My name is Nancy Mahoney and I’m super excited to be a regular guest blogger for Fons & Porter. For my first post, I want to introduce myself and tell you a little about my quilts. I’ve enjoyed making quilts for over 30 years, during which, my beautiful quilts have been featured in over 180 quilt magazines. You may have seen my latest quilt, Lincoln’s Delight, on the cover of the January/February 2016 issue of Love of Quilting.
I love combining two quilt blocks to make dazzling quilts! When designing two-block quilts, I want the quilt blocks to blend together to create a visual puzzle. In Lincoln’s Delight, the Dove in a Window and Lincoln’s Platform blocks play well together and the scrappy fabrics create an overall traditional looking design.
If you’d like to learn more about making two-block quilts, check out my on-demand webinar, Creating Fabulous Two-Block Quilts.
I describe myself as a traditional quilter with a modern flair, and I use updated techniques to create my quilts. Although, I don’t consider myself to be a specialist in one particular area, my favorite techniques include precision machine piecing, machine appliqué, and machine quilting. The 14 books I’ve authored include instruction for foundation paper piecing, machine appliqué, making two-block quilts, and making scrappy quilts. I love it all! My newest book, Learn to Paper Piece, will be available in March 2016.
I’ve also created 6 online classes to teach you my favorite techniques. My classes are available on Craft Daily and include “Make a Feathered Star Block Using an Easy Triangle Square Technique” and “Use the Tri-Rec Ruler for Perfect Cutting, Assembly & Piecing,” as well as classes on machine appliqué and foundation paper piecing.
If you haven’t seen my Quilt with the Stars videos, be sure to check them out! I had such a great time working with Mary Fons. In part 2, I demonstrate how I made the blocks in my Fan Dance quilt, which is featured in the March/April 2012 issue of Love of Quilting.
Then, in part 3, you’ll see photos of my Florida sewing studio, as well as a few of my quilts.
I now live in central Georgia and my studio is a bit larger. Actually, quite a bit larger! And, yes, I like a neat and tidy studio. For me, clutter diverts my attention and hampers my creativity.
I hope you’ll join me throughout the year as I share my quilting journey with each of you! I’ll talk about how to organize your fabrics and your sewing space, as well as storing quilts. You’ll also find lots of great tutorials, such as how to make mitered corners and easy machine quilting. Think of my posts as a classroom where you’ll improve your quilting and have fun!
It may appear that I have a lot on my plate. But, I always say … no way! I’m living my dream and I’m enjoying every minute. It’s easy to get caught up in the race to accomplish something and lose sight of the pleasure in the journey. So as often as I can, I ignore my to-do and get out in my garden. Or, better still, take the kayak out and enjoy a leisurely paddle around the lake!