Have you ever wondered where I get my own sewing inspiration? I often find it out on the road at quilt shows and speaking engagements. This week’s Sewing With Nancy takes you on the road to the Wisconsin Quilt Expo. Join me as we see vendors, sewing machines, fabrics, and exquisite quilts. Watch the episode online.
Plan to attend this year’s Quilt Expo, September 10–12 in Madison, WI.
Here’s a preview of the TV show!
New machines and products
We head to the Baby Lock booth for a visit with Educator Cathy Brown. Cathy demonstrates a longarm sewing machine with a Stitch Regulator that communicates with the machine. So whether you move the quilt sandwich slow or fast, the machine makes consistent stitches.
Diane Magidson of Sew Batik tells us about hand dyed batik fabrics. She explains the importance of thread count for quilt backings. I didn’t know thread count was important for the back of quilts, did you?
Prize Winning Quilts
Special Quilt Exhibits
Native American Quilter Viola Colombe shares techniques featured in her quilts as they hang in one of the Special Exhibits at Quilt Expo. See more of Viola’s quilts in my previous blog posting, Stunning Lone Star Quilts—Learn From a Master.
Kids’ Quilt Contest
The annual Kids’ Quilt Contest is open to all girls and boys ages 15 and under. The creativity of these young participants is amazing! Watch interviews with a few of the talented kids as they talk about the process of making their quilt.
Community Service Project, Quilt to Give
Next, watch my interview with Sharon Raimondo—a repeat volunteer at Quilt to Give—Quilt Expo’s Community Service Project. During the three-day event, 13 quilts were stitched and completed by attendees. Plus, 16 additional bed-size quilts were generously donated to the Quilt to Give Project.
The most unique exhibit at the expo this year was the quilted yurt! See a glimpse into the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts Quilted Yurt—a portable, circular dwelling on a collapsible framework, traditionally used by nomads in Central Asia.
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Here’s where you can register for this year’s Quilt Expo.
The random winner of Circles Sew Simple is Elaine Wong. She said: That looks like so much fun! I would love to win and start making circles on my sewing table.
The three random winners of two Quilt Expo tickets go to:
- Sherril Harris who said: I have been attending Quilt Expo every year for the past 5 years. I usually have a lecture to attend right away in the morning. The lectures are so informative and always give me new ideas. Then it’s off to the show. I start at one end of the showroom floor and I don’t go home until I’ve seen it all. This is really one of the best quilt shows around! I wouldn’t miss it!
- Marsha Nater who said: I’ve never been to a quilt show before, so I know I will be overwhelmed by the artistry and the new ideas that I will see. I will probably check out the vendors first and then check out the quilt displays.
- Vicky Gjerde who said: The first thing I love to do is grab my honey (hubby) who always attends with me, and look to get my picture taken with Nancy and chat with her. I admire her and the wonderful show she sponsors, the Quilt Expo. You are the best Nancy!!! Thanks for everything. P.S. Of course I love the quilts and the vendors!!!! Well worth the 5-hour drive.
Bye for now,