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MQX Midwest Faculty

MQX Quilt Festivals is pleased to announce our faculty lineup for the 2016 show. THis page will be updated as contracts are committed to, check back often. 

Registration opened on May 15, 2016. If you are interested in learning more about our faculty, click on his/her name in the list on the left side of the page.

The Classes Update page will indicate all sold out classes as well as cancellations.  

Faculty: Carol Best
Carol Best has been quilting for 19 years and has been sharing her passion through teaching since 1999. Carol's first love is piecing and has won many awards throughout the years. She started long arm quilting in 2008 and has had her quilts displayed in many shows, taking several awards along the way. Carol has been using Art & Stitch since its initial release and loves to push the limits of the program. In 2013, Carol became a Certified Instructor of Art & Stitch.

Faculty: Linda Bratten for Meandering Method-Machine Quilting for the Beginner

Linda Bratten began sewing at a young age, but started quilting after the birth of her first son in the late 80’s. Linda has been teaching at quilt guild programs and shows throughout the Midwest. More recently, she has introduced a self-published series of workbooks to enhance her free-motion machine quilting classes and has created several patterns and machine embroidery designs. Linda’s quilts are “not like your grandmother’s,” since she enjoys mixing different mediums and techniques to create unique, one of a kind fiber art. Best of all, she loves to share her knowledge and discoveries with others! Linda about her sewing adventures which may be found on her website.

Faculty: Andrea Brokenshire for Beginning Unmarked Free Motion Quilting on a Domestic Machine

Andrea Brokenshire is a national and international award winning fiber artist and instructor from Round Rock, Texas who specializes in contemporary art quilts which depict botanical imagery inspired by her photography. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Oregon State University in 1984 and combines her love of the natural world and fabric with her art. Andrea’s art quilts depict large scale flora appliquéd and then thread-painted onto a “confetti “ background of multiple fabrics reminiscent of the impressionistic era. “I try to express the essence of a flower with fabric."   

ABM Innova

Matt Dorey has been a machine technician for ABM International for nearly two decades and has a vast knowledge of maintenance and repair of quilting machines. Learn how to maintain your longarm in this interactive class.


lori east

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.   

Farnsworth Karen

Karen Farnsworth  – As a long-time Statler owner, Karen’s passion is helping other machine owners love the process of longarm quilting. Karen is a CreativeStudio® Beta tester, a Gammill Certified Instructor, and worked for Gammill Quilting Inc. creating education materials, teaching Statler and CreativeStudio® classes, and providing phone and on-site support to Statler owners. Karen has been sewing most of her life and bought her first Gammill Quilting machine in 2006. She has been designing and selling digital quilting patterns through her website,, since 2007. She now lives in rural Northeast Missouri where she and her husband ranch and raise their three kids. Karen also finds time to own a quilt shop, quilt for customers, and pursue many of her other interests

Jessica Gamez Teacher 2017

Jessica Gamez, of Jessica's Quilting Studio, brings over a decade of expert longarm experience to MQX Quilt Festivals. She has frequently been featured on "Quilting Celebrations" with Patrick Lose for her exquisite quilting and longarm expertise. Having completed over 6,000 quilts for clients all over the United States, she has been awarded high honors for many of her clients' competition quilts. 

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Sue Heinz Sue’s passion is teaching and she brings to each of her classes a Fine Arts and Education background, over 25+ years of quilting experience, a sense of humor, design expertise and a commitment to help each of her students reach new levels of quilting excellence. She has authored four books, brimming with fresh design ideas for free-motion quilting and has also designed several innovative marking tools and rulers - all to delight, intrigue and inspire. In addition to teaching at guilds and national shows all across the country, her designs, books and tools have been featured in online TV and national and international publications.

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Dorie Hruska has a deep passion for color, texture and design. She is a 4th generation quilter beginning at 15 secretly creating a Lone Star quilt for her mother. After purchasing her first longarm in 2002, she opened her successful longarm business, Forever Quilting. Dorie's work has been featured in several books and publications and she has won numerous awards for her machine quilting at the local and national levels. Although she uses a variety of quilting designs and styles, Dorie is best known for her connecting designs, as seen in her book, Making Connections. Click here for Dorie's website.

Faculty: Angela Huffman for Avoiding the Biggest Blunders of Longarm Quilting

Angela Huffman began quilting more than 14 years ago and has been infected with the quilting bug ever since. She has been a featured guest in numerous quilting publications and featured on quilting television productions. Angela enjoys teaching and oversees many happy longarm renters in her quilting studio. She enjoys computerized as well as free motion longarm quilting and has a designed numerous digital motifs. A nominee for teacher of the year, digital pattern designer and has many video tutorials to her credit. Angela is also an Emmy award-winning television producer and she an still be found behind the microphone as a voice-over artist for television and radio.     

Page Johnson

Page Johnson is a professional longarm quilter from Minnesota with experience in both freehand and computerized quilting. Currently quilting full-time for customers, over the years her award winning quilts have received national recognition in shows and publications. As a Statler Creative Studio teacher, Page enjoys challenging herself to find ways to use Creative Studio to its utmost potential. In the classroom, she shares how she applies Creative Studio in real life situations. Page's unique approach to quilting reminds us that "time is money" and demonstrates high-end custom as well as everyday techniques.   

Faculty: Cindy Lohbeck for 24 Step Color Mixing

Cindy Lohbeck has worked in textiles and fabric dyeing for over 30 years and is truly a dyehard at heart! She started "Hands On Hand Dyes" in 2007 to share her love of textile arts through an extensive line of fabric dyeing kits. Believing in the right tools for the job, her helpful kits and classes are full of tools, tips and tricks which have helped thousands of quilters and crafters share in the empowering experience of dyeing their own fabric. Humor, productivity and organization are key components to her fabric dyeing workshops making them a favorites at quilt shows, fabric shops, retreats, and guild events across the nation.

Faculty: Scott Murkin

Scott Murkin, M.D. is a hospice physician from North Carolina. Originally from a quilting family in Illinois, he currently designs original quilts for the bed and wall. Scott exhibits nationally and internationally, has his textile artworks in prestigious public and private collections, and his quilts have appeared in numerous publications. Scott is a Certified Quilt Judge who has judged quilt shows throughout the US. Since 2007, Scott has been MQX Quilt Festival's Permanent Lead Judge. At this year's MQX Midwest show, Scott is the featured speaker at the Friday Night Dinner.

Bethanne Nemesh Portrait

Bethanne Nemesh has always been an artist, having earned her BFA in 1995 from Longwood College in Virginia followed by a MS in Art Therapy from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1997. Bethanne is a national award winning quilter, having won top awards at every major national show with her unique pictographic quilting style, detailed finish work and contemporary wholecloth quilts. Bethanne is also a  longarm quilter for hire and many of her classes marry her business sense with her artistic flair, as she seeks to encourage her students to openly communicate with their clients to find a balance between personalized design and budget. Bethanne is a dynamic teacher, often adapting the content of her classes to individual student needs if single students need additional help, or are more advanced than the majority of the students and need to be pushed beyond the limits of class, especially in her hands on classes. Please visit Bethanne's website, for a complete list of her awards, book and magazine publications and museum exhibitions.

Faculty: Gina Perkes

Gina Perkes is an internationally award-winning quilter and wearable artist. She was recently honored with IQA's "Future of Quilting" award. Gina has been quilting for nearly a decade and has managed to successfully balance her quilting passion with her role as a mother of three young children. She is featured in Gammill's quilting ads and is proud to represent them as a national spokesperson. She has appeared on several quilting shows including "Linda's Longarm Quilters" and "The Quilt Show". Gina loves working with other quilters, sharing her techniques, and helping them find inspiration and gain confidence.

Faculty: Mary Reinhardt

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: Vicki Ruebel

Vicki Ruebel is a military wife, mother, and reknowned longarm quilter. She has been quilting since 2010 and has won numerous awards both for her quilts and her client's quilts. Vicki also enjoys designing quilts, has been published in magazines, and enjoys sharing her knowledge and love of quilting with others.

Faculty: Cindy Seitz-Krug

Cindy Seitz-Krug has been quilting for over twenty years. Her machine quilting, on a home sewing machine, has earned her hundreds of awards at national and international quilt shows. Cindy loves sharing her talents with new as well as experienced machine quilters and has taught at local guilds as well as national quilt shows. Her classes range from beginning machine quilting all the way up to advanced heirloom machine quilting.   

Margaret Solomon Gunn

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 Georgia Stull

Georgia Stull has sewn for most of her life. One day her husband, Ivan, saw a longarm machine and said, "you could do that!" Georgia and her husband opened "Heartland Quiltworks" in 2006, offering edge-to-edge and custom quilting utilizing a Statler Stitcher. In 2008, Georgia became one of the first Certified Trainers of the newest version of Statler software, Creative Studio. She remains certified in the latest version and has become a member of the Elite Beta Team for the Creative Studio software. She loves to help quilters become better, more efficient quilters through training.

Faculty: Kristin Vierra

Kris 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. 

Candace West

Candace West began her sewing career creating custom equestrian apparel and accessories for both horse and rider. Today, Barn Cat Creations, LLC, has evolved into a quilting focused business. Candace is a published pattern designer with digital quilting designs available at with her piecing patterns available directly from Barn Cat Creations. Ms. West is a multiple national award winner and teacher, whose art has been, displayed at major quilt show venues throughout the country. Her award winning quilts and garments have appeared in several major magazines.

Faculty: Cathy Wiggins

Cathy Wiggins is a self-taught quilter who truly loves sharing her passion with others through teaching, lecturing, and judging. In 2003, after 20+ years in the telecommunications industry, she gave up the corporate world to become a quilter. Cathy has several published books on her whimsical techniques, has been featured in virtually all of the well-known quilting magazines, and has filmed numerous quilting television shows. More recently, she has turned her focus to leather and is pioneering the art of quilting on leather with the launch of her own leather line for the home sewer. In the last two years, she has had multiple solo exhibitions of her artistic creations throughout the country. Cathy is a highly-regarded team member for MQX Quilt Festivals. In early 2016, MQX Quilt Festivals honored Cathy for her innovation and pioneering spirit by creating a new award category entitled, "New Traditions in Textiles, the Cathy Wiggins Award"   

Krista Withers

Krista Withers has been a professional longarm quilter for the last ten years. With roots in traditional quilting, Krista has worked toward merging her knowledge and love of this saturated world of textiles with the growing modern movement. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BFA in Painting. The color, texture, surface movement and exploration that thrilled her in the visual arts made the transition from painting and drawing into quilting arts an obvious and appealing move. Drawing is at the core of her practice and is one of the fundamental elements of her teaching process. Krista lives and works in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, two children, and a dog.   

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