Advance online ticket sales and class registration for the 2017 Quilt Expo will be available July 10 (beginning at 9 a.m. CST) through Sept. 4. Register early and save $2 per lecture, workshop and admission ticket. Admission tickets and 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.


Join us in one or more of our 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 of our hands-on workshops including 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).


2016 Sit & Sew Tools List
2016 Hands-On Workshop Tools List


Quilt Expo 2016 featured the following two ticketed evening events:

Thursday 6 p.m.

Meg Cox presents
Making Meaning: Creative Ways Quilters Celebrate
Quilters have super-powers and they know how to use them! Coupling big hearts with serious skills, quilters know how to party and how to honor those they treasure. This fun presentation offers unforgettable examples, practical ideas and loads of inspiration. Drawing from 20 years of research on tradition, Meg Cox explores why this sort of meaning-making is so powerful. Learn historical accounts and striking examples from today’s quilters. Meg shares milestones from her own life using quilts and crafts. Please note, the evening events typically last 60-90 minutes.

Friday 6 p.m.

Melissa Bourbon presents
Discovering Creative Inspiration
What do murder mysteries and quilting have in common? Join national bestselling author Melissa Bourbon as she talks about weaving together her love of sewing and writing to create a bestselling cozy mystery series. Take a dollop of dressmaking, a murder (or two) and a dose of magic and you have “A Magical Dressmaking Mystery” series. Join Melissa as she talks about her writing and gives other examples of finding inspiration and bridging creative passions. Please note, the evening events typically last 60-90 minutes.