MQX Quilt Festival Midwest 2017

MQX Quilt Festival - Springfield Quilt Show

MQX Quilt Festival – Midwest
Springfield, Illinois

September 27 to 30, 2017
Crowne Plaza Hotel & Convention Center
Springfield, IL

Public Quilt Show Hours
Wednesday, September 27 – 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm (Preview)
Thursday, September 28 – 10 am to 6 pm
Friday, September 29 – 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday, September 30 – 10 am to 5 pm

$10 per day admission, $15 multi-day
Free on-site parking


About MQX Quilt Festival 2017

MQX Quilt Festivals (Machine Quilters Exposition, LLC) is an annual quilt show and conference founded by machine quilters, Janet-Lee Santeusanio and Mary Schilke.

MQX Quilt Festival welcomes anyone who enjoys quilt artistry and creativity to take classes and to participate in classes and events. If you are a machine quilter and have a piecing friend……. bring them with you. MQX is more than just a machine quilting show; there are many types of classes to take like piecing, design, art, business and robotic quilting to name a few.

Frequently Asked Questions For MQX Quilt Festival

1. Which class should I take if I only use a home sewing machine to quilt ?  I like to tell my students that it doesn’t matter whether you move the fabric under the needle (sit down) or move the needle over the fabric (frame quilting) many of the lecture /demo classes are on techniques and will, for the most part, apply to you except for some of the product specific ones.

2.  I’m a beginner but I want to take a class that is at an intermediate level?   If it is a lecture/demo type class, go for it.  If it is hands-on you might want to think it over since it would be easy to fall behind and get frustrated.  Should you want to give it a try, keep in mind that you will retain what you feel you can use now and file away more advanced information for when you’re ready.  Remember, one light bulb moment makes taking the class worthwhile.  No matter what the level, enjoy the experience and camaraderie of MQX.

3.  Can I bring my husband?  Yes, we love your significant others.  We will have plenty of volunteer positions available or let them shop the vendor mall and fine tune which machine to buy. We have seen it happen time after time that the husband will get hooked on robotics, tools and gadgets and end up taking classes themselves.

4.  How many classes should I take?  Know your limits! Remember to take time to shop the vendor mall, mingle with fellow quilters and have some fun.  MQX generally has a one hour break between each class giving you plenty of time to browse the show floor or to relax with a snack. I have seen students take back to back classes and never go on the show floor. It is all up to you.

5.  Are my classes tax deductible?  If you are running a business YES!  Please check with your accountant for specific tax information regarding  deductions.

6. Which events can I attend if I do not register for classes?  Single and multi-day admission is available for purchase to the exhibit hall to see the quilts, vendors and special exhibits.  Public show days are Thursday , Friday and Saturday.  The Wednesday evening Sneak Peek Preview is for registered students.  Event tickets may be purchased by anyone without incurring a class registration fee.

7 . Does it really work out to have a roommate?  Most of the time it does.  It saves you money and most will go home with a new friend.

8.  Do I need to bring my sewing machine for the piecing classes?  NO , The domestic sewing machine classes all have machines provided for use in the classroom. Extra needles and basic sewing supplies, plus the supply list items for your specific class(es), are all that you need to bring.

9. I only know some of the classes I want to take, should I sign up or wait till I know which other ones I want?  Sign up for the ones you know you want now; this secures your seat in the class.  You may add on additional classes and events anytime thereafter.  Students with access to a computer (a laptop or hotel business center) may opt to sign up for classes up to 24 hours in advance of the class.  Your name will be on the class roster and you can go straight to class without stopping at Student Services.

When in doubt, call me!  I can be reached toll free at 866-675-7247 between the hours of 9 am to 9 pm.  MQX offices are located in the Eastern Time Zone

Travel into Springfield

Air Travel
– There are a few options to air travel. Students/attendees may fly into Springfield with connections typically made through Chicago or St. Louis.


MQX Quilt Show History

What began as a get-together for longarm quilters in New England, rapidly morphed into the largest convention of this type in the United States. Well-known for its friendliness, attention to detail, top educators, and dedication to their students, vendors and faculty, certainly had humble beginnings.

After seeing several women invest in large quilting machines, then sell them due to the solitary nature of a home based business, a get-together idea was born. On April 15, 2000, Janet-Lee organized a group of quilters to hang out, eat, chat, eat some more and share their machine quilting experiences in her home. Forty women showed up and it is there that Mary and Janet-Lee met. It was a fortuitous meeting as they have been best friends and business partners since that day.

Living and working over 150 miles apart from one another didn’t stop these two as they have created the largest and most anticipated machine quilting conventions in the United States.


For more information, please visit the MQX Quilt Show website