Sewing With Nancy Videos
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 31, 2016
Margaret Jankowski shares how a mending program organized by The Sewing Machine Project helps people maintain their clothing & dignity. Two volunteers from the organization are available every other Weds. evening at a local community center& every other Thurs. morning at a library to help with simple clothing & textile repair, teach some basic mending skills, & perhaps-most importantly-listen.
Premiered: October 17, 2016
Mary Kay Clark, the granddaughter of one of the founding members of the Swan Creek Sewing Circle, shared the carefully preserved records that document the fascinating history of the group. Members were honored earlier this year for the club’s Centennial Anniversary, and for their 100 years of enduring friendship and generosity of service to their community and country.
Premiered: November 21, 2016
Nancy shares guidance to help sewing groups interested in community service projects host a successful Quilt to Give community sewing project using the following steps: select project leaders, request donations, request sewing machines, prepare materials, set up the event and arrange to donate the completed quilts.
Premiered: November 14, 2016
Natasha Thoreson, Assistant Curator and Collections Manager at the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, shares simple tips to help you care for your collection of textile treasures. She explains that garment construction and material is an important consideration for garment storage. And because textiles-like humans-need to breathe, hanging items should be stored in muslin garment bags.
Premiered: October 10, 2016
In her book, Quilt of Souls, Phyllis Lawson shares stories told by her grandmother during quilt making time. At 4 years old Phyllis Lawson was taken from the life she knew in Detroit and deposited in rural Alabama with her grandmother Lula Horn, whom she had never met before. In this unfamiliar environment, Phyllis discovered comfort and healing through Grandma Lula and the quilts she created.
Premiered: December 26, 2016
Wendy Mamattah engaged her artistic skills & immersed herself in the culture of her homeland, Ghana, to create mesmerizing art quilts. The Masai Journey depicts a long line of women journeying from their huts to the marketplace; each figure receding into the distance becomes smaller while maintaining great detail. Drummers and dancers seem to come to life in Wendy’s many dance inspired quilts.
Premiered: November 28, 2016
Marion Coleman of the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland shares how members use quilts to express love for the city. Guild members’ quilts highlight the importance of black cowboys & cowgirls in the American West, celebrate the accomplishments of the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, commemorate the ground-breaking career of Delilah Beasley, & even share a sense of humor with “graffiti art”.
Premiered: November 7, 2016
Learn how to create your own versions of antique quilt designs from a collection of history-rich quilts spanning the late 1800s through the 1930s. Julie Hendricksen, antique-quilt collector, joins Nancy to unlock the secrets of quilts from yesteryear. Vintage patterns such as the Snowball, Postage Stamp, Checkerboard, and 100-Patch are featured.
Premiered: November 14, 2016
Nancy and guest, Julie Hendericksen, continue a look back in time to admire the work of quilt-making pioneers who didn’t have the conveniences that we have today. Their skills, patterns, fabric choices, and designs serve as inspiration for quilts that we can reproduce. Be inspired by the Sewing Basket, Pinwheel, Medallion, and Triangles in a Row quilts.
Premiered: December 5, 2016
Do you have a drawer filled with once important, but seldom worn T-shirts? Give those notable shirts a second chance. Nancy and sewing makeover specialist, Mary Mulari, share ways of using the fabric from T-shirts to create more usable projects and memory makers. Learn how to make a rag-quilt, ideal for graduates, plus Christmas Stockings, luggage tags, and more. Watch Part Two.
Premiered: December 12, 2016
Be creative with T-shirts that are not being worn by using the fabric from the shirts in a new way. Nancy and guest, Mary Mulari, show how to turn the T-shirts from family vacation sites, school events, and sporting games into easy-to-sew projects such as, pennant banners, headbands, neck gaiters, scarves and more. These second-chance projects are ideal for beginner stitchers. Watch Part One.