The location of “That” Patchwork Place revealed (+ free appliqué pattern!)

Detail of
Dream House by Nancy J. Martin, Woodinville, Washington, 1999. From the book Patchwork Picnic.

The year is 1976. While America is crocheting bell bottoms, kung-fu fighting, and having a nice day, an enthusiastic quilter launches a little publishing house out of her garage. One author. One book. One mission. To share the joys of a creative life.

nancy-martin-and-dan-martinThat entrepreneurial quilter? Nancy J. Martin (with husband Dan, left). Nancy has since written over 40 books that have sold more than a million copies, and her encouraging patchwork how-to has inspired hundreds of thousands of people to fall in love with quilts and quilting. How’d she do it? She founded That Patchwork Place—also known today as Martingale. (And she got a staff.)

that-patchwork-place-logosThe little publishing house that Nancy built has become synonymous with beauty, quality, and one pressing question: That Patchwork Place? Over the years, the “TPP” logo has been updated (right), but the visual message has stayed the same—an homage to traditional quilting and patchwork in the form of a little pieced house. So if you’ve ever wondered where “That Patchwork Place” is, now you know. It’s in our logo!

In the ’90s, Nancy and Dan decided to broaden the scope of books they’d publish, and they adopted the company name Martingale to indicate they weren’t just quilting anymore. That Patchwork Place became a imprint of Martingale—kind of like a branch on the Martingale tree—and we now produce books on knitting, crochet, and other crafts too. With the launch of our new website and blog, we updated the Martingale logo to include Marti—the confident little bird who loves to strut her stuff.

Although Nancy and Dan retired from Martingale and That Patchwork Place several years ago, they still keep in touch—and Nancy is still quilting. You can bet that over 35 years, she’s designed a quilt for every occasion imaginable. Today, we’re sharing one of them with you. It’s a colorful, scrappy quilt that echoes the April showers, May flowers time of year. Posy Pots!

posy-pots-free-applique-quilt-patternPosy Pots by Nancy J. Martin, Woodinville, Washington, 2000. From the book Patchwork Picnic. Download the free appliqué pattern.

Nancy’s cheery appliqué patterns are always designed with ease in mind. The patchwork is made up of simple squares and a single Irish Chain quilt-block pattern; the appliquéd flower designs feature big shapes with gentle curves. Download the free appliqué pattern now.

They say you should do what you love. That’s exactly what Nancy did. As a tight-knit group of 40 employees, our goal is to continue her tradition and build on her passion. We love inspiring you to create a gorgeous quilt, a stylish bag, or an adorable pair of baby booties. But more than that, our aim—as Nancy’s has always been—is to inspire a beautiful life. It’s an immensely fulfilling side effect of creating with confidence.

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23 Comments (leave a comment)

  • The Dream House detail is so pretty! I downloaded the applique pattern. How cute would be be on mug rugs?

    —Sharon B on May 11, 2012
  • As I’m doing every one of Nancy’s patterns in her 365 Quilt Blocks a Year calendar this year, I just have to make this quilt also. I am really enjoying making a block a day and coming up with ways to use all the blocks. I have enjoyed so many of Nancy’s books and patterns over the years (especially the ones showing how she decorated her home with quilts). Thanks Nancy for all the inspiration!!! 🙂

    Kristen on May 11, 2012
  • Love the pattern = it looks so cosy and welcoming.

    —Bonnie L on May 11, 2012
  • …and such a wonderful hobby and even life careers began for so many in our Washington area. Thank you Nancy for inspiring so many of our creative friends to become authors, teachers, speakers, pattern makers, Q.A.Guild officers,and for the rest of us quilt wannabees who followed their lead.

    —Carol Delayne LaVallie on May 11, 2012
  • thank you for the posey pots pattern!

    ritainalaska on May 11, 2012
  • LOVE this pattern. Thank you so much for making it available to download free. I love 30’s repro and plan to use lots of my stash. So glad I signed up for your emails!

    —Polly Hada on May 11, 2012
  • beautiful! Thanks for the pattern.

    —Brenda Sanders on May 11, 2012
  • Thanks for the great designs over the years and gotta love little Marti….I hope to make the sweet flower pots one day

    —Cathie in Ut on May 11, 2012
  • I fell in love with Nancy’s quilts (and Nancy herself) when I saw her on ‘Simply Quilts’ with Alex Anderson years ago. Martingale never disappoints. I love the e-books, immediate gratification. This is a great quilt and its now on my list. Thanks so much for making it downloadable free.

    —Ann R on May 11, 2012
  • Very nice article, I enjoyed learning the history of Martingale.

    Joy Gross on May 11, 2012
  • What a fun post! The "Dream House" quilt is one of the first I ever fell in love with. I remember poring over the picture, so taken with the colors & pattern. I think that quilt helped me fall in love with quilting. Many thanks for sparking that memory.

    —Beth on May 11, 2012
  • what a sweet quilt. thanks for the free pattern

    Carrie P. on May 12, 2012
  • Thank you so much for this pattern what a lovely Mothers day surprise to make and give to someone special, cheers angeljeanne (jeanne)

    —Jeanne M. Wallace on May 13, 2012
  • Yeh for women entrepreneurs! Nice history and great to see it can be done!

    Carli on May 15, 2012
  • just so sweet.

    —myrtle on May 16, 2012
  • I made the "Santa Is Coming" wall quilt it’s a perfect size for a small house. I want to make a summer theme one the same size, I’m working on it.

    connie walz on May 30, 2012
  • I like this site I will share some of my stuff here like I used to do at crafty. I have a website but it is not functioning properly right now. I love embroidery but like to sew. Quilt that is I used to sew that is how I started embroidering and then they came out with quilting in the hoop and now I just like to quilt and to embroidery both together to make real beautiful things hope to see a lot more of everyone on this site . Lori Soaring with eagles custom embroidery

    —Lori on August 3, 2012
  • My first fabric was a blue & white Toile from Nancy J. Martin’s collection. I built my first quilt around this Toile. I have purchased a lot of Nancy’s books and have made several of her quilts. I love scrappy quilts, like Nancy, I think they are very interesting and great to cuddle under. I have her 365 day quilt blocks calender and have made the letters A,B,C,D,E. I would like to make the rest of the alphabet and finish my quilt, but, I’ve been unable to find another book of Nancy’s with the alphabet. Nancy, please help! Thank you for this pattern, I love it and will use it very soon.

    —Mary Ann Thompson on January 30, 2013
  • Hi I just wanted to know what that quilt is called on the front page of the first edition of threads from the 1930″s reproduction quilts is this quilt in the second edition printed? Can you tell me know where to purchase this pattern?


    —Wendy on August 27, 2013
  • Loved working at TTP through it’s evolution!

    —Chris on May 11, 2016
  • I’ve been a part of the Martingale Family since 1990 — and treasure the friendships I made there. Thank you for playing such a large part in my life for the past 26 years! It’s a great company.

    And what a wonderful part of the family you are, Sally – happy holidays to you and your family! –Jenny

    Sally Schneider on May 11, 2016
  • Through trial and error, I found this and hope this is the Nancy Martin that I hand quilted many quilts for, that were in her books from 1993 to 2002.
    At ninety-six, I am no longer hand quilting, but am enjoying my quilts that decorate my walls in my apartment in senior housing.
    Many of the quilts I did for other people are pictured in note books that I enjoy seeing and remembering the times, I hand quilted them.
    Now I am finally getting to the note book that I started a long time ago with the quilts that I quilted for you. Hope to hear from you, some time soon.

    —Alvina Nelson on May 4, 2020
  • I’m making Hidden star & Christmas Hearts from Nancy Martins book "Make room for Christmas Quilts" I’m having big trouble with the ribbon boarder I just can’t figure it out and would like any help please

    —Lillian Glaeser on December 21, 2020

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