Tag: Nancy Mahoney

Classic Elements Quilt

Classic Elements Quilt

Unwrap those pre-cut strips you’ve been hoarding to make quick work of this modern take on a classic Irish Chain quilt. About This Quilt Finished Size: 60″ x 72″ Finished Blocks: 30 (12″) blocks Rating: Beginner – Level 1 Designed by: Nancy Mahoney Recommended Tools: Fons & Porter Rotary Cutter, Olfa 12″ Spinning Cutting Mat,…

Crooked Path Quilt

Crooked Path Quilt

Who wouldn’t want to take a jaunt down this crooked rainbow trail? Use Log Cabin piecing techniques to sew blocks that create the illusion of never-ending stair steps. About This Quilt Finished Size: 60″ x 70″ Finished Blocks: 42 (10″) blocks Rating: Beginner – Level 2 Designed by: Nancy Mahoney Recommended Tools: Fons & Porter…

Spin City Quilt

Spin City Quilt

Here’s a modern twist using an appealing variety of 1930s reproduction prints. This quilt by designer Nancy Mahoney energizes a traditional design. About This Quilt Finished Size: 50″ x 58″ Finished Blocks: 30 (8″) blocks Rating: Intermediate Designed by: Nancy Mahoney Recommended Tools: Tri-Recs Tools or template material, Fons & Porter Rotary Cutter, Olfa 12″…

West Point Quilt

West Point Quilt

Designer Nancy Mahoney appointed military precision to the blue and red blocks marching across this cool patriotic quilt. It features Flying Geese (watch a Sew Easy Lesson on Quick-Pieced Flying Geese Units!) and Nine Patch units. Our Quarter-Inch Seam Marker help you with accurate piecing. About This Quilt Finished Size: 66″ x 66″ Finished Blocks:…

Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Paper Piecing

Have you ever wondered about the difference between English Paper Piecing and Paper Foundation Piecing? Although both techniques involve paper, and result in accurate piecing, the methods couldn’t be more different. English Paper Piecing is a hand sewing technique. Paper templates are cut from cardstock in a variety of shapes and sizes, such as hexagons, diamonds,…

Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Fusible Appliqué

Some quilters love patchwork and think appliqué is the “A” word. Other quilters choose appliqué over patchwork. For me, a bit of patchwork combined with a sprinkle of appliqué is the best of both worlds. My favorite appliqué method is fusible appliqué, which is fast and easy. There are many brands of fusible web on the market. Some brands have…

Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Using EQ7 to Design Quilt Patterns

When I began designing quilts in the mid-1980s, I used graph paper and colored pencils to create designs. Not only was it a time consuming process, but I had to visualize how the quilt design would look in actual fabric instead of colored pencils. In 1991, Electric Quilt (EQ) introduced their first software program for designing quilts. I was smitten…

Fond Memories Quilt

Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Using Quilting Templates and Rulers

Are you ready to take your quilts to another level? Then it’s time to start making quilts with templates and specialty rulers. When I started quilting in the mid-1970s, I made my own templates from cardboard. I’d trace around the cardboard template and cut out the pieces using scissors. After tracing a few times, the template was no longer…

Whirling Pinwheels -- Colorful Quilts

Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Choosing Colors for Quilt Patterns

Take the guesswork out of choosing colors for quilt patterns! Choosing fabric colors doesn’t have to be intuitive or instinctive, there are a practical ways to choose colors for quilt patterns. To gain confidence when choosing fabrics, for colorful quilts or even two-color quilts, it’s important to understand how colors go together and how color schemes…

Star Quilt

Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Star Quilts

Do you have a favorite quilt block? Mine is a star block and I love star quilts. My first finished quilt was made from quilt blocks that created a Variable Star block when set side-by-side. So, perhaps, that’s why star quilts are a go-to design for me. I love any star block! But, my absolute favorite is a Feathered…

Table Runner Quilt Patterns

Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Table Toppers for Every Holiday

If you’re looking for a quick and easy weekend project, or even projects you can quilt in a day, why not work on table runner quilt patterns or table toppers? A topper is a beautiful way to decorate your table for any season. These small projects are prefect for practicing machine quilting or trying new techniques, such as fusible…

Wall Hanging Quilts

Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Seasonal Quilt Patterns

Fall doesn’t officially begin for another week or so, but Labor Day weekend and kids returning to school always seems to signal that fall has arrived. A lot of us take a break from quilting during the summer, but now is the perfect time to jump back into sewing. Especially, if you’re planning on making quilt patterns — scrap quilt…