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Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Little Dresses and Britches for Africa

Britches for Boys

To better understand the purpose of Britches for Boys in Africa you first need to know about the Little Dresses for Africa. Little Dresses for Africa is a nonprofit organization providing relief to orphaned children in the remote villages of Africa. The girl orphans are the most devalued and abused in the culture, and Rachel O’Neill … Continue Reading

Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Indiana

Take a Tour of the Indiana Quilt Gardens

 By Diane Dhein, guest blogger Thanks, Nancy, for letting me blog about my experiences at the Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Indiana. I was intrigued and inspired to see the Quilt Gardens when I read about them in the 2500 Series Nancy’s Corner, featuring Sonya Nash. Sonya told about the beautiful patchwork quilts made, not from fabric, but … Continue Reading

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The Hat Ladies Show Us How to Sew Fleece Hats

Nancy Daly is the enthusiastic coordinator of the busy Hat Ladies! To date her group of volunteers has made over 30,000 fleece hats for causes and those in need. She started sewing hats 15 years ago for her own children and their sports teams, and it just grew from there. An invitation to sew for … Continue Reading

Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Nancy's Corner Military Honor Quilt with Cathy Ott

Recycled Honor Quilt from Army Uniforms

We sew because we like the process. We sew because we like the end result. And, we also sew, on occasion, to honor special people in our lives. My Nancy’s Corner guest, on the Sewing With Nancy program Fancy Footworks 2, created a gift of a quilt that crossed decades, using military uniforms as the fabric to … Continue Reading

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Quilt to Give Encore at Quilt Expo

Last year at Quilt Expo, 30 bed-size quilts were generously donated to the Quilt to Give community service project. Plus, an additional 10 quilts were stitched and completed by Quilt Expo attendees! All of these quilts were sent to St. John’s Hospital in Joplin, MO. They were given to families and individuals who lost their … Continue Reading

Britches for Boys in Africa

Britches for Boys—Sewing Makes a Difference

To better understand the purpose of Britches for Boys in Africa you first need to know about the Little Dresses for Africa. Little Dresses for Africa is a nonprofit organization providing relief to orphaned children in the remote villages of Africa. The girl orphans are the most devalued and abused in the culture, and Rachel … Continue Reading

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The Farmer’s Wife Pony Club Sampler Quilt

  Sampler quilts have been inspired by a myriad of topics—such as seasons of the year, holidays, and botanical images. I’d like to introduce you to a charming sampler quilt, inspired by children’s essays from the early 1900s—children who wanted to win a Shetland pony with a saddle or carriage. The quilting enthusiast behind this … Continue Reading

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Shweshwe—Indigo Fabric from South Africa

We spend a lot of time on Sewing With Nancy talking about sewing techniques or tips, often bypassing the history behind the fabric. Indigo fabrics and dyes have a rich history and continue to be part of many cultures. In South Africa, this fabric is known as Shweshwe. Elizabeth Schell of Marula Imports, originally from … Continue Reading

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Little Dresses for Africa Update

I received some wonderful news last week: Nancy’s Notions has shipped 55,296 Little Dresses to Africa! WOW! Congratulations to Nancy’s Notions and to the amazing volunteers who sew dresses and do so much behind the scenes. For almost two years, Nancy’s Notions employees, customers, local community members and friends have been sewing, packaging, and shipping dresses … Continue Reading

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Enchanted Makeovers—Amazing Results at a Woman’s Shelter

How many of you have had a makeover? Perhaps a hairstyle, makeup, or wardrobe makeovers are all common sought-after updates. It makes us feel better and gives us a positive outlook. Did you ever think of being involved with a shelter or rescue mission makeover? Transforming physical spaces into inviting retreat centers gives hope and … Continue Reading

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