Archive for the ‘My Patterns’ Category

It’s Tussie Mussie Time!

Friday, May 10th, 2019

It is in the webstore and ready for you to purchase.

And at a special price of just $6 from now until midnight on Sunday, May 12th.

This pattern is 14 pages and jam packed with written and visual instructions, the story behind Tussie Mussie, a full quilt coloring page and fabric palette page. The fabric palette page is a tool I use for myself when sewing so I hope you find it useful too.

It has been a long time in the making for this unique rectangle block and quilt. This block was created probably about 6-7 years ago and was toyed with and tried out in several settings many times. Nothing seemed right until this setting was dreamed up last year.

Then the fabric pulling began and the polka dot fabric you see has lived in my stash for 15+ years. I had a yard. The pattern calls for 1-1/4 yards. So if you ever see this quilt in person you will see 3 or 4 of my squares are pieced. It works, the pattern on the fabric has enough movement that you don’t see the piecing unless you are looking for it. I wanted to use that fabric and nothing was going to stop me as it along with this quilt are very special to me.

note – this picture shows just 2/3rds of the quilt

Enter the floral. YES! screamed my brain. I knew they had enough in common color wise and tone that they could play together in a quilt. The trick is not to have them touch. And fields of calm between them in soft textured monochromatic fabrics. Somewhere for the eyes to rest.

I absolutely love this quilt (don’t tell the others…it is a favorite) but I knew some would need to see it in a softer palette so I made it again featuring pinks, purples and yellow. I love it again.

You can purchase your copy of the Tussie Mussie Pattern by clicking below or head to my webstore thru the STORE tab above and you will find it in the NEW & PDF Patterns section.

This is the pattern I will be teaching at the Mickey ‘n Memphis Retreat next March. So if you are signed up for that please note that Debbie will be sending you a code upon receipt of final payment that will allow you to download the pattern for free.

There is still some space in this small intimate retreat so if you are interested you will find a blog full of info by clicking here.

Enjoy the day everyone! I can’t wait to see your versions of Tussie Mussie….I am so very excited!

Two New FREE Border Options Quilt Patterns Release

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Two new quilt patterns made entirely with Border Options designs are now available for FREE in my webstore.  They are numbers #007 & #008.

Border Options Quilt Pattern #007

I just love playing with the designs in the Border Options series and creating these pattern ideas for you.  Make them as you see them in the “recipe” or use it as a jumping off point for your own idea.  The coloring is also just a suggestion…I can’t wait to see what you dream up!

Quilt Pattern #7 is a more advanced pattern if you decide to tackle it via hand piecing (did you know that all the Border Options designs are also available in hand piecing templates?) while pattern #8 looks complicated but truly is a made simply by using three designs in a row quilt layout. 

And #8 can be made in 3 different sizes, baby to full!   



Border Options Quilt Pattern #008

Head over to the store and download your FREE PDF recipe for these quilts today!  I will have bundle options for English Paper Piecing up soon in the Bundles category…or you can order just a few packs of papers and remove/reuse the papers as you build the quilt.   Just remember your order needs to be over $25 prior to any discounts….oh look further in this post for that….to receive FREE SHIPPING on Border Options products.  This free shipping applies to English Paper Piecing  papers, templates and Hand Piecing templates!

Oh and about the special coupon code…how about MAY15  for 15% off all Border Options orders from today until May 22nd. 

I am off to work some more on my version of Border Options pattern #005 today.  It’s perfect weather to sit out on the deck and listen to a book from Audible and do some English paper piecing. 

Enjoy your day, 

Lady of the Lake Table Runner Pattern!

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

LadyoftheLakeWorkshopYAY!   So many of you have fallen in love with the Lady of the Lake block as much as I have.   This was block #3 in my 2015 On The Road Project.   And now is proving to be a very popular workshop.

While my workshop and posted blogs on this block cover hand piecing, I do carry the papers to make the block English Paper Piecing style.  Lady of the Lake EPP 1 block

You can find all the blog links here on the Lady of the Lake block.

And all the supplies here in my webstore for making the block.  Just type in Lady of the Lake in the search box to see all available.

I always want to provide a simple 3-4 block pattern for everyone using the blocks I introduce in a table runner so if you choose not to commit to a full quilt there is a home for them.   This is my vow to help not contribute to the UFOs in your life.

I have been working on this pattern for a few months now. Life has certainly gotten busy and I apologize for the delay in getting this pattern done and up on the website since I started showing it on facebook back in September I think it was.

But it is here now!


The borders are completed via foundation piecing and you will find the two patterns (mirror images) on the final page of the PDF.

The most important word of advice I can give is to piece all the A units at one time and then the B units so that you don’t inadvertently confuse the two when using second fabric in the B5 section.  See my notes on fabric usage on page two of the pattern.

So I hope to see some Facebook posts of Lady of the Lake Table Runners soon!   Don’t forget to “like” my new Facebook page “Piece and Hexiness with MDQuilts”.  This is an open group page so you can easily share all your quilting projects and questions to each other.  Every project is welcome!   Think of it as a quilt guild meeting online!

Enjoy your day,



Castle Wall Table Runner Pattern

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

CWTablerunnerPic2Yes!  The free PDF pattern to the table runner is now on the Castle Wall page.    Please note that actual yardage used is not given in the pattern as there are so many variables regarding length and color placement that there is just no way I could cover them all.  I can say that based on my coloration of the project no fabric was over 1/4 yard used and many under 1/8th of a yard.

I hope you like it and will share your table runner pics with all of us either by emailing them to me at or posting them to the Facebook page MDQuilts.




Happy! that Wheels are Turning!

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Whew!  I finally feel like I have gotten my bearings this year and things are starting to get done around here.

Well around here meaning on the website.

There is still a page length of “to-do” items on my desk but this is down from the THREE pages that I started the day with yesterday!

One thing that happened a bit over a week ago was the addition of the sign up form (look to your right it’s right there!) for the monthly newsletter that is on the horizon.   This is Emily’s (dear daughter) brainchild and since she will be visiting later this week I am hoping we can put all our ideas into motion and see the first newsletter in February.

One thing that the newsletter will do is give you a 3-4 month heads up on my schedule.

…and rumor has it there may be a free pattern, block, quilt, pillow, table runner, stuffed in there.   You will have to sign up to see!CastleWallBlock1

Another major thing that got done on the to-do list was all the workshop supply lists were “revamped”.   Several workshops are retiring to give room for the 10+ new workshops I will be adding over the course of the next three months.   Don’t worry if your guild as a soon to be retired workshop on their contract I will still teach it …I just won’t book the retiring workshops anymore.


And WOW!  Castle Wall – The Block is truly pulling out ahead in my most popular workshop.   In fact I put in queue this week the making of 3-5 more samples as more are needed.  THANK YOU!

I am so happy that so many are loving the idea of slowing down and enjoying some hand piecing of this wonderful block.   And if your a Facebook  friend you have been seeing the sharing of blocks over there.  One thing that is still on the to-do list is to make a gallery page of everyone’s Castle Wall Blocks to share here on the website.   I some time home in the month of February so hoping to get that “To-DONE”.

And finally yesterday there was some updating of the web store with items that I have been wanting to add since before Christmas.  I can hardly believe myself that February is less than a week away.


Here are the new items in the store.

Castle Wall EPP 6 blocksKaren Kay Buckley Perfect PinsEasy Angle Rulers













.  AND

the pattern for HAPPY! is also in the store

Happy! Pattern

I received word from my publisher that it will be shipping to me next week so if you would like to receive a copy in the first mailing out on February 10th place your order now!

Happy! will also be a 6HR workshop.

I am thinking today I am going to spend some time putting needle thru fabric both by machine and hand.  I have Season 7 of Mad Men in queue on Amazon and I think I just need to slow down myself and enjoy the day.

For my east coast friends…I hear it’s time to bunker down as mother nature is going to be blowing hard and furious with the snow these next few days.  I am jealous.  Our snowfall here this winter has been nada.  I raise my coffee mug to you today….why don’t you join me in a day of sewing and enjoy the “pieceful” calm that a blanket of snow brings.

Take Care,






Oh this made me smile!

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

I just received some “work in progress” pics from my fantastic longarmmer Bob/Quilters Quest Quilt Shop in Woodridge, Illinois.

Even though I am able to quilt myself now physically it’s a time at home issue to do so that is the problem.

And Bob’s work is wonderful…so shhhhh…don’t tell Paul but I think I will keep him.

Here is a sneak peak of a quilt entitled “Bloomington Trail” that will be in my next book.


It’s another sunny day here in Paducah and after hitting post I am off to the convention center for more fun time with the Paper Pieces Girls!  I will be there from 9 to 1…the some shopping and viewing. 


Oh…and I finally got around to pressing the first Castle Wall Block Sample for the workshop.

It is very soft even with the dark corners.   Already halfway thru the next sample which is much brighter in colors.  Be sure to like my facebook page, Pieced Hexies with Mickey Depre, to catch snippets of life throughout the day.

Hope it’s sunny in your neck of the woods!


Introducing Diamonds & Medallions

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Since Pieced Hexies Deux will already have Pieced Hexie Star Patterns in it frees me up to move one to other motifs using Pieced Hexies.

First up I wanted to do something for those who have the “Ring Around The Hexies” book.     So this design is composed of BOOMER, blanks and 50/50s.   As always you will need the book for instruction on how to make the hexie.



Let’s first start with a  diamond motif.

The diamond is pretty much a staple in hexie quilts and this design pattern can be dropped into any pattern you find on the internet.

As I have said before ANY Pieced Hexie can be substituted into ANY traditional hexie pattern ….thus the design possibilities are endless.



Sidebar: I decided to name these Diamond/Medallion PDF patterns by the date they are released on the blog.  Since they (note I said they….yes the pattern book of this is already pages deep) will span all three books it will be up to you to read the top paragraph/or corresponding blog to find out if you can make this design with the books you own.   Of course if you own all three (at this time that would be Pieced Hexies, Ring Around the Hexie, and Pieced Hexies Deux (Jan release) then you are all good.  I won’t post any PDFs using “Deux” designs until late January.

So once I had the diamond designed I wanted to take it to the next level, a center medallion.

To do so you need to drop one of the ends of the diamond and make a center ring of hexies in the traditional double rosette pattern for it to link up to.

YES! You could do this first ring of center hexies using ANY Pieced Hexies designs.  I am leaving them blank at this time for sanity sake.  🙂

BoomerDiamondMedallionv4Here is were I am at with a center medallion.   The pdf gives you coloring sheets for both the diamond and the center medallion.   You will find it on my PDF page…click PDF at the top of this page.  Scroll down until you find the new section for Diamond/Medallion patterns.   ENJOY!

You can take the leap to your large hexie quilt.  I know you can.  Jump in the waters fine.

Off to finish the last bit of baking,




Hot Cocoa Yummies!

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

DSC07609Success again in the cooking baking invention (well new to me) department of Chez Depre.

Hot Cocoa Yummies! are what these new cookies have been dubbed.

Really they are nothing over the top ingredient wise but they are super duper yummy according to my official cookie taster.  Note: I have had strong willpower and  have only eaten two cookies since BakingFest 2013 began on Monday.   (Did I mention there is a cruise in my future?).

You will find the recipe on my PDF page.

Here are some visuals to help you along.





Also finally got around to photographing my Sawtooth Santa Christmas table runner.

I will go over to Craftsy later this week and make the visual changes there.   You can find this pattern via the link on the sidebar.

Super simple….and if your snowed in this weekend (as we might be) you might even get it done for the table on Tuesday!




Pineapple Fever has hit.

Monday, December 16th, 2013

PineapplePlaidMDEPREI have been tinkering around with a long lived UFO in the studio the last week or so.

On Saturday night I sat down and finally put the graph paper idea in the Pineapple Plaid file (yes each quilt/idea has a file made as soon as it is conceived.  It is truly the only way I can keep a handle on things) into EQ7 and made the quilt digitally.

Not sure what happened with the brown sashing…I thought I was coloring it black so please over look that.

PineapplePlaidPic1Yesterday morning I woke up and just felt the need to “unplug” from the world and just sew…sew…sew.

And so I did.

And now I am more than halfway thru all the blocks…actually darn near close to 3/4’s  so of course I had to jump tracks and start on the sashing.  You know how it is when you get fired up about a quilt again.PineapplePlaidEQpic3
I did some further tweaking of my design on the sashing, coloring them a bit differently.  I like the ends ending in black vs white as shown in the digital image above.   So I went in this morning and tweaked the EQ file.   I also think I am going to go with a robin’s egg blue for the cornerstones and outer border.   But that is still up in the air.  Yes I am thinking a solid border.  This quilt might need it with so much going on in the center.  Again…still up in the air.   But here  is the new digital quilt ….so far.

I am back in the studio for a full day of sewing today.

Tonight I start to bake the Christmas Cookies.  I have seven different recipes to get thru.  It will be one or two cookie batches daily for the week.

Going to go draw and post the Day 10 winners on the blog in a few minutes.

Also tonight I will put up a post with all the outstanding winners from the “10 days of Swag Giveaway”.   My hope is to get everyone’s snail mail addy by Tuesday night for one more trip to the post office before the holidays!

Enjoy your day,


Autumn Pumpkin Harvest

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

I am off to Houston on Thursday and in the usual mad scrabble of my life I am busy “getting things done” while I can at home.

But guess what I finally cleaned off enough space on my phone (I need a new one and that will be happening soon too) to download the new blog app that will work with my new format of my website. (fingers crossed).

And so I hope to be able to post much more frequently with short daily insights into life.

Currently you can find most of this type of quips on my Pieced Hexies with Mickey Depre facebook page.   Plus some giveaways, pattern info, and just general quilty happiness. I hope you will join me there too.


In clearing out my email I ran across a message that came in during my heavy travel time earlier this month.    A lovely email telling me that she just downloaded my Autumn Pumpkin Harvest Table Runner pattern from Craftsy and she loved it so much she was going to make two one for herself and another to give away as a gift to her Thanksgiving hostess.

Reading this email…even three weeks later…don’t know how I missed it…really made my day.

Thanks Lyndsey in Iowa! 

Ok…back to getting more stuff done.

Tomorrow I attempt a mobile post….wish me luck