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Use photos to create landscape quilts by Nancy Zieman and Natalie Sewell | Sewing With Nancy

Combine Photos to Create Quilts

Landscape quilting breaks many quilting rules and is quite liberating as a result. It’s okay to cut inaccurately, in fact, it’s often recommended. Glue sticks are used instead of pins, and the pattern is not a pattern at all, just a photo! Natalie Sewell taught me her spontaneous technique many years ago, and I haven’t … Continue Reading

April 2017 Block of the Month by Nancy Zieman/Sewing WIth Nancy

Fat Quarter Mystery Quilt: April Block of the Month

Introducing the April Block of the Month: The Album Quilt* quilt block is the April 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 created using quick strip-piecing techniques. Simple! During this 12-month block of the month challenge, all blocks … Continue Reading

How to Sew a Landscape Quilt by Nancy Sewell and Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Gardening with Your Sewing Machine

Two of my favorite hobbies are gardening and sewing. A little over 20 years ago, I was introduced to a quilting technique by Natalie Sewell, nationally known landscape quilt artist. Natalie and I became fast friends and schedule two–three quilting dates each year. During this three-part series, our goal is to simplify the Landscape Quilting … Continue Reading

Milestone Birthdays | Month Bibs by Nancy Zieman

Absolutely Adorable Sewing Round-Up

Embroidered Baby Bibs to Celebrate Milestones Looking for that perfect baby gift? Embroider milestone baby bibs. These 12 bibs are sure to bring smiles and be used first as photo props to record each month’s milestone birthday, then for lunch time. See how easy these are to sew using this tutorial. Adorable Doll Costumes What … Continue Reading

How to Design and Sew Landscape Quilt Designs by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Photos Inspire Your Next Landscape Quilt

Start with a simple photograph, or collection of photographs, and give landscape quilting techniques a try. We always have great interest in the landscape-style of quilting on Sewing With Nancy. Many of you have embraced this art and have created wall quilts featuring the beauty of nature. Others have voiced an interest yet are hesitant … Continue Reading

Nancy Zieman's 2017 Pillow Sewing Challenge Winner hosted by Nancy Zieman of Sewing With Nancy

Nancy Zieman Pillow Sewing Challenge Winners Announced

The 2017 Nancy Zieman Pillow Sewing Challenge was so much fun to host. I enjoyed seeing all the entries and the talent showcased in the event. You can still view the virtual pillow show anytime in my Facebook photo album, here. Great job to all who made and entered pillows into the 2017 Pillow Sewing Challenge. As you … Continue Reading

Easily Sew 1/2-Square Triangles with No-Hassle Triangle Tool by Nancy Zieman

No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Sampler

Looking for quilt block inspirations? Half-square (1/2-square) and quarter-square (1/4-square) triangles are the foundation for many quilt designs. Today, I’ll show you how to make super-easy 1/2-square and 1/4-square triangle blocks the no-hassle way in my Sewing With Nancy series, which features my popular No-Hassle Triangles Gauge. During the first episode on Sewing With Nancy, learn to create … Continue Reading


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

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

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