Quiltmaker’s Parade of Home Blog Hop

Welcome to my blog! I hope you’ve been enjoying Quiltmaker’s Parade of Home Blog Hop. I’m thrilled my block is part of the Parade of Homes in the September/October issue of Quiltmaker.

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When choosing the fabrics for my Home Sweet Home block, it was easy to pick fabrics for the sky, house, roof, windows, door, and even sidewalk. But the grass…oh, boy! That one had me stumped! So, I decided to make the house part of the block and then audition different options. First, I tried a bold green-and-blue wavy stripe…

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It was a bit much! So, I tried a swirly green print…

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Hmmm…maybe…but the green seemed to be saying “look at me!!!” Maybe I needed a different color, like teal instead of green. It’s my block, the grass doesn’t have to be green!

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Or, maybe the grass does need to be green! Teal was definitely not the answer. Maybe changing the perspective would help. So, I put the house on my design wall and added small pieces of an aqua-and-green polka-dot print…

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And, on it goes! I won’t bore you with ALL the fabrics I auditioned! I kept thinking it’s too little pieces of grass! But no, I persisted until I found just the right grass for my special house.

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Home Sweet Home block by Nancy Mahoney

And, here it is! Didn’t it turn out cute! Be sure to visit Quiltmaker’s blog, Quilty Pleasures to see the other Home Sweet Home blocks, follow the blog hop, and participate in the giveaways.

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I hope you’ll join me on September 16 at 11:00 am EDT for my LIVE web seminar about Mastering Color for Traditional Quilts.

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If you can’t listen to the Live event, you’ll get a recording so you can listen at your convenience. However, you need register before September 16. And, be sure to visit my website for my complete teaching schedule and other great stuff!

Happy Quilting, Nancy

 

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Scrap Quilt Challenge – Tutorial

As many of you know, I love scrap quilts! Whether they are old, new, traditional, modern, big, or small…I’m smitten with them all. And, like many of you, I save my scraps. So, when I was making True Colors for my book Simple Circles and Quick Curves, I not only used scraps, but I saved a bunch as well.

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True Colors by Nancy Mahoney

How did I save scraps? Well…I appliquéd a circle in the center of each half-square-triangle unit, and then cut out the fabric behind each circle. I quickly realized that those darling black-and-white circles had lots of potential, I just needed to be careful and not cut into the middle of each circle.

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So, I took my time and ended up with lots and lots of black-and-white circles. The circles were big enough that I could cut a 2″ x 2″ triangle square from each circle. How cool is that!! As our grandmothers always said “waste not, want not!”

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Those bonus triangle squares have been waiting for just the right block and that day has arrived! If you don’t have 28 bonus 2″ x 2″ triangle squares, you’ll need to cut 28 light
2 1/2″ triangles and 28 dark 2 1/2″ triangles. Sew the triangles together along their long edges. Press the seam allowances toward the dark triangles and trim each unit to measure 2″ x 2″. Whew! Boy, am I glad my triangle squares were already made. “wink, wink”

Lay out the triangle squares and 8 light 2″ squares in six rows.

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You can join the pieces into long skinny rows, but I found it easier to join the pieces into four-patch units first. Each unit should measure 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.

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Lay out the units in three row, making sure they are oriented correctly. Join the units in each row and then join the rows to complete the block. Violá! A wonderful scrappy Star block. The block should measure 9 1/2″ square.

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I hope everyone is enjoying the Scrap Quilt Challenge and I can’t wait to see all the scrappy quilts. Be sure to look for my books at your local quilt shop or online at Martingale.  And don’t miss my LIVE web seminar on August 5 at 11:00 am EDT. In this seminar, you’ll learn all about Creating Fabulous Two Block Quilts.

Happy Quilting ~ Nancy

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