We’re gearing up for the 9th annual Quilt Expo, September 5–7, 2013 in Madison, WI, in the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center. I have the pleasure of partnering with Wisconsin Public Television to produce this amazing annual event for quilters.
Quilt Expo Class Registrations are in full swing. Some classes are selling out. Click here to register today! Advance Registration Guides arrived in mailboxes the week of July 8. You may also view online at wiquiltexpo.com. Be sure to join the mailing list to receive future mailings.
Quilt Expo carries on the event’s tradition of providing inspiration, education, fellowship, and entertainment for quilters of all levels. It’s also an opportunity to see hundreds of quilts that showcase the artistry and stitching talents of quilters across the country. Attendees can view all the quilt contest entries, including the winners, and even participate by casting a ballot for their favorite 2012 contest quilt to win the Viewers’ Choice Award.
Notable quilting authorities will present informal one-hour lectures and teach Sit & Sew and Hands-on workshops. It’s a wonderful chance to learn new techniques and products from the experts.
Anyone who loves to shop will delight in a vendor mall brimming with a wide selection of fabrics, patterns, notions, gifts, sewing machines, longarm quilting systems, and more. You’ll also need a little time to relax and get off your feet, so don’t forget to take in the free stage presentations.
Thursday and Friday evenings offer a chance to unwind and laugh with David Taylor’s Reluctant Journey of an Art Quilter and Amy Ellis’ Creative Modern Quilts Journey: Everyone Should Have One. Make plans early—seating is limited.
Last year at Quilt Expo, twenty-five bed-size quilts were generously donated to the Quilt to Give community service project. Plus an additional 11 quilts were stitched and completed by Quilt Expo attendees. All of these quilts were given to families and individuals in need. The need continues in many areas of our country.
This year Baby Lock will again sponsor Quilt to Give Encore! 9 a.m.–3 p.m. daily in the atrium. Here are three ways you can participate: 1) Plan 1/2-hour or more of time to sit, sew, and give. 2) Donate fabric in bright colors (1/4 yds. or more)—fabric coordinates are welcome. 3) Donate a new bed quilt.
Want to review the quilting process ahead of time, or see what type of fabrics to donate? Click on the Quilt to Give tab above. You’ll see the process in 10 easy steps.
For a chance to win two tickets to the 2013 Quilt Expo, leave a comment and tell us what you’re looking forward to at Quilt Expo.
Bye for now,