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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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Quilting Drive.... Where do you get yours?

 

Where do YOU get your quilting drive?

Fuel for the Brain
Resolutions? Drive? In our last blog we talked about New Years Resolutions, carrying on in that theme, let's talk about something all us quilters need.....DRIVE. Like a car needs fuel before we can put the pedal to the metal, as quilters we need fuel to create the quilts we dream of. MQX is the fuel to power you on to new heights in your quilting adventures. AND...... with gas and airfares creeping downward, take advantage and book your MQX Experience today!.

Check it out


Check out the following teachers on the MQX New England roster!


Often, the first thing that catches the eye is color. Timna Tarr, is a queen of color.
Faculty: Timna Tarr for Designing with Flying Colors
Designing with Color - Class E168, Wednesday April 6th 3:30-5:30 pm - Timna will help not only the color-timid but those that are more color-adventurous too.

Flying Color Trunk Show - LEC2, Lunch & Learn Lecture, Wednesday, April 6th 11:30-12:30 - Enjoy Timna's quilts in this fun and casual trunk show. Learn the how's and why's of her design and color choices.  

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With color worked out, take the next step with award winning quilter, Linda Thielfoldt
Batting, thread, needles,Linda Thielfoldt cropped image and modern quilting........ Linda is the guru to help with that.

Tension, Batting, Needles, and Thread! Oh My! - Class E206, Thursday April 7th, 9-11 am - Today there are so many choices that it can be quite overwhelming and Linda will provide details on her extensive analysis.   

Find your Modern Mojo - Class E432, Saturday 1-5 pm (Hands-on, stand up) - After winning multiple awards for her quilt, Modern Mojo Two, this is the class to nail down the techniques for managing negative space really well. 

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RibbonQuilt Finished? For those of you who have filled your brains with knowledge-fuel, enter your quilts into the MQX Competition. There's $27,000+ in cash and prizes to be won (all category prizes are cash.... no coupons for product). Why shouldn't it be you? Click here for the easy, online competition form. Go ahead....... you can do it! Let's face it, the odds are much better than Powerball. Deadline for quilt entries is Feburary 1st.

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Let's Go Shopping! There are only a few vendor spaces still available. Contact Janet-Lee for more information on holding your spot at the one and only MQX Experience!  

Teacher of the Year - Did you cast your vote yet? If you've taken a class from someone that has shaken your quilting world, cast your vote by clicking here

Let us know how we can shape your quilting in 2016. 

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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Quilting Resolutions

 


Resolutions

What are Resolutions?

Promises we make to ourselves

Ideas we want to see come to fruition

Dreams of good things to come

Goals for achievement 

The New Year is upon us and a good chance to start over with a clean slate and make new beginnings.

How would YOU fill in those blank sticky notes?


We invite you to join us at MQX Quilt Festival in Manchester New Hampshire. This show is where one may begin a new quilting journey, start on a course of making a business out of a beloved quilting passion or simply enjoy being part of a show where all abilities are respected and applauded. At MQX New England there are ways for you to make your quilting dreams come true. 

Question Mark blueDid you Know? At MQX New England, one can make the fabric, piece the quilt, and then learn how to machine quilt it. For those that would like to add hand quilting to your quilt, there's even a class for that too!

Question Mark redDid you Know? MQX is THE place to learn about the latest quilting technology, try out all the machine brands and feast your eyes on a bevy of fabrics, threads, patterns, and designs in the vendor mall. 

Question Mark yellowDid you Know? Some of the best quilts, from around the world, are there for your enjoyment. This isn't run of the mill quilts that you've seen at 12 shows already, these are a unique assembly of styles and skills.

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Faculty: Sue Heinz for Domestic BlissTeacher Spotlight - Sue Heinz has been with MQX for several years. She has a Fine Arts and Education background with over 20 years experience in quilting beginners and experts alike. Students come out of her classes amazed at the amount of content provided. Sue's classes include:

     Fill Harmonics on Thursday 4/7 - background fills of all kinds creating texture
     and depth using free-motion quilting.

     Take Two! on Friday 4/8 - take two shapes and learn how to create E2E designs,
     clamshells, blocks, grids, and border designs. 

      Flight School on Saturday 4/9 - create worry-free squares, triangles, flying geese, and borders.
      Various feather styles will also be explored.  

Click here to read complete descriptions of Sue Heinz's classes!

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Event Spotlight - The Quilters Forum has become an annual event at MQX. Faculty: Cathy WigginsEach year, Cathy Wiggins brings together known members of the quilting community to discuss pertinent topics that relate to machine quilting. At the upcoming MQX New England, the topic of discussion will be Building the Perfect Quilting Studio from the Ground Up.

Topics of discussion will be:    
     Buying a machine
     Must haves
     Technology
     Expansion 

Panelists:
     Andrea Brokenshire
     Judi Madsen
     Crystal Smythe
     Candace West
     Janet-Lee Santeusanio 

The Quilters Forum is generously sponsored by our good friends, Olde City Quilts. Attendees will enjoy food, fun and, as always, lots of cool door prizes. 

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2016

We hope your year is healthy, happy, and prosperous.

We also hope that you will consider making MQX Quilt Festivals your personal quilting resolution,
we are here to help make your quilting dreams come true. 

 

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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The Year with Wings.........

 

Goodbye 2015


Where did 2015 Fly Off to?


In our final blog/newsletter of 2015, we keep asking how did 2016 come upon us so quickly? It's so difficult to believe that there's a mere 10 days left in the year. 

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As we all hunker down with family and friends, Here's a couple tidbits of information for the spring show!

 


HQ Sweet 16 Classes
 - For the first time in several years, MQX Platinum Corporate Sponsor, Handi Quilter will provide us with a classroom full of Sweet 16, sit-down, quilting machines. Jane Hauprich and Andrea Brokenshire have a few openings left in these classes (Bonnie Dwyer's class is already full). There is limited seating because there is only ONE student per machine for each 4-hour class. We do not have these machines every year, for every show, so sign up today and take advantage of this great opportunity!

Thanksgiving Day Drawing Winner - Jean Medeiros is the lucky winner and has had her entire class schedule refunded. CONGRATULATIONS JEAN!  We will do another drawing on Valentines Day. Register and pay for classes by 11:59 pm on February 13th. We'll draw the name around 6 pm, Eastern Time!

East Flyer


MQX Show Flyers
- The New England show flyers are now available for shops, groups, guilds, retreats, etc. Please e-mail Janet-Lee with how many to send and where. We printed 25,000 of them so there's plenty to go around!

Holiday Tree
With Gratitude
-  We would like to express our gratitude for everyone that participates and supports MQX..... volunteers, staff, vendors, students, attendees, entrants, and sponsors. Thank you for helping make MQX what it is today.


However you celebrate the season, we hope it is the best, happiest and merriest of all.


Janet-Lee Santeusanio and Mary Schilke
MQX Quilt Festival Founders 

www.MQXShow.com


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Thankful for You

 
Thanksgiving turkey
With Gratitude..........

The origins of Thanksgiving were established in Europe long before the discovery of America and were to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. As quoted from the Plimouth Plantation website on Thanksgiving History:

"The arrival of the Pilgrims and Puritans brought new Thanksgiving traditions to the American scene. Today's national Thanksgiving celebration is a blend of two traditions: the New England custom of rejoicing after a successful harvest, based on ancient English harvest festivals; and the Puritan Thanksgiving, a solemn religious observance combining prayer and feasting.."
 

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A couple of quick MQX news items ............

Thanksgiving Day Give-Away Reminder

On Thanksgiving Day we will choose ONE lucky student to receive the entire amount of their currently booked class fees, event fees, and registration fee for FREE! The fees will be refunded by check or to the credit card used, (if already paid for) or wiped out (if invoiced). We hope to do this around 8pm on Thursday, November 26th...... since it is a holiday though, we'd appreciate some flexibility. Students must registered no later than midnight (Eastern time) on November 25th. Register NOW! 

Will YOU get your MQX adventure for FREE??? 

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New MQX Competition InfoFaculty: Cathy Wiggins

With so many new and innovative ways in which to "quilt," MQX is inspired by the 'let's push the edge of the envelope' creative attitude and style of Cathy Wiggins. As an award-winning quilter in the traditional sense, the never-satisfied side of Cathy has pushed machine quilting into areas that most of us wouldn't think of. To honor this, MQX has a new competition category......... see the details below. We look forward to seeing how you have pushed your personal creative envelope.

New MQX Competition Category

New Traditions in Textiles
The Cathy Wiggins Award
In this category, fiber artists are not limited to creating with traditional woven fabrics and are permitted to stretch the boundaries of what constitutes "fiber" and "textile". Artists may use (but are not limited to) cheesecloth, vinyl, leather, paper, felted fibers, Mylar, Tyvek and many other materials that may behave like textiles in given categories. Entries in this category may be framed or presented in non-traditional forms and need not fit the traditional definition of a quilt. All entries MUST contain machine quilting in some part of their construction. Minimum 72 perimeter inches and maximum 400 perimeter inches. 

Click here for the MQX-New England Competition Entry Form 

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As we approach this American holiday, we would like to take a moment to give our personal thanks to our faculty, staff, students, vendors and sponsors to pass along our best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season.

Janet-Lee and Mary
MQX Founders

 
MQX Quilt Festival - New England
Manchester, New Hampshire
April 6-9, 2016

MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest
(class information coming in late April)
Springfield, Illinois
October 19-22, 2016

Categories: Home Sewing Machine  |  Longarm Quilting  |  Machine Quilting  |  MQX Quilt Festival-New England  |  New England Quilt Festival  |  Quilt Show  |  Quilting classes  |  Sewing classes
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Machine Quilting Musketeers

 
"All for One and One for All"Three Musketeers
This is a tag line used by Alexandre Dumas, author of the Three Musketeers. Of course we now equate the Three Musketeers with chocolate ........  and who doesn't love chocolate? And who doesn't love MQX? 
This phrase is how to best describe our quilting events. MQX Quilt Festivals is brought to you by two women who have a passion for quilting and for the people who share that passion.
MQX New England is set to be our biggest and best show yet and we have you to thank. One week ago was opening day for class and event registration and it was the largest in our history. 
So what's in store at MQX? 
NEW MQX FACULTY for 2016 
Jane Hauprich cropped photo
Jane Hauprich - Thanks to Platinum Corporate Sponsor Handi Quilter, MQX has hands-on classes (one student per machine) using the HQ Sweet 16 sit-down, longarm machines. Jane Hauprich makes her teaching debut with MQX using these machines. If you're thinking about buying one or already have one, check out Jane's classes for a variety of skill levels (one student per machine). 
 
Faculty: Gyleen Fitzgerald for Trash to Treasure Pineapple QuiltsGyleen Fitzgerald - With a keen eye for color, Gyleen's makes quilts that blend color pattern and texture to provide a contemporary edge to traditional quilting. Well known for her "Trash to Treasure Pineapple Quilts," she will make her MQX teaching debut with this class, "Big Stitch on Small Quilts" (adding hand quilting to machine quilted quilts), Bust those Scraps... Brilliant!" and is our Friday Night Dinner guest speaker/humorist. Check out Gyleen's classes and book your seat at Friday's Dinner. Gyleen's appearance at MQX is generously sponsored by Willow Leaf Studio


RETURNING FACULTY

Faculty: Deborah Levy for A Walk on the Wide SideDeb Levy - Have you heard about the new interchangeable feet for the longarm machine? Deb Levy is returning to MQX and will teach how to use these feet in everyday and show quilting. While she will be discussing the feet designed by Handi Quilter, there are many longarm manufacturers that have now have interchangeable feet. Deb is also teaching a drawing class on how to manage wide borders. Take a look at Deb's Classes
  

........... and more. Stay tuned to the MQX Facebook Page and this blog for more updates.
If you are a fiber fanatic with a slant toward quilting, take advantage of classes with some of the top quilting instructors from around the country. 

Refer-a-Friend Promotion - Remember, if you have taken classes at previous MQX Quilt Festivals and refer someone new to MQX we will refund your registration fee. 
Janet-Lee & Mary
 
MQX Quilt Festival - New England
Manchester, New Hampshire
April 6-9, 2016
MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest (class information coming in late April)
Springfield, Illinois
October 19-22, 2016 

Categories: Home Sewing Machine  |  Longarm Quilting  |  Machine Quilting  |  MQX Quilt Festival-New England  |  New England Quilt Festival  |  Quilt Show  |  Quilting classes  |  Sewing classes
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