Sewing With Nancy Videos

Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery, Part 1

Premiered: December 9, 2013

Nancy and embroidery guru Denise Abel teach you how to piece quilt blocks using a combination of machine embroidery and techniques borrowed from paper piecing. There’s no precise measuring or cutting needed! Piece blocks by layering fabric over guidelines that the machine stitches onto stabilizer. Perfect blocks every time!

Nancy's Corner - Mary Kolb, "Zipper Lady"

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.

Handbags 2—Designer Knockoffs, Part 2

Premiered: December 2, 2013

Start with a rectangle of fabric and add unique embroidery accents such as shaped corners and precisely stitched grommet holes to make a stunning designer bag. Join Nancy and embroidery expert Eileen Roche to learn these exciting details. Get the inside scoop on customized pockets, straps, and linings.

Nancy's Corner - John and Nancy Watts, Quilting in Mongolia

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.

Handbags 2—Designer Knockoffs, Part 1

Premiered: November 25, 2013

Tame the trickiest tasks of stitching a designer handbag using sewing and embroidery tips from Nancy and embroidery specialist Eileen Roche. Learn how to add grommets for function and flair. Take sewing handbags to a new level.

Nancy's Corner - Gretchen Hudock, Reorganize Today

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.

Quilt with Carefree Curves, Part 2

Premiered: November 18, 2013

Tedious quilting methods are a thing of the past! Nancy gives a facelift to timely quilt block designs such as Hearts and Gizzards, Fan, and Wagon Wheel. Learn unconventional yet simple techniques for quilting curves, plus options for making big, dynamic quilt blocks.

Nancy's Corner-Alissa Haight Carlton, The Modern Quilt Guild

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

Quilt with Carefree Curves, Part 1

Premiered: November 11, 2013

Nancy takes the stress out of piecing traditional quilt block designs such as the Drunkard’s Path, Blackbird Pie, and Mill Wheel. Learn the secret that eliminates concave and convex curves as you create easy quilt projects.

Nancy's Corner - Susan Hudson, Native American Quilts

Premiered: November 4, 2013

Susan Hudson, member of the Navajo Nation, shares stories about her quilts made to honor and pay tribute to her ancestors who endured the Navajo’s Long Walk to the Bosque Redondo in 1864. She uses symbols of the Navajo legacy with the Plains patterns and motifs in her designs. Her quilts make a powerful statement about the shared experiences of many Native American communities.

Appliqué—Large & Small, Part 2

Premiered: November 4, 2013

Mary Mulari guest hosts and teaches new and different appliqué techniques. When there's little time to sew, but you want to stitch something fun, learn how to add a modern applique-large or small. No more detailed satin stitching! Use common machine stitches that often never get used.

Nancy's Corner - Kristin Keen, ReThreaded

Premiered: October 28, 2013

ReThreaded works with women that have been exploited by the sex trade in the form of human trafficking, prostitution and pornography.  Rethreaded founder Kristin Keen joins guest host Mary Mulari to talk about “Sew a New Story,” a project that offers the women training in art, design, sewing, and other life skills.  The women take donated T-shirts and sew them into new products that they can sell.

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