Sew Creative Quilt Backs

Add creativity to the back of your pieced quilt with a scrappy, patchy backing. The customary way of creating a quilt back is to cut two or sometimes three lengths of fabric and piece them together. Not only ho-hum, but at times it’s expensive. Lately, my staff and I have been randomly piecing together quilt backing … Continue Reading

Be the Difference, Embroider the Cure, Nancy Zieman

How to Embroider a Scarf that Makes a Difference

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Usually I begin a blog posting with sewing, quilting, or embroidery techniques and tips. This time I thought it would be appropriate to begin by passing along the early symptoms of ovarian cancer. Be Aware In some cases, ovarian cancer may cause early symptoms. The most common symptoms of ovarian cancer as … Continue Reading


Quick Column Quilts—New Book, TV Series, & Blog Tour!

It’s an exciting day! Today I am announcing a new book, Quick Column Quilts, a Blog Tour, and a new 3-part Sewing With Nancy miniseries to watch online (click here) or on PBS. Plus, we’re sponsoring a super giveaway, including a Baby Lock Tempo Sewing Machine. There’s a lot going on! First, The Sewing With … Continue Reading


The Easiest Way to Embroider Towels

You may have seen the above towel on Sewing With Nancy when Eileen Roche and I presented a two-part series, Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons. You can watch the 2-part Sewing With Nancy TV series online: Click here to watch episode one and episode two. I use Eileen’s tips on embroidering towels over and … Continue Reading

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Learn “Nancy Zieman’s 25 Favorite Quilting Techniques” in a Webcast

  Join me for a live, interactive webcast on September 13 Whether you like traditional or modern quilts, you’ll love this webcast! You’ll learn 25 of my favorite quilting techniques, demonstrated with close-up details during the live webcast on Saturday, September 13. If you’re wondering, What is a webcast?, I’ll get to that. First, here are … Continue Reading

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How to Sew with Clear Vinyl—A Noticeable Difference!

Incorporating specialty fabrics can add functionality when sewing gifts and projects. For example, try clear vinyl. This unique fabric is the star of the Sewing With Nancy program, Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares—the third episode. Watch online by clicking here.  Here’s a preview of the projects that you’ll see demonstrated during the show. Jewelry Caddies … Continue Reading


15 Reasons to Stitch, Not Buy

 By Roxanne Nickolie, Nancy’s Notions Guest Blogger A couple weekends ago I headed to the state fair for a little food and fun. While I was there I was stunned to spot a lineup of critter hats that looked like distant, perhaps slightly deflated relatives of our Cuddle Buddies. They were slung beneath a row … Continue Reading


How to Sew with Laminated Fabrics

Laminated fabric is all the rage. Lighter weight, softer, and more forgiving than vinyl, it’s 100% cotton quilting fabric with a phthalate free laminated coating. In a nutshell, it’s a dynamite fabric for bags, raincoats, and picnic accessories. Plus, cleaning is a snap. Just wipe with a damp cloth. I decided to use a print … Continue Reading

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Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares

This week you can watch another brand new program in the fall lineup of Sewing With Nancy. It’s the second program of the 3-part series, Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares. Learn to sew modern projects that take one or maybe two hours—no longer—to create. Hold-it Sacks The Hold-it Sacks are my first sew-simple projects for this episode. … Continue Reading

10 Sewing Tips for Using Chalkboard Fabric by Nancy Zieman

10 Sewing Tips for Using Chalkboard Fabric

Create some quick gifts or accessories with chalkboard fabric. The lightweight black fabric with the trademarked name of Chalkcloth is 47″ wide. You can write on it with chalk, wipe it off with water, and use it again. It is safe for kids of all ages. 10 Sewing Tips for Using Chalkboard Fabric Cure the … Continue Reading

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