Sewing With Nancy Videos
Premiered: September 15, 2014
Nancy uses columns of fabric and straight stitching to create magical quilts, which include floating squares, 3-D Flying Geese (with no half-square triangles), and Wind Chimes. She demonstrates techniques such as angled strips, Prairie Points, color shuffling, and lots more! Plus, she presents a Carefree Column Quilt.
Premiered: September 8, 2014Maryanne 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 8, 2014
Use Nancy’s quick method to make the time-honored Tumbling Tumblers block—turning a traditional quilt into a modern one. Learn to audition fabric, use templates, and stitch with ease! Create a speedy column quilted table runner using hexagon shapes with a template that eliminates the dreaded Y-seam—it’s fast!
Premiered: September 1, 2014Nancy sews Heartbeat Columns and Interrupted Columns—both provide pleasing movement. The Heartbeat Quilt looks much like an EKG. It’s a perfect baby quilt in bold colors! Interrupted strata columns teach basic color coordination, and the horizontal strips provide artistic interruptions.
Premiered: September 1, 2014Create 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, 2014Make 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 25, 2014
Organize accessories, update décor, or travel with these simple projects — great gifts! Start with rectangles and squares, then add specialty fabric and trim to create attractive usable projects. Nancy highlights projects such as jewelry caddies, ironing blankets, a closet organizer, and a pillow wrap. Sew these simple projects using straight stitches, unique fabrics, and easy sewing techniques!
Premiered: August 18, 2014The 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 18, 2014
Hold-it Sacks for electronic devices, fabric bins for organizing, and wall pockets with a decorator’s touch create pizazz in your home. Nancy uses easy rectangles and squares for patterns. Work with cotton or laminated fabric in your own customized color range — fresh and functional!
Premiered: August 11, 2014
Nancy creates time-saving gifts such as a cosmetic bag, tote, and luggage saddlebag using comparable sewing steps, straight stitching, and double-sided quilted fabric. Plus, all of the projects start with easy patterns — rectangles and squares! Watch Part 2 and Part 3.
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, 2014Klaudeen 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.