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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Hello Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks – Volume 12 Blog Tourist

I’m so excited to share my block, Bachelor Buttons, with all of you and to participate in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour.

Bachelor Buttons by Nancy Mahoney

Imagine my surprise and delight when I saw Bachelor Buttons on the cover! Woo Hoo!!

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I always have fun designing blocks for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. I love playing with blocks and different fabrics … it becomes a bit of a obsession. One thing leads to another and before you know it … well … time flies when you’re having fun! Anyway, I started with the original colors and added borders.

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Blue Bachelor Buttons

I really like the clean, calm feel of this design. But why stop there? Why not use change it up a bit?

Purple Bachelor Buttons

Purple Bachelor Buttons

Yowsers! Did you notice how the dark purple frames the center of the block? One little change makes the block look sooooo different! With the holidays right around the corner, I had to try a red and green design ….

Christmas Bachelor Buttons

Christmas Bachelor Buttons

Stunning! Oh, dear … my bucket list just got longer! I hope you have fun playing with my Bachelor Button block, as well as the other 99 blocks. You can pick up a copy of 100 Blocks wherever magazines are sold or order a copy from Quiltmaker.

The 100 Blocks Blog Tour continues through November 20. 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 Friday, November 20, and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a copy of Quiltmakers 100 block, volume 12.

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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