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Nancy Prince

Nancy Prince

Nancy's life changed forever after purchasing her first quilting book. From the first rotary cut, she was hooked! Three years into quilting, she discovered thread painting. No one was more surprised than Nancy when her first thread-painted quilt looked like the photograph! After 18 years of teaching and creating, she is just as passionate as day one. She loves sharing with her students what she has learned over the years.

Nancy tells us, "Early on in my thread painting adventures, I realized to avoid broken and frayed thread I had to use a quality thread. My original go-to thread was Rainbows (now Fantastico) because a variegated thread worked well in my landscape workshops. I use Bottom Line in the bobbin because the fineness of the thread and it leaves no lint in the bobbin case. A number of years ago, quite by accident, I added micro quilting to one of my workshops quilt. Micro quilting requires a very fine thread and Kimono Silk was the perfect answer. No matter what abuse I put the Kimono Silk through, it performed to my expectations every time. With Superior's 40 wt polyester to their 100 wt silk, I expect nothing but perfection. Regardless of the thread line, Superior delivers every time.

- Nancy Prince -

Favorite Thread: Fantastico, Bottom Line and Kimono Silk

Non-Quilting Hobby: Hiking

Quilting Since: 1996

Nancy's Featured Quilts

On This Winter Day

I based the design of On This Winter Day from some of the memories I had as a child growing up in the mountains of North Carolina and my love of period clothing. The background fabric was painted in Photoshop and then commercially printed on fabric. The background was designed such that I had three natural breaks in the drawing, so it could be printed on three 90” long pieces which I used MonoPoly to applique the pieces together. I bought at least 50 spools of Kimono Silk colors because I didn’t know what colors I would need. I wanted the silk color to change every time the background color changed. I use Superior Threads because of their quality and reliability of the threads, the education they provide, and I really enjoy working with great people.

Any time I start a new competitive quilt I always want to try some new techniques. I incorporated punch needle for the fur on the ladies coats. I used Kumihimo (a fun braiding system) to hand make the horse’s reins. I tried some new thread painting techniques to give the garments a “tweedy” look. I don’t like repetition and trying something new keeps the fun in a new project.

I had so expected to win Superiors’ thread artistry award at Quilt Festival Houston 2014 because no on puts as much thread into a quilt as I do. When I didn't win, I didn’t know which awards followed Superior’s award because I had zoned in on that one so much. To my great surprise, it won Best of Show! Winning Best of Show at Houston, in my perspective, is the highest award that anyone can win in the quilting world. Houston was a very special week and one that I will remember forever.

Since Houston, On This Winter Day has won 14 additional awards at quilt shows across the nation.

On This Winter Day
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