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Staunton Quilt Shop Fundraising for Fabric Protectant

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A mother and daughter duo are hoping to raise enough money for a product that protects the quilts they love to make.

Kay Shirey, a quilter for more than 20 years, learned from her mom Rachel and together they run Rachel's Quilt Patch in Staunton. Shirey says one quilt can take months to stitch. “Most of them are a labor of love,” she said.

But when it comes to protecting quilts, tradition stops and innovation begins.

Rachel’s Quilt Patch is hoping to use MicroSealQ, a product that sinks into the fibers of the cloth and defends against fading and staining without compromising the texture.

Shirey says it’s been used in other industries for 30 years, but it's the latest advance in quilting since the rotary cutter. But it comes at a cost of $12,000. “The equipment, the first lot of solution, and then meeting city code requirements,” Shirey said.

So Shirey and her mother are using crowdsourcing to raise the money, via Indiegogo. “We were excited about getting that community buy-in - literally a buy-in,” she said.

“When it's a business that you trust and a business in your local economy, you, as a common person, are fueling your local economy,” Shirey said.

Rachel's Quilt Patch expects to have MicroSealQ in September.

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