Posts tagged: "quilt tips"

  1. What a neat trick! 💡 3-at-a-time Nine Patch blocks

    Posted by on October 4, 2019

    Making Nine Patches from squares: easy. Making Nine Patches from long strips: easier. Making Nine Patches from long and short strips: easiest! Fun fact: The term “Nine Patch” refers to the tried-and-true quilt-block pattern, but did you know it also refers to an entire category of blocks? Any block that has seams that divide units […]


  2. 5 simple ways to organize fabric (that you can implement today 👍)

    Posted by on September 9, 2019

    Do you suffer from SABLE syndrome (Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy)? If you do, you’ve come to the right place! To us, SABLE seems not so much a syndrome—it’s more of a sign. A GOOD sign that you’re a dedicated quilter who always has piles of muses at the ready. After all, when it comes […]


  3. Best way to piece quilt batting: 5 quick-and-easy ideas from us!

    Posted by on August 26, 2019

    Raise your hand if you keep the bits of batting left over from your finished (or almost-finished) quilt projects. Hey, that’s a lot of hands! ✋🏿✋🏼✋🏽✋🏻✋🏾 You’d see the same ratio of hands raised here in the Martingale office. Like scrap-saving quilters of the past, many of us subscribe to this familiar adage: After all, […]


  4. An easier way to applique: stitch-and-flip method (must-see video 🎬)

    Posted by on July 29, 2019

    If you feel like your hand appliqué isn’t as precise as you’d like it to be, today’s post is for you! Stitched from the Heart author Kori Turner-Goodhart was in the same boat: she felt that her traditional needle-turn appliqué lacked finesse—until a change of technique allowed her to create out-of-this-world appliqué. Here’s what she […]


  5. Before it’s on your pants 👖 How to de-lint a Jelly Roll f-a-s-t (video)

    Posted by on July 22, 2019

    If you’ve ever unfurled a Moda Jelly Roll, you know how fun the experience can be: colors flying, prints sparkling, creativity churning. And you may have also noticed another part of the experience: lint sticking. To your cutting mat, your shirt, your pants, the cat. Sometimes quilting can be a messy business! Because we love […]


  6. How to make a 60-degree triangle quilt: Pat Sloan’s tips! (video 🎬)

    Posted by on May 13, 2019

    Triangles, triangles, triangles—they make the quilting world go ’round! There are half-square triangles and quarter-square triangles, the bedrock of many quilt blocks. But have you experimented with 60-degree triangles, otherwise known as equilateral triangles? It may look complicated on the surface, but once you know how to make a 60-degree triangle quilt, you’ll find the […]


  7. No Time to Sit at the Sewing Machine? Do This Instead

    Posted by on April 19, 2019

    When we quilters are at our most organized, we carve out time to be at our sewing machine every day. But let’s face it—sometimes life gets in the way and our machine-sewing plans fall through. Does that mean there’s zero time to devote to your creativity? Martingale authors say no way! We asked several authors […]


  8. How to wash a red-and-white quilt: our staffers’ “catchy” secret

    Posted by on April 5, 2019

    If you’ve ever washed a quilt that featured red fabrics, you might remember holding your breath when you took it out of the wash for the first time. Did the color bleed? Did I prewash my red fabrics enough? Will my quilt be ruined? Sometimes red fabrics have us, well . . . seeing red! […]


  9. Tips for pressing quilt blocks: to one side, open, or both? (video tutorial 📹 )

    Posted by on March 22, 2019

    In recent years there’s been an ongoing conversation in quilting circles about pressing. Which method is better—pressing seams to one side or pressing seams open—and why? It’s a pressing question! 😂 Oh, Scrap! author Lissa Alexander knows a thing or two about pressing. After all, she made all of these amazing quilts: Her pressing preference? […]


  10. 📹 How to do single-fold binding: video (+ a quick mitering trick 👍)

    Posted by on March 4, 2019

    Have you tried single-fold binding on your small quilts? How about on your big quilts? Hope’s Journey author Betsy Chutchian (also one of the Moda All-Stars!) has been quilting since 1980—she taught herself to quilt with a quilt top made by her paternal great-grandmother and great-aunt. She’s been teaching quiltmaking since 1990, and guess what? […]