Winner of Nancy’s New Book


On the Sewing with Nancy set.

Thank you all for participating in the give away for Nancy Zieman’s new book, Seams Unlikely. It was fun to hear your stories about how you learned to sew and how Nancy has influenced your life too. We all have people like that who have helped us along the way. And for them, I am very grateful. The winner of Nancy’s book is Helen K. Congratulations!

Have You Read Seams Unlikey?

You must read this inspiring story of one of our own, Nancy Zieman, of Nancy’s Notions and Sewing with Nancy fame. Nancy has written an excellent book about her life called Seams Unlikely. It tells one of my favorite stories: how a young farm girl becomes a powerhouse in the sewing and quilting industry.


Acting goofy on the Sewing with Nancy set with the ever gracious, Nancy.

One of my favorite chapters talks of her 4-H Club experience. Like Nancy, I owe my 4-H leaders so much for steering me into this profession. It amazes me that those small things you do in your youth, can lead to big things as an adult. And things really got big for Nancy! Nancy’s book describes her trials and successes in a modest and inspiring way. You’ll really love this book!

And you could win a copy too. Just leave a comment today on my blog and if you are the lucky winner, I’ll send you one!

Visit this page to learn more about the book. And read more reviews of Nancy’s book here:

February 4          Nancy Zieman
February 5          Eileen Roche
February 5          Pat Sloan
February 6          Melissa Stramel
February 6          The Long Ladies
February 6          Tori Thompson
February 7          Amy Barickman
February 7          Melissa Mora
February 8          Shari Butler
February 8          Vicki Christensen
February 9          Carolina Moore
February 9          Kate Mclvor
February 10          Amy Ellis
February 10          Melissa Mortenson
February 11          Ilene Miller
February 11          Liz Hicks
February 11          Rachael Pannepacker
February 12          Bill Gardner
February 12          Elizabeth Evans
February 13          Amy Webb
February 13          Lindsay Wilkes
February 14          Gertie Hirsch
February 14          Veronica Philips
February 15          Jenny Gabriel
February 15          Laura Wasilowski
February 16          Frieda Anderson
February 16          Rita Farro
February 17          Cindy Cloward
February 17          Joan Hawley
February 17          Patty Young
February 18          Nancy Zieman

Here’s What You Need


Alas, I only have 3 quilting designs. Here you see the MEMEME design in the border.

So I’m stitching away with my new best friend, the BERNINA 750 QE, when I have an epiphany: I have only 3 free-motion designs in my repertoire. They are the MEMEME, the Curly Fries and Bananas, and the Snails on Fire. Maybe it’s time to add more? Maybe I should take a class with an expert?


Sign up for Frieda’s class and you can become an expert too!

Luckily, my good friend, Frieda Anderson, has a class on Craftsy called Machine Quilting the Home Sweet Home Quilt. So, I signed up for it! She is an excellent teacher and now I expect to become an expert too. And to add to my quilting design repertoire…..or at least expand it to 4 designs. You may want to enroll too!

Craftsy Class Kit Winner!

Bird on the Wing (detail)

Bird on the Wing, a project from my Craftsy Class, Hand Stitched Collage Quilts.

First, I want to thank everyone who participated in the drawing and those who are members of my Craftsy class, Hand Stitched Collage Quilts, already. As  you know, you are the best! The winner of the drawing for the project kit for Hand Stitched Collage Quilts is…….Joy. Congratulations Joy!


Diamonds by Jan Krentz.

There are other instructors on Craftsy that you may enjoy as well. A favorite is Jan Krentz, a great quilt maker, teacher, and lovely lady. Her class, Diamond Quilt Designs, is very timely. Did you know that diamonds (my best friend) are the theme for this year’s Olympics? If you’d like to make a diamond quilt, check out Jan’s books, Or sign up for Jan’s Craftsy class here.

Retreat with 2 Award Winners


Pat Holly and Sue Nickels, your hostesses with the mostesses.

It may seem early to plan your Autumn classes. But please check out the Holly Girls Quilt Retreat. Award winning quiltmakers (and sisters) Pat Holly and Sue Nickels are holding a retreat at the White Birch Lodge in Elk Rapids, Michigan. There are 5 sessions in September and October. A perfect time to enjoy the fall colors and the fellowship of other quilters.

What I Learned at BERNINA


Karen Kay Buckley and Jane Sassaman at the BERNINA ambassador reunion.

Have you ever attended a reunion where you loved every moment? That’s what happened to me early this month when I attended the BERNINA Ambassador’s Reunion in Aurora, IL. It was 3 days of chatting with fellow teachers, learning about the wonderful quality of these sewing machines, and creating fun projects.

reunion2There were 3 different classes held in the BERNINA Creative Center. One class was using the B820 as a long arm machine, which I’ve never done. It was quite a treat!

reunion3We also learned about all the new bells and whistles for the 780. Here you see a peeper keeper that I’m making using an embroidery hoop. In another class we made a pillow with decorative stitches. (Which must remain a mystery as it is a gift.) Tomorrow I’ll show you some of the great things I picked up from the BERNINA staff. They really know their stuff!