KPQG Workshop & Meeting: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | Workshop Teacher & Meeting Program Speaker & Vendor: Sarah Burton from Sarah’s Machine Quilting, Sales & Service | Members’ Show ‘n’ Tell

Both KPQG Workshop & Meeting Location:  Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU), 1916 East Markland Avenue, Kokomo, IN  46901.

Sarah Burton - Pin Cushion

WORKSHOP:  Nellie’s Pin Cushion; Sarah Burton teaches English Paper Piecing (EPP)

  • Workshop Schedule: 1:30 – 4:30
  • Cost (Kit is included): Members: $25.00 each; Non-members: $30.00 each. Please bring your own thimble.
  • To register and if you have questions, you may call or email KPQG President Linda Wright at:  765.271.1500 or


  • Meeting Hours: 7:00 – 9:00 pm; doors open at 6:30 pm
  • Program:  BJ Designs Trunk Show (see examples below) presented by Sarah Burton who will also sell merchandise.
  • KPQG Members’ Show ‘n’ Tell

Sarah Burton - Cardinal Wall Hanging

Sarah Burton - Elephant Wall Hanging

More about Sarah Burton. She writes…

My mother and I made simple quilts for my older sister’s child, about 1960’s. I made many of my own clothes and majored in Home Economics in High school. Fast forward to 1980: I had a Porcelain Doll shop in Middletown, IN. That combined sewing and porcelain/ceramics.

I loved quilts but did not see a way to pay for my habit until I saw a billboard for a longarm quilting machine. I closed the doll shop and bought my first longarm in 1998.

Some of my customers bought an inexpensive frame for machine quilting with their home machines. My husband and I knew there were better frames and systems available and we became dealers for Hinterberg Design. At this time, my shop was in a mobile home next to our home and was getting crowded. In 2007 we built the pole barn on our property and became dealers for Nolting Manufacturing. Both of these companies were proud of being “Made in the USA”, that pleased us.

My husband Tom is a very important part of this business. He retired from General Motors as a Millwright about the same time I bought my first longarm machine. He services the machines we sell and helps me load customers’ quilts. He is quick to explain he is the CEI and CEO – he Carries Everything In and Carries Everything Out!

We started taking our machines and accessories to quilt shows in Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio to get our name known, originally we thought maybe for five years. It was 12 years later when we learned we thought wrong.

We looked for unique items that would interest quilters. We now stock about 50 bolts of wide back fabrics and six rolls of batting. I am hooked on English Paper Piecing and carry supplies for that form of piecing.

We have three children, eight grandchildren, and nearly three great grandsons ( one is due in August). We are doing less shows now and hope to have more time to enjoy our place in the country.

Sarah schedules eight quilts a month to quilt for customers and usually finishes them that month. Their “Sarah’s Machine Quilting, Sales & Service” shop is open weekdays in the morning, 10:00 – 12:00 and in the afternoon, 1:00 – 5:00, except when there are doctor appointments, quilt shows or service calls for the machines they sell. It is recommended you call first. The shop is located near Anderson in Mechanicsburg, IN, and has a Middletown address of 5308 N. Mechanicsburg Road, 47356. You may call Sarah at 765.779.4400, a landline; no texts, please.


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