Sewing With Nancy Videos
Premiered: August 14, 2011
Nancy shares a sampling of simplified tips and techniques from her book, Sewing A to Z. In this first part of the series she covers letters A-G with techniques such as preparing Anchor Cloths, making Belt Loops, Cutting Out Patterns, using Double Needles, Easing Seams, making Fabric Tubes, and using Gathers.
Premiered: August 21, 2011
Nancy has compiled all her favorite techniques, and she features some of the best in this program. In this second part of the series she covers letters I-P. See techniques for using Interfacing, Lining Jacket Sleeves, stitching Knit Seams, Layering, Mitering Corners, marking Notches, Organizing Fabric, and sewing Pintucks.
Premiered: November 21, 2010
HospiceCare Inc. grief counselor Cheri Milton joins Nancy to talk about a unique way of incorporating quilting in the healing or grieving process through making memorial quilts. A few months after the death of a family member served by HospiceCare, the family is sent a blank quilt square to memorialize their loved one. When the squares are returned, volunteer quilters assemble a memorial quilt.
Premiered: August 26, 2012
Last season a Quilts to Give segment was recorded at the Quilt Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. Many attendees took time to sit and sew full-sized bed quilts for families in need. Twenty Five quilts were shipped to B Sew Inn In Springfield MO. During this segment, the quilts were present to representatives at St. John’s Hospital in Joplin, Missouri. It’s a touching interview.
Premiered: September 11, 2011
Beth Hartford, from the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI), is committed to the group's mission of raising awareness and funding research for Alzheimer's disease. She discusses two types of quilts that make up the mission of this quilter-driven charity.
Premiered: November 28, 2010
Designer and author Amy Barickman shares sewing history about correspondence courses offered in the 1920s at the Women's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences. Inspired by institute founder Mary Brooks Picken, Amy wrote a book featuring some of Mary's beautiful artwork and material.
Premiered: December 12, 2010
Amy Barickman continues the conversation about Mary Brooks Picken, founder of the Women's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences. The institute taught over 300,000 women sewing techniques and the art of homemaking. Inspired by Mary, Amy wrote "Vintage Notions", a book including patterns, recipes, quotes, techniques, and Mary Brooks Picken's beautiful artwork.
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: 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: 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: February 3, 2013
Brenda Hutchings joins Nancy via Skype to explain how sewing small artistic dolls for women in domestic abuse shelters can be very meaningful. Comfort Dolls are created with loving hands and given with joyful hearts. These small dolls are the perfect size to be carried in a purse as a gentle reminder that someone cares.
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.