Sew Charming

It’s Quilt Market week in Houston so that means our new book, “Sew Charming”, will likely be in your quilt shop very soon!  We received 2 advance copies a few weeks ago but I had no way of knowing when the book would be available.  I think I’m safe in saying that it won’t be long now.

These 18 charm quilts were originally made for Charm School but the beauty of this book is that every quilt has been re-made and is also shown in a scrap version.  So many times when I would finish the charm quilt, I would wish that I could make it again but of course, there was never time to do that.  So along with the original charm quilt, there is a second version shown in scrap for a total of 36 little quilts.

Martingale has these quilts for now but when they come back to us, I will picture each one and talk about both versions.  Wow — that’s going to take us 18 days of posting!  Yikes!  But actually it will be fun to see them again.  Connie will take them on the cruise with her for show and tell in January so we will post around the cruise. 

I can’t believe I’m saying this but I wouldn’t mind making a couple of them again myself so get your book so you can follow along whe we start our journey through Sew Charming.  I’ll keep reminding you now and then to check your local quilt shop or shop online at Martingale.  I will give you plenty of time to be ready and after we look at each quilt, we will decide which one we’ll make first.

Now, don’t panic – that’s the beauty of these little quilts.  They don’t take much time at all and you aren’t committing to a bed size quilt.  Wouldn’t you like to make a new table topper?  Or make a gift for a friend?  I would!

Will you let me know when you get your book so I have an idea when to start?  We’ll see how fast they ship and then I’ll set a date.  Thanks for checking in with me today!

45 thoughts on “Sew Charming

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Anita – I can make you a copy from the master pattern. Send $10 to Mary Etherington, 2345 Palm Ave. Garner, IA 50438

  1. Diane M

    I’ll be looking for your new book at my local shop. I would enjoy a sew-a-long. Some of the best quilts are those that have simple designs.

  2. Kay Price

    I cannot wait until I get my book. I am really looking forward to your posts on each quilt and to make the quilt myself along with the posts. Thank you! Hooray!!

  3. Ann Barlament

    I just pre-ordered the book with Amazon. It will download onto my Kindle, Nov 1st.

    I use Amazon “smile” so a percentage of every purchase goes towards a charity (of your choosing).

  4. San

    Hi Mary,

    The Barnes and Noble web site states the book will be available on November first. They have a price of $19.12. Hope this info helps your readers who are anxious to get started.

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  6. Becky R in IL

    I pre-ordered the book from Amazon yesterday. They say it will be available on November 15th. Can’t wait to get it and start making some of these quilts. I have been buying Charm Packs recently and this will give me a good way to use them.

  7. Pam

    I’m excited for the new book to add to my collection of yours and Connie’s books and patterns! I’m excited for the two of you as well-another great accomplishment! Congrats!

  8. Jeri Niksich

    Somehow I must have been asleep at the wheel, I read your blog everyday it’s posted but I didn’t know you have a new book coming out! Congrats on that! I have put myself on a No more Fabric diet but…..I didn’t say anything about No more Books, lucky me 😁

  9. Martha Engstler

    I’ve never done a sew-along before but am looking forward to it. I’ve sure got lots and lots of fabric to choose from.

    1. Vicky Davis

      I have already pre-ordered your book from Farm Chicks Quilt Shop. I am hoping to hear that she has it in stock very soon!!!

  10. Donna

    I just checked Amazon and you can pre order to be available Nov 15th. Gotta order mine now 😊😊😊

  11. Jan B

    Hi Mary! Do I understand correctly, then, that this will be your 3rd “charm school” book??? I have the first two so of course, I’ll need this one too. Lucky for me, I get Martingale’s emails so I’ll know when it’s available! Yay!! Thanks!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Jan – yes, this is our 3rd charm book! Glad to hear you have Numbers 1 and 2!

        1. CountryThreads Post author

          Cindie –
          Country Threads Goes to Charm School
          country Threads Goes Back to Charm School
          The Blue and the Gray
          Civil War Remembered
          And many many more that have already been discontinued.

  12. Carolyn

    Well, this certainly woke that hibernating quilting bug! I have wondered for months what it would take to want time at the Bernina. Congratulations on your new book and now to locate a copy. I live 110 miles one way to the closest quilt store, but that never stopped me from finding what I needed/wanted.

  13. Kate Schloemer

    I am so excited to see your new magazine. Can’t wait to make some if these small charm quilts. I seem not to give my bigger quilts finished these days.

  14. Cindie

    Just preordered mine on Amazon. I will get an email when it is available for shipping.

  15. Peggy

    Sure am looking forward to getting a new book! Have always loved the Country Threads look!! And a “sew along” will be such fun!!

  16. Rose Mikulski

    Count me in! I have a die now that cuts 1″ Hst, please don’t tell me you went smaller or had some Gypsy Wife inspirations. I can’t wait to start.

  17. Donna Sproston

    Hooray! Your charm school books hooked me on quilting. I have at least a dozen charm packs just looking for a new project.

  18. molly thiessen

    I just went to order the book on amazon and it stated that the book would be released on november 15.

  19. Launa Peters

    Hi Mary,
    Can’t wait for SEW CHARMING as I’ve looked thru the quilt pictures online and you know I love small toppers and using planned scraps. I’m pretty well “scrapped out” now, but have boxes of wonderful fabrics going with us; quilt books, UFO’s, a few works in progress. I’ve also packed a considerable amount of fabric and related things to send home with my oldest son for his wife and am still finding things as I finalize my sewing room today. AM VETS are getting a good share too.
    Looking forward to SEW CHARMING and a sew along with you, my friend.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Launa – I’ll be glad when you get moved and you can relax! We’ll do a little sewing together!

  20. Sara Reynolds

    I’m really looking forward to the new book. Cold weather time is a great time for a sew along! I will enjoy doing it with you.

  21. Linda Hanley

    Hi Mary – I do not live within 20 miles of the closest quilt shop.. Would it be possible for me to preorder your new book Sew Charming from you? I would love to have it. I only want to make one more large quilt and the rest are going to be small. I hope you can help me. Thank you, Linda

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Linda – we will not be selling this book so you will need to contact Martingale online or call them. Do you need help with that?

    2. CountryThreads Post author

      Linda – I’ll bet you can order one from Mandy! Can I help you with that?

      1. Betty Klosterman

        I ordered my book from and it is supposed to be shipped on November 1….. can’t wait as from the picture on the cover, it looks like they would make really nice big quilts, too.

  22. Pat

    I’ll be looking for the book. The sew along sounds like fun. I need to use up some of my scraps!

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