SESSIONS • 4 KEYNOTES • 22 SPEAKERS • 4 FOCUS TRACKS
    SEE THE FULL THREADS OF SUCCESS SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

    We’re proud to announce that Martingale’s Publisher and Chief Visionary Officer, Jennifer Keltner, will speak at Threads of Success about a subject near and dear to her heart: publishing one-of-a-kind books. With 30 years in publishing, Jennifer has experience in editorial, management, and marketing. She joined Meredith in 2000, overseeing American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilt Sampler, and Quilts and More magazines. With Martingale since 2014, Keltner has focused on strategic editorial planning that has garnered key partnerships with industry leaders. She is currently serving as President of the International Quilt Association.

    In her Threads of Success session, Jennifer will speak about publishing models, pitches and proposals, and how publishing a book can help develop designer careers.


    At Threads of Success you’ll get answers to questions, network with others facing similar challenges, learn to avoid expensive mistakes, explore how to market yourself and your talents, and learn to manage your money and business. In addition, you’ll gain knowledge on how to move from hobby to business, get your work published, increase your online presence, expand your creative and business networks, and gain unprecedented access to the hub of the quilting industry. Learn more about registering for Threads of Success here.

    Are you a budding designer, or do you have a promising business in the quilting industry? What’s your specialty—or what’s your dream? Tell us in the comments!


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  8. Wish List Day! Scrappy color, cheerful charms, and pretty patchwork (+ giveaway!)

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

    Welcome to Wish List Day at Stitch This! We’re SEW excited to introduce you to new Martingale books coming your way in September. 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.


    Quilt by ColorQuilt by Color
    Scrappy Quilts with a Plan
    Susan Ache

    Make beautiful scrap quilts that are easy as paint by numbers! Best-selling author and Instagram sensation Susan Ache (@yardgrl60) is back to share her secrets for making astonishing scrap quilts. Susan uses coordinated Moda Color Cuts bundles for a scrappy yet planned look. Just grab one or two (or more) Color Cuts bundles to begin.

    From Quilt by Color

    See more from Quilt by Color >>>


    Third Time's a CharmThird Time’s a Charm
    21 Colorful Options for Charm-Pack Quilts
    Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson of Me and My Sister Designs

    Enjoy seven adorable charm-quilt patterns plus 21 fantastic looks from the queens of quick-and-easy quilts! This cute collection of seven make-in-a-weekend quilts starts with charms, tempting little packs of 5″ fabric squares. Projects are perfect for table toppers, wall hangings, baby quilts, and more.

    From Third Time's a Charm

    See more from Third Time’s a Charm >>>


    Perfectly Pretty PatchworkPerfectly Pretty Patchwork
    Classic Quilts, Pillows, Pincushions & More
    Kristyne Czepuryk of Pretty By Hand

    Think beyond the quilt! Sew classic blocks into beautiful quilts; then feature the same block (often in a different size) in a variety of pretty accents and accessories. Choose from 16 captivating patterns, including a sunny mini-quilt, a decorative throw, a happy tote, and a trio of pincushions. Packed with tips for those who are new to sewing dimensional items!

    From Perfectly Pretty Patchwork

    See more from Perfectly Pretty Patchwork>>>


    Which new book would make your September sublime? 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 . . . August’s new releases are available TODAY!

    Autumn Bouquet Returning to Temecula Bowl Me Over Sue Spargo's Creative Sketchbook and Journal


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  9. Celebrate the New Year early 🎉 2020 quilt calendar is here! 📅

    Why are we celebrating 2020 sooo early? Because Martingale’s 2020 That Patchwork Place® Quilt Calendar has arrived!

    2020 That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar

    From the 2020 That Patchwork Place Quilt CalendarWe’re commemorating 18 years of publishing this pretty and practical calendar. It’s become a favorite of quilters worldwide! Whether it graces your kitchen, office, or sewing room, the 2020 That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar will show off your love of the craft year-round. As always, complete instructions for each project are included in the enclosed 28-page pullout booklet.

    Enjoy projects, featured in gorgeous photography, from favorite Martingale authors including Kim Diehl, Betsy Chutchian, Lissa Alexander, Carol Hopkins, and Sandy Klop. Here’s a quick look at each design:

    Projects in the 2020 That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar

    This year’s calendar is more beautiful and more gift-able than ever. Give one to yourself; then treat a quilty friend!

    From the 2020 That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar

    Thinking of waiting to order your calendar for next year? Don’t!
    If last year is any indication, they’ll be SOLD OUT before Thanksgiving . . .

    2020 That Patchwork Place Quilt CalendarWe have a copy of the 2020 That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar to give away to one winner today! To be entered into the random drawing, tell us in the comments:

    Where will you hang your 2020 calendar?

    We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck—and cheers to 2020!

    Comments are closed for this post.

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

    “I will hang this awesome calendar in my front room by the front door so all that enter will be able to see it. I’ll even let them take it down to look through the pages at the beautiful quilts inside.”

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


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  10. An easier way to applique: stitch-and-flip method (must-see video 🎬)

    Stitch and Flip method for appliqueIf you feel like your hand appliqué isn’t as precise as you’d like it to be, today’s post is for you!

    Stitched from the Heart author Kori Turner-Goodhart was in the same boat: she felt that her traditional needle-turn appliqué lacked finesse—until a change of technique allowed her to create out-of-this-world appliqué. Here’s what she had to say about it.

    Kori Turner-Goodhart“The perfectionist in me wants my appliqué shapes to be exactly like the pattern. My mom taught me a method that I love. We call it Stitch-and-Flip appliqué. This technique uses a little extra fabric and takes a little extra time, but your appliqué shapes will come out impeccably. The reason for the extra fabric is to hide any show-through (where you can see the background fabric through the appliqué shape), and also to mimic the look of needle-turn appliqué. Try it—I think you’ll love how it looks.”

    We were lucky to sit down with Kori recently, and she showed us exactly how the Stitch-and-Flip method works. Watch, learn, and ooh and aah below!


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    It’s easy to see how Kori’s appliqué shapes turn out so flawlessly. And now you can joyfully say “YES!” to appliqué too! Kori’s patterns in Stitched from the Heart will inspire you to play with the clever technique.

    You could appliqué a pair of chatty birdies:

    Beloved Bed Runner
    Beloved Bed Runner

    Or create pockets of posies:

    Pocket for Your Thoughts Wall Hanging
    Pocket for Your Thoughts Wall Hanging

    Stitch a simple ode to love:

    Good Heart Love Quilt
    Good Heart Love Quilt

    Or a heartfelt ode to family:

    Heart of the Family Banner
    Heart of the Family Banner

    See more from Stitched from the Heart >>>

    Stitched from the HeartHave you tried the Stitch-and-Flip method of appliqué?

    • It’s the only way I appliqué!
    • I appliqué in all kinds of ways.
    • I’ve yet to try it, but I plan to give it a whirl!

    Tell us in the comments!


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