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2 Holidays = ONE BIG SALE!

Friday, March 15th, 2019

What do you get with National Quilting Day – March 16th and St. Patrick’s Day – March 17th come together on the same weekend on a quilter’s website who lives on the southside of Chicago?


I decided to combine the 16% discount for the National Quilting Day and the 17% discount for St Patty’s Day and just make it 33% off for the weekend on all Border Options products!

From now until midnight CST on Sunday March 17th

all BORDER OPTIONS products are 33% off*

coupon code : 33OFF

*Border Options Quilt Bundles are excluded.

What are Border Options you ask?

Like the designs in the border above?

Border Options is a unique collection of rectangles & squares designs. There are over 75 different designs in various sizes which make the combinations endless. Feel free to check out the HUNDREDS of examples shown on the Border Options page just by clicking the tab at the top of this page.

Border Options are available in English Paper Piece & Hand Piecing formats – so pick your favorite technique and get started!

Have a great Holiday Weekend!

On my nightstand

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

I am finished with all the inputting of the preorders of the templates and EPP papers for Little Boy Britches this morning. They will be shipping out to everyone on Friday directly from Paper Pieces, my manufacturer. Thank you all for the orders and the How-To blogs and Facebook Live Sew-A-Long will start the week of March 18th. This gives everyone time to get their templates and choose fabric.

Today I wanted to share with you the first of what I plan to be a constant part of this blog as I am relighting my blogging passion. So many tell me they love my book shares on Facebook/Instagram that I thought it would be nice to go a bit more in depth here with shares. I have been thinking about this for awhile and kept putting it off until this book hit my nightstand and even after 10 days of finishing it I feel I must share share share how much I think you should read this book.

It is haunting me. But in a good way.

Yes it hits close to home in some areas, set in the Sodermalm area of Stockholm, where my dear son is now living. A love story. A deep love story. And honesty in the story regarding family dynamics. Not harsh. Just straightforward. It had me turning pages so fast I had to go back twice and reread because I was afraid I missed something.

Doing a bit a research for this blog I found that this book is now being printed in 32 languages! That alone speaks volumes and is written by a first time author.

It has been on my reading wish list for month waiting for the English version to be published at the beginning of this year. I had forgotten the store line and was pleasantly surprised when the first few pages had me in Stockholm. Kismet I thought, as we were waiting for Paul Jr’s paperwork to be cleared for his move.

But truly the store is haunting. So moving was in tears for a few pages. But then I am a bit emotional these last few weeks.

The amazon reviews are very high at 4.5 stars. You can find them for yourself here. Check your library and if they don’t have it, request it, then more people can enjoy it.

If you have read it please comment below your thoughts on the book. I am going to be putting together a Book page on this website so this blog will be eventually linked back to the book on that page.

If you have a book recommendation for me to read please also do so with a comment. We readers love a good recommendation…that is how I found The Red Address Book by Sonia Lundberg.

Enjoy the day,

Nothin’ can be finer then a quarter Carolina

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Earlier this month while making workshop set outs for the Carolina Favorite block I had a light bulb moment.

First let me say that I will NEVER be able to make all the quilts I dream up using my hand piecing templates…but I can make the illustrations and share them with you in blog posts such as this.

There is no formal pattern. It is pretty straight forward in regards to construction.

My thought was….what if you treated the 6″ quarter section of the traditional block as a block itself. And set it on point. Hmmmmm.

Here is what I saw in my head.

I can see this layout done “scrappy style” too.

I truly wish there were 48 hours in each day at times, but I know that wouldn’t even be enough time to get it all done. So I hope you don’t mind the digital quilt shares.

Off to piece….

But as a treat if you have read this entire block post and are thinking of piecing your weekend away during snow or sunshine ….well guess what…the coupon code on this sale will work now. One day before I announce it to the world.

I am waiting for someone to make a Snowy version of Sweetwater Tiles.

It is on my someday list…again when I have a few spare minutes…lol.

Enjoy your day,

Stars of Twilight Quilt Block – Facebook LIVE schedule

Monday, January 7th, 2019
Stars of Twilight Quilt Block

Hello Everyone!

Just a quick run down of the schedule for the Facebook LIVE segments on the docket for this week.

These will cover the Stars of Twilight block.

Please note if you can’t make the actual LIVE presentation at 11am CST each day you can always watch the segment later. You will find them on the page front (the latest will be pinned to the top of the page) or under the Video category on the MDQuilts Facebook page.

Wednesday January 9th – Coloring options for the block, general template info, marking/cutting your fabric pieces

Thursday January 10th – general handpiecing instructions and using the roundabout technique to obtain a beautiful intersection/point in your piecing. I will be demoing the technique live.

Friday January 11th – another round of piecing tips and tricks

Saturday January 12th – final piecing and block pressing

I can’t wait to get started on all of this….see you Wednesday!

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,

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,




Threads & Beds Retreat Center – Danville, IL

Monday, September 28th, 2015

girlsewing9Last month I took a look at my 2016 calendar and decided I needed to schedule in some “get away and quilt myself” time.    You will remember that I scheduled some time in August 2016 at the Whistlestop Quilt Retreat and you can find that info here in this blog post.

Well I also scheduled some time, May 26-29, 2016 at Threads & Beds Retreat Center which is attached to Threads of Time Quilt Shop in Danville, IL.logo

A retreat center with a quilt shop attached…oh this is going to be a whole lotta fun!

Same as before, I am just sewing along on my projects as you sew along on yours.  I know Threads of Time will have my books in stock and I will be happy to sign them and answer questions during the weekend.  I just will not be teaching.  I will be sewing with along with anyone else who decides to book a stay.

So if you live close and Memorial Weekend next year is open for you and you want to swing on by give Missi a call and she will hold a room for you.  I do believe they are open ended about the number of nights you can book, you will need to contact Threads of time directly for booking and pricing.

Note I am only staying until Sunday but the retreat center is open thru Memorial day.   But I will be shoving off to the North Carolina Quilt Symposium that Wednesday so this girl will have to leave.

Now back to more computer works for me so I can possible sew a bit here at home tomorrow.

Enjoy your day,





Saturday, September 19th, 2015

One more day!

Decided to extend the “ALL THINGS ENGLISH PAPER PIECING” Sale for another day as last night and it’s 8 hours of storms (storm after storm after storm) kept me from answering a lot of emails/questions from first time shoppers to my web store.

So hoping this blog will help answer all those questions as this girl is heading for the studio as soon as I hit send on this blog.FlashSale40

1. What’s on sale?

ALL English Paper Piecing papers are on sale.  This includes hexie packs and ALL block packs (one block and 6 blocks).   YES! This includes CASTLE WALL!

2.  How do I get the sale price?

Load up your shopping cart and then when checking out put FLASH40 in the coupon area and viola 40% discount will appear.

3.  Really ?!?  Pieced Hexies and Pieces Hexies Deux books (KCStar stash) are also included?

YES YES YES!  They are!  This is it.

The new editions of the books from AQS will be on their way to my studio next week so these copies have to go at just $9.60 a copy!  The holidays are just around the corner….Think Secret Santa gifts at guild!!  Help me find new homes for these books!   This sale also includes all the templates that go with the Pieced Hexies books…even the sold out Ring Around The Hexies! 

4.  Once an items is “SOLD OUT”  it is sold out.  So don’t delay in placing your order.

Ok I think that covers it.   Feel free to tell all your friends.  I would love to check back later tonight to a cleaned out webstore as I have several new things I want to add next month.

Oh yeah…one last thing.   I will have a delivery date for Half-Scrap Quilts next week.  Stay Tuned!

Half-ScrapCoverEnjoy your day,