1. NEW: Patchwork packed with outdoor fun + a sew-along starting soon (+ giveaway!)

    Let’s go on a picnic—and return inspired to quilt!

    Patchwork Picnic

    Sew cute critters, fancy flowers, birds and bugs, trees and turtles, and other odes to the out-of-doors with Patchwork Picnic. Inside the book you’ll be treated to 30 adorable quilt blocks, each in two sizes: 6″ and 12″ square. The secret to making these charming designs? An easy stitch-and-flip technique that skips foundation piecing and templates.

    From Patchwork Picnic

    A fun sampler quilt featuring all 30 blocks provides the block patterns for six companion projects, such as a table runner, tote, and pouches. Simply choose your favorite blocks and plug them into the patterns. With handy cutting charts and a lettering system for keeping your pieces organized, sewing will seem like a picnic!

    Here’s author Gracey Larson—the creative force behind Burlap and Blossom Patterns and Riley Blake’s newest fabric designer!—to tell you more about Patchwork Picnic and her exciting online sew-along, beginning August 2.

    Gracey LarsonI love adventure! Traveling, exploring, and drinking in new experiences give me so much joy. But you don’t need to go far to experience it; adventure can be as close as your own backyard. This is what I wanted to capture in my new book, Patchwork Picnic.

    Adventure can be found when we slow down and notice the little things; butterfly wings fluttering, birds singing, lightning bugs dancing, or frogs croaking. Outside—it’s where you’ll often find me spending time gathering inspiration and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. With Patchwork Picnic, we can bring the outdoors indoors . . . right into our sewing rooms!

    Songbird Table Runner
    Songbird Table Runner

    When coming up with block ideas for the book and designing the projects containing them, I took time to enjoy the process and play with ideas. That is what I encourage you to do as you create these blocks. Pick a few favorite blocks to start with and go! I think the grasshopper, bear, and campsite blocks are my favorites:

    Quilt blocks from Patchwork Picnic
    Grasshopper, Bear, and Campsite blocks from
    Patchwork Picnic

    The sampler quilt brought me right back to when I started quilting. Samplers are some of my absolute favorite quilt designs because they tell a story. Kind of like a quilted photo album, scrapbook, sketchbook, and map all rolled into one!

    Patchwork Picnic sampler quilt
    Sampler quilt from
    Patchwork Picnic

    I can’t wait to see what you create as you stitch through Patchwork Picnic! If you’d like to sew-along with the Instagram quilting community, we’ll be sewing one block per week starting Friday, August 2.

    Follow the hashtag #patchworkpicnicsal to see everyone’s progress!

    Go have an adventure; then come home and quilt all about it!

    Patchwork PicnicThanks for taking us on an adventure through your new book, Gracey!

    We have a copy of Patchwork Picnic to give away today! To throw your hat in the ring, tell us in the comments:

    Where’s your favorite place to picnic?

    • Take me to the beach, stat!
    • I’ll be at the local park.
    • Summer concert series!
    • No need to go far—the backyard is picnic perfection.

    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 start a patchwork picnic of your own right now, you can purchase Patchwork Picnic at our website and we’ll send you a link to download the eBook version for free.

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  2. 10 handmade Christmas gifts to sew now (before the hectic holiday arrives)

    Baking, shopping, decorating, party planning—party-going! There’s so much fun to be had during the holidays, but the closer you get to December 25, the more hectic the pace becomes. So why not start your giftmaking and decorating prep right now?

    July’s the perfect time to start a sewing plan for the days leading up to Christmas (believe it or not, there are only 165 days left!). Today we’ve rounded up 10 projects to make that are easy, fun, and as festive as can be. So crank up the Christmas music, head to your holiday stash, and sew like you’re one of Santa’s elves!

    These fuzzy wool ornaments are so warm and welcoming—we love the idea of hanging them from antique bottles:

    Penny Rug Ornaments
    Penny Rug Ornaments from
    Christmas at Buttermilk Basin

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    A stack of Jo Morton’s patchwork coasters would make a great gift—or serve as decorations with a practical purpose:

    Christmastide Coasters
    Christmastide Coasters from
    Moda All-Stars: Merry Makers

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    Grab your stash of greens and create a forest full of holiday cheer—author Susan Ache is hosting a quilt-along for her Tree Farming quilt right now (get the details and join the fun here):

    Tree Farming quilt
    Tree Farming from
    Countdown to Christmas

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    Prefer a season-extending theme for your holiday home? Blues and whites will take you through Christmas and beyond:

    Nordic Winter Dreams Quilt and Wall Hanging
    Nordic Winter Dreams Quilt and Wall Hanging from
    Pat Sloan’s Celebrate the Seasons

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    Jan Patek’s “turnabout quilts” do double duty—drape them this way and that to see both sides:

    Holly Tree Lane quilt
    Holly Tree Lane from
    Tabletop Turnabouts

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    This cozy snowman stitchery will be cherished by any gift receiver on your list (get Kathy Schmitz’s smart tip for flawless satin-stitched circles here):

    Baby, It's Cold Outside stitchery
    Baby, It’s Cold Outside! from
    Stitches from the Yuletide

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    Kim Diehl created these gorgeous patchwork stockings straight from her scrap basket:

    Scrap-Basket Stockings
    Scrap-Basket Stockings from
    Simple Christmas Tidings

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    Who wouldn’t love this little Christmas wish?

    A Merry Little Christmas Wall Hanging
    A Merry Little Christmas Wall Hanging from
    Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery

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    Looking for a long-term project that’ll shoot to heirloom status? Celebrate the season with Jan Patek’s folk-art sampler quilt, chock-full of winter’s charms:

    Sleigh Bells sampler quilt
    Sleigh Bells sampler quilt
    from Sleigh Bells

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    Or start a new Christmas tradition of setting out milk and cookies for Santa on this adorable runner:

    Santa Collector table runner
    Santa Collector from
    Just Be Claus

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    Your Christmas style: classic, modern, country . . . a merry mix of all three? Tell us in the comments!

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  3. Stitchery, stitcheroo – new Lynette Anderson designs will charm you (+ big giveaway!)

    A wonderfully whimsical world awaits your creativity, courtesy of world-renowned Australian designer Lynette Anderson!

    Lynette's Best-Loved Stitcheries

    Lynette’s created a magical place in her first book with Martingale, Lynette’s Best-Loved Stitcheries. It’s a place where the flowers are always blooming, the bees are always buzzing, and the charms of a country cottage are just a few stitches away.

    From Lynette's Best-Loved Stitcheries

    Create small quilts, pillows, and pouches, plus a journal cover, pencil case, sewing caddy, and framed stitcheries. Zoom in for Lynette’s enchanting details: tiny prairie points, mini appliquéd hearts, and petite embroidered flowers delight at every turn.

    Details from Lynette's Best-Loved Stitcheries

    You’ll learn Lynette’s favorite techniques for transferring embroidery designs and for using her Apliquick method of turned-edge appliqué. Lynette’s hand-painted watercolors (right) round out this dreamy book, chock-full of ways to enjoy every stitch you take.


    Lynette’s love affair with textiles began at a young age. She grew up in a small village in Dorset, England, where her grandmothers taught her to embroider and knit. Patchwork caught her attention in 1981 after the birth of her first son. She moved with her family to Australia in 1990 and released her first patterns in 1995.

    Sunshine and Flowers Pillow
    Sunshine and Flowers Pillow

    Since then, Lynette has produced hundreds of patterns. One of her greatest passions is teaching, and Lynette enjoys traveling the world to share her designs with her students.

    One-Stitch-at-a-Time Sewing Caddy
    One-Stitch-at-a-Time Sewing Caddy

    To celebrate the release of Lynette’s Best-Loved Stitcheries, our friends at Lecien Fabrics generously sent us a big box of goodies to give away to one lucky winner!

    Inside are a Sushi Roll from Lynette’s latest line of fabric, One Stitch at a Time; a collection of 30 skeins of embroidery floss; and eight spools of #40/staple Egyptian cotton thread. WOW! Who will win? It could be you!

    To enter your name into the random drawing for all these goodies, courtesy of Lecien Fabrics, plus a copy of Lynette’s Best-Loved Stitcheries, tell us in the comments:

    Springtime Scissors HolderWhich kind of sewing would you most enjoy doing with Lynette’s new book in hand?

    • I prefer patchwork.
    • I’m all about appliqué!
    • I’d be eager to start with embroidery.

    We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck to all—and if you’re ready to treat yourself by spending some time in Lynette’s whimsical world, order Lynette’s Best-Loved Stitcheries at our website and we’ll send you a link to download the book instantly for free.

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  4. How to choose fabric for a scrap quilt (the easy way) 👍

    From Vintage LegaciesqYou’ve seen them—glorious scrap quilts with tens, or maybe even hundreds, of different fabrics. Each piece seems like it floated effortlessly into place. But if you’ve ever made a scrap quilt, you know that choosing where each fabric goes isn’t quite as easy as it looks!

    Leave it to a pro to offer some sound advice. That’s exactly what Vintage Legacies author Carol Hopkins gave to us when we recently met up with her. Her trick? Think pairs, twosomes, and couples when it comes to mixing your fabrics. She shares her clever trick in the video below. Don’t miss her extra tip at the end of the video—we guarantee it’ll hit the “bullseye” for blocks that tend to stand out in a crowd!

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    Look closely and you’ll see Carol’s approach to scrap quilting in action in her gorgeous quilts from Vintage Legacies:

    Nellie Jane quilt
    Nellie Jane

    Faded Roses quilt
    Faded Roses

    Give and Take quilt
    Give and Take

    See 11 more quilts from Vintage Legacies >>>

    Vintage LegaciesIn Vintage Legacies, you’ll find Civil Warinspired patterns that pay tribute to Southern belles, men’s work shirts from the era, the First Lady of the United States Mary Todd Lincoln, and more. Interesting tidbits about nineteenth-century life round out this stunning collection, all fit for heirloom status. See all the quilts here!

    How do you typically choose fabrics for the scrap quilts you make?

    • My approach is a lot like Carol’s—matching light and dark pairs.
    • I do things a little like Carol and then throw in some surprises.
    • I like the box-of-chocolates approach. You never know what you’re going to get!

    Share your scrap-quilt strategies in the comments!

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  5. 5 patriotic quilts you can make TODAY. . . and enjoy all summer long 🇺🇸

    Wishing you had a patriotic quilt to display for the 4th of July? Start sorting your red, white, and blue fabrics—we’ve rounded up five quilts that you just might be able to finish today! Even if you start it now just for fun and finish it later, the little quilts below are perfect for popping the patriotic spirit into spaces around your home. Which quilt is your favorite?

    Leo's Star quilt
    Leo’s Star from
    Oh Glory! Author Kathy Flowers made this small quilt as a tribute to her father. This quilt is so simple we’re thinking we could make it today and share it with family and friends at the 4th of July picnic tomorrow!

    Anthem quilt
    Anthem from
    Simple Whatnots. Four little blocks, four little cornerstones, and a touch of teal makes this sweet tribute reminiscent of an antique.

    American Crossroads quilt
    American Crossroads from
    A Prairie Journey. Super small (16½" × 16½") and super scrappy, this fun “anything-goes” quilt will bring a little splash of Independence Day to your home all summer long.

    Ruby Rooster quilt
    Ruby Rooster from
    Quirky Little Quilts. Author Sheryl Johnson was inspired to make this quilt from a reproduction of an 1857 antique quilt. Scraps are the special sauce here!

    Stars of Freedom quilt
    Stars of Freedom from
    Oh Glory! You can piece this little beauty by taking your own sweet time with English paper piecing, or you can sew it by machine. Up your quilting game by learning how to sew Y-seams!

    What’s your favorite 4th of July tradition?

    • Fireworks!
    • Picnic!
    • Sewing! (Always my favorite way to celebrate!)

    Tell us in the comments!

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  6. Wish List Day! Bouquets, bowls, a sequel, and a sketchbook (+ giveaway!)

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

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

    Autumn BouquetAutumn Bouquet
    Patchwork and Appliqué Quilts from Reproduction Prints
    Sharon Keightley

    This collection of dreamy quilts 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.

    From Autumn Bouquet

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    Returning to TemeculaTemecula Quilt Co.
    Returning to Temecula
    Scrappy Quilts with a Nod to the Past
    Sheryl Johnson

    Sheryl Johnson, owner of Temecula Quilt Co. and author of Quirky Little Quilts (remember her fun quilt-along?), returns with her interpretations of authentic quilts from yesteryear, sharing patterns for 14 little quilts that capture the make-do spirit of quilters from the past.

    From Returning to Temecula

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    Bowl Me OverBowl Me Over
    A Bounty of Tiny Pillows to Enjoy Every Day
    Debbie Busby

    Stitch ’em up, pile ’em high, and enjoy! These sweet pincushion-sized pillows are irresistibly fun to stitch. Thirty petite bowl fillers are a snap to make with Debbie Busby’s easy wool-appliqué techniques, embroidery stitches, and finishing steps.

    From Bowl Me Over

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    Sue Spargo's Creative Sketchbook and JournalCreative Sketchbook and Journal
    Sue Spargo

    World-renowned textile artist Sue Spargo will inspire your customers to write, sketch, draw, and dream in this gorgeous journal. Among more than 150 close-up, color-drenched photos of Sue’s incredible stitcheries is a mix of lined pages, graphed pages, and blank pages that offer plenty of space for getting in touch with your creative side. Patterns not included.

    Sue Spargo's Creative Sketchbook and Journal

    See more from Sue’s Creative Sketchbook and Journal >>>

    Which new book would make your August 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 . . . July’s new releases are available TODAY!

    Lynette's Best-Loved Stitcheries Patchwork Picnic The Big Book of Little Quilts 2020 That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar

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  7. 3 creative ways to display small quilts (video 🎬)

    The switchable, swappable stitcheries in Gail Pan’s latest book, Changing Seasons, come with a clever twist. First, you make a background quilt. Then you make smaller quilts to display on the background quilt, like so:

    From Changing Seasons

    These interchangeable embroidery panels make it easy to replace one pretty piece for another to reflect the time of year, or to share sentiments. In short, you can choose the embroidered quilt you want to display depending on your mood that day. Here’s an example:

    As the Seasons Change quilt
    This background quilt highlights a summer stitchery.

    Gail's seasonal embroidery panels
    Other seasonal panels are waiting in the wings for their season to shine.

    But how does Gail attach her smaller quilts to her background quilts? Gail uses three basic items: snaps, hook-and-bar closures, and Velcro. Watch how Gail uses these notions on her quilts in the video below:

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    Gail’s banners in Changing Seasons are the perfect size for Ackfeld Wire hangers too. How cute!

    Do More of What Makes You Happy banner
    One of seven celebration banners you’ll find in
    Changing Seasons

    See more from Changing Seasons >>>

    How do you like to display small quilts in your home? Share your ideas in the comments!

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  8. A Sampler Travel Quilt + Projects for the Journey (+ Sew-Along Alert!)

    Start with a travel-inspired sampler quilt; then veer off the beaten path by making nine companion projects with a wanderlust vibe.

    Follow Your Heart

    Famed designer Terry Atkinson acts as tour guide in her latest book, Follow Your Heart, laying the foundation for a fun sewing journey!

    Nine quilts, runners, bags, and more—all based on blocks from the sampler quilt—promise adventurous escapes, excursions, and escapades at your sewing machine. Even if you don’t want to travel farther than your sewing room, you’ll love choosing to follow your heart.

    From Follow Your Heart

    Terry’s projects are great for beginners and beyond. And if you’ve ever made something with her, you know that her unique teaching style makes learning fun. Plus, guess what? You can learn all you need to know by joining her Follow Your Heart Quilt-Along—here’s Terry to tell you more!

    Terry AtkinsonHi there, it’s Terry Atkinson from Atkinson Designs. You may not know me, but you may have heard of Yellow Brick Road, one of my most popular quilt patterns. I’ve been designing quilting and sewing patterns for over 25 years, and I love to find shortcut ways to sew everything. Whether it’s quilts, bags, or home-decorating projects, I enjoy sharing those shortcuts with you!

    My love of sewing started when I was young. I took my first sewing class as a child so that I could make doll clothes on my mom’s Featherweight machine. I’ve been sewing ever since. These days, you’ll find me (and my mom’s Featherweight) traveling around the country with my husband in our Airstream camper.

    City Streets quilt
    City Streets from
    Follow Your Heart

    From Follow Your HeartI’m so excited to combine my lifelong love of sewing with my love of travel. Traveling and inspiration go hand in hand for me. I find inspiration all around me wherever I go. Whether it’s the colors in the evening sky, the variety of greens in the forest, or the shapes of the buildings in a city, inspiration is everywhere.

    Follow Your Heart is the result of that inspiration. The blocks in the sampler quilt are as different from each other as the places my husband and I have visited, and they were inspired by some of our favorite experiences—so far! In addition to the blocks and sampler quilt, I’ve included lots of other projects. There are many different fun techniques to try. Can you tell that I have a short attention span and like variety?

    The view looking straight up to the top of some really tall pine trees inspired the Circle Pines block in the sampler quilt:

    Circle Pines quilt block

    The Tennessee Two Tone block was inspired by the music we’ve heard and the arrows we’ve seen along the way.

    Tennessee Two Tone quilt block

    The Evening Sky quilt captures the layered clouds and colors just before sunset:

    Evening Sky quilt

    And of course you need bags for your stuff when you travel, so I included a tote and an easy zipper pouch too.

    Follow Your Heart has been a joy to create. Come and take a trip with me! Join me for the Follow Your Heart Sew-Along (begin anytime!) and we’ll make the sampler quilt together. Get started with my tips for fabric selection over at facebook.com/atkinsondesigns. (Look for the Follow Your Heart #1 post: Choosing Fabrics.) I’ll post a video lesson for each block as we travel along together. See you there!

    Follow Your HeartTerry, your book and your quilt-along sure look like a fun journey to take!

    We’ve got a brand-spankin’-new copy of Follow Your Heart to give away to one winner today! To be automatically entered into the drawing, tell us:

    What kind of quilting do you do when you travel?

    • I always have a hand-sewing project at the ready.
    • I take along my favorite quilt books to read!
    • I like to sketch, draw, and dream.

    Share your answer in the comments! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

    Good luck, and happy travels this summer!

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  9. Jelly Roll Christmas project: adorable no-sew fabric chains 😍 (video 🎬)

    We know, it’s not Christmas in July just yet . . . but we couldn’t wait to share this fun Jelly Roll Christmas project with you! If you’ve got a Jelly Roll waiting in the wings for something fun, easy, and absolutely adorbs, congratulations—you just found the perfect way to use it.

    Countdown to Christmas author Susan Ache (of Instagram fame) chocked her latest book full of holiday cheer—her quilts are patchwork perfection AND most of them can be used all year long:

    From Countdown to Christmas
    From Countdown to Christmas

    But Susan also wanted to give you a few quick-and-easy ideas for projects you can make on the fly—or even turn into a family affair with everyone joining in the fun! One of the ideas she shares in Countdown to Christmas is her Christmas fabric chains. Yep, just like the chains you made in kindergarten with construction paper. But take a look at how Susan has elevated the paper-chain game:

    Jelly Roll Christmas project - fabric chains

    Did you gasp like we did at how cute these little chains turned out? Drape them ’round the tree, arrange on a mantle, hang over the front door—the possibilities are endless! You can make them short, long, or somewhere in between. It’s the perfect Jelly Roll Christmas project, but if you’ve got lots of holiday yardage, you bet you can use the same technique with that fabric too.

    Here’s Susan to show you how it’s done!

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    We love how Susan encourages us to include the kiddos—and that advice for making a continuous chain for the tree? That’s a Christmas present all on its own!

    Countdown to ChristmasWhat kind of Christmas fabrics do you have in your stash right now?

    • I have the PERFECT Jelly Roll for this project!
    • I have lots of white, red, and green precuts that will do the trick.
    • I’ve got a pile of Christmas prints just waiting for Susan’s fabric-chain treatment!

    Tell us more in the comments!

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  10. Pat Sloan’s 4 tips for machine quilting with a walking foot (video 📹)

    From Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Machine QuiltNeed a little creative confidence when it comes to machine quilting? Especially if you’re just starting out?

    Pat Sloan (right) has taught thousands of quilters her tried-and-true techniques for getting quilts done. ALL THE WAY done. And that includes DIY-ing the machine quilting.

    If you’ve yet to try machine quilting or if you’ve tried it and weren’t happy with the results, Pat’s got a great idea for you: keep it simple. She teamed up with Baby Lock Sewing Machines to create a series of videos that pair perfectly with her “Teach Me” series of books. The video below reveals Pat’s four favorite tips for keep-it-simple quilting:

    1. How to start and stop a line of machine quilting
    2. How to pull the bobbin thread to the top of your quilt (to avoid tangled
      messes on the back)
    3. How to pivot your quilt when you need to sew in a different direction
    4. How to use the decorative stitches on your machine for unique effects

    Watch the video—and then grab a UFO and give Pat’s ideas a try!

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    You can watch more from Pat’s “Teach Me” video series here.

    In Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt you’ll not only find step-by-step instructions for walking-foot and free-motion quilting but you’ll also get nine of Pat’s pretty patterns, including:

    Mini Charm Star quilt
    This cute Mini Charm Star quilt

    Checkerboard Hearts quilt
    This adorable Checkerboard Hearts quilt

    Cherry Pie quilt
    This fun two-color Cherry Pie quilt

    Dresden Candy Dish quilt
    This delightful little Dresden Candy Dish quilt

    See five more projects from Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt >>>

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    Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Machine QuiltWhat are you waiting for? Learn more of Pat’s machine-quilting methods in her book and get those quilts DONE! As always, when you buy a book at our website, we’ll send you a link to download a digital copy of the book for FREE.

    How do you typically quilt your quilts?

    • With a walking foot
    • With a free-motion foot
    • With a checkbook 😂
    • I hand quilt my quilts!

    Tell us in the comments!

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