Topsy Turvy Table Runner—Sew Easy!

Riley Blake Designs sent me a collection of grey and white prints that really caught my eye. Teaming them with a lime-colored solid, I knew a table runner was soon to be created. The design I chose is a nontraditional Dresden plate. No round shapes here—the wedge-shapes of the Dresden are stitched, well topsy-turvy, to … Continue Reading

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Add Personalized Touches to Your Knit Sewing Projects

This week’s online Sewing With Nancy video feature is the second episode of Sew Knits with Confidence. During the first episode, I covered knit sewing basics, taking the “Less is Best” approach to sewing. Still taking the easy approach, it’s now time to learn how to add personalized touches to your knit sewing projects. Extra Touches Combine … Continue Reading

10th Annual Quilt Expo in Madison Wisconsin

Quilt Expo–Celebrating 10 Years

We’re gearing up for the 10th annual Quilt Expo, September 4-6, 2014 in Madison, WI, in the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center. I have the pleasure of partnering with Wisconsin Public Television to produce this amazing annual event for quilters. Quilt Expo Class Registrations are in full swing. Click here to register today! Or go to and click … Continue Reading


Sew a Makeup Bag that Makes a Difference

I’m often asked to donate items for auctions, which I’m glad to do. When asked to gather a basket of goodies for Relay for Life, I knew that something special was needed for that basket. An embroidered makeup bag with an embroidery that supports cancer awareness as the focal item of the giveaway. Embroider A … Continue Reading


“Less is Best” When it Comes to Sewing Knits

Knit fabrics and knit sewing patterns are enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Plus, the fabric options are varied and exciting! If you’re new to sewing or if it has been awhile since you’ve sewn with knits, why not watch my latest Sewing With Nancy TV series, Sew Knits With Confidence. Less is Best! Begin with … Continue Reading


Free Patriotic Quilt Pattern

I received the email below from Stephanie Kepecs, a Sewing with Nancy viewer, who wanted to share the American Flag quilt pattern that she designed for her son. I was watching your show recently and was struck by a quilter who was making quilts for soldiers (the Nancy’s Corner segment with Cathy Ott’s recycled honor quilt). Sewing … Continue Reading


A Perfect Palette for Patchwork

In the summer, I’m a lazy quilter. Time outside takes precedence over time in my sewing studio, yet I do love to create and test out new techniques. If you, too, are looking for a creative, yet a quick project, try our Tablet Keeper for an iPad (shown) or other e-reader tablets. Firm with custom-made … Continue Reading

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Sewing In Circles—It’s a Good Thing!

Sewing in circles may conjure less than positive images in your mind, but not to worry! Learn how to sew circles around past methods of making circular appliqué shapes in this week’s Sewing With Nancy video feature, Circles Sew Simple, click to watch online. Learn how to create perfect circle appliqués, satin-stitched circles, and circle-based quilting projects during this … Continue Reading

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Discover The Fun of Fabric Circles

By Donna Fenske, Nancy’s Notions Guest Blogger Make a colorful statement on your dining room table or buffet, family room coffee table, kitchen countertop, or even your bedroom dresser with a Shell Game Table Runner. This project calls for lots of circles, so keep your sanity in check by using precut fabric circles. You’ll save … Continue Reading

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How to Make a Simple, Yet Stunning Landscape Quilt

Simple landscape scenes can be elegant and moving, not just easy to create. Natalie Sewell, my landscape quilting mentor and buddy, and I find that a design doesn’t have to be intricate or complicated to be stunning. Here’s a quilting tutorial on how I created the scene, Wolf River Woods. The following instructions were first … Continue Reading

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