Presented by Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) with Nancy Zieman, Quilt Expo is designed to capture and revitalize the creative quilting spirit. The expo features a 10-category quilt contest, vendor mall, stage presentations, informal lectures, sit & sew and hands-on workshops, nationally known celebrity presenters, appearances by Nancy and raffle prizes.
Quilt Expo 2016 has concluded, but the inspiration will stick with us all year long!
We were thrilled to meet so many of the Quilt Contest exhibitors in person at Quilt Expo and have the opportunity to view the incredible details of hundreds of quilts in the Quilt Exhibit. From hand-quilted future heirlooms to machine-quilted pictorial masterpieces, the creativity behind these works astounded everyone who attended.
Quilt Expo 2016 is just around the corner, Sept. 8-10 at the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. In advance of the three-day expo, Wisconsin Public Television spent the day with Nancy Zieman to find out what goes into making Quilt Expo the ultimate quilting adventure. From storing contest quilts to prepping samples to making media appearances, preparing for Quilt Expo is a year-round production.
September is an exciting time at Wisconsin Public Television! A new season of Sewing With Nancy premieres 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 on WPT, and the three-day Quilt Expo, co-presented by WPT and Nancy Zieman, takes place Sept. 8-10.
The good news is that you don’t have to wait until September to enjoy Sewing With Nancy or start planning your Quilt Expo adventure. The first episodes from the 34th season of Sewing With Nancy are now available on wpt.org. Click here to watch Best Sweatshirt Makeovers, Favorite Scarves to Sew and more (just in time to get cozy for fall).
Planning ahead for Quilt Expo is almost as much fun as attending … almost. On her blog, Nancy talks about what she’s most looking forward to at this year’s expo — from must-see lectures to shopping for the latest notions to the Kids Quilt Challenge and everything in between. As Nancy says “It’s a big deal!”
Registration for Quilt Expo 2016 is officially open! Every year, guests flock to Quilt Expo to Escape, Create and Celebrate. The three-day event, presented by Wisconsin Public Television with Nancy Zieman, invites all quilt lovers to learn, laugh and draw inspiration from each other.
Quilt Expo | Sept. 8-10, 2016
Alliant Energy Center in Madison
Register early and save: Register here.
Nancy Zieman, beloved host of WPT’s own Sewing With Nancy, which has been on the air since 1982, will appear at the Wisconsin Public Television booth to meet with all Quilt Expo attendees!
Don’t miss Quilt Expo’s 10-category quilt contest exhibit, showcasing the incredible talents of quilters from across the country. In addition, attendees can view this year’s brand-new Black & White Plus One Challenge, which spotlights unique ways of creating fabric masterpieces using only three colors.
Nearly 200 vendors at the extensive vendor mall will offer the latest machines, kits, fabrics, threads, notions and more. Additional highlights include a raffle for fantastic quilt-related prizes, as well as a community service project — Quilt to Give, led by Nancy Zieman — which invites attendees to donate their materials and skills to create bed-size quilts for those in need.
Visit quiltexpo.com for full details and to register for lectures, workshops and evening events! We hope to see you this fall.
Every year a ton of work goes into making Quilt Expo a great place to “Escape. Create. Celebrate.” and one of the most rewarding tasks — processing entries in the 10-category juried and judged Quilt Contest — is now complete.
With hundreds of entries, it took a jury a full afternoon and most of the evening to sort through all the quilts and to choose the best order for displaying them. It’s a grueling task, but I can assure you the jury was looking forward to spending hours scrutinizing every stitch and detail of the quilts.
After a successful set-up day in the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, we’re finally ready for the 10th Annual Quilt Expo…are you?
This year promises to the biggest Quilt Expo yet, with a record 513 quilts on display, including 300 quilts in the judged and juried 10 category quilt contest. There are also several special quilt exhibits to admire, including quilts inspired by songs from the 1970s, a collection of cow-themed quilts and quilts from the Oneida Nation.
Quilt Expo is your chance to meet Nancy Zieman of “Sewing With Nancy” and to attend one of several educational lectures and Sit & Sew workshops. There’s also an extensive vendor mall with quilts for sale and the latest sewing and quilting supplies.
And, Quilt Expo will again hold the “Quilt to Give” community service project. There’s a large pile of fabric (picture below) that attendees will help make into quilts that will be donated to charity.
Last month, we took you behind the scenes of Nancy Zieman Productions to tell you that a new season of Sewing With Nancy was fast approaching. This week, we’re happy to tell you Nancy’s 32nd season is here and begins with the online premiere of “Sew Simple With Rectangles & Squares, Part 1.”
On her blog, Nancy says “Sew Simple” is the first in a three part series full of projects – exclusively cut from fabric rectangles and squares – that are designed for people who like to sew but really don’t have the time.
In conjunction with the new season, and the 10th annual Quilt Expo in September, we’re also airing a Sewing With Nancy special 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 on Wisconsin Public Television. Watch as Nancy demonstrates how to make Dresden Plate quilt designs and then redesigns the Lone Star quilt to make it speedy to sew.
Watch Sewing With Nancy “Sew Simple With Rectangles & Squares, Part 1” and find more episodes at wpt.org/SewingWithNancy.
We’re pleased to share that earlier this week, Wisconsin Public Television volunteer Andrew Silver received a Youth Service Award at United Way’s 2014 Community Volunteer Awards ceremony. Andrew, who volunteers at several WPT events and has served WPT for nearly 10 years, received one of 13 awards presented by United Way.
Andrew began volunteering with WPT at the age of 8 when his mother, Danielle, a long-time volunteer herself, began Andrew’s volunteering habit by bringing him to help as a bid runner during the annual WPT Auction.
As Andrew grew up his volunteer roles with WPT expanded greatly. When he turned 16, Andrew began volunteering at all of our volunteer events. As a WPT Auction volunteer Andrew has held the following roles: bid runner, café server, bid sorter, phone bank, pickup and pay cashier, and board captain. He has also helped at Garden Expo, Quilt Expo and has answered phones as part of our Membership Drive phone bank.
Now, as a 17-year-old high school student with a part-time job, Andrew still makes time for volunteering and helps recruit his friends when we are in need of additional people. When volunteering he is very conscience of making new volunteers feel welcome and helping them feel comfortable in their new volunteer role.
In his years of volunteering with WPT Andrew has given over 300 hours of his time. We are beyond grateful to Andrew for the variety of jobs he has undertaken and his willingness to put in long hours to support the mission of WPT.
To find out how you can join Andrew and become a Wisconsin Public Television volunteer, go to wpt.org/volunteer. Our upcoming volunteer events include the August Membership Drive (Aug. 9-18) and our Quilt Expo (Sept. 3-6).