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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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MQX Midwest 2014 Roadtrip Recap

 

 

Road Trip

Can you say Road Trip? 

Distance Janet-Lee and Mary traveled (both ways): 2890 miles

Longest distance traveled by a student (one way): 3773 miles

Longest distance traveled by a vendor (one way): 1150 miles 

Longest distance a quilt traveled to compete: Seoul, Korea to Springfield, Illinois (one way) - 10,631 miles
             (and yes, the quilt is already back in Seoul) 


thank you 2.jpgAfter two days of returning quilts, we arrived back in our respective New England states of New Hampshire and Vermont on a cold rainy night 16 days from the start of our journey. Janet-Lee had to leave straight away to attend an event with her daughter that would last another four more days. As you might imagine, we're catching up on much needed rest and still reeling a bit from post show catch up. Enough about us, we just want to take a moment to give a big thank you to all who participated; we are humbled by your enthusiasm. 

To our faculty, students, volunteers and staff, thank you for joining us in Springfield and for making MQX such a great experience. Our sponsors that provide financial assistance and classroom equipment make it possible for MQX students to get the most from their classes, competition judging and awards and events that are just plain fun...... we very much appreciate your commitment to us and what we do. To the Crowne Plaza, it has been great working with you and we thank you for making our time in Springfield thoroughly enjoyable. We can't wait to come back!

 


 

So What's Next on the agenda...........

What's Next
We will swing back into action to begin preparations for our 2015 shows.

First up is New England next April.

Vendor information will be available to sponsors first in early November,
     then to previous vendors and so on down the line.  

Class Catalog - Available online in late October with registration opening on November 15th.  

Show Dates:  April 8-11, 2015 at the Center of New Hampshire / Radisson Hotel, Manchester, NH

     Classes begin April 8th
     Public Quilt Show - April 9, 10,& 11
     Competition Deadline - February 1, 2015

Vendors, sponsors, competition, advertising - contact Janet-Lee at MQXShow@comcast.net
Teachers, students, classes, classroom equipment - contact Mary Schilke at MQX@charter.net

Janet-Lee & Mary


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It's Show Time at MQX

 

show time

Show time seems to sneak up on us.

Last week we trekked from the Atlantic Coast of New Hampshire to Springfield, Illinois bringing all the quilts, exhibits and show supplies in the big MQX trailer. Let's just say that we laughed probably more than we should have and arrived safely last Thursday to a welcoming cookout with the Taft Family (former owners of King's Men Quilting Supply). 

Today the students are flooding in, 25+ classes are full and the Awards Ceremony starts shortly. The Crowne Plaza is vibrating with excitement. The Sneak Peek Preview is tonight from 7-8:30! 

Special Exhibits include Janet Stone's entire collection of quilts. Don't miss it as this may be the only time to see them all in one place. Our other special exhibits include Linda Thielfoldt's Collection of Wearable Art, The Four Seasons from Italy and The Gateway Longarm Quilters comparison exhibit. 

Want to come to the banquet?  Tonight is the last night to get a ticket. Click here to order.

So where will YOU be this weekend?

Come join the adventure  

Janet-Lee & Mary
MQX Founders 

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
$10 admission, good for all show days and Wednesday 9/24 Sneak Peek Preview
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, Angela Walters, Aurifil Thread,
The Gadget Girls, Nolting Manufacturing, SewVac Direct, Time Square Sewing Complex
Associate Sponsors - APQS, Willow Leaf Studio
General Sponsor - Eureka Documentation


 


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Fall into some Great Classes at MQX!

 

What's up with MQX?  

Pumpkins
The kids are headed back to school and the leaves are just starting to turn.......

MQX's fall show in Springfield, Illinois is but a month away. Are you ready? We have sent out over 2,500 catalogs and 12,000 flyers to quilt shops, students and shows. Our vendors are gearing up and the competition quilts and wearables are streaming in.

So, seriously, ARE YOU READY???

Sign upRegistration is open 24/7 ...... take advantage of MQX's top-notch teachers. Have a spouse, significant other or friend that needs something to do? We have a multitude of volunteer jobs as well as classes..... even if they don't machine quilt. Check the classes out here.

Are you a budding artist? Is there an artist lurking inside you? Let your inner child out to play with painting classes with Sherry Rogers-Harrison and Linda Poole. How about inking or embellishments with Laurie Tigner?

Do you quilt for customers? So you've made this huge Investment in equipment and thread. Keep your inventory and customer interactions straight with Mary Reinhardt's Machine Quilting Business Manager.Shopping

Shopping - There are many great vendors to shop at MQX. There's wide backings, fabrics, tools, gadgets, batting, and of course  sewing and quilting machines of any size and brand. Speaking of batting. Two of our vendors are offering discounted batting if you pre-order. Save shipping charges by picking it up at MQX!

     BattingFarmland Quilting for Legacy Batting Products
            ask Lora Kennedy  618-664-2139 - email  
     Quilted Memories for Hobbs Batting Products
     ask for Lyn Heilman 913-649-2704 - email 
 

Student Packet - If you are a registered student in Springfield? If so, your student packet will be available online starting September 10th. All students will receive an email message from MQX with instructions. Of course, Mary will be available to assist.  

Fast Pass Admission is now available. No waiting in line. Click here to get your wristband.... only $10 and it is good for the Wednesday Preview and all show days. (Note: Registered Students and quilt entrants do NOT need to purchase a wristband).

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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
$10 admission, good for all show days and Wednesday 9/24 Sneak Peek Preview
www.UpperMidwestShow.com

New England, April 8-11, 2015 - The Center of NH/Radisson Hotel, Manchester, NH
www.MQXShow.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, Angela Walters, Aurifil Thread,
The Gadget Girls, Nolting Manufacturing, SewVac Direct, Time Square Sewing Complex
Associate Sponsors - APQS, Willow Leaf Studio
General Sponsor - Eureka Documentation



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MQX Quilt Festival August 1st Update

 

 

What's New with MQX Quilt Festivals?

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Midwest Competition Deadline

 The quilt and wearables competition deadline is August 15th. This change was due, in part, to the delay in getting the Class and Event Catalog in the mail. (3500 catalogs mailed this week, first class).

To enter, please click on this online Competition Entry Form - it is easy to fill out and open until August 15th at 11:59 pm

MQX sponsors have generously contributed in excess of $26,000. All placement ribbons (1st, 2nd, 3rd) and special awards receive prize checks. To clarify what prizes might be, we have sewing machines, fabric cutters, etc.  No coupons

Acceptance letters will go out no later than August 25th which will include shipping instructions and date entries need to arrive. Remember, the kids categories, Emerging Entrants and wearables are not juried. Again, ALL categories have cash prizes. 

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Spotlights IN TODAY'S TEACHER SPOTLIGHT - Meet UK's Linzi Upton

 

 

upton foq13Ever heard of a quilted yurt? How about a quilted car cover? Linzi Upton is a fearless machine quilter who loves a unique challenge. She loves using unusual fabrics and is bringing all her tips, tricks and techniques to share with everyone at MQX Midwest. Go to the Class Calendar page to sign up for Linzi's or any MQX Midwest classes.

 

 

 

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Celtic Circles

Class 102 - Wednesday, September 24th
In this hands-on class, learn how to create visually effective concentric circles filled with embroidery, Celtic inspired fillers and paint.

 

 

 

 

Sample: Linzi Upton for Northern Lights


Northern Lights

Class 211 - Thursday, September 25th
Freestyle curved piecing with multi color strips and enhanced with machine embroidery.

 

 

 

Sample: Linzi Upton for Metallic Wholecloth


Metallic Wholecloth
Class 310 - Friday, September 26th
Mark and quilt a small wholecloth using silk or lame'.  

 

 

 

Sample: Linzi Upton for Quirky Quilts with the Quilt Quine


Quirky Quilts with the Quilt Quine
Class 407 - Saturday, September 27th
Linzi will talk about all her quilt adventures and the endless possibilities of patchwork.  

 

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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, Angela Walters, Aurifil Thread,
The Gadget Girls, Nolting Manufacturing, SewVac Direct, Time Square Sewing Complex
Associate Sponsors - APQS, Willow Leaf Studio
General Sponsor - Eureka Documentation
 


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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Countdown to Show Time

 

News board

 

This Weekend's News Update from MQX

    (a little more than eight weeks to go...)  



MQX Flyers:  Are you a member of a quilting group? Guild? Are you a quilt shop in Illinois or in one of the surrounding states?  Would you be willing to hand some MQX Flyers out or put them on your counter or in with mail orders? Let us know how many you need and we'll send them right out. Please contact Janet-Lee at MQXShow@comcast.net  

MQX Catalogs: Mailing first class on Thursday July 31st (really). The full catalog is available in a flipping catalog format for free online or order a paper copy for $3. Click here to view or order yours.

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Quilt & Wearable Competition - the deadline has been changed to August 15th. The catalog creation and printing was so delayed we thought it best to allow a bit more time. Emerging Entrants, Kids (hand and computer guided) and Wearable categories are not juried. Acceptance letters will be e-mailed by August 25th which will include shipping information, dates, etc. There is over $25,000 in prizes and prize money to be won..... why not enter? Click here for the easy, online entry form.

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Last Minute


Last Minute Class Added
- IntelliQuilter's own Zoltan Kasa will host a "What you Always Wanted to Know about IQ but were Afraid to Ask" will take place on Thursday. September 25th, 6:30-8:30 pm. Click here for the full description, Zoltan's bio and to sign up.

 

 

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Check out the MQX Midwest Vendors - There's a great lineup of vendors.... machines, gadgets, tools, fabrics, batting, patterns and books. There's a few spaces left. MQX does not make it's vendor information public so that we can approve vendors suited to our audience and attendees. Contact us for more info. 

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student-xing-165x165What will YOU Learn at MQX?  Let's talk about all the machine quilting technique classes MQX offers....    Offering a wide variety of techniques for any size frame: Pat Barry, Lisa Calle, Dawn Cavanaugh, Sue Heinz, Elaine Huffman, Page Johnson, Deloa Jones, Julie Lillo, Karen McTavish, Sue Patten, Gina Perkes, Kim Stotsenberg, Jamie Wallen, Nancy Wick and Judy Woodworth. ..... and don't forget, many of these are techniques/styles of quilting that are easily translated to domestic machine quilting. Thank you to Gammill Quilting Systems, ABM/Innova, and HandiQuilter for providing hands-on classroom machines. 

 

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Supply Lists & Kit/Handout Fees - This week there's been a run on questions about supply lists so we'll clarify it all right here:

1.  Supply lists are e-mailed once your online registration is completed. 

2.  Lost your supply lists? Go to the MQX Class Calendar page and scroll through the classes until you find the class(es) you chose. Not all classes have a supply list. If your class does have a supply list, a link to access it is located in the lower left corner.

3.  Kit / Handout Fees - Kit fees are mandatory and will provide you with the items necessary to take the class. Handout fees are ALWAYS OPTIONAL - if you don't want or need the handout, it is not a requirement for the class. 

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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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