How I Got Started

Over 20 years ago I was introduced into the world of quilting by accident. I was attending a “back to school” picnic with several moms. These moms were quilters and brought show and tell…like I learned all quilters love to do! They pulled their quilts out of their bags and I was hooked! Who knew you buy fabric, cut apart, and sew it all back together? And why would anyone do this? To make these beautiful quilts!
I began sewing by learning how to piece garments, I learned quickly…I did not like it. I decided it was time to try quilting, after all I loved what I saw from the other moms.  There was no turning back…
Advance about 15 years later, 2 longarm machines, lots of fabric purchases, tools, notions, I took the plunge and decided to start designing quilts. I was already teaching how to piece a quilt, so why not try the next step of designing and getting published in a magazine.
I did just that…and the rest is history!
I have a passion for quilting, I love absolutely everything these is about quilting…ok, confession time, I don’t like to hand sew the binding. How does one handle that? You use your decorative (character stitches) from your sewing machine.
Since my first quilt being accepted for publication in Fons & Porter Scrap Quilt magazine Fall 2011
 This quilt is named “Friendship Rings”
My quilt patterns are published in a variety of magazines from 2011 to present day. You can find my work in the following magazines: Love of Quilting, Scrap Quilts, Quilter’s World, Quilty, Quiltmaker, Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Quiltmaker’s Quilts from 100 Blocks.
I have contributed to numerous books with Annie’s Publishing company along with 3 videos (#4 coming soon) with Annie’s also.
I have appeared on PBS tv show “Quilting Arts” series 1700 episodes 1705 & 1709 featuring my Whimsical Applique and my Wholecloth Collage Quilting.
I’ve taught at national shows, symposiums, guilds, quilt shops and I have an online channel with YouTube.
If you would like for me to come and teach at your guild, group, club or shop send me an email:nancymcnallyquilts@gmail.com

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Because I’m listening to you in FB (Mystery) & YouTube & Craftsy (Blazing Star) I can so ” hear” you in this writing ? Missing your giggles, however ?

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