1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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:

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    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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  10. 🎁 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.


    GIFTS THAT GIVE ALL YEAR LONG: CALENDARS & NOTE CARDS

    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.


    GIFTS FOR CREATIVE SOULS: QUILTING JOURNALS

    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.)


    GIFTS TO INSPIRE A CREATIVE LIFE: COFFEE-TABLE BOOKS

    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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