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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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Fall into some Great Classes at MQX!

 

What's up with MQX?  

Pumpkins
The kids are headed back to school and the leaves are just starting to turn.......

MQX's fall show in Springfield, Illinois is but a month away. Are you ready? We have sent out over 2,500 catalogs and 12,000 flyers to quilt shops, students and shows. Our vendors are gearing up and the competition quilts and wearables are streaming in.

So, seriously, ARE YOU READY???

Sign upRegistration is open 24/7 ...... take advantage of MQX's top-notch teachers. Have a spouse, significant other or friend that needs something to do? We have a multitude of volunteer jobs as well as classes..... even if they don't machine quilt. Check the classes out here.

Are you a budding artist? Is there an artist lurking inside you? Let your inner child out to play with painting classes with Sherry Rogers-Harrison and Linda Poole. How about inking or embellishments with Laurie Tigner?

Do you quilt for customers? So you've made this huge Investment in equipment and thread. Keep your inventory and customer interactions straight with Mary Reinhardt's Machine Quilting Business Manager.Shopping

Shopping - There are many great vendors to shop at MQX. There's wide backings, fabrics, tools, gadgets, batting, and of course  sewing and quilting machines of any size and brand. Speaking of batting. Two of our vendors are offering discounted batting if you pre-order. Save shipping charges by picking it up at MQX!

     BattingFarmland Quilting for Legacy Batting Products
            ask Lora Kennedy  618-664-2139 - email  
     Quilted Memories for Hobbs Batting Products
     ask for Lyn Heilman 913-649-2704 - email 
 

Student Packet - If you are a registered student in Springfield? If so, your student packet will be available online starting September 10th. All students will receive an email message from MQX with instructions. Of course, Mary will be available to assist.  

Fast Pass Admission is now available. No waiting in line. Click here to get your wristband.... only $10 and it is good for the Wednesday Preview and all show days. (Note: Registered Students and quilt entrants do NOT need to purchase a wristband).

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MQX Quilt Festivals 

Midwest, September 24-27, 2014 - Crowne Plaza, Springfield, Illinois
Show hours: Thursday 9/25 10-7, Friday 9/26 10-6, Saturday 9/27 10-5
$10 admission, good for all show days and Wednesday 9/24 Sneak Peek Preview
www.UpperMidwestShow.com

New England, April 8-11, 2015 - The Center of NH/Radisson Hotel, Manchester, NH
www.MQXShow.com

Thank you to our Midwest sponsors

Platinum Corporate Sponsors - Gammill Quilting Systems, Superior Threads
Gold Corporate Sponsors - ABM/Innova, Handi Quilter
Corporate Sponsor - IntelliQuilter, Juki America
Executive Sponsors - A-1 Quilting, Angela Walters, Aurifil Thread,
The Gadget Girls, Nolting Manufacturing, SewVac Direct, Time Square Sewing Complex
Associate Sponsors - APQS, Willow Leaf Studio
General Sponsor - Eureka Documentation



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MQX Quilt Festival August 1st Update

 

 

What's New with MQX Quilt Festivals?

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Midwest Competition Deadline

 The quilt and wearables competition deadline is August 15th. This change was due, in part, to the delay in getting the Class and Event Catalog in the mail. (3500 catalogs mailed this week, first class).

To enter, please click on this online Competition Entry Form - it is easy to fill out and open until August 15th at 11:59 pm

MQX sponsors have generously contributed in excess of $26,000. All placement ribbons (1st, 2nd, 3rd) and special awards receive prize checks. To clarify what prizes might be, we have sewing machines, fabric cutters, etc.  No coupons

Acceptance letters will go out no later than August 25th which will include shipping instructions and date entries need to arrive. Remember, the kids categories, Emerging Entrants and wearables are not juried. Again, ALL categories have cash prizes. 

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Spotlights IN TODAY'S TEACHER SPOTLIGHT - Meet UK's Linzi Upton

 

 

upton foq13Ever heard of a quilted yurt? How about a quilted car cover? Linzi Upton is a fearless machine quilter who loves a unique challenge. She loves using unusual fabrics and is bringing all her tips, tricks and techniques to share with everyone at MQX Midwest. Go to the Class Calendar page to sign up for Linzi's or any MQX Midwest classes.

 

 

 

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Celtic Circles

Class 102 - Wednesday, September 24th
In this hands-on class, learn how to create visually effective concentric circles filled with embroidery, Celtic inspired fillers and paint.

 

 

 

 

Sample: Linzi Upton for Northern Lights


Northern Lights

Class 211 - Thursday, September 25th
Freestyle curved piecing with multi color strips and enhanced with machine embroidery.

 

 

 

Sample: Linzi Upton for Metallic Wholecloth


Metallic Wholecloth
Class 310 - Friday, September 26th
Mark and quilt a small wholecloth using silk or lame'.  

 

 

 

Sample: Linzi Upton for Quirky Quilts with the Quilt Quine


Quirky Quilts with the Quilt Quine
Class 407 - Saturday, September 27th
Linzi will talk about all her quilt adventures and the endless possibilities of patchwork.  

 

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MQX Quilt Festivals 

Midwest, September 24-27, 2014 - Crowne Plaza, Springfield, Illinois
Show hours: Thursday 9/25 10-7, Friday 9/26 10-6, Saturday 9/27 10-5
$12 admission, good for all show days and Wednesday 9/24 Sneak Peek Preview

New England, April 8-11, 2015 - The Center of NH/Radisson Hotel, Manchester, NH
www.MQXShow.com www.UpperMidwestShow.com

Thank you to our Midwest sponsors

Platinum Corporate Sponsors - Gammill Quilting Systems, Superior Threads
Gold Corporate Sponsors - ABM/Innova, Handi Quilter
Corporate Sponsor - IntelliQuilter, Juki America
Executive Sponsors - A-1 Quilting, Angela Walters, Aurifil Thread,
The Gadget Girls, Nolting Manufacturing, SewVac Direct, Time Square Sewing Complex
Associate Sponsors - APQS, Willow Leaf Studio
General Sponsor - Eureka Documentation
 


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
Tags: Computerized Quilting  |  Janet-Lee Santeusanio  |  machine quilting  |  Mary Schilke  |  Memorial Day  |  Midwest Quilt Show  |  MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest  |  MQX Quilt Festival-New England  |  New England Quilt Show  |  QOV Block Drive  |  Quilt Competition  |  Quilt Show  |  Quilting classes  |  Quilting Software  |  Upper Midwest Quilt Show


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Countdown to Show Time

 

News board

 

This Weekend's News Update from MQX

    (a little more than eight weeks to go...)  



MQX Flyers:  Are you a member of a quilting group? Guild? Are you a quilt shop in Illinois or in one of the surrounding states?  Would you be willing to hand some MQX Flyers out or put them on your counter or in with mail orders? Let us know how many you need and we'll send them right out. Please contact Janet-Lee at MQXShow@comcast.net  

MQX Catalogs: Mailing first class on Thursday July 31st (really). The full catalog is available in a flipping catalog format for free online or order a paper copy for $3. Click here to view or order yours.

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Quilt & Wearable Competition - the deadline has been changed to August 15th. The catalog creation and printing was so delayed we thought it best to allow a bit more time. Emerging Entrants, Kids (hand and computer guided) and Wearable categories are not juried. Acceptance letters will be e-mailed by August 25th which will include shipping information, dates, etc. There is over $25,000 in prizes and prize money to be won..... why not enter? Click here for the easy, online entry form.

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Last Minute


Last Minute Class Added
- IntelliQuilter's own Zoltan Kasa will host a "What you Always Wanted to Know about IQ but were Afraid to Ask" will take place on Thursday. September 25th, 6:30-8:30 pm. Click here for the full description, Zoltan's bio and to sign up.

 

 

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Check out the MQX Midwest Vendors - There's a great lineup of vendors.... machines, gadgets, tools, fabrics, batting, patterns and books. There's a few spaces left. MQX does not make it's vendor information public so that we can approve vendors suited to our audience and attendees. Contact us for more info. 

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student-xing-165x165What will YOU Learn at MQX?  Let's talk about all the machine quilting technique classes MQX offers....    Offering a wide variety of techniques for any size frame: Pat Barry, Lisa Calle, Dawn Cavanaugh, Sue Heinz, Elaine Huffman, Page Johnson, Deloa Jones, Julie Lillo, Karen McTavish, Sue Patten, Gina Perkes, Kim Stotsenberg, Jamie Wallen, Nancy Wick and Judy Woodworth. ..... and don't forget, many of these are techniques/styles of quilting that are easily translated to domestic machine quilting. Thank you to Gammill Quilting Systems, ABM/Innova, and HandiQuilter for providing hands-on classroom machines. 

 

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Supply Lists & Kit/Handout Fees - This week there's been a run on questions about supply lists so we'll clarify it all right here:

1.  Supply lists are e-mailed once your online registration is completed. 

2.  Lost your supply lists? Go to the MQX Class Calendar page and scroll through the classes until you find the class(es) you chose. Not all classes have a supply list. If your class does have a supply list, a link to access it is located in the lower left corner.

3.  Kit / Handout Fees - Kit fees are mandatory and will provide you with the items necessary to take the class. Handout fees are ALWAYS OPTIONAL - if you don't want or need the handout, it is not a requirement for the class. 

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MQX Quilt Festivals

Midwest, September 24-27, 2014 - Crowne Plaza, Springfield, Illinois
Show hours: Thursday 9/25 10-7, Friday 9/26 10-6, Saturday 9/27 10-5
$12 admission, good for all show days and Wednesday 9/24 Sneak Peek Preview

New England, April 8-11, 2015 - The Center of NH/Radisson Hotel, Manchester, NH
www.MQXShow.com      www.UpperMidwestShow.com

Thank you to our Midwest sponsors

Platinum Corporate Sponsors - Gammill Quilting Systems, Superior Threads
Gold Corporate Sponsors - ABM/Innova, Handi Quilter
Corporate Sponsor - IntelliQuilter, Juki America
Executive Sponsors - A-1 Quilting, AccuQuilt, Angela Walters, Aurifil Thread,
The Gadget Girls, Nolting Manufacturing, SewVac Direct, Time Square Sewing Complex
Associate/General Sponsors - APQS, Willow Leaf Studio


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
Tags: Computerized Quilting  |  Janet-Lee Santeusanio  |  machine quilting  |  Mary Schilke  |  Memorial Day  |  Midwest Quilt Show  |  MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest  |  MQX Quilt Festival-New England  |  New England Quilt Show  |  QOV Block Drive  |  Quilt Competition  |  Quilt Show  |  Quilting classes  |  Quilting Software  |  Upper Midwest Quilt Show


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Introducing MQX's Domestic Side

 

Sunshine 2Happy Summertime from MQX!

We hope you are all having an enjoyable, safe summer and have the chance to catch up on a little rest before you head to our newest show in Springfield, Illinois.

Many years ago, 14 to be exact, MQX began as the New England Long Arm Quilters with a group of 40 women. When the group evolved into a machine quilting conference and show in 2003, we made the decision to be an all-inclusive show offering frame quilting classes as well as piecing, and home machine quilting classes. It's worked well!

With all the new tricks and techniques there are for high quality piecing as well as piecing for just the fun of it, MQX offers a myriad of classes on a variety of techniques and patterns. We are pleased this year to offer several great teachers!

These award winning instructors each have unique styles and techniques..... click on the instructor's name to see detailed description and class samples.

Jerry Granata -  A huge hit at our West Coast Show. Learn the basics of machine quilting or quilting for show with your home sewing machine. Don't miss out on the opportunity to take a class with this rising star.

Toby Lischko  - If you love piecing Toby offers some innovating piecing techniques and patterns in her classes.

Kathy Beltz - All the way from New England, Kathie is a Certified Studio 180 Instructor. Fun and fascinating techniques with these Deb Tucker rulers. 

Mark Lipinski  - No words are necessary. Prepare to laugh your way through this cutting and fusing class entitled "Lemon Cathedral." The design is fabulous and fun. 

Linzi Upton -  From across the pond to Springfield! Come take a class with this innovative instructor... she's adventurous with exotic fabrics, graphic style and has made quilted yurts, patchwork cars, boats and totems.

Gina Perkes - Veteran instructor has some new things up her sleeve..... how about Applique by Bobbin?

Karen McTavish - Nail down McTavishing using your home machine.  

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NOOO, We Didn't Forget..........  You didn't think we'd forget about all our frame quilting classes, did you? There's almost 100 classes on longarm/midarm machine quilting techniques with more than 20 of the BEST instructors this industry has to offer. There's also business, design, computerized quilting, lectures, trunk shows and walking tours of the winning quilts. Don't miss the nation's largest machine quilting focused conventions. Book your classes and events today!  www.MQXShow.com

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Inside Tip


Today's Inside Tip is for those that longarm quilt and pin to the canvas leaders. Did you realize that the most stressed points for the fabric are the corners? Therefore, when pinning, instead of in-and-out once with those very outside pins, go in-and-out twice. It will make that outside edge more secure.

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CATALOGS, FLYERS, CATALOGS AND FLYERS!  They are both finally at the printers and mailing is expected for late next week. Catalogs will be mailed to 3,000 previous students and paid orders. It is 70+ pages of all things MQX Midwest! We have 25,000 flyers...... if you're going to a show or a guild meeting, we'll send you however many you need. If you have a business and do mail order, please consider including one of these lightweight, tri-fold flyers with each order. Contact Janet-Lee by e-mail or 866-675-4355 to order. Click here to see what the Midwest Flyer looks like.

To view the MQX Midwest Catalog - check out our unique "flipping catalog" viewer, click here.

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Uncle Sam

 

QOV Block Drive - Have you made your two blocks yet?  This mailing list is just shy of 25,000..... how many of you will make TWO block to help our soldiers? Could you imagine if everyone made two? That's a lotta blocks and what an honor that would be!  Click here to get to the MQX QOV Block Drive Page for patterns and tips. Candace West has created an EQ7 file too..... message Janet-Lee to get the file.

 

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MQX Quilt Festivals

Midwest, September 24-27, 2014 - Crowne Plaza, Springfield, Illinois
     Show hours: Thursday 9/25 10-7, Friday 9/26 10-6, Saturday 9/27 10-5 
     $12 admission, good for all show days and Wednesday 9/24 Sneak Peek Preview

New England, April 8-11, 2015 - The Center of NH/Radisson Hotel, Manchester, NH
www.MQXShow.com    www.UpperMidwestShow.com

Thank you to our Midwest sponsors

Platinum Corporate Sponsors - Gammill Quilting Systems, Superior Threads
Gold Corporate Sponsors - ABM/Innova, Handi Quilter
Corporate Sponsor - IntelliQuilter, Juki America
Executive Sponsors - A-1 Quilting, AccuQuilt, Angela Walters, Aurifil Thread,
The Gadget Girls, Nolting Manufacturing, SewVac Direct, Time Square Sewing Complex
Associate/General Sponsors - APQS, Willow Leaf Studio


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
Tags: Computerized Quilting  |  Janet-Lee Santeusanio  |  machine quilting  |  Mary Schilke  |  Memorial Day  |  Midwest Quilt Show  |  MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest  |  MQX Quilt Festival-New England  |  New England Quilt Show  |  QOV Block Drive  |  Quilt Competition  |  Quilt Show  |  Quilting classes  |  Quilting Software  |  Upper Midwest Quilt Show


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Who Says you Can't Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?

 

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The Summer Solstice is upon us. Warmer weather, gardens, a bit slower pace and school's out. What are we up to? We are working on MQX Midwest, Quilts of Valor blocks and the Midwest Catalog. We apologize for the delays. Catalogs and flyers will be available in about two weeks. Remember, all classes, events and activities are on the website. 

Along with a multitude of machine quilting classes (which we will highlight in our next blog), there's a wide variety of technology classes at MQX. Bring your spouse or a friend...... keep them busy with piecing classes from several faculty members..... Kathie Beltz, Jerry Granata, Mark Lipinski, Toby Lischko, and Linzi Upton.
If he/she has time on their hands, there are also many volunteer opportunities.  

Old Dog

Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?  

Quilting has come a long way. We no longer have to sew by hand and suspend our quilt frames from the ceiling waiting for a good time to finish hand quilting them. In an age when there are driverless cars, quilting machine companies have developed aids to help us be more efficient and exact. There's design software (quilt and quilting design), fabric cutting systems, business software and computerized quilting systems.


Check out what MQX Midwest has to offer to help take us yet another step into the future ~ 
  Click on the instructor's name to access their faculty page and full class descriptions 

ABM / Innova's AutoPilot
     with Douglas Chapman
        What's New with Innova AutoPilot 

     with Nancy Wick
        Beginning Auto Pilot for Innova
        Advanced Auto Pilot - Beyond the Basics
       
Art & Stitch with Susan Smith
     Introduction to Art & Stitch
     Drawing Quilt Patterns & Digitize with Art & Stitch

Electric Quilt with Susan Smith
     Introduction to Electric Quilt

Gammill's Statler / Creative Studio
     
with Page Johnson
         Build a Custom Overall Design to Fit your Quilt
         Master Level, Taking Custom to a New High

     with Susan Smith
        Statler's Echo, Trim and Fill      

     with Pat Barry
        Creative Studio - You will be Amazed!

     with Georgia Stull
         Bread & Butter: How Many Ways can you do an E2E with a Statler?
         Easy Peasy Borders using Creative Studio
        Time for some Razzle Dazzle: Creative Custom Quilting on a Statler 

Machine Quilting Business Manager with Mary Reinhardt
     Machine Quilting Business Manager - Level 1
     Machine Quilting Business Manager - Level II 

Handi Quilter Pro-Stitcher with Mary Beth Krapil
     Pro-Stitcher Intensive

IntelliQuilter with Cristyn Merry
     IntelliQuilter Master Class
     What's New with IQ? 

Silhouette Cameo Cutting System with Susan Smith
    Introduction to Silhouette Cameo

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QOV Block Drive
- With vacations and summer activities gearing up, Candace West, MQX QOV Block Drive Coordinator, has provided her monthly tip a smidge early. We have already received a few blocks by mail..... thank you!  Click Here for the July QOV Tip. Share your creations on our Facebook page too!

Remember, all the tips are located on the QOV page on the MQX website. 

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MQX Quilt Festivals
Midwest, September 24-27, 2014 - Crowne Plaza, Springfield, Illinois
New England, April 8-11, 2015 - The Center of NH/Radisson Hotel, Manchester, NH
www.MQXShow.com

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Thank you to our Midwest sponsors

   Platinum Corporate Sponsors - Gammill Quilting Systems, Superior Threads
   Gold Corporate Sponsors - ABM/Innova, Handi Quilter
   Corporate Sponsor - IntelliQuilter, Juki America
   Executive Sponsors - A-1 Quilting, AccuQuilt, Angela Walters, Aurifil Thread,
     The Gadget Girls, Nolting Manufacturing, SewVac Direct, Time Square Sewing Complex
   Associate/General Sponsors - APQS, Willow Leaf Studio 


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
Tags: Computerized Quilting  |  Janet-Lee Santeusanio  |  machine quilting  |  Mary Schilke  |  Memorial Day  |  Midwest Quilt Show  |  MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest  |  MQX Quilt Festival-New England  |  New England Quilt Show  |  QOV Block Drive  |  Quilt Competition  |  Quilt Show  |  Quilting classes  |  Quilting Software  |  Upper Midwest Quilt Show


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