Sewing With Nancy Videos
Premiered: November 6, 2017
Laura Murray shares secrets to create elaborate quilt designs easily. Rubbings created on solid fabric laid over design stamps with the Paintstiks produce light, medium, & dark value elements. Backed with fusible web, rubbings are arranged on a solid fabric base marked with a grid. Complex blocks are created without the challenges of piecing. Arranged rubbings are fused, then appliqued in place.
Premiered: October 30, 2017
Quilt designer Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilt Designs created the Teal Mini Swap to raise awareness about ovarian cancer & funds to support research. Quilters register online, and are paired with a partner. Participants each receive a swatch of the official teal mini swap fabric that must be incorporated into either a mug rug or an 18" or smaller mini-quilt that is sent to their assigned partner.
Premiered: October 23, 2017
Stitchin’ for Kids has provided creative play gifts to children undergoing long-term hospitalization. Dolls with detailed handmade wardrobes & accessories provide hours of imaginative play for young girls. Toddlers receive a baby doll with handmade blanket, hat, bib, and more. For boys, fabric race car tracks with toy cars transform a boring hospital bed into an exciting road race adventure.
Premiered: October 16, 2017
Bob Gentilli and Theresa Schultz’s eighth grade students learned important, nontraditional life lessons participating in the Quilts of Valor project. Students conducted library research and interviewed veterans. Then students visited a local quilt shop weekly where they collaborated to design and prepare one-of-a-kind quilts for selected veterans in their community.
Premiered: October 9, 2017
Aside from collecting much-needed supplies (like gum, hard candy, hand sanitizer, and lip balm) for the care packages, the Operation Chemo Comfort team organizes sewing, knitting, and crocheting events. The events serve as a visible way for the community to demonstrate their support for those battling cancer, while helping to make a cap or head scarf to be included in a care package.
Premiered: October 2, 2017
When a child is seriously ill or experiencing trauma, the gift of a handmade doll provides hope & comfort. The Giving Doll was founded by Jan Householder when a friend’s daughter was hospitalized with an inoperable brain tumor. Since then, nearly 40,000 dolls from are comforting children at locations around the globe, in the United States, Haiti, China, Kenya, Romania, and Brazil.
Premiered: September 25, 2017Award-winning bead circle members Betty Willems & Judith L. Jourdan trace the history of beading. Beading techniques changed from a flat design to more dimensional ones. As part of the revival of Iroquois Raised Beadwork, members of the Oneida Nation Dreams Alive Beading Circle practice this stunning art & help strengthen & maintain vital cultural links to the Iroquois Nation in upstate New York.
Premiered: September 18, 2017
A tactile border placed on quilt squares to guide her mother’s sewing served as the catalyst for an innovative solution to help many individuals use their sense of touch to engage in fabric crafting activities. Tammy Roussell created Mitsy Kit Adaptive Crafting For All, providing adaptive materials & training. The kits provide ways to reclaim a creative spark & find a renewed sense of purpose.
Premiered: September 11, 2017
Tenaya Hurst blends sewing, electronic components and upcycling establishing the tech sewing movement. Known as a “maker”, Tenaya in outfits laced with colorful, flashing LED lights, leads hands-on workshops at Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math events and maker fairs around the country encouraging youth and adults alike to embrace this a blend of scientific and artistic discovery.
Premiered: September 4, 2017
Paul Léger, an avid quilter from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, explained that quilting retreats for guy quilters aren’t very different than their female counterparts. The semi-annual retreats started in 2008 when a Yahoo group of male quilters got together in person. Since the first retreat the group has expanded from seven to more than 20, coming from across the U.S., and Canada, as well as Europe.
Premiered: August 21, 2017Infant death from hypothermia during the first 10 days of life is a serious concern in developing countries. As Hope 2 Others founder Karen Klemp explained how the Hats 4 Hope care kit gives at-risk babies a chance at life. The kits, distributed at hospitals, include a quilt/afghan/blanket, a baby hat, and other care items for newborns, plus flip flops and a toothbrush for mothers.
Premiered: August 14, 2017
Kelly Krause, Wisconsin's Make It With Wool garment construction winner, shares details about her award-winning entry. Her outfit included a classically-styled cape & skirt made from wool fabric. She restyled a men’s wool sweater for her top. Part of her award, presented at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival, included beautiful maroon wool and a cash prize sponsored by Sewing With Nancy.