Sewing With Nancy Videos

Nancy's Corner - Amy Milne, The Quilt Index

Premiered: September 16, 2013

The Quilt Index has been online for about ten years, and has catalogued over 54,000 quilts from all over the United States. Amy Milne, representative of the Quilt Index joins Nancy via Skype to make people more aware of this awesome research tool. The Quilt Index is a free, open access project of Matrix, Michigan State University Museum, and the Quilt Alliance.

Nancy's Corner - Author Suzi Parron

Premiered: November 3, 2014

The barn quilt idea, conceived to honor a quilting mom, expanded into a multitude of barn quilt trails. The book, "Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement" by Suzi Parron tells about the American quilt trails featuring quilts painted on barns across North America. These paintings have brought neighbors together, expanded tourism, and created a celebration of local heritage and culture.

Nancy's Corner - Author Thomas Knauer

Premiered: November 10, 2014

Modern quilts, from Thomas Knauer’s book "Modern Quilt Perspectives," speaks to issues of the day, featuring 12 symbolic quilts that reflect current values and ideas. Thomas gives insight for the colorful “Cinderblocks”—a new version Log Cabin, “Ampersand”— a lighthearted colorful novelty print quilt, and “Mitosis”—colorful cell blocks inspired by the cell donated to conceive his second child.

Nancy's Corner - Brenda Hutchings, Comfort Doll Project

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.

Nancy's Corner - Carpal Tunnel Prevention

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.

Nancy's Corner - Christine Motl, Feed Sack Quilts

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.

Nancy's Corner - Cindy Kerr, Conkerr Cancer

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.

Nancy's Corner - Cynthia Seyler, Sew for HOPE

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.

Nancy's Corner - Deb Menz

Premiered: November 7, 2010

Deb Menz, an author and artist, gets creative with color, texture, and lots of mediums. Inspired by her travels, Deb combines a multitude of medium such as handmade paper, hand spun yarn, hand knitting and weaving, hand embroidery, bead embroidery, silk threads, fabric dyeing and printing, and machine embroidery.

Nancy's Corner - Debra King, Art Quilts with Ties

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.

Nancy's Corner - Diane Wright, Aborginal Textiles

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.

Nancy's Corner - Dimensional Fiber Art

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.

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