You probably know how I design in tangents…well lately I’ve been on a nursery rhyme obsession. I was inspired by a very old Richard Scary “Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme” book.
This paper pieced pattern has nine different nursery rhymes…can you figure out what they are by the images? Here are a few:
This one is pretty easy…The Cow Jumped Over the Moon from the nursery rhyme “Hey Diddle Diddle”.
This one is perhaps not as well known, “The Owl and the Pussycat”.
These blocks were so much fun to put together. They remind me of reading the Richard Scary book to my kids when they were toddlers.
Here’s a little pillowcase I made from the “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” block for my little friend Eliot. The block is a small pocket on the pillowcase to hold a sweet book, or a snack for a car ride. This is Eliot’s favorite nursery rhyme, and the little blonde boy is supposed to look like him…faces are hard to paper piece!
If you like to donate for “Quilts of Valor”, this is a great pattern for you. This patriotic quilt, measuring 39″x 52″, incorporates lots of different quilting methods: piecing, paper piecing (my favorite!!), and applique. It is also a “scrap loving” quilt, since so often the fabrics are donations.The bold chevron pattern is so rich, from using different values of reds, creams, and whites. This is why scraps work so well.
Here is a smaller version of this quilt done as a 21″ x 21″wall hanging. And wouldn’t it make a sweet pillow, too?
I love how the stripes appear to be “waving”. It’s a super easy technique.
The Homeward Bound Quilt/Wall Hanging pattern is available on Etsy or Craftsy.
Too adorable for words…here’s the Gift Sack pattern from my Sew Yourself A Merry Little Christmas paper piecing book. Use for wrapping a present or as a table decoration holding Christmas greens.
This Gift Sack is cute in a variety of different paper pieced blocks. Pictured here are samples using other blocks from my book. Underneath is the Table Topper, using the Polar Bear blocks, some of my favorites.
I will be posting more projects from my book soon…stay tuned 🙂 Find all of my patterns and books at Etsy or Craftsy.
“Sew Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” is my new paper piecing book. This is a great book for beginners, but has plenty to keep the more advanced quilter happy, too.I have always loved decorating for Christmas, so creating the 16 adorable images for this book was such fun! Included in this book are 8 cute projects to use the interchangeable paper pieced blocks. In the next couple of posts, I will be sharing all 8 of these projects. Remember, you can substitute any of the images with the 16 Christmas blocks, or any of the many paper pieced blocks found on my Etsy and Craftsy stores.
TThe easiest pattern is a super simple potholder. I like to keep my designs and patterns EASY. I love to whip together some cute holiday gifts now, and set them aside for the holidays, when I am always looking for a small gift. This Reindeer has a tinsel pompon for the nose, which may be substituted for an appliqued circle of felt or wool. I like using a stripe for the binding.
I love the Elf. Finding the fabrics for him was fun. Using a brown stripe for his hair gave it more dimension. His nose is a 1/2″ tan pompon, but could be substituted with a button or appliqued circle of fabric, felt, or wool.
Watch for more Christmas projects and blocks coming soon and please SUBSCRIBE. Visit my Etsy and Craftsy stores for more Made By Marney paper pieced books and patterns.
I just can’t stop!!! Designing these Halloween blocks is so much fun! Here are 4 more paper pieced blocks which I am calling my “Black and White Series”.
These are 8″x 8″ unfinished blocks. I used them for potholders, but they also work great in my pillow pattern or could be used in my “Boo” Table Runner pattern. Or, put the entire collection of Halloween blocks together to make a quilt.
I am obsessed with Halloween images! The Frankenstein and Count Dracula paper pieced block patterns are FREE for you.
Both blocks will be easy for an intermediate paper piecer. They make sweet potholders, pillows, table runners …and wouldn’t they make a great trick or treat sack? Use the “Gift Sack” pattern from my new book, “Sew Yourself a Merry Little Christmas“. The book is full of super easy projects.
Look for these free patterns on Etsy and Craftsy. If you like them, please SUBSCRIBE to this website so you don’t miss any of my upcoming posts.
I hope you enjoy these Halloween images. I had sooo much fun making them…and watch for more Halloween blocks to come in the next couple of weeks! What’s your favorite Halloween theme?
The 2 Breezy Butterfly blocks pictured above can be found on my Craftsy and Etsy shops for FREE. These paper pieced patterns can be used for summer potholders, pillows, a table runner or even a butterfly quilt.
I am offering these free patterns as a thank you to my loyal customers…and if you haven’t been a customer in the past, I would value your patronage in the future. I would also love you to SUBSCRIBE if you have not previously done so.
Thanks to all who took part in the Blog Tour. I appreciate all the kind wishes and comments. I wanted to respond to all of your sweet comments, but couldn’t or it would have goofed up my tally. Please visit me again so this time, I CAN respond!
Here are the winners of my give-aways:
Barb K. is the winner of the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine.
Beth T. is the winner of the Dogs N Cats quilt pattern.
Helen Burdette is the winner of the Dogs Only quilt pattern.
I am thrilled to be part of the Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Blog Tour. There I am on the cover of Volume 15 (second row from the bottom…the perch and bobber). I was tickled to see my block included on the cover with so many other great designers. To win a free copy of the magazine from the editors, make sure to leave a comment below!! AND include your email address so I can communicate with the winners.
I am “Made By Marney”, an independent pattern designer from Wisconsin. I have been sewing since birth, and quilting for the past 30 years. I started designing paper pieced patterns 5 years ago after retiring from teaching art for 35 years at an elementary school in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. I currently have 130 patterns available on Etsy and Craftsy, and 2 books:
Please join me at the Spring Fling Quilt Show this Saturday, April 22 from 9am-4pm. I will be giving 2 demonstrations throughout the day, at 10am and again at 2pm about Paper Piecing Basics, and Fabric Selection. Also stop in my booth to see my many patterns and quilts.
This show is FREE admission and is held at Lourdes High School, 110 N. Sawyer Street, Door 7, Oshkosh, WI 54902.