We are incredibly honored to be a part of the Nancy Zieman – A Memoir of Faith, Family, and Friends Blog Tour hosted by Nancy Zieman Productions — the Blog.
The book is a memoir and loving tribute to Nancy, written by her husband, Richard Zieman. It offers a window into their lives together, particularly during those tough yet still amazingly remarkable years prior to Nancy’s passing in November 2017.
Richard did a wonderful job in paying tribute to Nancy, speaking not only of her physical challenges but also of how she never let them stand in her way, of how she worked through them, showcasing her endless strength and resilience. We all know that Nancy was truly a pioneer in this industry – securing her place early, serving as a fine example of ambition and independence to young business women everywhere. She launched Nancy’s Notions in the late-70s and stepped into her 35-year role as host of Sewing with Nancy in 1982. She was a savvy business woman who operated with wit, charm, and undeniable skill and experience. What many of us may not have seen was what went on behind the scenes and this book gives us that intimate look. It comes nearly a year after Nancy’s passing and we’re sure that it will be a therapeutic read for family, friends, and followers alike.
I was first introduced to Nancy and her remarkable team back in 2012, during the 30th year of Sewing With Nancy. At the time, I was working in marketing for a batting & interfacing manufacturer, and we took pride in supporting Nancy’s program. I may have come to the industry late in her career, but her influence was clear, her place in the world firmly established. This was a woman to admire… a woman boasting talent, ambition, a kind nature, and endless amounts of courage. We never got to meet in person, but as one of the new gals in the business, I felt lucky to have the opportunity to work with her and with Nancy’s longtime friend and Vice-President of Marketing for Nancy Zieman Productions, Deanna Springer.
Two quotes that really resonated with me were shared by Richard from Nancy’s book, Seams Unlikely.
“If something is worthwhile you have to work for it.” — Nancy’s adopted motto from her 4-H days, from Seams Unlikely
“Opportunities should not be dismissed based on fear. When a life is stitched together by the hand of destiny, what seems unlikely becomes possible.” – Nancy Zieman, from Seams Unlikely
Quotes like these seem to encapsulate her public persona — to sum up the courage and the drive that she so generously shared with the world. Here’s hoping we can all follow her lead, stir up some courage and march as boldly and passionately through this life as she did!
Oct. 15 Nancy Zieman Productions nancyzieman.com/blog
Oct. 15 Eileen Roche dzgns.com/blog
Oct. 15 Weeks Ringle craftnectar.com
Oct. 16 Pat Sloan blog.patsloan.com
Oct. 16 Amy Ellis amyscreativeside.com/blog
Oct. 17 Baby Lock babylock.com/learn-and-create/inspiration
Oct. 17 Rita Farro ritassewfun.blogspot.com
Oct. 18 Victoria Findlay Wolfe vfwquilts.com/blogs/vfw
Oct. 18 Evy Hawkins abitofstitch.com
Oct. 18 Joi Mahon dressformsdesign.com/designer-jois-perfect-fit-blog
Oct. 19 Erin Sampson auribuzz.wordpress.com — YOU ARE HERE
Oct. 19 Clover USA blog.clover-usa.com
Oct. 19 Patty Young modkidboutique.blogspot.com
Oct. 20 Sara Gallegos sewpositivelysara.com
Oct. 20 Riley Blake Designs blog.rileyblakedesigns.com
Oct. 20 Mary Mulari guest blogger ritassewfun.blogspot.com
If you’d like to grab a copy of Richard’s book, you have two chances to win.
First, head on over to Nancy Zieman Productions to enter-to-win.
Second, leave us a comment on this post sharing what Nancy meant to you. Comments will be accepted through Friday, October 26. We’ll select a random winner and announce here on Monday, October 29. This giveaway is open to all of our International friends as well! Good luck!