Monthly Archives: August 2017

Made By Marney in the Christmas Caroling Row Along 2017!

This is my first year participating in the fantastic Christmas Caroling Row Along! I am so excited to be collaborating with so many other excellent designers.

If you are not sure what “Row Along” is all about, here are the details. Starting September 5 and ending on October 5, FREE row patterns will be offered on different designers’ websites. We are all very happy to have you visit our websites, and you will be able to download a different row pattern from each site…FREE, yes, absolutely FREE.

The rows vary in width, but all are 36 1/2″ long, so as to put them together into a quilt, if you so desire, will be easy peasy. Every year we share a common theme. This year,  all rows relate to Christmas Carols.Here is a sneak preview of my row pattern, “Jolly Old St. Nicholas”, that I will be giving away on Thursday, September 28. Cute, right? And super easy! It is paper pieced, of course. But even a newbie to paper piecing can put together this simple, sweet Santa! In the photo, my row is shown with an inner and outer border attached, so as to make a table runner.

I will be keeping you apprised of the web links to all the other fabulous designers rows when we officially start the Row Along on September 5. You will be able to download as many as 5 different FREE rows each Tuesday and Thursday until October 5!

Don’t forget to stop by my website on Tuesday, September 5 to learn more!


Nursery Rhyme Paper Pieced Quilt Pattern

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!

This quilt pattern is available on Etsy and Craftsy.

P.S. Sorry about all the obnoxious “Made By Marney” words, but I have to watermark everything 🙁





Patriotic Paper Pieced Quilt from Made By Marney

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.

Also, thanks to Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for hosting her fun “link parties”.