Lone Star Table Topper

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Check out this beautiful Summery Lone Star Table Topper by Nancy Zieman.

Watch the video on how to use Nancy’s Lone Star templates. Also don’t miss out on our weeks giveaway by signing here at Raffle Copter: Clover Summer Giveaway! We are giving away a        Quick YO-YO Maker,  Point-2-Point-turner and  Wrap-N-Fuse Piping

Happy Sewing!




Seams Unlikely


Through the years Nancy and Clover have worked closely together to create and develop her innovative products and must have notions. There is no doubt that many of Nancy’s products have made their way into the sewing kits of sewists world wide.

Seams Unlikely not only discusses how her business grew into the empire it is today, but you get to see a personal side of Nancy that most of us never knew. The story begins from the day she was born, not many people know what her parents and family were experiencing on the day they were born. It gave wonderful insight into her        tight-knit-family, dedicated to having a strong work ethic that still holds true to this day.

It wasn’t until recently that I was able to view first hand what went behind product development. The ideas Nancy presents are fresh and creative, she’s constantly coming up with new ideas for products you never knew you needed, until you            tried them.


Nancy has demonstrated her products at many trade shows over the years, it’s inspiring to see the crowds she gathers. Her dedicated fans are star struck when they see Nancy at the Clover booth. She is a great teacher, walks through her products step-by-step and is always ready to answer questions. Nancy states- “I am, at heart, a teacher”.

Her motto is stated as “If something is worthwhile you have to work for it.” Achieving a goal, and doing a good job in the process, is not easy but it is rewarding.” The collaboration between Nancy and Clover has allowed many of us to work first hand with Nancy and her team.

Nancy is the true embodiment of an entrepreneur, I don’t even want to bring up the fact she is a “woman entrepreneur” but rather an individual that takes great pride in working hard.  This quote out of her book says it all how she carries herself in life:

Believing too much in the praise, or too much in the criticism, creates an imbalance that bogs forward movement.

Everyone can benefit from this book for encouragement, insight to the everyday working person no matter what the background, this story is a true example of meekness is not weakness.

GIVEAWAY: Twenty books will be given away during this Blog Tour. You must comment on Nancy’s February 4th Seams Unlikely Blog Tour Posting to qualify for the book giveaway.

Seams Unlikely Autobiography by Nancy Zieman

February 4          Nancy Zieman           http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog

February 5          Eileen Roche          http://dzgns.com/blog/

February 5          Pat Sloan          http://patsloan.typepad.com/

February 6          Melissa Stramel          http://melissaslilaclane.blogspot.com

February 6      The Long Ladies          http://www.mariemadelinestudio.typepad.com/

February 6          Tori Thompson          http://totallystitchin.net

February 7          Amy Barickman          http://www.indygojunction.com/blog/

February 7          Melissa Mora          http://mellysews.com

February 8          Shari Butler          http://www.doohikeydesignstudio.com/blog/

February 8          Vicki Christensen          http://www.sewinspiredblog.com/

February 9          Carolina Moore          http://alwaysexpectmoore.com

February 9        Kate Mclvor          https://theconfidentstitch.squarespace.com/blog/

February 10          Amy Ellis          http://amyscreativeside.com/blog/

February 10          Melissa Mortenson          http://www.polkadotchair.com

February 11          Ilene Miller          http://happyvalleyprimitives.blogspot.com/

February 12         Liz Hicks          http://blogerisms.blogspot.com/

February 11          Julie Herman          http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/

February 12     Bill Gardner          http://www.quiltersnewsletter.com/blogs/insideqn/

February 12          Elizabeth Evans          http://www.simplesimonandco.com

February 13          Amy Webb          http://www.amylouwhosews.com/

February 13          Lindsay Wilkes          http://thecottagemama.com/blog/

February 14          Gertie Hirsch          http://www.blogforbettersewing.com

February 14          Veronica Philips          https://cloverusa.wordpress.com/

February 15          Jenny Gabriel          http://www.sewvacoutletblog.com

February 15          Laura Wasilowski          http://artfabrik.blogspot.com/

February 16          Frieda Anderson          http://friestyle.blogspot.com/

February 16          Rita Farro          http://ritassewfun.blogspot.com

February 17          Cindy Cloward          http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/blog/

February 17          Joan Hawley          http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/blog/

February 17          Patty Young          http://modkidboutique.blogspot.com

February 18          Nancy Zieman          http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/

– See more at: http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/blog-tour/seams-unlikely-book/

Friday Finds-Create-a-Strap Woven Mat by Carol C. Porter


The weekend is here. We have a fun, quick , cute project for you this weekend.

Use left-over/odd sized remnants after making straps! Make any size you want.

This is a quick and easy gift idea for wedding showers, housewarmings or just because you want to add a splash of color to you decor.

-Carol C. Porter


Create-a Strap 1” Art No. 9502

Create-a-Strap 5/8” Art No. 9510

2” wide fabric strips

1 3/8” wide fabric strips

Sewing Machine & Thread

Rotary Cutter Art No. 7500

Mat Art No.7522

Ruler 6” x 24”

Wonder Clips Art No. 3159


Step 1: Use 2” wide strips for the 1” Create-a Strap & 1 3/8” wide strips for the 5/8” Create-a-Strap and fuse to the wrong side of the strips.


Step 2: Press seam allowances on fold lines for all strips.


Step 3: Place and hold with Wonder Clips the 5/8” strap over the back of the 1” strap; then edge stitch both edges. Press to set stitches


Note: I’ve used a straight stitch here, but now is a good time to practice all those new stitches on your machine!

Step 4: Cut strips the length to match your mat size. This project is approximately 5” x 5” so we cut our strips at 5 ½” for some “wiggle room”.  Set 5 strips in a row; then weave in one strip.  Edge stitch at the top of the woven strip, carefully, keeping all the strips even.


Step 5: Weave in the remaining strips and edge stitch around the remaining 3 sides of the mat.


Step 6: Trim edges.


Step 7: Use Wonder Clips while binding.


For a fun surprise turn the mat over for an unexpected reverse!


Watch Us Wednesdays

We are celebrating National Sewing Month by traveling to Fabric Fest with Riley Blake Designs on September 9-12 in Las Vegas. Four days of quilting, sewing and creating until your heart’s content! Watch Nancy Zieman using her Dresden Plate & Fan Collection Quilt Templates.


Make It Monday-Chalkboard Roll Up

chalkboard roll upOur friend Nancy Zieman created the most adorable tutorial to make a chalkboard roll up for the little people in our lives. We love how she uses Clover Wonder Clips to hold the binding in place for stitching. Here’s a link to the full tutorial. Just imagine how great this would be to take along on vacation to keep little hands busy during travel time. Thanks for sharing your creative ideas with us Nancy.

Show and Tell

One of the members of my Laid Back Ladies of the Block quilt group shared a picture of this adorable and creative scarf  made by her 16-year-old granddaughter Wendy Keneipp.

Wendy had learned the basics of crochet and decided to design her own scarf for friends. Awesome!! That’s  a sign of a true needle worker! I look forward to seeing future designs from this talented young woman.

Crocheted flower scarf by Wendy Keneipp