Events

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.  

What We Watch: Garden expert Melinda Myers

It might feel like the doldrums of winter, but spring is just around the corner. Wisconsin Public Television’s Garden & Landscape Expo is ready to inspire you.

Join us Friday through Sunday, Feb. 8-10, at the Exhibition Hall of the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

Out of the many experts, vendors and garden lovers you’ll meet at the Expo, Melinda Myers is a longtime favorite – and, naturally, a lover of PBS programs. She sat down to share some of her favorites with us.

Read on to learn what inspires her – and how she uses it!

 

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Quilt Expo celebrates Nancy Zieman and Natalie Sewell

We’re less than two weeks away from the start of the 14th annual Quilt Expo, held at the Alliant Energy Center’s Exhibition Hall in Madison. (Get your discount advance tickets here – or consider volunteering!)

Natalie Sewell and Nancy Zieman pose together at Quilt ExpoThis year, as every year, attendees will enjoy several special exhibits beyond the 10-category Quilt Contest. One of these exhibits honors the legacy of two women who have been central to quilting in Wisconsin and beyond: Nancy Zieman and Natalie Sewell. 

Read on for more examples of their beautiful landscape quilt collaborations!

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WPT Education presents Click Youth Media Festival

WPT has been part of the educational infrastructure of Wisconsin since the station’s beginnings – on television, in the classroom and in the community.

Over 55 educators and students ages 10-18 gathered in Madison this June for the first-ever Click Youth Media Festival, a one-day crash course in journalism and media production.

Over 55 youth and educators attended the first ever Click Youth Media Festival.

Read more to learn about the day!

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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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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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Meet Around the Farm Table’s Inga Witscher!

Around the Farm Table is going around the state! Join host Inga Witscher in person at fairs, libraries and other fun events as she travels around Wisconsin in the coming months.

Don’t forget: while Inga and friends are filming Season 6, you can catch past episodes and clips online with WPT!

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My Favorite Things: Carol Griskavich

Carol jpg headshot, croppedAs 2018 begins, we’re looking back on some of our favorite memories of the last year. From favorite programs to community events, this was a big year, with fun run-ins and meaningful moments.

Today’s memories come from Carol Griskavich, WPT’s community engagement coordinator – a brand-new position at the station this year. Read on to find out what she’ll remember the most from 2017!

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My Favorite Things: Erik Ernst

As 2017 winds to a close, we’re looking back on some of our favorite memories of the year. From favorite programs to community events, this was a big year, with fun run-ins and meaningful moments.

Today’s memories come from Erik Ernst, the promotion manager at Wisconsin Public Television. Read on to find out what he’ll remember the most from 2017!

Public Television’s Role in Inspiring Conversation

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The Science Behind 100 Years of Wisconsin Broadcasting

Four days. 285+ events. Endless fun. The Wisconsin Science Festival takes place Nov. 2-5, and Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio are once again looking forward to being a part of the event!

The Wisconsin Science Festival is a statewide celebration for all ages, with engaging events such as hands-on science exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, tours, pub nights and workshops.

This year, we’re celebrating 100 Years of Wisconsin Broadcast at the Wisconsin Science Festival— and you’re invited to join us for a scientific trip down memory lane! Read on to get details on WPT and WPR’s Wisconsin Science Festival events in Madison, taking place on Friday, Nov. 3. Plus, explore this year’s festival lineup and go behind the scenes to learn how event leaders are prepping for the four-day festival.

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