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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!

 



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!



 

 

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