Sewing With Nancy Videos
Premiered: November 24, 2014Share your unwanted fabric and notions with a Charity Sharity group, or start your own group. Charity Sharity collects donated fabric, sorts it, and distributes it free of charge to local charities needing fabric for their projects. These distributions help various organizations and individuals obtain fabric for heart-warming and life-saving projects, plus fabric is kept out of landfills.
Premiered: November 24, 2014
Over the years Nancy tweaked sewing and quilting steps to make them easier and for the best looking results. In this program she shares some of the easiest ways to layout, cut, and mark fabric; sew darts; gather four different ways; and add elastic. Whether you’re a new sewer or looking for a refresher class, these techniques are the easiest!
Premiered: November 17, 2014
Nancy visits the Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA. Nancy interviews Pati Palmer, renowned pattern designer; Tula Pink, fabric designer; Kathy Marrone, editor of Vogue Patterns magazine; Candice Jewett, sewing/quilting teacher; Tina Torrey, Kathy Ackley, Brittany Revel, and Debbie Wilson, customers/students; and Joanne Ross, celebrating 30 years as director and founder of the expo.
Premiered: November 10, 2014Modern 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: November 10, 2014
Transform specialty fabrics and clothing into fabulous fabric wraps with the help of Nancy and designer Mary Mulari. See the magical morphing of a sweatshirt and necktie into a casual wrap designed by Mary. These cozy wraps, both practical and stylish, are a great gift or personal wardrobe accessory.
Premiered: November 3, 2014The 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 3, 2014
Nancy and guest Mary Mulari present quick to sew coverups for elegant evenings, travel, to the beach, and more. They start with clever and useful ways to wear classic shawls, and ways to keep them in place. Nancy and Mary then demonstrate how to make unique wrap shapes that are easy to cut out and sew or serge.
Premiered: October 27, 2014Value your sewing and quilting skills and the beautiful things you create. Price your projects to include not only hours of labor, but also materials, and the value of your expertise. Use a Project Sheet to keep track of the time you spend on a project, and to create an Invoice to professionally sell your project. These documents are handy to compare time allotments on future projects.
Premiered: October 27, 2014
Attend a make believe rodeo, jump tall buildings in a single bound, become a mod-style witch, or try a bug’s life with these 18" doll costumes. Guest Joan Hinds uses a minimum of pattern pieces in her easy-to-sew designs. Nancy and Joan sew doll costumes from unique fabrics and include a variety of techniques.
Premiered: October 20, 2014Make bright and cheery Activity Mats for people with Alzheimer’s or similar conditions. These small textured mats include pockets, zippers, buttons, strings of beads, bells, small toys, and more. When a person with Alzheimer’s uses the mat it relaxes their mind, exercises hand muscles, and helps focus their attention. The Activity Mats are a gift from the heart that help facilitate conversation.
Premiered: October 20, 2014
Joan Hinds, author and designer, joins Nancy to share her latest doll costume patterns and sewing tips. They sew up a fairy, princess, bride, southern belle, and mermaid—they’re all easy to sew, using flat construction and fabulous tips from Joan and Nancy.
Premiered: October 13, 2014Make Patient Pouches for kids fighting cancer, to distract them while they wait for surgery. Pouches are filled with age appropriate small toys, craft activities, and games. A free pattern is offered online, and the children may take the pouches home. Consider donating your talent—Help Sabra’s group reach their goal of 100 Patient Pouches to the Willis Eye Institute in Philadelphia for fall, 2014.