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

Update on the Easy Pinwheels

Update on the Easy Pinwheels

If you haven’t seen the super easy pinwheel check it out –

But there are some questions that arise when you are doing more than the standard charm pack. So we went to our users and they came up with some great info to work with. Try the following –

Here is what have discovered…Cut your squares of fabric:

3 3/8” = 4” Block

4 1/2” = 5” block

5 1/8” = 6” block

5 7/8” = 7” block

6 5/8” = 8” block

7 2/8” = 9” block

8” = 10” block

8 5/8” = 11” block

9 3/8” = 12” block

Now here is the formula, it blew my mind but thank goodness for calculators!

Finished block size x 1.41 = finished diagonal

Divide the answer, the finished diagonal, by 2. Add 0.875″ and round up to the nearest 1/8″ to find your parent block size.

There, aren’t you glad I just gave you the measurements?

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Pretty cool eh’!! Just to be sure, I did make the 4”, 5”, 6” and 7” blocks with those measurements and they were spot on. I hope this helps you all! Let me know how it works for you.

Free Pattern for the Easy Quilted Tote Bag…(as promised)

Free Pattern for the Easy Quilted Tote Bag…(as promised)

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Merry Christmas!

It’s what you have all been waiting for:

Missouri Star Quilt Co – Tote Bag Pattern

Click on that link and you should be able to print at your hearts desire…..and sew, sew, sew of course.

Happy Monday to everyone.

***we’d love to hear what you think about the pattern.  It is our first printable one, you know.  🙂  Let us know what you think, and if you have any questions….email us at  missouristarquiltco{AT}gmail{DOT}com

Like always, we’d love to see pictures of your finished projects!  Have a wonderful week.