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February 23, 2021
kerchief girl ⋈ bow tie laptop case from Charm About You


It's great being asked to create a project when it's something you actually need! I've had my current laptop for a while but didn't have a case for it. My youngest has adopted my previous laptop, since all the online schooling started it made sense for her to use it. She has adopted my last homemade case to go with it. Clearly we don't need them for travel but it's nice to put devices away at the end of the day and keep them safe from dust and spills and the like. 


The brief ...

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SHOW YOUR STRIPES BLOG HOP from That's Sew Kerry

 Stripy String Quilt




A little while ago Carla from Creatin in the Sticks put a call out to those of us that love stripes - any size any way, striped fabric, striped binding, strips of fabric to make stripes (here's where I come in) literally anything goes! 

There are so many fantastic bloggers taking part over the week(schedule at the bottom) and a whole host of different projects, ideas and inspirations that you can read about and try out - I hope you will join in and show me your stripes!




If you have read by blog for a while ...

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February 15, 2021
Block Trading from QUilting By-You

Sure it’s not stocks like we may have been watching in the news, but have you ever been a part of a block trade? Once upon a time when we were still working our office jobs, we found that there were others who enjoyed or wanted to learn about our quilting hobby. Perhaps you have similar where you work or live? Pandemic conditions have certainly added a layer of difficulty to this kind of thing.

At any rate, we decided to get together once a month for lunch. Bring your own meal, met in a conference room or other ...

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February 8, 2021
Foxy Valentine from Made By Marney

My Foxy Valentine paper pieced block is featured in the January/February issue of QUILTMAKER magazine.

FOXY VALENTINE

This Foxy block pattern is only available in the Quiltmaker magazine at this time.

I’ve included a pillow pattern in the magazine, too. I have my Foxy Valentine pillow on my sofa this month.

Here are some other cute Valentine patterns.

VALENTINE BLOCK I
VALENTINE BLOCK II

These 2 block patterns are in my newest book PAPER PIECING ALL YEAR ROUND. I’m using them in my hanging towels. This project is included in the book, as ...

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February 4, 2021
Gnomes for MORE Seasons… from Made By Marney

So many customers are asking for more GNOMES. If you are looking for a paper pieced gnome for every month of the year, you can pick and choose the 12 you like the most to make your gnome quilt….choose a Gnome for every month. Here are some of my newest gnomes.

EASTER BUNNY GNOME

For the EASTER BUNNY GNOME I lucked out and found a scrap of this great basket weave fabric. The most fun was finding some adorable Easter egg buttons from Hobby Lobby to fill my basket. Click on HOBBY LOBBY if you want to find the ...

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January 27, 2021
Valentine’s Day Free Sewing Projects from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello, my fellow creators!

I am back with some exciting projects because I don’t know about you, but I will take any holiday as an excuse to start sewing! Valentine’s Day is around the corner and I was really excited to put together some of my favorite free patterns that you can make just in time for the big. There is something for everyone here, whether you want to quilt for a loved one or smaller projects for friends, you’ll find it right here. 

Everlasting_Flowers_1Wrapped Bouquets

Featuring Everlasting by Sharon Holland

DOWNLOAD PATTERN

 

Fusions Ballerina Pillows 1Marianne Pillows

Featuring Ballerina ...

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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!

GNOME LOVE

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

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January 23, 2021
The Little Stone Church from Quilt in Progress

I managed to finish another block. This one was fairly simple and I didn’t have too many mistakes. I knew I wanted to put the stone print fabric to good use, even though I wish it had been smaller stones and more of an orangey color.

You can see the outlines where I’ve drawn with black marker. It helps me to see the shapes and the scale.

I used a white fabric for the sky, since this photo was taken on an overcast winter day. I found a leftover bit of sparkly white (angel costume, could you guess ...

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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

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 IN A TRUCK

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

GNOME WITH A HEART

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 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.

Snowmen from PAPER PIECING ALL YEAR ROUND

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.

SNOWMAN TABLE RUNNER

I have ...

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January 7, 2021
Time to Go on an Adventure: Little Forester Fusion from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

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Welcome back fabric friends, I hope everyone had a nice and safe Christmas! Who else is ready to have a fresh start? 2021 is in a few days and I am looking forward to all the new adventures we will go through together. Today, we are finally wrapping up the year with the last lookbook launch of 2020, Little Forester Fusion! This is a new Fusion collection from AGF, meaning we grab a couple of iconic prints from your favorite designers, and then we recolor them to create a new exciting group. Little Forester Fusion is an all-cotton collection, which ...

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January 5, 2021
Chain of Hearts Quilt Block from Expect Moore

I’m so excited to share this quilt block with you! The pieces aren’t too tiny on this block (I know I’ve done some tiny piecing in past blocks), and when you make several to put together, they make a super fun “chain” quilt design! You can make yours simple, as I’ve shown in the illustration […]

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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

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

REINDEER GNOME

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

GNOME WITH GIFTS

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

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December 16, 2020
A Brief and Incomplete History of Quilting from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Fabric stored and organized for the purpose of quilting.

Quilting has a long and storied history stretching back as far as ancient Egypt, piecing together a timeline of humanity from which we draw our crafting skills. While the quilting we know and love today is worlds different from the functional quilting of our past, it still holds a unique place in our hearts and in our history. For generations we’ve warmed ourselves and our families beneath quilts. They’ve been there to protect us, remind us of our past, and comfort us in difficult times.

While it’s not ...

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December 13, 2020
Data is Beautiful, part 2 – Roses from Dueling Threads

2020. It goes without saying that this year’s global events have required strength in the face of uncertainty. Businesses and individuals have relied even more heavily than before on data to bring understanding and actionable insights to their families, teams and communities. One tricky part of doing this is to create a visualization that can be understood by a wide population.

Data is Beautiful : Part 1

I feel fortunate that I have been able to buckle down and work on my Master of Science in Analytics (remotely), support my family at home while they moved back and forth with ...

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December 10, 2020
Classic and Vintage Series: Blazing Star from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

We’d like to introduce the latest pattern in our Classic & Vintage series, the Blazing Star Quilt!  In our Classic & Vintage series, we focus on traditional quilt blocks and add a modern twist. The Blazing Star is a beautiful design, and we’ve simplified it so you don’t need to worry about matching seams. It’s time to blaze a trail right through this vintage quilt block!

The Blazing Star Quilt Pattern gives instructions for making crib, lap, twin and queen-sized quilts. The FREE Blazing Star Block Pattern makes a 9.5″ x 9.5″ unfinished block. To make ...

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December 9, 2020
IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR! from That's Sew Kerry

Especially when you get Great Presents!

It's no secret I have an addiction to fabric - so this is always a sure win when buying a present for me, but as a quilter I quite often get asked what 'good presents' to buy are. So I thought I'd put together a little list of things that have caught my eye recently or that I generally can't do with out in case anyone was struggling with what to buy for the quilter/sewer/crafter in their life.

This is not sponsored or affiliated in any way, simply my opinions ...

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December 3, 2020
Welcome Home Quilt Finished from Wedding Dress Blue

The first Welcome Home quilt is complete.

The blocks finish at 10″ and it only takes 48 to make a nice size (60″ x 80″) quilt. Perfect for a large, cuddly throw, a Quilt of Valor, or a twin size quilt.

Jennifer, who donated her quilting time, used an overall flower pattern with multi-color thread. LOVE IT!

We have another finished top waiting to be quilted, and more blocks in the works. To celebrate the season of giving, I am joining Susan in committing to make a block a day to #LightTheWorld. The Welcome Home block tutorial will be posted ...

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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!

BUG WITH TREE

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!

CAROLING BUDDIES

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.

HOLIDAY GOLDEN RETRIEVER

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

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