I think about Nancy Zieman often – absolutely every time I’m sewing. I use her patterns, her tools, her books and her techniques. Since I learned to sew by watching Sewing with Nancy, of course it makes sense that I would think of her when I sew.
We wrote books together, developed product and taped almost 20 Sewing with Nancy episodes.
But we were friends and I treasured my relationship with her. She was a wise woman. Patient, fair and classy. I miss her tremendously. If I was facing a business challenge, she was the first person I called. As our friendship deepened, I would turn to her for personal advice and she would do the same to me.
You don’t replace a friend like Nancy but you can honor her legacy by remembering what she meant to you. Even if you never met her, there’s a good chance she changed your life – your sewing life – by making your hobby more enjoyable.
Today, June 21, she would have been 65 years old. I hope you’ll spend a minute and think about what Nancy meant to you. What did she teach you? Maybe, how to accomplish large sewing tasks in 10-20-30 minutes segments? Or how to bind a quilt or turn a collar point? Possibly how to create a breathtaking landscape quilt?
I’d love to hear what you remember about Nancy. Do you have a favorite technique you learned from her? Maybe you received a hand written thank you or get well note from her. Do you continue to watch Sewing with Nancy? Do you have a bookshelf full of Nancy’s books? Please share your thoughts…