How to Sew Hats for Charity with Nancy Zieman and Hat Lady Nancy Daly

Free Hat Pattern for Charity Sewing

Nancy Daly is the enthusiastic coordinator of the busy Hat Ladies! Make that Hat Ladies and Gentlemen, as two men have recently joined the group! To date her group of volunteers has made over 37,000 fleece hats for causes and those in need. Nancy Daly started sewing hats 17 years ago for her own children and … Continue Reading

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No-Hassle 1/4-Square Triangles

Quilt patterns with 1/2-square and 1/4-square triangles are found in many traditional quilt pattern designs. Yet those triangular shapes can be sticklers to piece! Here’s how to take the hassle out of creating triangles, in particular 1/4-square triangles. For more details watch the second episode of No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks online. The Sampler Quilt This 12-block … Continue Reading


Create the Perfect Fit by Joi Mahon

Joi Mahon is an experienced pattern designer, author, educator, stylist, and pattern fitting expert. After being asked to participate in Create The Perfect Fit Blog Tour, which showcases her first book, I thought an interview was in order. Enjoy getting to know Joi Mahon! Interview with Joi Mahon Nancy: Please, share a sneak peek into … Continue Reading


Perfectly Miter Quilt Borders Without the Math!

Kate Bashynski, a member of the Sewing With Nancy team, designed the No-Math Miter Template Set to miter corners quickly and easily. Use the No-Math Miter Template Set to add mitered borders plus finish the quilt edge without a quilt binding, in one process. You can choose from six finished border sizes: 3/4″, 1″, 1-1/2″, 2″, 2-1/2″, and 3″. How to … Continue Reading

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Create No-Hassle 1/2-Square Triangles

Half-square triangles are the foundation for many quilt designs. Today, I’ll show you how to make super-easy 1/2-square triangle blocks the no-hassle way in my newest Sewing With Nancy series, No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks. During the first episode on Sewing With Nancy, learn to create six different blocks, all made with 1/2-square triangles. During the second episode—next … Continue Reading


31 Bed-sized Quilts Made or Donated in Three Days

It was impressive! Thirty-one made-with-love quilts stacked on a table and ready to give away. That was the sight at the Quilt to Give area at our annual Quilt Expo, which was held September 4–6 in Madison. During the 3-day event, numerous twin-sized bed quilts were sewn using the free Quilt to Give instructions that … Continue Reading


It’s Great Fun to Sew Handbags!

I know, you’re never going to sew five handbags from the same fabric collection. Yet, I thought you might be interested to see how prints and solids combine to create classy bags and totes. First, the Fabric! We received fabric yardage from the new collections at Riley Blake Designs. It was like Christmas! At first I … Continue Reading

Magic Patterns by Amy Barickman as see on Sewing With Nancy

Magic Patterns: Sewing Options for a Cardigan, Dress & Coat

If you think that sewing patterns are just flat paper with a few lines for cutting and marking, reconsider! Because, sewing patterns can contain magic! My guest came across the original Magic Patterns with a copyright date from the 1920s. Then, she decided to revolutionize them. I hope you’ll watch the second episode of Magic … Continue Reading

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Your Guide to Choosing Thread—Free PDF

Designed by Aileen Leitzke, written by Roxanne Nickolie—Nancy’s Notions Guest Bloggers Choosing a new project to work on is relatively easy—a wave of inspiration will guide your way. Picking fabrics is similarly simple—strolling through aisles with bolts upon bolts of gorgeous prints, textures, and colors. When it comes to thread, however, things can get a … Continue Reading

Nancy Zieman Sew an Easy Sunflower from Trace n Create Quilt Template Dresden Collection by Clover

Sew a Fast and Easy Dresden Sunflower

Sew a fast and festive sunflower table topper using fabric scraps and Clover’s Trace ‘n Create Quilt Template—Dresden Collection. In as little as an afternoon, you’ll update your décor in time for the changing season.  Notions, Fabrics, and Supplies Notions, fabrics, and supplies Clover’s Trace ‘n Create Quilt Template—Dresden Collection Clover’s Pen-Style Chaco Liner and/or … Continue Reading

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