Sewing With Nancy Videos

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 - Carol Butzke, Quilt Judging

Premiered: August 10, 2015

Carol Butzke, an AQS certified quilting judge, explains that judges take much more than excellent workmanship in consideration when choosing a Best of Show quilt. Choice of fabric for the theme, creativity, style, and design are all important features. As you can imagine, judging is difficult and attention to every detail is necessary when choosing the very best quilt in a show.

Nancy's Corner - Carole Splater, Charity Sharity

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.

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 - Deanna Waltz, Redwork Quilts

Premiered: September 21, 2015

Redwork quilts made with colorfast Turkey red floss pay homage to past vintage quilts using intricate hand embroidery designs. Bluework is also used for embroidery with an off-white background. Quilt reproductions with redwork or bluework often have authentic patterns from purchased vintage quilts. The time and handiwork devoted to these designs adds a touch of nostalgia to quilts created today.

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.