Madison Quilt Expo

My friend Sue and I absolutely love the Madison Quilt Expo. Every September we keep our calendars open to plan our 90-mile trek to spend the day there. This expo is sponsored by Wisconsin Public Television and Nancy Zieman, Wisconsin's quilting sweetheart. We both look forward to seeing Nancy in person and she is just as beautiful as always. She is approachable and friendly and always has time to say hello. In the course of the 3-day event over 20,000 people will attend so planning the best day to be there is always a challenge.

We perused the quilt competitions stopping to take photos for inspiration for our next projects or just because of the sheer stunning capabilities within the quilter's work. And of course there was shopping. There are so many vendors that we knew we had to have a plan of action. This year we were both headed in the same direction: Nancy's Notions. The store offers amazing discounts of fabrics and notions that you cannot get anywhere else. So we went there first. We were amazed to discover that the Missouri Star Quilt Company also had a booth this year. What a wonderful surprise!

Sue and I also had intentions to purchase some free-motion quilting templates. There were two vendors that has so much variety we spent lots of time deciding which ones to buy. Between the templates and searching for the best prices on fabrics, it was a fun-filled day packed with shopping and inspiration.

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