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Desmond Quilt
Desmond's Sampler, 1988
My first quilt -after over
14 years of hard use! (90" L x 70" W)

Nancy Elliott MacDonald

My Quilting History

Nancy made her first quilt in 1988 and never looked back. She studied with many major traditional and innovative quilt artists. Her quilts have been featured in a number of publications and have been exhibited in and received awards in major quilt shows internationally. She continues to explore many techniques: QUICK, made by MACHINE, and FINISHED being my favorites.

Always "needle addicted", she sat at the sewing machine at about age 8 (and pretty much never left it!):  dressmaking, upholstery, slip covers, drapes, tailoring, tents, wedding gowns, ski clothes, back packs. She also did knitting, crochet, regular and crewel embroidery, needlepoint (and grosspoint and pettipoint), no macramé. What's left of all that is in a very few boxes. She continues quilting and craft sewing, gardening and reading. After a 50+- year hiatus, she is again singing, in a chorus and in a 7-member performance group.  She also is a member of a local variety theater group.


Winding Ways

My Book

Nancy's book, Winding Ways Quilts – A Practically Pinless Approach, was released in March 2004 by C&T Publishing. She was thrilled to make her "Oh-so-very-doable curved-seam machine piecing technique" available to quilters all over the world. The book is now out of print but Nancy has a supply of copies which may be ordered online or by mail.

My Family Life

Nancy is a retired quilting teacher, lecturer, judge and, above all, a quilt maker. Her adult two children, two step-children and their children live “far enough away” in Northern California.

Places I Have Called Home
FlagBorn:   Alhambra, CA 1937
Raised:  San Gabriel and
          South Pasadena, CA
Lived:  Salt Lake City, UT 1955-59
          San Jose, CA 1959-60
          Salt Lake City, UT 1960-65
          Bridgeport, CA 1965-78
          Sacramento, CA 1978-85
          Houston, TX 1985-87
          Carmichael, CA 1987-2009
          Citrus Heights, CA since 2009