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November 24, 2021
Some Holiday Projects from Made By Marney

I am always asking my customers to send photos of the things they create using my patterns. Today I am sharing some of my favorite photos.

This adorable wall hanging was sewn by Carol Cheesman using LUMBERJACK GNOME, SANTA GNOME, and GNOME WITH GIFTS.

Elise Brasseale made these cute little mug rugs using the elf from SEW YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS, and GNOME WITH LANTERN.

Crafty Judy Miniclier created this adorable GNOME QUILT, using assorted GNOMES FROM MY SHOP. Beautiful!

These Christmas blocks were shared by Joyce Albers. She is creating a holiday quilt. She used HO HO HO ...

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November 15, 2021
November Paper Piecing from Made By Marney

I’m excited to be on the cover of the 2021 QUILTMAKER magazine, November/December issue. Those are my cute sledding Penguins on the cover.


These blocks are as fun to paper piece as they look!


The wonderful editors at Golden Peak Media have been so awesome to work with, and are always looking for clever quilting ideas for their magazines. I am so lucky to be in a second magazine this month…

McCall’s Quilting

My GNOME APRON is in the 2021 McCall’s Quilting November/December issue.


You know how ...

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November 14, 2021
Generations - Clara from easypatchwork

Hi there and thanks for joining us today. I would like to present the newest figure in the Generations Paper Dolls series featuring 6" x 12" historical foundation paper pieced figures spanning centuries of inspirational female heritage. 

Clara is the newest figure in our series. She is one of my favorite figures with her wrapped and belted shawl. Her delicate hands are folded in front waiting as if she is reflecting on life and its tiny little challenges. She wears a full sized bonnet. This figure resemebles a 18th century figure, don't you agree?

Includes Two Versions of FPP ...

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November 3, 2021
Spool Star pattern released! from I Patch and Quilt

Yay, it is finally time to RELEASE the Spool Star quilt pattern!

Have you already been gathering your favorite scraps?

Yesterday I showed you the dark SNOW version of this wall hanging pattern.

But other layouts are also possible with this little block that has found its way into my heart. </p>
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November 2, 2021
Spool Star – FAQ from I Patch and Quilt

Just a few days ago I announced that the Spool Star quilt pattern will be released on 3 November 2021. That is TOMORROW!

I wanted to take the time today to give you some information on the pattern and answer the questions that I received.

The foundation paper piecing pattern for this wall hanging provides a step by step walk through of all the elements needed to create this beautiful seasonal wall hanging. The pattern will not contain instructions on how to foundation paper piece, but a list of tips is provided.

These are the skills that are required for ...

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October 31, 2021
Spool Star quilt pattern release – SOON from I Patch and Quilt

Hello my dear friends!

This last week was one of the most intense quilt-wise. I am so happy that I could spend so much of this Fall break on stitching my most recent projects and getting them finished!

I have a finish to share with you today, and a special date too!

Let’s look at some eyecandy first, okay? </p>
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October 22, 2021
Terracotta Fiori Quilt Along: Week 3 from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

Can you believe it’s already Week 3 of our Terracotta Fiori Quilt Along? Last week we cut our fabrics and this week we’ll work on making all of the triangles for the quilt. Next week is a free week, so if you just received your fabric there’s still time to jump in and catch up.

Terracotta Fiori Quilt

Foundation Paper Piecing vs. English Paper Piecing

The Terracotta Fiori Quilt is a Paper Pieced Pattern, also referred to as Foundation Paper Piecing. This is very different than English Paper Piecing. They all sound so similar, which can get confusing. 

Paper Piecing ...

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October 17, 2021
Even MORE Halloween Fun! from Made By Marney

I’ve had so much fun all month designing Halloween Gnomes. I know how much you love paper pieced gnomes, and so do I! After finishing 12 new Halloween blocks, I have put them into my latest quilt pattern.


I’m loving all of these Gnomes, but here are some of my favorites…

The SO FRANKEN CUTE GNOME has a tiny little spider made from a button with French Knot eyes. Adorps!

The WITCH’S BREW GNOME is mixing her favorite concoction in her cauldron….TOO FUN!

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October 15, 2021
Generations - a New Series of Historical Paper Dolls from easypatchwork

After several years of being a quilt and quilt block designer, I have developed a passion to create mix and matchable figures especially females. This love and desire stems from a childhood hobby of drawing barbie dolls with different outfits. Did you also design clothing for your dolls? 

New Paper Dolls Series

After taking a very long break from quilting, designing, and sewing, I sat down one day and just "doodled" - designing on the computer. I wanted to see if I could create a new figure with a historial flair. After several hours of diligent changes, Quilter Grace was created ...

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October 7, 2021
Christmas quilt pattern with poinsettias from Pieced Brain

Christmas quilt pattern with poinsettias

Make this beautiful Christmas quilt pattern with poinsettias in one weekend! Display it on the wall, the table, or as a throw. However you use it, it is sure to contribute to the warm welcome you will extend to your family and friends this holiday, and for many to come!

Photo by American Quilter. Used with permission.

“Holiday Cheer” was just published in the November 2021 issue of the American Quilter magazine. I love this photograph so much! It provides the perfect setting for this bold, geometric design. And the colors!!!

The quilt measures 63-1/2″ x 63-1/2″ and ...

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September 28, 2021
Spool Star Holiday wreath from I Patch and Quilt

Do you remember the small wallhanging that I made using my foundation paper pieced Spool Star block? Playing with the Spool Star block is turning out very inspiring. So many ideas!

Let’s look at the first new layout, a Holiday wreath!

The traditional red and green, with some vintage-style blue and pink.

This block works so well with solids or blender-type fabrics, which I have a lot of….

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September 23, 2021
Finally some tea! from I Patch and Quilt

So happy to announce that the ‘Tea with Kate’ kitchen quilt is finished.

This wall hanging will be on display hopefully soon on a wall near my kitchen. I am happy with how it turned out, even though all the stitching seemed to take for ever. </p>
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More Halloween Fun…Gotta Love It! from Made By Marney

Your response to my latest Halloween paper pieced blocks was so overwhelming that guess what? I designed more! Let’s get as much Halloween as possible!

The WITCH GNOME WITH SPIDER is cute, cute, cute! Maybe use this witch gnome with my other WITCH BLOCKS to make a table runner or quilt?

This little gnome is holding the biggest candy corn ever! CANDY CORN GNOME is stinkin’ cute!


FROG MAGIC is a witchy little frog. I’m planning a super cool pillow with this little guy! Aren’t frogs just ...

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September 22, 2021
Spool Star introductions from I Patch and Quilt

Quite a few years ago I drew some quilt designs in a notebook, which I promptly forgot about.

When cleaning and sorting through the papers in my sewing room this Summer, I came across this notebook again. One of the designs I had come up with, I want to present to you today. I have named the block ‘Spool Star’.

The block itself is derived from the traditional spool block, but constructed differently, thus making it possible to usetwo different colors in one block. Putting these block together will create interlocking stars. To some they may look like pinwheels instead ...

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September 14, 2021

My favorite holiday is approaching! I’m excited to use these brand new Halloween paper pieced block patterns in some projects. Which is your favorite?


Wouldn’t an entire Halloween Quilt be great? Here are more Halloween paper pieced blocks that could be added…

This spooky quilt was put together by my customer Donna. She did an awesome job using my collection of Halloween blocks. All of these block patterns, as well as all of the gnome blocks can be found at ETSY.

The post HALLOWEEN ...

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September 6, 2021
It’s a SEASIDE ADVENTURE Row-Along AND Give-Away! from Made By Marney

Thanks so much for stopping to visit. I feel so honored to be once again included in our 2021 Seaside Adventure Row-Along! We have the fabulous Melissa Shields from The Quilting Room With Mel to thank for organizing the many different quilt bloggers/designers participating this year! And…lots of great FREE STUFF AND A GIVE-AWAY! I am offering a free paper piecing pattern designed by little ole’ me, AND a pattern to create a super cute Beach Tote with my row. Why do I offer FREE patterns to my customers and friends??? Because I love you!


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August 23, 2021
Coffee cup mug rugs from Flying Parrot Quilts

The coffee cup mug rug pattern is available in the Flying Parrot Quilts pattern shop!

I really needed some instant gratification, and in the quilting world, it doesn’t come more instant than mug rugs. So, not quite instant, but still not that long! I had been wanting to make some new versions of the paper pieced coffee cup mug rug I made for a swap ages ago. (Does that make this instant coffee? I digress.)

So, because they went so quickly I whipped up five in an afternoon! (The bindings took several episodes of Star Trek to get through ...

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August 21, 2021
Gardening Gnomes from Made By Marney

Gardening is such a popular pastime. I am almost as passionate about gardening as I am for paper piecing.

My sweet customer Trish, requested some gardening gnomes.

Trish particularly wanted a girl gnome with braids.


This gnome helps me water the flowers.

I use my blocks for all sorts of projects…

Garden Gnome Vest

I designed this vest for a sewing competition. Kind of quirky and whimsical! Next I am using the garden gnomes on some pillows for a gift.

The 3 day sewing competition is called TOP STITCH and was held in Ripon, Wisconsin ...

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August 2, 2021
Finishing the Miniature Quilt from From My Carolina Home

Today I’ll show the finishing of the miniature fans quilt. When I left off, the little top was fully assembled, pieced with 50 wt Aurifil thread.

Now, how to quilt it was the question. This is the time when many of us just stop and stare, or put it away for later, creating stacks of UFOs. I tend to leave things out and just make myself get to them so I have few UFOs. Answering all the questions of how to quilt it, what to quilt it with, what batting to use, what thread to use is the basis ...

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July 30, 2021
Curves and more curves from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 Hmm -- I discovered something this morning when I woke up. I've had a wee issue with some muscles in my neck, and I noticed that they were significantly less when I was at the retreat, even though I was sewing a lot. Could it be my pillow? My pillow isn't as thick and fluffy as the one at the retreat house - perhaps I need to try a new pillow. But I was off to the gym this morning! There are so few people at 5:30 AM. 

Well, yesterday was a great day! In the morning, I had ...

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