Sewing With Nancy Super-Sized Quilts, Part One

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Sewing With Nancy Super-Sized Quilts, Part One

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Super-size it! That’s something Nancy rarely said at a restaurant, but often when quilting. Nancy started with a traditional quilt pattern and expanded the size. This no-fat super technique adds drama to a quilt project, but also saves time on piecing. Over the past Sewing With Nancy seasons, Nancy recorded several episodes featuring super-sized quilts. She decided to include her favorite dramatic quilts in the The Best of Sewing With Nancy’s Super-Sized Quilts series, bringing back the recorded segments from past shows. Find the complete two-part series, book, DVD and template collection at Nancy’s Notions.

Lone Star Quilts

Early in her quilting career, Nancy made a Lone Star Wall Quilt as a wedding gift. Nancy almost didn’t give the gift away, as she was somewhat embarrassed that not all the seams met in the center. After all, she was Sewing With Nancy, what would people think! Later Nancy became eager to show you the same quilt block, this time with a technique that’s practically guaranteed to cause pride, not embarrassment. Nancy broke the rules and shared her tips with you in the The Best of Sewing With Nancy’s Super-Sized Quilts.

Whether you choose a traditional arrangement or mix it up a bit with a contemporary design, these quilts can be easily created without Y-seams. Both quilts are variations of the Lone Star block, which is based on eight pointed diamond shapes. All of these quilts are made with a template trio, Trace ’n Create Lone Star Template.

LoneStar NancyZieman 1Dresden Quilt

The title of this quilt design is Sew Grand Dresden. Nancy looked back over past Sewing With Nancy titles and realized that she never used the word grand before! With meanings such as majestic and impressive, it sounds a bit boastful. Yet grand appropriately describes the large, 38″ Dresden plate appliquéd in the center and four 16″ Dresden plates, that frame the center motif. The larger Dresden appliqués can be stitched in approximately the same amount of time as smaller blocks, one of the bonuses to super-sizing your quilt blocks. Dresden wedges can easily be created in any size with the help of Sew Grand Dresden Templates.

Sew Super Size Quilts Easily with Tips and Techniques on Sewing With Nancy hosted by Nancy ZiemanAlthough one of the most recognizable traditional quilt patterns, Dresden designs can also shine in a contemporary setting. In this next quilt, Twirling Parasols, Nancy used only solid fabrics to create a color-blocked background and Dresden wheels. Notice how the same colors were used in the background and foreground; this creates the illusion that the foreground shapes are floating.

Dresden Quilt NancyZieman 1aWhile fantastic for appliqué and larger quilts, Dresden designs look great in any circle or round project including table toppers and Christmas tree skirt designs.

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

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

To create the quilts from this two-part series, try Sewing With Nancy’s Super-Sized Quilts Template, Book, and DVD collection.

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 on Sewing With Nancy online.

For a chance to win a, Trace ’n Create Quilt Templates Lone Star Collection, from Clover, leave a comment below sharing what quilting project you’ll get started on this spring.

trace n create quilt templates lone star collection

The randomly selected winner of the Solving the Pattern Fitting Puzzle DVD from Nancy’s Notions, from the May 10 blog post, is Amelia. Her comment was:

It is always difficult for me to fit a pattern. I have so many stored away, including my mother’s from the 40s and 50s, that I would love to make, but they never turn out because of the fitting issue. I would love to know all the tips to get it right!

Happy Quilting,

Team Nancy Zieman

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74 Comments

  • judy
    May 17, 2018

    Oh so much fabric and so little time. I’d like to make some of these giant quilt patterns. I think they would work up so fast and yet be so amazing.

  • diane c
    May 17, 2018

    Christmas present — never to early to start

  • Mary C
    May 17, 2018

    I am currently doing some free motion quilting on lap quilts. Would love to try the stunning quilts shown here. Thanks for sharing!

  • Carol Netzler
    May 17, 2018

    I’m working on UFO’s. So many started. Now is the time to finish!

  • Terrie Grove
    May 17, 2018

    I enjoy watching the videos and really like the idea of bigger quilt blocks to finish a quilt in no time!

  • Karen Misner
    May 17, 2018

    I love the super sized Lone Star. What a great gift!

  • Chris
    May 17, 2018

    We recently reclaimed our guest room after our adult son moved out and into his own condo. It’s my dream to redecorate the room and make a beautiful new quilt for the queen-size bed.

  • Melanie Shamp
    May 17, 2018

    When working with our local church and quilting group, I’ll recommend that we make some super sized quilts! It looks like a quick and updated way to create our donated quilts for the community.

  • Pam
    May 17, 2018

    Something like this is on my bucket list.

  • Ann West
    May 17, 2018

    The Dresden Plate quilt was really an inspiration to me. I have a cousin getting married soon and this would be a wonderful wedding quilt to make her.

  • Julie Kill
    May 17, 2018

    I love the Twirling Parasols! With Grdauation looming on the horizon, I would really like to get a supersized quilt made for our daughter to take to College!

  • Joe Helen
    May 17, 2018

    Big block quilts would help use up fabric in my stash so I could buy more fabric!

  • MoeWest
    May 17, 2018

    I’m ready to start on the embroidery for a quilt that has embroidery in twenty of the blocks. I just got the background fabric that I needed.

  • Deborah S
    May 17, 2018

    Three tops waiting for quilting, one in the piecing process, and
    a quilt kit waiting to start. Love being able to still watch and learn from Nancy.

  • Betty Tolan
    May 17, 2018

    I like the idea of using these large pieces as my fingers/hands are not working to well these days making it pretty impossible to work with the normal smaller pieces

  • Margie D
    May 17, 2018

    I think this idea would get me back into quilting. It’s been a while and I like the idea of the larger quilt.

  • Margaret Scott
    May 17, 2018

    I would love to make the nested modern lone star quilt.
    I love the 3D effect.

  • Helen Grantham
    May 17, 2018

    I love the oversized blocks. Sure would make a quilt or table topper go together fast!

  • Janet K Magee
    May 17, 2018

    The Dresden pattern would be my first one. Then I think I would go on to make the Twirling Parasols. Nancy Zieman is the best. She will forever be an inspiration.

  • Clovis
    May 17, 2018

    Any quilt would be good to start on. I have two that I need to put together. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Jean Palionis
    May 17, 2018

    This set of templated surely would be a wonderful addition to my humble attempts at quilting. Thank you.

  • beth d.
    May 17, 2018

    The template would sure helped me to make a Dresden plate or lone star, I would definitely make a big quilt.

  • Judie
    May 17, 2018

    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.

  • Beverly
    May 17, 2018

    I have wanted to take on a lone star quilt, but having seen quilting friends agonize over their seams I have not done so. Nancy always had very clear instructions, so I’m sure with these tools I would be successful.

  • Donna Fecteau
    May 17, 2018

    I love the idea of super sized quilts. I would love to make one for my spare bedroom.

  • Bonny
    May 17, 2018

    These would be so helpful. My current project is lap quilts that are donated using the fabric my sister-in-law gave to me before she passed away. I have made 35 so far and still have lots of fabric to use. Love new ideas.

  • Barbara Gross
    May 17, 2018

    Am currently working on a lone star wall hanging – oh my – those Y seams – but it is coming along! I had my husband cut me out a diamond template because I could not find one arge enough – looks like your super size one would work,

  • Twyla
    May 17, 2018

    Super sized quilts in Dresden and Lone Star would be a great idea for gifting quilts. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Dj Merritt
    May 17, 2018

    I would love to make tbe Lonestar quilt. I think it is the greatest of all star quilts.

    • Bonnye
      May 17, 2018

      I would like to make Dresden Christmas skirts for family members.

  • Susan Spiers
    May 17, 2018

    I have two Lone Star quilt kits, a small one & a larger one! These ideas have inspired me to combine them into one larger quilt! Thank you!

  • Phyllis Silverman
    May 17, 2018

    Thank you for sharing the super sized quilt patterns. I’m at an age where larger patterns are more easy to look at/work with.

  • Dawn Ryss
    May 17, 2018

    Have totally fallen in love with string quilting to use up all of my small scraps. And I want to do a bejeweled crazy quilt.Hope to be done before the holidays start !

  • Karen
    May 17, 2018

    The lone star is on my bucket list along with so many other projects! This blog has inspired me so much!

  • Pat
    May 17, 2018

    I am starting on a Christmas quilt this spring. I am a very slow sewer and feel that I will be able to get the project done in time for Christmas decorating if I start now.

  • Beth
    May 17, 2018

    I plan to finally start and make great progress on a paper pieced wall hanging that has been waiting for me for a while.

    Thanks for the chance to win this fabulous prize!

  • Bonnie
    May 17, 2018

    Even though star quilts are my favorite, I have never made a super-sized one. The Trace n’ Create Loan Star Quilt Templates would simplify my quilting projects. I am currently making a patriotic star wall hanging for the 4th of July. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Marie
    May 17, 2018

    The Lone Star is one of my favorites. I made one many years ago and it is still unfinished because I could not get the center points to match. I still hold on to the piece thinking I will again attempt to match that illusive perfect center. Maybe making a Supersized Lone Star Quilt would be the way to go.

  • Susan
    May 17, 2018

    Having just finished a library quilt for one granddaughter, I will be starting on a quilt for her sister. She has asked for a tree with hearts for leaves, with her family members’ names in the hearts. Wish me luck!

  • Joanie
    May 17, 2018

    I am working on a nine patch quilt with my granddaughter. We hope to finish it before school starts in late August. She is 9 years old and she really can sew pretty good already. I do have the Nancy Zieman seam guides on the bed of her sewing machine, they really help her a lot.

  • Mia Ackerson
    May 17, 2018

    I am working on 6 quilts for a family reunion in June. #5 is a disappearing 9 patch.

  • Edna Marks
    May 17, 2018

    Would like to do a tree skirt and the super sized Dresden would be perfect for that.

  • Charlotte Brown
    May 17, 2018

    I am working on a disappearing nine patch for my granddaughter. I would love to try a super-sized quilt next.

  • Sharon Lucarelli
    May 17, 2018

    I have been looking at the Dresden patterns on Pintrest and saw the twirling parasol quilt. It looked way too complicated for me to try, however if Nancy promotes it, I can do it!

  • Mary Power-Burke
    May 17, 2018

    Currently working on a baby girl quilt for a friend of my son’s, just finished a baby girl quilt for a niece and next up is a baby boy quilt for a friend’s son….tis the season, right??
    Would love to try the Lone Star quilt.

  • Detra Braymen
    May 17, 2018

    I need to finish up my grandson’s quilt. It is the Disappearing Pinwheel Arrow quilt and is made in Marvel superhero’s fabrics!

  • Patricia Phaiah
    May 17, 2018

    This spring I am starting to repair a quilt that was made in the 1950’s. I have looked for just the right fabric. It is a Grandmother’s flower garden.

  • Kit Ritter
    May 17, 2018

    I am now working on a small paper pieced wall hanging for a friend. It has tiny rose buds featured on it.
    This blog on supersize quilts reminds me that it was back in 2014 that Nancy had guest Debbie Bowles teaching a class with her. I made a quilt and it was featured on her blog! I was so thrilled and honored to be mentioned. I think of Nancy often as the quilt is still on my bed.

  • Linda Janovitz
    May 17, 2018

    Such timing ! Monday I am attending a Lone Star class to make a large lap quilt. I LOVE stars!! So next it would be wonderful to make a super sized star quilt with these great templates. Thank You for the opportunity.

  • Ann Marie
    May 17, 2018

    I am machine appliqueing for the first time right now…a baby boy quilt. So far, so good! And, a giant quilt is on my list!

  • Judy G
    May 17, 2018

    I love Lone Star quilts! Actually, I love any quilt featuring stars. In fact, the one quilt I made for my own bed has star blocks joined by chained blocks.

  • Jacque Horner
    May 17, 2018

    I would love to make a quilt with a super-sized Carolina Lily in the center. These templates would make it much easier.

  • Jennifer Martin
    May 17, 2018

    I have been searching for a block suitable to use with polyester fabric, and I think the Lone Star big block would be perfect. It would be great to have those templates to use for that project!

  • Mary B
    May 17, 2018

    I have several projects in mind, but would really like to tackle a “Dahlia” quilt.

  • Doris Bryarly
    May 17, 2018

    I would love to make the Dresden Quilt. Love to watch Nancy’s tv shows. I did her block of the month last year. Love it and love Nancy.

  • Martha
    May 17, 2018

    I just bought fabric for a floral Lone Star, so this posting is timely. I actually made a “disaster” Lone Star in 1976 (did NOT give it as the wedding gift it was intended to be) and haven’t made one since, so it is time to do so again by taking more time and getting it right. I definitely like the “super size” idea!

  • Max
    May 17, 2018

    A Dresden quilt is on the list.

  • Mary Ellen
    May 17, 2018

    As much as I love star quilts, I would never attempt it because of the “Y” seams. Your Super Size demo is wonderful and would be wonderful in patriotic colors.

  • Gail Beam
    May 17, 2018

    Quilted covers for my serger and embroidery machines. Thanks for the chance to win this set of quilted templates. I could really use this set.

  • Mary Wallis
    May 17, 2018

    I would like to stay a lone Star quilt this summer. These tools on the giveaway would be great!

  • Mary Wallis
    May 17, 2018

    I would like to make a lone Star quilt this summer. These tools on the giveaway would be great!

  • stephanie Woodward
    May 17, 2018

    I am ready to make a Dresden Plate quilt this spring. I love those quilts, but I also like the Twirling Parasols one a lot, I will have to play. O, I do so love to experiment.

  • Nancy Runnels
    May 17, 2018

    I am putting together my first sampler quilt and yes, king size. I chose to do it scrappy with the courthouse block to tie it together.

  • Cynthia T
    May 18, 2018

    We just moved but I hope to get back into sewing soon. I promised my son and future daughter in law a wedding quilt for next April. I can’t wait to get started!

  • Linda
    May 18, 2018

    The twirling parasols are gorgeous. I love to experiment and the bigger the challenge, the better I like it. Dresden designs are one project I’ve shied away from and I’m ready to give it a try!!

  • Marie Kozma
    May 18, 2018

    I really like the thought if super-sizing. There are so many possibilities! And getting piecing done quickly using this method means I can create quilts faster. So many quilts and so little time…..

  • Anne Z
    May 18, 2018

    I would love to create a supersized Modern Lone Star quilt. I think the possibilities are endless.

  • L Watson
    May 20, 2018

    I love Clover products, and have the Dresden templates already which I am very excited about.

  • Linda Cejnar
    May 20, 2018

    I am continuing to work on a quilt in my spare time, which isn’t often. It is a queen sized Memory block quilt made from Kate Spain fabrics. I would love to try my hand at a Lone Star quilt. They are my favorite, but just look so hard to make!

  • Mary Ann Stauffacher
    May 20, 2018

    I am working on a “white river rafting” quilt that I started last fall and just started another quilt last week. These tools would be so helpful rather than trying to fudge the pieces with the tools I already have on hand. Love the tree skirt idea!

  • Michelle Hall
    May 22, 2018

    i have some Christmas projects I want to try to get started. I really like the Giant Dresden idea for a tree skirt

  • E. Watson
    May 25, 2018

    I’ve never quilted anything before, but I always thought it would be fun to do. I especially love the Lonestar quilts!

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