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.


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.


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!”


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.

block layout

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″.


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.


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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AccuQuilt Block Party Blog Hop

Today is my day on the AccuQuilt Block Party Blog Hop. In my last post, I gave you a sneak peak of the GO! Kite cutting die #55254. At the time, I was still deciding on my fabrics.



After looking at ALL my options, I decided to use red, white, and blue fabrics. I also played with color placement to create a secondary pattern.

I really like that you can cut all the pieces you need for each Kite block unit at the same time. I’m making a small project and using a couple different colors for each shape. So, I cut my fabrics into rectangles, that way I could cover only the shape I wanted to cut. Then I layered two like-fabric rectangles on top of the appropriate shapes, and placed the cutting mat on top of the fabric.


I rolled it through the cutter … Violá! Two units cut out! How cool is that!


To make the best use of my fabric, I cut the red rectangles 5 1/2″ x 9″. After cutting the first shape, I rotated the red rectangles and cut two more units.


In less than 10 minutes, I had cut out all the shapes and was ready to start sewing. One of the great things about this die is the dog ears have been trimmed. That makes aligning the pieces easy peasy! Just align the raw edges and sew a 1/4″ seam allowance.


Press the seam allowances to one side. Add the next piece and press. Super easy!




Once all the units were finished, I joined four units to make a Kite block.



I made four identical blocks and then join those blocks to make a larger block.


Originally, I thought I would add a couple borders to make a 21″ x 21″ Patriotic Table Topper. Perfect for decorating my table on the 4th of July.

Patriotic Table Topper by Nancy Mahoney

Patriotic Table Topper by Nancy Mahoney

On the other hand, if I made 12 large blocks I would have a fabulous 57″ x 73″ Quilt of Valor! Just imagine what a special quilt that would be!

Quilt of Valor by Nancy Mahoney

Quilt of Valor by Nancy Mahoney

Visit the AccuQuilt website to see all of the new dies. While you’re there be sure to download the free GO! Hummingbird Quilt pattern.


Until next time…Happy Quilting! ~Nancy
















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