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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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Our Business is to be in Your Business

 

YOO HOO....... Spring, where are you??

Icicles

While we continue to be absolutely buried in snow in southeastern New England with over 102" of snow in the last month and more coming this weekend, we are looking forward to the warmer temperatures of March and a spring thaw. The snow will be gone by the time MQX rolls around.Yes, this is a picture of the mass of icicles on the back of Janet-Lee's house. 

For a moment, let's take a trip back to the good old days!  You know, way back to the the 70's and good old Gladys Kravitz (Bewitched TV sitcom 1964-1972) who stuck her nose into everyone elses business. In a way, MQX is your personal Gladys Kravitz. We delve around and look for those outstanding teachers who make it their mission to bring you forward in your quilting skills as well as many other integral business skills. 

Quilting Business: Building a machine quilting business or making your current business better:
We all make big investments in our sewing/quilting machines, let them pay you back by taking some of these great business-focused classes....... better yet, sign up your significant other to take them while you play elsewhere!

Page Johnson - Dealing with & Resolving Customer Complaints

Georgia Stull - 101 Ways to Boost your Quilting Business

Mary Reinhardt  - Machine Quilting Business Manager

Bethanne Nemesh  -  Mid-Custom Madness 

Angela Huffman -  Avoiding the Biggest Blunders of Longarm Quilting 

Quilters Forum with Moderator Cathy Wiggins - Panelists will discuss "The Business of Quilting"
     (Panelists include: Angela Huffman, Judi Madsen, Bethanne Nemesh, Barbara Persing, and
       Margaret Solomon Gunn) 

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Did you know that Mindy Wylie is making her long-awaited return to MQX and offering six classes... beginners, techniques, templates, and custom quilting. Welcome back Mindy!! 

There are a multitude of classes still available from the best instructors the quilting industry has to offer. What will you be taking at MQX?  Currently there are 32 of the 124 classes filled. Register Today!

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Catalog Cover New England

Got Flyers?  

Why yes, we do have flyers and a few catalogs left to mail to shops or guilds. Let us know how many flyers to send we'll make up a box for you. Please message Janet-Lee. Thank you for spreading the word about MQX!

Individuals may purchase a catalog or view our 'flipping catalog' online, 24/7, click here.  

 

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Facebook emblemKeep in touch with us!  MQX Quilt Festivals has an active Facebook page with over 3,000 members. This week, our 3,000th member was awarded a $300 MQX gift certificate and a random drawing resulted in two of our long-time members receiving $100 gift certificates. Join us!

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FifteenSo, what's in a number?  

While we're reminiscing....... April 15, 2000 was the first gathering of quilters whose purpose that weekend was to share, socialize and learn from one another (OK, and we ate a lot too). Who knew that fifteen years later MQX would be what it is today? It doesn't seem possible that so much time has passed.

MQX Quilt Festival's second year (2004) had just fifteen classes. Karen McTavish made her teaching debut and that was the first year any machine quilting convention conducted a hands-on class (thanks to Cowles Quilting).

This year, 2015, one of our special exhibits is entitled Evolution of an Artist - Fifteen Years of Quilts by Cathy Wiggins. Don't miss these quilts and the opportunity to talk to Cathy and hear how she keeps the creative spirit alive. Cathy's exhibit is generously sponsored by Aurifil Thread. Click here to see all this year's Special Exhibits.

At the core of it all, what we say in each of our show programs....

     The connection we share is simple - it's quilting! The lasting bond is, as they say, priceless.

Thank you one and all for your support over the last 15 years. We love what we do and who we do it for. We look forward to seeing you soon..... and for at least another 15 years!

Janet-Lee & Mary


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Drawn to Quilting

 

Pen SwordThey say, The Pen is Mightier than the Sword.....

For quilters, the pencil is often the key to quilting mastery. Lots of times we hear that newbies feel they cannot do a continuous line design, but in essence you have been creating them since grade school. Cursive writing is a continuous line design and if you can write, then free-motion quilting is within your grasp.

We encourage new and advanced quilters alike to take a drawing class; it is a logical alternative to the more costly hands-on classes, especially for those with economy in mind.

New this spring:  

   Sue Heinz's Drawn to Mastery has unique circular designs in her class #428 Drawn to Mastery 

   Jodi Robinson takes on a modern approach in her class #418, Modern Simplicity

Practice and more practice will help to conquer the drawing part, then shift over to using the needle to put your designs onto fabric. It doesn't matter if you're hand quilting or machine quilting the concepts are the same.

Now what better way to practice these new drawing/quilting skills than on fabric you design? 

     Deb Levy's class #228 - Artistic Cloth: Surface Design for the Adventurous Quilter

     Wen Redmond's class #126 - Thermal Facts

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The MQX Vendor Mall is always a great shopping experience. Several new vendors are joining MQX for the first time. Click here for the list of current vendors. Don't hesitate to contact any one of them to arrange for product pickup at the show. In the last newsletter/blog we provided a shopping list for you. 

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Teacher desk
Teacher of the Year 
- Who is your favorite machine quilting instructor? Who provided a light bulb moment for you? Now is the time to vote!  Place your vote here. This is a prestigious, highly anticipated award. Voting closes March 15th!  

 

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Vendors & Sponsors - Many of our vendors are also sponsor..... please support them as MQX wouldn't be the show it is today without them. Visit the MQX Sponsor booths and websites.... . 

In this newsletter, we'd like again acknowledge some of our sponsors. Above & Beyond Creative Sewing, APQS, Quilters Dream Batting, Cowles Quilting, Follow that Thread and IntelliQuilter. You all make us better!

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Inside TipToday's Inside Tip is for those that use Leader Grips or any of the helpful loading systems (Leader Grips has a booth on the MQX show floor) and find they are tough on the hands....... for the first few uses, use a hair dryer to warm them slightly. This will help to make it a bit easier to load until they stretch out a bit.

Also, if you accidentally snap one of these loading system's rod inserts? Aquarium tubing in the same size works great in a pinch.

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Janet-Lee & Mary

........ STILL expecting more snow (there's already 80" here)!

www.MQXShow.com


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Quilting is your Passion... and it is Our Passion Too!

 

Myth
Time-and-time again, we hear........  Oh, I didnt know you had piecing classes.

Or, I thought you needed to be a professional to take classes.

Time for a reality check!  MQX is a quilt show for all who love quilts! We have opportunities for you to sew on a variety of sizes, styles and brands of home sewing machines and frame quilting machines.

How about painting a quilt? Applique? Design a Wholecloth? How about learning a new piecing technique?

MQX was the first and only show for many years that opened up the competition to both home/domestic machine quilters as well as frame quilters. If you love hand quilting, machine quilting or just quilts in general.... come view the quilts, they are artistry and creativity at its best. 

We are pleased to offer the finest instructors from around the country ~ Come shop the amazing vendor mall and try all the best machines in the industry side-by-side. There's thread, fabric, irons, tools, gadgets and so much more..... then view the amazing Competition Quilts and Special Exhibits

 

In the Spotlight

 

Today's Faculty Spotlight features.........
       
click on the instructor's name to view their classes 

 

 

Laurie Tigner - Laurie's classes cover the spectrum of styles.

 - Beginners will enjoy the pace of Don't Ruffle Your Feathers, and Feathers are a Girl's Best Friend.

 - Learn to design your own, unique Celtic Design

  - Gain confidence in her Dare to Do it Differently class.

 - Learn something new in Inkpainting on Fabric class.
Click on Laurie's name to check them all out. Sample: Erin Underwood for Optical Illusions

Erin Underwood - Join Erin for her debut at MQX Quilt Festival.  
So, have you seen those 'ray rulers' and haven't a clue how to use it? (Me either) Erin's Optical  Illusions class has no curved piecing... only strip piecing!

Erin is also offering Shadow Trapunto and Tessellating Trees (a quilt as you go class).......
Sewing machines are provided for your use in class. No need to schlep yours. 


Page Johnson
 - One of MQX's most popular faculty member for going on 10 years. Page is teaching five classes this spring.

 - Statler Overall Design in Repeat Pattern is a 'must take' for anyone with a Statler.
 - Learn how to keep your quilt square on the frame with Starting off Straight and Getting Square
 - OH NO! Now What? will teach beginners and experienced quilters alike how to fix common mistakes.
 - Easy Textures and Background Fills is great for newbies to gain confidence.
 - Dealing with and Resolving Customer Complaints is a lecture all machine quilting business owners should be in on.
Page Johnson is an award winning quilter who will teach you how to take charge of your quilting! 

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Presenting Bonnie McCaffery Photography at MQX Quilt Festival

photo opp with Bonnie Mccafrey

It's all about the Face, oh baby.... it's all about the face.......
Let Bonnie McCaffery take a professional photograph. This is a great opportunity for a putting your best face forward. We all need a quality head shot.... it doesn't have to be used for something quilting related; use it anywhere you want to look your best..... a glamor shot for your spouse, family, business or a committee you might be serving on. Do it just because. Let Bonnie bring out your best. 

Click here to book your session today!

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Thank you to all our sponsors........ large and small. In our advertising we always mention our corporate sponsors...... Gammill, Superior, ABM, HandiQuilter, IntelliQuilter and Olde City Quilts. We would like to also acknowledge a few of our smaller, but equally important, sponsors..... Willow Leaf Studio, A-1, APQS, Red Barn Sewing, King's Treasure, Aurifil Thread, The Gadget Girls....... again this is just a few.

Please visit our sponsor page and their booths at MQX. 

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Vending at MQX - Be part of the MQX Experience. Vendors are an integral part of our show and we have a few spaces remaining. MQX has 800+ registered students and a gate of 3,800-4,300.  Contact MQX for additional information. Only two spaces available in the Expo Center and several in the Armory.

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MQX Midwest - Sadly, it looks like we are going to have to skip our fall show for this year. We had planned to be in Springfield again but the Crowne Plaza underwent some significant changes, including an entire management and sales team revamp, and our dates for 2015 and 2016 were not held for us. The hotel/convention center has recently been sold too. We are working on dates for 2016 and if not in Springfield, we will be in one of the surrounding states. We are definitely reserved for Springfield in 2017 and 2019.

MQX Pacific Northwest - For those in the Pacific Northwest, we have not been able to locate a facility that has the characteristics of Manchester, NH and Springfield, IL so that we can bring MQX West back. We have not forgotten you, we are still looking!

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Competition Entries are in and jury acceptance/rejection letters will go out by e-mail around the 20th of February. Did you get your entry in?  

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Inside TipRemember to plan ahead and make a shopping list out early!

We have taken the liberty of preparing a shopping list to help you make sure you get everything you need in the coming year.  Click here to download and/or print. Consider using brightly colored paper to make locating it easier. 

Do you have an inside tip to share? Things you have done at MQX that others might appreciate knowing about? Or, what little tidbit has help you in your machine quilting career? IF it's something we believe our 28,000 member mailing list will benefit from, we'll share it and give you a mug at the show! How's them apples?

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Remember, TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO THE SHOW'S OPENING, you will receive a message from Mary indicating that your student packet is available for downloading. It will include your schedule with room locations, badge and supply lists (you can download supply lists anytime off the website...... go to the Class Calendar page, then to your specific class(es) and look at the lower left corner. If the class has a supply list, there will be a link there. If it doesn't have a supply list, nothing will show in that area).

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MQX New England is in 60 days! Are you ready?

Janet-Lee & Mary
........ expecting MORE snow added to the 6 feet already on the ground. 


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Ground Hog Day - Learning New Quilt Tricks

 

GroundhogIt's Groundhog Day!

February has arrived and the news reported that Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow...which means we're in for another six weeks of winter. YUCK! Let's just hope that's WRONG!  

February 2nd brings to mind the movie "Ground Hog Day." It is the story of a man who finds himself reliving the same day over and over until he gets it right. Are you experiencing this kind of day in your studio? Are you stuck on the same designs day after day? Let's bring some excitement into your quilting life! MQX has top-notch faculty to help you step out of the box to make each quilting day unique, fun and creative.  

Here's some suggestions: 

Sue Heinz - Sue has an amazing tool to add to your creativity. Your customers will be rushing to your door trying to get on your list when you master this new tool. See it here .  

Karen Marchetti - She will show you how creative stitching, mastering massive borders, and more. 

Barbara Persing - Master applique and threadplay on your longarm. Check out her classes!

Need Motivation to Enter your Quilt? How does over 25k in prize money grab you? Take the knowledge you've learned at MQX and enter to win a prize. The MQX quilt competion is awaiting you, don't be afraid take the leap!  The competition entry form is available here.

Attention Guilds & Groups ~ We would like to invite you to come experience MQX We have a special group, half price offer all lined up for Saturday, April 11th with the Sew Kind of Wonderful sisters...... Jenny Pedigo and Helen Robinson.   Please email MQX for details 

We now have MQX Flyers and Catalogs - Let us know how many and where to send them.  If you have a mail order business, guild meetings or going to a show, bring some of our literature along.  

On a more personal note....... our week-long retreat has turned into a 12 day adventure, so far. We have weathered a blizzard (30" of snow here in southeastern NH) and now a second, smaller snowstorm of 10+ inches today. Mary is residing here in Hampton Falls after her car broke down about 20 miles into her journey back to Vermont.  
 

Janet-Lee & Mary
MQX Founders
www.MQXShow.com

MQX is generously sponsored by:

Platinum Corporate Sponsor
Gammill Quilting Systems

Gold Corporate Sponsors
ABM / Innova
HandiQuilter
Superior Threads

Corporate Sponsors
IntelliQuilter
Olde City Quilts

Executive Sponsors
A-1 Quilting Machines
Angela Walters
Aurifil Thread
Bittersweet Fabric Shop
The Gadget Girls
Intelligent Quilting
Janome
Nolting Manufacturing
SewVac Direct

Associated Sponsors
APQS
King's Men Quilting Supply
Red Barn Sewing & Yarn Center
Willow Leaf Studio

General Sponsors
Above & Beyond Creative Sewing
Cowles Quilting
Follow That Thread
King's Treasures
YLI Corporation

 


Categories: Art classes for quilters  |  Beginner Quilting Classes  |  Home Sewing Machine  |  Longarm Quilting  |  Machine Quilting  |  MQX Quilt Festival-New England  |  New England Quilt Festival  |  Quilt Competition  |  Quilt Conference  |  Quilt Show  |  Quilting classes  |  Quilting Tips
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2015 Quilting Resolutions

 

2015 snow

Happy New Year from Janet-Lee and Mary!  We wanted to take a moment to wish you the best and brightest in the New Year!

Many of us toss around the idea of making resolutions for the New Year. Here are a few resolutions .... with just a smidge of a MQX slant.......that we've heard over the years. Hey, you never know, maybe MQX might be able to help........... 

Snowflake 6Using your Longarm for Horizontal Storage?  Take some time to clear the coats off your unused longarm machine and make use of it. MQX offers hands-on and lecture-demo classes to help you master that beast in no time. 

Snowflake 5


Did you get a New Sewing Machine for Christmas?
- Take a piecing or machine quilting class with the best instructors from across the land.

Snowflake 7
Feeling like an Artist Lost?
 Unleash the artist within ....   sign up for an art quilting class. 

Snowflake 12Resolve to Keep your Business and Finances Straight - Sign up for a business management computer course or lecture.

Snowflake 4No More Antiquated Machinery that Doesn't Work - Get the machine of your dreams! Shop the vendor mall and try the machines, sample the gadgets and shop for cool threads.
 

Snowflake 9

.... and Finally, No More Quilting Alone - Meet people that share your passion..... mingle, mix, and make new friends at the largest and friendliest quilting convention. Be part of the MQX Experience.  


Resolve that 2015 will be the best year ever!  Make Your dreams come true with MQX.

Wishing you a most happy, healthy and prosperous 2015.

Janet-Lee & Mary
MQX Founders
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MQX is generously sponsored by:

Platinum Corporate Sponsor
     Gammill Quilting Systems

Gold Corporate Sponsors
     ABM / Innova
     HandiQuilter
     Superior Threads

Corporate Sponsors
     IntelliQuilter
     Olde City Quilts

Executive Sponsors
     A-1 Quilting Machines
     Angela Walters
     Aurifil Thread
     Bittersweet Fabric Shop
     The Gadget Girls
     Intelligent Quilting
     Janome
     Nolting Manufacturing
     SewVac Direct

Associated Sponsors
     APQS
     King's Men Quilting Supply
     Red Barn Sewing & Yarn Center
     Willow Leaf Studio

General Sponsors
     Above & Beyond Creative Sewing
     Cowles Quilting
     Follow That Thread
     King's Treasures
     YLI Corporation 


Categories: Art classes for quilters  |  Beginner Quilting Classes  |  Home Sewing Machine  |  Longarm Quilting  |  Machine Quilting  |  MQX Quilt Festival-New England  |  New England Quilt Festival  |  Quilt Competition  |  Quilt Conference  |  Quilt Show  |  Quilting classes  |  Quilting Tips
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