How did MQX get started?
Machine Quilters Exposition, LLC (MQX) is an annual machine quilting show and conference founded by machine quilters, Janet-Lee Santeusanio and Mary Schilke. MQX embraces all machine quilters, regardless of the size or model of machine used to complete the quilting process.
What started out as a get together for longarm quilters in New England rapidly morphed into the largest machine quilting show in the United States. Well known for its friendliness, attention to detail and dedication to their vendors, students and teachers, certainly had humble beginnings.
On April 15, 2000 Janet-Lee organized a group of longarm quilters to hang out, eat, chat, eat and share their machine quilting experiences after seeing several invest in quilting machines then rapidly sell their machines due to the solitary nature of the business. Forty women showed up in Janet-Lee's living room and it is there that Janet-Lee and Mary met. Janet-Lee's nose was a bit out of joint as Mary arrived very late with several other women that had just toured numerous quilt shops on the way. It was a fortuitous meeting.... Janet-Lee and Mary have been best friends and business partners since that day with MQX Quilt Festivals as the largest and most anticipated machine-quilting-focused conventions in the United States.
MQX Quilt Festival - New England takes place each April in Manchester, New Hampshire
MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest is typically located in Springfield, Illinois in the fall.
MQX Quilt Festival - West is not currently on the schedule. We are looking at new venues.
Stay tuned for new developments these two women have up their sleeves. Whatever it is, it's sure to be well done and fun!