About Jonna Mayberry

I’m a publicist at Wisconsin Public Television. In my free time, you’ll find me thrift shopping, reading the latest memoir or history book, and watching Independent Lens. I run on coffee and puns. Follow me @JonnaMayberry or email me at jonnatha.mayberry@wpt.org.

 

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Quilt Expo 2019: Sept. 5-7 in Madison, Wisconsin

Tickets are now on sale for the ultimate quilting adventure! Join us Sept. 5-7 in Madison for the 15th-annual Quilt Expo, presented by Wisconsin Public Television and Nancy Zieman Productions.

Did you know that more than 20,000 quilting and sewing enthusiasts gather in Madison, Wisconsin each year for the Wisconsin Public Television Quilt Expo? Quilt Expo is not only a premier quilting destination for the Midwest, but it also welcomes attendees and vendors from across the U.S.  — and even across the globe — each year. And this year, Quilt Expo is celebrating 15 years of quilting fun!

Three attendees pose in front of the photo backdrop at Quilt Expo's entrance.
Attendees pose in front of the photo backdrop at Quilt Expo 2018.

Since 2004, Quilt Expo has brought quilters together while giving back to the community in numerous ways. Proceeds from Quilt Expo always go to support Wisconsin Public Television’s programming and outreach initiatives. That means that by purchasing an admission ticket, stopping by the WPT booth to buy a raffle ticket or registering for a presentation, you are not only enriching your life, but also enriching the lives of others who are impacted by WPT’s work on-air, online and in the community.

An attendee smiling at the camera while sewing at Quilt to Give at Quilt Expo.
Quilt to Give at Quilt Expo

And, throughout the event, Quilt Expo is full of opportunities for attendees to give back. One such opportunity is Quilt to Give, an annual community service project that invites attendees to sit and sew for a great cause. Finished quilts are donated to local charities each year. Last year, 29 quilts were donated! Nancy Zieman Productions has a great blog post about this project that details its history and how you can get involved; click here to read it.

If you haven’t yet been to a Quilt Expo, what should you expect at the three-day event? Here are some of the highlights:

  • A 10-category juried and judged Quilt Contest Exhibit featuring hundreds of quilts and cash prizes.
  • Special quilt exhibits! This year’s new exhibits include the Quilt Expo Log Cabin Challenge, Quilt Expo Modern Mini Challenge and Quilt Expo Kids’ Quilt Challenge. Plus, traveling exhibits on loan from across the country, like the Prince Challenge from Cherrywood Hand-Dyed Fabrics!
  • Hundreds of educational activities, including lectures, stage presentations, sit & sew workshops, hands-on workshops and evening events. Explore modern circles, color theory, silk fusion and stash busting. Learn about creative stitching and ruler work — or, if you’re feeling ambitious, head to Quilters Bootcamp! Then, take a moment to celebrate Nancy Zieman with a special lecture from Nancy Zieman Productions.
  • An 85,000-square-foot vendor mall featuring businesses and organizations from across the nation. Click here to explore a full list of 2019 vendors.
  • The Quilt Expo raffle, featuring prizes with a value of $200 or more.
An attendee smiles while admiring a quilt in the Quilt Expo Quilt Exhibit.
What would Quilt Expo be without quilts?!

Advance registration for the expo is now open, which means you can register early and save $2 per admission ticket, workshop and lecture. Plus, registering early means you can take advantage of limited-quantity opportunities, like the Quilt Expo VIP package!

A collage of VIP benefits, including a mug, tote bag, golden ticket and an entry in the sewing machine drawing.

VIP ticket holders receive the following: 

  • One three-day Quilt Expo ticket.
  • A Quilt Expo tote bag.
  • Early access to the quilt contest exhibit at 8 a.m. Thursday – be the first to see the quilts without the crowds! You’ll also be treated to a coffee and tea reception.
  • A Quilt Expo VIP coffee mug.
  • A commemorative Quilt Expo VIP badge with a matching multicolored WPT lanyard.
  • A Quilt Expo VIP button.
  • A quilting book from Nancy Zieman Productions.
  • One entry into a drawing to win a Baby Lock Sofia 2 sewing machine…and more!

Whether a seasoned quilter, a novice or just curious to learn more about quilting, Quilt Expo offers an opportunity to learn, laugh and draw inspiration from quilting masters who will share their ideas and expertise. We hope to see you this September!

Click here to download this year’s Quilt Expo Advance Registration Guide, or browse and register online.  

Meet the Cast of Les Misérables, Premiering on WPT April 14

There are some things you can always count on. The happiness that comes from that first cup of coffee — or tea — in the morning. The pure joy puppies bring. And, of course, some excellent MASTERPIECE programming on Sunday nights on Wisconsin Public Television. Thanks to the upcoming premiere of Les Misérables on April 14 on WPT,  Sunday nights are about to get even better.  Continue reading Meet the Cast of Les Misérables, Premiering on WPT April 14

WPT Education Helps Students Explore the Life of Joe Bee Xiong

A new student-focused resource created to expand the Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Eau Claire program explores the life of Joe Bee Xiong, the first Hmong American elected to public office in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) Education has just announced the release of a new Wisconsin Biographies story: Joe Bee Xiong: War to Peace. 

Created as an additional, student-focused chapter to the Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Eau Claire program, which premiered on WPT in the summer of 2018,  this new Wisconsin Biographies story explores the life of Joe Bee Xiong, the first Hmong American to be elected to public office in Wisconsin. Joe Bee Xiong: War to Peace is now available online at WPTeducation.org. Continue reading WPT Education Helps Students Explore the Life of Joe Bee Xiong

Escape. Create. Celebrate! Quilt Expo Registration Now Open

Tickets are now on sale for the ultimate quilting adventure! Join us Sept. 6-8 in Madison for the 14th-annual Quilt Expo, presented by Wisconsin Public Television with Nancy Zieman Productions.

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 and raffle prizes.

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Week 2 Bread Recap: The 2018 Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge

Last week was all about sweet, sweet cake! But this week’s episode got a little more savory as bakers were asked to rise to the occasion in the bread challenge and tackle Flatbread, an Eight-Strand Plaited Loaf AND 24 Bagels.

In the spirit of The Great British Baking Show,  The Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge asked our bakers to select just one of the three bread challenges. This week was a scorcher in Wisconsin, so we’d like to take a minute to recognize our hearty bakers’ determination. Thanks for turning your ovens on, despite the heat!

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Week 1 Cakes Recap: The 2018 Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge

Season 5 of The Great British Baking Show kicked off with CAKES! In the premiere episode, the 12 new contestants were challenged to bake three delicious creations: Upside Down Cake, Rum Babas and Hidden Design Cake.

For the second year in a row, The Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge kicked off, too! In the spirit of The Great British Baking Show, we asked our Wisconsin bakers to select just one of the three cake types to tackle in our kick-off challenge. More than 90 bakers from across Wisconsin – and one from Brooklyn, NY – took this week’s challenge! Let’s recap the episode and see how our local bakers did.

If you have not watched this episode yet, SPOILER ALERT!

And don’t forget to read to the bottom to find out who our six featured Wisconsin bakers are!

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What We Watch: Dominique Johnson, Audience Services Specialist

Dominique (Dom) Johnson is an audience services specialist at WPT. One of Dom’s daily tasks includes answering audience questions about Wisconsin Public Broadcasting’s content. One of his favorite things about his job is “hearing about all of the positive effects that our programming has on the lives of our viewers and listeners across the state.” We caught up with Dom to learn more about his top public television picks.

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WPT ‘Wisconsin Life’ Story Wins 2018 National Murrow Award

Wisconsin Public Television’s Wisconsin Life story Jaxon’s Wish has been honored with a 2018 Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) National Edward R. Murrow Award. The RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards are among the most prestigious in broadcast and digital news.

Jaxon’s Wish shares how Make-A-Wish Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Brewers teamed up to make young Brewers fan Jaxon Louis’ wish come true by creating a Miller Park replica in Ithaca, Wisconsin: Jaxon’s Brew Crew Park. Louis was seven years old when he was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a type of brain cancer. Today, Louis is cancer-free and gives back to his community by hosting weekend whiffle ball tournaments that raise money for Greater Richland Area Cancer Elimination (GRACE), a charity that funds cancer research and education while providing support for local cancer patients.

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Join the 2018 Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge

Bake along with Britain’s best – and add a Wisconsin twist! Share your results with each us each week to be featured on our website.

Wisconsin Public Television’s second-annual Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge launches today – Sunday, June 17! Season 5 of The Great British Baking Show premieres across the WPT viewing area 6 p.m. Sunday, June 24, and we’re once again inviting you to try your hand at the challenges from the show’s new season!

Each week during Season 5, try one of our fun baking challenges and share the results with us online. We’ll feature a variety of bakers, just like you, on the official website and right here on the blog – each week.

 

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Watch, Bid & Win! WPT Auction Airs May 31-June 3

Support Wisconsin Public Television — Watch the WPT Auction!

Join in on the fun as Wisconsin Public Television’s annual Auction kicks off another year, starting 7 p.m. Thursday, May 31! Now in its 43rd year, the WPT Auction invites viewers to bid on merchandise from Wisconsin businesses. There are great deals available on-air and online, and all the proceeds support WPT programs and outreach initiatives!

This year — for the first time in Auction history — viewers can watch Auction on WPT statewide throughout the event. Bidders can also explore items up for sale, bid, buy online-exclusive deals, and watch the full broadcast Auction streaming online at auction.wpt.org.

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