Welcome 100 Blocks, Vol. 13 Blog Tourist!

I’m so delighted to once again kick off the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks blog tour! And, I’m super excited to share my Pinwheel Star block with all of you!

Pinwheel Star by Nancy Mahoney

Pinwheel Star by Nancy Mahoney

I love foundation paper piecing and this block is super easy using this tried-and-true method. However, when I first designed Pinwheel Star using EQ7, I drew the lines for the orange pieces so the end of the line was in the corner of the block.

Pinwheel Star by Nancy Mahoney, first attempt

Pinwheel Star by Nancy Mahoney, first attempt

Not a wise decision! Because when the blocks are set side-by-side there would be 16 fabrics coming together in one spot … Yikes!

Four-block quilt design by Nancy Mahoney

Four-block quilt design by Nancy Mahoney

So, I modified the block and changed the angle of the one line … easy-peasy with EQ7. The quilt is so much easier to assemble and your eye doesn’t even notice that the orange piece stops short of the corner. That is unless I point it out!

Quilt design with revised block by Nancy Mahoney

Quilt design with revised block by Nancy Mahoney

If  you like a more traditional look, change the fabrics to a classic red and tan color scheme to create a striking design. Yummy!

Pinwheel Star by Nancy Mahoney using traditional fabrics.

Pinwheel Star by Nancy Mahoney using traditional fabrics.

The possibilities are almost endless! I hope you have fun playing with my Pinwheel Star block, as well as the other 99 blocks in this issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. Pick up a copy wherever magazines are sold or order a digital copy from Quiltmaker.

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The 100 Blocks Blog Tour continues through May 6. Stop by all the blogs for inspiration, ideas and giveaways galore!

Be sure to leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volume 13.

Visit my website to see more of my quilts, my complete teaching schedule, information about my webinars and online classes, and to download free patterns.

Happy Quilting! ~Nancy

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Learn How to Paper Piece

I love paper-foundation piecing and I love teaching quilters how to paper piece. At the beginning of almost every paper piecing class, at least one student declares she “hates paper piecing.” Sound familiar? I can’t travel to every city, so instead I wrote Learn to Paper Piece, which is truly a “Visual Guide to Piecing with Precision.”

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All of the step-by-step paper piecing instructions are accompanied by great photos showing lots of detail. That way you can see exactly what you need to do to be successful with paper piecing. I’ve also included lots of tips that will help alleviate any hesitation in trying this method.

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You’ll also find five terrific projects that range from Beginner to Intermediate. The projects also range from requiring as few as four fabrics to being super scrappy. In “Synergy” I used a variety of purple and green batiks to create a design with visual impact.

Synergy by Nancy Mahoney

Synergy by Nancy Mahoney

For “Gaggling Geese,” I combined a variety of red prints with one white tone-on-tone print, and two polka dots to create a strikingly graphic design.

Gaggling Geese by Nancy Mahoney

Gaggling Geese by Nancy Mahoney

Or, for a different look, grab your scrap bag of 30s prints and make “Gaggling Geese” with a traditional feel.

Scrappy Gaggling Geese by Nancy Mahoney

Scrappy Gaggling Geese by Nancy Mahoney

To see more blocks and quilts from Learn To Paper Piece, and to read a few of my dos and don’ts for paper piecing, visit Martingale’s StitchThis! blog. And stay tuned for my first-ever quilt-along with Learn to Paper Piece as the guide! Pick up the book and a package of Papers for Foundation Piecing; then follow me on Facebook to join my #learntopaperpiecequiltalong beginning in June. I’ll be revealing the quilt-along design soon. (The quilt is under wraps for now, but here’s a sneak peek of the fabrics!)

Essentials fabric collection by Wilmington Prints.

Essentials fabric collection by Wilmington Prints.

Happy Quilting,
Nancy

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