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“Treasured Quilts of Wisconsin” Showcases Tradition, Innovation and Inspiration

Update! Watch Treasured Quilts of Wisconsin online here.

Quilting is more than just fabric and thread. It is a journey filled with thoughtfulness and emotion. Join host Nancy Zieman to meet the artists behind the quilts in the brand-new television special Treasured Quilts of Wisconsin, premiering 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 on Wisconsin Public Television.

Preview the special in this exclusive sneak peek:

Meet contemporary quilters who take traditional quilting to new levels, innovative quilters who use unconventional techniques, and inspirational quilters who explore the richness of life and its many lessons through fabric.

Treasured Quilts of Wisconsin introduces viewers to quilters and quilts from around Wisconsin, including work by Diane Gaudynski, Betty Ekern Suiter, Bruce Seeds, Natalie Sewell and more. Learn the source of their inspiration, tour their workspaces and marvel at the intricacies of their masterpieces. Plus, view dozens of quilts crafted by quilters from across the state.

Each quilter has unique reasons for quilting. Learn how all quilters are united by a passion for tradition, innovation and inspiration when Treasured Quilts of Wisconsin premieres on WPT.

Get Ready for More of ‘The Great British Baking Show’!

Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins coax the bakers through their challenges — and provide comic relief. Season 2 premieres tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m.
Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins coax the bakers through their challenges — and provide comic relief. Season 2 premieres tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m.

Love The Great British Baking Show or eager to learn what all the fuss is about? Tomorrow’s your day! Get ready for a brand-new season following the trials and tribulations of passionate amateur bakers competing to be named the U.K.’s best when season 2 premieres tomorrow, 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6 on Wisconsin Public Television.

This season, full of good old-fashioned competition, a hearty helping of humor and plenty of delicious treats that we (unfortunately) cannot sample, will welcome a baker’s dozen — with contestants ranging from space engineer to student, teacher to dentist, psychologist to carpenter.

Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins will coax the competitors through their Signature, Technical and Showstopper challenges, under the scrutiny of judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. After 10 weeks of whisking, crimping and piping, only one can emerge victorious … who’s it going to be? Begin the baking journey 6 p.m. tomorrow!

What's Cooking Tonight?

Chef Vivian Howard whips up veggie burgers made from butter beans in tonight's episode of "A Chef's Life," which airs at 7 on WPT.
Chef Vivian Howard whips up veggie burgers made from butter beans in tonight’s episode of “A Chef’s Life,” which airs at 7 on WPT.

Whether I like it or not, it seems that cooler weather is here to stay. This year, I’ve decided to make the most of fall and winter. No more sulking on the couch and dreaming of California.

One cool-weather activity that helps reduce my inner gloom is cooking. It’s an indoor activity, it warms up the house and it adds some lovely (hopefully) smells to the air. Luckily, Wisconsin Public Television offers a plethora of cooking shows, including back-to-back episodes of A Chef’s Life and Martha Stewart’s Cooking School on Thursday nights.

Tune in tonight at 7 for brand-new episodes of both shows, beginning with A Chef’s Life “R-E-S-P-E-C-T the Butterbean” (now I’m singing Aretha Franklin in my head). Tonight’s episode follows the show’s star, chef Vivian Howard, as she crafts a delicious veggie burger using butter beans (also known as lima beans) in an effort to make a burger that stands out from the rest.

As someone who cooks vegetarian meals frequently, I’m looking forward to some new veggie burger ideas. You can watch this new episode tonight on WPT, or watch it online.

Then at 7:30, a new Martha Stewart’s Cooking School, “Steakhouse” will take your taste buds on a completely different, more meat-centric adventure, as Martha prepares baked stuffed clams and teaches a technique for searing a porterhouse steak.

View Martha’s steak-searing tricks below, and tune in for the full episode tonight.

Is it dinnertime yet?


Time To Fix Up That Old House

The summer months provide a great opportunity for getting out into the yard, up on the roof and around the house to finalize all of those do-it-yourself tasks that we’ve all been putting off for the past few, well, let’s be honest, years.

You can tune in on Friday nights at 8 to watch This Old House and Ask This Old House, but you can also dig into the online video archives at any time and find the answers to all of those painting, plumbing and landscaping challenges that continue to cause frustration.

You can even submit your own question here and maybe get a chance to have it answered on TV. And, find a full archive of questions and answers right here.

So, strap on that tool belt, fire up your computer, tablet or smart phone and get that project started. After a nap, perhaps?

Some Home Improvement Inspiration

If you are anything like me, you have huge aspirations that involve fixing the leak in the basement sink, finally installing that new light fixture that has been in a Menards bag since you bought it last year or even remodeling an entire sun room. And, if you’re really anything like me, it’s really easy to convince yourself that starting a household how-to job will just lead to more work, so why even try, right? (This is where you hear my wife threatening to just do that project I’ve been promising to get to for months…)

Over the years, the guys from This Old House have actually been the inspiration I need to get off my duff and attempt a home improvement project. Until now, that means my bursts of inspiration have been relegated to the 8 p.m. This Old House and Ask This Old House broadcasts on WPT. Now, I have no excuse, because we can all tap the easy how-to instructions to projects that will take us from under the sink to up on the roof any time of the day or night with full episodes of both shows online. Click here to explore all of the available episodes, or check out a couple of my picks below. And, do me a favor… Don’t tell my wife about these online episodes and their inspirational qualities, or I’ll be tackling all of those pending projects before I know it!

Learn how to repair a leaky faucet in this episode.

In this episode, learn how to install an energy-saving wireless thermostat.

And, install a new water softener in this episode.


Home improvement help from Ask This Old House on-air and online

Watch two episodes of Ask This Old House on Wisconsin Public Television starting at 7 p.m. this Wednesday night.

This week on Ask This Old House, you can learn how to maintain paint brushes through more than one project and uncover a new way to organize tools in your home. If you are a person like me who spends most of my home improvement project time searching through all of your drawers trying to locate the right screwdriver this could be invaluable.

While the show has offered these kind of helpful tips and how-to instructions on television for years, they also provide another outlet with answers to all of those home improvement queries that you have. Click here to visit the show’s online Q&A archive to find the answers to questions about how to level a grassy yard, building walls for a finished basement, fixing a leak in your porch roof and much more. Grab a hammer and nails and dive into the archive now.

A new season and a new site

Watch the premiere of the new season of The Wisconsin Gardener at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6 on Wisconsin Public Television.

We’ve had a few days where the temperatures have climbed out of the reaches of freezing and with them have come thoughts of the spring to come. That means it is also time to start thinking about our gardens. Join host, producer and Master Gardener Shelley Ryan for the premiere of the new season of The Wisconsin Gardener this weekend. In “Misteaks We Have Maid,” Shelley takes a lighthearted look at gardening mistakes we have all made.

And, take a few moments to venture over to the show’s brand new website. There, you will find recipes, archived video segments on dozens of gardening topics, tips and downloadable video podcasts.

Riverdance Jumps into Beijing

Watch Riverdance: Live From Beijing at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29 on Wisconsin Public Television.

For more than 15 years, Riverdance has been jumping, kicking and twirling across stages around the globe, blending the traditions of Irish dance with a wide array of musical styles. With dozens of dancers on stage, the programs are colorful and energetic. This new special captures the current Riverdance troupe as they toured China, incorporating traditional Chinese music into their dancing repertoire.

If you’ve ever wondered if you have what it takes to be a Riverdance dancer, watch the video clip below. In it, principle dancer Padraic Moyles teaches a BBC sports correspondent a few steps.