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A New Year Challenge

clock January 8, 2017 12:23 by author Melinda

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!



A Quick Gift

clock December 20, 2016 05:21 by author Ruth

Today, I want to share a quick gift idea.  This cute little wreath can be made in about 90 minutes and makes a beautiful gift... 

 

Supplies:

1 yard cotton fabric

6", 7", or 8" wooden embroidery hoop (one hoop makes two wreaths)

4" piece of chenille pipe cleaner

hot glue gun

Directions:

1.  Cut (3) 9" x WOF  strips (you need 2-1/2 strips to make the wreath)

2.  Cut (1) 4" x 31" strip for the bow.

3.  Sew the 9" sections together, placing the shorter strip between the two longer strips.  I use a flat fell seam, but a seam pressed open will work fine.

4.  Narrow hem around all four sides.

5.  Press the long strip wrong sides together, aligning the hemmed edges. 

6.  To make the casing, stitch 3/4" from fold and again 1" from the first row of stitching.

7.  Using one part of the wooden embroidery hoop (either open the outer section by removing the screw or cut the inner section), slide the casing onto the hoop.  Replace the screw or securely tape the cut hoop.  Distribute the wreath fabric evenly around the hoop, making sure the small ruffle is toward the center of the hoop. 

8.  To make the bow, fold fabric right sides together and stitch the short ends and long end, leaving a small opening toward the center for turning.  You can stitch the short ends on an angle to give the diagonal look to the bow.  Trim the corners, turn, and press.  Tie into a bow.

9.  Hot glue the bow to the wreath at the center bottom.  I like gluing the bow to the wreath where the edges meet.

10.  Make a loop from the pipe cleaner and twist to secure.  Hot glue the loop to the back of the wreath at the center top.  Add another small amount of hot glue over the twisted point to keep the wire from scratching your wall.

For a written copy of the pattern with additional pictures and to see the finished wreath, stop in to Quilt N Go on Friday.  Happy sewing!

 

 

 

 

 

 



Don't feel the burn!

clock December 15, 2016 04:19 by author Ruth

How many of you have had to blow on hot fingers or wave your hands madly to cool the burn when ironing?  Maybe it's just me, but when I'm pressing narrow hems or many quilt pieces at a time, my ironing board gets so hot it's hard to keep going.  Well!  I have found the perfect solution to keep the production going... 

 

These finger guards are heat resistant to 400 degrees and protect any size finger.  You may want to stop in to Quilt N Go soon to pick up your very own.   On Monday, I will be sharing a quick gift idea and these little goodies are going to come in handy!

What's under your needle today?  Happy stitching!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



A Little Bit of Heaven

clock December 12, 2016 03:51 by author Ruth

Last week, I had three quilts to bind.  The total length was about a million miles.  Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration, but it felt like it!  My hands were getting tired after the first side of the first quilt, but I remembered a little box of Thread Heaven I had purchased in October. 

The packaging claimed to make the thread glide easier, reduce hand fatigue and fraying/tangling of the thread.  What a better time to try this little box of magic. 

Thread Heaven is thread conditioner and protectant which makes the thread smooth and slick, reducing thread drag.  After binding 1,012 inches, this little box of pure heaven made my job much easier! 

Stop in to Quilt N Go and pick up this awesome product!  What products have you tried that make the binding process easier? 

 



Paper Piecing Class with Joyce

clock October 29, 2016 05:12 by author Ruth

Joyce had another paper piecing class and the ladies did really well with the basics. If you were not able to get into the class, watch the newsletter for the next class.

 

  

 

 



QNG New Employee

clock October 14, 2016 10:31 by author Ruth

My name is Melinda Anstead and I am pleased to be working at Quilt ‘N Go as a sales clerk.  I started sewing as a young girl and my first formal classes were at the high school during the summer between 7th and 8th grade.  All through high school, I made my own uniforms and dresses.  My skills were put to use later making clothing for my five daughters.  My only son was treated to one-of-a-kind boxer shorts!

 

My interest in quilting started over 30 years ago and I bought a few books and saved all the free patterns I could find.  My first quilt was a patchwork of scraps I had saved from years of making clothes.  My oldest daughter, who was about 12 at the time, helped with the project and her daughter still has the quilt all these years later. 

 

When my husband and I moved to Vicksburg just over five years ago, my goal was to finally learn “real” quilting.  I took a few lessons to learn the tips and techniques I needed and before long, I had made some beautiful quilts.  I was able to purchase a longarm machine a few years ago and my love of quilting grew to a new level. You can bring your quilts to me at QNG.

 

Learning to quilt had been a dream for so long and now it is my reality.  I’ve been able to be involved in a charity project by helping to complete quilts, as well as make many quilts for my family.  I have met some wonderful quilters and friends who share my passion and I look forward to many, many years of quilting.

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Bring N Brag

clock October 8, 2016 09:15 by author Ruth

Today was our first monthly Bring N Brag. We had fun seeing the projects that were being worked on and enjoying cookies with our shoppers.

 

Mark your calendars for the 2nd Saturday each month to join us with your projects. Here is a look at some from today

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

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