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Paper Pieced Christmas Tree Skirt

Here’s a fun paper pieced Christmas Tree Skirt pattern, using 8 cute holiday blocks.

The blocks could also be used for potholders, small pillows, or a table runner.

Stocking…

Present…

and Candy Cane are just a few.

And here’s a close-up of the bow ties

Get all 8 blocks in my Christmas Tree Skirt Sampler Pattern. This pattern is sold in “hard copy” format only, so it must be sent through the mail.

Check out this adorable wall hanging made by my friend Shelley using the Stocking Block from this pattern.

Shelley even stitched the names on the cuff of each stocking. So clever!

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An Interview with Mary Hertel, by Pat Sloan

This is an exciting week…my interview with Pat Sloan will start airing at 3:00 pm eastern time today. This podcast can be viewed on Pat Sloan’s site or directly from ITunes at American Patchwork and Quilting Radio.

You can listen on your computer, subscribe by itunes (search American Patchwork & Quilting), or download to a player. Just click on the Dec. 4, 2017 podcast.

 

I have been having fun with this sweet little Christmas angel. I’ve used it in a table runner, but I would like to do a small pillow for a gift card. I will use the angel for the front of the pillow. On the back of my 7 1/2″ square pillow I plan to put a little pocket to use for a gift card or cash. Then later, if this pillow is going to a child, the tooth fairy can also put a “stash” into the pocket.

  Here’s a sample of the table runner. And below is a close-up of the “wand” in the angel’s hand. Just stitch a line with embroidery floss for the stem and sew a little star shaped button to the end. Her halo is stitched with metallic gold embroidery floss.

This angel block and the table runner pattern can be found on Etsy or Craftsy.

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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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Vending at the Hudson Heritage Quilters Show in Hudson, WI

I am packing up to vend at the Hudson Heritage Quilters Patchwork Harvest X Quilt Show this weekend, November 4 and 5. This will be my first time vending in Hudson. I have heard so many lovely things about this friendly community in Wisconsin.

I am very excited to take along lots of holiday patterns. Here are some of my newest Christmas paper pieced blocks.

Ho Ho Ho Santa is a cute 7 1/2″x 7 1/2″ block that will work well for gift bags, pillows, potholders, or even table runners.

And every Santa needs his Ho Ho Ho Rudolph! With these big button eyes, he is so adorable.

Here is one of my favorite penguin blocks made into the Stocking pattern from my Sew Yourself A Merry Little Christmas book.

If you are anywhere near Hudson this weekend…stop by and visit me at the River Crest Elementary School, 535 County Road F. I will be there Saturday and Sunday.

There will be lots to see!

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Paper Piecing Workshop with Made By Marney

These friends from Wisconsin Rapids attended my Paper Piecing Workshop last Saturday. As you can see from their lovely smiles, we had so much fun! Attendees ranged from beginners to novice, but all enjoyed creating adorable Christmas blocks from my latest book, “Sew Yourself A Merry Little Christmas“.

We also put together the “Gift Sack” pattern, using one of the blocks we had just created.

This is a small tote to be used for gifts or decorating.

Aren’t these Halloween Trick or Treat Sacks too cute? These were made by my customer, Marilyn. She used an assortment of my Halloween block patterns and the same Gift Sack pattern from my Christmas bookHere’s a close-up of two of the totes. Adorable!

Thanks to all my new friends in Wisconsin Rapids for hosting my workshop.

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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. Or you may download them here: BLACK-AND-WHITE-BLOCKS-MERGED-AND-UPDATED.pdf (953 downloads) .

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FREE PATTERNS TODAY! GIVE-AWAYS TODAY!

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Row Along hosted by Seams to Be Sew.  A huge Thank You to Marian Penn for organizing this event. Also, thanks to our sponsors, Northcott Fabrics  and Calibre Art . Our sponsors are wonderful and we owe them a HEAP of gratitude. Read to the end of this post to find information about the Give-Aways from Northcott and Calibre.

This is your chance to download tons of free row patterns.  I am just 1 of many pattern designers involved in this row-along. This year’s row-along will last for 6 weeks, ending with a “Show and Tell” day Tuesday, October 10. Starting September 5, every Tuesday and Thursday 5 (some days 4) different pattern designers will be offering a FREE row pattern. All rows will measure 30 1/2″ long, so all will consistently fit together into the quilt of your choosing.

Each row is designed with a specific Christmas carol in mind. My row was inspired by “Jolly Old St. Nick”.  I love to paper piece images of Santa, and this is the perfect song. The pattern is paper pieced and is very easy to assemble. If you are new to paper piecing, I suggest you watch my free tutorial on sewing a Simple Paper Pieced Block, found on my “Tutorials” page.

Here are photos of the 4 blocks that make up my row.  Remember, when paper piecing, your finished block always turns out the opposite of the original pattern.

The pattern explains how to tie a “knot nose” using a scrap of muslin. So cute! My finished row shows the “Jolly Old St. Nick” row finished as a table runner with an inner and outer border. Also, consider using just the “HO HO” block for a pillow or potholder!

Please visit all of today’s Row-Along participants:

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

And now for the Give-Aways!

Give-Away #1: This prize comes from Purple Daisies.

Purple Daisies are giving away a Quilt-As-You-Go DVD…a $30 value! Find out more about this product here.

This Give-Away will end on Thursday, October 5. The winner will be announced shortly thereafter. The rules and regulations of this drawing are found at  Guidelines-For-Entering-Giveaways.docx (346 downloads) . You will be responsible for paying the shipping.a Rafflecopter giveaway

Give-Away #2: My “Dogs Only” paper pieced pattern. If you like to paper piece, and you like pets…this is the quilt for you! Eleven different dog breeds represented in one quilt.

DOGS ONLY QUILT

Enter for the pattern here. This Give-Away will be sent to the winner via download and ends on October 5. The winner will be announced shortly thereafter.  a Rafflecopter giveaway

For information about Give-Aways from Northcott and Calibre, visit
Seams To Be Sew.

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Here is the complete list of all 44 designers offering free Row-Along downloads.

The Christmas Caroling Row Along Schedule

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Thursday, September 7, 2017
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
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Thursday, September 28, 2017
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Quilt Art
Made By Marney 
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017
MaryMack’s Blog
Kathys Kwilts and More
Pamela Quilts
Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Heleen Pinkster

Thursday, October 5, 2017
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Show and Tell Day
Bloggers will be announced at a later date

 

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More Halloween Paper Pieced Patterns AND 2 FREE Patterns

As promised, I am sharing more of my favorite Halloween paper pieced blocks this week.

This is Skat Cat, the craziest cat in my Halloween collection.

This goofy cat is available as a single paper pieced block.

Bewitched is my favorite witch…and she is very easy to paper piece. This block is also available for sale as a single block.

The Haunted House is part of the Boo Collection, and is sold in a pattern with 6 other Halloween blocks, plus a table runner and potholder pattern.

And finally, here are 2 blocks that are FREE.

The Frankenstein and Dracula paper pieced block patterns are FREE and can be downloaded here:  Count-Dracula-and-Frankenstein-MERGED.pdf (581 downloads)

Potholder directions are not included in this download, just the paper pieced block patterns.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy my fun Halloween creations. Attached is a photo of a table runner made from 3 of my Halloween block patterns. Thank you, Wanda, for sharing your cute table runner. And here’s an adorable table topper by Shelley, using all of my Halloween blocks.

Shelley used my Christmas Tree Skirt pattern to assemble this table topper so she could use 8 different Halloween blocks. Didn’t she do an awesome job?!?!

I love seeing my friends’ creations using my patterns. Please share by sending me photos at my email: maryannhertel@gmail.com

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My Favorite Paper Pieced Halloween Patterns

I love designing Halloween patterns. Here are some of my favorite designs from 2017.

Batty Bat  is sold as part of the “Boo Collection“. I love the simplicity of this design. It sews together easily, and it would make an adorable potholder or pillow.

Spooky Spider is so darn cute. This pattern is also found in the “Boo Collection“. I used pin stripe white and black fabric for his teeth, but they could also be stitched on top of white fabric with black thread, or drawn with a black permanent pen.

Fraidy Cat is 1 of my favorite cat patterns, and I have designed many cats!

The “Boo Collection” is a table runner/potholder pattern which includes 6 different Halloween blocks. I’ll share more Halloween block photos next time, including that adorable “Skat Cat” in my featured image. Stay tuned…

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Patriotic Paper Pieced Quilt from Made By Marney

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.

Also, thanks to Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for hosting her fun “link parties”.