For the past number of years , 6 to be exact, I’ve attended the Madison Wisconsin Quilt Expo sponsored by Nancy Zieman and Wisconsin Public Television. This year’s show was bigger and better than prior years. In fact I seem to be saying this every year, so each year is topping the previous year. Bigger in terms of number of quilts on display (over 500), bigger in terms of number of vendors, more classes and workshops, and in terms of number of attendees on opening day – also bigger.
I thought this year I’d be able to attend more than one day of the show, but again our various travel plans interfered with this goal. But I find if I go to a show with “game plan” on what I want to see, I can generally pack everything into one day.
One thing I noticed this year was the number of tools and gadgets being offered to make quilting more fun and easier. So I always advise to include trolling the vendor area as part of your quilt show visit. Another reason to visit the vendor section of the show are sometimes you can get some good deals on supplies. For example, this time I happened to be in the need of threads so one of my necessary stops was at the Superior Threads booth. I left stocking up on fabric material to my friend Sue who did some stocking up. We both laughed about wondering if we will ever get to sew up our accumulated “stash” of fabrics in our lifetimes.
As always we enjoyed looking at so many beautiful quilts. Here is a slide show of some of my favorite winning quilts plus some that I thought should have been winners! (PS If you click on any of the slides, you can see a larger image of the quilt)
I am looking forward to attending the Wisconsin Quilt Expo in Madison, Wisconsin as it keeps getting bigger and better each year. This year’s show is from Sept 4th to the 6th at the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall. If you are new to the Madison Quilt Expo, you can see photos and my story on past Wisconsin Quilt Expo Shows here to get an idea of what it is like. At the bottom of the page are links to more pages from other years.
I’ll have some photos and a report here later.
A smaller show later in the month that I hoped to attend but had conflicting travel wanna-bes is the Northern Lights Quilting Guild Show in Ironwood, Michigan just over the border from Hurley, Wisconsin. It is a one day show held on September 20th. As a bonus you might catch some early fall color at one of our favorite fall spots – Black River Harbor Scenic Area – located about 15 miles north of Ironwood.
If you are looking for a quilt show to attend this fall check our Quilt Show Calendar for some good ideas.
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.
PS You can keep in touch with upcoming quilt shows across the country on our Quilt Show Calendar.
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
Each years starting in November I start to get information for our Quilt Show Calendar on quilting shows and events for the coming year. So I get first look at a number of interesting shows and naturally start planning which ones I might be able to attend.
Last year on our spring trip I caught the Azalea Quilt Show in Tyler, Texas which I especially enjoyed since it occurs the same time as Tyler’s Azalea Festival. While we were down there we also caught in nearby Rusk, Texas a ride on the Texas Railroad’s Steam Train excursion that runs back and forth between Rusk and Palatine. If you catch it right the dogwoods are in bloom along the railroad trail. This year due to Ross’s knee surgery I’ve had to stay close to home this spring, but he should be mobile enough to go to the big Paducah Quilt Show in late April. The remodeling of the Convention & Expo Center is now completed. The inflatable “Paducah Pavilion” pressed into service a few years ago when the convention/expo center lost space due to construction and then a flood will continue to be used. So the show should have more square feet of exhibit and show space than they have had for several years. Here’s the AQS Show Website for more info. If you’ve never been to Paducah before we have several pages in our Paducah Quilt Show section on our QP website that show scenes from the shows and some of the other interesting things to see and do while you are in Paducah.
I’ve also got my eye on the Prairie Heritage Quilt Show in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. It is April 7 – 9th and is getting bigger every year. Another one I’ve been to in the past and hope to attend this year is the Quiltfest on the Mississppi Show in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. That show is May 18 – 19th. I see the Minnesota Quilters are doing their show this year in Duluth, Minnesota, one of our favorite cities to visit. That show is happening June 13 – 15th and I expect Ross and I will attend. There’s also a chance I might catch the Vermont Quilt Festival in Essex Junction, Vermont (near Burlington). A few years ago we profiled the Vermont Quilt Show in our QuiltingPathways travel pages. While we were there we enjoyed a side trip to visit the Shelburne Museum and its quilting exhibits in Shelburne, Vermont. The Vermont show is always the last weekend in June.
Moving towards Fall I’ll definitely be catching the Madison Quilt Expo, September 5 -7, in Madison, Wisconsin. This is becoming one of the biggest annual shows in the upper midwest. I have some photos and info in the blog from the 2012 Quilt Expo and more info and links on the Madison Quilt Show in our regular QuiltingPathways pages. I’ve been invited to attend the Northwest Suburban Quilters Guild show in Hoffman Estates, Illinois later on in September. It sounds like an interesting event so I hope my schedule allows me to attend. Many of the annual shows that host their events in fall or early winter have yet to contact me or publicize their 2013 schedule so I (as well as others) won’t be able to make my plans until later. All of these events that I’ve just mentioned, as well as perhaps hundreds more are listed, with contact information, on our Quilt Show Calendar. So go there for more details and links.
A reminder to Quilt Show planners, send me your updated event information – firstname.lastname@example.org. Also try to find a place on your quild or event website to put a link back to QuiltingPathways.com . . . because the more people who find their way to our website the more people learn about your events. What goes around comes around.
Maybe see you at a show this year. Happy Quilting and Traveling.
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.
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.
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?
Hope to see you at the show.
Happy quilting and traveling.
Jo – Joquilt@gmail.com
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What a great honor it was having my quilt – “Plates from the Attic” – in the 2011 Wisconsin Quilt Expo that was held in Madison, Wisconsin September 8 – 10th. No awards for my quilt – but a great big smile from me at the show.
On Friday I attended the quilt show with my quilting friends Sue and Marie. On Saturday several members of my family attended the show with me: my sisters Margie, Eileen, and Donna plus my niece Kristi.
I came across this booth – silverthimbleonline.com – and found the shop owners were retiring and having a sale – all fabrics $7.00 a yard. They are closing the shop so they can focus more of their time on quilting books they write and quilting patterns they design. The booth was busy, busy. I found some great batiks. When I stopped back later on Saturday every rack was almost empty! What initially attracted me to this booth was I noticed they were from Springfield, New Hampshire and as we are planning a trip next summer to the northeast I am always on the lookout for quilt shops to visit on our travels. But since they are closing, no such luck on this one.
Later I saw Jennifer Chiaverine signing some of her books. She is a New York Times best-selling author whose stories – The Elm Creek Novels – always have some quilting theme woven into them.
On Saturday I found Nancy Zieman, co-host of Quilt Expo and executive producer and star of the popular PBS show “Sewing with Nancy,” also signing some books and shirts. Great Show Nancy.
I took pictures of several of the winning quilts and are showing them in my regular web pages on the Madison Quilt Expo so go there to see them. Below are some of the floral quilts and landscape quilts I particularly liked. Some day I hope to do one of these.
Did you attend the show? If so let me hear how you liked it – see comments, start discussion, or reply below.