Welcome to My Blog Tour + Giveaway

Hi! I’m Mary Hertel, AKA “Made By Marney”, and I design paper pieced patterns. I consider myself very lucky to have a block in Volume 14 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. It is such a great resource, with so many creative blocks, and includes all the directions. But before I reveal my block, let me tell you a little bit about myself and my paper pieced designs.

143-tifHere I am in Oshkosh with one of the totes from my upcoming book, “Cute and Clever Totes”. This will be such a fun book…with 16 paper pieced blocks that can be used in 6 different tote patterns. It can pre-ordered from Amazon, as it is coming out in January, 2017. I am holding the Market Tote and the other 5 tote styles are pictured below.



























Here are a few more of the 16 cute blocks that will be in “Cute and Clever Totes”.





The Beach

As you can see, there will be something for everyone.

I was an elementary art teacher for 35 years and I love designing whimsical animals. Here’s a fun project I did this year…friends and customers sent me photos of their pets and I designed a paper pieced block of their animal. This is “Guinness” the Airedale.


7. Schnauzer Dogdogs-only-quiltThis is “Dogs Only”, an entire quilt designed from the photos of real pets. poinsettiaThis is my block on page 20 in Volume 14 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. Poinsettia Pop was fun to design. I love mixing media, for example putting buttons with paper piecing. I used all basic fabrics, weaves , marbles and solids to get a nice rich coloring for this giant Christmas flower.


As you can see, the block is repeated 4 times to complete one Poinsettia. This block would make a great Christmas table runner or even a cute tree skirt!

If you leave a commentΒ  today , Thursday or Friday, you could win 1 of the following paper pieced patterns…

FullSizeRenderI will be giving away a “Farmyard Stars” quilt pattern to 1 lucky visitor at the end of this week.

Cats N' Dogs Quilt

Another lucky winner will get this free pattern of “Cats N Dogs”. Both of these patterns offer 12 different paper pieced blocks with cute, whimsical animals!

vol14-cover-200px_69246A third lucky winner will receive a free copy of Quiltmakers 100 Blocks, Volume 14, compliments of Quilmaker magazine! Or you could order your own copy of Volume 14.

The winners will be announced Monday, November 21, 2016. But remember, you must leave a comment to be a winner. Also consider SUBSCRIBING to this website to get email reminders when I post new designs.

Check out all the other great designers that are participating in today’s Blog Tour. Don’t forget to visit Quilty Pleasures, for even more great giveaways!

Click HERE to visit and “Like” my Facebook page. Good-Bye for now…

111 thoughts on “Welcome to My Blog Tour + Giveaway

  1. I am new to paper piecing via the Splendid Sampler project, but really liking it more and more. Thanks for your contribution and the fun patterns you create

  2. Farmyard stars is just darling, but I love the dogs and cats to, whimsically fun.
    I would love to make both. My granddaughters birthday theme was farm animals. She loves horses. Thanks for the exciting giveaway.

  3. such adorable patterns. I love the barnyard stars. I grew up on an animal farm and am rather partial to them. I love your totes. So fun

  4. What a beautiful block and so timely with the holiday season. I love the button embellishments. And the rest of your paper pieced patterns are lovely…something to keep in mind for a project. Congratulations on having your block included in the 100 block issue.

  5. Such cute totes and i love your animals!!! Exciting news about your upcoming book. Congratulations! And our Poinsettia Pop block is so lovely! Would be great to make a tablerunner with it.

  6. Your totes are gorgeous! I love the owl – he is adorable! And your dog portraits are wonderful! The cats and dog quilt is my fav ( guess cuz I work at a vet school!!) Thanks for the chance!!

  7. been a follower for a while have most of your patterns love the mini owl totes and the little foxie tote i have so many tote bag patterns just love all the blocks so may not get the book but love all your patterns anyways

  8. I love seeing your patterns as they are so whimsical. Nice block for Quiltmaker 100 block magazine. Thanks for a chance to win.

  9. I like the fox tote. I didn’t think I would like paper piecing but actually enjoy it now that I’ve tried it.

  10. Wonderful designs, can’t wait to get started on the Forest Friends quilt. Your patterns and directions are great! I am a newbie to paper piecing and my first designs were your Brewers, packers and badgers pillowcase patterns! Big hit for Christmas last year! Just ordered your tote magazine. Thanks for the great designs!

  11. I have mixed feelings about paper piecing but I do love the farmyard quilt with all the critters and the sounds they make

  12. All your designs are so cute–I especially love the cats and dogs–they make my laugh with those wonky eyes! Your poinsettia block is very pretty–congrats on being in the magazine!

  13. Congratulations on your festive Poinsettia Pop block! I love your whimsical animal designs, especially Dogs Only. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the great giveaway.

  14. Congratulations on your new book and your new block in the 100. Glad I got to visit your blog today. Love your designs and I will be exploring some more.

  15. Your creativity is mind boggling. Even though I haven’t tried paper piecing yet, your designs would certainly encourage me to do so.

  16. Beautiful block! I really like your airplane block, it is the most realistic one I’ve seen. My granddaughters would love your animal totes.

  17. I love paper piecing, but never made such beautiful animals. Your block is great, but I love the animals more 😊 Thanks for the chance

  18. Oh my—I love love all these patterns–and want them all—some day–
    in the mean time that Barnyard one the best as I have always wanted a farm–I will give each star a name!!!
    love and laughter, di

  19. Your Farmyard Stars and CatsNDogs are great patterns. I have a new grandchild and one of these would make a great gift.

  20. Love your Poinsettia Pop block, I’ve been wanting to make a holiday table runner and this is the pattern I need. And I need to get your book on totes, they are adorable. Thanks for the chance to win.

  21. Your Poinsettia Pop block is gorgeous. I’m just now getting into paper piecing but I think I’m going to enjoy it.

  22. Oh, how I’d love to win Cats N Dogs! I’m already a newsletter subscriber and I think you really capture the personality of our feline and canine friends. Congrats on being included in the 100 Blocks issue.

  23. Love your whimsical patterns. Although paper piecing is not my favorite, I would get back to it for your darling motifs! Thanks for inspiring me.

  24. Paper Piecing is such fun… the colors in the poinsettia block could be changed to be a delightfully scrappy “wild flower”… thank you for including some of your other PP designs… very nice. I have my favorites already… do you have a hedgehog by any chance???

  25. I adore your animal patterns and now I see you have a talent for flowers too. Wonderful! I subscribe to your emails because I don’t want to miss anything!

  26. I love your block! I enjoy paper piecing but I still make the mistake of using fabric pieces cut too small!

  27. I love your block, but I have to admit the animals blocks brought a smile to my face…they are so cute…and paper pieced, my favorite thing to do. What a wonderful new book that I have to have and sew from. I now will have to go back through your posts and see what other adventures you have to join in with. Thank you so much for sharing your block, book and talents. It is always fun to find new blogs during this hop!

  28. Wow, I am ready to pull fabrics for your poinsettia, that is great! I just finished 2 Halloween drawstring backpacks and I used the house and cat for the designs. They went together very easily. Your have a great touch. A fan and follower, Kathy in Colo

  29. Your patterns are so cute!!! Wow!! I love them, and now I am going to have to keep an eye out for your upcoming book!! Books are my weakness!!! And I love the block you have shown that will be found in my newest magazine – I just have not got mine yet, but I will be!!!! And yes, I am going to add myself to your email list – your work is way to fun to miss!!!! (can I just get notice of your newest posts?)

  30. I’ve never done paper piecing but these animals are inspirational! I love love love the cats and dogs! Thanks so much for sharing!

  31. Hope i’m the 3rd winner for the book. Love your paper piecing patterns, but i’m not a paper piecer lover myself!

  32. Love your critters!! They are all Awesome!! Would love to win yoru book!! Wowie! πŸ™‚
    Thanks for chance to win your Give-a-way too! πŸ™‚

  33. Love your “Cats and Dogs” quilt as we have a Samoyed. Your totes are cute, too. Congratulations on having your poinsettia block in the magazine. πŸ™‚

  34. Paper piecing is not my favorite technique, but these patterns might just make me change my mind — they are too cute. The pig would be the first for me to do. …and I like the fact that your poinsettia is one unit repeated four times.

  35. Wow! Every one of your paper pieced blocks made me smile! Those wonky animal faces are so awesome! I’d be tickled to win any of the prizes! Congrats on being in the Quiltmaker’s issue!

  36. Your block is perfect for lots of Christmas projects. I’m totally amazed by your paper piece designs.

  37. Ahhh buttons. I really love buttons and anytime I can combine my love of quilting with me love of buttons, I am so there. Great whimsy blocks and bags. How nice.

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  38. I love paper piecing, I just adore the idea to have my 16 years old dog in a quilt using pp, your quilts are just stunning!!!, your block is unique!!!, coungrats for being in the magazine

  39. I love paper piecing, and I really love critters! I have to get your book, but in the meantime, I’d sure like to have one of those patterns. I have real cows, chickens, dogs, and 7 kitties. I really need it!
    By the way, do you have a moose?

  40. I haven’t done any paper piecing in a while but do enjoy the detailed blocks that can be done. Love your “Cats N Dogs” quilt, it’s adorable.

  41. Wow! Your blocks are just darling…so cute. You have done a great job with all of your whimsical creatures. Thanks for sharing such great giveaways too!

  42. I am currently a ‘non-paper-piecer’ but your designs are so fun, and because they’d look great as a solo block (like on your totes) it’s less daunting then thinking of doing a bunch. So, I think I could talk myself into trying a new skill ( :

  43. Those quilts are so cute! I’ve paper pieced just once and struggled with it. But would try again for some of those adorable blocks!

  44. Your poinsettia block is perfect for a Christmas quilt. I love all the animal faces though πŸ™‚
    Thank you for designing for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. I love seeing all these new blocks.

  45. I am new to pp but these are adorable. Thanks for the chance to win, since Hasting’s closed there are no local places less than 60 miles to get magazines.

  46. I have met you through the 100 Blocks blog hop, and I really really like the character of the blocks that you have designed. They would be perfect for any child’s quilt. Thank you for your generous give-away. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

  47. I am delighted the blog tour has lead me to your site. I love your block and other patterns. How did you come up with marney? My mother was Marjorie and would be called Marney by her very oldest friends and family, Ive never heard it since. Thanks Angela

  48. Had a commission earlier this year that the momma wanted animals for her baby quilt. Now I find this! Will I win or will I purchase?

  49. Your paper pieced animals are crazy cute! I also love the poinsettia block. It’s perfect for the holidays and all winter!

  50. Oh! How adorable!! Congratulations on the block *and* your delightful “Cats and Dogs” pattern, *and* your “Cute and Clever Totes” book!!
    I’m so happy to have “discovered” you! (I’m now following you by email!)
    (I’ve only paper pieced once… It turned out great, but I thought it was the *only one* I was *ever* going to do!! You *now* have changed my mind about that!!)
    Thank you!
    Pat T.

  51. Your Christmas flower block is very pretty and I like the buttons on it. Your quilts with the animals are adorable.

  52. Holy smokes,you have something for everyone! Love the poinsettia block! My son is a future vet (he’s 9) so he’d be all about the cat and dog blocks!!! so cute you have to just giggle!!Congrats on your block being in the issue!

  53. Your totes are darling! And i love paper piecing also. What a great designer of these you are. Your block would be so cute in a christmas quilt or tablecloth. Keep up the great work.

  54. OMG! I love your blocks. The dogs are amazing. The quilts with all the critters-farm animals and dogs and cats are so cute.

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