Love the look of curved piecing but not the pinning and matching required to make a quilt with curves? Author and designer Nancy Mahoney shows quilters how to cleverly create that dynamic look using easy machine applique.
- Choose from eight scrappy quilt patterns featuring beautiful curved-applique designs
- Learn two versatile machine-applique methods: fusible applique and starch applique
- Use convenient fat quarters, fat eighths, and precut strips--or cut from your stash
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Nancy Mahoney's Simple Circles and Quick Curves: Machine Applique the Easy Way provides a fine collection of curved-applique designs and teaches fusible and starch applique techniques especially useful to any newcomer to using applique. From using precuts or cuts from a stash to following patterns and making different blocks, this is a fine survey packed with tips and techniques perfect for any newcomer to machine applique.
Review from Quiltmaker Magazine, March/April 2014
Nancy Mahoney shares 2 applique techniques to make the awesome circular quilts in her new book Simple Circles and Quick Curves. The 8 patterns included are ideal for using fat quarters, fat eighths, precut strips or a variety of colorful scraps from your stash.
Review from Quilt-It Today Magazine, March/April 2014
Love the look of curved piecing but not the pinning and matching required? Author and designer Nancy Mahoney shows quilters how to cleverly create that same dynamic look using easy machine applique. Choose from eight scrappy quilt patterns. Use convenient fat quarters, fat eighths, and precut strips-or piece from your stash!
Review from Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting, March/April 2014
If you like the look of curved piecing, but don't want to take the time to do it, this book is for you. Nancy shows how to create the same look using two different methods of machine applique. Eight new lap quilts combining piecing and applique are sure to inspire your creativity and reduce your fabric stash... or send you straight to the fabric store!
Review from The Applique Society Newsletter, March/April 2014
Nancy's new book Simple Circles and Quick Curves -- Machine Applique the Easy Way is Nancy's 13th book she has written with Martingale. Take your applique to a new level by using it to create lovely stash busting scrappy quilts. All quilters face the challenge of piecing curves and circles but there are times that challenge can be a bit daunting. Nancy, faced with many of the same issues, has devised a way to use starch applique with heat-resistant plastic templates, invisible thread and a tiny machine blanket stitch to create the look of curves and circles without any of the headaches. Instructions for both fusible applique and starch applique done with a machine are clearly written with good illustrations. There are eight quilt projects included in the book.
Review from Popular Patchwork, March 2014
Veteran quilt-maker and author Nancy Mahoney is back with another quick and simple way of tackling complicated-looking designs. Many quilters shy away from curved piecing because of the pinning and matching required in the process, but Nancy circumnavigates this by creating the same dynamic look using machine applique. Whether you're looking for something scrappy, stash-based or focused around pre-cuts, there's a design in here for you, with the opportunity to use fusible and starch machine applique techniques. It's extraordinary the variety of designs you can produce using this book, using essentially the same techniques, from the highly traditional Passion Vine through to the ultra-modern, True Colours (which is my favourite). This title is a good all-rounder to give you the confidence to produce stunning results.
Review from Australian Homespun, March 2014
Curved seams are relatively unusual in patchwork quilts because they're harder to sew than straight ones. You typically need to mark, pin carefully, stitch even more carefully and then worry whether anyone other than you will spot the tiny pleats you've unintentionally created. Nancy Mahoney has been making quilts for more than 25 years and loves the variety of designs with loads of movement that can be created with arcs, quarter circles and circles. But she hates piecing them. Instead, she's found that appliqueing them is easy, efficient and, if she uses her sewing machine, quick. Her personal preference is for starch applique using heat-resistant plastic templates, invisible thread and a tiny machine blanket stitch. She documents this method in detail in her latest book, but also includes several variations for those who might find other approaches more to their liking. There's nothing revolutionary in Nancy's approach - but if you haven't tried it, this is a good primer. And, of course, you'll also get step-by-step instructions and full-size patterns for eight quilts using applique to create quilts featuring curves.
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 NancyMahoney.com and on Facebook at Nancy Mahoney Designs. Follow her on Instagram: @nancymahoneydesigns.
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