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February 20, 2019
Ribbit, Ribbit from Made By Marney

This was such an exciting week! My visit to F&W Media, home of the top quilting magazines, was so inspiring!

Boyfriend Tom (left), Mary (AKA Marney), and brother Jim (right)

When I was visiting my brother Jim who lives near Golden, CO, I asked my friends at F & W Media if I could stop by for a visit.

Mary with Lori Baker

Lori Baker, Acquisitions Editor, was there to meet me at the door and give me a tour.

The F & W “Crew”

Here I am with the F & W Crew. F & W Media publishes our favorite quilting books ...

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February 18, 2019
Getting My Ducks In a Row, Or My Geese Lined Up In Circles from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Hello there, and happy Saturday morning!  I'm pleased to report that I've actually STARTED on my son's graduation quilt.  I haven't sewn a stitch yet -- just prep work so far, but I have a feeling the upfront prep work on this project will pay off with an accelerated pace once I do start piecing.

Precut Geese Patches, Bagged and Labeled

First things first: After the Disastrous Dye Bleed Detour of 2018, my first step had to be checking each of these fabrics to make sure there was no loose dye from the dark fabrics waiting to ...

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February 15, 2019
Friday Finish!! from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

I’m so excited, look what came today form #honestfabric ! I designed this for my husband and just haven’t been able to finish (started in 2013) I printed my design from eq7 and got it printed with custom printing at honest fabric. I can’t wait to quilt this!   Love when there's no piecing!!  
Custom Printing from Honest Fabric

this is what 6 years of working on this quilt will get ya!
Check out all the linky parties on the sidebar - so much inspiration out there 

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February 12, 2019
Coast to Coast Bee 3.0 {My Block} from Little Bunny Quilts

A new year means the start of new quilt bees, including the Coast to Coast Traveling Bee! While we decided to put off the start of this year's edition of the C2C Bee until February, I have been looking forward to this bee restarting since we concluded last year!

As a reminder, here are my two quilt tops (neither are finished quilts yet, oops.) from 2017 and 2018:

This year, I took my starting block inspiration from my new hometown -- Gettysburg, PA! I found this quilt block that's actually called "Gettysburg" and scaled it to an 18" finished ...

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February 11, 2019
Lucky Leprechaun Paper Pieced Block from Made By Marney

Blimey…St. Pat’s is right around the corner.

Here’s my new LUCKY LEPRECHAUN block, just in time for your March projects. His nose
is somewhat 3-dimensional, made from a fabric yo-yo with a bit of stuffing inside. I love his pipe!

Mug Rug made using the Lucky Leprechaun block, and adding a 2 1/2″ strip of extra background fabric to one side.

Here are my other St. Patty’s related blocks. This is CLOVER. This block was sewn by Allison. I love the fabrics she chose!

This block is LUCK, also sewn by Allison.

This table runner ...

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February 6, 2019
English Paper Piecing: Diamond Tote from The Cloth Parcel

Have you ever wanted to try English Paper Piecing?  We made a small tutorial on the basics of the process quite some time ago, but sometimes you need a little more direction and ideas for easy projects.  Carolina Moore‘s new book with Nancy’s Notions, Learn to English Paper Piece, is a great starting point!  Here’s a […]

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February 5, 2019
Sew Cute and Clever Farm & Forest Friends from Made By Marney

It’s here! My newest paper piecing book, Sew Cute and Clever Farm and Forest Friends (longest title ever, right???) has arrived fresh from the printers. And, as advertised, it is as cute as can be!

Oooops…bad hair day! Oh well, who needs great hair when they are sewing…

This book contains 16 whimsical paper pieced animal blocks AND 6 projects for your home decorating needs.

As you can see, these blocks were designed with simplicity in mind. They are EASY PEASY! This FOX is cute as can be, and here are a few more that are not pictured ...

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February 4, 2019
Homework is done! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

What a difference a week can make! The weather was absolutely gorgeous yesterday and so much of our snow has melted. I have pictures to share tomorrow. However, it wasn't quite like that first thing in the morning. I got Murphy ready for her walk and went outside. Thankfully I had my hand on the railing. The entire step, driveway and it seemed like the street was coated in a thin layer of ice.

I decided to come back in. Let's say it was an uphill battle. I had to hold onto the railing while pulling a very ...

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February 3, 2019
STASH REPORT SUNDAY from The Proficient Needle

Fabric used this week  4.125 yards
Fabric used year to date  4.125 yards
Fabric added this week 0 yards
Fabric added year to date  6 yards
Net used 2019  -1.875

I finished the first of two mystery quilts this past week.  It is a paper pieced wall hanging designed by Carol Doak.
I also have the top for the second mystery quilt completed, but I'm busy finishing the quilting on my sister-in-law's king size quilt.  It will be pin-basted this week, I hope. 

 I saved all the selvedge edges, and have used them to cover ...

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January 24, 2019
Valentine’s Table Topper from Made By Marney

My SWEET HEART PAPER PIECED TABLE TOPPER is a cute Valentine’s Day accent to any room.

Three paper pieced blocks are sewn together to form the center unit of this table runner, which measures 16″ wide x 27 1/2″ long finished.

This sweet little project can be made from scraps. Do you think this pattern would also work as a breast cancer project because of the pink ribbon? Tell me your thoughts…

I would like to share a link to Stephanie Palmer’s awesome Quilter Planner. Stephanie has done a great job perfecting her planner, which is a ...

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January 17, 2019
STILL STITCHING from The Proficient Needle

No finishes yet!  My group has been making a paper pieced wallhanging, using a pattern by Carol Doak.  I have my quilt top completed, but haven't decided on a backing fabric yet.
This is a picture of all the pieces, cut, labeled and ready to stitch.

This is my completed top.  I changed the orientation of the side-centre blocks (they were supposed to be stitched to form an X shape).  I called it my mistake,  design decision!  There are several in my group trying this pattern, and I am excited to see all the different quilts when they are ...

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January 14, 2019
FREE Valentine Paper Pieced Pattern from Made By Marney

This is an early Valentine’s gift for my wonderful readers. As a thank you to my subscribers, I am offering this FREE Valentine paper pieced pattern.

The LOAD OF LOVE paper pieced block is FREE to all of my wonderful SUBSCRIBERS. You can find the FREE PATTERN HERE:

If you are not currently a subscriber, consider signing up in the SUBSCRIBER BOX on the right (if you are on a laptop) or scroll to the last post (if you are on a cell phone). By subscribing, you will be notified ...

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January 6, 2019
Sunday Evening String from Ravelly1

Greetings all! I didn't think I'd get back to sewing but Mr. Cowboy didn't need me for feeding so I was able to sew a couple of days and was able to finish the string quilt top.
I used a type of tissue paper as a foundation and had to peel off the pieces from the back of each block.  Whew! That took a bit of time.
Then it was on to the borders. Gene asked about the size of the blocks. They are 9 1/2 inches unfinished. Also, someone asked about the coordinating colors.....that ...

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January 5, 2019
Meet The Designer-Made By Marney from Made By Marney

What an exciting way to start 2019. Quiltmaker magazine is featuring a new designer each month. The article is called “Meet The Designers”. I was thrilled when asked to be their first featured artist. This issue, the January/February 2019, just came out.

Here is the “Meet The Designers” article.

I also have a quilt pattern featured in this issue.

PUPPY LUV is a sweet Valentine’s quilt for doggie lovers. This 41″x 41″ quilt would also make a cute wall hanging.

The paper pieced puppies are 7 1/2″x 7 1/2″ finished blocks. They would make ...

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December 17, 2018
3 Dogs and 1 Sassy Cat from Made By Marney

Here’s one of my favorite table runner patterns for Christmas, 3 Dogs and 1 Sassy Cat. Please excuse me for reposting this photo, as I have already shared it with many of you, but it is so darn cute and a Christmas pattern that my many dog and cat loving friends adore.

Here’s my friend Lana’s version, made into a wall hanging. Love it!

Lana used some lovely fabrics for her version.

Here is a close up of each pet…

Stocking Hat Dog

Candy Cane Dog

Turtleneck Dog

Sassy Cat

If I had to choose a favorite ...

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December 13, 2018
Lots of Pinwheels from Pieced Brain

Phew! It has been about three weeks since I last posted something here. My sister returned to Brazil and soon my grandsons will be coming to visit for a week (you know how much work will get done while the two little boys are here, right? Ah... but it will be fantastic!).

Anyway, above is my quilt "Pinwheel Pirouette" which has just been published in the January 2019 issue of Love of Quilting magazine. This is a fun quilt to make with only four 16" blocks and a bunch of pinwheels on the border. It was made with batiks from ...

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December 12, 2018
Pandora's box (es) from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I'm late this morning. Back from the gym where I eeked out 32 KM in an hour. And I'm an idiot. I was at the gym on Monday and when I'm done my workout, I like to sit for a bit in the steam room. I saw a note saying "the spa would be closed all week due to repairs".  Oh, shoot. I didn't go in the steam room. Well, this morning, the HOT TUB (AKA the spa) was dismantled. I see - they call the hot tub the spa. Now I know. Needless to say, I ...

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December 10, 2018
So Dearly QAL - Finished quilt from Luna Lovequilts

I have been sharing a part of the motif each month since last April and here is my finished deer ! I have been thrilled to be a part of the So Dearly QAL hosted by Gosia at Quilts My Way as a pattern tester and cheerleader for her project.

Je vous ai révélé une partie du motif chaque mois depuis avril dernier et voici mon cerf terminé ! J'ai été ravie de participer au So Dearly QAL organisé par Gosia de Quilts My Way en tant que testeur et supporter pour son projet.

Luna Lovequilts - So Dearly QAL 2018 - Finished quilt

I had first thought of binding it ...

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The Little Red Truck from Made By Marney

What could be cuter than the Little Red Truck? Especially with a fun novelty character in the driver’s seat.

The Little Red Truck

This paper pieced block measures 8″x 8″ unfinished and is super easy. Find a cute novelty fabric in your stash to use for an interesting little driver, or leave the window blank. I love using buttons for the wheels…it makes the paper piecing so much easier!


Make a simple potholder…

Or make 2! Super easy.

A small pillow is also cute.

12″ pillow

The Little Red Truck paper pieced pattern is available in ...

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December 5, 2018
Holiday Buddies Paper Pieced Pattern from Made By Marney

Here’s a fun Christmas project to try. I call this table topper “Holiday Buddies“. I like this octagonal shape on my table.

This table topper is cute from every direction.

Santa starts the collection of 4 paper pieced blocks. I use a bit of blush on his nose to make him jolly.

Mrs. Claus also has a bit of blush on her cheeks. I use a stippling paint brush and some pink craft paint.

Rudolph has a bright pom pom nose.

The Caroler is one of my favorite new holiday designs. Using a striped fabric always works well for ...

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