Honoring A Legacy

by Audra Hoy Chaimson   November 24, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Photo Credit: PBS Wisconsin

Being a sewist and quilter in Wisconsin, Nancy Zieman is a household name for many of us. She was a visionary whose influence changed the trajectory of the sewing and quilting industry. Her impact as a successful author, designer, businesswoman, TV producer, national sewing authority, and host for 35 years of the show “Sewing With Nancy” continues to resonate with new generations.

I knew quite a bit about Nancy, but the new PBS documentary, Extraordinary Grace, truly shows the powerhouse of a woman that Nancy was. There is a foundation Nancy laid that many current and future makers will never realize was poured by a young woman from Wisconsin who overcame incredible challenges to share her love of creating and educating people around the world.

Personally, there are a few key traits of Nancy’s years of dedication and passion that I seek to carry forward every day in my work at Nancy’s Notions:
- Connecting People
- Providing Education
- Openness & Acceptance of All
- Sharing the Passion to Create
- Being Genuine and Sharing Your True Self

As some of you may know, in May of 2020, Nancy’s Notions was acquired and now lives side by side with Missouri Star Quilt Co. Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co. remembers watching “Sewing with Nancy” faithfully on Sunday mornings and loved to learn from Nancy’s skillful instruction. Jenny’s memories of Nancy are extremely fond, so when the opportunity came to bring Nancy’s Notions into the Missouri Star family, it was a perfect fit.

Work has been underway to relaunch the Nancy’s Notions brand and to help further her vision of inspiring and empowering everyone to create. We hope to honor Nancy’s legacy in the best way we know how: to teach, inspire, and provide everything you need to continue on your creative journey. When Extraordinary Grace airs on your local PBS station, we encourage you to watch and learn more about the incredible woman that we strive to revere everyday. 



  • maria BrasidioMar 16, 2021

    I just learned about Nancy passed away my heart is broken i love to watch her show and have learned so much with her shows ,RIP Nancy,

  • Carrie E ReedMar 10, 2021

    I loved watching Nancy’s shows when I was young, even though I knew nothing about sewing. Now that make quilts, I refer to her massive knowledge base to answer just about any question I might have.

  • Rivkah CohenFeb 17, 2021

    I have loved Nancy and her show for a years…she taught me to measure from armpit to armpit rather than around my bust, or across my shoulders. Any troublesome sewing was something she had a solution for. I cannot think of a better pairing than Nancy and Jenny. Yeah!

  • Debbie Clark Jan 28, 2021

    I’m happy to find Nancys Notions will live on , with Missouri Star. I lived in Kenosha, WI years ago, and raised my 5 children! Nancy and her teachings helped me make many a Halloween costume, winter robe, summer short set . I will remember and appreciate her until I can no longer see to sew my last quilt or hem of my daughters pants!
    Thank you!

  • Helen EllerbachJan 13, 2021

    Nancy was such a dear and left.a wonderful legacy for us and quilters of the future.

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