For future reference

I’m in a strong habit of writing these blog posts on Wednesday. I do this so those who subscribe get it in their email inbox on Thursday. Last week that didn’t happen. If you watched the news last week, you may have seen how a portion of North Carolina was targeted by vandals (aka domestic terrorists) who shot up two electrical substation. My community was the one hit. The event affected the entire county, with forty-five thousand households without power. I was one of those estimated 100 thousand people. It almost seems like ancient history and I want to show you some of the things that creatively got me through it all. However, right now I really want to share some great news I received right before all this nonsense….


Stabilizers for Thread Painting
in Quilting Art Magazine’s Winter 2022/23 edition.

I’m really excited to share this article with you. When I teach thread-painting, I cover a variety of stabilizers (interfacings) you can use to support your stitches. I think students sometimes get stuck when they only know one way. In teaching, I want to open doors to say, there are other ways and you just might find a different way works better for you. There are a variety of different stabilizers. It can be very overwhelming deciding which product to use. In this article, I categorize stabilizers into 4 types, then list the pros and cons of each.

When I started thread painting, I too was confused by all the different materials and it took me a lot of years to understand how to work with them. In the article, I focus on the practical uses for stabilizers when thread painting (aka free-motion machine embroidery). However, the article can also helpful for those doing hand embroidery or other stitching techniques that need extra support.

If you subscribe, you will be receiving your Quilting Arts Magazine Winter 2022/2023 edition this month (December 2022). Right now, it should also be available at newsstands/bookstores.  If you can’t find it locally, you can purchase a digital or print version through the Quilting Daily website:

I hope you get the chance to read the article. If you do read it, let me know what you think. I hope you find it worth keeping a copy for future reference.


  1. Sheila says:

    I live West of you in NC and I am so sorry you had to go through that. You are so talented so keep up the good work. I love hearing from you.

    • Nanette Zeller says:

      Thank you Sheila!! Thank you for your kind words. You are so sweet. Luckily, everyone I know is fine, but I there are a lot of people in this community who suffered financially, including businesses and people who lost all the food in their refrigerators. This is especially hard during the holiday season. The community is pulling together and helping. That’s the beautiful thing about this situation. Stay safe! and keep creating!!

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