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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......
Machine Quilters Exposition is a privately held Limited Liability Corporation MQX Quilt Festival TM
Almost as exciting as getting a seed catalog in the mail, MQX has finally arrived. It's time to plant the seeds of knowledge and fun. The snow is finally melting, trailers being loaded, offices are getting packed and we are crossing things off our check lists.
Here's a last reminder before we meet up next week for what is sure to be one of our best shows ever.
Student Downloads are now available. Did you remember to download your student packet? Log into your MQX account then click on 'My Account' in the lime green navigation band below the logo. It's easy and quick.
Shopping Lists - Did you print and do inventory for your shopping needs? Click here for a shopping list we have put together for you.
Did you preorder batting? Save $$$ on shipping fees. Olde City Quilts (click here for pricing) 609-747-0075 to preorder Hobbs Batting products Cowles Quilting 802-524-2551
Hmmmmm, what might I have forgotten?
- Post online to connect with online and media friends.
- Charge your laptops and camera batteries?
- Check out the stage lectures and trunk shows?
- Notify credit card companies if you'll be out of your usual spending area, especially international students.
- Pack for all weather situations, New Hampshire might be warm, might have snow, it's tough to predict.
So what's at MQX for me? - There are competiton quilts and special exhibits that are jaw-dropping, - Add to that free lectures and trunk shows (click here for the schedule) -Vendor mall with every kind of quilting and sewing machine, fabric, wool, tools, templates, books wide backs, quilting patterns, threads, stencils and loads more.
Contacting us: please note, after April 4th we can only be contacted by our cell phones or email, calling the offices will only result in a voicemail that will not be heard or be answered by a clueless relative babysitting our dogs. Email is best.
MQX@charter.net to reach Mary (Students, clases)
MQXShow@comcast.net to reach Janet-Lee (Quilt show, vendors)
MQXKathryn@comcast.net to reach Kathryn Amadon (Volunteers)
Class Registration is open online 24/7 right up until 7 am on the day of the class.
Student Services in Manchester is located just outside the Expo Center and open:
2-5:30 pm Tuesday for handing out tote bags and name badge holders only a few Ice Cream Social tickets will be available
7:30 am -5 pm Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for all Student Services 7:30 am - 2 pm Saturday for all Student Services
If you are a registered student with MQX Quilt Festival 2015 - New England, please remember to download your student packet. Instructions are below:
STUDENT REGISTRATION PACKETS AVAILABLE NOW, March 25, 2015
To download your packet:
- Go to the MQX website www.MQXShow.com - Click on the MQX New England side (left blue box)
- Log into the site (log-in is in upper right). - Once logged in, click on "My Account" on the far right side of the navigation bar - Click on "Student Download." - Select the show (2015 Manchester)
Forget your password? Please follow the on-screen directions for resetting.
The packet includes:
Welcome Letter Badge Supply Lists (if applicable) Class Schedule Radisson Map Alternate parking (for late arrivals)
The student download packet is available through April 12th 2015. Be sure to bring all the download information with you. There is a $5 reprint fee.
Should you encounter any difficulty, please read the on-screen prompts as the system has been designed to help students work through each step of the download process. Student Services is available at 866-675-7247 from 9 am to 9 pm. Please be mindful of the time calls are placed to Student Services.
Remember if you are NOT a registered student, you still can be. Sign up 24/7 for classes and events online or at the show. See you there!
Scientists have long struggled to create time travel. Well, unbeknownst to them, quilters know that it already exists. We all have had it happen, we get consumed in piecing, creating, stitching only to look up at the clock and the day is gone! TIme has warped by at an incredible speed and life has transpired around us .... but for all we know the rest of the world did not exist because of our total immersion.
MQX is a lot like that. Four days of non-stop education, visual stimulation and fun. Meeting old friends and making new, getting caught up in the frenzy of learning new techniques and relaxing over a great dinner with special friends. Come time warp with us!
We are excited to be but a couple weeks away from the culmination of a year's work! As always, sign-up for classes before or during the show (never after). For those of you that 'woulda, coulda or shoulda' take note now and procrastinate no further!
Free Lectures & Trunk Shows - The Lecture Area on the Armory show floor features the introduction of new products and demonstrations by vendors and new this year, trunk shows. All free, with the price of admission. Look at your show program for the lecture schedule.
Erin Underwood - A Trunk Show of my Quilting Life - Thursday at 4 pm
Leah Day - Life Journey through Goddess Quilts - Friday at 4 pm
The MQX Lecture Area is sponsored by A-1 Quilting Machines
Carol Ann Waugh is our special guest speaker at this year's Friday Night Dinner. We all wonder how we ended up doing what we're doing, whether it's quilting related or not. Carol will talk about her humorous journey, How did I get Here from There? Join us for a fun evening, learn whose quilt was selected as Viewer's Choice and who will be awarded Machine Quilting Teacher of the Year.
Carol Ann is sponsored by Willow Leaf Studio Machine Quilting Teacher of the Year is sponsored by King's Men Quilting Supply
Fast Pass Admission has been activated! Don't wait in line, pay for your admission now and simply go to the Fast Pass Admission line and get into the show quickly. No lines, no waiting. Click here to order today! $12
TWO WEEKS until Student Packets may be downloaded. Just a quick reminder that in approximately two weeks, look for an email explaining how to download your student packet. This packet includes your schedule, badge, welcome letter and floor plans.
Vendors, Vendors, Vendors - are you looking forward to a great shopping experience? The vendor mall is full and there's so many wonderful goodies waiting for you. For those looking to buy a quilting machine, they are all at MQX and ready to play 'Let's Make a Deal'..... Gammill, Innova, Handi Quilter, A-1, Nolting, Tin Lizzie, Janome, Bernina, and more. There's quilting patterns, gadgets, fabric, wool, jewelry, quilting software, batting, wide backings, dyeing supplies, threads, irons, quilt hanging systems, rulers/templates and so much more. Click here for the complete list.
Batting - There are two batting companies represented at MQX New England.
Lodging Update - The room block cutoff for the Radisson (convention hotel) is tomorrow. However, it is sold out. Of course, there is the rare occasion that someone cancels so if you are still looking for a hotel room at the Radisson, please call in the next 24 hours.
The Hilton Garden Inn room block cutoff was last Wednesday and that room block is also full.
The Comfort Inn has filled the room block but has a few rooms left and will extend the MQX pricing as long as they have rooms available.
Today's Inside Tip - This is a tip that's been around for a while but it's not just for longarm quilters; piecers will benefit from this little trick too. When a block or border has some fullness to it, spray with a good quality fabric starch/sizing and let dry. If there's a lot of fullness, use a hair dryer to dry the area. The starch will shrink the fibers in the fabric and the hair dryer provides heat for additional shrinkage.
Many times people scream in shock when they realize it is one of us on the other end of the phone. Is it YOU Mary, is it really YOU? What most people don't realize is that yes, in fact we do answer our own phones. We live in different states (New Hampshire and Vermont) and 200 miles apart yet we manage to put on our shows using the phone and internet. No, we don't work 9-5, Monday through Friday, we work pretty much every day, 365 days of the year. We only see each other maybe 4 or 5 times a year and have remained best friends and successful business partners for going on 15 years.
If you need us, call or e-mail. Customer service is job number one.
Mary - For classes, teachers and all things student related, Mary at 866-675-7247 Janet-Lee - For Quilt show, vendors, and sponsors, Janet-Lee at 866-675-4355.
Why are we talking about this now? Remember that many other shows are run by companies often with hired staff who might view their job as just that, a job. They may not be as invested in insuring the show is a success. As quilters ourselves, we have experienced shows and have taken classes so we know how we want to be treated. We believe it is our duty to make the show successful for vendors, sponsors and teachers and to give a student experience that doesn't compare to anything else. We love what we do and who we do it for.... YOU!!
A/V at MQX - Did you know that MQX has over 50 classes where the instructor's lesson/demonstration is projected onto a large screen so everyone can see? MQX wants your educational experience to be the best it can be. Thank you to longtime MQX AV director, Dave Jones.
Quilts of Valor - Don't forget your Quilts of Valor blocks. Have you made your two blocks? Free patterns are here. The patterns are easy and quick. Drop your blocks off to us at booth 108 on the MQX show floor, at the banquet, or mail them to: MQX, P.O. Box 490, Hampton Falls, NH 03844. Please include your name and state so we may acknowledge your effort on the QOV Contributors page on the MQX website.
Just one more reminder, sign up for MQX today..... don't miss out on your personal MQX Experience!
There's still many classes open. Click here to register. Check out our evening events..... there's the fun Ice Cream Social on Tuesday night, The Quilter's Forum on Thursday evening and Friday Night's Dinner with special guest Carol Ann Waugh. We have a lot of fun! What are you doing on those evenings? Click here to learn more.
Did you see the new MQX tote? Each full registration student gets one.... and there's goodies inside too.
While we continue to be absolutely buried in snow in southeastern New England with over 102" of snow in the last month and more coming this weekend, we are looking forward to the warmer temperatures of March and a spring thaw. The snow will be gone by the time MQX rolls around.Yes, this is a picture of the mass of icicles on the back of Janet-Lee's house.
For a moment, let's take a trip back to the good old days! You know, way back to the the 70's and good old Gladys Kravitz (Bewitched TV sitcom 1964-1972) who stuck her nose into everyone elses business. In a way, MQX is your personal Gladys Kravitz. We delve around and look for those outstanding teachers who make it their mission to bring you forward in your quilting skills as well as many other integral business skills.
Quilting Business: Building a machine quilting business or making your current business better: We all make big investments in our sewing/quilting machines, let them pay you back by taking some of these great business-focused classes....... better yet, sign up your significant other to take them while you play elsewhere!
Did you know thatMindy Wylie is making her long-awaited return to MQX and offering six classes... beginners, techniques, templates, and custom quilting. Welcome back Mindy!!
There are a multitude of classes still available from the best instructors the quilting industry has to offer. What will you be taking at MQX? Currently there are 32 of the 124 classes filled. Register Today!
Why yes, we do have flyers and a few catalogs left to mail to shops or guilds. Let us know how many flyers to send we'll make up a box for you. Please message Janet-Lee. Thank you for spreading the word about MQX!
Individuals may purchase a catalog or view our 'flipping catalog' online, 24/7, click here.
Keep in touch with us! MQX Quilt Festivals has an active Facebook page with over 3,000 members. This week, our 3,000th member was awarded a $300 MQX gift certificate and a random drawing resulted in two of our long-time members receiving $100 gift certificates. Join us!
While we're reminiscing....... April 15, 2000 was the first gathering of quilters whose purpose that weekend was to share, socialize and learn from one another (OK, and we ate a lot too). Who knew that fifteen years later MQX would be what it is today? It doesn't seem possible that so much time has passed.
MQX Quilt Festival's second year (2004) had just fifteen classes. Karen McTavish made her teaching debut and that was the first year any machine quilting convention conducted a hands-on class (thanks to Cowles Quilting).
This year, 2015, one of our special exhibits is entitled Evolution of an Artist - Fifteen Years of Quilts by Cathy Wiggins. Don't miss these quilts and the opportunity to talk to Cathy and hear how she keeps the creative spirit alive. Cathy's exhibit is generously sponsored by Aurifil Thread. Click here to see all this year's Special Exhibits.
At the core of it all, what we say in each of our show programs....
The connection we share is simple - it's quilting! The lasting bond is, as they say, priceless.
Thank you one and all for your support over the last 15 years. We love what we do and who we do it for. We look forward to seeing you soon..... and for at least another 15 years!