Sewing, tatting, and more by Nancy Tracy

My award-winning quilt!
This was my entry for the 2008 Hoffman Challenge. I was very excited to learn that I had won “Best First-Time Entry” in the pieced category!! Read more about it in the gallery.

Tatting comprises a series of double-hitch knots we call double-stitches arranged in rings and chains, and ornamented with picots and sometimes beads. It is worked using either a tatting shuttle or tatting needle using tightly-twisted threads. Go to the tatting pages for free tatting patterns and for free articles about the history of tatting, how to shuttle tat, how to make a blocking board for finishing your tatting, and many other things.

I have been sewing since I was a child, and spent seven years running my own business as a dressmaker. Visit the sewing section for free sewing tips that I learned on the job and while I was studying textiles in college. Learn about caring for your machine, sewing on specialty fabrics, how to make collars that curve beautifully, the correct way to press your projects, time-saving tips, selecting the right fabric and interfacing, and much more!

This is the “eye-candy” section of Be-stitched where I post many of the tatting, sewing, quilting, and other projects I’ve done. Plus, now you can add your own projects! Just send me an email with a photo of your project and a short paragraph about it.

The latest from the blog …

Diversions – lap quilt and crumb piecing

So I was supposed to work on one of Mom’s quilt tops next. At least that’s what I said I’d do. But I didn’t. I decided I needed another lap quilt and pulled out three packets of charm squares from Mom’s old stash. Here’s what I made with them! It’s just the perfect size to […]

Jinny Beyer bag from kit

I love this tote bag!

In addition to Mom’s quilt tops that I’m working on this year, I inherited a number of quilt kits and a few unfinished quilt tops from her. I was going to quilt another of her tops next, but I got side-tracked. I needed a bag to take with me to church each week. I play […]

Mom's Coneflower Quilt

The first quilt is done!

I had originally thought that I would first finish Mom’s red, white, and blue quilt that I showed in my last post. But I just couldn’t get my head around how to quilt it. So I pulled out this one. It’s about 70″ x 85″ and old enough that the colors are practically back in […]


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