Welcome to My Blog Tour

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:

Cute and Clever Totes is a collection of 16 paper pieced blocks and 6 tote patterns.

Sew Yourself A Merry Little Christmas is a compilation of 16 paper pieced blocks and 8 holiday projects.  As you can see, I LOVE paper piecing!

Here’s my block,  Goin’ Fishin’. This is a paper pieced pattern and is very easy!

After paper piecing the bobber and the perch, sew these three sections together to create your 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ unfinished block.

Stitch the “fishing line” wherever you desire with black embroidery floss and a running stitch. Add a small button for the eye after the block has been quilted.

Using a striped fabric for the fins and tail gives a more realistic quality to the image.

These potholders are 1 clever idea for using your block. This block would also make an adorable pillow.

And now for more give-aways!

2 lucky winners will receive patterns. Each winner will be sent 1 of these patterns:

Winner #1 will receive DOGS ONLY QUILT pattern.

Winner #2 will receive CATS N DOGS QUILT pattern.

All of the patterns are paper pieced. Pattern prizes will be mailed to anyone in the US and downloaded to any international winners.

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Don’t forget to leave a comment or subscribe or BOTH to be eligible for prizes!

132 thoughts on “Welcome to My Blog Tour

  1. I absolutely LOVE that dog quilt but that chicken makes me laugh every time I see it!! I’m very new to quilting (2 years) and paper piecing is a bit scary for me but I’m determined to learn! Your work is beautiful!!

  2. I so need to make this fish. My whole family (including me) love to fish. We don’t do a lot of bobber fishing, but this would make a great focal point for a fishing quilt. Thank you for this block

  3. I don’t know what’s cuter the cats, dogs or the fish. Jmikebalou (at) aol (dot) com

  4. Your block is so cute! My grandson would love it. And I’m loving your “Dogs Only” quilt. If I made it, one of those dogs would have to be a Scottie. 🙂

  5. Love all your stuff, Marney! Will be picking up the magazine just to get your block!

  6. We built our retirement home on a lake – your “fishing” blocks are so creative! My husband would love a wall hanging with a large mouth bass. Let me know if you have a paper-pieced version of this particular fish?

  7. I love your block and will make it. Also like your chicken and cat blocks. I need to buy your patterns and get busy. Thanks for the chance to win.

  8. I’ll be buying the quiltmaker 100 magazine for your pattern. Love your patterns.

  9. How clever these are. I love them. I’m going to explore your website more fully. Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. Hi Mary! Glad to have found you on the tour! Love the accuracy of paper piecing. Your patterns are so cute!

  11. I love your animal blocks especially the “Fishing block !
    How can I get the pattern ?
    Danièle Bologna (France).

  12. This is such a cute block. Love it. You are a very creative designer and just love your patterns. Thank you for being a part of QM’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour and the chance to try and win a copy of this awesome magazine as well as one of your patterns.

    Sandi Timmons

  13. Congratulations, Mary!!! I love your whimsical patterns!! I’ve completed and gifted two of your Cats N Dogs quilt and would LOVE to add your Dogs Only quilt to my list of quilts!!

    You have made quite an impact on the quilting world!! Thanks so much for sharing your talent and offering this opportunity to win one of your patterns!

  14. I LOVE your block. This would make the cutest quilt for my grandsons. Thank you for your giveaway.

  15. Love your tote book. I’ve had it for a few months now and am really enjoying it. Your block for the 100Blocks publication is, of course, too cute.

  16. I love your pp designs! The dogs and fish are great! The cats are too, though no kitties live in our home.

  17. What s cute block! I love your quilt patterns too. My daughter just moved back in and now we are a cat and dog household! Poor cat is trying to learn to love my dogs.

  18. What cute dog and cats. I’m not usually an animal quilt person. But I can see these patterns for a child in bright colors.

  19. Sew cute! Your designs are just the best whimsical things … love them all.

  20. congratulations. your block is wonderful. I love the potholders they make. My daughter in law got me the book Cute and Clever Totes for Christmas. Cant wait to dive in to it. Your two quilts are wonderful. I especially love the cats/dogs. I follow you on bloglovin

  21. So cute–I live in Northern MN, so I am going to have to make this block–lol!

  22. Your goin fishin block is so cute. It would be perfect to put on a quilt for my fishing loving brother. Your patterns with dogs and dogs and cats are adorable as well. Keep up your cute designs.

  23. Love your cute blocks! I also love to paper piece, I will be teaching my granddaughter how soon, dogs and cats would be a perfect beginning.

  24. It would be so exciting to win one of these patterns. Thank you for all of your hard work creating them. Keep it up!

  25. this block is adorable! I love the cat and dog patterns – they are now on my “I need these!” list!

  26. Adorable patterns and the chicken tote is awesome, plus you only look 35 yrs old.

  27. Wow, love your designs. The quilts are fabulous and will be much appreciated by pet lovers.

  28. Such a fun block! and the quilts you show are truly hilarious and inspiring! Such wonderful pictures of animals! Thank you for participating and for the sweet giveaway!

  29. Love your style! I have two Westies and have been looking for a cute quilt to make.

  30. Your patterns are so cute. I think my fish loving daughter would love your 100 Quiltmaker block.

  31. Your fish block is so neat! Love your tote bag also–Would be excited to win a pattern!

  32. My favorite kind of blocks! paper piecing and Fun Puppies!, well kitties too, but not like PUPPIES!
    Pick me! I love your designs!

  33. Your fish block and the potholders are darling. I look forward to seeing your new block every issue.

  34. What a fun block! I have been thinking about going fishing all spring. Just have to wait until my husband puts the skiff in the water. Paper piecing blocks are the best. Just got your book with all the wonderful patterns. It is just great. Would love to add the Dogs/Cat pattern to my collection of your wonderful patterns.

  35. Oh my I am the most excited yet by this block… my daughter and son in law have just bought a fancy fishing boat.. I can’ wait to make this into a pillow for her!!!!

  36. Love the block – my husband is a fisherman! I am sure he will love it too! I think I met you at Quiltcon – I remember your great dog blocks (I work at a vet school so dogs are my fav people!!!)

  37. Wow! I had never seen your work before. So many great designs! I am going to have to get the Christmas book and my granddaughter would love the dog quilt.
    Thanks for a chance to win.

  38. I love your take on animal designs. I see you have a dinosaur pattern I need to check out.

  39. Your block is really cute. I really love both the patterns as I love dogs and cats. Thanks for sharing!!

  40. I love your block for the magazine! Your style is super cute and all the things I’ve made from your patterns have turned out great.

  41. Hello! I have seen your patterns at my local shop(Keep Me in Stitches) and always wanted to buy one but my granddaughters are older and not into the animals. I now have a good excuse to buy another issue of Quiltmaker though because I have a six month old grandson! Love the perch and bobber for him because his dad likes to fish.

  42. Congratulations on making the cover of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks! I love your patterns. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  43. Absolutely enjoy your whimsical patterns. Dogs, cats, love owls and need to make a bag with your designs. I have been afraid to paper piece, but with your delightful fun patterns, I would be so happy to learn.
    Thanks for giveaway.

  44. Your block is great! Making a few placemats for our RV, hubby’s gonna love these!

  45. Well, these just might be the patterns to lure me in to paper piecing. Love, love, love animals; retired from the Humane Society to venture into quiltmaking.

  46. I really love your dog blocks and quilts and also the tote bags you made with them-
    I already have the tote book and am loving it-
    Hope you keep designing more great patterns!!!

  47. Congratulations on getting your block on the cover! Will be buying your Cute and Clever Totes book for my Mom – who has already posted 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!

  48. Your dog and cat blocks are the cutest! Wow, what an achievement to have created so many fun quilt blocks! I feel like you couldn’t find the block you wanted so you just made your own!

  49. Great blocks! I love to paper piece my blocks. Can’t wait to give yours a try!

  50. I’m already a subscriber, so I knew I loved your dogs quilt and your dogs and cats quilt. What fun, having a chance to win a copy! Congratulations on being included in this issue–shows their good taste!

  51. I am a subscriber and I love your designs and this one isn’t any different. Great job.

  52. I’m another retired elementary school teacher–Hooray! I bet your students loved you–your art skills and sense of humor must have made for a very happy classroom. Your designs are so much fun. I’m glad I found you through the blog tour!

  53. I have some of your patterns but haven’t made them yet. You make the cutest things. Thanks for a chance to win.

  54. Your patterns are so “adorbs!” Love them all. I really like the way the paper piecing enables variations in a block by combining different fabrics and colors.

  55. These patterns would help me get my head around the reversal that paper piecing presents. It always takes me a while to catch onto it, and then my small project is done. But a bigger quilt like either of these would be good for making the process more deeply engrained.
    Very very cute patterns. Love the fishing block – perfect for my sister’s lake cabin this summer.

  56. I love your paper piecing patterns. Can hardly await the ‘Have a Merry Little Christmas ‘ patterns!
    I already have both of prize patterns so if my name is picked just pick another.
    Please keep,them coming!

  57. The fish block is ADOREABLE!! I know a fisherman who love your block on an apron bib…his birthday is soon so I better get busy. I follow your blog via email.

  58. I will use this one in my quilt for one of my Grandsons. The bobber is awesome!

  59. I love your Have A Merry Little Christmas patterns! Sure hope I am a winner.

  60. How cool that your block is on the cover of the magazine! I would probably wet my pants to find that out! I’d love to make your All Dogs quilt. It’s adorable. duchick at gmail dot com

  61. Your fish block is great! I remember fishing with those red and white bobbers!

  62. Your patterns are so cute and I love paper piecing. If you are still in the Kaukauna area, you should come visit the Evergreen Quilt Guild in Green Bay. We meet this Tuesday night. Email me if you are interested.

  63. On my gosh! My son (he’s 9) and I just spent 10 mins going through your blog, naming who all the dogs look like in your quilts! So funny. We love the fish block! He says thanks for thinking of the dudes 🙂 I quickly reminded him how many fish I catch, and how many dad catches! Congrats! (Whispering -your block is our fav!)

  64. I love your totes and quilt patterns! Paper piecing is so much fun!! My MIL would love a tote with your fish block…she loves to fish and loves totes!

  65. Love the cats and dogs pattern. It would make a great raffle quilt for our local shelter

  66. The perch block is super ! We have a cottage and the kids are always catching small perch ! I will have to make it – wall hanging maybe? I love the dogs quilt ! so, so cute !!

  67. Hello Marney, I love your fish and bobber pattern, and your kitties and puppies gave me a chuckle, too. I have done some paper piecing. You are inspiring me to do some more. Thank you for your give-away, hoping I win!!

  68. I like the quilting on your potholders. Fits the theme of the block perfectly

  69. Adorable patterns! So cute. I’m working on a paper pieced dog quilt right now and wish I had seen your pattern first.

  70. You have super cool patterns. A while back, I was in Washington, NC and stopped by the local quilt shop and I purchased your turtle block pattern. It is so cute!! You made another wonderful block this time!! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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