LIVE: Mini Quilted Banners with Bev McCullough

LIVE: Mini Quilted Banners with Bev McCullough

We’re a bunch of happy campers since Bev McCullough joined us for a Live Video on May 29 to show us how to create the darling “Happy Camper” mini quilted banner that is sure to add a touch of charm to any glamper or sewing studio! Learn more about Bev on her blog, Flamingo Toes and follow along on Instagram!

Watch the replay of the Live Video below, and keep scrolling for step by step instructions!

Read on to see more photos of this fun project, and be sure to download the FREE Colorful Camper Banner Mini Quilt Pattern from Flamingo Toes HERE!

Show off your sense of adventure with this Colorful Camper Mini Quilt Banner! It is so quick to sew and it is a perfect scrap-busting project – you can mix and match your favorite prints to create this cute little camper!

The Mini Quilt is the sweetest little banner shape and has two fabric strips for hanging it from a little dowel or strip of wood. The embroidered details add a fun texture and color too!

Here’s what you’ll need to create it:

Instructions:

Print out your Camper pattern and Layout. Cut out the pattern pieces and cut out fabric pieces slightly larger than your patterns. Iron the HeatnBond Lite on the wrong side of the fabrics and cut out all the fabric pieces. Cut out from your white background fabric two pieces that are 9″ x 11″ and use the pattern layout page to cut the bottom of the pieces into a banner shape.

Using the layout as a placement guide, iron on your fabric camper pieces, except for the planters. Add the rick rack the length of the camper over the seam, but trim out the section under the door. Optional – glue the rick rack in place instead of stitching it on. Iron the fusible interfacing or embroidery stabilizer to the back of the front banner piece.

Using a free motion foot on your sewing machine, stitch around the shapes two or three times. Add the extra details of the window panes, doorknob, and towing hitch with stitching.

Iron on the planters and transfer all the embroidery designs. Stitch around the planters like you did with the camper.

Embroidery the design by adding lazy daisy stitches for the flowers and French Knots around the flowers and Planters. Stitch the leaf stems with a back stitch and the leaves with small lazy daisy stitches. Embroider the lettering at the top of the banner with a back stitch. Use three strands of floss for all embroidery.

Layer your banner front, batting (or fusible fleece) and banner back pieces together and baste. Quilt the banner as desired. I used Aurifil 50wt white in straight lines.

Cut a strip of red plaid 2 1/4″ x 42″ for double fold binding. Sew the binding to the front of the quilt. Cut a strip of red plaid 2″ x 9″. Sew into a tube, right sides together with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Turn right side out and press with the seam in the center. Cut the strip into two 4 1/2″ pieces.

Fold each strip in half with the seam to the inside, and pin the raw edge towards the top of the banner on the back side, 1″ from each side. Sew the strips in place just inside the binding seam.

Hand sew the binding to the back of the quilt. Once the binding is sewn in place, fold the hanging strips towards the top of the banner and hand sew in place.

Hang the mini quilt from a cute wood dowel or even a little branch!

 

We had so much fun with Bev’s Mini Quilted Banner project that we had to create some for ourselves/ Download the Missouri Star mini banner printables HERE!

Nine Patch and Hourglass Quilt

Nine Patch and Hourglass Quilt

Nine Patch and Hourglass Quilt

This week’s new quilt combines two classic blocks, so please be sure to gather all the supplies necessary for both. (You might want to grab a pen. I’ll wait.)

Nine Patch and Hourglass Quilt

Are you ready? Ok, in order to build an entire quilt’s worth of nine patches and hourglasses, you’re going to need: 10-inch squares. That’s it! The end! Finito!

Nine Patch and Hourglass Quilt

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Summer School Quilt

Summer School Quilt

Summer School Quilt

From rice-sized gobies to whale sharks as long as two school buses, the ocean is filled with an incredible variety of creatures.  Some travel in schools of up to 3 billion fish. Some “walk” on land. Some live for centuries.

Summer School Quilt

But of all the fish in the sea, my very favorites are created with needle and thread. In this week’s new tutorial, Jenny demonstrates how to whip up a sea full of pretty fishes in every color of the rainbow. Click HERE to watch the tutorial!

Summer School Quilt

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Art Quilts on Display at Missouri Star

Art Quilts on Display at Missouri Star

There is such artistry in quilting, from carefully selecting fabric colors to experiment with design and layout, the only limit to quilters’ creativity is imagination! Beginning Wednesday, May 16 through Saturday, June 2, the Penney’s Quilt Shop at Missouri Star will be home to the University of Missouri’s School of Visual Studies’ Art on the Move: Modern Art Quilts exhibit featuring the wonderful fiber artwork of Jean Brueggenjohann and Riana Bovill.

MU Visual Arts Display

A selection of Riana Bovill’s artwork on display in Penney’s Quilt Shop.

Both artists use fabric and fiber as their canvases. Riana creates stunning portraits that she hand stitches, and Jean creatively combines traditional quilt blocks and contemporary style to create amazing quilted pieces of art.

MU Visual Arts Display

Jean Brueggenjohann’s artwork on display in Penney’s Quilt Shop.

After they finished hanging their artwork in Penney’s Quilt Shop, I sat down with Jean and Riana for a quick Q&A session.

How did you get started sewing and quilting fabric works of art?

Riana: I was a painter before I started experimenting with fabric. My husband and I move quite a bit, and I ended up in a place where I didn’t have the opportunity to set up a studio, so I went to a local fabric store and bought some fabric. I still paint a bit, but I work mostly with fiber.

MU Visual Arts Display

Ode to Joy by Riana Bovill

Jean: My mom taught me to sew when I was 9 or 10, and I started making clothes. I sewed garments off and on until 1991, when I took a quilting class and started making quilts. I’m a graphic designer and I teach graphic design, and I now devote all of my time outside of the classroom to making art quilts.

MU Visual Arts Display

Exotic Enchantment by Jean Brueggenjohann

What does it take to make an art quilt

Riana: I’m very inspired by the people around me. Some are people I know and some are people I do not. I like having a good, big collection of fabrics to work with. I’ll spread out my fabrics and pick from them. I always laugh because I could make 2 or 3 portrait quilts from the large fabric I select.

MU School of Visual Studies

Young Man with Hat and Pipe by Riana Bovill

Jean: I really like to learn new things. When I have the opportunity, I like to take different classes. I have learned how to dye fabric, print letterpress on fabric, and anything where I can try something new motivates me. Right now, I like to incorporate traditional quilt blocks with non-traditional, and I really enjoy creating landscapes. In terms of fabric, if I have an idea, I like to buy fabric I like when I see it, and my entire stash is organized by color.

Riana: Speaking of fabric, in one of Jean’s quilt, I found a piece of the very first fabric I ever bought to make my first portrait!

Jean: Some of the fabric I have could be 20 years old, some could be brand new!

What advice would you give to those experimenting with fiber art?

Jean: Don’t give up. Be persistent. I can’t tell you how many times I rip out stitches because the color or value isn’t right. Think of it as a fun process even when you have to rip it out. 🙂

Enchantment in the Jungle by Jean Brueggenjohann

Riana: Don’t be afraid to find the answers. A quick YouTube video may be just what you need to move on.

Jean: Some of the colors that you think absolutely will not work, do, so you have to be brave and go for it!

What advice do you have on color and fabric selection?

Riana: I’m a big advocate for any color goes with any color. You may be surprised at just how colors interact with one another when you put them together.

Jean: One of my quilts on display has batiks, African fabrics and fabric from a local quilt store, and I had a comment. “How could something so wrong be so right?” in terms of fabric choices.

Riana: Any [piece of fabric] is game. Sometimes I take my husband’s clothing and cut pieces off of them. One time, he was asking for a pair of his pajama pants, and I knew I had recently seen them, and sure enough, I looked down and saw them woven into the rug I was working on.

Looking Back by Riana Bovill

How would you describe your work?

Riana: My work has some quilted elements, but mostly applique and collage. Almost all of my work is hand stitched.

Jean: I want people to see that traditional and contemporary quilt blocks and elements can be merged. Each quilt I create has a story, and I want people to see the story and be drawn in and look at the details. Mine are all machine pieced and machine quilted. Hand and machine appliqued with embellishment.

 

Amplified Quilt

Amplified Quilt

Amplified Quilt

If you ever spot Jenny out and about, take a look around. There’s sure to be a tall, handsome fellow somewhere in your midst. (Sorry, ladies – he’s taken!) Ron Doan, aka Mr. Jenny, is Jenny’s #1 fan and devoted husband. Over the years, Ron has developed quite the talent for quilt design, and this week he is in the studio with Jenny to demonstrate his latest creation, the Amplified Quilt.

Amplified Quilt

This quilt is a modern half square triangle pattern that is as eye-catching as it is easy. Click HERE to watch the tutorial!

Amplified Quilt

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