1. Book winners and upcoming BOOK SALE NEWS!

    Posted by on February 28, 2021, in quilting & sewing

    Thank you all for following and commenting on the "Scrap School" Instagram hop the last few weeks! Congrats to the following winners of our "Scrap School" book giveaway! Thank you for sharing your comments; we enjoyed reading all of your responses and learning about the people, pets, and things that serve as your support staff.

    Winners of our "Scrap School" giveaways:

    Barb Haakonson for her comment on our Stitch This! blog: When I think of "support staff", I don’t think of just one person. There are many. I belong to several quilt groups and I leave with advice on a project (color, style, etc.), or a sewing tip or maybe even a sewing tip that might pertain to any sewing machine. Great friends, and camaraderie, this is my "support staff" person(s).

    Kim Heger for her comment on Facebook: My husband has been known to turn around and backtrack on a trip in order to take me to a quilt shop we saw in passing!

    @brotherswanda for the comment on Instagram: My two kids are definitely my support staff. I send pictures of fabric to Alaska and NYC to get their input when I can’t decide which works best in a block.

    You may have received a duplicate email of our "Scrap School" Instagram hop announcement late last week. We’re sorry for the duplication! We updated our settings because we’re getting ready to announce our Spring 2021 Book Sale and it triggered a re-send. Ohhhh, exciting! Stay tuned and make sure to check your email for our blog posts, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get the link for our book sale that starts on Tuesday, March 2, 2021….Until then, happy stitching! 🙂

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  2. "Scrap School" Instagram Hop

    Posted by on February 21, 2021, in quilting & sewing

    Welcome to “Scrap School!” Here at Martingale, we like to consider ourselves the “custodians” of this project, rather than professors. As book publishers, we’re honored to shine up all the parts and pieces behind the scenes to make all the fabulous quilts and their designers look their very best. Today on the “Scrap School” Instagram Hop, we’ll be sharing what goes into making can’t-miss-it books like Lissa Alexander’s latest book, “Scrap School.” Visit Instagram/martingaletpp and @modalissa and check out all of the fun.

    Martingale is thrilled to showcase these fabulous quilts and their professors, um, designers. Check out the hashtags and final days of Scrap School on Instagram. The book “Scrap School” by Lissa Alexander (featuring a dozen ALL-NEW quilt patterns) is available now from ShopMartingale.com or wherever you buy books!

    #scrapschool #madewithmartingale #lissaalexander #martingaletpp @LisaBongean @gedesignsgudrun @yardgrl60 @crazymomquilts @diaryofaquilter @aquiltinglife @SarahHuechteman @kim_diehl_quilts @royconnie.tesene @etheringtonmary @modafabrics @modalissa @sewmaggi

    PS: We’re giving away copies of “Scrap School.” Leave a comment—on our blog, Facebook.com/shopmartingale, or Instagram.com/martingaletpp—about your favorite “support staff” person (or the item) that helps make your sewing life better for a chance to win a copy of “Scrap School.”

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  3. Don’t miss the bus for “Scrap School” with Lissa Alexander

    Posted by on February 14, 2021, in quilting & sewing

    Don’t miss the bus! Tomorrow (Monday, 2/15) contributors to Lissa Alexander’s February 2021 book—“Scrap School”—will start sharing photos and stories about their quilts on Instagram. Get ready to take a deep dive into your fabric stash! Need to order your copy of this great book? Visit ShopMartingale.com or look for it wherever you buy books. Visit Lissa’s Instagram page to get the scoop: @modalissa.


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  4. Our Virtual Quilt Exhibit at RoadToCalifornia.com

    Posted by on January 22, 2021, in quilting & sewing

    Hit the Road with Us This Weekend!

    Stuck in a creative rut, and searching for some inspiration? We partnered with Road to California to host a virtual quilt exhibit to give you just the boost you need! The exhibit features more than 400 photos of quilts and projects from 33 of our recently (and soon-to-be) released books.

    Check out this video to learn more about our Road@Home exhibit.

    In addition to the online exhibit, you can sign up for virtual classes, enter giveaways to win quilting products, get exclusive discounts, access the vendor list, watch ROADTV, and so much more! Visit RoadToCalifornia.com to learn about all the excitement!

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  5. Red & Green Quilts Book Winner

    Posted by on December 2, 2020, in quilting & sewing

    Thanks to everyone that shared their favorite two-color combination for our "Red & Green Quilts" book giveaway. We received more than 900 comments–wow! The (randomly selected) winner of the book giveaway is Tammy Selogy, her favorite color combination is teal and purple.

    If you love two-color quilts, treat yourself to one of these books on ShopMartingale.com: "Red & White Quilts", "Blue & White Quilts", and of course "Red & Green Quilts".    

    **You may have noticed that the comments weren’t showing up immediately, and some of you also may have received an outdated email promoting our Fall 2020 warehouse sale. (The sale took place in October, but the tech glitch triggered a re-send.) Our blog provider was experiencing some technical difficulties earlier this week, but everything has been fixed. Please accept our apologies for these issues.

    Happy stitching!

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  6. Red & Green Quilts Book Giveaway

    "Red & Green Quilts"

    The pairing of red and green is an enduring palette that takes its place among the classics. Centuries ago, red-and-green quilts commemorated a marriage or a woman’s transition to the empty-nest stage at home. Times have changed, but admiration for the color combination remains strong. Use modern-day techniques to create 14 timeless quilts from spectacular designers whose work you know and love.

    Susan Ache · Lissa Alexander · Lisa Bongean · Pam Buda · Betsy Chutchian · Carol Hopkins · Sheryl Johnson · Sandy Klop · Jo Morton · Laurie Simpson · Edyta Sitar · Karen Styles · Corey Yoder · Paula Barnes & Mary Ellen Robison

    Click here to watch a video of all the projects featured in “Red & Green Quilts.”

    Do you want a chance to win a copy from our blog giveaway? Tell us your favorite two-color combination in the comments. We’ll pick a winner from our blog on Tuesday, December 1 at noon Pacific.

    Congrats to Patricia Fraser-Sliney for winning the copy of “Red & Green Quilts” from our Facebook giveaway and @rendandsew from our Instagram giveaway.

    Repost from @martingaletpp • Giveaway alert! We’re teaming up with the contributing designers from "Red & Green Quilts" to give away copies of this fantastic new book. Visit each contributor’s page to see their quilt featured in “Red & Green Quilts” and enter to win on their IG page!
    @minickandsimpson @yardgrl60 @betsy_chutchian @joquilts @temeculaquiltco @lisabongean @heartspunquilts @laundrybasketquilts @redcrinolinequilts @karenatsomerset @carol_hopkins_designs @modalissa @corianderquilts @martingaletpp

    Visit ShopMartingale.com to learn more about "Red & Green Quilts." You can purchase a copy of this new book from your local quilt shop or from ShopMartingale.com .

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  7. Fall 2020 Warehouse Sale: $8+ books

    Posted by on October 20, 2020, in crochet & knitting, on sale, quilting & sewing

    We’re kicking off our Fall 2020 Warehouse Sale today. Be sure to visit our sale page on ShopMartingale.com  to see the complete list of $8+ books! FREE shipping if you spend $40 or more (US only)!

    Here’s a sneak peek of today’s featured books and topics. See the complete list of books on our sale page.

    Crochet and Knitting


    Reproduction and Historical Quilts

    Remember, this is only a preview of books and topics included in the sale, visit ShopMartingale.com to see all the featured books Shop now, then share the link with your quilting friends! Happy stitching (and shopping)!


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  8. Moda Blockheads Book Giveaway

    Posted by on April 22, 2020, in quilting & sewing,

    Happy Wednesday, fellow quilters!

    Looking for a little quilting camaraderie? Join the fabulous crew of Moda Blockheads and quilters from all over the world in the free, sampler-style sewing adventure of Moda Blockheads 3. Here’s the link to join the Moda Blockheads’ Facebook group.

    Moda Blockheads started a few years ago with six celebrity designers affectionately known as the Moda Blockheads. They came together to share a compendium of stunning 6″ quilt blocks. The original design team included Lisa Bongean, Betsy Chutchian, Lynne Hagmeier, Jo Morton, Jan Patek, and Carrie Nelson. They offered imaginative interpretations of 48 blocks, both new and classic. In the Moda Blockheads book, you’ll find instructions for six jaw-dropping sampler quilts that allow you to showcase the beautiful blocks.

    Fast-forward to the current round–Moda Blockheads 3…. The design team has grown to a whopping 14 Moda designers. Each Wednesday, the designers post pics and tips on their blog for that week’s featured block.

    We’re excited to announce that each designer will be giving away an eBook (downloadable PDF version) of Moda Blockheads, and we’re partnering with Moda Fabrics to give away two print books. Visit each blog for details about the giveaways!

    Hold on to your socks, this is an amazing list of uber-talented designers:

    Betsy Chutchian

    Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic

    Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts

    Jan Patek

    Janet Clare

    Jen Kingwell

    Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Co.

    Laurie Simpson of Minick & Simpson

    Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings

    Lissa Alexander

    Robin Pickens

    Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life

    Stacy Iest Hsu

    Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique

    To win a print copy of Moda Blockheads, tell us in the comments: If you could spend a day sewing with one designer from the current Moda Blockheads list, which designer would you choose? We’ll choose a winner on Monday, 4/27.

    PS: Remember that everything on ShopMartingale is 30% off. You can download the eBook version of most of our titles now, and you’ll get free shipping (USA only) when you spend $40. Visit ShopMartingale for details.

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  9. Welcome to the Charming Acorn Cottage!

    Posted by on April 8, 2020, in quilting & sewing,

    Thanks for visiting Stitch This! for a close-up look at the new book Acorn Cottage: Quilts with Simple & Sophisticated Style by Brenda Riddle. In addition to being a quilt designer and author, Brenda is also a fabric designer for Moda Fabrics. Her soft, romantic, and soothing style is especially wonderful for spring and summer. Her pastel color palettes, unique spin on traditional and vintage patchwork designs, and clever way with gingham all add up to a book that is perfection. But don’t take my word for it. Let’s hear what Brenda herself has to say about the quilts in Acorn Cottage.

    Welcome Brenda!

    I’m happy to write a post for Stitch This! and eager to share a few projects from Acorn Cottage, to give you a background story for the designs. The things and places that inspired my designs makes each one of these quilts special. Kick back, relax, and enjoy this virtual trunk show!

    Puddin’ Pie ⇑ ⇑ ⇑
    This quilt makes me smile every time I look at it. It shows that inspiration can come from anywhere. I was in Norway (which I fell in love with!) a few years ago, and I saw this design on the floor tiles in a tiny little bakery. I took a photo of the floor, and now I can enjoy it in quilt form. And as you know, a quilt is much easier to cuddle with than a tile floor!

    Estella ⇑ ⇑ ⇑
    When I first saw an Irish Chain quilt, I instantly loved it. Then I discovered variations of the Irish Chain design, and I was utterly fascinated by them. One of the fun things about this design was figuring out a way to make the construction as simple as possible. By the way, Estella is named for my maternal grandmother, Estella Lawson. I credit her with my love of the light, airy feel that I use in so many of my quilt designs. Her quilts all had those characteristics, so it was perfect that I name this quilt after her.

    Tulip Crosses ⇑ ⇑ ⇑
    Tulip Crosses is based on a simple two-color vintage quilt. The first version I made was a mini. The blocks were so fun to stitch that I had to make a larger version to fit a bed. Doesn’t this bedroom setting inspire you to stitch this quilt and add it to your decor?

    Morning Star ⇑ ⇑ ⇑
    Morning Star is a quilt design I’ve had in my mind for quite a long time. I’ve always loved Star of Bethlehem quilts—even before I started quilting. Then I got it in my head that I wanted mine to have a gingham effect. (I’ve always had a thing for gingham!!) That was the start—and now Morning Star is on the cover of my book. (For more on why this quilt came to be, see my Journal at Brenda Riddle Designs.)

    Pebbles ⇑ ⇑ ⇑
    Simple. Classic. Vintage inspired. These are my favorite elements in quilts. Pebbles has a timeless checkerboard pattern that calls for a good snuggle. Sometimes you just want to make a quilt that’s easy to construct but still looks beautiful. Pebbles is that quilt. I remember seeing some vintage quilts that I call “background quilts,” those quilts that aren’t flashy, that are simple in design, and that can work wonderfully and play nicely with other quilts. If you admire that look too, then you should add Pebbles to your must-make list!

    Thank you for stopping by today to learn more about my quilts and my new book, Acorn Cottage. I hope it’s a place you’ll love visiting. I encourage you to pull up a comfy chair and stay awhile.

    Thanks for joining us at Stitch This! today, Brenda. We’re so glad to learn more about the charming quilts in Acorn Cottage.

    Dear Quilting Friends,

    In this uncertain time, if you cannot shop or order books from your local quilt shop, please note that while our warehouse is temporarily closed, any book you order directly from ShopMartingale is now 30% off, and you’ll receive an eBook (PDF) version right away so you can spend your staying-at-home time in a creative and productive manner. (Note: eBooks are offered for most books; please check each book listing for availability.) Even if you stitch for just for 15 minutes a day—be sure to take some time to feed your soul! When our warehouse reopens, any books you’ve ordered will be shipped out to you for your home library.


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  10. Give a cheer for fat quarters – new book from Moda All-Stars!

    If you have a few fat quarters in your stash, we have a dozen fresh ways for you to incorporate them into your sewing game. Two, Four, Six, Eight: Fat-Quarter Quilts You’ll Appreciate, the latest book from the Moda All-Star designers, is just the ticket for using this popular precut. Today, Lissa Alexander of Moda Lissa fame is here to tell us how it’s done. Rah, rah, sis-boom-bah!

    Give a shout!

    Give a cheer!

    Grab fat quarters!

    Use ‘em here!

    Just when you thought your fabric stash was big enough, you find yourself picking up a few more fat quarters (FQs) that you just can’t live without. These 18″ x 21″ pieces of fabric seem to call out from quilt-shop shelves: Pick me! Take me home! You don’t have one just like me.

    Yep, we’ve all been there. But sometimes you need just the right pattern to put those FQs to work once they’ve been “on the bench” in your stash for a while. Two, Four, Six, Eight: Fat-Quarter Quilts You’ll Appreciate to the rescue! In the book, you’ll find a dozen new patterns you can use to turn those folded FQs into something super fabulous. Whether you have 2 FQs or 32 FQs, there’s a pattern from a Moda All-Star designer that’s bound to be a game changer.

    In addition to the project instructions, you’ll learn fun facts about each of the 12 designers. (We’ve assigned each of them to captain a team.) Can you guess who was named the leader of the Half-Square-Triangle Squad? Or which designer was appointed captain of the Speedy Sewing Squad? And if you’re flying through FQs, use Brenda Riddle’s shopping strategy and add three to six FQs to your stash at a time.

    In keeping with our motto of doing good with the Moda All-Stars series of books, royalties for this book will be donated to Special Olympics, an international organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance, and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities. Through sports, Special Olympics athletes are seeing themselves for their abilities, not disabilities. That’s something we can all cheer for!

    ∼ Lissa Alexander

    Hey, hey, FQ-friendly quilts for the win! Thanks for getting us all fired up and ready to stitch, Lissa.

    View more winning projects here—Two, Four, Six, Eight: Fat-Quarter Quilts You’ll Appreciate—then shout it out in the comments: which project will be first to get VIP (Very Important Project) treatment on your to-make list?

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