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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
After Jennifer Chiaverini’s presentation on Friday night, it was time for Show and Tell!
Who doesn’t love show and tell? It’s my favorite part of any guild meeting!
All good things must come to an end, but not before a little bit of chocolate, or in this case, 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!
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!