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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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Introducing MQX's Domestic Side

 

Sunshine 2Happy Summertime from MQX!

We hope you are all having an enjoyable, safe summer and have the chance to catch up on a little rest before you head to our newest show in Springfield, Illinois.

Many years ago, 14 to be exact, MQX began as the New England Long Arm Quilters with a group of 40 women. When the group evolved into a machine quilting conference and show in 2003, we made the decision to be an all-inclusive show offering frame quilting classes as well as piecing, and home machine quilting classes. It's worked well!

With all the new tricks and techniques there are for high quality piecing as well as piecing for just the fun of it, MQX offers a myriad of classes on a variety of techniques and patterns. We are pleased this year to offer several great teachers!

These award winning instructors each have unique styles and techniques..... click on the instructor's name to see detailed description and class samples.

Jerry Granata -  A huge hit at our West Coast Show. Learn the basics of machine quilting or quilting for show with your home sewing machine. Don't miss out on the opportunity to take a class with this rising star.

Toby Lischko  - If you love piecing Toby offers some innovating piecing techniques and patterns in her classes.

Kathy Beltz - All the way from New England, Kathie is a Certified Studio 180 Instructor. Fun and fascinating techniques with these Deb Tucker rulers. 

Mark Lipinski  - No words are necessary. Prepare to laugh your way through this cutting and fusing class entitled "Lemon Cathedral." The design is fabulous and fun. 

Linzi Upton -  From across the pond to Springfield! Come take a class with this innovative instructor... she's adventurous with exotic fabrics, graphic style and has made quilted yurts, patchwork cars, boats and totems.

Gina Perkes - Veteran instructor has some new things up her sleeve..... how about Applique by Bobbin?

Karen McTavish - Nail down McTavishing using your home machine.  

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NOOO, We Didn't Forget..........  You didn't think we'd forget about all our frame quilting classes, did you? There's almost 100 classes on longarm/midarm machine quilting techniques with more than 20 of the BEST instructors this industry has to offer. There's also business, design, computerized quilting, lectures, trunk shows and walking tours of the winning quilts. Don't miss the nation's largest machine quilting focused conventions. Book your classes and events today!  www.MQXShow.com

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Inside Tip


Today's Inside Tip is for those that longarm quilt and pin to the canvas leaders. Did you realize that the most stressed points for the fabric are the corners? Therefore, when pinning, instead of in-and-out once with those very outside pins, go in-and-out twice. It will make that outside edge more secure.

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CATALOGS, FLYERS, CATALOGS AND FLYERS!  They are both finally at the printers and mailing is expected for late next week. Catalogs will be mailed to 3,000 previous students and paid orders. It is 70+ pages of all things MQX Midwest! We have 25,000 flyers...... if you're going to a show or a guild meeting, we'll send you however many you need. If you have a business and do mail order, please consider including one of these lightweight, tri-fold flyers with each order. Contact Janet-Lee by e-mail or 866-675-4355 to order. Click here to see what the Midwest Flyer looks like.

To view the MQX Midwest Catalog - check out our unique "flipping catalog" viewer, click here.

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Uncle Sam

 

QOV Block Drive - Have you made your two blocks yet?  This mailing list is just shy of 25,000..... how many of you will make TWO block to help our soldiers? Could you imagine if everyone made two? That's a lotta blocks and what an honor that would be!  Click here to get to the MQX QOV Block Drive Page for patterns and tips. Candace West has created an EQ7 file too..... message Janet-Lee to get the file.

 

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MQX Quilt Festivals

Midwest, September 24-27, 2014 - Crowne Plaza, Springfield, Illinois
     Show hours: Thursday 9/25 10-7, Friday 9/26 10-6, Saturday 9/27 10-5 
     $12 admission, good for all show days and Wednesday 9/24 Sneak Peek Preview

New England, April 8-11, 2015 - The Center of NH/Radisson Hotel, Manchester, NH
www.MQXShow.com    www.UpperMidwestShow.com

Thank you to our Midwest sponsors

Platinum Corporate Sponsors - Gammill Quilting Systems, Superior Threads
Gold Corporate Sponsors - ABM/Innova, Handi Quilter
Corporate Sponsor - IntelliQuilter, Juki America
Executive Sponsors - A-1 Quilting, AccuQuilt, Angela Walters, Aurifil Thread,
The Gadget Girls, Nolting Manufacturing, SewVac Direct, Time Square Sewing Complex
Associate/General Sponsors - APQS, Willow Leaf Studio


Categories: Longarm Quilting  |  Machine Quilting  |  MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest  |  MQX Quilt Festival-New England  |  New England Quilt Festival  |  Quilt Competition  |  Quilt Conference  |  Quilt Show  |  Quilting classes  |  Quilting Tips
Tags: Computerized Quilting  |  Janet-Lee Santeusanio  |  machine quilting  |  Mary Schilke  |  Memorial Day  |  Midwest Quilt Show  |  MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest  |  MQX Quilt Festival-New England  |  New England Quilt Show  |  QOV Block Drive  |  Quilt Competition  |  Quilt Show  |  Quilting classes  |  Quilting Software  |  Upper Midwest Quilt Show


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Who Says you Can't Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?

 

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The Summer Solstice is upon us. Warmer weather, gardens, a bit slower pace and school's out. What are we up to? We are working on MQX Midwest, Quilts of Valor blocks and the Midwest Catalog. We apologize for the delays. Catalogs and flyers will be available in about two weeks. Remember, all classes, events and activities are on the website. 

Along with a multitude of machine quilting classes (which we will highlight in our next blog), there's a wide variety of technology classes at MQX. Bring your spouse or a friend...... keep them busy with piecing classes from several faculty members..... Kathie Beltz, Jerry Granata, Mark Lipinski, Toby Lischko, and Linzi Upton.
If he/she has time on their hands, there are also many volunteer opportunities.  

Old Dog

Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?  

Quilting has come a long way. We no longer have to sew by hand and suspend our quilt frames from the ceiling waiting for a good time to finish hand quilting them. In an age when there are driverless cars, quilting machine companies have developed aids to help us be more efficient and exact. There's design software (quilt and quilting design), fabric cutting systems, business software and computerized quilting systems.


Check out what MQX Midwest has to offer to help take us yet another step into the future ~ 
  Click on the instructor's name to access their faculty page and full class descriptions 

ABM / Innova's AutoPilot
     with Douglas Chapman
        What's New with Innova AutoPilot 

     with Nancy Wick
        Beginning Auto Pilot for Innova
        Advanced Auto Pilot - Beyond the Basics
       
Art & Stitch with Susan Smith
     Introduction to Art & Stitch
     Drawing Quilt Patterns & Digitize with Art & Stitch

Electric Quilt with Susan Smith
     Introduction to Electric Quilt

Gammill's Statler / Creative Studio
     
with Page Johnson
         Build a Custom Overall Design to Fit your Quilt
         Master Level, Taking Custom to a New High

     with Susan Smith
        Statler's Echo, Trim and Fill      

     with Pat Barry
        Creative Studio - You will be Amazed!

     with Georgia Stull
         Bread & Butter: How Many Ways can you do an E2E with a Statler?
         Easy Peasy Borders using Creative Studio
        Time for some Razzle Dazzle: Creative Custom Quilting on a Statler 

Machine Quilting Business Manager with Mary Reinhardt
     Machine Quilting Business Manager - Level 1
     Machine Quilting Business Manager - Level II 

Handi Quilter Pro-Stitcher with Mary Beth Krapil
     Pro-Stitcher Intensive

IntelliQuilter with Cristyn Merry
     IntelliQuilter Master Class
     What's New with IQ? 

Silhouette Cameo Cutting System with Susan Smith
    Introduction to Silhouette Cameo

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QOV Block Drive
- With vacations and summer activities gearing up, Candace West, MQX QOV Block Drive Coordinator, has provided her monthly tip a smidge early. We have already received a few blocks by mail..... thank you!  Click Here for the July QOV Tip. Share your creations on our Facebook page too!

Remember, all the tips are located on the QOV page on the MQX website. 

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MQX Quilt Festivals
Midwest, September 24-27, 2014 - Crowne Plaza, Springfield, Illinois
New England, April 8-11, 2015 - The Center of NH/Radisson Hotel, Manchester, NH
www.MQXShow.com

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Thank you to our Midwest sponsors

   Platinum Corporate Sponsors - Gammill Quilting Systems, Superior Threads
   Gold Corporate Sponsors - ABM/Innova, Handi Quilter
   Corporate Sponsor - IntelliQuilter, Juki America
   Executive Sponsors - A-1 Quilting, AccuQuilt, Angela Walters, Aurifil Thread,
     The Gadget Girls, Nolting Manufacturing, SewVac Direct, Time Square Sewing Complex
   Associate/General Sponsors - APQS, Willow Leaf Studio 


Categories: Longarm Quilting  |  Machine Quilting  |  MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest  |  MQX Quilt Festival-New England  |  New England Quilt Festival  |  Quilt Competition  |  Quilt Conference  |  Quilt Show  |  Quilting classes  |  Quilting Tips
Tags: Computerized Quilting  |  Janet-Lee Santeusanio  |  machine quilting  |  Mary Schilke  |  Memorial Day  |  Midwest Quilt Show  |  MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest  |  MQX Quilt Festival-New England  |  New England Quilt Show  |  QOV Block Drive  |  Quilt Competition  |  Quilt Show  |  Quilting classes  |  Quilting Software  |  Upper Midwest Quilt Show


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Stepping Outside of the Box

 

How Do You Fuel Your Creative Spirit?

I hear it all the time, "I'm not an artist" or "I could never do THAT."   Let me assure you that you can. We all have a creative spirit and if you are a quilter, you are creating art all the time. So the question is..... How to step it up a notch?  Simple; take some time to explore a new avenue that incorporates something you are already doing.....quilting,  How about using paints, beads or rulers to add that extra something to give new life to your quilts, quilting, and creative spirit?  

At MQX Quilt Festivals we are pleased to offer some of the finest instructors to help you let that energy out in a positive way. Take a peek below at a few of our very creative faculty class offerings. 

 

Laurie Tigner Sample: Laurie Tigner for Embellishment – the icing on the quilt…. Sample: Laurie Tigner for Soft or Crisp – two techniques for “ink painting” on fabric.
Sherry Rogers Harrison
and Linda Poole
Humming Along - Linda Poole Pumpkin Patch Linda Poole
Jamie Wallen  Sample: Jamie Wallen for Threadfusion 2 (Portrait Creation 1 “Rendering Your Base”)
Linzi Upton Sample: Linzi Upton for Metallic Wholecloth Sample: Linzi Upton for Celtic Circles

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Pretty as a Picture:  Keep an eye out for the upcoming August/September issues of Quilter's Newsletter and The Quilter. Both have multi-page spreads of MQX - New England photos. These and other publications request Jeffrey's photos because his work is so highly regarded. If you have not purchased your flash drive of pictures, please click here for the form and online ordering information. 

Featured Quilts will be: 

Quilters Newsletter (Two page spread)
    Magnificent Mosaics by Renae Haddadin and Karen Kay Buckley
    Autumn's Surrender by Margaret Solomon Gunn
    Reflections of Tao by Diane Loomis
    Remembrance by Jan Hutchison
    Open to Interpretation #5 by Patricia Washburn
    Five Decades by Linda Thielfoldt

The Quilter (in The Machine Quilter section - cover of the section and 4 page spread)
    Spinning Wheel by Nicholas Williams
    Magnificent Mosaics by Renae Haddadin and Karen Kay Buckley
    Delectable Mountains 1st Anniversary Quilt by Jackee Richards
    Byrne's Spiral by Beth Nufer and quilted by Clem Buczick
    Take 3 Fabrics, Just Add Thread by Page Johnson, Mary Reinhardt, Jan Malmquist & Dee Legvold
    Broken Dreams by Theresa Fetch
    A Splendid Display by Cindy Seitz-Krug
    Autumn's Surrender by Margaret Solomon Gunn
    Saffron Splendor by Pat Holly
    Springtime in the Geisha's Garden by Margaret Solomon Gunn
    Yellow Mellow in Paradise by Andrea Brokenshire
    Pink Hibiscus by Nina Hunt
    Pink Parfait by Donna James
    Rays of Hope by Teri Cherne
    Rainbow Nouveau by Margaret Solomon Gunn

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Inside Tip


Today's Inside Tip
is from Mary Schilke. Throwing away a shirt? Cut off the cuff and use it to wrap up electrical cords, fabric or brushes. Simply wrap around the object and button to hold!  

 

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QOV logoQOV Block Drive - June Tips
QOV Block Drive Coordinator, Candace West, has provided some additional tips for making QOV Blocks for the Midwest MQX. No, you don't have to be from the Midwest to participate. Could we get everyone on this blog list of over 22,000 to send two blocks? Anyone can make two blocks... how many will you be making?  Click here for Candace's June tips

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MQX Quilt Festivals
    Midwest, September 24-27, 2014 - Crowne Plaza, Springfield, Illinois
    New England, April 8-11, 2015 - The Center of NH/Radisson Hotel, Manchester, NH 
www.MQXShow.com 

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Did you know that MQX Quilt Festivals is owned, run and managed by two women?  Janet-Lee Santeusanio and Mary Schilke are machine quilters and have been business partners since 2003. MQX is not run by a big organization, by committee, or governed by any organization. The buck stops here!  Decisions are made quickly and we are known to be able to spin on a dime. Both of us are passionate about the industry and the people we work with and for to make successful, customer service oriented quilt shows a reality. We do have a loyal show staff that we bring to all our shows, so must include Kathryn Amadon, Sue Bendott, Michelle Flynn, June Giles, Diana Reinhardt-Annis, Bill Schilke, Carolyn Tusinski, Cathy Wiggins.... their contributions are immeasurable.
 
Janet-Lee Santeusanio and Mary Schilke



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Remembering this Memorial Day

 

Memorial Day 2014


While many of us will gather with family and friends over this Memorial Day, please take a moment to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice so that we may all be free. Our heartfelt gratitude to all soldiers who have served in past wars, those currently serving and those that will serve. 

 

Memorial Day Cemetary



To help honor our soldiers, remember the MQX QOV Block Drive. We hope to again exceed 2000 blocks which will be donated to QOV Foundation Chapters in Colorado and in the Upper Midwest. Remember we want to cover as many of our soldiers with warmth and love...... make your blocks today!  
Click here for details.

 

Janet-Lee Santeusanio and Mary Schilke
MQX Quilt Festivals 

Midwest - September 24-27, 2014, Springfield, IL
New England - April 8-11, 2015, Manchester, NH
866-675-4355
www.MQXShow.com


Categories: Longarm Quilting  |  Machine Quilting  |  MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest  |  MQX Quilt Festival-New England  |  New England Quilt Festival  |  Quilt Competition  |  Quilt Conference  |  Quilt Show  |  Quilting classes  |  Quilting Tips
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MQX Midwest Registration is Set to Open!

 

MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest 2014
The Crowne Plaza Hotel & Convention Center
Springfield, Illinois

Classes begin Wednesday, September 24th
Public Quilt Show, Thursday/Friday/Saturday, September 25-27, 2014

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Spring
Spring is finally springing here in the northeast and we have our sights set on MQX Midwest in September.
Take a look at the Faculty Page to see the wide variety of classes and instructors offered in Springfield, Illinois. Choose from business, piecing, hands-on for both frame and domestic systems, computerized quilting, machine quilting techniques, walking tours and so much more.

 

Class Registration for MQX Quilt Festival Midwest Opens THIS Thursday May 15th!
Time open: NOON Eastern Time, 11 am Central Time

 The Classes may be reviewed two ways:

1. Faculty Page - Each faculty member has their own page with the classes they will be teaching. Click on the individual's name to access. These teacher pages will appear on the left hand side of the class calendar page.
2. Class Calendar - Since there are more than 100 classes, to focus on the classes you may be interested in, there is a category selector at the very top of the page. 

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Important Registration Tips to Remember!

- Remember to use a unique e-mail address for EACH person registering for classes and events.

- Click on the Classes Tab and in the drop down menu, click on Class Calendar
- WHEN REGISTRATION OPENS there will be a box in the upper right within each class.
     This is to check off the classes and events you wish to take.
- Once all classes have been chosen, scroll to the very bottom click on "Add All Classes to Shopping Cart."
- Your shopping cart is located on the left side of the screen. 
- Click on "Check Out." 

Experiencing Registration Challenges?
If you experience difficulty during registration, here are a couple pointers:

1. Clear out the cookies on your computer..... sometimes they can create difficulties.
2. If you are registering two people, use must log out and use DIFFERENT e-mail addresses for each order.
     Your name will appear in the upper right hand side of the page,click log out.  
3. If you really get stuck, call 866-675-7247. Mary will assist you .

You may have to leave a message, please don't just hang up.

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Quilt & Garment Competition Information & Entry Form is now available!

There's over $26,000 in prizes and prize money.

The deadline for entries is August 1, 2014.
NEW FOR MIDWEST - we've brought back the garment competition!

Click Here for the Competition Entry Form (a link to the categories and rules is at the top of the page)

Click Here for the Competition Categories, Rules & Information document

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QOV logoMQX QOV Block Drive

After a successful block drive at MQX New England, we have set a goal of 2,000 blocks for Springfield. Do you think that the Midwest show can outdo New England....... how about a challenge.  Let's see what you can do.

Coordinator, Candace West, will provide a tip or a technique to help the process, motivate us to make blocks or teach us now to motivate others to help with this worthy cause.  

Click Here for Candace's QOV Block Drive tips for the month of May. 

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Travel & Lodging - Hotel rooms have been available now for a while so book quickly. To book your room at the Crowne Plaza, access the Travel and Lodging page. This property has a block of rooms available under MQX or MQX Quilt Festival. For the best service, it is always best to contact the hotel directly 800-589-2769.

Volunteer - We rely on our volunteers to make MQX hum. With Volunteer Coordinator, Kathryn Amadon at the helm, she can line you up with fun, interestesting and informative jobs behind the scenes. Get a first hand look at how MQX ticks!

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Vendors, Vendors, Vendors - contact Janet-Lee at MQXShow@comcast.net for the vendor info link. MQX does not make vendor information public so that we may offer our students and attendees a top quality vendor mall. 

Enjoy!

Janet-Lee Santeusanio & Mary Schilke
MQX Founders

MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest
Springfield, Illinois
September 24-27, 2014

MQX Quilt Festival - New England
Manchester, New Hampshire
Aprill 8-11, 2015 

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MQX is generously sponsored by many companies in the quilting industry.

Corporate Sponsors
Gammill Quilting Systems
Superior Threads
ABM/Innova
Handi Quilter
Intelliquilter


Categories: Longarm Quilting  |  Machine Quilting  |  MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest  |  MQX Quilt Festival-New England  |  New England Quilt Festival  |  Quilt Competition  |  Quilt Conference  |  Quilt Show  |  Quilting classes  |  Quilting Tips
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