Introducing Nancy McNally, a Back to School Sewer for Quiltmaker

Several months ago, we announced on Facebook that we were looking for QM readers to work on a one-time project for us. We got a great response, and it’s been my pleasure to work with the six women we selected as the Back to School Sewing Team. I’m happy to introduce them to you, one each day, as part of the QM Back to School Party.

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Today I get to introduce you to Nancy McNally, another one of the fabulous QM Back to School Sewing Team members. Nancy lives in Clarkston, Michigan.

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Nancy McNally

Nancy’s version of Dozens of Daisies was made with fabrics from the Desired Things line by Robyn Pandolph for RJR Fabrics.

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This line is floral and feminine, a real girl-pleaser.

 

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Here is Nancy’s lovely finished quilt.

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Dozens of Daisies made from Desired Things fabrics by Robyn Pandolph for RJR Fabrics. Quilt made by Nancy McNally.

Nancy shared some thoughts about her Back to School sewing experience.

My experience with the Back to School sewing team was wonderful!! I loved every minute of it! I loved the anticipation of waiting for the fabric to arrive (it was a mystery for each of us)…and how each quilt turned out differently.

I loved being able to talk with the other sewers, getting help if needed. Everyone was always willing to help and encourage. Honestly, I loved the entire experience.

When I saw the thread that was supplied for the project, I thought, “Uh-oh, I can’t use this thread on my longarm!” I had tried Sulky on my Gammill Classic Plus once and had constant breakage problems. I contacted Diane to let her know. The problem was solved so fast it made my head spin!!

Sulky Educator Sue Moates contacted me, and took me step-by-step through how to use their thread. Sue suggested lengthening my stitches from about 10 per inch to 8 per inch. She had me wind a bobbin with the same thread, and install a fresh needle just for good measure.

Rosie (my Gammill’s name) loved Sulky’s thread! She sewed up beautifully!! As a matter of fact, I am entering a miniature quilt in my quilt guild’s show next month using Sulky’s Blendable thread for the longarm. I absolutely love it.

I am so thankful that Sulky has trained their educators to really be able to help. They were on this problem so fast and Sue was wonderful!

I’ve been longarm quilting for over 10 years and have never bothered to learn about the different threads, just used what I was comfortable with. Now I have used their thread on several quilts and I plan to learn more about their products.

It’s always great to hear a story like Nancy’s. A great big thank you to Sulky, to Sue and to Nancy for the hard work on the Back to School project.

About Diane Harris

I'm Interactive Editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I've been writing pattern instructions and product reviews, and doing a host of other tasks necessary to help produce a national pattern magazine. Now I work remotely from rural Nebraska to generate some of our online content. I manage the QM Scrap Squad, our blog tours and our Quilt-Alongs. I have one of the best jobs in the world.
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6 Responses to Introducing Nancy McNally, a Back to School Sewer for Quiltmaker

  1. Helen Kross says:

    Hi Nancy, Love your quilt “Shower me with Flowers”.
    Am having trouble finding the green tonals. What fabric line did you use?
    Thanks for taking time with my email. Helen

  2. Peg Spradlin says:

    I never thought about contacting the thread company when having troubles with a thread but I’ll do that before giving up on another one.

  3. MarciaW says:

    Gorgeous quilt and informational on Sulky threads. I get confused on stitch length on our metric machine. What is the metric equivalent of 8 stitches per inch?

  4. I agree, you are never too old to learn! Matter of fact, I was at my local quilt shop the other day and the owner was explaining to my sister about batiks. I did not know the entire process of how batiks are made, so I listened in. I learned some thing new! See, never too old to learn.
    Happy Sewing!

  5. jackieferrebee@sbcglobal.net says:

    I am very pickie with thread and always only buy enough thread to last only a few months. That seems to keep my machine happy but I also change the needle before every big project or every 8 hours of sewing.

  6. Nancy’s experience with using different threads just goes to show us that one is never too old or experienced to try new things and learn new methods. That is one of the things I love about quilting….never boring or dull!!

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