September 10–12, thousands of quilting enthusiasts will gather in Madison, WI to find inspiration, share new techniques, stock up on supplies and celebrate the joy of quilting. Now in its eleventh year, Quilt Expo continues to be the Midwest’s premier quilting destination. I invite you to join me at this year’s event!
It’s a Big Deal!
Here’s a sampling of the highlights of this year’s event. With over 200 educational lectures, sit & sew workshops, and hands-on workshops, there’s something for everyone. Plus you’ll find hundreds of quilts on display.
View the juried and judged quilt contest—over 300 amazing quilts
Vote for your choice of Best of Show
- 2014 Quilt Expo Best of Show—Once Upon a Time by Mary S. Buvia, Greenwood IN
Shop in the 85,000-square-foot vendor mall
Take a class from a nationally known celebrity presenter—here’s a small sampling:
- In Weeks Ringles’ class Details Matter, you’ll learn how quilting details can transform or ruin a quilt.
- Wendy Bulter Berns will teach a class, Capering with Creativity and Our Quilts, perfect for those of us who like to collect fabric.
- Laura Murray will take us on a journey to create the appearance of a complicated piecework quilt without sewing in her class, On the Edge of Thread.
Attend a stage presentations
- The stage presentations are included with your admission ticket.
- Our Kids’ Quilt Challenge, which is held on the stage, is a Saturday morning favorite.
Learn the fine-art of hand quilting
- Sign-up for hands-on workshops.
Choose from over 100 educational lectures
Dedicate time to attend a sit & sew workshop
- You’ll find a variety of offerings when you go to the Quilt Expo website. Sign up soon as these workshops quickly fill.
Sign-up for an evening event
- Thursday night, September 10, join Dr. Clarice Coswell as she presents, Pre-Civil War Quilts: Their Hidden Codes to the Freedom of Slaves Through The Underground Railroad.
- Friday night, watch a lighthearted presentation given by Dalen and Mitzie Keys, Quilting and Kids’ Books and the Magic of Story.
Participate in the Quilt to Give community service project
- Our goal is to make or collect 20 twin-sized quilts. Enchanted Makeovers and DAIS (Domestic Abuse Intervention Services) will be the recipients of the quilts.
- Click here to download instructions to sew an easy quilt. Consider making a quilt in advance and then donating it at Quilt Expo.
Get in Step!
Just like quilting, becoming heart healthy comes together one piece at a time. Join UW Health/ Go Red for Women and pick up a free pedometer to keep track of your steps while promoting healthy living.
Three random winners will receive a pair of Quilt Expo Tickets. To be eligible, answer this question: What’s the first thing you’d do at Quilt Expo? (Getting a cup of coffee doesn’t count!) Winners will be announced on August 6.
Bye for now,