1. FLASH Sale on Select Precut-Theme Books!

    Alert. Alert! We’re hosting a flash sale on ShopMartingale.com–starting NOW! Rumor has it that you have some precut fabrics in your stash. (And if you don’t, you should visit your local quilt shop or favorite online retailer to supplement your supply!) So get ready to save 25% on books that will help you put your precut bundles, packs, and rolls to use!

    Precuts are fan favorites because the handy sizes often reduce cutting time, the matched collections make for easy fabric selection, and the variety of prints offers a scrappy look.  Here’s the scoop on this special sale:

    The discount: 25% off!
    The dates: May 11-13, 2021.
    The flash sale page: https://www.shopmartingale.com/flash-sale
    The reason: We want to thank you for being loyal customers!
    The books: The following precut-based titles.

    Fat Quarters: 18″ x  22″

     

    Charm: 5″ squares and Mini Charm: 2-1/2″ squares

     

    Jelly Rolls: 2-1/2″ strips

     

    A Mix of Precut Sizes:

    Visit our sale page and start saving now! FYI: we’ll pay the freight when you spend $40 or more (US only)!


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  2. Author Guest Post: Susan Ache on "Sampler Spree," Sorting Scraps, and a Quilt-Along!

    Today, we’re excited to let author Susan Ache take over the blog and share the scoop on "Sampler Spree," sorting scraps, and an upcoming quilt-along! Heeeeere’s Susan:

    I am a creature of habit, and it isn’t something new nor is it something I change from year to year.  Back in the days when I worked at a quilt shop and the temptation was too great and the fabrics were right at my fingertips, I had to come up with a plan to get through some of the stacks of fabric that I was bringing home AND a system that worked for me.

    That’s when I came up with my plan to just group everything by color, it didn’t matter the designer, the amount of fabric or the style of the fabric. Just group by color, stack by color, and small pieces went into separate bins sorted by color as my “scraps”. Since I take everything apart almost as soon as I get it in my sewing room (I hear some you gasping), Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, and Charm packs are put directly into my scrap bins. Any fat quarters or fat eighths are folded and put into my color wall. (See photo for Susan’s coveted color wall! Dreamy, huh?!)

    Now many of you already know how fast scraps grow (am I right?) and that created a new challenge. That’s why I spend every single summer playing in my scraps, one color at a time. I have always given myself a week with one color and then I move on. Sometimes the blocks I create make it into quilts, sometimes they end up in my “orphan block” basket to be used at another time. But at the end of the summer, I do feel a sense of accomplishment to see that I have used (and played with!) what we usually think of as “leftovers.”

    When Martingale asked me about creating a block book (Publisher’s note: Because we saw you creating so, so many gorgeous blocks on Instagram @yardgrl60), my first thought was “how can it look and feel different from other block books out there?”  Blocks from scraps were my first thought and thankfully that thought never left my mind. I knew how many blocks I needed to make and I went about it the same exact way I plan my summer sewing.

    What’s crazy is that the blocks in "Sampler Spree" are 6” blocks, and I didn’t even make a dent in my scraps. Oh well! I did set a goal not to repeat a fabric if I didn’t have to while I was making each block in each color category. I even went as far as using my backgrounds from scraps. I don’t feel guilty with repeats of those backgrounds, but I did keep track of how many times they were used to even them out across the entire quilt.

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to crack open a new bundle of fabric (I do it all the time, sorting it by color right away of course). Many quilters enjoy playing with a new bundle for one quilt. If that’s your jam, go for it! For me, I enjoy challenging to myself to see what I can do with random leftovers and maybe you will also.

    Join me in a Sampler Spree quilt-along this summer with the Moda Blockheads group. You can find all the details on the Sew Alongs page at ShopMartingale.com or the Moda Blockheads Facebook group page. And be sure to sign up for Moda’s Inspiration + Resources blog to learn more! The official start date for the quilt-along is June 9th. Order your copy of the book "Sampler Spree" here or pick one up at your local quilt shop. (Visit this page and scroll down to see a list of quilt shops that have copies of "Sampler Spree".) You’ll need the book to sew along. We’ll be working color by color and which block numbers we’re sewing are being shared one week at a time. Here’s my challenge to you, try and hit up your leftovers first to see how you feel. These 6” blocks don’t take much and don’t take long and if you really don’t like the feel that your quilt is giving you, then crack open a new bundle and start fresh.

    This is your quilt, make it the way you love to see colors and make it your own. To enjoy the entire process of the quilt making, you’ve got to love the colors you’re playing with. So have fun in your own way!

    Hope to see you sewing along with "Sampler Spree!"

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ~Susan

    If you LOVE Susan’s designs as much as we do, visit this link for a list of all the Martingale books she’s contributed to or solo-authored, then make sure to follow her on Instagram for inspiration aplenty!

     


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  3. MORE NEW BOOKS and winners from last week’s blog post

    We have some best-sellers-in-the-making to share in this blog post, folks! The running theme in both of the featured books today is scraps! Use the step-by-step instructions and full-size patterns in "Buttermilk Basin’s Pick of the Crop" to combine bits of wool and cotton in a bounty of fall-theme projects. And Kim Diehl shares thorough instructions for small, scrappy quilts, plus loads of sewing advice, heaps of decorating ideas, and her signature "Extra Snippet" tips in "Simple Whatnots II." Be sure to watch the videos included in this post (or click on the covers and watch the videos on each book listing on ShopMartingale.com) to see all of the projects included in each book. Both books are available at your local quilt shop or at ShopMartingale.com now!

    "Buttermilk Basin’s Pick of the Crop – 18 Cotton and Wool Projects that Feel Like Fall" by Stacy West

    Capture all there is to love about fall with Buttermilk Basin’s latest book of seasonal projects. Author Stacy West mixes wool and cotton fabrics, motifs, and colors beautifully–and with her guidance, you can too! Buttermilk Basin’s Pick of the Crop will have you savoring each and every project. Choose from framed pieces for a mantel display, dimensional fruits and veggies to fill a harvest bowl, wall hangings to set the stage for autumn vignettes, and more. You’ll even find a Halloween motif or two. All of the 18 designs are perfect for home decor pieces and as thoughtful gifts for your favorite fall fanatic.

     

     

     

    "Simple Whatnots II – A Second Helping of Satisfyingly Scrappy Quilts"  by Kim Diehl

    Proving that the best things really do come in small packages, Kim Diehl shares 18 cute-as-can-be quilt designs in this delightful sequel to Simple Whatnots. Dig into your scrap bin, box, or basket, and get ready to have some quilting fun. And be sure to read Kim’s expert advice sprinkled throughout as Extra Snippet tips to help your sewing time be even more enjoyable.

    Dozens of photos offer inspiration for displaying completed quilts on the wall, as table toppers, draped on a charming school desk or ladder–the options are plentiful! Layer these little showstoppers with your favorite antiques and collections to bring a bit of sparkle to even the smallest nooks in your home.

     

    Thanks to all for watching the videos and posting your comments on last week’s blog. The winners are:

    "Retro Stitchery" by Beverly McCullough: Cristy M.

     

     

     

     

     

    "Sampler Spree" by Susan Ache @yardgrl60: Kristin B.

     

     

     

     

     

    "Time-Honored Traditions" by Annette Plog: Patti

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


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  4. HOT NEW BOOKS: Reproduction Quilts, a Sampler Quilt, and Hand-Embroidery Projects

    What types of projects are next on your to-make list? We’ve covered a lot of the bases in this trio of recently released books.

    • Are you yearning to learn how you can re-create classic quilts? Check out "Time-Honored Traditions" by Annette Plog. She’ll show you how to curate your fabric stash so you can replicate reproduction quilts that shine.

    • Do you want to expand your skill set and sew a bunch (100+!) blocks? Then "Sampler Spree" by Susan Ache (aka @yardgrl60 on Instagram) is the answer! The scrappy blocks finish at 6 inches square, and they’re easy to adapt to your favorite color palette or style.

    • Interested in trying a new-to-you craft (or revisiting hand-embroidery techniques, if you’ve been on a break)? Well you need to add "Retro Stitchery" by Beverly McCullough to your library!

    Scroll down, watch each of the videos, then leave a comment describing your favorite project from one of the three books. (We know–it’s a tough decision!) We’ll randomly choose three people and send them a copy of the book that contains their favorite project. We’ll pick the winners on Sunday 4/25 at midnight Central. Good luck!

    PS: If you’re not one of the lucky winners, remember to visit ShopMartingale.com to add these books (and more!) to your cart. As always, we’re offering free shipping on orders $40+ (US only).

    ^^"Time-Honored Traditions: Replicate Classic Quilts of Centuries Past" by Annette Plog

    Love the look of reproduction quilts but wonder why some look as though they stepped right out of the nineteenth century while others don’t? Remaking vintage quilts is a cinch when you know the secrets! Follow Annette Plog’s lead as she teaches you to make scrappy reproductions that look just like the antique quilts that inspired them. With plenty of detailed photography and facts about fabric, Annette covers everything from authentic color combinations to building a fabric stash that includes all the perfect colors and prints, plus tips and tricks for making all of your quilts sparkle. With your curated fabric stash, you’ll be able to fast forward to cutting and stitching any project any time, including the 13 featured quilts.

     

    ^^"Sampler Spree – 100+ Fresh & Fun Quilt Blocks" by Susan Ache @yardgrl60

    Indulge your passion for color and fabric with a smorgasbord of blocks to use in a quilt that’s a visual feast. The fun begins with more than 100 beautiful quilt blocks that all finish at 6″ square, making them perfect for using scraps and for easy mixing and matching. Whether you prefer traditional or modern, you’ll find so much to love in the varied assortment of block designs. Susan Ache (you may know her as @yardgrl60 on Instagram) shares 50 expert tips throughout, plus step-by-step instructions for making half-square triangles, flying geese, stitch-and-flip corners, and more. Once your tantalizing blocks are stitched, arranging them in the stunning sampler quilt is sheer pleasure!

     

    ^^"Retro Stitchery – Oh-So-Cute Embroideries with a Wink to the Past" by Beverly McCullough

    Spend an evening stitching any of the designs in this book and you’ll instantly remember what you’ve always loved about embroidery: it’s fun, you can see the design quickly take shape right before your eyes, and in the end you have a delightful piece to brighten your home or office. From beautiful florals to inspirational sayings to whimsical tacos (yes, tacos!), you’ll find more than a dozen designs to make you smile. Beverly McCullough of Flamingo Toes provides easy embroidery and finishing instructions so you can display pieces in hoops, on pillows or zip bags, and even on cork and clothing. Beverly’s inspiring designs and ideas will make it a pleasure to take each stitch.


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  5. Spring 2021: Let’s Get Organized + What’s NEW?

    Spring has sprung in some locales and we’re ready for all the sunshine and longer days ahead. For many of you, the start of a new season means you’re ready to fling open the windows and doors and GET ORGANIZED. Maybe that organization bug also reaches into your quilting life after spending so much time indoors. Author Sherri McConnell has the perfect planner to get you moving in the right direction.

    Consider using the planner as your workbook to:

    • Organize your quilting space
      ~~learn how to find your favorite tools and notions with ease
    • Get your works-in-progress under control
      ~~Sherri’s system will help you conquer the start-but-don’t finish problem!
    • Make progress on long-term projects
      ~~Sherri shares how she keeps ongoing projects from being ignored for too long
    • Review your quilting library
      ~~record and refer to your list of  “must-have” books in one place

    Sherri’s spiral bound planner is a portable guide to getting (and staying) organized! If that’s a promise that resonates with you, then click here to order your copy of A Quilting Life Monthly Planner today.

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    April 2021 NEW release are coming in HOT! HOT! HOT!

    If you’re a fan of Kim Diehl (and who isn’t?) and Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin, then April 2021 is going to be the best DOUBLE FEATURE you can imagine. Each of these terrific designers brings her very best to two new April 2021 books!

    Author Kim Diehl offers a second helping of scrappy quilts in Simple Whatnots II. Inside you’ll find 18 cute-as-can-be small quilt patterns that sparkle with Kim’s signature style. Find more details here.

    Tongue and Groove from Simple Whatnots II

     

    Author Stacy West has a feel for fall in Buttermilk Basin’s Pick of the Crop. You’ll have all the fall feels too. With a mix of wool and cotton, there are framed pieces, dimensional fruits and veggies (Pincushions? Bowl fillers?), pillows, and mini quilts. All will be favorites for any fall fanatics! Find more details here.

      Peace and Plenty from Buttermilk Basin’s Pick of the Crop

    Stop by ShopMartingale.com and peruse ALL THE BOOKS available to make YOUR creative life more FUN!


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  6. Sew Alongs Are Sew Much Fun!

    Are you searching for sewing inspiration, craving community engagement, or thinking about trying new-to-you techniques? Then you should definitely hop over to the new Sew Alongs page on ShopMartingale.com. You’ll find list of virtual sew alongs, blog hops, book tours, and more that coincide with many of our recently released and upcoming books!

    Keep scrolling for a preview of some of the upcoming virtual events. Visit the Sew Alongs page to learn more about all the happenings and specifics.

    Upcoming Sew Alongs, Book Tours, and Blog Hops


    "Prairie Patchwork" Quilt Along with Martha Walker

     


    "Season to Taste" Seasons to Savor Quilt Along with Jessica Dayon

     


    "Pat Sloan’s Holiday Celebration Book Tour" with Pat Sloan and friends

     


    "Retro Stitchery" Book Tour with Beverly McCullough and friends

     


    "Sampler Spree" Quilt Along with Moda Blockheads

     


    "101 Itty Bitty Celebrations" Sew Along with Lisa Bongean

     

    And this is just a preview! Check out the Sew Alongs page to see all the fun our authors have planned for you. Then visit your local quilt shop or ShopMartingale.com so you can be ready to join in the fun!


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  7. Spring 2021 Warehouse Sale ENDS today! Don’t MISS the BIG DEAL on BIG BOOKS FOR $12 each!

    We saved our BIGGEST DEAL for last—$12 BIG BOOKS! With dozens of patterns in each book, they’re a great BIG DEAL at that price. If you’re a fan of variety, then this is the deal for you!

      

    left: Magnetized by Sue Pfau from "The Big Book of One Block Quilts: 57 Single-Block Sensations"
    right: Friday Night Special by Gayle Bong from "The Big Book of Civil War Quilts: 58 Patterns for Reproduction-Fabric Lovers"

     

    left: Carefree by Gerri Robinson from "The Big Book of Scrappy Quilts: Crib-Size to King-Size 77 Patterns"
    right: Three Steps Forward by Vickie Eapen from "The Big Book of Fat Quarter Quilts: 66 Designs"

     

    left: King’s Crown by Pat Speth from "The Big Book of Nickel Quilts: 40 Projects for 5-Inch Scraps"
    right: Garden Lattice by Karen Costello Soltys from "Perfect Quilts for Precut Fabrics: 64 Patterns for Fat Quarters, Charm Squares, Jelly Rolls, and Layer Cakes"

    They’re going, going, gone at the end of today at this special price. So, don’t wait! It will be FALL before we offer another sale this big. So think BIG!

    The Spring 2021 Warehouse Sale ENDS TODAY, March 8th. FREE shipping when you spend $40 or more (US only). Click here to shop the sale books or visit ShopMartingale.com.


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  8. Did You Miss Any of These Bestsellers and Chart Toppers? Spring Book Sale Only Two More Days!

    Does your quilting library include these must-have books? Each was a bestseller! If you missed any of them, now’s the time to get your copy at a steal of a deal! Just $8 each. And don’t forget to browse through 95+ titles to find other favorites and can’t-live-without-it books!

     
    left: Meg’s Four Patch Doll Quilt from “Jo’s Little Favorites” by Jo Morton
    right: Sweet Tweets from "Animal Parade 2" by Cheri Leffler

      
    left: Tea Time from "Stitches from the Garden" by Kathy Schmitz
    right: Lunch Box Social from "Simple Appeal" by Kim Diehl

     

    left: Vanishing Circles from "Beyond the Battlefield" by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene
    right: 30-Block Faux on Point from "Splendid Sampler" by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson

    The Spring 2021 Warehouse Sale is quickly coming to a close (sale ends 3/8/21). FREE shipping when you spend $40 or more (US only). Click here to check out all the sale books or visit ShopMartingale.com.


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  9. Saturday Slow-Down! Spring 2021 Warehouse Sale IS ON NOW with 95+ books starting at $8

    If you love handwork, it’s time to savor the selection of books that celebrate the needle arts! Embroidery, appliqué, wool stitchery, knitting, crochet. You’ll find it all at the twice-yearly warehouse sale going on now! Browse through 95+ titles to finds your favorites.

     
    left: Sunny Days sampler quilt from "Sunny Days" by Jan Patek
    right: Winter Glory pillow from "Stitches from the Yuletide" by Kathy Schmitz

     
    left: Pocket for Your Thoughts wall hanging from "Stitched from the Heart" by Kori Turner-Goodhart
    right: Fiddleheads crescent shawl from "Top-Down Shawls" by Jen Lucas

     

    left: For the Bees framed art from "A Cottage Garden" by Kathy Cardiff
    right: On the Go pouch from "Patchwork Loves Embroidery Too" by Gail Pan

    Stock up and save! The Spring 2021 Warehouse Sale only lasts a couple more days (Sale ends 3/8/21). FREE shipping when you spend $40 or more (US only). Start shopping now!


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  10. It’s Friday! It’s TRY-day! On Sale NOW starting at $8—new-to-you TECHNIQUE books!

    The twice-yearly warehouse sale is half done! But there’s still time for you to pick up a new technique and try something you’ve always wanted to! There’s never been a better time to experiment with something new to you—because 95+ titles start as low as $8 each. Want to practice your machine quilting? Try paper piecing or do a little “crazy” piecing? How about learning to appliqué or make bags and other objects? These authors (and more) can teach you how!

     

    left: Sewing Supplies Pocket Roll-Up from "Simple, Fun and Quickly Done" by Terry Atkinson
    right: Farmers’ Market from "Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Appliqué" by Pat Sloan

      

    left: Summer Fruit Coasters from "Super Cute Paper Piecing" by Charise Randall
    right: Loop detail quilting on Pearl Gray from "Machine Quilting with Style" by Christa Watson

     

    left: Beguiling from "Windy City Bags" by Sara Lawson
    right: Crazy Regatta from "Crazy at the Cabin" by Janet Rae Nesbitt

    We believe in you! You CAN DO IT! Let’s get started now. Click here to see all of the sale titles or visit ShopMartingale.com. The Spring 2021 Warehouse Sale ends Monday. FREE shipping when you spend $40 or more (US only).


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