Sewing With Nancy Super-Size, Part Two

Sewing With Nancy Super-Size, Part Two

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What happens when a clothing sewing teacher starts to quilt? Answer: She teaches a hybrid of techniques! That teacher was Nancy and her journey of breaking sewing and quilting rules all started when she taught a quilting class as part of her first job out of college. Nancy didn’t know much about quilting, but was determined to learn. Nancy also decided to apply sewing tips to the quilting side of being creative. Some might call it breaking the rules. Nancy said, “It’s a hybrid technique!”

You’ll find Nancy’s quilting hybrid techniques in the series, The Best of Sewing With Nancy’s Super Sized Quilts.

Drunkard’s Path

Curves in any design provide movement and interest. That principle applies to quilts as well. Yet, when fabrics are cut and seamed to create curves, the process can be frustrating trying to get the opposing shapes to turn out smooth! To make the process enjoyable, Nancy shows a method of creating curves that breaks traditional quilting rules—using fusible interfacing!

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Here’s a quick summary on how to break quilting rules!

Carefree Curves from Clover by Nancy Zieman, Sewing With Nancy

  • Cut squares of fabric and fusible interfacing. Stack the right side of the fabric and the smooth side of the lightweight interfacing.
  • Trace a circle size. There are three size options.

The Best of Sewing WIth Nancy's Super-Sized Quilt. How to make a drunkards path quilt.

  • Stitch on the marked line.

The Best of Sewing WIth Nancy's Super-Sized Quilt. How to make a drunkards path quilt.

  • Trim away the excess fabric using a rotary pinking blade.

The Best of Sewing WIth Nancy's Super-Sized Quilt. How to make a drunkards path quilt.

  • Cut the circle into 1/4-circles. There are marks on the template to ensure accuracy.

The Best of Sewing WIth Nancy's Super-Sized Quilt. How to make a drunkards path quilt.

  • Trim away the excess interfacing from the center, leaving a generous 1″ from the stitching line.

Cut the circle into 1/4-circles. There are marks on the template to ensure accuracy.

  • Turn the interfacing to the wrong side; press. A perfect curve!

Cut the circle into 1/4-circles. There are marks on the template to ensure accuracy.

How to sew a drunkards path quilt block. Nancy Zieman/Sewing With Nancy

  • Position 1/4-circle on the block; edgestitch. Ta dah!

Cut the circle into 1/4-circles. There are marks on the template to ensure accuracy.

Hearts and Gizzards Quilt

Traditional quilt blocks often have unique names. This Hearts and Gizzards design, a quilt pattern from the 1800s, features a gizzard shape, opposite the recognizable heart motif. Over a hundred years ago, this design was created with difficulty, and generally in small block sizes. Now learn how fusible interfacing makes it easy to create curves while creating jumbo-sized blocks.

  • Trace the heart shapes on a strip of fabric. There are five size options—traditional to super-sized!

How to sew a hearts and gizzards quilt block. Nancy Zieman/Sewing With Nancy

  • After cutting apart along the straight edges, position the right side of the fabric on the smooth (non-fusible) side of a strip of interfacing. Stitch along the curves.

How to sew a hearts and gizzards quilt block. Nancy Zieman/Sewing With Nancy

  • Trim away the excess fabric, using the same techniques as detailed above. You’ll find step-by-step instructions in the book and when watching the online video.

How to sew a hearts and gizzards quilt block. Nancy Zieman/Sewing With Nancy

  • Turn and press; then appliqué heart shapes to a block or half-square triangle.

How to sew a hearts and gizzards quilt block. Nancy Zieman/Sewing With NancyHow to sew a hearts and gizzards quilt block. Nancy Zieman/Sewing With Nancy

After seeing the easy demonstrations in this episode of Sewing With Nancy, we hope you’ll enjoy the process of breaking quilting rules!
To create the quilts from this two-part series, add Sewing With Nancy’s Super-Sized Quilts Template, Book, and DVD collection to your sewing/quilting library.

Sew Super Size Quilts Easily with Tips and Techniques on Sewing With Nancy hosted by Nancy Zieman

Set includes:

  • Super-Sized Quilts Trace ’n Create Template Collections:
    • Carefree Curves Template Collection
    • Dresden Plate and Fan Template Collection
    • Lone Star Template Collection
    • Grandmother’s One Patch Collection
  • Super-Sized Quilts DVD Set
  • Free Sewing With Nancy’s Super-Sized Quilts book with purchase

Watch The Best of Sewing With Nancy’s Super-Sized Quilts (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.


For a chance to win a Carefree Curves Template Set , from Clover, leave a comment below sharing what quilting project you are currently working on.

Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner

The random winner of a Trace ’n Create Quilt Templates Lone Star Collection, from Clover, from the May 17 blog post is Judie.

Her comment was: I love super size-quilts! I start so many projects because I see so many quilts I want to make, so making the super-size quilts would help me to finish projects faster.


Happy Quilting,

Team Nancy Zieman

Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC.

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54 Comments

  • Marty Brunskill
    May 24, 2018

    I’m currently working on 2 quilts. One is a 9 patch block set on point in pink fabrics for a baby gift. The other is a large quilt in a fall theme. About 25 yrs ago I photographed a forest area in the fall, I always felt it would make a great scenic quilt. Finally started it this spring.

  • Susie Furgason
    May 24, 2018

    Hello. I am making a queen size quilt called Ariel’s Wedding using 2 1/2 strip scraps and an off white background.

  • Anne Z
    May 24, 2018

    I am currently making a queen size Storm at Sea quilt. I am using shades of blue and green.

  • Susan Spiers
    May 24, 2018

    Actually, I have 3 quilting projects to finish, & 4 flimsies ready for quilting! They range from paper-piecing to half-squares to simple nine patches! Plenty of quilts to do! Thank you, Susan

  • Donna Fecteau
    May 24, 2018

    I’m currently working on a disappearing 9 patch. It would love to try these tools they look amazing and I love the drunkards path but have been too afraid to try it.

    • Donna Fecteau
      May 24, 2018

      Sorry! I would love to try these tools, they look amazing.

  • Clovis
    May 24, 2018

    Yesterday, I cut and sewed the May Block of the Month for 2018. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Bonnye
    May 24, 2018

    Presently, I am working on 2 wall hanging and 1 queen sized quilt. The wall hanging are signed blocks from each of my son’s wedding. A little late!

  • BevM
    May 24, 2018

    My current quilt project is my son’s T-shirt quilt. I plan to give it to him for his 40th birthday. It includes mostly 4-H and school shirts. I have included machine embroidery and photo transfers. Better late than never! I made his wife’s quilt a few years ago, using the other Super-sized pattern from Nancy.

  • Pat
    May 24, 2018

    I am currently working on a quilt that combines traditional pieced blocks with blocks that contain machine embroidery. In addition, it is “quilted as you go” as used in Cotton theory quilting. Thanks for the chance to win the template.

  • Julie Kill
    May 24, 2018

    Right now, I am working on our daughter’s curtains, pillows, and accent pieces for her room at college. After this, I hope to try a supersized quilt for her bed to match.

  • Cyndi Duffin
    May 24, 2018

    I’m working on some blankets for the local hospital. They are small blankets for the car carriers when the babies leave the hospital.

    Thank you for the give away!

  • MoeWest
    May 24, 2018

    I am currently quilting a set of placemats for my kitchen.

  • Ann C
    May 24, 2018

    I am just beginning a wall hanging called “Stitch Happens”. I am a true beginner, so it’s very slow-going. I would LOVE to win this tool set to make my learning a whole lot easier. Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  • Cindy K
    May 24, 2018

    I am getting ready to bind a robot quilt for my grandson. I finished a backing last night and need to quilt the top it goes with. Also have a quilt ready to be quilted for my granddaughter. Oh-sew many projects-sew little time!
    The templates look like a real time saver!

  • Judy Abbott
    May 24, 2018

    I’m making a memory quilt with my grandchildren’s clothing…it is a tree with the leaves made from the different items of clothing.

  • Max
    May 24, 2018

    The tool would be a time saver. I am currently working a Bargello, what a fun project.

  • Charlotte Brown
    May 24, 2018

    I am currently working on a disappearing nine patch for my granddaughter.

  • Becky Canuteson
    May 24, 2018

    I can’t wait to try a circle quilt with bright colors. Bold and brights are my favorites, especially in batiks. The pattern looks difficult but is actually an easy technique.

  • Jody Lund
    May 24, 2018

    WI am working on a small Art quilt that uses Drunkards Path blocks.
    I think I have made enough blocks to do a larger quilt as well. I am excited to see how it plays out.

  • Jennifer Reinke
    May 24, 2018

    I am currently working on a quilt…and have run into a snag. I have two more to complete by September! With the weather warming up here and wanting to be outside more and a new job, I feel like I don’t have time! Would love to someday do a super-sized quilt…Maybe I would move along little faster

  • Teresa Seaver
    May 24, 2018

    Great tips on piecing curves, always intimidated by them. Currently working a a quilt using baby clothes also a little tricky but love what I have created so far. Thanks for continuing to pass on Nancy’s knowledge.

  • Jan C
    May 24, 2018

    I’ve always been intimidated by curves. This is a game-changer!

  • Beverly
    May 24, 2018

    I believe for most of us a better question would be what quilting projects, plural, are we working on. I believe most of us have numerous ones. Mine are currently: Big Dahlia, 2-Square in a square, Jacobean Journey, Log Cabin, plus several tablerunners, Christmas quilt projects and on and on………. Some of us just cannot pass up starting one more project before we finish the last 30!! Love the Trace & Quilt templates especially for the Big Block quilts. These should be more quickly finished than piecing the smaller blocks.

  • Shirley Clark
    May 24, 2018

    Cutting curves is the hardest part of cutting. This would surely help!
    I’m working on using up my strips I’ve cut from scraps!

  • beth d.
    May 24, 2018

    I am working on a mystery quilt for my quilting guild I belong to. I am just cutting out pieces then I will be sewing the pieces together. I get a clue every four weeks.

  • Brenda Ackerman
    May 24, 2018

    I am working on a quilt for a dear family friend. The quilt is made up of 24 inch pieced blocks that are a star within a star. The finished size of the quilt is going to be 120 by 120.

  • Carol
    May 24, 2018

    I’m in between projects and thinking about a summer quilt or table runner to do next.

  • Donna W
    May 24, 2018

    I am currently finishing up a UFO class project. I just finished the quilting on it. So, all I have left is the binding. Feels so good to be almost done!

  • Kathryn Englebretsen
    May 24, 2018

    I am currently working on a Sunflower Quilt using the Dresden plate template.

  • Sunni
    May 24, 2018

    I pulled out a Hunter’s Star pattern that is so lovely. Carefree Curves templates and programs are amazing. Thank you!

  • Susan
    May 24, 2018

    I am about to start a quilt with appliquéd hearts. These tools and this method will make it much easier. Thank you!

  • Valerie Thompson
    May 24, 2018

    I’m currently working on a large lap quilt for my nieces weeding. It’s a string quilt with a large stag and two blue love birds for happiness for they’re life together. Good luck everyone. And thank you for the chance to win.

  • Kathy R Hartwell
    May 24, 2018

    I am currently working on a kitty quilt for one of my best friend. She loves anything kitty and she has helped me through some hard times with my cancer struggles. Thank you for this chance to win these templates.

  • Gayle Shumaker
    May 24, 2018

    I am currently working on a challenge quilt through my local guild. Everyone recieved a paint chip with 3 shades of a color. You can only use those 3 colors as well as white, black, cream and black and white or black and cream.It has been an interesting time as what I decide to make is predicated on what fabric I can find. My quilt will be wacky flowers.

  • Jean Palionis
    May 24, 2018

    I am one of those that starts a quilt project and never finishes it, so I started a “large square” project in flannel hoping I will finish it by winter time. I sure would like to make a pretty quilt for the top of my bed. One of these Super-Sized quilts using these great tips could be just what I need!

  • Judy M
    May 24, 2018

    A while back my neighbor gave me some ties that belonged to her husband, who had passed. I have been working on making a quilt for her (a surprise). The hard part was figuring out a design I liked and could make. It has diamonds and half square triangles.(thanks nancy’s videos) It is looking pretty good I think, and is a little bigger than a twin size. I hope she will like it.

  • Peggy V
    May 24, 2018

    I am currently working on a quilt for my DGD for her graduation from high School. I used the Edge to Edge quilting system that I purchased at Sewing Weekend this year. Having great fun with this.

  • Edna Marks
    May 24, 2018

    I’m working on a pattern and material I purchased several years ago to make a quilt for my daughter I a think it is called Wolf Song

  • Gail Beam
    May 24, 2018

    Great tips on piecing circles. I am still working on a strip piece quilt.

  • EllenB
    May 24, 2018

    I’m machine quilting a top I made with scrap HSTs that I’ve been making for a couple of years as leaders and enders. It looks really good!

  • L Watson
    May 24, 2018

    My current project is getting my garden all ready and planted….okay, I know that is not what was meant, but what can I say? I seem to do larger sewing projects in colder seasons. However, I would love to have a chance to use the template!

  • Cindy in GA
    May 24, 2018

    My current project is for my granddaughter who is sreaching her 6th birthday soon. I planned to make a biscuit quilt for her double bed, but when I asked her what she’d like on it, I had to rethink the project quickly. Fortunately it won’t be needed until late fall. She wants a quilt made with giraffes, elephants, pandas, foxes, birds and butterflies. How to get all that on one quilt? Well, I was looking through several websites and happened upon one that featured crazy-quilted animals. So, I got a couple of the patterns, and am currently stitching out elephants and giraffes. Think I’m gonna make a row of each animal. Here’s the kicker:This artsy little girl wants teal, purple, pink in this quilt. SOooo, her granny is making a row of giraffes in the crazy quilt fashion across the quilt. Each one will be in a different colorway. Plan to do the same with each of her favorite animals. Now to get it finished before she dreams up some other critters!
    I LOVE the idea of piecing the way described by Nancy. What a clever idea to fuse the applique down rather than all that curved piecing! I am so glad her company is continuing to share her wonderful ideas! Thanks for the opportunity to win the ruler sets. They will be so helpful to some lucky winner!

  • Thunder
    May 25, 2018

    I am working on a Harry Potter bookcase quilt, a star wars quilt, and a trucks quilt.
    Thanks for the chance.

  • Kathy
    May 25, 2018

    I am working on a quilt of valor for a friend who was a combat medic in Vietnam.

  • judy
    May 26, 2018

    I’m working on quilts for the great grandchildren also need to make a sporting wall hanging for the youngest grandson. would love these templates..

  • Mary Wallis
    May 26, 2018

    The carefree curves set look like wonderful tools for the beautiful quilts you show. They make it look easy to make the quilts shown.

  • Melanie Dumas
    May 26, 2018

    I’m working on an old style King size “Grand Adventure” quilt. I finally gathered all my choices in fabric, and now, the cutting adventure (pun intended) begins! I’m redoing a bedroom and I’m hoping the quilt will be a wonderful focal point. Wish me luck!

  • E. Watson
    May 27, 2018

    I’m not working on any quilting projects currently. 🙂 I love the Drunkard’s Path!!!

  • Treva Campbell
    May 27, 2018

    I have not made any quilts or wall hanging using curves. I will like to if I win this drawing.

  • michelle
    June 5, 2018

    I am currently working on a handkerchief quiltlet for my aunt with Pancreatic Cancer. The hankies were my grandmothers and her twin sister asked if I would put this together for her. This is a big project, as I have not done this before and learning as I go plus I am working against a clock of life. Winning the curve set would challenge me to keep learning the fiber art skills in quilting.

  • Robin Hessefort
    June 6, 2018

    I started a Dresden Plate quilt years ago with Kaffee Fassett fabric. After reading this fuse technique, Iam going to try her method.

  • Linda B
    June 6, 2018

    That first sample above in the red and yellows drunkard’s path is totally awesome. I am inspired! Thanks!

  • Jody R
    June 10, 2018

    My current project is creating something real special for my brother in law who is fighting cancer, and not make it pink!!

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