Archives for February 2009

Fat Quarter Friday

Hey everyone this is Hillary! And I’m resurrecting “Lose the Fat Quarter!” The Missouri Star Quilt Company girls were doing this in the shop once a week recently to help all us girls who like to sit and sew… get our tushies moving!! We got to work hard to lose weight and then one lucky girl got to take home a pile of fat quarters!!

Fabric Fat Quarter Bundle

Well, when mom broke her leg there were a few things that kinda stopped in their tracks and that was one of them 🙁 it just became to much.
I don’t know about you, but, I hate to lose momentum and I love having a group to talk to and keep me motivated while I’m trying to lose weight. That means…. (drum roll please) I’m starting an online group!! Woohoo! 😀 It’s gonna be fun! There won’t be a pile of fat quarters to take home but maybe we can work on dropping a few more of our own “fat quarters” until the shop is ready to restart the class & probably after that.
I know we all have our own personal goals

but…. for me…. my starting weight is ____

You thought I was going to tell didn’t you 🙂

Heck no! but I’ll probably tell you each week as I weigh in if I’ve lost weight and you can post about how you’re doing in the comments or in the Lose The Fat Quarter forum group under the General Discussion section (the forum is under the Community tab up top:) ). I will say that my ultimate goal is probably where some people are just starting. But hey I’m gonna look GOOD when I get there 🙂


15 minutes of Cardio, 15 minutes of weights, an hour of talking myself into it.

My thoughts for this week are about motivation.

One of the big thing’s in exercise is motivation. In order to keep going we have to have some form of motivation.
It can be something physical, like a dress, swimsuit, or a picture of yourself from where you once were and want to be again or…. maybe you’ve never been there and it’s your head stuck on someone else’s body :D.

Motivation could be more emotional as well, maybe you want to lose weight so it’s not so hard to get around, maybe it’s for your kids or spouse. Whatever it is exercise is so much easier when we have that motivation fresh in our minds.

I’ve recently challenged myself to run a 5k this spring

Aaaah!! What am I thinking?? I know!
So, I’ve been pulling out the motivational swimsuit, my spouse is helping too 😆 , so I can be ready for this and get moving to lose some serious weight!

So far I’ve been running 3 days this week and biking on Tues… I skipped Thurs…. shh! But frankly, I’d forgotten how stinking hard it is to haul myself at a run around the block even 2-3 times much less a mile or 3. Right now it’s more of a jog…. or a walk and jog combo, with lots of walking, but still!It’s hard OK!

I know you all understand so my thought’s for today on our weight loss journey is MOTIVATION!
Find some, pull it out, right a letter to yourself or you kids.  Hide it if you want to, or stick it in your purse it’s really for you anyway, but,
get out your motivation and let’s get moving!

We’re all about projects!

We’re all about projects!

And because fabric can be used for lot’s of things besides quilting (although nothing BETTER) I thought I’d share my most recent project. I give you the Tale of the Kitchen Chairs.

BEFORE: Sad, I know. Poor old chairs with lots of hope for the future. It wasn’t your choice to be upholstered in the ugliest gold fabric known to man. You just had to take it. “But look at me! I’ve got character… I deserve more!” you cry. And luckily those cries were heard.100_2777

AFTER: This is you now, in all the glory you so rightfully deserve!


Let’s be honest. With a little Heather Bailey fabric and A LOT of red spray paint, any old thing can look new! See… I did my WHOLE TABLE!


* I covered the fabric in clear vinyl to keep it looking pretty and easy to clean. This whole project including spray paint from the whole dang thing came in at less than $50. Now, if your chairs are prettier to begin with, imagine what a new cushion could do! Check out our Fabric by the Yard and go make something better!


Our first EVER Giveaway!!!

Our first EVER Giveaway!!!

giveaway-babyYeah that’s right…..our first ever GIVEAWAY!!!  For your sewing pleasure I give you an April Cornell Natures Chorus Layer cake and Jelly roll. And  a Better Homes and Gardens, American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine, that is full of cute projects and ideas.

I am so excited about this I can’t stand it!! {really, i want to jump up and down….A LOT}

So… is the deal.  Leave me a comment.  Tell me what you like about this place and what you want to see more of.  If you blog about it on your blog(and link back to here)  you will get a double entry.  (make sure you mention that in the comments!!)   I will close the giveaway Thursday (march 5th) at 12am, and announce the winner on Friday March 6….

You got a week…  Do you feel lucky?!?!!?

New for you….

New for you….

Quilters Daily Dealyeah that seems to be the ‘phrase’ of the week around here, eh!  But this is pretty cool….we had our tech guy (ladies….he is pretty cute, and single.  If you are interested I can hook you up)

Back on track….anyway, we had our amazing computer guy work up a little RSS lovin’ so you can add it to your google reader or just subscribe to it and you can stay in the loop on our Daily Deal EVERYDAY, effortlessly!  WooHoo, now that is exciting!!  It is super simple.  All you have to do is go to the deal page and down at the bottom you will see a little button that says something about RSS whatnot…yeah, click on that and you will have an option to either add to google reader or that other thing.  🙂

Obviously, that is why we have that cute, single computer guy around…..Really.  I just talk a LOT and love fabric.  He knows about all that ‘other’ stuff.  But I really am excited about this feature….so go check it out, and let me know if you have any trouble.

Other exciting news I am really, truly working on a giveaway!! I know how much you all love giveaways… be prepared!!  This is gonna be fun. And BIG. And Exciting!!  🙂  I will give out all the details tomorrow!  I promise!

Oh one more thing.  WE are working on the cutest baby quilt ever!  Natalie came across this idea on this very world wide web, and it is just darling!!  I can’t wait to show you that either!

**I just realized what a boring, scattered post I am writing…..I should rename the thing  “Promises, Promises…nothing but Promises”  Come on back tomorrow!  It will be worth the wait!

Now  run over to the Deal of the Day and sign up for that RSS deal-io!  Do it!  You’ll be glad you did!  🙂

Have a good night all!!


Swanky by Chez Moi

Swanky by Chez Moi

More spring goodness with a little extra!swankySwanky the new line from Chez Moi is beautiful & bright. The designer has managed to keep these bold brights looking soft with her “water-color” technique. Plus, it has paisley’s AND polka-dots! View the full line here!

What more could you want!? Oh, I know… how about a free pattern to boot? Don’t worry, got that covered. Just click here!

Available here at Missouri Star!