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Paper Pieced Rose Table Topper Pattern from Made By Marney

This table topper is so easy! I have always loved a scalloped topper on my table. I’m thinking this would make a great Mother’s Day gift.

The rose is put together in 3 segments of paper piecing and would be an easy block for an intermediate paper piecer. When I found the background fabric I knew it was the perfect background for what I had in mind. I love a dotted fabric where the dots are random sizes. Unfortunately, there was only 1/2 yard left in the store. So, I couldn’t make an entire quilt, but I think it would be lovely in a quilt, too.

This Made By Marney pattern is available on Etsy and Craftsy.

I will be doing a presentation on Paper Piecing and Fabric Selection on Tuesday, April 18 in Oak Creek for the Wandering Foot Quilt Guild. Be at the Salvation Army building 8853 South Howell at 6pm. I am very excited to meet some new friends in Oak Creek!

You Are Invited!

I will be vending at the Prairie Heritage Quilt Show in Sun Prairie, WI on Monday, March 27 and Tuesday, March 28.  Location is St. Albert’s Center, 2420 St. Albert the Great Dr., Sun Prairie, WI 53390. The hours are Monday 9-6 and Tuesday 9-3.

I will have tons of paper pieced patterns for sale, including my newest design, Flower Frenzy. I added Swarovski crystals to my sample and it is beautiful!

So join me in Historic Sun Prairie on Monday or Tuesday! I would love to see you there, especially all of my new friends from the Mad City Quilt Guild!

I will be offering a special gift for anyone purchasing my book, Cute and Clever Totes, at the show. Plus…I would love to autograph your copy!

Flower Frenzy is available on Etsy and Craftsy right now.

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.

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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.