Stitches to Savor

design, inspiration, needlework, quilting

I’m really happy for Sue Spargo. I’ve never met her but she was able to do something that many artists, including us, would love to do: she was able to have a beautiful, hard-cover coffee table book of her work published by Martingale. Martingale gave me a copy of Stitches to Savor at International Quilt Market and asked if I’d review it. We only review books we like but we were delighted to be able to share this book with Craft Nectar readers.

There are no patterns or instructions in this beautifully photographed book but there is an endless amount of inspiration. With 200 photos of Sue’s work, you get a chance to focus on the details and composition of her work, which is hard to do in a pattern book. The detail photographs also allow the reader to see how Sue mixes cotton and wools, as well as hand work and machine techniques so effortlessly.

Not everyone is able to do handwork or enjoys it but this book makes you want to try something new. From the tiniest bead to the perfectly placed French knot, this book is beyond just eye candy. It’s a book to inspire. It’s a book for daydreaming and encouraging the reader to see new possibilities for familiar materials. You don’t flip through this book. You linger because there’s just so much to see. Regardless of your style of quilting, there will be something in this book that catches your eye and gets you thinking. If you’re thinking about a holiday gift for your favorite needleworker, this is the book you’re looking for.

I hope Stitches to Savor becomes the blockbuster hit of 2015 because the quality of both the work featured and the production of the book warrant it.

Coming October 23: Fat Quarter Love!

design, inspiration, quilting

We’ve long wanted to publish a series of patterns using everyone’s favorite precut, the Fat Quarter. So we decided to design a Fat Quarter-sized booklet called Fat Quarter Love with eight of our favorite patterns that use solids, large-scale prints, your favorite basics and even hipster novelty prints. The projects range from crib-sized quilts that can be made in an afternoon to more ambitious queen-sized bed quilts.

Fat Quarter Love will retail for $10. Look for it at your local quilt shop. If you can’t find it locally, we’ll be selling it beginning October 23 on As always, we ship free to US addresses. We hope you’ll tuck Fat Quarter Love into your favorite bundle to inspire your next project.

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