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MQX Quilt Festival will announce our faculty for Midwest 2018 as contracts are signed in early 2018. 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 soon.  .

Kelly Ashton: As a self-described “pragmatic quilt-maker”, Kelly Ashton approaches quilt design and construction with a knowledge of and appreciation for the theoretical while searching for and developing skills and short-cuts that are practical. Kelly’s passion for patchwork covers a dichotomy between “microwave quilts” (quilts that are simple in design and quick to piece) to “crock-pot quilts” (quilts that are more intricate and complex in their construction), and she happily moves back and forth betwixt the two…..and everything in-between! Kelly especially loves designing and piecing blocks and quilts that require set-in seams (Y-seams) pieced by machine resulted in the authoring of her book, Hexagons, Diamonds, Triangles, and More: Skill-Building Techniques for 60-Degree Patchwork (Martingale, 2014). In addition to designing quilt patterns, Kelly loves to teach and talk about quilts. Her motto is “Have quilts. Will travel.”, and she loves to provide quilt presentations and workshops anywhere!

Natalia Bonner–Natalia Whiting Bonner has enjoyed piecing quilt tops for more than twenty years. She invested in a Gammill longarm quilting machine in 2007 and then got the crazy idea to quit her job to become a full-time longarm quilter. Natalia’s passion for quilting and being creative has grown and to put it plainly, she has become a quilting addict. She teaches at quilt guilds, shows, and has appeared on TV shows across the country. Natalia is the author of Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting, Next Steps in Machine Quilting, and Visual Guide to Free-Motion Quilting Feathers. She is the co-author of Modern One-Block Quilts & Cabin Fever:20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts. Natalia is a Gammill Quilt Artist, Moda Fabric Designer and online instructor.

Clem Buzick – In her life as a former hairdresser, a client asked if she wanted to take a quilting class.... as a long time sewer, she knew that could be dangerous. The rest is history…In 2007 Clem purchased her first longarm thinking that she might quilt for a friend once in a while but quickly had 30 quilts to do! After 26 years, she hung up her hairdressing shears, picked up the sewing scissors, and never turned back! Clem quilts in her Fargo Studio and  has the wonderful opportunity to compete in many quilt competitions at quilt shows across the country winning many awards. Clem loves to share her skills, and her crazy story, but she especially LOVES to encourage others along the way!

Robbi has been making art quilts for almost 30 years. She has a studio in the Hot Shops Art Center in Omaha, Nebraska, where she keeps her APQS Millennium, two Berninas and a partridge in a pear tree. She dyes her own fabric, fuses the quilt tops and then free motion quilts on them with one of her machines. She submits her quilts to major shows all over the country, has won many awards.

hruska new head shotDorie 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.

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.

Visit Deloa's Site

Janice Kagenski began sewing at the age of 10, but fell in love with quilting in 1982 after seeing all the beautiful quilts at the New York State Fair. With a degree in Computer Science and a job in the Computer Aided Design and Drafting industry, she knew that longarm quilting would be in her future. She purchased a Gammill longarm machine in 2007 and computerized it with an Intelliquilter in 2011. Computerized quilting gives her the precision that she desires. She loves to help others with their quilting endeavors. Janice resides in southern New Hampshire and belongs to several quilt guilds

Faculty: Cindy Lohbeck for Black Magic - Discharge DyeingCindy 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.

Kathy McNeil – Kathy McNeil is an internationally award winning quilt artist, judge, teacher and designer. Sewing thousands of little scraps of fabric together by hand, she creates quilts that look like paintings. Her pictorial quilts are frequently featured in museums, magazines, calendars and international shows. Many of her quilts are in private collections. You can find out more about Kathy’s art quilts at -

Click here to watch a short video to learn more about Kathy's classes 

Julia Quiltoff –My passion for creating with fabrics and my sewing experience has spanned over 10 years; but buying my first longarm in the very end of 2014 transformed my life into a magical journey. I love working with the different textures, colors, and having the freedom to design and discovering different styles and techniques in longarm quilting. I consider myself as an always learning, curious, inquiring quilter who is always hungry for new ideas, designs and visions. I learn with every quilt, and I am sure every quilt that ends up on my frame is unique and deserves a very detailed and special quilting.

I specialize in boutique quilts and memory 'keeper' quilts.,

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.  

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.

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. 

2018 Class Proposal
Midwest Faculty
Kelly Ashton
Robbi Joy Eklow
Deloa Jones
Janice Kagenski
Karen Marchetti
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