Remembering Nancy Zieman and Celebrating her Legacy

Nancy Zieman the Rest of the Story - A Memoir of Faith Family and Friends

Remembering Nancy Zieman and Celebrating her Legacy

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Nancy Zieman the Rest of the Story - A Memoir of Faith Family and Friends

Two years ago, today, we lost our dear friend Nancy Zieman. As we continue to celebrate Nancy’s legacy, we remember her strength, perseverance, and many contributions to our world. In an interview with Richard Zieman, Nancy’s husband shares memories, conversations with Nancy, and why he wrote his biography about Nancy. “Nancy Zieman, The Rest of the Story–A Memoir of Faith, Family, and Friends” In a interview with the NZP Team, Richard Zieman (Nancy Zieman’s husband and owner of Nancy Zieman Productions) shares memories, conversations with Nancy, and why he wrote his new book, Nancy Zieman, The Rest of the Story—A Memoir of Faith, Family, and Friends.


In his biography, Nancy Zieman, The Rest of the Story—A Memoir of Faith, Family, and Friends, Richard shares an intimate look into Nancy’s life and career—focusing mainly on the five years since Nancy’s autobiography, Seams Unlikely, written in 2012.

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“Prior to Nancy’s passing, on November 14, 2017, Nancy and I talked about the positive reach of Seams Unlikely and the powerful stories shared by readers, and by Sewing With Nancy viewers, on how Nancy’s perseverance and faith deeply impacted their lives and inspired their own perseverance. Nancy and I talked several times about writing a second book—to tell the ‘rest of the story.’ My book, Nancy Zieman, The Rest of the Story—A Memoir of Faith, Family, and Friends picks up where Seams Unlikely ended, and includes Nancy’s personal reflections on her life, career, faith, and the many blessings of family and friends—especially during her final months.” Richard Zieman

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Nancy Zieman, The Rest of the Story—A Memoir of Faith, Family, and Friends begins with a recap, from Seams Unlikely, and shares Nancy’s life story from childhood to early adulthood—when Ms. Nancy Luedtke meets Mr. Richard Zieman.

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Richard includes a DVD within the inside back cover of his book. This special DVD shares an exclusive 26 minute video of Nancy’s life story in a very personal and memorable way.

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From left to right, Ted Zieman, Luella Zieman, Alison Zieman, Richard Zieman, Barbara Luedkte Eckstein, Avery Zieman, Nancy Zieman, Warren Eckstein, Tom Zieman, Katelyn Zieman, and Adeline Zieman

Richard shares his thoughts in an excerpt from the book prologue in Nancy Zieman, The Rest of the Story—A Memoir of Faith, Family, and Friends:

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“Nancy started her autobiography, Seams Unlikely, with the words, ‘I never intended to write an autobiography.’ In similar fashion, I never intended to write Nancy’s biography, at least not so soon, picking up where Seams Unlikely ended. But those who knew Nancy Zieman personally, as well as those who appreciated Nancy’s role in the sewing and quilting industry, form a unique community of people who care deeply and respectfully for others. I want them to know the rest of Nancy’s story.

Although she had a very public professional life, Nancy was at heart a very reserved person who shared the difficulties of her life with few people. She was quiet about her physical challenges, especially those that plagued the last few years of her life, and she always tried to look on the positive side of things.

Nancy left us on November 14, 2017, and almost immediately people began requesting the story of the final years of her life. One might expect that those five years were filled with sadness and pain—and there was a lot of that—but in those years Nancy also kept looking and planning for the future. She never stopped dreaming or creating.”

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From left to right, Donna Fenske, Gail Brown, Mary Mulari, Pat Hahn, Laurie Gorman, Nancy Zieman, Natalie Sewell, and Eileen Roche.

“I wrote this book for those who came to know Nancy personally, as well as those who felt a personal relationship with Nancy as viewers of Sewing With Nancy. In the book I share an intimate look into our family life and Nancy’s career. I’ve included Nancy’s personal reflections on her life, career, faith, and the many blessings of family and friends—especially during her final months.”

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“Nancy’s story is the story of those she touched. And, because of that, I thank the viewers of Sewing With Nancy along with those who appreciate the sewing products she created and all those whom Nancy touched professionally in one way or another.” Richard Zieman


Nancy Zieman the Rest of the Story - A Memoir of Faith Family and Friends

Thank you to Richard Zieman for sharing his insights with NZP Blog readers. As we celebrate Nancy’s legacy, we remember her strength and perseverance during tough times and happy times. Nancy Zieman the Rest of the Story—A Memoir of Faith, Family, and Friends—A NEW! book by Nancy Zieman’s husband, Richard Zieman—is a moving and inspiring account of an unexpected journey with life’s final challenges. Richard, along with family and friends, share personal stories of the faith, family, and friendships that sustained Nancy.

Nancy Zieman the Rest of the Story - A Memoir of Faith Family and Friends

Show us What You’re Making! We love to hear from you, so whether youve tried one of Nancy’s Sewing Patterns, or youre planning on stitching a project you’ve seen on Sewing With Nancy or on The Nancy Zieman Productions Blog, share your experiences and photos with us on Facebook or Instagram!

Happy Sewing!

Team Nancy Zieman

Nancy Zieman Productions. LLC.



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  • Carolyn T
    November 14, 2019

    Nancy’s life is a beautiful story of perseverance, fun and hope. Richard’s book is sure to keep our hearts full.

  • Debe Konopa
    November 14, 2019

    Nancy had an amazing talent of letting everyone know they could learn her newest projects no matter what level of sewing skills they possessed. I grew so much watching her on tv, buying her latest quilt book and going to expo. I miss her. She was a friend to all of us.

  • Florence Dupuis
    November 14, 2019

    I miss Nancy and her teaching. I learned so much over the course of all the years I watched her.

  • Susan
    November 14, 2019

    Nancy continues to inspire the sewing community through her shows and learning resources. Her inspiration as created a can do attitude among many. We were blessed to have her share her many talents.

  • Virginia C
    November 14, 2019

    What a wonderful giving person. I loved watching her programs and learned so much from her. I’m sure her legacy
    will live on for years to come. Thank you Nancy, w still remember and love you.

  • Marcia
    November 14, 2019

    Nancy has been a part of my sewing life. I am shocked and saddened at your loss! God bless her for all she gave us!

  • Barbara Ione Delarwelle
    November 14, 2019

    I learned about Nancy through my mother. My mother faithfully watched Sewing with Nancy. Through Nancy’s television show and instructional publications, she taught my mother to sew. Mom, through Nancy, became a fantastic seamstress. When my sister attended a Beauty and Modeling College mom made all of her attire by looking at pictures. Mom was then asked to sew costumes for Broadway performers. Nancy was the beginning and continuous mentor of mom’s love of sewing.

  • Cait Johnson
    November 14, 2019

    I am so saddened by Nancy’s passing.
    I am thankful that her program is still on. I don’t sew much any more, but still learn from every program.
    Thank you and many thoughtful wishes and hugs to all of us that love her still.

  • Miki Charlton
    November 14, 2019

    I’m still mourning Nancy, she felt so much like a close friend. I’m so glad I have both her Seams Unlikely and The Rest of the Story. Thank you.

    I would hope that her DVD’s would be remade so we could have her wonderful helpful hints in our sewing rooms again.

    Thank you for continuing her legacy

  • Kim
    November 14, 2019

    I lost my mom the EXACT same day Nancy passed, two years ago today. 🙁

  • Sharon
    November 14, 2019

    Will never stop missing her.

  • Suzanne Royh
    November 14, 2019

    It was like loosing a best friend. For a long time it was hard to watch reruns of her shows. I’m very happy to say that she was part of my life!

  • Bonita Harms
    November 14, 2019

    Deeply missed but never Forgotten. So thankful for all she taught me in the sewing field, so each day I so she is with me helping me through her books and videos.

  • Linda
    November 14, 2019

    I had the privilege of meeting and talking to Nancy at several of the Road Trip weekends and besides being very talented, she was one of the most gracious people I have met. I have learned so much from her and I also have most of her books, including Seams Unlikely and The Rest of the Story. I am so glad you continue to show her PBS shows and that you are keeping her blog, Block of the Month, etc. going. She is greatly missed but will not be forgotten!

  • Candy
    November 14, 2019

    I have years of tapes of Sewing with Nancy and many early booklets. I loved watching her…

  • Diane B
    November 14, 2019

    I watched Nancy in the early 80’s. Kept her books and learned so much from her. Sewing , quilting and very helpful tips and tricks. She was just like she was next to you teaching in person. I sure felt bad n mourned Nancy like a old friend. She will live on forever. I now watch on create channel. RIP My old friend..

  • Judith Widman
    November 14, 2019

    Felt like a real friend had passed. I absolutely loved her show and Nancy’s Notions. Still miss her. Thank goodness we still have her shows.

  • Roger Walker
    November 14, 2019

    Nancy was one of a kind, she taught us sewers so much and she was a great teacher. I never missed one of her programs. Nancy was a beautiful person inside and out and I keep all of her books that have helped me through my years of sewing. She is missed.

  • Erin M
    November 15, 2019

    Nancy was the greatest influence in my sewing life. She taught me so many techniques, introduced me to ideas and projects I had never considered, and even encouraged me to sew for Little Dresses for Africa. Through her influence and guidance, there are now little girls around the world wearing dresses that I enjoyed making for them. So Nancy has not only touched my life and heart, but she has touched countless others through her wonderful style of teaching and sharing. She was a mentor to me in more ways than just sewing and creating. Like others, I miss her very much even though we never met, and my sewing room is full of her books, templates, patterns, and DVDs. Thank you for reminding us of her day of passing, and I hope you will continue to honor her each year on this day

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