Advance online class registration for the 2018 Quilt Expo is available through September 3. Register early and save $2 per lecture, workshop and admission ticket! Registration for remaining class openings will be available on-site during Quilt Expo. Admission ticket allows entrance to quilt exhibits, stage presentations and the vendor mall. Lecture, workshop and evening events require an additional fee. Parking is paid separately at the Alliant Energy Center parking gate.
Quilt Expo offers 126 informative and inspiring one-hour lectures. Enjoy learning as quilting authorities share their favorite techniques, short-cuts and knowledge. Enjoy as many of these mini-classes as you like! Each lecture is $10 in advance or $12 at the door, unless otherwise noted.
Sit & Sew and Hands-On Workshops
Sit & Sew Workshops
Join us in one or more interactive, three-hour machine workshops. Here’s a great opportunity to spend a few hours learning, practicing and mastering a new technique while creating an exclusive Quilt Expo project. Sewing machines provided by sponsoring sewing machine companies. Most workshops are $35 in advance or $37 at the door (plus kit/pattern fee).
Register for one or more hands-on workshops on topics such as hand quilting, surface design, beading and quilt design. No sewing machines needed. Each hands-on workshop is $30 in advance or $32 at the door (plus kit/pattern fee).
Thursday 6 p.m.
The Bedquilt & A Quilting Bee in Our Village
This program of two vibrant, vintage stories plus a revealing lecture is performed exclusively by Michèle LaRue, a professional actress specializing in tales from America’s Gilded Age. “The Bedquilt,” based on a short story by Dorothy Canfield Fisher, recounts the suspenseful journey of an unlikely heroine: an elderly spinster, taken for granted by her New England family – but “clever in the way of patching bedquilts.” Introducing “The Bedquilt” is the gleeful account of “A Quilting Bee in Our Village,” written by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman. In Freeman’s little town, good food, gossip, and games make a successful bee—even when they go awry. LaRue embodies ten distinct characters in this dramatization. The program concludes with Fisher’s surprising description of how she wrote “The Bedquilt.” 70 min. plus Q&A.
Friday 6 p.m.Julianne Donofrio
"Pieced Together" is the first documentary film about the American quilt square trail movement. Directed by Peabody Award-winning veteran of ABC News, Julianne Donofrio, “Pieced Together” tells the story of how one woman’s love for her mother changed the American landscape and saved her life after job loss, breast cancer, and multiple health concerns. Donna Sue Groves has an idea: Pretty up a barn for her mother, Nina Maxine, a celebrated quilter, by hanging a wooden square painted to look like a quilt block. The idea sparked a grassroots phenomenon and a new form of public art. Now there are trails in over 40 U.S. states and parts of Canada; 240 trails and counting! Donofrio will introduce the film and take questions afterwards. 60 min. plus Q&A.