Quilt Expo Features Educational Opportunities and Hundreds of Quilts on Exhibit

August 24, 2010

The sixth-annual Quilt Expo offers an exciting getaway for quilting enthusiasts to rejuvenate their creative muse and celebrate the art of quilting. The event provides educational opportunities for quilters but also draws non-quilters who enjoy viewing the hundreds of quilts on exhibit.

Presented by Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) and Nancy Zieman Productions, Quilt Expo runs 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9 through Saturday, Sept. 11 in the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

Attendees will like shopping the 75,000-square-foot vendor mall and seeing wares from more than 150 regional and national companies with all the latest in fabrics, patterns, notions, sewing machines, longarm quilting systems and more.

One-hour lectures are a chance for quilters to acquire new ideas and helpful tips from leading quilting educators. At SitSew workshops attendees learn, practice and master new techniques on state-of-the-art sewing machines. Hands-on workshops teach hand stitching and design methods. Throughout the event, stage presentations by industry leaders feature innovative products and techniques.

Additional highlights include appearances by Nancy Zieman of public television's Sewing With Nancy©, a “Go Red for Women” community service project and two limited-capacity evening events.

At 6 Thursday, “Viewed With a Smile - Humorous Quilts” is an evening of laughter and inspiration with Mary Stori who believes quilting is supposed to be fun and mistakes are just an opportunity to make an ordinary quilt extraordinary.

At 6 Friday, “Folded Fabric Elegance and Quilted Elegance” with Rami Kim focuses on 3-D textures and elegant designs showcasing her creations - quilts, bags, wearable arts and home décor items.

Admission is $7 in advance/$8 at the door. A two-day pass is $12. A three-day pass is $15. Admission allows entrance to quilt exhibits, stage presentations and vendor mall. Lecture, workshop and evening events are an additional fee. Parking is paid separately at the Alliant Energy Center entrance gate.

For complete details and to pre-register for lectures, workshops and evening events or to purchase advance tickets, visit wiquiltexpo.com on the Web or phone 866-297-6545.

Funding for Quilt Expo is provided by Nancy's Notions©, Janome, Baby Lock, Bernina USA, Hinterberg Design Inc., Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machine Co., It's For Quilting, Etc. LLC, Pfaff and Quilters Club of America.

WPT is a service of the Educational Communications Board and University of Wisconsin-Extension.

Wisconsin Public Television is a place to grow through learning on WHA-TV, Madison; WPNE-TV/TV, Green Bay; WHRM-TV, Wausau; WLEF-TV/TV, Park Falls; WHLA-TV, La Crosse; and WHWC-TV, Menomonie-Eau Claire.