Sewing With Nancy Videos
Premiered: December 14, 2015
Do you have a jar or box in your sewing space filled with old buttons? Most of us hold onto these treasures, yet others make a hobby of collecting them. Button collecting was recognized as an organized hobby through the founding of the National Button Society in 1938. Learn about various types of buttons, plus how to care for and preserve your precious button collection finds.
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: 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 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 24, 2010
Julie Crabtree, a textile artist who studied in England, shares her artistic expertise in creating 3D landscapes with beautiful textural stitching. The artistic process starts with photographs and sketching. Julie works on cotton canvas fabric, and includes hand painting, hand embroidery, free-motion embroidery, fabric texturizing, and beading in her work to achieve the most depth in each piece.
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: 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: 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.
Premiered: December 22, 2014
Help the Comfort Quilt Project group build a much needed hospital in Nkololo, Tanzania and supply quilts to the occupants. Monetary donations assist with the construction and equipment for the new hospital, and 12-1/2" quilt blocks will be made into quilts for the patients in the hospital. The project is part of Roads to Life Tanzania—a nonprofit organization based in the United States.
Premiered: September 23, 2013
Thanks to a collaboration between the City of Missoula Public Art Committee and the Missoula Electric Quilters, local traffic signal boxes, once eyesores, are now covered in designed artwork. Kathi Olson and Chris Milodragovich from Missoula, Montana, joined Nancy via Skype to talk about this unique project.
Premiered: September 19, 2016
Kay Capps Cross, a quilting teacher, shares techniques to reduce the apprehension of free motion quilting. Kay shows Nancy that one of the best tools quilters have for making wonderful geometric designs are their own fingers. Using a light touch, they take turns guiding the long arm machine to make simple lines for quilting.
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.