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Welcome to the MQX Quilt FestivalsTM Blog!

MQX Quilt FestivalsTM - New England, Midwest and Pacific Northwest

New England - Manchester, New Hampshire (April 2015)
Midwest - Springfield, Illinois (September 2014)

Our shows are conducted with a focus on machine quilters and more recently the class offerings have been broadened to include more educational opportunities  in piecing, embroidery, business, art, and design. Each show offers a wide variety of quilts on display, vendors, classes and events.

We offer personalized service and consider each student an honored guest. It is our mission to create an environment to learn from the best instructors in the quilting industry, meet fellow quilters and keep everyone current on the latest products and techniques in the quilt world. 

Welcome to the adventure...... 

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WOW and Thank You!

 

Mi Casa


There's an old saying that goes, "Mi Casa Es Su Casa" which means 'my house is your house.'  

In our world, our show is your show. All of us at MQX love what we do and who we do it for. We are humbled by the outpouring of appreciation and we are sending a big THANK YOU back to all our students, teachers, sponsors, vendors, volunteers, attendees and staff. 

Janet-Lee & Mary

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Where will we see YOU?

MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest will be THE premier quilting conference in the Upper Midwest.
Make your reservations now!

     

Crowne Plaza Convention Center 800-589-2769 (hotel reservations are now available)
     Springfield, Illinois
     Preview of classes tomorrow, April 15th
          Go to the MQX Midwest Faculty Page, then click on each faculty member's name
     Class registration opens May 15th - 12 noon EDST
     September 24-27, 2014


MQX Quilt Festival - New England
- MQX's flagship show.... don't miss out!

     The Center of NH / Radisson Hotel 603-625-1000 (hotel reservations are now available)
     Manchester, New Hampshire
     April 8-11, 2015 

www.MQXShow.com 


Categories: Longarm Quilting  |  Machine Quilting  |  MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest  |  MQX Quilt Festival-New England  |  New England Quilt Festival  |  Quilt Competition  |  Quilt Conference  |  Quilt Show  |  Quilting classes  |  Quilting Tips
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MQX New England Travel Update

 

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Flying into Manchester?

For those flying into Manchester, New Hampshire for MQX, please note that the hotel shuttle kiosk does NOT have the Radisson Hotel included. Please go to the Information Desk in the baggage claim area and they will gladly call the Radisson shuttle for you. 

Should the Information Desk be busy, another option is to call the hotel directly upon arrival at 603-625-1000 and have them send the shuttle. The hotel is only about 6 miles from the airport.

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Are you Ready for MQX.... THIS Week?

MQX's three Certified Judges have arrived and the MQX crew has the judging room set up and ready to go. There will be two very full days for everyone as quilt entries are up over 30% from last year with over 200 competition quilts. 

There are still class openings available in a wide variety of quilting related subjects........ come take a class and join in the MQX Experience!

Janet-Lee & Mary


MQX Quilt Festival - New England
The Center of New Hampshire / Radisson Hotel
700 Elm Street
Manchester, New Hampshire

April 9-12, 2014
Classes begin April 9th
Public Quilt Show: 
   April 10, 10 am to 7 pm
   April 11, 10 am to 6 pm
   April 12, 10 am to 5 pm 

 


Categories: Awards for Quilt Competition  |  Longarm Quilting  |  Machine Quilting  |  MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest  |  MQX Quilt Festival-New England  |  New England Quilt Festival  |  Quilt Competition  |  Quilt Conference  |  Quilt Show  |  Quilting classes  |  Quilting Tips
Tags: Janet-Lee Santeusanio  |  machine quilting  |  Machine Quilting Scholarship Fund  |  Mary Schilke  |  Midwest Quilt Show  |  MQX Quilt Festival-New England  |  New England Quilt Show  |  Quilt Competition  |  Quilt Show  |  Quilting classes


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Show Time in New England!

 

 

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TO OUR NEW ENGLAND REGISTERED STUDENTS:

Early bird
Were you an early bird downloading your student packet prior to today's release? Remember to always check your schedule to make sure that room locations are the same. It is sometimes necessary to change room locations due to hotel renovations or classes that are full and need larger rooms. 

If you are a registered student with MQX Quilt Festival 2014- New England, please remember to download your student packet. Instructions are below:

 

STUDENT REGISTRATION PACKETS AVAILABLE NOW, March 31, 2014

Student FigureTo download your packet:

- Go to the MQX website www.MQXShow.com
- Click on MQX New England (blue box)
- Log into the site (log-in is in upper right).
- Once logged in, click on "My Account" on the far right side of the navigation bar
- Click on "Student Download."
- Select the show you are registered for ("2014 New England")

Forget your password? Please follow the directions on the screen for resetting.

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SHOW INFORMATION - here's the skinny on the show

The Center of New Hampshire / Radisson Hotel
700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101  
(enter this address into your GPS or use www.MapQuest.com for driving directions)

     Wednesday Night Preview - Armory 7-8:30 pm, Expo Center 7:30-9 pm
     Thursday - 10 am - 7 pm
     Friday - 10 am - 6 pm
     Saturday - 10 am - 5 pm

Admission is $12 and is good for the Wednesday night preview and all show days. 
Under 12 years of age, free with accompanying adult. All children must be supervised. 

Members of the military in uniform or with a current or retired ID on them, admission is free. 

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Advance Order Batting
- This is your opportunity to take advantage of show specials on batting products.

Three vendors will have advance order batting specials available. Please contact them directly for their pricing and to get your order in. Advance orders taken through April 4th. All these vendors will have batting in their booths as well but supplies will be limited. Order yours today!

Hobbs Batting - Olde City Quilts - Rob & Judy Engime - 609-747-0075 - E-mail Olde City

Legacy Batting - Cowles Quilting - Julie Cowles - 802-524-2551 - E-mail Cowles Quilting

Bosal Batting - Wingspan Crafts - Jim Chapman - E-mail Wingspan Crafts

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MIDWEST VENDORS - Are you waiting for information on MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest? The floor plan is ready and if you're interested in joining us, please send an e-mail to Janet-Lee at MQXShow@comcast.net

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Inside TipToday we have a financial tip!  When you are traveling outside your usual shopping area, be sure to let your credit card company know. Many times the credit card companies will block a card or try to contact you to check if your card has been stolen. A quick phone call letting them know you will be traveling to New Hampshire will eliminate any difficulties.
Happy Shopping!

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MQX Quilt Festival - New England, April 9-12, 2014 (Manchester, NH)  See you soon!
MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest, September 24-27, 2014 (Springfield, Illinois) 


Categories: Awards for Quilt Competition  |  Longarm Quilting  |  Machine Quilting  |  MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest  |  MQX Quilt Festival-New England  |  New England Quilt Festival  |  Quilt Competition  |  Quilt Conference  |  Quilt Show  |  Quilting classes  |  Quilting Tips
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March - In Like a Lion?

 


MARCH? Is it already March?
 March came in like a lion here in New England! We are still up to our eyeballs in snow! The month of March is upon us and we are but a month away from show time.March calendar page The New England show program is being written, final ad placements are in, classes are filling and excitement is building. There is a vibe in the air with entrants, students, and attendees are anxious to get this party started!

 

So let's set March back on its heels and Roar into a great event! 

Lion Register for amazing classes  Click Here

 Open your eyes to the amazing quilts on display 

 Assemble with your quilting buds 

 Rejoice in the MQX Experience!


Don't be a Lamb......

LambLaying around at home looking for inspiration

Absenting yourself from a great time

Missing the show and quilting friends

Being a woulda, shoulda, coulda quilter

 

Join us and hundreds of your quilting peers for the original MQX Experience.
Make new friends and reconnect with old friends.  

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Lodging - Please be reminded that room block rates typically expire 2-3 weeks preceeding the show. If you haven't booked your room, please do so ASAP. The Radisson and Hilton are, as of today, are sold out. Often in March, reservations are cancelled by folks that booked their rooms back a year ago but determine they cannot make it. A new block of rooms has been contracted with The Comfort Inn. This property is 1.5 miles away from the convention center but their shuttle service will be available at scheduled times for transport to/from the convention center. Check out the MQX lodging options here.

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Faculty: Linda Hahn for New York Beauty SimplifiedHave you met Linda Hahn?  Linda hails from New Jersey and has been coming to MQX for years. She is now a faculty member and many of her classes are patterns from her books. Linda has a knack for breaking down complex piecing patterns into easy-to-follow steps. Along with her New York Beauty Simplified, Junk to Jems, Bermuda Sunrise and Little Red Rochester piecing classes, she is also teaching Introduction to Electric Quilt 7 (EQ7) and Don't Quilt your Day Job....yet! for those that are thinking about working full time in the quilting industry. Sewing machines are provided for all piecing classes. Check out Linda's classes.


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Quilt Competition Finalists - All the acceptance letters have been sent and the list of finalists for the MQX New England competition have been posted here. Congratulations to everyone!

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Advance Order Batting - Three vendors will have advance order batting specials available. Please contact them directly for their pricing and to get your order in. Advance orders taken through April 1st. All these vendors will have batting in their booths as well but supplies will be limited. Order yours today!

     Hobbs Batting - Olde City Quilts -  Rob & Judy Engime - 609-747-0075 - E-mail Olde City

     Legacy Batting - Cowles Quilting - Julie Cowles - 802-524-2551 - E-mail Cowles Quilting

     Bosal Batting - Wingspan Crafts - Jim Chapman - E-mail Wingspan Crafts

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Have a CQS (Computerized Quilting System) or thinking about one?  While most of the classes by these well known instructors are product specific, some are more generic and apply to any of the systems. In addition, some faculty members that do teach CQS classes are offering others that aren't related to computerized quilting at all. Patricia Barry, Kimberlee Diamond, Page Johnson, Cristyn Merry, Peggy Nagle, Crystal Smythe and Georgia Stull. Click on any of the names to see their full range of class offerings!

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So what are YOU doing in 30 days?  Come join the MQX Adventure....... we'll leave the light on for ya!

MQX Quilt Festivals
Manchester, NH - April 9-12, 2014
Springfield, IL - September 24-27, 2014
www.MQXShow.com 


Categories: Awards for Quilt Competition  |  Longarm Quilting  |  Machine Quilting  |  MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest  |  MQX Quilt Festival-New England  |  New England Quilt Festival  |  Quilt Competition  |  Quilt Conference  |  Quilt Show  |  Quilting classes  |  Quilting Tips
Tags: Janet-Lee Santeusanio  |  machine quilting  |  Machine Quilting Scholarship Fund  |  Mary Schilke  |  Midwest Quilt Show  |  MQX Quilt Festival-New England  |  New England Quilt Show  |  Quilt Competition  |  Quilt Show  |  Quilting classes


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Time to Vote and Audrey Hall Scholarship Fund

 

Who Are YOU Voting for?

CrownWho will be the Machine Quilting Teacher of the Year (aka 'TOY') of the year? It is time to cast your vote for the Machine Quilting Teacher Of the Year. Say 'thank you' to the machine quilting instructor who has inspired you the most by casting your vote. The winner will join the ranks of quilting legends, Linda V Taylor, Dawn Cavanaugh, Kim Brunner, Karen McTavish, Jamie Wallen and Deloa Jones. Click here to nominate your favorite machine quilting instructor. The winner will receive a beautiful etched glass trophy along with a cash prize (sponsored by King's Men Quilting Supply). The winner is announced at the Friday evening dinner. Also happening that evening is the announcement of Viewer's Choice and Mark Lipinski's long-awaited return to MQX. He is our special guest speaker .....be very prepared for side-splitting laughter!

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Audrey Hall Scholarship Fund - For many years, MQX was graced with good friend and super-volunteer,Audrey Hall Audrey Hall. Every year she joined us and wasn't content to sit still and just enjoy hanging out at the show...... she volunteered virtually every minute of her time and always with a smile. Sadly, Audrey passed away early last year; a profound loss for her family and she left a real void here with us. In her honor, family, friends and MQX have established the Audrey Hall Scholarship Fund. We distribute funds in Audrey's spirit of volunteeerism and to further the machine quilting education of less fortunate quilters. Thus far, this fund has sponsored free admission to a Maine school group with an interest in quilting and several devoted MQX volunteers with classes that were financially out of reach. If you know of a deserving school group or someone that is unable to afford to take classes, please contact Janet-Lee at MQXShow@comcast.net. The non-school group recipient must be willing to volunteer a minimum of four hours time. Requests should be submitted to Janet-Lee at the e-mail above. Selections are made after careful review and the recipient(s) will be notified by March 15th. At this time, this scholarship applies to the New England show only. 

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Inside TipToday's Inside Tip - Clear/Invisible Threads For those that own a Computerized Quilting System and do freehand work with clear/invisible thread; the top thread path might need to be adjusted since these threads are stretchy and often break. Loosen the tension and bypass any CQS tensioners to have a better quilting experience. Don't have a CQS? The same rule applies....... loosen the top tension on your longarm. 

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Competition Entries are in, being compiled and jury review will take place shortly. Acceptance/rejection letters will be e-mailed by March 1st and the finalist's names will be posted on the MQX website under the quilt show tab. Those quilts that are accepted will receive shipping information and detailed instructions in the acceptance e-mail package. 

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MQX Quilt Festivals
Manchester, New Hampshire - April 9-12, 2014
Springfield, Illinois - September 24-27, 2014 
www.MQXShow.com 



Categories: Awards for Quilt Competition  |  Longarm Quilting  |  Machine Quilting  |  MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest  |  MQX Quilt Festival-New England  |  New England Quilt Festival  |  Quilt Competition  |  Quilt Conference  |  Quilt Show  |  Quilting classes  |  Quilting Tips
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