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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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Unleash your Inner Creativity

 

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Happy 4th of July

After a cool spring, we have been catapulted into summer! Time to make plans to spend time with family and friends, enjoy the warmer summer weather, and celebrate our country's independence.

All of us at MQX are very happy to be returning to Springfield, Illinois. We had a great time in 2014 and now we are gearing up to have another wonderful experience in October.  In this 4th of July weekend blog, we would like to showcase one of our faculty members. 

Unleash your Creativity with a New Concept ONLY at MQX!

In the SpotlightBethanne Nemesh is eager to start a new type of class entitled: Wholecloth Entwined and Interlocked class. This is an exclusive class at MQX and will not be taught in any other location. In the weeks before the show, Bethanne is going to teach and guide students in creating a masterpiece. Below is an excerpt from our Facebook page written by Bethanne: 

I am really excited about this class! Each wholecloth that comes out of this class is going to feel utterly unique. We will create a structural framework using radial design symmetry and then use each students personal design inspirations to overlay, interlock, and intertwine their designs. These wholecloths will be dynamic designs and with a lot of contact with me before class in October, students will be able to hit the ground running at MQX. You can sign up anytime until the class is full (15 students only!), but to maximize time with me before class, I suggest not waiting beyond the end of September! I will be teaching the techniques that create award winning designs like the ones used in The Paisley Peacock and Poppy Promenade.

NOTE: Students must have computer skills to work with Bethanne online via e-mail, Skype, and/or Facetime in the weeks prior to MQX Midwest. 

Click here to learn more about Bethanne's classes.

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Midwest Catalog CoverClass & Event Catalog - The MQX catalog is available in a print version ($3) as well as online. To order a copy, please click here. The online version is also available, click here to view.

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Class & Event Registration - Have you seen the classes offered at MQX? This is Judy Woodworth's last teaching gig, Cathy Wiggins' leather classes, Jessica Gamez, Kris Vierra, Carol Best, Scott Murkin, Cindy Seitz-Krug, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Christi Steiner and Linda Thielfoldt...... to name but a few of the 28 faculty members!  Log in and sign up today.

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Quilt Competition - there is more than $27,000 in prizes and prize money. Why shouldn't your name be on a prize check? The entry deadline is August 10th. Click here to enter your quilt today!

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Inside TipToday's Inside Tip - In the early days of my machine quilting career, I nearly sliced myself in the face (too close to my eye) with scissors on one of those spring-back, scissor pulls. That necessitated finding another way to have my scissors at hand. A self-adhesive cup holder and Fiskars small scissors (with the points filed dull in case they were dropped on the quilt) did the trick! Click here to see a photo. 

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Vending at MQX? There are only THREE booth spaces remaining, two 10' x 10' spaces and one 15' x 10' space. Contact Janet-Lee for more information. Want to see the list of vendors? Click here.

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Show Program Advertising -  The deadline for show program advertising is September 1st. MQX prints 5,000 copies for attendees, student totes, and quilt returns. Advertise your shop, machine quilting business, or put in a coupon. Click here for more information.

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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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Some, Some, Summertime

 

Peace ...errrr, I mean piece out.

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 is very pleased to offer the finest instructors from around the country. Shop the amazing vendor mall thread, machines, fabric, irons, tools, gadgets, and so much more. Then there's Quilter's Eye Candy........view the amazing Competition Quilts and Special Exhibits.

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In the Spotlight

Today's "In the Spotlight" will showcase.....

Scott Murkin - Many of you know Scott as the Lead Judge for the MQX Judging Team. He is a Certified Quilt Judge that has served in this position for ten years and fifteen MQX shows. Scott is also a physician and an extraordinary quilt maker. 

Scott rarely teaches and this is your opportunity to take a class from this multi-talented quilt maker.
Click here for detailed descriptions and to sign up.

Faculty: Scott Murkin for Strata Quilts
M109
- Machine Quilting without Marking, Wednesday 10/19, 8am-noon
M223 - Finishing Finesse, Thursday 10/20, 9am-4pm
M323 - Strata Quilts: Making Layers, Friday 10/21, 9am-4 pm
M904 - Friday Night Dinner with Guest Speaker, Scott Murkin. His talk, Confessions of an Obsessive Compulsive Dabbler, is on Friday 10/21, 7-10pm 

Don't miss Scott's Special Exhibit on the show floor, Patchwork Obsessions, Playing with Color & Line 

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Faculty: Linda Bratten for Meandering Method-Machine Quilting for the Beginner
Linda Bratten
is a lifelong sewer and began her quilting quest back in the late 80's. Linda's is adventerous in that she enjoys mixing different mediums and techniques to create one of a kind fiber art. Now with a line of self-published workbooks, Linda brings to MQX a great mix of classes that appeal to all quilters. Class details here.

M363 - Mixed Media Techniquest to Enhance your Quilts, Friday 10/21, 4-6 pm
M423 - Meandering - Machine Quilting for Beginners, Saturday 10/22, 8am-12pm
M431 - Nature Inspired Quilting Motifs, Saturday 10/22, 1-5pm

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MQX Quilt CompetitionDid you know

Did you know? MQX was the first and only machine quilting focused show that opened up the competition to both home/domestic machine quilters as well as frame quilters? MQX has over $27,000 in prizes and prize money (cash prizes, no gift certificates for product).

Why not enter? Click here to enter your quilt. The deadline is August 10th! 

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Quilts, Quilts, and more Quilts!  If you love hand quilting, machine quilting or quilts in general.... come view the quilts, they are artistry and creativity at its best. Discounts are available for guilds and bus groups...... the more quilters, the bigger the discount. 

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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 is Coming back to Springfield, Illinois

 

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We're BACK!
 We are very happy to be coming back to Springfield, Illinois this fall. In 2014 we had a blast and were thrilled with the response from all of you. We hope you have been looking at the preview of classes online and are ready to register this coming Sunday May 15th at Noon Central Time

The Crowne Plaza is located at 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL - 217-529-7777

Dates:
October 19-22, 2016 - Classes begin 10/19, Public Quilt Show, 10/20, 21 & 22 

We have a great line up of faculty with lots of new rising stars, classes that are exclusive to MQX, innovative machine quilting techniques (longarm or home sewing machine), and of course fabulous vendors, sponsors, and prizes.

Click here pink longto view the classes now - the Class Calendar page goes live on Sunday at noon CDST 

Click here blue longto enter a quilt - $27,000 in cash prizes at MQX, no gift certificates

Click here green longto contact us for booth space - we select our vendors carefully, e-mail us today!

Click here orange longto sponsor...... sponsors get to pick out booth space early

Click here brown longto advertise - the catalog and show program are seen by more than 20,000!

Click here pink longfor lodging Information - travel and Crowne Plaza info 


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Where's the catalog? Ordered catalogs will be sent shortly after registration goes live.

Need Flyers? We will be printing 25,000 of the large-format flyer. Let us know if you want some for distribution to your mailing list, quilt guild, group, or local quilt show. Contact Janet-Lee and let her know how many.

See you soon,

Janet-Lee & Mary
MQX Founders
Midwest - October 19-22, 2016, Springfield, IL
New England - April 5-8, 2017, Manchester, NH
www.MQXShow.com 


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Thank you New England 2016 and Hello Midwest!

 

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Thank you all for the incredible, record-breaking, MQX New England! 

With 45 (out of 130) classes sold out, a new floor plan, attendance numbers that exceeded any previous MQX Quilt Festival, and great show buzz, we are extremely grateful. To our sponsors, faculty, equipment providers, volunteers, students, staff, vendors, and attendees, we hope you had the best time ever.

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Hello Midwest!

 We know you have been patient to get the scoop on the MQX Midwest Classes. Here's your chance to get your ducks in a row!  

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Click here to view a tutorial on how to view the class offerings See the tutorial below. For now, classes are viewed by instructor. When the class and event catalog is created, it will go online in our standard "flipping catalog" format.

Remember the web will go live on the May15 in all probability before the catalog is sent. 

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MQX Midwest 2016

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 Show  |  Quilting classes  |  Sewing classes  |  Show Hours  |  Vendors
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It's Show Time at MQX Quilt Festival New England!

 

The Culmination of a Year's Work has Arrived!

Friends smallShow Time!  We want to remind everyone to take a moment during the show to close your eyes and listen to the hum. That's the electricity that snaps through the air when you've arrived at the place where your quilting friends assemble each year. Know that we love what we do and who we do it for...... YOU, and we are happy to have you choose to be at MQX.

Shuttle Service & Parking - Remember that the Radisson parking garage fills quickly on show days (Thursday, Friday, Saturday). MQX has contracted with a luxury shuttle bus to move people from hotels, area parking garages, and a municipal parking lot. Click here for detailed shuttle information (which you may print to keep with you) there is detailed information on times and pickup/dropoff locations.

Students - remember to do a quick recheck your schedule (log into your account, click on student download) to make sure classrooms have not been moved. Make sure you have the appropriate supplies for class and name badge. No Exception this year a $5 reprint fee will be charged for missing or forgotten student packets.

Where smallWhere ARE the Quilts and Vendors? - There are two exhibit halls with quilts and vendors; the Expo Center and Armory. Sometimes we hear that people never made it over to the Armory section. MQX is entirely under one roof and the Armory section is 15,000 square feet of vendors, quilts and the MQX Lecture Zone. If you miss out on the Armory, you may miss almost HALF of the MQX quilts and special exhibits. Don't miss out!

Husband, Spouse, Signficant Other, Friend, Sister.... - We are often asked if others would enjoy the show. Most will but there's always a stray husband or significant other that is reading a book in the lobby. We often have tasks that we need just one more person for. So let us take care of them at the Volunteer Services desk...... we'll surely put him/her to work while you go shopping or take a class. 

Free Stage Lectures - The MQX Lecture Zone is located in the Armory. Why not have a seat and hear from
some quilting celebrities and maybe learn something new? To see the full schedule of lectures, click here.  

Shopping List - Haven't had time to make your shopping list" Um, yeah, we've thought of that too! ClickShopping cart small here for a shopping list to remind you what not to forget. When you purchase at a show, there's no shipping which, as we all know, often adds significant cost to a product. 

Show Hours, Admission - Show hours are listed below. Admission is $12 and is good for all show days, including the Wednesday Sneak Peek Preview! You may purchase a Fast Pass online (no lines, no waiting at the admission booth). REMEMBER TO BRING A COPY OF YOUR RECEIPT WITH YOU! 

New ButtonDaily Door Prize drawing a sewing machine for ALL who purchase a wristband. One chance per person with admission fee. The daily drawing will take place at Student Services each day at 4 pm. Winners do not have to be present to win (but it's a good idea to be there to collect your prize), sewing machine will not be shipped...... it must be picked up before the show closes on Saturday at 5 pm. 


MQX Quilt Festival is located at:
The Center of NH/Radisson, 700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH

Public Quilt Show Hours

Sneak Peek Preview: Wednesday, April 6th
     Armory - 7-8:30 pm
     Expo Center - 7:30-9 pm

Thursday, April 7 - 10 am to 6 pm
Friday, April 8 - 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday, April 9 - 10 am to 5 pm

See you at the show!

Janet-Lee & Mary

www.MQXShow.com



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