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Welcome to the MQX Quilt FestivalsTM Blog!

MQX Quilt FestivalsTM - New England, Midwest and Pacific Northwest

New England - Manchester, New Hampshire (April 5-8, 2017)
Midwest - Springfield, Illinois (September 27-30, 2017) 

MQX Quilt Festivals are conducted with a focus on machine quilters. For the last five years, the class offerings have been broadened to include more educational opportunities in piecing, embroidery, business, art, and design. Each show offers a wide variety of quilts on display, vendors, classes and events.

We offer personalized service and consider each student an honored guest. It is our mission to create an environment to learn from the best instructors in the quilting industry, meet fellow quilters, and keep everyone current on the latest products and techniques in the quilt world. 

Welcome to the MQX Experience!

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It's Time for MQX

by Mary Schilke and Janet-Lee Santeusanio

 
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Time is Running Out!

This is likely our last newsletter/blog to you before the show. Are you excited? We certainly are. 

Here are some last minute reminders...........

Student Packet Download - several e-mails have gone out to students with downloading information. If you have any issues with downloading, please click here to e-mail Student Services. 


Fast Pass - Don't wait in long admission lines at the show. Click here to order your fast pass.... your name will be checked off the roster and you'll be handed your wristband! 


Vendors & Shopping List Click here to print out a shopping list to help keep track of what you need from MQX Vendors. There are more than 60 vendors with a wide variety of products. Click here to view all the goodies that will be at the show.... fabrics, wool, longarm and domestic sewing machines, notions, thread, books, tools, etc. 


The MQX Lecture Zone - FREE lectures in the Armory Exhibit Hall featuring Adele Scott, Susan Pelland, Ruthie Ryan, Bernie Collier, Deborah Poole, RaNae Merrill, Dorie Hruska, Ann McNew, Elinor Mawson, David Jones, and Margaret Solomon Gunn. Click here to see the Lecture Zone schedule. 


Quilters Forum - While you're learning about the show and having some fun, please bring along a Show and Tell from a previous MQX class. We rarely get to see the results of the classes. Whether it's quilting or piecing, bring it along for all of us to see. 


Appraisals - Vivien Sayre will be at the show to do appraisals. Click here to print out the Appraisal Form to bring it with you. Advance appointments are appreciated. Click here to make your appointment. Competition entrants may complete this form and send it into Janet-Lee to give it to Vivien. 


Bonnie McCaffery - Book your photography session soon as she only has a few slots remaining. Whether for personal or business use, we all should have a beautiful picture. Bonnie has an innate capability of capturing our inner beauty. 

See you soon!

Janet-Lee & Mary
MQX Quilt Festivals

MQX New England
The Center of NH / Radisson Hotel
700 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101

April 5-8, 2017
Classes begin April 5th
Public Quilt Show - $12 good for all show days

Preview: Wednesday, April 5th - 7-9 pm
Thursday, April 6, 10 am to 6 pm
Friday, April 7, 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday, April 8, 10 am to 5 pm

Countdown to Fun!

by Mary Schilke & janet Lee Santeusanio

The Countdown has Begun....................
 

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THREE days until the student download is available on March 21st. All registered students will receive a personal email with detailed directions. Log into your MQX account and select the Student Download in the drop down menu.

 

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 crazy ladies putting their heart and souls into creating a special time for everyone to enjoy.

 

 

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- there are many other quilt shows out there but only one MQX! 

 



Countdown GO

 

GO tell your friends to come for their own MQX Experience

 




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MQX Photographer, Jeffrey Lomicka, is ready to take amazing photos of all the quilts and exhibits at MQX New England. See more than 1500 detailed photographs, candid images, and videos from some of the evening events. Click here for the Photo Flash Drive order form.

Quilt Appraisals - Vivien Sayre will once again join us at MQX to do quilt appraisals? Attendees are welcome to bring a quilt with them for review, advance appointments are advisable. Contact Janet-Lee by email to schedule your appointment. Competition entrants may have their quilts appraised at the show.
Click here to download the Quilt Appraisal Form 

Fast Pass - Instead of waiting in line, purchase your admission wristband in advance. Bring the receipt to the admission booth at either the Expo Center or Armory kiosk for speedy entry. Click here to get your Fast Pass! 

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Janet-Lee and Mary will be in their respective offices until March 31st. Call or e-mail with questions. After that, e-mail will be the only point of contact as we will be at the show. Janet-Lee's email. Mary's e-mail

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See you soon!

Janet-Lee & Mary
MQX Quilt Festivals

MQX New England
The Center of NH / Radisson Hotel
700 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101

April 5-8, 2017
Classes begin April 5th
Public Quilt Show:
Preview: Wednesday, April 5th - 7-9 pm
Thursday, April 6, 10 am to 6 pm
Friday, April 7, 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday, April 8, 10 am to 5 pm

Christmas is coming... nope it's MQX

by Mary Schilke and Janet-Lee Santeusanio

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Christmas is coming!  Wait, WHAT?  No, not THAT one  This is the one where all of us at MQX put YOU first. This is where we make sure you, and everyone that joins us, experiences their ultimate holiday season. It is your personal MQXmas, where you hang with all your quilting peeps, and make new friends with people that share your love of quilting. This is like waiting to buy presents at the very last minute and giving this one to yourself ......... sign up today. MQXmas is but a month away! Join us. With lots of classes to motivate and inspire, spectacular quilts to see, shopping to do, and fun to be had.

Here are a few MQXmas items to ponder.

Evening Events are open to the public for the price of admission only, you do not have to be a registered student to attend any MQX evening events.

     The Ice Cream Social has a new "Ugly Pants Competition" (maybe we ought to rename this to Fancy Pants Competition) with a prize for the most interesting and fun leggings/pants.  

     The much anticipated Awards Ceremony is where all the winners are revealed. At the Midwest show, we did a live Facebook feed.

     The Quilters Forum is Thursday night with us, and many of our staff who will fill in the audience on what it takes to pull off a show the size of MQX.

     Last but not least is the Friday Night Dinner with Special Guest, Mark Sherman, who will talk about being a "Man Quilter" in a female dominated industry. Now THAT should be interesting!

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Quilted EMbrace is our chosen charity for 2016/2017. These quilts are quick, just 36" x 48"... or thereabouts, and may be simple or complex, bright or subdued. These quilts are intended for those in nursing facilities that may feel forgotten. The motto is, Covering our Seniors with a Hug, One Quilt at a Time Click here to get more information. There are PDF files with free patterns. 

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MQX Student & Volunteer Services has a new location. The Radisson has significantly renovated the Ballrooms and Assembly (pre-function) area near the Armory. In the Assembly section, they have built a large registration area which is where Student and Volunteer Services, as well as Faculty Check-in will now be. ALL students will check in there. Admission kiosks will still be located in both Expo Center and Armory locations. Click here for a downloadable map. NOTE: This map will be included with each student's download packet, available later in the month. 

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Check out these MQX faculty members and their cool classes.Spotlight right

 

Faculty: Timna Tarr for Designing with Flying Colors
Timna Tarr
- She is a master of color and has great insight on how to blend the old with the new.

Click here to learn more about Timna's classes

 

 

 

Shelly Sieverkropp
Shelley Sieverkropp
 - Learn all about how to apply binding on the longarm, taming those nightmare quilts, and making/keeping them square, are just a few of Shelly's offerings.

Click here for Shelley's classes

 

 

Applebee Mandy NewMandy Applebee - So, you're going to take the leap and buy a longarm. Scared? Yeah, then Mandy has the insight on what to know BEFORE you buy and how to get started once you do. Whether prospective buyer or beginner, Mandy's classes are the place to get you started. 

Click here to check out Mandy's classes

 

 

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Fast Pass Admission is now available. $12 which is good for all show days and Wednesday preview. Go to the Fast Pass booth and pick up your wristband.... just bring your receipt with you. Quick and Easy! Click here to order.

MQX Students do NOT need to purchase admission.
It is included as part of your class registration.
 

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See you soon!
Janet-Lee & Mary

MQX Quilt Festivals

MQX New England
The Center of NH / Radisson Hotel
700 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101

April 5-8, 2017
Classes begin April 5th
Public Quilt Show:
     Preview: Wednesday, April 5th - 7-9 pm
     Thursday, April 6, 10 am to 6 pm
     Friday, April 7, 10 am to 5 pm
     Saturday, April 8, 10 am to 5 pm 

February Fly By

by Janet-Lee Santeusanio and Mary Schilke

Airplane Banner February


February is surely flying by!

Did you know it is getting close to showtime for MQX New England? Lots of classes and fun events to look forward to......... here are some tidbits. 
 

Shopping CartShop 'til you Drop - Now is the time to do an inventory of thread ,batting, and that oh-so-elusive piece of fabric needed to finish your project. MQX has a shopping list for your convenience. Click here for your copy.

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Valentines Day Drawing - Sign up for MQX before 11:59 pm on February 13th. The next day we will do our annual drawing for paid registered students (up to $250). To register, click here.

 

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Ice Cream ConeThe Ice Cream Social is the MQX New England kickoff event! Join us on Tuesday, April 4th from 6:30 to 9 pm The Ice Cream Social is always a big hit.

Last fall at MQX Midwest, we began a new tradition..... Crazy (UGLY) Pants Contest. We encourage everyone to wear a crazy pair of leggings. Mary has many and there were some fun ones worn in Springfield. So gather up your quilting buddies and wear your craziest pants for this no-calorie evening. There's a great prize for the craziest/ugliest pants and loads of door prizes too. This is a great opportunity to meet many of the teachers, view class samples, and their newest products.
Sign up today and get those crazy pants ready!

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Faculty: Jane Hauprich for Beyond the Basics - Free Motion Quilting
Jane Hauprich
is offering classes for longarm and sit down beginners, and a NEW class on how to use rulers with your domestic sewing machine. Great classes to help beginners get started and to master essential skills. Click here for Jane's classes

 

Faculty: Deborah Poole for Feathers for the Fearful
Deborah Poole
 - is an award winning quilter and she has been Kim Diehl's personal quilter for more than six years. Her work is in all of Kim's books and at many national level shows. With traditional leanings in her quilting, learn from one of the masters about feathers, continuous curves, and how to BE a longarm quilter Click here for Deborah classes 

 

Faculty: RaNae Merrill for Spiral Rose Nesting Spiral Workshop
RaNae Merrill
- is known for her exquisite Mandala and modern quilts. Join her for piecing classes, fusible applique' and how to master machine quilting using your domestic sewing machine. This fun and talented teacher is making her first visit to MQX and bringing her signature techniques to class.  Click here for Ranae's classes

 


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Have a Bus Group coming to MQX?
We offer discounted ticket prices for groups of 20 or more (the group coordinator gets in for free...... and so does the bus driver!)

Contact Janet-Lee for information and rates.  

 

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Important Links:
     Travel & Lodging
     Class Schedule - New England
     Register Now!
     Evening Events
     Fast Pass Admission - coming soon
     Teacher of the Year Nominations - don't forget to vote
     Quilted EMbrace
     Volunteer Information - we need YOU
     Special Exhibits
     Future Show Information
 

Let us know how we can help you have a great educational experience and a fun time at MQX!

See you in April!
Janet-Lee & Mary

MQX Quilt Festivals

MQX New England
The Center of NH / Radisson Hotel
700 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101

April 5-8, 2017
Classes begin April 5th
Public Quilt Show April 6, 7 & 8
$12 admission good for all show days 

Ground Hog Day!

by Mary Schilke & Janet-Lee Santeusanio

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Do you recall Bill Murray in the movie, Groundhog Day? MQX can be your version of staying in one place and learning to get things done right. Be it piecing, designing, machine quilting, hand quilting, or finishing your quilt; let MQX be your quilt/quilting indulgence. 

Machine Quilting Teacher of the Year - We would like to remind you to take this opportunity to get your nomination in for Machine Quilting Teacher of the Year for 2016. Let us know who inspired you the most and why. The "why" is a necessary and integral part of the selection process, just as important as the nomination. Let us know who inspired you the most. Click here for the Nomination Form.

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Competition Entries - Late entries may be accommodated until they are submitted for jury consideration. The Kids Can Quilt category has reached it's maximum and is now closed. Did you get your entry in yet? $27,000 in competition prize money is up for grabs. Click here for the Competition Entry Form. The deadline is tomorrow, February 1st at 11:59 pm.

     New Traditions in Textiles is our newest competition category for those quilted items (even just a little quilting) that do not fit the traditional "quilt show" mold. Vintage textiles, accessories, clothing, furniture. 

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Now Accepting Teaching Proposals - Would you like to teach at MQX? Class proposals are submitted online. Submission deadlines:
                                  MQX Midwest 2017 deadline is February 15, 2017
                                  MQX New England 2018 is August 15, 2017 

Click here
to for the Class Proposal Form.

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Valentines Day Drawing - Remember to register for MQX by 11:59 pm on February 13th. The next day, on February 14th we will draw a name, at random, to win up to $250 off classes and events. Deborah McKenna was the Thanksgiving Day drawing winner.

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MQX Faculty Spotlight - click here to view all the MQX classes

Faculty: Lisa Reber for Un-Dye It! Safe Color-Removal TechniquesLisa Reber - check out Lisa's fabric dyeing classes.

E124 - Dye Boot Camp 
     Wednesday 4/5, 8am to noon

E268 - Un-Dye It, Safe Color Removal Techniques
     Thursday 4/6, 4-6 pm

E426 - Manipulations for Dyeing
     Saturday 4/8, 8 am to noon

E466 - Thickened Dye Exploration
     Saturday 4/8, 1-5 pm 

Faculty: Gyleen Fitzgerald for Bending StarGyleen Fitzgerald - Modern, binding, hand quilting, and piecing classes.

E118 - Play Modern
     Wednesday 4/5, 8 am to noon

E152 - Wisp
     Wednesday 4/5, 1-5 pm

E214 - Almost Perfect Binding
     Thursday 4/6, 8 am to noon

E248 - Got Fabric? Let's Make a Quilt of the Century
     Thursday 4/6, 1-5 pm

E324 - Big Stitch on Small Quilts
     Friday 4/7, 8 am to noon

E414 - Uptown
     Saturday 4/8, 8 am to noon 

Victoria Findlay Wolfe portraitVictoria Findlay Wolfe - double wedding ring and scrap quilt fun!

E218 - Double Wedding Ring: Single Ring Pillow Class
     Thursday 4/6, 9 am to 4 pm

E318 - 15 Minutes of Play
     Friday 4/7, 9 am to 4 pm  

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What's in a Number? A show, or any business for that matter, measures it's success by examining the numbers, right? For us, what goes beyond the numbers is the degree of chatter and hum on the show floor, meeting up with old friends and making new ones, or hearing students say, "oh my goodness, that class was fabulous!" It takes passion and drive to make our show a place where everyone wants to be. All of us at MQX know that there are many show choices available and we are most appreciative that you've chosen MQX.

See you in April!
Janet-Lee & Mary

MQX Quilt Festivals

MQX New England
The Center of NH / Radisson Hotel
700 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101

April 5-8, 2017
Classes begin April 5th
Public Quilt Show April 6, 7 & 8

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