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Nancy Zieman 4-H Virtual Community Quilt

Join the Fun!
All youth and adult quilters, sewists and fiber artists are invited to contribute to a virtual community quilt in celebration of the upcoming premiere of the PBS Wisconsin documentary, Nancy Zieman: Extraordinary Grace.

Graphic of the 4H shamrock logoNancy’s career in sewing and fiber arts was inspired by her youth participation in Wisconsin 4-H. Nancy credited 4-H for many life skills including public speaking, problem solving, self-confidence, leadership and communication skills.

Please consider uploading an image of a 6-1/2-inch fiber art square or quilt block, along with a statement detailing how Nancy Zieman and/or 4-H directed your fiber arts journey or career path.

The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show virtual community quilt will be shared as part of the virtual experience, Sept. 10-12. You’ll also be able to scroll through and read stories from participants across the country whose lives have been impacted by Nancy Zieman and/or 4-H.

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Quilt to Give – From Home

Project ended  August 8, 2020

Let’s use our skills to help others! Join us on social media to create bed-sized quilts to benefit Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) and Enchanted Makeovers.

COVID-19 restrictions have triggered common factors associated with domestic violence. As a result, there has been a surge in domestic violence and abuse nationwide. With these sobering facts in mind, we want to give back to those in need.

We will share daily project steps and guidance from Nancy Zieman Productions via our Facebook page and invite you to share photos of you working on your quilts. Once finished, mail your quilts or quilt tops to Nancy Zieman Productions for distribution to charity.

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Viewer’s Choice Award

We’re so excited to share the 2020 Viewers’ Choice Award Winner, sponsored by SewBatik.

Congratulations to Barbara E Nagengast Lies from Wheaton, Ill., whose quilt, “A Garden is a Lovesome Thing,” received this year’s award!

Here is Barbara’s artist statement: “Every element, including the critters, was developed from my own photos. Everything, except the fence, the trellis, the background trees and the salvia, is needle turned. The trees and salvia were created by atitching tulle over shapes. I also used tulle to shade the flowers, particularly the yellow daylilies.”

Barbara has been quilting for nine years. She said she was born with a needle and fiber in her hands and has been manipulating fiber with sewing, knitting, needlepoint, quilting and weaving ever since. Barbara’s mother has been her inspiration for all things textile. This quilt is dedicated to her mother, Dorothy E Leech Nagengast.


View the virtual quilt exhibits online.