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Quick Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman with Grandmother's One-Patch Quilt Template

Try Your Hand at Piecing Hexagons—Faux Hexagons!

Create a prairie-inspired wall hanging. At first glance, hexagon quilt block shapes can cause many quilters to think three-intersection-Y-seams! Not so with my all-new Prairie-Style Faux-Hexagon Wall Hanging. In this blog-exclusive free project, each hexagon shape is created with two halves, eliminating the intersection of three seams, otherwise known as Y-seams. With this technique, faux-hexagon halves … Continue Reading

Vintage Sewing Books | Images by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Your First Sewing Book

What is the first sewing/quilting book 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. My favorite part about your responses is that many of you remember exactly what motivated you to grab the book and what you … Continue Reading

Nancy's Spool Quilts pattern | Traditional Quilt | Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy | Half Square Triangles

Preview Nancy’s Spool Quilts Pattern

Nancy’s Spool quilt block first appeared when I was writing the No-Hassle Triangles book. The block really spoke to me. After receiving a gift certificate for a barn quilt, from my mother, a larger-than-life version of this block hangs on our fourth-generation family barn. Read more about the barn quilt, here. This design is the … Continue Reading

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

Fat Quarter Mystery Quilt: February Block of the Month

Introducing February’s Block: Meet at Home Meet at Home is February’s Fat Quarter Mystery Quilt Block. Like all blocks in this year’s block of the month challenge, the block is 15″–finished size—and is based on a combo of half-square triangles and squares. Simple. This block has many names; I chose to use Meet at Home as … Continue Reading

Five Ways to Watch Sewing With Nancy | Nancy Zieman

Now Five Ways to Watch Sewing With Nancy

Now Five Ways to Watch Sewing With Nancy! Back in 1982 when the first Sewing With Nancy show aired, never did I dream; #1,  that I’d still be recording shows and #2 that the show would be available on multiple channels. (Not to mention that in 1982 no one had a clue about the internet!) … Continue Reading

Sew Simple with Rectangles and Squares by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Sew Simple with Rectangles and Squares Round Up

As you may already know, I love to streamline and simplify the sewing process. Making projects faster and more efficient frees up valuable time, and everyone could use more time! One of my most popular Sewing With Nancy three-part series, Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares (Part One, Part Two, and Part Three), addresses streamlining the sewing process. Change … Continue Reading

Sew Red Projects Round-up with PBS's Sewing With Nancy | Nancy Zieman

Sew Red Projects Round Up

Love is in the air! It seems most holidays have colors associated with them. Thankfully, the sewing community is a very visual group, so colors are a welcome jumping-off point for many design ideas. This season, I rounded up a few of my favorite RED sewing projects from my blog. Find them all linked below. … Continue Reading

Turn Orphan Quilt Blocks into Throw Pillows | Be My Valentine Quilt Block | Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Sew a Pillow from an Orphan Quilt Block

Along our quilting journey, we try new techniques and test interesting ideas. Sometimes these valuable lessons and attempts yield “orphan blocks” or leftover quilt blocks that don’t belong to a larger quilt. Take one or more of these treasured quilt blocks and sew them into throw pillows. It’s an easy idea that doesn’t require any … Continue Reading

Quilt with an Embroidery Machine in 8 Easy Lessons by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche on Sewing With Nancy

Machine Quilting with Your Embroidery Machine

February is National Embroidery Month! If you own an embroidery machine, most likely you’ve added monograms to towels or a cute design to baby clothes. But, did you ever think that your embroidery machine’s hidden talent is to quilt layers of fabric with remarkable finesse? Welcome back embroidery and quilting expert Eileen Roche, who will … Continue Reading

Sew a Winter Landscape Quilt with Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Designing a Winter Landscape Quilt

In the upper midwest, you’ll find me snapping pictures of snowfalls to save for future landscape quilt projects. So far, the photo collection out-numbers the quilts created, but they do provide fun inspiration. My completed landscape quilts hang in my home and office, and I’d like to share a few winter-themed quilts with you today. … Continue Reading

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