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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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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


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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



Categories: Awards for Quilt Competition  |  Home Sewing Machine  |  Longarm Quilting  |  Machine Quilting  |  MQX Quilt Festival-New England  |  New England Quilt Festival  |  Quilt Show  |  Quilting classes  |  Sewing classes  |  Vendors
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Spring into MQX Quilting Fun

 

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Spring into MQX!

Are you ready to Spring into your quilting passion? With little more than two weeks to go before MQX classes and show time begins, it is never to late to sign up for classes or fun evening events. There's great quilts to see and vendors to shop!

We are currently hard at work loading trailers, writing the show program, receiving quilts, and getting prepared to see all of you. MQX is something we work on 365 days a year and is a true labor of love. We are excited to have you create and share your MQX Experience!

MQX Quilt Festival - New England
The Center of NH / Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101
Classes begin Wednesday, April 6th
Public Quilt Show, Thursday, April 7th, 10-6
Friday, April 8th, 10-5
Saturday, April 9th, 10-5 

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Student Schedule, Supply Lists, Badge, Maps - Each student will receive an individual e-mail on how-to download their student packet. As always, if you need help call Mary toll free 866-675-7247.

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FREE Daily Lectures - The MQX Lecture Zone (sponsored by A-1 Quilting Machines) has lectures by sponsors, vendors, and MQX faculty. All lectures are open to the public with the purchase of an admission wristband. Click here to view the schedule. 


Flower pot light purpleEvening Events - loads of door prizes at all MQX evening events

     Ice Cream Social - SO much fun! Faculty meet and greet, Janet-Lee and Mary's new song, t-shirt toss, and of course, an ice-cream smorgasbord.

     Quilters Forum with moderator Cathy Wiggins - Building the Perfect Quilting Studio from the Ground Up. With panelists, Andrea Brokenshire, Judi Madsen, Crystal Smythe, Candace West and Janet-Lee Santeusanio.

     Flower pot pinkFriday Evening Dinner - A relaxing dinner and humorous lecture by Gyleen Fitzgerald. Viewer's Choice and Machine Quilting Teacher of the Year announced at the conclusion of the evening.

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Sold Out Classes - It is always wise to keep tabs on sold out classes. Changes and cancellations occur from time to time. All classes have a waiting list function. If you have your heart set on a sold out class, be sure to check your e-mail regularly as the system will automatically e-mail you should a seat open. See the list of sold out classes here

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Flower pot blueLunch & Learn Lectures - grab your lunch and take in a wonderful lecture.
(These lectures are $20 and open to the public - no student registration fee is incurred)
Both lectures take place on Wednesday, 4/6, 11:30 to 12:30 


     Penny Streeter
- The Common Thread - Learn all about which thread to choose for your sewing project. Sign up for Penny's lecture, LEC1 - click here

     Timna Tarr - Flying Color Trunk Show - The queen of color talks about her design and color choices with loads of her award winning quilts. Sign up for Timna's lecture, LEC2 - click here


See you soon!

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


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Leaping into Quilting

 

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Happy Leap Day

While it only happens once every four years, let's all leap together.

The pre-show preparation days are winding down and we will soon be packing up the trailers and heading to Manchester for MQX New England. This is one of our most favorite venues and it always feels like home.

Now is the time to leap into:

Button blueClasses: Lots of exciting and great opportunities to learn are available here at MQX Quilt Festivals. 
Check out the signature MQX Flipping Catalog

Button greenSponsorship: If you are a quilt related/sewing company consider a sponsorship to help keep your business in the eyes of people who share your passion. MQX sponsors are a highly valued and integral part of the largest machine quilting conventions in the country. Contact MQXShow@comcast.net for more details. 

Button pinkVending: There are still a few spaces (less than 5) left. Snag one today and bring your product to the hands of over 800 students and more than 4,000 attendees.

Button yellowRefer-a-Vendor: Are you a MQX regular? Which vendor would you want to see at the show? We now have a Refer-a-Vendor program. MQXShow@comcast.net with the name and contact info for a vendor that isn't already at MQX and if they contract for space, YOU will receive a $75 credit (toward classes at MQX or vendor fees) and the vendor will receive a $75 discount. 

Button orangeAdvertising: Advertise your machine quilting services, The show program gets into the hands of thousands of attendees. Click here for information. We are working on the show program this week and next so the drop-dead-deadline is March 7th. 

Button redTote Bag Advertising: Send your promotional pens, rulers, etc. to be put into the student totes. If you are a vendor or sponsor, the service is free of charge. If not, there is a small fee. Contact Mary at MQX@charter.net to get more information on how to make your products known to our students.

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TEACHER SPOTLIGHT
 
 

eva birchEva Birch - is an award-winning quilter that is making her teaching debut at MQX with some great classes. Click here for detailed descriptions of Eva's classes.

E108 - Feathers Galore - Wednesday, 4/6 9-11 am (drawing and design class)
E306 - The Quilting Primer - Friday, 4/8 9-11 am (lecture demo class)

 

Faculty: Mandy Applebee for Bare Bones basics of Domestic Freemotion QuiltingMandy Applebee - is also making her teaching debut with MQX. After teaching locally for several years, she's well versed with beginning longarm questions. Click here for the detailed description of her class.

E162 - Bare Bones Basics of the Longarm Machine,
     Wednesday, 4/6 3:30-5:30 pm (lecture demo class)

 

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What should you expect to see at MQX?  

 - Competition entries are spectacular and up by 26% from last year. 

 - Special Exhibits range from dramatic to fun. 
          Thread Stories by Jennifer Day
          Alfred Shaheen Vintage Panels
          Inspired by the Beatles: An Art Quilt Challenge
          A Piece of Me - SAQA Exhibit

 - Visit the MQX Vendor page for the current list of vendors

 - Free Lectures (Alex Veronelli, Judy Engime & Cathy Wiggins, Jennifer Day, Cindy Lohbeck and Bethanne Nemesh, to name a few)  

 - Evening Events - click here for detailed information
     A new song at the Ice Cream Social
     Awards Ceremony on Wednesday night
     Quilter's Forum with Cathy Wiggins "Building the Perfect Quilting Studio"
     Friday Night Dinner with special guest Gyleen Fitzgerald 

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

MQX New England, Manchester, NH - April 6-9, 2016
MQX Mid West, Springfield, IL - October 19-22, 2016
See ya there..... 


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