Sewing With Nancy Videos
Premiered: January 30, 2017
A life-long artist, Gina Phillips explains how she uses a long arm quilting machine as a “paint with thread machine” while creating art. She prepares an under-drawing and under-painting, then appliques fabric and other materials to the canvas using the long arm quilter.
Premiered: January 23, 2017
Sandy Schweitzer reassures viewers that it’s OK to repair damaged quilts and give them new life. . A worn patch can be replaced by new fabric, simply by folding a small hem, positioning the edge right next to the original embroidered stitching, and carefully hand stitching the patch in place.
Premiered: January 16, 2017
Nancy learns fabric embellishment techniques from Joyce and Thomas Teng on the show floor of the Quilt Expo in Madison. The Tengs demonstrate how to easily create a variety of effects by simply using shaving cream, fabric dye and simple tools to marbleize, stencil , and paint textiles.
Premiered: January 9, 2017
Roy Mitchell Jr. developed & teaches for the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice. Young men entering the course must score at least 90 percent on exams for measurement and math, how to create a pattern, fabric knowledge, as well as 250 sewing & quilting vocabulary words. As a final exam, students are given dimensions for a quilt & must determine pattern & construction details.
Premiered: January 2, 2017
Quilts by the award winning quilting team of Marilyn Badger and Claudia Clark Myers were highlighted at the 2016 Quilt Expo in Madison. The ladies share with Nancy that it is the first time that 22 of their quilts have been shown at the same location. They also talk about the “what ifs?” that they consider when designing and creating a quilt.
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: December 19, 2016
Fraser Smith found his passion and established a career creating amazingly realistic sculptures from wood. The intricately detailed hats and coats, a surprisingly authentic briefcase, and lovingly recreated quilts draped casually across a carved wooden clothes line, cause those who view his work to pause and ponder.
Premiered: December 12, 2016
Cherie St. Cyr returns to Nancy’s Corner to share the inspirations for her eye-catching quilts incorporating her own dyed fabrics. She applies signature touches to her quilts, perhaps most notable are the hand-painted black & white borders. Cherie encourages quilters & sewists to sign their work-either with a label on the back of the quilt or with stitching incorporated on the front of the quilt.
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 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: November 7, 2016
Diane Gaudynski took her long-time love of sewing a new direction in the 1980s when she began to sew quilts. While she loved the color, the fabric, the designs, & the threads-Diane discovered she didn’t enjoy the process of hand quilting. Through intensive practice and study, Diane transitioned to machine quilting, where she has earned a reputation as one of the top 30 quilt artists in the world.
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: 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: October 3, 2016
Sewing enthusiast & cancer survivor Deon Maas had firsthand experience using an uncomfortable bed pillow following a mastectomy. As a result, she developed the Anti-Ouch Pouch to help specific post-surgical needs of breast cancer patients. The Anti-Ouch Pouch is a pillow that hangs from an adjustable shoulder strap to cushion and support the area after breast surgery or during radiation treatment.
Premiered: September 26, 2016
Sixteen year old Diana Jasany donated 150+ quilts, making a life-changing difference for people in need. Adopted from a Russian orphanage at 14 months old, she developed Diana’s Golden Needle as a Girl Scout Gold Award project. Her intent was to make 16 twin-sized quilts–one for each year she has lived in the United States since her adoption–to be given to youth aging out of the foster care system
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: February 1, 2016
A quilt fabric designer shares her process of designing fabric. She starts with the sketching of motifs from nature, scans them to her computer, colorizes the artwork, and sends the artwork to the fabric manufacturer. After she reviews the “strike-offs” (screen printed fabric) and fabric is ready, she creates a project with the fabric to highlight her designs.
Premiered: January 25, 2016
Frieda Anderson joins Nancy at the annual Quilt Expo in Madison, WI, to share information about art quilts. They discussed framing, finishing, stitching, and labeling.
Premiered: January 18, 2016
The donations coordinator at DAIS joins Nancy at the annual Quilt Expo in Madison, WI, to accept quilts for their domestic violence shelter in Dane County. DAIS has seven other intervention, prevention, and education programs for victims of domestic violence. The remaining quilts from the Quilt to Give project were given to Enchanted Makeovers, a group that houses and educates women and children.
Premiered: January 11, 2016
Volunteers from an outreach program called STITCH teach sewing to women for the Kentucky Refugee Ministries. Supplies are all donated. They teach by demonstrating, as most of the refugees don’t speak English. In the past four years, they have had approximately 80 women go through the program. They have come from Somalia, Sudan, Nepal, Cuba, Kenya, Iraq, and the Congo.
Premiered: January 4, 2016
The International Quilt Study Center and Museum is located at the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln. The department offers a masters degree in Textile History,
emphasizing quilt studies. The museum has the world’s largest publicly held quilt
collection, featuring 4500 quilts from 50 different countries. The museum hosts 12–15
quilt exhibits each year, featuring about 100 quilts at any time.
Premiered: December 28, 2015
Coffee Creek Quilters from Wilsonville, Oregon teach quilting classes to women that are incarcerated. The women make two 40" x 60" quilts to donate. They may make and keep a third quilt that is from a pattern or design of their choosing. Students learn a variety of quilting techniques and many other life-enhancing skills.
Premiered: December 21, 2015
The “International Honor Quilt” is a collaborative grassroots project, which honors hundreds of women and their achievements. The quilt features approximately 600 small triangular quilts assembled into a beautiful multi-sectional quilt. The “International Honor Quilt” has been gifted to the University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute in Louisville, Kentucky.
Premiered: December 14, 2015
Do you have a jar or box in your sewing space filled with old buttons? Most of us hold onto these treasures, yet others make a hobby of collecting them. Button collecting was recognized as an organized hobby through the founding of the National Button Society in 1938. Learn about various types of buttons, plus how to care for and preserve your precious button collection finds.
Premiered: December 7, 2015
Nancy’s guests share their learning experiences from designing and sewing costumes for anime conventions. They balance their time, expenses, and abilities in addition to boosting their confidence as they create costumes without patterns, using a “trial and error” approach. Many of their creations feature repurposed clothing and a variety of unique fabrics.
Premiered: November 30, 2015
Quilters around the country raise awareness, education, and funding for the Ovarian Cancer Research program by donating entire quilts and quilt blocks to make quilts for an online auction. The quilts are displayed each year at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas. All who have been touched in some way by ovarian cancer have been invited to contribute a block.
Premiered: November 23, 2015
A memory quilt becomes a labor of love when it is customized to fit a granddaughter’s special needs. The child’s first year clothes were repurposed for the pockets. Plus, attached felt toys and Braille dots were added to make it an educational gift for this little girl with ONH (Optic Nerve Hypoplasia), which impairs her sight. This inspirational gift is truly one to share with other quilters.
Premiered: November 16, 2015
Activewear is the focus at Downton Abbey’s country estate in this Nancy’s Corner. Lady Mary Crawley and Lady Edith sport riding outfits. Mrs. Hughes, head of the female servants wears black with lace accents. Lady Sybil wears a nurses outfit, Matthew in military attire, and Mary Crawley in an A-line skirt and silk blouse. Gentlemen Robert Crawley & Richard Carlyle are dressed in tweed for hunting.
Premiered: November 9, 2015
You will be enthralled with this Nancy’s Corner, on location at the Paine Art Center and Gardens in Oshkosh, WI. In this segment Nancy and Laura Fiser, curator of collections and exhibitions, take a close-up look at eveningwear fashions worn during the PBS drama, Downton Abbey. The gorgeous gowns from the 1910s–1920s feature beading, embroidered lace, opulent fabrics, and beautiful jewelry.
Premiered: November 2, 2015
Revisit a period in history through the fashions of Downton Abbey, a PBS exclusive drama. Nancy and Laura Fiser, curator of collections and exhibitions, showcase daywear fashions that tell great stories about the era and characters of the drama. Daywear from seasons one and three of Downton Abbey is featured, including many from the Crawley family plus Martha Levinson’s fox-trimmed silk coat.
Premiered: October 5, 2015
A historian’s private collection of Mexican indigenous textiles is becoming a legacy for future generations. This collection of beautiful handmade clothing and other textiles from various villages in Mexico was donated by historian Bob Freund to the Middle American Research Institute at Tulane University.
Premiered: September 28, 2015
Six women artists and writers formed a modern day quilting bee. Together they learned a new art form—quilting—while sharing history and the love of family. As they found out, quilts not only keep us warm, but tell stories and also build friendships. These women made six very special quilts, and each quilt will be treasured for a lifetime.
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.
Premiered: September 14, 2015
The Makers Coalition, a non-profit organization, trains, rebuilds sewing skills, and creates jobs in industrial sewing production to help people enter the workforce and to keep jobs on-shore. Training is at Dunwoody College of Technology in Minnesota from 2–6 months, depending on whether it is part- or full-time. Job placement has been 90% plus, within a month of graduation.
Premiered: September 7, 2015
The Sewcial Lounge is a classroom where you get together in a small group for the sheer enjoyment of sewing and socializing. The focus is on people having fun and getting their projects done. Make a project, such as a simple tote bag or a zippered pouch, done in an afternoon of class.
Premiered: August 31, 2015
A letter, eight dress designs, and a museum exhibit on the stitching history from the Holocaust honor the memory of Hedwig Strnad and her husband, Paul. Hedy’s clothing designs were made into patterns and then sewn for an exhibit at the Jewish Museum in Milwaukee, WI. The exhibit shares the legacy and life of a fashion designer in Prague, who tried to escape the onslaught of Nazi Germany in 1939.
Premiered: August 24, 2015
Maggie Ball taught basic quilting and sewing skills to Mongolian women so that they could be self sufficient economically. They started with nothing but scraps ten years ago, but now create beautiful bags, art quilts, and more to sell in a center purchased with funds from a capital campaign hosted by Maggie’s church. Classes at the center now teach other Mongolian women to be self supporting.
Premiered: August 17, 2015
The Oneida tribe teaches their children how Native Americans can honor their heritage, preserve information, and create memories through the art of quilting. Learning about their culture through the quilting of symbols, and raised beading fosters a sense of pride and teaches them a set of skills that have preserved memories in the Oneida community and their clan for ages.
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.
Premiered: March 2, 2015
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: February 23, 2015
Maria Judy is an amazing 10 year old girl who has won numerous prizes at prestigious quilt shows. Her mentor and friend Mrs. Geissler helped Maria learn to quilt. Maria won First Place on a Log Cabin quilt at the Firehouse Quilt Show, and she went to a National Quilt Show in Kansas and won Second Place with the Sherbet Stars, plus she got the Piecer’s Award.
Premiered: February 16, 2015
A remarkable five member clothing design team from UW Stout created an evacuation harness for the safety of wheelchair bound people. The harness functions like a backpack. It allows an able-bodied person to carry a disabled person away from danger. The safety design of the harness became nationally recognized with an award from the international 2012 Safety Products Student Design Challenge.
Premiered: February 9, 2015
Jennifer Chiaverini presents her first historical novel outside the Elm Creek series. The heroine of this real-life story is Elizabeth Keckley, a dressmaker for President Lincoln’s wife, Mary. Born a slave, but with a strong will and dressmaking talent, Elizabeth was able to earn enough money to purchase freedom for herself and her son. She was also Mrs. Lincoln’s close friend and confidant.
Premiered: February 2, 2015
Lil’ Rev has a special song in his heart for those who sew and quilt. His feel good music is a joy to sewers and quilters, with a message of happiness to all. Lil’ Rev’s Scraps of Quilting Music is an ode to the American quilting tradition that celebrates quilters whose stitches tell their story. His music is inspired by the many hours quilters spend on their quilts, only to give them away.
Premiered: January 26, 2015
Marie Bostwick is a storyteller who is drawn to themes of the modern woman and a love of quilting. She is a New York Times bestselling author and noted for her Cobbled Court Quilt series. Marie shares excerpts from her newest novel, The Second Sister, an inspiring novel about family, second chances, and the connections that bring women together in hope and healing.
Premiered: January 19, 2015
The art of sewing helps women in the Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners project learn a trade that provides an income, and helps them provide custom made clothing for burn victims in their country. Volunteers from the partners project help the Nicaraguan women learn to sew, obtain needed sewing supplies, and provide an outlet for them to sell the beautifully made doll clothes.
Premiered: January 12, 2015
Help Joan and Fletcher Hinds in their mission to teach girls in Cambodia to sew. This gives the girls a profession so that they can be self-sufficient and aren’t sold as sex slaves. Fletcher, Joan, and friends are in the process of building a sewing studio that will be a place for the girls to learn how to sew. They are in need of sewing machines, fabric, and notions to make clothing.
Premiered: January 5, 2015
For patients suffering from the effects of Parkinson’s disease, specially made lightweight quilts provide much needed comfort. The Parkinson’s Comfort Project provides small quilts, light enough for patients to move with their weak muscles, but warm enough to take the chill off and provide a source of comfort. Make a monetary donation, or sew a small lightweight quilt to donate to this project.
Premiered: December 29, 2014
Sewing teacher/fashion designer Stephanie Struckmann tells about the joys and challenges of teaching in her home. She teaches a variety of students, including boys and girls (ages 7 and up), moms and daughters, young moms, and home decorating enthusiasts. She prefers 2–4 students for an ideal class size, especially for children. Students learn clever sewing short-cuts and create fun projects.
Premiered: December 22, 2014
Help the Comfort Quilt Project group build a much needed hospital in Nkololo, Tanzania and supply quilts to the occupants. Monetary donations assist with the construction and equipment for the new hospital, and 12-1/2" quilt blocks will be made into quilts for the patients in the hospital. The project is part of Roads to Life Tanzania—a nonprofit organization based in the United States.
Premiered: December 15, 2014
Sixth grade students created radial art designs with their initials and names. Maria DeGroot, a school volunteer, helped the students make these beautiful designs into an appliquéd medallions quilt. The quilt was used as a raffle item to raise money for their school. In the process of creating designs, the students learned to use a new medium—fabric—plus they learned about the art of quilting.
Premiered: December 8, 2014
Members of the Cover to Cover Book Club Quilters challenge themselves to read books and create quilts inspired by the books. These quilting artists read two books per year and make unique quilted artwork with a variety of exciting techniques. Their latest book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, motivated them to create quilts with techniques emphasizing the gears of the clock maintained by Hugo.
Premiered: December 1, 2014
A passion for kite flying and photography led this kite enthusiast to become an award winning kitemaker. Paul Fieber shares his love of kites and some of his kite creations, including a della Porta kite, feather banners, and a Maori themed kite inspired from his travels in New Zealand. He also discusses the process he uses to make them using colorful ripstop nylon and a reverse appliqué technique.
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: 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: 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: October 27, 2014
Value your sewing and quilting skills and the beautiful things you create. Price your projects to include not only hours of labor, but also materials, and the value of your expertise. Use a Project Sheet to keep track of the time you spend on a project, and to create an Invoice to professionally sell your project. These documents are handy to compare time allotments on future projects.
Premiered: October 20, 2014
Make bright and cheery Activity Mats for people with Alzheimer’s or similar conditions. These small textured mats include pockets, zippers, buttons, strings of beads, bells, small toys, and more. When a person with Alzheimer’s uses the mat it relaxes their mind, exercises hand muscles, and helps focus their attention. The Activity Mats are a gift from the heart that help facilitate conversation.
Premiered: October 13, 2014
Make Patient Pouches for kids fighting cancer, to distract them while they wait for surgery. Pouches are filled with age appropriate small toys, craft activities, and games. A free pattern is offered online, and the children may take the pouches home. Consider donating your talent—Help Sabra’s group reach their goal of 100 Patient Pouches to the Willis Eye Institute in Philadelphia for fall, 2014.
Premiered: October 6, 2014
Nancy’s guest created a simple sewing project to help at-risk children who are neglected or abused. These small Lil’ Bits are made from printed fabric, and have soft cotton flannel backs. The toys are soft, quiet, and nonthreatening. Make your own version of these soft cuddly toys for your favorite charity and find joy for yourself as you help little children.
Premiered: September 29, 2014
Learn about the One Million Pillowcase Challenge recently featured at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Washington. Pillowcases made at this venue were donated to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. The pattern is easy to make, using a “burrito method,” and the online instructions. Add the total pillowcases you donate to your favorite charity to the One Million Pillowcase Challenge counter.
Premiered: September 22, 2014
Learn about 4-H from two volunteer leaders at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Washington. Nancy interviews several 4-H participants in a fashion show to see what they enjoy about the sewing process, and to see if sewing is included in their plans for the future. Their outfits are judged on how well they are sewn, communication with the judges about the outfit, accessorizing it, and modeling it.
Premiered: September 15, 2014
Take a “Project Quilting” challenge online each week with Kim Lapacek. A new challenge is posted on Kim’s blog each Sunday and runs for one week. There are no participation boundaries—it’s worldwide! The quilts can be any size, they just need to be physically quilted and finished.
Premiered: September 8, 2014
Maryanne Arthur designed Pretty Pockets for breast cancer patients, to hold drain tubes and bulbs after surgery. Maryanne’s friend Ann Marie sewed the pockets, and several hundred patients later, this soft flannel pocket is in demand for all kinds of surgeries. Spread some joy through creative giving by making these pockets for hospitals or to accommodate friends and family members having surgery.
Premiered: September 1, 2014
Create artistic patchwork designs using tacks instead of stitches, plus barn boards and metal instead of fabric. That’s what designer, Nathan Winkler uses to create his rustic artwork at The Steel Quilt Company. Many of his traditional designs are patterned after the Underground Railroad series of quilts by Eleanor Burns. Nathan is promoting a quilt trail of his work on Lookout Mountain in AL.
Premiered: August 25, 2014
Make Cage Comforters (padded blankets) for your local animal shelter. Cage Comforters are needed for cats and dogs for extra warmth and comfort. It’s an easy project for beginners. The comforters are sent with the pets when they move to a permanent home. Milwaukee County takes in about 13,000 animals per year—1,000 comforters a month! Your help is definitely needed.
Premiered: August 18, 2014
The African communities in India are poor, but they’re rich with artistic traditions. Siddi Women’s Quilting Co-op of India makes handmade quilts to sell to help support their families. Quilts are brought to the United States to sell. They begin quilting in a corner and sew around the quilt until they reach the center, then a unique motif is stitched.
Premiered: August 11, 2014
Fiber artist Lola Jenkins explains her free spirit approach to fabric art using raw-edge appliqué to create beautifully crafted fabric portraits. She starts with an enlarged photo or sketch, and she uses small pieces of fabric and free-motion, thread painting, or random quilting to bring it to life. She fuses abstract and folk art into creatively crafted, award-winning portrait quilts.
Premiered: July 22, 2014
Klaudeen Hansen, a National Quilting Association Certified Judge, discusses the judging process for quilts and the five basic things judges look for: 1) Cleanliness, 2) A balanced composition with a sense of proportion and scale, 3) Quiltmaker's expertise, 4) Alignment - straight, 5) Finishing features.
Premiered: January 27, 2014
Marc Revenson, Lil’ Rev, is a folk singer who has written a whole litany of quilter’s music. His Scraps of Quilting music makes people happy. Marc was inspired by his grandmother and a friend from Milwaukee to sing about the countless hours quilters spend on their quilts, only to give them away. Lil’ Rev sang an ode to quilters and a song referring to how quilting gets us through tough times.