"Nancy served as an icon, a leader and a visionary in the sewing world. She paved the way for many other women to become entrepreneurs and business owners. In 1979, she founded Nancy’s Notions, based in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. After a long battle with cancer, Nancy passed away at home surrounded by family on November 14, 2017.

Nancy also founded the Public Television show Sewing with Nancy in 1982 – now the longest-running sewing and quilting program on North American television. She authored multiple sewing how-to books and inspired countless sewing enthusiasts across the U.S. and throughout the world.

'This is a profound loss,' said Mike Schuster, general manager of Nancy’s Notions. 'Nancy Zieman was more than an educator and entrepreneur. She was our friend. She served as an inspiration, and her spirit will always be at the core of what we do. Nancy influenced so many lives with her compassion and grace. Our thoughts are with her family and all those she touched on her journey.'

'Nancy Zieman was a genuinely kind and generous person,' said Kathy Gittus, vice president of digital and print production. 'She inspired the people she worked with and the millions who watched her public television show. We will miss her.'”

As we continue to celebrate the life of Nancy Zieman, who passed away November 14 2017, enjoy this collection of memories, photos and moments from a woman who taught us all so much and influenced so many lives.

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