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MQX Quilt Festival returns in the fall of 2019.  As contracts are signed we will be building out our class schedule for the fall.  

Meanwhile, below are teachers from our 2018 line-up.  

Please stay tuned for further information. 

Faculty: Carol Best Carol Best has been quilting for 19 years and has been sharing her passion through teaching since 1999. Carol's first love is piecing and has won many awards throughout the years. She started long arm quilting in 2008 and has had her quilts displayed in many shows, taking several awards along the way. Carol has been using Art & Stitch since its initial release and loves to push the limits of the program. In 2013, Carol became a Certified Instructor of Art & Stitch.

Natalia Bonner–Natalia Whiting Bonner has enjoyed piecing quilt tops for more than twenty years. She invested in a Gammill longarm quilting machine in 2007 and then got the crazy idea to quit her job to become a full-time longarm quilter. Natalia’s passion for quilting and being creative has grown and to put it plainly, she has become a quilting addict. She teaches at quilt guilds, shows, and has appeared on TV shows across the country. Natalia is the author of Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting, Next Steps in Machine Quilting, and Visual Guide to Free-Motion Quilting Feathers. She is the co-author of Modern One-Block Quilts & Cabin Fever:20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts. Natalia is a Gammill Quilt Artist, Moda Fabric Designer and online instructor.

Clem Buzick – In her life as a former hairdresser, a client asked if she wanted to take a quilting class.... as a long time sewer, she knew that could be dangerous. The rest is history…In 2007 Clem purchased her first longarm thinking that she might quilt for a friend once in a while but quickly had 30 quilts to do! After 26 years, she hung up her hairdressing shears, picked up the sewing scissors, and never turned back! Clem quilts in her Fargo Studio and  has the wonderful opportunity to compete in many quilt competitions at quilt shows across the country winning many awards. Clem loves to share her skills, and her crazy story, but she especially LOVES to encourage others along the way!

Robbi EklowRobbi Joy Eklow has been making art quilts for almost 30 years. She has a studio in the Hot Shops Art Center in Omaha, Nebraska, where she keeps her APQS Millennium, two Berninas and a partridge in a pear tree. She dyes her own fabric, fuses the quilt tops and then free motion quilts on them with one of her machines. She submits her quilts to major shows all over the country, has won many awards.

DeLoa Jones has carried her traditional quilting background into her machine quilting. In the last 9 years, she has done 3500 customer quilts. Many of her classes feature free motion designs that can be quickly done on customer quilts but have a very traditional look. Her quilts and customer quilts have won at many national shows. Currently Deloa lives in Michigan. She is the proud mother of eight childern. She enjoys sharing her quilting knowledge with all who share the same passion.

Deloa was voted the 2011 Machine Quilter Teacher of the Year at MQX East 2012.   Visit Deloa's Site

Janice Kagenski began sewing at the age of 10, but fell in love with quilting in 1982 after seeing all the beautiful quilts at the New York State Fair. With a degree in Computer Science and a job in the Computer Aided Design and Drafting industry, she knew that longarm quilting would be in her future. She purchased a Gammill longarm machine in 2007 and computerized it with an Intelliquilter in 2011. Computerized quilting gives her the precision that she desires. She loves to help others with their quilting endeavors. Janice resides in southern New Hampshire and belongs to several quilt guilds

Faculty: Cindy Lohbeck for Black Magic - Discharge DyeingCindy Lohbeck has worked in textiles and fabric dyeing for over 30 years and is truly a dyehard at heart! She started "Hands On Hand Dyes" in 2007 to share her love of textile arts through an extensive line of fabric dyeing kits. Believing in the right tools for the job, her helpful kits and classes are full of tools, tips and tricks which have helped thousands of quilters and crafters share in the empowering experience of dyeing their own fabric. Humor, productivity and organization are key components to her fabric dyeing workshops making them a favorites at quilt shows, fabric shops, retreats, and guild events across the nation.

Kathy McNeil – Kathy McNeil is an internationally award winning quilt artist, judge, teacher and designer. Sewing thousands of little scraps of fabric together by hand, she creates quilts that look like paintings. Her pictorial quilts are frequently featured in museums, magazines, calendars and international shows. Many of her quilts are in private collections. You can find out more about Kathy’s art quilts at -

Click here to watch a short video to learn more about Kathy's classes 

Connie Sherrill - I am the owner of Dogwood Quilting in Ava, MO. I made my first quilt in 2002 and boy was it an experience. My old sewing machine, a book, and fabric is where by quilting life started. After learning how to quilt on a domestic machine with Westalee Templates I have enjoyed sharing information with several guilds in our area. This will be my first experience teaching a class of this type and I will enjoy sharing this information with those interested in quilting on a domestic machine but believe they are free motion challenged. 

Wingo Diane Vertical facultyDiane Wingo comes from several generations of quilters but didn't start quilting herself until 1994. After purchasing a longarm in 2012, longarm quilting began as a hobby and then rather quickly became not only a job but a true passion. As a self-taught quilter, Diane specializes in custom freehand quilting and enjoys creating quilts for customers. She especially enjoys memory quilts which allows her to incorporate stories with her quilting, using names, dates, and motifs. Diane has to her credit numerous awards for her quilts and quilting. This will be Diane's teaching debut at MQX! Visit her blog. 

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