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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”.

More Paper Piecing Ideas from Sew Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Too adorable for words…here’s the Gift Sack pattern from my Sew Yourself A Merry Little Christmas paper piecing book. Use for wrapping a present or as a table decoration holding Christmas greens.

This Gift Sack is cute in a variety of different paper pieced blocks. Pictured here are samples using other blocks from my book.  Underneath is the Table Topper, using the Polar Bear blocks, some of my favorites.

 

I will be posting more projects from my book soon…stay tuned 🙂 Find all of my patterns and books at Etsy or Craftsy.

 

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Introducing my newest Paper Piecing Book

Sew Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” is my new paper piecing book. This is a great book for beginners, but has plenty to keep the more advanced quilter happy, too.Paper Piece PatternsI have always loved decorating for Christmas, so creating the 16 adorable images for this book was such fun! Included in this book are 8 cute projects to use the interchangeable paper pieced blocks. In the next couple of posts, I will be sharing all 8 of these projects. Remember, you can substitute any of the images with the 16 Christmas blocks, or any of the many paper pieced blocks found on my Etsy and Craftsy stores.

madebymarney.comTThe easiest pattern is a super simple potholder.  I like to keep my designs and patterns EASY. I love to whip together some cute holiday gifts now, and set them aside for the holidays, when I am always looking for a small gift. This Reindeer has a tinsel pompon for the nose, which may be substituted for an appliqued circle of felt or wool. I like using a stripe for the binding.

 

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I love the Elf. Finding the fabrics for him was fun. Using a brown stripe for his hair gave it more dimension. His nose is a 1/2″ tan pompon, but could be substituted with a button or appliqued circle of fabric, felt, or wool.

 

 

 

 

 

Watch for more Christmas projects and blocks coming soon and please SUBSCRIBE. Visit my Etsy and Craftsy stores for more Made By Marney paper pieced books and patterns.

FREE Halloween Paper Pieced Patterns from Made By Marney

I am obsessed with Halloween images! The Frankenstein and Count Dracula paper pieced block patterns are FREE for you.

Both blocks will be easy for an intermediate paper piecer.  They make sweet potholders, pillows, table runners …and wouldn’t they make a great trick or treat sack? Use the “Gift Sack” pattern from my new book, “Sew Yourself a Merry Little Christmas“. The book is full of super easy projects.

FRANKENSTEIN

COUNT DRACULA

Look for these free patterns on Etsy and Craftsy. Or download the patterns right here: Count-Dracula-and-Frankenstein-MERGED.pdf (367 downloads)

If you like them, please SUBSCRIBE to this website so you don’t miss any of my upcoming posts.

I hope you enjoy these Halloween images. I had sooo much fun making them…and watch for more Halloween blocks to come in the next couple of weeks! What’s your favorite Halloween theme?

FREE Patterns from Made By Marney

Whats not to like about FREE, right?

The 2 Breezy Butterfly blocks pictured above can be found on my Craftsy and Etsy shops for FREE. These paper pieced patterns can be used for summer potholders, pillows, a table runner or even a butterfly quilt.

I am offering these free patterns as a thank you to my loyal customers…and if you haven’t been a customer in the past, I would value your patronage in the future. I would also love you to SUBSCRIBE if you have not previously done so.

Enjoy!

Blog Tour Winners

Thanks to all who took part in the Blog Tour. I appreciate all the kind wishes and comments. I wanted to respond to all of your sweet comments, but couldn’t or it would have goofed up my tally. Please visit me again so this time, I CAN respond!

Here are the winners of my give-aways:

Barb K. is the winner of the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine.

Beth T. is the winner of the Dogs N Cats quilt pattern.

Helen Burdette is the winner of the Dogs Only quilt pattern.

 

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.

Please visit all Blog Tours available today at Quilty Pleasures.

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

Spring Fling Quilt Show in Oshkosh

Please join me at the Spring Fling Quilt Show this Saturday, April 22 from 9am-4pm. I will be giving 2 demonstrations throughout the day, at 10am and again at 2pm about Paper Piecing Basics, and Fabric Selection. Also stop in my booth to see my many patterns and quilts.

This show is FREE admission and is held at Lourdes High School, 110 N. Sawyer Street, Door 7, Oshkosh, WI 54902.

 

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.