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Traditional Quilt Blocks Gone Modern

If you sew, chances are that fabric scraps abound in your sewing area. Don’t worry about storing scraps; sew them! Use Nancy’s Change-Up Patchwork techniques to create quilt projects with contemporary designs. Watch the second episode of Change-up Patchwork online to see all the details! Scrappy Square Quilt This scrappy square design was made from leftover fabric. … Continue Reading


New Design Potential for Basic 4-Patch Block

Start with the basics, then make a few simple modifications, to change what was traditional into modern! A 4-patch block—a simple,  yet elegant patchwork design—has such potential!  Presto, you’re a quilt designer, creating one-of-a-kind designs. Welcome to Sewing With Nancy’s first episode of the three-part series, Change-Up Patchwork. A 3-color 4-patch serves as the basis for this blog and … Continue Reading


Let Your “Inner Artist” Sketch with Thread

Do you like to doodle? Many of us enjoy sketching or even scribbling absentmindedly, dreaming we’re budding artists! The same action can be translated to needle and thread, randomly stitching on small pieces of fabric while learning creative techniques. Watch the Doodle Stitching TV show (Part One, Part Two, and Part Three) online now. You’ll also find … Continue Reading


Flying Geese Create Unique Shiplap Ahoy Blocks

  Each block in the Shiplap Ahoy Quilts Pattern is created simply and it’s possible to make every single block unique. Using methods for Nancy Zieman’s Folded Flying Geese, Shiplap Ahoy features the five shiplap prints to create blocks. Using three or four background strips, each block will have three-dimensional triangles (geese) at various locations. … Continue Reading


Doodle Creatively at Your Sewing Machine

Doodling—we’ve all done it with pen and paper. Those same concepts—drawing squiggles, circles, rectangles, and silly shapes—can be done with fabric, trim, and/or stitching. Why should you doodle at your sewing machine with fabric? It’s a great way to use fabric odds and ends while being creative. Watch the Doodle Stitching TV show online now. … Continue Reading

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June 2018 Block of the Month: Friendship Star

She’s Our Star 2018 Block of the Month June: Friendship Star This month we’re stitching the traditional Friendship Star quilt block design—the sixth and final of the six star-based blocks in NZP’s 2018 Block of the Month series. Team Nancy Zieman is pleased to honor Nancy with this beautiful new block of the month series … Continue Reading


Red, White & Blue Fun and Creative Projects

Check out our June Project Round up featuring projects in Red, White, and Blue! Two Scarf Wrap Sometimes two identical scarves are just waiting for you to buy, take home, and sew only two seams. As Bobbie Jo can attest, the end wrap is delightful to wear! Watch All Occasion Fabric Wraps (Part One and … Continue Reading


NEW! Free-Motion Framework Book and Blog Tour

Join the Free-Motion Framework Book Tour Thank you so much for stopping by the Nancy Zieman Productions blog stop on the Free-Motion Framework book tour! Team Nancy Zieman met author/sewer/quilter Jen Eskridge, about 3 years ago, when Jen interviewed for an independent contractor position to work on the NZP blog and social media team. While … Continue Reading

Quilt Expo 2018 Modern Mini Challenge

2018 Quilt Expo Modern Mini Quilt Challenge Winners

  Thank you to everyone who helped make this years Quilt Expo Modern Mini Quilt Challenge a success! View all the mini quilt entries at facebook.com/QuiltExpo. Here’s a quick review of the 2018 Quilt Expo Modern Mini Quilt Challenge Complete Entry Rules: Entrants were to sew a mini modern quilt to showcase their quilting talents. Entries were … Continue Reading

Super-Sized Quilts Part Two

Sewing With Nancy Super-Size, Part Two

What happens when a clothing sewing teacher starts to quilt? Answer: She teaches a hybrid of techniques! That teacher was Nancy and her journey of breaking sewing and quilting rules all started when she taught a quilting class as part of her first job out of college. Nancy didn’t know much about quilting, but was … Continue Reading

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