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!

HAPPY! – A new/old pattern release

Saturday, August 25th, 2018

Now some of you have seen and even made a HAPPY! pattern and are wondering what is exactly going on…new pattern release? 

Here’s the scoop. 

HAPPY! is a quilt I made back in 2014.  It was made out of some polka dot nine patch blocks that I had made several years prior.  Those blocks sat in the studio for a few years.  That’s what I do.  I sometimes will just play and make blocks.  It’s not wasting time.  Sometimes you just need to play. 

So these blocks were made and then they sat until they called to me when a 1.5″ strip set of light & bright strips found its way into my hands.  

I pulled some of my beloved plaids and another great dot print and off I went to play some more.  And HAPPY! happened.  I showed it online and it was well received.


And KCStar (my publisher at the time) quickly asked if they could use it as the lead off pattern for a series of stand alone patterns (meaning one quilt) that they were going to begin releasing in early 2015.  The pattern was written, photography happened, printing happened. 

But it was never released.  It was never even advertised as unfortunately KCStar shut their doors soon thereafter.   I was able to buy all copies of the pattern when the situation of closing happened.  And I sold them all pretty quickly.   It has been out of my store for two years now.  

The lightbulb moment of offering the pattern as a PDF download actually happened over a year ago but Border Options and a bunch of other things just kept pushing it down on my to-do list.   Life the last 16 months has really been quite the adventure.  I am happy that it seems to be much calmer now.  

But last month I vowed to myself that it was gonna happen in August.  

So earlier this week Paul and I took HAPPY!  and it’s BIKE HAPPY! version that I have in the house for some beauty shots.   We headed out to Maple Lake East Woods.   This is the area that the movie “The Lake House” starring Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves was filmed.   Pictures were taken and I put some time into scanning (remember I own all the rights to this pattern)  and loading everything into my webstore. 

It is really a fun quilt.  And so easy with no triangles.   Over the years I have seen so many versions. 




It is a great pattern to showcase a favorite conversation print.  As in the BIKE HAPPY! version.  I made this quilt for Paul!  And I made another version composed of playing cards and backgammon fabrics called GAME HAPPY! that Paul Jr. owns.  

I still owe Em a version…hmmm maybe I will work on another version soon.

So I am having a NEW/OLD Pattern release for HAPPY!  I think it deserves a few more versions in life.   I hope you agree.  And if you would like you can make it part of your pattern collection by clicking below!


Enjoy the day, 

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, 

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







25 to Go!

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

GardenWhimsyBookCoverToday I did a count and realized I am down to my last 25 copies of Garden Whimsy Applique.

This is my book that covers my method of machine applique and has 12 patterns in it.

They are marked down to $10 each (*plus shipping…your choice Priority Mail or Media Mail) on my website.

And of course I will autograph every last copy.


*foreign orders contact me for shipping costs.

Eddie’s Wildflowers

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012


Wild Flowers PictureI teach a workshop titled Charm Pack Wildflowers.

It is based on my pattern Wildflowers.  I have always been a bit reluctant to teach a “pattern” workshop as I really want students to take my patterns and make them their own. I am all about that. I often worried that students would not want to do this in a workshop setting.

But as I become more and more comfortable with showing my “traditional quilt” side I am also realizing that my students do take these traditional quilt patterns and run with them.

This makes my heart sing.

I taught this workshop for the Arkansas Quilters Guild/ Little Rock, AR in February. 

I met Eddie & Melissa.

Eddie and Melissa are a great “husband and wife” team of quilters and couldn’t be more different in their styles.  They entered the classroom and quickly set up shop.  They were old pros and Eddie I hear makes many many quilts from Melissa.   I like this guy. 

Melissa pulled out her fabric….great bright prints full of stripes and polka dots.

Eddie laid his fabric out. A very unusual color way of Civil War pack of prints and said “I’m going to use these Mickey…what do you think?”

“What do I think?”  “I can’t wait to see it happen” I tell him.  It will be wonderful!

This pattern can be made in all different styles of fabric.  In fact if you have the pattern, open it up and you will find two more samples inside or you can see them on my website on the workshop page. (scroll down to the 6hr workshops…second one)

Eddie's Wildflower QuiltA few weeks after the workshop I received an email from Eddie with this pic.  Yes it’s been awhile since I received it.   But I have been very busy with the book and stuff.  I immediately asked Eddie for permission to share it with all of you and he said YES!

So here is Eddie’s rendition of Wildflowers.

I absolutely love it. 

And I also love his own personal flair with the flowers.

Thanks Eddie for sharing.

And then there was a pattern

Friday, November 4th, 2011

On Tuesday Morning I logged into Facebook to change my profile pic from “Lucy in her witch costume” (think Charlie Brown fame) to well…hmmm.

I wanted to do something to set the tone for November and the upcoming holiday of Thanksgiving.

I looked around.

Then I spotted the table runner that I created back in 2002 for a basic quilting class for exchange students that I taught at the local college.   Seems a requirement for graduation was a American Craft for these students and thus I had to develop a simple project.  Most students did not have access to a sewing machine so this pattern worked well as we spent weeks completing the appliqué and then I put together a bank of about 6 machines for one class and we sewed the entire table runner together in class and then moved on to hand quilting.  Having students for and entire semester was a new and wonderful experience.  But we are getting off the subject….so….

I snapped a picture of the center of this table runner and posted it to my fb page.  And within an hour I had two private messages asking for the pattern.  And by day’s end there were more.

So I went looking for my original pattern file.  This pattern was self published as that is pretty much required by the college system. 

I have self published a few patterns over the years and had be thinking about revisiting this idea with the acceptance of PDF patterns growing.

I found the disc…I was a genius on March 8, 2006 because I actually stored the pattern info in PDF form!   All I did was reshoot the pictures because technology has come a long way in digital cameras since 2001.   And viola!


“Autumn Pumpkin Harvest” table runner pattern is available to purchase on etsy at this time. You can link here or at the side of this blog.

In searching for the pattern so many other pattern ideas were unearthed.   Let’s just say I am going to be very busy.  Most of these ideas have never see life beyond these walls.  

I am a firm believer in things happen for a reason.

Stay tuned for an update on the “Hexie Quilt”…but first I need to clear off the design wall.