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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 11-14, 2018)
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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Quilt Classes, Quilt Contest, and Quilters OH MY !

by Janet Lee Santeusanio & Mary Schilke

Searching the Internet
Do you Search the Internet Looking for Quilting Inspiration?
... or want to learn something new?

Search no more! MQX is bringing you the inspiration you need to quilt, piece, and achieve your quilting goals.

MQX offers over 120 quilt/quilting related classes and more than 25 of the best teachers in the quilting industry. Classes range from using your iPad to create a digital fabric, quilt piecing, applique' by machine, stand-up and sit-down machine quilting, English paper piecing, fabric dyeing, and so much more.  

Often we hear that MQX is only for longarm quilters. NO, that is not true! Click here to view the many piecing, applique, and art classes offered. Don't want to schlep your sewing machine to class? No problem! MQX sponsors Times Square Sewing Complex and Peace & Applique have generously provided machines for you to use in the classroom. 

REGISTER HERE !

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This bumper sticker can be yours!  

Take a look at the quilt competition Categories and Guidelines .... there are many categories to choose from and ALL the prize money is money.. (cash, moola, greenbacks, bucks, cabbage....). MQX hires trained, certified judges and does not use the elimination method of judging. All three judges review EVERY quilt that is entered, gives a score for each of the 12 line items on the form, and provides comments.

There's loads of prize money to be given away........ why shouldn't we be making out a check to you? Click here to enter your quilt. The entry deadline is July 20th (the quilt doesn't have to be completely finished to enter).

Note: Kids Can Quilt (ages 6 to 16) entry fees are refunded or comp'd. The ONLY part of the quilt that the child must complete entirely by themselves is the quilting....... whether it be computerized or not. Adults may cut, piece, and bind. The entrant is only responsible for the quilting.   

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Spotlights      MQX Teacher Spotlight     
Faculty: Jennifer Rapacki for Weave That! Quilt Background

Jennifer Rapacki is a tech-savvy fabric artisan with a specialty in combining traditional quilting techniques with technology. Delve into what's new in the world of technology for quilters and learn something new! 
Click here for more information on Jennifer's Classes.

M261 - Creativity Unleashed: Modern Technology for Quilters
(Photoshop, Frax HD and EQ)
M323 - Modern Tools Sampler (Photoshop & Electric Quilt)
M407 - Fractal That! Quilt Design on an iPad
M449 - Print That! with Photoshop Elements

Faculty: Beth Ferrier for Easy Peasy Sneaky Piecing Tricks
Beth Ferrier labels herself as a 'rebellious traditionalist' seeking easy and elegant solutions. Her empowering teaching style and 'can-do' attitude gives her students a fun learning experience. Click here to check out Beth's classes.

M115 - Machine Quilting Basics - Domestic Sewing Machine
M219 - Glam-plique! (2 part, all-day class)
M319 - Hand Applique by Machine-Simply Roses (2 part, all-day class)
M415 - Easy Peasy Sneaky Piecing Tricks
          Sewing machines are provided for your use in all of Beth's classes.

Gail Garber
Gail Garber has a style that is immediately recognizable. She embraces bold colors and combines them with intricate piecing to create eye-catching quilts and makes these designs achievable for all levels of piecers.... even a novice. She is also an avid birder so no one is surprised by seeing a multitude of flying geese in her quilts. Don't miss this great opportunity to work with a master. Click here to snag one of Gail's classes.

M177 - Intro to Freezer Paper Foundation Piecing
M225 - Sensational Stars
M327 - Little Goose, Little Goose, Fly Away Home
M433 - Scrumptious Star Stitchery
          Sewing machines are provided for your use in all of Gail's classes.

Gail is also the MQX guest speaker at the Friday Night Dinner! 
     
Join us for a relaxing dinner with friends, old and new. Gail's talk, "We all Have to Start Somewhere" is light, lively and suitable for non-quilting audiences as well as quilters.

Add M904 to your shopping cart on the Class Calendar page.

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Vendors, vendors, calling all vendors!  Contact Janet-Lee for additional information. We have expanded the exhibit halls and vending opportunities. Vendor referral incentives are available.  

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Midwest MailerGoing to Guild, a Show, a Shop, or do Mail Orders? Please consider bringing some MQX Mailers. We have printed 24,000 and the mailing house will send out more than 15,000 this week. Contact Janet-Lee to order some....we would very much appreciate you spreading the word. Thank you.

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Janet-Lee & Mary
MQX Founders  

'Fostering an environment of shared learning, fun, and inclusivity'

MQX Midwest 2017
www.MQXShow.com

Crowne Plaza Convention Center
3000 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, Illinois 62703
Travel & Lodging Information

Classes begin September 27, 2017

Public Quilt Show September 28, 29, 30, 2017
Admission $12
- good for all show days & preview

Public Quilt Show Hours
Wednesday, September 27 - 6:30-8:30 pm (Preview)
Thursday, September 28 - 10 am to 6 pm
Friday, September 29 - 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday, September 30 - 10 am to 5 pm

Short and Sweet, MQX Midwest

by Janet-Lee Santeusanio and Mary Schilke

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Short & Sweet Message

MQX Midwest Registration Opens tomorrow,

Monday, May 15th at noon ESDT

HOW TO: To register, go to the MQX website, Midwest side, hold your cursor over the Classes tab and at noon, not a minute before, "Class Calendar" will appear in the navigation menu. This is where to add classes to your shopping cart.

MY ACCOUNT: If you already have a MQX account, simply log in. If you are new, don't worry, fill your shopping cart and the system will take you through setting up an account. Every student must have a unique e-mail address. 

SCHEDULE: Click here to view the detailed schedule

CLASS CATEGORIES: Need assistance with finding a certain type of class?
                                      Click here to view the Category List

REGISTRATION QUESTIONS: Call 866-675-7247 - Leave a message if you get voicemail

QUILT COMPETITION: Click here to enter your quilt. There's prize money to be won, why not by you?

 

Janet-Lee & Mary

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MQX Midwest 2017
www.MQXShow.com

Crowne Plaza Convention Center
3000 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, Illinois 62703
Travel & Lodging Information

Classes begin September 27, 2017

Public Quilt Show September 28, 29, 30, 2017
Admission $12
- good for all show days & preview

Public Quilt Show Hours
Wednesday, September 27 - 6:30-8:30 pm (Preview)
Thursday, September 28 - 10 am to 6 pm
Friday, September 29 - 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday, September 30 - 10 am to 5 pm

 


MQX Midwest Registration is Opening Monday, May 15th

by Mary Schilke and Janet Lee Santeusanio

Don't Sleep the Day Away

Dog on quilt

MQX Midwest Registration opens Monday May 15th at Noon EDST!

Are you ready! Click here to view the Class Schedule.

The Bring-a-Friend Program has Changed!  Are you a previous MQX Student? Bring a brand new student to MQX and get a free class click here to learn more.  

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Competition Entries will open on May 15th too. Click here for the Competition Entry Form.

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Vend with MQX!  We are adding additional vending and quilt display space. Are you interested in vending? Please contact Janet-Lee.We will have additional space in 2017 both floors will have quilts and vendors! 

Janet-Lee & Mary 

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MQX Midwest 2017
www.MQXShow.com

Crowne Plaza Convention Center
3000 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, Illinois 62703
Travel & Lodging Information

Classes begin September 27, 2017

Public Quilt Show September 28, 29, 30, 2017
Admission $12
- good for all show days & preview

Public Quilt Show Hours
Wednesday, September 27 - 6:30-8:30 pm (Preview)
Thursday, September 28 - 10 am to 6 pm
Friday, September 29 - 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday, September 30 - 10 am to 5 pm

Thank you....so glad you came

by Mary Schilke & Janet Lee Santeusanio

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Now that we've had an opportunity to catch our breath, we wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for being part of the MQX New England Experience! 

Our gratitude to MQX's wonderful sponsors, vendors, students, volunteers, and all who attended. There was much gaping, ogling, and drooling over the competition quilts and special exhibits. 

Part of the joy in what we do is seeing the many people that have followed us along this MQX journey, as well as making new friends who are just beginning their own quilting journey. The many hellos and warm hugs are always appreciated.

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR 2018

Please note the show dates for next year - April 11 -14th 2018 

MQX New England - Center of NH / Radisson Hotel
700 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire

Free shuttle for parking convenience will again be available. 

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New Challenge for 2018 - DOTTY FOR MQX!

So, many of us know that Janet-Lee has a love of polka dots, right? What she didn't realize was exactly how much until she posted on Facebook that she found dotted clothing in her closet, her 'reader' glasses are polka dotted, and of course, her fabric stash is loaded with dotted fabrics. Then, she went a bit dotty and had the 2017 landards and mugs covered in polka dots. 

Mugs & Lanyards
Challenge Rules:

     1.  $10 entry fee. There will be a Special Exhibit Entry Form. More than one entry may be submitted.
     2.  Entry/entries must be 40" x 40"
     3.  Entry/entries must be be machine quilted.
     4.  Winners are judged on all standard MQX judging criteria as well as by the best incorporation
            of dots using dotted fabric, applique dots, or the look of polka dots.
     5.  The deadline for entries will be February 1, 2018 (same deadline as the competition quilts).
     6.  All entries will be exhibited at both MQX New England and MQX Midwest in 2018.
     7.  Entrants are responsible for return shipping after the close of MQX Midwest in the Fall of 2018.

Put your thinking caps on and get creative!

Link for Special Exhibit Entry will be available in the fall of 2017

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The next MQX Quilt Festival is this fall (MQX Midwest) - September 27-30, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, Illinois. Join us for over 100 classes, evening events, vendor shopping, and of course, lots of fun. 

Janet-Lee Santeusanio
Mary Schilke
MQX Founders 
www.MQXShow.com 

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

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