Remembering Nancy Zieman with The Baby Lock Nancy Zieman Humanitarian Award

Nancy Zieman

Remembering Nancy Zieman with The Baby Lock Nancy Zieman Humanitarian Award

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Nancy Zieman
Nancy Zieman (June 21, 1953–November 14, 2017) was an American author, designer, businesswomen, TV producer, blogger and national sewing authority, and host of the popular show Sewing With Nancy. As you know, Nancy Zieman touched the lives of millions as they stitched alongside, or simply tuned in to watch, the inimitable Nancy Zieman and guests on Public Television’s longest-running sewing show [35 years], Sewing With Nancy. We remember Nancy today, and everyday, and we’re pleased to share news of how Baby Lock is honoring our friend Nancy:


This Fall, at the annual Baby Lock Tech Retailer’s Convention, The Tacony Corporation and Baby Lock Sewing Machines honored Nancy Zieman’s intense passion and tireless devotion to the sewing world—with a beautiful award presentation. To say the least, Nancy Zieman was a legend in the sewing industry. To celebrate Nancy’s incomparable spirit, The Nancy Zieman Humanitarian Award recognizes a Baby Lock retailer that embodies Nancy’s tireless and selfless devotion to sewing and using it to connect people from all walks of life.

Initially known as the President’s Award for Humanitarian Achievement, this award recognizes Baby Lock retailers who have had an impact on their local communities or have reached out to those in need far beyond the scope of their own location.

We’re pleased to share with you the news that Sandra L. Pirdy, owner of Creekside Fabrics Quilts & Yarns, 237 Main St., Arcade, NY 14009, was awarded the inaugural Nancy Zieman Humanitarian Award for her volunteer outreach work with Cozy Quilt Ministries.

Baby Lock Sewing Machine Company Presents the Nancy Zieman Humanitarian Award

Left to right; Andy Touchette, Tacony Senior Vice President of Sewing Sales; Kristi Tacony Humes, Tacony Cheif Executive Officer; Ted Zieman; Avery Zieman; Ali Zieman; Luella Zieman; Sandy Pirdy, Crekside Fabrics, Quilts & Yarns; Craig Meyer, Tacony Senior Vice President of Sewing Marketing; and Steve Jeffery, Tacony Senior Vice President.

Cozy Quilt Ministries started in August 2004, with the second Cozy Quilt Home being held at Creekside Fabrics Quilts & Yarns classroom, September 13, 2004. To date there are 10 active Cozy Quilts Ministry groups, including Creekside Fabrics Quilts & Yarns. Cozy Quilts started with one friend caring for another. Kelley Carson (group leader) made a “cozy quilt” for her friend, Connie who was diagnosed with colon cancer. Together they realized a need for warmth at the infusion center where she was receiving chemotherapy. Kelley approached Sandy—at her store—and Sandy immediately committed to helping the project. 14 years later, their combined groups have created and distributed 6,571 quilts to 50 States and 14 foreign countries. The Creekside group alone has created 1,184 that have been distributed to 39 states and 7 foreign countries.  Each quilt is packaged in a tote bag and includes a handmade card and a book titled When God and Cancer Meet by Lyn Eibes.

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“During these countless years, many quilters have come and gone, and some have received quilts of their own. Cancer does not discriminate and this is one way we can share the burden of this disease—together.”  Sandra L. Pirdy, owner of Creekside Fabrics Quilts & Yarns

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In August, at the annual Baby Lock Tech Retailer’s Convention, Nancy’s son, Ted Zieman, his wife Ali, their daughters Avery and Luella, and Deanna Springer from Team NZP, were honored to be present and participate in awarding The Nancy Zieman Humanitarian Award to Sandra Pirdy. Sandy and Deanna have stayed in touch. This week, Sandy sent the following note to the Zieman Family and Team NZP:

“I cannot express in the truest of words, what the honor of having the first recognition of the Nancy Zieman Humanitarian Award means… I have read Richard’s book, Nancy Zieman The Rest of the Story—A Memoir of Faith, Family, and Friends three times, and each time she speaks to me in different ways. And, the tears still flow. I cannot imagine your thoughts and feelings. Last night we had our usual Cozy Quilts meeting and discussed how we felt about what we do… At the end of each session we have a devotional and prayer. One of the prayer requests came in the form of a loss of life due to diabetes and heart disease of one of our community members. Just as we finished the prayer—his son walked in to tell us of his father’s passing (thinking that we might have not known). We, as a collective group believe that we are equipped to help and this is our way, doing what we do best, sewing, quilting, and gathering.

Personally, I was very overwhelmed with receiving the honor of the Nancy Zieman Humanitarian Award. I immediately felt I wanted to do more to honor Nancy.  But now that a few months have passed, I see where we need to be—meeting the needs as they come, in whatever way it means. The Cozy Quilt ladies are quite a loyal and dedicated group with very dynamic and fun personalities. I am honored to be part of this group, and to have our store partner with them. Kelley Carson, our leader, has dedicated the ‘off hours’ of her life to this ministry and I am grateful for her faith, friendship, and her vision. The members of our group include: Barb Baird, Judy Russell, Marge McCutcheon, Nancy George, Dorrie Clinch, Card maker Karla Carson and myself as the official binder of the quilts!!! ” Sandra L. Pirdy, owner of Creekside Fabrics Quilts & Yarns


The Zieman Family and Team NZP are humbled and grateful for Baby Lock’s kindness, generosity, and commitment to honoring Nancy with this incredible award. We’re also very proud to honor Sandy Pirdy with the inaugural Nancy Zieman Humanitarian Award for her volunteer outreach work with Cozy Quilts Ministry.


Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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  • Sharon Kirby
    November 14, 2018

    So wonderful to have Nancy honoured this way and to such a worthy recipient. I am a cancer survivor of almost eleven years and watched Nancy’s show for many years learning from her as I went. I felt I had truly lost a friend when she passed.

  • Clem
    November 14, 2018

    I think this is a wonderful way to honor Nancy and all of her followers. She has been such a great inspiration and teacher!

  • Lynette KULPINSKI
    November 14, 2018

    Congratulations! That is a wonderful honor. I am an embroiderer with a Baby Lock machine & it is nice to know that this wonderful company does such great things. God Bless you all for your work.

  • Patty Coulter
    November 14, 2018

    what a wonderful tribute to Nance

  • Linda Jennings
    November 14, 2018

    Congratulations to Creekside Fabrics and all the others who work to help others in need. I applaud you.

  • BevM
    November 14, 2018

    Congratulations. I know that there are many sewists and dealers who support worthwhile charities. I have two BabyLock machinesm and appreciate the company support.

  • Clovis
    November 14, 2018


  • Lorraine Alves
    November 14, 2018

    Congratulations Sandra on receiving this award recognizing the service provided by both you and the other group members of Cozy Quilts Ministry. Nancy Zieman is the perfect person to have her name on such an award.

  • Florence Dupuis
    November 14, 2018

    Congratulations Creekside Fabrics. Although I never got to your store, I visited Arcade, NY several times. My best friend had a summer home on Lake Warren and we were going to go to your shop. But she got sick with Parkinson’s and Lewy body dementia and has since passed away. I feel like I know you and am so happy you won this award. I felt like I lost a family member when Nancy passed. I always looked forward to watching her show. In my working days I recorded so I didn’t miss them. I am also a breast cancer survivor who learned many things from Nancy over the years.

  • Louise Alexander
    November 14, 2018

    Nancy was an amazing good and talented person. I loved watching her shows. She was a very giving person and will be missed greatly.
    Congratulations very well deserved.

  • beth d.
    November 14, 2018

    congrats, to Creekside fabrics, I also sew on a babylock machine and love it. I miss Nancy Zieman every Saturday morning when she showed her new shows. I always learned something new every time I watched it.

  • Chris Ranick
    November 14, 2018

    This warmed my heart and brought a tear to my eye, Nancy’s legavy lives on in so many ways.

  • Kathryn Smotryski
    November 14, 2018

    How wonderful for Nancy’s legacy.

  • Judith Huber
    November 14, 2018

    This is so wonderful. Blessings to all!

  • Glenace
    November 14, 2018

    Such a beautiful tribute to Nancy. Humbled.

  • Candice C.
    November 14, 2018

    Inspiring and heartwarming. And yes, tear invoking! Congratulations to the inaugural winner. We all miss Nancy. Thank you Tacony Corporation for renaming this award to honor Nancy.

  • MaryEllen
    November 14, 2018

    This is a very nice award and I am sure that Nancy would be proud but humble as always.

  • F. M.
    November 15, 2018

    Representing the TV rechnicians working weekends…
    Decades ago I monitored weekends at a PBS station. Sewing with Nancy was always a top-notch production with a creative, focused, and gentle demeanor. Those recordings I am sure will serve very well for students of your creative passion for decades to come. RIP NZ.

  • Linda
    November 15, 2018

    It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since Nancy left us, but her bright spirit will always be alive in the hearts of those of us who share her passion for sewing. What a great way to honor and remember her.

  • Pat Jarabek-T.
    November 15, 2018

    Beautiful!… Blessings to all…!

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    November 16, 2018

    This is just beautiful. A great tribute to a great woman. I often think about Nancy and I miss her so much. Baby Lock has always been a top quality company and this is further evidence of that fact. Thank you, Baby Lock, for reminding us all that we had Nancy to love and emulate.

  • Virginia Handy
    November 17, 2018

    Having just seen Nancy’s program, 11/17/18, I was so shocked to find out that she died a year ago by getting into this website. I have missed so many things because of a partl-time job working nights. How sad. She was to quilting as Elizabeth Zimmermann was to knitting. Thanks to a short interview with a person who knows a lot about feedsack quilting, as my grandmother used to do, I now realize how important it is to get into people’s Internet sites as well as television shows. I’ll continue to watch Nancy’s rerun programs, thank you for keeping them going.

  • Treva Campbell
    November 17, 2018

    I’m so sorry that we lost Nancy. I enjoyed her TV programs then and I still watch them on PBS on Saturday. I love to sew and to quilt.

  • Cindy Zellner
    November 18, 2018

    I loved Nancy’s shows so much! She was an inspiration to so many. I even scheduled things “around” Sewing With Nancy and PBS on Saturdays. I felt like I got to know her. I even made the trip to Beaver Dam a couple times to go to her store for the day, and on one of those trips I was blessed to actually meet her in person. She was a very special person and will be missed.

  • Jean Stabley
    November 18, 2018

    So sorry to learn of Nancy’s passing I will miss her so sorry

  • mildred holt
    November 20, 2018

    this reward is very fitting for such a lady as Nancy was. when you think sewing, you think Nancy z. an even more fitting for babylock to do for the days ahead is to actually name a machine after nancy. i look forward to buying that one.
    i already own 5+ babylocks. one named Nancy z. would make my collection complete

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