Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC’s FREE block of the month program is a great way to finish a quilt in manageable monthly installments. One block at a time is an easy approach to creating a larger quilt. Whether you are a beginner or seasoned quilter, a block of the month is a great opportunity to stitch. In 2018, Team Nancy Zieman is offering a fantastic quilt! Unfortunately, we cannot show you the finished design just quite yet. We’re keeping it a mystery!

After a few months of wrangling with the perfect theme for the 2018  Mystery Quilt, Team Nancy Zieman decided to honor Nancy’s legacy with a quilt titled, She’s Our Star. Today we’ll introduce you to the Block of the Month and let you know what supplies you’ll need to create a fantastic star-based quilt for 2018.

Though we won’t be sharing all the blocks today, we will be posting a new quilt block tutorial starting in two weeks, on January 20. For the first six months in 2018, the NZP Team will guide you to create two blocks each month cut from Farmhouse Floral fat quarters* (18″ x 22″ fabric rectangles) and background fabrics.

Each block is a 12″ finished square set on-point. Once the block is set on point, each block will measure 17″ unfinished (16-1/2″ once stitched into the quilt.)

So how do you get ready? Here are the simple steps:

First—Gather Fabric

All 12-blocks will feature Nancy Zieman’s Farmhouse Florals Fat Quarter Pack. You’ll need:

  • One Farmhouse Florals 21-Fat Quarter Bundle for the print fabrics
  • 3 yards of a neutral or background fabric. (Team Nancy Zieman is using Cream Shiplap from the Farmhouse Florals collection.)
  • Optional: 1-1/4 yard white Shiplap for sashing
  • Optional: 1/4 yard blue Shiplap for cornerstones
  • Optional: 2/3  yard red Shiplap for binding


Of course you may use any other 21-fat quarter collection and neutral background fabric.


With the gentle florals and calming prints, the palette for the 2018 quilt evokes emotion. When you see this quilt, as we’ve stitched it, it is soft and serene, just like our star, Nancy.

Get ready for the 2018 She’s Our Star Block of the Month!

The new 2018 She’s Our Star Block of the Month program will feature Nancy Zieman’s NEW! Farmhouse Florals Fat Quarter Collection by Penny Rose Fabrics. Here’s the inside scoop:

  •  2018 She’s Our Star Block of the Month kicks off on January 20, 2018.
  • As always, there’s no cost to join and no need to formally sign up.
  • One block will be stitched in two colors each month.
  • 2018 She’s Our Star Block of the Month is fat quarter friendly.
  • 2018 She’s Our Star Block of the Month project lasts only six months.

 Second—Sharpen Your Tools

Well, not really, but do make certain that you have a sharp blade in your rotary cutter. Gather your cutting mat and ruler. The other main notion used each month is the No-Hassle Triangle Gauge. You guessed it! Star blocks will have a couple triangles here and there. Best news yet, they’re easy to create with the No-Hassle Triangle Gauge.

Nancy Zieman No Hassle Triangles Gauge in Package by Clover
Basic Supplies for the entire six-month mystery:

Other Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC Quilt Block of the Month Projects

Did you follow along in 2015, 2016, or 2017 for our Block of the Month projects? If you finished part of all of the quilt blocks or the entire project, please share photos. We’d love to see and share them! Post your pictures to my Facebook Page or email them to [email protected].

2015: Adventure Quilt

In 2015 we jumped in making two blocks each month. The blocks were bold and bright. Using various templates from Clover USA, we created an interesting large sampler quilt. Join the fun anytime. The patterns are free and online at the 2015 Adventure Quilt link on the blog.

2016 Quilt Extravaganza

In 2016 we finished a block of the month project, which featured the Carefree Curves Template set. The possibilities are endless with this template; it is one of our favorites. We used pieced fabric strata each month to yield a very scrappy finished quilt. Just like the 2015 project, this Block of the Month is always free and online at the 2016 Quilt Extravaganza link on the blog.

2017 Fat Quarter Mystery Quilt

Using traditional quilt blocks and quick-piecing methods in 2017, we created a sampler from Nancy Zieman’s Garnet Fabric Collection. You can see many variations of these blocks in the photos section of the Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC Facebook page.  Grab the complete block sewing directions at the 2017 Fat Quarter Mystery Quilt link.

Watch for the first 2018 She’s Our Star block of the month on January 20! See this mosaic come into focus over the next six months.

Watch No-Hassle Triangles (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.

Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC.

Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC

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