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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,







The Castle Wall Block BURSTS!

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

CWBurstgreycenter2copyrightI have had this crazy idea of BURSTing the Castle Wall block for over a year now.  Think “biggie” size.  I wanted to keep most of the original Castle Wall Block ,just drop off the half square triangles, and expanded to a much larger block.

I played and played with the design while traveling and then would put the files back in my folder in my computer and think maybe in a few months.

And on a trip to Texas in April I opened up the folder again, tweaked my design thought it is time.

So off went my idea to Paper Pieces and they provided me with a sample set of templates lickety-split, they were excited as was I.

AutumnCWBurstBlockBut my schedule was a bit crazy and so I didn’t get to fabric pulling and sample block making until late May.  And then I sewed.  Here is the first sample block of what is being called Castle Wall Burst.   It finishes at 18″ square.  That’s a lot of block with a lot of bang!  At that size just 16 blocks with sashing and border and you have a queen size quilt.

I am loving this idea!

Castle Wall Burst TemplatesThe initial run of templates where produced and landed on my doorstep on Friday.  Just in time to kick off the holiday weekend!



The Castle Wall Burst Expansion Pack has three templates.  You will use the C template from the original 9″ Castle Wall set with the new templates F, G, & H to create this  border ring around a Castle Wall center (minus template C in the center).CWBurstlettered2copyright

The Castle Wall Expansion Templates

are available in my web store under the New! and Acrylic Templates Section

at an introductory price of $15 until July 15th.

Now to the tips and tricks of sewing this expansion ring of the block.


I took pictures as I pieced the sample above and was ready to use them for the “how-to” blogs.  But then I spotted my stash of patriotic fabrics while straightening up my studio and like every other quilter I know I figured…well let’s start a new project!     I am going to make 16 Castle Wall Burst blocks in a scrappy patriotic fashion.   I don’t have the full quilt setting figured out yet.  I will design this hopefully this autumn sometime when my travel schedule is full force again.   A lot of computer designing happens when in a hotel room on the road.

Over the next week or so I will post detailed how-to blogs for this expansion.  But for now I will refer you to the original Castle Wall blogs (you can find links to all blogs on this page) to refresh yourself in piecing this center and the Roundabout Technique for making sharp points!  Eventually links to these Castle Wall Burst blogs will also be found there.




I have my center done sans the half square corners and all my pieces cut and ready for the Burst Expansion.

Watch for a blog in 2-3 days breaking down the next round of sewing into units, a review of pinning, and sewing guide illustrations.

Over half the original order of Castle Wall Burst Expansion Templates have been spoken for and shipped out this morning, hoping to have a few of you sewing along with me on this fun block by this weekend or next week.

Enjoy your day,





P.S. All the graphics you will see in the blog(s) are included in a guide sheet packaged with the templates!

Wandering Star Block and a Book Sale!

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

Wandering Star BlockBetter late than never they say!

The final block in the 2015 On The Road Project is the Wandering Star Block!

Trust me it looks much more complicated than it is.



Wandering Star One BlockWandering Star Templates








I have loaded the Acrylic Templates, and English Paper Piecing packs into the webstore and if you make a purchase of them by Thursday, December 17th,  midnight CST using the coupon code: STAR25 in your checkout you will receive 25% off the prices for any Wandering Star Block item.

StudioBookSaleAlso while you are in the store you will see a new category I recently added.  It is the Studio Sale category and it is filled with gently used books from my studio.   Here are some of the books currently in there.


















Most books are priced at $5.00 -$7.50 and of course can be combined with any other purchase and share shipping for even more savings.

I will be working on  another Wandering Star Block sample this week and will be showing the next six blocks being made on my MDQuilts facebook page over the holiday period and to the end of January when my traveling resumes.  You may of missed my post that I have given myself until March 1st to truly complete this entire quilt.   Life just seems to be so jammed packed this year with so many activities that my typical December 31st date is just not going to happen.   HINT: I am already working on my next book!

And so I won’t unveil my next On The Road project until March 2016.  But I will tell you I am heading back to Pieced Hexies for it!

Enjoy your day,