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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
What a busy day at Quilt N Go! Not only did we have quite a few registrations for April retreat, but Teresa taught a great class today for a very useful caddy. The caddy is sturdy and has lots of pockets to hold all your sewing gear.
The laughter and chatter made for an exciting day! The sample of the Catch All Caddy is on the table and is green/orange. These patterns have been a huge hit and will be replenished in the shop soon. Next Saturday, the ladies will return to complete their caddies, so watch for pictures.
There are lots of classes at QNG, so keep watching the newsletter for details of upcoming dates.
Speaking of retreat, this spring's retreat is April 20-23 at the Farmstead Inn in Shipshewana, IN. This will be my very first retreat with Ruth and I am getting very excited! I have my friend from Columbus coming and am looking forward to a few days of uninterrupted sewing. My projects are all planned and next is to get all the cutting and prep work done so I can maximize my machine time. If you haven't been to a retreat with Ruth, you should definitely plan on attending...just listening to the ladies registering, this is an event you don't want to miss!
How are the UFOs coming? Anyone getting ready to show us what you are finishing? Bring & Brag is next Saturday at 1:00 at QNG! I'm still working on mine and right now it's doubtful I'll have mine ready for this round, but next month...I'm in!
Hello quilters! The kiddos go back to school tomorrow and things will start to get back to normal around here. One thing I've been doing for the last few years is starting a list of all the projects...quilts, sewing, gifts needed for upcoming new babies, new things for my sewing/quilting studio...that I would like to accomplish for the upcoming year. This list is ongoing as new things are added, but what a sense of accomplishment as items are checked off! I don't ever finish all the things on my list, but by the end of the year, I can see how much I've done. How do you keep track of your projects? Do you gather all the supplies, put a pretty red bag in a tote, and months later find it? Think about how you would like to keep organized and on track. I just use a three-ring binder with notebook paper. My notebook holds ideas, sketches, and even whole quilt layouts and patterns. You may have a much better way, so share your ideas with us!
Besides getting organized for the year, do you have any UFOs wanting to be completed and admired? Maybe it's a kit you bought and started, a quilt top waiting to be quilted and bound, blocks ready to be assembled into a new quilt top. I would like to challenge you to start completing those UFOs and then bring them for Bring N Brag at Quilt N Go on January 21 from 1-2. I have a quilt top to put some finishing touches on and get it quilted! Watch for it on the 21st!