Category Archives: Quilts with Animals

Paper Pieced Valentines

Congratulations to Marsha. She is the winner of my “Scalloped Heart Pillow” pattern give-away.

My sweet friend Marilyn just shared a photo of her version of the scalloped heart. It is so lovely.

She also made a gift sack with my “Be Mine Puppy” block pattern. Too cute! There have been so many requests for holiday designs, that I am now working on blocks for every occasion.

This table runner and the gift sacks were also made by Marilyn. Didn’t she do a super cute job with my “Easter Collection“? I love when my customers continue to challenge me, and then inspire me!

Thanks to all who participated in last weeks Valentine Blog Hop. I enjoyed all of your comments.

For anyone who missed last week’s free pattern, you can still download the “Hearty Penguin” block pattern HEARTY-PENGUIN-MERGED.pdf (351 downloads)

Have a great week!

Linking with:

Kathy’s Quilts

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Sew Fresh Quilts

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Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Nina Marie Sayres


3 Cats and 1 Dog With A Bone AND my interview by Pat Sloan

I’m having fun designing more cats and dogs. Animals are my favorite subject matter.

This is “3 Cats and 1 Dog With A Bone” table runner.

Shaggy Cat

Brown Cat

Cute Calico Cat

And Dog With A Bone.

This pattern is a nice mix of beginner blocks and intermediate blocks. For paper piecing directions and tips watch my free tutorials on my Video and Tutorial page right here on the website.

Please listen to my interview with Pat Sloan on her

American Patchwork and Quilting Magazines Talk Show/Podcast Show

Airing Monday, December 4.

All of Pat Sloan’s podcasts can be found here.

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Paper Pieced Dog Patterns

Some of my favorite paper pieced dog patterns have been inspired by my sweet customers and friends.

This Pit Bull design was inspired by the photo below, sent to me by a loyal customer.

What a sweet heart of a pit bull! I’ve never owned a pit bull, and, admittedly, it wasn’t on my list of dog patterns to tackle. But when I saw this adorable pup, I was in love.

These pillows were made by Edie Fagg, a super sweet customer, using my Pit Bull pattern. I love to see how others interpret my patterns, choosing their own fabrics to express themselves in a creative manner.

Here’s a pillow created by Julie Rosenthal. Love that tiny checked fabric on the dog’s face! Super cute choice, Julie!

Please keep sharing your photos. It’s so much fun to see what you are creating.

You can find more dog patterns on my Etsy and Craftsy sites.  Above are 2 more patterns, Chihuahua and Corgi.

I am linking to:

Free Motion By The River

Sew Fresh Quilts

She Can Quilt

Quilt Fabrication

My Quilt Infatuation

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop


Finished Or Not Friday

Crazy Mom Quilts

Kathy’s Quilts

Oh Scrap!

And please remember to visit more pattern designers for a free Row-Along download. Here is the complete list of websites to visit this month:

The Christmas Caroling Row Along Schedule

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Quilting Affection
Any Pattern
Just Let Me Quilt
Quilt In Piece
Kissed Quilts

Thursday, September 7, 2017
Daydreams of Quilts
Seams To Be Sew
Be A Quilter
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Fun Threads

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Sew Incredibly Crazy
Masterpiece Quilting
Sugarlane Designs
Happy Sewing Room

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Barbara Dieges
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
The Quilted Snail
Ms. P. Designs USA
(sponsored by Just Let Me Quilt)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Jaded Spade Creations
Adventurous Applique and Quilting
UlaSewing / SzycieUli
From Blank Pages

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Martina Latimer
(site will open late next week)
Quilt Fabrication
Patchwork Breeze
Patti’s Patchwork
Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Cheryl LaPlante
(sponsored by Quilt In Piece)
Morning Glory
Pampered Pettit
Fun Threads

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Mountain Meadow Designs
Quilt Art
Made By Marney
Renee’s Quilting Addiction

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
MaryMack’s Blog
Kathys Kwilts and More
Pamela Quilts
Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Heleen Pinkster

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Seams To Be Sew
A Dream and A Stitch
Upstairs Hobby Room
Words & Stitches

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Show and Tell Day
Bloggers will be announced at a later date


Loon On The Lake Paper Pieced Pattern

After spending a relaxing week at my cabin in norther Wisconsin, I was going “looney”. No, not crazy looney… I now have a pair of loons at Morgan Lake. Prior to this, there was only 1 lonely loon every year. Falling asleep every night to that soulful loon’s call was magical. I was motivated to create “Loon on the Lake“.

I will add this to my collection of other northwoods paper pieced animals.

The lumbering bear

The cute as can be fox

The grinning wolf

And the somber moose.

All patterns are available on Etsy and Craftsy, some as single block patterns and some in table runners.

Linked to:

Busy Hands Quilts

Sew Fresh Quilts 

 Kathy’s Quilts

Oh Scrap!


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.


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.



Kitty and Pup Paper Pieced Potholders Pattern

I know many friends who will go crazy for these “Kitty and Pup Potholders”.

cover-photo-1I had so much fun paper piecing these two. The blocks couldn’t be easier and would be great for beginners. I used buttons for my eyes, as I intend to flip the potholders over and use the back if I need to set something hot on them. But the eyes could also be done with appliqued fabric circles.

kitty-photoThis kitty is too sweet! The kitty who ate the cream.

pup-photoAnd how cute is he?  Doesn’t he look like he just got into mischief?

This pattern is available on Etsy or Craftsy.

If you have a minute…I would appreciate a “LIKE” on my facebook Made By Marney page.

Thanks and have a great day!

More Paper Pieced “Dogs Only” Dogs and Owners

I promised to reveal more of the real live pets that inspired my latest paper pieced quilt design, “Dogs Only”.dogs-only-quiltThis adorable quilt has 11 different dog breeds, all inspired by real pets.



This is a Labradoodle inspired by Percy, owner Kathleen McCormick.


And this cutie is a Westie named Mac, who’s lovely owner is my neighbor Peg Olson.


This cutie patootie is a Yorkie named Muggsy, owner is Mary Waldecker.


I love puppies with patches on their eyes, so I couldn’t resist this Terrier that I call Patch, owner unknown.



I had a lovely conversation with a customer about her Great Dane, Duke. Unfortunately I never got her name 🙁  However, I still couldn’t resist dedicating this block to Duke.

saint-bernardstudley-muffinAnd here is the Saint Bernard, Studley Muffin, owner Jacqi Levy. Jacqi runs the “Keep Me In Stitches” quilt shop in Appleton.  Her sweet Studley Muffin has passed away and is greatly missed.

All 11 dog blocks are available in the “Dogs Only” pattern on Etsy or Craftsy.


“Dogs Only” Paper Pieced Quilt Pattern from Made By Marney


The Dogs Only quilt (42″x 51″) was so much fun to design. Each paper pieced block was inspired by a real dog, whose photo was shared with me by their loving owner! I will include some of the photos of the real life inspiration dogs in todays blog, and others will be shared in later blogs. There were so many proud pet owners that I have made “extra” blocks that can be purchased separately and substituted, if desired.

airedale guinness-by-heidi-dronchi







The Airedale is “Guinness” and the owner is Heidi Dronchi.







The Shih Tzu is “Molly” and the owner is Glenda Becker.








The Beagle is “Copper” and the owner is Lynn Much.







The Dachshund is “Oscar” and the owner is Jennifer Strauser.

bulldogtucker-by-lindsey-groverThe Bull Dog is “Tucker” and the owner is Lindsey Grover.

I will reveal the names of more dogs and their proud owners soon…

This original pattern can be found on Etsy and Craftsy.