Day Z Dozen Blog Hop – ‘4-Patch Stacked Posie’ Quilt by Mary Lou Hallenbeck

Lazies, I adore today’s quilt ‘4-Patch Stacked Posie’ by Mary Lou Hallenbeck of HD Designs. This is the seventh of twelve daily features in the ‘Day Z Dozen’ blog hop


Here’s Mary Lou:
Quilters everywhere want the same things. First, we want to make stunning quilts, breathtaking quilts, awesome quilts. And then we want to make them FAST & EASY…and have loads of FUN doing it. And then we want to make some more!!!

DayZ Block close upSecondly, we are always looking for NEW ideas and techniques that inspire us to step outside of the box and into new territory. Does this sound like you??? Me too!!!

In this design the fabric does all the work and it meets the criteria listed in the first paragraph above: Fast-Easy-Fun = Amazing quilts. And with so many different ways to cut the fabric and set the blocks…every quilt is unique.

The Lakehouse DayZ fabrics are awesome to work with and I produced a bright and adorable quilt.
4-Patch Block close upI’ve also been trying to work more stripe fabrics into my quilts and the ‘Papaya Stripe’ was perfect for the sashing in this project.

I used the ‘Packed Floral’ to make the 4-Patch Stacked Posie blocks shown here. Alternate blocks (shown above) are from the larger DayZ flowers. I added the white fabric with multi color dots to the four corners with a green stripe as a narrow border.

The 4-Patch Posie blocks really POP when a narrow border is sewn around them before the sashing. To add more interest to this step, I used a dark blue dot to border half of each block and a purple dot to border the other half of each block. I also did the same thing with these two colors in the binding.

dayz-snowball-corner-small.jpgHere you can see that ‘Papaya Stripe’ sashing I mentioned earlier. Simple things like this can add so much to a quilt.

Other things always need to be done. Like cooking dinner, laundry, showers, feeding the dog, spending time with my hubby so he knows he still has a wife. Oh…and that pesky little thing called sleep. But who needs sleep when there are quilts to be made! 

We know you’ll have tons of fun with the projects and I hope you enjoy meeting the rest of us. Deep down we are all the same. When the shoes come off…we all have threads stuck to our socks! I hope you all enjoy this new Blog-Hop that Holly & Joan have put together. Thanks so much ladies! Happy Quilting to everyone!

About Mary Lou:
mary-lou-hallenbeck-small.jpgMary Lou Hallenbeck lives in Brooklyn, Michigan with her wonderful husband Mike and little Miss Olivia…a 5 pound Yorkshire Terrier. ‘Olivia is the real boss at our house.’

Mary Lou took a leap of faith 4 1/2 years ago, and quit her full time job to start H.D. Designs, her pattern design company. You may have seen Mary Lou on an episode for TV’s Simply Quilts with her Quilted Letters projects.

‘I just absolutely love my new career and the ideas flow constantly. I have notebooks full of sketches and notes about tons of new projects that are just waiting their turn to come to life in fabric. This is both exciting and a bummer at the same time. >Exciting, because I can’t wait to develop & work on each & every one. >Bummer, because there isn’t enough time in each day to do so.’
-Mary Lou Hallenbeck

Here’s all the product information for today’s feature ’4-Patch Stacked Posie’. Check quilt shops to purchase the pattern and fabrics.

HD Designs
4-Patch Stacked Posie Quilt
Pattern No. 25 – 8 fabrics

Binding & Borders
LH03035 Frosted Dots: Purple, Blue

Focal Point Flowers
LH05012 DayZ Chain: Snow  
LH03022 Antique Dots: Peri 
LH04033 Ticking Stripe: Papaya  
LH05013 DayZ Love: Snow 
LH05016 DotZ: Snow 
LH05025 Polka Party: Lime 
LH05028 Teeny Weeny Ticking: Chartreuse

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7 Responses to “Day Z Dozen Blog Hop – ‘4-Patch Stacked Posie’ Quilt by Mary Lou Hallenbeck”

  1. Millie Unruh — March 11, 2007 @ 10:35 am

    Hi, Love your new quilt with the dazies. It was great meeting you here in Yuma, AZ. Our group is still talking about you and all your wonderful patterns. We’re heading back to MT on March 29th. Hope you can come back to AZ again. Millie

  2. Cecile — March 11, 2007 @ 11:23 am

    I kept scrolling back to the top to take another look at the quilt as I read through your story and saw something new each time. Love the kaleidoscope effect of the four patch blocks!

  3. Karina Hittle — March 11, 2007 @ 12:41 pm

    Hello Mary Lou,

    This quilt is BEAUTIFUL! It reminds me of a kaliedoscope~with hundreds of brilliantly colored pieces of glass forming vibrant daisy patterns!!! BRAVO! A true feast for the eyes! You have definately covered all of the bases for busy quilter’s everywhere with this glorious 4-patch quilt: Fast…Easy…Fun…WOW!

    By the way, I love your quilted Letters quilts which were featured on Simply Quilts! Anything designed with letters and numerals is really exciting to me!

    The versatility of Holly’s LakeHouse fabrics never cease to amaze me and I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing how each designer has interpreted this bright versatile fabric!

    Mary Lou, thank you for sharing this beautiful quilt with all of us and I can’t wait to see what you design for Quilt Market! Please give Miss Olivia a hug from me…I ADORE Yorkies 🙂


  4. Pam — March 11, 2007 @ 2:57 pm

    Cute! I’m enjoying everyone’s creative use of this fabric!

  5. Debby Luttrell — March 11, 2007 @ 3:10 pm

    Howdy from Texas! Just too cute this one! I love the bright colors of these fabrics and the clarity and quality is also wonderful. Complete kits for these projects are being offered at my shop. You can see them all at where you can pick and choose the ones you want to order. We will hold all orders until after the hop so you will get them all at once but please place your orders now so we will know how many we are going to need!

  6. Sharon Groves — May 27, 2009 @ 11:29 am

    I love the simplicity of this pattern that doesn’t look simple. Was verifying the site, because a friend was looking for something like this. Thanks for such clear pictures & referencing the original designer of the 4 patch posie.


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