Many of us think we know Nancy Zieman. We see her in our living room (teaching us sewing via PBS) and we see her smiling at us from her many of her nifty notions she’s created over the years. In fact, every time I press a hem, I see her name on my seam gauge, over and over and over again! She is a dear friend of mine, but seeing her so regularly really makes me think I know everything about her.
Until I read her latest blog about how she created the projects in our Designer Necklines. For heavens sake, we worked on those projects together but I never thought to ask, “How did you come up with the idea?”
Apparently, if you want a good idea from Nancy, just add water! She gets her best ideas when she’s swimming, taking a shower or washing dishes! Who knew Nancy was such a fish? Frankly, I’ve always thought of her as more a turf girl. I mean, she grew up on a farm (I’m sure there was some digging in the dirt as a youngster), she makes the most beautiful landscape quilts (with the emphasis on land), her favorite sport is football (all the time, not just this year with the national champion Green Bay Packers) and she loves to garden (more digging in the dirt.)
Now we know how she keeps those hands looking so camera-ready every two weeks. Obviously, she soaks in Palmolive! And when she does, she comes up with some great ideas – ideas that make the lives of sewers and embroiderers simpler. She’s a master at breaking down a difficult task into manageable sections so that anyone can achieve success.
Tell me what your favorite “Nancy technique” is and you could win a copy of Designer Necklines. Is there a technique that had you stumped and with a little help from Nancy, now you can breeze right through that roadblock? I know Nancy has taught me many, many sewing tasks but the one that stands out in my mind is binding a quilt. I refer to her Landscape Quilting book over and over again when I need a quick review on binding. How about you?
Last week we asked what you were stitching. The winner of the Snap-Hoop is…Kathy Schmidt!
Kathy said… “What am I working on now……way too many things at the same time….nothing new for me lol. The 3 top things I am working on are some funky patches for my friend, embroidery on a jacket for me, and custom designed/fitted pants for my wonderful husband.”
Speaking of Designer Necklines, we received a wonderful email with pictures from Cynthia Wheeler.“Lorraine, Here are photos of the results of our first attempt at decorating t-shirt necklines. As you can see all were very successful. There is always the machine malfunction that sets some back but with help they recover nicely. Some of our members have very high level machines that thread themselves and others who have basic machines with limited designs. With some creative thinking we were able to use the technique taught in the video and apply it to other designs. We are a group of about 12 persons that have embroidery machines that were growing moldy. Most of us work full time. We wanted to use our machines and gathering together every other month gives us a chance to create and learn more about the operation of the machines . I am always looking for projects that can be completed in a 3 hour time span. As you can tell from the smiles on their faces the completion of the project is important. Because we all know that it is not going to be completed when we get home. Hope you enjoy the photos.” -Cynthia Wheeler, Fairfield Machine Embroidery Group, Meeting location is at the Cornerstone Quilt Shoppe in Fairfield, CA
To see the rest of the photos, visit our Facebook page. Thanks for the wonderful photos from your event, Ladies! It looks like you had a great time!