Attendees viewing the Mary Anhaltzer quilt exhibit at 2005 Quilt Expo
Quilt Expo is your opportunity to see what quilters around the country are doing and to draw inspiration from viewing work.
This year, more than 250 quilts were accepted in the juried and judged Quilt Expo quilt contest. All entries including Best in Show and winners in each of the 10 categories will be exhibited. Several exceptional quilt collections on loan from groups throughout the Midwest also will be on exhibit.
The Professional Art Quilters Alliance “Water Challenge” exhibit offers a collection of quilts all using water as the inspiration for their work.
“The Colors of Wisconsin” quilts collection provided by The Mad City Quilters, showcases the range of their guild members, from traditional hand-pieced patterns, to fused contemporary art pieces.
Also enjoy a special exhibit from Patch of Lakeshore Quilters, an active guild whose members live along the Lake Michigan shore area. The guild promotes quilting for stitchers of all levels and provides workshops and lectures by nationally known teachers and authors. The guild’s fifth bi-annual quilt show is scheduled for spring of 2007.
View an exhibit from The Wisconsin Quilt History Project Inc., a nonprofit organization led by a board of directors who have been drawn from volunteers across the state. The group was formed in 1988 to record quilt making in Wisconsin from 1800 to 1950. The project is dedicated to studying the artistic, cultural, and social importance of quilting and encouraging the proper care and preservation of quilts.
A special exhibit this year from a series titled “Everyday Use” showcases the watercolors of Wisconsin artist Helen Klebesadel. The title of the exhibition is derived from a short story by Alice Walker that explores how the artistic production of women, quilts in particular, came to represent our most precious values and life choices.