Quilt Expo 2015

Advance Registration – Quilt Expo 2015 Madison, Wisconsin

Just received my flyer for the 2015 Quilt Expo for early registration. Registering early is important for lectures, workshops and special evening events . . . as there is limited seating for these activities.

This annual event, sponsored by Wisconsin Public Television and Nancy Zieman, is growing every year. I see my friend Eileen Daniels is giving a one hour presentation on making quilted items from vintage textiles. One of about 70 lectures available.

In looking over the flyer there’s a couple of classes that look interesting that I might take this year. The Hands-On Workshop English Paper and Hand Piecing will give me a skill that will be handy when we are traveling and I don’t have room to take my machine.

The featured speaker on Thursday Night is one I’d like to attend. It is a presentation by Dr. Clarence Boswell on Pre-Civil War Quilts and their history with the Underground Railroad.

Learn more about the Madison Quilt Expo Here and see scenes from recent years here:

Maybe see you at this year’s show ?

Jo

Wisconsin Quilt Expo 2014

Wisconsin Quilt-Expo – Madison, Wisconsin

Quilters snapping up some Madison Quilt Expo 2014 merchandise

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)

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See more general information on Quilt Expo and pictures from earlier shows.

What were your favorites from the show? If you send me some photos I can post them below.

Joanne (Joquilt@gmail.com)

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

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

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