You probably know how I design in tangents…well lately I’ve been on a nursery rhyme obsession. I was inspired by a very old Richard Scary “Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme” book.
This paper pieced pattern has nine different nursery rhymes…can you figure out what they are by the images? Here are a few:
This one is pretty easy…The Cow Jumped Over the Moon from the nursery rhyme “Hey Diddle Diddle”.
This one is perhaps not as well known, “The Owl and the Pussycat”.
These blocks were so much fun to put together. They remind me of reading the Richard Scary book to my kids when they were toddlers.
Here’s a little pillowcase I made from the “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” block for my little friend Eliot. The block is a small pocket on the pillowcase to hold a sweet book, or a snack for a car ride. This is Eliot’s favorite nursery rhyme, and the little blonde boy is supposed to look like him…faces are hard to paper piece!
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.
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.
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.
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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?
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.
If you love to paper piece, you have to visit Made By Marney at Keep Me In Stitches during January.
It’s “Marney Land” at Keep Me In Stitches, Appleton, WI. For the month of January, Made By Marney will be featured with a trunk show at 3402B N. Richmond Street. The owner, Jacqi Levy, has graciously displayed a ton of my quilts, totes, pillows, and runners.
The shop is so lovely, and Jacqi’s bright and beautiful fabrics are a perfect compliment to my whimsical designs. Stop by soon and check out my latest new patterns and books. The trunk show ends January 31.
Jacqi’s staff had a “Piggy Pillow” challenge using one of my latest pillow patterns. Aren’t they adorable? Most of her staff had never paper pieced before. I think they did a great job, don’t you?
Don’t forget: “Marney-Land Trunk Show” during the month of January at Keep Me In Stitches, 3402B N. Richmond Street, Appleton, WI.
The paper pieced Dinosaur Quilt measures 44″x 60″. As you can see, it highlights 6 cool dinosaurs: Stegosaurus, T-Rex, Spinosaurus, Brontosaurus, Pterodactyl, and my personal favorite, Triceratops.Using a striped fabric for the teeth makes the paper piecing go super quick! It is such an easy way to get that GRRRRR look.
A zigzag fabric works cool for the teeth, too. There are so many nice chevron fabrics available right now, so finding a fabric similar to the black and white zigzag should be fairly easy. I found mine at my local quilt shop.
In the Stegosaurus, I just used a simple black fabric for his teeth. And I love using the tiny black and white stripe for his toes. It adds a nice graphic quality to the quilt.
I satin stitched the words, but they could easily be machine embroidered. If you increase the stitch width at the end of each letter as you satin stitch, the letters look a bit fancier.
This paper pieced Dinosaur quilt pattern is available on Etsy and on Craftsy.