Georgia’s Quilt and a New Wool Mat

I had a free weekend with no real commitments besides errands.  It’s been so long since I had a free weekend.  I was so happy!!  I decided I would have a couple hours so I was going to start working on the letters for Georgia’s baby quilt.  I started in on the letter “A” and within a short time was frustrated.

Here is my sewing set up…I am doing this quilt on the 15-91 Singer.  I have my awesome lamp.  I have everything handy….or so I thought.  I ended up frustrated.  Making the letters is tedious…I like doing it but sewing them was taking so many up and downs.  Sew a couple seams, hop up, turn around and iron.  AHHH!  I was never going to make any progress!

That’s when I remembered that Winnie at Nido Goods had asked me if I was interested in testing out her new wool ironing mats.  This day was a PERFECT day to give it a try.  I just needed to reconfigure my sewing room a bit.

Here’s what I came up with….
See the little wooden TV tray I have by my sewing machine??  PERFECT for my new Nido Wool Mat.

This one is the 13.5″ x 13.5″ mat.  I have to say I have used other wool mats and liked them.  I wasn’t sure I needed one this size.  Typically I chain piece a bizillion pieces and then iron for hours so I don’t always need this.  For these letters…or for block of the month type projects I am sold on having the mat close and right by my side.

So about the mat….it’s from a new company that is just starting.  The owner is Winnie and she’s been super sweet to work with.  She contacted me about the mat right about the time Kramer passed away.  I said I would review it and then the chaos hit here.  I asked her to be patient with me and she was wonderful–  Seriously wonderful and understanding.

Winnie is a beginning quilter and like many of us quilting at our dining room table.  She was so tired of having to have an ironing board set up and jumping up and down to iron a unit.  Thus came the idea to jump right into sewing and have wool mats manufactured.  Oh my…what a brave gal to jump right into business!!

I am very impressed with the mat.  It is MUCH more pleasant smelling than my original wool mats.  Those smell like wet sheep…seriously.  This one has a faint smell…if you’ve worked with the mats, you know what I mean.

I was skeptical when I got the mat…but the things I’m pressing come up so much nicer….and this size perfect.  I have a different mat from a different company that is 17″ x 24″.  I like that, but for where I am working it’s big, to big.  This one is so handy.  It’s an easy grab and go size.

So how do I rate it?

I’d give it an A+!!

Here’s a little more of the nitty gritty about the mat:

  • NO SLIP GRIP! – Our wool mats are made from the highest quality 100% authentic New Zealand wool. The thick wool texture provides exceptional grip and stability for patchwork and makes pressing a breeze!
  • EFFECTIVE – The dense wool fibers have excellent heat retention, allowing for heat to be delivered from both sides. This makes it quick and easy to achieve those crisp, flat edges! Our mats can also be used to iron clothing! edges!
  • PROTECTION – Our ½ inch thick mat provides ultimate protection, preventing heat transfer to the surface below. Whether its your dining table or anywhere on the go, you can iron on any surface, worry-free!
  • PORTABLE – 13.5 x 13.5 inch is the perfect size to take on the go- to classes, retreats, guilds and more! It’s compact and will fit on any workspace. Plus, its portable enough to tuck away out of sight once you are finished your work.
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY – Love it or we’ll take it back, no questions asked! We care about our customers and want to make sure you are satisfied with our product.

Did you read that last bullet point?  “Love it or we’ll take it back, no questions asked“.  WOW.  That’s impressive.  Seriously, what business does that anymore?  From the time I’ve worked with Winnie, she’s been so kind, I definitely believe she would take it back just as she says.

Winnie was also so sweet and extended out a coupon code in case any of you are interested in purchasing one.  First off, head over to Amazon:

Put the mat in your cart
-Once you go to checkout there will be a box to put in a promotion code or coupon.
-When you are there plug in this coupon code:  JOS15OFF

It is for 15% off from July 15th to the end of the day on August 15th.

How cool is that?  I bet you’ll love it just as much as I do…and if you don’t, they will take it back, no questions asked.  You won’t get that deal anywhere else!!

I’m so happy I was able to get in the sewing room.  I didn’t get a lot done but I feel so much better that I’m making some progress on this quilt!  Having that little mat is making it go much faster.  Little by little it will get done.

20 thoughts on “Georgia’s Quilt and a New Wool Mat”

  1. Donna Pheneger

    I’ve never tried a wool mat before but I have heard good things about them!
    And how neat she has a business and is a beginning quilter – hurray for her!
    And your quilt for Georgia looks like it will be really cute – love that purple.
    Love and prayers

  2. Jo, I would like to offer one word of caution if you are a “Steamer” as I am. After using my mat for a continuous time I found that the steam goes through the mat and gets the surface under it very damp. On a kitchen counter top this was not a problem but it could be on other surfaces such as your wood table. I love my wool mats except for the smell. I may have to try this brand.

  3. This is a timely post. I keep trying to rig up my item ironing mat. Needless to say, it hasn’t worked. Getting this may may just be the last thing I buy myself before I start my spending freeze. Also, could you recap your vintage machines or link to that post? I’m not having luck finding that post where you did a roundup. I’m curious as to what you had said about each machine…

  4. Just ordered thru your link. Thx for the discount code. That is an excellent price! I never press with steam either.

  5. Colleen Pflieger

    I bought one in Florida this spring for my souvenir ! I love it and I just pull the ironing board up to me and my machine and stitch and iron..

  6. Jo,
    Please be careful to turn your body when moving to iron. Twisting from machine to ironing surface is hard on one’s back. I was making a log cabin once. After that experience I have always sat at my sewing machine in a swivel chair AND turned, not twisted to perform other tasks. I actually have my ironing board set up so that I have to get up, move around, and stand more often.

  7. I have been looking at these mats for a while. This one is very reasonably priced. Just went to Amazon and ordered one- thank you for the discount code.

    1. NO…no pattern. I am just making it free form and fun. I really enjoy creating like this. I have done others that are similar. I did a quilt along here a few years ago that showed some of the techniques.

  8. Thank you for the reward and the discount code :-) This looks like a great find. I have a larger mat on my ironing board that I love using. This one is a handy size for by my machine or travel.

  9. I got my mat yesterday and enjoyed using it all day sewing triangles onto my strippy blocks for my Emerald City. I really like it and blogged about it with a link to yours :-) Thank you for all the tips and reviews you share.

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