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.
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.
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.