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January 24, 2021
Heart Bandit from Made By Marney

Here’s a cute paper pieced mug rug pattern just in time for Valentine’s Day. You will find it in the January/February 2021 issue of McCalls Quilting.

This HEART BANDIT MUG RUG is cute, cute, cute! The magazine has full instructions for paper piecing the raccoon block and consructing the mug rug.

The sassy little raccoon block is easy to complete in a day. You could have some sweet Valentine’s gifts done in no time.

Wrap up this mug rug with a coffee mug and some hot cocoa!


One of my customers, Nickola, requested a ...

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January 21, 2021
Winter Gnomes from Made By Marney

Here are my latest additions to my paper pieced Gnome collection.


GNOME IN A TRUCK is a combination of my 2 favorite things…red trucks and gnomes! I was so happy with this sweet gnome, that I made his girl friend…


GIRL GNOME‘s braids have small pieces, which makes this an intermediate level pattern.


This GNOME WITH A HEART has been very popular for Valentine’s Day projects. I’m making a sofa pillow. What are you using it for?

Happy Valentines Day … will you be ...

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January 20, 2021
Two More Retro Sampler Blocks Completed, and Fabric Crises Averted from Cheeky Cognoscenti

 Hello and happy Tuesday!  This post needs to be a "quickie" because I have a dentist appointment to get ready for.  I like making these Tuesday To-Do lists, even if I don't always cross everything off before the next Tuesday rolls around.

Last week, I managed to eke out two more 5" sampler blocks for my '80s Retro Building Blocks sampler quilt:

5 Inch Puss In the Corner Block

Neither of these blocks is in the original Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt, by the way.  I always try to mention that in case anyone out there is working on ...

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January 12, 2021
What’s New For Winter? from Made By Marney

January is always a tough month for me…getting through 5 weeks of winter can be grueling. I stay in Wisconsin, and take advantage of the snow with some cross country skiing and snow shoeing. AND I decorate with paper pieced snowmen. They can stay in place until Valentine’s Day or beyond, so it’s an easy decorating theme.


These 2 cuties are from my newest book, PAPER PIECING ALL YEAR ROUND. With 24 block patterns and lots of cute projects, this book is a good bargain.


I have ...

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January 1, 2021
Proof of finish......... from Exuberant Color

I'm publishing a second post today to get these finishes in at the end of the year.

Finish #19 for 2020

 Yardbirds Circling the Cat wallhanging finished before midnight Dec. 31, 2020.  It is approximately 32" square.  Hand finished binding.

The back is a mottled batik.

Finish #20 for 2020

You might remember this mini colorwash I made while I was teaching my Colorwash360 class.  The little squares finish at 1"

On the back I added the folded squares at the corners so a rod can be put in on any side for hanging.  I don't normally count ...

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December 24, 2020
Gnomes For All Seasons… from Made By Marney

Yes, I know…I should be drinking coffee with Bailey’s and putting my feet up for the holidays, but NO…instead I am designing even more Gnomes.

Some of you want Gnomes for every season, so I am adding these new designs to my evergrowing list of gnome paper pieced patterns.


SANTA GNOME works perfectly for the holidays. He has his sack full of toys near by!


REINDEER GNOME is Santa Gnomes best buddy. They will make a cute couple as potholders!


GNOME WITH GIFTS has my sweet gnome juggling packages for ...

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December 15, 2020
Quilted wall hanging for your home decor from Pieced Brain

Quilted wall hanging for your home decor

Make a colorful quilted wall hanging to add a retro vibe to your home decor. Easy paper piecing and large blocks help you create this artwork in no time!

Photograph by American Quilter. Used with permission.

“On Broadway” was just published in the January 2021 issue of the American Quilter magazine by the American Quilter’s Society. I was inspired by the theaters on Broadway and love this photo setup! Lots of gold and bright colors, just as the ones we see as we walk the streets of Midtown Manhattan.

The quilt measures 60″ x 60″ and the blocks finish ...

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December 2, 2020
New Christmas Patterns from Made By Marney

It’s not too late to sew some christmas magic! Here are some of my newest Christmas paper pieced patterns. Most of these patterns were designed after hearing feedback from my wonderful customers. I appreciate your input and requests!


This Volkswagon Beetle is delivering the Christmas tree. You could use your own photo and put yourself in the driver’s seat in BUG WITH TREE. This pattern is stinkin’ cute!


I designed this holiday potholder set for a Christmas blog last year, but it has been such a popular pattern. CAROLING BUDDIES is a sweet ...

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November 22, 2020
Dogs, Dogs, Dogs…For a Good Cause. from Made By Marney

This adorable handmade paper pieced DOG QUILT is being offered in an online auction, benefits to go to the Street Dog Foundation.

The quilt was lovingly paper pieced by Janet, using my dog patterns, of course! She donated all of the materials and her time for the Street Dog Foundation’s benefit. It would be great if you would show your support by placing a bid on this lovely quilt in the next 2 weeks, after which bidding will end.


And speaking of dog patterns, here are my 4 newest dogs just in time for the holidays ...

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November 19, 2020
Foundation Paper Piecing + Needle Turn Appliqué: The Notorious R.B.G. is Ready to Join Her International Sisters from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Do you remember seeing "a little secret sewing" on my to-do list last week?  I had SEW much fun making this "Notorious R.B.G." block for my quilting friend Preeti, based on her popular International Sisters Block Tutorial (find it on her Sew Preeti Quilts blog here).  

My Notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg Block, Ready to Join Her Sisters

If you haven't seen Preeti's International Sisters blocks yet, you should pop over to Preeti's tutorial to read how the block came about.  Preeti stumbled upon a quilt block called African Queen a few years ago and drafted ...

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November 17, 2020
Paper Piecing All Year Round from Made By Marney

My newest book, PAPER PIECING ALL YEAR ROUND, is ready for pre-sale from Amazon. I don’t even have a copy of it yet…that’s how new it is!


This book has something for everyone. I have designed 2 images for each month of the year… that means you will be getting 24 paper pieced block patterns, plus the patterns for 7 different projects. All blocks fit in all patterns in this book, as well as all of the projects in my previous 5 books.


These 2 adorable Gnomes are the images ...

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November 5, 2020
Economy Block and a Flower Tutorial!! from Bee In My Bonnet

I have always loved this 
traditional quilt block.
It has several names but the
 most common and oldest name that 
I know for it is called the
Traditionally it has always been
 fairly simple to construct...
 but the down side is that 
 because all of the angles are on a bias
 it is super hard to have made the
 block accurate when 
piecing the traditional way.

So when I was given the opportunity to
 design foundation paper piecing blocks
 for It's Sew Emma...
 I jumped on it right away
 and the first block that I chose
 was ...

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Holiday Gnomes from Made By Marney

Since Gnomes are all the rage this holiday, my customers have been requesting more gnome designs…and I love a challenge!


I LOVE this super cute LUMBERJACK GNOME. I can’t wait to make my paper pieced block into a cozy winter pillow. What will you do with yours?


The only item hotter than gnomes right now are lanterns. This clever little gnome is done in Christmas colors, but doesn’t need to be. The GNOME WITH LANTERN would be adorable all year round.


I like a gnome with braids. MISS GNOME has ...

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October 19, 2020
Which Witch is Which? from Made By Marney

I’ve just designed two new witch blocks just in time for Halloween…


This is such an easy pattern…using a striped fabric for Wanda The Witch’s hair makes it look like it has lots of texture. Wanda has such a beautiful wonky nose! Very witchy indeed!


My Goofy Witch has 2 sparkling teeth and a giant wart on her nose. Wouldn’t it be fun to make potholders from these two lovely witches? Which witch is which????

Here are a few more adorable Halloween projects made from my paper pieced witch and cat ...

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October 13, 2020
It’s A Garden Party Show and Tell Day… from Seams To Be Sew

Today is the last day of the It’s A Garden Party Row Along. I have enjoyed all of your comments, and I am happy that...

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October 8, 2020
It’s A Garden Party Row Along Day 10…. from Seams To Be Sew

And today marks the last day of the It’s A Garden Party Row Along. Next Tuesday, we’ll have what’s called the Show and Tell Day....

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Halloween Patterns from Made By Marney

My newest book, PAPER PIECING ALL YEAR ROUND, has patterns for every month of the year. This book is hot off the press and can be pre-ordered on Amazon.

Here are 2 October blocks from my book made into Mini Quilts…

Mini Quilts

These 2 blocks are some of my many Halloween patterns. Check out what my friends and customers have been creating with some of my other paper pieced Halloween patterns…

Toothy Witch, Glinda the Witch, Frankenstein, and Dracula

This adorable wall hanging was created by Bernadette.

I have lots of different Witch patterns!

This adorable wall hanging ...

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October 6, 2020
It’s A Garden Party Row Along Day 09 from Seams To Be Sew

What a wild ride this has been. September has totally broken me down to my lowest levels and now I have a flu bug… Don’t...

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October 1, 2020
It’s A Garden Party Row Along Day 8… from Seams To Be Sew

Today is day 8 of the for the It’s A Garden Party Row Along. As I’ve said for many months I love this year’s row...

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September 29, 2020
It’s A Garden Party Row Along Day 7 from Seams To Be Sew

Today is the 7th day of the row along with just 3 more days to go after today. We have seen so many wonderful patterns...

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