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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!

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 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!


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, 

Spring Sale on Border Options!

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Finally Spring feels like it has arrived in Chicagoland!  The nights are still a bit nippy but the days are getting warmer and the sun is shining.  And there is no snow in the forecast.  And yes, I am still a snow loving girl, but I agree snow after April 1st has lost it’s loveliness. 

I wanted to do something to celebrate Molly’s Gotcha Day last week (6 YEARS!) but with dashing off to Threads of Time (watch for a blog all about that this weekend) for a few nights to hang with friends and sew up a storm I decided when I got home this would happen. 

A combo celebration of Spring Arriving, Molly Arriving and the arrival of Border Options! 

Now that I am blogging has resumed I will be able to introduce you to more and more Border Options and ideas to use them. 

NOTE: Border Options orders of $25+ domestic/$75+ foreign will always have free shipping.  Just achieve that before applying the coupon code and this will still apply to your order.

You can always find full quilt recipe cards that can be downloaded for free in the FREE PDF PATTERN portion of the my webstore. 


 I am currently working Free Pattern #5 and posting progress on my facebook (MDQuilts) page.   Progress reports will also begin to appear here also. 

As I have said when I designed the Border Options line of rectangles and squares it was to fill a need I had for a unique border design on a quilt I was working on.   But I knew those designs didn’t have to live just in the borders of quilts for very long. 

So check out all 55 designs in multiple sizes and dream up something special for yourself or grab a free recipe card full quilt pattern, or take a glance at the pages of the recipe cards on the website for hundreds of ideas. 

These Border Options just don’t stop playing in my head. 

Enjoy the day, 

Basic Hand Piecing Acrylic Template Set

Friday, October 28th, 2016

It’s here!

20161028_100125I am so excited to be sharing my latest product with you today.  Over the last few years of sharing and teaching hand piecing the most common thing I heard was “I am afraid the block you are showing is above my skill level”.

I want hand piecing and the quiet joy it brings to life to be available for everyone regardless of skill level.

But I also wanted to produce a template set that would not only help a beginner, and grow with the quilter, but would also hold value for an experienced handpiecer.

After months of analyzing blocks and putting their piece measurements into endless spreadsheets, I have come up with the 17 pieces in this set that I call the Basic Hand Piecing Template Set.   The set ships in a 5″ x 7″ sturdy poly container that latches close for easy use to transport and storage.

This set of shapes can produce literally hundreds of different blocks. 


A 23 page downloadable PDF is included in your set that covers not only pages of tips and tricks for hand piecing, but also my Roundabout Technique that will help you create sharp points and corners in your blocks.  Inside the template set you will find a code that will allow you to download this PDF.  Then this PDF can be used on your computer, laptop or tablet. Or you can print it out if you wish.  Personally I have been using my copy on my phone!  

Shipping of the Basic Hand Piecing Acrylic Template

is scheduled for the week of November 21st.  

And a special preorder introductory price is now available until November 11th.  

You can find the item in my store.

Plans are happening for a new and updated website which will include a page specifically for this product. That  page will be filled with links to PDFs of additional blocks, completed blocks and even some quilt layouts.    And there are additional sets in the works that will expand the number of blocks that can be created even more so.

Be sure to like and follow my professional Facebook page, MDQuilts ,as I plan to use the new Facebook Live feature to help guide you with hand piecing sew alongs and other fun stuff!

Remember the pre-order special price will expire on November 11th so order before then to assure your shipment of your set the week of November 21st.

Piece On!





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,


The Castle Wall BURSTS- Part Two

Saturday, July 9th, 2016

Castle Wall Burst TemplatesI am so excited to get this second in the series of how-to blogs posted.    The response to the template set has been wonderful, I am down to just a handful in stock but more are on their way.   I will leave the orders open on this product and will ship as soon as the next batch is received sometime this upcoming week.  I will get all fillable orders out as soon as that is.   You can place your order here.

For those who have inquired regarding EPP sets of the Castle Wall Burst Expansion they are on their way.   I  will not be able to add them into the store until August 1st due to my heavy travel schedule the last two weeks of the month.  But EPP fans keep an eye out for a special EPP sale I have scheduled to start on July 16th on all other blocks in stock.  And yes there will be a special introductory price on the EPP Castle Wall Burst Expansion pack when released in August.

Now let’s get sewing the Castle Wall Burst!

I have my Castle Wall center done minus the half square triangles (template C) for an overall octagon shape.   Again I will refer you to review the Castle Wall blogs that are linked on the Castle Wall page for piecing this block and general hand sewing tips when working with any of my templates.

sidebar: I am scheduling to post at least two if not more updated general hand sewing tips and tricks blogs in early August.   Please watch for these posts.  They will also be linked on the Castle Wall page soon after posting.  These will cover all the basics for those who are new to hand piecing.

Now back to our block.  Yes I am that excited my head is running in so many directions with so many ideas…this time at home is just what my muse needed.   Ok back to sewing.

The Castle Wall center of this block is sewn in a bulls eye manner, by adding pieces in a circle around the center.   The Burst expansion is sewn by breaking it down into two units, UNIT 1 & UNIT 2.

UNIT 1:  MAKE FOURCastleWallBurstUnit1sewingguidev2

This unit consists of three pieces, C-F-C.   Piece C template can be found in your Castle Wall block template sets.  It is the discarded half square triangle shape.

*design note- I have chosen to use two fabrics in my rendition of the Castle Wall Burst block for piece C.   You can do so also or use the same fabric for all pieces. 

There is just one continuous sewing line to make these units and one roundabout intersection.  Roundabout intersection tips can be found in the previously mentioned Castle Wall posts and a general blog about roundabouts will be posted in early August for those new to my blog.   This illustration is your guide to sewing UNIT 1

UNIT 2: MAKE FOURCastleWallBurstUnit2sewingguide

This unit starts off with sewing four more UNIT 1.  This is where I made a design choice and used a second fabric in my C pieces.  I liked the bit of depth that this brings to the block.

The next step is to add G-H-G to each of these UNITS.   This is also done with one continuous sewing line and 5 Roundabout intersections.


Finally, pressing.  While the Castle Wall center is best left unpressed until all rounds are PatrioticCWBurst2completed, meaning the center is fully sewn, UNITS 1 & 2 should be pressed after each line of stitching is completed.  This will help in obtaining the sharpest of points.   Also as in the original block the diamond shapes should be pressed flat or open for the best results.   And a bit of Best Press used at this stage really helps set the seams.

Next blog…putting it all together in a few days.

See, I told you this Burst Expansion is really quite simple.  And the resulting block is quite spectacular if I say so myself.  I have so many ideas for this block in projects.   Now I just need to look into obtaining 48 hour days.   🙂

Enjoy the day,