Best Tradition with a Twist Blog Tour

Welcome to my blog. I’m so excited to be a part of Quilters Newsletter’s 21 Best Tradition with a Twist Quilts magazine and blog tour.


I love creating traditional quilts and giving them a new, updated look. So, submitting a quilt for this special issue was right up my alley. Better yet, I already had a design in mind. Yippee!! I create all of my quilts in EQ7 and I’d been playing with a Log Cabin block to create different designs. A traditional Log Cabin block has dark fabrics on one side of the block and light fabrics on the diagonally opposite side of the block.

Traditional Log Cabin block

Traditional Log Cabin block

To add a twist, I started by mixing up the fabric placement to create a completely different look. I used red and cream prints on one side of the block, and gray and black prints on the other side of the block.

Twisted Logs block by Nancy Mahoney

Twisted Logs block by Nancy Mahoney

Next I arranged the blocks in a side-by-side setting and then I used the “Symmetry” tool in EQ7 to twist and turn the blocks to create a design that doesn’t look anything like a traditional Log Cabin quilt. Twisted Logs has a lot of depth and movement. And, it’s oh-so-easy to make!

Twisted Logs by Nancy Mahoney

Twisted Logs by Nancy Mahoney

Leave a comment by midnight on Saturday, Jan. 31 and you could be selected to win a beautiful bundle of Victory fabrics from Red Rooster fabrics.


Please visit my website to see more of my quilts, find out where I’ll be teaching, enroll for online classes and webinars, and download free patterns!

Happy Quilting, Nancy



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Welcome 100 Blocks, Volume 10 Blog Tourists!

I am soooo excited that my block, Rainbow Star, is in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, volume 10! Just think 10 issues of 100 blocks … WOW! And, I’m happy to say I’ve had a block in every issue!

Rainbow Star

Rainbow Star

I always love playing with different fabrics and colors. Change the colors to red, white and blue and you get a great patriotic looking star perfect for a Quilts of Valor or to celebrate the 4th of July.

patriotic version2

When designing blocks, I always want to see how they will look in a quilt design. Occasionally, I design a block that I think is fantastic on it’s own, but when I use the block to create a quilt … well … it doesn’t make a GREAT quilt design. So, every block has to pass the quilt test.


Setting the Rainbow Star blocks with sashing and black sashing squares creates a terrific design!! I love the secondary Nine Patch blocks. Oh dear, one more quilt to add to my bucket list. Pair Rainbow Star with a second block and … WOW!

rainbow star quilt2

In Volume 10, you’ll not only find 100 terrific Blocks, but there’s also a pattern for a Stellar Sampler quilt. You’re sure to enjoy this new collection of blocks, as well as, the Designer Gallery and the Block Tester Gallery.


The 100 Blocks Blog Tour continues through November 21. 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 Tuesday, November 18, and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a copy of Quiltmakers 100 block, volume 10.

On my website you’ll find more of my quilt designs, free patterns, and lots of other fun stuff.

Happy Quilting! ~Nancy

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