Quick, easy, fun, done: new quilt patterns at your LQS

New Sweet & Simple pattern line!

Fantastic qualities to have in a quilt pattern, right?

These qualities are exactly what we relied on when creating an exciting new pattern line for you. And today we can introduce it: Martingale’s Sweet & Simple™ pattern series!

Thirty sensational projects will help you get to the finish line fast—and you’ll love every sweet-and-simple minute along the way. Whether your taste is traditional or more modern, we’ve got you covered!

At just $4.00 each, Sweet & Simple patterns pack an irresistible patchwork punch. Each project has been chosen with the four qualities above in mind:

Sweet and Simple pattern displayQuick: Speed through projects that’ll take you from start to finish in a flash.

Easy: No fussy stuff here—each Sweet & Simple pattern is carefully selected by our editorial staff for ease of construction.

Fun: Get a variety of quilt styles featured in beautiful, full-color photography; reliable instructions mean you get to relax and enjoy the process. Choose patterns for precuts, scraps, holiday prints, and much more!

Done: Give, cuddle, or keep: you’ll love having a completed project to show off in less time.

So, where can you pick up Sweet & Simple patterns? They’re available exclusively at independent quilt shops. (Yes, another great excuse to visit your LQS. You’re welcome.)spacer 10px deep

Choose from big quilts:

Sweet and Simple quilt patterns
“Flowers for Nana” by Kim Brackett, “Mod Herringbone” by Amy Ellis, and “Box Party” by Cindy Lammon

Small quilts:

Sweet and Simple quilt patterns
“Peaks and Valleys” by Carol Hopkins, “Xs and Os” by Ellen Pahl, and “Puss in the Corner” by Country Threads

Plus pillows, runners, and more!

Sweet and Simple patterns
“Pointed in One Direction” by Sarah Minshall, “Berry Easy Table Topper” by Me and My Sister Designs, and “Charm-Pack Pillow” by Country Threads

The patterns above are just a peek—see all 30 Sweet & Simple patterns here.

Does your local quilt shop carry Sweet & Simple? If not, introduce them! Print this Sweet & Simple flyer and take it with you on your next visit. You can also use the flyer to choose which 30 patterns in the series you like best. Circle your favorites and you’ll have an instant shopping list!

Remember, Sweet & Simple patterns are available ONLY at independent quilt shops. Visit your local shop to check out these amazing and affordable patterns for yourself.


What do you buy most at your local quilt shop (besides fabric): books, patterns, classes, tools, notions, or something else? Share your answer in the comments!


24 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I buy new notions & speciality patterns.

    —Carol on February 19, 2015
  • NO MORE SIMPLE CRAPPY PATTERNS, PLEASE! Yes, I’m shouting. I’m so sick and tired of easy, boring patterns I’m screaming. Ugly, easy, boring, dull, same as before, simply stupid and stupidly simple designs — enough already. I’m am not simple. I am not easy. I am not stupid. What is it with precut and mindless sewing that has taken over quilting? It all started with Yellow Brick Road and Disappearing Ninepatch and has degenerated from there into Jelly Roll Race, an abomination not to be considered by anyone with an actual brain.

    Hi Susan, we agree—quilting isn’t all about fast and easy—and that’s why we strive to offer something for every taste and skill level, from beginner to expert. We publish many books for quilters who have a desire to do more complex work. Check out the Historical, Technique, and Artistic categories at ShopMartingale.com for just a few examples. We also continue to produce quick-and-easy patterns like those in our new Sweet and Simple series because lots of quilters love them, and even those that love more challenging projects often want a quick project once in a while (baby-shower gifts immediately come to mind!).

    —Susan on February 19, 2015
  • I would love to see these patterns available for download! I don’t have a quilt shop near me and order everything on line.
    Love your site. Thanks for all the ideas.

    —Sewing66 on February 19, 2015
  • After quilting for 20 years I seem to have everything I need for notions and tools. If I’m driving by the shop, I’ll just stop to see who else is there and perhaps have a quilty conversation or to see what others are making or buying. It’s fun to just browse now and then. Since I’m retired and it’s just my husband and I, I’m still in need of interesting topics. My husband often will suggest that I add a row or two but that’s about his limit. Sometimes I just need to feel the softness of the new fabrics, it’s good for the soul.

    —Jeannetters on February 19, 2015
  • Very little extras, but I did get HQ bobbins.

    —Linda Christianson on February 19, 2015
  • I look for new gadgets in the notions and tools.

    —Patricia D. Roberts on February 19, 2015
  • I purchase mostly just fabric. beautiful fabric 🙂 But I have also purchased books, rulers and threads.

    Loris Mills on February 19, 2015
  • Things to embellish/trim out a quilty project or books/patterns.

    —Tonie Peterson on February 19, 2015
  • I buy the little embellishments such as the made by tags, and the other holiday tags, threads, rick rack, anything new and exciting that will add to my projects.

    —Barbara Dolan on February 19, 2015
  • Since we no longer have a quilt shop in town, I have to drive 60 miles to find the things I need. Although I have more than enough fabric, there have been times when a template or trim is needed to finish a certain project. I know that the local big box department store carries these items, but I prefer to shop at smaller shops that cater to specific craft/quilting needs. You can always find that unique item or fabric not sold to everyone.

    —debra lee on February 19, 2015
  • Something money can’t buy-the companionship of other quilters.both employees and customers. I am helped w/ problems I am having on any quilt project and no matter what the project or how Big a mess I’m in someone is able to get me turned around and understanding what to do when I get back to my machine. This time of year my shop is a compendium of information about upcoming Shop Hops, quilt Shows, Guild Meetings, Festivals, and and many special activities planned throughout the spring and summer. Then the question of what do I purchase, fabric. Beautiful, beautiful, fabric. Fabric. Fabric for the quilt class I just enrolled in, fabric for the table runner pattern I just picked out and then fabric for my stash. Now yardage, fat quarters, layer cakes, charm packs,jelly rolls, or………..then I must decide what color? Red Blue Lavendar, lime green Batiksa Oh My! FABRIC BEATIFUL FABRIC,

    Cathy Spencer on February 19, 2015
  • Since my LQS is at least 3 and 1/2 hours away no matter which direction I travel I don’t make many trips to my LQS without considerable thought or other plans besides quilting. When I am there the most important thing is the companionship of people with quilty thoughts and aspirations. I have pretty much every tool and notion one needs so it is the new that I am looking for as well as the new, innovative, never been published style of patterns. I am not interested in reworks or those that I can easily recreate myself. I do realize that not all people have been quilting as long as I or have the confidence that I do to experiment so I understand the need for the plethora of basic patterns. Several years of working with new to sewing, first time quilters at our local resource centre has taught me that there is always another generation of sewers coming along that need constant reinforcement and encouragement if they are to be incurably bitten by the quilting and sewing viruses. Oh, by the way, I most often come out of my LQS with more yarn than fabric, notions and such. I am sure my LQS owners are banking on me for more than fabric and yarn sales. Most importantly, a visit to my LQS is all about friendship and community.

    —Audrey on February 19, 2015
  • I buy more notions than anything else besides fabric at quilting shops, but next in line would be patterns and pattern books. Where, in Central Texas, can I buy these awesome Sweet & Simple patterns?

    —Dianna on February 19, 2015
  • #1 purchase after fabrics is classes 🙂 Can’t get enough information and new techniques as a beginner quilter. Learn from the instructor and also love to see the color combinations that other students in the class are using. So much to learn!

    —Kate on February 19, 2015
  • Definitely books also supplies such as fusing products etc.

    —Barbara on February 19, 2015
  • The last thing I bought- this week was thread. I have bought patterns and the fabric to make it special. The classes are also great. We are lucky to have a quilt shop within a mile.

    —Nancy on February 19, 2015
  • thread. needles, bobbins, sometimes a magazine or a book.

    —Nancy Eriksen on February 20, 2015
  • Now that I’m retired, I try to restrict the purchase of new items just for the sake of another new item. But I love to stop by the local quilt shop for the inspiration in the demo projects on display, the quilty discussions, and the warm vibes.

    —Pearl on February 20, 2015
  • First fabric–then usually notions, rulers, needles.
    My stash seems to have most of the other stuff needed.

    —Shirley on February 20, 2015
  • I have NO LQS or even multi-purpose fabric stores nearby AT ALL…so it is totally unfair that these patterns are only available at LQS.
    What about those of us in rural settings, whose only "LQS" is via the internet?

    To answer your question above:I buy 90% of my supplies online, and also shop at a local thrift shop for fabric and clothing items to up cycle.

    Hi Jacqueline, the goal of our Sweet and Simple pattern series is to support independent quilt shops, but we have many patterns and books available online for purchase. If there’s a specific Sweet and Simple you’re interested in, please let us know–it may also appear in a book that’s available for purchase online. Thanks for your comment! –Jenny

    Jacqueline VH on February 21, 2015
  • Ideas!

    —Marty on February 22, 2015
  • I buy Creative Grid Rulers, needles, and on occasion: pre-package batting or on a roll.

    I was once referred to as "Job Security" because of the amount of fabrics and notions I bought in my earlier quilting days.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on February 22, 2015
  • I guess I don’t think about what I buy the most-in a small rural area I guess my favorite thing to buy (besides new and exciting fabric) is Aurifil thread. I went to a sewing and quilt expo in Portland, Oregon a couple of years ago and had an opportunity to see a great demo. My quilting life changed because of that thread. You get a lot of thread on those wonderful apools and color is no longer an issue for me. I have learned about neutral threads and no longer try to match! Yes, a wonderful learning lesson!

    Kathy Bullack on February 22, 2015
  • I like to check out the notions at every shop I visit. If asked, most shop owners will tell you their favorite tools and talk to you about it’s uses. I also look for new kits. I tend to pick up smaller projects that I can just grab and take sewing with me.

    —Mary Smith on February 24, 2015

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