2017 Year in Review

2017 Year in Review

Happy New Year, dear quilters! This is sure to be a memorable year filled with many exciting moments here at Missouri Star Quilt Co. We are grateful for your loyalty and patience with us as we grow and we think 2018 is going to be the best year yet! But before we jump right into it, let’s take a moment to reflect and look back on some of the highlights from 2017.

Shark Applicutter

Our dear friend, Rob Appell of Man Sewing, designed an innovative cutting tool that took the sewing and quilting world by storm! With a 14mm blade, the Shark Applicutter is the go-to rotary cutter for freestyle piecing and intricate cutting. Learn more about the handy Shark Applicutter HERE.

Missouri Star Academy

Missouri Star Academy began as a dream. We imagined quilters gathering together from across the globe in Hamilton, Missouri, to learn directly from professionals in the industry and from each other. In 2017, this dream became a reality for more than 450 students and instructors who traveled to Quilt Town, USA, for a two-day, immersive, creative experience filled with demonstrations, classes, and trunk shows. We are still amazed by the ideas and inspiration shared during Missouri Star Academy. Thanks to everyone who attended! We hope to see you again this year. Be sure to mark your calendars for June 7 and 8 for our second Missouri Star Academy! It’s going to be a lot of fun! 

Missouri Star Academy classes and presentations were held at the United Methodist Church in Hamilton.

Jenny Turns 60

Our very own Jenny Doan hit a milestone birthday in 2017, and we celebrated her “Sweet 60th” together. We are so thankful for her contagious enthusiasm, her kind spirit, and the creativity she shares with us every day!

Birthday Bash

Birthday Bash 2017

Missouri Star Quilt Co. celebrated its 9th birthday last year. Can you believe it? Time seems to have passed as quickly as our bobbins go empty! Three days filled with fun, games, food, and inspiration culminated in a party that will be long-remembered here in Hamilton. Reminisce about all of the festivities from the 2017 Bash HERE.

Stay tuned for 2018 Birthday Bash. We’ll be pulling out all the stops for our big 1-0 coming up later this year, and make plans to attend September 20-22nd!

Hurricane Relief Quilts

Thanks to quilters like you, our hearts were filled to the brim this year by the overwhelming support you showed when we asked for donations to help those affected by the hurricanes that ravaged our coastal states. You answered the call with more than 9,000 quilts, blankets, and afghans, as well as 4,000 pillowcases! These handmade labors of love were donated to organizations and distributed to those in need.

The entire Doan family and dozens of Missouri Star employee volunteers helped sort and repackage the donations.

Top Tutorials from 2017

Jenny and Rob each created 52 amazing quilt tutorials for you last year, for a grand total of 104 new videos! While it would be impossible to pick a favorite, here are some of the best of the best tutorials from 2017:

Jenny’s Tutorials:

Grand Adventures Quilt

Pineapple Quilt

Kindred Pinwheels Quilt

Rob’s Tutorials:

Stars, Stripes and Diamonds Quilt

Checkered Cross Quilt

String Quilt

You can catch all of Jenny’s tutorials on QuiltingTutorials.com or on our Missouri Star Quilt Co. YouTube channel, and be sure to catch Rob’s tutorials on the Man Sewing YouTube channel. We can’t wait to see the quilts you are creating for 2018! Make sure to share them with us on our Facebook and Instagram using #msqcshowandtell. 


  • Judy Juhl

    Happy 10 Years!! Looking forward to all of the activities this coming year!!!

  • Candy Monroe

    Happ 10th Anniversary So glad we found each other!

  • Ruth Lynne Snow

    First thing each morning is reading the wonderful Day Brightener essays from MSQ! Lots of Layer Cakes, Jelly Rolls, Charm Squares here waiting to be made into quilts with help of Jenny’s tutorials. Thanks for being you!

  • Alice Bader

    Happy Anniversary. You have been an inspiration to me and other quilters. Your ideas have made quilting so much easier. Thank you.

  • Lin

    Thank you for another year of amazing tutorials and wonderful ideas.Jenny is my first port of call for any problems I have when quilting. Look forward to another year of MSQC messages in my inbox.

  • Karen Gibbs

    Congratulations! Thank you for your inspiration and everything I continue to learn. I start my morning with my computer, checking out what you have sent me! I do have a question: Will the Shark Applicutter work to cut around a twister template? I bought a small rotary cutter to try (because of the overcut at the corners with the template) and because of the plastic feet on the template, that one would not work.Thanks!

  • CC Crawford

    Happy 10 Years!! This makes us all winners! Love, love, love all your tutorials and your online store…You are like a loved close family member. Thanks Bunches..

  • Pat Seuling

    Wishing you many more successful years. I really enjoy your emails and your staff are like long time friends. I hope to someday have the chance to visit you. Wishing you the very best in 2018

  • EileenK28

    Congratulations on another great year! Love all the tutorials! I have learned so very much from you both. Am so excited to be seeing Jenny at a trunk show here in Australia. Cannot wait for March. Love your work!

  • Rosemary Barsky

    I Love, Love, Love your tutorials, Jenny, with your carefree and cheerful attitude, the morning surprises with “Quilter’s Daily Deal” and wasn’t I surprised to meet a staff person at a GA Fabric Show where I excitedly shared my love of MSQ with him! How wonderful to have made friends with you all via your website! Wishes for another wonderful year for you and our friendship!!

  • Elsie Winstead

    Hi, Jenny and quilt town family! When will the Academy be open for registration? I attended last year with my daughter, and we both loved it!