Applique Large and Small by Mary Mulari as seen on Sewing With Nancy/Valentine Applique Projects and Gifts

To Appliqué with Love

I’m excited that  Mary Mulari, Sewing With Nancy’s most frequent guest, is sharing more ideas from her popular appliqué book, Applique Large & Small.  She has projects featuring patterns and techniques, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Join us as Mary Mulari guest blogs today. And, watch her on Sewing With Nancy online, in her … Continue Reading

Block of the Month Quilt by Nancy Zieman/Dresden Fan Quilt Block

2015 Adventure Quilt—Block of the Month #1

Welcome to the first of twelve Block of the Month patterns. The series of blocks will go together in, what I’m calling, The 2015 Adventure Quilt. Join us on our journey as we stitch our way through many quilting fabrics and scraps using many different techniques. I’ve compiled a collection of blocks that will look great … Continue Reading

Double Wedding Ring Quilts by Victoria Findlay Wolfe as seen on Sewing WIth Nancy

Double Wedding Ring Quilts by Victoria Findlay Wolfe

You might think of the Double Wedding Ring quilt pattern with the signature interlocking rings as a very traditional quilt design. Get ready to change your perspective!  Victoria Findlay Wolfe, an improvisational quilter, is my most recent Sewing With Nancy guest who shares her modern, reinvented Double Wedding Ring designs. Made Fabric One of Victoria’s … Continue Reading


Sew a Quick Hostess Tote

Here’s a quick and easy gift inspired by one of the projects featured in my book, Nancy’s 30 Favorite Gifts to Sew. Plus, I’ve added a Blog Exclusive Tip in this posting. The original wine tote in the book uses two coordinating cotton fabrics. My new version shown above, uses double-faced quilted fabric and bias trim. Follow my tips … Continue Reading

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A Handy Sewing Notion with 5 Uses in 1 Compact Tool

I was recently asked if the  5-in-1 Sliding Gauge could really live up to its name, providing help with five sewing and quilting tasks. My response was, I certainly hope so! That question prompted me to go to my sewing studio and check out the little tool that I use every time that I sew or … Continue Reading

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In-The-Hoop Crazy Quilting Projects

If you’re a quilter and would like to try embroidery or an embroiderer and would like to try quilting, here’s the perfect solution—crazy quilting. This Victorian-era needle art can be mastered by using an embroidery machine. Today’s Crazy Quilting with your Embroidery Machine, is this week’s Sewing With Nancy streaming video feature, watch the second … Continue Reading


The Easiest Way to Use Your Embroidery Machine

Embroidering is quite easy, it’s positioning the designs that can be tricky! If you own a computerized embroidery machine, you know exactly what I mean. My solution is to use Perfect Placement Software. The Perfect Placement Software includes placement outlines (they’re embroideries, just not the pretty kind) for collars, cuffs, yokes, necklines, hemlines . . … Continue Reading

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Today’s Crazy Quilting with your Embroidery Machine

If you have scraps of fabric, thread, and an embroidery machine, you can immediately become a crazy-quilting expert. Wondering how?  All the patches, stitches, and elegant embroidery are programmed into the design. The process is extremely gratifying! First a brief history lesson: Crazy quilting became popular in the late 1800s. Small, random patches of fabric … Continue Reading

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Barn Quilts: Blazing a Trail of Artistry, History, and Community

By Roxanne Nickolie: Nancy’s Notions guest blogger Barn quilts are a growing phenomenon in the United States and Canada, forming trails of roadside art—and scores of heartwarming stories—all across North America. Author Suzi Parron explains that a barn quilt is “a replica of a quilt block painted on plywood, usually eight-by-eight feet, and hung on a building for … Continue Reading


Can’t Fail Free-Motion Quilting Techniques

One of my favorite phrases is, If you think you can’t you’re probably right! Did you ever have that thought when it came to free-motion quilting? Luckily my Sewing With Nancy guest, Molly Hanson, took the can-do attitude and taught herself artistic stitching. Now, you can watch her can-do free-motion quilting techniques online and view the … Continue Reading

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