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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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.


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…


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


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!


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…


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.


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.


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.

mastering color web seminar

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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