Fresh from the Clothesline Quilts on Sewing with Nancy



The phrase Fresh from the Clothesline brings to mind laundered clothes or quilts blowing on a clothesline, or fresh ideas with a nod to the past. Both images are correct when applied to the techniques featured by my Sewing With Nancy guest, Darlene Zimmerman. Darlene, quilting author and expert, is a specialist in giving a fresh way of looking at vintage-style quilts and projects. What attracted me to her quilt projects is that they have the look and feel of 1930s style quilts.


Nancy Zieman and Darlene Zimmerman



During this first program of the 2-part series on Fresh from the Clothesline Quilts, Darlene and I explain plus demonstrate four unique quilt designs: Garden Sunshine, Wonky Stars, Grammy’s Garden, and Crazy Quilting.

Here’s a preview of the Wonky Stars technique. Use a traditional quilt block that needs to be rejuvenated. Then, set the block in a wonky-style frame. It’s definitely a fresh approach to quilting.


Fresh from the Clothesline Quilts on Sewing with Nancy



  • Start with a traditional block—in this case a star design.


Fresh from the Clothesline Quilts on Sewing with Nancy



  • Using the Tall Triangle Ruler, cut a crosswise strip of fabric; then cut four tall triangles. The ruler instructions detail how wide to cut the fabric strip.


Fresh from the Clothesline Quilts on Sewing with Nancy



  • Position and audition the triangles around the block.


Fresh from the Clothesline Quilts on Sewing with Nancy



  • Stitch the triangles to the sides. Presto!—a Wonky block.


Fresh from the Clothesline Quilts on Sewing with Nancy



  • This off-set setting is not limited to a pieced block. Look at what happens to a fussy-cut fabric square.


Fresh from the Clothesline Quilts on Sewing with Nancy



You’ll find easy instructions in Fresh from the Clothesline Quilts book and DVD that accompany this program.


Fresh from the Clothesline Quilts



For a chance to win a copy of Fresh from the Clothesline Quilts book, tell us what’s your favorite 1930s–1940s quilt design. A random winner will be chosen next week!

Watch the Fresh from the Clothesline Quilts—part one online.

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