Sewing With Nancy Videos
Premiered: January 1, 2012
Laurie Hird, author of "The Farmer's Wife Pony Club Sampler Quilt" is collector of "The Farmer's Wife" magazines, quilter, and a history sleuth. Laurie wrote a book and designed a sampler quilt inspired by children's thank-you letters from the early 1900s. These children sold subscriptions to "The Farmer's Wife" magazine to try to win a prize--a Shetland pony with a saddle or carriage!
Premiered: October 23, 2011
Jennifer Chiaverini, author of the Elm Creek Quilts series, shares excerpts from her book 'The Union Quilters," referencing the Civil War and the critical role of women during the war. Jennifer wove together a story of love and sacrifices women shared as they made quilts and other items to support each other and to support their family and friends who were fighting in the Civil War.
Premiered: November 27, 2011
Connie Tkach, a passionate sewist from the state of Washington, is convinced that sewing builds confidence in young children. She is proving it through her Threads for Life sewing program for kids at Meeker Elementary School in Puyallup, WA. She teaches children ages 10--12 about the sewing machine, and they go right into sewing clothing--a fascinating story!
Premiered: January 6, 2014
Tom Mooney of the American Red Cross in Madison, Wisconsin and Doug Price from Rocky Mountain PBS, in Colorado, accepted 28 quilts that were sewn and donated by attendees of the Madison Quilt Expo. These representatives are distributing the quilts to disaster victims as a warm reminder of hope and to comfort these people that have lost so much.
Premiered: January 15, 2012
The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, is a must-see destination for quilt and fiber enthusiasts. Terri Kirchner, president of this all-volunteer organization, tells how this project evolved from a quilt history project to a destination for viewing beautiful quilts and fiber arts, and a quilter's haven for classes in the large lower level classrooms.
Premiered: September 2, 2012
Wendy Butler Berns was given the Jewel Pearce Patterson Scholarship for quilting teachers. She took classes to learn new quilting techniques In return she curated an exhibit with the theme Out on a Limb. Quilt designs include Tessellating Wings, Me and my Shadow, The Tree of Life, Fashion in Motion, and Breast Therapy. Each quilt had an amazing story behind it.
Premiered: January 20, 2014
The Moore family traveled halfway around the world to Thailand to work with Remember Nhu. This organization finds girls and boys that would otherwise be sold into sex trafficking, rescues them and provides clothing, food, and schooling. Kristi taught the girls to sew, Brett taught the boys to repair sewing machines, and their children captured the events with videography and photography.
Premiered: November 11, 2013
Alissa Haight Carlton joins Nancy via Skype to talk about the new buzz word in the world of fabric and thread—Modern Quilting. Alissa explains that The Modern Quilt Guild promotes modern quilting, an aesthetic which includes the use of negative space, solid fabrics, asymmetry, bold colors, absence of borders, and even taking a traditional quilt pattern and putting a new twist on its construction
Premiered: August 26, 2013
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: December 9, 2013
Sewing Machine Project classes encourage students from low income populations to learn sewing, mending, and basic machine maintenance. Students use one class period for the community as a Pay it Forward project. After six weeks, students receive the machine on which they learned to sew. This ripple effect sends the message that everyone has the power to mend our own community.
Premiered: September 9, 2013
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: September 1, 2014
Nancy 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.