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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!

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So Scrappy


Paper Pieced Santa from Made By Marney

With Christmas right around the corner, I am having lots of fun designing holiday images.  I call this block “Must Be Santa“. He makes an adorable pillow.

I found this crazy cute border fabric that is made by Free Spirit and designed by David Walker, “Winter Wonderland”. This wonky snowflake fabric is the perfect match for my wonky Santa with his sweet button nose.

If you are new to paper piecing, you may find this paper piecing video helpful.

Make sure to visit my blog next week to enter all the great give-aways for the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Blog Tour. I will be featured on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Besides getting a preview of the block I entered in the magazine, I will show you 3 more of Santa’s “pals”. All 4 of them look fabulous together in a table runner or quilt.

See you then!

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Needle and Thread

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Silly Mama Quilts

Quilt Fabrication

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Nina Marie Sayre Blogspot

Busy Hands Quilts

Crazy Mom Quilts

So Scrappy

Kathy’s Quilts

Quilting is More Fun than Housework

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!

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!


Welcome to My Blog Tour

IMG_1329I am thrilled to be part of the Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Blog Tour. There I am on the cover of Volume 13. This is my first time in a magazine, so 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, make sure to leave a comment below!! AND include your email address so I can communicate with the winners. I will be giving away 3 free copies. I lucky person will win a copy of my new booklet, “Marney Cards”, filled with patterns for paper pieced greeting cards. To win my booklet, you must subscribe to my website. IMG_1238Subscribe to my website to win this booklet. It’s a great way to use up all those scraps! If you are using a cell phone, scroll all the way to the bottom to “Subscribe to Made By Marney by Email”.

IMG_1334Let me introduce myself.  I am Mary Hertel, and I grew up on a dairy farm in the midwest. After teaching art for 35 years in Wisconsin, I started designing paper pieced patterns. That was five years ago, and now I have a growing business called “Made By Marney”. I am loving my “new career” and I am so glad to meet you! I love designing wonky animals, but for the magazine competition I did a flag design.

Here’s my paper pieced block, “Four Flags”.


Original sketchI am a retired art instructor. My idea came from a project I used to do with my first graders in art class. I had them construct a paper flag, then cut it apart and reassemble it to make it look like it was waving. Here’s one of my thumbnail sketches of the flag, as I was playing around with the idea. I like to start my designs small, about 3″x 3″. Then, after I like them, I blow them up larger. Drawing thumbnail sketches allows me to draw my designs anywhere, laying in bed at night, on napkins in a restaurant, or whenever I get an idea.


After a few tries, I came up with this finished flag, but wanted to repeat it so the block would get bigger. When I joined the four blocks, a nice diamond shape appeared in the center, but wasn’t very straight, as you can see below!

First TrySo it was back to the drawing board to get those flag poles to line up perfectly to make the diamond. The appliqued red star was the icing on the cake.

One Nation from P&BI work in a quilt store part-time now that I am retired from teaching. When this line of patriotic fabric came in from P&B fabrics, I new it would be perfect for my flag.

Four Flags quiltThis is a cute quilt idea using my paper pieced blocks along with some large appliqued stars.

Four Flags Runner with Lacy Red StarsHere’s an idea for a patriotic table runner. The stars on the ends are flat quilted shapes that are sewn together in the corners to resemble lace.

Four Flags with American StarHere’s a quilt idea combining my block, “Four Flags” with one of the other blocks in Volume 13, “American Star” by Lynne Schwarz. There are so many clever possibilities!

Visit my etsy store, Made By Marney, to see more of my patterns and don’t forget to leave a comment or subscribe or BOTH to be eligible for prizes!