I really like to sew, but I am not patient enough to spend months on a project. Quite by accident, I started to design a quilt with columns instead of blocks. Then, my mind spun with ideas. Welcome to the third blog of my new book on Quick Column Quilts.
The third episode of Quick Column Quilts is now available to PBS stations around the country and the show is online. Watch at your convenience by clicking here! Listed below are three of the 13 quilts featured during the 3-episodes. By the way, all of the instructions for the quilts are found in the book, Quick Column Quilts.
Wind Chime Column Quilt
The wind chimes hanging from our deck served as the inspiration for this Wind Chime Column Quilt. Just like real wind chimes, the angled accent pieces, seem to move as if gently nudged by the wind. Here’s a little preview of how I designed this column quilt.
- Auditioning fabrics: You’ll learn how to use a print fabric to audition other fabrics to see if they’re compatible. The striped fabric served as the color inspiration for this quilt. All of the “wind chime fabrics” came from my stash.
- Waste not want not: Since some of the fabrics were short on yardage, I designed a way to use every inch of a strip. You’ll have to tune into the show to learn this technique. It’s easier to see it demonstrated than to write about it. Just call me lazy!
Folded Flying Geese Wall Hanging
No half-square triangles are needed to make these artistic Flying Geese. Start with squares, fold three times, and presto the folded triangles create 3-dimensional Flying Geese. Plus, the background columns are not cut, but rather one piece of fabric. Hmm, it’s kinda interesting.
Floating Squares Column Quilt
This double-sized quilt looks difficult to make, but not so! The darker squares float on the light background of the quilt top, made with some creative cutting and sewing of crosswise strips. Not to worry; you will not be required to cut squares. I’ve opted for a quick-to-make column quilt!
See how the quilts are created while watching Sewing With Nancy.
To watch the third episode, which features the above quilts, click here.
To watch the second episode, click here.
To watch the first episode, click here.
13 Quilt patterns are detailed in the book, Quick Column Quilts.
Blog Tour Hosts
To showcase my new book, Quick Column Quilts, and the companion TV series, you are able to take a tour through the book via a Blog Tour. I’m pleased to announce that the 27 bloggers have featured various projects and techniques follow the links below!
Blog Tour Stops
To showcase my new book, Quick Column Quilts, and the companion TV series, you’ll be able to take a tour through the book via a Blog Tour. I’m pleased to announce that 27 bloggers have featured various projects or techniques. Please follow along!
- Nancy Zieman
- Quilt Taffy
- Simple Simon & Co.
- Diary of a Quilter
- Stitchin Jenny
- A Woman a Day
- Jina Barney Designz
- Lilac Lane Patterns
- Totally Stitchin’
- Esch House Quilts
- The Cottage Mama
- Designs in Machine Embroidery
- Pat Sloan
- Happy Valley Primitive
- Doohikey Designs
- Quilt in a Day
- Quilt Dad
- Just Arting Around
- Lazy Girl Designs
- Marie-Madeline Studio
- Always Expect Moore
- Polka Dot Chair
- Amy Lou Who Sews
- Riley Blake Designs
- Indygo Junction
- Amy’s Creative Side
Bye for now,
Nancy Zieman—author, pattern designer, businesswoman, producer, and national sewing authority—is the host of the popular show Sewing With Nancy®, which appears exclusively on public television stations across the United States and Canada. Follow Nancy’s blog at nancyzieman.com/blog and sign up to receive Nancy’s E-News for the latest news in sewing, quilting, & creating.