Appliqué Quilt Revival - Updated Patterns from the 30s

by Nancy Mahoney
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Nancy Mahoney is back with more block patterns from the 1930s--and this time, it's an adventure in Depression-era applique. Grab your stash of reproduction fabrics and start stitching blocks from this rare collection, taken from actual newspaper clippings from the period.

  • Get 12 block patterns, plus 14 quilt patterns that showcase these unique designs
  • Cheerful motifs range from delightful bunnies, kittens, and flower pots to beautiful butterflies and wreaths
  • Get quick results with fusible applique, machine stitching, fewer pieces, and simpler shapes

by Nancy Mahoney
8.5" x 11" printed on your home computer
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full color, PDF digital download
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Publication Date:
June 10th, 2008

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From Quilter’s Home magazine

Here’s another one for your library, yet I have to admit that on first glance, I almost yawned (crack the Red Bull). So, what turned me around? Well, I needed to look again. Hard to believe (harder than David Beckham’s pecs), but even I can be wrong. The truth is that ’30s fabrics are not my fave, however, judging by the nauseating and endless variety of these sugary-cute prints, they’re working for somebody. So, I valiantly put aside my prejudice, looked more closely at these traditional patterns that blend blocks with simple appliqué and, wouldn’t you know it? I’m hooked. The quilts, using those snoozer ‘30s fabrics, are charmingly pretty.

I see a diamond in the rough for those of us not into the thrill of ‘30s (unless you’re talking waist size here). These babies can be made up using any fabrics. Altogether, there are 14 different patterns that even a stone-cold beginner can deviate from to create something original. I especially like “Ride ‘Em Cowboy” and “Fandango.” And, I could easily see “House on the Hill” as a great friendship quilt for someone moving into or away from your area.

Should you buy it? Go for it. You won’t regret the space it takes up on your already cluttered shelves.


The cool thing about this book is that it’s an homage to history while including updated quiltmaking techniques. Besides all the patterns, there’s information on all the basics, like rotary cutting, machine piecing, pressing, squaring up, assembling the quilt top, adding borders, and finishing your quilt. Nancy also includes illustrated instructions for her method of hand appliqué plus two forms of machine appliqué. The whole package!

Nancy presents a dozen darling appliqué designs that are based on patterns published during the 1930s, and she gives us some background about the history. We have a huge array of ’30s repro fabrics available to us today so that we can re-create the unmistakable and greatly appealing look of that period. The book gives a variety of projects for using the designs, and as the introduction says, “These wonderful homey quilts offer something for everyone: delightful bunnies, cheery flowerpots, darling kittens, beautiful butterflies, stunning wreaths, and frolicking cowboys.” My favorite is “Fandango,” made with the Colonial Scrap Basket block.

Nancy Mahoney

As an author and teacher, Nancy has enjoyed making quilts for more than 40 years. An impressive range of her beautiful quilts has been featured in over 250 national and international quilt magazines. Nancy's best-selling books include Learn to Paper Piece (2016), Simple Circles and Quick Curves (2013), Treasures from the '30s (2010), and Applique Quilt Revival (2008). When she's not designing and making quilts, Nancy enjoys traveling around the country, sharing her quilts, teaching her piecing and machine-applique techniques, and visiting gardens.
Nancy makes her home in central Georgia with her life partner of over 45 years, Tom, and their umbrella cockatoo, Prince. Visit Nancy on her website at and on Facebook at Nancy Mahoney Designs. Follow her on Instagram: @nancymahoneydesigns.

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