Guest Post: Nancy Mahoney on Block Party, Giveaway!

Today’s post is written by well-known designer, author and teacher Nancy Mahoney, who blogs here and regularly posts free patterns. Nancy is a QM 100 Blocks designer and joined us recently in Williamsburg as a teacher for Quiltmaker‘s Block Party.


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Nancy Mahoney

Hello friends! I’m Nancy Mahoney and I’m excited to guest blog on Quilty Pleasures. Earlier this month, I was delighted to teach three fun classes at Quiltmaker‘s Block Party in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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Some of my most favorite things are … gardens, quilts, and chocolate … not necessarily in that order! I had the pleasure of enjoying all three at Block Party.

The “Cornflowers” class was on Thursday. First we discussed how to use different types of fusible web to achieve the best results.

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Nancy helps Pat with a technique at QM's Block Party.

As the day progressed, each student learned how to use her machine to blanket stitch the edges without a lot of stopping and starting, and how to construct the blocks using a partial seam.

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Nancy's Cornflowers

After a few tips about using different tools to cut circles, it was time to turn a circle into a folded, hexagon flower. And, voila … a pot of Cornflowers!!

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Mexican Sunflowers by Nancy Mahoney will appear in the Fall '12 edition of Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, on sale Sept. 4.

Aside: Nancy’s Cornflowers are featured in this gorgeous quilt called Mexican Sunflowers, above, a sneak peek into the upcoming Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Fall ’12.

In Friday’s class, everyone was still talking about Bonnie Hunter’s fantastic trunk show. So we started the day with a little mindless sewing and made Shoo Fly blocks. Then the students learned two different ways to use fusible web and those fun Shoo Fly blocks were quickly turned into Posy Patch blocks.

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Some of the Posy Patch blocks made by Nancy's students at Block Party

After Jennifer Chiaverini’s presentation on Friday night, it was time for Show and Tell!

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A Block Party student displays a Cornflower block during Show and Tell.

Who doesn’t love show and tell? It’s my favorite part of any guild meeting!

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Block Party students display their Posy Patch blocks during Show and Tell.


All good things must come to an end, but not before a little bit of chocolate, or in this case, Chocolate Caramel Stars!

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Nancy's final class was on "Chocolate Caramel Stars."

Whew! The first Block Party is turning into a lovely memory. I had the BEST students!!

We’re happy to host a giveaway of Nancy’s recent book Kaleidoscope Paper Piecing. It’s filled with 10 dynamic quilt designs—I think you’ll love it!

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Leave a comment below by midnight Tuesday, August 21 and we’ll choose one random winner. The winner is Dana who left comment #86. Thanks for playing along!

Please visit Nancy’s website Her blog features lots of great free patterns so you’ll definitely want to have a look!

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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149 Responses to Guest Post: Nancy Mahoney on Block Party, Giveaway!

  1. Claudia says:

    Chocolate and carmel, mmmmm my mouth is watering. My kinda girl.

  2. Teresa Holloway says:

    Just learned to paper piece at the Quiltmaker Block Party! Can’t wait to try it again!

  3. Love the b ook and the intricate possibilities with paper piecing. Just in time for Christmas presents!

  4. Cathryn H. says:

    As a person who likes to do paper piecing, you folks had way too much fun! Sn, another new book for my collection would be fantastic.

  5. Paperpiecing is fun and this book would be great! So who won?

  6. Rina Mason says:

    I’ve never tried paper piecing and would love to give it a shot. This book looks like the one that would get me started.

  7. Kristy Wayson says:

    I love paper piecing! I have always wanted to try to make a “Grandmother’s Flower Garden” quilt. Quilting by hand is my favorite and I am currently working on a Yo-Yo quilt. My next project will be paper piecing for sure!

  8. Maxine Reece says:

    I have quilted for quite a while but have been leary of paper piecing. I am now retired and have more time to try new things, so I would love to try the projects in this book.

  9. Linda Kemp says:

    I live on a funny farm and would love to have the paper piecing kaleidoscope book.

  10. Terri says:

    Excellent!! I just watched a video on qnntv w/Fons & Porter about using the Kaleideo ruler – this would be a true treat to win – thanks for the opportunity!

  11. Sher Stiles says:

    I would love to win this book. I have been fighting with paper piecing for awhile and would love to learn how to do is so I don’t waste so much fabric. Love what you have shown us so far. Please pick me…lol The cornflowers are intriguing.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  12. Tonya Reichard says:

    Paper piecing is something I definitely want to give a shot at. Just love the Chocolate Caramel Stars quilt…just gorgeous!!! I love the way you took Bonnie’s block and added the poseys to make it another dimension. Would love to win this book!

  13. Sher Henry says:

    I would love to be able to make a kaleidoscope quilt, I bought a template and a mirror, now I could us the book with the instructions.

  14. Pam Valentine says:

    I would love to learn how to paperpiece! Thanks for the opportunity to have a chance to win one of her books!

  15. maryann says:


  16. Diana says:

    Paper Piecing is great and I’d love to learn to do kaleidoscopes with it. Thanks!

  17. norma ben says:

    love paper piecing and book sounds intriguing. Thank you for giving us this giveaway.

  18. Sherry Smith says:

    I want to Thank you so much for a chance to win this book.

  19. Barb S. says:

    Can’t get enough of paper piecing and I would love to win Nancy’s book to share with my quilting guild.

  20. I really want to try paper piecing! It looks like fun, but a bit scared to tackle!

  21. Jan says:

    I have a need to keep my hands busy. I love to do all kinds of quilting including paper piecing. I would love to win! Thanks!

  22. Mary Ford says:

    I would love to do paper piecing! It looks quite interesting to me. Thank you for the chance to win this book!

  23. Terri van Gulik says:

    Would love to win a copy of that book. Looking at quilts, and getting ideas, is almost a much fun as making them.

  24. Jan says:

    Would love a new book on the Kaleidoscope and paper piecing.

  25. Lovie Ball says:

    Quilter for over 30 years. Never tried paper piecing, love the quilt on the cover of the book. Might need to give paper piecing a try.

  26. Mary Valaika says:

    That looks really interesting! Would love to try paper pieced kaleidoscopes.

  27. Marie Hammons says:

    Would love to win,want to learn more and more.

  28. BJ MacKinnon says:

    I like foundation piecing and I’d love to win this book. Thanks

  29. Lola Bryant says:

    I’m commenting, I’m commenting. Almost missed this one. I have just started paper piecing, and I love doing it, once I figured out which end was up!

  30. Nancy says:

    Paper piecing has always intrigued me, but have yet to try! I love the Kaleidoscope pattern – paper piecing this pattern could be interesting.

  31. Kathie Rucker says:

    I really enjoyed learning to do paper piecing at the Block Party. I’ve ordered paper piecing paper and as soon as it gets here I’m going to get busy. Keep up the good work.

  32. Michelle says:

    I love paper-piecing ! Its magic how each and every block turns out perfect.

  33. Sue Pithey says:

    Love the Chocolate Caramel Stars pattern. For some reason I am always driven to star patterns. would really like the book.

  34. B says:

    would love the book does it contain the pattern for Chocolate Caramel Stars!

  35. B says:

    I would love the book does it contain the pattern for Chocolate Caramel Stars!

  36. Wanda Flory says:

    Never paper pieced, would love to win a book on doing this

  37. Melons Gramma says:

    Paper Piecing has become my favorite quilting process. I would love to win this book and explore more about the process.

  38. Diane says:

    Love paper piecing! I don’t have a book on paper piecing would be a nice addition to my quilt book collection!

  39. Jeanann M. says:

    Looks like a beautiful book.

  40. Sharen Jahnke says:

    Would love to have this new book to explore & create!
    Thank you for the opportunity!

  41. Priscilla Conger says:

    I love your patterns, you are amazing with applique, I’d love to take a class with you at the next block party. I loved the party! it was great!

  42. Wyo Di says:

    Who doesn’t love quiltmaker! I’ve really enjoyed the little bit of paper piecing that I’ve done, so would love to win this book! Looks intriguing!

  43. Suzie Johnson says:

    I love your quilt and patterns —- the appliques shoo fly blocks are great — I’m finally learning to do applique after many years of being scared of it.

  44. Tanya says:

    I love the pattern on the cover, would love to see what’s inside book.thanks for the chance and I hope I win…ive never done any paper piecing!

  45. michele sanderson says:

    i love paper piecing , looks like it would be a fun challenge

  46. Donna K says:

    I always like Nancy’s patterns/quilts. They “call my name.” Wish I had been at the Block Party. I’d love to make the “Chocolate Caramel Stars,” while eating chocolate and caramel, of course.

  47. Maureen says:

    Hmmm … I am not a fan of foundation paper piecing, but the right book might make me one! Thanks for the opportunity to win this book and for the great blog about the lucky quilters at Block Party.

  48. Francine Giroux says:

    I really like the pattern for the Chocolate Caramel Stars – here’s hoping. Thanks for great stuff Nancy!!!

  49. Carmen says:

    Chocolate Caramel Stars is beautiful! I want to make one

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