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O'LIPFA Safety Shield

clock March 10, 2018 03:50 by author Melinda

Quilt N Go has the O'LIPFA Safety Shield in stock!  This shield is 22" long and perfect for your rulers 24" or longer.  The heavy acrylic protects fingers while using a rotary cutter as well as adding additional stiffness/stability to your ruler.  


The safety shield has an adhesive strip and is easy to apply to your ruler.  This shield has been a favorite of mine for years and I have them on all of my long rulers.  I have also found that the shield provides an easy way to move my ruler as I'm cutting.  In addition to protecting my fingers, the shields have protected the fingers of many of my friends!  

Stop by Quilt N Go and pick up a shield or two for your rulers!  You won't be disappointed!

New Arrival at Quilt N Go!

clock October 2, 2017 07:00 by author Melinda

There's something new and exciting at Quilt N Go!  The EverSewn Sparrow 25 sewing machine is now available.  This great, lightweight machine is perfect for carrying to classes and has many features available on the more expensive machines.The Sparrow 25 weighs just 16 pounds which makes it perfect for traveling.  With 197 built in stitches, including an alphabet and buttonhole, the machine will make completing your project a breeze.  The Sparrow has a slide speed control, automatic needle threader, an automatic knotting feature, top tension control, and a drop in bobbin case.  The standard class 15 plastic bobbins are used in this machine and are readily available at Quilt N Go.  

Although this machine has only a 6.5" throat space, it is still perfect to machine quilt your small projects with feed dogs which can be lowered for free motion or ruler quilting.  Some of the reviews suggested quilters would be unhappy with having to purchase additional feet....but Ruth has made sure our quilters are happy quilters and is including the 1/4" foot, a walking foot, and a free motion foot with your purchase!  

Although this machine may be a little overwhelming for a beginner, with a little time and instruction, this machine is sure to be a favorite in no time.  

The price is right on this wonderful machine and would make a great second machine or a perfect gift!  The Eversewn Sparrow 25 is available at Quilt N Go for you to test drive.  Stop in and try it out!  

We will even help you choose some perfect fabrics for your next project on your new machine!

Mugs Are Coming In!

clock August 10, 2017 06:20 by author Melinda

Last week, I told you about the Mug Rug Club collecting mugs filled with personal care items for the women's shelter.  Look...



Isn't this awesome!  Our Mug Rug Club ladies got the ball rolling and now the mugs are coming in!  These are just a few of the mugs filled with much needed personal care items for women at the shelter.  In addition to these cute mugs, we have also received some reusable tote bags featuring the Despicable Me Minions filled with not only items for the women, but also a few things for children: coloring books, washcloths, flashlights!

Women who find themselves and their child(ren) at the shelter are not always prepared in advance.  Many times there is no warning and even basic things are left behind.  If you would like to help by donating a filled mug, please drop your donation off at Quilt N Go by August 31.  All the mugs collected will then be taken to the shelter.  Let's brighten the day for as many women as we can!

And a very special thank you to all the ladies who have brought in mugs!  Your love and generosity is greatly appreciated.

Mug Rug Club Service Project

clock August 3, 2017 10:03 by author Melinda

Joyce's Mug Rug Club is always up to something fun!  This month, the club has decided to do a "service" project.


During the month of August, we will be collecting coffee mugs filled with personal care items.  All of the mugs will then be given to the women's shelter in Battle Creek.  For women who are in the midst of a crisis, even the smallest little gift of shampoo, face wash, or a toothbrush can make a big difference. 

Although this started out as the Mug Rug Club project, we wanted to let all of our friends know so many mugs can be collected!  Please drop your filled mug off at Quilt N Go before the end of the month and help bring a little sunshine to someone's day!


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! 



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