Sew Strip by Strip Patchwork Quilts, Part Two

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Sew Strip by Strip Patchwork Quilts, Part Two

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One of the aspects of sewing and quilting that piques interest in this art is the use of color and design. Change a color; change a size, and bingo—a new look. A master at giving visual interest to traditional quilt designs is Donna Fenske, a long-time member of the Sewing With Nancy team. On part-two of Strip-by-Strip Patchwork Quilts, Donna shares her methods to create wonderful designs. If you missed part-one, watch it online.

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Jeweled Illusion

This quilt is aptly named Jeweled Illusion. The combination of multiple Ombre or gradated fabric strips with a black background gives this design great movement. The slightly varied widths of the strips provides the intrigue. Stitching the quilt couldn’t be simpler as we’ll show you on Sewing With Nancy.

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Tumbling Leaves

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 today’s episode.

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Blues, greens, and browns are Donna’s favorite shades, which is certainly evident in her Fractured Sunlight quilt. You’ll learn yet another artistic quilting technique from this final strip by strip quilt design in today’s episode of Sewing With Nancy.

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Strip-by-Strip Patchwork Quilts Book and DVD

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  • Nancy Zieman and guest Donna Fenske demonstrate how to use a variety of fabric strips to effortlessly achieve quilt designs with great visual interest.
  • Explore the use of color and design, while using fabric strips to construct quilt blocks.
  • Discover how fabric and dimension changes within a pattern can produce a quilt with an entirely new look.
  • Learn to create the six strip by strip projects included in the book.

Watch Strip-by-Strip Patchwork Quilts (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.

For a chance to win a copy of the new Strip-by-Strip Patchwork Quilts book with DVD, from Nancy’s Notions, please leave a comment sharing your favorite time of day to sew or quilt.

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The random winner of a copy of the Strip-by-Strip Patchwork Quilts DVD, from Nancy’s Notions, is Karen. Her comment was:

My favorite time of day to sew is in the afternoon, my chores are completed by then and I can sew without guilt until the school bus comes with my grandchild!

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  • Susie Furgason
    May 22, 2018

    My favorite time to sew/quilt is when I am awake. I think I am obsessed. Every thing I see looks like a quilt. turn makes me want to sew/quilt.

  • Ennis A
    May 22, 2018

    Afternoon would be a great time to enjoy working on Tumbling Leaves. Thanks.

  • Anne Z
    May 22, 2018

    My favorite time of the day to sew is first thing in the morning. It is a relaxing way to start my day.

  • Carolyn K
    May 22, 2018

    First thing in the morning and last thing at night….any time is good quilting time.

  • Clovis
    May 22, 2018

    Anytime of the day is a good time to sew. It all depends on what I am doing. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Sheila
    May 22, 2018

    Afternoons are the perfect time for me to enjoy my quilting projects.

  • Linda Cejnar
    May 22, 2018

    Any time of day or night is a good time to sew!

  • Peggy Bibb
    May 22, 2018

    Usually in the afternoon. Housework and other things take up my morning and evenings I spend with my husband.

  • Susan Spiers
    May 22, 2018

    Love the Fractured Sunlight- how appropriate! I love to sew just after lunchtime! Wonderful! Thank you, Susan!

  • Vicki Nelson
    May 22, 2018

    I love to quilt early in the morning

  • Pat Chaffie
    May 22, 2018

    all day , every day!!!!!

  • Dawn Hollingsworth
    May 22, 2018

    Any time I can squeeze in a few minutes to sew is my favorite time.

  • Dorothy Martin
    May 22, 2018

    My favorite time to sew and quilt is whenever I find a stolen moment. And those moments mean so much to me, and may even make me a better person.

  • Jean Palionis
    May 22, 2018

    My favorite time to sew and quilt is after dinner when everyone is settled for the evening and relaxing. Then I know I can work without being interupted/disturbed in the middle of the evenings project.

  • Patritia Dyke
    May 22, 2018

    I love to quilt and get in the zone. The jelly roll stripe are fascinating. I love the designs and colors.

  • Dolores
    May 22, 2018

    I live in Texas. Northerners always say they quilt more in the
    winter when the snow and cold keeps them in. Summer here does the same. When the temperatures get above 90 degrees and the humidity rises, I find sanctuary in my quilting room each and every afternoon.

  • Donna W
    May 22, 2018

    Any time I can get in my sewing room is a good. But, since I retired, my favorite time to sew is in the afternoon.

  • Margaret Scott
    May 22, 2018

    My favorite time to quilt is early mornings. I love watching the hummingbirds out my window while I am quilting.

  • Pat
    May 22, 2018

    My favorite time of day to sew is early in the morning when I am fully rested and the day holds unlimited possibilities. Thanks for the chance to win the book and CD.

  • Mary
    May 22, 2018

    Early afternoon the light is great in the room I sew in.

  • Cindy K
    May 22, 2018

    My favorite time of day to sew is in the evening when the days work is over and the house is quiet.

  • Chris
    May 22, 2018

    Now that our adult children have all moved out and are on their own, I’ve recently converted their bedrooms into sewing rooms. What a special treat to ‘escape’ into a world of my own with sewing and creating! Any time of day is wonderful for me!

  • L Watson
    May 22, 2018

    I would say afternoon to early evening is best for me. Getting everything done that you have to do in the morning, so you have some free time before making supper for the family seems ideal.

  • Janet Johnson`
    May 22, 2018

    Anytime I have an hour alone is a good time. I listen to an audio book from the library and sew to my heart’s content.

  • MoeWest
    May 22, 2018

    Anytime is a good time to sew because I’m retired now.

  • Theresa Kaveney
    May 22, 2018

    Any time of the day that I can sew is a good time. I especially like to sew on rainy or snowy days.

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  • Beverly
    May 22, 2018

    Any time I get to sit and sew is wonderful, but midday works out best for me as the garden calls in the morning.

  • Lynn
    May 22, 2018

    Afternoons are best and evenings are the runner up times.

  • Max
    May 22, 2018

    First thing in the morning for several hours.

  • Gail Beam
    May 22, 2018

    My favorite time to sew is whenever I can.

  • Sharron Turner
    May 22, 2018

    I sew whenever I can through out the day. 10 minutes here, 15,20 minutes there. Even in that short period of time my sewing gets done.

  • Carol Netzler
    May 22, 2018

    I love to begin early in the morning if I don’t have any other commitments.

  • Shaela
    May 22, 2018

    My favourite time whenever I have time!

  • Linda Creswell-Hartman
    May 22, 2018

    Anytime of day when I can sit and sew/quilt, but especially late in the evening with some music in my earbuds (don’t disturb the rest of the family).

  • Kathy Myers
    May 22, 2018

    My favorite time of day is early morning! Donovan lead to afternoon and then evening sewing. Any day sewing is a good day

  • JaniceCarole Allen
    May 22, 2018

    My favorite time of day is anytime between the time I get up until I go to bed. Sometimes I am still sewing after midnight. Other times I am sewing at 6:00 in the morning.

  • Jo Hedge
    May 22, 2018

    Favorite time to sew is after the kids are asleep and all is quiet, except the sound of my machine!

  • Jennifer Anderson
    May 22, 2018

    In the morning after the kids go to school. Can get lots done and still have time in the afternoon to spend with the kids when they get home and do chores

  • Michelle Hall
    May 23, 2018

    I like to sew mostly in the evenings

  • Judy M
    May 23, 2018

    My favorite time to sew, hmmm. Any spare time I have is a good bet, if I can’t sleep at night,(my machine is quiet) sometimes I plan days just for the pleasure, of sitting there creating,learning. So much fun, makes me happy!!

  • Susan C
    May 23, 2018

    Because I work full-time and have a part-time job as well, I usually sew in the evening and on weekends. I like the Fractured Sunlight pattern. I am not much for modern-looking quilts, but I do like that one.

  • Lillian K
    May 23, 2018

    I enjoy sewing/quilting in the afternoon after lunch. Usually by then I have all my “other” chores done and have the afternoon for ME!!!!

  • Temple McLaurin
    May 23, 2018

    My favorite time of day to quilt is right away in the morning with a fresh cup of coffee

  • Bonnie
    May 23, 2018

    My favorite time of day to sew is in the morning when the natural light in my sewing room is just right. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Mary Nasvik
    May 24, 2018

    My favorite time to work on a quilt is the afternoon. I’m awake and not hungry since it’s after lunch.

  • E. Watson
    May 25, 2018

    My favorite time for sewing projects is the afternoon, when I’ve completed everything else I needed to get done. 🙂

  • judy
    May 26, 2018

    Love these designs. I can sew at anytime of day or night.

  • Ann
    May 29, 2018

    I like to sew after breakfast until lunch time. I lose energy in the afternoon
    Love all your programs. I watch them over and over

  • Saundra St.Pierre
    June 1, 2018

    Because of a bad back and recent surgery for same I do not sleep very well. Many nights it is too painful to stay in bed. So… I sew. Sometimes I do my most creative work during the hours when everyone else is sound asleep.

  • Kim Grady
    June 5, 2018

    My favorite time to sew is that golden stretch of time when I can find the time! Turn some music on, lose my thoughts in my sewing, and I am a HAPPY GIRL!

  • Susan Schuster
    June 11, 2018

    I enjoy staying with a project most of the day. I am very lucky as my husband likes to cook and does so when I sew all day.

  • Lee Ann Wagner
    June 14, 2018

    I don’t have a favorite time. Just anytime I can find a spare moment. Looking forward to retirement and having more spare time to sew.

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