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Fri
18
Oct '13

Madison Quilt Expo

Wisconsin Quilt Expo – Madison, Wisconsin
Sponsored by Nancy Zieman and Wisconsin Public Television

Well I was only able to attend one day of the three day 2013 Quilt Expo show (Sept 5-7, 2013) due to other travel commitments. As I commented in my post on last year’s show, Madison’s Quilt Expo seems to increase in size every year – in number of quilts entered, number of display quilts, number of vendors, and number of attendees. I attended on Thursday, the opening day, and I could easily see how the attendance was up from the previous year’s opening day. It is really becoming a major show.

With only one day and a need to pack for my upcoming trip later that evening, I had to crowd a lot of quilt show into a small package. Maybe next year I’ll have more time and can attend some classes as well. Next year’s Quilt Expo will be Sept 4 – 6, 2014

Below are a few pictures from the 2013 show.

You can see some posts on previous Quilt Expo shows by searching for the tag “Quilt Expo” here on the blog or go to our regular website page on the annual Madison Wisconsin Quilt Expo quilt show.

Happy Quilting,

Jo

PS You can keep in touch with upcoming quilt shows across the country on our Quilt Show Calendar.

Madison Quilt Expo

The Vendor Raffle Booth at Quilt Expo 2013

Eileen Daniels quilt

"Critters Wearing my Clothes" a cute quilt by my fellow Wisconsin quilter and friend Eileen Daniels

Claudia Pfeil Quilt

One of my favorite quilts was "Time to Catch a Dream" by Claudia Pfeil - who is from Krefeld, Germany

Thu
17
Oct '13

Sewing & Quilting Expo

UW Platteville Sewing & Quilting Expo
Platteville, Wisconsin
August 2 – 3, 2013

This was my first time attending this quilt show. When I got the details on this year’s show (the 25th anniversary) I noticed that on Saturday they offered a “Sew Craftacular” workshop for young people 8 years old and up for $15. This program was offered through a grant from the Wisconsin Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. My niece’s two older children (8 & 12) have been asking me for a number of years to teach them how to machine sew. I thought what could be a better way to have them learn to sew than from an experienced instructor. So I signed them up for a beginning sewing class in the morning and the project class in the afternoon.

Both kids enjoyed the morning class but the older one begged off going to the afternoon session because he was embarassed by being the only boy in the class. But his sister Kylah did attend the afternoon workshop and loved it. She is ready to go back again next year.

Here are a few pictures from the show.

Jo

sewing and quilting expo

The college's classrooms were ideal for quilt show classes and workshops and lots of convenient parking nearby

The Vendor Area at the show. Not as many vendors as some other shows, but a good selection

Hakeem and Kylah posing by the Platteville sign with their newly made pack bags. And Kylah is wearing her yo-yo headband she made in the afternoon class.

Tue
27
Aug '13

Madison Quilt Expo

Wisconsin Quilt Expo – 2013

Wisconsin Quilt Expo sponsored by Wisconsin Public Television

All of sudden summer is almost over and its Quilt Expo time again. The 2013 quilt show and contest looks like it will be bigger and better than ever. Again being held at the Dane County Alliance Center just off the Madison’s South Beltline highway, there will be vendors, lectures, stage presentations, sit and sew workshops, and of course hundreds of quilts entered in 10 categories for judging as well as some quilt exhibits.

If you’ve never been to our annual Wisconsin Quilt Show – hosted by public television’s queen of quilting – Nancy Zieman, you can get acquainted with it on our regular Quilting Pathways website page that has pictures and descriptions on some previous Madison-Wisconsin Quilt Expos or take a look at some of my previous Traveling Quilter blog pages on the event at: 2011 Quilt Expo and 2012 Quilt Expo

I’ll be there on opening day, Thursday, Sept. 5th

Maybe I’ll see you there.

Jo – Joquilt@gmail.com

Fri
31
May '13

2013 Paducah Quilt Contest & Show

Attending the 2013 AQS Paducah Quilt Show

Even though I’ve been to the Paducah Quilt Show many years in the past, I always enjoy the annual “big show” during what is called Quilt Week in Paducah.There is such a variety of quilt patterns and styles all of them expertly finished. This year there were over 1500 quilts entered from 44 states and 8 countries. Outside of the US Japan had the most entries with 58; quilters from Missouri lead the US in quilt entries with 31. My state, Wisconsin, had 16 entries, including some winners. In addition to the contest quilts, there were a number of special quilt exhibits. I especially liked the applique art exhibit from the Tentmakers of Cairo and the “Beneath the Southern Sky” exhibit.

The Vendor or Merchant Area is always interesting with the vendor booths of thread, fabric, and quilting machine manufacturers as well as numerous quilt shops booths offering unique or special sale items. Always present in the Merchant Area are an almost overwhelming number of quilting gadgets and devices. Some of these aids, like some specialized quilting rulers, are unique to certain quilt patterns. We quilters are continually tempted with new gadgets we “must have” to do our work better or easier. This year I resisted! This year I also took a pass on taking a workshop or seminar. The Paducah show is often an opportunity to take a class from world class quilting instructors to learn new techniques and master new patterns.

Info & Links for the 2013 Paducah Show
Around Town during Quilt Week
Grand Rivers during Quilt Week

Although the centerpiece is the show in the convention and expo center, there are related activities going on in other locations like the National Quilt Museum, the Rotary Antique Show, the Yeiser Art Center, Eleanor Burns’ Quilt in Day Tent Show, and several fabric and quilting supply sales throughout the city. Hancocks of Paducah on the western edge of town is always a popular stop with quilters attending the show. Throughout the town during Quilt Week there is festival atmosphere with every business putting out the welcome mat for quilters and their traveling partners. Ross posted some recent articles with links to some of these other Paducah Area Attractions. See them in the table to the right.

Here’s several scenes and pictures of some of my favorite quilts from the 2013 Paducah Show.

One of the many Baltimore Pattern quilts entered in the 2013 Show. This one was by Lois Podolny of Tucson, AZ and won first place in Large Wall Quilts, Home Machine quilted.

Karen Mommsen of Rice Lake, Wisconsin won 1st place in the Bed Quilts, First Entry category for her "Heartburst" which is unique twist on the classic Bethlehem Star pattern

Art Quilts were in abundance. This one by Mark Sherman of Coral Springs Florida was the 1st place winner in the Large Wall Quilt, Longarm category

Here's an "artistic" quilt yet follows the traditional quilt block technique. By Mark Vantrease of Alton, IL

Here's another "artsy" looking quilt yet uses the classic Fan Pattern block. By Linda LaDrew of O'Fallen, Illinois

Portrait quilts are becoming more popular. This one by Cindy Garcia of Racine, Wisconsin won 1st place in the Small Wall Quilts - Pictorial category

One of my favorite Art Quilts is this picture of an old Victorian house by the Milwaukee Art Quilters

"Shop til you Drop" at Eleanor Burn's Fabric Freenzy warehouse sale at Carson Park

Had a great time and looking forward to next year. You can go to our regular website pages to see more articles and pictures on earlier Paducah Quilt Shows. Also If you search here on the word “Paducah” you can see some of our past blog articles on the show and on enjoying the Paducah area.

Here I am trying to find a fabric at the Fabric Freenzy that I need to complete a project back home.

By the way, I did manage to score a fabric find at Eleanor’s Warehouse Sale. There must be thousands of bolts of fabric here. I spent about 20 minutes going through fabric bolts in the $8 Batik section comparing them to my fabric swatches I  brought along.  But I didn’t score here but in another section suggested by my husband. I had to take the bolt  outside in the daylight to see that the color was what I needed. Got it at a good price.

Happy Quilting,

Jo

Tue
16
Apr '13

Paducah AQS Quilt Show

Getting Ready for Paducah

Jo has been busy packing ARVY (our Rialta Motor Home) for her first trip of the 2013 season – which will be to Paducah, Kentucky for the annual Quilt Show & Quilters Convention.

We’ve had a very cold and wet early spring here in Wisconsin so we are especially looking forward to going south to catch some warmer weather. For Quilt Week the forecast is for temps in the low 60s to low 70s, a little below average for Paducah but to us here in Wisconsin it sounds quite balmy!

Dogwood Trail

One of the many flowering dogwoods along Paducah's Dogwood Celebration Trail

One bonus of the below average temperatures we’ve had (not only Wisconsin but the entire midwest and midsouth) is that the dogwoods should be blooming later this year, which means the peak of flowering might be during the show days. So if you are going to the Paducah Show this year you might want to plan to take in a Dogwood Trail Tour. If you are not in a private vehicle there are tour buses operating along the trail. There are many other Paducah Attractions to fill any extra moments you have between show events. A few I like are the Floodwall Murals, the Lowertown Arts District, and touring the historic downtown area+ dining and pub crawling!

The quilt show opens on Wednesday, April 24th with classes, lectures, workshops, and special events (in the evening). The Quilting Vendor areas are also open as well as the contest Show Quilt exhibits. The show runs through Saturday, April 27th. An event not officially connected to the show but one Jo always likes to catch is Eleanor Burn’s Tent Show and Fabric Sale held at Carson Park. The shows run 3 times a day from April 24 – April 27th. The Fabric Sale opens earlier on April 19th. If you’ve never been to one of Eleanor’s Stage Shows, you can see a  video clip of her 2011 show here. Lots of fun.

Golfing, Hiking, RV Camping

Other things we like to do when we travel to Paducah is hike and camp at the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area and while Jo is attending some events I try to get some golfing in. Paducah’s Paxton Park course is enjoyable and reasonably priced. A more challenging golf course is the Drake Creek Golf Club in nearby Ledbetter, KY. Another nice course is the one at Kentucky Dam Village near Grand Rivers. A little further away from Paducah but I think worth the drive is the Murray State University course (Miller Memorial) near Murray, Kentucky.

Well gotta go and finish packing. Maybe we’ll see you in Paducah?

Ross

Links

AQS Paducah Quilt Show Website

Paducah Visitors Bureau Website

Quilting Pathways Reports from earlier Paducah Quilt Shows

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Park

Tue
23
Oct '12

Madison Quilt Expo 2012

Wisconsin Quilt Expo sponsored by Wisconsin Public Television

Wisconsin Quilt Expo Quilt Show – Madison, Wisconsin

Due to other travel commitments I was only able to attend one day at the 2012 Quilt Expo. One thing I noticed right away was the show has really grown in size, clear increases in: the number of quilts displayed, the number of vendors, and it appears the number of people attending. Quilt Expo is turning into one of the midwest’s biggest quilt shows. One day wasn’t enough for me to see all I wanted to see. Next year I hope to be able to spend at least a day and half.

BTW You can see some of my posts and pages from previous shows at: Quilting Pathways Quilt Expo & 2011 Madison Quilt Show

As you might expect there were lots of beautiful quilts. Here are some of my favorites:

"Sunflower Serenade" by Marlene Shea

"Poppies in Red" quilt by Sue Halprin

"Bald River Falls" by Judy Alexander

This quilt reminded me of a waterfall I encountered on a canoeing trip in Ontario’s Wabakimi Wilderness Park

"On Wisconsin" by Nancy Acker

Lots of Quilt Vendors in the 2012 Show. Wish I had more time than part of one day.

Vendors at the 2012 Madison Wisconsin Quilt Expo

Vendors at the 2012 Madison Wisconsin Quilt Expo

Did you attend this year’s Madison Quilt Expo? If so what did you think of it? Do you think it is becoming a major show? (enter your comments below)

Next year’s Quilt Expo will be held September 5 – 7th, 2013. Maybe I’ll see you there.

Happy Quilting.

Jo – – – Joquilt@gmail.com

Thu
30
Aug '12

Madison Quilt Expo

Wisconsin Quilt Expo 2012

Next week the big Madison Quilt Show – Wisconsin Quilt Expo 2012 – arrives again at the Madison Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wisconsin. The show opens Thursday, Sept. 6th and runs through Saturday, September 8th.

There will be contest judging in 10 categories plus “Best of Show” and “Viewers Choice.” Also on tap at the show is a keynote speaker, entertainment, a full schedule of one hour presentations throughout each day, and several Sit & Sew and Hands On workshops.

Jo with her quilt at the 2011 Madison Quilt Expo

Last year I attended and exhibited at the 2011 Quilt Expo. This year I am not exhibiting but none-the-less looking forward to attending, especially since this year I missed the annual spring AQS Quilt Show in Paducah . I’ll be excited to see all the great quilts on display and of course visit the vendors to see the new machines, new tools and gadgets and of course to get my “fabric fix” in looking for new fabrics and fat quarters for upcoming projects.

At last year’s show I remember noting that quilts on exhibit came from all across the US, even some from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii. For me the drive from Mt. Horeb is only 25 miles. Will you be going this year and how far will you be traveling?

Wisconsin Quilt Expo Map and Directions

Click on Map for Directions to the 2012 Madison Wisconsin Quilt Expo

Hope to see you at the show.

Happy quilting and traveling.

Jo – Joquilt@gmail.com

Madison Quilt Show Links:

See our Pictures and Reports from previous Quilt Expo’s:

Traveling Quilter Blog
Quilting Pathways Quilt Expo Page

2012 Wisconsin Quilt Expo Website

Google Map to 2012 Madison Wisconsin Quilt Show

Thu
8
Mar '12

Quilt Show Listings

Quilt Show & Quilting Event Calendar

Hi All,

Just a note to let you know I’ve updated our Quilt Show Calendar for 2012. It is fairly complete through August. Some of the shows and events that traditionally are held the last four months of the year have yet to announce their details for 2012. So if you are a show organizer or a member of a guild who sponsors a show, get me your details as soon as they are available.

My first show of the year will be the Azalea Quilt Show, March 23 – 24th, in Tyler Texas. This is their 31st anniversary of the show. An added attraction to the trip will be taking a ride on the historic steam engine powered train that runs between Palestine and Rusk Texas, about 40 miles south of Tyler. With luck the azaleas and or the dogwoods will be in bloom. If you are headed to the Tyler Quilt Show and want to add this excursion to your itinerary, go here to the Texas State Railroad website for more information and reservations. Hope to have some nice pictures of the Quilt Show and the Steam Train Excursion to show you later.

While we are in the area Ross hopes to try out some of the golf courses in the area (Pine Dunes and PeachTree).

AQS Paducah Quilt Show

2011 Quilt Show exhibits in the Paducah Pavilion (Bubble Dome)

Everyone is looking forward to the 2012 Paducah Quilt Show as well as keeping their fingers crossed that the Ohio River doesn’t overflow its banks as it did during last year’s AQS show. So far all looks good on that score. This year the show returns to the expanded Convention and Expo Center. The Paducah Pavilion, the 40,000 square foot inflatable dome, will also be used this year. So more total exhibit and show space and more activities within easy walking distance of one another. The show runs from April 25 to April 28th but some related activities begin a week earlier. Go to our regular website pages on Visiting Paducah to learn more about some of these other attractions like the Dogwood Trail, Lowertown Arts District, Eleanor Burns’ Fabric Sale and Tent Show, and other Paducah visitor attractions worth spending a few more days in the area.

In addition to the classes, vendor booths and contest quilts on exhibit there are a number special events associated with the show (see the event listing here). One I’ll probably not miss is the second annual Fabulous Fabric Flurry held in the lobby of the National Quilt Museum.

I’ll be back here in a few weeks with more reports on quilt shows.

Jo

quiltingpathways@gmail.com