An old dog trying to learn new tricks: writing stories, photography, blogging, Photoshop (ugh). Not sure there's enough life left to master ever changing technology. In the meantime, please read my stories. They may be purchased at www.smashwords.com/profile/view/MLDanielson

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Live on Smashwords

Up The Ivory Staircase, Book #2 of Mikal's Web Trilogy is live on Smashwords @ $2.99.  hope to be live on Amazon by the end of the week/year.  Don't forget to read Forest Fairies, Book #1 first.  Merry Christmas to ya'll, near and far.  http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00676IKBC  ..or..  http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/MLDanielson

Saturday, December 10, 2011



Approximate size 24” x 30”

Written and Published by Mary L. Danielson

Copyright 2011 Mary L. Danielson

Blog Edition 1

Blog Edition, License Notes

All rights reserved.  Thank you for downloading this free e-book pattern.  Although this is a free book, it remains the copyrighted property of the author, and may not be reproduced, copied and distributed for commercial or non-commercial purposes.  If you enjoyed this book, please encourage your friends to download their own copy at:

Thank you for your support.

To print from the blog, left click, highlight the text only, not the pink background, right click, and select “print preview” before printing.  If it won’t print you probably highlighted the background.


Re-open the pattern on a computer or laptop, which has printing capabilities and view it in “Online Format” at the bottom of my profile page on Smashwords.  Click the print icon on your toolbar and print one page at a time.


Fabric Requirements

Background…1/2 yard

Green…1//4 yard

Stems…1/8 yard

Flowers…1/4 yard

Centers…from scraps

Pink…1/4 yard (9 x 45)

Border…1/4 yard

Binding…1/4 yard

Back… 3/4 yard


Applique by hand or machine: fusible applique, needle turn, or turn edges around a foundation pattern.


Cut ( 2) strips 6 1/2” x 45”

A - cut 14” piece

B - cut 11 1/2” piece

C - cut 6 1/2” piece

D/F - cut (2) 9 1/2” pieces

E - cut 8 1/2” piece

G - cut 16” piece

Green sashing

Cut (2) strips…2” x 45”

Cut (2) pieces…2” x 27”

Cut (4) pieces…2” x 6 1/2”

Sew the short sashing strips to the background, as shown

Between A/B, between C/D/E, and between F/G

Sew the long sashing strips to the background as shown


Pink…Cut (2) 1 1/2” strips

Sew to the left and bottom sides

Print…Cut (2) 4” strips

Sew to the left and bottom sides


Cut (3) 3/4” strips

Fold in thirds long-ways.  Press


Black…Cut (3) 2 1/2” pieces

Flowers and centers

Finished flower (see above)

Make a pattern from flower outline.

Each flower will have 4 petals.

Make a pattern for the flower center

Prepare the flowers and centers for applique using your preferred method (fusible applique, needle turn, or wrapping the fabric around a foundation pattern.)

Lay out the stems and flowers

Lay the longest stem piece on the quilt, pin in place

Add the small stems, pin in place

Place the flowers on the stems, pin in place

Adjust placement or add more flowers (mine were sparse for the lettering to show)

Applique the pieces to the quilt

Applique the flower centers

Highlight the flower detail with embroidery thread or do it with your quilting.

Layer/baste the quilt, quilt it by hand or machine, and bind the quilt.

Thank you for downloading my FREE ebook pattern.

Most important: Purchase and read Forest Fairies, and other stories, in my ebooks.

Mikal's Web Trilogy

Descriptions below.
( some have free patterns ).
Available at:

At Smashwords, download to Kindle, iPad, Nook, Sony, Kobo
ibook app on your iPad or iPhone: search Mary Lou Danielson
(ibooks not available on PC/Mac computers, but you may print to certain air printers)

(Free patterns are not available on Amazon)

( I cannot answer technical computer or ebook problems, but I will answer questions about my patterns or books)

Book Descriptions:

LULU  ($.99)
Billy inherits his grandmother’s house, barn, and property.  Along with the house, he inherits Lulu, the southern belle tenant, who turned the house into a Victorian tearoom.  Lulu has eyes for Billy, but Billy has eyes for Terri, the aloof bartender, at the tavern down the road.  A constant discord occurs between Billy and Lulu, as he installs a working cabinet shop in the old barn, which stands in near proximity to the prissy, tearoom.  (Winter 2012)
Free Quilt Pattern on Smashwords

Goals, friendship, tragedy, and sacrifice, all cement, or deter, Peggy and Bobby’s relationship.  Bobby’s earliest dream is to be a major league pitcher.  Peggy, his grade school friend, becomes his unofficial pitching coach and mentor as he pursues his goal.  Goals, friendship, tragedy, and sacrifice, all cement, or deter, Peggy and Bobby’s relationship.  They both learn you must accept your adversities and go beyond them.  (Winter 2012)

After a chance meeting with a cowboy, Marcie discovers appearances can be deceiving.

MIKAL'S WEB TRILOGY ( $2.99 each )
Free patterns available on Smashwords, as each book is published.

 Mikal’s Web Trilogy, Book #1
Mikal vies to win Suzy’s heart from Jesse with covert offerings, attempting to lure her to his web.  Suzy vows to uphold her basic values and promises to errant Jesse.  Jesse has demons to face throughout his lifetime that interfere with the relationship he wants with Suzy.  She must decide which man owns her love and loyalty.  The winner loses, and the loser wins.  (Winter 2011)

 Mikal’s Web Trilogy, Book #2
Mikal returns, and everywhere Jesse turns, he faces the ghost of Suzy’s relationship with Mikal, even though she vows he is in her past.  The three paths cross repeatedly, causing rifts in their marriage and Jesse’s rising career.  Eventually Jesse must face his demons to save everything he cherishes, while Suzy fights Mikal’s web she thought she escaped.  (Winter 2011)

 Mikal’s Web Trilogy, Book #3
The final story in the relationships of Mikal, Jesse, and Suzy.  New friendships and old loves are tested.  Jesse believed he conquered his demons when he and Mikal put their pasts away, but the biggest demons are yet to come.  These not only threaten his family, and lifestyle, but his whole inner being.  Mikal’s web is not the only web holding him to his past.  (Spring 2012)

Meet Dominic Doppelgänger.
Master photographer, master carver, unintended sleuth, and lover.
He did not intend to become an assistant police photographer to help solve crimes.  Because of his anti-establishment attitudes, the cops aren’t his favorite people.
He wants to ride his bike, make art, and make love.
(Beginning Summer/fall 2012, free patterns will be available)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Writer's Sense

Found a wonderful writers blog: Writer's Sense, from Every Writer's Resource.  They give helpful advice and list contests, publishers, magazines, etc.  Have a look.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Writer's Contest

Att: children's book writers.  Here's a link to a contest.  A 500 word essay about your book is due Feb. 1, 2012.  Check out the rules.


Writer's Contest

Att: writer friends.  Deadlines for Los Angeles Book Festival is January 25, 2012.  Go to link for details.  All genres are accepted. 


Friday, December 2, 2011

Writers Meetups

Never write alone.  Never hide your words in a closet.  Share your work with friends.  People spend hours a day reading something, let it be you.

We have several writing groups in Tulsa, OK.  I belong to two.  They are wonderful, supportive friends for all levels of writers. You do not need to be published.  Come join us.
South Tulsa Writers Meetup