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'Sewing with Nancy' host dies of cancer

MADISON, Wis. - Nancy Zieman, the longtime host of the television program "Sewing with Nancy," has died, Wisconsin Public Television said. 

Zieman died at her home in Beaver Dam Tuesday morning after a long battle with cancer, according to a news release.

An educator, author, pattern maker, television producer, entrepreneur and innovator, Zieman inspired millions of sewing and quilting enthusiasts throughout her career. She hosted "Sewing With Nancy," the longest-running sewing series on television, since 1982, WPT said. The program continues to air on public television stations across the United States.

In 2005, Zieman helped develop Quilt Expo with WPT in Madison. The event is a vibrant example of Zieman’s inspiration, now drawing more than 20,000 people from across the United States to celebrate the art and craft of quilting. In addition to her TV program, Zieman was the founder of Nancy's Notions, which offers sewing books, notions, videos and DVDs, fabrics and quilting products and embroidery designs.

Zieman is survived by her husband, Richard, their two sons, Ted and Tom, and her beloved grandchildren.

“Nancy was an entrepreneur, a talented television host, a dear friend to so many people at Wisconsin Public Television, and a true Wisconsin treasure,” WPT's director of television Jon Miskowski said. "It was an honor for WPT to be a part of her story. We will all miss Nancy and share our condolences with her family and friends as we remember a life well-lived and a legacy that will continue to inspire for years to come.”

A private funeral service will be held. Fans and friends can share memories of Zieman life and inspiration at NancyZieman.com/blog.


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