1. Quick, easy, fun – CHARMS! New from Me & My Sister Designs (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Simple, quick, and oh-so charming—that’s the magic of ALL-NEW quilt patterns from Me and My Sister Designs!

    Third Time's a Charm

    The cute collection of seven make-in-a-weekend quilts in Third Time’s a Charm starts with charms, tempting little packs of 5″ fabric squares in different colors and prints. Projects are perfect for table toppers, wall hangings, baby quilts, and more. Each design is shown in three different colorways, making it easy for you to imagine using your favorite colors.

    Olivia quilt
    The Olivia pattern in three different colorways!

    Best of all? These patterns from the queens of quick-and-easy quilts can all be made in a weekend or less!

    From Third Time's a Charm


    Barbara Groves and Mary JacobsonDID YOU KNOW? Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson are sisters, quilt designers, and co-owners of Me and My Sister Designs. They’ve authored seven books with Martingale, are regular contributors to books in the “Moda All-Stars” series, and have designed numerous fabric lines for Moda Fabrics. Their quilt patterns have been featured in several national magazines, including American Patchwork & Quilting. You can follow their blog here, or follow them on Instagram or Facebook.


    Take a peek at all the quilts from Third Time’s a Charm in this quick sneak-peek video:


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


    BOOK & FABRIC GIVEAWAY! Our pals at Moda Fabrics sent us not one, not two, but EIGHT charm packs from a variety of fun fabric lines from Me and My Sister Designs—and we’re giving them away to FOUR lucky winners along with a copy of Third Time’s a Charm!

    Each winner will receive TWO charm packs plus a book. Do you own prints or precuts from any of these fabric lines from Barb and Mary?

    Flower Sacks • Good Day
    Dot Dot BOO! • Amelia
    Spring Fever • Confetti!
    Ticklish • RED-iculously in Love!

    Third Time's a CharmTo add your name to the random drawing, tell us in the comments:

    How many charm packs do you currently own—or how many charm packs could you create from your stash (42 squares, 5″ each)?

    • 1 to 10
    • 11 to 20
    • 21 to 30
    • I’d rather not say 😂

    We’ll choose four random winners one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to add a little charm to your day right now, order Third Time’s a Charm 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 winners are:

    Kelly, who says, “I only own about 5 charm packs, but could probably create 30 more from all of the fat quarters I have!”

    Patricia, who says, “I have 1-10 and I would love to win the Third times A Charm book!”

    Renata, who says, “I do not own any charms packs.  How many could I create from yardage? quite a few.”

    We’ll email you about your prizes, ladies—congratulations!


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  2. Pretty patchwork + 8 out-of-the-box ideas for quilt blocks (+ giveaway!)

    Think beyond the quilt! Sew classic blocks into beautiful quilts; then feature the same block design in a variety of pretty accents and accessories. Perfectly Pretty Patchwork will show you how!

    Perfectly Pretty Patchwork

    Author Kristyne Czepuryk of Pretty by Hand invites you to join her in making 16 captivating projects—eight quilts and eight fun accessories—including . . .

    An Irish Chain quilt with a pretty pillow to match:

    Irish Chain projects

    A Honeybee table topper with a sweet little tote:

    Honeybee projects

    A Dresden-inspired quilt and purse:

    Dresden Plate projects

    And five more pretty patchwork pairs.

    Never made totes, purses, or other dimensional items? No worries—Kristyne has packed Perfectly Pretty Patchwork with tips for those who are new to sewing dimensional items.

    We’re excited to have Kristyne as our guest writer to tell you about the inspiration behind her new book.


    Kristyne CzepurykI’ve been a quilter for 30+ years, but I’ve been a maker for even longer. I started sewing as a little girl, and then discovered quilting when I was 19. Quilting became my creative outlet for several years. But I accidentally wandered into a whole new world that combined patchwork and quilting with other sewing projects.

    It all started when my second baby was born and I wanted to make myself a pretty diaper bag. That turned into more bags, smaller pouches with zippers, and all sorts of dimensional sewing projects made with patchwork.

    For well over a decade now, I’ve spent a lot of time employing my quilting skills to make things other than quilts. I wrote Perfectly Pretty Patchwork as an invitation to quilters and sewists to rethink their exceptional talents with fabric and thread, and to consider interesting ways to exercise their creativity by making something other than a quilt.

    From Perfectly Pretty Patchwork

    The book features eight traditional patchwork motifs, including Flying Geese, Irish Chain, Baskets, and Mill and Stars, and shows how these timeless, beautiful designs can be used in both a quilt AND a dimensional project.

    From Perfectly Pretty PatchworkDon’t get me wrong, I love quilts. They are a lovely combination of functionality and beauty. Each quilt is an expression of the maker’s design aesthetic, talent, and personality. But there’s something appealing about smaller objects that really captures my imagination and drives my desire to create. Perhaps it’s because I’ve always been attracted to small things. Perhaps it has something to do with the time required to make something smaller. I’ve gifted many small patchwork objects because they’re quick to make and more affordable to construct than a large quilt. Small projects satisfy my need to play with fabric and to choose from an endless library of patchwork designs to suit my mood and creativity.

    Mill and Stars
    Mill and Stars

    If you’re looking to branch outside the realm of quiltmaking, Perfectly Pretty Patchwork has a lot of inspiration and technical information to help you cross that bridge like I did. Try a pillow cover to enhance your home decor, zippered pouches to store everything from notions to makeup, a tote to carry portable sewing projects or beach-reading material, pincushions to adorn your work space, needle books to organize your tools, and simple quilt blocks that will become a piece of art in your home. I’m sure you’ll find something that sparks your imagination and desire to make something out of patchwork that is, well, perfectly pretty!

    See more from Perfectly Pretty Patchwork >>>


    What can your pair of hands create? This beautiful project collection will inspire you to discover just that!

    Perfectly Pretty PatchworkWe have a copy of Perfectly Pretty Patchwork to give away to one lucky winner today! Will it be you? You’ve got to enter to find out! To add your name to the random drawing, tell us in the comments:

    What kinds of dimensional items have you sewn before?

    • Totes, purses, and other bags
    • Pincushions!
    • Needle books and other sewing keepers
    • Quilts only—so far!

    We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to start sewing with Kristyne, order Perfectly Pretty Patchwork at our website and we’ll send you a link to download the eBook for FREE.

    Comments are closed for this post.

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

    “I’ve made everything on your list, bags and pincushions are my favorites as they take so little time compared to to a quilt, although I love quilts.”

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


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  3. It’s a Yoko Saito kind of day . . .

    When you want to take a little time from your busy day and dream about fabric, color, pattern, design, and whatever else floats your creative boat, there are a lot of quilters we all look to. But Japanese master quilt artist Yoko Saito uniquely inspires us all. Her quilts are magnificent, her bags are astonishing, and everything she creates carries an air of sophistication and elegance.

    From Yoko Saito through the Years
    Close up of Nantucket Baskets, from
    Yoko Saito through the Years

    Satomi Funamoto, Yoko Saito, and Priscilla KnobleWe had the privilege of meeting Ms. Saito (center, with friend and business associate Satomi Funamoto, left, and translator/owner of Stitch Publications, Priscilla Knoble, right) when she visited the United States in the fall of 2017. She was gracious and approachable, spending most of her time with her translator so her fans could talk to her, and she to them. Small in stature and wearing a quiet smile, she greeted each quilter, bowing to accept their kind (sometimes gushing) words about her work.

    Imagine how excited we were when Ms. Saito allowed us to videotape her as she demonstrated how she pieces and appliqués by hand. We captured four videos, which are now on our Youtube channel. Watch Ms. Saito piecing Log-Cabin blocks by hand, making hand-appliquéd houses, creating slim (and we mean slim) appliquéd vines, and demonstrating her lightning-fast running stitch.

    Yoko Saito's Beautiful Bags, Pouches & Quilts

    Her latest book, Yoko Saito’s Beautiful Bags, Pouches & Quilts, features 25 enchanting projects, from small, simple pieced and appliquéd pouches . . .

    Half-Square-Triangle Mini Pouch and Little Bird Mini Pouch
    Half-Square-Triangle Mini Pouch and Little Bird Mini Pouch

    . . . to a grand two-color, geometric-style quilt:

    Geometric Wall Hanging
    Geometric Wall Hanging

    The breathtaking bags in the book reveal some of Ms. Saito’s favorite things—nature:

    Wheat Harvest Single-Handle Bag
    Wheat Harvest Single-Handle Bag

    Birds:

    Heart & Bird Project Basket
    Heart & Bird Project Basket

    And animals—which, with Ms. Saito’s interpretations, always inspire a smile:

    Card Cases
    Card Cases

    Yes, it’s a Yoko Saito kind of day.

    Yoko Saito's Beautiful Bags, Pouches & QuiltsIf you’re ever in need of time to relax, dream, and recharge your creative batteries—whether you have just a bit of down time on a lunch break or an entire day to yourself—may we invite you to make it a Yoko Saito day? Her work will inspire you, her methods will teach you, and her books will allow you to slow down and reignite your creativity, over and over again.

    See more books from Yoko Saito here.

    Which Yoko Saito book would you love to own (or which books do you already own)? Tell us in the comments.


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  4. Semiannual Warehouse Sale: $10 “BIG BOOK” Blowout (+ $7 Block Busters!)

    Our “BIG BOOKS” are packed with inspiration from some of today’s most popular designers, all for just pennies per pattern. Don’t miss your chance to stock up on select BIG BOOKS below through Monday, September 23—ONLY $10 EACH!


    BONUS!

    When your purchase totals $40 or more, we’ll pay for your shipping in the USA!*


    $10 “BIG BOOK” BLOWOUT!

     

    Perfect Quilts for Precut Fabrics
    64 projects for your precuts
    The Big Book of Baby Quilts
    An abundance of 87 adorable quilts
    The Big Book of Scrappy Quilts
    77 projects for your precious scraps
    The Big Book of Nickel Quilts
    Showcase 5″ squares in 40 timeless quilts

    The Big Book of Crochet Stitches
    350 stitches, from easy to advanced
    .
    .
    The Big Book of Little Amigurumi
    72 soft little stuffies for play and display
    .
    .
    The Big Book of Knitted Monsters
    20 little monsters to knit, stuff, and adore

    BLOCK-BUSTING books
    on sale too—ONLY $7 EACH!

    Block-Buster Quilts: I Love Log Cabins
    An iconic block reimagined
    by today’s top designers
    Block-Buster Quilts: I Love Churn Dashes
    Classic Churn Dash like
    you’ve never seen it before!
    Block-Buster Quilts: I Love House Blocks
    Explore the variety and
    versatility of House blocks

    Block-Buster Quilts: I Love Nine Patches
    Discover all the things you
    can do with a classic!
    Block-Buster Quilts: I Love Star Blocks
    16 sparkling projects
    featuring favorite Star blocks
    The 4" x 5" Quilt-Block Anthology
    Gather your repros for 182
    magnificent 4″ x 5″ blocks


    Quiltfolk Issue 11: Southern CaliforniaSpecial Offer from our friends at Quiltfolk!

    Grab your print copy of the (ad-free!) Southern California issue of Quiltfolk for just $22.00! When you do, you’ll be one of the FIRST people to receive an exclusive invitation to download a FREE 90-PAGE DIGITAL QUILTFOLK EXPLORER MAGAZINE that features a surprise international location. Explore a foreign city and its quilting community for FREE!

    ADD QUILTFOLK TO YOUR ORDER NOW

    We’ll ship the Southern California issue of Quiltfolk to you now; as soon as the
    digital edition of Quiltfolk Explorer is ready, we’ll send you a link to download it.


    *Free shipping to USA only. All sales are final. Quantities limited to stock on hand. Note that eBooks are NOT included with the purchase of print books for the duration of the sale. Due to order volume, processing may take up to 15 days. (But our shipping department is top notch—your books will arrive as soon as humanly possible!)


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  5. Semiannual warehouse sale: spotlight on reproduction quilts (grab these $7 books!)

    Reproduction-fabric fans, don’t miss this chance to steal a deal on the inspiring books below—just $7 each! They’re filled with patterns that’ll give you the inspiration and the how-to you need to make beautiful use of all the repros you’ve been collecting!

    👶 (And don’t miss our $7 baby-quilt books below too!) 👶


    BONUS!

    When your purchase totals $40 or more, we’ll pay for your shipping in the USA!*


    Vintage Style

    Civil War Remembered
    From star design
    team Country Threads
    Civil War Legacies IV
    Small, spectacular
    quilts where every
    scrap can shine
    French Farmhouse
    Add a little vintage
    French flair to your home
    Pure & Simple
    Primitive projects
    to make and enjoy
    .

    Civil War Legacies II
    Smaller quilts ideal
    for your repro scraps
    .
    19th-Century Patchwork Divas' Treasury of Quilts
    Dramatic traditional
    quilts from the Divas
    .
    Remembering the Past
    New and antique
    versions of stunning quilts
    Preserving History
    Spanning the late
    1800s through the 1930s

    Something old—vintage quilts—and something new: babies!

    Sew Sweet Baby Quilts
    Cute dimensional elements
    for wee ones to explore
    Cute Quilts for Kids
    Functional, fun—sure to be
    loved for years to come!
    Welcome Baby
    9 go-to patterns for adorable baby quilts

    .
    .
    .

    The Flying Sewing Machine
    Take kids to a magical land
    where everyone sews!
    Crochet a Zoo
    Crochet one or two or an
    entire zoo
    Huggable Amigurumi
    18 adorable animals with
    sweet personalities


    Quiltfolk Issue 11: Southern CaliforniaSpecial Offer from our friends at Quiltfolk!

    Grab your copy of the (ad-free!) Southern California issue of Quiltfolk for just $22.00! When you do, you’ll be one of the FIRST people to receive an exclusive invitation to download a FREE 90-PAGE DIGITAL QUILTFOLK EXPLORER MAGAZINE that features a surprise international location. Explore a foreign city and its quilting community for FREE!

    ADD QUILTFOLK TO YOUR ORDER NOW

    As soon as the digital edition of Quiltfolk Explorer is ready,
    we’ll send you a link to download it.


    *Free shipping to USA only. All sales are final. Quantities limited to stock on hand. Note that eBooks are NOT included with the purchase of print books for the duration of the sale. Due to order volume, processing may take up to 15 days. (But our shipping department is top notch—your books will arrive as soon as humanly possible!)


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  6. Semiannual Warehouse Sale: Seasons 🍁 and Holidays 🎄 (Did you miss these $7 books?)

    Spring, summer, winter, or fall—sew something fun to welcome them all! Don’t miss this chance to steal a deal on the seasonal and holiday books below—just $7 each!—filled with patterns to inspire you throughout the year.


    BONUS!

    When your purchase totals $40 or more, we’ll pay your shipping in the USA!*


    STITCH THE SEASONS

    All for Fall
    Warm-and-woolly
    wonders
    A Change of Seasons
    Folk-art style is
    always in season!
    Crazy at the Cabin
    Crazy piecing
    through the year
    .
    .
    Small Wonders
    Tiny treasures to
    embroider and appliqué

    From All for Fall
    From
    All for Fall by Bonnie Sullivan


    STITCH THE HOLIDAYS

    Season's Greetings
    An embroidered
    and appliquéd Christmas
    Just Be Claus
    Ho-ho-how you’ll
    love Santa in redwork!
    Simply Modern Christmas
    14 fresh quilts for
    the holidays
    .

    Fun, cute quilts
    with a folk-art flair
    .

    From Just Be Claus
    From
    Just Be Claus by Robin Kingsley


    ANOTHER EXTRAORDINARY DEAL!

    While supplies last, get any of these four gorgeous, photo-packed coffee-table books for just $10 EACH (regular price: $34.99 or more). Order them just for you or buy them in multiples and give as gifts—there’s no better gift than the gift of inspiration!

    Martingale coffee-table books

    Visit this link to see all 100+ books in our
    semiannual warehouse sale—
    ONLY $7 EACH through Monday, September 23!

    Quiltfolk Issue 11: Southern CaliforniaSpecial Offer from our friends at Quiltfolk!

    Grab your copy of the (ad-free!) Southern California issue of Quiltfolk for just $22.00! When you do, you’ll be one of the FIRST people to receive an exclusive invitation to download a FREE 90-PAGE DIGITAL QUILTFOLK EXPLORER MAGAZINE that features a surprise international location. Explore a foreign city and its quilting community for FREE!

    ADD QUILTFOLK TO YOUR ORDER NOW

    As soon as the digital edition of Quiltfolk Explorer is ready,
    we’ll send you a link to download it.


    *Free shipping to USA only. All sales are final. Quantities limited to stock on hand. Note that eBooks are NOT included with the purchase of print books for the duration of the sale. Due to order volume, processing may take up to 15 days. (But our shipping department is top notch—your books will arrive as soon as humanly possible!)


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  7. Semiannual Warehouse Sale: Precut Party! (don’t miss these $7 books)

    What’s your favorite fabric cut? Don’t pass up the chance to steal a deal on the precut-friendly books below—just $7 each!—filled with patterns that’ll give your fat quarters, squares, and strips a pretty place to call home.


    BONUS!

    When your purchase totals $40 or more, we’ll pay your shipping in the USA!*

     


    Do you stash FAT QUARTERS?

     

    Fat-Quarter Favorites
    Fresh spins for your
    favorite fabric cut
    Scrappy Fat-Quarter Quilts
    From Fons & Porter’s
    Love of Quilting magazine
    Fat-Quarter Quickies
    Fast fat-quarter quilts
    from the Teacher’s Pet

    Triangle Surprise quilt
    Triangle Surprise by Edyta Sitar, from
    Scrappy Fat Quarter Quilts


    Do you stash CHARM SQUARES?

     

    Sew Charming
    For your charming
    5″ x 5″ packs
    Back to Charm School
    More charmers from
    Country Threads
    Country Threads Goes to Charm School
    Even more charmers
    from Country Threads!

    Vintage Hourglass and Four Patch quilt
    Vintage Hourglass and Four Patch from
    Sew Charming by Country Threads


    Do you stash ALL KINDS OF PRECUTS?

     

    Cotton Way Classics
    All-time favorites from
    Bonnie Olaveson
    Scrap-Basket Strips and Squares
    Round up your scraps,
    precuts, and stash fabrics!
    Scrappy & Happy Quilts
    Scrappy two-color and
    three-color quilt patterns

    Wildflowers quilt
    Wildflowers from
    Scrap-Basket Strips and Squares by Kim Brackett


    ANOTHER EXTRAORDINARY DEAL!

    While supplies last, get any of these four gorgeous, photo-packed coffee-table books for just $10 EACH (regular price: $34.99). Order them just for you or buy them in multiples and give as gifts—there’s no better gift than the gift of inspiration!

    Martingale coffee-table books

    Visit this link to see all 100+ books in our
    semiannual warehouse sale—
    ONLY $7 EACH through Monday, September 23!

    Quiltfolk Magazine Issue 11: Southern CaliforniaSpecial Offer from our friends at Quiltfolk!

    Grab your copy of the (ad-free!) Southern California issue of Quiltfolk for just $22.00! When you do, you’ll be one of the FIRST people to receive an exclusive invitation to download a FREE 90-PAGE DIGITAL QUILTFOLK EXPLORER MAGAZINE that features a surprise international location. Explore a foreign city and its quilting community for FREE!

    ADD QUILTFOLK TO YOUR ORDER NOW

    As soon as the digital edition of Quiltfolk Explorer is ready,
    we’ll send you a link to download it.


    Have you shopped our warehouse sale yet? Tell us which books you scored in the comments!

    *Free shipping to USA only. All sales are final. Quantities limited to stock on hand. Note that eBooks are NOT included with the purchase of print books for the duration of the sale. Due to order volume, processing may take up to 15 days. (But our shipping department is top notch—your books will arrive as soon as humanly possible!)


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  8. 📚 It’s back! Semi-Annual Warehouse Sale starts TODAY 📚


    Our astonishing Semi-Annual Warehouse Sale starts
    right here, right now—you’ve just GOT to steal these deals!

    Add select books to your shopping cart at ShopMartingale.com for only $7 each. Choose from 100+ titles featuring the inspiring beauty and quality instruction you love in Martingale books.

    Browse the featured books below OR visit this link to see all discounted books. But don’t delay—quantities are limited and we can’t guarantee that we won’t run out of stock during this epic sale!

    >>> HEADS UP! Check the end of this post for more extraordinary deals
    on select coffee-table books AND books in our “Big Book” series! <<<

    When your purchase totals $40 or more, we’ll even pay for your shipping in the USA!*

    *Free shipping to USA only. All sales are final. Quantities limited to stock on hand. eBooks are NOT included with the purchase of print books for the duration of the sale. Due to order volume, processing may take up to 15 days. (But our shipping department is top notch—your books will arrive as soon as humanly possible!)


    Take a look at just a few of the books on sale through September 23, while supplies last:

    $7 quilting books: SEW MUCH to choose from!

    Moda All-Stars: All in a Row Again Cozy Quilts and Comforts Jo's Floral Album All for Fall
    Fat-Quarter Favorites Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Applique Pure & Simple French Farmhouse
    Civil War Remembered Civil War Legacies IV Sew Many Notions Sleigh Bells

    $7 sewing books: start your (sewing-machine) engines!

    Simple Applique A Change of Seasons Patchwork Loves Embroidery Windy City Bags

    $7 knitting & crochet books: start a new project (or a new hobby)!

    .
    A to Z of Crochet
    20 Easy Knitted Blankets and Throws Sock-Yarn Shawls Pick Your Stitch, Build a Blanket

    But wait—we’ve got
    MORE EXTRAORDINARY DEALS!

    If you’ve ever swooned over our exquisite coffee-table books, now’s the time to treat yourself! While supplies last, get any of these four gorgeous, color-splashed, photo-packed volumes for just $10 EACH (regular price: $34.99). Order them just for you or buy them in multiples and give as gifts—there’s no better gift than the gift of inspiration!

    Coffee-table books from Martingale

    And guess what? Select titles from our best-selling
    “BIG Book” series are on sale too—just $10 EACH!

    Our “BIG Books” are packed with inspiration from some of today’s most popular designers, all for just pennies per pattern. Don’t miss your chance to stock up on select BIG Books through Monday, September 23:

    The Big Book of Scrappy Quilts The Big Book of Baby Quilts The Big Book of Nickel Quilts
    .
    .
    The Big Book of Little Amigurumi
    The Big Book of Crochet Stitches .
    .
    The Big Book of Knitted Monsters

    HAVE FUN SHOPPING—AND STITCHING!


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  9. Learn how to make prairie points in just 2 minutes!

    >>> Stitch This readers, be sure to jump to the bottom of this post <<<
    for a VERY SPECIAL announcement!

    How to make prairie pointsLooking to spice up your quilting life during National Sewing Month, but want to keep things simple? We’d like to make a point about that—prairie points, that is!

    It’s so easy to add dimension and detail to your projects with adorable prairie points—just two folds and a press is all it takes. Today we’re sharing a quick video from Stitched So Sweet author Tracy Souza that’ll show you how it’s done. Learn how in just two minutes!


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

    We have a feeling that these perfect little prairie points could become addictive—there are so many ways to polish up your projects with them. In Stitched So Sweet, Tracy sews prairie points:

    On pretty embroidered pillows:

    Prairie point pillows

    On the sides of this cute seasonal runner:

    Prairie point table runner

    And around the edges of this framed stitchery:

    Prairie point stitchery

    Stitched So SweetWe hope Tracy’s left you with visions of prairie points dancing through your heads! The possibilities for embellishing your projects with them are infinite.

    Have you used prairie points in your projects?

    • Yes, I love the dimension!
    • Not yet, but it looks easy-peasy—gotta give it a try!

    Tell us in the comments!

    Oh, and P.S., P.S., P.S.!!!

    Here’s your reminder, don’t delay:
    our Semi-Annual Warehouse Sale starts MONDAY!


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  10. Scrappy quilts – with a paint-by-numbers plan! (+ giveaway)

    Do you dream of making beautiful scrap quilts that are as easy as painting by numbers? Best-selling author Susan Ache will show you how!

    Quilt by Color

    Back to share her secrets for making astonishing scrap quilts, Instagram sensation Susan Ache (@yardgrl60) uses coordinated Moda Color Cuts bundles for a scrappy yet planned look. You can use Moda Color Cuts or substitute fabrics from your stash.

    From Quilt by Color

    Moda Color CutsSusan’s approach to fabric selection makes it a snap to re-create her coveted, spectacularly scrappy look. Just grab one or two (or more!) Color Cuts bundles to begin. Each bundle contains 12 different prints in a similar colorway. Prefer to use your stash fabrics? Simply use 12 greens or 12 blues or 12 grays that you have on hand. Either way, you’ll be ready to create Susan’s beautifully planned scrap quilts.

    We recently caught up with Susan and asked her about her latest book—here’s what she had to say!


    Susan AcheStitch This!: You are one prolific designer, releasing not one but two books in the past year! What inspired you to write Quilt by Color?

    Susan: When Moda Fabrics released Color Cuts bundles for the first time, I felt like I was shopping in a quilt shop. The fabrics consist of prints from different designers’ lines, all in a single color. That was genius for building my stash! Color Cuts make my stash shopping so much easier when I’m focusing on certain colors.

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

    Susan: I find inspiration everywhere. My favorite go-to spot is the produce department. There are some colors in fruits and vegetables that make my heart beat a bit faster. I keep my phone with me, and when I see colors that I may not have thought of side by side, I snap a picture.

    My inspiration really is about color, never the project. That part of designing seems to come to me while I’m piling fabrics together. That’s the best part about sorting fabrics by color—I can pull out stacks at a time and narrow my scattered thoughts down from there. I also spend way more time than I need to Googling vintage quilts. I can spend hours upon hours searching for something that catches my eye.

    Counting Stars quilt
    Counting Stars

    ST!: We know from your Instagram feed that you do all kinds of sewing. What other things do you create with needle and thread?

    Susan: I’m a crazy cross-stitch fanatic right now. I discovered Quaker Samplers, and there’s just something so satisfying about completing a little motif in a short time. I also have a stack of embroidery to get back to, and I will, but I’m more of a one-project-at-a-time crafter. Working through my cross-stitch patterns seems to be my focus now.

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

    Susan: It sounds silly to say, but every quilt in Quilt by Color is a favorite, for different reasons. Kaleidoscopic is a favorite because I’m in love with that block.

    Kaleidoscopic quilt
    Kaleidoscopic

    Chiclets and Gumballs is a favorite because it was based on a scrap quilt that I designed some years ago—it was a blast to make.

    Chiclets and Gumballs quilt
    Chiclets and Gumballs

    Sprinkle with Pepper is also a favorite because it was the first time I made a Log Cabin quilt.

    Sprinkle with Pepper quilt
    Sprinkle with Pepper

    I could go on and on about why I love each quilt in Quilt by Color, but here’s the real reason I adore them all: each of the quilts in the book features fun blocks to make. I enjoy sewing a pattern over and over again if it’s fun and the results are happy. 

    ST!: What’s inspiring you right now?

    Susan: A couple of weeks ago I went through my pile of orphan blocks. Let me explain that—I make a quilt block most of the time to see if I want to make a ton of them for a quilt and to see if I can possibly make the construction easier. So, my orphan pile fills up baskets until they’re overflowing. Back to my inspired project. I pulled anything and everything that could be related to fall and started putting them on my design wall. Then the game changer came—I found my pile of Halloween quilt blocks. The project went from fall to Halloween in a blink of an eye! Now I’m just a few blocks away from sewing the sampler together.


    Susan’s Halloween sampler quilt (pattern not available)

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

    Susan: Make practice blocks. I can’t say that enough, especially for getting to know your ¼" seam allowance. Use scraps, or use something you might not love as much as other fabrics in your stash, and then practice sewing the block. There is nothing more disappointing than completing a ton of quilt blocks and finding that they’re all the wrong size.

    ST!: Fingers crossed: will there be a quilt-along for Quilt by Color?

    Susan: I love hosting a quilt-along. It’s so much fun to see variations of my quilts done with such different colors. Maybe I should take an Instagram vote—and maybe we could get some thoughts right here. Leave a comment if you’re interested!


    Quilt by ColorThanks for sharing more about your new book with us, Susan!

    We have a copy of Quilt by Color to give away to someone today—could it be you? Answer our question in the comments to be automatically entered in our random drawing (and don’t forget to chime in about a quilt-along too!):

    To make a project from Quilt by Color, which fabrics would you choose?

    • My stash—it needs some busting.
    • Moda Color Cuts—oh boy do they look fun!
    • Both, as I plan to make more than one quilt from Susan’s new book!

    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 dive into your stash—or your Color Cuts bundles!—and start one of Susan’s gorgeous quilts today, you can order Quilt by Color 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 Tricia, who says:

    “Definitely I would use a combination of scraps and Moda cuts!”

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


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