1. "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Stitch Along: Installment #7 + Create Your Own Big Bang SALE at ShopMartingale.com

    Installment #7 is live on the "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Stitch Along page!

    Are you ready to spin into the week with Double-Pinwheel Units? Let’s do this! Installment #7 is live on the "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Stitch Along. Visit this page to download the instructions prepared by "Simple Whatnots III" author, Kim Diehl.

    It’s almost Independence Day in the USA and to celebrate, we’re having a sale that lets YOU create your own BIG BANG! Choose any 3 books for $49.98 from a selection of more than 200 titles and we’ll pay the shipping (US only). Click here to CREATE YOUR OWN BIG BANG! Don’t wait, this sale will only last for 3 days!

    ^^American Flag Mini from the book "Wool, Needle, & Thread 2″ by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings.

    ^^Sparklers from the book "Pat Sloan’s Holiday Celebrations" by Pat Sloan.

    ^^Firecrackers from the book "Oh, Scrap!" by Lissa Alexander.

    ^^Patriot Jane by Kerry Marksbury from the book "Dear Jane" by Brenda Manges Papadakis.

    ^^Maze from the book "A Season in Blue" by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts.

    Choose your own trio of books and set yourself up for stitching success and savings this summer!

    Happy stitching!


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  2. "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Stitch Along: Installment #6 + $5 Off Puzzles at ShopMartingale.com

    Installment #6 is live on the "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Stitch Along page!

    Happy Friday! Let’s celebrate the end of the week with a new set of instructions for the "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Stitch Along! Installment #6 is live and ready for you! Visit the "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Stitch Along page to download the instructions prepared by "Simple Whatnots III" author, Kim Diehl. We’ll be adding checkerboard strips to the quilt center in Installment #6.

    Make sure to share photos using the #SimpleWhanotsIIIMysteryStitchAlong hashtag on Instagram and Facebook!

     

    Check out two Super Summer Specials this week:

    • The 2 for $40 Diehl–choose two books by Kim Diehl for $40. Visit this page to check out the selection of best-selling Kim Diehl books.

    Save $5 on jigsaw puzzles at ShopMartingale.com. Browse our puzzle selection here. Shop now–sale ends Saturday, June 25.

    Happy stitching!


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  3. FLASH SALE: Save $5 on Quilt-Theme Jigsaw Puzzles AND 25% Off All Books and Products

    🔥 Hot deal: Save $5 on all jigsaw puzzles at ShopMartingale.com through Saturday, June 25.

    Why do you need jigsaw puzzles in your life? Why not!? Scroll down to see some in-progress puzzle pics and learn more about the joy puzzles can provide.

    5 reasons you should buy Martingale jigsaw puzzles:

    1. Puzzles make great gifts for people of all ages. (Buy now for upcoming gift exchanges!)

    2. The quilty themes are a perfect way to get your sewing fix.

    3. Jigsaw puzzles can be assembled alone, or they can be a fun family activity.

    4. Puzzles keep your hands and mind busy when you don’t have time sit down and sew.

    5. Portability! Pack a puzzle for your retreats, camping trips, and weekend getaways. (Pro tip: Assemble your puzzle on a cutting mat in case you need to move it to another flat surface.)

    Jigsaw Puzzle Specs:

    • Four quilt-theme designs (See the puzzle designs in this video.)
    • 1000 interlocking pieces
    • Manufactured from premium quality, eco-friendly, recycled cardboard and nontoxic ink
    • A precise cut ensures thick, sturdy pieces fit together soundly with minimal puzzle dust in box
    • Mini poster of image for reference
    • Completed puzzle: 29.5″ × 19.7″

    ^^Picket Fence Pretties (cover image from the “Scrap School” book by Lissa Alexander)

    ^^Airing the Quilts (cover image from the “Sunday Best Quilts” book by Corey Yoder and Sherri L. McConnell)

    ^^Fresh Picked (cover image from the “Jelly Roll Jam” book by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson of Me and My Sister Designs)

    ^^Red & White Variety (cover image from the “Red & White Quilts” book)

    ⚡ FLASH SALE: SAVE 25% on Everything at ShopMartingale.com ⚡

    Make sure you visit ShopMartingale.com to take advantage of the 25% discount that ends today (Wednesday, 6/22). Do you know you can browse our books and products by category? Go to ShopMartingale.com and hover over the QUILTING tab on your computer, or click on the MENU option if you’re on a phone or tablet. Here are a few of the top book categories: historical, holiday and seasonal, scrappy, small quilts,  and check out our gifts and products page, too.

    Happy shopping, stitching, and puzzling!


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  4. "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Stitch Along: Installment #5 + 25% Off FLASH SALE at ShopMartingale.com

    Installment #5 is live on the "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Stitch Along page!

    Let’s kick off the week with another set of instructions for the "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Stitch Along! Installment #5 is live now! Visit the "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Stitch Along page to download the instructions prepared by "Simple Whatnots III" author, Kim Diehl. We’ll be assembling the quilt center in Installment #5. What does your quilt center look like? Share photos using the #SimpleWhanotsIIIMysteryStitchAlong hashtag on Instagram and Facebook!

    FLASH SALE: SAVE 25% on Everything at ShopMartingale.com

    Does your creativity need a little jump-start? Visit ShopMartingale.com and save 25% on everything! You’re sure to find at least a few books that will get your creative juices flowing! As always, when you spend $60 or more, you’ll get FREE shipping (US only).

    If you’re hitting the road this summer, how about some on-the-go hand-embroidery or sewing projects?

    Or check out the knitting and crochet categories. Learn how to crochet with  "A to Z Crochet". This best-selling book includes more than 1,000 how-to photographs!

    All of our quilt pattern books are on sale, too! How about some quick and easy projects that’ll help you make a dent in your fat quarter stash?

    Or add some of our fantastic reproduction-inspired pattern books to your library.

    No matter which books you choose, you’re sure to find plenty of patterns that will inspire you to make beautiful things this summer. Visit ShopMartingale.com to shop and save. The 25% off discount ends on Wednesday 6/22! Follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for more creative inspiration this (and every) week! Happy stitching!


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  5. "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Stitch Along: Installment #4 + "You’ve Got a Point" by Anna Dineen

    Installment #4 is now live on the "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Stitch Along page!

    Happy Friday! It’s time to release Installment #4 for the "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Stitch Along! Visit our special "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Stitch Along page to download the instructions prepared by "Simple Whatnots III" author, Kim Diehl. Let’s twirl into the weekend with the Pinwheel blocks from Installment #4!

     

    NEW in June:  "You’ve Got a Point" by Anna Dineen

    About "You’ve Got a Point – Stunning Quilts with Triangle-in-a-Square Blocks"

    Intriguing Quilts with Triangles
    Just about every quilter has made their share of half-square triangles. But in her first quilting book, up-and-coming designer Anna Dineen introduces you to triangle-in-a-square units that can elevate quilt designs from pretty to pretty spectacular.

    Anna shows you how to make these units using two different types of ruler sets (Bloc-Loc and Tri Recs), as well as how to paper piece them. If you’ve never tried sewing triangle-in-a-square units, don’t worry–with the photo tutorials in this book at your fingertips, you’ll master them in no time!

    In addition to how-to photos and instructions, you’ll find 10 creative quilt patterns. Whether you’re looking for a fun and breezy summery quilt, a cozy throw, or a stunning Christmas design, you’ll be adding the patterns from "You’ve Got a Point" to the top of your must-make list.

    "You’ve Got a Point" is available from Anna Dineen’s Etsy shop, your local quilt shop, and ShopMartingale.com now!

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    Congrats to Laurie! We randomly picked her comment from our last blog to win the "I Love Star Blocks" eBook.

    • I love to make star quilts and my favorite is the sawtooth. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.—Laurie Halama on June 16, 2022

    Happy stitching! Remember to share your progress photos using the #SimpleWhanotsIIIMysteryStitchAlong hashtag on Instagram and Facebook!


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  6. "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Stitch Along: Installment #3 + Fan-Favorite ⭐ Star ⭐ Blocks

    Installment #3 is now live on the "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Stitch Along page!

    Have you been following (and sewing the blocks for) the "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Stitch Along? Make sure to share your progress photos using the #SimpleWhanotsIIIMysteryStitchAlong hashtag on Instagram and Facebook! The newest set of instructions from "Simple Whatnots III" author, Kim Diehl, are live on our special "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Stitch Along page. Installment #3 shines with a six pack of scrappy Star blocks!

    If you’re ready to join the sewing fun, get a copy of "Simple Whatnots III" at your local quilt shop, your favorite book store, or ShopMartingale.com and stitch along with us!

    Speaking of stars…If Star blocks make you all starry-eyed, we featured a few dreamy, star-studded books below.

    Star-based Books

    ^^From left: "Simple Sampler" by Kim Diehl, "The Big Book of Star-Studded Quilts," and "Patches of Stars" by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts.

    ^^From left: "Spectacular Stars Simplified" by Shelley Cavanna, "I Love Star Blocks"  eBook, and "Barn Star Sampler" by Shelley Cavanna (releasing in August).

    Tell us which Star quilt block (Sawtooth, Lone Star, LeMoyne, etc.) is your favorite in the blog comments. We’ll randomly pick a winner to receive the "I Love Star Blocks"  eBook. We’ll announce the lucky winner when we post the link to Installment #4 of the "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Stitch Along in Friday’s (6/17) blog. Happy stitching!


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  7. "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Stitch Along: Installment #2 + 🌈"Quilt the Rainbow" by Amber Johnson

    Installment #2 is live on the "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Stitch Along page!

    Check out the "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Stitch Along page on ShopMartingale.com to get the instructions for Installment #2. So, what does the newest installment from Kim Diehl have in store for you? A fantastic Flying-Geese Variation block!

    It’s oh-so-easy to join the Mystery Stitch Along! Purchase your copy of "Simple Whatnots III" by Kim Diehl from your local quilt shop, a favorite bookstore, or ShopMartingale.com.

    And remember–if you want to start stitching ASAP, the digital eBook version is included with your purchase from ShopMartingale.com. You can download it immediately after you complete your purchase. This is true for "Simple Whatnots III" and the majority of the books on ShopMartingale.com!

    NEW in June: "Quilt the Rainbow" by Amber Johnson of Gigi’s Thimble

    About "Quilt the Rainbow – A Spectrum of 10 Eye-Catching Colorful Quilts"
    Color your world with colorful quilts!

    If the rainbow of colorful fabrics on store shelves catches your eye every time, then author Amber Johnson’s Quilt the Rainbow is a pot of pattern gold for you! All ten quilt patterns are scrap friendly and perfect for fat-quarter collectors, too.

    Begin with your favorite color, then quilt your way through a rainbow of hues. And because it takes both sunshine and rain to make a rainbow, there’s a rainy-day quilt of scrappy black prints too. If choosing a favorite is too difficult, use all the colors to create an ombré rainbow quilt to showcase the range of colors you love. From beginning to end, you’ll be dazzled with these radiant quilts!

    Author Amber Johnson is planning an online book tour and has a couple sew alongs in the works. Go to Amber’s website, your local quilt shop, or ShopMartingale.com to order your copy of "Quilt the Rainbow" today, then visit our Sew Alongs page for updates.

    Happy stitching!

     

     


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  8. "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Stitch Along Starts Today + 3 New Books for June

    The "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Stitch Along starts today!

    Go to the special "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Stitch Along page on ShopMartingale.com to get the instructions for Installment #1. Here’s a sneak peek photo of the first step.

    It’s not too late to join the Mystery Stitch Along! Purchase a copy of "Simple Whatnots III" by Kim Diehl from your local quilt shop, favorite bookstore, or ShopMartingale.com, and start gathering your fabric!

    Three New Books to Add to Your Library this Month

    Watch your email (and this blog) to learn more about the three new Martingale books that are arriving at quilt shops this month. Or, click on the cover photos or book titles below to find out more right now!

    "You’ve Got a Point" by Anna Dineen

    "Quilt the Rainbow" by Amber Johnson of Gigi’s Thimble

    "Home for the Holidays" by Sherri McConnell and Chelsi Stratton

     

    Lucky Winner

    Congrats to Nancy Kline on winning the "Simple Whatnots III" book from us and a cotton fat quarter bundle of Right as Rain designed by Kim Diehl, courtesy of Henry Glass & Co.

    I’m so excited to make all the patterns in the new Simple Whatnots 3 book. My first quilt from Kim’s new book is OCTOBER SUNSET. I really like mixing wool with traditional applique.
    Happy Quilting
    🧵
    Nancy Kline

    OK, it’s time to head over to the "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Stitch Along page and start sewing!

    Happy stitching!


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  9. Kim Diehl’s "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Stitch Along + Book and Fabric Giveaway

    Are you ready for some scrappy sewing fun?! The "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Stitch Along is set to start on June 6, and you don’t want to miss out on any of the excitement! It’s simple to join:

    1. Purchase your copy of "Simple Whatnots III" by Kim Diehl. Get the book from your local quilt shop, ShopMartingale.com, or anywhere you buy quilting books. Remember, when you order from ShopMartingale.com, you’ll receive the digital eBook version of the book (free!) as soon as you complete your purchase.

    2. Visit our "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Stitch Along page. Go to the page now if you want to gather your fabrics before the June 6 start date. Then, come back and visit the page each Monday and Friday from June 6 through July 1.

    3. Optional, but strongly recommended: Follow Kim Diehl and our MartingaleTPP page on Instagram to make sure you see all the updates and get sewing inspiration aplenty. While you’re on Instagram, follow the #SimpleWhatnotsIIIMysteryStitchAlong hashtag so the "Simple Whatnots III" Mystery Sampler posts show up in your feed. And be sure to include the #SimpleWhatnotsIIIMysteryStitchAlong hashtag in your posts so we can see and share your progress!

     

    About "Simple Whatnots III – A Third Serving of Satisfyingly Scrappy Quilts":

    Best-selling author Kim Diehl is at it again with spectacular, small, and scrappy projects. In the third book of her Simple Whatnots series, Kim continues to delight you with helpful Extra Snippet tips, tried-and-true decorating ideas, plus the many perks of pint-size projects.

    The 18 delightful projects include traditionally pieced blocks as well as a sprinkling of Kim’s signature invisible machine appliqué, and even a bit of wool appliqué. See how to maximize your scraps in triangle squares, flying geese, stars, and more to create stunning little quilts. Delve into your scrap basket and re-create Kim’s signature look to decorate your favorite little places around your home.

    View the video to see a trunk show of all 18 projects from the book. Prepare to be impressed!

    And if you love everything Kim Diehl, check out this link to see the books that she’s contributed to and solo authored.

    If you’re looking for even more inspiration, check out our Sew Alongs page for a list of the exciting quilt alongs, book tours, and bonus video content that coincide with our upcoming and recently released books. So many Martingale authors are hosting samplers, sew alongs, and more!

    Book + Fabric Giveaway

    Feeling lucky? Watch the trunk show video (above) and tell us your favorite project from "Simple Whatnots III" in the blog comments. We’ll pick one lucky winner from the blog to win a copy of "Simple Whatnots III" from us AND a bundle of Right as Rain cotton fat quarters designed by Kim Diehl, courtesy of Henry Glass & Co. We’ll announce the winner on our blog on Friday, June 3. We’re hosting additional "Simple Whatnots III" book + fabric giveaways on our Instagram and Facebook pages, too!

    Speaking of winners…Lori Davison is the lucky winner of the "Pat Sloan’s Tantalizing Table Toppers" book! Thank you all for your comments. It was a joy to read each and every one!

    • I would make Italian Cafe. I enjoyed the back story. I’m Italian, grew up drinking coffee with my (Nona).

    —Lori Davison on May 23, 2022

    Happy stitching!


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  10. Pat Sloan’s Tantalizing Table Toppers Book Tour + Giveaway!

    We’re happy you could join us as we help kick off the "Pat Sloan’s Tantalizing Table Toppers" book tour today! Check out Pat’s blog for more info about the book tour stops along the way, and be sure to visit the blogs, Instagram, and Facebook accounts of all the participants. (Scroll down to see the schedule and info about our book giveaway.) Print copies of Pat’s newest book, "Pat Sloan’s Tantalizing Table Toppers", are available on Pat’s blog, at your favorite quilt shop, and on ShopMartingale.com.

    Have you seen our trunk show video of "Pat Sloan’s Tantalizing Table Toppers" yet? It’s definitely worth the watch–you’ll learn a few snippets about each of the 12 projects in the book. We all know that table runners and small table toppers are favorites among quilters. They’re easy on the budget AND easy on your schedule. Table toppers and runners let you show off your love of quilting and add a pop of style throughout your home.

     

    Each person participating in the "Pat Sloan’s Tantalizing Table Toppers" book tour chose a project from the book and will show off their version on their social media accounts. Martingale staffer Lisa Schumacher chose to sew Main Street Perks. Pat’s version is red, white, and blue. It’s one of the cover quilts (in the bottom right of the book cover). Lisa decided to make her version using a variety of light gray prints and added a pop of teal to match her kitchen decor.

     

    ^^Lisa used strips from a Jelly Roll of Smoke & Rust by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics. The instructions for Main Street Perks call for 2-1/2″ pieces, so this was the perfect opportunity to crack open a Jelly Roll.

     

    ^^She pieced her version of Main Street Perks on her Featherweight. It was perfect retreat project because it started with strips plus a little bit of yardage (borders, backing, and binding), and can be stitched–start to finish–in a weekend!

     

    ^^Here’s an in-progress photo of the sewn strips and trimmed edges. Easy peasy!

     

    ^^Lisa echo-quilted along each side of every seam to enhance the chevron-style look of the table runner.

     

    ^^She omitted the borders that Pat used in her version, and she attached the binding using her machine.

     

    ^^Lisa also pieced a couple teal strips into the binding for an extra little kick. She had a great time making this table runner and already has plans to make more toppers from the book!

     

    Okay! Now that you’ve seen one take on Main Street Perks from "Pat Sloan’s Tantalizing Table Topper" book. Tell us in the comments which project you’d make first if you had a copy of the book. Hint: Each project is shown and described in the video at the top of this blog. We’ll randomly choose one person to win a print copy of the book. We’ll post the winner on Friday, May 27.

     

    Schedule of book tour participants:

    Monday, May 23

    Bonnie Hunter

    Andy Knowlton

     

    Tuesday, May 24

    Becky Thompson

    Beverly McCullough

     

    Wednesday, May 25

    Caroline Asmussen

    Jane Davidson

     

    Thursday, May 26

    Aurifil

    Pam Vieira-McGinnis

     

    Friday, May 27

    Kristin Esser

    Melissa Mortenson

     

    Saturday, May 28

    Gina Tell

    Kimberly Jolly

     

    Tuesday, May 31

    Pat Sloan


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