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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Welcome 100 Blocks, Vol. 11 Blog Tourist

I’m delighted to kick off the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 11 blog tour and to share my Twirling Rose block with all of you!

Twirling Rose

Twirling Rose

For volume 11, I wanted to create a block that was fun, different, and … well … original. After some thought, I decided to create an on-point appliqué motif for the center of the block and then fill the corners with patchwork. My first block design had squares in the corners.

Twirling Rose with squares

Twirling Rose with squares

The block design was OK, but when I set the blocks side-by-side the quilt design was … well … a bit ho-hum.

Twirling Rose with squares

Twirling Rose with squares quilt

For me, designing blocks and quilts is a little trial and error. And, a lot of … What if? Or, in this case, what if I change the squares to rectangles? This time the quilt design was one of those wonderful “Aha!” moments.

Twirling Rose quilt

Twirling Rose quilt

I love the secondary pinwheel-in-a-square design. But wait. What if I … change the colors … try a different settings. Yowsers! Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

Twirling Rose on point

Twirling Rose on point

Setting the blocks on point creates a stunning, new design! I hope you have fun playing with my Twirling Rose 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 8. 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 6, and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a copy of Quiltmakers 100 block, volume 11.

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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