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November 8, 2022
Swapping books and more with new friends . . . from Winter Wanderings

Recently, I joined my first swap in ages. I confess I was a little nervous (having been burned in long ago swaps). But I had such fun planning what to swap, making my gifts, then packing, mailing and eagerly anticipating, then receiving my own package.

"Fall into Reading Book Swap 2022" was hosted on InstaGram by @wwarner27 (aka Wendy). She matched participants into one-to-one swap partners. Everyone in the swap filled out a questionnaire including favorite book genres and other interests. My partner and I were able to chat via emails while deciding what to send to each other. 

Here ...

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October 19, 2022
Some Fun Halloween Paper Pieced Patterns from Made By Marney

As Halloween is approaching, you might be looking for some cute and spooky patterns. Here are some of my faves….

BOO COLLECTION, a pattern with 6 blocks including these…

This collection of 6 Halloween paper pieced block patterns is so clever! Included with the blocks are patterns for a table runner and potholders. These 8″x 8″ blocks can be used in so many fun ways. Be creative and construct an entire Halloween quilt! Here is a quilt put together by Donna for her daughter, using some of these blocks….

The WITCH HAT pattern is very easy and would be ...

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October 5, 2022

Yes, it’s that time of year again…once a year I join forces with other talented pattern designers to offer my customers a bundle of 20 PATTERNS FOR ONLY $19! This is an amazing deal, and is only available from today through Sunday, October 9.


My GNOME MADE APRON PATTERN is part of this bundle! I love this apron because you can sew one for each season, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. What a great gift!!! AND, they are so easy to sew! I finished mine in an afternoon, and that included sewing the ...

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October 2, 2022
Gemstone quilt block from Quilting and More...

Last week our local quilt guild, Desert Quilters of Nevada, hosted award-winning quilter MJ Kinman for a wonderful lecture at our quarterly meeting, followed by two days of classes. I took one of the classes, Bite-Size Gems, where we learned how to “translate” a picture of a gemstone into a pattern for a quilt or […]

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October 1, 2022
Aqua Dresden blocks from Northern Deb Quilts

So another UFO will become a top. It's about halfway sewn. I'm keeping the 9 patch blocks but changed up the sashing color.
Im just glad to be getting this done. These blocks were started in 2011...I KNOW! So many old unfinished projects at my house

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September 30, 2022
Just in the Nick of Time from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework


Look what I just finished with a day to spare!

Yes, I just put the last few stitches on the binding one day before I need this banner for my booth at the Westside Quilter's Quilt show.

The paper-pieced letters are by Quiet Play.  

The letters were all made using solid-colored scraps.  I am pretty pleased with how it turned out but it certainly isn't perfect.

On the back, I used a soda can print a friend gave me.  (She actually gave it to ...

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September 28, 2022

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to all of my wonderful customers. Please enjoy this FREE HALLOWEEN PAPER PIECED PATTERN!


You will find the download for these patterns at the end of this post. You might also enjoy my series of WITCH BLOCKS. These are all sold separately on Etsy…

Here are links to all the witches:







Wouldn’t these witches make a stinkin’ cute table runner for October?


This is my favorite new Halloween Quilt pattern: GNOME ...

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September 25, 2022
Fall Sewing Going On! And a Little Bit of Christmas too! from The Modern Diary

I have wanted to make this wreath for a long time so I finally did!
First you sew it into squares and then you cut it all up and resew.  I need to quilt it but not sure what to do for that.

I put together a bunch of hst's together to make a table runner and was trying to add the zig zag border but think it is too much without a resting strip I stopped working on this one and am trying to figure out what to do it finish it.  May wind up being two different ...

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September 11, 2022
Oh Scrap! : More Block Progress from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Wildfire smoke has been so bad in my area that it is difficult to be outside much. 

So that means I have been inside sewing a bit.

Hurray, I finished the last two letters I need for my quilt show booth banner.  Which is good because I am the featured quilter at the Westside Quilters Guild show in Hillsboro Oregon the first weekend in October.  If you are in the area, I hope you stop in.  I will be giving free talks on scrap management each morning.  You can read more about it on their website.

I also finished the ...

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August 21, 2022
Oh Scrap! : Another Very Productive Day from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 On Saturday, I spent the day sewing with a good friend.  Instead of bringing a whole bag with lots of sewing options, I brought ONE project.

The project I took were my scrappy paper-pieced letters.

I stayed focused and finished my way through the blue letters.

The color orange was next and I completed the letter D and T.  Even though we gabbed a ton, I am so pleased I finished 5 of these letters.

I still have the color purple to do.  For that color, I have the letters E and N to do.  But I am motivated now ...

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August 16, 2022
Quilt pattern with star blocks from Pieced Brain

Quilt pattern with star blocks

This quilt pattern with star blocks will brighten your home or make a friend happy! Choose your favorite fabrics and get sewing!

Photo by American Quilter. Used with permission.

I love everything about my latest quilt called Market Star: the fabrics I chose, the borders, the whole design. The geometric lines are complemented by the floral and dots prints and lend a modern vibe to the quilt. Change the palette for a traditional piece that will add happiness to any decor.

Market Star measures 72″ x 72″, and the blocks finish at 9″ and 12″. It is perfect as a ...

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August 5, 2022
PIECING PALOOZA from Made By Marney

August 23rd, 2022

1 pm-5 pm

Recording available afterward

C&T Publishing’s Piecing Palooza is pure summertime fun. A four-hour event with over a dozen live sessions, a panel discussion, and a keynote speaker to help you become an expert piecer!

We gathered quilt piecing experts to share all their pro tips, tricks, and techniques with you. Alex Anderson, co-host of The Quilt Show, kicks off the fun as the opening keynote. A beloved figure in the quilting community, Alex sets the tone for the event by sharing her love of patchwork. 

Next, get inspired with 12 30-minute workshops ...

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June 24, 2022

Just in time for the Fourth of July, you could create this super cute PATRIOTIC GNOME PILLOW.

Labor Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and any other summer day is a perfect time to display this pillow.


I keep my pillow on display all summer. These paper pieced blocks would also work great for potholders, or even a cute table runner. I would love to see what you could create using these gnomes!

I might try some patriotic gnome towels, too! Any other good ideas?


HOMEWARD BOUND is another of ...

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June 18, 2022
Bride and Groom Patterns from Made By Marney

Here’s my new go to gift for bridal showers and weddings…

The BRIDE AND GROOM POTHOLDERS are hot off my press and available to create all kinds of lovely gifts for newlyweds.

THE BRIDE paper pieced block has 3 tiny buttons that resemble flowers. I found them at Hobby Lobby. You could also use tiny silk flowers, or even embroider some tiny flowers with embroidery floss.

THE GROOM block has lots of small pieces, and is not recommended for a beginner paper piecer, but a really fun challenge for an intermediate.

I would love to see what you can ...

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June 7, 2022
Summer quilt with stars and pinwheels from Pieced Brain

Summer quilt with stars and pinwheels

Make this Summer quilt with stars and pinwheels using your favorite quilting fabrics. An easy quilt pattern perfect as summer decoration!

Photo by American Quilter magazine. Used with permission.

I came across Moda Fabric’s Rainbow Garden collection and was struck by the brightness of the prints and the whimsical garden motifs. So, I set out to design a quilt that would showcase those fabrics I loved so much. Yes, fabrics are often the source of inspiration for my designs.

“Summer Groove” measures 73″ x 87-1/2″ with blocks that finish at 6″, 10″, and 12″. I wanted to include ...

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May 26, 2022
Beach Bum Gnomes from Made By Marney

Just in time for a summer project, here is my BEACH BUM GNOME QUILT.


This adorable lap quilt was designed while I was vacationing in Hilton Head. I found the fabric in a super cute fabric store on the island.

I had a blast shopping for fabric that would work for the cute little “Hawaiian” shirts.

This Gnome has a unicorn floatie and sunglasses! He is ready for the beach.

This Gnome in his sailboat is definitely going on a pillow for my boyfriend, who adores sailing!

Playing in the sand…too cute!

When I discovered ...

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May 13, 2022
What’s New? from Made By Marney

These are some of the new blocks I have been creating. Most of them were customer requests.


HAPPY PIT BULL is a rendition of a customer’s pet. Although pit bulls are not my favorite breed, I’m loving them more now that I have this sweetie. I love this image so much, I put it on the back of a shirt. No one will mess with me now.


This SHELTIE is Caroline’s pet named Skittles. Adorable!


This is a very serious dog, the MASTIFFF. And this is a sweetheart of a ...

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May 5, 2022
"Sharing the Process" - Part 2 from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

And finally, we sew! ... and notes about living in the moment.

A week ago on Sunday morning I headed into the studio, cleaned and oiled The Beaut, and started sewing.

Section A was first (obs), and I stitched verrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyy slowly.  I picked up a little bit of speed with Section B, and was sailing along by Section C.  Not at max speed, mind you; more like, I know where I'm going and this is good.  

LeiLani's head laid out for piecing

Because it's paper piecing, it's all straight lines and no Y- or partial seams; and ...

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May 2, 2022
Welcome to "Sharing the Process" - Part 1 from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

 I finally started the center section of my Stitch & B!tch Sampler.

After completing the roadmap for the Sampler, it sat on the design wall for a month; we left for Myrtle Beach and spent a lovely 10 days there, and the remainder of my vacation was spent doing other things when we returned home.  One of my favorite photos from trip:

Sunrise from our balcony; you can see the moon above

My birthday was two weeks ago.  The day before I spent getting a few more pieces of fabric for the background and a substitute for someone's clothing ...

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May 1, 2022
Sew Cute Baby Animals Book from Made By Marney

Is there a special child in your life? Mine too! Actually, quite a few of them, and I love to sew cute gifts for all of them! That’s why I created my newest book, SEW CUTE BABY ANIMALS.


With 17 adorable mix and match baby animal images and 6 fun projects, this book will provide you lots of reasons to be creative.

Child Sized Quilt

Patterns for baby quilts, a diaper tote, catch-all container, bib, and burp cloth are all included.

Diaper Tote

Here are just a few of the cutest baby animals ever…all ...

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