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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.

“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.

Q&A: Treasured Quilts of Wisconsin

“Quilting is so much more than making a bed quilt to keep someone warm,” says Nancy Zieman. The longtime host of Sewing With Nancy is excited to present the new Treasured Quilts of Wisconsin special, premiering Tuesday, Nov. 29. at 7 p.m.

Read on to see why and how this unique program came to be.

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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!

Behind the Scenes: Quilt Expo 2016

Quilt Expo 2016 is just around the corner, Sept. 8-10 at the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. In advance of the three-day expo, Wisconsin Public Television spent the day with Nancy Zieman to find out what goes into making Quilt Expo the ultimate quilting adventure. From storing contest quilts to prepping samples to making media appearances, preparing for Quilt Expo is a year-round production.

Escape, Create and Celebrate at Quilt Expo. Purchase discounted advance tickets at QuiltExpo.com through Sept. 5. Admission tickets and registration for remaining class openings will be available on-site during Quilt Expo.

A New Season of “Sewing With Nancy”

September is an exciting time at Wisconsin Public Television! A new season of Sewing With Nancy premieres 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 on WPT, and the three-day Quilt Expo, co-presented by WPT and Nancy Zieman, takes place Sept. 8-10.

The good news is that you don’t have to wait until September to enjoy Sewing With Nancy or start planning your Quilt Expo adventure. The first episodes from the 34th season of Sewing With Nancy are now available on wpt.org. Click here to watch Best Sweatshirt Makeovers, Favorite Scarves to Sew and more (just in time to get cozy for fall).

Planning ahead for Quilt Expo is almost as much fun as attending … almost. On her blog, Nancy talks about what she’s most looking forward to at this year’s expo — from must-see lectures to shopping for the latest notions to the Kids Quilt Challenge and everything in between. As Nancy says “It’s a big deal!”

There’s another benefit of planning for Quilt Expo in advance: Discounted prices are available for Quilt Expo advance tickets and class registration purchased through Sept. 5.

Watch the premiere episode of Sewing With Nancy below, and mark your calendars to join Nancy at the 2016 Quilt Expo.

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.

Streaming Favorites for March

A lot of my favorite national dramas from PBS recently wrapped up, including Downton Abbey (let’s all share a moment of silence), and Mercy Street. In my search for great streaming content, I decided to bring it back home and focus on some of our locally-produced shows. So much of the quality content we broadcast at WPT is also available to watch online, so if you missed an episode – or if you’re a spoiled viewer like me, and only watch shows on-demand – check out some of our great, locally produced shows online.

Wisconsin Foodie
Kyle Cherek goes all over the state in a quest to discover the hidden gems of Wisconsin’s culinary scene. From cheese makers to beer distillers, Cherek shows us why it’s great to be a foodie in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Life
When you feel like you’re in a rut, Wisconsin Life can show you a new perspective and share some of the incredible, adventurous things going on across the state. This show highlights how diverse, creative and fun Wisconsinites truly are!

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Sewing With Nancy Explores the Fashions of Downton Abbey

Several costumes, including Mary’s red coat are on display in Oshkosh.

Earlier this summer, Sewing With Nancy hit the road to get an insider’s look at the new Downton Abbey costume exhibit that’s touring America.

The exhibit, Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times, is currently on display in Oshkosh at the Paine Art Center and Gardens, but you can get a detailed look at the exquisite costumes right here from exhibit curator Laura Fiser and host Nancy Zieman. Continue reading Sewing With Nancy Explores the Fashions of Downton Abbey

Preparations for Quilt Expo are Underway

Every year a ton of work goes into making Quilt Expo a great place to “Escape. Create. Celebrate.” and one of the most rewarding tasks — processing entries in the 10-category juried and judged Quilt Contest — is now complete.

With hundreds of entries, it took a jury a full afternoon and most of the evening to sort through all the quilts and to choose the best order for displaying them. It’s a grueling task, but I can assure you the jury was looking forward to spending hours scrutinizing every stitch and detail of the quilts.

We snuck into the jury room and snapped some photos to give you an idea of how they make their decisions. Check out the photos below, and remember to see the quilts for yourself at the Quilt Contest exhibit at this year’s Quilt Expo, Sept. 10-12 in Madison. Continue reading Preparations for Quilt Expo are Underway