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Quilt Expo celebrates Nancy Zieman and Natalie Sewell

We’re less than two weeks away from the start of the 14th annual Quilt Expo, held at the Alliant Energy Center’s Exhibition Hall in Madison. (Get your discount advance tickets here – or consider volunteering!)

Natalie Sewell and Nancy Zieman pose together at Quilt ExpoThis year, as every year, attendees will enjoy several special exhibits beyond the 10-category Quilt Contest. One of these exhibits honors the legacy of two women who have been central to quilting in Wisconsin and beyond: Nancy Zieman and Natalie Sewell. 

Read on for more examples of their beautiful landscape quilt collaborations!

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Wisconsin Public Television Remembers Nancy Zieman

Wisconsin Public Television is saddened by the death of Nancy Zieman, longtime host of Sewing With Nancy.

Zieman passed away at her home in Beaver Dam Tuesday morning after a long battle with cancer.

An educator, author, pattern maker, television producer, entrepreneur and innovator, Zieman inspired millions of sewing and quilting enthusiasts throughout her career. She hosted Sewing With Nancy, the longest-running sewing series on television, since 1982. The program continues to air on public television stations across the United States.

A careful, kind and generous presence, Zieman presented each of her programs in an engaging how-to format that empowered people of all skill levels to explore their own talents.

In addition to her TV program, Zieman was the founder of Nancy’s Notions, a Tacony Corporation company. Grown from her own kitchen table into a nationwide name trusted by sewers and quilters, the company offers thousands of products including sewing books, notions, videos and DVDs, fabrics and quilting products and embroidery designs through its website, retail store and Nancy’s Notions catalog.

In 2005, Zieman helped develop Quilt Expo with WPT in Madison. The event is a vibrant example of Zieman’s inspiration, now drawing more than 20,000 people from across the United States to celebrate the art and craft of quilting.

Zieman is survived by her husband, Richard, their two sons, Ted and Tom, and her beloved grandchildren.

“Nancy was an entrepreneur, a talented television host, a dear friend to so many people at Wisconsin Public Television, and a true Wisconsin treasure,” WPT’s Director of Television Jon Miskowski said. “During the time that she produced her series Sewing With Nancy with WPT, she made hundreds of hours of programs sharing her love of sewing and quilting – work that reflects the essence of Nancy’s legacy in passing the love of sewing, a passion she held very dear, on to the next generation. It was an honor for WPT to be a part of her story. We will all miss Nancy and share our condolences with her family and friends as we remember a life well-lived and a legacy that will continue to inspire for years to come.”

“I am proud to have worked with Nancy on Sewing With Nancy for more than 25 years,” Laurie Gorman, WPT’s producer of Sewing With Nancy, said. “She had the rare ability to take her passion – the love of sewing – and share it with a national audience through the medium of television. Nancy was a savvy entrepreneur, talented colleague, and dear friend. She will be greatly missed by the staff at WPT and her many viewers and fans across the country.”

Zieman’s work on Sewing With Nancy lives on in the hundreds of hours of television that she created, much of which is available online at wpt.org/SewingWithNancy as a lasting resource that is still used by sewing and quilting enthusiasts around the world.

A private funeral service will be held. Fans and friends hoping to share their memories of Nancy’s life and inspiration are welcome to leave comments at NancyZieman.com/blog. If friends, fans and viewers desire, information about suggested memorial gifts is also available at that website.

Escape, Create & Celebrate at Quilt Expo This Fall

Join the ultimate quilting adventure and meet Sewing With Nancy’s Nancy Zieman during Quilt Expo 2017: Sept. 7-9 in Madison!

Presented by Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) with Nancy Zieman, Quilt Expo is designed to capture and revitalize the creative quilting spirit. The expo features a 10-category quilt contest, vendor mall, stage presentations, informal lectures, sit & sew and hands-on workshops, nationally known celebrity presenters, appearances by Nancy and raffle prizes.

Advance registration for the expo is now open, which means you can register early and save $2 per admission ticket, workshop and lecture. Plus, registering early means you can take advantage of limited-quantity opportunities, like the brand-new Quilt Expo VIP package! Continue reading Escape, Create & Celebrate at Quilt Expo This Fall

Enter the Quilt Expo Modern Mini Quilt Challenge!

Quilt Expo and Nancy Zieman have announced an all-new quilting challenge taking place throughout the month of May on social media: The Quilt Expo Modern Mini Quilt Challenge!

To enter, send a high-resolution image of your quilt to QEChallenge@gmail.com by 5 p.m. CST on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Include your full name, hometown, and a sentence or two about your quilt. Enter one modern mini quilt for a chance to receive a prize from one of the sponsors (explore the full prize list below)!  Continue reading Enter the Quilt Expo Modern Mini Quilt Challenge!

“Treasured Quilts of Wisconsin” Showcases Tradition, Innovation and Inspiration

Update! Watch Treasured Quilts of Wisconsin online here.

Quilting is more than just fabric and thread. It is a journey filled with thoughtfulness and emotion. Join host Nancy Zieman to meet the artists behind the quilts in the brand-new television special Treasured Quilts of Wisconsin, premiering 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 on Wisconsin Public Television.

Preview the special in this exclusive sneak peek:

Meet contemporary quilters who take traditional quilting to new levels, innovative quilters who use unconventional techniques, and inspirational quilters who explore the richness of life and its many lessons through fabric.

Treasured Quilts of Wisconsin introduces viewers to quilters and quilts from around Wisconsin, including work by Diane Gaudynski, Betty Ekern Suiter, Bruce Seeds, Natalie Sewell and more. Learn the source of their inspiration, tour their workspaces and marvel at the intricacies of their masterpieces. Plus, view dozens of quilts crafted by quilters from across the state.

Each quilter has unique reasons for quilting. Learn how all quilters are united by a passion for tradition, innovation and inspiration when Treasured Quilts of Wisconsin premieres on WPT.

Preview “Treasured Quilts of Wisconsin,” Coming to WPT This November

Treasured Quilts of Wisconsin, a brand-new WPT  program hosted by Sewing With Nancy‘s Nancy Zieman, premieres 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 on WPT. In this exclusive preview of the program, quilter and author Natalie Sewell discusses how she first fell in love with quilting and how her art has evolved.

Treasured Quilt of Wisconsin contains interviews, stories and quilts from some of Wisconsin’s top quilters. Nearly 30 quilters and quilts from around the state will be featured, including work by: Diane Gaudynski, Betty Ekern Suiter,  Bruce Seeds, and Wendy Butler Berns.

DVDs of the program will be available at the time of broadcast. Don’t miss the broadcast premiere on Tuesday, Nov. 29!

Meet Nancy Zieman & Learn New Techniques at Quilt Expo

Registration for Quilt Expo 2016 is officially open! Every year, guests flock to Quilt Expo to Escape, Create and Celebrate. The three-day event, presented by Wisconsin Public Television with Nancy Zieman, invites all quilt lovers to learn, laugh and draw inspiration from each other.

Quilt Expo | Sept. 8-10, 2016
Alliant Energy Center in Madison
Register early and save:
Register here.

Nancy Zieman, beloved host of WPT’s own Sewing With Nancy, which has been on the air since 1982, will appear at the Wisconsin Public Television booth to meet with all Quilt Expo attendees!

Don’t miss Quilt Expo’s 10-category quilt contest exhibit, showcasing the incredible talents of quilters from across the country. In addition, attendees can view this year’s brand-new Black & White Plus One Challenge, which spotlights unique ways of creating fabric masterpieces using only three colors.

Nearly 200 vendors at the extensive vendor mall will offer the latest machines, kits, fabrics, threads, notions and more. Additional highlights include a raffle for fantastic quilt-related prizes, as well as a community service project — Quilt to Give, led by Nancy Zieman — which invites attendees to donate their materials and skills to create bed-size quilts for those in need.

Visit quiltexpo.com for full details and to register for lectures, workshops and evening events! We hope to see you this fall.

Join Us at the 10th Annual Quilt Expo

After a successful set-up day in the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, we’re finally ready for the 10th Annual Quilt Expo…are you?

Thousands of quilters will make their way through these doors Sept. 4-6

This year promises to the biggest Quilt Expo yet, with a record 513 quilts on display, including 300 quilts in the judged and juried 10 category quilt contest. There are also several special quilt exhibits to admire, including quilts inspired by songs from the 1970s, a collection of cow-themed quilts and quilts from the Oneida Nation.

Quilt Expo is your chance to meet Nancy Zieman of “Sewing With Nancy” and to attend one of several educational lectures and Sit & Sew workshops. There’s also an extensive vendor mall with quilts for sale and the latest sewing and quilting supplies.

And, Quilt Expo will again hold the “Quilt to Give” community service project. There’s a large pile of fabric (picture below) that attendees will help make into quilts that will be donated to charity.

Join us Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 4-6. Get ready to “Escape. Create. Celebrate.” at the 10th annual Quilt Expo. Click to visit the Quilt Expo website.

Cow Pie from Whimsical Cow Stampede
A cow-themed quilt featured in the Whimsical Cow Stampede exhibit
Fabric for Quilt to Give
Fabric for the “Quilt to Give” community service project
The vendor floor and quilt contest exhibit at Quilt Expo
The vendor floor and quilt contest exhibit at Quilt Expo


Watch All-New 'Sewing With Nancy'

Last month, we took you behind the scenes of Nancy Zieman Productions to tell you that a new season of Sewing With Nancy was fast approaching. This week, we’re happy to tell you Nancy’s 32nd season is here and begins with the online premiere of “Sew Simple With Rectangles & Squares, Part 1.”

Picture of Nancy Zieman
Host Nancy Zieman

On her blog, Nancy says “Sew Simple” is the first in a three part series full of projects – exclusively cut from fabric rectangles and squares – that are designed for people who like to sew but really don’t have the time.

“Sew Simple” is also the first of 26 episodes in the new season. Look for a new episode each week right here at wpt.org and on your public television station. The new season airs on WPT beginning Saturday, Sept. 13.

In conjunction with the new season, and the 10th annual Quilt Expo in September, we’re also airing a Sewing With Nancy special 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 on Wisconsin Public Television. Watch as Nancy demonstrates how to make Dresden Plate quilt designs and then redesigns the Lone Star quilt to make it speedy to sew.

Watch Sewing With Nancy “Sew Simple With Rectangles & Squares, Part 1” and find more episodes at wpt.org/SewingWithNancy.


'Sewing With Nancy' Returns with a Variety of New Projects

We recently stopped by Nancy Zieman’s office to pin down a few remaining details about the upcoming season of Sewing With Nancy. In Nancy’s words, this season could be billed as a “variety show” of sorts.

Nancy Zieman at her desk
Nancy working on the upcoming season.

But don’t expect to see any singing and dancing segments this season. Nancy was quick to clarify that viewers can expect to see a wide “variety” of  innovative sewing and quilting projects.

“Sewing quick projects from rectangles and squares, making column quilts instead of block quilts, creating doll costumes, sewing fashion wraps, and learning the absolute easiest way to sew are a sampling of the array of projects that will be shown.”

And that’s just the first half of the season. New episodes are still in the works, but Nancy says viewers can expect to discover a diverse range of sewing and quilting projects throughout the season.

The new season of Sewing With Nancy begins in August with full episodes streaming online right here at wpt.org. Click to watch the new season online.

Before we left Nancy Zieman Productions, we couldn’t help but poke our heads into the workspace. Here are a few more candid shots from our visit.

Behind the Scenes of Nancy Zieman Productions
Bursting with Creativity
Behind the scenes at Nancy Zieman Productions
The Cutting Room
Behind the scenes at Nancy Zieman Productions
Photo Shoot