Sewing With Nancy Videos
Premiered: December 12, 2010
Amy Barickman continues the conversation about Mary Brooks Picken, founder of the Women's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences. The institute taught over 300,000 women sewing techniques and the art of homemaking. Inspired by Mary, Amy wrote "Vintage Notions", a book including patterns, recipes, quotes, techniques, and Mary Brooks Picken's beautiful artwork.
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.
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.
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.
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: November 24, 2014
Share your unwanted fabric and notions with a Charity Sharity group, or start your own group. Charity Sharity collects donated fabric, sorts it, and distributes it free of charge to local charities needing fabric for their projects. These distributions help various organizations and individuals obtain fabric for heart-warming and life-saving projects, plus fabric is kept out of landfills.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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.
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.