Sending Nancy Some Love

inspiration, sewing

If we had posters of our heroes in our studio, the first one we’d put up would be of Nancy Zieman. Not only has she had the longest-running sewing show in North American history but her life is a lesson to all of us in overcoming barriers and blazing your own trail. She also wrote a generous review of A Kid’s Guide to Sewing, had us as Skype guests on her show and visited our booth at Quilt Expo for a taping to air of Sewing With Nancy. If you’ve never met her you haven’t had the chance to see that she’s a down-to-earth, generous and thoughtful person who is beloved by her staff (always a good sign)!

I’m guessing that you too have been inspired and learned a tremendous amount from Nancy over the years. What you might not know is that our beloved Nancy Zieman is in the middle of another medical challenge. Here’s the link to the video that explains that she is being treated for bone cancer and will need to cancel some of her travel and work for awhile.

So I hope you’ll join me in sending Nancy a few words of encouragement and support either via her Facebook page or the mail. The mailing address for her company is:

Nancy Zieman Productions
215 Corporate Dr Ste D
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin 53916



Clover Giveaway!


Note: We did not receive money from Clover to post this giveaway. We just like their products so we thought our readers might like to win a prize.

I fell in love with Clover tools when I made my first modern quilt in 1987 while living in Tokyo. I love the way they feel in my hands and their quality. Hands down, they are the best tools on the market. When I began to knit, I used their knitting needles and now how quite the collection of Clover bamboo double-pointed knitting needles.If there’s a choice between a Clover tool and another tool, I will always opt for the Clover one.

So I totally admit to fangirling out when a Clover employee walked into our booth at Quilt Market a few years ago. I’m afraid I totally gushed. In fact I gushed so much that the nice people at Clover recently sent us some of their new rainbow-colored Wonder Clips (a must for anyone who sews) and 7 different types of their Black Gold super smooth hand quilting needles to give away to our Facebook fans. We love the Wonder Clips especially for sewing bindings onto quilts, attaching vinyl or leather when pins are not a good choice and when I’m trying to corral a bunch of templates or pieces for quilt blocks. Wonder Clips are as essential for me as a great pair of scissors. The Black Gold needles are wonderful for hand applique and hand quilting but also extremely useful for people who hand sew their quilt bindings.


To enter the giveaway, you’ll need to like the Modern Quilt Studio Facebook page and leave a comment about your favorite tool. It can even be about a tool that doesn’t exist but you wish someone would invent. We’ll randomly choose 8 winners and mail them anywhere in the world because they are light. You have until Friday May 8 at midnight to enter!

ALS Quilts

We Challenge You!


Every quilt we’ve made for the past 16 years has been made with one of the Quilters’ Dream Battings. We’re not spokespeople for them. We just love their products. They have also been exceptionally generous to our students. If you have taken a class that involves quilting from us, you have probably received numerous batting samples of their various battings because they have cheerfully responded to every request we’ve made to share their products with our students.

As our business┬áturns 16 next month, it seemed the perfect number of quilts to donate to a worthy cause and also to free up space in our studio for new quilts to be made. So we made good on our promise to contribute a big pile of quilts, 16 in fact, to Quilters’ Dream’s Hopes and Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS.

Some of these quilts are samples for fabric lines, others from books or quilts that we used for teaching but have been replaced by newer examples with current fabrics. So here’s our challenge to you: isn’t there a UFO lying around your sewing room that you could finish up for this worthy cause? Just think of how much space it might free up for those other projects waiting in the wings. Making a quilt feels good. Giving a quilt feels even better. Feel free to share your quilt donations on the Modern Quilt Studio Facebook page. We’d love to see them!