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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 6-9, 2016)
Midwest - Springfield, Illinois (October 19-22, 2016)

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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Book it - We have a lot of Class and so do you ...

 

Road Trip - Did you Know?


Did you know

....... that Mary and Janet-Lee are packing up the SUV and 20' MQX trailer for the next Girls-Road-Trip! 

SUV and MQX Trailer

Loads to think about.......... merchandise, computers, vendor setup, floor plan, etc., and of course, many quilts! There are loads and loads of details that most people don't ever think about so that the show runs smoothly. 

What are you packing? Remember to bring address labels, business cards, copy of your business license (if applicable), a sweatshirt, camera, notebook, and a pencil or two. Get plenty of rest! 

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AstronautDid you sign up for classes yet? MQX hires a variety of faculty to appeal to piecers AND machine quilters with many of them traveling a great distance.

Well........ not quite THAT far.

Click here to view all of our 'earthly' faculty and their classes!

Sign ups are available at Student Services at the show and online 24/7 until 7 am on the day the class takes place. 

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Join us for our Evening Events -

          The Ice Cream Social is a ton of fun - a new song, Ugly Pants Contest, and prizes

          Quilter's Forum - The Art of Competition Quilting with steller panelists and prizes
               Andrea Brokenshire, Scott Murkin, Page Johnson, Janet Stone, and Linda Thielfoldt

          Friday Night Dinner - An evening with good food, prizes and Scott Murkin's talk, 
               The Confessions of an Obsessive Compulsive Dabbler

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Crowne Plaza MQX


The Crowne Plaza Convention Center

Check out the Convention Hotel - Book Your room at the Crowne Plaza today! The special MQX rate will be ending soon. It's so fun to stay onsite and be immersed in quilts and quilters that think like you! Click here for the Lodging Information page. 

 

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Vicki Reubel is in today's spotlight
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M137 - Find your Signature Swirl - Wednesday, 10:30 am -12:30 pm
M175 - Fun Feathers the Spineless Way - Wednesday, 3:30 to 5 pm
M259 - Borders Gone Wild - Thursday, 1-3 pm
M267 - Modern Mix Up Background Fills - Thursday, 4-6 pm
M313 - Find Your Signature Swirl - Friday, 9-11 am
M445 - What a Hoot..... - Saturday, 1-5 pm (hands-on, stand-up) 

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Remember we are just two gals loving what we do and who we do it for!

Come play with us at MQX Midwest

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Crowne Plaza Hotel & Convention Center

3000 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL 62703

Classes begin October 19, 2016

Public Quilt Show October 20, 21, 22, 2016
$10 per day admission, $15 multi-day

Public Quilt Show Hours
Thursday, October 20 - 10 am to 6 pm
Friday, October 21 - 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday, October 22 - 10 am to 5 pm

Free on-site parking

www.MQXShow.com 
 


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Quilt your Dreams ..... MQX is Coming Back to the Midwest!

 

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Back in the day (Janet-Lee and Mary both bought longarms and began machine quilting in 1999).... our minds were consumed with quilting. We thought about getting everything done for the day to get back to the machine. We thought about practicing and couldn't wait to get to the next machine quilting show to schmooze with people that thought about the same things we do. Yes, we even dreamed about making the perfect feather or how to get through those first customer quilts with a mixture of anticipation and anxiety.

Do YOU dream about quilting? 

MQX works hard to fulfill your quilting dreams. After an unintended year's hiatus, we've brought the show back to Springfield, Illinois and rounded up a wonderful array of classes..... and it is coming up NEXT MONTH!! Did you miss us? We're back at the Crowne Plaza with so many more quilts that we've commandeered additional space to view them. The vendor mall is sold out and everyone is gearing up. 

There's something for everyone...... whether you're a piecer, domestic machine quilter or frame quilter, there's more than 100 classes to choose from.

Check out MQX's signature Flipping Catalog........ Flip NO, not that kind of flipping......

Catalog small
Click here to view THIS flipping catalog

Click here to REGISTER NOW!

 

 

Dorie Hruska has added two new classes:  
     M101R - Row by Row - only TWO seats left (hands-on, stand-up)
     M201R - Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend (hands-on, stand-up)
                    (also offered as a lecture M325)  

Matt Dorey - M271 Innova Machine Maintenance

Candace West - How many of us have bought products and never used them?
     M141 - Applique and Custom Settings with EQ7
     M311 - Vector Design for Computerized Cutting Machines
     M359 - Custom Cuts - The New World of Customized Cutting
     M427 - Digital Design Wall - EQ7 (learn the basics)

Cindy Seitz-Krug - machine quilting skills on a domestic machine
     M123 - Fun Fillers and Background Stitches
     M167 - Twenty Tips and Tricks for Better Machine Quilting
     M239 - Gorgeous Gridded Backgrounds - Level 1
     M309 - Gorgeous Gridded Backgrounds - Level 2

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Events (open to the public, advance registration required)

     Ice Cream Social & Ugly Pants Competition - the kickoff MQX event and not to be missed!
          generously sponsored by APQS - Tuesday, October 18th

      Quilters Forum - The Art of Competition Quilting with moderator Cathy Wiggins
          Panelists Andrea Brokenshire, Page Johnson, Scott Murkin, Janet Stone,
          and Linda Thielfoldt
          generously sponsored by Olde City Quilts - Thursday, October 20th

     Friday Night Dinner - A relaxing, intimate dinner with Scott Murkin's "Confessions of a
          an Obsessive Compulsive Dabbler"
          generously sponsored by Willow Leaf Studio and Superior Threads

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News blocksJudy Woodworth, our good friend and 2013 Machine Quilting Teacher of the Year has decided to begin her retirement a bit early. All of us at MQX wish her nothing the best and she has hinted that she might be coming to hang out with all of us at MQX New England next spring...... just for fun.

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MQX Midwest 2016    
www.MQXShow.com

Crowne Plaza Hotel & Convention Center
3000 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL 62703

Classes begin October 19, 2016

Public Quilt Show October 20, 21, 22, 2016
$10 per day admission
$15 multi-day
(all show days, including Preview)

Public Quilt Show Hours
Wednesday (Preview), Wednesday 6:30-8:30 pm
Thursday, October 20 - 10 am to 6 pm
Friday, October 21 - 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday, October 22 - 10 am to 5 pm

Free on-site parking


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If it Wasn't for the Last Minute, Nothing would get Done!

 

The Ultimate Inspiration is a Deadline

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A couple of MQX Deadlines are almost upon us:

ArrowThe MQX Midwest 2016 Competition Deadline is Wednesday, August 10th

     Questions one might ask of this Competition Entry deadline?

          1.  Does the quilt have to be completely finished to enter? - NO
               (the photos should represent what the quilt will look like upon completion,
                no photos of a pile of fabric and a cone of thread..... yes, that's happened before) 

          2.  Are all categories juried (i.e. reviewed) before being accepted? - NO
               Emerging Entrants and Kids Can Quilt entries are all accepted

          3.  My quilt is being displayed at the Des Moines show.
                Is there time for it to arrive to MQX?
 - NO and YES
                AQS typically brings all quilts back to Paducah and ships entries from there.
                A generous AQS/MQX attendee has volunteered to pick up entries that

                need to come to MQX. Please contact Janet-Lee for additional details.  

          4.  Does MQX accept late entries? - YES and NO
               If the entries have not been reviewed and acceptance letters have not yet been
               sent, a late entry may possibly be accommodated. Janet-Lee should be contacted. 

                

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ArrowMQX New England 2017 Class Proposal Deadline is Monday, August 22nd

     Do you have a class that might be of interest to MQX students? 

          1.  What classes are needed for MQX New England? 
               Currently, we have over 200 proposals for piecing and classes on a regular
               sewing machine. We are looking for stand-up machine quilting (midarm or longarm).

          2.  What types of classes is MQX looking for?
               We are looking for hands-on (4 hour), technique lecture/demo on a frame, and
               lecture classes. 

          3.  How do I submit a class to MQX? 
               As the first quilting convention to offer online class registration and competition
               entries, class proposals are also completed online. Click Here for the class proposal form. 

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MQX Midwest 2016                          Click Here to Sign up for Classes Today! 
www.MQXShow.com

Crowne Plaza Hotel & Convention Center
3000 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL 62703

Classes begin October 19, 2016

Public Quilt Show October 20, 21, 22, 2016
$10 per day admission, $15 multi-day

Public Quilt Show Hours
Thursday, October 20 - 10 am to 6 pm
Friday, October 21 - 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday, October 22 - 10 am to 5 pm

Free on-site parking

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MQX New England 2017
April 5-8, 2017
www.MQXShow.com

Future Show Information - Click Here



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What's in a Name?

 

MQS Confusion

Click here to check out future MQX dates and locations.  

We're in it for the long haul! 

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MQX Midwest 2016
www.MQXShow.com

Crowne Plaza Hotel & Convention Center
3000 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL 62703

Classes begin October 19, 2016

Public Quilt Show October 20, 21, 22, 2016
$10 per day admission, $15 multi-day

Public Quilt Show Hours
Thursday, October 20 - 10 am to 6 pm
Friday, October 21 - 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday, October 22 - 10 am to 5 pm

Free on-site parking

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MQX New England 2017
April 5-8, 2017
www.MQXShow.com 


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Quilting - So much more than a Bed Cover

 

Quilting is our passion...... so, how did it become YOUR passion?

Many have been lifetime sewers beginning at a family member's side. Others had a beginner sewing class in school..... remember Home Ec?? Some enjoy childhood puzzles (yes, we've heard that on many an occasion) which turned into a love and understanding of color and color placement. Today, we've come to love the pull of the thread, the joy of color, the hand of well-made fabrics, and how it all comes together as a quilt.

Piecing and quilting are traditional past times and oh sew much more! Now we see quilted clothing, modern/minimalist quilts, intricate paper-pieced masterpieces, and amazing leather pieces! What's the 70's saying? "We've come a long way baby."  We certainly have!

MQX Quilt Festivals is pleased to offer you many opportunities to make a quilt from start to finish..... from dyeing the fabric, painting a subject, designing the quilting patterns, and marketing yourself on the web. If you don't know how, check out the classes offered by our spotlighted teachers below! 

SpotlightsMQX's in the Spotlight

 



Faculty: Kristin Vierra for Designing Wholecloth Quilts Traditional and BeyondKris Vierra has been featured in magazines and won numerous awards for her quilting and quilted clothing. As a multi-talented designer, she is offering a broad range of classes to suit any level of quilter. Kris hails from Lincoln, Nebraska and this is her first MQX teaching adventure. Check out these classes:

M215 - Your Business and the Web, Thursday 10/20, 9-11 am
M249 - So I got it Pieced, Now What?, Thursday 10/20, 1-3 pm
M263 - Quilting for Show, Thursday 10/20 4-6 pm
M319 - How to make Quilted Garments, Friday 10/21 9-11 am
M331 - Easy Background Fillers for Machine Quilting, Friday 10/21 1-5 pm
M401 - Fun Feathers that Fit Anywhere, Saturday 10/22 8am-Noon
M435 - How to Successfully Start your Longarm Business, Saturday 10/22 1-3 pm 

Faculty: Andrea Brokenshire for Beginning Unmarked Free Motion Quilting on a Domestic Machine
Andrea Brokenshire has been a faculty member with MQX for several years. After a well-received special exhibit of her beautiful flower quilts back in 2014, Andrea's teaching career has taken flight. Her textural, realistic style of painting and signature "confetti" background of multi-shaded fabrics takes us back to the impressionistic era. Her can-do teaching style mean her classes sell out quickly. Here's her MQX Midwest offerings:

M127 - Snippet! Confetti Background for Painted Applique
             Wednesday 10/19 8-10 am
M139 - Beginning Free Motion on a Domestic Machine
             Wednesday 10/19 1-5 pm 
M329 - Coneflower - Painted Applique on Silk - Friday 10/21 9 am-4 pm
M409 - Intermediate Free Motion on a Domestic Machine, Saturday. 10/22 8 am - Noon

To see all these classes and the other 25 MQX Midwest faculty members, fill out a catalog request to see our online page-flipping, catalog viewer (no large file download required). 

Need advice on what classes are best suited to your level of expertise?
Contact MQX Student Services at 866-675-7247 or by e-mail.

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The MQX Midwest Quilt Competition deadline is coming up. August 10th. Get your entries in using our online entry form..... it's easy and quick. Competition Entry Form

New Traditions in TextilesFIBER ARTISTS TAKE NOTE - MQX has a new category for those quilted items that don't quite fit the mold of a quilt competition....... clothing, umbrellas, display items, framed pieces, jewelry boxes, leather items..... you name it! The category is called New Textures in Textiles and its creation and namesake is our own Cathy Wiggins. The only requirement is that it has some quilting.... it doesn't necessarily have to have the typical three layers of a quilt. What unusual items have you quilted? The category guidelines are available on the Competition Entry Form.

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Vending - all vendor/exhibitor space at MQX Midwest is now sold out. We have started a waiting list. Please message Janet-Lee to be put on the waiting list. Click here to see all the vendors.

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Janet-Lee Santeusanio & Mary Schilke
MQX Founders 

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MQX Midwest 2016
www.MQXShow.com

Crowne Plaza Hotel & Convention Center
3000 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL 62703

Classes begin October 19, 2016

Public Quilt Show October 20, 21, 22, 2016
$10 per day admission, $15 multi-day

Public Quilt Show Hours
Thursday, October 20 - 10 am to 6 pm
Friday, October 21 - 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday, October 22 - 10 am to 5 pm

Free on-site parking



Categories: Admission  |  Home Sewing Machine  |  Longarm Quilting  |  Machine Quilting  |  MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest  |  MQX Quilt Festival-New England  |  New England Quilt Festival  |  Quilt Competition  |  Quilt Show  |  Quilting classes  |  Sewing classes  |  Vendors
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