1. A Holiday wish for you

    Posted by on December 20, 2019, in quilting & sewing,

    Whether you’re stuffing stockings, baking cookies, or sprinting to finish your sewing, we want to take just a moment to say thank you. We are honored to be a part of your creative life, and we wish you the happiest and healthiest (and creative-ist!) of holidays.

    Tomorrow we’ll depart to spend the holidays with loved ones, and we’ll reopen Monday, December 30th. But stay tuned, because 2020 is going to be our most inspiring year yet. New books from Kim Diehl, Lissa Alexander, Jan Patek, Brenda Riddle, and Carol Hopkins plus an all-new Moda All-Stars book are coming your way—and that’s just in the first few months of the year!

    Sending our warmest wishes and biggest thank-yous, from all of us at Martingale. Have a very happy holiday season and a Happy New Year!

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  2. 🎁Last-minute shopping? We’re here to help!🎁

    Posted by on December 19, 2019, in quilting & sewing, ,

    Christmas is next week and [insert excuse here: It’s too late to ship/you don’t know what they need/you forgot/late is how you roll], but you really want something special under the tree for the quilter in your life? We’ve gotcha covered! Let her choose that special something herself!

    Print this Gift Coupon (click to download a pdf), fill out the left side and wrap it up. Done! Your quilter can browse books at her leisure and find her favorite. She completes the Wish List on the Gift Coupon, gives it back to you, and you make the purchase after the Christmas rush!

    Easy breezy.


    Need a couple of ideas to get her started? Here you go. You’re welcome. 😊


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  3. Mini quilt-along alert! Mix It Up with the Moda All-Stars

    Posted by on December 16, 2019, in quilting & sewing, , ,


    After the holiday craziness, you may be ready for a quick and fun project. This is just the ticket!  All you’ll need is a charm pack, a Cupcake Mix Recipe pack, a bit of border fabric, and the book Moda All-Stars: Mix it Up!

    We’ll make a mini version of Carrie Nelson’s Bubble and Froth quilt. The 70 ½"x 70 ½"quilt in Moda All-Stars: Mix it Up! is made from Cake Mix Recipe 4. Our mini version, a 28 ½"x 28 ½" quilt, will use Cupcake Mix Recipe 2. Cute, eh? Although you need the book to complete the mini version, Carrie has provided basic instructions for cutting the pieces for the mini quilt here.  Thanks, Carrie!

    Bubble and Froth, the original 70 ½"x 70 ½"quilt by Carrie Nelson

    The mini:

    Bubble and Froth, 28 ½"x 28 ½"—Cupcake size!

    The timeline for the Mix It Up QAL:

    Week 1, January 6—Download instructions for the mini quilt, choose your charm pack, grab the book, and one Cupcake Mix Recipe 2

    Week 2, January 13—Start your engines!  Follow along on Facebook or Instagram or here for weekly instructions.

    Week 3, January 20— Follow along on Facebook or Instagram or here for weekly instructions.

    Week 4, January 27— Follow along on Facebook or Instagram or here for weekly instructions:  https://www.shopmartingale.com/mixitupqal.html

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  4. New quilt-along alert! Make a stunning Reflections quilt with Katja Marek ⭐⭐⭐

    Reflections is coming!

    A new quilt-along based on the English-paper-pieced blocks from The New Hexagon 2 will begin in January 2020.  Gear up now by getting a copy of the book and choosing your fabrics.


    We’re excited to have Katja here as a guest contributor to tell you more about her 2020 quilt-along, Reflections.

    This quilt is all about Reflections! Reflecting upon something means thinking about it, rolling it over in your mind, giving it serious thought or consideration; it also means an image seen in a mirror, on water, or in a shiny surface.

    In the quilt, all of the star points are mirror images. The subtle value variances within each section mimic those of a landscape reflected in water. And each of the sections causes me to reflect upon phases of my life and on the women who have influenced and who inspire me, for whom the blocks are named. As you work your way through the mirrored blocks, may you also take the time to reflect figuratively upon you life, the people in it and their influences upon you. Take time for Reflections!

    Guidelines have been posted at the website. This is a free quilt-along for anyone who owns a copy of The New Hexagon 2. Courtesy email registration of all participants at KatjasQuiltShoppe.com is appreciated. Please check the Reflections option under Newsletter sign-up. This is for counting purposes only. Your email information will never be shared.

    Thanks Katja! For more information about all of Katja’s fun quilt-alongs, visit katjasquiltshoppe.com—you can join any of the quilt-alongs, anytime!

    DRAWING! To kick things off, we’ve lined up a fantastic prize package for you:


    Our friends at Timeless Treasures and PaperPieces have generously contributed to this prize package.

    How would describe your English-paper-piecing (EPP) skills?

    • I’m new to EPP–and ready to learn!
    • I’ve dabbled in EPP–time to dive in with both feet
    • I’m an EPP dynamo–love a new QAL!

    Tell us in the comments!  Then, we’ll draw one random prize winner from the comments one week from today.

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    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Tracey Dobbs who says:

    “I’m a beginner. I love the process of picking fabrics and fussy cutting. I love the symmetry of Reflections.”  We’ll email you about your prize, Tracey—congratulations!

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  5. 14+ quick Christmas gifts to sew in an hour or a weekend?  See our ideas!

    Only two more weekends until Christmas day–how’s your gift sewing going?

    If you’re looking for quick Christmas presents to sew, wrap, and put under the tree before the big day arrives, you’ve come to the right place!  We’ve rounded up more than a dozen little gifts that we’re guessing you can make in a few hours—and won’t your gift recipients feel special getting something handmade from you?



    For the stitcher in your life

    Random Strips Pinnies by Carrie Nelson, from Pin Pals


    Cute and quick gift tags

    Gift Tags by Gail Pan, from Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery


    Sweet wool stitcheries

    Needle Book and Scissors Holder by Lisa Bongean, from Wool, Needle & Thread


    Practical and pretty!

    Sewing-Machine Mat by Sherri Noel, from Text It!


    For the tree trimmers

    Penny Rug Ornaments by Stacy West, from Christmas at Buttermilk Basin


    For lovers of all things vintage

    Ball Jar Wall Hanging by Stacy West, from The Best of Buttermilk Basin


    For a hostess gift

    Wine Zip by Terry Atkinson, from Simple, Fun & Quickly Done


    For the organizer

    Zip ‘n Go Bag by Terry Atkinson, from Follow Your Heart


    For welcoming friends & family

    Chalk Talk Bowl Fillers by Debbie Busby, from Bowl Me Over


    For the book lover

    Book Weight by Robin Kingsley, from Snow Happy


    For the tea drinkers

    Buttoned Napkin Holders by Terry Atkinson, from Simple, Fun & Quickly Done


    For scrap lovers–use up scraps!

    Penny Stack, Scrappy Star, and Wooly Snowman by Kim Diehl, from Simple Christmas Tidings


    For those who toast (with wine, nog, grog or more)

    Christmastide Coasters by Jo Morton, from Moda All-Stars:  Merry Makers


    For the person who Just. Wants. Gift. Cards!

    Special Delivery Gift-Card Holder by Karla Eisenach, from Moda All-Stars: Merry Makers

    Need a book NOW?! Click on any of the links above, and choose ebook. Download our ebook version instantly and you’ll be stitching in minutes!

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  6. Make your own classic two-color quilt (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on December 6, 2019, in quilting & sewing, , ,

    Prepare to be WOWed by Blue & White Quilts! This book hosts a stunning collection of two-color quilts from top-notch designers and dedicated collectors. In this follow-up to Red & White Quilts, you’ll get instructions to re-create three vintage quilts and stitch 10 original designs. The projects represent a range of quilt styles, techniques, skill levels, and even eras. No matter if you’re looking for a project to commemorate a special happening such as a 45th (sapphire) anniversary, a baby’s arrival, or another special event, you’re sure to find plenty of designs that you’ll want to make into your very own classics.

    If you’re planning to go to the Road to California quilt show, you’ll have the opportunity to see many of the quilts from Blue & White Quilts in the special exhibit section. But if you can’t make it to the show, keep scrolling—we’re excited to share a sneak peek of all of the quilts featured in the book. After you’ve admired them, read on to learn about an exciting book AND fabric giveaway.


    Country Surprise by Nancy Mahoney


    Baskets in Blue from the collection of Julie Hendricksen


    Cornered by Jill Shaulis


    To the Nines by Camille Roskelley

    Antique Hunter’s Star from the collection of Jennifer Keltner


    Tree of Life by Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison


    Bliss by Debbie Roberts


    Sapphire Star by Lisa Bongean


    Timeless by Sherri McConnell


    Singing the Blues by Helen Stubbings


    Antique Album from the collection of Jennifer Keltner


    Midnight Sky by Laurie Simpson


    Blueberry Crumb Cake by Lissa Alexander

    Now for the book and fabric giveaway details! We’re giving away a copy of Blue & White Quilts AND a big, fresh fat-quarter bundle of Indigo Gatherings by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings. (We’d like to extend a big thank-you to our friends and industry partners at Moda Fabrics for sending the bundle!)

    For a chance to win the fabric bundle AND a copy of Blue & White Quilts, tell us in the comments:

    Which blue-and-white quilt do you dream of making first?

    We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

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    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Betty M who says:

    “I am really intrigued to try Blueberry Crumb Cake. But really it is hard to pick one. They are all amazing! Blue is my favourite color ❤️❤️. Some of my quilty friends sent me this blog posting because they know I am blue obsessed. Thank you so much for a chance to win an awesome book and gorgeous fabric.”

    We’ll email you about your prize, Betty—congratulations!

    Are you officially inspired to make your own blue-and-white quilt? Purchase a copy of Blue & White Quilts from our website and you’ll be able to instantly download the eBook for free!

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  7. New Instant-Gratification Embroidery from Kathy Schmitz (+ giveaway)

    Posted by on December 5, 2019, in quilting & sewing, , ,












    It’s December, when it’s oh so (ho-ho-ho) easy to get swept up in the busyness of the season. Happily for all of us bustling elves, Kathy Schmitz is here to deliver the gift of soothing handwork via a brand-new collection of embroidery projects.

    As full of delights as Santa’s sleigh, Picture Perfect: Small Stitcheries and Embroidered Niceties is packed with small, quick-to-finish embroidery projects plus nine gorgeous watercolor mats to use for framing.

    Transport yourself to a budding landscape through 16 different nature-themed patterns, such as redwork houses, bluework birds, and sweet garden vignettes. Each embroidery is a petite 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″, meaning it’s quick work to finish any of them. Stitch just a single design or pile up a stack to display as a group. Kathy gives instructions for turning your wee embroideries into small bowl fillers or sachets, little decorative pillows, charming notecards, and framed artwork.

    To make a notecard, fray the edges of your embroidery background fabric and then glue it to the front of a blank card. So simple!


    Hang a sachet on your dresser knob for a fresh scent.


    Choose five of your favorite designs to showcase in a pillow.

    The neatest part of all? Kathy included beautiful decorative mats IN THE BOOK and they can be used to frame your finished embroideries. Picture Perfect includes three colorful versions (red, green, and blue) of each mat design, for nine mats total. Each mat’s design is a reproduction of an original watercolor by Kathy. No expensive trip to the copy shop required. Just clip out the mat and frame!



    Pro tip: When Kathy frames her embroidery, she first fuses the finished stitchery onto a rectangle of pinked wool to create a narrow inner border. It’s super quick and simple, but that little peek of wool looks beautifully polished. And when you surround the entire piece with one of the included watercolor mats, the result is simply stunning.


    Gorgeous decorative mats are exciting enough, but Kathy didn’t stop there. In the middle of each mat she includes a different garden-themed quotation. Frame the decorative quotations as is, use them as mats to enhance your embroideries, or mix and match to create exactly the number of framed pieces to suit your space.

    We’re so excited to share Kathy’s beautiful embroideries and luscious watercolor mats with you. Enjoy pleasant stitching—and easy and economical framing!

    In fact, we’re so excited to show off this beautiful book that we have one copy to give away today!  To enter to win a copy of Picture Perfect, tell us in the comments.

    How would you display your Picture Perfect embroideries?

     We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. If you’re eager to start embroidering designs from Picture Perfect, you can purchase the book at our website and we’ll send you a link to download the eBook version for free.

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    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Wanda from Florida who says:

    “It is great to see a book that offers small projects that can be used for quick gifts, and I love using wool to frame the piece. I can reuse my frames!”

    We’ll email you about your prize, Wanda—congratulations!


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  8. New Book Release: Machine-Quilting Idea Book












    Whether you’re a machine-quilting aficionado or a machine quilting-wannabe, Vicki Ruebel’s new Machine-Quilting Idea Book is for you!

    So many quilters love to piece traditional quilt blocks (myself included), yet so many machine-quilting books focus on quilting wholecloth solid fabrics so that the quilting designs show off really well. But that always leaves me wondering, how do you show off patchwork blocks with machine quilting? What’s the best way to quilt blocks without covering them up or just quilting in the ditch? (As you can see, I have so many questions myself and I bet you can relate!)

    Well, Vicki Ruebel of Orchid Owl Quilts is here to show us how! She’s selected a dozen classic patchwork blocks, from Nine Patches and Churn Dashes to Friendship Stars and Ohio Stars. Then she shows us not one or even two ways to machine quilt these blocks. Nope. She gives us four to six ways to quilt each one!


    Each motif is designed to show off the patchwork rather than cover it up. And each quilting design is rated with one, two, or three spools, indicating if it is easy, intermediate, or more challenging. So if you’re like me, you can start with the easy ones and move on to other designs as you become more confident in your machine quilting skills.

    In my years as being both a quilt-book editor and most recently as content director at Martingale, I’ve read and used many machine-quilting books. And I’ve learned so many things from each of them. But this is the first time I’ve had a book that focuses specifically on how to quilt patchwork. I know what I’m going to be practicing over Christmas vacation! How about you?!

    Actually, I couldn’t wait until Christmas to get started. Here’s a photo of my very first block quilted with a design from Vicki’s book. It has a few bobbles, but this is literally the first time I’ve done free-motion quilting in several years. I’m sure that with a bit more practice my stitching lines will be smoother. On to the next design!

    To make using the Machine-Quilting Idea Book even more fun, Vicki will be hosting a quilt along (QAL) on social media beginning in February. So get your book now, mark your calendar, and be prepared to ramp up your skills with the rest of us as we dive into 61 different designs for quilting patchwork blocks.

    For a chance to win a copy of the Machine-Quilting Idea Book by Vicki Ruebel, answer the following question in the comments below.

     What’s your current machine-quilting level?

    1 spool: I’m a newbie who’s excited to learn!

    2 spools: I’ve stitched my way around a quilt or two, but I’m ready to boost my skills.

    3 spools: I’m pretty proficient at free-motion quilting but am excited to learn new block motifs.

    We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you can’t to start stitching, you can purchase the book at our website.

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    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Cathy Slabaugh who says:

    “I am a 1-spool newer quilter trying to learn more and more! I want to use my domestic machine
    for much more than I do. I am anxious to learn to quilt specific patchwork. What a great idea. Thx
    for the giveaway.”

    We’ll email you about your prize, Cathy—congratulations!


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  9. NEW! Folk-Art Fun, scraps, and vintage finds (+giveaway!)


    Welcome to Wish List Day at Stitch This! We’re SEW excited to introduce you to new Martingale books coming your way in January—the 30-day countdown begins now! 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.


    Sunny Days

    A Summertime Quilt Full of Folk-Art Fun

    Jan Patek

    Celebrate summer with a sampler quilt chock-full of the season’s charms! Make 14 cute block designs featuring trees and houses, a chicken and flowers, birds and vines, baskets, bee skeps, and more. At queen size, this fanciful folk-art quilt can be showcased anywhere–on a wall, over a couch, or on a summer bed.

    Use Jan’s needle-turn technique, or any favorite appliqué method, to make the blocks. For quick coordinating projects, turn single blocks into pillows, wall quilts, table toppers, and more. Full-sized patterns included.


    See more from Sunny Days >>>

    Sisterhood of Scraps

    12 Brilliant Quilts from 7 Fantastic Designers

    Lissa Alexander

    What happens when famed quilt designer Lissa Alexander invites her quilting friends to create scrap quilts alongside her? Scrapalicious magic! Lissa reached out to six quilters–Susan Ache, Kim Brackett, Barbara Brackman, Sheryl Johnson, Laurie Simpson, and Sandy Klop–whose quilt designs she’s long admired. The result? Spectacular scrap quilts from true masters of the craft, and an invitation for YOU to join the Sisterhood of Scraps!

    Choose from 12 quilts inspired by everything from simple Four Patches to Trip Around the World designs to Log Cabins and more. Start a quilting bee, build a community, and bring new sisters into the fold as you make these stunning projects. Inside you’ll find your Sisterhood of Scraps certificate–hang it in your sewing space to show that you’re a proud member of the Sisterhood of Scraps.


    See more from Sisterhood of Scraps >>>

    Treasure Hunt

    13 Quilts Inspired by Antique Finds

    Linda Collins and Leah Zieber

    The hunt is on! Follow a team of antique-quilt mavens as they share how their search for quilts from the past turned into present-day quilt patterns. With decades of knowledge about vintage textiles between them, the authors present:

    • Patterns for 13 stunning quilts, each inspired by an antique quilt from the authors’ personal collections
    • Tips for finding antique quilts, both in your hometown and online
    • Which quilts to snap up quickly–and which to walk away from
    • How to determine if the price is right

    Packed with photos of both newly made quilts (and the patterns to make them) plus images of the antique quilts that inspired them, the book shows this duo’s treasure hunting in action. Linda and Leah will inspire you to join the hunt!

    See more from Treasure Hunt >>>

    Which new book would make your January extra special? 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.

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    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Sherryl Wynne who says:

    “Sunny Days! I adore all things Jan Patek.”

    We’ll email you about your prize, Sherryl—congratulations!

    By the way . . . December’s new releases
    are available TODAY!




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  10. Sneak Peek! 24-hour Cyber Monday Sale! 20 best-selling books at 20% off!

    Posted by on November 29, 2019, in quilting & sewing

    Sneak Peek!!!!   Skip the car, skip the crowds, and enjoy a rare discount on 20 of our top-selling 2019 books!  ONE DAY ONLY!  The sale begins Monday, December 2 at 6 a.m. Pacific time and ends Tuesday, December 3, 6 a.m. Pacific time.

    Choose printed books or eBooks—the choice is yours!

    >>>Buy a print book, get a free eBook version with your purchase.

                            Buy an eBook, save even more!<<<






    Spend $40 or more and get FREE SHIPPING in the US.

    What will you create next?  Browse the books on sale to help you decide…but hurry, the sale ends Tuesday December 3 at 6 a.m. Pacific time!  Need more time to peruse?  Add books to your cart now, then set yourself a reminder to come back during the sale to check out. Sale prices will update automatically during that 24-hour window!

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