"Quilt Recipes" This Way Not That Quilt Along: Week 5 + "Fresh Start Quilts" book by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene of Country Threads

Yayyyy! Week 5 of the "Quilt Recipes" This Way Not That Quilt Along is upon us!

What’s in store for us this week? Laying out the blocks and sewing them into rows! You’ll have 5 rows of 9 blocks and 4 rows that contain 8 blocks with a half block at each end. Refer to the Quilt Assembly Diagram on page 32 of "Quilt Recipes" and note the orientation of the corner triangles to get a result similar to author Jen Kingwell’s version of This Way Not That.

Martingale staffer Lisa shares her progress and some tips for laying out the blocks.

Lisa’s Learnings:

• I stacked all my blocks and placed my favorite feature fabric on top. I love the soft pink and black stripe fabric and wanted that block to be in the top, left corner of my quilt. 💗🖤

• A design wall was a HUGE help this week. I was lucky enough to have access to two huge design walls. As I placed each block in the 9 horizontal rows, I made sure the dark corners (my orange fabrics) were in the correct position according to the diagram on page 32 of "Quilt Recipes".

• I pinned all the blocks to the design walls–I didn’t want them to fall off as I walked by, etc. When I finished, I stepped back to check the positioning and took a photo. Then I started swapping blocks to achieve randomness within the rows and surrounding blocks. Ex: I didn’t want two stripe blocks next to each other, and I also tried to scatter the blocks so there wasn’t a cluster of same-color centers next to each other.

• I swapped quite a few blocks, each time removing one and keeping the position of the dark (orange) fabrics in mind as I moved it, so I didn’t mess up the overall zigzag look of the dark fabrics. And I took a picture each time, just in case it was the perfect layout–I wanted to have a photo saved in my phone so I could refer to it in case any blocks jumped off the design wall, and as I sewed the rows together.

• After I finished the first row, I pressed the seams in one direction (to the right). I pressed seams for the second row in the opposite direction so the seams will nest nicely when I join the rows next week.

Are you making progress on your This Way Not That quilt? Please share your photos so I can see and share them on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Make sure to tag us using @martingaletpp and include these hashtags #shopmartingale #quiltrecipes #quiltrecipesqal #thiswaynotthatquilt so we can see your version!

September 2022 releases

This month, we’re releasing 5 more fabulous NEW books! Since we’re starting a fresh, new month** (see below), we’ll kick it off with a book called "Fresh Start Quilts" by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene of Country Threads. You may recognize the authors and remember their scrappy, Civil War-inspired quilts. Well, well, well. Their new book features 11 scrappy quilts and 3 mini pillows in a totally new palette. Check it out in the trunk show video below!

^^Click on the cover to watch a trunk show video of the projects in "Fresh Start Quilts".

From the back cover of "Fresh Start Quilts":

Are you ready for a fresh start?

The best-selling design team of Country Threads is back with a new look. Longtime designers and former shop owners Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene are known for their scrappy Civil War-inspired quilts. In a modern-day plot twist, the design duo has shifted gears and reimagined 11 of their traditional quilt patterns in vibrant, refreshing colors. (Think about trading out your favorite fall sweaters for a brighter spring wardrobe!)

No matter what the color palette, the blocks and scrappy fabric choices stay true to the Country Threads style that you know and love.

Purchase your copy of "Fresh Start Quilts" from the authors (get details on their blog), your favorite quilt shop, online at ShopMartingale.com, or anywhere you buy quilting books.

**Speaking of a fresh, new month….Have you grabbed your copy of the "2023 That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar" yet? We’ve sold out of our calendars the last few years–don’t miss out on the chance to surround yourself with year-round inspiration! Proudly display That Patchwork Place’s quilt calendar in your kitchen, office, or sewing space and use the large daily squares to record appointments, meetings, and special events. Now in its 21st year of publication, this inspiring wall calendar includes a 28-page pullout booklet with complete instructions to make all 12 of the pictured projects. Throughout the year, the beautifully styled photos will enhance your decor and inspire your creativity.

Happy stitching!


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