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About the Founders

Janet-Lee & Mary

Janet-Lee Santeusanio has been a machine quilter since 1999. Her machine quilting has won many awards and been published in numerous quilting magazines. Janet-Lee lives in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire with her husband and four pugs. Her two children have pretty much flown the coop. Her previous work adventures have been in sales and marketing with experience in the legal, medical, and computer industries. For MQX, Janet-Lee is the vendor, sponsor and quilt show manager. MQXShow@comcast.net


Mary Schilke has owned and operated Catamount Machine Quilting Services since 1999 and is an experienced, award-winning, longarm machine quilter. Mary teaches her fabulous freehand style of quilting in her studio, private locations and at MQX. Mary resides in Wells River, Vermont with her husband Bill and five dogs, two rabbits and various creatures. Mary and Bill have two grown sons and one grandson. Mary’s previous work experience has been in owning a quilt shop and the insurance industry. For MQX, Mary selects all the classes, teachers, and classroom management.  MQX@charter.net

About MQX Quilt Festivals

How did MQX get started?

MQX Quilt Festivals (Machine Quilters Exposition, LLC) is an annual quilt show and conference founded by machine quilters, Janet-Lee Santeusanio and Mary Schilke.

What began as a get-together for longarm quilters in New England, rapidly morphed into the largest convention of this type in the United States. Well-known for its friendliness, attention to detail, top educators, and dedication to their students, vendors and faculty, certainly had humble beginnings.

After seeing several women invest in large quilting machines, then sell them due to the solitary nature of a home based business, a get together idea was born. On April 15, 2000, Janet-Lee organized a group of quilters to hang out, eat, chat, eat some more, and share their machine quilting experiences in her home. Forty women showed up and it is there that Mary and Janet-Lee met. It was a fortuitous meeting as they have been best friends and business partners since that day.

Living and working over 150 miles apart from one another didn't stop these two as they have created the largest and most anticipated machine quilting conventions in the United States.

MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest is typically located in Springfield, Illinois in the fall (September 19-22, 2018).

MQX Quilt Festival - New England takes place each April in Manchester, New Hampshire (April 10-13, 2019)

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!

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From Our Blog

Quilting Possibilities with MQX!

May 20, 2018
Endless Possibilities - as one MQX Ends, Another Begins Thank you to everyone who participated in MQX New England! From the fabulous hotel venue to the attendees, students, vendors, and our wonderful crew, we are very fortunate to have you part of the ...

 

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