Year in Review plus Top 10 Nancy Zieman Productions Blog Postings of 2021 and Book Giveaway
“The love of sewing is our common thread.”
As 2021 comes to a close, we’re taking time for a warmhearted and grateful look back at this year’s memorable moments and unexpected milestones. The Nancy Zieman Productions Team is honored to carry on Nancy’s love of sewing with you—Nancy’s dedicated viewers, readers, and friends. Thank you for your interest, support, and for your many contributions to carrying forward Nancy’s life work and mission of sharing the love of sewing with each other. Our work is a labor of love, thanks to Nancy and thanks to you!
In January, Team NZP kicked off 2021 with our 2021 Block of the Month Fat Quarter Mystery Quilt Series – on the third Saturday of each month, we release a FREE! quilt block sewing tutorial right here at the NZP Blog! As you may know, our 2021 Block of the Month Fat Quarter Mystery Quilt is a mystery no more – as our completed quilt was revealed, for the first time, in our December 18, 2021 Blog Posting! We designed this block sampler quilt titled, Merry Christmas All Year Round with the Merry Little Christmas Fat Quarter Bundle and Fabric Panel by Sandy Gervais for Riley Blake Designs. We’ve really enjoyed making this special BoM21 and revealing the center Fabric Panel design! Thank you for following along! And mark your calendars for Saturday, January 15, 2022 – when we’ll be launching our 2022 Block of the Month Sew Along Quilt Series!
In January, we rolled out Season Two of Stitch it! Sisters with hosts Deanna Springer, Denise Abel, and Dana Casey – real life sisters from Team NZP, with more sewing, quilting, and machine embroidery project tutorials – featuring our easiest-ever sewing techniques, timesaving tools, and Classic Timesaving Tips by Nancy Zieman. Watch the Stitch it! Sisters right here at the Nancy Zieman Productions Blog, at stitchitsisters.com, and at our YouTube Channel at youtube.com/stitchitsisters.
Have you missed any episodes? Organize in Style, Sew up a Celebration, learn to use your serger for Decorative Projects, make a super-easy modern bed quilt, machine embroider Snowflake Coasters, learn Pattern Fitting the Nancy Zieman Way, Sew Knits, and more! Now you can binge-watch NEW! S!S Episodes at your convenience–right here at the Nancy Zieman Productions Blog.
Follow the Stitch it! Sisters, on YouTube and be one of the first to hear about our new sewing project episodes by clicking the SUBSCRIBE button, then clicking the “bell” notifications button over at YouTube.com/StitchitSisters.
In February, new hope was on the horizon as the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out was underway, with the first shot administered on December 14, 2020. Along with many of you, we signed up to receive the shot and we continued sewing fabric face coverings for family, friends, and our local community outreach centers. We filled the growing need for quality sewing machines by adding bernette Sewing Machines to ShopNZP.com – each at an incredible value thanks to our friends at Bernina. You continued sewing along with us, all of us independently from our homes. Although we were separated by miles, across the country, and around the globe, the sewing community united to make a difference, contribute, and help one another–because that’s what sewers do! You encouraged and guided others while sharing your love of sewing by teaching basic sewing skills to friends that haven’t sewn in a while – or haven’t ever sewn before. Nancy’s words continue to say it all, “The love of sewing is our common thread”. Thank you for your incredible talents and efforts, and thank you for your creative kindness in 2021, and always!
In March, we recorded Stitch it! Sisters with our first guest! We welcomed Pam Mahshie from Bernina to share her vast knowledge of serger over lock sewing. Pam and Deanna share how to use various decorative serger overlock stitches plus a “no-sew’ zipper technique to make a Serger Techniques Pouch–completely on a serger! Pam demonstrates six different serger overlock stitches while completing her Serger Techniques Pouch: 4-Thread Overlock, 3-Thread Narrow Seam, Flat Lock, Chainstitch, Narrow Coverstitch, and Wide Coverstitch! Our Serger Techniques Pouch Video launched in April during National Serger Month!
In May, Team NZP held our First Annual SEW•QUILT•CREATE Weekend Event & SALE, May 13-15, 2021– at Nancy Zieman Productions! Viewers joined the Stitch it! Sisters for their 10 Projects to Sew For Summer seminar presentation LIVE on Facebook at facebook.com/NancyZieman.
Save the Date! May 13-15, 2022 – in Beaver Dam
Announcing the 2nd Annual Sew•Quilt•Create Event, and Nancy Zieman Sewing Studio Grand Opening Event at 120 Front Street in the Fine Arts District in downtown Beaver Dam. Enjoy in-person educational lectures by sewlebrity presenters, Make-it and Take its, Product Demonstrations, Annual Event Sale with special pricing on bernette sewing machines, and NEW! Nancy Zieman History Exhibit–coming soon to the Second Floor of The Nancy Zieman Sewing Studio. Plus meet the Stitch it! Sisters!
Stay tuned for updates on the 2nd Annual Sew•Quilt•Create Event and more! Be sure you are subscribed to the Nancy Zieman Productions E-Newsletter at NancyZieman.com/blog/newsletter.
June brought the first annual Wisconsin Arts & Peony Festival, in Beaver Dam, WI, featuring art projects, music, food, tours of Ovan’s Peony Farm, The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show Log Cabin Quilt Exhibit at the DCCA, and a tile painting event lead by artist Steven Bennett–shown above with Poppy Shier. 288 12″ square tiles were painted by community members for four mosaic murals –to be installed on the east facing exterior wall of the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre. The first two murals will celebrate Lois Ehlert and Nancy Zieman and would be revealed in October! Mark your calendar for Next Year’s Wisconsin Arts & Peony Festival on June 4, 2022.
During the 2021 Arts & Peony Festival, Artist Stephen Bennet (shown above with Poppy Shier) organized a mural painting event on Saturday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Beaver Dam Area Community Theater (BDACT) scene shop at 117 W. Maple Ave.
The event was free for people of all ages. No particular skills were required, other than to follow a few simple lines. Bennett donated his time and talents to this project. Four distinguished artists who have roots in Beaver Dam will be honored in this project, including Nancy Zieman, Lois Ehlert, Fred McMurray, and Eric Kalkhurst.
On July 2, Richard Zieman and Ted Zieman of Zieman Properties purchased a two-story building located at 120 Front Street in the fine arts district of downtown Beaver Dam–which would soon become the NEW! Nancy Zieman Sewing Studio.
Restoration of the exterior of the building were made possible by a downtown improvement grant.
Renovations were underway on the inside including two new restrooms and a classroom.
August, Deanna competed in the C&T Creative Spark ‘Top Stitch’ Competition – Wisconsin Edition 2021 hosted by Judy Gauthier. Contestants include Chris Lynn Kirsch, Mary Hertel, Jill Repp, and Deanna Springer. Top Stitch Day One: Umbrella Sewing Challenge.
Top Stitch Day Two: Vest Sewing Challenge.
Top Stitch Day Three: Hanging Lamp Sewing Challenge.
Thank you to C&T Publishing and thank you to Judy Gauthier(above), quilter, educator, and producer and host of Top Stitch–which will air later this year on C&T’s Creative Spark online learning platform.
In August, we celebrated 39 years of Sewing With Nancy! Back in 1982 when the first Sewing With Nancy show aired, never did Nancy dream; #1, that she would record over 35 years of television, and #2 that her show would continue to air on multiple channels and across the internet including on YouTube, Create TV, Public Television, and online at nancyzieman.com!
In 2022, we’ll be Celebrating 40 Years of Sewing With Nancy on television! What an amazing and honorable milestone. Congratulations to the talented Sewing With Nancy Crew! And a big thank you to all of Nancy’s dedicated viewers!
On August 26, 2021, Richard Zieman, the Zieman Family, along with family friends Deanna Springer, Donna Fenske, and Kathleen Gittus headed to the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame Banquet, at the Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan, WI, to participate in honoring Nancy for her outstanding service and for dedicating her career to broadcasting Sewing With Nancy from Wisconsin.
Richard Zieman accepted the prestigious WBA HoF award on Nancy’s behalf with a beautiful speech.
August 23-27, Team NZP hosted The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show: Quilt to Give Week, our annual community quilting project held each year onsite at The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show. This year, we’d again be sewing bed quilts at home, as we shared step-by-step sewing directions at the The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show Facebook Page. Then, quilters shipped their quilts to NZP for donation to individuals and families in need. We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of your support! WOW! Thank you!
In September, Team NZP launched our third annual I Sew For Fun Kids’ Sewing Challenge! Kids ages 6-13 shared how they “sew for fun”— The challenge was for youth ages 15 and under to share how they “sew for fun”— while making a cinch sack with Barbie or Hot Wheels fabric by Riley Blake Designs, along with a Mystery I Sew For Fun sewing tool by Clover.
Every one did a great job making their Cinch Sacks! Through Team NZP’s blog tutorials, video tutorials, and books & patterns were honored continue Nancy’s mission of teaching and sharing her love of sewing to every one of all ages. NZP’s annual Sewing Challenges are a way you can show and share your love of sewing all year long!
Because of your wonderful support, we’re pleased to announce Team NZP’s 2022 Sewing & Quilting Challenge Events Lineup!
- March 2022: NZP Pillow Sewing Challenge
- May 2022: The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show Mod Mini Challenge
- September 2022: NZP I Sew For Fun Kids’ Sewing Challenge
- October 2022: NZP Table Runner Sewing Challenge
- November 2022: NZP Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge
In August, Deanna headed to the studios of PBS Wisconsin to begin recording segments forThe Great Wisconsin Quilt Show–Virtual Event 2021.
In September, we celebrated the 17th annual Great Wisconsin Quilt Show! For the second time, instead of welcoming you to our in-person show, PBS Wisconsin and Team NZP welcomed you to our virtual show – online at QuiltShow.com. Deanna again headed to the studios of PBS Wisconsin and moderated the Video Lectures followed by Live Q&A, along with the talented PBS Wisconsin Engineering, Digital, and Events Teams working in-studio and remotely from home!
The Amazing Great Wisconsin Quilt Show Team successfully produced and hosted another exciting virtual event including educational lectures pre-recorded remotely at national presenters homes, a robust virtual vendor mall made possible by our amazing vendors, special quilt exhibits, and the 10-category juried and judged quilt contest exhibit – embraced by our incredible quilters and created by the talented team at PBS Wisconsin!
Continue to explore The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show 2021 Quilt Exhibits, Quilt Contest Winners, Recorded Video Lectures with Q&A, Virtual Vendor Mall, and the Nancy Zieman 4-H Virtual Community Quilt, and find entry forms for the 2022 Quilt Contest, 2022 Celebrating 40 Years of Sewing With Nancy Quilt Challenge, and 2021 Kids’ Quilt Challenge Entry Forms at QuiltShow.com.
October is always an exciting month for Nancy Zieman Productions! Nancy Zieman started her first business, Nancy’s Notions, in October 1979, and her second business, Nancy Zieman Productions, in October 2007. Deanna Springer, along with her sisters Dana Casey and Denise Abel, and Richard Zieman, started ShopNZP.com and Stitch it! Sisters in October 2019.
Sew it ‘seams fitting’ that Team NZP opens the NEW! Nancy Zieman Sewing Studio in October 2021 – while at the same time our community unveils the new Nancy Zieman Mosaic Mural on October 15, 2021–with a Ribbon Cutting Event.
BDACT president Scott Eberle took the lead on the mural project. On October 7, Scott, along with a volunteer crew, adhered the colorful tiles to a 12-foot by 12-foot frame made by Breuer Metal Craftsman and installed by Hometown Glass & Improvement.
We were thrilled to have Mary Mulari present her seminars, Rhonda Pierce demonstrate Schmetz Sewing Machine Needles, and Rita Farro make Pop-In Appearances at our October 15 Store Opening Event! Thank you Mary, Rhonda & Rita!
A NEW! Plaque was installed honoring Nancy – on the city bench located in front of the Nancy Zieman Sewing Studio.
Deanna and Mayor Becky Glewen surprised Richard with this special plaque unveiling!
Our small but mighty team, Deanna, Denise, Dana, Sarah (above), and Richard, along with the help of family members, close friends, and a team of talented contractors, went above and beyond this year spending countless hours planning, building, and opening the beautiful NEW! Nancy Zieman Sewing Studio in just 3 months, all while managing Stitch it! Sisters production, our ShopNZP.com e-commerce site, pattern & bundle box production, and publishing the Nancy Zieman Productions Blog. AMAZING!
- The NEW! Nancy Zieman Sewing Studio is open Wednesday through Saturday at 120 Front Street in the fine arts district in downtown Beaver Dam, WI.
- BREAKING NEWS! A Nancy Zieman History Exhibit is planned for the 2nd Floor of the NEW! Nancy Zieman Sewing Studio. Slated to open in Spring 2022 and will feature images, awards, and early garments sewn by Nancy on her mother’s sewing machine—including Nancy’s award-wining wool coat she made as a 4-H project in the 1960s, along original Landscape Wall Quilts designed and sewn by Nancy.
Stay tuned for updates on Sewing Classes, Store Events and more! Be sure you are subscribed to the Nancy Zieman Productions E-Newsletter at NancyZieman.com/blog/newsletter.
Also in October, Deanna shares a rare behind the scenes look at Nancy Zieman Productions during a new podcast! Deanna joined Meg Goodman for an interview on Bernina’s Sew & S0 Podcast. Tune in for this delightful chat with Meg and Deanna, as they talk all things Sewing, how Deanna got started sewing at age 6, how 4-H guided her career path with Nancy Zieman, and now with Stitch it! Sisters. Deanna shares a behind the scenes look at family life and growing up in Wisconsin with her three sisters. Plus exciting news of what’s next for Nancy Zieman Productions. Listen here, today!
As the podcast conversation wraps up, Deanna talks about the many barriers Nancy broke through in the 70’s and 80’s, and how Nancy really changed the industry.
And now for a 2021 moment we’ve all been waiting for, drum roll sound effect please … … … …
Announcing the Top 10 Nancy Zieman Productions Blog Posting Tutorials of 2021
Most Popular Pages on The Nancy Zieman Productions Blog in 2021:
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And now for another 2021 moment we’ve all been waiting for, drum roll sound effect please … … …
Announcing ShopNZP’s Top 10 Sewing Tools, Patterns and Bundles of 2021:
Find our Top 10 Sewing Tools, Patterns, Bundle Boxes, and more (above) at ShopNZP.com!
Announcing ShopNZP’s Top 10 Stitch it! Sisters Sewing Project Bundle Boxes of 2021:
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For a chance to be the random winner of a copy of the book, Nancy Zieman, The Rest of the Story Book & DVD by Richard Zieman, please leave a comment below sharing your thoughts about 2021/2022.
Team NZP will give away one book, Nancy Zieman, The Rest of the Story Book & DVD by Richard Zieman, to one US resident in the 48 contiguous states. Winner must reply within 30 days to the official giveaway announcement email message – sent from Nancy Zieman Productions.
Happy Sewing and Happy New Year!
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