New Friday Tutorial: The Missouri Star Baby Quilt with Flange Binding

New Friday Tutorial: The Missouri Star Baby Quilt with Flange Binding

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We just love the Missouri Star quilt block (good thing, right?) and Jenny had to make a baby quilt version. It is just so perfect for a quick baby gift that will steal the show! You’re going to love this fun binding technique that adds an extra little edge to give it an extra polish!

It features the stunning Fancy and Fabulous Collection by Fancypants Designs for Riley Blake Designs!


Watch the tutorial and find out everything you need to make this gorgeous quilt!

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Tutorial Reboot: Featuring Guest Blogger Kelly Bowser

Tutorial Reboot: Featuring Guest Blogger Kelly Bowser

Today we introduce to you a brand new blog series, Tutorial Reboot! We’ve invited some of the amazing quilting bloggers out there to try out some of Jenny’s tutorials! With a new tutorial every week, it might be difficult to keep track of all the best ones, so we’ve asked these bloggers to pick one of their favorites and revisit it! Let’s dive in! Here is Kelly Bowser, aka Kelby Sews, with the first Tutorial Reboot: the Simple Hexagon Quilt!

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My name is Kelly—though I’m often called Kelby since my “sewing name” is Kelbysews — it’s ok, I understand the confusion and respond to both names!  I always loved painting/crafting growing up and even through college, but it often took a back seat to academics.  After becoming a stay at home mom of 2 boys, I felt it was time for my artsy side to get some attention!  I taught myself to sew and quilt 5 years ago as a creative and intellectual challenge since I was watching dust gather on my law degree.  I jumped into sewing headfirst and was soon happily drowning in fabric!

Jenny’s Hexagon Quilt tutorial using the 5” half-hexie ruler is amazingly easy to follow!  This is a perfect quilt for an experienced beginner who has already made a simple square patchwork quilt and wants to step it up!

The video tutorial clearly shows you how to cut and piece the hexagons so there is no confusion!  I love that you don’t even have to unfold the jellyroll strips!  You can simply cut two half-hexie pieces at once with the jelly roll strip folded!   These half-hexies make adorable placemats, table toppers, and quilts!  You could even use leftover jellyroll strips/charm squares/scraps in your stash to make half-hexie mug rugs (large coasters) for your friends this holiday!

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The hardest part about making a quilt using this method is that you have to layout the entire quilt before begin piecing since each row depends on the one before it.  After I decided on a final layout, I took several pictures just in case my pieces got mixed up later.  I tend to take lots of pictures of my quilts in progress because they help me see the quilt from a new perspective and help me find boo-boos!  Then I simply stacked the pieces in rows and chain pieced like a maniac!  Raise your hand if you love chain piecing!!!  (You can’t see me through your computer screen, but I have both hands in the air waving around)

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I decided to make the largest quilt I could, armed with just ONE Hello Darling Jelly Roll by Thimble Blossoms for Moda and the MSQC 5″ Small Half Hexagon Template!  I also used 1/2 yard for the binding.  I could not be happier with the results!  The finished quilt is about 46”x55” and makes the perfect lap quilt or picnic-for-two quilt!  If you want to have a picnic that includes your kids, you may want to use 2 jellyrolls so everyone can fit on the quilt!

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Thank you to Kelly Bowser for this wonderful guest blog post! If you want to check out the other amazing things she’s doing, you can find her here:

Blog: Kelbysews

Etsy:  Kelbysews

Craftsy: Hearts & Bees Patterns

Missouri Star’s 7th Birthday Bash & J.C. Penney Days!

Missouri Star’s 7th Birthday Bash & J.C. Penney Days!

Missouri Star Quilt Co. hit a big milestone, turning 7 years old as a company this year! It’s all thanks to our fans for helping us make it this far, and that’s why we planned a big celebration for you all! A lot has changed since day one, but family and friends is still at the center of everything we do, and that’s why we were thrilled to see so many of you visit us in Hamilton this past weekend to help celebrate, not to mention all the love and support that we had online from those of you who were unable to attend. Here’s a little recap for you!

Wednesday Night: We kicked off our Birthday Bash with an intimate dinner at Blue Sage with the Doan Family and guests. It was a wonderful night of laughing, storytelling and incredible food! Check out the awesome photo booth that Ron (A.K.A. Mr. Jenny) made us!

Dinner With the Doans

Did we mention laughing? So much laughing!!

Doan Family at Dinner

At the end of the night, there was a slideshow of the first 7 years of MSQC focusing on family and growth. It brought everyone to tears and was such a beautiful end to the night. Here’s a group photo of those in attendance!

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Thursday is when the party really started here in town! We had tons of giveaway contests, including a “Layer Cake” walk, and the Traveling Riley Blake Quilt Show was set up in the patio are as well!

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Meet Sue! She was the big winner at the Quilter’s Cash Grab Machine! (You know those machines where the wind blows the cash up everywhere and you have to grab as much as you can? Yep, we had one!) She can buy a lot of fabric with that! :)

Sue Big QC Winner

All of the MSQC employees got a 7th Birthday T-Shirt to sport throughout the event. Here’s the customer service team showing it off with Josh Doan, Jenny’s son, from the Wholesale team! (Is it really work if you’re having fun?) ;)

As part of our 7th Birthday Bash we had $0.77 Fat Quarters in the local shops! It was a Fat Quarter Frenzy!

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We held a quilt raffle each day of the Bash and all proceeds went to the local Hamilton Chamber of Commerce. Jenny wrapped up in one as we were drawing the winning ticket, even though it was 80 degrees outside!

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Friday evening the Penney Hornets football game was projected on the big screen in the park for all to enjoy! Go Hornets! And look at the beautiful view of the patio all lit up at nighttime! Ah, we love this small town life!

Football In Park

The Birthday Bash continued into Saturday, and J.C. Penney Days was celebrated in the town as well with tons of fun for the whole family!There were blow ups for the kids, a flea market area for the adults and much more. The kids got to take a swing at our “7” pinata full of Auriful Thread! That’s better than candy, right? At least if you’re a quilter! ;) (We did throw some candy out for the kids as well, so everyone was happy!!)

Saturday Day

This celebration wouldn’t have been what it was without our amazing Local Events Cruise Director, Meg (on the right) and our excellent DJ for the event, BJ Scott (left)! Here they are with Sarah, Jenny’s daughter, after a LONG, tiring, wonderful weekend of fun! :D


Lastly, Saturday evening a couple of live bands played for J.C. Penney Days, and there was a J.C. Penney Look-alike contest! This little cutie was the only contestant, and won a $100 Gift Card to the J.C. Penney’s Store!

Penney Look Alike

We thank you all for making these past 7 years so wonderful and for celebrating our 7th Birthday with us! Here’s to many more! :D


Wild Wild West Quilting Retreat

Wild Wild West Quilting Retreat

WANTED: Fun gals who love to quilt! If you read closely, these lovely ladies’ shirts read “Quilting Gals Gone Wild.” Some people went a different direction with our Wild Wild West theme ;)

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We recently held a Wild Wild West Quilting Retreat here at Missouri Star and it was a blast! The gals loved getting to meet and sew with Jenny! While they were here they had plenty of free time to sew and shop as well as scheduled classes taught by Jenny and Cindy!

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Cindy loved dressing up and getting into character for this one! Check out them cowboy boots, y’all!



These quilters are so clever! They each received a bandana and decided to lay them out on the table to have everyone, including Jenny, sign them! Isn’t that so fun??

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Thanks for retreating with us at Missouri Star Quilt Co, ladies! We hope you had a blast because we did!!! :D

If you are hoping to visit Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton, Missouri, check out our complete list of events and retreats here: MSQC Retreats & Events



New Friday Tutorial: A Knit Maxi Skirt

New Friday Tutorial: A Knit Maxi Skirt

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Such a fun tutorial for you today! It’s not a quilt, but we think you’re going to be amazed by how easy it is! Missouri Star Quilt Company has started to offer knit fabrics and we think this is the perfect tutorial to show you how to use them! There is even a Free Download of the PDF Pattern that you can get HERE.

It features the gorgeous Four Corners Collection by Simple Simon & Co. for Riley Blake. Isn’t this such a beautiful print?
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Elizabeth and Liz from Simple Simon & Co. are just so fun and we had a blast with them here in Hamilton!
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Click on the button below to WATCH THE TUTORIAL and find everything you’ll need to get started!

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