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MQX Quilt FestivalsTM - New England, Midwest and Pacific Northwest

New England - Manchester, New Hampshire (April 11-14, 2018)
Midwest - Springfield, Illinois (September 27-30, 2017) 

MQX Quilt Festivals are conducted with a focus on machine quilters. For the last five years, 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. 

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Time is Ticking Away for MQX Midwest

by Mary Schilke and Janet-Lee Santeusanio

Clock, wasting time

 

TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK ......

The minutes are ticking away! MQX Midwest is coming up quickly.

Remember we are ONE MONTH EARLIER this year!

Don't waste any more time, visit the MQX website and sign up for some amazing classes.  

Whether you quilt for others, vend at shows, or own a quilt shop, dont forget to tell your customers about MQX.

MQX is a show for anyone who loves quilts. There are vendors to shop and more than 400 quilts on two floors for your viewing enjoyment. 

 

What is there to do while I'm at MQX?

Let's see, click on any link below to learn more. Keep in mind that MQX is NOT only for machine quilters......with over 100 classes, there's something for everyone!

How about making a quilt? You could take a class with Lori East, Beth Ferrier, Gail Garber, Nancy McNally, Valli Schiller, Mary Kerr, Kristin Vierra.

Or, machine quilting on your regular sewing machine? Check out Beth Ferrier, Gretchen Quistaard, Valli Schiller, or Christa Watson.

Have you every tried fabric dyeing? Give Cindy Lohbeck's classes a look-see.... several to choose from.

Quilting Technology is cool and cutting edge -  tech driven designs with Jennifer Rapacki, iIntelliQuilter with Angela Huffman, Pro-Stitcher with Linda Gosselin, Gammill Statler with Joan Knight

A myriad of frame machine quilting classes - Jessica Gamez, Cindy Gravely, Linda Hrcka, Dorie Hruska, Angela Huffman, DeLoa Jones, Nancy McNally, Deborah Poole, Shelley Sieverkropp, Teresa Silva, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Kris Vierra, and Diane Wingo

Maybe your business needs some help? Take a look at Deborah Poole, Mary Reinhardt, Shelley Sieverkropp, Lori East, Angela Huffman or Kris Vierra

What would YOU like to learn? Register or add classes to your schedule 24/7/365

For your viewing and shopping pleasure - Over 400 quilts to enjoy; competiton quilt and Special Exhibits. Vendors for shopping (Hobbs batting pre-order).

MQX also has fun evening events too - Join us for one or all of our Evening Events - The signature MQX Ice Cream Social, Quilters Fun Night, and Friday Night Dinner with Gail Garber

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Inside TipAre you allergic to ironing quilt backs? For those that machine quilt, lay a wrinkled backing across your frame and spritz with water in a spray bottle. Spray a bit extra on set in creases, then go wind bobbins, cut or unpackage batting, thread the machine, and about 15 minutes later, you'll have a smooth backing that's ready to load. 

Note from JL: yeah, I know I shared this tip a couple years ago but it bears repeating. Mary and I haven't ironed backings for 15 years!  

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Janet-Lee & Mary

MQX Midwest 2017
www.MQXShow.com

Crowne Plaza Convention Center
3000 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, Illinois 62703
Travel & Lodging Information

Classes begin September 27, 2017

Public Quilt Show September 28, 29, 30, 2017
Admission $12
- good for all show days & preview

Public Quilt Show Hours
Wednesday, September 27 - Preview 6:30-8:30 pm
(there are no daytime show hours on Wednesday)

Thursday, September 28 - 10 am to 6 pm
Friday, September 29 - 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday, September 30 - 10 am to 5 pm

Time is Ticking Away for MQX Midwest

by Mary Schilke and Janet-Lee Santeusanio

Clock, wasting time

 

TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK ......

The minutes are ticking away! MQX Midwest is coming up quickly.

Remember we are ONE MONTH EARLIER this year!

Don't waste any more time, visit the MQX website and sign up for some amazing classes.  

Whether you quilt for others, vend at shows, or own a quilt shop, dont forget to tell your customers about MQX.

MQX is a show for anyone who loves quilts. There are vendors to shop and more than 400 quilts on two floors for your viewing enjoyment. 

 

What is there to do while I'm at MQX?

Let's see, click on any link below to learn more. Keep in mind that MQX is NOT only for machine quilters......with over 100 classes, there's something for everyone!

How about making a quilt? You could take a class with Lori East, Beth Ferrier, Gail Garber, Nancy McNally, Valli Schiller, Mary Kerr, Kristin Vierra.

Or, machine quilting on your regular sewing machine? Check out Beth Ferrier, Gretchen Quistaard, Valli Schiller, or Christa Watson.

Have you every tried fabric dyeing? Give Cindy Lohbeck's classes a look-see.... several to choose from.

Quilting Technology is cool and cutting edge -  tech driven designs with Jennifer Rapacki, iIntelliQuilter with Angela Huffman, Pro-Stitcher with Linda Gosselin, Gammill Statler with Joan Knight

A myriad of frame machine quilting classes - Jessica Gamez, Cindy Gravely, Linda Hrcka, Dorie Hruska, Angela Huffman, DeLoa Jones, Nancy McNally, Deborah Poole, Shelley Sieverkropp, Teresa Silva, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Kris Vierra, and Diane Wingo

Maybe your business needs some help? Take a look at Deborah Poole, Mary Reinhardt, Shelley Sieverkropp, Lori East, Angela Huffman or Kris Vierra

What would YOU like to learn? Register or add classes to your schedule 24/7/365

For your viewing and shopping pleasure - Over 400 quilts to enjoy; competiton quilt and Special Exhibits. Vendors for shopping (Hobbs batting pre-order).

MQX also has fun evening events too - Join us for one or all of our Evening Events - The signature MQX Ice Cream Social, Quilters Fun Night, and Friday Night Dinner with Gail Garber

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Inside TipAre you allergic to ironing quilt backs? For those that machine quilt, lay a wrinkled backing across your frame and spritz with water in a spray bottle. Spray a bit extra on set in creases, then go wind bobbins, cut or unpackage batting, thread the machine, and about 15 minutes later, you'll have a smooth backing that's ready to load. 

Note from JL: yeah, I know I shared this tip a couple years ago but it bears repeating. Mary and I haven't ironed backings for 15 years!  

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Janet-Lee & Mary

MQX Midwest 2017
www.MQXShow.com

Crowne Plaza Convention Center
3000 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, Illinois 62703
Travel & Lodging Information

Classes begin September 27, 2017

Public Quilt Show September 28, 29, 30, 2017
Admission $12
- good for all show days & preview

Public Quilt Show Hours
Wednesday, September 27 - Preview 6:30-8:30 pm
(there are no daytime show hours on Wednesday)

Thursday, September 28 - 10 am to 6 pm
Friday, September 29 - 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday, September 30 - 10 am to 5 pm

Field of Dreams

by Mary Schilke and Janet-Lee Santeusanio

If you Build it

Corn StalkDo you remember the 1989 movie, Field Of Dreams, with Kevin Costner? It was a great movie that delivered a message of determination and tenacity. If he made the Herculean effort to build the field of dreams, would they come? Yes, they would, and yes they did!

Corn StalkWe can relate to that (you knew where this was headed, right?). For more than 14 years, Janet-Lee and Mary have strived to build high-quality, customer-service-focused quilt festivals that bring together people with the same passion..... quilts and quilting! 

                                       Now the question is........ we have built it, will YOU come?

Corn StalkMQX offers a curriculum that is diverse and suitable for all quilt and fiber lovers. There's fabric dyeing, quilt piecing, hand piecing, business, design, machine quilting and more. Of course our shows have leanings toward machine quilting but don't let that limit yourself from seeing stunning quilts, taking a class to try something new, and shopping the vendor mall. Lets face it, whether you own a regular sewing machine, longarm, midarm, sit-down longarm, you have invested your hard earned money into your machine(s). MQX is a golden opportunity to learn a variety of skills from top-notch instructors.

Here you go...... register for MQX, click here! 

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What would you like to learn?
Let's take a look at who is under the MQX spotlight today:
Spotlight right

Corn StalkFabric Dyeing - there is no one size fits all in fabric dyeing. Cindy Lohbeck has EIGHT class offerings. What would you like to learn? A Mini Mandala? Discharge Dyeing, Shibori? Batiking?.... click on Cindy's name (above) to check out her fun, half-day, classes. 

Corn StalkIntense Piecing Made Easy - Gail Garber is known for precise piecing that appears intense and isn't as hard as it looks. Flying Geese, Freezer Paper Foundation Piecing, and Stars. Gail is also our Friday Night Dinner guest speaker. Her light and lively talk, "We All Have to Start Somewhere" is a celebration of friends that have influenced her quilting journey. Click on Gail's name (above) to learn more.

Corn StalkWholecloth - These quilts are inspiring, yet we're often intimidated by them. Teresa Silva is an ace at wholecloth design and marking. Teresa also offers a new concept, hands-on class incorporating modern designs in a relaxed setting. With one student per machine, this is a good opportunity to spend time at a machine to learn something completely new. Click on Teresa's name (above) for more details. 

Corn StalkQuilters Fun Night / Hand Piecing - see..... MQX isn't only a machine quilting show, told ya! We're trying something new on Thursday night. Dorie Hruska (click Dorie's name to view all her classes and this event) will present a trunk show and teach us how to do English Paper Piecing! Bring your current EPP project or a finished EPP project for Show and Tell. Join us.... why not?

Corn StalkVintage Quilts/Items and Quilt Appraisal - Lori East is teaching three classes on how to work with vintage quilts, creating a vintage collage, and what it takes to be an appraiser. She is also the appraiser for MQX Midwest. Competition quilts may be be appraised or bring your quilt to the show for a professional appraisal. Click here for appraisal form.

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Corn StalkQuilt Competition - The entry deadline is August 1st. Every quilt entered is judged on its own merits. How exciting to have your quilt judged by our three certified judges: Scott Murkin, MQX Permanent Lead Judge, Doris Goins, and Stacy Koehler. Have your entry appraised while it's at MQX by Lori East. The Appraisal Form will come with each quilt's acceptance letter or bring in a quilt. Make an appointment with Janet-Lee to bring a quilt in for an on-site appraisal. 

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Janet-Lee & Mary
Corn StalkBonnie McCaffery will have her Portrait Studio at MQX Midwest. She has an early reservation price deal if you book by August 1. Click here to book your appointment. Bonnie has a way of making you feel incredibly comfortable and relaxed. Whether you're a teacher, blogger, or a professional in any field, having a proper headshot presents us in such a positive light. Go ahead, do it!

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We have built it....... will YOU come to MQX?

Janet-Lee & Mary

MQX Midwest 2017
www.MQXShow.com

Crowne Plaza Convention Center
3000 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, Illinois 62703
Travel & Lodging Information

Classes begin September 27, 2017

Public Quilt Show September 28, 29, 30, 2017
Admission $12
- good for all show days & preview

Public Quilt Show Hours
Wednesday, September 27 - Preview 6:30-8:30 pm
      (there are no daytime show hours on Wednesday)

Thursday, September 28 - 10 am to 6 pm
Friday, September 29 - 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday, September 30 - 10 am to 5 pm

Quilting in Illinois! Classes, Quilt Show, and so much more!

by Mary Schilke

Summer Sun

Happy Summer!

Can you believe it's already the middle of July? Are you relaxing with family or sewing on an epic quilt?

Considering the time and money you have invested in your quilt, maybe some could be returned by winning CASH prizes at MQX! Thats right moola,Money Tree MQX greenbacks, dinero, bucks, hard cash.... call it what you want, put the funds back in your piggy bank. Why shouldn't MQX be putting a check in your wallet?

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Did you know...... that MQX was the first show to have online quilt entry? Yup, way back, more than 10 years ago. No more mailing slides or labeling photographs.... all uploaded to the MQX website. 

 
     Quilt Competition Categories and Guidelines - click here

     Quilt Competition Entry Form - click here

     Register Now for classes and events - click here

Your quilt must be machine quilted..... on any type of machine you want, home sewing machine, treadle, longarm, sit-down or stand-up, it makes no difference. Entrants may be any age from 6 to whatever. Is there a customer quilt you're particularly proud of? Enter it! How about teaming up with quilt friends each of you focusing on your particular talent? Or go solo. JUST DO IT! Let your light shine.The MQX judging process is kind, informative, and will help you master this art form we so love. What are you waiting for?

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OOPSOOPS!  Because our proofreading skills had taken a few days off, you might have seen an assortment of Deadlines for the quilt competition in a variety of places (July 15, July 20, and August 1st). So, to be fair, we will make the deadline the latest date of August 1st. Of course we would love to have the entires in early.
Your quilt does not have to be completely finished before you submit it to the show. Deadline is August 1st...... really!

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Music notesOf course, as we discussed this newsletter/blog, Mary came up with this little song to the tune of "This Little Light of Mine"....... oh go ahead, hum the tune.

This little quilt of mine, I'm gonna let it shine 

This little quilt of mine, it's gonna do just fine 

I'm sendin' it to the show, I'm gonna let it shine 

And it's mine, yes it's mine, yes it's mine!

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Check out MQX on Facebook and Instagram #MQXQuiltShow

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Stop procrastinating.......set you summer goals to enter a quilt and make a plan to attend the show in September. We will be there to excite, inspire and help you to enjoy your MQX Experience.

Janet-Lee & Mary

MQX Midwest 2017
www.MQXShow.com

Crowne Plaza Convention Center
3000 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, Illinois 62703
Travel & Lodging Information

Classes begin September 27, 2017

Public Quilt Show September 28, 29, 30, 2017
Admission $12
- good for all show days & preview

Public Quilt Show Hours
Wednesday, September 27 - 6:30-8:30 pm (Preview)
Thursday, September 28 - 10 am to 6 pm
Friday, September 29 - 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday, September 30 - 10 am to 5 pm

Quilting in Illinois! Classes, Quilt Show, and so much more!

by Mary Schilke

Summer Sun

Happy Summer!

Can you believe it's already the middle of July? Are you relaxing with family or sewing on an epic quilt?

Considering the time and money you have invested in your quilt, maybe some could be returned by winning CASH prizes at MQX! Thats right moola,Money Tree MQX greenbacks, dinero, bucks, hard cash.... call it what you want, put the funds back in your piggy bank. Why shouldn't MQX be putting a check in your wallet?

-------------------------------------------------------------------------

Did you know...... that MQX was the first show to have online quilt entry? Yup, way back, more than 10 years ago. No more mailing slides or labeling photographs.... all uploaded to the MQX website. 

 
     Quilt Competition Categories and Guidelines - click here

     Quilt Competition Entry Form - click here

     Register Now for classes and events - click here

Your quilt must be machine quilted..... on any type of machine you want, home sewing machine, treadle, longarm, sit-down or stand-up, it makes no difference. Entrants may be any age from 6 to whatever. Is there a customer quilt you're particularly proud of? Enter it! How about teaming up with quilt friends each of you focusing on your particular talent? Or go solo. JUST DO IT! Let your light shine.The MQX judging process is kind, informative, and will help you master this art form we so love. What are you waiting for?

------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

OOPSOOPS!  Because our proofreading skills had taken a few days off, you might have seen an assortment of Deadlines for the quilt competition in a variety of places (July 15, July 20, and August 1st). So, to be fair, we will make the deadline the latest date of August 1st. Of course we would love to have the entires in early.
Your quilt does not have to be completely finished before you submit it to the show. Deadline is August 1st...... really!

-------------------------------------------------------------------------

Music notesOf course, as we discussed this newsletter/blog, Mary came up with this little song to the tune of "This Little Light of Mine"....... oh go ahead, hum the tune.

This little quilt of mine, I'm gonna let it shine 

This little quilt of mine, it's gonna do just fine 

I'm sendin' it to the show, I'm gonna let it shine 

And it's mine, yes it's mine, yes it's mine!

-------------------------------------------------------------------------

Check out MQX on Facebook and Instagram #MQXQuiltShow

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Stop procrastinating.......set you summer goals to enter a quilt and make a plan to attend the show in September. We will be there to excite, inspire and help you to enjoy your MQX Experience.

Janet-Lee & Mary

MQX Midwest 2017
www.MQXShow.com

Crowne Plaza Convention Center
3000 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, Illinois 62703
Travel & Lodging Information

Classes begin September 27, 2017

Public Quilt Show September 28, 29, 30, 2017
Admission $12
- good for all show days & preview

Public Quilt Show Hours
Wednesday, September 27 - 6:30-8:30 pm (Preview)
Thursday, September 28 - 10 am to 6 pm
Friday, September 29 - 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday, September 30 - 10 am to 5 pm

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