Missouri Star Tutorial Reboot Featuring Guest Blogger Amy Smart

Missouri Star Tutorial Reboot Featuring Guest Blogger Amy Smart

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Hello fellow quilt lovers! My name is Amy Smart. I learned to quilt from my mom when I was growing up, but have been doing it in earnest since the birth of my first baby 17 years ago. I love share my quilting obsession including patterns and tutorials at my site, Diary of a Quilter and recently published a book, Fabulously Fast Quilts.
Jenny Doan MSQC shops

I have been a big fan of Missouri Star Quilt Company and was so excited when they invited me to do an MSQC Tutorial Reboot! Serendipitously, my family had a trip planned to Missouri for Spring Break a few weeks ago and I got to visit Hamilton and the whole Missouri Star Quilt Company extravaganza! You can read more about my adventures in Hamilton in this post, including an amazing grand tour of all the shops by Jenny herself!

Missouri Star Quilt Block

As I looked through the myriad of quilting videos and tutorials from MSQC over the past years, the one I was most excited to make myself was the classic Missouri Star block itself. (Seems appropriate.) I’m a sucker for large quilt blocks, especially stars, and I loved the scale of Jenny’s block. I’m also a big fan of short cuts and quick piecing and I loved Jenny’s method for creating this block quickly using pre-cut 10″ x 10″ squares.

Missouri Star Quilt Block

The large scale of the block lends itself so well to a modern, graphic design. I thought I’d pair a darker, woven solid with some bright, modern prints to change the look a little bit.

Fabric Requirements

I used Peppered Cotton from Studio E in True Taupe as my background (I love the subtle, homespun texture that comes from a woven) paired with a 10″ x 10″ set of precuts from Elizabeth Hartman’s Warm Pacific collection.

Fabric Choices

Each block requires 3 10″ x 10″ squares. So before doing any cutting or piecing, I mixed and matched my 10″ precut squares into 6 sets of contrasting or complementing prints and colors. That way I knew I was getting a nice variety of colors, prints, and combinations.

ruler and rotary cutter

From there I assembly-lined cutting and piecing my blocks. One thing that really helped were these custom rulers from MSQC – they come in 2 1/2″ x 8″ and 5″ x 15″ sizes. They are PERFECT for working with precuts – especially cutting those pre-cut 5″ and 10″ squares on the diagonal, without having to get out a bigger ruler. You can follow along by watching Jenny’s tutorial!

Amy Smart Missouri Star Quilt tutorial

I was originally going to make just a wall size quilt using 4 quilt blocks, but I liked the fabric and the block so much, I added two more blocks for a lap-size quilt. (My quilt finished at 52″ x 75″.) I think I would have kept making more blocks if I’d had more fabric on hand!


I definitely want to make this pattern again – the blocks come together SO quickly – and because the scale of the finished blocks is 23″ x 23″ so you don’t need to make a lot of them. It would be a quick way to make a large bed quilt.

In the meantime, I’m claiming this quilt as my snuggle quilt to carry around to soccer games, picnics, and Sunday afternoon naps. The bold colors make a statement, but the warm, taupe background will hopefully hide some of the evidence of everyday use.

Missouri Star Quilt Company

Here’s one more parting shot of the giant Missouri Star in the MSQC trims shop. Appropriate, don’t you think? Thanks so much for having me Missouri Star! It was a blast to visit in person, and I’m so excited to have my Missouri Star Quilt as a reminder.

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New Friday Tutorial: The Cutting Corners Quilt!

New Friday Tutorial: The Cutting Corners Quilt!

Make a Cutting Corners Quilt with Jenny Doan in her Free Video Tutorial!

Cutting corners is usually looked down on. It’s the lazy man’s way out, ease over quality.  It’s duct-tape car repairs and “premium” chicken nuggets filled with mystery meat. But when Jenny talks cutting corners, you can bet she’s talking about creating something that is as completely fabulous as it is easy! Today’s Tutorial, Cutting Corners, combines strip sets and half square triangles together into one gorgeously simple design. It’s scrappy and it’s clean at the same time!


Click on the button to watch the tutorial and learn how to cut corners Jenny style!

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Introducing Planning Printables!

Introducing Planning Printables!

If you’re like me, you probably have post-it notes stuck to every surface in your sewing room, so you remember to do all of the important quilty things in your head. Spring is the perfect time to delete those browser tabs, clean out your closets and inventory your fabric stash (the best part of Spring Cleaning if you ask me)! So again, if you’re like me, you could probably benefit from a little bit of organization help! That’s where today’s post comes in! We’re introducing a new blog series, called Planning Printables! It’s just like it sounds! At the end of each month, we’ll provide a calendar printable for the upcoming month and a printable or two to help you stay organized in your quilty world! Bonus: They’re super cute too!!

Whether you’ve got some big daily goals or you’re just trying to #makesomethingtoday (every day), we hope you find this weekly calendar helpful!

Keep track of your stash and your projects with these handy list printables!

Fabric Feature & Giveaway: Bugsy by Kids Quilts for RJR Fabrics

Fabric Feature & Giveaway: Bugsy by Kids Quilts for RJR Fabrics

Butterflies, ladybugs and flowers… they’re a good sign that spring is in full swing and summer is right around the corner! That’s why we love the Bugsy Collection by Kids Quilts for RJR Fabrics! It has a little bit of everything that we love about summer!


From the designer, “Bugsy is all about hot summers, flowers in full bloom, chasing butterflies and making daisy chains…simple things that make wonderful childhood memories. The color palette is bright, cheerful, fun and girly. Deep reds are balanced by soft pinks and buttery yellows. We included a beautiful teal blue, crisp leaf green and a surprise pop of orange just for fun.”


Sometimes I see a fabric and immediately know what I want to create with it. Here are some of our favorite quilt patterns that would be so cute in Bugsy!

X’s and O’s: Pattern or on YouTube (You’ll need Charm Packs for this one)

Square in a Square: Pattern or on YouTube (You’ll need the 2.5″ Strips and a Charm Pack for this one)

Quatrefoil: Pattern or on YouTube (You’ll need the 10″ Squares for this one)


RJR Fabrics has generously donated 2 fat quarter bundles, so that 2 lucky winners can have this beautiful fabric in their hands! Along with it, Missouri Star will be giving each winner $25 to missouriquiltco.com as well, so you can get what you need to complete a special project! Enter below!

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Spa Retreat Recap // March 2016

Spa Retreat Recap // March 2016

What’s more relaxing than a day at the spa? Why, getting the spa treatment while quilting of course! We had a wonderful group of women from around the United States as well as a couple from Australia for our Spa Retreat this March. It was one relaxing, fun, quilty time! 🙂
The ladies worked on two quilts, including the Dresden Sunburst and learned some new techniques.  We demonstrated how to use the Sizzix for some other quilts as well as some small projects.
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Their days were filled with quilting, shopping, massages, spray tans, manicures, pedicures and hand wax dips. It was amazing!
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We even had a fun little contest where the ladies wore a facial into the stores shopping.  They won prizes if they would shop for 30 minutes with their masks on.  People were giving them funny looks in the shops, but most of them stuck it out and got their prize! When in Hamilton…. 😉
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Our two retreaters from Australia, Leonie and Kylie, brought a Missouri Star quilt block with them for Jenny to sign as well as Australian chocolates for everyone. Yummy!
It was such a wonderful retreat and many lifelong quilty friends were made. If you would like to attend a future retreat, you can find them here: Missouri Star Quilt Company Retreats and Events Page.