MQX Quilt Festivals will announce our faculty for Midwest as contracts are signed. This page will be updated as contracts are committed to, check back often.
Registration will open on May 15, 2017. 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. Classes will appear as pages are built.
TheClasses Update page will indicate all sold out classes as well as cancellations.
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. www.lorieast.com
Beth Ferrier –Are you ready to have fun? Beth believes that there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have a great time while learning new tips and techniques for better piecing and applique. A quilter since 1975, teacher from the age of 17 months (when the first of five sisters was born) and a needle worker from the age of five, Beth has had a life long love affair with needle and thread. Beth describes her style as rebellious traditional. Forever in search of easy and simply elegant solutions, Beth believes that when it comes to fabric, more is always better. 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. You’ve seen her on two segments of HGTV’s Simply Quilts, The Quilt Show with Alex and Ricky (www.thequiltshow.com) and several segments of Kaye Wood’s Quilting Friends on PBS. You can also find her classes, Machine Finished Hand Applique and Oh My Stars! at Craftsy.com. She has been nominated twice for the Professional Quilter Magazine's Teacher of the Year award.
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.
Gail 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.
Linda Gosselinis a Handi Quilter Educator, an Art & Stitch certified instructor and a professional machine quilter with a background in accounting and information systems. She discovered a love of computerized quilting after purchasing her first HQ16 longarm system in 2007. Now she's an experienced teacher with the HQ Pro-Stitcher, Art & Stitch and Sue Pelland Designs as well as quilting classes. Linda is a member of several local quilt guilds and volunteers as a longarm quilter for Quilts of Valor. Linda hails from central Massachusetts.
Cindy Gravely 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.
She began her quilting journey 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 of learning what to do, friends became customers and word of mouth made it grow into a business. After outgrowing the beginner machine in a year, she purchased her Innova and 2 years later a second to keep up with the work. She has won awards at the local quilt show level and is soon hoping to win on a bigger stage. She hosts a monthly long arm bee group with 25+ members whose skill level is from experience to brand new beginner.
Linda Hrcka – IThe 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. These templates, available at her website, aid in the process of creating beautiful and unique designs. Linda is very excited to have the opportunity to teach, and she loves sharing all she has learned throughout her journey.
Linda currently resides in Michigan with her husband and twin daughters. 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. These templates, available at her website, aid in the process of creating beautiful and unique designs. Linda is very excited to have the opportunity to teach, and she loves sharing all she has learned throughout her journey.
Linda currently resides in Michigan with her husband and twin daughters.
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.
Angela Huffman began quilting more than 17 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. www.QuiltedJoy.com
Deloa Jones –has carried her traditional quilting background into her machine quilting. In the last 9 years, she has done 3500 customer quilts. Many of her classes feature free motion designs that can be quickly done on customer quilts but have a very traditional look. Her quilts and customer quilts have won at many national shows. Currently Deloa lives in Michigan. She is the proud mother of eight childern. She enjoys sharing her quilting knowledge with all who share the same passion.
Deloa was voted the 2011 Machine Quilter Teacher of the Year at MQX East 2012.
Mary 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. Mary's website is www.MaryWKerr.com
Nancy McNally – Nancy has been quilting for over 20 years. She 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 published in Fons and Porter's Scrappy Quilts, Fall 2011. That quilt made the cover of the magazine. And off she went!
In the past few years, Nancy 's quilt patterns have been published in a variety of magazines and books. Love of Quilting, Scrappy Quilts, Quilty, Quiltmaker, Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Quilts From 100 Blocks and Quilter's World magazines. She has contributed to a variety of books through Annie's Publishing and F&P.
Along with magazines and books, Nancy has 4 online instructional video classes through Annie's Publishing. One of her video classes, Learn to Make a Quilt From Start to Finish, has been printed into book/DVD combination.
She was a guest on WRHI Radio station with radio personality Patty Mercer two times.
Recently, Nancy appeared on PBS TV shows Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting and Quilting Arts. She travels to guilds, shops and shows to teach her love for quilting!
Deborah Poole – Deborah is a national award winning professional longarm quilter, author and teacher. She was also Kim Diehl's personal quilter for six years, so you can view her work in many of Kim's books as well as multiple magazines. She has been quilting as long as she can remember, and has solid roots in traditional hand-piecing, appliqué and quilting. Eight years ago she chose to cross over to what she referred to as "The Dark Side" and bought a longarm. Her quilting world instantly got a whole lot bigger. Her greatest joy now is helping others be successful in all aspects of quilting.
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.
Jennifer 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. www.jenniferrapacki.com,New
Jennifer 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. www.jenniferrapacki.com,New
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. www.eurekadocumentation.com
Shelley Sieverkropp – Shelley Sieverkropp first found her love of sewing on a treadle machine, using a phone book to be able to reach the pedal. She pulls from years of experience: from making her own school clothing in third grade, working in a jacket factory, a restaurant owner, computer programmer, accountant and now longarm quilter to combine techniques that apply across the spectrum to identify and solve problems and increase your productivity
Teresa Silva– I'm a self-taught longarm quilter living in Washington state and have been longarm quilting for 6 years and quilting for over 25 years. I have quilted over 1000 quilts in my career and have had the pleasure of quilting for many well-known designers. I have also had my work featured in books and magazines. I consider my quilting style to be on the modern side. You can find my work on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @quiltingismybliss. I love to share my passion for quilting with others
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. www.QuiltsofLove.blogspot.com
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.
Christa 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 ChristaQuilts.com and on Instagram @christaquilts.
Diane Wingo – I come from several generations of quilter, but I did not start quilting until 1994. I purchased my first longarm in 2012. Longarm quilting began as a hobby and quickly became a part time job, along with my full time professional career. As a self taught quilter, I specialize in custom freehand quilting. I enjoy creating quilts for customers, especially memory quilts, incorporating stories with my quilting,using names, dates and motifs. I have won numerous awards for my quilts and longarm quilting, along with several of my customer's quilts, on the local and national levels.