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FREE Paper Pieced Halloween Patterns from Made By Marney

I just can’t stop!!! Designing these Halloween blocks is so much fun! Here are 4 more paper pieced blocks which I am calling my “Black and White Series”.

These are 8″x 8″ unfinished blocks. I used them for potholders, but they also work great in my pillow pattern or could be used in my “Boo” Table Runner pattern. Or, put the entire collection of Halloween blocks together to make a quilt.

These FREE blocks can be found on Craftsy and Etsy.

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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!

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.

Welcome to My Blog Tour + Giveaway

Hi! I’m Mary Hertel, AKA “Made By Marney”, and I design paper pieced patterns. I consider myself very lucky to have a block in Volume 14 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. It is such a great resource, with so many creative blocks, and includes all the directions. But before I reveal my block, let me tell you a little bit about myself and my paper pieced designs.

143-tifHere I am in Oshkosh with one of the totes from my upcoming book, “Cute and Clever Totes”. This will be such a fun book…with 16 paper pieced blocks that can be used in 6 different tote patterns. It can pre-ordered from Amazon, as it is coming out in January, 2017. I am holding the Market Tote and the other 5 tote styles are pictured below.



























Here are a few more of the 16 cute blocks that will be in “Cute and Clever Totes”.





The Beach

As you can see, there will be something for everyone.

I was an elementary art teacher for 35 years and I love designing whimsical animals. Here’s a fun project I did this year…friends and customers sent me photos of their pets and I designed a paper pieced block of their animal. This is “Guinness” the Airedale.


7. Schnauzer Dogdogs-only-quiltThis is “Dogs Only”, an entire quilt designed from the photos of real pets. poinsettiaThis is my block on page 20 in Volume 14 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. Poinsettia Pop was fun to design. I love mixing media, for example putting buttons with paper piecing. I used all basic fabrics, weaves , marbles and solids to get a nice rich coloring for this giant Christmas flower.


As you can see, the block is repeated 4 times to complete one Poinsettia. This block would make a great Christmas table runner or even a cute tree skirt!

If you leave a comment  today , Thursday or Friday, you could win 1 of the following paper pieced patterns…

FullSizeRenderI will be giving away a “Farmyard Stars” quilt pattern to 1 lucky visitor at the end of this week.

Cats N' Dogs Quilt

Another lucky winner will get this free pattern of “Cats N Dogs”. Both of these patterns offer 12 different paper pieced blocks with cute, whimsical animals!

vol14-cover-200px_69246A third lucky winner will receive a free copy of Quiltmakers 100 Blocks, Volume 14, compliments of Quilmaker magazine! Or you could order your own copy of Volume 14.

The winners will be announced Monday, November 21, 2016. But remember, you must leave a comment to be a winner. Also consider SUBSCRIBING to this website to get email reminders when I post new designs.

Check out all the other great designers that are participating in today’s Blog Tour. Don’t forget to visit Quilty Pleasures, for even more great giveaways!

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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!