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MQX Quilt Festival will announce our faculty for Midwest 2018 as contracts are signed in early 2018. Below are faculty members for MQX Quilt Festival Midwest - 2017.  This page will be updated as contracts are committed to, check back often. 

Registration will open sometime in May 2018.  Please stay tuned for further information. Class listings will be available in the spring.  .

Faculty: Lori East for Gathering up the Fragments

Lori East is a lifelong quiltmaker who enjoys working with vintage and antique pieces. She is a certified quilt and textile appraiser, lecturer, teacher, judge, and researcher. Most of all, she loves quilts. Lori enjoys learning new things and sharing her knowledge with others.   

Lori is the Certified Appraiser for MQX. If you would like to make an appointment, contact MQX to schedule. Please complete an appraisal form prior to your appointment.


Faculty: Beth Ferrier for Easy Peasy Sneaky Piecing Tricks

Beth Ferrier – Beth has had a life long love affair with needle and thread. A quilter since 1975, lifetime teacher, and a needle worker from the age of five. Beth describes her style as rebellious traditional. Forever in search of easy and simply elegant solutions.... everything she designs is geared towards teaching skill expanding tips and techniques. An inability to follow instructions coupled with a penchant for giving directions led to the birth of Applewood Farm Publications, Inc, Beth’s publishing company. She has several TV shows under her belt and has been nominated twice for the Professional Quilter Magazine's Teacher of the Year award.


Gail GarberGail Garber - Bold, colorful, and stunning geometric designs with flying geese galore – that’s how you know you’re looking at one of Gail’s quilts! Her style has become immediately recognizable because of her talent for combing vivid colors with intricate piecework. Her geometric star quilts and pictorial quilts have won awards at shows throughout the U.S. and have been featured in publications worldwide. Students love her ability to make these designs achievable even for novice quilt designers. Visit her website.

Gravely,Cindy Bio pictureCindy Gravely has a passion for teaching and coaching. She earned a master’s degree in Human and Fitness performance and has been a public school physical education teacher, volleyball, and cross country coach for the past 18 years. Cindy's quilting journey began 15 years ago by taking her first “quilting” class. Soon realizing that after the class was over there was only a top and quilting was a separate process. After 10 years of piecing and trying to quilt on a domestic machine she got the opportunity to purchase a second hand long arm. Intimidated and not sure what to do it sat for 6 months before she had the courage to turn it on. Within 3 months word of mouth grew her business and she's won awards at the local quilt show level and at the most recent MQX. 

Faculty: Linda Hrcka for Beyond BordersLinda Hrcka of The Quilted Pineapple, is an award-winning longarm quilter. She has taken her passion for quilting and transformed a favorite hobby into a successful business. Linda is a self-taught quilter who shares her love of quilting on her website. Linda's passion for transforming traditional designs with modern techniques shines throughout her style of free-motion quilting. To aid in the quilting process, Linda has designed her own line of quilting templates. Linda currently resides in Michigan with her husband and twin daughters. 

Faculty: Mary Kerr for Floating Down a lazy RiverMary Kerr is an American Quilt Society certified appraiser, author and an award winning quilter. She is a quilt historian whose lectures and workshops focus on quilt history and the preservation of antique textiles. She owns Pieced of Olde, a small business that specializes in restoration and repair of antique quilts. Mary will also have a special exhibit at MQX entitled, Twisted.

joan KnightJoan Knight – Joan Knight discovered quilting in 1977 not long after marrying into a quilting family. What started with hand-piecing with sandpaper templates has grown into a full-time job of longarm quilting, nationally and internationally teaching as a Certified Instructor for the Gammill Statler Stitcher, an area sales rep for Gammill, co-owner of Southern Belle Statler Retreats, and creator of Training Videos for Creative Studio. Joan is a multiple ribbon winner at national, regional, and local shows; both with her own and customer quilts. Joan was recently named Machine Quilting Teacher of the Year for 2016 at MQX.

Faculty: Nancy McNally for Taking Care of USNancy McNally –  Nancy has been quilting for over 20 years and was introduced into this wonderful world of fiber arts as a young mom. She is self-taught in both piecing and longarm machine quilting. A few years ago, Nancy decided to try her hand at getting published. Her first quilt was Friendship Rings which made the cover of the magazine.... and off she went! Nancy has been published in a variety of magazines and books and made numerous radio and TV appearances. This will be Nancy's teaching debut at MQX.

Gretchen Quistgaard – Gretchen Quistgaard has been in the quilt shop industry for over 20 years. With two shops located in Rochester and Bloomington Illinois, she has focused her time on educating her customers on using their machines to the fullest. Ruler Works allows the perfect combination of design and technology for customers to complete their pieced works.

Faculty: Jennifer Rapacki for Weave That! Quilt BackgroundJennifer Rapacki– is a tech-savvy fabric artisan specializing in combining traditional quilting techniques with technology driven designs and inkjet printing on fabric. She lectures about Modern Technology for Quilters, and teaches workshops on Photoshop Elements for Quilters, FraxHD (an iPad App), Electric Quilt, and non-tech workshops that include a fabric woven quilt background, and Peekaboo fabric, a reverse applique technique.

Mary Reinhardt, is the owner, creator, and developer of Machine Quilters Business Manager. Her blend of programming skills and love for quilting has resulted in a computer application entitled "Machine Quilting Business Manager" for the long arm quilter business owner. Eureka Documentation System, based in Rosemount, Minnesota is where she spends time continuing to develop MQBM and supporting the software.   

Faculty: Valli Schiller for Ruler Quilting FUNdamentalsValli Schiller has been making quilts since 1990, right around the time she discovered rotary cutters and computerized sewing machines. She's an avid sit-down machine quilter who loves experimenting with new techniques and sharing them with others. As a teacher, Valli is committed to helping each of her students achieve success. Workshop participants give her high marks for enthusiasm, technical know-how, and preparedness. Valli’s quilts have won multiple awards at the national and regional level, including Viewer’s Choice at the 2016 MQX Quilt Festival-Midwest.

Margaret Solomon Gunn has sewn everything from heirloom smocked dresses to curtains, with a current love of hand-piecing and appliqué. She made her first quilt while in college studying to be an engineer. Fifteen years later, she traded in the career to stay at home, raise her children, and realized that her love of quilting could be fostered at the same time and bought herself a longarm to start a business, Mainely Quilts of Love. Known for her often intricate secondary patterns and use of templates, Margaret is a freemotion quilter with many national awards and published articles to her credit.  

Faculty: Kristin Vierra for Needle Turn Applique on Your Sewing MachineKris Vierra is a national and international award winning quilter from Lincoln, Nebraska. Her quilts have been featured in numerous magazines and displayed at quilt shows throughout the country. Kris' recently won the 2015 Pfaff Master Award for Machine Artistry. She has a full-time longarm quilting business and enjoys teaching quilting and sharing her love of all things quilts. Visit her website 

Faculty: Christa Watson for Finding Your Path - Quilting on Your Domestic MachineChrista Watson –lives with her family in Las Vegas, Nevada and is the author of two books, Machine Quilting With Style and The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting. She loves making modern quilts from start to finish and enjoys teaching others that they can, too! Visit her at and on Instagram @christaquilts

Wingo Diane Vertical facultyDiane Wingo comes from several generations of quilters but didn't start quilting herself until 1994. After purchasing a longarm in 2012, longarm quilting began as a hobby and then rather quickly became not only a job but a true passion. As a self-taught quilter, Diane specializes in custom freehand quilting and enjoys creating quilts for customers. She especially enjoys memory quilts which allows her to incorporate stories with her quilting, using names, dates, and motifs. Diane has to her credit numerous awards for her quilts and quilting. This will be Diane's teaching debut at MQX! Visit her blog. 

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