Quilting from every Angle

My book is finally here!  Quilting from every Angle features 16 geometric quilt designs and will be a great companion to your quilt book library.

  • Perfect for beginner with basic quilting knowledge to intermediate quilters.
  • Perfect for anyone looking for high-impact designs with a modern flair.
  • Perfect mix of minimal and all over designs.
  • 3 mini quilts and 13 baby to large throw size quilts.
  • Covers half-square triangles, half-rectangle triangles, flying geese, paper piecing, y-seams, improvisational piecing, and appliqué.  
  • Introduction to glue basting

This book was an accumulation of hard work and sacrifice, and I hope that you enjoy it.  Thank you to all for your love and support.


To be informed of updates in the book, please CLICK HERE.  If you have any questions, please contact me.  


For a signed book addressed to a specific person, please include the name in the box 'Note to Seller' at checkout.  All copies purchased through me will include my signature.



You will be able to find me at Thimble Pleasures in Chapel Hill, NC Sunday, November 1st from 1:30-3:30 for a demo and book signing.  You will also get to see the quilts in person!  Please visit the link to register.  I hope to see you there!


xx nancy


bound mini quilt + pillow + giveaway || 30 Days of Sewing with Art Gallery Fabrics

Happy National Sewing Month!

For 30 Days of Sewing with Art Gallery Fabrics, I chose to make this +bound+ mini quilt.  It was a design I had sketched up last year while waiting for the perfect fabrics.  I knew +bound+ by April Rhodes was the perfect candidate.  I really loved working with this line, and I made this 12" x 24" pillow too from Noodlehead's book, Handmade Style.

Fabrics used for the quilt (all AGF):

+ Geese- BOU-7041
+ Skies- BOU-7044
+ Tips- PE-413
+HSTs- BOU-7042
+Binding- BOU-7047

Fabrics used for the pillow:

+Backside- BOU- 7051
+Accent- BOU- 8044
+Center accent - BOU-8042
+Background- BOU-8049

As we celebrate national month of sewing in September,  I thought about why I sew.  It was not something I picked up until just a few years ago.  Growing up, I was never surrounded by people who sewed for enjoyment or for a living.  I practically fell into it by need.  Quilting was introduced to me later through blogging.

Sometimes, sewing frustrates me.  Sometimes, it makes me happy.  Sometimes, I feel apathetic towards the whole thing in general and lose interest.  Ultimately though, I find joy in the overall process of sewing and the rewards of seeing a finished product, which keeps me coming back.  I can't experience this joy though without the headaches because, if I didn't experience the pains of sewing (literally and figuratively), I would never fully appreciate the good times with sewing.   Being able to make things brings me much satisfaction, and I hope the ailments of life never hinder this.   To be able to tuck myself under a blanket of small history or hold anything I made with my own two hands is quite enjoyable.  I understand that is not the case for everyone, but if you are reading this, I am sure you appreciate crafts in some form or another.

What I really love about quilting though, and more so than the story behind the quilts, is the design aspect.  I get to design.  I love design, and what I really love is having the POWER to create whatever I envision.  What a gift!  I can then pass that vision down to someone else to love and cherish for many years to come.


What do you love most about sewing/quilting?  Let me know in the comment section to enter to win 10 fat quarters of +bound+ by April Rhodes courtesy of Art Gallery Fabrics. (one of the fat quarters I forgot to put into the picture :)  Open to US residents.  Giveaway ends Saturday, Sept. 5 11:59pm EST.  Winner will be chosen at random and updated on this blog post.  Make sure I a have your email, so I can contact you.  You will also want to check in with my Instagram today too ;), if you are on it.  

Make sure to check out the +bound+ Lookbook for inspiring projects that you could make with your TEN fat quarters!

xx nancy

One year ago: Homemade Caramel Sauce
Two years ago:  Going black
Three years ago: Split Pouch tutorial
Four years ago: Snack Bag tutorial

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My book, Quilting from Every Angle, came out!  You can purchase it here.

Thank you all for entering the giveaway.  Though I cannot respond to everyone's answers, it was nice to read why you enjoy sewing.  Happy sewing!  xx

Cassandra is #4.  Congrats!


303 Kona Colors + One Little Mistake

303 colors is a lot, right?  It is, and Beth from Stash Fabrics  asked a few quilters to put together some bundles for you because she now carries ALL 303 colors. I hope you will check it out.  

At first, I was immediately drawn to do pick out something bright, but I got to thinking that more than likely most of the other bundles would be bright.  I wanted to provide Beth's customers with variety, and I think this bundle does just that.  It is also perfect for both sexes and can be broken up to work on a smaller scale, providing even more variety for your projects.   The colors work really well together.  They are rich, sort of manly, and will be perfect for your fall quilting!  I don't know about you, but I'm already day dreaming about fall with cooler weather and colorful leaves on the trees.  

Mistakes Happen

I went back and forth a little about whether or not to share this part with you.  Then I thought, why not?  I ran into a little problem with what I had made, and of course, I only wanted to show the best AND be the best as I could for this hop.  But life isn't always perfect, is it?  As a maker, it is sometimes hard to critique your work and then to publicly come out and say it could be better.  Mistakes are definitely part of the making process, and they happen way more frequently than I would care to share.   

Originally, I made a quilt top (just needed a few more seams) loosely following the directions by Lizzy House from her Catalog Quilt pattern.   This is what was on my design wall.

Spontaneity came full force towards the end of making the top, and I decided to cut it up.  You have to understand me though to know that I rarely get attached to my quilts or fabrics.   I love them.  Don't get me wrong.  I'm just not like a lot of other people who would shudder at the thought of cutting up a quilt top or altering it in some way that could produce a totally different outcome.  To me, it was just fabric, and I wanted to experiment.  It's the fear that stops us from exploring.  Fear we will ruin a good quilt top. Fear of the outcome.  Fear of wasting precious time because um, hello.  That top took me several hours to prep, cut, and piece.  Fear of hurting someone's feelings, including our own.  Fear of making mistakes.   Well, in my opinion, cutting up that top was possibly a mistake.  I know some of you will absolutely love the improv log cabin I made, but it's not sitting well with me like some of my other work.  I'm not beating myself up about it, but I am little bummed it didn't turn out quite like what I had envisioned in my head.  But then again, can improvisational piecing ever come out just like what we had in our heads?

If I could go back to the Catalog quilt, I would. It was a risk I took, and it was something I would have never known unless I took that risk.  Would I take a risk like this again?  Most certainly!  Sometimes the biggest risks can yield the greatest results, but you never know until you take that step.  If you want to ever expand your skills or abilities, you need to learn to push on.  To push through the mistakes.  To push through the pain.  To push through the fear.  You can do it!

I also played around with some of the leftover scraps, which I loved the outcome of this.  I do have plans for this, and I can't wait to have the time to implement it!

Stash Fabrics offers all 303 Kona colors and provides free shipping on orders over $50.  You can get 10% off your entire purchase now through the entire month of August with the coupon code “WOW303”.  It expires September 6th 11:59 EST and does not apply to pre-orders or clubs.

Here is the link the to my bundle and the link to all the bundles.

Stash Fabrics Kona Blog Hop Schedule

July 17 – Darcy @ Modern Cozy
July 23 – Jacey  @ Jacey Craft
July 30 - Kelly @ Kelby Sews
August 3 – Nancy @ Owen’s Olivia
August 6 – Jodi @ Tales of Cloth
August 10 – Megan @ City Stitches
August 12 – Rita @ Red Pepper Quilts
August 17 – Elizabeth @ Andpins Handmade
August 19 – Tara @ Rad and Happy
August 21 – Sharon @ Color Girl Quilts
August 24 – Allison @ Allison Sews
August 27 – Kristi @ Schnitzel and Boo
August 31 - Jessee @ Art School Dropout

xx nancy

One year ago: Pattern Parcel
Two years ago: Hexagon Clock
Three years ago: For Gracie
Four years ago: Homemade Laundry Soap

My quilting book released Sept. 24, 2015 and is on Amazon.  Check it out!

My bundle was given to me to create to a project to showcase the colors I chose. I have shopped with Stash Fabrics before, and I love their customer service and shop.  I only promote businesses that I feel would be good for my readers to know about.  


On Point || A new quilt pattern

Hello!  Don't let my cute model fool you.  I had to pay him 50 cents to "smile."

This is my newest pattern, On Point!  I hope you love it as much as I do.   I will say that this pattern is a little "sweeter" than what I normally do, but that is what I love about my talents.  I allow myself to speak creatively.   It comes in 3 sizes: Throw, Twin, and Queen/King.  The photos are the throw size.

On Point is a great quilt to show off your favorite colors and prints. It is also perfect for scrap busting. The look of the quilt can change drastically just by choosing different fabrics and where you choose to place them. Explore the differences by changing out the negative and/or positive space in the quilt. It can easily be altered to fit the size of quilt you need by adding or subtracting rings. These instructions are for the quilt top only, and links are provided to making a quilt sandwich and binding at the end of the pattern.  Three sizes are included- throw, twin, and queen/king.  

The pattern came about from one of my sketches when I was sketching for Interweave.   I wish I had a cool story about what inspired this design, but it came from simply sketching.  :)

I threw a little Instagram contest to get a name, and it was so inspiring to see what people saw in the pattern.  Gears, stars, succulents, a shining sun, chains, to even flowers.   A huge thank you to everyone who participated.

I can't wait to see other versions of this.  I bet a cohesive scrappy version would look really good.  It's going to be great!  Feel free to share your makes with me and everyone else by using the hashtags #onpointquilt and #owensoliviaquiltpattern.



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Thanks everyone for your constant support!


xx nancy

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My quilting book released Sept. 24, 2015 and is on Amazon.  Check it out!


How to Machine Bind a Quilt || My Method

Binding is one of those things that I seriously forget how to do every.single.time.  No lie.  After every quilt, I refer back to my printed page from Heather Bailey's site.  But this started to get old for me, so I cheated.  Yeah.  I got "lazy" and decided that I no longer wanted to sew the last seam at an angle to join the two strips at the very end of binding, which was the one step that always had me going back to my trusty Heather Bailey referral sheet.

Like always, I urge you to find a method that best suits you.   My method may or may not be the best method for you, but if you find yourself getting frustrated figuring out that very last seam in binding, then my tutorial might be helpful.   Quilting should make you happy not grumpy.  I think this is becoming my new motto.  Actually, it did become my motto.

In this post I go over how to make straight grain binding, the math, how to apply it to your quilt, and how to finish it.

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