Artisan Quilts To Be Shown In Manchester

Nana’s handmade coverlet draped over the rocking chair may be lovely, but it’s nothing like the expressive artistry on display at the 14th Annual MQX Quilt Festival New England when the show returns to Manchester this month.

The intricately designed masterpieces are created on longarm domestic frame quilting machines, and 300 of these quilts are entered in competition for $27,500 in prize money.

“It’s like going to a museum as they truly are works of art,” says Hampton’s Janet-Lee Santeusanio, who founded the festival with business partner Mary Schilke. “Our quilters are passionate and put countless hours and thousands of dollars into each piece. The results are astonishing.”

Held at the Center of New Hampshire at the Radisson from April 6-9, 130 classes for 900 pre-registrants begin on the first day and the show opens to the public on Thursday, April 7, through Saturday, April 9.

The festival, along with twin sisters MQX Midwest and West, appeals to a broad range of sewing and quilting enthusiasts and is the recognized industry leader. As many as 4,500 attendees from all over the world are expected again this year and they can visit the 65 vendors offering the latest in everything from fabrics and threads to notions, embellishments like Swarovski crystals, gadgets, kits, templates and quilting machines.

The $12 admission (kids under 12 free) is good for all three days, and a best bet is to add the guided Winning Quilts Walking Tour ($10 for 60 to 90 minutes).

The best tip? Wear comfortable shoes, bring bottled water, have fun and stitch together a spectacular experience. For more information, visit