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Welcome to the MQX Quilt FestivalsTM Blog!

MQX Quilt FestivalsTM - New England, Midwest and Pacific Northwest

Midwest - Springfield, Illinois (October 19-22, 2016)
New England - Manchester, New Hampshire (April 5-8, 2017)

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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February Fly By

by Janet-Lee Santeusanio and Mary Schilke

Airplane Banner February

February is surely flying by!

Did you know it is getting close to showtime for MQX New England? Lots of classes and fun events to look forward to......... here are some tidbits. 

Shopping CartShop 'til you Drop - Now is the time to do an inventory of thread ,batting, and that oh-so-elusive piece of fabric needed to finish your project. MQX has a shopping list for your convenience. Click here for your copy.



Valentines Day Drawing - Sign up for MQX before 11:59 pm on February 13th. The next day we will do our annual drawing for paid registered students (up to $250). To register, click here.



Ice Cream ConeThe Ice Cream Social is the MQX New England kickoff event! Join us on Tuesday, April 4th from 6:30 to 9 pm The Ice Cream Social is always a big hit.

Last fall at MQX Midwest, we began a new tradition..... Crazy (UGLY) Pants Contest. We encourage everyone to wear a crazy pair of leggings. Mary has many and there were some fun ones worn in Springfield. So gather up your quilting buddies and wear your craziest pants for this no-calorie evening. There's a great prize for the craziest/ugliest pants and loads of door prizes too. This is a great opportunity to meet many of the teachers, view class samples, and their newest products.
Sign up today and get those crazy pants ready!


Faculty: Jane Hauprich for Beyond the Basics - Free Motion Quilting
Jane Hauprich
is offering classes for longarm and sit down beginners, and a NEW class on how to use rulers with your domestic sewing machine. Great classes to help beginners get started and to master essential skills. Click here for Jane's classes


Faculty: Deborah Poole for Feathers for the Fearful
Deborah Poole
 - is an award winning quilter and she has been Kim Diehl's personal quilter for more than six years. Her work is in all of Kim's books and at many national level shows. With traditional leanings in her quilting, learn from one of the masters about feathers, continuous curves, and how to BE a longarm quilter Click here for Deborah classes 


Faculty: RaNae Merrill for Spiral Rose Nesting Spiral Workshop
RaNae Merrill
- is known for her exquisite Mandala and modern quilts. Join her for piecing classes, fusible applique' and how to master machine quilting using your domestic sewing machine. This fun and talented teacher is making her first visit to MQX and bringing her signature techniques to class.  Click here for Ranae's classes



Bus 2
Have a Bus Group coming to MQX?
We offer discounted ticket prices for groups of 20 or more (the group coordinator gets in for free...... and so does the bus driver!)

Contact Janet-Lee for information and rates.  



Important Links:
     Travel & Lodging
     Class Schedule - New England
     Register Now!
     Evening Events
     Fast Pass Admission - coming soon
     Teacher of the Year Nominations - don't forget to vote
     Quilted EMbrace
     Volunteer Information - we need YOU
     Special Exhibits
     Future Show Information

Let us know how we can help you have a great educational experience and a fun time at MQX!

See you in April!
Janet-Lee & Mary

MQX Quilt Festivals

MQX New England
The Center of NH / Radisson Hotel
700 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101

April 5-8, 2017
Classes begin April 5th
Public Quilt Show April 6, 7 & 8
$12 admission good for all show days 

Ground Hog Day!

by Mary Schilke & Janet-Lee Santeusanio

Ground hog day

Do you recall Bill Murray in the movie, Groundhog Day? MQX can be your version of staying in one place and learning to get things done right. Be it piecing, designing, machine quilting, hand quilting, or finishing your quilt; let MQX be your quilt/quilting indulgence. 

Machine Quilting Teacher of the Year - We would like to remind you to take this opportunity to get your nomination in for Machine Quilting Teacher of the Year for 2016. Let us know who inspired you the most and why. The "why" is a necessary and integral part of the selection process, just as important as the nomination. Let us know who inspired you the most. Click here for the Nomination Form.


Competition Entries - Late entries may be accommodated until they are submitted for jury consideration. The Kids Can Quilt category has reached it's maximum and is now closed. Did you get your entry in yet? $27,000 in competition prize money is up for grabs. Click here for the Competition Entry Form. The deadline is tomorrow, February 1st at 11:59 pm.

     New Traditions in Textiles is our newest competition category for those quilted items (even just a little quilting) that do not fit the traditional "quilt show" mold. Vintage textiles, accessories, clothing, furniture. 


Now Accepting Teaching Proposals - Would you like to teach at MQX? Class proposals are submitted online. Submission deadlines:
                                  MQX Midwest 2017 deadline is February 15, 2017
                                  MQX New England 2018 is August 15, 2017 

Click here
to for the Class Proposal Form.


Valentines Day Drawing - Remember to register for MQX by 11:59 pm on February 13th. The next day, on February 14th we will draw a name, at random, to win up to $250 off classes and events. Deborah McKenna was the Thanksgiving Day drawing winner.


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MQX Faculty Spotlight - click here to view all the MQX classes

Faculty: Lisa Reber for Un-Dye It! Safe Color-Removal TechniquesLisa Reber - check out Lisa's fabric dyeing classes.

E124 - Dye Boot Camp 
     Wednesday 4/5, 8am to noon

E268 - Un-Dye It, Safe Color Removal Techniques
     Thursday 4/6, 4-6 pm

E426 - Manipulations for Dyeing
     Saturday 4/8, 8 am to noon

E466 - Thickened Dye Exploration
     Saturday 4/8, 1-5 pm 

Faculty: Gyleen Fitzgerald for Bending StarGyleen Fitzgerald - Modern, binding, hand quilting, and piecing classes.

E118 - Play Modern
     Wednesday 4/5, 8 am to noon

E152 - Wisp
     Wednesday 4/5, 1-5 pm

E214 - Almost Perfect Binding
     Thursday 4/6, 8 am to noon

E248 - Got Fabric? Let's Make a Quilt of the Century
     Thursday 4/6, 1-5 pm

E324 - Big Stitch on Small Quilts
     Friday 4/7, 8 am to noon

E414 - Uptown
     Saturday 4/8, 8 am to noon 

Victoria Findlay Wolfe portraitVictoria Findlay Wolfe - double wedding ring and scrap quilt fun!

E218 - Double Wedding Ring: Single Ring Pillow Class
     Thursday 4/6, 9 am to 4 pm

E318 - 15 Minutes of Play
     Friday 4/7, 9 am to 4 pm  


What's in a Number? A show, or any business for that matter, measures it's success by examining the numbers, right? For us, what goes beyond the numbers is the degree of chatter and hum on the show floor, meeting up with old friends and making new ones, or hearing students say, "oh my goodness, that class was fabulous!" It takes passion and drive to make our show a place where everyone wants to be. All of us at MQX know that there are many show choices available and we are most appreciative that you've chosen MQX.

See you in April!
Janet-Lee & Mary

MQX Quilt Festivals

MQX New England
The Center of NH / Radisson Hotel
700 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101

April 5-8, 2017
Classes begin April 5th
Public Quilt Show April 6, 7 & 8

Keep on, Quilting on......

by Mary Schilke & Janet Lee Santeusanio

Retreat sign

As we fine tune our April Show, we are also preparing to leave on our annual quilt retreat. A much-anticipated, well-earned, time to do our own quilt thing. We hear from our students and attendees that MQX is their retreat...... will it be yours?


We thought we'd address some of the more common questions we are asked

Who can come to MQX?  Anyone that loves quilts will enjoy seeing the Special Exhibits, competition quilts, and shopping the vendors on the two showroom floors.

Are there machines to test drive? Our show is the place to try all the top machine quilting products. Vendors have machines on display to try, there are hands-on classes with the option of several different frame, and domestic machines available for your use in class.

Is there a class for me?  If you're looking to learn, MQX offers top-notch instructors from around the country to teach, machine quilting, fabric dying, digital die cutting, how to use a serger, robotic systems, piecing, and more. No club to join, no dues. Click here for class information.

Who can enter the competition?  Anyone can enter..... why not try? There is prize money to be won. Entries must be machine quilted and there's even a category for those that have never entered a national level show (with no jurying). AND, there's two new categories, Wallhanging-Pictorial and New Traditions in Textiles. The judging process has 12 line items and is scored numerically with a goal for everyone to compete, learn from the judging, and of course maybe win! Click here for competition information.  

Do we accept new vendors? Absolutely. Our goal is to bring a wide variety of sewing products to our attendees. If you know a vendor who should be at MQX, feel free to give them this number and have them contact us ASAP 866-675-4355. We're almost sold out! Click here for vendor information.  


Inside TipToday's Inside Tip - Ironing/pressing quilt backings can be laborious and time consuming. Janet-Lee and Mary haven't ironed a backing in 15 years! Lay the backing across your frame, large table, or on the floor, mist lightly with water, go wind bobbins and prepare your machine. By the time it dries, you're ready to load or pin baste. You can thank us later.......... 


In the Spotlight 


For today's blog, let's spotlight some of our newer

       faculty members.....

Victoria Findlay Wolfe
- This New York City based author, fabric, and pattern designer is joining MQX for only two days. Get your quilt piecing on with Victoria! Don't miss her special exhibit...... 20 of her Double Wedding Ring quilts in a variety of styles and colors on display, right next to her booth #205, in the Armory. Click here for more info on Victoria's classes.

Victoria Findlay Wolfe portrait

     E218 - Double Wedding Ring: Single Pillow Class - Thursday 4/6 - 9am-4pm
     E318 - 15 Minutes of Play - Friday 4/7 - 9 am-4 pm 




Dorie Hruska
- After her amazing teaching debut at MQX's Midwest show, it's no surprise that she'd be joining us in New Hampshire. With six class offerings, she has something for every quilter. Click here for more info on Dorie's classes.
Faculty: Dorie Hruska for Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend

     E106 - Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend - Wednesday, 4/5, 8-10 am

     E134 - Row by Row - Wednesday 4/5, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
     E172 - Finding your Path - Wednesday 4/5, 3:30-5:30 pm
     E240 - Fun with Multiple Freehand Designs - Thursday 4/6, 3:30-5:30 pm
     E264 - Crosshatching Extravaganza - Thursday 4/6, 1-3 pm 
     E346 - The How To's of English Paper Piecing - Friday 4/7, 12:30-3 pm 


Mark Sherman - Also making his MQX teaching debut, Mark is a former musician, antique collector, pearl expert and now, famous quilter. Known for his stained glass technique, his quilts are distinct in color and style. Mark is MQX's Friday Night Dinner guest speaker and a special exhibit of his work will be on display. Click here for more info on Mark's classes.  
Faculty: Mark Sherman for Man Quilter

     E120 - Remarkable Fabric Weaving - Wednesday, 4/5, 9 am-4 pm
     E220 - Remarkable Stained Glass Quilt - Thursday 4/6, 9 am-4 pm
     E322 - Remarkable Machine Trapunto for the Timid Quilter,
                     Friday 4/7, 9 am-4 pm 
     E904 - Friday Evening Dinner - Friday 4/7, 7-9:30 pm 


We're looking forward to making your MQX Experience a special one!

Janet-Lee Santeusanio and Mary Schilke
MQX Quilt Festivals

MQX New England - Manchester, New Hampshire - April 5-8, 2017
MQX Midwest - Springfield, Illinois - September 27-30, 2017

Happy New Year from MQX Quilt Festivals

by Janet-Lee Santeusanio and Mary Schilke



With a new year upon us, all of us at MQX wish you health, happiness, and prosperity!

Janet-Lee Santeusanio and Mary Schilke
MQX Quilt Festivals 

MQX New England - Manchester, New Hampshire - April 5-8, 2017
MQX Midwest - Springfield, Illinois - September 27-30, 2017 

Holiday Wishes from MQX Quilt Festivals

by Mary Schilke and Janet-Lee Santeusanio

Snowflake banner

Sing the lyrics below to the melody from "Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow"

Snowflake 12Oh the weather outside is frightful,
 but to quilt is so delightful

Snowflake 4 We know it’s the best place to go,
 book your trip to the MQX Show

Snowflake 5 The flyers they are arriving,
 and the classes they are thriving

Snowflake 7The staff is raring to go,
 book your fun at the MQX Show

Snowflake 9 When we finally pack our bags,
 we’re excited to get to the show.

Snowflake 12Classes, shopping, events, and fun,
 you’ll find us always on the run

Snowflake 4 We’re not showing signs of stopping,
 we keep our students hopping

Snowflake 5 If you want a class at the show,
 let us know, let us know, let us know!

From our family to yours, wishing you the best of the holiday season and a most joyous New Year!

Janet-Lee & Mary  

MQX Quilt Festivals

MQX New England
The Center of NH / Radisson Hotel
700 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101
April 5-8, 2017
Classes begin April 5th
Public Quilt Show April 6, 7 & 8

MQX Midwest
Crowne Plaza
3000 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, Illinois 62703
September 27-30, 2017
Classes begin September 27th
Public Quilt Show September 28, 29 & 30


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