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Little Dresses for Africa—Thank You for Helping!

Little Dresses for Africa has an amazing story that continues to astound Rachel O’Neil, the founder, and many of us who follow her mission. Beginning as a grass roots effort in 2008 with a goal to take 1000 pillowcase dresses for little girls to a single village in Africa, Little Dresses for Africa has grown … Continue Reading

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Lillian’s Dress, a New Style for Little Dresses for Africa

Many of us have a couple pieces of “extra fabric,” and would be interested in knowing more about charitable initiatives. In 2008 Little Dresses for Africa was formed by Rachel O’Neill. Her non-profit organization offers dresses and britches to children at orphanages, schools, and churches. Donors from around the world send stitched items, monetary donations, … Continue Reading

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What’s New with Nancy Zieman

After posting a video message on my most recent health adventure, I decided to give you an update. This time I’m sharing better news. It’s been 12-weeks since my surgery, and I’m learning to adjust to the implant in my left leg—a partially new femur and a mechanical knee. The only post-surgery treatment is physical … Continue Reading

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Barn Quilts: Blazing a Trail of Artistry, History, and Community

By Roxanne Nickolie: Nancy’s Notions guest blogger Barn quilts are a growing phenomenon in the United States and Canada, forming trails of roadside art—and scores of heartwarming stories—all across North America. Author Suzi Parron explains that a barn quilt is “a replica of a quilt block painted on plywood, usually eight-by-eight feet, and hung on a building for … Continue Reading

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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A Community of Sewing Connects the Dots

Sewing is not a solitary craft. Sewing is a community. Our grandmothers’ sewing bees, church bazaars, and even modern-day sewing or quilting guilds and retreats are all sewing communities. Much like my teaching career and business—not solitary—made possible by a community of people helping me—you helping me. Another example of a sewing community is Nancy’s … Continue Reading

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How to Make Fleece Hats for Kids

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

The National Declaration Freedom Quilt of America by National Quilting Bee

National Declaration Freedom Quilt of America

Recently Michelle Costen, a fellow quilter and blogger, contacted me to let me know about her inspiring quilting project, The National Declaration Freedom Quilt of America, “One Nation Coming Together in One Quilt,” by the National Quilting Bee. Beginner and advanced quilters from across America are sewing 12-1/2″ appliquéd quilt blocks. Some of the blocks are more … Continue Reading

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Volunteer Sewing Groups Where Fabric is Always Welcome

Wow. Who knew that blogging about cleaning my sewing closet would bring the largest response of viewers ever! The blog was titled, Give Your Aging Fabric Stash a New Home! It seems it got many of you inspired to sew or donate some of your stash to a charitable cause. I thank you for wanting to … Continue Reading

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How Sewists Can Help Those Affected by Oklahoma Tornado

I had the privilege of meeting an incredible woman and her organization as I interviewed her for a Nancy’s Corner segment of Sewing With Nancy. Sue Rock is the Founder/Director of Sue Rock Originals Everyone, Inc., an internationally acclaimed textile charity committed to supporting the lives of survivors of domestic violence! You can watch my interview with Sue online. Recently Sue Rock emailed me with … Continue Reading

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