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. 

 

Fabric Feature: Kona Cotton Color of the Year 2018

Fabric Feature: Kona Cotton Color of the Year 2018

The 2018 Kona Cotton Color of the Year is a bold and brilliant pop of color certain to awaken our creativity! If you haven’t heard, this color is called Tiger Lily, and it is sure to add a powerful punch of rich, warm orange to quilt tops and sewing projects throughout the year!

To jumpstart our creativity, Robert Kaufman invited five quilters to show off Tiger Lily by creating the wonderful quilts below! Each of these patterns is available for free courtesy of Robert Kaufman, and you can download by clicking on the image of the quilt below. You can also view the entire Tiger Lily lookbook HERE

Tigerlily by Valori Wells

The Giant Pineapple by Karen Lewis

Autumn Bliss by Darlene Zimmerman

Terrace by Violet Craft

Mushrooms by Elizabeth Hartman

Looking for a Missouri Star tutorial for a Tiger Lily project? We think these three would make terrific choices:

Chevron Quilt

A sweet Chevron Quilt would show off the boldness of Tiger Lily in a timeless design!

Sweet Blend Quilt

Created with Tiger Lily, a Sweet Blend Quilt is sure to dazzle!

Pecking Order Quilt

By using Tiger Lily to create the points of the Pecking Order Quilt, you can easily create a beautiful sun that is bursting with color!

Tiger Lily yardage and precuts are available at Missouri Star! Explore all of the bold options HERE, and view all of our Kona Cotton fabrics HERE

Don’t forget to share all those colorful creations with us on our Facebook and Instagram using #msqcshowandtell! Happy New Year!

Scrap-Busting Holiday Crafts

Scrap-Busting Holiday Crafts

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in downtown Hamilton! With wreaths and candles in every window, a living tree adorned with lights, ornaments and ribbons, and window displays in all the shops, our little town is overflowing with Christmas cheer!

On Saturday, we celebrated the season with a town-wide Christmas festival, featuring make and take fabric crafts in the Missouri Star Quilt Co. shops. Some of our talented team members showed off their creativity with mug rugs, fabric bracelets, felt poinsettias, fabric scrap ornaments and fabric holiday cards.  

We enjoyed diving into our scrap stash and creating these festive projects so much that we wanted to share with all of our friends far and wide how to create a couple of them as well! Read on to learn how to create our Felt (or Fabric) Poinsettias and Fabric Bracelets.

Fabric Bracelets

Courtenay from our Sewing Center showed us how to create these fashionable fabric scrap bracelets that would be awesome to show off remnants of those most loved fabrics you have in your scrap bin.

Supplies

Cotton clothesline

Strips of fabric (½ inch. 30 inches long)

Hot glue gun or fabric glue (either will work)

Assorted beads and trims

Scissors

Painter’s Tape  

Steps

1. Measure wrist with clothesline. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and be sure to allow a little room to slide the bracelet on and off of your wrist.

2. Tape the two ends of the clothesline together with painters tape to form a ring (make sure you use about a two-inch wide tape, such as painters tape or duct tape to ensure the ring holds).

3. Put a small bead of hot glue to one end of the fabric strip.

4. Start wrapping the bracelet.

5. Once you are finished wrapping the entire ring with fabric, add another bead of glue at the end of the fabric strip to secure it on the clothesline

6. Embellish as desired. Courtenay added a thin metallic cord or thin craft wire to her bracelet. Just add a dot of glue to one end and start wrapping it around like the fabric and voila, a fashionable fabric bracelet!

You may have noticed that we filmed a Facebook Live of Courtenay creating these darling accessories, and you can watch the video below or on our Quilting Deals Facebook page!

 

Felt or Fabric Poinsettias

Heidi, a member of our Product & Sales Team, and who you may recognize from our Facebook Live videos created lovely Felt Poinsettias in the Main Shop. She used felt and a Sizzix Fabi machine along with a circle die cutter to make these beauties, and was inspired by the DIY Candy tutorial that you can view here.

We recreated the poinsettia ornament using some leftover batiks from another project. You don’t need very much fabric to make this, and although we used Christmas-themed fabric, we would love to see these flowers made in other colors too!

Supplies:

Fabric or felt (2 colors preferably)

Jute, twine or string

A circle template (we used the bottom of a spool of thread)

Scissors

Buttons

Hot glue gun

Mini orange peel template

 

Steps

1. Cut out 18 circles from one of the fabrics. We used 16 circles to create the petals and 2 more in later steps. Depending on the size of your circle you may need more or fewer than the number we used.You can use a Sizzix like Heidi did, but we traced our circles and cut them out with a pair of fabric scissors.

2. Fold the right side of one circle over to the left side to create a cone shape. You will alternate folding one side to the other, so left to right and then right to left to create the petals. Be sure to keep the end of cone fairly tight, and add a small dot of hot glue to secure it. 

3. Arrange the petals in a circle shape to make sure you have enough to make a flower.

4. Glue the petals together, and be sure to use as little of glue as possible.

5. Turn the petals over and glue a fabric circle to the back to add stability to the flower.

6. Using a mini orange peel template, cut out two leaves and glue them to the back of the flower.

7. Cut off a 6 to 8 inch piece of jute, string or ribbon, create a loop and glue it to the back of the flower. Using the last circle cut out, cover the glued ends of the string on the back of the poinsettia.

8. Turn the poinsettia over and glue buttons or a small circle of fabric to create the center of the flower, there you have it, a fabulous fabric poinsettia ready to adorn a Christmas tree!

All of us from Missouri Star Quilt Co. want to wish you happy holidays and a very Merry Christmas! We hope you enjoy these fun, fast and festive fabric scrap projects!

Be sure to share your scrab-busting holiday crafts with us on social media using #msqcshowandtell!

Pin Peddlers

Pin Peddlers

Are you looking for a dash of whimsy or a pop of color to liven up a favorite jacket or customize a scarf or bag? Look no further than the hundreds of pins and charms available through Pin Peddlers!

Pin Peddlers

If you have ever visited the Missouri Star Quilt Co. shops in Hamilton, MO, you may be familiar with some of Pin Peddlers’ creations. Each of the 12 uniquely themed shops in town has its own charm, perfect for collecting and commemorating your trip to Missouri Star. 

You can also shop all of our Missouri Star charms HERE!

Missouri Star Quilt Co. Shop Charms

All 12 Missouri Star Quilt Co. shops, plus Man’s Land have a uniquely-themed charm.

Once you have your charms and pins selected, the next step is deciding how to display them. Pin Peddlers created this fantastic video to show how versatile pins and charms can be! You can also use a quilted wallhanging for an adorable way to show off your collection!

In addition to supplying Missouri Star with dozens of creations for shops, quilts, and special events, Pin Peddlers sells a wide variety of pins, charms, and charm-related jewelry directly on the Pin Peddlers website. From cats and dogs to sewing machines and beautiful quilt blocks, there is something for everyone!

Be sure to click HERE to see all of the jewelry accessories Pin Peddlers has available!

Pin Peddlers Charm Bracelet

Pin Peddlers Charm Holder

If you are on the hunt for a truly special charm or pin to commemorate an event, or a special piece to sell in your shop or guild, Pin Peddlers is here to help! They specialize in creating custom pins and charms (with a minimum purchase of 50), and you can learn about custom pin orders HERE. Pin Peddlers has created custom work for quilt guilds, sewing groups, businesses, conferences, and museums, and is happy to help you design a pin to meet your specifications.

Easy No Sew DIY Fleece Blanket

Easy No Sew DIY Fleece Blanket

Here in Hamilton, Missouri, the first hints of fall weather are upon us, and we know winter weather will be here soon. Short days and long nights can be chilly, and there is nothing better than curling up with a cup of hot cocoa and a warm blanket.

One of the best ways to add some snuggle to your fall and winter days is with fleece, and Missouri Star Quilt Co. has a wide selection of solids, prints and licensed designs that will warm you up in no time!

With so many fun designs, there is something for everyone! Check out our full array and patterns for using this fuzzy material HERE (pajama pants, need we say more?!)!

Perhaps the most popular way to get your fleece fix is by creating a No Sew Fleece Blanket. When we want a quick break from the sewing project we’re working on, this blanket is a fan favorite here at Missouri Star! It is a fantastic way to make a quick and easy gift, and a fun project to make with your children or grandchildren. 

We have such a great time making these blankets that we wanted to share some quick tips on how to make one…or a dozen! If you would like to see how Jenny Doan makes her no sew fleece blankets, check out her tutorial HERE.

Here’s what you’ll need to make a blanket like ours:

Supplies Needed:

Optional:

Supplies for No Sew Fleece Blanket

Easy No Sew DIY Fleece Blanket

Step 1: Find your Fleece: To create a throw-size blanket, you will need two yards of two different fleeces. We suggest using a fun pattern for one side, and a coordinating solid on the back. The options are endless, so mix and match to find the combination you are looking for!

Step 2: Put fleece together, right sides facing out. You’ll know which way the right side is for a print, but if you are ever confused, fleece has a bit of a nap to it, so when using a solid, make sure the fuzzy, slightly textured side is the side you’ll be snuggling up to.

Step 3: If your two pieces of fleece aren’t exactly the same size, now is the time to square them up if you would like, and don’t worry if they aren’t perfect…we think that finished is better anyway. 🙂

Step 4: Cut out the corners. Our first cut is at the corner. For this example, we wanted to make our fringe 5 inches long, so we cut a 5-inch square out on each of the corners. (Tip: Jenny suggested we use the cardboard square from a charm pack as a template for this step, and it works wonderfully!)

DIY No Sew Fleece Blanket

Step 5: Cut the fringe. After cutting out the four corners, we cut the fringe using the Fringe Cut Express template to ensure our fringe was uniform around the edges. Our fringe was 5 inches long, but you can definitely make yours a little longer or shorter if you like!

Make a DIY No Sew Fleece Blanket

Step 6: All knotted up! Once all 4 sides are completely cut out, it is time to start tying some knots! We discovered that there are a couple of ways to tie the edges that give each a different look.

Option 1 Balloon Style Knot:

1. Keep both pieces of fringe together (print on top of solid).

2. Place index and middle finger of your left hand at the base of the fringe.

3. Wrap tail of fringe around the two fingers, looping the tail over the top like you are tying a balloon.

4. Bring the tails through the loop, keeping the print side (or whichever you would like) facing up.

5. Secure the knot, and position it closer to the blanket.

Option 2 Shoe Lace Style Knot:

1. Take one piece of fringe in each hand.

2. Cross the pieces of fringe and make a knot like you would if you were beginning to tie shoelaces.

3. With the solid fleece crossed under the print, bring the print fleece (or whichever you would like on top) up through the solid loop.

 4. Secure the knot, tightening as necessary.

Once you’ve tied your last knot, your DIY No-Sew Fleece Blanket is ready to be enjoyed! We recommend it for keeping you cozy under Friday night football lights, snuggling up with it with a good book and/or an extra layer of warmth when you are enjoying a fall bonfire.

Missouri Star Quilt Co. has fleece for the entire family, fur babies included! Be sure to check out all of the fleece offerings HERE, and once you’ve made your No Sew DIY Fleece Blanket, share it with us on Instagram and Facebook using #msqcshowandtell!