Quilt To Give Sewing Bed Quilts for Individuals and Families in Need

It’s Quilt to Give Week! The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show and Nancy Zieman Productions are pleased to be hosting our annual community service project, Nancy Zieman’s Quilt to Give! We invite you to participate –from home– as we share Nancy’s easy step-by-step instructions for making a bed quilt from your fabric stash.

Sewing a quilt and giving it as a gift is gratifying. Sewing a quilt for someone in need or who is going through tough times shows compassion. Most importantly, the recipient feels loved. Win. Win!

This year marks the 10th year of Nancy Zieman’s Quilt to Give Project at The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show, September 10-12, 2020. Since we’re not able to gather together at an in-person event this year, we’re making twin-sized quilts at home, then donating them to Enchanted Makeovers and Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS).

In 2011, Nancy made her first Quilt to Give design in 10-days, sewing a little each day. Nancy chronicled her 10-day journey with full instructions on how to make her quilt – right here on the NZP blog. Our hope is that in the near future, you will consider making Nancy’s easy quilt design, made with columns instead of blocks, and then give it away.

Quilt to Give Community Service Project

Nancy Zieman Productions and PBS Wisconsin would like to thank the many Quilt Show Volunteers, attendees, the talented team at M&R Sewing and Vacuum, for your many years of sponsorship and service to Nancy Zieman’s Quilt To Give.

Each year, several kind souls make and donate completely finished quilts—New Quilts of all patterns and colors are welcome.

Quilting groups have also take on the challenge! This year, working separately at home.

Quilt to Give by Nancy Zieman. How to make a speedy, yet attractive quilt to give to those in need. Quilt to Give by Nancy Zieman. How to make a speedy, yet attractive quilt to give to those in need.

Others have donated time to cut, press, and stitch, during the The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show. We’re in this together, even though we’re not together in person.

Quilt Expo Madison Wi Quilt to Give Volunteers

Receive a Quilt To Give Volunteer Pin

Receive a Quilt To Give Volunteer Pin when you donate a finished/new bed quilt, and send to Nancy Zieman Productions by October 1, 2020.

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Quilt to Give Buttons at Quilt Expo

Bed-sized quilts are in demand

Bed-size quilts of all sizes are welcome. Twin-sized quilt donations are great, tootwin-size is the size we’ll be sewing this week. Why? Two organizations that will be receiving finished quilts, Enchanted Makeovers and Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) have both requested the twin quilt size. Enchanted Makeovers services national women’s shelters and Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) is a Madison-area woman’s shelter with twin-sized beds in each room.

Make a quilting plan

Quilt to GIve, how to make an easy twin-sized quilt

  • Sort fabrics from your stash. Begin by selecting a print or prints that will be used as the inspirational fabric. Then choose other fabrics that coordinate with the inspirational fabric.
  • Gather solid-color fabrics that coordinate or match with the inspirational fabrics. Choose many solids or mottled fabrics (subtle prints that appear as solid colors from a distance) as possible for this project. Read Step 1: Sorting Fabrics.

  • Determine which fabrics will be the outside columns (the more solid the better) and which will be used for the scrappy center columns. Print the  Twin-sized Quilt to Give Worksheet PDF to plan fabric color placement and design.

Quilt to GIve how to make an easy twin-sized quilt

Quilt To Give Week Schedule

Here’s the listing of links to all 10 Quilt to Give Lessons, or find the lessons listing at QuiltToGive.org.

Monday, August 24 – Start your quilt, TODAY!

Step 1—Sort out fabrics from several stashes

Step 2—Cut column strips and center patchy strips 

Tuesday, August 25

Step 3—Stitch column lengths

Step 4—Stitch the patchy center columns

Wednesday, August 26

Step 5—Create the columns

Thursday, August 27

Step 6—Piece the quilt top

Friday, August 28

Step 7—Audition borders

Step 8—Add borders

Step 9—Layer and quilt your creation

Step 10—Binding and labeling

The Easiest Ever Quilt to Give Design

During our first annual Quilt to Give community quilting project, a donation of four yards of striped fabric in bright colors was donated. Great donation, but it just didn’t seem to fit with our other donated fabrics.

Quilt to Give, how to make an attractive yet easy twin-sized quilt

While pondering what to do with the fabric, Nancy decided to use the striped fabric for the center section–within each column. Now no piecing needed for the center columns in this quilt! We share optional fabric cutting instructions when using a stripped fabric in the Twin-sized Quilt Worksheet.

Quilt to Give, how to make an attractive yet easy twin-sized quilt

Quilt To Give by the Numbers

2011: Thirty-five quilts were collected and an additional 10 were completed during the show. Quilts were distributed locally and twenty-five were sent to Joplin, MO.

2012: Twenty-five quilts were collected and 11 were completed during the show, which were distributed to those in need by Baby Lock dealers across the country.

2013: Sixteen quilts were collected and 15 were completed during the show, which were distributed to those in need by Baby Lock dealers across the country.

2014: Twenty-one quilts were collected and 10 were completed during the show and donated to Enchanted Makeovers and Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS).

2015: Thirty-five quilts were collected and an additional 10 were completed during the show and donated to Enchanted Makeovers and Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS).

2016: Fifteen quilts were collected and an additional 12 were completed during the show and donated to Enchanted Makeovers and Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS).

2017: Seventeen quilts were collected and an additional 11 were completed during the show and donated to those affected by the 2017 flooding in Houston, TX, Enchanted Makeovers and Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS).

2018: Fourteen bed-size quilts were generously donated, plus an additional 15 quilts were stitched and completed on site at Quilt Expo. Plus, post-Quilt Show additional quilts were finished and shipped to Nancy Zieman Productions in time for ALL quilts to be donated to Enchanted Makeovers and Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS).

2019: Twelve quilt tops and six quilts were generously donated, and an additional nine quilt tops and six quilts were completed onsite at The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show. The completed quilts were donated to Enchanted Makeovers and Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS).

312 Total Beautiful Bed Quilts—to date—Donated to Individuals and Families in Need!

Quilt To Give Sewing Bed Quilts for Individuals and Families in Need

Nancy & Lucas with Nancy’s First Quilt To Give, 2011


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Happy Quilting!

Team Nancy Zieman

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