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Sharing the Love of Quilting

clock July 27, 2017 06:54 by author Melinda

 This summer, I have had the pleasure of working with two beautiful young ladies and helping them begin their quilting journey.

 

           

Emily is a ten-year-old who wanted to learn to quilt to carry on her Nannie's love of quilting.  Emily was visiting while I was in Missouri with my friend, Bonnie.  Bonnie told Emily to choose eight fabrics from her Nannie's stash to begin her quilt.  The pattern Bonnie chose was from Missouri Star Quilt Company called Big Star.  The blocks finish at 25", so the project goes quickly.  Emily's quilt finished at 50"x 50".  Emily worked all day on a Friday and part of the next day to complete her top.  For her backing, she choose a royal blue minky and sent it all home with me to quilt.  I was able to get it quilted and bound so it would be waiting for her at home when she returned from vacation.  The joy in her voice when she called to tell me how much she loved her new quilt was heartwarming!

Dylan is also a ten-year-old and has been taking sewing lessons with me since January.  She received a new Brother embroidery machine for Christmas and was excited to learn.  She has made lots of very fun projects and this summer we decided to begin her first quilt.  Dylan also chose the Big Star after seeing pictures of Emily's quilt!  Dyan and her mom went shopping together to choose her fabrics. and step one was cutting all the squares for her quilt.  The first day we assembled one of the stars so she could have something to show her dad and other family members.  Dylan comes to sew for just two hours at a time and so her quilt is a work in progress. 

Do you know a little girl (or boy) who would like to learn to sew?  It doesn't have to be your child or grandchild.  Maybe a neighbor child who would love to spend some one on one time with you.  When I was a little girl, I had an older neighbor who taught me how to knit and crochet.  It was always so exciting to sit at the picnic table with her while she taught me how to do what she did.  I never really made things quite as nice as hers, but I will always remember her sweet, patient teaching and the cookies and lemonade she gave me after we had worked for awhile. 

So many of the schools have done away with home economics, so our little ones are not being taught the craft we all love so much.  Maybe you can find someone to share your time and talents with.  It really doesn't take much time and you will be making a positive impact on a life!

Share the love!



Quilting on the Go!

clock June 30, 2017 08:17 by author Melinda

With all the summertime activities and lacrosse tournaments, I find myself packing my sewing machine and current project as fast as I do my toothbrush! Hours in hotels means hours of sewing for me!  One of my favorite "tools" to use both at home and on the road is my little Steamfast iron.  This little gem heats up quickly and gets as hot as a full size iron to press out those stubborn wrinkles as well as pressing seams to keep my quilt project looking extra sharp.

 

 

My little iron is also a must have for quilt retreats!  A small table next to your sewing machine to iron is so convenient and a cinch to pack!  The Steamfast iron comes with a little cup to add water if you like steam.  It also has a carry bag which helps keep it clean and scratch free while not in use. 

Over the years, I have purchased quite a few irons.  Mostly, I had water in the receptacle and used steam when pressing or ironing.  One thing I found was that after the water had been used over and over, my irons would stop steaming all together or worse yet, spit out the sediment that had built up inside.  This, of course, makes a huge mess on your fabric.  I tried all kinds of water...tap, bottled, distilled, spring, etc. and never had a lot of success with keeping my iron in top notch condition.  My last few irons have not had any water in them at all and they are still working perfect!  There are quite a few pressing sprays around, but one of my favorites is Mary Ellen's Best Press.  It comes in a variety of scents and leaves your fabric with a lightweight starch feel which sure makes your finished quilting project look stunning! 

Quilt N Go has a selection of the small travel irons and lots of Best Press...so stop in soon and prepare to take your quilting on the road!



Maybe we should get a tattoo?

clock June 23, 2017 07:58 by author Melinda

On this last Mother's Day, the boys were gone to lacrosse tournaments so my daughter wanted to do something fun.  I thought she was thinking about going out to eat or maybe even shopping.  Her suggestion?  Matching tattoos!  Well, that is NEVER happening!  But I will tell you, all my sewing machines and even my quilter have some amazing "tattoos!"

  

    

 

These tattoos are stick-on and can be removed easily if you want to change them.  I had actually stumbled across these when reading through some information about longarm quilting.  The photos of the machine had all these cool decorations and someone asked about them.  Who knew you could find such fun stuff to deck out your machines! 

Ruth has a few different sets in the shop, so stop in and see how pretty you can make your space! 

Happy quilting! 



There's Always a Silver Lining

clock June 15, 2017 09:36 by author Melinda

Some of you know me and some of you really know me!  This year brought some major changes to my husband's work responsibilities which require him to be gone for a week or more at a time.  Now this is not normally a big problem because it means I don't have to cook meals and can spend a lot more time quilting!  However...the last two times I have been flying solo with the kids have been quite eventful.   

 

 

I know as you look at this picture you might be wondering why I would have ever taken one of the silverware holders out of my dishwasher to put sewing supplies in it.  Well, as I was home one day quilting along in my studio, I started to smell something.  It smelled like something bad burning.  My first thought was that my quilter was burning up!  YIKES!  But no, I sniffed around and the smell was not coming from the quilter.  I walked around the studio thinking someone was burning some nasty stuff outside.  Just to be sure, I went upstairs and saw that there was a cloud of smoke.  This was not a good sign!  When I got to the kitchen, I saw what was smoking and let me tell you, the smell was enough to choke on.  The dishwasher door had an electrical fire going and smoke was billowing out of it!  The door itself was so hot to the touch it took me a few tries to open it to make sure it wasn't flaming on the inside.  (Probably not the wisest thing to do!)  I had to call the fire department, mostly to help me get this thing out of my house.  They assured me the fire was extinguished, but couldn't figure out how to get it out.  After a few phone calls, the dishwasher was removed and taken to the garage. 

While I was at my friend Bonnie's house in Missouri recently, I noticed she had a silverware holder from a dishwasher holding her sewing supplies!  I immediately texted my kiddo and had him grab up the ones from the garage and put them in my studio! 

So far, I have one attached to my ironing board with zip ties to hold my scissors, ripper, tape measure, and of course, Best Press.  The larger section I am going to attach with cup hooks to my travel ironing table!  I'll still have another small section left, but I'm sure I'll find a good place for it!

Now if I could only find a use for the tree that fell on the garage this week...

Stay safe and keep sewing!



Fun Summertime Projects

clock June 10, 2017 09:58 by author Melinda

Summer is just around the corner and the kids will soon be clamoring for something new to do.  Quilt N Go has a few projects scheduled that would be perfect for a new sewer!  How fun to bring your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or special neighbor for an afternoon learning something new.  No kids around?  Bring a friend! 

One of our classes is a self-binding receiving blanket.  With only two flannel fabrics and straight seams, this is a quick, easy project...and perfect for any skill level!  This one was made in less than two hours and will be gifted to one of my daughter's teachers expecting her first baby!  The animal print is a brand new selection at QNG and can be matched with quite a few other flannels in our flannel department. 

Another fun and easy project coming up is making a pillowcase with no raw edges on the inside!  Choose 3 favorite fabrics and you will have a one-of-a kind pillowcase.  My family loves a new pillowcase to take to camp or vacations.  Every year, Jordan gets a new pillowcase for band camp with a music theme and she loves them! This year, both kiddos will be going to band camp, so this mom needs to get busy and get her assignment done! 

Kits for both projects are also available, but to me, the fun is choosing fabrics!  Quilt N Go has quite a few novelty prints to choose from as well as other awesome fabric choices.  Call the shop to register for one or two classes.  If the times are not convenient, let us know when you would like a class and I'm sure we can accommodate you.

Stay cool as the temps rise and stitch on!



Add a Little Quilty Love to Your Home

clock May 26, 2017 10:24 by author Melinda

One of the things I love to make and display on my tabletop quilt stand, is a 12" block.  These little "quilts" go together fast and can be quilted on your home sewing machine.  Binding is a breeze because you can either machine bind or hand bind the 48" in a snap!  To find inspiration for a block to try, Quilt N Go has the Block Tool which has 105 blocks to choose from.

    

Trying a new block is always fun and this handy tool is easy to use.  Choose a few scraps or a couple of new fat quarters and you are on your way.  I have a little tabletop quilt stand which I purchased from QNG and have made a few 12" quilt blocks which I then quilted and finished with binding and a hanging sleeve.  These are quick little projects which is about all I have time for right now and put a smile on my face as I see them welcoming guests to my home.  Here's one I made using the Block Tool with fat quarters from the shop.  The block is called Dutch Rose and the fabrics are from our 30s department. 

 

Stay tuned for more fun ideas to add some quilty love to your home!  Enjoy the warm weather and sunshine, but wish for rain days when you can stay inside and quilt!

 



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!

 



 

 

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