Release Date: Mon, Aug 22, 2011

Educational Opportunities and Hundreds of Quilts on Exhibit at Quilt Expo

For More Information:Lynn Brockmeyer, WPT publicist, 608-263-3364, [email protected] Kristin Korevec, WPT events manager, 608-262-5256, [email protected] The seventh-annual Quilt Expo, Sept. 8-10 in the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, 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 hundreds of quilts on exhibit. The event's quilt contest is an exquisite gallery of fabric art representing the diverse personal expressions and stitching techniques of hundreds of quilters from around the country. Quilt Expo also includes several special quilt exhibits. Attendees will enjoy shopping the vendor mall and seeing wares from more than 185 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 Sit & Sew 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 two evening events, appearances by Nancy Zieman of public television's Sewing With Nancy® and a "Quilt to Give" community service project. The "Quilt to Give" project is motivated by the natural disasters that have recently affected our nation — tornadoes, floods and fires. Quilt Expo attendees are encouraged to bring a bed-size quilt as a donation for those in need. Bright-colored fabric, measuring a quarter yard or more, also will be collected for a community quilt to be made by attendees during Quilt Expo.  To pre-register for lectures, workshops and evening events or to purchase advance tickets, visit on the Web or phone 866-297-6545. Attendees also can check for openings at the event. Quilt Expo 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.  Quilt Expo is a partnership of Wisconsin Public Television and Nancy Zieman Productions LLC. Funding for Quilt Expo is provided by Nancy's Notions, Baby Lock, Janome, It's for Quilting Etc., Koala Studios, Husqvarna Viking, Pfaff, Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting, Bernina and Elna. 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.

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