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  2. Going-Out-Of-Business Sale: Save 55% on everything!

    After 46 years of publishing quilting, sewing, knitting, crochet, and crafting books as well as calendars and paper products, our business is closing. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting our employee-owned publishing company through the years!

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  3. Site-Wide SALE: Books starting at $8!

    We’re celebrating the end of the year with a site-wide SALE! Hundreds of books starting at $8; sale prices valid through Saturday, 12/17. FREE shipping* (US only) if you spend $60 or more!

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  4. Year-End SALE: Books starting at $8! Shop and Save Today!

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  5. "Fresh Start Quilts" Sew-Along (Week 4)

    It’s week 4 of the "Fresh Start Quilts" Sew-Along!

    Let’s hear from authors Connie Tesene and Mary Etherington!

    Greetings from Iowa! Today we are going to talk about sashing and finishing the Fresh Air quilt from our "Fresh Start Quilts" book. Hopefully you’ve finished 20 blocks and are ready for these final steps. If not, no problem. The posts will remain on the Martingale blog, and you can easily access them from the Sew-Alongs tab on ShopMartingale.com.

     

    In the original Fresh Air quilt (left) that was featured on the cover of "Fresh Start Quilts", Mary chose a light, scrappy sashing and included a variety of colors in her cornerstones. Since I wanted to offer a different look, I used a unifying dark gray sashing and one color for the cornerstones in my quilt (right) .

     

    I also put a 2” border around the whole quilt. I really didn’t want to put a border on it, but I think it looked odd with the dark sashing ending so abruptly. The border helps frame the quilt center and finish the design.

     

    Here are some more pictures of my quilt. Yes, it is KING size, and notice every “ugly” block was used. I put them on the edges and corners, but I had more challenging blocks than would fit along the outer edge, so they also appear in the center of the quilt!

     

    Mary is still working on her blocks.  She said, “Once again I’m looking for that perfect combination of fabrics!”

     

    I had fun making a small pillow using one dark background instead of light fabrics. I thought it was fitting to make a pillow since we made 3 small pillows for the "Fresh Start Quilts" book.

     

    Be sure to watch this trunk show video to see all the projects (11 quilts and 3 pillows) included in "Fresh Start Quilts".

     

    Now, let’s talk about quilting!  Mary quilted her version of Fresh Air using a very low loft batting and simple straight lines. After adding the binding, Mary washed it to give it a soft look and feel.

     

    Here are a few pictures of some of the quilts in the book. Mary took these photos this summer. From left: Betty’s Big Red House (Finished Wall Hanging: 34-1/2″ x 24-1/2″), Spring Days (Finished Quilt: 84-1/2″ x 96-1/2″), and Iowa Roads (Finished Quilt: 52-1/2″ square).

     

    Mary writes a blog nearly everyday about life on the farm. She shares a lot of pictures of her animals and quilts. No politics, no drama, just Iowa life. Visit our blog, Chicken Scratch Country Threads, to learn more about our quilts, quilts from our readers, and Mary’s beloved animals.

     

    I’ll close with one more picture of my quilt. It isn’t perfect – but I have the wonderful memory of doing this sew-along with you, and it will be quilted and on my bed this spring!!!

    My best,

    ~Connie

     

    Have you been sewing along and sharing your photos? Use these hashtags #FreshStartQuiltsQAL, #madewithmartingale, and #martingaletpp, and tag us @martingaletpp on Instagram. Martingale staffer Karen Soltys shared a photo of her finished quilt top and we reposted it on our Instagram page this weekend. Did you see it? Follow us on Instagram and Facebook so you don’t miss out on any posts! Next up for Karen’s version of Fresh Air–quilting and binding!

     

    Do you have quilt tops that need to be quilted? You can do it! We have a variety of books that walk you through the process of machine-quilting and finishing your own quilts.

    Happy stitching!


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  6. "Fresh Start Quilts" Sew-Along (Week 3) + 50% Off SALE Ends Tonight, 11/29!

    Welcome to week 3 of the “Fresh Start Quilts” Sew-Along!!

    Guest blog from Connie and Mary:

    Hello from Iowa. It’s snowy and cold here–perfect weather for sewing! We want to thank all of you who are participating in the “Fresh Start Quilts” Sew-Along!

    We want to start with a couple of pictures of fabric combinations that our blog readers are using for this sew-along. See more photos from our readers at ChickenScratchCountryThreads.com.

    The batik fabrics (left) will make a fabulous quilt, and I also love the purple and green combination (right). Mary and I love making scrap quilts because no fabric has to play a featured role….All the “players” are important.

    Now for the tip of the day. I have some less-than-desirable blocks in my Fresh Air quilt.

    ^^ Here are a few…

     

    ^^ Here are the same blocks in black and white. (Review the Using Different Colors tip from week 1 of the Sew-Along.) The black-and-white photos show the problems with contrast and fabric choices.

    ^^ Now here are what I consider to be 4 good blocks. Why? In my opinion, the center doesn’t stand out, and the flying geese points are dark enough to help establish the star motif.

    My tip…Will I include the “less than desirable blocks” in my quilt. YOU BET! But I’ll place them along the outside or corners of the quilt. When people look at a quilt, their eyes usually focus on the center of the quilt and then take in the rest. The other thing is–I love a good disappearing block and have often worked at making sure I have a few in my quilts. Believe me, I have quite a few in this project. Ha!

    Here is one last picture. My cat, Dot, is always such a help. 😸

    We hope you’re doing well and are able to sew few more blocks in this sew-along! Until next week.

    ~Connie

    And of course Joey, Karen Soltys’ cat, wishes to make an appearance in this post. Karen says, "I was going to share my next batch of blocks, but Joey wants to keep them a secret!" 🐾

    Share your photos using these hashtags: #freshstartquiltsQAL #madewithmartingale #martingaletpp and tag Martingale @martingalepp !

     

    Last call for the 50% off SALE at ShopMartingale.com!

    🖤 The Black Friday 50% off sale ends tonight, 11/29. Visit ShopMartingale.com to save 50% on all books, calendars, and products. 🖤 If your order totals $60 or more, we’ll pay for shipping (US only). Check out these sizzlin’ 🔥HOT🔥 sellers!

    One last thing…Today is known as Giving Tuesday. Do you know that the Moda All-Stars donate their designer proceeds to a variety of charities?

    Every time you purchase a Moda All-Stars book, you’re helping too. This video shows many of Moda All-Stars books, the charities that have benefitted, and a recent total! Big thanks to the Moda All-Stars designers and YOU from Martingale!

    The Moda All-Stars books are available at ShopMartingale.com and your local quilt shop. Visit bit.ly/modaallstars to see the complete list of Moda All-Star books on ShopMartingale.com.

    Happy stitching!


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  7. BLACK FRIDAY SALE: 🖤 Save 50% 🖤 on Everything!

    BIG THANKS=BIG SAVINGS!

    Here at Martingale, we’re thankful for you! Thank you for being our beloved customers, followers, and supporters. We appreciate you, and we’re grateful for your business!

    As a special thank you, we’re offering a 50% discount on everything at ShopMartingale.com. Note: our Quilters Gift Bundles are already 55% off MSRP and the 5-for-$25 Mystery Book Boxes reflect an 80% discount off the retail price. Discounts are automatically applied, no coupons or codes needed. The site-wide Black Friday prices are in effect now through Tuesday, 11/29.

    We hope you have a peaceful holiday weekend surrounded by family and friends. We encourage you recharge this weekend–take time to plan your next project, sew a few stitches, or flip through your favorite quilt book. Visit ShopMartingale.com for books that are sure to inspire and boost your sewing mojo.

    Here are a few chart-toppers that you’ll want to add to your cart. And remember–if your order totals $60 or more, we’ll pay for shipping (US only).

    Want more ideas? Go to ShopMartingale.com and search for your favorite author, category, and keyword. Love Kim Diehl and her signature style? Searching for solutions for your scraps? Want to make a sampler quilt to hone your skills? Looking for patterns for your reproduction fabrics? Been hunting for the best bang for your bucks? We have books that cover all those wants and so much more!

    Happy shopping and happy stitching!


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  8. "Fresh Start Quilts" Sew-Along (Week 2) + Color Tips and Cutting Shortcuts

    Welcome to week 2 of the “Fresh Start Quilts” Sew-Along! Today’s update is filled with helpful color inspiration and valuable cutting tips that you can apply to the Fresh Air quilt–as well as future projects.

    And here’s a money-saving tip to our blog subscribers: Be sure to check your email later this week for our BLACK FRIDAY SALE! Discount details to come!

    Guest blog from Connie Tesene and Mary Etherington:

    Hello, We hope you had a great week! Did you make 5 blocks for your Fresh Air quilt? Remember to join us on our blog, Chicken Scratch Country Threads, and share your progress using these hashtags: #martingaletpp #madewithmartingale #freshstartquiltsQAL and tag Martingale @martingaletpp .

    If you just made one block and are feeling behind, don’t worry! Or, if you’re struggling with color and fabric choices…not a problem. Mary to the rescue! She has written a great section today on looking for color ideas in unexpected places.

    Color Inspiration from Mary Etherington:

    Look around you – there are color combos everywhere. When I started sewing with men’s shirts, I fell in love with blue and orange, and found an abundance of cotton shirts to use. I still like these colors together.

     

    This shirt gives me an idea of subtle blue, green, and yellow.

     

    I see color combos on a box of tissues…

     

    …and on greeting cards.

     

    I love to buy old pictures at the thrift store. Many times I never even hang the photos – I am just inspired by the colors.

     

    I just got this picture last week – such a great combo of primary colors!

     

    This one is just delicious, but I’m having trouble with those colors – they are so odd. BUT look at this sour green print with it. I love it!

     

    I even found a great quilt that combines assorted colors and white. I cut out this photo from a catalog.

     

    Sometimes a specific fabric can suggest a whole color combo for a quilt, or serve as inspiration for the back. I loved these prints, so I bought yardage and am still contemplating how to use them.

     

    And I love this yellow stripe with red and pink!

    I hope these tips help you choose fabrics for this project or any of your future quilts.

    ~Mary

    From Connie Tesene:

    My tip for you today is when you start cutting your blocks (remember to cut about 5 blocks at a time) put a pin through the “single block stack” to hold it together until you have an opportunity to sew the block.

    It sounds kind of elementary but take advantage of anything that will help keep your blocks organized. Paper plates, plastic bags, or trays would also work. I always have pins handy.

    Here is my stack of 64 blocks – ready to be sewn into a KING size quilt.

    I’ve been working on this periodically since this summer, so don’t get too excited. Until next time, have a great week…and sew something every day!

    ~ Connie

    Martingale staffer Karen Soltys is sewing along, and she has a couple tips to share with you! (Because we can never too many tips, ideas, and inspiration, right?! Right!!)

    From Karen Soltys:

    Today, I’m sharing my first 5 blocks from the "Fresh Start Quilts" Sew-Along so you can see that while the palette is red, white, blue, and caramel, the blocks are all assorted and I’ve mixed up the placement of the reds and blues as well as some of the value placement. Some blocks have darker centers than others, and most use two different lights, but one block uses just one. It’s OK to mix things up! My plan is to make 5 blocks a week so that I can complete my 20-block quilt before Christmas. It’s not a rush or a necessity. That’s just my goal to stay on track.

     

    Whether you’ve sewn a couple of blocks or you’re just ready to get started, I do have two tips to share today.

    Tip #1: Cutting the Sashing

    While right now we’re just getting started making the blocks, if you are planning to use a scrappy sashing for your quilt top like Mary Etherington did for hers, you may want to cut as you go. So, to save time in the end, each time I press and cut pieces from a light fabric for my blocks, I also cut one or two 1-1/2” x 12-1/2” sashing strips. That way, I won’t have to get all my light fabrics out again when I’m ready to assemble the quilt top. I’ll already have my sashing strips cut! Easy peasy.

     

    Tip #2: Substituting Flying Geese for the Half-Square Triangles

    Mary’s original pattern in "Fresh Start Quilts" calls for making half-square triangles that finish 2-1/2” x 2-1/2” square. And that’s exactly what I did for the first four blocks I made. Then I tried a different method, sewing a flying-geese unit in place of sewing two half-square-triangle units together. This may save a little time and it does reduce bulk by omitting a seam. So, if you’d like to try this method, here’s what to do:

    1. Instead of cutting 4 dark and 4 light 2-7/8” squares, cut 4 light 2-1/2” x 4-1/2” rectangles and 8 dark 2-1/2” squares per block.

    2. To make each flying-geese or star-point unit, place a dark square on one end of the light rectangle and sew along the diagonal. You can mark a sewing line with a pencil or use seam tape or a sewing guide on your machine to create an accurate sewing line.

     

    3. Trim the excess fabric from the corner, leaving a 1/4” seam allowance. Press the dark triangle open.

     

    4. Repeat using another dark square on the opposite end of the light rectangle. Make a total of 4 units, 2-1/2” x 4-1/2”.

     

    Here you can see the difference between using two half-square-triangle units (top blocks) or one flying-geese unit (center block) for each set of star points. The choice is yours! I think I’m going to use a mix of both in my quilt.

    ~Karen


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  9. "Fresh Start Quilts" Sew-Along + Flash Sale on Appliqué Freezer Papers and Foundation-Piecing Papers

    Welcome to week 1 of the "Fresh Start Quilts" Sew-Along!

    We’re sew glad you’re following and stitching the cover quilt with us! Today, and for the next few weeks, we’ll share tips, our versions of the Fresh Air blocks, plus Connie Tesene and Mary Etherington–the authors of "Fresh Start Quilts"–will share their (new!) blocks in this sew-along. Fresh Air is a 20-block quilt that finishes at 51-1/2″ x 64-1/2″. It’s a fabulous design to use up some of your scraps and try out different color variations.

    Guest blog from Connie Tesene:

    Mary made a quilt called Fresh Air for "Fresh Start Quilts", our latest book from Martingale. It’s the cover quilt! When I first saw her quilt, I knew I wanted to make one for myself. Since we were planning a sew-along for our blog, ChickenScratchCountryThreads.com, it made sense for me to choose a different color palette and quilt size.

    I based my fabric choices on my extensive collection of Fig Tree & Co. fabrics and I’m making my quilt king size. (Mary thinks I’m nuts.)

    Here is where Karen Soltys from Martingale comes in. She wanted to join in on the fun and is helping to organize this sew-along for everyone. She’s sewing along too, using fabrics from Minick & Simpson for Moda Fabrics.

    Let’s get started!

    First you need a copy of the book "Fresh Start Quilts". The book is available at your local quilt shop or you can order your copy from ShopMartingale.com or wherever you like to buy books. Next you need fabric. Sometimes picking fabric for a scrappy quilt might seem daunting. Mary told me she was looking for the perfect combination of fabrics when sewing her blocks. She felt that she never achieved her goal, so she just kept making new blocks. Now when I look at the quilt as a whole, it all goes together beautifully. That is the joy of a scrappy quilt! There are at least 5 or 6 different fabrics in each block.

    If you want to make your version using Mary’s colors…great, but here are a few other color options for inspiration.

    Tip #1: Using Different Colors

    If you find it hard to switch things up and use different colors than those shown in a quilt photo, try this: make a black-and-white photocopy of the quilt photo in your book, or take a picture of it using your phone’s camera and change the settings to black-and-white. This will help you see where Mary placed dark, medium, and light fabrics in the quilt while disregarding her color choices. You’ll quickly see that not all blocks have exactly the same values in the same places.

    Next, take a black-and-white photo of your planned fabrics. This will help you sort your options by color value (darks, mediums, and lights) rather than by the actual colors. To get a good mix in your quilt top, you can compare the values in each quilt block on the black-and-white photo to black-and-white images of your fabrics. In the end, your blocks won’t match colorwise to the quilt in the book, but you will have just as fabulous of a mix of values for a great scrappy quilt layout in your own favorite colors!

    Tip #2: Keeping Your Fabrics Organized

    Because you need 4 different medium or dark fabrics and 2 different light fabrics, it’s easier to keep track of which fabric would go where by labeling.

    I like to simply keep my pieces pinned together. Karen labels hers with office-supply sticky tabs, but you can use lettered or numbered pins or Post-It Notes, or whatever works for you.

    The materials list, cutting list, and sewing instructions starting on page 63 of "Fresh Start Quilts" are very clear. Here’s a quick visual of how the pieces go together to form the block, but you’ll want to refer to the instructions in the book for specific measurements and instructions.

    The sewing goal for this 4-week sew-along is to make 5 blocks each week, so we suggest that you cut fabrics for five blocks at a time. At this pace, we can finish our quilt tops before Christmas. (Of course, it’s not a contest, so you if don’t have as much time, it’s OK to make fewer blocks per week.)

    Here’s a peek at one of my blocks and one of Karen’s blocks:

    I’m not quite done with the blocks for my king size quilt, so I better get sewing. We’ll share more tips and pics next week!

    ~Connie

    Stock up on Appliqué Freezer Paper and Foundation-Piecing Paper Packs!

    Visit ShopMartingale.com to take advantage of our flash sale: Buy 3 packs (or more) of papers and get 50% off each pack! You can mix and match Applique Freezer Papers and Foundation-Piecing Papers. Why do you need these papers? Scroll down to learn more! Act now, this flash sale is only valid through Thursday, November 17.

    Appliqué Freezer Paper

    Re-create the look of Kim Diehl’s world-famous appliqué with ease. Why choose Kim Diehl’s Best Appliqué Freezer Paper?

    • 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheets can be used with inkjet printers and photocopiers
    • Flat, single-page sheets make tracing, cutting, and storage easy.
    • The ideal weight makes preparing and stitching appliqué motifs for both machine and hand techniques a snap!
    • The waxy side of each sheet has just the right amount of "hold" when pressed onto fabric, yet it releases easily once your stitching is complete.
    • The updated value pack includes 50 sheets!

    Use the same paper that best-selling author Kim Diehl uses for her invisible machine-appliqué method. Add these books to cart–they include patterns that utilize the appliqué freezer paper.

    From left: "Simple Appeal – 14 Patchwork & Appliqué Projects for Everyday Living", "Simple Whatnots – A Batch of Satisfyingly Scrappy Little Quilts", and "Simple Whatnots III – A Third Serving of Satisfyingly Scrappy Quilts", all by Kim Diehl.

     

    Papers for Foundation Piecing

    Play with paper-piecing whenever you wish with the quality and convenience of That Patchwork Place’s foundation-piecing papers! Print your favorite paper-piecing patterns easily and accurately with the convenience of your home computer or a photocopier. Our papers give such fast, precise results, you’ll be paper-piecing your next project–with the finest, quilter-tested papers–in no time. Plus, you can use them with any paper-piecing book or magazine pattern on the market!

    Check out these Martingale books that are perfect for pairing with foundation-piecing paper.

    From left: "You’ve Got a Point – Stunning Quilts with Triangle-in-a-Square Blocks" by Anna Dineen, "Learn to Paper Piece – A Visual Guide to Piecing with Precision" by Nancy Mahoney, and "Little Gems – 15 Paper-Pieced Miniature Quilts" by Connie Kauffman.

    Happy stitching!


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  10. "Simple Double-Dipped Quilts" Mystery Stitch-Along: Part 3 + Fresh Start Quilts Stitch-Along

    The Part 3 instructions for the "Simple Double-Dipped" Mystery Stitch-Along are live and ready for you. Let’s do this!! In this final update, you’ll get instructions to finish your blocks into a table runner, a table topper, or ….Well, you’ll just have to visit the special "Simple Double-Dipped" Mystery Stitch-Along page and download the Part 3 pdf to see an additional finishing option that author Kim Diehl has whipped up for you!

    The "Simple Double-Dipped Quilts" Mystery Stitch-Along has come to a close, but keep stitching and sharing your progress on Instagram and Facebook. We love to see your progress! And don’t worry, we have more stitching fun in store for you…. Starting on Tuesday, November 15, we’re hosting a stitch-along of the cover quilt (Fresh Air) from "Fresh Start Quilts" by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene. We’ll share tips, our versions of the blocks, plus the authors will share their (new!) blocks, too! The Fresh Air quilt finishes at 51-1/2″ x 64-1/2″, and it’s a perfect design to use up some of your scraps! Grab your copy of "Fresh Start Quilts" and get ready to sew along with us!

    ^^Watch the trunk show video to see all of the projects in "Fresh Start Quilts".

    From the back cover of "Fresh Start Quilts":

    Are you ready for a fresh start?

    The best-selling design team of Country Threads is back with a new look. Longtime designers and former shop owners Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene are known for their scrappy Civil War-inspired quilts. In a modern-day plot twist, the design duo has shifted gears and reimagined 11 of their traditional quilt patterns in vibrant, refreshing colors. (Think about trading out your favorite fall sweaters for a brighter spring wardrobe!)

    No matter what the color palette, the blocks and scrappy fabric choices stay true to the Country Threads style that you know and love.

    Want more sewing inspiration?!? Visit the Sew Alongs tab on ShopMartingale.com to see a list of sew-alongs, blog hops, video features, and more from Martingale authors.

    And while you’re browsing the books at ShopMartingale.com, check out the $35 Quilters Gift Bundles, $25 Mystery Book Boxes, and other items in our Gifts, Tools, and Calendars category.

    Happy stitching!


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