Posts tagged: "quilt tools"

  1. Terrific quilting techniques for your tool belt (+ sale!)

    Posted by on August 17, 2015

    Ok, I admit it…I can’t resist a new and fun quilting technique. I will try anything, but rarely do I do the same thing twice. I call it Quilter’s ADD. The fact that I work here at Martingale is, well, not helping me with this problem. Seriously, though, isn’t it great to have a few […]

  2. Organizing fabric, simplified (+ free printable!)

    Posted by on August 13, 2015

    Stockpile. Hoard. Huge teetering piles of unsorted fabric. Whatever you call your stash, there’s one thing every quilter needs: fabric organization ideas. We understand—we’re charter members of “Stashaholics Anonymous” ourselves! Organizing fabric is so much easier when you’ve got a system to help you keep track of all your treasures, whether neatly folded in your […]

  3. Quilt-value anxiety, be gone: meet the Ruby Beholder

    Posted by on October 23, 2014

    If you’ve struggled with choosing fabric values for your quilts, you’re not alone. Determining which colors are light, medium-light, medium, medium-dark, and dark sounds like a cinch. But if you’ve tried it, you know it can be tricky. 
How would you order these fabrics from light to dark? Hmm… Contrast is key to creating sharp, […]

  4. Skip triangle math with strips: try Twosey Foursey

    Posted by on October 15, 2014

    If you’ve been around the quilt block a few times, you know about mathematical formulas for figuring seam allowances. They go like this: The more you cut, the more math you have to do. It can get downright complicated! Author Cathy Wierzbicki isn’t a fan of mind-numbing math. She’s such an anti-fan, in fact, that […]

  5. 5 reasons to spruce up your sewing space

    Posted by on August 20, 2014

    Does your sewing space inspire you? Or do messy fabric stacks, toppling tools, and piles of unfinished projects send your creative muse into hiding? Clutter, inefficiency, and a simple lack of space can build barriers between us and our creative pursuits. But what if you had a guidebook at your side that could help you: […]

  6. An all-in-one ruler for quilters? It exists!

    Posted by on July 9, 2014

    Rotary rulers. How many do you own? It seems like there’s a different ruler out there for every cutting task. But did you know there’s one ruler designed to do the job of many? It proudly proclaims its mission in its name: the All-in-One Ruler™. The ruler measures 6″ x 18″—no bigger than many rectangular […]

  7. Staff favorite: 45-degree angles conquered—perfect every time (+ sale!)

    Posted by on April 24, 2014

    Did you know that 80% of our staff sews, knits, crochets, or crafts in their spare time? We’re always testing the books and tools we carry—and boy oh boy, do we have some favorites. Our staff members want to share their enthusiasm with you, so today we’re launching our “Staff Favorites” series! Here’s customer-service manager […]

  8. Sew half-square triangles from strips? Learn how (video + fabric giveaway!)

    Posted by on March 25, 2014

    Some of the most beautiful quilts on earth are chock-full of what can be a most tedious pieced unit: the half-square triangle. Popular designer Gerri Robinson is captivated by those little light-and-dark units, and she features them front and center in many of the quilts in her book, A Cut Above—but she doesn’t bat an […]

  9. On-point quilts with zero math? Learn how (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on November 12, 2013

    Quilts from On-Point Patchwork by Donna Lynn Thomas Ever passed on a pattern because of on-point units, blocks, or borders? If there’s a math-related puzzle that’s plagued quilters since quilting began, it’s how to set quilt blocks on point. Perhaps you’ve heard of the quilter’s magic number: 1.414 (more on that number here). If you […]