ModBLOCK Contributor: Meet Amy Ellis

ModBLOCK Contributor: Meet Amy Ellis

Today we are introducing yet another fabulous contributor to our ModBLOCK Magazine! We were so thrilled to be able to work with Moda fabric designer and author, Amy Ellis! She’s the greatest! Enjoy this little Q&A we did with her!

Meet Amy Ellis

Meet Amy Ellis

Amy’s projects in ModBLOCK are ‘River Log Cabin’ featuring her new fabric line, ‘Modern Neutrals‘,  ‘Rainbow Dreams’ and ‘Star Dust’

Log cabin
Star dust screen shot

What is your sewing/quilting/crafting/art background?

I learned to sew garments as a girl, and loved all things fabric, even in college when I didn’t have time or the means to sew, I would wander through fabric shops just to pet the pretty fabrics. I then taught myself to quilt when my kids were young, and I needed some creative therapy in my life. Almost seven years ago now, I started a blog (AmysCreativeSide.com) and was inspired to make quilts that I had been designing in my sketch book.

How did you get started in this business?
I got started writing books, by taking the first step and submitted a proposal. It’s been a whirlwind of creative messes and busyness ever since!

Tell us about your collection(s) and /or pattern style.
I love clean and clear colors, with geometric shapes and pattern in my fabric. My quilt patterns are unique and modern, while still being a little traditional in the construction methods, and settings.

What are you inspired by?
I love to take everything in, but most often I’m inspired by home decor trends. Graphic wall papers, rugs, even tile work, and throw pillows have made it to my inspiration boards!

How would you describe your style?
Modern in that I like to design original quilt blocks, but still traditional in that the techniques I use are the tried and true methods that quilters have been using for years.

What are some of your greatest challenges in your design process?
I love to share what I’m working on, as I work on it, and when I have tons of secret sewing, it’s a big no, no to share it. Not sharing a pile of book quilts for almost a year is a huge challenge!

Do you have an online presence on social media?
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amyscreativeside
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/parkcitygirl/
Instagram: @amyscreativeside

Are there any releases or upcoming events you have coming up that you’d like us to know about?
Think Big : Quilts, Runners, and Pillows from 18” Blocks (Dec, 2014)

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Hardanger – my grandma loves this needlecraft, and I think it could be an exciting texture addition to my quilts. (Pretty random though, huh?)

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Writing a book in two months was a huge challenge! Thankfully I had some friends that were willing to help with piecing, and everything was delivered on time.

Do you have a signature color? If not, what would it be?
Any shade of grey, I love the depth and dimension in the various shades together.

What is your favorite fabric line of all time?
Wonderland by Momo with the new Avant Garden being a close second.

Is there an experience or accomplishment you are most proud of?
Submitting that first proposal, was a really big risk personally! It was so hard to take my ideas and hand them over, and wait for the verdict, but it paid off, and I’m proud of the accomplishments that have accumulated since then too!

Thank you so much, Amy! Don’t miss the other Q&A’s on the ModBLOCK contributors! 🙂

Sizzix Quilt Blog Hop // The Arrow Quilt!

Sizzix Quilt Blog Hop // The Arrow Quilt!

Jenny Sizzix Arrow Quilt

Welcome everyone to the Sizzix Quilt Blog Hop! A bunch of us got together and decided to make some really great quilted projects to show you just what the Sizzix Big Shot Pro, fabi Quilting line can do! You’ll get firsthand project ideas featuring Sizzix fabi dies as well as projects made using our newest Bigz Pro Quilting collection with designs by the artist, author and quilter Victoria Findlay Wolfe!

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We thought a lot about this project and we just had so much fun creating this arrow quilt, that we wanted to do what we do best and teach you exactly how to make it.  Enjoy this tutorial on the Arrow Quilt!

 

For this project, we used the Bigz Half Hexi Die, the Bigz Small Simple Wedge Die and Michael Miller’s Fairy Frost Crayon Box Layer Cake.  Choose some yardage for the background fabric and outside border and you’re set!

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We are so excited to announce that we are going to be having a Quilting Retreat with Jenny Doan, Victoria Findlay Wolfe and Sizzix!  The retreat will be October 8th through October 11th and sign-up is now live!  Find all the details on the Event Page!

Sizzix has turned our templates into dies!  You can find them here: All Sizzix products at Missouri Quilt Company

In addition to the amazing projects handmade by each of our spectacularly talented participants, Sizzix will also be giving away a GRAND prize! You can find out how to enter below!

Here is the full list of participants!  If you haven’t visited their blogs yet, go check them out and find out what fabulous projects they created with these fantastic Sizzix products!:

January 16th Jamie Fingal

January 16th Tracy Mooney

January 17th Elizabeth Timmons

January 17th Nicole Daksiewicz

January 18th Ebony Love

January 18th Holly Hughes

January 19th Marni Weaver

January 19th Leslie Jenison

January 20th Karin Jordan

January 20th Sue Bleiweiss

January 21st Jenny Doan (that’s me!)

January 21st Victoria Findlay Wolfe

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Merry Christmas from MSQC!

Merry Christmas from MSQC!

Merry Christmas from Missouri Star Quilt Co! We hope this day finds you happy and healthy and surrounded by whatever it is that brings you the most joy! All those hours of careful preparation and planning have finally paid off as you relax amid emptied stockings, piles of wrapping paper and opened packages, filled bellies, and loved ones.

For many of us, creating a memorable Christmas experience is very much like quilting. We plan, we dream, and we work tirelessly to make sure every detail is perfect. And when everything finally comes together, the results are simply magical!

Your Christmas might not look exactly like mine, but I sure hope it’s just as filled with love and good feeling. Christmas day has a way of helping us focus on the very best life has to offer. For that one day, we can pause to really enjoy those things that bring us true happiness.

So from all of us at MSQC, we wish you and yours the warmest, happiest Christmas and an amazing New Year!

 

 

 

Thank you for being such an important part of our holiday season.  Merry Christmas!!

Forum Ornaments Christmas Tree

Forum Ornaments Christmas Tree

The Missouri Star Quilt Company Forums are a magical place.  If you need a friend, advice, an honest opinion or just someone to understand how deep your love for fabric truly is, then the forums are the place to go.  We’ve been amazed by what goes on there.  I don’t know how our forum members ever have the time to actually quilt because it seems like they’re always there, eager to answer a question or give a vote of encouragement.  It’s amazing and it’s all because of the forum members!

Well some of our super knowledgable and supportive forum members have taken on a special project.  They created a group that would set out to create stunning, handmade ornaments to send to Hamilton, Missouri for our shops.  We were so impressed by what we received that we had to give them a supreme location all on their own.  So, in the front window of The Sewing Center, we have our Forum Ornament Tree.  It truly is something special!  We LOVE every single ornament that was sent in and here are a few, so we can share the experience with you!

stocking quilt

tree 2

santa

We had to take some in the evening to see how they looked with the tree all lit up!

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tree 1

ball ornament
pinecone
missouri star ornament

THANK YOU to the super awesome M-Star Christmas Tree Ornament Party Group.  We adore every single ornament and are amazed by the time and talent that went into each one!!

Block Magazine December Issue!

Block Magazine December Issue!

It’s getting cold outside, which always makes me want to curl up in a warm blanket by the fire with some hot cocoa and my favorite book.  Just in time, our latest issue of Block Magazine has arrived!  This issue is special to us… it focuses on the things that we really love and cherish.  Family, memories and doing the things we love.  Get to know Jenny, her children and grandchildren, as they give us a peek at some of their favorite holiday memories and traditions.  This issue also features some really amazing projects that you’ll definitely want to add to your quilting bucket list (I know you have one!).

Patchwork Stockings

Here’s a little glimpse of what you can find in the issue.

Charmed Spools Quilt - MSQC

First, we have the Charmed Spools Quilt.  Earlier this month, Jenny did a wonderful tutorial on this quilt pattern.  It is so cute with the tall spools and inviting colors… I can just imagine a smaller version hanging on my sewing room wall!  If you would love to make this quilt, you can follow all the details in the following link (including the fabrics to buy, etc.)

The Charmed Spools Quilt

missouristarOf course we had to create our own Missouri Star pattern.  We would love for each of our amazing customers to have their own Missouri Star quilt in their homes to wrap around themselves as if we’re giving each one of you a giant hug!  If there was a way to actually give each one of you a hug from us, we would make it happen!  Perhaps this quilt is the closest thing to that!  Either way, this is a beautiful pattern that will always look stunning!

Our Missouri Star Quilt

MSQC Patchwork StockingsThe Patchwork Stocking is so fun and simple.  I love projects that look more difficult than they really are and this is one of those… This is a quick, one day project, so it’s would be great to give as a gift or hang them all over your house and it will look like you put your heart and soul into it without having to give up an arm and a leg at the same time!

The Patchwork Stocking

illusionblockThe Illusion Block Quilt is just so much fun!  We’ve been asked many times if there is a pattern for this block and now there is!  Whether you decide to use solids or prints, this is definitely going to make a big impact wherever you put it! We just love it!

The Illusion Block Quilt

I love to dresdenplacemathave something quilted on my holiday table.  I can pick out my favorite Christmas fabrics and have something completely unique to go along with all of the delicious food that comes with the holidays.  I love this Dresden Placemat project!  Change up the fabrics and you could have beautiful placemats for every season.  I can even imagine a special birthday placemat that comes out for a child’s special day.  Such a sweet pattern and so versatile!

The Dresden Placemat

We love this time of year where we get to stop and think about what is really the most important to us.  We hope this issue of Block reflects that because we sure enjoyed creating it!  This is just a few of the many projects in the issue.  For Block susbscribers, if you haven’t received your issue yet, don’t worry, it’s on its way!!

Missouri Star Quilt Co's Jenny Doan