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Easily Sew 1/4-Square Triangle Quilt Blocks

Triangular shapes can be sticklers to piece! Quilt patterns with 1/2-square and 1/4-square triangles are found in many traditional quilt pattern designs. Here’s how to take the hassle out of creating triangles, in particular 1/4-square triangles. For more details watch the second episode of No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks online. The Sampler Quilt This 12-block quilt features both … Continue Reading


Stipple Quilts Fearlessly

Today’s Sewing With Nancy online featured video is Fearless Quilting Finishes, Part 2. During this 30-minute show you’ll learn three quilting options: stitching in the ditch, decorative “tie” stitching, and stippling. It’s easy to show stippling, but not as effective to write about it. After all, it’s the action that causes many to shy away from this particular … Continue Reading


Finish Quilts and Borders Fearlessly

Nancy was often asked, “How do you determine topics for your TV show, Sewing With Nancy?” Good question! There are many answers to that question—what she wanted you to learn, what she thought you’d like to know, what’s trendy in sewing, quilting, or embroidering . . . and the basics, there are always newcomers or those … Continue Reading

Hidden quilt binding tutorial by Nancy Zieman

Hidden Quilt Binding Tutorial–Ideal for Art Quilts

Last week someone asked me, “Do you sew for fun?” The answer: Absolutely! I love to sew landscape quilts. Here’s my latest quilt, Sunset. When it came time to bind the quilt, I choose the leftover brown fabric from the background. After laying the binding strips around the quilt, the quilt looked constrained, closed-in. My … Continue Reading

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Stitch Up a Fast & Fun Circle Quilt

Nancy’s Notions Guest Blogger Created by: Kelly Laws, Marketing Project Manager for Baby Lock Make a fun quilt to coordinate with the multiple colors and patterns you have in any room, or make this project to use up scrap fabrics you have left over from other projects. Put together similar colors, or make it a … Continue Reading

Sewing With Nancy on the Road Nancy Zieman

Sewing With Nancy on the Road at Quilt Expo

This week’s Sewing With Nancy online video leaves the studio and takes the show on the road! During this special program, we visit the Quilt Expo, showing you the newest trends in quilting, techniques, fabrics, and more. Watch online right now—just click here. Here’s a preview of the TV show! New machines and products We head to … Continue Reading


Sew an Easy Baby Quilt

You know the drill. You receive an invitation to a baby shower six weeks in advance. The thought to sew a baby quilt enters your mind, but you put off the process. Gulp, 10 days before the event you decide to start the project. That’s just what I did. Yet, I decided to go ahead … Continue Reading

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String Quilts—The Perfect Scrap Quilt

Virginia Baker and Barbara Sanders, sisters from Tennessee, have an affinity for string quilts. Their grandmother made these quilts from any and all used fabric—worn-out clothing, feed sacks, curtains, tablecloths, and of course remnants. They’re ideal scrap quilts! Wondering what the term string means, according to the quilting sisters, it’s any piece of fabric that’s … Continue Reading

Twisted Triangle Templates Nancy Zieman Blog

Make a Scrappy Quilt with the Twisted Triangles Template

Some of you may recognize the name Kate Bashynski. She’s been a guest on Sewing With Nancy and also a designer for Nancy’s Notions. Kate is one of the most meticulous stitchers I know. More importantly, she is a terrific designer. I know you’ll enjoy reading her description of her newest quilt template design. By Kate … Continue Reading


Quilting—30-60 Minutes at a Time

The day after Thanksgiving was the day I decided to go shopping, shopping in my fabric stash for seven possible fabrics for a quilt to give away to the Hurricane Sandy Quilt Relief Project. I’m not much for crowds, so shopping at my home and office sewing studios suited my personality. Plus, I wanted to give … Continue Reading

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