Hands on workshop

Create. Learn. Celebrate.

The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show is thrilled to once again welcome quilting enthusiasts to the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin to celebrate the joys of quilting. We are proud to host this event for a community that shares so much passion and dedication for their craft. From the buzz of the vendor mall to the beauty of the quilt exhibits, The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show offers so many opportunities for you to delve into quilting and engage with other quilters.

Quilt Exhibits

Take a walk through the outstanding exhibit of award-winning quilts in our 10-category juried and judged Quilt Contest exhibit. Study the stitches, take in the designs and become inspired by hundreds of beautiful quilts. Be sure to vote for your favorite for the Best of Show award! Find inspiration for your next project in this exhibit and several other special quilt exhibits including:

  • Klaudeen Hansen Lifetime Legacy Exhibit
  • Quilted Education presents: A Celebration of Black History in Quilts by Karen Hinton Robinson
  • Only Bold Colors: Kay Simmons
  • Vintage Travel Posters; presented by ThreadBenders
  • Seed Savers Exchange; presented by NorthEast Iowa Quilters Guild
  • The Graffiti Quilt Challenge, presented by Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics
  • Marquetta B’s Quilting, presented by Marquetta B Johnson
  • Through the Lens of My Own Experience by Sharon Karry-Hanlon
  • All Things Wisconsin, presented by the Prairie Lakes Quilters
  • Back in 1973, presented by The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show
  • Kids’ Quilt Challenge, presented by The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show
  • Modern Mini Quilt Challenge, presented by The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show
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TaMara Howard educator

Lectures & Workshops

Explore hundreds of educational opportunities to pique your curiosity, including one-hour lectures, hands-on workshops and Sit & Sew workshops, all facilitated by leading educators.

View the full educational schedule here.

Vendor Mall

View our extensive list of vendors who travel to The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show to showcase the latest fabrics, threads, notions and sewing machines.

With a vendor mall covering 85,000 square feet, you can spend an entire day just shopping!

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Win great quilting prizes in The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show Raffle! Purchase tickets at the PBS Wisconsin booth near the main entrance. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5. All proceeds support PBS Wisconsin. Winners need not be present to win. Full contest rules are available at the PBS Wisconsin booth during the show.

View a full list of raffle prizes and donors here!

Join us for live interviews from the event

Live updates from the event at the Alliant Energy Center. Deanna Springer of Nancy Zieman Productions will give virtual viewers an inside look through brief interviews and coverage of other event highlights.

View the 2022 recorded interviews.

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Melissa Bourbon and Pat Ehrenberg & Debra Morningstar event headshots

Evening Events

The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show is excited to announce two new evening events!

Join national author Melissa Bourbon as she talks about weaving together her love of sewing and writing to create a bestselling cozy mystery series. Melissa will also talk about finding inspiration all around, even at The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show.

Explore the history of American Indian quilt designs brought to life through traditional storytelling with Wisconsin quilt artist Pat Ehrenberg and Oneida storyteller Debra Morningstar. You are invited to visit the cultural regions of the Four Directions of Turtle Island, from the Eastern Iroquois Woodlands to the Southwestern deserts of the Navajo.

Tickets are available for purchase here in advance and at the Class Ticket Sales desk in the front lobby during the event.

Community Service Project

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Daily in the Atrium

Share your love of quilting by joining our community service project, a collaborative effort led by PBS Wisconsin Education. Help create a warm welcome for refugee children being resettled in Wisconsin. Your quilt will be included in a welcome package for our new neighbors alongside PBS KIDS educational materials and distributed to families in their new communities throughout the year.

Here’s how to participate:

• Plan 30 minutes or more to sit and sew.
• Donate fabric in bright colors: 1/4 yd. or more.
• Donate a new, finished bed-sized quilt.

The quilting process and more details will be available this summer at nancyzieman.com/blog.

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Quilt appraisal

Quilt Appraisals

Quilt appraisals are a great way to determine and provide a written record of a quilt’s fair market value if needed in the event of loss or damage. For $55, you will receive a professionally written document for each quilt appraised. Information regarding your appraisal will be kept confidential. Quilts will be appraised by Carol Butzke and Allison Rainboth, who are certified by the American Quilter’s Society and members of the Professional Association of Appraisers – Quilted Textiles.

A separate appraisal is needed for each quilt you wish to have appraised. The average appraisal will take approximately 30 minutes per item. Attendees can sit and watch live appraisals. Join us as we learn from our expert quilt appraisers.