Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman

Fold, then quilt—that may sound rather odd! Quilting generally consists of cutting then specifically piecing fabric to create a design. Not so with this baby quilt. All of the geometric designs are comprised of folded pieces of fabric, then sewn to a column of fabric. Talk about easy!

In the book/DVD and Sewing With Nancy TV Series Column Quilts, you’ll learn how to cut  4″ to 5″ widths of fabric for the columns, plus use up your scraps as the dimensional folded pieces. If you’re like me, you’ll find plenty of scraps in your stash!

  • Fold 2″, 3″, or 4″ squares or rectangles of fabric into geometric shapes such as half-square triangles, trapezoids, right-square triangles, or rectangles.

  • Place the shapes on the column strips. Then, stitch a seam in the column to enclose the raw edge of the geometric shape. Add as many shapes per column as you’d like—you’re the quilt designer!

  • Sashing strips frame each column—choose a dark color for the most dramatic results. Cut strips 1-1/2″ or 2″ wide. Stitch to each side of the column.

  • In the book, you’ll find details on how to “quilt-as-you-go,” sewing the batting and backing to each column section. It’s a speedy quilting option!

  • The end result has great texture and dimension. It’s a great child’s Tummy Time Quilt.
Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman

Watch Sewing With Nancy online to see all the steps of making this column quilt with dimension! Remember, the most current 52, yes 52 Sewing With Nancy Shows are online at

So let’s get going! Sort out fabrics that complement each other, cut into strips, fold into shapes, and do a little stitching!  As you’re surmising, there are no rules—just guidelines with this Column Quilt.

I’d like to send a copy of Column Quilts to one of you. Please let me know what you do with your scraps. Please post your comment below. Next week, we’ll announce the winner.

Column Quilts

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