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Quilt Expo - Madison, Wisconsin

Madison Wisconsin Quilt Expo
Entrance to Madison Quilt Expo

Great Wisconsin Quilt Show - Madison, Wisconsin

For several years I've attended the Wisconsin Quilt Expo. This is an annual event held in Madison, Wisconsin the second weekend in September. The Expo is produced by Wisonsin Public Television and Nancy Zieman Productions.

In 2022 the event was renamed The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show (info at the bottom of the page)

The 2022 Great Wisconsin Quilt Expo will be held Sept. 8 - 10
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Pictures from the 2014 Quilt Expo Show

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During the 3 day event, there are lectures, sit & sew workshops, hands on workshops, stage presentations, judged quilt contest, vendor mall and nationally known celebrity presentations.

At the 2008 Expo Show a friend and I attended a great hands on workshop learning how to dye fabric. We both had high praise for the "12-Step Color Wheel class with Sheri Wood of www.whiterobindesigns.com

In the 2011 show I was honored to have one of my quilts accepted in the competition. It is an heirloom quilt of sorts because the dresden plate blocks were found among my Mom's things after her passing. The blocks date back to the 1930s because they were made on 1934-36 sugar sacks. In my trips to Paducah Quilt Shows I searched for and found some antique fabrics I thought would work with the quilt design I had in mind to tie the blocks together into a finished quilt. After 70 plus years the quilt is now finished. Wish Mom could have seen it. Here's me with my quilt at the 2011 madison quilt show (click on picture for a larger image).

Antique Wall Quilt By Joanne Reinhold

Dresden Plate quilt blocks of heritage wall quilt By Joanne Reinhold

Here's a close-up of the old dresden plate blocks made on sugar sacks - click for larger picture. > > >

Oh, I should mention that another plus of the Quilt Expo is the fact that is held 30 minutes from our home.

Best of Show 2012 Quilt Expo
Barbara Clem of Rockford, Illinois came away with "Best of Show" at the 2012 Madison Quilt Expo. See more here

The 2014 Madison Quilt Expo was held at Madison's Alliant Energy Center. Go to our Traveling Quilter Blog for reports and pictures on the 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 shows as well as other quilting events and scenic travel. Search on Quilt Expo to see a list of our past reports on the Madison Wisconsin Quilt Expo.

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Scenes from earlier Madison Quilt Expo Shows

Quilt By Nancy Carden
A friend of Jo's quilt that has inspired her to take up hand applique.

Quilt by Eileen Daniels

< < < Another friend's quilt, by Eileen Daniels.

Quilt by Eileen Daniels

< < < Notice the little quilt hanging on the line (it's an actual little quilt)

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Some collages of some of our favorites from the 2008 show

Winning Quilts Madison Expo Quilt Show

Winning Quilts Madison Expo Quilt Show

Quilt Gazing
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quilt inspecting
Quilt Inspecting and learning

Quilt Mall Walking and Shopping

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2011 Madison Wisconsin Quilt Expo

2011 Madison Quilt Expo

Enjoying a lunch break at the show in the Alliant Center Exhibition Hall.

2011 Madison Quilt Expo

Lots of quilting vendors & exhibitors, more each year.

Quilt Expo Map of AttendeesWhere are you from?
Madison's Wisconsin Quilt Expo is a major regional quilt show, getting bigger every year. This map at the 2011 quilt show invited attendees to place a pin identifying their home. Pins were placed from as far away as Alaska, Hawaii, and the Bahamas.

Fenceline Quilt by Sherri Cyra

Here's a neat landscape quilt from the 2011 show I liked. It is entitled "Fenceline" by Sherri Cyra of Madison, Wisconsin.

Hugs and Kisses quilt by Gail Smith


"Hugs & Kisses" by Gail Smith of Barrington, Illinois won 2nd place at the 2011 show n the Machine Quilted Bed Sized-Appliqued category.

Summer Flowers, a quilt by Kathy Munkelwitz


I liked "Summer Flowers" by Kathy Munkelwitz of Isle, Minnesota who won 3rd place in the category Wall Quilts, Machine and/or Hand Quilted at the 2011 show.


More Information on the Madison, Wisconsin Quilt Expo

More pictures and reports from previous Quilt Expos
See our traveling quilter blog report for more pictures and comments from the

2022 Madison Quilt Expo, now called The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show, will be held Sept. 8 - 10 , 2022

One of the featured exhibits at this year's show is "Uncovered: The Ken Burns Collection," featuring 26 historic quilts from the private collection of the documentary filmmaker.

Wisconsin Quilt Show Website

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