Piece kaleidoscope quilts by number (+ giveaway!)

Let me ask you a question. Do you know Nancy Mahoney? (Here she is!)

I’m betting you do. But there’s one thing you may not know about her. This woman is a quiet quiltmaking storm.

Nancy has written 12 books with Martingale. Her quilts have been featured in more than 100 national and international magazines. She’s created more than 75 quilt patterns for fabric companies. And she’s designed six fabric collections with P&B Textiles (another is on the way).

If you want to know how to make a quilt, Nancy’s your girl.

Kaleidoscope Paper Piecing is Nancy’s third book about foundation paper-pieced quilt patterns. Her best yet, I would argue. (And the other two were supremely awesome.) Nancy knows why paper piecing quilts is so popular. It’s kind of like painting by numbers—your paper is the canvas and your fabric is the paint. From there, you simply follow the numbers. Nancy’s prismatic block designs make it possible to get incredibly accurate results with a simple, straightforward technique. Plus, it’s oh-so-satisfying to see those pieces come together!

If you’ve never tried paper piecing, know this—with Nancy at the helm, you’ll be in good hands. And knowing her knack for accuracy, they’re probably not even pin-poked.

See a selection of Nancy’s newest quilts below; or see all 10 of them here.

So, what’s your experience with paper piecing—are you a beginner, a dabbler, a seasoned pro? Share your story in the comments and you could win a copy of the Kaleidoscope Paper Piecing eBook! (Or, get the eBook free when you purchase a copy of the printed book.) We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you’ve won. Good luck!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing to win the Kaleidoscope Paper Piecing eBook! The randomly chosen winner is Donna, who said:

“I would call myself an intermediate paper piecer—but, I want to become an expert! I think Nancy’s techniques and patterns would be a great help.”

Donna, we’ll email you a special coupon code for your free eBook. Congratulations!

Shadow Play

Shadow Play. Nancy suggests trying paper-piece patterns for the first time with this quilt.

Mocha Latte

Mocha Latte. Another paper-pieced, quilting-for-beginners design.

Fractured Crystals

Fractured Crystals. These intricate-looking blocks remind me of snowflakes. But here every flake is flawlessly identical, thanks to paper piecing.

Fractured Crystals block

See how this Fractured Crystals block is sectioned into eight units? Simply paint by numbers, one section at a time. Intricate to the eye? Yes. But not to the machine.

Emeralds and Amethysts

Emeralds and Amethysts. One of my favorite color combos in a lively, whirling design.

Spinning My Blues Away

Spinning My Blues Away. So animated!

Raspberry Truffle

My personal favorite, Raspberry Truffle. (I got the hiccups when gasping in delight at that paper-pieced border. Embarrassing.)


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