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May 7, 2021
PICKLEBALL LOVER from Made By Marney

As summer approaches, I am anticipating playing my newest passion in the park, Pickleball. All winter I have beaten the blues by socializing with 8 friends at indoor pickleball, while wearing masks.

I even sewed matching “pickle masks” for our teams. But I can’t wait to get back outside and play at some of the local courts in our city parks.

So when my son Brady suggested I create a Pickleball Gnome, I knew he was absolutely right. How had I forgotten to make a gnome doing my favorite sport?

Pickleball Gnome Potholders

You can get both patterns as ...

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April 22, 2021
Loons from Made By Marney

I’m having fun designing new bird patterns…

LOON ON THE LAKE #2

Finding the right fabrics is always the key. The water fabric is perfect, don’t you agree? And the wonky black and white hashtag makes a super cute loon fabric! LOON ON THE LAKE #2 and LOON ON THE LAKE #3 are both brand new designs.

LOON ON THE LAKE #3

Here’s a loon I already had in my collection of FOWL FRIENDS. I’m planning to put all 3 of these loons together for a table runner for my cabin. We have a pair of ...

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April 11, 2021
I Love Kitty Kats from Made By Marney

My customers have been requesting more paper pieced cat patterns, and I am super happy to oblige. Here is a new SIAMESE CAT pattern.

SIAMESE CAT

Plus here is an adorable SIAMESE KITTEN

SIAMESE KITTEN

This is my first quilt design with cats, CATS N DOGS.

CATS N DOGS

This quilt has 6 Cats and 6 Dogs. All of the cats are super easy, which makes this a great design for beginner paper piecers.

SCAREDY CAT

After seeing how my customers responded to this design, I knew I needed to create a quilt with all cats.

CRAZY CATS

One of ...

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April 9, 2021
Celebrating Andes Culture with Andina Fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

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I don't even know where to begin on this blog post because my excitement for today's collection release is more than what I can express in words! As someone who is from Peru, this collection means a lot more to me as it has a lot of prints that represent who I am and where I come from. As soon as I saw “Andina” in the works and why, my heart skipped a beat. Andina was inspired by the Andes culture, which takes a few elements from several countries on the western side of South America like their ...

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March 29, 2021
Hippity Hoppity, Easter’s On It’s Way from Made By Marney

If you are looking for some quick Easter projects, you might enjoy these paper pieced blocks…

EASTER BUNNY GNOME

Here is one of my newer Gnomes Blocks. The EASTER BUNNY GNOME BLOCK would make adorable potholders or a pillow.

EASTER PATTERNS

The EASTER TABLE RUNNER PATTERN has 6 blocks of bunnies and chicks. I have these potholders hanging in my kitchen right now!

These projects were created by Marilyn using the above pattern. Great job!

HAPPY EASTER BUNNY AND DUCKY POTHOLDERS are super cute, and can be used in other projects, too.

Didn’t Lisa do a wonderful job making ...

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March 24, 2021
Square in a Square/ Economy Patch from Humble Quilts

 Hello quilters! Someone mentioned that they wouldn't know how to make the economy patch by using my Electric Quilt cutting pattern.  I thought I'd show you how I would make a 3" finished economy patch block.

I'd cut the center square a tad smaller. It seems like I always lose my 1/4" seam allowance on this block.
Center square- cut (1) 2 1/2" square
background (a tad oversized) - cut (2) 2 1/2" squares, then cut on the diagonal to make 4 triangles. 

Find the center of your square and the center of you triangle ...

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March 23, 2021
glitta pouch + improv from Charm About You


I do enjoy making little projects, it's always good to have a nice quick finish between bigger projects. I have been joining in with Laura of Sweet Cinnamon Roses as she hosts her Pattern Parade of projects, all designed to be fun to sew and encourage your creativity!
So far for the pattern parade I have made the Glitta Pouch and an Improv block using her patterns, here's how mine turned out...

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March 18, 2021
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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March 15, 2021
How to: Piece a Mosaic Star with Natalia Bonner from Piece N Quilt

Let's get stitching!

Beginning January 1st, 2021! A WHOLE YEAR OF STARS!

On the 1st of every month for 1 whole year Natalia will release a FREE YouTube video, teaching you step-by-step how to machine quilt a star quilt block. Natalia will also release a 2nd variation of the star quilt block on Patreon; you can subscribe to Patreon to gain access to those videos here. (Patreon videos are not free.)



What You Will Need
Something to quilt on. Natalia will be quilting all of her designs on a custom Year of Stars panel; you can purchase a panel ...

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March 2, 2021
Orchid Quilt Block from Expect Moore

I’m ready for springtime and flowers! That’s why this month I made this Orchid Quilt Block to go along with our flower quilt block theme for Quilt Block Mania! Over 25 designers are joining in with their take on a flower themed quilt block, and I designed this really fun Orchid Quilt Block for you! […]

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March 1, 2021
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.

As we begin to celebrate National Quilting Month, it is important to look back upon our history and appreciate how the art of quilting has evolved throughout our past. Each of us has a special responsibility as a quilter (whether you realize it or not!); we are tasked with keeping an ancient art form alive and well and with every stitch of fabric, we’re sewing the threads of the craft’s future. Whether you learned how to quilt in the traditional way of having the skill passed down from previous ...

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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. 


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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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