barn 6

Our Family’s Barn Quilt

Just as fabric quilts have their own history, so do barn quilts. Before paint was readily affordable, some creative farmers decorated their building with leftover paint depicting different types of folk art, often including quilt block designs. In early 2000, the barn quilt trend was reinvented, now the movement is growing exponentially. For Christmas, I … Continue Reading

Carefree Curves Sailing Quilt | Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Carefree Curves Sailing Quilt

Here’s an easy quilting tutorial that details how to sew a nautical-style quilt project in just a few hours. Designed by my friend Carol Porter, Education Director for Clover Needlecraft, Inc. The quilt is called Carefree Curves Sailing Quilt—the design makes me smile! The quilting project finishes at 24″ x 32″, a great wall hanging size. With the Carefree … Continue Reading

How-To Sew Techie Covers by Nancy Zieman

Easily Embellish Techie Device Cases

When developing the Sewing With Nancy series on how to create covers for electronic tablets or low-tech paper tablets, it was exciting to see how a small amount of stitching or a creative use of fabric could create a stylish cover. The first of the two-part series, Sew Techie Covers, demonstrates how simple embellishments can transform the … Continue Reading

Wind Chime Quick Column Quilt by Nancy Zieman

Wind Chime Column Quilt

I am not patient enough to spend months on a large sewing project, despite my love for sewing. One day, I started to brainstorm — how about a quilt with columns instead of blocks! “Column-based quilts” was an idea that grabbed hold of me and more quilt designs flowed. Come with me as I show … Continue Reading

Designer Border Print Bag | Hobo Tote by Nancy Zieman

Border Prints—Perfect for Sewing Bags

Fussy cutting fabric isn’t just for quilting! After finding inspiration from a designer handbag, I knew a border print would present a great alternative to a plain bag. Border print fabrics are readily available and easy to fussy-cut. If you aren’t familiar with the term, fussy-cut, it means to feature a certain portion of the textile … Continue Reading

Ultimate Serger Technique Workshop by Nancy Zieman

Take a Serger Technique Workshop at Home

Do you find yourself wishing you had time to take a serger sewing class, yet never finding the time? Solution: take a serger technique workshop at home. Watch Sewing With Nancy online!  It’s a 3-part workshop with my guest, Pam Mahshie,  Baby Lock’s National Sewing Ambassador. Here’s a preview of the second episode. Quilt Binding … Continue Reading

How to easily sew mitered napkins by Nancy Zieman | Sew Simple with Rectangles and Squares

Summer Napkins: Sew-Easy Mitered Corners

Stitch a set of four napkins in an hour or less with my sew-easy mitered corner technique. Ideal for a summer luncheon, picnic, or handmade hostess gift.  Showcase your favorite fabrics by mixing or matching fabric groupings, or make them from one fabric. The mitered-corner technique (used on a jewelry caddy) can be found in … Continue Reading

Nancy Zieman's Super Quick Circle Skirt and Clover's New Elastic Bodkins

Super-Quick Circle Skirt and New Elastic Bodkins

My excitement has been building as I’ve awaited to launch of  my new line of bodkin tools with Clover. The wait is over! I’m pleased to introduce you to the Flex ‘n Glide Bodkin, the Clip ‘n Glide Bodkin, and the Elastic Lock Set! These three useful new sewing notions work well independently or together. … Continue Reading

Nancy Zieman | Ultimate Serger Techniques

Serger Techniques: More than Seam Finishes

Do you use your serger sewing machine to its fullest? Are you using it for more than just clean finishing edges? To ensure you are getting the full value from your purchase, I invited serging specialist, Pam Mahshie, National Baby Lock Ambassador, to be my guest on Sewing With Nancy. Pam is a magician with the serger! … Continue Reading


Serge a 30-Minute Scarf

If you’re only using your serger for finishing fabric edges, you’re missing out on a lot of serging fun and creativity! I’d like to show you how the standard overlock stitch you’ve used for clean finishing raw edges, can also be featured as an outer edge finish. Give it a try with my 30-Minute Scarf! … Continue Reading

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