2019 Nancy Zieman Productions Pillow Sewing Challenge Announced

2019 Nancy Zieman Productions Pillow Sewing Challenge Announced

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You’re invited to participate in the Nancy Zieman Productions 2019 Pillow Sewing Challenge. Brainstorm, browse, design, and plan. Then, sew a pillow! Enter the NZP 2019 Pillow Sewing Challenge by emailing your image to [email protected].

Make a pillow to showcase your sewing talents. Entries may be for any occasion, any color, or any size (that fits on a sofa or comparable household furniture). Sew a pillow using as much imagination as you like. You may enter ONE pillow: Pillow must be completed within the last year and not entered in previous Nancy Zieman Productions Pillow Sewing Challenges.

2019 Nancy Zieman Productions Pillow Sewing Challenge Guidelines

  • Select or create your design.
  • All sewing, quilting, serging, machine embroidery, and embellishment techniques are eligible!
  • You may enter ONE pillow: It must be completed within the last year and not entered in previous Nancy Zieman Pillow Challenges.
  • Grab our Pillow Sewing Challenge blog badge and let your friends know about this fun Sewing Challenge.
  • Email your photo to [email protected] by March 19, 2019. One entry per sewist; open to continental US residents only.
  • A panel of judges will review entries
  • Elected winners will be announced, here at the NZP BLOG, on March 26, 2019.

Afternoon Picnic Floating Star Pillow Tutorial

Supplies

Nancy Zieman’s NEW! Afternoon Picnic Fat Quarter Pack from Riley Blake Designs. We’ve selected one fat quarter of each of the following fabrics: Afternoon Picnic Blue Gingham, Afternoon Picnic Cream Main, Afternoon Picnic Blue Rose, Afternoon Picnic Cream Tonal, Afternoon Picnic Blue Tonal,  Afternoon Picnic Blue Flower, Afternoon Picnic Blue Floral, and Afternoon Picnic Blue Main.

 

Optional: Use Clover’s No-Hassle Triangles Gauge by Nancy Zieman to create half-square triangles!

Cut Fabric Squares

  • Cut four 3-1/2″ squares of Afternoon Picnic Blue Gingham and Afternoon Picnic Cream Main

  • Cut four 3-7/8″ squares of Afternoon Picnic Blue Rose, Afternoon Picnic Cream Tonal, Afternoon Picnic Blue Tonaland Afternoon Picnic Blue Flower.

 

  • Cut four 3-1/2″ by 6-1/2″ rectangles of Afternoon Picnic Blue Floral

  • Cut one 6-1/2″ square of Afternoon Picnic Blue Main

Create Block for Pillow Front

Floating Stars Pillow Half-Squares

 

  • Create eight half-square triangle blocks with 3-7/8″ squares cut from Afternoon Picnic Blue Rose and Afternoon Picnic Cream Tonal.

 

  • Create eight half-square triangle blocks with 3-7/8″ squares cut from Afternoon Picnic Blue Tonal, and Afternoon Picnic Blue Flower.

 

  • Stack two squares, right sides together.

 

  • Set machine for scant 1/4″ seam. Align edge of presser foot with marked line, and stitch along one edge.

  • Chain stitch blocks! Kiss the next block set to the stitched block, and chain stitch from one to the next.

  • Rotate blocks and chain stitch along the second side of the marked line. Clip threads between blocks.

 

  • Press seams to darker fabric. Optional: Trim Blocks to 3-7/8″.

Assemble Blocks

  • Layout block following diagram. Rotate squares as necessary.

Join Squares

  • Place squares, right sides together, in pairs.
  • Chain stitch from one square set to the next. Clip threads between. Press seams open or to one side.
  • Continuing working in pairs to join all squares.

  •  Place square sets, right sides together, in pairs. Chain stitch from one square set to the next. Clip threads between sets. Press seams open or to one side.

  • Chain stitch from one square set to the next. Clip threads between sets. Press seams open or to one side. Place square sets, right sides together, to form rows. Press seams open or to one side.

 

  • Stitch rows together to create complete block. Press seams open or to one side.

Assemble Pillow

Supplies

  • One Afternoon Picnic Floating Star quilt block 18-1/2″ x 18-1/2″ (above)
  • 3/8 yard Afternoon Picnic Cream Main for pillow back
  • 7″ length of hook and loop tape
  • One 18″ pillow form insert 

Create 18″ pillow back using two fabric rectangles cut 18-1/2″ x 12-1/4″ — Follow Envelope Pillow Back instructions over at our Make an Easy Envelope Back Lattice Pillow Blog Posting.

How To Sew An Easy Pillow

Enter the 2019 Nancy Zieman Productions Pillow Sewing Challenge

Sew a pillow and enter the 2019 Nancy Zieman Productions Pillow Sewing Challenge by emailing a photo to [email protected] It’s easy! See entry details above.

Schedule:

  • February 26, 2019—Pillow Sewing Challenge Opens
  • March 19, 2019—Pillow Sewing Challenge Deadline to Enter
  • March 20–March 25, 2019—A Panel of Judges Reviews Entries
  • March 26, 2019—Winners Announced! All decisions made by judges are final.

 

Afternoon Picnic Quilt Pattern by Nancy Zieman ProductionsSew Floating Stars Quilt with the Afternoon Picnic Lap and Double/Queen Quilt Pattern

 

2019 Nancy Zieman Productions Pillow Sewing Challenge

 Over $1,000 in prizes!

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

 

  • June Tailor Shape Cut Ruler, Cut ‘n Press II, T-shirt Transformation Ruler, T-shirt Project, Fusible Interfacing, Quilt As You Go: Casablanca Placemats, Morning Blend Table Runner, Sophisticated Strips Quilt, Baby Bibs and Uplifting Inspirational Mug Mat.  $210 value

  • Riley Blake Designs Lori Holt includes a Farm Girl Vintage Fat Quarter Bundle, Lori Holt Chunky Thread, Lori Holt Pretty Pins, a Lori Holt Happy Charm, and a pair of Riley Blake Designs Embroidery Scissors. $130 value

  • Clover Wonder Fuse, The Ultimate Quilt ’n Stitch Presser Foot, Roll & Press, Wonder Clips, Snag Repair Needles and a Magnet Pin Caddy. $110 value


  • Pellon EZ-Steam II Sheets: EZ25S, EZ Steam II Tape: EZ2-20T, EZ-Steam II Tape: EZ2-40T, Fabric Magic: PMAGIC301, Fuse-N-Tear: 371R, 100% Cotton Jelly Roll Batting Strip: FJR-2525, Decorative Pillows Twin Pack: 2DPI1818, Indian Cotton Fabric 300 Count Ivory: 300TC2024IVY, Indian Cotton Fabric 300 Count White: 300TC2024WHT, Nature’s Touch 100% Cotton Craft Size: F/NCP-3445, Polyester Batting Craft Size: PB-3445. $85 value

 

  • Nancy’s Notions New! Learn How to English Paper Piece Starter Set.  The set includes the book, which is a collaboration between Nancy’s Notions and Carolina Moore, 1″ Hexagon Paper Pieces, 1½” Hexagon Paper Pieces, Fabric Glue Pen, Fiskars Micro Tip Scissors, Best Press Starch Alternative-No Scent and InvsiaFil Winter Sky Gray Thread .  $79 value

  •  Mary’s Productions and Mary Mulari Family Girls Apron Pattern, Hipster Apron Pattern, Table Topping Pattern, Adventures with 5-inch Fabric Squares and more a $60 value

  • The Best of Sewing With Nancy Nancy Zieman The Rest of The Story, by Richard Zieman, book and DVD and I Sew For Fun, by Nancy Zieman, book and DVD. $45 value

The Best of Sewing With Nancy TV Show hosted by Nancy Zieman

 

Be sure to join in and follow the 2019 Nancy Zieman Productions Pillow Sewing Challenge at the NZP Blog. Deadline to enter is, Tuesday, March 19, 2019! See entry details above.

For a chance to win Nancy Zieman’s New! Afternoon Picnic Fat Quarter Pack please leave a comment below and let us know if you’ll be joining the Nancy Zieman Productions 2019 Pillow Sewing Challenge!

The randomly selected winner of a Carefree Curves Template Set, is Mary Wallis.

Her comment is: I love your Carefree Curves template set. I have always been fascinated by the drunkards path quilt pattern, but never courageous enough to tackle it. These templates and Nancy’s instructions would make it so much easier to make!

 

 

Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC.

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55 Comments

  • DebbieW
    February 26, 2019

    I’m packing to move, so won’t be joining the Nancy Zieman Productions 2019 Pillow Sewing Challenge!

  • Susan Spiers
    February 26, 2019

    I would love to enter this challenge! Thank you, Susan

  • Harikleia Sirmans
    February 26, 2019

    Yes, I will be joining the pillow sewing challenge. Thank you.

  • Patti A.
    February 26, 2019

    I could sure use some new pillow covers. Thinking of joining along, looks like fun.

  • CARLA
    February 26, 2019

    I will not be entering this contest as I’m busy making baby items for my great-grandson who is simply adorable. But thank you for the invite. I’m sure we will see some wonderful pillows after the contest finishes.

  • Cheryl M
    February 26, 2019

    I’ll be joining this challenge. Pillows make great additions to your decor

  • Clovis
    February 26, 2019

    Yes, I will enter. Thank you.

  • Sharon Pankratz
    February 26, 2019

    Sounds like fun. I will be joining in. Thanks for the challenge.

  • Bonnye
    February 26, 2019

    I am unable to join the challenge because I will be caring for a neighbor who has a recent health problem. However, looking forward to next year’s challenge.

  • Lorraine Alves
    February 26, 2019

    I have made a variety of pillow covers in the past but never using quilt blocks. If time allows after some surgery issues, I would enjoy the challenge this contest provides.

  • Diana
    February 26, 2019

    I would like to participate but my machine is in for repair and I don’t know how long it will be there.

  • Hannah W
    February 26, 2019

    I have a pillow on my to make list…perhaps I will get it done in time to enter. Thanks for the prompt to get going

  • Theresa
    February 26, 2019

    Love the colors in Afternoon Picnic.. clear and refreshing like a summer day. I will be entering the challenge and appreciate the opportunity. Thank you

  • MoeWest
    February 26, 2019

    I would love to join this challenge but I am excluded since I’m Canadian.

  • Leslie Marling
    February 26, 2019

    I am seriously considering joining in this challenge. I am in between projects and this should be a quick one to do before I start another quilt. Thanks for offering such great prizes!

  • Teri
    February 26, 2019

    I would love to join the challenge.

  • kathy rucker
    February 26, 2019

    Iwill join the challenge. WhenI get frustrated with some quilts, I often say it will just be a pillow….

  • Midge
    February 26, 2019

    I want to join this challenge! I think it will be exciting to design my own pillow!

  • Pat
    February 26, 2019

    I will definitely be entering the pillow challenge. I plan to enter a heirloom style pillow.

  • Marie
    February 26, 2019

    I have already been working on the pillow I will submit in the challenge. Decorator pillows are great gift ideas, too! Thanks.

  • Kathryn Englebretsen
    February 26, 2019

    Don’t have time to enter challenge but this reminds me that I have a needlepoint pillow front completed that needs a back and a pillow. I need to finish that before I start a new pillow.

  • Barb K
    February 26, 2019

    I believe I might enter, if I can think of a good design.

  • Debe
    February 26, 2019

    Yes, I plan to enter. This cushion is very beautiful.

  • Shirley Clark
    February 26, 2019

    I hope I can get a pillow made to enter the challenge. I’ve always loved seeing all of the entries!

  • Marylou
    February 26, 2019

    I would love to enter but just had hip surgery and afraid I will have to wait until the next challenge-do you love the pillow-the fabrics are so cheerful!

  • shirley grade
    February 26, 2019

    I am hoping to get a pillow done in time,

    thanks

  • Kaye M
    February 26, 2019

    I enjoy making pillows and often make them to use for gifts. I hope I can make one to enter in your contest.

  • Lori M.
    February 26, 2019

    Thank you for the Pillow tutorial and I am loving the idea of designing a pillow for this challenge…

  • judy
    February 26, 2019

    Looking forward to the challenge. Should be fun.

  • Beverly
    February 26, 2019

    I always look forward to your challenges and so enjoy seeing the wonderful creative entries, but I fear my mind is blank as I am trying to think what I could possibly make worthy of entry so I probably will not be creating an entry this time.

  • Bev Bolduc Aldridge
    February 26, 2019

    I have been following Nancy Zieman and her projects and tips for many years. Nancy has been a testament to her love of sewing and making life easier without giving up/in. I have made many clothes and other sewn items which all turned out great using her methods. I am hoping to create a pillow for the Nancy Zieman Productions 2019 Pillow Sewing Challenge, just need to figure out what size to make.

  • Janet johnson
    February 26, 2019

    This is so exciting. I don’t know if I will finish a prize-winning pillow in time but I will be thinking about it and I hope to give it a try.

  • Cindie Ignash
    February 27, 2019

    I have a design in mind. I hope I can complete it in time.

  • Bridget
    February 27, 2019

    I am hoping to enter the pillow challenge. Hopefully time will allow!

  • Douglas
    February 27, 2019

    I’m planning to participate abmnd some year i might actually win something!

  • Susan
    February 27, 2019

    Love making pillows as they really are wonderful accent pieces in decorating. The Riley Blake fabrics shown are just beautiful and would make terrific looking pillows.

  • Peg Cox
    February 27, 2019

    Thinking of joining this challenge. Have a quilt design in mind that might work well with same.

  • Gloria
    February 28, 2019

    This sounds like something I would be interested in. Let the ideas begin to flow….

  • Debbie Whaley
    February 28, 2019

    I plan to join this challenge.

  • Luanne Spinell
    March 1, 2019

    I have already entered the 2019 challenge with a throw pillow I made for my antique rocking chair. It was fun to make. I’ll try again next year too.

  • Sue Thole
    March 1, 2019

    I have already submitted my entry – a memory pillow I made for a neighbor last fall. Thank you for this challenge.

  • Margaret Crowder
    March 2, 2019

    Pillows are a quick way to spruce up a room. And with spring (hopefully) right around the corner, I am considering joining this challenge. Thank you!

  • Andrea Fitanides
    March 3, 2019

    I hope I will be able to enter the challenge. The first step will be to come up with a design.

  • Renuka Girish
    March 5, 2019

    I am planning to join this challenge. Thank you for providing this opportunity, NZP. The challenges encourage me to try out new projects.

  • Katherine D
    March 5, 2019

    I have entered my pillow and look forward to seeing all of the entries!

  • Karen
    March 5, 2019

    Looking forward to seeing all the beautiful designs everyone comes up with. If I can get a pillow designed and made this week, I will be entering too! Thanks for the opportunity to participate.

  • Mary A Wiley
    March 6, 2019

    I have recently made 3 pillows. I will submit a pic of 1 of them.

  • Lorraine
    March 11, 2019

    Yes, I’ve submitted an entry.

  • Terri mcdonald
    March 17, 2019

    I made a cute pillow and submitted it yesterday.

  • Sandy Otremba
    March 19, 2019

    Got my pillow done just in time

  • Susan Platz
    March 19, 2019

    Challenges are fun and I look forward to entering,,,thank you

  • BevM
    March 19, 2019

    Is the pillow challenge still on? No more mention has been made of it. I sent in an entry to the email address a couple of days ago, but did not receive any confirmation. Today is the last day for entering, so I expected a reminder.

  • ms.
    March 26, 2019

    I love the cheerful picnic pack.

  • Barbara Hughes
    March 16, 2020

    I entered my pillow February 26th. Just finished it when I found the Challenge so decided to enter.

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