1. 30% Off on 9/30: 30 Reasons to Buy New-to-You BOOKS!

    EVERYTHING IS ON SALE FOR ONE DAY ONLY: 30% off on SEPTEMBER 30!

    Check out 30 reasons to buy new-to-you books!

    1. Your stash runneth over "Scrap School" by Lissa Alexander
    2. You need new quilting ideas "Machine Quilting Idea Book" by Vicki Ruebel
    3. You’re making quick gifts "It Takes Two!" by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson of Me and My Sister Designs
    4. It’s Fri-Yay! "Oh, Happy Day!" by Corey Yoder
    5. You’ve got a grandbaby on the way "Animal Parade 2″ by Cheri Leffler

     

    1. You want to paint a picture with fabric "Piece & Love" by Diane Brinton and Audrey Mann of The Cloth Parcel
    2. It’s time to use your 5-inch Charm Squares "Sew Charming" by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene of Country Threads
    3. You’ve collected too many 10-inch Layer Cakes "Moda All-Stars: Cakewalk" compiled by Lissa Alexander
    4. You need a cozy cushion "Moda All-Stars: Soft Spot" compiled by Lissa Alexander
    5. You want to linger over beautiful images "Yoko Saito Through the Years" by Yoko Saito

     

    1. You’re ready to quilt and cook "Quilt Recipes" by Jen Kingwell
    2. Fat-Quarter friendly quilts are calling your name "Moda All-Stars: Two, Four, Six, Eight" compiled by Lissa Alexander
    3. Christmas is Coming "Jingle All the Way" by Debbie Busby
    4. Christmas is less than 100 days away "Buttermilk Basin’s Ornament Extravaganza II" by Stacy West
    5. Everyday is a Holiday "Pat Sloan’s Holiday Hoopla" by Pat Sloan

    1. It’s slow stitching time "Tabletop Stitchery" by Gail Pan
    2. You’ve got all the fall feels "A Time for Gathering" by Kathy Cardiff
    3. You’re captivated by color "Quilt by Color" by Susan Ache
    4. Jelly Rolls are your jam "Jelly Roll Jam" by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson of Me and My Sister Designs
    5. Blue and white speaks to your heart "A Season in Blue" by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts

     

    1. You love the simple things in life "Simple Whatnots III" by Kim Diehl
    2. You want to dabble in small appliqué projects "101 Itty Bitty Celebrations" by Lisa Bongean
    3. You love quilts with a history "Dear Jane" by Brenda Manges Papadakis
    4. Red and white is always right "Red & White Quilts II"
    5. You’re a Jo Morton fan "Hearth & Home" by Jo Morton

     

    1. You want to make a bargello quilt "More Twist-and-Turn Bargello Quilts" by Eileen Wright
    2. Classic quilts suit your style "County Seat Quilts" by Julie Hendricksen and Vickie Gerike
    3. You have stars in your eyes, always "Patches of Stars" by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts
    4. You love a good love letter "Quilts of Love and Valor" by Becky A. Wright
    5. You want to finish strong "25 Days to Better Machine Quilting" by Lori Kennedy

     

    Looking for more? Well, you’re in luck! Everything on Visit ShopMartingale.com is discounted by 30% today. Need a 2023 quilt wall calendar, appliqué freezer paper, or a crochet how-to book? We’ve got it! Click here and search by author, technique, or keyword. Shop now, the 30% off special is only valid today (Friday, 9/30). And if you purchase $60 or more, we’ll pay for shipping (US only)!


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  2. $8 Book Sale: Last Call! Sale Ends Saturday Night 9/17!

    Just sending you a quick reminder to visit our Fall Book Sale today. We’re turning off the sale prices later tonight (Saturday), so don’t miss your chance to buy 99+ books that start at $8! And we’ll pay for shipping (US only) if your order is $60 or more. And yes, you can combine sale books and regular-price books to hit the magic $60 amount!

    There are soooo many wonderful books included in the sale, it’s a challenge to highlight all of them….Here are a few that you should consider adding to your library and to-do project list.

    From left: "Simple Whatnots II" by Kim Diehl and "Buttermilk Basin’s Pick of the Crop" by Stacy West.

     

    From left: "Perfectly Pretty Patchwork" by Kristyne Czepuryk and "Labor of Love" from Sherri L. McConnell of A Quilting Life.

     

    From left: "Spectacular Stars Simplified" by Shelley Cavanna "Acorn Cottage" by Brenda Riddle

     

    From left: "Retro Stitchery" by Beverly McCullough of Flamingo Toes and  "Simple Quilts from Me and My Sister Designs" by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson of Me and My Sister Designs.

     

    Big Books: $12

    The Big Books are compilation titles–each with more than 40 patterns! Books in this category start at $12, and the top-sellers include: Favorite Scrap Quilts, Quick-to-Finish Quilts, Hand-Embroidery Projects, Table Toppers, and Star-Studded Quilts. View all of the Big Book titles on this page.

     

    Mystery Book Boxes

    Remember to check out our $25 Mystery Book Boxes while you’re shopping. Each box is chock-full of 5 books from one of our most popular categories. Choose from: Scrappy Projects, Embroidery and Handwork, Quick and Easy, Classic and Timeless, and Sampler Projects. The MSRP for the collection of 5 books starts at $122.00. That’s an 80% savings. Order a box (or a box from each category) before our accounting team crunches the numbers on this deal!

     

    Ok, enough scrolling here! Click over to the BOOK SALE page at ShopMartingale.com to shop and save before the sale ends tonight!

    Happy shopping and stitching!


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  3. $8 Book Sale: Throwback Thursday

    Today we’re spotlighting classic, traditional, and reproduction-style quilt pattern books. Take advantage of our sale prices and stock up on the books listed below—starting at just $8 each! The books are filled with patterns that’ll give you the inspiration and how-to so you can make beautiful use of all the repro fabrics you’ve been collecting!

    And remember to check out the Mystery Book Boxes! The Classic and Traditional Mystery Book Box includes 5 books with more than 60 traditional quilt patterns–all for only $25!

    From left: "Vintage Treasures" by Pam Buda and "Treasure Hunt" by Linda Collins and Leah Zieber.

     

    From left: "Prairie Patchwork" by Martha Walker and "County Seat Quilts" by Julie Hendricksen and Vickie Gerike.

     

    From left: "Vintage Legacies" by Carol Hopkins and "Quilts of Love and Valor" by Becky A. White.

     

    From left: "Time-Honored Traditions" by Annette Plog and "Tried & True" by Jo Morton.

     

    From left: "Small & Scrappy" by Kathleen Tracy and "Step Back in Time" by Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts.

     

    And don’t forget about our Big Books! "The Big Book of Civil War Quilts" is filled with instructions for 58 history-rich quilt patterns inspired by the 1800s. It’s one of the books in our Big Book series–starting at $12 during our sale this week.


    And if you’re a history buff, look at "American Quilt Treasures". It’s a hardcover, coffee-table book that’s a beautifully photographed exploration of 65 historic quilts from the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. (Patterns not included.)

     

    We could keep going, but you should check out the list on-sale books for yourself! There are plenty of terrific traditional quilt pattern books included in our $8 BOOK SALE!

     

    If you’ve scrolled this far and are looking for an update on the "Quilt Recipes" This Way Not That Quilt Along….I encourage you to use this week as a catch-up week! We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming next Thursday. I’ll share tips on piecing backing and preparing binding fabrics. ~Lisa


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  4. Do you like mysteries? Check out our new…

    Mystery Book Boxes. What’s a Mystery Book Box, you ask? Well, we picked 5 books from 5 of our top-selling categories and assembled $25 grab-bag style mystery boxes to be included in our Fall Warehouse Book Sale. In each box, you’ll get dozens+ of quilt patterns, and you might even discover a new favorite author and designer! And these are good books–for only $25!! But don’t wait on this offer. We’re offering a limited quantity of Mystery Book Boxes for a short time. So while you’re shopping our $8 Fall Book Sale, add a couple Mystery Book Boxes to your cart. They make great gifts for your guild pals and quilty friends, too! The categories are:

    • Classic and Timeless

    Nothing Beats the Classics! Classic and timeless quilt patterns have withstood the test of time, and they continue to grow in popularity. Order the Classic and Timeless Mystery Book Box and you’ll receive 5 books with more than 60 traditional quilt patterns. The titles of the 5 books are a secret, but the books will inspire you to gather your reproduction-inspired fabrics and sew your way back to a simpler time.

    Regular retail price of these 5 books: $132.95

    • Scrappy Projects

    A Scrapper’s Delight. Attention all scrap savers: Gather your fabric scraps and order the Scrappy Projects Mystery Book Box. We hand-picked 5 fabulous books featuring more than 90 scraptacular quilt patterns. The titles of the 5 books are a secret, but it’s certain that the books will help you make a dent in your scrap stash.

    Regular retail price of these 5 books: $138.95

    • Quick and Easy

    Easy Does It! In a time-crunch for quilted gifts, or just want to add fresh, new quilts to your home decor? Get the Quick and Easy Mystery Book Box and you’ll receive 5 books with more than 60 quilt patterns that you can whip up in no time. The titles of the 5 books are a secret, but the books are filled with diagrams, instructions, and tips that’ll help you achieve speedy success!

    Regular retail price of these 5 books: $124.95

    • Sampler Platter

    Variety is the spice of life! Have you ever stitched a sampler quilt? It’s a perfect way to dabble in new-to-you techniques and build your skill set. Order the Sampler Platter Mystery Book Box and you’ll get 5 books with more than 15 quilt patterns and 219 block designs to hone your piecing and appliqué skills. The titles of the 5 books are a secret, but the books are filled blocks, quilts, and ideas aplenty.

    Regular retail price of these 5 books: $122.95

    • Embroidery and Handwork

    Busy Hands Are Happy Hands! We gotta hand it to you–handwork takes patience and dedication. And we’re dedicated to creating books with beautiful hand-embroidery and handwork projects for you! When you order the Embroidery and Handwork Mystery Book Box, you’ll receive 5 books (and a bonus booklet) featuring more than 100 projects. The titles of these  books are a secret, but the books are sure to delight and inspire.

    Regular retail price of these 5 books (plus a bonus booklet!): $148.94

    And if you’re not the mystery type, but still like a good brain exercise when you’re not sewing, check out our 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles! They’re included in our Fall Warehouse Book Sale.

    Happy stitching!


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  5. Fall 2022 Warehouse Sale kicks off today! 99+ books starting at $8!

    The twice-yearly warehouse sale starts today! Browse through 99+ titles (starting at only $8) to find your favorite books and load up on inspiration for your next projects.

    If your fabric stash exceeds your finished projects pile, get stitching and put those fabrics into spectacularly scrappy quilts! Whether you prefer an anything-goes approach or like a planned-and-organized scrap quilt, we’ve got a pattern book for you. Scroll down to see today’s featured on-sale titles and view all the books in the sale that’ll help you make a dent in your fabric stash (or make room for more).

    From left: "Scrap School" by Lissa Alexander and "Hearth & Home" by Jo Morton.

     

    From left: "Beyond the Battlefield" by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene of Country Threads and "Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites" by Carrie Nelson.

     

    From left: "Quilt Club" by Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts and "Simple Harvest" by Kim Diehl.

     

    From left: "Blackberg Edition" by Cindy Blackberg and "Schoolgirl Sampler" by Kathleen Tracy.

     

    The Fall 2022 Warehouse Sale starts TODAY and continues through Saturday, September 17. But don’t wait to shop–books will be flying off the shelves this week! FREE shipping when you spend $60 or more (US only). Click here to see all the on-sale books or visit ShopMartingale.com.

    Happy shopping (and stitching)!


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  6. "Quilt Recipes" This Way Not That Quilt Along: Week 6 + "Tucked-Away Treasures" book by Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts

    We’ve reached Week 6 of the "Quilt Recipes" This Way Not That Quilt Along!

    This week we’ll finish the quilt top for the This Way Not That Quilt Along. Let’s sew, sew, sew, row by row! Refer to the Quilt Assembly Diagram on page 32 of "Quilt Recipes" for instructions from author, Jen Kingwell.

    Martingale staffer Lisa shares a couple tips for joining rows and a pic of her finished quilt top this week. Yippee!!

    Lisa’s Learnings:

    • Even though I’m not a huge fan of pinning, I used a bunch of pins when I joined the rows. I used three pins on each block: one on the left side (to line up the middle of the block underneath), one in the middle (to line up the seam underneath), and another on the right side of the block (to line up the middle of the block underneath).

    • I joined my rows in pairs–rows 1 and 2, 3 and 4, then rows 5, 6, and 7. Before and after I sewed each pair together, I checked the layout photos I took on my phone to make sure I had the placement correct.**

    • After stitching, I pressed the newly joined rows and placed them back on the design wall to make sure I kept everything in order.

    • I worked my way down the quilt top and joined rows 1 and 2 to 3 and 4, then added that section to rows 5, 6, and 7.

    **If you’re paying attention and have a keen eye for detail, you may have noticed that I flipped row 5 sometime during the process. I think the overall design still looks a-ok, and I’m chalking it up to creative license. That’s code for: I noticed it, but don’t really want to rip it! Tell me in the comments if you think I should rip it and flip it….

    Let’s see your finished This Way Not That quilt tops! Share your photos on Facebook and Instagram. Tag us using @martingaletpp and include these hashtags #shopmartingale #quiltrecipes #quiltrecipesqal #thiswaynotthatquilt .

    Join me next week for tips on piecing the backing fabric and preparing the binding….

    September 2022 releases

    We’re releasing 5 more fabulous NEW books this month! Today’s spotlight is shining bright on the "Tucked-Away Treasures" book by Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts. This is Paula and Mary Ellen’s fourth book, but it’s the first to focus on small quilts. Consider stitching a few (or all 14) of the lovely little quilts and spruce up your decor with splashes of timeless style.

    From the back cover of "Tucked-Away Treasures":

    Delightfully small quilts with big style!

    Designers Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts love incorporating small quilts throughout their homes. And because they do, they also understand the importance of adjusting the scale of little quilts and adding interesting details that pack a visual pop into each one!

    The 14 patchwork quilts in this book are perfect accents: tuck them into cozy vignettes, use one to top an inviting table, or spruce up a room by hanging a pair on a wall. Whether you favor the rich reproduction and border prints used by the authors, or you prefer a lighter, brighter look for your decor, the classic lines and timeless look of these patterns are the perfect match for any home.

    Get your copy of "Tucked-Away Treasures" from the authors (get the scoop on their website), your local quilt shop, ShopMartingale.com, or anywhere you buy quilt books!

    Happy stitching!


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  7. "Quilt Recipes" This Way Not That Quilt Along: Week 5 + "Fresh Start Quilts" book by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene of Country Threads

    Yayyyy! Week 5 of the "Quilt Recipes" This Way Not That Quilt Along is upon us!

    What’s in store for us this week? Laying out the blocks and sewing them into rows! You’ll have 5 rows of 9 blocks and 4 rows that contain 8 blocks with a half block at each end. Refer to the Quilt Assembly Diagram on page 32 of "Quilt Recipes" and note the orientation of the corner triangles to get a result similar to author Jen Kingwell’s version of This Way Not That.

    Martingale staffer Lisa shares her progress and some tips for laying out the blocks.

    Lisa’s Learnings:

    • I stacked all my blocks and placed my favorite feature fabric on top. I love the soft pink and black stripe fabric and wanted that block to be in the top, left corner of my quilt. 💗🖤

    • A design wall was a HUGE help this week. I was lucky enough to have access to two huge design walls. As I placed each block in the 9 horizontal rows, I made sure the dark corners (my orange fabrics) were in the correct position according to the diagram on page 32 of "Quilt Recipes".

    • I pinned all the blocks to the design walls–I didn’t want them to fall off as I walked by, etc. When I finished, I stepped back to check the positioning and took a photo. Then I started swapping blocks to achieve randomness within the rows and surrounding blocks. Ex: I didn’t want two stripe blocks next to each other, and I also tried to scatter the blocks so there wasn’t a cluster of same-color centers next to each other.

    • I swapped quite a few blocks, each time removing one and keeping the position of the dark (orange) fabrics in mind as I moved it, so I didn’t mess up the overall zigzag look of the dark fabrics. And I took a picture each time, just in case it was the perfect layout–I wanted to have a photo saved in my phone so I could refer to it in case any blocks jumped off the design wall, and as I sewed the rows together.

    • After I finished the first row, I pressed the seams in one direction (to the right). I pressed seams for the second row in the opposite direction so the seams will nest nicely when I join the rows next week.

    Are you making progress on your This Way Not That quilt? Please share your photos so I can see and share them on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Make sure to tag us using @martingaletpp and include these hashtags #shopmartingale #quiltrecipes #quiltrecipesqal #thiswaynotthatquilt so we can see your version!

    September 2022 releases

    This month, we’re releasing 5 more fabulous NEW books! Since we’re starting a fresh, new month** (see below), we’ll kick it off with a book called "Fresh Start Quilts" by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene of Country Threads. You may recognize the authors and remember their scrappy, Civil War-inspired quilts. Well, well, well. Their new book features 11 scrappy quilts and 3 mini pillows in a totally new palette. Check it out in the trunk show video below!

    ^^Click on the cover to watch a trunk show video 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.

    Purchase your copy of "Fresh Start Quilts" from the authors (get details on their blog), your favorite quilt shop, online at ShopMartingale.com, or anywhere you buy quilting books.

    **Speaking of a fresh, new month….Have you grabbed your copy of the "2023 That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar" yet? We’ve sold out of our calendars the last few years–don’t miss out on the chance to surround yourself with year-round inspiration! Proudly display That Patchwork Place’s quilt calendar in your kitchen, office, or sewing space and use the large daily squares to record appointments, meetings, and special events. Now in its 21st year of publication, this inspiring wall calendar includes a 28-page pullout booklet with complete instructions to make all 12 of the pictured projects. Throughout the year, the beautifully styled photos will enhance your decor and inspire your creativity.

    Happy stitching!


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  8. 30% Off Books, Calendars, Journals, and Products: August 30! One day only!!

    🔥 HOT DEAL: 30% on all books, calendars, journals, and products at ShopMartingale.com.

    As the summer winds down and you start to plan your list of projects for the upcoming seasons, take advantage of the one-day sale on ShopMartingale.com. We’ll pay for shipping (US only) if you spend $60 or more! Everything that’s available on the website now is included in the sale! Here are a few of the best-selling categories on ShopMartingale.com.

    Scrappy Quilts

    "A New Twist" by Nancy Mahoney, "Scrap School" by Lissa Alexander, "Sampler Spree" by Susan Ache, and more.

     

    Traditional, Reproduction, and Classic Quilts

    "Schoolgirl Sampler" by Kathleen Tracy, "Blackberg Edition" by Cindy Blackberg, "Time-Honored Traditions" by Annette Plog, and more.

     

    Quick and Easy Projects

    "Farmhouse Fresh" by Jenelle Kent, "Simple Quilts from Me & My Sister Designs" by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson, "Picture Perfect" by Kathy Schmitz, and more.

     

    Calendars, Journals, and Planners

    "2023 That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar", "A Quilting Life Planner and Workbook" by Sherri McConnell, "A Quilter’s Journal" by Lisa Bongean, and more.

     

    Bags, Small Quilts, and Objects

    "Yoko Saito’s Bags I Love to Carry" by Yoko Saito, "Handmade Happiness" by Jina Barney and Lori Woods, "Buttermilk Basin’s Pick of the Crop" by Stacy West, and more.

     

    Technique-Based Books

    "Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery" by Gail Pan, "The Big Book of Crochet Stitches" by Rita Weiss and Jean Leinhauser, "Sunny Days" by Jan Patek, and more.

    The "Quilt Recipes" This Way Not That Quilt Along will be wrapping up soon. (And yes, "Quilt Recipes" is included in the 30% off sale!) Do you want us to host another quilt along? If so, let us know which project from what book? Visit our SUMMER SALE post on Facebook and Instagram and vote for the next quilt along project!

    Tell us in the comments: What books are you adding to your cart today?

     


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  9. "Quilt Recipes" This Way Not That Quilt Along: Week 4 + "Pat Sloan’s Holiday Hoopla" book by Pat Sloan

    Hooray for Week 4 of the "Quilt Recipes" This Way Not That Quilt Along!

    We’re heading into the fourth week of the This Way Not That Quilt Along. Woo hoo! We’ll be sewing and trimming block corners this week. Refer to pages 28 through 32 of "Quilt Recipes" for specific instructions.

    Martingale staffer Lisa shares her progress this week. She sewed the small dark and light squares and shares her tips below.

    Lisa’s Learnings:

    • I used a leader or starter fabric on this step to help ease piecing. The rectangular leader (orange) strip near my sewing machine helped keep the fabric point from getting sucked under the needle.

    • I prefer to use a quarter-inch foot that has a built-in quarter-inch guide, but since I was sewing pieces that I would trim later, I used a standard presser foot.

    • I laid out 5 feature-fabric squares on my sewing table, then placed a small light square on one corner. That way I could chain-piece and slide each square under the needle when I was ready to sew (as opposed to placing the light squares individually as I sewed).

    • After I finished a chain of five squares, I brought the stitched fabrics to my ironing board and snipped each thread chain.

    • I used an Add-A-Quarter ruler to trim the corners. I placed the ridge on the stitched line and trimmed the corners. Any ruler with quarter inch marks will work for this step.

    • I kept my trimmed corners in a small box. I already have plans to used them another project!

     

    August 2022 releases

    We have 5 fantastic new books to share with you in August! We’ll feature one book this week and showcase the rest of the new releases throughout the month. This week’s we’re highlighting "Pat Sloan’s Holiday Hoopla" by Pat Sloan.

    L V (Verified Purchase)
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Another great book by a great author

    Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2022

    From the back cover of "Pat Sloan’s Holiday Hoopla":

    Make Every Day a Celebration!

    You don’t have to look far on the calendar to find days filled with fun and cheer. Why not merge your love of quilting with some festive flair to make quilts that celebrate seasons and special occasions? The 12 patchwork patterns inside commemorate some special days, but their style is strong enough to last a season or more! (Pat even tossed in a dash of fusible appliqué for good measure.)

    Pick a favorite or two to highlight the days or events you love best. Or make them all and turn your home into a year-round showcase of your talents. Designer Pat Sloan brings her fun, friendly, you-can-do-it attitude to every project. Celebrate every day the quilter’s way!

    Happy stitching!


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  10. "Quilt Recipes" This Way Not That Quilt Along: Week 3 + "Barn Star Sampler" book by Shelley Cavanna

    Hooray for Week 3 of the "Quilt Recipes" This Way Not That Quilt Along!

    Let’s get to it! This week we’ll be marking a diagonal line on the wrong side of all of the small squares. Refer to p. 28 of "Quilt Recipes" by Jen Kingwell for specific instructions on this step for the This Way Not That quilt.

    Martingale staffer Lisa shares her progress this week. She marked lines on her small light and dark squares and shares her tips below.

    Lisa’s Learnings:

    Although drawing diagonal lines on fabric might not be the most fun step in the process of making this quilt, I wanted to find ways to make it interesting! I flipped my rotary cutting mat so the back side faced up, grabbed a Frixion pen and a small ruler, and tried to figure out the most efficient way to mark my lines.

    • I placed 5 small squares on my mat, and I nested them so I could slide my ruler from square to square (instead of lifting and positioning the ruler for each square).

    • I had the best results when I held my pen straight up, as opposed to holding it at an angle like I would for writing. TIP: If you find that your pen is pulling on the fabric, you could use a sandpaper board instead of a rotary mat.

    • Then, I made my way around my cutting mat and drew a line on each of 5 squares and set them aside.

    • I combined the stacks when I hit 10 squares and set the marked squares just above my mat so I could see my progress.

    • After I finished drawing all the lines, I used a paper towel to wipe the pen marks off my ruler so I wouldn’t smear ink on my fabric the next time I use the ruler.

    I like listening to music when I quilt (well anytime, really), so I turned on some of my favorite tunes while I drew lines. Do you multitask when you quilt or prep your projects? If podcasts are your jam, check out the A Quilting Life podcast hosted by Martingale authors and designers for Moda Fabrics, Sherri McConnell and Chelsi Stratton. I know many quilters play their favorite movie or TV series while they’re working. What are your tips for keeping entertained–yet still focused–while working on your projects? Share your faves in the comments!

    OK, now fire up and get drawing lines this week so we can dive into sewing next week!

    Remember to share photos of your project on Facebook and Instagram and make sure to tag us using @martingaletpp and include these hashtags #shopmartingale #quiltrecipes #quiltrecipesqal #thiswaynotthatquilt so we can see your progress on This Way Not That!

    August 2022 releases

    We have 5 fantastic new books to share with you in August! We’ll feature one book this week and highlight the rest of the new releases throughout the month. This week’s star is "Barn Star Sampler" by Shelley Cavanna of Cora’s Quilts. This book currently holds the #1 best-seller rating in the Quilts & Quilting category on Amazon.com! Woo hoo!

    ^^Click on the cover to watch a quick video of the spectacular starry sampler and companion quilts that are featured in "Barn Star Sampler".

    From the back cover of "Barn Star Sampler":

    A Blockbuster Sampler and Sparkling Projects

    Inspired by painted and wood quilt blocks that adorn barns, author Shelley Cavanna shares 20 blocks and 7 quilt designs that are destined to pass the test of time. The Barn Star Sampler quilt, quite possibly the star of the show, incorporates 20 different block designs spanning 4″ to 24″ in a fresh and modern sampler-quilt layout. Combine patchwork blocks to create a table runner, a wall quilt, a lap quilt, and full-size bed-quilt designs. With so many block sizes, star variations, and layouts, the sky’s the limit!

    FEATURED BLOCKS INCLUDE:
    Carpenter Star
    Christmas Star
    Diamond Star
    Farmer’s Star
    Friendship Star
    Moroccan Star
    Mosaic Star
    Northern Star
    Ohio Star
    Peony Star
    Pinwheel Star
    Ribbon Star
    Sawtooth Star
    Tulip Star
    Weathervane Star
    Windmill Star

    Inside scoop: there will be quilt alongs and other fun activities that’ll coincide with this book! Purchase your copy of "Barn Star Sampler" from the author, Shelley Cavanna, your favorite quilt shop, ShopMartingale.com, or anywhere you buy quilting books.

    Happy stitching!


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