Book Signing at the QuiltCon in Savannah this Thursday, February 23!

I am on my way to Savannah, GA for QuiltCon and I couldn’t resist making some of the Mini Totes from my book, Cute and Clever Totes. They are the perfect size to hold a few essentials without being too heavy to lug around all day at the convention. I can’t decide which one I like better, so I have to pack them both and trade off each day.Please stop by the C & T Publishers booth, # 118. I will be signing my book on Thursday, February 23 between 12 noon and 1:00 pm. I would love to meet you!

All the patterns for the totes that I am holding are in the book, plus lots, lots more! I will be giving away free block patterns to anyone who purchases a book ( or brings one that’s already been purchased) and stops by the booth between the times mentioned above.

You can get these free block patterns at QuiltCon in Savannah if you purchase a book and ask me to sign it. These Happy Easter Bunny and Ducky  blocks would make great potholders or pillows for spring, don’t you agree?

Hope to see you at QuiltCon!

Lots of Love from Made By Marney.

Free Give-Away Offer from Made By Marney

You are Invited! Join me at Sew Many Pieces in Richfield, WI for a fun morning meet and greet on Saturday, February 11. A Made By Marney Trunk Show will be at the quilt shop now thru March 3. Can’t wait to meet you there!

Books and patterns will be available for purchase AND anyone asking for my autograph in their copy of my Cute and Clever Totes book will receive the pattern for “Santa and His Gang” wall hanging FREE!

So, come on over to Sew Many Pieces on Saturday and join the fun. FREE pattern offer is from 10 am until 1pm, or until patterns are gone.

Made By Marney Trunk Show Video

Click on this video of my Trunk Show at Keep Me In Stitches, to see lots more of my designs.

Crazy Cats Quilt

The show includes 25 samples of my designs; quilts, table runners, totes and more.

Patterns and books are also available at the shop. Stop by and see the show at Keep Me In Stitches, 3402B N. Richmond Street, Appleton, WI now until January 31.

Made By Marney Trunk Show at Keep Me In Stitches

If you love to paper piece, you have to visit Made By Marney at  Keep Me In Stitches during January.

It’s “Marney Land” at Keep Me In Stitches, Appleton, WI. For the month of January, Made By Marney will be featured with a trunk show at 3402B N. Richmond Street. The owner, Jacqi Levy, has graciously displayed a ton of my quilts, totes, pillows, and runners.

The shop is so lovely, and Jacqi’s bright and beautiful fabrics are a perfect compliment to my whimsical designs. Stop by soon and check out my latest new patterns and books. The trunk show ends January 31.

Jacqi’s staff had a “Piggy Pillow” challenge using one of my latest pillow patterns. Aren’t they adorable? Most of her staff had never paper pieced before. I think they did a great job, don’t you?

Don’t forget: “Marney-Land Trunk Show” during the month of January at Keep Me In Stitches, 3402B  N. Richmond Street, Appleton, WI.

 

Crazy Cats Paper Pieced Quilt Pattern

Crazy Cats Quilt

I have been designing dog blocks for a few months, so FINALLY I have something to offer to all of you cat lovers! The Crazy Cats Paper Pieced Quilt has 12 expressive cats. My challenge was to create a quilt using all secondary colors; orange, green, and violet. As an art teacher, I always like to use color families successfully. The Crazy Cats  Quilt pops with fun color, but could easily be done in neutral tones, too.

Here are 3 of my favorites. I lucked out and found the perfect cream background fabric with tiny orange, green, and violet dots.

Here’s the easiest block: This is an easy to construct quilt , and would be great for beginning paper piecers.

The pattern is available on Etsy and Craftsy.

 

 

Cute and Clever Totes, A paper piecing book with 16 adorable blocks!

So many customers have shown interest in learning more about my latest book, Cute and Clever Totes. Today I would like to show you all 16 of the adorable paper pieced blocks  offered in the book.

Cat
Cat
Fox
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Beach
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Rooster
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Dog
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Cone flower
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Airplane
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Sailboat
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Football
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Owl
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Pony
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Flower
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Bikini
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Cow
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Chicken
Pig
Pig

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These whimsical 8″ blocks are not only for totes. They can be used for so many cute projects ….quilts, baby blankets, pillows, or even potholders. I would love to see some of the clever creations YOU make! If you email me a photo, I will post it on this website and my facebook page. Let’s start creating!

Cute and Clever Totes can be found on Amazon and Etsy.

Cute and Clever Totes, a Paper Piecing Book by Mary Hertel

It’s here! The paper piecing book that I have been working on for the past 17 months is hot off the press. Writing a book has been a wonderful experience, but LOTS of work. Thankfully, I worked with a GREAT team of editors at C&T Publishing. They were super supportive and I thank them!

Cute and Clever Totes is a great resource for the beginner, but also loads of fun for those who already have paper piecing skills. There are 16 adorable paper pieced blocks that cover a wide range of subject matter…something for everyone. And, by the way, if you have never heard of paper piecing, it is a sew by number technique. If you can sew a straight line, you can paper piece. My designs have easy , large pieces. These blocks are fun and assemble quickly.

Here’s one of my favorite blocks in a very easy to assemble Market Tote. You will find step by step directions to paper piece this Rooster block in my book, as well as the full directions to make the Market Tote and 5 other fun totes. So…let’s do the math…that means you are getting 96 different projects in one book! Sounds like a great deal to me!

DRAWSTRING TOTE
DRAWSTRING TOTE
MINI TOTE
MINI TOTE
MESSENGER TOTE
MESSENGER TOTE
BEACH TOTE
TRAVEL TOTE
TRAVEL TOTE

 

 

 

 

There’s too much to share in just one blog post, so I will be sharing more about the totes and blocks in future posts.

Cute and Clever Totes is available on Amazon now.  AND …I know you are all very busy, but I would love you to do a review of my book on Amazon.

Create something today!

 

 

 

 

 

Kitty and Pup Paper Pieced Potholders Pattern

I know many friends who will go crazy for these “Kitty and Pup Potholders”.

cover-photo-1I had so much fun paper piecing these two. The blocks couldn’t be easier and would be great for beginners. I used buttons for my eyes, as I intend to flip the potholders over and use the back if I need to set something hot on them. But the eyes could also be done with appliqued fabric circles.

kitty-photoThis kitty is too sweet! The kitty who ate the cream.

pup-photoAnd how cute is he?  Doesn’t he look like he just got into mischief?

This pattern is available on Etsy or Craftsy.

If you have a minute…I would appreciate a “LIKE” on my facebook Made By Marney page.

Thanks and have a great day!