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July Book Releases: New Books with #CreativeGoodness by Martingale

Today I want to share insights about three new books published by Martingale this month, each packed with #CreativeGoodness: 

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BABY QUILTS FOR BEGINNERS: Easy to Make, Fun to Give, compiled by Karen M. Burns

MY REVIEW:

13 sweet projects from top designers including Kimberly Jolly, Amy Ellis, Melissa Corry, Sue Pfau, and more.   Perfect projects to make for babies and while perfect for beginners, I think even experienced quilters would enjoy making the projects in this new book.   And, don’t forget if you don’t have a baby in mind to make such a quilt for, many charity programs (e.g. Operation Homefront, Linus, shelters, etc) always appreciate the donation of handmade baby quilts.

SEW MANY NOTIONS: Wonderful Wool Appliques, Simple Stitcheries, and More, by Debbie Busby

MY REVIEW:

18 simple little applique’ projects that are absolutely perfect for those that love wool, including those wanting to learn to work with wool.  These projects are perfect to decorate your sewing space, as well as to make for gifts.  Projects include such items as: pincushions, needle holders, mini-quilts, a table mat, and much more. All of the designs have easy to follow instructions, with great visuals, making this an excellent resource for quilters of all levels.

A PIECE OF CAKE: Sweet and Simple Quilts from Layer Cake Squares by Peta Peace

MY REVIEW:

16 fun projects that range in size from 15 ½ x 15 ½” to 84 ½ x 84 ½”, as well as a pillow, table runners, wall-hangings and full size quilts. All of the designs have easy to follow instructions, with great visuals, making this an excellent resource for quilters of all levels.

 

I hope you get a chance to check out these books at your favorite quilt shop.  Of course, if you don’t see them do let them know you are interested in having them make these books available.  They are so new, that they may not be aware of them.  Don’t forget you can also check them out online at Martingale or Amazon.

You can find Martingale at:
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http://www.shopmartingale.com/
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martin

 

June Book Releases: New Books with #CreativeGoodness by Martingale

Today I want to share insights about three new books published by Martingale this month, each packed with #CreativeGoodness: 

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COTTON WAY CLASSICS: Fresh Quilts for a Charming Home, by Bonnie Olaveson

MY REVIEW:

The designs in this book are a refreshing blend of traditional designs that would make fun and fast quilts perfect for your home, or to give as a gift. With 13 designs, that each come with well written easy to follow instructions this book is perfect for quilters of all levels.  And, when you consider the price of a standalone pattern, this book is an exceptional value.

 

BLOCK-BUSTER QUILTS: I Love House Blocks: 14 Quilts from an All-Time Favorite Block, compiled by Karen M. Burns

MY REVIEW:

If you have ever wanted to make a quilt with a house design, or even make another one, this book would be your “go to” book.  Karen has once again, done a fantastic job compiling designs this time with the theme of “I Love House Blocks”.    With 14 all new house theme designs from top-notch designers – including Carrie Nelson, Kimberly Jolly, Jeni Gaston, Jackie White, Corey Yoder, Natalie Barnes, and more – this is an amazing book, with an exceptional value, that is perfect for quilters of all levels.

ROCK SOLID: 13 Stunning Quilts Made with Kona Cottons, compiled by Karen M. Burns 

MY REVIEW:

With 13 quilt designs all from top notch designers, this book lives up to its’ name.  All of the designs just shine with Kona Cottons (solids), but I think they’d also look great in fabric from your stash, or purchase fabric as desired. This book is also perfect for quilters of all levels.

 

I hope you get a chance to check out these books at your favorite quilt shop.  Of course, if you don’t see them do let them know you are interested in having them make these books available.  They are so new, that they may not be aware of them.  Don’t forget you can also check them out online at Martingale or Amazon.

You can find Martingale at:
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http://www.shopmartingale.com/
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martin

A Little Something, a book review (and a Giveaway)

Do you ever think about making “a little something”, for a gift, or for you?  Today I want to share insights about “A Little Something”, by Roseann Meehan Kermes  (Rosebud’s Cottage), a new book recently published by Martingale.

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PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS

Stitch a colorful array of cozy wool creations that will brighten any room in your home. Choose from a mix of cheerful little projects, including coasters, wall hangings, sewing accessories, bags, and more.

  • Create stunning effects with easy hand stitching, simple applique, and artful wool layering
  • Achieve an effortlessly embellished look with simple techniques that even beginners can master quickly
  • Detailed how-to photos and clear instructions are included

About the Author

Roseann Meehan Kermes began sewing at the age of nine, when she made her first wool pincushion. As a history buff, she is drawn to American folk art. She enjoys the coziness of the primitive look and also loves working with bright colors. Roseann enjoys surrounding herself with a wool community that expands her creativity. Whether it’s wool meet-ups, a class, or her Muddy Sheep Wool Club meetings, there are always talented wool workers who inspire her to rise to a new level. To find out what’s new, visit her at rosebuds-cottage.com.

MY REVIEW

I love all the little something projects in this new book.  No doubt about it, this book is packed with sweet wool projects for you to use, to make for decorating your home, or you could make these projects for very thoughtful gifts.  They are the perfect “little somethings” that will be treasured for years to come.

There are 16 projects, each with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.  Projects include needle keepers, mug rugs, table toppers, wall hangings, jewelry bags, pincushions, cell phone satchel and much more.

There is a section that covers “wool applique essentials”, that provides insights to help beginners (and others) learn how to work with wool.  It also provides insights on a number of beautiful stitches, which are used on the projects in this book (e.g. backstitch, blanket stitch, couching stitch, french knot, long stitch, overcast stitch, running stitch, star stitch, and whipstitch).

I think this book is an exceptional value and a perfect book for anyone interested in learning to work with wool, as well as those who may simply want more beautiful project ideas all perfect for wool.

Martingale will also be sharing Roseann’s video tutorials every week on their Facebook and Instagram pages for the next several weeks.  I hope you get a chance to check out this book at your local quilt shop.  Of course, if you don’t see it I hope you’ll let them know you are interested in having them make it available. It is such a new book they may not be aware of it.  But you can also check it out online at Martingale or Amazon.

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Martingale is hosting a fun giveaway where one lucky winner will receive a copy of this new book A Little Something.  To enter, simply visit Martingale’s blog Stitch This and follow instructions on their post that shares more insights about this creative new book.

I hope you get a chance to check out this new book at your favorite quilt or sewing store.  But if you don’t see it, as it is so new, be sure to let them know about this creative book and that you’d like to have them make it available.  It is such a new book they may not be aware of it.  Of course, don’t forget you can also check this book out at Martingale’s online store, as well as Amazon.

You can find Martingale at:
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http://www.shopmartingale.com/
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martin

You can find Roseann Meehan Kermes (Rosebud’s Cottage) at:

https://www.rosebuds-cottage.com/
https://www.facebook.com/RBCottage/?ref=ts
https://www.pinterest.com/rosebudscottage/
https://www.instagram.com/rosebudscottage/
https://twitter.com/RosebudsCottage

Just Be Claus, a book review (and a Giveaway)

Today I want to share insights about “Just Be Claus”, by Robin Kingsley (Bird Brain Designs, a new book recently published by Martingale.

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PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS

Catch the holiday spirit with simple and practical hand-embroidery projects starring St. Nick himself. These 24 whimsical projects are guaranteed to keep you in stitches!

  • Enjoy easy-to-stitch projects that make delightful gifts and festive decorations
  • Stitch charming holiday decor, including tea towels, pillows, pincushions, wall hangings, and more
  • Create custom projects by mixing and matching simple, classic Christmas embroidery motifs

 

About the Author

Robin Kingsley enjoys living and working in her California home and third-floor studio. Her collection of vintage needlework tools and treasures is tucked on shelves and in cupboards, and you can see her love of these goodies reflected in her work. When she’s not playing in the studio or traveling to shows, Robin can be found in her garden, another source of design inspiration. Even when hectic, every day is fun as she plans new designs, stitches new models, and develops patterns and kits.

MY REVIEW

Robin Kinglsey of Bird Brain Designs is a very talented designer who is well known for her whimsical stitchery designs for redwork, machine embroidery, wool applique’ designs, and much, much more.  And, she is also a fabric designer for Maywood Studio.

Just Be Claus has an absolutely perfect name for Robin’s new book.  It  is packed with 24 fun holiday hand stitchery projects that are all absolutely perfect for decorating your home, as well as making for gifts.  Projects include:  bobbin ornaments, tea towels, mug rugs, hot mats, button hole loops, table runner, stuffed santa (folk art doll), mini pillow, pincushion, wall hangings and more.  And, these projects range in size from 3 1/2″  x 6 1/2″  to 23 1/2″  x 36 1/2″.

Included in this book is a great chapter on embroidery basics (stitchery includes:  backstitch, cross-stitch, french knot, lazy dazy, running stitch, satin stitch, straight stitch, herringbone stitch,feather stitch and tassle stitch.

I think this book is perfect for confident beginners that want to learn to create stunning stitchery projects, but also a “must have” book for those that enjoy stitchery projects and want to make beautiful handmade items for the holidays.  I also think this would be a fun book for Quilt Guilds, or even Quilt Shops to create challenges and/or workshops to make items in this book for swaps, Christmas gift exchanges, even holiday fundraiser bazaars.

I hope you get a chance to check out this new book at your favorite quilt or sewing store.  But if you don’t see it, as it is so new, be sure to let them know about this creative book and that you’d like to have them make it available.  It is such a new book they may not be aware of it.  Of course, don’t forget you can also check this book out at Martingale’s online store, as well as Amazon.

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Martingale is hosting a fun giveaway where one lucky winner will receive a copy of this new book, as well as a bundle of Robin’s latest fabric line, Just Be Claus, by  Maywood Studio.  To enter, simply visit Martingale’s blog Stitch and follow instructions on their post that shares more insights about this creative new book.

 

You can find Martingale at:
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http://www.shopmartingale.com/
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martingaleandcompany78

You can find Robin (Bird Brain Designs) at:

www.birdbraindesigns.net/
https://www.facebook.com/BirdBrainDesigns
https://www.pinterest.com/BirdBrainDesigns/

Jo’s Little Favorites, a book review (and a Giveaway)

There were several new books published by Martingale this Spring, all packed with creative goodness.

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Today I want to share insights about “Jo’s Little Favorites II – A Classic Collection of 15 Small Quilts”, by Jo Morton.

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS

Popular author, Moda Fabrics designer, and small-quilt expert Jo Morton returns with another collection of favorite patterns that you’ll be delighted to stitch. Whether you have a handpicked collection of reproduction fabrics just waiting to shine or want to discover new favorites, you’ll love sewing and displaying each pretty little patchwork gem!

  • Decorate your home with little quilts–artfully styled photos will inspire you
  • Improve your accuracy with Jo’s tips for precise patchwork sewing
  • Helpful hints include instructions about how to quilt each eye-catching project

About the Author

Well known for her “Jo’s Little Women Club” patterns, Jo Morton is a quiltmaker, fabric designer, teacher, author, and lecturer. Her use of color and design, as well as her fine stitchery, give her quilts the feeling of having been made in the nineteenth century. Her quilts have appeared in numerous magazines, and she’s made several television and online appearances including on HGTV’s Simply Quilts, PBS’s Love of Quilting, and The Quilt Show.

In 1980, Jo took her first quilting class, and in 1985 she created her first “made to look old” quilt. She determined early on that if she ever hoped to make all the quilts she wanted to make, they would have to be small, a size that works perfectly in her compact 1929 bungalow.

Visit JoMortonQuilts.com to learn more. Follow Jo on Instagram at joquilts.

 

MY REVIEW

The projects in this book range in size from 11″ x 12 1/2″ to 49″ x 55 1/2″ and all have easy to follow instructions with great visuals.  And Jo has a chapter where she shares her favorite techniques for little quilts.  With 15 small quilt patterns in this book, that would be great for use in your home and/or for gifts, this book really is an exception value when you consider how much it costs for a standalone pattern.

I hope you get a chance to check out this new book at your local quilt shop, but don’t forget you can also find it online in Martingale’s store, as well as Amazon.  As always, should you not find it in your local quilt shop let them know you are interested in having them make it available.  It is such a new book that they may not even be aware of it.

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

To celebrate the release of Jo’s new line of fabric with Moda and the release of her new book, Martingale is hosting a giveaway on their blog “Stitch This” where you could win a copy of this new creative book, as well as a bundle of Jo’s new fabric.  Click here to find out more info and enter.

You can find Martingale at:
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http://www.shopmartingale.com/
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martingaleandcompany78

You can find Jo Morton at:

http://jomortonquilts.com/
https://www.facebook.com/jomortonquilts
https://www.instagram.com/joquilts/
https://www.pinterest.com/jomortonquilts/boards/

Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3, by Lori Kennedy and a Quilt-a-Long

This week I hope to inspire you to learn, or improve your free-motion quilting skills.  I continually find inspiration from experts with FMQ, but I also try to stay aware of any new opportunity to learn and improve.  Today, I want to share insights about a new book as well as a fun quilt-a-long.

 “Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3, by Lori Kennedy” was recently published by Martingale. 

 

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS

Discover  how to machine quilt creative designs the easy way. More than 60 striking quilting motifs are at your fingertips in this comprehensive visual guide to free-motion machine quilting. Lori Kennedy takes you through each step of the process with easy-to-understand instructions and a multitude of clear, close-up photos so you won’t miss a stitch.

  • Learn to quilt dozens of unique and clever motifs, including flowers, animals, zigzags, swirls and twirls, and much more
  •  Give your next project that irresistible pop of texture you’ve been looking for–many of these designs aren’t found in other quilting books
  •  Convenient lay-flat spiral binding makes the instructions easy to follow while you quilt

About the Author:

Lori Kennedy is an incurable doodler and quilting fanatic who loves to help quilters add fun and personality to their quilts with whimsical designs. Lori is a Craftsy instructor and a Bernini Ambassador. She writes the My Line column in  American Quilter magazine and can be found on her blog, TheInboxJaunt.com, offering “Tuesday Tutorials” and daily inspiration.

My Review:

This book is absolute a “must have” for any beginner interested in learning free-motion quilting, but also an excellent resource for any quilter that enjoys FMQ and wants to learn more motifs.  There are 61 creative FMQ motifs in this book, which includes 400 excellent step by step images with easy to follow instructions to help you learn to stitch these designs. I also love that this book is spiral bound, allowing it to easily lay flat.

Considering the price of this book, it is an exceptional value thus if you are only going to purchase one book on freemotion quilting this year, this should be the book you get.  

 Lori also shares her expertise to help you determine the scale of a motif, planning travel stitching, achieve the perfect stitch and much more!

Did I Mention a Quilt-A-Long?

 This week, Lori has kicked off a fun quilt-a-long where she’ll also be sharing free tutorials, every Tuesday. The quilt design is perfect for learning a number of beautiful free-motion quilting motifs and would make a great quilt for your home, or for a gift. I’m looking forward to this QAL very much and hope you’ll join the fun too!

You can find Martingale at:
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http://www.shopmartingale.com/
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martingaleandcompany78

You can find Lori Kennedy (The Inbox Jaunt) at:

http://theinboxjaunt.com/

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Blue & White: Living With Textiles You Love (And A Giveway)

Today I want to share insights about a very inspirational new “coffee table” book published by Martingale this month, as well as a giveaway.    

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Blue & White: Living With Textiles You Love, by Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson is the 3rd “coffee table” book ever published by Martingale!

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS

Join expert quiltmaker Laurie Simpson and acclaimed rug hooker Polly Minick on a journey of inspiration and inventive ideas. Explore a matchless collection of stunning quilts, magnificent hooked rugs, and a treasury of one-of-a-kind textiles showcased in a variety of settings, from classic and coastal to Americana. Inspired vignettes are filled with ideas for highlighting textiles that will be right at home with your decor.

You’ll find it all in blue and white: clever decorating tips to bring a breath of freshness to your personal style, rich full-color photographs demonstrating the authors’ advice for curating and decorating with textiles, insight on adding diversity to a two-color palette, and a stunning collection of one-of-a-kind quilts, rugs, and textiles you won’t see anywhere else.

(Patterns not included.)

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Polly Minick’s enthusiasm for the art of rug hooking has brought her national acclaim. Her work has been featured in publications such as American Patchwork and Quilting, Architectural Digest, Better Homes and Gardens, Coastal Living, Colonial Homes, Country Home, Creative Home, Early American Life, and Victoria. She is also a highly touted guest lecturer.

Laurie Simpson is a lifelong needle artist whose quilts have been featured in publications such as Country Home, Coastal Living, Architectural Digest, American Patchwork and Quilting, McCall’s Quilting, and the Wool Street Journal.

MY REVIEW:

This inspirational “coffee table” style book is a must have for anyone that loves blue and white, but also perfect for those that enjoy decorating with a traditional style that is timeless.  It is a hardcover book with designs categorized by Americana, Coastal and Classic.  And, you’ll find inviting home decor with plenty of beautiful quilts, rug hooking and plenty of great decorator items that just add that perfect touch to finish a room.  I hope you get a chance to check out this book at your favorite quilt shop.  But as this is such a new book, if you don’t find it, do let the store know about it and that you’d like to see them carry it.  Of course, you can also check it out online at Martingale, as well as Amazon.

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Stitch This (Martingale’s blog) has a great article about Minick and Simpson, where they also share more insights about their wonderful new book.  Plus they have a giveaway where you could win a copy of this inspirational new book and a bundle of their new fabrics too!  Deadline to enter is May 3rd.

You can find Minick and Simpson at:

http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/
https://www.instagram.com/minickandsimpson/?ref=badge

You can find Martingale at:
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http://www.shopmartingale.com/
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martingaleandcompany78

The Big Book of Strip Quilts (and a Giveaway)

Today I want to share insights about another absolutely amazing creative new book published by Martingale this month, as well as a giveaway.    

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The Big Book of Strip Quilts: Start with Strips to Make 60 Stunning Quilts, by Karen M. Burns is packed with creative goodness for quilters of all levels.

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

Cut strips from your stash or gather your favorite precuts to make fabulous strip quilts that shine! Each pattern will inspire you with its remarkably versatile look and scrappy style, easily achieved with simple strips.

  • 60 stunning strip quilts at a great value–just pennies per pattern
  • Choose from sizes ranging from wall hangings and baby quilts to bed-sized quilts, all by top designers
  • Includes projects for beginners and experienced quilters in a variety of attractive patchwork styles

MY REVIEW:

Clearly, with 60 stunning strip quilt patterns in this book, it is an amazing value that you should not overlook.  In keeping with the quality that Martingale stands by, all the patterns come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals. Projects range in size of 31-1/4″ x 40-1/2″ to 82-1/2″ x 90-1/2″ and they are all perfect for beginner quilters thru experienced quilters.

The designs in this book would be great to make using fabric in your stash, or purchase new fabrics (yardage you can cut, or pre-cuts/strips).  Don’t overlook the fact these quilts would look great in your home, as well as be perfect for a gift.  You can’t go wrong making these beautiful quilts, but you may want to make many of them over and over again.

 I do hope you get to check out this book at your favorite quilt shop, but as it was just released, they may not be aware of it (although I’m confident they’ll see it in Martingale’s booth at the upcoming Quilt Market).  Still, don’t forget if you don’t find it in your favorite quilt shop, let them know you’d like them to carry it.  Of course, you can also check it out and buy it at Martingale’s online store, as well as Amazon.  Lastly, I want to share that I’m predicting this book is going to quickly become a “Best Seller”.  Can you tell I love it!  

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Martingale has shared more insights on this new book and is also hosting a giveaway where you could win an e:copy of this book.  Just be sure to click thru and enter by April 26th.

You can find Martingale at:
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http://www.shopmartingale.com/
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martingaleandcompany78

The Splendid Sampler, by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson (and a giveway)

I am a quilter that loves checking out books every time I visit quilt shops, as well as checking publisher’s websites to learn about new books.  Martingale has released another wonderful new quilting block this month.  And, I’m excited to share insights with you today about this new book, packed with #CreativeGoodness.   

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The Splendid Sampler: 100 Spectacular Blocks From A Community Of Quilters,  by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson, published by Martingale, is a book packed with amazing blocks that will allow yo to create quilts, wallhangings, table toppers and much more, yet allow your project to be very unique.

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

Join The Splendid Sampler community with a comprehensive collection of very special 6-inch blocks created and shared by more than 80 of today’s most innovative designers.

  • You’ll enjoy trying your hand at 100 eye-catching designs that use a wide range of techniques, including traditional patchwork, applique, foundation paper piecing, and embroidery
  • A number of the 6-inch blocks are shown in two colorways for twice the creativity
  • Be inspired by gallery quilts featuring carefully selected placement options for your Splendid Sampler blocks

MY REVIEW:

This book is compiled from a virtual sew-along on Facebook and the website:  TheSplendidSampler.com that was created with 83 blocks, over a 12 month sew-along.  The book is organized into chapters:

  • Introduction
  • Patchwork blocks
  • Applique’ blocks
  • Foundation-pieced blocks
  • Embroidered locks
  • Quilting basics
  • Quilting gallery
  • Index

Each block comes with easy to follow instructions, as well as great visuals.  While some might question why they would need this book, given so many of the block designs were originally shared for free on-line, there really is great value in this book:  Better visuals, oodles of hints, quilting gallery and much more.  Plus, everything is well organized in this book vs hunting a vast series of blog posts for the patterns.   Think of the free blog sew-along as a group of test quilters and this book is the ultimate quality tested collection of amazing block designs.

This is a handy resource that will certainly help quilters make beautiful quilts, wallhangings, table toppers and more.   The possibilities are endless.  Ultimately I view this book as an exception value, truly packed with Creative Goodness.

I hope you get a chance to check out this book at your favorite quilt store.  But as it is so new they may not have heard about it, so do let them know you are interested in having them make it available.  Of course, you can also check it out online at Martingale, as well as Amazon.

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Martingale is hosting an amazing “Splendid Giveaway where you could win a copy of this book, as well as a bundle of fabrics.  To enter, click on the image below and follow the instructions on the Martingale blog, Stitch This, where you have a chance of being one of 13 lucky winners.  Deadline to enter: April 20th.

 

You can find Martingale at:

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http://www.shopmartingale.com/
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martingaleandcompany78

Our Precision Piecing Quilt-Along – Wrap Up

Before I wrap up the Precision Piecing Quilt-Along, by thanking sponsors and announcing winners, I want to let everyone know that QuiltShopGal migrated to a new (and cheaper) web hosting service.  It was supposed to have happened over a weekend, a week ago.  There was a point that I thought QuiltShopGal was going to die a quick death, long before I could complete all I wanted to do.  Thanks to Marian Pena of Seams to Be Sew, for her help and encouragement during this migration.  I still have a few pending issues in the migration, but now have email back up and running, as well as the ability to release new posts.  Woo hoo!    

note:  my address remains www.quiltshopgal.com

So, today, I want to wrap up the Precision Piecing Quilt Along.    I hope to have inspired others to challenge their piecing skills with small blocks and seek out perfect cutting and piecing, to get us to slow down and improve our piecing skills.  There are a variety of ways to improve our precision piecing skills, but stitching small blocks is truly a great way to do so.  And, Hope’s Quilt Designs has many beautiful mini-block patterns that you can download for free.    

 

I want to recognize our generous sponsors who made this event more fun, by donating wonderful prizes:  The Fat Quarter ShopThe Quilt Show and Martingale 

I also want to share that ALL of the participants in this event, who are bloggers, were also added to My Creative Blog List, which is a great site to follow super creative blogs.  I hope all bloggers and non-bloggers check it out.  I have found this to be a great resource to follow a variety of creative blogs and I’m hearing from others that agree.

 

TIME TO ANNOUNCE THE LUCKY WINNERS:

The Fat Quarter Shop  donated a $50 gift certificate.

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Winner: Laura (LauraLovesLoons and Quilting too!)

The Quilt Show  donated a TQS membership

Winner: Nan Brown (Yellow Mound Quilts)

Martingale has donated 3 new books.  

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Simple Friendships – Winner:  Barbara (Cat Patches)

Zen Chick Inspired – Winner:  Christi Scheffel

Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites – winner: Kim Rennie

You can still view all the entries in our  Linky Party for the Precision Piecing QAL.  When you click thru, bloggers typically share more inspiration on their blog.

 

 

Here is a list of previous #PrecisionPiecingQAL posts:

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