Nancy Zieman’s Quick Column Quilts Blog Hop

Heartbeat Quilt pattern

Today is my stop on the  Quick Column Quilts book blog hop, and I’m going to share with you a project that I made from the book.   I’ve been crazy busy running around for the last 6 weeks or so, and it was nice to just sit down and sew something for fun.

Nancy Zieman's Quick Column Quilts Book

I’m sure you guys know who Nancy Zieman is, she’s someone who I’ve always looked up to in this industry. I think she has done so much for the sewing community. When I saw that she wrote a book geared towards modern quilting I was really excited to get a hold of it and check out her take on the Modern Quilting movement.

I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. The premise is patterns for quilts that are constructed in columns so make piecing simpler and quicker, but still make a big impact.

I was drawn to many of the quilts in the book, but I was the most drawn to the Heartbeat Column quilt. I think it’s such a clever design (I LOVE strip quilts) and I love the quilt in solids as shown in her book.


I love the design of the quilt and the piecing method that Nancy uses… When I make quilt tops I prefer to do it more improvisationaly  (code for make it up as I go) which makes it so sometimes have a hard time sitting down and following instructions. The thing I loved about this quilt pattern is that if you want to make it EXACTLY as Nancy did she has the measurements included, but she also lists a more improvisational method for making the top. Which I love…

Heartbeat Quilt pattern

I decided it would be a good time to chop up some of my Cotton and Steel stash and sat down and made the quilt. It was super easy and I was able to complete it in just an evening. Since this pattern is for a crib sized quilt and it pieces quickly I think that it would make a great quilt to gift. I chose to use pattern fabrics instead of the solids that Nancy used and I also use a gray textured cotton for the background fabric instead of white.

Heartbeat Quilt pattern

So far I just have the quilt top done. I decided against quilting it at this point because I think that it would be a fun one to play around with some free motion quilting patterns. I can see a different quilting pattern in each strip. So I’m going to take my time and play around with a few different design ideas. I’ll be sure to share it with you when I finish it up.



If you’d like a chance to win your OWN copy of Quick Column Quilts hop on over to Nancy’s blog to enter an AMAZING giveaway that she’s hosting now (there’s even some fabric up for grabs).

If you like you can pick up the book on Amazon ….

and to read what other’s have said about the book, take a minute and stop by some of their blogs!

09/04/14 Nancy Zieman

09/05/14 Quilt Taffy and Simple Simon & Co.

09/06/14 Diary of a Quilter and Stitchin Jenny

09/07/14 A Woman a Day

09/08/14 Jina Barney Designz, Lilac Lane Patterns, and Totally Stitchin’

09/09/14 Esch House Quilts and The Cottage Mama

09/10/14 Designs in Machine Embroidery and Pat Sloan

09/12/14 Happy Valley Primitives, Doohikey Designs, and Quilt in a Day

09/13/14 Quilt Dad and Just Arting Around

09/14/14 Lazy Girl Designs and Marie-Madeline Studio

09/15/14 Always Expect Moore and Polka Dot Chair

09/16/14 Amy Lou Who Sews and Riley Blake Designs

09/17/14 Indygo Junction and Amy’s Creative Side

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  1. It has been so much fun visiting all the different sites and seeing how others have interpreted Nancy Zieman’s patterns in this amazing book!
    You never disappoint, Melissa! Beautiful quilt top and I can’t wait to see how you quilt it!

  2. Melissa,

    Great job on the Heartbeat Quilt. I’m loving seeing all the variation and color choices. Pin and Navy—what a terrific combo!


  3. This has been such a fun hop! So many great quilts already…very creative, different & beautiful! This book is definitely on my Wish List! 🙂 For sure!

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