Sewing With Nancy Videos
Premiered: October 16, 2011
Honor quilts were researched, designed, and sewn as part of Bob Gentilli's 7th and 8th grade history classes in Belleville, WI, with the hope of making a difference in someone's life. Kristin O'Connor and Brian Weasner, two of the students, shared their experiences of researching and making quilts for a senior center and an individual going through cancer treatment.
Premiered: February 5, 2012
Sonya Nash, project manager from Elkhart County, Indiana, joins Nancy via Skype to share information about the Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail. Sonya tells about the beautiful patchwork quilts made, not from fabric, but from thousands of glorious blooms!
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 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: December 19, 2010
Jennifer Chiaverini, a quilter and best-selling author, shares excerpts from her 16th novel, "The Aloha Quilt". Recovering from a difficult divorce, Elm Creek Quilter Bonnie Markham finds fun and romance in Hawaii as she helps her long-time friend set up a new quilt camp on Maui. Inspired by the gardens of Kale Kapa Kuiki and Hawaiian quilting, Bonnie stitches together a new life and a new quilt.
Premiered: August 19, 2013
Jennifer Chiaverini, author of the Elm Creek Quilt series, introduces her new book, The Giving Quilt. Elm Creek Manor is the host of “Quiltsgiving,” a one-week quilt camp that takes place right after Thanksgiving. In exchange for the free week of learning, all quilts made go to Project Linus, a real life organization that provides quilts, afghans, and blankets for children in need.
Premiered: November 25, 2012
Nancy welcomes author, Jennifer Chiaverini, to give insight into her 18th book, The Wedding Quilt. Sara, the character that was getting married in Jennifer’s first novel, is now the mother of the bride. Sarah never had a wedding quilt, but she wants to make sure that her daughter has one.
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: November 25, 2013
Nancy Watts taught women in Mongolia to quilt to make an income. Her husband John took photos to capture the pride and joy in the smiles of these women. John and Mary’s biggest challenges were the language barrier, limited electricity, and using the metric system. They used silk scraps from China to make beautiful quilted projects. Nancy’s teaching was a phenomenal donation of time.
Premiered: December 2, 2012
Quilts do more than keep us warm—they can change hearts and teach life lessons. Judith Meeker, an elementary school teacher, joins Nancy via Skype to tell a a fascinating story of how she involves children, quilts, and sending warmth across the country and world with “More Than Warmth.”
Premiered: November 4, 2012
Judy Howard, Buckboard Quilts, joins Nancy to share her fascinating story of food for body and soul. Judy found a 1905 cookbook, researched the women contributing the 300 amusing recipes, wrote their heart-warming stories, and added vintage photos along with the original 1905 merchant ads. She uses the proceeds to donate to organizations that feed hungry children.
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.