Twinkling Stars Quilt Tutorial

Twinkling Stars Quilt Tutorial

Twinkle, twinkle, beautiful quilt… I can’t believe how quickly you were built!

Ask a scientist, and she’ll tell you exactly what the stars are: burning-hot gases like hydrogen and helium. (Not quite as romantic as diamonds in the sky.)

But if you ask Jenny, she’ll show you how to make your own twinkling stars out of the simplest quilting ingredients: half-square triangles and 4-patches.

Isn’t it darling? Which fabrics will you use to create this adorable star?

Click on the button to pick out your supplies and watch the video!
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Quilt Snips Mini Tutorial – Beach Ball Block

Quilt Snips Mini Tutorial – Beach Ball Block

Learn to make this simple Beach Ball Block!

In this fun, fast video you can make this darling little Beach Ball Block in a jiffy using only 2.5″ Strips, 2.5″ Squares, and 1.5″ Squares. You will be amazed how quickly you will finish a quilt after snowballing a few corners. Click the button below to watch the mini tutorial as well as the full version with Jenny!

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Amy Smart’s Patchwork Forest Using 10″ Squares and Fat Quarters

Amy Smart’s Patchwork Forest Using 10″ Squares and Fat Quarters

CLICK HERE to watch the Facebook Live video that teaches this project!

A few years ago, our friend Amy Smart (Diary of a Quilter) came out with a free Patchwork Forest Wall Hanging Tutorial that people are still talking about and making in every which way they can imagine! We love it, especially the free improv method she uses for creating the tree shapes! Every tree is slightly different and that’s what makes it so fun to make and such a cute finished project! So, we’ve collaborated with Amy and are excited to be able to share these new cutting instructions so that you can make the same great Patchwork Forest blocks using precuts! We’re focusing specifically on 10″ squares and fat quarters and hope this makes you even more excited to try out this fun, improv pattern!

First, let’s start with the 10″ squares.

Supplies Needed:

  • 1 Pack Holiday Themed 10″ squares (42 squares)
  • 1/4 yard Brown/Gray fabric for tree stumps
  • Backing Fabric
  • Binding Fabric

If you think about the ultimate shape of your blocks, they are not square, but are taller than they are wide. so, if you start with 10″ squares, you will cut off a 2.5″ strip to save for border, binding, or another project. Once you’ve done that, you will cut another 2.5″ off the bottom and then divide those into 2 parts, which makes your fabric look like this.

Patchwork Forest with 10" Squares

These cutting instructions feature The Cat in the Hat Christmas Ten Squares by Dr. Seuss for Robert Kaufman. Isn’t it adorable?

At this point you will want to divide your fabrics into complementary pairs.

When you start to cut your trees, you will stack your 2 fabrics together first, then cut out your tree shape.

Patchwork Forest with 10" Squares

When you create your tree shapes, make sure to leave enough room for seams on the sides and at the top. Once you’ve cut your desired tree shape, swap the center fabrics so it looks something like this (Each pair should be cut slightly differently to achieve the improv effect).

Patchwork Forest with 10" Squares

To make the tree stump (1.25″ x 2.5″), you will want to sew it to the (2) 2.5″ x 3.75″ rectangles as shown. Here are some great fabric options for your tree stumps:

In Amy’s original tutorial, she shows that you should sew your tree to the short side of the background fabric first, then to the long side. Make sure to place your point past the edge to allow for the 1/4″ seam allowance. There will be some trimming required, but I like to wait until I’ve sewn all the blocks to make sure I’m trimming them all to the same size!

Finished Block Size: Approximately 6.75″ x 9″

If you use your entire pack of 10″ squares, you can make a wall hanging or small quilt that is 7 blocks across and 6 blocks down (42 total). That will make your finished project approximately 43″ X 60.5″ (or bigger if you want to use your leftover 2.5″ strips to make a piano key border! The result is so fun!

You can see that this project makes a really adorable, whimsical project, but I want to assure you that it can also be very elegant and beautiful with different fabrics!

Now, let’s talk about the cutting instructions when you’re making this project out of Fat Quarters!

I whipped up a table runner using a few fat quarters that has a completely different feel to it! I used this Holiday Flourish 10 Holiday Metallic Fat Quarter Bundle for Robert Kaufman.

Supplies Needed

  • 3-6 Fat Quarters (depending on the variety you would like in your design)
  • Brown Scrap Fabric measuring 2.25″ x7.5″ (divide into 6 strips that are 1.25″ x 2.25″)
  • Backing Fabric
  • Binding Fabric (1 Fat Quarter cut into 2.5″ strips is plenty)

Cut each fat quarter into (4) 8″ x 10.25″ rectangles (If you’re only going to make one table runner, then you can just use half of each fat quarter and cut TWO of the 8″ x 10.25″ rectangles. If you cut it in half lengthwise to get the two, then you could use the remaining fabric for binding or even a pieced backing)

Finished Block Size: Approximately 7.25″ x 9.25″

The table runner is made up of 12 blocks. The Finished Table Runner size is approximately 17″ by 39.5″

Patchwork Forest Christmas Trees Table Topper

Using 6 fat quarters, I was able to make 24 blocks (I wanted the variety of 6 different fabrics), so in addition to the finished table runner shown, I have 12 more blocks ready to make a second table runner for a gift! Or, of course, you could certainly make a larger wall hanging with your 24 blocks. With some of the remaining fat quarters, I cut them into long strips to make a scrappy backing. This is a fun, carefree, improve project, so have fun with it and make it your own! #holidaypatchworkforest

Happy National Ice Cream Day!

Happy National Ice Cream Day!

Now that summertime is in full swing, you’ll definitely need something to keep you cool. Today is National Ice Cream Day and there’s no better excuse to celebrate with one of your favorite treats! We’ve gathered up the whole gang and whipped up a batch of banana splits with all the trimmings, complete with cherries on top. And of course, it’s not an MSQC party without something sewn special for the occasion!

If you’re looking for a fun, festive project, look no further. Get inspired by THIS perfectly pastel color palette and create your own matching ice cream cone table topper and cute-as-can be reversible napkin set with a few simple supplies. Plus get ready for the totally free pattern coming your way this August! In the meantime, this free download is sure to help you celebrate! Make an adorable applique project using this ice cream printable!

DOWNLOAD IT HERE

How are you celebrating today? Share how you celebrate National Ice Cream Day with us by including #nationalicecreamday in your social media posts!

Table topper perfect for ice cream socials!

Gather around the table with your family and friends to enjoy some delicious ice cream this summer and give it a little flare by adding this cute table topper and darling napkins! They are sure to bring a little bit of extra “sweetness” into your home.

Ice Cream inspired D.I.Y project

Just use a fabric pen to trace the shapes and cut them out in your favorite fabrics with delicious hues!

Just grab a pair of scissors, a fabric pen, and a cutting mat!

Here’s the scoop. You’ll be done with this project lickety split! Here are some of the supplies you’ll need for the applique ice cream cones.

Click here to get the Tula Pink – Straight Scissor 6″

Choose a fabric pen from our selection HERE. 

Choose a cutting mat from our selection HERE.

Reversible ice cream themed napkins

Ice cream can be quite a messy treat! That’s why it’s always smart to keep a napkin close by. This ice cream themed napkin is not only cute, but is also reversible. It’s the best of both worlds!

Learn how to make this adorable napkin HERE.

Find the fabric that we used to make this napkin HERE.

Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with MSQC With just a little bit of time and effort, you can have the perfect table setup for your next ice cream social! Be sure to check back with us in August when we’ll have the pattern for the ice cream table topper available. Happy National Ice Cream Day!

Watch the Replay of Jenny’s Live Q&A on 7/11/2017!

Watch the Replay of Jenny’s Live Q&A on 7/11/2017!

Every Tuesday afternoon at about 3:30pm, on our Quilting Deals – Missouri Star Quilt Co. Facebook page, we do a Facebook Live video! This week we had the opportunity to visit Jenny in her sewing studio and she was so generous to sit with us and answer some questions! We had a great time with her (as always) and learned some new things!

To watch Jenny’s video and find out what happens to bread when it’s cast upon the water… click HERE.

Live Q and A with Quilter Jenny Doan

In the video, we talked about this gorgeous quilt that hangs behind Jenny’s desk in her studio. Here’s a photo so you can really see what all the fuss is about. Have you ever inherited any antique quilts from friends or family? These quilts can be so inspiring and hold so much history and meaning in every stitch. Did you know that Jenny collects antique sewing machines? Check out the adorable mini sewing machines on the shelf above the quilt!

Jenny Doan's Sewing Studio

Make sure to follow our Facebook page, so you don’t miss any of our upcoming Live videos! If there’s something you’d like to see in a future video, leave a comment here and let us know!

Are you planning a trip to Hamilton, MO?  If you want to make sure you get to meet Jenny, the best way to do that is to attend one of her trunk shows (if you’ve never experienced it before, it’s a must!) Find the schedule HERE!