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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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MQX is Thankful for YOU - Annual Raffle

by Mary Schilke and Janet-Lee Santeusanio

Thanksgiving turkey

As always, MQX is most grateful for all our students. In keeping with the upcoming Thankgiving holiday, we are conducting our Annual Thanksgiving Raffle.

Thanksgiving Day Give-Away Reminder

On Thanksgiving Day we will choose ONE lucky student to receive their currently booked class fees, event fees, and administration fee, up to $250! The fees will be refunded by check or to the credit card used, if already paid for, or wiped out, if invoiced.

We will use a random number generator and hope to do this around 8pm on Thursday, November 24th. Since it is a holiday though, we'd appreciate some flexibility.

The winner will be announced on our MQX Quilt Festival Facebook page. If you are not a member, it's time to join. Click here to join.

Students must be registered no later than midnight (Eastern time) on November 23rd. Register NOW!

Will YOU get your MQX adventure for FREE???

From our family to yours, Have a safe and Happy Holiday!

Janet-Lee & Mary
MQX Quilt Festivals

Let's Register for Classes Tomorrow!

by Janet Lee Santeusanio and Mary Schilke


Tomorrow, Tomorrow, we Love ya Tomorrow you're only a Day Away!

Yes that's right, tomorrow at Noon Eastern time you may sign up for the MQX 2017 New England Classes and Events. We are excited about a wonderful faculty and class line up offering piecing, applique, handwork, machine quilting, and serger classes.  

MQX has a WHO's WHO of faculty....... (chosen at random) Gyleen Fitzgerald, Dorie Hruska, Bethanne Nemesh, Karen Sievert, Crystal Smythe, Timna Tarr, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Mark Sherman, and Karen Marchetti to name but a few of the 29 on our teaching staff!  Click here to see the rest of the 2017 New England team.

Here's what you need to know..........

1. If you are a returning student, practice logging into your account. If you are a new student, fill your shopping cart with the classes you want and the system will create a user name and password which will be e-mailed to you upon the completion of your order (your login and password may be changed at your discretion, afterward)

If you have forgotten your username or password: Click on this link: What if I forgot my Username or Password? and your login information will be sent to you via email. Please use the email address you received this email at, or whatever e-mail you may have used to register in the past, as this is how the system recognizes you. Make note of your login for retrieval later. 

2. To review the classes, click here. The catalog will be available online shortly in our signature, "flipping format."

3. Tomorrow at Noon EST, click on the REGISTER NOW! button on the MQX home page (in the green navigation band) as this will take you directly to the Class Calendar where the classes are all in numerical order by day.

     100 series classes for Wednesday, April 5th
     200 series classes for Thursday, April 6th
     300 series classes for Friday, April 7th, and
     400 series classes for Saturday, April 8th 

4. Make hotel reservations soon...... the room blocks do fill up. MQX Travel & Lodging Information


The Competition Entry Form will be online by the end of the week.

Vendor, and Sponsor Information will be made available to interested parties in the next month. Questions? Click here to e-mail Janet-Lee.

MQX continues to be a world class convention that appeals to all who love quilts!

We thank you for your excitement!

Janet-Lee & Mary
MQX Founders

MQX Quilt Festival - 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 

Packing, Prepping, and Positive

by Janet-Lee Santeusanio



We are packing, planning and preparing to make our way to you!

After working many long days to get to this point and we are excited to be returning to Springfield, Illinois again.

Remind all your quilting friends that they can come take part in the festivities. Enjoy a getaway, book a room, and prepare to have some fun. Some even bring a sewing machines and piece in their hotel rooms during their down time. Now is your opportunity to relax before the craziness of the holiday season.

This is your time. Here are a few MQX reminders:

download blueStudent Packets - Student download instructions have been emailed to all registered students beginning yesterday, October 4th and will continue weekly until showtime. Be sure to print out your schedule, badge (trim it down), 

appraisalQuilt Appraisals - Schedule your quilt appraisals at MQX. It may be a quilt you've just finished or an antique that's been handed down. Lori East is a Certified Quilt Appraiser available on all show days. Schedule a walk-in appointment here

battingBatting - Longtime vendor and sponsor, Olde City Quilts is bringing a trailer load of batting to MQX. Save $$$ on shipping and pick it up at the show. Great pricing too! Click here for more information and pricing!

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Student Services - As always...... sign up for a fun class or workshop anytime prior to 7 am on the day of the class, 24/7. Student Services, just outside the exhibit hall, is available starting Tuesday afternoon from 1-5 pm and everyday from 7:30 am on.

Public Quilt Show - more than 400 quilts on 2 floors
     Admission $10
     Multi-day admission $15 (includes preview)

Tuesday's Ice Cream Social - $15

Wednesday's Awards Ceremony
- admission wristband 

Wednesday's Preview
- Multi-day admission
     (free to registered students, staff)

Thursday's Quilter's Forum
- $20 - The Art of Competition Quilting
     with panelists Andrea Brokenshire, Page Johnson,
     Scott Murkin, Janet Stone, and Linda Thielfoldt 

Friday Night Dinner
- $48 - with special guest, Scott Murkin
The Confessional of an Obsessive Compulsive Dabbler 


We leave for MQX on Monday, October 10. The best way to reach us is by e-mail. Mary and Janet-Lee

Safe travels to everyone........ we'll see you there. 

MQX Midwest 2016
Crowne Plaza Convention Center
3000 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL  62703 

Book it - We have a lot of Class and so do you ...

by Mary Schilke

Road Trip - Did you Know?

Did you know

....... that Mary and Janet-Lee are packing up the SUV and 20' MQX trailer for the next Girls-Road-Trip! 

SUV and MQX Trailer

Loads to think about.......... merchandise, computers, vendor setup, floor plan, etc., and of course, many quilts! There are loads and loads of details that most people don't ever think about so that the show runs smoothly. 

What are you packing? Remember to bring address labels, business cards, copy of your business license (if applicable), a sweatshirt, camera, notebook, and a pencil or two. Get plenty of rest! 


AstronautDid you sign up for classes yet? MQX hires a variety of faculty to appeal to piecers AND machine quilters with many of them traveling a great distance.

Well........ not quite THAT far.

Click here to view all of our 'earthly' faculty and their classes!

Sign ups are available at Student Services at the show and online 24/7 until 7 am on the day the class takes place. 


Join us for our Evening Events -

          The Ice Cream Social is a ton of fun - a new song, Ugly Pants Contest, and prizes

          Quilter's Forum - The Art of Competition Quilting with steller panelists and prizes
               Andrea Brokenshire, Scott Murkin, Page Johnson, Janet Stone, and Linda Thielfoldt

          Friday Night Dinner - An evening with good food, prizes and Scott Murkin's talk, 
               The Confessions of an Obsessive Compulsive Dabbler


Crowne Plaza MQX

The Crowne Plaza Convention Center

Check out the Convention Hotel - Book Your room at the Crowne Plaza today! The special MQX rate will be ending soon. It's so fun to stay onsite and be immersed in quilts and quilters that think like you! Click here for the Lodging Information page. 



Vicki Reubel is in today's spotlight
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M137 - Find your Signature Swirl - Wednesday, 10:30 am -12:30 pm
M175 - Fun Feathers the Spineless Way - Wednesday, 3:30 to 5 pm
M259 - Borders Gone Wild - Thursday, 1-3 pm
M267 - Modern Mix Up Background Fills - Thursday, 4-6 pm
M313 - Find Your Signature Swirl - Friday, 9-11 am
M445 - What a Hoot..... - Saturday, 1-5 pm (hands-on, stand-up) 


Remember we are just two gals loving what we do and who we do it for!

Come play with us at MQX Midwest


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 

Quilt your Dreams ..... MQX is Coming Back to the Midwest!

by Mary Schilke and Janet-Lee Santeusanio

Dreams sign

Back in the day (Janet-Lee and Mary both bought longarms and began machine quilting in 1999).... our minds were consumed with quilting. We thought about getting everything done for the day to get back to the machine. We thought about practicing and couldn't wait to get to the next machine quilting show to schmooze with people that thought about the same things we do. Yes, we even dreamed about making the perfect feather or how to get through those first customer quilts with a mixture of anticipation and anxiety.

Do YOU dream about quilting? 

MQX works hard to fulfill your quilting dreams. After an unintended year's hiatus, we've brought the show back to Springfield, Illinois and rounded up a wonderful array of classes..... and it is coming up NEXT MONTH!! Did you miss us? We're back at the Crowne Plaza with so many more quilts that we've commandeered additional space to view them. The vendor mall is sold out and everyone is gearing up. 

There's something for everyone...... whether you're a piecer, domestic machine quilter or frame quilter, there's more than 100 classes to choose from.

Check out MQX's signature Flipping Catalog........ Flip NO, not that kind of flipping......

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Click here to view THIS flipping catalog

Click here to REGISTER NOW!



Dorie Hruska has added two new classes:  
     M101R - Row by Row - only TWO seats left (hands-on, stand-up)
     M201R - Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend (hands-on, stand-up)
                    (also offered as a lecture M325)  

Matt Dorey - M271 Innova Machine Maintenance

Candace West - How many of us have bought products and never used them?
     M141 - Applique and Custom Settings with EQ7
     M311 - Vector Design for Computerized Cutting Machines
     M359 - Custom Cuts - The New World of Customized Cutting
     M427 - Digital Design Wall - EQ7 (learn the basics)

Cindy Seitz-Krug - machine quilting skills on a domestic machine
     M123 - Fun Fillers and Background Stitches
     M167 - Twenty Tips and Tricks for Better Machine Quilting
     M239 - Gorgeous Gridded Backgrounds - Level 1
     M309 - Gorgeous Gridded Backgrounds - Level 2


Events (open to the public, advance registration required)

     Ice Cream Social & Ugly Pants Competition - the kickoff MQX event and not to be missed!
          generously sponsored by APQS - Tuesday, October 18th

      Quilters Forum - The Art of Competition Quilting with moderator Cathy Wiggins
          Panelists Andrea Brokenshire, Page Johnson, Scott Murkin, Janet Stone,
          and Linda Thielfoldt
          generously sponsored by Olde City Quilts - Thursday, October 20th

     Friday Night Dinner - A relaxing, intimate dinner with Scott Murkin's "Confessions of a
          an Obsessive Compulsive Dabbler"
          generously sponsored by Willow Leaf Studio and Superior Threads


News blocksJudy Woodworth, our good friend and 2013 Machine Quilting Teacher of the Year has decided to begin her retirement a bit early. All of us at MQX wish her nothing the best and she has hinted that she might be coming to hang out with all of us at MQX New England next spring...... just for fun.


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
(all show days, including Preview)

Public Quilt Show Hours
Wednesday (Preview), Wednesday 6:30-8:30 pm
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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