1. Is a quilt retreat in your future? 5 more reasons to attend Quiltstock

    Quiltstock 2019The wait is over! What good is a waiting list if you can’t get in? Good news, if you thought you’d missed your chance to go to the Quiltstock retreat this summer, we’ve opened a second session. Space is limited, but you can still join all the fun. This epic five-day retreat is happening July 31 – August 4, 2019, in Dallas, Texas. Will you be one of the lucky quilters that takes one of the spots left? You deserve a one-of-a-kind getaway to dedicate time to doing what you love—quilting!

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    What can you expect to experience at Quiltstock?

    You’ll be PAMPERED with gifts and goodies—simply the best swag in the business.

    “The swag was beyond wonderful! How generous! And the contents were truly quality. It showed that the organizers of Quiltstock put so much thought and effort into this event.”

    —JW, Wisconsin

    You’ll reignite your PASSION for quiltmaking with in-depth classes for projects big and small, quick make-and-takes full of sewing fun, and many more stitching surprises along the way.

    “Two things sold me on Quiltstock: the designers who were teaching the classes, and the fact that Moda and Martingale were sponsoring the event. I’ve always viewed your two companies as being first class, but you totally exceeded first class.”

    —CW, California

    You’ll create PATCHWORK and appliqué projects with all-star, celebrity designers and teachers: Carrie Nelson, Lisa Bongean, Lynne Hagmeier, Me and My Sister Designs, and Sherri McConnell. WOW! (Learn more about the designers and the projects you’ll be making here).

    “My friends are already sick of me telling them how wonderful everything was. Hands down, the best retreat I’ve ever attended. And not just because of the gifts. The teachers were exceptional!”

    —KC, Florida

    You’ll get PRICELESS tips, tricks, and techniques from the pros that will make your sewing time more streamlined, stress-free, and fun. Use what you learn for as long as you quilt!

    “I really appreciated the hands-on tips and tricks I learned in all of the classes. I love learning techniques to making sewing faster and more efficient, since we live in such a time-crunched world!”

    —JP, Michigan

    You’ll get time to PLAY! Enjoy free sewing time, foster friendships, visit the Quiltstock shop, enjoy trunk shows and product demos, and more. Seven meals are included too!

    “The week exceeded my expectations in so many ways. I think the thing that blessed me more than I could imagine was the time spent with so many others who love quilting like I do.”

    —AK, Texas

    Ready to sign up for Quiltstock, or have more questions?

    Sign up right here on our website
    or give us a call at 1-800-426-3126, ext. 1376.

    You and your creativity are worth it—hope to see you at the Quiltstock retreat this summer!

    Quiltstock 2019

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  2. NEW! A quilt book with a love story to share: inspired by the Civil War

    An old-fashioned love story comes alive in quilts inspired by authentic Civil War letters in Quilts of Love and Valor.

    Quilts of Love and Valor

    Touched by the real-life letters of Jacob and Emeline Ritner, a husband and wife separated by the Civil War, author Becky A. Wright shares quilt patterns based on captivating stories the couple shared. Tales of the battlefield, news from the homefront, and love maintained through nearly four years of separation are captured in 11 antique-style designs, perfect for reproduction fabrics.

    From Quilts of Love and Valor

    Excerpts from Jacob and Emeline’s letters—the only complete set of Civil War letters known to exist—shed light on the inspiration behind each quilt, giving you a sense of what life was like for everyday people during the Civil War.

    Emeline and Jacob Ritner
    Emeline and Jacob Ritner

    We’re happy to have Becky as a guest writer today to tell you more about Quilts of Love and Valor.

    Becky A. WrightMy book follows the lives of Captain Jacob and Emeline Ritner during the four years of the Civil War. The Ritners were a well-known and highly respected family in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Jacob enlisted into the 1st Iowa Infantry Volunteers for a 100-day term, returned home for a short time, and then enlisted as a 1st Lieutenant of Company B in the 25th Iowa Infantry Volunteers, where he served for the duration of the war.

    Jacob left behind his wife and four children, one a yet-to-be-named baby girl. During their separation, Jacob and Emeline kept up a faithful correspondence. This collection of letters is believed to be the only complete set of Civil War letters still existing today.

    Jacob's Cot Quilt
    Jacob’s Cot Quilt. Women throughout the North made cot-sized quilts to help support the war effort.

    Jacob was eventually promoted to Captain of Company B of the 25th Iowa. He wrote of his training, marches, battles, and the brave men who served with him. The 25th Iowa served valiantly throughout the war, taking part in most of the major battles, most notably in Sherman’s March to the Sea.

    Union Encampment quilt
    Union Encampment. Jacob’s correspondence indicates that the soldiers made camp whenever necessary and not always in desirable locations or conditions. The triangular blocks in Union Encampment represent the rows of tents often set up in haste and taken down just as quickly as Northern troops moved under fire by Confederate forces.

    Jacob’s thoughts were always with his family. He wrote often, seeking to know how they were faring, giving Emeline advice on the garden, the livestock, bills, and caring for their children. Emeline sent news of Mt. Pleasant, family, and friends. She was ever fearful of Jacob being injured or getting sick, pleading with him to come home.

    Of the 1136 men who enrolled in the 25th Iowa, 39 were killed, 187 were wounded, 24 died from their wounds, 201 died of disease, 164 were discharged due to wounds or disease, and 18 were captured. The 25th Iowa proudly marched in the Grand Review in Washington DC after the war, before returning home to Iowa.

    My quilts were inspired by the stories found in the Ritner letters. I hope you will enjoy the story of the Ritners, and the quilts that were inspired by them.

    Quilts of Love and ValorWe have a copy of Quilts and Love and Valor to give away today! To enter your name in the random drawing, tell us in the comments:

    What draws you to quilts from the Civil War era: the prints, the colors, the history?

    We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to be whisked away by this Civil War love story, you can purchase Quilts of Love and Valor at our website and we’ll send you a link to download the eBook version for free.

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  3. Quilt history books share stories – here are three fascinating tales from the past

    Coxcomb blockAre you a history buff? We covet quilt-history books, and we’ve published several books about quilt history, one with the help of our friends at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska, American Quilt Treasures. We want to know all we can about our sewing sisters from the past!

    Most of the quilts featured in American Quilt Treasures don’t have full written histories to go with them—their stories are found only in the stitches the makers took. But a few of the quilts from this beautiful hardcover book do have written stories. And we’re happy to share those stories with you today.

    Trip around the World

    Made in Kansas City, Kansas, circa 1900, 80″ × 88″. Ida Pricilla Williams Giebner.

    This incredible hand-pieced, hand-quilted quilt features a label printed on fabric, which was made by a family member in 2010.

    Trip around the World quilt

    The label says:

    IDA PRICILLA WILLIAMS (Giebner) (Moore)
    29 Jan 1873 (?) – 25 Feb 1942

    Born in Missouri, she lived all her adult life in Kansas City, KS, and is buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, Wyandotte County, Kansas City, KS. Her actual birth date and birthplace are unknown. She had three children with her first husband, John Albert Giebner. Two sons lived into adulthood.

    It is known that she was multi-talented as a quilter and seamstress – possibly how she supported her family. One family photo shows her crocheting. Family history says that this quilt was finished about 1900. The design is Trip around the World, or sometimes referred to as Postage Stamp. It is hand pieced and hand quilted from the back. Looking closely at the quilting, you can see flowers placed randomly and a double ribbon just inside the border all around. This is not a beginner’s quilt but no other examples of hers are known. [Label by Green H. Giebner, Jr., Nov 2010]

    Detail of Trip around the World quilt

    Kansas Sunflower Four Generation Quilt

    Made in Gothenburg, Nebraska, dated 1905–1965, 89″ × 89″. Multiple makers.

    This English-paper-pieced quilt was made by four generations of quiltmakers, spanning the years 1905-1965.

    Kansas Sunflower Four Generation Quilt

    The label includes the makers’ photographs, and says:

    Mary Abercrombie 1832-1909
    This quilt was pieced by Mary Adams Abercrombie some time before her husband died in 1907. The pattern is the Kansas Sunflower or Noonday. Made no doubt from the scrap bag pieces.

    Ella Abercrombie 1867-1963
    Ella Abercrombie Harnan set the circles in red, then sashed the top. Date unknown. She chose the red, green, and orange fabrics.

    Ruth Gutherless 1904-2004
    Ruth Harnan Gutherless held a quilting bee in her home to quilt this piece. Notice the different size stitches. About 1940.

    Gayle LaGrand 1932-
    The quilt was given to me by my mother to bind. I did this about 1965. At the time we lived in Minn.

    Detail of Kansas Sunflower quilt

    The Reconciliation Quilt

    Made in Brooklyn, New York, dated 1867, 85″ × 97″. Lucinda Ward Honstain.

    Named at a later date, the Reconciliation Quilt depicts many family members of the quiltmaker—her husband, brother, daughter, and son-in-law. The quilt derives its name from a block depicting the “reconciliation” between Jefferson Davis and his daughter following his release from prison after the Civil War. The quilt held the record for the most ever spent for a quilt at auction at the time of its purchase in 1991— $264,000.

    The Reconciliation QUilt

    You can find more detailed information about this incredible quilt at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum’s website. Here are close-up photos of just a few of the 40 blocks, each telling its own story:

    Detail of Reconciliation Quilt

    American Quilt TreasuresInside American Quilt Treasures, you’ll take a fascinating behind-the-scenes journey through a curated collection of quilts housed at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, the largest publicly held quilt collection in the world. The museum graciously allowed Martingale to photograph 65 one-of-a-kind quilts, ranging from just 30 years old to an incredible 197 years old. Prepare to be whisked away by astonishing patchwork and awe-inspiring appliqué from the past, all captured in lavish, detailed photography.

    And one more thing these stories might inspire you to do: label your quilts! Get inspired to create one-of-a-kind labels with help from these two resources:

    What kind of history buff are you? Quilting, textiles, the Civil War, world history? Tell us in the comments!

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  4. Welcome to laid-back quilting – with Layered Patchwork (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Make quick quilts and love them lots: that’s living the prairie life!

    Prairie Life

    With Lynne Hagmeier’s new book, Prairie Life, you can eliminate some common pitfalls of conventional piecing, including tricky points, mismatched seams, and bulky seam allowances. How? Easy—with Lynne’s Layered Patchwork technique! Cutting shapes and topstitching them to a base fabric will help you get to the finish line faster. Simplify blocks that include triangles and even curved pieces like Orange Peels. Projects hold up wonderfully wash after wash.

    From Prairie Life

    Here’s what Lynne says about the Layered Patchwork look in her introduction to Prairie Life:

    Layered Patchwork Churn Dash“Layered Patchwork simplifies piecing and adds a three-dimensional primitive look that I love, without any unsightly raveling. From a distance, a Layered Patchwork quilt looks like any traditionally pieced quilt. Up close, you see the topstitched edges of the pieces and can’t help but run your fingers across the softly frayed surface. The finished quilt has a lovely texture that only gets softer and cozier with each washing.”

    Prefer traditional patchwork? You’ll find plenty of projects for those methods too! From gorgeous quilts to runners and pillows, you can infuse your home and hearth with the prairie-life look, no matter which sewing methods you like to use.

    We asked Lynne (of Kansas Troubles Quilters fame) to answer a few pressing questions we had about her quilting life—read her answers below!

    Lynne HagmeierStitch This!: Your latest book is simply gorgeous! What inspired you to write Prairie Life?

    Lynne: Prairie Life is a collection of projects I’d been wanting to make for myself, some inspired by my first book, Cozy Quilts & Comforts. I also like having options for traditional piecing and Layered Patchwork in the instructions.

    ST!: How did you come up with your clever Layered Patchwork technique?

    Lynne: I was asked to teach on a quilting cruise and needed a quilt that was precut. The simplest thing to do with a Layer Cake and Charm pack? Layer, topstitch, slice, and sew a block. So easy!

    ST!: Tell us about where the gorgeous photos from your book were taken.

    Lynne: Prairie Life was beautifully photographed by Adam Albright, with the creative vision of Jennifer Keltner of Martingale, at our home in the country outside Bennington, Kansas. I was delighted with the way Jennifer could see my collections of antiques and old junk with a fresh eye, blending them perfectly with my quilts and projects. (The red barn on the cover is pretty much held together with baling wire and duct tape!)

    From Prairie Life
    From the cover of
    Prairie Life

    ST!: What’s your designing process like—patterns or fabrics first? Ideas on paper or on a computer?

    Lynne: My brain works best doodling quilt blocks on graph paper first, then I transfer the design to the computer and import fabric swatches to see how the design will look. Usually, the fabric inspires the quilts. Once I’ve designed a new fabric line, I have months to ponder what projects to make while the mill is creating the fabric. But it’s not unusual to totally shift gears and change my plan after seeing the fabric in person.

    ST!: What’s the most important part of the designing process for you, and what’s the most fun?

    Lynne: The most important part of the design process for me is making sure what I see in my head translates accurately onto the pages of the instructions. The most fun is playing with new fabric!

    Cypress Sampler
    Cypress Sampler, made with traditional piecing

    ST!: What’s inspiring you right now?

    Lynne: Next year is my 20th anniversary of designing fabric for Moda. I’m focused now on a 20-block block-of-the-month king-size quilt that includes stories about my design and quilting journey over the past 20 years.

    ST!: What’s on your sewing table right now?

    Lynne: I’m piecing a new charm quilt for Quilt Market with 288 half-square triangles. I’ve been piecing and trimming as I’ve been working on other projects.

    A peek at Lynne’s sewing space

    ST!: As a quilter, what technique do you still want to learn?

    Lynne: I’d like to spend more time hand stitching and learning decorative stitches. I need to take the time to prepare a project so it’s ready when I have a minute to relax and stitch.

    ST!: What’s your #1 tip for beginning quilters?

    Lynne: Practice a ¼" seam allowance until it’s second nature. The number-one problem for quilters in my workshops is not having consistent seam allowances. It’s vital so all of the pieces come together correctly.

    Layered Patchwork Pillow Sleeve
    Layered Patchwork Pillow Sleeve

    Thanks for giving us a little look inside your “prairie life,” Lynne!

    Our friends at Moda Fabrics wanted to celebrate Lynne’s new book right along with us, so they sent us a GINORMOUS stack of fat quarters from Lynne’s Country Road Flannel line—40 fat quarters in all!

    To win the bundle and a copy of Prairie Life, tell us in the comments:

    Prairie LifeHow often do you try new techniques (like Layered Patchwork)?

    • I try new techniques all the time—if it makes my work quicker and easier, bring it on!
    • I like traditional piecing, but trying new techniques is fun too.
    • I’m a little shy about trying new techniques—with traditional piecing I know exactly what to do!

    We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Best of luck to all! And if you’re ready to bring a little of the prairie life into your home, order Lynne’s new book on our website and we’ll send you a link to download the eBook version for free right away!

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    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Michelle, who says:

    “I like traditional piecing and techniques but I’m always up for try new things and learning new skills.”

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

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  5. These fun little quilts will have you seeing double! New from Jan Patek (+ giveaway!)

    “Turnabouts” are darling little quilts that do double duty. Drape them over items to see two delightfully different sides!

    Tabletop Turnabouts

    In Tabletop Turnabouts, you’ll find that one end of each 12″ x 24″ quilt shows off a single block, while the opposite end features a four-block arrangement. Simply turn the quilts this way or that to suit the scene.

    Acorn Lane quilt
    Acorn Lane

    Jan’s charming quilts feature a happy blend of seasonal and everyday motifs to display. And the appliqué? Jan’s carefree folk-art style embraces imperfection, inviting you to just have fun—on the double!

    From Tabletop Turnabouts

    We asked Jan a few questions about her new book and her quilting life, which spans 25 years! Read her answers below.

    Jan PatekStitch This!: Your latest book is simply adorable! What inspired you to write Tabletop Turnabouts, and how did you come up with the clever two-for-one design idea?

    Jan: I was at a Des Moines cultural event one year and saw table stands with little 12″ quilts on them. They gave me great ideas for appliqué. When I made the first one, my daughter Kelly said, “Why don’t you make two and sew them together? That way if it’s on the coffee table, you can see both sides.” The rest is history!

    ST!: What’s your designing process like—patterns or fabrics first? Ideas on paper or on a computer?  

    Jan: I create the pattern first, then choose the fabric to go with it. But sometimes the fabric will inspire the pattern. I draw my designs on paper, scan them into my computer, and add details with my mouse.

    Garden House quilt
    Garden House

    ST!: What’s the most important part of the design process for you?

    Jan: The most important part of the design process with Tabletop Turnabouts was coming up with each idea for a 12″ inch block, and then echoing that theme in the 6″ blocks on the other side. It was a fun process.

    Sweet Lady Liberty quilt
    Sweet Lady Liberty

    ST!: What’s your favorite season to sew for?

    Jan: My favorite season to sew for is really two seasons—fall and winter. I love the colors associated with those two seasons. But I’m always ready for spring.

    To Market quilt
    To Market

    ST!: What’s inspiring you right now?

    Jan: My next seasonal table-stand quilt, which will be coming out this summer. It’s in the planning stages, and all I know right now is that it will feature an eagle. I’m partial to Americana and patriotic themes, as my father was a career Army man and my father-in-law was career Navy. I’m also working on next year’s mystery quilt. Here’s a sneak peek of the design:

    Follow Jan on Instagram (@jan_patek_quilts) and on her blog for more information on her next mystery quilt.

    We have a freshly printed copy of Tabletop Turnabouts to give to one lucky winner today, along with a fat-quarter pack from Jan’s Sweet Violet fabric for Moda Fabrics (her next line, Clover Meadow, hits shops this summer) AND an Ackfeld quilt stand from our friends at Ackfeld Manufacturing!

    To enter your name in the random drawing, tell us in the comments:

    Tabletop TurnaboutsWhere would you place one of your own “Turnabout” quilts?

    • Over a couch
    • On a cabinet
    • On an Ackfeld quilt rack
    • A place where everyone could see both sides!

    We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to make a “twofer” quilt with Jan, order Tabletop Turnabouts 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 Bobbie, who says:

    “I love this idea, twice the fun. I would display them on the Ackfeld stand on top of my antique cabinet so could be seen by everyone in my house.”

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

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  6. How to make a 60-degree triangle quilt: Pat Sloan’s tips! (video 🎬)

    How to make a 60-degree triangle quiltTriangles, triangles, triangles—they make the quilting world go ’round! There are half-square triangles and quarter-square triangles, the bedrock of many quilt blocks. But have you experimented with 60-degree triangles, otherwise known as equilateral triangles?

    It may look complicated on the surface, but once you know how to make a 60-degree triangle quilt, you’ll find the shape just as easy to work with as other patchwork units. Pat Sloan (author of the popular “Teach Me” series of books) teamed up with Babylock Sewing Machines to create a series of videos for times just like this—when you’re not sure how, when, or where to sew!

    Watch how Pat’s smart tricks whisk away any 60-degree triangle doubts:

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    Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Sew TrianglesIn her book Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles, Pat walks you through 13 different ways to sew the pointy shape, from basic motifs like half-square triangles (and how to sew them four and eight at a time!) to Flying Geese, Sew-and-Flip Corners, and yes, equilateral triangles. Plus, she shares a handy cheat sheet so you’ll have all the dimensions you need at a glance to cut triangle units to the exact size you want. You’ll find the cheat sheet on page 33—make a copy and pin it to your design wall so you’ll never have to wonder again.

    In Pat’s book, you’ll also get the pattern for making her beautiful Fresh Air quilt using the 60-degree tips she offers in the video (the tips are in the book too):

    Fresh Air quilt
    Fresh Air

    You’ll get 11 more quilt patterns in the book as well—here are just a few of our favorites:

    Union Square quilt
    Union Square

    Jane's Jewel Box quilt
    Jane’s Jewel Box

    Spools quilt

    See eight more quilts to make in Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles >>>

    Have you sewn 60-degree triangles before?

    • Yes—I sew them just like Pat.
    • Yes, but I use a different method.
    • Not yet, but Pat sure does make it look simple!

    Tell us in the comments!

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  7. Amazing Layered Patchwork technique: must see, sew easy! (+ video)

    From Prairie LifeWhether you’re a newbie or a seasoned pro when it comes to making quilts, we can all agree on one thing: we’d all love to have more time to make all the things!

    Sometimes challenging techniques or even the sheer size of a quilt can make the finish line seem as far away as the year 3000. But Lynne Boster Hagmeier (of Kansas Troubles Quilters fame) has devised a way to skip tricky techniques and make big quilts quickly—it’s called Layered Patchwork.

    From Cozy Quilts and Comforts
    One of these quilts was made with traditional patchwork; the other with Layered Patchwork. Can you guess which is which?

    We sat down with Lynne to learn the basics of her technique, which is featured in her books, Prairie Life (just released!) and Cozy Quilts and Comforts, as well as the book Moda Blockheads. Think you can master Layered Patchwork? We promise, you can—watch and you’ll see why:

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    Whether you use Layered Patchwork with Prairie Life:

    Building Blocks quilt
    Building Blocks Layered Patchwork Lap Quilt

    Cozy Quilts and Comforts:

    Kaleidoscope quilt
    Kaleidoscope Layered Patchwork Lap Quilt

    Or Moda Blockheads:

    Lynne's sampler quilt from Moda Blockheads
    Moda Blockheads sampler (partly made with Layered Patchwork)

    You’re sure to get to the finish line fast—and fall in love with what you create!

    Cozy Quilts and Comforts Prairie Life Moda Blockheads

    Which of your fabric cuts would you use in a Layered Patchwork quilt?

    • My precuts
    • My stash
    • My scraps

    Tell us in the comments!

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  8. 2nd session for Quiltstock retreat open now (grab your seat, filling up fast!)

    Thought the QUILTSTOCK 2019 retreat was sold out? It was . . .
    But YOU asked and WE listened!

    We’re taking reservations NOW for a SECOND SESSION*
    of Quiltstock July 31August 4, 2019!

    Learn all about the sewing stars you’ll meet, the projects you’ll make, and the fun you’ll have (not to mention the S-W-A-G) below—sign up now as seats will fill up fast. It’s the quilters’ retreat of a lifetime!

    Don’t miss your chance to mix and mingle with other quilters and top-notch designers, all brought to you by Moda & Martingale, the people and brands that bring you more of what you love about quilting!

    Look forward to fun, friends, piecing, and happiness,
    plus SIX fabulous world-class designers:

    You know her as Miss Rosie, you loved her at the inaugural Quiltstock retreat—welcome back best-selling author and all-around loveliest of people CARRIE NELSON! You’ll be sewing a pretty pincushion from Carrie’s latest book, Pin Pals.

    It’s the empress of easy patchwork—there are SEW many “layers” to her: it’s Layered Patchwork inventor LYNNE HAGMEIER of Kansas Troubles Quilters! You’ll be making Lynne’s Building Blocks quilt from her new book, Prairie Life.

    She’s known for her tons-of-tiny-triangles patchwork AND she does wonders with wool: welcome back LISA BONGEAN of Primitive Gatherings! You’ll be learning the wool-applique techniques Lisa’s perfected while you make this Wool Snowman Door Hanging from Moda All-Stars: Merry Makers.

    She’s a prolific quilt designer, a Moda Fabrics designer with her daughter, Chelsi, and quilting is her life. So much so that it’s in her company name: it’s SHERRI MCCONNELL of A Quilting Life! Sherri’s sharing her Pineapple quilt from her upcoming book with Corey Yoder, Sunday Best Quilts.

    It’s not a teacher, it’s two teachers! And sisters! BARBARA GROVES and MARY JACOBSON of Me and My Sister Designs are back for another edition of Quiltstock—they’ll “charm” you with the project they have in store for you from their new book, Third Time’s a Charm.

    Classes + free-time sewing + fun & games =

    Here’s what quilters like you said about Quiltstock 2018:

    “I came in with high expectations. You surpassed every one.” –LW, Florida

    “I felt like I was ‘Queen of Quilting.’ Every detail was attended to. You guys missed nothing!” –KP, North Carolina

    “Top of the line all the way around.” –FN, Maryland

    “Loved, loved, loved this experience! Great classes, teachers, helpers, swag!” –SK, Illinois

    “The attention to detail both big and small was fabulous.” –JB, North Carolina

    “From the ease of registering to the Moda and Martingale staff and the hotel staff, it’s been a great week.” –JJ, Pennsylvania

    “This is the retreat by which all others will be measured by!” –CH, Texas

    “The teachers are awesome! So generous with their time, plenty of patience, and willing to share their great tips and tricks with us.” –RD, Pennsylvania

    “This is a wonderful memory that I will savor for the rest of my life!” –KM, Idaho

    “I feel like my family has grown—with all the sweet friends I made here.” –KC, Texas

    “Thank you so much for all your hard work in making sure each one of us left with many new skills and fabulous memories.” –SG, Nevada

    “All of the instructors were top notch and the quality of everything unquestionably high end.” –DS, Wisconsin

    Quiltstock 2018

    We’ll have a copy of each of these books waiting for you at Quiltstock—remember to get them all autographed!

    Pin Pals Prairie Life Moda All-Stars: Merry Makers Sunday Best Quilts Third Time's a Charm

    As you can see, it’s going to be a FANTASTICALLY FUN FIVE-DAY EVENT—but space is limited and time is running out. Don’t miss your chance to celebrate your creativity with some of the best in the business! Learn more details about the retreat here.

    Got questions about Quiltstock? Ask away in the comments!

    * Sorry, but we are NOT able to switch seats between the two Quiltstock retreats.

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  9. Going, going, gone! Mark your calendar: 19-HOUR blowout book sale May 7

    Mark your calendar. Set an alarm. And tell a quilty friend! We’re hosting a


    for your creative library on Tuesday, May 7—you’ll definitely want to have a look!

    We adore the books that are a part of our sale next week, but we have only a few copies left of each—all good things must come to an end. When these books are gone, they’re GONE!

    Meet us back here at Stitch This! on Tuesday, May 7, to swoop in on amazing deals that will NEVER be offered again. The sale starts at 2:00 a.m. Pacific time (you can also subscribe to our blog and we’ll send you a reminder Tuesday morning!)

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  10. Kim Diehl quilt-along coming soon – get the details and join the fun!

    Kim Diehl’s created a very special (and pretty!) mystery for you to solve. In stitches!

    She’s hosting a mystery quilt-along based on her second book with Jo Morton, Simple Friendships II. Why? Because Kim’s celebrating nearly 25,000 followers on Instagram! (If you haven’t seen her Instagram feed, visit it now—get ready to swoon.)

    Simple Friendships II Stitch-Along Mystery Sampler

    Each week for five weeks, Kim will walk you through making the blocks needed to complete the mystery mini quilt, featuring blocks from Simple Friendships II. The finished quilt size is 17½" x 20½" and can be stitched from your stash of scraps (or, of course, you can shop for new fabric!). We’ve seen the final quilt, and we promise, you won’t be disappointed!

    Commit to just five weeks to complete your quilt—quick, quick, lickety-split!

    Follow Kim Diehl on Instagram: @kim_diehl_quilts

    If you want to join, follow these steps to prepare:

    1. Simple Friendships IIGet your copy of Simple Friendships 2—you’ll need it for the block-pattern instructions. You can purchase a copy at your local quilt shop or wherever books are sold.
    1. Gather your fabrics! Kim’s mystery quilt is small and scrappy, making it perfect for your fabric stash. Kim will post a photo of her blocks each week to give you a visual guide, but there are no rules here—choose your favorite colors and prints and sew along!
    1. Get ready to sew starting Monday, May 13. Kim will post  new blocks to sew every Monday at 6:00 am (MST) for five weeks. The final week begins June 10.

    Whenever you need to check in or get more information about the QAL, head to ShopMartingale.com/SimpleFriendships2QAL—bookmark the page to keep track and keep up! And be sure to use the hashtag #SimpleFriendships2QAL when you post about your progress on Facebook and Instagram so we can see and share. Four random participants will receive prizes from Kim, Martingale, and our friends at Henry Glass Fabrics!

    Are you inspired to sew a mystery sampler with Kim Diehl?

    • Yes—I’ll be there with you starting Monday, May 13!
    • I hope to—sounds like a wonderful way to say yes to sewing time!
    • Not sure yet—but it sounds like a lot of fun!

    Tell us in the comments—and if you’ve made up your mind to join us, we’ll be watching for your posts!

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