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. 



  • Catherine E AlbaneseDec 17, 2020

    I was young 35 yrs ago. I was a constant viewer of Sewing With Nancy on the PBS station. She was the one who got me into an Embroidery Sewing Machine. When I was working, I would tape her shows so I could watch them later. She inspired me. It’s a shame none of my “girls” took to sewing. I have expensive sewing machines and no one to leave them to. I miss her programs. Never to old to learn something new. She will be missed by those who learned to Sew With Nancy.

  • Pat ShortDec 02, 2020

    I am so glad you acquired the company. I still enjoy watching Nancy’s shows. She was an excellent instructor. Miss her.

  • Penny DoyleDec 02, 2020

    Through the years I have loved watching Nancy’s how to series. There were few people I could relate to or talk to about sewing. Most people around me didn’t sew and really weren’t much interested in learning. It had become a lost art when in fact years ago it wasn’t an art form it was almost a necessity when ready mades were not so easily available. I am always amazed, when as part of different sewing groups on social media, just how few people still don’t know the basics. She is greatly missed. Hopefully MSQC can keep her story alive and help pass on some of the knowledge Nancy had.

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