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Quilt with Carefree Curves

Traditional quilt blocks often have unusual names. As an example, here’s the Hearts & Gizzards design, a pattern that can be traced back to the late 1800s. The gizzard shape, opposite the recognizable heart motif, is not something many of us would recognize, yet the following curved design still bears that name and is the … Continue Reading

The easiest quilting binding technique from Nancy Zieman's blog

Learn the Absolute Easiest Technique Ever to Join Quilt Binding

Joining quilt  binding ends together with ease can be a tricky task. The goal is to stitch the beginning of the quilt binding and the end together with a bias seam. The solution—use a strip of fusible web! I can’t take credit for this technique, fellow Sewing With Nancy team member, Donna Fenske came up … Continue Reading

Sew Big Block Quilts Nancy Zieman Debbie Bowles

The Quickest Way to Make a BIG Quilt

I’ve had the privilege of attending several of Debbie Bowles, Maple Island Quilts, quilting classes. Recently, while trying to be incognito in the back of the room, my thoughts quickly raced to the obvious conclusion, She’d be an ideal Sewing With Nancy guest! After the class I approached Debbie with the idea—bingo—a new TV series … Continue Reading

Sew Big Block Quilts Debbie Bowles on Sewing With Nancy Zieman

18″ Quilt Blocks are the Stars of a Brand New TV Show

Our new season on Sewing With Nancy starts this week online with the first of 26 new shows! When you hear the phrase, “Sew Big” you might think of a baby’s upright arm motion. Today that phrase gets an addendum—“Sew Big Quilt Blocks.” I naturally want to spread my arms to show the size of … Continue Reading

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Fresh From the Clothesline Quilts

The phrase Fresh from the Clothesline brings to mind laundered clothes or quilts blowing on a clothesline, or fresh ideas with a nod to the past. Both images are correct when applied to the techniques featured by my Sewing With Nancy guest Darlene Zimmerman. Darlene, quilting author and expert, is a specialist in giving a fresh way of looking … Continue Reading

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No “Y-Seam” Hexagons!

One of the quilt patterns that I have long admired is the Grandmother’s Flower Garden. It is traditionally made with hundreds of tiny hexagons, which require the dreaded (at least for me) Y-seams, where three seams merge at the same point. I’ve only been able to admire the design. Why? I knew that I’d never … Continue Reading

6" Tumbler Quilt Nancy Zieman Grandmother's One Patch Tumbler Template by Clover

Sashing Strips Add Interest to One-Block Quilts

I’ve presented a lot of techniques and projects over the years on Sewing With Nancy, and I know I’ve hit a home run when a member of the camera crew leaves their post, studies the project up close, and states, I want to make that! That’s just what happened during the recording of the series, Grandmother’s One-Patch Quilts. … Continue Reading

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Fresh From the Clothesline—Quilt Designs with a Nod to the Past

The phrase Fresh from the Clothesline brings to mind laundered clothes or quilts blowing on a clothesline, or fresh ideas with a nod to the past. Both images are correct when applied to the techniques featured by my Sewing With Nancy guest, Darlene Zimmerman. Darlene, quilting author and expert, is a specialist in giving a fresh way of looking at … Continue Reading

Quilts from the House of Tula Pink

Stitch a Big, Really Big, Quilt Block Called “Stacks”

The second episode of Quilts from the House of Tula Pink, the newest Sewing With Nancy mini-series, features more of Tula Pink’s bold, big, and modern quilts. Three more modern quilt designs are featured during this episode of my 30th anniversary series. I’d like to showcase Tula’s Stacks design. Modeled after the things in life that get piled up—books, parking tickets, and … Continue Reading

Quilts From The House of Tula Pink

Meet a Fresh, Hip Quilter—Tula Pink

A first time Sewing With Nancy guest, Tula Pink, is a self-described hippie quilter. Her free-form designs are totally modern, yet she uses tried and true quilting methods. Tula and I recorded a 2-part series, Quilts from the House of Tula Pink. This week, the first episode is the featured video online. Tula’s Hounds Tooth … Continue Reading

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