Fearless Quilting Finishes Nancy Zieman



I’m often asked, “How do you determine topics for your TV show, Sewing With Nancy?” Good question! There are many answers to that question—what I want to learn, what I think 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 my newest 3-part series, Fearless Quilting Finishes, teaching the basics of quilting borders, quilting, and binding.

During the first show, which is this week’s online Sewing With Nancy streaming video, you’ll learn eight, yes I squeezed 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. (I 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!


Fearless Quilting Techniques Nancy Zieman



There are 52 programs to watch online, or on your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone. Have you downloaded the app?

Sewing With Nancy app

All the details are in one place!

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


Fearless Quilting Techniques Nancy Zieman



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