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A “Love-ly” Blog Hop, FREE PATTERN, and Give-Away

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Thanks for stopping by to visit! Carol from Just Let Me Quilt has done a marvelous job organizing this Blog Hop. We want to add some hearts and love to your February. So…every pattern mentioned in my blog today has a “heart”.

My FREE block is “HEARTY PENGUIN”. This paper pieced block measures 8″ x 8″ unfinished. This block would make a great pillow, potholder, or could be used in a table runner.

My intention was to share a pattern that would not only be sweet for Valentine’s Day, but would last all through winter.
This is a very easy paper pieced block, and would work well for beginners. You may download this HEARTY-PENGUIN-MERGED.pdf (375 downloads) block here. Keep reading…my give-away is towards the end of this post.
Instead of giving you a finished project, I thought you might want to learn paper piecing basics. So…
Let’s do a tutorial on paper piecing right now. Here are the first few steps. If you want to see a post with the entire tutorial, visit “PAPER PIECING TUTORIAL #1: SEWING A SEGMENT” and “PAPER PIECING TUTORIAL #2: SEWING SEGMENTS TOGETHER”
Set the stitch length on your sewing machine to 1.5 (that’s about 20 stitches per inch).
Step 1 : Make 3 copies of the original pattern. (I use cheap copy paper.) Cut it into the 3 segments A, B and C, shown by the red lines. I like to add 1/4″ seam allowances between the segments. This is not a necessary step, but I find it a helpful reminder as I paper piece. If you prefer, you could just make 1 copy of the pattern and cut it apart on the red lines. Just make sure you are allowing plenty of fabric along the edges for the 1/4″ seam allowance as you paper piece. I will be paper piecing Segment C.
Step 2: Pin a scrap of fabric a bit larger than, directly behind, piece #1 . The right side of the fabric should be facing away from the back of the pattern. Another way of saying this is, place the wrong side of the fabric touching the wrong side of the pattern. Holding the pattern up to a light source makes this step easy.
This is what the pattern looks like from the back.
Now for the fun stuff…
I have more “heart” blocks available on Etsy and Craftsy.
This is my “SCALLOPED HEART BLOCK“. It measures 8″x 8” unfinished. I used it to make an adorable pillow. This is a challenging pattern with a lot of pieces.The SCALLOPED HEART PILLOW pattern will be given to 1 lucky winner. To enter for a chance to win this pattern, please leave a comment after this post. Be sure to include your email address 🙂 This give-away will end on Friday, February 9. The winner will be announced on Saturday.
Of course, in my usual fashion, I couldn’t stop designing blocks with hearts. “BE-MINE PUPPY BLOCK” is for the dog lovers. I am going to make a potholder from this block.
This is “PERKY PENGUIN BLOCK“. His face is shaped like a heart! This pattern does not include directions for constructing the pillow. It is a nice, easy block for beginners!
If you like these Valentine’s patterns, you might also like to check out my brand new St. Patrick’s designs.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Please visit other blogs today for even more FREE patterns. And don’t forget to LEAVE A COMMENT.  Let me know which of my “heart” blocks you like the best.

Paper Piecing Tutorial #2: Sewing Segments Together

Welcome to my paper piecing tutorial “#2: Sewing Segments Together”. My step by step directions are designed to help you use my “Made By Marney” paper pieced patterns.If you are piecing a combination block, you will have to paper piece each segment in the pattern, then sew these segments together. Watch “Tutorial #1: Paper Piecing a Segment” if you are a beginner before watching this tutorial.

The Penguin block I am using in this tutorial is a FREE download and will be available on my website starting on Tuesday, February 6.

Step 4: Bend the paper pattern out of the way and trim away any excess seam allowance beyond the 1/4″ needed.

Step 5: Flip fabric 2 in place behind piece #2 and press flat.

Step 6: Trim away the excess fabric, leaving a generous 1/2″ beyond what is needed.

Step 7: Position the fabric for piece #3. Again, I am bending the pattern on the stitching line so I can peek under the pattern to help place my fabric to allow about 1/2″ of seam allowance. (I am always generous with this seam allowance, especially for beginners.)

Above, you can see that piece #3 is stitched, pressed in place, and the excess fabric has been trimmed. Continue to add pieces in numerical order.

Above you can see that section C is now completed.

Trim the seam allowance 1/4″ from the red line. Segment C will be sewn to Segments A and B along the red lines.

Step 8: This a close up showing how I match the seam lines for segments  A and B. Poke a straight pin through the seam line of segment A and match it with the seam line on segment B.

 

 

 

 

 

Pin the segments together. Sew on the seam line.

Rip off the paper that is in the seam allowance on each side.

Press the seam to one side. Here is segment A and B sewn together and pressed.

If you need any further assistance, contact me at maryannhertel@gmail.com

Paper Piecing Tutorial #1: Paper Piecing a Segment

My step by step directions are designed to help you use my “Made By Marney” paper pieced patterns. Tutorial #1 gets you started on paper piecing a segment. I cannot fit all of the photos in one post, so Tutorial #2 shows how to finish the segment and sew it to a second segment. The pattern I am using can be found as a FREE download on this website starting Tuesday, February 6.

Let’s do a tutorial on paper piecing right now. Set the stitch length on your sewing machine to 1.5 (that’s about 20 stitches per inch).

Step 1 : Make 3 copies of the original pattern. (I use cheap copy paper.) Cut it into the 3 segments A, B and C, shown by the red lines. I like to add 1/4″ seam allowances between the segments. This is not a necessary step, but I find it a helpful reminder as I paper piece. If you prefer, you could just make 1 copy of the pattern and cut it apart on the red lines. Just make sure you are allowing plenty of fabric along the edges for the 1/4″ seam allowance as you paper piece. I will be paper piecing Segment C.

Step 2: Pin a scrap of fabric behind piece #1. Hold the pattern up to a light source so you can position the piece behind piece #1 on the pattern. The right side of the fabric is facing away from the back of the pattern. Note that the scrap is larger than piece #1 to allow for seam allowances.

Step 3: I am now ready to position the fabric for piece #2. In the first photo I am pointing at  the
line I will be stitching. In the second photo I am bending piece 2 back along the stitching line to help me position the fabric. Note that the fabrics are right sides together. I am allowing for about a 1/2″ of fabric beyond the stitching line. You can see I am working with a large scrap for fabric 2. I like to trim my fabric AFTER stitching it in place.
Notice, I start sewing 1/4″ before my stitching line, and will stop stitching 1/4″ after my stitching line. No backtacking is necessary.
Step 4: Bend the paper pattern out of the way and trim away any excess seam allowance beyond the 1/4″ needed.
If you have found this post helpful, visit my next post “Paper Piecing Tutorial #2: Sewing Segments Together”.
Linking today with:

Paper Piecing in Down Under Quilts

Hello to my friends everywhere!  Today I am giving a special shout out to my friends and customers from Australia. I was fortunate enough to have my latest book, “Sew Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” previewed in their magazine, “Down Under Quilts“.

There I am on the cover…well it’s not really me, but my Rudolph.

The magazine shares a FREE pattern block “Present” from my book and the instructions to make it into a placemat.

I am very busy working on some cute designs for Valentines/Winter. There is an upcoming BLOG HOP that I want to share with you. In February, I will be participating in the “Put A Little Love In Your Heart” Blog Hop from February 5-8.

Just Let Me Quilt

This is right around the corner. Everyday different quilters will be sharing a FREE pattern with a heart in it. This sounds like so much fun. I can’t wait! I will keep you posted as this fun event approaches. Some of the sights, including mine, will be offering give-aways, too.

I’ll let you know what my give-away will be next week! Stay tuned…

Linking up with:

Quilting Is More Fun than Housekeeping

Stitch All The Things

Free Motion By The River

Quilts My Way

Needle and Thread Network

Silly Mama Quilts

Sew Fresh Quilts

Quilt Fabrication

Rainbows, Bunnies, Cupcakes

Confessions of a Fabric Addict

 

More Paper Piecing Fun …AND Winners Announced!

This adorable quilt was made from all of the animal blocks in my Cute and Clever Totes book. It was made as a sample for the Going To Pieces quilt shop in Appleton, WI.  I love the way they took my “tote” book blocks and used them in a totally different pattern. This is so creative…great job!

There are so many fun blocks in my book. The Cat is one of my favorites.

It’s time to announce the winners for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Block Tour. The winner of my “Must Be Santa” pattern is Beth T.                                                                                                                   The winner of the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine is Margaret Andrews.

Thanks for all of the lovely comments. Because of the volume of comments, I was not able to respond. However, I enjoyed each and every one of them!

Linking to:

Kathy’s Quilts

The Needle and Thread Network

Silly Mama Quilts

Quilt Fabrication

Busy Hands Quilts

Crazy Mom Quilts

Nina Marie Sayre

Confessions Of A Fabric Addict

So Scrappy

 

Join Me For The Blog Tour and Win Free Patterns!

facebook-in-advance-volume-14This is sooo exciting! This Wednesday, November 16, is the BLOG TOUR for the new volume of Quiltmakers 100 Blocks magazine. If you visit this website on Wednesday, you can win free patterns from Made By Marney, as well as great give-aways from Quiltmaker.

I will be giving away  free patterns to 2 lucky winners on November 16. Just visit this website and LEAVE A COMMENT.  I need the comment to be able to contact you if you are a winner!

Here are the 2 patterns that will be given away.

Cats N' Dogs Quilt
Cats N’ Dogs Quilt

This quilt is by far my best seller. Everyone LOVES their pets and these pets are so expressive and fun!

FullSizeRenderFarmyard Stars Quilt

The 12 farm animals in this quilt are named after celebrities. For example, the cow is “Demi Moo” and the Cat is “Kitty Purry”. You will have to see the pattern to find out the others…

Can’t wait until Wednesday when I will be revealing my block for the Quiltmaker’s magazine, Volume 14. Until then, it’s a secret…

Please join me then, and don’t forget to LEAVE A COMMENT to be eligible for great pattern prizes!

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Blog Hoppin’ with Made By Marney AND a Chance to Win a Free Pattern

Hello and welcome to my website! I’m Mary; a mom, teacher, pattern designer and owner of Made By Marney. I use my blog to promote my new designs and for tutorials.

small version of mary by shedI retired from teaching art 5 years ago and took a job in a local quilt shop. The shop had no paper pieced patterns, which I love, so I started designing patterns to sell at the shop. Soon I found myself selling to other shops, then selling through a national distributor, and now I’m writing 2 books on paper pieced patterns that will be published in 2017.

IMG_1334One of my fun accomplishments for this year was being included in the Quiltmakers 100 Blocks magazine. I was thrilled to be included in this periodical because I am a newbie to pattern design, having only been doing it for the past 3 years.

I design paper pieced blocks for quilts, pillows, totes, potholders…you name it. Here are some of my favorite designs.

Cats N' Dogs Quilt
Cats N’ Dogs Quilt
Forest Friends
Forest Friends
Cow-Abunga Quilt
Cow-Abunga Quilt

As you can see, I love to design wonky animals! Probably from all those years teaching elementary art. Kids art really rubs off on a person.

I started designing paper pieced patterns after retiring from teaching art at an elementary school in Wisconsin. I enjoy the creative process. Paper piecing is like putting together a puzzle and I love puzzles. When creating a design, all the curved lines have to be changed into straight lines. That abstracts the design to some extent. See an example of this in the two monkeys pictured below. The second monkey is the way I would draw him normally. The first monkey has been changed to straight lines that can be paper pieced easily. You can even see that I have started to number the pieces in the order they could be paper pieced.

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My friends are always asking me to make them really EASY blocks, that will go together quickly. The easier the block becomes, the more abstract it becomes.

If you leave a comment on this post this week, I will choose 1 commentor as the winner of a free pattern from my Etsy shop…the pattern of your choice! You must leave a comment to be considered in the drawing, so I will be able to contact the winner by email.

Please visit our fearless leaders this week, too.

AND visit the other blogs on the tour this week:

Blog Hop Week 4 – July 18th

Jennifer @Dizzy Quilter

Seven @The Concerned Craft

Mary @Made By Marney

Amanda @Quiltologie

Thanks for stopping by…and don’t forget to leave a comment if you want a chance to win a free paper pieced pattern of your choosing!