For general questions about The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show:
[email protected] or call 866-297-6545.
For media requests:
Please complete our Media Credential Request Form.
For information about teaching opportunities:
Nancy Zieman Productions
920-356-9506 or [email protected]
For information about sponsorship opportunities:
Amanda Balistreri, Expo Manager
608-265-3854 or [email protected]
For information about vendor opportunities:
Mary Alice Van Gemert, Vendor Registrar
608-265-5037 or [email protected]
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. When can I purchase advance tickets and register for classes?
A. Advance online ticket sales and class registration for the 2023 Great Wisconsin Quilt Show are available July 10-Sept. 5. Admission tickets and registration for remaining class openings are also available for purchase at the event.
Q. What are your COVID safety guidelines for the event?
A. Our COVID safety guidelines are available here. We will continuously monitor for updates from public health officials. Therefore, these guidelines are subject to change per their recommendations. Please refer to this page for the most current information.
Q. Will there be a virtual component to this year’s Great Wisconsin Quilt Show?
A. The 2022 Great Wisconsin Quilt Show was primarily an in-person event, held Sept. 8-10 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. We are planning to record several short videos from the event on Thursday and Saturday, featuring interviews with quilting celebrities, presenters, vendors, and quilt contest award-winners. These live videos will be shared on our Facebook page, YouTube and on the Great Wisconsin Quilt Show website.
In addition to these live updates, the PBS Wisconsin team will record four one-hour educational lectures at the event. We plan to share these presentations via social media in the months following the event. We will also photograph all of the award-winning quilts in this year’s Quilt Contest exhibit and create an online photo gallery that will be available on the Great Wisconsin Quilt Show website by mid-October.
Additionally, The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show community convenes throughout the year on Facebook and Instagram, celebrating the work of our quilters and participating in online-exclusive challenges. Follow us on social media to be part of the year-round fun!
Please return for updates about 2023 virtual offerings.
Q. When will I hear whether my quilt has been accepted into the Quilt Contest?
A. Contest notification letters are mailed in late July. Acceptance letters include information about shipping or delivering quilts.
Q. Are hotel rooms available for The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show?
A. Destination Madison offers a block of hotel rooms for Great Wisconsin Quilt Show attendees. Click here to make a hotel reservation. Rates and availability are subject to change. For assistance please call 1-800-365-4931.
Q. How much is parking at the Alliant Energy Center?
A. The Alliant Energy Center charges $8 per car for parking each day. Cash and credit cards are accepted (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express). Parking for buses is $24 per day. The daily parking fee allows same-day reentry with a parking ticket stub.
Q. Is there shuttle service in the parking lot?
A. The 2022 show featured a free, roaming shuttle service from the venue parking lots to the front entrance of Exhibition Hall. Three golf carts will cycle through the parking lots every day during event hours.
We do not know whether or not shuttle service will become a permanent offering moving forward, but safety and accessibility are top priorities for The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show.
Q. Is the event venue accessible?
A. The Alliant Energy Center is ADA compliant. More information about accessibility is available here.
Q. How do I request accommodations?
A. PBS Wisconsin and Nancy Zieman Productions LLC are committed to creating an inclusive and accessible event. To request an accommodation, please contact us at [email protected] or call 608-265-3854.
Q. Can I rent a wheelchair or motorized scooter at the event?
A. Wheelchairs and scooters are not available for on-site rental. You are welcome to bring your own device.
Q. What are the food options available at The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show?
A. The Alliant Energy Center offers a variety of concessions during the show. Offerings typically include sandwiches, coffee, water, soft drinks, ice cream and other snacks. There is also a food bistro with seating that serves hot entrees, soups and salads. No outside food is permitted.
Q. Do kids get into the event for free?
A. Yes, children 12 and under are free, and must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Q. If I have a ticket to attend an evening event, do I need to purchase an admission ticket?
A. The evening events begin at 6 p.m. If you arrive to Quilt Show after 5:30 p.m., you will not need to purchase an admission ticket. If you arrive before then, you will need to purchase a ticket to enter the show.
Q. I have a class that begins at 8:30 a.m., but the event doesn’t open until 9 a.m. How will I be able to get to my class in time?
A. You will be able to access the building through the lobby doors beginning at 8 a.m. to get to your class by 8:30 a.m. The vendor mall and quilt exhibits open at 9 a.m.
Q. What are the dates for the 2023 Great Wisconsin Quilt Show?
A. The 2023 Great Wisconsin Quilt Show will be held Sept. 7-9 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis.