Welcome to day 12 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways, with this being the last day of our sponsored Christmas Giveaways. The goal was “each day” QuiltShopGal will showcase a different sponsor and unwrap (reveal) their gift to one lucky winner. To clarify, there are plenty of open giveaways that you can enter (links to enter to win, you need to claim at least one option in the Rafflecopter form, but for those that like to increase their odds, there are a variety of options and you can claim as many as you wish. Due to a recent hijacking of QuiltShopGal, this event was delayed, but fortunately not cancelled. Thus, there are many pending giveaways that have extended deadlines to enter by the 19th of December. Be sure to check the links at the bottom of this post to enter other giveaways.
I’m truly delighted to have Martingale as our sponsor today. And while I want to share insights about some of their new books, fun patterns, freebies, as well as a sponsored giveaway, I want to start by recognizing Martingale for 40 years of making our world of quilting so wonderful.
When it came to celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year, Martingale has been pretty quiet about it. To me, it is an amazing milestone for any company and one that needs to be recognized by quilters around the world. Thus, I want to take a little walk down memory lane, to heighten awareness of how much Martingale has become a key contributor to helping creative people learn, improve their skills, as well as help talented designers become authors that have enabled us consistently easy to follow instructions with great visuals, all at a very reasonable price!
To begin our walk down Memory Lane, while I remembered when Martingale was launched in 1976 by Nancy J. Martin,founder of That Patchwork Place, now known as Martingale. Click here for more historical info as well as a free downloadable pattern from Nancy’s book “Patchwork Picnic”.
Over they years they’ve published more than 3,000 books and products which have sold more than 24.1 million copies.
In 2007, company founders Nancy and Dan Martin retired from Martingale and did something not many founders do. They sold their company to their employees. A tight-knit group of 26 now operates Martingale, and 80% of the team sew, knit, crochet, or craft in their spare time.
Martingale has a simple Mission – it’s all about you! In their words “We empower makers who use fabric and yarn to make life more enjoyable”.
I informally interviewed Jenny Wilding Cardon, earlier this year. She has been with Martingale since 1997 and currently has the role of Content Editor, but has held down a variety of jobs at Martingale, including copywriter and web assistant. Jenny is very talented and like the majority of the team members at Martingale, she enjoys being creative. Click here for more info on Jenny.
While I personally have been quilting longer than Martingale has been publishing, my memory is not all that good, so I appreciate Jenny helping to share insights that I’m sharing with you today. I also hope others will share comments on their memories of Martingale Publishing, over the years, as well as their favorite books, especially any “must have”.
I asked which current employee has been their the longest? Jenny shared that she believes it is their amazing photographer, Brent Kane, who celebrated his 24th year with the company in 2016. Personally, I think Brent is an amazing photographer and helps provide a special signature stamp on all of Martingale’s books, with absolutely inspirational photos of the beautiful projects that are published in their books. Thank you Brent!
I asked Jenny about best sellers from their early publications? She called my attention to Happy Endings, by Mimi Dietrict. It was first published in 1988. When the print run ended, quilters objected, so we brought the book back into print. Then another print run ended. Quilters objected. The published it again. And again. And in 2013, we did it again! Another print run for the book just ended, and they will be making Happy Endings available as an eBook. That way it can live on forever!
I asked Jenny about some of their early authors? She shared that their early authors included: Early authors include Nancy J. Martin, Judy Hopkins, Donna Lynn Thomas, Marsha McCloskey, Mimi Dietrich, Carol Doak, Sally Schneider, Margaret Rolfe, and Country Threads… to name a few.
This led me to ask “What author comes to mind that has been with you currently the longest?”. Jenny shared “That would definitely be Nancy J. Martin – who founded Martingale! She wrote the very first “That Patchwork Place” book, and has written more than 40 books over the years. She and her husband, Dan, are retired from the business now.
When I asked which author has been the most prolific?, she shared: “Again, Nancy J. Martin is a contender here! But we have many authors that have been immensely prolific, such as Kim Diehl, Amy Ellis, Country Threads, Nancy Mahoney, Kim Brackett, and Kathy Brown… again, to name a few”.
Over the years, Martingale publishes wonderful quilting, sewing, knitting, crochet and craft books. And who doesn’t love their Calendars. They even have a fun new adult coloring book “The New Hexagon Coloring Book – 60 Hexagon Designs to Color!”, by Katja Marek
Martingale also sales Patterns which are downloadable e:patterns for quilting and sewing. Here area few which caught my attention:
Martingale has many free patterns available on their website and they frequently share tips and tutorials on their blog. Here are few free holiday patterns that caught my attention:
Home For Christmas wallhanging
Beaded Christmas Stocking
Embroidered Christmas Hand Towels
Christmas Cat Chat
Personally, I enjoy encouraging people to make money with their creative skills. And, I also like to encourage creative people to publish their designs in patterns and books. Of course, I also recommend Martingale as a publisher. I consistently hear good feedback from authors who work with Martingale, as well as consistently find their books have easy to follow instructions with great visuals. I truly don’t feel Martingale is just about publishing, as much as helping creative people publish a collection of their designs and techniques in books, to help people learn, improve and create beautiful projects. If you have an idea for a new book, be sure to check out info on how to submit a book proposal to Martingale.
DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?
There are actually a couple of giveaways where you could win a giveaways sponsored by Martingale:
Stitch This, the Martingale blog has a giveaway where you could win an copy of “Small & Scrappy: Pint-size Patchwork Quilts Using Reproduction Fabrics”. Click here to learn more about this book and enter to win an e:book. Deadline to enter: December 20th.
As a sponsor for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways, Martingale is giving one lucky follower an amazing gift.
Time to reveal what this gift is.
One lucky winner, will receive a bundle of books from Martingale.
|I Love Nine Patches: 16 Quilts from an All-Time Favorite Block
Perfect book for quilters of all levels: Stunning quilts range in size from 25 1/2″ x 29 3/4″ to 78 1/2″ x 90 1/2″, with the majority of the designs being pieced, yet one incorporates beautiful applique’.
|One Bundle of Fun: Turn Any Bundle, Roll, or Pack into a Great Quilt
“Must have” book for quilters that enjoy working with pre-cuts, but it could also make for a great resource to help with stash busting. 12 patterns thatt range in size from 39 1/2″ x 41 1/2″ to 64 1/2″ x 80 1/2″
|Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery: Hand Stitches, Holiday Projects, by Gail Pan
This book is packed with 17 festive projects with whimsical designs that would make for great gifts, as well as decorations for your home for the holiday.
|A Common Thread: A Collection of Quilts, by Gwen Marston
This coffee table book is filled with excellent photos of Gwen’s quilts representing more than 40 years of quilting, with 80+ quilts representing and a variety of styles, from an award winning quilt artist.
To enter, simply claim one or more of the options in the Rafflecopter form below. These books will be shipped to one lucky winner by QuiltShopGal. Due to postal expenses I will ship for free to a US resident, but those with an international address will need to pay for postage.
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Here is a list of all of the posts for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways. There are quite a few giveaways that are still open, so click thru and enter, those you are interested in winning, if you have not yet done so.
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