Grandma Garrison was Nancy's mentor while she made her first
quilt in 1972. Gram asked her to cut a 6-inch square template from
paper and pin it on some fabric. Using regular scissors, quite
dull, Nancy cut around the paper template. After cutting about two
dozen squares, she noticed some of the squares were not the same
size. Nancy called Gram and said, "My blocks don't seem to be the
same size." Gram replied, "Are you cutting any of the paper
template off when you cut around it?" Nancy replied, "No, only once
in a while!" That was Nancy's first lesson in accuracy and it has
stuck with her all these years. Today her hallmark is accuracy, and
she stresses it with students and attributes the wide recognition
of her work to its continued emphasis.
She has written several best-selling books, including Featherweight 221: The Perfect Portable, and Rotary Magic. Nancy also refined how to work with squares and rectangles in her other best-selling books Block Magic; Block Magic, Too!; and Stars by Magic. Recently she was granted a U.S. patent for her innovative technique used for making Eight-Point Stars from squares and rectangles.
Nancy has been a spokesperson and consultant for Omnigrid, a division of Prym Consumer USA, Inc., for over eighteen years.
Her hobbies include reading mysteries, traveling to see children and grandchildren, working in her flower gardens (they keep expanding), and making baby quilts for charity. In recent years she has donated over 600 quilts to brighten the lives of needy children and parents. Nancy lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Frank.