Sewing With Nancy Videos
Premiered: October 24, 2010
Julie Crabtree, a textile artist who studied in England, shares her artistic expertise in creating 3D landscapes with beautiful textural stitching. The artistic process starts with photographs and sketching. Julie works on cotton canvas fabric, and includes hand painting, hand embroidery, free-motion embroidery, fabric texturizing, and beading in her work to achieve the most depth in each piece.
Premiered: October 21, 2012
Julie Stephens from the Chattahoochee Evening Stars in Alpharetta, Georgia shares how a member, Janie Stokes, challenged the guild to create story quilts to go along with the storybooks. The guild made 37 quilts for 37 books and presented them at a quilt show. The children are able to touch the quilts as the stories are read, and they learn about quilting in the process.
Premiered: January 9, 2011
Karen Demaree represents the organization called Quilts of Valor, a group of thousands of volunteers who make quilts for wounded and injured Armed Service members and their families. Their mission is to cover all those service members and veterans touched by war with Quilts of Valor. Made of only the best quality fabrics, over 33,000 quilts have been presented, and the number grows every day.
Premiered: December 26, 2010
Fiber artist Karen Linduska begins her newest thread painting projects by needle felting on a base of craft felt. Karen incorporates yarn, lace, and decorative stitching in this postcard size art - personal greetings may also be included. The background is the starting point, and from there Karen creates landscape textures with a variety of mediums and decorative stitches, layer by layer.
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: September 23, 2013
Thanks to a collaboration between the City of Missoula Public Art Committee and the Missoula Electric Quilters, local traffic signal boxes, once eyesores, are now covered in designed artwork. Kathi Olson and Chris Milodragovich from Missoula, Montana, joined Nancy via Skype to talk about this unique project.
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: October 14, 2012
Silk sari remnants and selvages from the factory floors of India become beautiful fiber yarns. Ken Wing works with the Woman’s Cooperative in India to turn scraps of silk into gorgeous hanks of fiber. This project provides income and a purpose for 250 women, giving the women who would normally work two months of the year, income all year round.
Premiered: January 16, 2011
Award-winning blind artist Ketra Oberlander began the Art of Possibility Studios, the only for-profit art publishing and licensing brand exclusively representing physically disabled artists. Ketra is colorblind due to a condition called Cone Dystrophy. She and other artists have banded together to bring their experience and creativity into a springboard for creative interpretations. (Part 1/2)
Premiered: January 23, 2011
Ketra Oberlander, a blind artist, has started the Art of Possibility Studios, bringing together people who are disabled to utilize their talents by creating a line of fabric several times a year. Her hope is that home sewers and quilters will do something truly inspirational for themselves with the beautiful fabrics created by Ketra and her associates. (Part 2/2)
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: 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.