Category: Martingale

Scrap & Happy Quilts (and a Giveaway)

Today I’m thrilled to be able to share insights with you about a new book published by Martingale that is packed with #CreativeGoodness, as well as insights on two ways you can win a copy!   

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Scrappy & Happy Quilts: Limited Palette, Tons of Fun! by Kate Henderson is truly packed with scrappy, happy quilts that are easy to make as well as fall in love with.  These are all packed with #CreativeGoodness and happiness!

 

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

Create lively, colorful quilts–and say bye-bye to agonizing over color choices. With this collection of scrappy two-color and three-color quilt patterns, choosing colors is a snap. Plus, you can use up every scrap!

Start with yardage, scraps, or precuts: the choice is yours. And if you’ve got a LOT of one color in your fabric collection, these bright and beautiful quilts will make that color sparkle. The more of one color, the merrier!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kate Henderson learned to sew clothes at the age of 12 and has sewn for herself ever since. After her twins were born in 2005, she began designing soft toys for them, which led to selling her toy creations as a way to stay sane while her babies were little. Soon she began selling patterns for the toys and quilts she was making. Kate lives in the southwest of Western Australia with her husband and four girls.

 

MY REVIEW:

The two color and three color quilt patterns in this book are truly scrappy and happy quilts, with a limited palette, creating tons of fun!  This book is perfect for beginner quilters, as well as advanced quilters, who are looking for fun, fast, and refreshing designs to decorate their homes as well as for gifts.  I also think this is a great book for those interested in developing their skills and confidence when working with colors. 

 

Projects range in size from 28 1/2″ x 35 1/2″ to 72 1/2″ x 80 1/2″ and they all come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.  Plus, there is a section for Fabric Selection and Color Schemes, as well as General Instructions, which provide good insights on basic quilting. 

 

With 13 projects in this book, this book is really an exception value, especially when you consider what the cost of a standalone pattern. 

I hope you get a chance to check out this new book at your favorite quilt shop.  Of course, if you don’t see it I hope you’ll let them know you are interested.  It is such a new book that they may not yet be aware of it.  And don’t forget you can find it online at Martingale, as well as Amazon.

 

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Here are two different opportunities for you to win a copy of this super creative new book:

Stitch This, the Martingale blog, is hosting a giveaway and they are also sharing more insights about this new book.

QuiltShopGal followers will be able to enter to win a copy of this book next week, as QuiltShopGal kicks off a celebration week of giveaways at the new location for QuiltShopGal which you can find at:  www.quiltshopgal2.wordpress.com.  Followers of this blog, can claim an “extra entry” by leaving a comment on this blog letting me know how you follow this blog (e.g. email, BlogLuvin, an app, etc).

To clarify, the giveaway for this book, as well as other prizes, will be shared at the new home for QuiltShopGal during the week of January 22nd – 26th.  This giveaway is also open to WW blog followers.  Just be sure to follow at: www.quiltshopgal2.wordpress.com   

 

 

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That Patchwork Place 2018 Quilt Calendar

There are all sorts of Calendars that can help keep us be organized, but I believe a good quilt calendar not only helps us with organization, but also gives us inspiration and creativity.  Thus, I can honestly share that I feel “That Patchwork Place: 2018 Quilt Calendaris the best quilt calendar ever!  This calendar will certainly help you be organized in 2018, but also it also comes with 12 patterns, that include step by step instructions, perfect for quilters of any level, at a very reasonable price, making this also a great gift for quilting friends too!.

 

 

MARTINGALE’S INSIGHTS:

It’s time for a brand-new year filled with cheerful quilts shown in all their fabulous, full-color glory. You’ll find a wide variety of designs to tempt you, including scrappy patchwork, simple embroidery, primitive accents, and more. Complete instructions for each project are included so you can sew along all 12 months with That Patchwork Place.

  • Features 12 carefully curated quilt projects including table runners, throws, a pincushion, and a bed-sized quilt
  • 28-page pullout booklet with step-by-step instructions for every project makes it easy to re-create each design
  • Projects by top designers are shown in full-color, styled photos

If you are unable to view this embedded video, here is a link to check it out on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABh4DASJYxI

 

MY PERSPECTIVE:

Over the years, I’ve seen many wonderful and creative quilt calendars, but I honestly think the 2018 Quilt Calendar, published by Martingale, is one of the best ever.  It showcases 12 great projects and has easy to follow instructions, where you could make a variety of creative projects for your home, or for gifts:  tabletoppers, quilts, and even a unique pincushion.

When you consider the cost of a single pattern, the price of this calendar is extremely reasonable.  Certainly perfect for every quilter to enjoy throughout the year, but also makes for a great gift for quilting friends.

I hope you get a chance to check out this 2018 Quilt Calendar at your favorite quilt shop, but don’t forget you can also find it online at Martingale, as well as Amazon.

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

Super Cute Paper Piecing a book review (and a Giveaway Alert)

I think I’ve come across the most unique and creative book I’ve ever seen.  Needless to say, I’m thrilled to be able to share insights with you today about this new book:  “Super Cute Paper Piecing – Designs For Every Day Delights“, by Charise Randell,   recently published by Martingale.  

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This book is totally packed with #CreativeGoodness.

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS

Paper piecing’s never been cuter! Discover delightful designs to paper piece; then sew them into even more delightful projects. Photographs walk you through the technique, so you’ll be paper piecing like a pro in no time–and get perfectly precise results.

Feature the motifs in a pillow, wristlet, cross-body bag, coasters, pouches, and a mini-quilt. Or, sew these happy little blocks into any project you like!

About the Author

Charise Randell has been a womenswear fashion designer for more than 20 years, creating collections for brands including Halogen for Nordstrom, Sergio Valente for Union Bay, and women’s knit and woven sportswear for Eddie Bauer. A frequent contributor to Stitch, Sew News, Sew It All, and Quiltmaker magazines, Charise is known for her charming vintage-look paper-pieced designs. You can find her online at ChariseCreates.blogspot.com.

MY REVIEW

 

This book is a “must have” for those that enjoy paper piecing, as well as those that may want to learn to paper piece.  It has the most unique projects that are perfect for you to use, decorate your home, as well as make for gifts.  I also see this book being an excellent resource to Quilt Guilds, as well as friendship groups, that want to create super fun challenges.  All the projects come with easy to follow instructions which also have great visuals, perfect for quilters of all levels.

I hope you get a chance to check out this book at your local quilt shop, as I think you’ll agree with me that one block quilts do not have to be boring!  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 Super Cute Paper Piecing.  To enter, simply visit Martingale’s blog Stitch This and follow instructions on their post that shares more insights about this creative new book.  Just be sure to enter soon, as Martingale will randomly be selecting a winner this coming Friday.

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 Charise Randell at:

http://charisecreates.blogspot.com/

 

The Big Book of One-Block Quilts a book review (and a Giveaway Alert)

Do you ever think about making “a little something”, for a gift, or for you?  Today I want to share insights about “The Big Book of One-Block Quilts”, a new book recently published by Martingale.

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PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS

It’s so easy to create quilts that repeat a single block–make just one and you’ll have the confidence to fly through the rest of your quilt! Choose from a whopping 57 quilts to piece one block at a time, or make blocks in multiples with quick chain-piecing methods. Star designers including Kim Diehl, Country Threads’ Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene, Pat Sloan, Carrie Nelson, and Jo Morton will help you along the way.

Pair your repeated blocks with plain squares, rotate blocks for a playful spin, or simply line them up row by row. From fun make-in-a-weekend designs to stunning quilts to cherish and pass on, you’ll find the perfect block to repeat in this colossal compilation of quilt patterns!

If you are reading this via email, here is a link to watch this video via Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=62&v=aCt0TQeucN4

MY REVIEW

With 57 quilt designs shared in “The Big Book of One-Block Quilts: 57 Single-Block Sensationsthis is a “must have” book that is also a great value.  It is packed with fun designs that have easy to follow instructions that can help you create projects for your home and/or gifts that are fast and easy to make.  Don’t overlook the endless possibilities of using the block designs to mix and match, to create your own unique design too!  Quilting books also make great gifts.    And what about the fun a quilt guild could have with challenges based off of this book?  Total #CreativeGoodness.

I hope you get a chance to check out this book at your local quilt shop, as I think you’ll agree with me that one block quilts do not have to be boring!  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 One-Block Quilts.  To enter, simply visit Martingale’s blog Stitch This and follow instructions on their post that shares more insights about this creative new book.  Just be sure to enter soon, as Martingale will randomly be selecting a winner this coming Friday.

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

 

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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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://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!

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http://www.shopmartingale.com/
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https://www.youtube.com/user/martingaleandcompany78

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

http://theinboxjaunt.com/

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