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1-2-3 Sale!

Friday, October 4th, 2019

Hello Everyone!


And I have put together a ” 1-2-3 Sale!” for this weekend to kick off what I truly feel is Hand Piecing Season to celebrate!

There will be no other sale on Hand Piecing templates for the remainder of the year. This is the one to act on!

Castle Wall Burst Block

Are you ready to tackle a new block? Been contemplating a block (or two or three) for awhile? Well now is the time to grab those templates for hours of feet up and zen sewing. ALL Hand Piecing template sets are on sale!

Michigan Beauty Block

Using the codes below your Hand Piecing Template purchase can be either 10% -20% or 30% off from now until midnight cst Sunday, Oct 6th.

BUY 1 set – use code: BUY10 – for 10% off

BUY 2 sets – use code: BUY20 – for 20% off

BUY 3 sets – use code: BUY30 – for 30% off

Little Boy Britches Block

And of course, the all time favorite block!

Carolina Favorite Block

And finally the how-to blogs and Facebook Live sessions for the Midwest Star block will begin next week. Life just got a bit crazy with all the travel in Sept and things got away from me. Look for the first how-to blog to post on Tuesday and the first LIVE to happen Friday, Oct 11th – time to be determined.

Enjoy your weekend!

Super Spring Sale!

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Now that there are quite a few Hand Piecing Block template sets and English Paper Piecing block paper sets I can really have a ramped up sale and get everyone geared up for the zen of Spring (and Summer) hand sewing!

So here are the details:

SALE DATES: MARCH 28 to MARCH 31 – ending midnight CST

Sale discount applies to the purchase of ALL Hand Piecing Block Template Sets and/or English Paper Piecing – LARGE packs.

You can mix and match items.

Purchase 1 item – use code: ONEfor10 – for 10% off

Purchase 2 items – use code TWOfor20 – for 20% off

Purchase 3+ items – use code THREEfor35 – for 35% off

The more you buy ~ The more you save!

Be sure to enter the correct code mentioned above for your discount at checkout. I will not be able to adjust sales after they are processed for payment.

Any sales not meeting the minimum product amount indicated above for the appropriate discount will be cancelled and the purchaser notified via email.

Discount DOES apply to ALL sales regardless of shipping location – so my overseas fans this one includes you! Note that the shipping charge may be more then the actual cost (this happens with multiple product overseas orders) but I always refund any overcharge once the actual shipping cost is determined. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Now I am off to create while you shop as I am sure my Monday in the office will be a busy one…but I can’t wait to see what you create as soon as everything is in your hands!

Enjoy the day,

Happy New Year SALE!

Monday, December 31st, 2018

I am sitting here typing while watching Ginger chase her tail. What a year it has been. I still miss Molly each and every day but Ginger has found her own special place in my heart.

I have the house to myself for the next 24 hours. A rare event these days with Paul Jr moving back in temporarily for 3-4 weeks. Just waiting on his work visa to be issued and he will be on a flight to Stockholm as soon as possible. He hopes to get there by late January to give himself 7-10 days of settling in before starting work in early February.

He is so excited to be working at Paradox Interactive. I think it is a good fit all around and both he and the company will benefit.

And now we wait for Emily to throw us a curveball. It’s a twin thing…lol. Maybe I shouldn’t of typed that…that girl loves a challenge.

And finally I am loving that so many are enjoying not only the Border Options modern line of rectangles and corner blocks for English Paper Piecing but also the new Mic’s Attic Picks series of more traditional blocks based of my antique quilt collection. They are also being offered in both the hand piecing templates and English Paper Piecing format.

And so that brings me to the announcement of a New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day sale in my webstore.

You can get to my store quickly by clicking here or the tab at the top of the page.

And finally thank you for all your support this past year.

I truly appreciate it.

Happy New Year to Everyone,

Happy Shopping Weekend!

Friday, November 23rd, 2018

Yes the shopping season is upon us!   And I have some deals for you lined up for each day this weekend and cyber Monday! 

I have decided to go with the sale hours of 10am to 10pm cst each day.  This gives both coasts plenty of time to participate and gives me some off hours to get all that needs to happen behind the scenes happen. 

The informational images you see below will drop in both the MDQuilts Facebook and Instagram pages at 10am for you each day.  







So heads up!   And ENJOY! 

…and while you are shopping I am going to be busy putting together the final items for the release of a new set of hand piecing templates for pre-order on December 1st!    And here is a hint…this is a 16″ block!  That means the pieces are bigger for all of you who asked.  Yippee!   

Ok…off to work I go!

Have a great day!



No Trick ALL TREAT Sale!

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Guess what?! 

ALL things Hand Piecing and English Paper Piecing  are on sale in my webstore 

To receive 25% OFF use the code: TREAT when checking out.

FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25 Domestic/$75 International – and that is pre sales percentage off! 

Sale ends at midnight, Oct 31, 2018


 Because I have been so quiet today getting everything ready here,  I am going to push the button NOW and make this sale  from the time of this post thru Halloween.   So place your order and then sit back and enjoy your treat within normal shipping time.   Direct shipping from my manufacture will happen on Hand Piecing and English Paper Piecing items even when I am away from my office this week.   If your order includes any other item(s)  shipping cost for those items and they will not ship out until after Nov 10th. 

Ok I need to go pack a few more things in the jeep. 

Have a great day!


BLOW OUT sale on Block Hand Piecing Templates

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

I just received word that ALL* Hand Piecing Template sets will now be shipping in the lovely hard cases you have enjoyed with the Carolina Favorite block.   Aren’t those cases great!  And they will be available for purchase alone later next month.  As soon as I have the okay I will be adding them to my store and will let you know. 

But that means I need to let the old stock of “bagged” blocks I have in my inventory go!  I went in and did an exact count and loaded the numbers into the store software.   You will find the blocks and their discounted pricing under the SALE category in the shop!  

The blocks included are Lady of the Lake, Jim Dandy, Paris Flight, Castle Wall, Augusta, and Wandering Star.


*At this time Castle Wall Burst will remain a bagged block due to the size of the templates…but there are plans in the works for this block to make it fit in a hard case.  Watch for that info later this year. 

I will be away from my home office and will not be shipping orders from August 28th to September 3rd so if you want your templates now- place your order!  

This sale is limited to stock on hand so once the number available reads zero the item will revert to full price.  

Enjoy the day, 





P.S.  Thank you for all the email/messages/posts asking if Carolina Favorite will be available in the EPP format.  The answer on that is YES!  The projected release date for that is sometime in late September.  I will let you know as soon as I have a defined date and I will get the info into my store for pre-orders! 

And this means you can ask for it at your local shop as they will be able to order it also in late September for their shelves!


Lots of Changes Goin’ On!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Hello Everyone,

Just a quick blog to catch you up to date.   This Autumn you will see a whole new website appear here!

There will be dedicated pages for Hand Piecing, Pieced Hexies, On the Road Projects, etc.

Content will be deposited on pages where applicable along with the blog in a quick and orderly fashion.   My type A  side of my brain is happy!

It is like building a house and making a separate room for everything!

Plus, I have some new ideas and products for hand piecing I will be sharing and watch for a roll out of all kinds of new Pieced Hexies patterns!   Ideas and plans, years in the making, are coming to life.   It is a bit overwhelming for me but also exciting.

CastleWallBurstEPPpapersPlus I just added the English Paper Piecing (EPP) packs for the Castle Wall Burst Expansion Packs to the store.  These packs contain papers for 3 blocks.

And to kick them off right I have a sale going on of







until midnight Sunday August 7th.

30% OFF!

Use this code at checkout: 30%OFF


Enjoy the day,


Spring Cleaning Sale!

Monday, March 7th, 2016

With the temperature warming up my “cleaning gene” is in full force around Chez Depre.   I like to go thru the house and declutter.  Paul and the kids would fear this time of year and I am ruthless and stuff has to go!  And I do this with the studio and office also.

With my 2015 project winding down, just a two more blocks to make, it is time to move out the EPP papers and Acrylic Template sets for these blocks.  YES, I am teaching the blocks as workshops and I will always keep a few sets on hand in the store but truly it is time to clear the stock on hand out so I can move in some new items I have on the horizon.


There are some foundation spacer rows that still need to be done.

But I am kicking off my next “On the Road” project March 20th when I head out to Nebraska for a few days.   I am raring to get started on this quilt as it was been a dream quilt of mine for several years now.   And I am going back to hexies, Pieced Hexies,  that is!

But more on that in a future blog.


Today is about SPRING CLEANING.   I counted up all the English Paper Piecing blocks I have in stock AND the acrylic block templates from last year’s quilt and decided to put them ALL on sale at 35% off!

These are just some of the block designs available.

ParisFlightEPP.6    JimDandyTemplates   Augusta EPP Six Blocks   Lady of the Lake EPP 6 blocks





This sale starts now and ends Sunday evening or when stock is gone.

I have included the Castle Wall papers and templates sets also just to keep it easy as they fall in the same store categories. Castle Wall Arcylic Template Set

Molly PaysAnd the Molly Paws EPP papers will be on sale also!

ALL ITEMS in the following categories are eligible for 35% off when you enter the coupon code: SPRINGCLEAN at checkout.

                                     ENGLISH PAPER PIECING>QUILT BLOCKS

                                     ACRYLIC TEMPLATES > HAND PIECING BLOCKS



And one more thing….I am now accepting SQUARE UP payments in the store.  Check off Credit Card Payment and you will be able to run it thru Square Up!  PayPal will still be accepted along with mailed personal checks.

I am off to clean out my closet now…it’s in the air….spring cleaning!

Enjoy the day,




P.S. Be sure to check out the two SALE categories in the store…all my stand alone patterns are leaving the nest…once they are sold they are gone so get your copies now!   And there are still a few book deals in the Studio Sale category.    Gotta love Spring Cleaning!

Half Pint Girl & a New Page

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

I think it was July that I first heard about the Little House on the Prairie fabric line release.   And I knew sight unseen I would need to own them all.   Because for me, like many of you, Little House on the Prairie (LHOTP) meant the world to me growing up.

LittleHouseonthePrairieI first identified with the show as my family was a family of three girls also, although being the oldest I in no way felt a pull towards Mary.  Meek and mild are never words that would be identified with me,  I am most definitely a “Laura”.

I can remember sitting in our kitchen watching the show with both my parents on a 7 inch black & white screen because well that is what we owned at that point.   It wasn’t the size of the screen that mattered, what mattered was I was allowed to stay up to watch with them while my sisters were off to bed.   And either ice cream or some sort of bakery was dished out for this event.  It was Mom & Dad and I.  It was magic.

I told my family.  I am buying the entire line.  No one blinked an eye.  They know how much LHOTP means to me.

I stalked…err faithfully followed the Andover website, Facebook page and Instagram feed for glimpses of the fabrics.  I was my drug of choice for the rest of the Summer and Autumn.   I called all local quilt shops and non were carrying the entire line.  I was stunned.  How could none of them see that an entire generation grew up being “Laura”?

I searched out an online retailer and placed my order.  A fat quarter bundle of the entire line.  As a scrappy quilter this made my heart soar.   And of course I knew once a saw the line in person I would then seek out more of favorite prints.

And then I waited.   And while waiting I tried to figure out my plan for this fabric.   I have never made a single line of fabric quilt before but there is always a first time for anything and this seemed to scream “keep them together” to me.  Plus I wanted to make a quilt just for me.  One that would go with me thru my life like an old friend.  One to wrap myself in to read a good book or do some hand sewing…or even to play a video game.  Just a quilt for me made of my sight unseen LHOTP fabric.

Then the fabric arrived…oh my!LHOTP001

I still had not picked out a pattern from the hundreds I have stored in EQ that I have designed over the years.  Nor had I gotten around to designing something new.   What to do…what to do!

And then a lightbulb moment.

I would just play.  I would make any block, any size, any time I felt like it.  No deadline.  No sprinting thru the process.  Just pure play.  I will stack the blocks and once I reach a considerable number I will begin to work them into a sampler quilt design.   I mentioned this idea on my MDQuilts facebook page and many commented and messaged that they liked this idea of the freedom to play and create too.

LHOTP003LHOTP005I cut 2.5″ strips off several of the fat quarters and matched them up in pairs and using the Easy Angle ruler I cut them into half square triangles.  These will be fed thru the machine while working on other projects.  Finished half square triangles never go to waste.


LHOTP007And here is block #1 created this Holiday weekend.   There will be no pattern for each block.  They may be posted in a blog but definitely on the facebook page.   This quilt is just for me.  But I want to see all your blocks too.  And actually all your quilting projects.   It has been the one bane of the MDQuilts page is that in order to see what you are working on your have to post your pics to the MDQuilts page and then I have to “share” them with everyone so we can all see.  It is the quirks of this type of professional page.  I don’t get to see your individual pages.

The solution.    I made a new page called Piece & Hexiness with MDQuilts.   This is an open community page so everyone can post to it.  (You do have to “join” but that is to try to keep the spammers away.)   I dream of it being like a quilt guild meeting that we can all attend daily.   I will always post to the MDQuilts page, that is home base, but you will see some of my posts also pop up on the Piece & Hexiness page from time to time.  But truly that page is all about all of you sharing your projects.  And they don’t have to be my patterns, or my books, truly let’s just have a full out show & tell.

There will be some monitoring and guidelines will be put in place when situations arise.  My goal is a spot where we can all sit back, cheer each other on, share our passion.   There will be no negativity tolerated.   If you can’t find something nice to say then don’t say anything is going to the page motto.

I hope to find pictures there every morning to make my morning coffee time awesome!

Now off to play with some more LHOTP fabric!

Enjoy the day,



Giving Thanks Sale

Monday, November 23rd, 2015


Effective immediately until Monday, November 30, 2015 at midnight CST all items in my webstore are 30% off.

This is limited to items on hand so once they are gone they are gone for the sale.

This does include ALL books…so now is the time to stock up on Half-Scrap Quilts, Pieced Hexies, Pieced Hexies Deux and Ring Around the Hexies!

I will begin processing orders on Friday, November 27th.  ALL orders will be shipped out no later than Tuesday, December 1st.

Thanks to all for your support during this year, it has been one heck of a ride in 2015.  Looking forward to calmer waters in 2016.

Happy Thanksgiving to All,