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 determined to learn. Nancy also decided to apply sewing tips to the quilting side of being creative. Some might call it breaking the rules. Nancy said, “It’s a hybrid technique!”

You’ll find Nancy’s quilting hybrid techniques in the series, The Best of Sewing With Nancy’s Super Sized Quilts.

Drunkard’s Path

Curves in any design provide movement and interest. That principle applies to quilts as well. Yet, when fabrics are cut and seamed to create curves, the process can be frustrating trying to get the opposing shapes to turn out smooth! To make the process enjoyable, Nancy shows a method of creating curves that breaks traditional quilting rules—using fusible interfacing!

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Here’s a quick summary on how to break quilting rules!

Carefree Curves from Clover by Nancy Zieman, Sewing With Nancy

  • Cut squares of fabric and fusible interfacing. Stack the right side of the fabric and the smooth side of the lightweight interfacing.
  • Trace a circle size. There are three size options.

The Best of Sewing WIth Nancy's Super-Sized Quilt. How to make a drunkards path quilt.

  • Stitch on the marked line.

The Best of Sewing WIth Nancy's Super-Sized Quilt. How to make a drunkards path quilt.

  • Trim away the excess fabric using a rotary pinking blade.

The Best of Sewing WIth Nancy's Super-Sized Quilt. How to make a drunkards path quilt.

  • Cut the circle into 1/4-circles. There are marks on the template to ensure accuracy.

The Best of Sewing WIth Nancy's Super-Sized Quilt. How to make a drunkards path quilt.

  • Trim away the excess interfacing from the center, leaving a generous 1″ from the stitching line.

Cut the circle into 1/4-circles. There are marks on the template to ensure accuracy.

  • Turn the interfacing to the wrong side; press. A perfect curve!

Cut the circle into 1/4-circles. There are marks on the template to ensure accuracy.

How to sew a drunkards path quilt block. Nancy Zieman/Sewing With Nancy

  • Position 1/4-circle on the block; edgestitch. Ta dah!

Cut the circle into 1/4-circles. There are marks on the template to ensure accuracy.

Hearts and Gizzards Quilt

Traditional quilt blocks often have unique names. This Hearts and Gizzards design, a quilt pattern from the 1800s, features a gizzard shape, opposite the recognizable heart motif. Over a hundred years ago, this design was created with difficulty, and generally in small block sizes. Now learn how fusible interfacing makes it easy to create curves while creating jumbo-sized blocks.

  • Trace the heart shapes on a strip of fabric. There are five size options—traditional to super-sized!

How to sew a hearts and gizzards quilt block. Nancy Zieman/Sewing With Nancy

  • After cutting apart along the straight edges, position the right side of the fabric on the smooth (non-fusible) side of a strip of interfacing. Stitch along the curves.

How to sew a hearts and gizzards quilt block. Nancy Zieman/Sewing With Nancy

  • Trim away the excess fabric, using the same techniques as detailed above. You’ll find step-by-step instructions in the book and when watching the online video.

How to sew a hearts and gizzards quilt block. Nancy Zieman/Sewing With Nancy

  • Turn and press; then appliqué heart shapes to a block or half-square triangle.

How to sew a hearts and gizzards quilt block. Nancy Zieman/Sewing With NancyHow to sew a hearts and gizzards quilt block. Nancy Zieman/Sewing With Nancy

After seeing the easy demonstrations in this episode of Sewing With Nancy, we hope you’ll enjoy the process of breaking quilting rules!
To create the quilts from this two-part series, add Sewing With Nancy’s Super-Sized Quilts Template, Book, and DVD collection to your sewing/quilting library.

Sew Super Size Quilts Easily with Tips and Techniques on Sewing With Nancy hosted by Nancy Zieman

Set includes:

  • Super-Sized Quilts Trace ’n Create Template Collections:
    • Carefree Curves Template Collection
    • Dresden Plate and Fan Template Collection
    • Lone Star Template Collection
    • Grandmother’s One Patch Collection
  • Super-Sized Quilts DVD Set
  • Free Sewing With Nancy’s Super-Sized Quilts book with purchase

Watch The Best of Sewing With Nancy’s Super-Sized Quilts (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.


For a chance to win a Carefree Curves Template Set , from Clover, leave a comment below sharing what quilting project you are currently working on.

Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner

The random winner of a Trace ’n Create Quilt Templates Lone Star Collection, from Clover, from the May 17 blog post is Judie.

Her comment was: I love super size-quilts! I start so many projects because I see so many quilts I want to make, so making the super-size quilts would help me to finish projects faster.


Happy Quilting,

Team Nancy Zieman

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