Sewing With Nancy Videos
Premiered: January 20, 2014
The Moore family traveled halfway around the world to Thailand to work with Remember Nhu. This organization finds girls and boys that would otherwise be sold into sex trafficking, rescues them and provides clothing, food, and schooling. Kristi taught the girls to sew, Brett taught the boys to repair sewing machines, and their children captured the events with videography and photography.
Premiered: January 13, 2014
Sophie Kerr is a 12 year old who has been sewing since age three. She shared a kids’ perspective for a sewing book, A Kid’s Guide to Sewing, written by her parents, who are both professional quilt makers. The book has step-by-step instructions to help kids learn to sew, and includes sixteen kid-friendly projects—from clothes to bags and accessories.
Premiered: January 6, 2014
Tom Mooney of the American Red Cross in Madison, Wisconsin and Doug Price from Rocky Mountain PBS, in Colorado, accepted 28 quilts that were sewn and donated by attendees of the Madison Quilt Expo. These representatives are distributing the quilts to disaster victims as a warm reminder of hope and to comfort these people that have lost so much.
Premiered: December 30, 2013
Pat Lyon and a friend started with a trip to Cambodia to teach English; after incorporating a little sewing into the teaching, a new skill began for the Khmer people. Peace bags are made and include an added personal message translated by Pat. Income from the projects helped to finance 88 wells, 33 toilets, 54 piglets, 30 pens, and put seven youth through college, plus start a culinary arts school
Premiered: December 23, 2013
Leslee Nelson’s inspiration to make Memory Cloths came from an exhibit of South African hand embroideries. Life experiences are embroidered on linens. The repetitive movement is a form of meditation where stitchery links the past with the present.
Premiered: December 16, 2013
Christine Motl shares stories about her collection of antique feed sacks used to make quilts. From a campaign for governor in 1938 and other patriotic WWII designs to whimsical Disney designs—she knows the stories behind each. Feed sacks, which also encompass flour and sugar sacks, are soft and yield about 1-1/4 yd. of usable fabric for quilting and other sewing projects.
Premiered: December 9, 2013
Sewing Machine Project classes encourage students from low income populations to learn sewing, mending, and basic machine maintenance. Students use one class period for the community as a Pay it Forward project. After six weeks, students receive the machine on which they learned to sew. This ripple effect sends the message that everyone has the power to mend our own community.
Premiered: December 2, 2013
Mary Kolb, the “Zipper Lady,” has repaired over 1300 coat zippers for Clothes for Kids. This project keeps kids warm, and keeps jackets out of landfills. Mary gives a brief rundown on the process she uses to repair a zipper if all parts have been saved. Her advice for zipper longevity is to teach children to pull zipper tab upward to close or push downward to open—don’t pull straight out.
Premiered: November 25, 2013
Nancy Watts taught women in Mongolia to quilt to make an income. Her husband John took photos to capture the pride and joy in the smiles of these women. John and Mary’s biggest challenges were the language barrier, limited electricity, and using the metric system. They used silk scraps from China to make beautiful quilted projects. Nancy’s teaching was a phenomenal donation of time.
Premiered: November 18, 2013
Gretchen Hudock shares how to organize sewing/craft areas into zones. She uses the same premise as the kitchen triangle, only with a Cutting Area, Sewing Area, and Ironing Station. During this Nancy’s Corner interview, learn how organization helps you enjoy the creative process, while keeping you active and moving.
Premiered: November 11, 2013
Alissa Haight Carlton joins Nancy via Skype to talk about the new buzz word in the world of fabric and thread—Modern Quilting. Alissa explains that The Modern Quilt Guild promotes modern quilting, an aesthetic which includes the use of negative space, solid fabrics, asymmetry, bold colors, absence of borders, and even taking a traditional quilt pattern and putting a new twist on its construction
Premiered: October 21, 2013
Enchanted Makeovers, a volunteer non-profit organization, renovates shelters for women and children into places that inspire behavioral and psychological change. Nancy welcomes Terry Grahl, founder of Enchanted Makeovers, to share how the organization has grown during the past two years. Volunteers have renovated over 100 bedrooms plus sewing rooms that are set up to teach women how to sew.
Premiered: October 14, 2013
Debra King quilts are made with men’s ties. Deb received ties from a close friend when her friend’s husband passed away, and she was inspired to create four quilts representing the trees of fall, winter, spring and summer using the ties. All four trees start with ties woven together, and then leaves are added using various embellishment techniques.
Premiered: October 7, 2013
Threads of Love, through the effort of many participants in chapters across the country, provide clothing, blankets and other handmade articles for tiny premature and sick infants. As an extension of their faith, the participant’s goal is to bring the message of love and compassion to the parents of babies in need. During Nancy’s interview with Sissy Davis, learn how you can participate.
Premiered: September 30, 2013
An assignment to Australia gave artist Diane Wright an opportunity to meet Aboriginal artists and be influenced by their wonderful stories and the continent’s vast landscape. Diane is now concentrating on creating Australian-influenced art quilts. Diane has fascinating stories about each of her impressive quilts created with wonderful Aboriginal fabrics.
Premiered: August 19, 2013
Jennifer Chiaverini, author of the Elm Creek Quilt series, introduces her new book, The Giving Quilt. Elm Creek Manor is the host of “Quiltsgiving,” a one-week quilt camp that takes place right after Thanksgiving. In exchange for the free week of learning, all quilts made go to Project Linus, a real life organization that provides quilts, afghans, and blankets for children in need.
Premiered: August 5, 2013
Ross Lohr, from Project Repat, joins Nancy via Skype to tell about his mission of turning textile waste into fair wage job opportunities. He and his business partner have turned their dream into a business that upcycles excess clothing into fun blankets and fashionable accessories as it creates jobs with dignity.
Premiered: February 3, 2013
Brenda Hutchings joins Nancy via Skype to explain how sewing small artistic dolls for women in domestic abuse shelters can be very meaningful. Comfort Dolls are created with loving hands and given with joyful hearts. These small dolls are the perfect size to be carried in a purse as a gentle reminder that someone cares.
Premiered: January 27, 2013
Mary Balagna, from the national headquarters of Project Linus, joined Nancy to tell about their new venture, encouraging volunteers to stitch weighted blankets. The pressure provided by a weighted blanket creates a calming effect for children with sensory disorders, similar to swaddling an infant. The channeled blankets are stuffed with twin sheets to provide weight.
Premiered: January 20, 2013
When Alzheimer’s Disease affects a family member, it often holds the family captive in caregiving responsibilities. Gwen O’Leary joins Nancy via Skype to tell about how the disease that fractured her mother brought their family together through the healing process of sewing aprons—“When Life Hands You Alzheimer’s, Make Aprons.”
Premiered: January 13, 2013
In 2008, Cynthia Seyler decided to donate one quilt for every ten quilts that she made. Her tithing of quilts has sparked others to join her quest to supply children, newborns, and teens with quilts to provide warmth and love. Cynthia joins Nancy via Skype to tell about her Sew for HOPE mission, and the gratifying experience one gets from making quilts to give.
Premiered: January 6, 2013
Quilting sleuth and author Kyra Hicks joins Nancy via Skype to share a fascinating story about Estella Weaver Nukes, who gave a quilt to President Franklin Roosevelt during the Depression years. The quilt Estella made was a Postage Stamp Quilt, and the reason behind it was that the president was the number one postage stamp collector in the United States during his time in office.
Premiered: December 30, 2012
Physician Michele David prescribed quilting as part of a healing process, not for a patient, but for herself. She joined Nancy via Skype from Boston. She has overcome a debilitating illness with the therapeutic process of working with color, fabric, and thread.
Premiered: December 23, 2012
Gretchen Hudock, a professional organizer, joins Nancy to discuss how to organize a sewing space. She uses the acronym S P R I N G, as in spring cleaning to help her customers get started with any organizing project. Before and after photos help clients see how organized their new space is, and hopefully help them to remember to put things away.
Premiered: December 16, 2012
Nancy Daly’s Hat Ladies group has made about 26,000 fleece hats and given them away to children in the Madison, WI area. Learn how you can set up your own “Hat Ladies” group and provide comfort and warmth to children in need. Also, learn how you can sew in schools, allowing the children to choose their own fabrics and learn about the sewing process. Contact Nancy Daly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Premiered: December 9, 2012
Michele Cuppy, of Sew Much Comfort, joins Nancy via Skype to explain the compelling mission of her organization—to provide custom-made adaptive clothing to wounded service members. See how you can be involved in adapting pants, shirts, and sweatshirts, giving comfort and dignity.
Premiered: December 2, 2012
Quilts do more than keep us warm—they can change hearts and teach life lessons. Judith Meeker, an elementary school teacher, joins Nancy via Skype to tell a a fascinating story of how she involves children, quilts, and sending warmth across the country and world with “More Than Warmth.”
Premiered: November 25, 2012
Nancy welcomes author, Jennifer Chiaverini, to give insight into her 18th book, The Wedding Quilt. Sara, the character that was getting married in Jennifer’s first novel, is now the mother of the bride. Sarah never had a wedding quilt, but she wants to make sure that her daughter has one.
Premiered: November 4, 2012
Judy Howard, Buckboard Quilts, joins Nancy to share her fascinating story of food for body and soul. Judy found a 1905 cookbook, researched the women contributing the 300 amusing recipes, wrote their heart-warming stories, and added vintage photos along with the original 1905 merchant ads. She uses the proceeds to donate to organizations that feed hungry children.
Premiered: October 28, 2012
See how Martha Sumi teaches Hmong women quilting only through using samples, to show the process for making American style quilt block since language is a barrier. In turn, the students incorporate their own traditional styles, colors, and techniques. As a show of gratitude, this tight-knit quilting group shares culture and food with their teacher.
Premiered: October 21, 2012
Julie Stephens from the Chattahoochee Evening Stars in Alpharetta, Georgia shares how a member, Janie Stokes, challenged the guild to create story quilts to go along with the storybooks. The guild made 37 quilts for 37 books and presented them at a quilt show. The children are able to touch the quilts as the stories are read, and they learn about quilting in the process.
Premiered: October 14, 2012
Silk sari remnants and selvages from the factory floors of India become beautiful fiber yarns. Ken Wing works with the Woman’s Cooperative in India to turn scraps of silk into gorgeous hanks of fiber. This project provides income and a purpose for 250 women, giving the women who would normally work two months of the year, income all year round.
Premiered: October 7, 2012
Rachel O’Neill returns to Nancy’s Corner with further information on the Little Dresses for Africa project. Her mission to change lives one little dress at a time has grown beyond her wildest expectation. The total number of dresses that have been sent to Africa now totals over one million‑the number continues to grow. Also learn about Britches for Boys.
Premiered: September 30, 2012
Cindy Kerr, Conkerr Cancer, details how you can make hospitalized children smile by sewing a simple pillowcases. Cindy started the program when her son was diagnosed with bone cancer. In the last five years, over 550,000 pillowcases have been sewn, many of them in the hospital with the children helping to pin and cut.
Premiered: September 23, 2012
Leslie Gemignani, a teacher at Point Hope in Africa, shares how students are taught to support themselves and their children by making batik fabric and also how to sew. She is preparing for the second year curriculum to help women continue the learning and marketing their products. The skills provide empowerment and income—a reason for being.
Premiered: September 16, 2012
Susan Finch joined Nancy via Skype to discuss Binky Patrol, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide homemade blankets to children who need the love and comfort provided by their own Binky. To date the Binky Patrol has made over 600,000 blankets. There over 105 Binky Patrol chapters, plus help from Girl Scouts and churches. Learn how to participate.
Premiered: September 9, 2012
Major Cathy Ott, Retired, made a very special quilt to honor military service. She made it for her daughter’s boyfriend, who is a specialist in the United States Army Reserve. The quilt is composed of four different uniforms that Cathy wore in the military, including one from Vietnam. She incorporated several batiks in brown and black to enhance the colors in the uniform fabric.
Premiered: September 2, 2012
Wendy Butler Berns was given the Jewel Pearce Patterson Scholarship for quilting teachers. She took classes to learn new quilting techniques In return she curated an exhibit with the theme Out on a Limb. Quilt designs include Tessellating Wings, Me and my Shadow, The Tree of Life, Fashion in Motion, and Breast Therapy. Each quilt had an amazing story behind it.
Premiered: August 26, 2012
Last season a Quilts to Give segment was recorded at the Quilt Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. Many attendees took time to sit and sew full-sized bed quilts for families in need. Twenty Five quilts were shipped to B Sew Inn In Springfield MO. During this segment, the quilts were present to representatives at St. John’s Hospital in Joplin, Missouri. It’s a touching interview.
Premiered: August 19, 2012
Mena Trott, The Sew Weekly blog, shares her personal challenge of sewing a dress a week. In 2009 Mena started a blog about sewing her clothes for a year—one dress per week. Each week there is a different theme. Her fun and frugal creations included vintage patterns. She found that her followers loved to be motivated and inspired to create—and she encouraged them to sew.
Premiered: August 12, 2012
Diane Haag, dialysis nurse, provides personalized comfort pillows to her patients. Due to budget cuts, Diane formed a creative partnership with a local sewing guild to sew cases for comfort pillows for her patients. Learn how you can become involved in this worthwhile project. Check with the National Kidney Foundation to find your local dialysis center.
Premiered: February 5, 2012
Sonya Nash, project manager from Elkhart County, Indiana, joins Nancy via Skype to share information about the Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail. Sonya tells about the beautiful patchwork quilts made, not from fabric, but from thousands of glorious blooms!
Premiered: January 29, 2012
Quilters and sewers across the country have come to the aid of people that have been affected by disaster. Tornadoes, floods, and fires have affected many cities and towns across our nation, and the losses have been very devastating. Teresa Droesser, a volunteer coordinator for the Quilt to Give project for the past seven years, tells about the project and its heartwarming results.
Premiered: January 22, 2012
Sue Rock, Brooklyn NY, has a mission to bring joy, healing, and community through textile arts. Sue founded a nonprofit organization to repair and revitalize the lives of domestic violence victims. This domestic violence empowerment program teaches everyday skills that not only provide much needed clothing, but also heal lives through the creative processes.
Premiered: January 15, 2012
The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, is a must-see destination for quilt and fiber enthusiasts. Terri Kirchner, president of this all-volunteer organization, tells how this project evolved from a quilt history project to a destination for viewing beautiful quilts and fiber arts, and a quilter's haven for classes in the large lower level classrooms.
Premiered: January 8, 2012
Carla Peery, an educator from Seattle, teaches basic sewing skills to 4th and 5th graders in a program called Let's Do Business. She uses sewing as a means to polish the students' other academic skills. In a 14-week program, students learn how to write a business plan, learn to write checks, sew a pillow, market their product, and sell the product at the end of the program.
Premiered: January 1, 2012
Laurie Hird, author of "The Farmer's Wife Pony Club Sampler Quilt" is collector of "The Farmer's Wife" magazines, quilter, and a history sleuth. Laurie wrote a book and designed a sampler quilt inspired by children's thank-you letters from the early 1900s. These children sold subscriptions to "The Farmer's Wife" magazine to try to win a prize--a Shetland pony with a saddle or carriage!
Premiered: December 25, 2011
Lynda Pracht, coordinator for the Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners of the Americas, shares how she found a niche market to sell the Nicaraguan women's creations in order to supplement their income. The women use their free motion embroidery skills to embellish 18" doll dresses they make. Most of the work is done on treadle machines.
Premiered: December 18, 2011
Lynda Pracht has been involved with the Partners of the Americas for thirteen years. Lynda and her volunteers teach sewing and other skills to the women of Nicaragua, Wisconsin's partner country. Hear the heart-warming story of how the skill of sewing has enriched and improved the lives of the volunteers and the students.
Premiered: December 11, 2011
In South Africa the skill of sewing shweshwe poppis-the African term for dolls--benefits both children and doll makers. Elizabeth Schell talks with Nancy via Skype about the poppis project. These cute little dolls are made with 100% cotton shweshwe discharge print fabrics from South Africa. The dolls are based on children's drawings at a malnutrition and rehabilitation preschool in Zola, Soweto.
Premiered: December 4, 2011
Elizabeth Schell of Marula Imports talks with Nancy via Skype about South African Shweshwe fabrics. These 100% cotton fabrics have been manufactured since the 19th century. Original shweshwe fabrics are identified by the starchy feel and the backstamps, authenticated trademarks such as Three Cats, Three Leopards, Toto 6 Star, and Coral Tree.
Premiered: November 27, 2011
Connie Tkach, a passionate sewist from the state of Washington, is convinced that sewing builds confidence in young children. She is proving it through her Threads for Life sewing program for kids at Meeker Elementary School in Puyallup, WA. She teaches children ages 10--12 about the sewing machine, and they go right into sewing clothing--a fascinating story!
Premiered: November 20, 2011
Carole Franceski, Tender Loving Care Ministries, returns to Nancy's Corner to ask for assistance in helping the needy children of Appalachia. In addition to the clothing project detailed in Nancy's Program 2514, Carole explains how to make a small Care Bag for the children, providing the basics such as washcloths, soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, and tissues to fill the Care Bag.
Premiered: November 13, 2011
Tender Loving Care (TLC) Ministries is a nonprofit organization in its 25th year. Its mission is to clothe poverty-stricken children in the mountains of eastern Kentucky and other Appalachian areas. Director Carole Franceski, shares how you can participate in this worthy cause by sewing for both boys and girls. The project is targeted for children (both boys and girls) ages 4--10.
Premiered: November 6, 2011
Enchanted Makeovers, founder Terry Grahl, explains how handmade items such as capes, pillowcases, and dolls are key to the healing process for women and children rebuilding their lives in shelters. Terry showcases some of the pillowcases and Capes for Kids that have been made and how you, too, can give inner strength to those living in shelters through your handmade gifts.
Premiered: October 30, 2011
Terry Grahl, Interior Designer and founder of Enchanted Makeovers, started Enchanted Makeovers to transform depressing shelters and rescue missions into inviting centers that give hope and encouragement to the women and children. It's amazing what a little paint, new beds and bedspreads, nice lighting, and new carpet can do for the morale of women who have nothing to call their own.
Premiered: October 23, 2011
Jennifer Chiaverini, author of the Elm Creek Quilts series, shares excerpts from her book 'The Union Quilters," referencing the Civil War and the critical role of women during the war. Jennifer wove together a story of love and sacrifices women shared as they made quilts and other items to support each other and to support their family and friends who were fighting in the Civil War.
Premiered: October 16, 2011
Honor quilts were researched, designed, and sewn as part of Bob Gentilli's 7th and 8th grade history classes in Belleville, WI, with the hope of making a difference in someone's life. Kristin O'Connor and Brian Weasner, two of the students, shared their experiences of researching and making quilts for a senior center and an individual going through cancer treatment.
Premiered: October 9, 2011
Margaret Jankowski started SeaHope Partners after the oil spill in 2010, when her group was trying to figure out how to respond. They decided to make messenger bags out of recycled materials. They used sails and nautical equipment to remind people of the sea. They sell the bags and use the money raised to help people who are displaced by the oil spill.
Premiered: October 2, 2011
Dr. Jonathan Tueting is an Assistant Professor of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at the UW Hospital in Madison Wisconsin. He gives valuable insights on carpal tunnel prevention to those of us who sew and quilt.
Premiered: September 25, 2011
Carol Butzke is an American Quilter's Society certified quilt appraiser and quilt historian. In this program she gives insight and history into Grandmother's Flower Garden quilts.
Premiered: September 18, 2011
Quarter-marked fabric, quarter-scale triangles, and fat quarters--all are terms used by quilters and sewers. Gail Underbakke, a registered dietician with the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison Wisconsin, talks about how quartering is also important when it comes to meal planning. Gail gives guidelines for planning meals for good health and enjoyment.
Premiered: September 11, 2011
Beth Hartford, from the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI), is committed to the group's mission of raising awareness and funding research for Alzheimer's disease. She discusses two types of quilts that make up the mission of this quilter-driven charity.
Premiered: September 4, 2011
Steffani Lincecum, designer and pattern maker, shares information about sewing theatrical garments. She gives tips she has discovered in her 20+ years of experience making costumes for TV, film, and theater. Among the important considerations are choosing the right fabric, finding fabric with texture, making durable garments, and using zippers for quick changes.
Premiered: August 28, 2011
Barbara Schneider is a fiber artist whose background is in visual design. She gathers interesting shapes from nature for inspiration and photographs them to capture the images. Then she creates amazing artistic pieces out of fabric by enlarging and reshaping the images. Barbara uses layering techniques, stiffeners, and machine stitching when she is working with the fabric for her creations.
Premiered: August 21, 2011
With his background in architecture and web site design, Bruce Seeds has found a most satisfying way to marry his love of color, geometry and artistic discovery with his inclination towards precision and detail. His quilted textile mosaics are created not from patterns but through a process.
Premiered: August 14, 2011
Bob Urquhart, IL chapter director of Quilts for Kids, explains the two-fold mission of Quilts for Kids: making quilts for children who are seriously ill, and keeping keep fabric out of landfills. Fabric for the quilt is provided in a precut kit that is sent free of charge to anyone requesting it from their website. The quilts are donated to children suffering from illness or abuse.
Premiered: January 23, 2011
Ketra Oberlander, a blind artist, has started the Art of Possibility Studios, bringing together people who are disabled to utilize their talents by creating a line of fabric several times a year. Her hope is that home sewers and quilters will do something truly inspirational for themselves with the beautiful fabrics created by Ketra and her associates. (Part 2/2)
Premiered: January 16, 2011
Award-winning blind artist Ketra Oberlander began the Art of Possibility Studios, the only for-profit art publishing and licensing brand exclusively representing physically disabled artists. Ketra is colorblind due to a condition called Cone Dystrophy. She and other artists have banded together to bring their experience and creativity into a springboard for creative interpretations. (Part 1/2)
Premiered: January 9, 2011
Karen Demaree represents the organization called Quilts of Valor, a group of thousands of volunteers who make quilts for wounded and injured Armed Service members and their families. Their mission is to cover all those service members and veterans touched by war with Quilts of Valor. Made of only the best quality fabrics, over 33,000 quilts have been presented, and the number grows every day.
Premiered: January 2, 2011
Nancy gives an update on Sue Outland's Tactile Quilt Project for the blind. It's truly a Creative Kindness project that has meant so much to the Foundation for the Blind.
Premiered: December 26, 2010
Fiber artist Karen Linduska begins her newest thread painting projects by needle felting on a base of craft felt. Karen incorporates yarn, lace, and decorative stitching in this postcard size art - personal greetings may also be included. The background is the starting point, and from there Karen creates landscape textures with a variety of mediums and decorative stitches, layer by layer.