1. Craft a Vintage Vibe with new Buttermilk Basin + giveaway

    Decorate for today by dipping into the past with a little help from Buttermilk Basin. In her latest book, Stacy West guides us through a cheery assortment of small wool-appliqué projects sure to spark happy memories and fresh moments of joy.

    Let’s hear all about it from the author.


    Hello! It’s Stacy from Buttermilk Basin! I’m dropping by to share a few tidbits about my NEW (and delightful) book, Buttermilk Basin’s Vintage Vibe. This book is near and dear to my heart. It came about when Jennifer Keltner and Karen Soltys of Martingale were tossing around ideas with me. They thought it would be cool to take inspiration from vintage items I’ve collected.

    I LOVE a good hunt for all things vintage, items that bring back warm memories and supply daily inspiration. So naturally, I jumped at the opportunity!

    To take this book to an even cooler level, I got to be a part of the photo shoot—the entire book was photographed AT MY HOME! The timing was perfect, because we’d recently moved into a new farmhouse with a wonderful neutral palette.

    I gathered my vintage collections and placed each in its own tote. That way, Jennifer and her team would have plenty of options for setting up photo vignettes. What I didn’t expect was how she saw my props in a new light. If you look closely at the photos in the book, you’ll see not only the projects displayed in beautiful settings, but also details that many would overlook, such as logos on my vintage items that I hadn’t noticed, bobbins of wound thread stacked perfectly on a vintage shelf, or my FAVE, the Vintage Cat and Owl Ornaments displayed over an old drawer that holds spools of thread.

    As day two of the photo shoot approached, I was still LOVING being a part of this journey! It was the first time I could sit back during a photo shoot, relax, and let the team work their magic. Some might ask if it was hard for me not to be more involved. Actually, I felt the exact opposite. I loved being involved from the sidelines—it was refreshing and inspiring. When you are in good hands, you can simply trust their process and enjoy the moments. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

    Before I knew it, two vintage elves stole the show and took the photo shoot to a whole new level. Jennifer had named them Ivan and Zsa Zsa. They are tucked in here and there, throughout the Christmas portion of the book, and they became larger than life as they styled the photos. Those elves brought so much mischief to the photo shoot and kept us on our toes. I guarantee you, they will make you smile!

    It was hard to see the photo shoot come to an end, but the memories, laughs, and results of those two days of photography were simply stunning. Now you get to enjoy the masterpiece we created! Cherish the details and, more importantly, start creating your own projects to decorate with and savor for years to come.

    Happy stitching,

    Stacy


    We’ve got an eBook of Buttermilk Basin’s Vintage Vibe to give away to one lucky winner. To enter your name in the drawing, tell us in the comments:

    If there were a photo shoot at your place, which cherished objects would you use as props?

    We’ll randomly select a winner on February 27, 2020, and will let you know by email if you’ve won. Good luck!


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  2. Get Farmhouse Fresh with toweling — new book + giveaway

    Hanging a new set of crisply striped towels immediately transforms a kitchen. And now, with the new book Farmhouse Fresh, you can apply that same transformative power throughout your house with a beautiful assortment of toweling projects!

    If you’re unfamiliar with toweling, it’s 16″ wide and comes off the bolt prehemmed on the two selvage edges. (How convenient is that?) You can find it in solid colors and prints, but usually you’ll see toweling with clean, classic stripes.

    Toweling is heavier than quilting cotton, making it ideal for projects that see a lot of use. The classic example—and how toweling got its name—is to make it into tea towels or kitchen towels. But there’s SO MUCH MORE you can do with toweling, and Jenelle Kent is here to tell us all about it—and about her new book, Farmhouse Fresh.


    G’day everyone.

    My name is Jenelle and I live in the land down under, Australia. Welcome to my world of toweling! A world where woven stripes and texture add zing to your sewing projects.

    How and why did this love affair with toweling start? Well, firstly, I never met a stripe I didn’t love. I initially found antique European grain sacks that were full of texture—with beautiful handwoven, wonky stripes—that were just timeless and classic. Unfortunately, these sacks are a finite resource, so they’re expensive and hard to find. Then I discovered Moda toweling, and all my dreams came true. The toweling was as close to antique grain sacks as possible, and it’s sold on 15-yard rolls! Happy days, this meant that I could make anything.

    Now I have the pleasure and joy of designing toweling fabric for Moda Fabrics. Stay tuned for lots of interesting innovations and projects as new styles emerge. I love my job!

    Stripes open up lots of possibility. You can run them lengthwise, crosswise, or even diagonally. You can piece them in interesting ways to make geometric patterns. Stripes coordinate perfectly with florals, solids, and dots. If you’ve already got a patchwork pillow, why not freshen your decor by making a toweling pillow to coordinate?

    The texture of toweling is great for home decor projects and hard-wearing bags. It also washes really well. I’ve made many a table napkin from toweling (often the afternoon before a dinner party), and they look as good as new after washing.

    My book Farmhouse Fresh contains loads of projects using Moda toweling. If you can sew in a straight line, you can make these projects. The most important tip is to use the walking foot on your sewing machine. A walking foot isn’t essential, but it will definitely help feed the thick fabric through your machine.

    Embroidery and appliqué are fantastic on the thick, textured toweling. I love needle-turn appliqué, and sewing on toweling is a pleasure. With its slightly heavier weight, there’s no need for stabilizer on the back.

    I’m excited to see what you all create using Farmhouse Fresh. Please share your toweling creations on social media with #farmhousefresh, #piecestotreasure, #modatoweling, and #martingaletpp. For the latest ideas, follow along on Instagram @piecestotreasure.

    Mostly, I hope you have fun with this book and discover a love for working with toweling and stripes while enjoying all the possibilities it has to offer. I’m just busting to see what you make.

    Happy sewing,

    Jenelle


    Thank you, Jenelle!

    For more toweling uses, make sure to follow the Farmhouse Fresh Instagram book tour. Check out the first stop @piecestotreasure today, then be sure to follow along as the tour progresses. And after you’ve looked over the tour schedule below, read on for an exciting giveaway announcement.

    Moda Fabrics sent us three yards of toweling fabric to give one lucky winner—along with a copy of Farmhouse Fresh, of course! To enter your name in the drawing, tell us in the comments:

    What do you want to make from toweling?

    We’ll choose a random winner on February 20, 2020, and will contact the winner by email. (For a chance to win different toweling + a copy of Farmhouse Fresh, be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook.) Good luck!

    If you just can’t wait, you can purchase Farmhouse Fresh at our website and we’ll send you a link to instantly download the eBook.

    Australian readers, be sure to follow Jenelle on Instagram to learn about a toweling giveaway just for you!



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  3. Kim Diehl delights with Simple Patchwork (+ giveaways)

    Kim Diehl’s latest book is here!

    Proving she’s never short of ingenious ideas—and always sure of the way to a quilter’s heart—Kim has crafted a beautiful new collection of quilts in Simple Patchwork. While she’s famous for appliqué, Kim knows that appliqué flourishes don’t always fit your mood or your schedule. So this time around, she’s focusing on piecing.

    “There are times when you enjoy a challenge and want to test your quiltmaking skills,” Kim says in Simple Patchwork, “but there are also times when it’s nice to stitch something uncomplicated just for the fun of it.” And the fun is here for you to enjoy, in 16 gorgeous patterns that deliver timeless Kim Diehl style via straightforward piecing.

    A Dash of Plaid from Simple Patchwork

    We’re thrilled to have Kim as a guest writer today to tell us more about the newest book in her “Simple” series.


    Kim Diehl

    My first introduction to sewing and quilting came from my grandma, when I was just a little girl. She was an amazing seamstress who could sew literally ANYTHING, and she stitched nearly all of my clothes. I can remember epic debates in the sewing room as I lobbied for shorter skirts and she firmly held her ground. (I never did win!)

    One day it clicked for me that it was my grandma who had stitched all of our beautiful “blankets” together from bits and pieces of fabric, many salvaged from old blouses and dresses, and that’s when my love of patchwork quilts first began. Decades passed before I taught myself to sew my first quilt, which included more than a little trial and error, and I fell in love all over again!

    A photo of my grandma, one of her hand-pieced quilts, and some of her sewing items

    Stitching the projects for Simple Patchwork was a great opportunity to set aside my appliqué, embrace simplicity, and dive into what inspired my love of quilting in the first place—uncomplicated piecing!

    My goal was to stuff this book full of quilts featuring vibrant colors, classic blocks, and a fresh take on tried-and-true motifs that have been loved by generations of quilters. Whether it’s stitched up big or stitched up small, I hope you’ll find a variety of pieced projects that make you want to grab some fabric and start sewing.

    Medium, big, and small, Simple Patchwork has it all!

    One of my very favorite elements of Simple Patchwork is the section filled with scads of my favorite tips, tricks, hints, and helps. I’m often asked how I achieve such accurate results in my patchwork, and here’s where I have to confess: I don’t use any special papers, fancy notions, or expensive tools. Basically, I’m just not afraid to goof up, learn from my mistakes, and adjust my approach for the next project! Believe me when I say I’ve had lots of goofs and have made many adjustments through the years, and I’m really happy to pass along some of what I’ve learned.

    Thank you so much for letting me share my excitement about Simple Patchwork—I hope you’ll enjoy stitching and living with these quilts for years to come.


    GIVEAWAY ALERT! Kim has assembled FOUR gift packages that each include a copy of Simple Patchwork AND a bundle of Esther’s Heirloom Shirtings, her latest fabric collection from Henry Glass Fabrics! Visit Kim today at Facebook and Instagram for a chance to win.

    Follow Kim on Instagram


    Thanks for sharing your new book with us, Kim!

    To increase the fun, we’re giving away the eBook version of Simple Patchwork to one lucky Stitch This! reader. To enter to win, tell us in the comments:

    When it comes to patchwork, how do you keep it simple?

    We’ll choose a random winner on February 13, 2020, and will contact the winner by email. Good luck! If you want to sew Kim Diehl patterns today, purchase Simple Patchwork at our website and we’ll send you a link to download the eBook instantly.

     


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  4. Wish List Day! Reproduction prints, fat quarters, and Acorn Cottage (+ giveaway)

    Posted by on January 31, 2020, in quilting & sewing

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


    Legends & Legacies 
    13 Quilts for Reproduction Prints
    Carol Hopkins

    Create quilted legacies with best-selling author Carol Hopkins. Thirteen Civil War-style quilts are inspired by the people, places, and events of this unique period in history. Gather your reproduction fabrics and stitch tributes to trends of the time such as military timepieces and hoop skirts. Along with Carol’s exquisite designs to make step by step, enjoy learning interesting tidbits about the Civil War and stories about how each stunning quilt came to be.

    See more from Legends & Legacies >>>


    Moda All-Stars: Two, Four, Six, Eight
    Fat-Quarter Quilts You’ll Appreciate

    Compiled by Lissa Alexander

    Two, four, six, eight: what do quilters think is great? FAT QUARTERS! Nothing inspires quilters to get in the game more than a stack of pretty fat quarters. The Moda All-Stars are back with a collection of patterns designed for 2 to 32 of those fun little cuts of fabric. Whether you collect fat quarters by the bundle or one by one, or even if you have just a couple on hand, you’ll find a winning project within these pages. With a patchwork tote, a two-tone pillow, plus runners, wall quilts, lap quilts, and more to choose from, you’re sure to score a gold medal with your fat-quarter stash! Royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Special Olympics.

    See more from Moda All-Stars: Two, Four, Six, Eight >>>


    Acorn Cottage
    Quilts with Simple & Sophisticated Style
    Brenda Riddle

    Stitch the charms of a country cottage into every quilt you create! Designer Brenda Riddle, known for her use of fresh florals and sweet pastels, gathers her all-time favorite patterns to share with you in this beautifully photographed volume. A pretty, airy palette provides a restful backdrop in 13 classic patchwork quilts, several embellished with wisps of enchanting appliqué. Projects are displayed in beautiful cottage-style settings that will inspire you to breathe a little romance and "welcome home" warmth into your own spaces.

    See more from Acorn Cottage >>>


    Which coming-soon book would make your March amazing? 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, these new books
    are available today!


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  5. Mini Quilt-Along Final Week 4—Mix It Up with the Moda All-Stars

    Posted by on January 27, 2020, in quilting & sewing, ,

    Week 4

    It’s time to quilt and bind your mini. If you’re not caught up, don’t worry! We’ll keep this page up with the instructions for each week, and you can come back when you’re ready.

    Need some quilting design ideas? We’ve got you covered!

    You can follow along for instructions each week by checking back here or watching us on Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to post pictures of your progress and use the tag #mixitupqal so we can see your posts. Hint: there’s a prize at the end, so be sure to use #mixitupqal to be entered.

    Martingale staffers joined the quilt-along, and here are two of their Bubble and Froth quilts:

    Virginia used Moda’s Mackinac Island line by Minick & Simpson for her Bubble and Froth mini.

    Beth combined a variety of Moda fabrics, using a white print by Primitive Gatherings for her background and a mix of prints for the rest: All Hallow’s Eve by Fig Tree & Co.; At Home and Little Snippets by Bonnie & Camille; Farmhouse II by Joanna Figueroa, Fig Tree & Co; and Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt.


    DID YOU KNOW? "Moda is donating royalties for this book to Feeding America. With your purchase of the book, you’re helping end hunger around the United States. Together, for every dollar we donate, we’ll be helping provide as many as 10 meals for hungry children and adults."  Lissa Alexander.


    Prize Alert! If you’ve been quilting along, post your progress for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate at ShopMartingale! Simply post a pic on our Facebook or Instagram page each week. The more pics of your progress, the more chances to win. Be sure to use #mixitupqal to be entered. On February 3rd, we’ll draw a random winner from the pics that have been posted.


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  6. NEW: Summertime Quilt for Folk-Art Fun! (+ giveaway)

    Summer is such a delightful season full of sunshine and flowers. How fun it would be to capture that sweet summertime feeling in a quilt to enjoy all year long! That’s exactly what Jan Patek has done in her book Sunny Days.

    Ideal for displaying on a bed or sofa—or anywhere you’d like to add a splash of quilted sunshine—the queen-size Sunny Days quilt features 14 beautiful block designs. And this fun-to-stitch sampler is made one block or border at a time, so you can easily start and stop to fit more sewing into your day. Along the way, you’ll stitch delightful summertime motifs, including a charming scene under a summer moon, pretty pineapples, tall sunflowers, and more.

     

    The pineapples stand for hospitality.Jan Patek

     

    “The baskets in my quilts represent quilting.” Jan Patek

     

    “If you’re going to have a garden and flowers, they have be to be pollinated, so you need bees.” Jan Patek

    Half the fun is putting your favorite fabrics in a starring role. This fanciful folk-art design invites you to make use of everything from large-scale florals to stripes, plaids, solids, and batiks.

    “The stars represent the celestial—God.” Jan Patek

    You can use Jan’s easy techniques for needle-turn appliqué or your own favorite appliqué method to make the blocks. For each block, you’ll find a full-color photo, how-to instructions, and full-sized patterns, so there’s no need to enlarge them. You can start creating your Sunny Days quilt right away!

    Here’s Jan to tell us the inspiration behind Sunny Days!


    As usual for quilts I design, Sunny Days is about my life, and my life revolves around my home and family and life in the country through the seasons.

    When we moved into our house 46 years ago, our neighbors, Georgie Farney and Russ Stinson (sister and brother), brought us vegetables from the garden Russ grew each summer. And Georgie brought flowers. They said that since we didn’t move in until June, we wouldn’t have had time to get a garden started so they thought they’d help us out. Russ grew a garden each summer that produced enough vegetables to feed everyone in Caldwell County where we live.

    I told my husband, Pep, that I wanted an herb garden and a chicken house. My grandparents had a house that, at the time, was on the outskirts of Kansas City, and my grandfather raised chickens. I had always loved gathering the eggs and listening to the chickens “sing.”

    "One of the things I love about summer is that there’s more time to appliqué. Then you can leave the quilting for winter when you want the warmth." Jan Patek

    My mother sewed—she made clothes—and was very good at it. Me, not so much. The clothes I sewed never fit. Georgie made quilts, and quilts don’t have to fit. I asked her to teach me how to make a quilt. At that time I thought there was only one pattern for a quilt—imagine my surprise when she started teaching me!

    The fall after we moved into our house, my mother brought iris bulbs that had been handed down from her grandmother. Those irises are the basis of my fabric line “Audra’s Iris Garden” and flowers are almost always in my quilts. And of course, my children grew up as children do, got married, and provided me with grandchildren.

    So—God, nature, home and family, quilting—a life filled with Sunny Days.  😊


    Thanks, Jan, for an inside look at your inspiration!

    We’ve got a copy of Sunny Days to give away to one lucky winner! To enter your name into the drawing, tell us in the comments below:

    What’s one place in your home that could use a splash of quilted sunshine?

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

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

    "Such an interesting story about how this book/pattern came about! Just about any place in my home could use a splash of sunshine! 🙂 It would probably have to end up in the living room, since that’s pretty much where we live! Thanks so much for the chance to win!! 🙂"

    We’ll email you about your prize, Vivian. Congratulations!


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  7. Mini Quilt-Along Week 3— Mix It Up with the Moda All-Stars

    Posted by on January 20, 2020, in quilting & sewing, ,

    By Karen Johnson

    Week 3

    For week three, make the blocks and assemble your mini quilt. Complete instructions are in the book Moda All-Stars: Mix it Up!, and the mini version cutting instructions are here in a free download courtesy of Carrie Nelson.

    Here’s my progress:

    Important:  Before you start stitching and cutting, be sure to read the complete instructions in the book.

    Add a border and your top is done!

    You can follow along for instructions each week by checking back here or watching us on Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to post pictures of your progress and use the tag #mixitupqal so we can see your posts. Hint: there may be a prize at the end, so be sure to use #mixitupqal to be entered.


    DID YOU KNOW? "Moda is donating royalties for this book to Feeding America. With your purchase of the book, you’re helping end hunger around the United States. Together, for every dollar we donate, we’ll be helping provide as many as 10 meals for hungry children and adults."  Lissa Alexander.


    Prize Alert! If you’ve been quilting along, post your progress for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate at ShopMartingale!  Simply post a pic on our Facebook or Instagram page each week.  The more pics of your progress, the more chances to win. Be sure to use #mixitupqal to be entered. On February 3rd, we’ll draw a random winner from the pics that have been posted.


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  8. Let us take you on a Treasure Hunt!

    Do you love antique quilts, reproduction fabrics, and all the charm of yesteryear? If so, Treasure Hunt: 13 Quilts Inspired by Antique Finds is for you. Take a look!

    Linda Collins and Leah Zieber are coauthors of a fascinating new book that offers you a wide variety of patterns based on antique quilts they own and love. Plus, these two longtime friends let you in on their secrets to finding your own antique quilt treasures. Linda is from Australia and Leah is from California, and separately and together, they love combing antique shops, searching flea markets, and seeking treasure troves of never-before-seen quilt blocks and patterns.

    Today, Leah shares some of her best insider secrets with you, but first, let’s look at some of the wonderful projects Leah and Linda included in their pattern book for you.

     

    Start simple with a Nine Patch variation. Easy piecing and wide white sashing provide sought-after farmhouse appeal. Wouldn’t this be perfect atop a feather bed? By Linda Collins.

     

    This little quilt looks rather modern for its age. It’s the perfect project for using up strips—or cutting some new ones. By Leah Zieber.

     

    Leah’s reproduction Courthouse Steps quilt is spot-on to the original. It’s amazing how authentic you can be when using reproduction prints. Dive into your stash and your scrap basket for this one. By Leah Zieber.

     

    Two-color quilts are both classic and eye-catching. Set off small T blocks with a tiny Flying Geese border in a smaller quilt that works well on a wall or as a table topper. By Susan Greene.

     

    Challenge yourself with a striking pattern that lets you showcase both your piecing and quilting skills. It’s truly a showstopper. By Linda Collins.

     

    Got a big stash of reproduction prints? Put them to excellent use in a colorful project! Choose a different reproduction print for each block in this quilt. Notice how the blocks are set on point and they run right up to the edge of the quilt. There’s no border—just partial blocks that direct your eyes to the very corners of the quilt. By Linda Collins.

    Now that we’ve got you intrigued, here’s Leah Zieber as our guest blogger, here to tell you more about Treasure Hunt.


    Be Inspired by American Quilt History!

    Let me take you on a Treasure Hunt! As an antique and vintage quilt collector, I’m always on the hunt for another amazing find. Whether in my hometown or somewhere I’m visiting, I usually take the opportunity to peek in local antique stores to see what I can find.

    Collecting antique quilts and using them to create reproductions is a thrilling process of exploration, excavation, and recreation. After the adventure of the hunt is over and the prize comes home to stay, spending time with an antique quilt reveals a variety of new discoveries in patterns, fabrics, and piecing methods.

    It’s exciting when I unearth a unique or quirky quilt or block pattern that I’ve never seen. Especially with designs that are more than a hundred years old. The thrill of these unique finds encourages me to turn these treasures into wonderful patterns for you to make.

    Designs from the nineteenth century can be challenging to work with, as there weren’t standard block libraries for quiltmakers to choose from. Also, keep in mind that bed sizes weren’t standardized until well into the twentieth century. Most quilt patterns were passed down from family members or were hand drawn by the quiltmaker to fit her specific bed size. Little regard was given to typical measurements or quarter-inch seam allowances.

    Sometimes I get lucky and can reproduce the block pattern and border design using the exact measurements from the actual antique, thus creating a copy of the quilt. Other times I need to manipulate the math so that the pattern is better suited to cutting and piecing with today’s tools. While we love the look of antiques, I want the pattern to be achievable. That sometimes means it’s best to take the quilt in a slightly different direction from the original and make a quilt inspired by it.

    With our new book, Treasure Hunt: 13 Quilts Inspired by Antique Finds, Linda and I use both the copy and inspiration methods for making our reproductions. One great bonus feature is that you get wonderful images of the original antique quilts that led to our re-creations. We selected quilts that are uniquely different, quilts that will inspire you to use fabric from your stash, and quilts that can be made with contemporary or reproduction fabrics. We also provide you with some insider information for hunting down antique quilts as well as quilt care, storage, and display. We hope that Treasure Hunt encourages you to use these patterns from the past to create your own masterpieces inspired by American quilt history.

    Linda Collins                                   Leah Zieber


    Thanks for sharing a peek into the antiquing world, Leah!

    We’ve got a copy of Treasure Hunt to give away to one winner!  To enter your name in the drawing, tell us in the comments:

    What is your own favorite antique find?

    We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to make your own reproduction quilt today, purchase Treasure Hunt at our website and we’ll send you a link to instantly download the eBook for free.

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    Congratulations to the lucky winner. Thanks to all who entered the drawing!


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  9. Mini Quilt-Along Week 2—Mix It Up with the Moda All-Stars

    Posted by on January 13, 2020, in quilting & sewing, ,

    By Karen Johnson

    Week 2

    Ready to start stitching? Go! For week two, begin stitching your cupcake papers by sewing on the dotted lines as instructed in the book Moda All-Stars: Mix it Up!. Then cut on the solid lines shown in the book*.  Yes, it’s that simple.

    *Complete instructions are in the book Moda All-Stars: Mix it Up!, and the mini version cutting instructions are here in a free download courtesy of Carrie Nelson.

    You only need to stitch 19 papers and it goes really fast!

    To review week 1, check out our blog post from last week.

    Here’s me, stitching:

    *Important: Before you start stitching or cutting, be sure to read the complete instructions in the book.

    Next up, trim your stitched units:

    *As before, refer to the book for complete trimming instructions.

     

     

    It’s fun to watch the pile grow!

     

    Now, press open with the paper side down:

     

    Finally, to complete week 2, find your favorite chair, start your current favorite streaming series/movie/audiobook/podcast, and rip off the papers:

    Me, enjoying the last few minutes of Grease, while ripping the papers off.

     

    If you’ve never ripped Cake Mix or Cupcake Mix recipe papers, here’s Carrie, demonstrating how fast and easy it is:

    You can follow along for instructions each week by checking back here or watching us on Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to post pictures of your progress and use the tag #mixitupqal so we can see your posts. Hint: there may be another prize at the end, so be sure to use #mixitupqal to be entered.


    DID YOU KNOW? "Moda is donating royalties for this book to Feeding America. With your purchase of the book, you’re helping end hunger around the United States. Together, for every dollar we donate, we’ll be helping provide as many as 10 meals for hungry children and adults."  Lissa Alexander.


    Prize Alert! If you’ve been quilting along, post your progress for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate at ShopMartingale!  Simply post a pic on our Facebook or Instagram page each week.  The more pics of your progress, the more chances to win. Be sure to use #mixitupqal to be entered.  On February 3rd, we’ll draw a random winner from the pics that have been posted.

     


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  10. Mini quilt-along begins! Mix It Up with the Moda All-Stars (+giveaway)

    By Karen Johnson

    Need a quick, easy, and cute project to kick off the year? Join me in a four week quilt-along, where we’ll stitch a mini version of Carrie Nelson’s Bubble and Froth quilt from the book Moda All-Stars: Mix it Up! The 70½" x 70½" quilt in Moda All-Stars: Mix it Up! is made from Cake Mix Recipe 4. Our mini version, a 28½" x 28½" quilt, will use Cupcake Mix Recipe 2. Cute, eh?

    Bubble and Froth, the original 70½" x 70½" quilt by Carrie Nelson

     

    Bubble and Froth, 28½" x 28½"—Cupcake size!

    Although you need the book to complete the mini version, Carrie has provided basic instructions for cutting the pieces for the mini quilt here. Thanks, Carrie!

    Week 1

    Simply download the mini instructions, choose your charm pack, and grab the book and one Cupcake Mix Recipe 2.

    Here’s what I used for my mini Bubble and Froth:

    I took all of the lights from each charm pack and added a BasicGrey Grunge from my stash for the background. Since the mini quilt requires only one charm pack, I’ve got enough darks left over to make a second mini quilt!

    You can follow along for instructions each week by checking back here or watching us on Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to post pictures of your progress and use the tag #mixitupqal so we can see your posts. Hint: there may be another prize at the end, so be sure to use #mixitupqal to be entered.

    DID YOU KNOW? "Moda is donating royalties for this book to Feeding America. With your purchase of the book, you’re helping end hunger around the United States. Together, for every dollar we donate, we’ll be helping provide as many as 10 meals for hungry children and adults."  Lissa Alexander.

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    What’s a quilt-along without a prize package? Moda Fabrics and Martingale have pulled together a starter pack for your quilt-along!

    Prize package includes a copy of Moda All-Stars: Mix it Up! + a charm pack of Fine and Sunny by Jen Kingwell Designs + Cupcake Mix Recipe 2.

    We’ll draw a winner one week from today. Enter to win by telling us in the comments:

    Which are you?

    I’m a quilt-along newbie

    I’m a quilt-along joiner, not a finisher

    I’m a quilt-along regular and I finish ’em all!

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    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Barb H who says:

    “I’m a quilt along newbie. Have been wanting to trying the Cake Mix papers. Looks like fun!”

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

    The timeline for the Mix It Up QAL:

    Week 1, January 6—Download cutting instructions for the mini quilt, choose your charm pack, and grab the book and one Cupcake Mix Recipe 2.

    Week 2, January 13—Start your engines! Follow along on Facebook or Instagram or here for weekly instructions.

    Week 3, January 20—Follow along on Facebook or Instagram or here for weekly instructions.

    Week 4, January 27—Follow along on Facebook or Instagram or here for weekly instructions.

    Post pictures of your progress each week on Facebook or Instagram to be entered in a drawing for a grand prize—be sure to tag your post with #mixitupqal!


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