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Lone Star Quilt Makeover with Four Tips for Design Success

I rarely make the same quilt design twice. Tweaking the number of fabric colors, adding sashing, turning the block on point, and/or using portions of the quilt design – rather than the entire design – are just a few ways to makeover the design, keeping the process fresh. Case in point, the Original Lone Star … Continue Reading

Singer Treadle Machine | Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Remember Your First Sewing Machine?

What is the first sewing machine you owned? That’s the question I posed earlier this month, via this blog, Facebook, and Pinterest. Enjoy the selected responses below, plus a spotlight on one of my followers. Note: The photo above features my mom in 1954 with her first sewing machine, a Pfaff 130. (Isn’t she cute!) This was the … Continue Reading

Ten Tips I Learned About Sewing the Perfect T-Shirt | Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Sew the Perfect Knit Top or T-Shirt

The greatest benefit of my job is one-on-one lessons from sewing, embroidery, and quilting experts. When preparing for a TV series, my guests and I plan the series months in advance. After a quick study of the technique, book, or pattern, we have several phone conferences, I prepare scripts, the guest and my staff make … Continue Reading

The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew: Tutorial, Tips, and Techniques Sewing Round Up by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Absolute Easiest Way to Sew Tutorial Round Up

In this collection of sewing tutorials, tips, and techniques, you’ll learn The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew. My tips are also featured in the best-selling book by the same name. Think of my Absolute Easiest Way to Sew tutorials as building blocks for a solid foundation for future sewing endeavors. Much like constructing a home … Continue Reading

March 2017 Block of the Month by Nancy Zieman/Sewing With Nancy Duck & Duckling Block

Fat Quarter Mystery Quilt: March Block of the Month

Introducing the March Block of the Month: Duck & Duckling* The Duck & Duckling quilt block is the March Fat Quarter Mystery Quilt Block. Like all blocks in this year’s block of the month challenge, this block is 15″—finished size—and is based on a combo of half-square triangles and squares. Simple! During this 12-month block of … Continue Reading

How to Patch a Hole in a Pair of Jeans by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy

Five Common Mending Remedies

Are you replacing a broken zipper, mending jeans, or sewing on buttons? These sewing repairs get a 2-thumbs down rating in my book, under the topic of sewing entertainment! These clothing repairs are important, yet they don’t have to be difficult. In this new two-part Sewing With Nancy series, I’m taking a lighter approach to fixing what’s … Continue Reading

How to Sew an Off-Kilter Wonky Log Cabin Block by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Off-Kilter Log Cabin Quilt Block Pillow Tutorial

Off-Kilter Log Cabin Pillow The featured pillow for the 2017  Pillow Challenge offers a modern approach to a traditional Log Cabin quilt block design. The color choice gives the pillow a mid-century modern feel—the process is the time-honored Stitch ‘n Flip technique. Curious? The complete instructions are below. Fabrics and Cutting/Labeling Instructions This pillow can … Continue Reading

Think Spring! Nancy Zieman's Greenery Pantone Color Challenge Roundup | Sewing With Nancy

Think Spring! Green Sewing Round Up

It won’t surprise anyone to learn that my favorite color is green. Working in the garden, choosing green fabrics, and arranging home accents; green surrounds me. Imagine my delight when Pantone (the color forecasting company used by many designers across many industries) announced the 2017 color of the year: Greenery. *image from pantone.com Looks like … Continue Reading

Mending, Repairing, And Altering | Quick Stitch to Wear Again by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Four Easy Jean Repair Hacks

Mending! That’s a sewing topic that I usually try to avoid. I’ve never thought, Oh goodie, today I get to replace a zipper! Can you relate? Then one day, I decided that mending doesn’t need to be a trial. You can cheat! No demerits, rather legitimate—although unconventional—sewing repairs with minimal effort. You’ll find four common mending … Continue Reading

Nancy Zieman's Third Annual Pillow Sewing Challenge | 2017

Nancy Zieman 2017 Pillow Sewing Challenge Announced

  You’re invited to participate in my 2017 Pillow Sewing Challenge. Brainstorm, browse, design and plan. Then, sew a pillow! Enter my 2017 Pillow Sewing Challenge by emailing your image (nzpblog@gmail.com). Make a pillow to showcase your sewing talents. Entries may be for any occasion, any color, or any size (that fits on a sofa or … Continue Reading

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