1. Deep-dive into a beloved fabric from the past: Feed Sacks is here! (+ giveaway)

    Feed sacks are the perfect example of a utilitarian product turned into something beautiful. Author Linzee Kull McCray explores the history of the humble fabric in her beautiful book Feed Sacks. This is a reprint of a previously out-of-print book from our friends at UPPERCASE—now back in print by popular demand!

    Feed sacks range from plain cotton sacks to exuberantly patterned and colorful bags that were repurposed into frocks, aprons, and quilts by thrifty housewives in the first half of the twentieth century.

    In this softcover volume, extensive imagery and at-scale reproductions of these fabrics create an inspiring sourcebook of pattern and color—544 pages of images and information offer a welcome visit to the days of yesteryear. Take a look at the table of contents to see what’s in store!


    Patterns not included.

    We’re thrilled to introduce Linzee as our guest writer today:


    Linzee McCray here. I’m a writer, quilter, and fabric designer. I first learned about feed sacks 10 years ago, and not long after I wrote a blog post for Etsy, where I was a regular contributor. The post got more than 200 comments, and I realized that I wasn’t the only one interested in feed sacks.

    I did what writers do when they’re fascinated by a topic: I kept researching and writing about it for various publications, including UPPERCASE magazine. A few years later, UPPERCASE publisher Janine Vangool and I decided to collaborate on a book. (Janine is in Calgary, Canada, which accounts for the spelling of “colourful” in the book’s subtitle.)

    I interviewed people who had sewn with and worn feed sacks in decades past, and Janine and I identified vintage photos, newspapers, and advertisements for use in the book. We also worked with collectors and museums to gather images of items made with feed sacks and took photos of our own growing feed-sack collections, as well as those of other collectors. And then Janine worked her design magic: we had so much to share that the book wound up at 544 pages!

    Feed Sacks: The Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric covers topics from picking cotton to the patriotism of sewing with sacks during World War II to feed-sack sewing competitions in the 1950s. Throughout, there are interviews with people who remember feed sacks as a part of everyday life. Talking with them was my favorite part of writing this book, and I love the stories, quilts, and items of clothing that people still share with me. One friend told me about her 90-year-old grandmother poring over the pages, looking for fabric prints she remembered from childhood. (That takes awhile, as there are more than 850 images in the book!)

    I am delighted that Martingale is reprinting this book—it’s been out of print for more than a year. If you missed it the first time, I hope you’ll ask your local quilt shop or bookstore to order you a copy. And if you have stories to share, I always love hearing them!

    Here’s what quilters like you are saying about Feed Sacks:

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“I love this book. It has a good history of the feed sack. There are pages and pages of them and also many photos of women and children wearing their feed-sack clothing. I make 1930s reproduction quilts as a hobby and this book makes me want all the fabric!”

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “This lovely book was so fun to read (and to look at). If you love coffee-table books or cultural history books, you’ll enjoy this sweet one. There are 850 different fabric patterns printed in the book, and I could just imagine all the clothes made by mothers in the 1930s and 1940s and beyond. There is information about all the companies that produced feed sacks—to hold grain and corn to voting ballots. Crazy to think that these were used ubiquitously in our past. I also loved all the advertisements printed throughout the book, which would highlight the products being sent out in the bags. There’s a lot to learn from this book, so pick it up and start reading!”

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I’ve been a fabric person all my life. But I knew very little about the history of printed fabric used to package goods before reading this wonderful book, which is a compendium of feed sacks as a reflection of the culture of rural America in the first half of the 20th century. The book has dozens of clippings from newspapers, industry magazines, advertisements, and clothing patterns, which are fascinating windows into another time. The book is full of photos throughout, and the last section has hundreds of pictures of different fabrics. So this is a coffee-table book for those among us who cannot resist fabric. Do not miss this!”

    We have a copy of Feed Sacks to give away to one winner today! To enter your name in the random drawing, tell us in the comments, below:

    What’s your favorite reproduction fabric: feed sacks, Civil War, 1930s, something else?

    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 wait for this deep-dive into a frugal fabric, you can purchase the book at our website

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    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Helen, who says: "I find all reproduction fabrics interesting, but I think the history surrounding the use of feed sack fabrics is particularly fascinating. The variety of fabric patterns is incredible."

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

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  2. 🎁 10 no-sew gifts – for people who sew! 🎁

    If you’re on track with holiday sewing for your best quilting buddies, we raise our rotary cutters to you—congrats! But if you’re a bit behind schedule, we’ve rounded up several gift ideas for you. They’re 100% no-sew. But they’ll delight every quilting fan on your gift list.


    2020 That Patchwork Place® Quilt Calendar

    Now in its 18th year of publication, That Patchwork Place’s quilt calendar has become a favorite of quilters worldwide. Show off a love of quilting year-round and enjoy sewing along each month: the calendar spotlights 12 dazzling, front-page-worthy projects plus a 28-page pullout booklet that includes complete directions for making each project. Featured quilts (and a pillow!) come from designers including Lissa Alexander, Betsy Chutchian, Kim Diehl, Carol Hopkins, and Stacy West. Whether it graces the kitchen, office, or sewing room, this perennial favorite is perfect for ringing in a brand-new year with gorgeous quilts.

    Patches of Scraps Note Cards

    Write a note of thanks, encouragement, or a simple hello with this collection of striking note cards. Featuring lavish photos of antique and modern-day quilts from the book Patches of Scraps by famed quilt designer Edyta Sitar, a dozen cards (two each of six designs) come with envelopes and are blank inside, offering plenty of space to share sentiments.


    Creative Sketchbook and Journal

    Write, sketch, draw, and dream—world-renowned textile artist Sue Spargo will inspire you to do it all in this gorgeous journal. Among more than 150 close-up, color-drenched photos of Sue’s incredible stitcheries is a mix of lined pages, graphed pages, and blank pages that offer plenty of space to get in touch with your creative side. Use as a traditional journal, a sketchbook, a place for doodles, lists, and project ideas—or use it in all of these ways! Capture inspiration whenever it strikes; a petite take-along size makes it easy to do. Patterns not included.

    Simple Reflections: A Journal for Memories and Musings

    Kim Diehl will inspire your sewing friends to keep a journal just for their creative side! In Simple Reflections, Kim’s gathered photographs of favorite quilts and more to share. Among gorgeous photos of Kim’s work, there’s plenty of space to jot down sewing notes, log quilting milestones, and record inspiration wherever it may strike. Kim’s included seasonal recipes too! Your giftees can bring the beauty of quilts wherever they go—a handy take-along size makes it easy to do. (Patterns not included.)

    A Quilter’s Journal

    Photographed at quilting star Lisa Bongean’s gorgeous lakeside home, A Quilter’s Journal is an inspiring week-by-week journal packed with stunning photos of quilts and more to enjoy. Throughout the pages you’ll find fun prompts to answer all year long—they’ll get the creative juices flowing. And at a petite 5¼" x 8⅜", it’s the perfect size to carry along while you’re on the go. (Patterns not included.)


    Yoko Saito through the Years

    This in-depth look at Yoko Saito’s quilts and quilted bags celebrates 40 years of her illustrious career. Each piece is featured in photography that reveals the tiny stitches, the subtle hues, and the surprising details that make her work a joy to study. Marvel at hundreds of fabrics, thousands of embroidery stitches, and Ms. Saito’s stunning appliqué—all sewn to perfection. This keepsake book offers a rare opportunity to explore the history of a legendary artist. (Patterns not included.)

    American Quilt Treasures: Historic Quilts from the International Quilt Study Center and Museum

    Take a fascinating 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. You’ll be captivated by the creativity and persistence of quilters from the past—and discover the enduring impact that quilts of yesteryear have on quiltmakers of today. (Patterns not included.)

    Minick and Simpson Blue & White: Living with Textiles You Love

    In this hardcover volume you’ll pore over page after page of breathtaking room settings, all in calming blues and crisp whites. Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson invite readers to explore their inspiring collections, from quilts and hooked rugs to darling antiques. Enjoy three different homes featuring Americana, coastal, and classic styles, while you discover delightful decorating ideas and loads of tips for creating a two-color look. (Patterns not included.)

    A Common Thread: A Collection of Quilts by Gwen Marston

    Got quilting BFF’s who love to quilt their own way? Don’t miss the opportunity to WOW them with this in-depth look at the work of Gwen Marston. The book chronicles five decades of Gwen’s fascinating career, from her beginnings as a traditional quilter to her “liberated” quilt era and beyond. This magnificently photographed collection of more than 65 quilts—curated by Gwen herself—invites readers to enjoy her journey, her artistry, and her process like never before. (Patterns not included.)

    Stitches to Savor: A Celebration of Designs by Sue Spargo

    If you know someone captivated by color, texture, whimsy, creativity—and of course, quilts!—they’ll fall in love with this coffee-table book. From embellished leaves and fanciful birds to extravagant blooms, 200 lush, color-splashed photographs capture the pure magic that Sue Spargo makes with needle and thread. Sue’s work will summon creativity, light up inspiration, and delight anyone who dreams of making more time to stitch. (Patterns not included.)

    Of course you’ll want to make your wrapping as special as your gift—and these pretty gift tags are our gift to you! Simply download, print, cut out, and add names.

    Download your free printable Christmas gift tags here!

    Christmas Eve predictions: will you still be sewing, still be wrapping, or will you be peacefully sleeping? Tell us in the comments!

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  3. NEW: Country Threads’ Civil War quilt patterns – and the stories of Civil War heroines

    Create spectacular Civil War–style quilts and read stories of the amazing women from this time in history. The best-selling design team of Country Threads—Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene—will introduce you to them in A Country’s Call.

    Reach back in time and visit 14 heroines of the Civil War. Then, create an array of beautiful quilts inspired by the stories of these courageous women. From a simple string quilt:

    First Lessons

    To a small beauty that’s perfect for beginning paper piecers:

    Noble Cause

    To spectacular scrap quilts bursting with hundreds of fabrics:

    Crazy Like a Fox

    Each project in A Country’s Call captures the distinct look of antique quilts from the era.

    Rounding out this beautiful book are authentic photos and true accounts of Civil War history that will draw in quilters and Civil War buffs alike.

    The story of Annie Lorinda Blair Etheridge . . .

    Inspired this Daughters of the Regiment quilt.

    For a historical perspective of women who lived during the Civil War, Mary and Connie invited historian Tanya Tullos to write the introduction to the book. She has a PhD in Educational Curriculum and Instruction at Texas A&M University. Here’s a fascinating excerpt from that introduction:

    “In the years leading up to and through the Civil War in the United States, women worked hard to defend and support their families, to fight for the causes they believed in, and to convince others of the rightness of their own beliefs. Much of what is known about women’s lives, work, and efforts during these times is the result of passionate letters, diaries carefully describing people and events, newspapers that tell of current events, and official records of wartime service. With no telephones, no email, and no instant notifications, news often took days or weeks to filter throughout the nation. Letters, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and other treasured documents were often saved, just as scraps of cloth and locks of hair were preserved.

    Few suspected that the war between the States would last for years. Men, women, and children suffered during the war and in its aftermath, experiencing hunger, heartbreak, and even death. The women especially took on new roles, including soldiering, nursing, spying, farming, and working outside their homes, while trying to get through the war years.

    It is not the war itself that we treasure; it is the great courage, persistence, and commitment of these women to those things that they held dear. By reaching out to the past, hopefully we can be more prepared to work for a better present in our own lives and for a better future for all.”

    More from A Country’s Call

    The women celebrated in A Country’s Call are captivating, as are the 14 quilt designs. To enter to win a copy of the book, tell us in the comments:

    A mother, a sister, a grandmother, a friend: is there a woman in your life who has inspired you?

    We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. And if you’d like to read more of the stories from A Country’s Call—and start making one of Country Threads’ gorgeous quilts!—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! Your comments were amazing–we enjoyed reading them all! The random winner is Rita S who says:

    "As a woman in my 60s there are many people who have inspired me. Right now I would say my quilting buddy has inspired me the most. We try to get together to quilt and when we can’t we send text or emails to keep up on what we are working on. When one of us is procrastinating too long we give a nudge with the saying “Done is better than perfect” or it’s “Perfectly imperfect”. It works for us. Did I mention she lives right next door to me! How perfect is that!  If I should win this book it would go to her as I have ordered the book for myself. Thanks for the giveaway and your great books. Mary and Connie would be proud!"

    We’ll email you about your prize, Rita–congratulations!

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  4. Welcome home! 🏡 All-new house projects to build with Yoko Saito (+ giveaway!)

    Japanese master quilter Yoko Saito returns with an all-new collection of house projects to build and enjoy!

    In Yoko Saito’s I Love Houses, 20 bags, totes, purses, pouches, wall quilts, and more celebrate two sides of Ms. Saito’s work—her traditional patchwork roots and her fanciful appliqué creations.

    City Skyline

    Create a city skyline, construct a tiny town, stitch and frame single dwellings, or appliqué a giant mushroom house owned by two little ladybugs—so many fresh ideas to savor.

    Zippered Sewing Case

    In the introduction to the book, Ms. Saito explains her love of the time-honored house motif:

    “If I were asked what motif I would never tire of making in my life, I would have to say house blocks and appliqués. I think that many who do patchwork and quilting love houses as well. Designing these houses out of fabric is almost like building a real house.

    In my first book on this subject, Houses, Houses, Houses, which was published more than 10 years ago, most of the houses were modeled after houses that I consider American in style. Perhaps this is because I was first introduced to quilts in America, and that is where I had spent the most time traveling. However, in the last decade I have had the opportunity to go to mainland Europe and the Scandinavian countries quite often. I began to notice the different styles of the houses in this different climate and culture and how they were designed and built.

    Everyday Handbag

    As I visited various cities, towns, and villages, I rarely saw two houses with the same design. In fact, the shapes, colors, number of doors and windows, and the roof lines were often completely different. Perhaps this is a reflection of a culture that honors the tradition of handicrafts.”

    Boston Bag

    Ms. Saito clearly feels right at home with houses—they reflect the warmth of the world around us. Tell us: What kind of houses would you build in fabric?

    • Houses in the city: that’s where all the fun is!
    • Houses in the country: I prefer a relaxed pace.
    • A version of my neighborhood, using Ms. Saito’s designs as my muse.

    Leave a comment to be automatically entered into our random drawing to win a copy of Yoko Saito’s I Love Houses! We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

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    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Annie Flaherty who says:

    “These are the nicest bags I have seen in a long time. Can’t wait to make some of them!”

    Ready to start your fabric houses asap? Purchase Yoko Saito’s I Love Houses at our website and we’ll pop your “building plans” in the mail to you!We’ll email you about your prize, Annie—congratulations!

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  5. New Hexagon 2 Book Tour – With Katja Marek (+ giveaway!)

    Are you ready? Have you been chomping at the bit for author Katja Marek’s next quilt-along to begin? If you’re like us here at Stitch This!, the answer is YES! And you’ve come to the right place to get ready for it. While her Quilt-Along begins in January, we’re kicking off Katja’s Instagram Book Tour here on our blog AND on our Instagram page.

    As with her other books, Katja has named the block designs for people she knows. This time is no different. And this time I, Karen Soltys along with Karen Johnson, are beyond excited because The New Hexagon 2 book tour is starting today with the Karen block (page 28 in your book).

    Both Karen Johnson and I enjoy English paper piecing, but I have to admit—I didn’t get hooked until Katja’s first book, The New Hexagon, came along. Katja came to Martingale to work on a hands-on photo shoot to show how to English paper piece. When I watched her work, I realized the whole process was much less daunting that I thought it would be. I decided to try it myself. It was fun and, well, addicting. I was hooked! And I have a box of paper-pieced blocks to prove it. So even if you’ve never tried English paper piecing, I encourage you to give it a try. Because you’re working on a foundation, the pieces fit together precisely and pretty much effortlessly.

    One thing you’ll notice right away in The New Hexagon 2 is that it’s packed with colorful block images, many made in beautiful shades of cool blues and greens. Katja frequently uses tonal prints and batiks for her blocks, to make her blocks and quilts so striking. But personally, I prefer to muddy things up with reproduction fabrics or deeper, darker shades. And just to show you that no two Karens are alike, we thought it would be fun to share how different our blocks look from one another and from Katja’s original. Karen Johnson’s block is bright and cheerful with summery melon colors. It’s downright mouthwatering! I can’t wait to see what she stitches next.

    Original block by Katja

    Block by Karen Soltys

    Block by Karen Johnson

    So whatever your favorite color palette is, don’t be afraid to jump in. Glue baste or thread baste, go dark, go light, go bright. Just go! Get started. And be sure to visit all the other participants along the way for yet another awesome Katja Marek event to celebrate the release of The New Hexagon 2!

    We have a giveaway in progress!  Hop over to our Monday post to read all about the book and enter.


    Visit Katja’s blog: katjasquiltshoppe.com

    Follow Katja on Instagram • Follow Katja on Facebook

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  6. ⬡⬡⬡ 52 NEW ways to sew a hexagon quilt (+ giveaway!) ⬡⬡⬡

    Hooray for MORE hexagons from best-selling author Katja Marek!

    The New Hexagon 2

    Katja is back with 52 new ways to play with hexagon shapes in The New Hexagon 2. Using her efficient, accurate methods for English paper piecing (EPP), Katja shares streamlined how-to techniques such as basting with glue and using precut paper templates.

    From The New Hexagon 2

    Katja’s also expanded the possibilities by including not just one, but two different block sizes. Choose from:

    • 14 twelve-inch blocks
    • 38 six-inch blocks
    • 5 pretty projects to show off the blocks you create!

    We asked Katja a few questions about her latest book and about her creative life—read on for her answers. (And don’t miss the announcement about a special quilt-along with Katja at the bottom of this post!)

    Katja MarekStitch This!: You’re a prolific designer, and your books on English paper piecing have really made a splash! What inspired you to write a sequel to the best seller The New Hexagon?

    Katja: There were still so many hex-abilities left to explore, even after the first 52 blocks in The New Hexagon and 366 more blocks in The New Hexagon Perpetual Calendar. There are still possibilities! Also, I’ve learned some new things over the five years since The New Hexagon was published. It seemed like a great time to share some new tips and tricks that I’ve learned along the way.

    Blossoms Bed Runner
    Blossoms Bed Runner

    ST!: What’s your designing process like—and where do you find your inspiration? 

    Hexagon starKatja: I find I’m able to visualize a concept very well. I sleep with pencil and paper beside my bed. Often my brain doesn’t want to be quiet at night, and I want to capture an idea so I can play with it some more. I’ll doodle random ideas onto graph paper (in the case of hexagons, I use triangle graph paper) and see how they play together. Once a concept becomes more cohesive, I continue on paper or on the computer. Sometimes I’ll sew a small test piece to see how what I envision translates to fabric.

    Inspiration is everywhere, and I mean EVERYWHERE. I find inspiration in nature, in life, in songs, in books, in patterns in the sand, a wave, the clouds . . . literally everywhere.

    ST!: Tell us more about your approach to English paper piecing—what makes it so unique?

    Katja: For starters, I believe in NO RULES. In a class, just like in my books, I show people what has worked well for me, but I’m open to other ideas. Part of that belief led me to trying non-traditional techniques, the biggest of which is glue basting. Glue basting allows me to expedite the basting process and get to the sewing much faster.

    Example of Katja’s how-to from the book

    ST!: Do you have a favorite block or quilt from The New Hexagon 2?

    Katja: Wow, that’s a tough question, I love different blocks and projects for different reasons. In Block 2: Carrie or Block 3: Lissa, I absolutely LOVE the arrows and the rainbow colors—but then what’s not to love about rainbows? We’ve seen arrows in many square and rectangular blocks, so why not in hexagon blocks? I also like to look for hidden elements that I can use to draw attention to an area, such as a hidden heart that pops with color and value in Block 10: Sheryl.

    Hexagon blocks
    Katja’s favorite blocks from left to right: Carrie, Lissa, and Sheryl

    As for favorite projects? In Explore the Stars, individual blocks are allowed to shine.

    Explore the Stars quilt
    Explore the Stars

    In Starburst, color and flow between shapes allowed me to create a millefiori-style look.

    Starburst quilt

    But probably my favorite project is Argyle. This two-color quilt uses many of the blocks to create the stunning argyle design.

    Argyle quilt

    ST!: What’s inspiring you right now?

    Katja: I’m playing around with some different shapes at the moment, and I’m also machine piecing things that are traditionally thought to be restricted to English Paper Piecing. I’m known for EPP, but my ideas extend beyond that! Inspiration is everywhere around us, and I have no trouble coming up with multiple new things to try. Time is my biggest battle. There’s just not enough time to do everything that’s in my head.

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

    Katja: Since I’m on the road right now, enjoying a mother-daughter holiday in the Maritime Provinces of Canada, I’ll show you what I’ve brought along. First is a sample for my quilt shop, Katja’s Quilt Shoppe in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada—a soccer-ball quilt using black-on-white and white-on-black prints.

    The second project consists of samples for my Take & Teach class coming up in Houston, Texas, for Fall International Quilt Market.

    At home I’ve been working on Quilty Stars patterns by Emily Dennis of Quilty Love.

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

    Katja: Just start! Don’t stress about all the things you don’t know yet; none of us knew anything at the beginning. Everyone has to start somewhere, and only by doing will you learn.

    QAL ALERT! Join Katja in January 2020 to make a one-of-a-kind quilt designed with blocks featured in The New Hexagon 2—follow Katja’s “Quilt with Me” Facebook page for all the details as they emerge!

    The New Hexagon 2

    We’ve got a copy of The New Hexagon 2 to give away today!

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

    Rate your “EPP” skills: EPP major, EPP minor, or haven’t enrolled yet?

    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 EPP the day away, purchase The New Hexagon 2 at our website and we’ll send you a link to download the eBook instantly—for FREE!

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    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Jacqueline V who says:  “I have completed 2 king sized quilts using EPP hexies…so I guess you could say I have intermediate skills. Working on a large, long-term non-hexie project right now!
    Thanks & Quilty Huggs!”

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

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  7. Use the fat quarters you’ve got! Patterns for 6, 8, 10, 12, or 14 FQs (+ giveaway!)

    How many fat quarters does it take to make a beautiful quilt?

    6, 8, 10, 12, or 14—the choice is yours!

    Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts

    America’s favorite fabric cut gets a fun makeover in a dozen all-new patterns from popular blogger Andy Knowlton. In her happy color palette, Andy shares easy-to-sew quilts that will inspire you to break into your bundles, unfold your singles, or even cut yardage into 18″ x 22″ chunks of fabric to re-create the cheerful designs in Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts.

    Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts

    Stars, pinwheels, arrows, and Churn Dashes are just a few of the classic motifs that get Andy’s fresh fat-quarter treatment. No more excuses and no time to lose—you’ll love reducing and restocking your stash to make these fat-quarter friendly projects.

    We’re happy to welcome Andy as a guest writer today!

    Andy KnowltonWhen my kids were younger they often had to go with me on my fabric shopping trips. So out of necessity those trips had to be fast! Fat quarters quickly became my favorite way to buy fabric. They’re always displayed so beautifully, and I could grab what I needed without waiting at the cutting table. We all know that the less time a toddler spends in a quilt shop, the better!

    Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts

    As I started working on Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts, I knew I wanted the book to focus on fat-quarter-friendly projects. They’re what I’m naturally drawn to. Many of the tutorials on my blog, A Bright Corner, are written for fat quarters, and most of my previously designed patterns are fat-quarter patterns.

    Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts

    One of my goals was for you to be able to grab a stack of your favorite fat quarters, flip open the book, and say, “I have ten fat quarters here—what can I make with them?”

    Table of Contents from Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts

    In the table of contents above you can find a whole list of options at your fingertips. The chapters are arranged by the number of fat quarters needed, so with a quick glance you can see what you can make with 6, 8, 10, 12, or 14 fat quarters.

    Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts

    There are 12 different quilt projects in Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts, ranging from baby size to bed size. Along the way you’ll get tips for shortcuts, fabric selection, and little tricks for making the quilts.

    Another goal of mine was to encourage you to put together your own custom bundles! Do you find that you’re always reaching for the pre-bundled fat quarters from a manufacturer?

    Prepackaged fat-quarter bundle
    A pre-bundled fat-quarter pack

    There’s definitely nothing wrong with that, and I use them all the time. But it’s so fun to get outside your comfort zone and challenge yourself a little. My book has tips scattered throughout to help you choose fabrics.

    But here’s a tip that’s not in the book—one of my favorite ways to put a fat-quarter bundle together is to find a print that I love and then build the bundle around it.

    Andy's customized fat-quarter bundle
    Andy’s customized fat-quarter stack

    In the photo above, I started with the top red floral. I then found yellow and green prints that would work well with the red print. I made sure to add in a small floral and some geometric prints for variety. To round out the group, I added two lighter blue prints, and now I have a good bundle I can work with.

    Notice that there’s some navy blue in that first red floral. Instead of using that in my custom fat-quarter bundle, I chose to use it as a background—nice and bold! This ended up being the bundle I used to make Perfect Picnic:

    Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts

    Give it a try next time you’re at the quilt shop—find a favorite print and build a bundle around it! Then once you have a bundle you love, flip open Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts and see what you can create.

    Fresh Fat Quarter QuiltsThanks for the fat-quarter tips, Andy!

    We have a copy of Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts to give away today! To enter your name in the random drawing, tell us in the comments:

    What’s your preference: fat-quarter singles or fat-quarter bundles?

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

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

    “Ahhh both are great as having a bundle you have the designer’s fabric line
    but it’s also neat to build your own bundle from my stash as well as some
    shopping ;-D

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

    And if you’d like to start shrinking your fat-quarter stash by making Andy’s beautiful quilts today, purchase Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts at our website and we’ll send you a link to download the eBook version—instantly, for FREE!

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  8. Wish List Day! Blue and white, machine-quilting ideas, and sweet stitcheries (+ giveaway!)

    Welcome to Wish List Day at Stitch This! We’re excited to introduce you to new Martingale books coming your way in December. 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.

    Blue & White Quilts 
    13 Remarkable Quilts with Timeless Appeal

    Crisp, calm, and captivating—experience the magic of blue & white! From the editors of the best seller Red & White Quilts comes a fresh take on another timeless color combination. Thirteen dreamy quilts from famed designers include a mix of exciting new designs and sentimental favorites, plus three antique treasures to remake using today’s fabrics and techniques. You’ll be captivated by the creations that come from this humble two-color palette, as quilters have been for generations. It’s an eternal classic that never goes out of style.

    Blue and White Quilts

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    Picture Perfect
    Small Stitcheries and Embroidered Niceties
    Kathy Schmitz

    Starting and completing these sweet framed stitcheries is a breeze! With 16 charming patterns that each measure 2½" x 4½", it’s easy to mix and match their uses. Display embroideries in frames, on sachets and note cards, as bowl fillers, or in pillows. Themes include redwork houses, bluework birds, garden decor, and more, most shown in alternate colorways. Also included are a trio of decorative mats (three of each) featuring Kathy’s original watercolor designs. Everything you need is inside! Cut out or photocopy the mats to use behind framed embroidery pieces. Together, they’ll be picture perfect.

    Picture Perfect

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    Machine-Quilting Idea Book
    61 Designs to Finish Classic Patchwork
    Vicki Ruebel

    Welcome to a machine-quilting book like no other. It’s a helpful guide to machine-quilting a dozen classic quilt blocks! No guessing, no stressing—these 61 designs show you exactly how to quilt specific blocks, and you choose the challenge. With four to six ways to quilt each block, you’ll find machine-quilting designs for beginners and beyond. Start with an introduction to basic tools, supplies, and best practices. Then jump right in with color-coded illustrations that tell you which path to follow and when. Yes, you can quilt it—pick a block and Vicki Ruebel will show you how!

    Machine-Quilting Idea Book

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    Which new book would make your December dazzling? 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 Janet M Shilling who says:   “Machine quilting idea bool is just what I need to get me inspired to finish some quilt tops. New & fresh ideas get the creative juices flowing. Thank you.”

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

    By the way, these just-released books
    are available starting today!

    A Country's Call Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts The New Hexagon 2 Feed Sacks Yoko Saito's I Love Houses

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  9. Create a country home to call your own, little by little (+ giveaway!)

    A home tells a story; it should be a celebration of the family that resides there. Our latest hardcover book, Little Farmstead Living, will guide you toward creating spaces that you’ll want to play in, relax in, and live in, every day.

    Little Farmstead Living

    From farmhouse gatherings to seasonal decorating—and a special chapter on making Christmas magic that’s merry and bright—well-known Instagram star (@littlefarmstead) and lifestyle blogger Julie Thomas’ practical and beautiful hardcover book is one you’ll turn to again and again. Here’s a peek inside:

     Reading this post in email? Click here to view the video online.

    For Julie, family and friends are at the center of her home. She creates warm, inviting places for people to gather, open spaces for enjoying the outdoors, cozy corners for relaxing and resting, and plenty of room for making memories. But Julie knows what many may not: you don’t need to wait for the perfect house or acres of land to create the home of your dreams. Whether you’re live in a city center, out in the country, or are loving life in the suburbs, Little Farmstead Living is waiting for you—and with it, you can begin creating the home of your dreams . . . in the space you live in now.

    Through stories of transforming a fixer-upper into a charming little farmhouse for her family, Julie reveals dozens of simple ways that everyone can bring warmth, joy, and meaning to their everyday homes, and to special occasions too.

    • New to farmhouse style? Julie encourages you to start small with easy-to-implement ideas for creating a casual, lived-in look that instantly puts both family and visitors at ease. Use her ideas right away!
    • Farmhouse flair beginning to take shape? Get inspired to update favorite areas by salvaging items from other parts of your home, or by taking a thrifting and antiquing adventure (including how to spot the gems and leave the junk).
    • Adventuring into a fuller farmstead life? Julie shares her family’s first steps toward tending animals (dogs, chickens, and Babydoll sheep, oh my!), and growing flower and vegetable gardens.

    We’re thrilled to have Julie as a guest writer today, here to tell you more about her dream of living a farmstead life, just past the city limits. Welcome, Julie!

    Hi! I’m Julie, author of the book Little Farmstead Living: Creating a Country Life Just Past the City Limits. I’m grateful for the talented team of people at Martingale that I was blessed to work with in publishing this book, which was a true labor of love. And I’m happy to be here with you today to share a little bit about the book and talk about a quilt that is meaningful to me…

    Over the past months while working on the book, I’ve written our family’s story about moving to a little 2+ acre farmstead in the Pacific Northwest, complete with a farmhouse, barn, chicken coop, vegetable garden, and wide-open spaces. My husband and I had dreamed of a place where our three sons would have room to run free, a place where we could open the doors to family and friends, raise a little menagerie of animals, plant a garden, and put down roots as a family. It was a fun experience to recall and write about what we dreamed of, what we found, and our reality of living here almost six years later!

    Julie with her husband, three sons, and a trio of Babydoll sheep

    One of the things I really love about Little Farmstead Living is that we were able to capture images—both indoors and outdoors—in all four seasons. There’s a chapter on farmhouse-style decorating and where to find unique farmhouse wares for your home. We also include helpful tips—based on our trial-and-error approach—for gardening and caring for animals. A chapter about farmhouse gatherings includes steps to create an outdoor eating area and how to set up a festive fall tailgate party. And then, there’s a whole chapter dedicated to a farmhouse Christmas. It’s one of my favorites!

    Christmas at the Thomas farmstead

    And that special quilt I mentioned? I spotted it at a vintage sale when we were trying to purchase our little farmstead. Our contingent offer was about to expire, and we had no serious buyers for our existing house. We were hanging onto a thread of hope that it would work out. I thought the quilt would be perfect for what I hoped would soon be our farmhouse and decided to buy it, in faith, that the sale would go through. A month after I bought the quilt, we received an offer! To this day, when I see that quilt, I’m reminded of that time, and thankful for how everything worked out.

    Julie's antique quilt
    Julie’s vintage quilt

    Thank you for letting me share today!

    Thank you for sharing the inspiration behind your gorgeous new book, Julie—everyone in the office adores it!

    We have a copy of Little Farmstead Living to give away to one lucky winner today! We’ll let Julie ask today’s question—leave your answer in the comments to be automatically entered into the random drawing. Julie wants to know:

    Do you dream of living in the country or do you simply love the look in your decor? Which describes you best: Farm life forever, urban with a flair for farmhouse style, or dreaming of your "someday" style? We’d love to hear!

    We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you feel inspired to add a little farmstead style to your home, you can purchase the book at our website.

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    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is JLouise who says: “Farm life forever!! For most of my life, I’ve lived on farms, first as a farmer’s daughter, then as a farmer’s wife, and now also a farmer’s mother! Our home is over 100 years old and has always been in my husband’s family. This book looks terrific!"

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

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  10. 🧺 Laundry Basket Quilts is back with stellar star quilts! 🧺

    The third book in Edyta Sitar’s best-selling “Patches” series celebrates a quintessential quiltmaking motif: the star! 🌟🌟🌟

    Patches of Stars

    In Patches of Stars, Star blocks of all varieties first take center stage in a gallery of breathtaking antique quilts, from modest, make-do designs to astonishing showstoppers.

    From Patches of Stars
    Antique star quilt: Star of Diamonds, 67″ × 81½", Sitar Family collection

     Then, Edyta shares instructions for creating 17 star-studded quilts, many inspired by her antique-quilt collection.

    From Patches of Stars
    New star quilt: Sticks and Stones

    It’s the best of both worlds: antique quilts to inspire and new quilts to create with modern techniques!

    From Patches of Stars

    From the humble Sawtooth Star to dazzling renditions of Lone Star, Feathered Star, and more, the latest book from Laundry Basket Quilts will inspire you reach for the stars.

    We asked Edyta a few questions about her quilting life: read on for her answers!

    Edyta SitarStitch This!: You’re a prolific designer, and your “Patches” series of books has really taken off! What inspired you to write the third book in the series, Patches of Stars?

    Edyta: With each book in the series I put the spotlight on something that’s special to me in quilting. Patches of Blue was about embracing your favorite color (blue for me). Patches of Scraps was about using the simple shapes of quilting and making use of what you have (scraps). Patches of Stars focuses on my favorite block—the star.

    From Patches of Stars
    New star quilt: Trail Mix

    ST!: What’s your designing process like—and where do you find your inspiration?

    Edyta: My inspiration comes from many sources—maybe a dream, maybe an antique, or even events in my life. Once I have an idea that I like, I just run with it!

    ST!: Tell us more about the antiques in Patches of Stars—what role do they play in inspiring new designs?

    Edyta: For me, antique quilts are a reminder of our quilting journey. As we move forward to create new quilts, it’s  nice to stop and reflect on what was done in the past.

    Antique star quilt: LeMoyne Star, 68″ × 77″, Sitar Family collection

    ST!: Do you have a favorite quilt from your new book?

    Edyta: That’s like asking if I have a favorite child! They are all special to me, each in its own way.

    More Star quilts from
    Patches of Stars

    ST!: What’s inspiring you right now?

    Edyta: I love surprises so I can’t share that just yet, but you’ll see soon!

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

    Edyta: I have been enjoying our Tannenbaum quilt. The first one I made I cut myself, but I’m using our laser precut kit this time and I’m thinking that I just might be in heaven. We have them available on our website; you must try!

    Edyta’s Tannenbaum quilt

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

    Edyta: Just do it! Don’t set boundaries for yourself, enjoy the process, and don’t be too concerned about achieving perfect results—after all, the goal is “handmade”!

    Follow Edyta online:

    Website * Instagram * Facebook * YouTube

    Patches of Stars

    We have a copy of Patches of Stars to give away to one lucky winner today! To enter your name in the random drawing, tell us in the comments:

    How many different star quilt blocks have you made?

    We’ll choose one winner a week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you can’t wait to start making your own star-studded quilt with Edyta, you can purchase the book at our website today.

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

    “I’m not sure how many star locks I’ve made in the 20+ years I’ve been quilting, but I’ll go with, a lot. What a beautiful book.”


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

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