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Block of the Month Fun!

clock May 11, 2017 11:11 by author Melinda

Every year, all the employees at Quilt N Go choose a Block of the Month to feature.  This year, Joyce chose to make 12 Mug Rugs and her group is having a blast! This month, Joyce asked all the participants to make a Mug Rug to swap.  Looks like they enjoyed the swap, doesn't it?  I know Joyce has some other fun activities planned for her group.

 

 

If you haven't signed up for one of the BOMs, here's what we are doing...Ruth is making a wallhanging with 4" blocks, half of which are pieced and half appliqued.  Teresa is making the quilt "Be My Neighbor" and her group is also making up stories about their quilt neighborhoods!  Linda is  making a quilt called "Nancy's Fancy" and has a beautiful color combination of blues and browns.  I am making a quilt called "A Tisket, A Tasket" featuring 30s prints.  There is definitely something for everyone this year! 

If you haven't been in the shop lately, you need to come over!  We have gotten in quite a few new fabrics and patterns which will inspire you to create.

And...don't forget to sign up for the August retreat! 

Happy Quilting!

 



Search for the Stars Shop Hop is coming soon!

clock April 24, 2017 13:24 by author Melinda

April 27 - May 6, 2017 are the dates for the Search for the Stars Shop Hop. There are 12 shops around Michigan participating, but not so far away that it would impossible to collect all 12 patterns!  Each shop has their own star and you can get the pattern for free...provided you have the Passport which is available at Quilt N Go for just $5! 

The shops will also have kits available for purchase for only $3 and each shop will also show the way they finished a project using the 12 star blocks.

Quilt N Go made a wallhanging by adding sashing and a border.  Gold stars were also used to give a little added interest. 

Stop by this week to get your passport and collect your pattern and kit from Quilt N Go!  And then be sure to show us what you have made with your stars. 

Happy quilting!

 



A Cute Rag Quilt

clock April 1, 2017 13:38 by author Melinda

Last Saturday, one of our customers (Mary Bissell) stopped in and showed me this awesome rag quilt she was making for her granddaughter.  I've done rag quilts and seen lots of them, but this was the first time seeing one this adorable!  Mary told me her horse was made from a Simplicity pattern which evidently are sometimes a challenge to find since they sell so quickly.

 

 

I was so excited to see this "new" way of doing a rag quilt, so I called my friend right away and told her all about it!  She started laughing and said she had made quite a few of these and had lots of the patterns!  Wouldn't this be such a cute gift for a new baby?  Thanks, Mary, for showing me something I had never seen before.

Do you have a project that you would like to share with us?  Bring & Brag is coming up on 4/15 at 1:30!  Come show us what you have been working on and share your inspiration.

Until next time...quilt on!



Bargello Class at QNG

clock March 17, 2017 03:57 by author Melinda

On March 15th, we hosted the Bargello class and it was a big hit!  This simple pattern showed the basic construction of a Bargello quilt and how even though they look very complicated, they are actually quite simple!   

Since this little quilt had all the blocks the same size, it was quick and easy to construct.  Making a more "complicated" Bargello requires making different size cuts to yield the different size blocks which make these quilts so stunning.  One of the most important tips the class taught was to label everything as you go to keep things in order.  When labeling stacks of squares or rows in a quilt, I use notes and plastic bags, notes pinned right to the row or block, and numbered pins.  Using a design wall or a large open floor space to lay your pieces out is also an easy way to get a visual of what your top will look like.  Seeing the entire top even before it's all stitched helps see blocks that are turned in the wrong direction, or color pooling, or anything else you'd like to change before putting the top together.  Another useful tool for seeing easily fixed issues is to snap a picture with your phone.  For some reason, seeing a picture allows you to quickly and easily spot issues you may miss.  Changing the color tone to black and white on the photo will show you the color values of dark, medium, and light and where your top may have a large section of dark or light colors together. 

If you would like to learn to make a simple Bargello, just call the shop and we will schedule another class!  Don't forget to watch the newsletter for upcoming classes and events!  There's always something fun going on at Quilt 'N Go!

Happy quilting!



Upcoming Events

clock February 21, 2017 16:12 by author Melinda

If you haven't stopped by Quilt N Go in awhile, you might have missed all the exciting events planned!  First, the annual Fat Quarter sale is next Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 10-5.  This will be an awesome sale, so you are going to want to stock up on all those fat quarters! 

 

 

All of us at Quilt N Go have selected a Block of the Month quilt (wallhanging and mug rugs, too) to begin March 6th.  The block shown is one from Ruth's Circle of Friends. Her blocks finish at 4-1/2" and have both piecing and hand applique.  Joyce's BOM is actually a monthly mug rug club!  Teresa is having fun with her Be My Neighbor quilt.  Linda's quilt, Nancy's Fancy, is a beauty with tans and blues.  My quilt is called A Tisket, A Tasket and is made using a wide variety of 30s prints.  If you haven't signed up for one of these amazing offerings, we would love to have you! 

Also next week on Wednesday, March 1, I will be teaching a class which will give you a chance to learn an easy bargello pattern.  Although the fabrics I used are perfect for a baby or child, changing up the fabrics a little would make this a perfect lap-size quilt.  Call or stop in to sign up.  There are a couple of spots left for this class.  My finished quilt is on display in the shop, so stop by and take a look! 

Lots to do and lots to see at Quilt N Go!  Stop in soon!

Happy quilting!

 

 



Saturday's Inspiring Bring & Brag

clock February 12, 2017 05:47 by author Melinda

Yesterday afternoon was our monthly Bring & Brag at Quilt N Go.  We had four ladies bring some very amazing projects to show! 

First up, we were shown some additional projects which could be done with the Farm Girl Vintage blocks...

 

 

I am such a pincushion fanatic, I can't wait to make one of these!  How about a pillow to go with your FGV quilt?  I really need to get my book out and get some of these blocks made...thanks for the inspiration!

Next up, we had a new customer show us a snap bag she made, with some very cool modifications from the pattern she used... 

 

The pattern was made better by adding some cute pull tabs to open the bag and quite a few extra pockets!  This little bag is perfect to move from purse to purse with all your essentials...cell phone, driver's license, cash, keys, etc.  And...how about that wrist strap to keep it close to you while shopping and yet keeping your hands free!  Way to go!

The next project was a quilt made with scraps of fabrics and then put all together into this beauty...

 

And last but not least, we were treated to seeing a quilt from one of our Block of the Month offerings for last year...

This quilt is called Storytellers and is absolutely gorgeous!  I would love to see this quilted and bound...maybe we can see it again! 

The best part of Bring & Brag is to see how other quilters have used their talents to create beautiful projects!  Watch the newsletter each week on Saturdays to find out when the next Bring & Brag is scheduled.  We would love to see what you've been working on!

Happy sewing!



A Challenging Project

clock January 17, 2017 07:00 by author Melinda

A couple of months ago, a friend of mine stopped into Quilt N Go and asked me to duplicate a "chalk bag" she had purchased.  A chalk bag is used for rock climbers to hold the chalk.  I wonder if it's like driveway art?  Hmmm...Anyway, she said I could take the bag apart and use it as a pattern.  This is not something that usually turns out well for me, so I was reluctant to even begin this project.  Not to mention, Ruth gave me a look like I had lost my mind! 

 

Not wanting to tear apart the black bag, I did a search online for "chalk bag" and found an excellent tutorial with a bag similar to the one my friend had given me as the sample.  She had also wanted her new bags made from a burlap coffee bag. The black bag had a metal ring of some sort around the top of the bag to give it stability and help keep its round shape.  I had no idea where to find such a thing, but the tutorial suggested a zip tie.  I was able to find heavy duty zip ties and they worked perfectly!  I used fleece on the inside of the bag and my top cinched closed just like the sample!  The bags turned out pretty awesome, if I do say so myself.

My friend came today to pick up the four new chalk bags and was thrilled with them.  She is so excited that she can't wait to give them to her son who is going to share them with his rock climbing friends.  (I still think driveway art is much safer!)  Although this project was intimidating and had me nervous about doing it, it turned out to be fun and pretty easy! 

How are your UFOs coming?  While looking for the quilt top I want to finish, I found another UFO!  Shocking, I know.  But this means that I will have a completed UFO to share on Saturday at QNG's Bring & Brag at 2:00!  Hope to see you there.

Keep quilting and stay warm!

 

 

 

 

 

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