Fearless Quilting Finishes Nancy Zieman

Nancy was often asked, “How do you determine topics for your TV show, Sewing With Nancy?” Good question! There are many answers to that question—what she wanted you to learn, what she thought you’d like to know, what’s trendy in sewing, quilting, or embroidering . . . and the basics, there are always newcomers or those of us who need refresher courses.

The basics, that’s what drove Sewing With Nancy’s 3-part series, Fearless Quilting Finishes, teaching the basics of quilting borders, quilting, and binding.

During the first online Sewing With Nancy streaming video, you’ll learn eight, yes eight, techniques in one 30-minute show! From the most simple border to some artsy options!

Checkerboard Border Preview

  • Cut crosswise strips of light and dark fabrics to use in the main quilt design. (Nancy used 1-1/2″ strips in this small wall quilt or table topper.)
  • Stitch together a light and a dark strip, right sides together. Press seam toward the dark fabric. Cut strips in half.

Fearless Quilting Finishes Nancy Zieman

  • Stack two of the half-strips, right sides together, positioning the light coloration of one strip over the dark section of the second strip.

Fearless Quilting Finishes Nancy Zieman

  • Subcut strips into sections the same width as the strip.

Fearless Quilting Techniques Nancy Zieman

Fearless Quilting Techniques Nancy Zieman

  • Join subcut pairs, right sides together, to form the 4-patch. Chain stitch pairs, one after the other.

Fearless Quilting Techniques Nancy Zieman

  • Press the seams open and lay out the 4-patch blocks to create a checkerboard border.

Fearless Quilting Techniques Nancy Zieman

Simple, but creative, don’t you think? This border shines by itself!

Fearless Quilting Techniques Nancy Zieman

Seven more ideas during the show!


All the details are in one place!

You’ll find all the details in Fearless Quilting Finishes.

For a chance to win a copy of the Fearless Quilting Finishes book from Nancy’s Notions, please tell us your favorite quilt finishing technique.


The randomly selected winner of a copy of  Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery is Margaret.

Her comment is: I think that actually physically moving the quilt around to get to every section of the top, and not get “off track” with the quilting stitches, is the most difficult part of the process. It is always a relief to see it finished. I think this book would provide some interesting quilting options.


Be sure to join in and follow the 2018 Nancy Zieman Productions Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge at the NZP Blog. Deadline to enter is November 27, 2018.



Happy Quilting,

Team Nancy Zieman

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