Fall Sewing Projects Roundup from Team Nancy Zieman

October Fall Sewing and Quilting Project Round-Up by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Fall Sewing Projects Roundup from Team Nancy Zieman

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October Fall Sewing and Quilting Project Round-Up by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

With the leaves changing and the weather cooling, it is a perfect time to get stitching on fall sewing and quilting projects. You’ll find something for all skill levels, and all time-commitments, in this project round up.

Faux Hexagon Wall Hanging

Create a prairie-inspired wall hanging. At first glance, hexagon quilt block shapes can cause many quilters to think three-intersection-Y-seams! Not so with this Prairie-Style Faux-Hexagon Wall Hanging.

In this blog-exclusive free project, each hexagon shape is created with two halves, eliminating the intersection of three seams, otherwise known as Y-seams. With this technique, faux-hexagon halves are stitched in columns, with all straight seams, and with relative speed and ease. Plus, the results are dramatic!

How to Make a Prairie Style Quilted Wall Hanging by Nancy Zieman

Write-on Table Runner

A Chalkboard Table Runner is great for all seasons and occasions, plus it’s fast to create. Use this fun design at your next holiday potluck or dinner. Choose your favorite Christmas fabric, seasonal fabric, or a novelty fabric to frame the runner, and you’ll instantly add fun to your next gathering. Your guests will enjoy labeling their dishes to pass, or writing quick messages with chalk. What a novel idea!

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Fast and Easy Dresden Sunflower

With this popular sewing tutorial, sew a fast and festive sunflower table topper using fabric scraps and Clover’s Trace ‘n Create Quilt Template—Dresden Collection. In as little as an afternoon, you’ll update your décor in time for the changing season.

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We’d like to share a quilt block pattern that’s ideal for a table runner. Featured is the Box Quilt Block, which dates back to 1898, each 12-1/2″ block is made with eight half-square triangles and a center square. This pattern is included in the No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks book, a quilt block sampler pattern book. Streamline the piecing process by using the No-Hassle Triangle tool. Find the complete sewing tutorial here. Please note: This free design was part of the Fall Table Runner Challenge 2015. The challenge is no longer open for entries.

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Sew Strip by Strip Patchwork Quilts

Continuing with our theme of using strips of fabric to create a focal design, with the Tumbling Leaves design we introduce you to offsetting the strips and offsetting the cutting of the fabric. Create this version of strip by strip patchwork in fall shades or spring colors—you get to choose. Learn the easy techniques for construction on Sewing With Nancy.

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Sew a Fall Fiber Art Piece

Almost 20 years ago, Nancy was introduced to landscape quilting techniques by Natalie Sewell, nationally known landscape quilt artist. Natalie and Nancy became best friends and scheduled two or three quilting dates each year. During the three-part Sewing With Nancy series, Beginning Landscape Quilting, They simplified the process so that everyone interested could enjoy the pleasure of creating outdoor scenes in fabric.

Watch Sewing With Nancy online and on any TV.

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For a chance to win a Clover’s Trace ‘n Create Quilt Template—Dresden Collection by Nancy Zieman, please leave a comment below, sharing your favorite fall sewing or quilting project.

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The randomly selected winner of a copy of Nancy Zieman’s book, I Sew For Fun, from Nancy’s Notions is Judit Z.

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Her comment is: What a beautiful legacy to leave behind. A new generation of sewers who will be creating for the joy of it all. Thank you Nancy and the whole company of helpers who have supported you in the show for so many years. I now have three great granddaughters who are wanting to learn. One 7 already sewed her first lines tote bag for her mom with great success.

Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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  • Jacqueline W
    October 13, 2018

    I am happy it is Fall and I have been sewing lots of quilted runners and placemats. Thanks to watching Nancy videos I have gotten back on track to sew much that this year I am the 1st place winner in our parish fair for outstanding exhibitor. I would love to learn to make a large quilt. It is on my bucklet list. Thank you guys so much for the inspiration.

  • Ennis A Weeks
    October 13, 2018

    Great ideas!! Table runners to update seasons are always in style.

  • Lorna DeSantis
    October 13, 2018

    What are the dimensions of the chalkboard fabric for sale?

  • Toni S.
    October 13, 2018

    Lovely! I’ve watched the program on landscape quilting many times and I’m just fascinated by her relaxed approach.

  • Janice Sponder
    October 13, 2018

    The faux hexagon process is brilliant! I can hardly wait to try it.

  • Susan
    October 13, 2018

    Fall is my favorite time of the year! I’ve not made a fall quilt of craft project, until this year. I’ve made one block of a pieced maple leaf. Plan to make a quilt using fall colored baltics and prints. Joining the blocks with cream solid and pumpkins in the corners.
    I would love to win this giveaway for my next project!

  • Max
    October 13, 2018

    Fall sewing projects are accent pieces from for home–table runners, place mats, etc. All in the beautiful fall colors and designs.

  • Evelyn J. Gonzalez
    October 13, 2018

    Fall means it’s really time to hop onto those Christmas sewing projects: embroidered/quilted stockings, holiday table runners & gifts for all my sewing/quilting friends.

  • Karen A
    October 13, 2018

    I have a hexagon quilt that is assembled similar to your table runner. It is in gorgeous fall colors and I love having it displayed this season.

  • Margaret C.
    October 13, 2018

    I am making my second table runner to reflect the harvest. Fall seems short as it morphs into the holidays and winter. I have a gift project also in the works. Clever hexagon project.

  • P. Donaldson
    October 13, 2018

    I love the colors of fall. Living in Florida I do not see the changing of the leaves and fabric substitutes for it.

  • Ann West
    October 13, 2018

    Fall is a wonderful time of year – especially for quilting. I really loved the batik Dresden plate sunflower table topper. Thanks.

  • Lorraine
    October 13, 2018

    Out of doors, the colors of fall means cooler temperatures. Used inside, those same colors bring the feelings of warmth and family. It is a joy to see Nancy and her creative team’s ideas used in my home. Thank you all for continuing Nancy’s legacy.

  • Ruthann Kauffman
    October 13, 2018

    Fall colors are my favorite. I like all the designs . Want to teach my 4 year old granddaughter to sew soon. thank you for Sewing with Nancy.

  • Gail
    October 13, 2018

    For quick gifts, I like to make fall themed table runners to use at Thanksgiving, or anytime in the fall.

  • Deborah Gilmore
    October 13, 2018

    I love all of the fall themed projects

  • Judie K.
    October 13, 2018

    Love your products! Easy to use and of good quality. Teaching my granddaughter is a pleasure with easy to follow instructions and techniques. Her sitting on my lap with my hands beside hers is a memory I will keep forever in my heart. The paper-pieced heart doll quilt turned out beautifully. We put a tiny sleeve on the back for a wall hanging when the time for dolls has past. I, myself, have learned so much from the many episodes. Thank you.

  • Mary Brock
    October 13, 2018

    It’s the time of year when I think of changing seasons therefore decorating! Pull out scraps and look for table runners not only for gifts but for me too!!

  • Carol Mindrup
    October 13, 2018

    I have learned so much from watching Nancy and using her patterns. Now have 2 grown daughters sewing many of Nancy’s patterns.

  • Carol Netzler
    October 13, 2018

    I have been working on some simple fall wall hanging. The oranges, Browns, yellows, reds, and greens are so calming.

  • Laura M
    October 13, 2018

    I love to sew seasonal table runners in the fall. I also like to try something new in the fall.

  • Rosalind Gutierrez
    October 13, 2018

    Just completed a Turkey themed table runner for my daughter’s long dining room table. The Dresden topper would be perfect in her kitchen window nook.

  • Karen B.
    October 13, 2018

    I really like the hexagon wall hanging. Might add some leaves and an acorn or two to it. I have made many dresden toppers. Love the fall colors. So glad it is fall.

  • Colleen Carbery
    October 13, 2018

    I’ve always wanted to make a Dresden plate quilt or pillow. I remember trying 30 years ago but it was not pretty.

  • Colleen Carbery
    October 13, 2018

    I remember trying 40 years ago to make a Dresden Plate but it was not pretty. I would like to win your give away tools this time. The first thing I invested in of Nancy’s was her Spools 3 ring binder. I am 68 and it seems like I’ve always had Nancy to learn from.

  • Clovis
    October 13, 2018

    Fall is a good time to try out new things. Not to hot and not to cold.

  • Lillian K
    October 13, 2018

    I like to make holiday tablerunners – they are quick, easy and add to the holiday spirit with a very small time commitment.

  • Janet johnson
    October 13, 2018

    I have always loved the Dresden Plate. This one with the large center is a perfect table centerpiece showcase. It is just lovely.

  • Barb K.
    October 13, 2018

    I love the Dresden table runner–such a beautiful Fall accent!

  • Teri
    October 13, 2018

    Love fal colors in batiks! The dresden plare table mat is perfect.

  • Suzanne Sutton
    October 13, 2018

    Thank you for continuing this so beautifully. It is a fitting legacy to that wonderful woman. Even as a non-sewer I would watch her shows just for the low-key warmth and welcome she brought to each show. Unlike so, so many ‘how to’ shows, there was no need for anything flashy or fancy in the production, because the gold was right in front of our eyes already. Because of her, I am learning to sew, and I thank you for continuing the richness of all of these offerings, in the spirit of this gem of a human being. Nancy didn’t just teach us how to sew.

  • RITA
    October 13, 2018

    I am fascinated with the landscape quieting project and want to make one eventually. They are so beautiful.

  • Deb Scott
    October 13, 2018

    I had always thought the Dresden taletopper beyond my ability. Now thanks to basic training I get from ‘Sewing with Nancy’ I know not only the colors to get but also how to do it. Relearning clothes and household items after many years.

  • Sandy
    October 13, 2018

    Nancy always makes things so doable! Love this table topper and the colors.

  • Paulette J Bergman
    October 13, 2018

    Fall actually happened overnight here in southwest Missouri! We had to learn how to dress again! Other than daffodils, the fall colors are my most favorite — can’t wear them, but I can and do piece and quilt them. Thank you for all of the gorgeous ideas — always! pj stitches!

  • Polly
    October 13, 2018

    Love the half hexies project. No more Y seams!

  • Sandra
    October 13, 2018

    I have a Dresden plate quilt that my great aunt gave me. I believe it was made at least 50 years ago. She and her sister each made the quilts’ one in gold printed orange and one in gold printed turquoise fabric. I have the Turqoise scraps and may try to make my first Dresden plate!

  • donna dennis
    October 13, 2018

    I love the Dresden plate topper. Great colors.

  • DebbieW
    October 13, 2018

    A table runner is an easy sew and well-seen reminder of the season.

  • Arlene Aughey
    October 13, 2018

    I love the Dresden sunflower. I have sunflowers in my garden, and a family of goldfinches that just loves them!

  • Donna
    October 13, 2018

    Loving sunflowers so the Dresden sunflower is one of my favorite.
    Leaves are another fall favorite, thanks for sharing and giveaway.

  • Kathleen B.
    October 13, 2018

    I adore the table toppers. The batik Dresden is stunning. I was surprised to learn the box quilt block was from” the 1800’s! It has such a modern look in the fabrics featured. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Cathy Sawatzky
    October 13, 2018

    I love sewing fall table runners! Happy Fall, y’all!

  • Karen
    October 13, 2018

    I love the write on table runner. I’m going to make one as well as some other shapes. These will come in handy at pitch-ins, especially for people with food sensitivies/allergies so we can label all the foods appropriately.

  • Mary Green
    October 13, 2018

    Just took out the last of my sunflowers so your Dresden flower is tugging at my heart now. I love autumn…colors, weather, smells, tastes. Table decor is fast and easy to make and enjoy.

  • Enid
    October 13, 2018

    I have always liked the Dresden pattern. It is something that I will try someday.

  • Suzy Violi
    October 13, 2018

    I love the “chalkboard” table runner idea. I would be great for any season including fall. I host a Thanksgiving in July Family Reunion and think this would be awesome for that special occasion.

  • Kris Ault
    October 13, 2018

    Oh, how easy a Dresden block would be with these templates, especially when compared to the cereal box templates I used for my first hand-stitched Dresden Plate quilt in 1974!

  • Nancy Lewis
    October 13, 2018

    I would love to make a fall table runner. Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful projects.

  • Sheila Kester
    October 13, 2018

    I really like the write-on table runner. It would be great for kids. I am looking at hexagons so the fall hexagon table runner would be a great starting place.

  • Beverly
    October 13, 2018

    I love dresdens! I have sewn Dresden wreaths, fan blocks, sunflowers and I love them all.

  • Karen Tucker
    October 13, 2018

    I love Dresden Plate designs. Some day,I will get to make several small wall hanging from my late son’s ties! His children will appreciate the memory of their father who died entirely too young in a major tragedy.

  • Michelle Hall
    October 13, 2018

    I like the hexagon wallhanging and the dresden table runner

  • Debe
    October 13, 2018

    I am embroidering placemats with applique leaves. I like the dresdan plate design & think it would make great placemats in a smaller size.

  • Diane
    October 14, 2018

    I love my pumpkin quilt hanging on the wall. I also like to hang some of my table runners on the backs of chairs since I only have 1 table.

  • Sue Miller
    October 14, 2018

    Fall is my favorite time of year. It’s the gathering-in time. The garden bestows its bounty before going to sleep for winter. The nuts are ripe. The quart jars get filled. The freezer overflows with packages to make winter meals. And now, it’s time to sew!

  • Linda H
    October 14, 2018

    I love the Dresden plate sunflower table topper. Using the template set would make it so easy. Fall is a wonderful time to quilt. Thanks for all of your great ideas and inspiration.

  • Nancy Parrish
    October 14, 2018

    Love the colors of autumn and so I use those in most of my quilting projects. Landscape and dresden plate quilts are two I have planned to tackle.

  • Diane Nickerson
    October 14, 2018

    Right now I am loving the table runner and wall hanging I am making! A maple leaves runner and a scarecrow wall hanging; anything using the fall colors makes me happy, though!

  • Suzan
    October 14, 2018

    Love the write on table runner!

  • Linda c
    October 14, 2018

    I love the Halloween wall quilt and Halloween quilt i made this year. I have always watched Nancy on tv. Seen every episode twice or more. Every Saturday on pbs and now on utube. Even if i have seen the episode i still watch. Thanks for all the inspirations.

  • Jody R
    October 14, 2018

    I enjoy reading all of the comments. Putting the table runners on back of chairs is a great idea! I too, have made lots, and Fall colors are my favorite! Thanks for all of the suggestions!

  • Lee Ann Wagner
    October 14, 2018

    I love the fall colors for quilting and sewing. I really love the Dresden sunflower table topper. I would love to make one this fall.

  • Nancy McFall
    October 14, 2018

    Anything with leaves in fall colors, just can’t resist

  • Carol
    October 14, 2018

    I would love to do a landscape quilt. It’s definitely on my to do

  • Julie Kill
    October 15, 2018

    I LOVE the landscape quilt with the trees as well as the “Hexagonal” Table runner. Its so wonderful that Nancy and crew make sewing easy, so that anyone can learn! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • beth d.
    October 15, 2018

    I would love to make a Dresden plate table topper. hope to win

  • Linda Cejnar
    October 15, 2018

    I would love to make a dresden block. I’ve never made one before. ljbisme at msn dot com

  • Judith Campo
    October 17, 2018

    Always admired the dresden pattern in various sizes. I’ve never tried one before but it would be a good challenge and something new to learn.

  • Susan
    October 18, 2018

    The Dresdan sunflower is eye-catching and would love to be able to create that. Sunflowers are so cheery that with different fabric choices, one could really create visual excitement.

  • Diane Langham
    October 20, 2018

    Wish I’d thought of sewing strips together and had that wedge tool-ruler before my recent Halloween project. The table mat turned out okay, but the Trace and Create Template could have saved me the extra effort! Next time… I’ll know better whether I win the set or not. Great combo of tools to have.

  • Linda
    October 28, 2018

    I so miss seeing new episodes with this woman…grateful we have so many saved instruction videos to watch!!

  • Gail Schermer
    November 7, 2018

    I don’t usually sew for the seasons, but made a table runner based on the table runner contest. I had a great time doing this and am making a pair of them, one for each leg of my counter. Love Nancy and will miss her.

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