Birthday Bash Recap! Missouri Star’s 8th Birthday!

Birthday Bash Recap! Missouri Star’s 8th Birthday!

One year older and wiser too…. Happy Birthday to Missouri Star Quilt Co! This September, we hosted our 8th Birthday Bash, where we celebrate the anniversary of Missouri Star in Hamilton, Missouri. It’s amazing to see how much we’ve grown, learned and improved and we are so grateful to our customers/fans who’ve made this journey possible!

Wednesday Night: The Kickoff Dinner with the Doan Family

The night before everything begins, we kick off the event with a family dinner. We share stories, give out party favors, and just have a wonderful night together because you are our family!
Missouri Star Quilt Co Birthday Bash Recap!

When you get the Doan Family all in one room, there are bound to be stories! Al, Jenny’s son, is a wonderful story teller and had the whole room filled with laughter!

Missouri Star Quilt Co Birthday Bash Recap!

When the dinner was over, we moved over to the Retreat Center to watch a special video that Jenny’s son Jake had created for the special night. It brought such a wonderful, heartwarming energy to the room. We’re so glad that we get to work together as family and friends and do something we truly love!

Missouri Star Quilt Co Birthday Bash Recap!

Watch the Video HERE.

Thursday: The Party Begins

I don’t know how you like to start off a party, but we start it with dancing, free fabric/prizes, and lots of music and energy! In the Retreat Center, we had a Quilt Show adorning the walls and a Jelly Roll Race Charity Sew for 40 participants who signed up in advance!

Missouri Star Quilt Co Birthday Bash Recap!

The result was 40 quilt tops to be finished by our Missouri Star Quilt Co Machine Quilting Team and donated to local Women’s Shelters! The Jelly Roll Race pattern is so quick and easy, that it’s perfect for donating for a good cause! If you’re looking for somewhere to donate quilts, check out this post HERE.

It’s so wonderful anytime we are able to give back to our community, so thank you to everyone involved who made it possible to do that!

Friday: Trunk Shows Galore!

Friday was filled with more fun, more games and prizes, a Homecoming Parade and TWO trunk shows! Have you ever been to Jenny Doan’s Trunk Show? Not only does she tell some wonderful stories through her quilting journey, but she teaches some mini tutorials along the way! You always leave feeling inspired to create something!

Missouri Star Quilt Co Birthday Bash Recap!

Not only did we have Jenny’s wonderful trunk show, but Rob Appell of Man Sewing was here as well! He tells his story through his quilts and it is a special experience!

Missouri Star Quilt Co Birthday Bash Recap!

Yes, he’s standing on the counter! Every seat in the house was a good one! 🙂

Missouri Star Quilt Co Birthday Bash Recap!

Right in the front row was a mother and her young son who is learning to sew and quilt. Rob was able to have a conversation with them afterward and give some tips on getting started!

Saturday: The Sewlebrity Sew-Off (Jenny Doan vs Rob Appell)

What do you get when you put two quilters/sewists in the same room with the same materials and limited time to create something completely unique? You get a lot of fun! Jenny and Rob were great sports and were both able to complete a project in the allotted time!

Missouri Star Quilt Co Birthday Bash Recap!

How do you compare a table runner + cape + head dress vs a duck with a zippered-on head? You call it a tie! This whole competition was a blast to watch and we can’t wait for the rematch next year!

Missouri Star Quilt Co Birthday Bash Recap!

I don’t know about you, but when I’m sewing, I love having some music playing! So, our lovely audience was able to provide that for the competition! 🙂

Aside from these special events throughout the celebration, we also had some fun that was going on the whole time! There was dancing for fabric and games on the patio, a Barn Block Painting Class, demos in the Main Shop by Windham Fabrics Designer Natalie Barnes, shopping for 88 cent Fat Quarters, a Quilter’s Walk of Fame, Quilt Show and so much more! We hope you’ll join us next September for our 9th Birthday Bash!

Missouri Star Quilt Co Birthday Bash Recap!

“Cuddle” Up This Fall with Shannon Cuddle + Giveaway!

“Cuddle” Up This Fall with Shannon Cuddle + Giveaway!

Don’t you just love Fall weather? You get to cuddle up in quilts, wear scarves and sweaters to stay cozy, but it’s not freezing cold like Winter! One of our favorite things to cuddle up in this time of year at Missouri Star Quilt Co. is Shannon Cuddle. It’s some of the softest, cuddliest, plushest stuff you’ll ever touch (it’s like wrapping up in a cloud of goodness)!

Over the years Jenny has used Cuddle for a number of projects, and she always uses it as the backing for her grandchildren’s quilts because they love it so much. Check out some of her projects below that would be great to make this Fall!

It doesn’t get much softer than this Cuddly Pillow Quilt! To make the same size quilt as Jenny, you’ll need 8 Shannon Cuddle Charm Packs and there are some darling ones to choose from! Wouldn’t a smaller version of this make a darling seat/floor cushion as well? So many ideas!

Shannon Cuddle Charm Packs at Missouri Star Quilt Co!

Aren’t these hues so cute? Shop all Shannon Fabrics Cuddle Precuts HERE.

Minky Infinity Scarf Kits at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Let me assure you that Cuddle is not just for kids! If you’re a fan of scarves, you’ll love these cozy Shannon Cuddle Scarf Kits! They make quick and easy gifts that everyone is sure to love! Jenny even has a tutorial walking you through how to make this simple project. Watch it HERE. These scarves come in several cute colors and prints. Browse them all HERE.

Easy Projects Using Cuddle Cloth at Missouri Star Quilt Co!

Need a quick, easy and cuddly baby blanket (or increase the size and make one for yourself!)? This simple method will have you in awe. Click HERE to watch how easy it is and to snag up some of that darling Cuddle that Jenny used!

If you’re looking for a beautiful, cuddly quilt project yourself, then look no further! Shannon Cuddle Quilt Kits are so cozy and come in some beautiful designs for adults! The Bella Vita kit is one of our favorites, so we’re giving one away along with a few scarf kits!

Cuddle Quilt Kit Giveaway and Tons of Projects!

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What projects will you make to cuddle up in this Fall? Leave a comment and let us know!

October Printables – Quilty Party Games Part II!

October Printables – Quilty Party Games Part II!

September was Missouri Star Quilt Co.’s Birthday Month and we were thrilled to be able to celebrate 8 years as a company. It wouldn’t be possible without all of our amazing fans like yourself. Thank you for all the support! You deserve to celebrate your quilty awesomeness with your very own quilting party and we’ve got all the free printables you’ll need to throw one! Click HERE to download these fun Quilty Party Games and don’t forget the printables from part one of this post HERE.

 

Download this free Quilty Games Printable and throw your own fun quilt party!

You can donate the quilt tops from these fun games to your favorite charity! See a list of charities that we’ve compiled HERE. Happy quilting!

Quilting for a Cause: Charitable Organizations That Need Your Quilts!

Quilting for a Cause: Charitable Organizations That Need Your Quilts!

Once you catch the quilting bug, you just can’t stop sewing! Soon, every bed in your home is dressed to the nines. Then you start gifting quilts to family and friends. And when all your loved ones have received as many quilts as they can handle, do you stop there? Of course not! You start looking for strangers in need of a beautiful, cozy quilt. After all, there’s just nothing that compares to the comfort of a handmade quilt that has been pieced with love.

Quilting for a Cause: Where to Donate Your Charity Quilts!

Looking for a place to donate your quilts? Here are a few ideas:

Give Quilts to Veterans/Active Military

  • Quilts of Valor // Donate a quilt or even donate your longarm quilting services. You can even choose a specific person to give your QOV to if you like. Just make sure to check on size requirements before you start! (Ideal size: 60”x80”) Review their  guidelines HERE.
  • Quilts of Honor // This organization was created to “honor members of our active military and veterans by showing them how much we appreciate their sacrifice and service with our “Quilted Hugs of Gratitude.” You can contribute by donating finished quilts, fabric and other quilting supplies, or donate monetarily.

Give Quilts to Children in Need

  • Project Linus // Donate blankets (not just quilts) to children in need… there are chapters in all 50 states. You can donate $$ online, but if you want to donate finished blankets and quilts, you can contact your nearest Project Linus Chapter HERE.
  • Snuggled in Hope Quilts // This is a group that provides quilts to Flying Horse Farms Camp for kids with serious illness and they provide a quilt to each member of the camp each summer… over 400 quilts each summer. Donate finished quilts (ideal size 55×65”), complete quilt tops, fabric, other supplies. Find their Wish List HERE.
  • Wrap Them in Love // Accept donated quilts, fabric, batting, or other quilting supplies, so if you don’t have time to make a quilt, but want to share your stash, this is a good one for you. Find the details on how you can help HERE.
  • Quilts for Kids // Quilts are given to children who suffer from abuse or life-threatening illnesses. Send in a complete quilt (ideal size: Approximately 38″- 40″ x 45″- 46″) or request a kit to donate your time (you supply love, time, binding, batting and thread): http://www.quiltsforkids.org/shop.htm Can also donate monetarily.

A quilt is a special gift, one that can spread comfort to those in need. We encourage you to take a look around your own community. Who needs a quilt? Homeless shelters, women’s shelters, and hospitals are always a great place to start. Leave a comment and let us know where you like to donate your quilts. Happy quilting for a cause!

5 Basic Tips on How to Photograph Your Quilts!

5 Basic Tips on How to Photograph Your Quilts!

Have you ever taken a selfie?  If you don’t know what a selfie is, just ask any teenager or better yet, let them show you… they’re guaranteed to have at least a dozen on their cell phones from the past week alone!  The ultimate goal of a selfie is to show off your best self (or in some cases your best duck impersonation #ducklips).  You’re going to do whatever it takes to find that ideal lighting that makes your skin glow and the perfect angle that makes you look a little thinner or a little taller.

Even if you’re not taking daily selfies and posting them all over social media, I’ll bet you DO want to take some awesome photos of your quilts to share with all of your friends, don’t you?? After all, you did put your heart and soul into them! Here are a few simple steps to taking a successful photo of your quilts and sewing projects:

  1. Natural light is your best friend.  The number one reason a photo doesn’t turn out right is bad lighting.  Unless you have a professional photography studio in your home, then natural light will give you the best detail and the most accurate colors to show your beautiful craftsmanship in the best light (see what I did there?). So, open a window or go outside… more on this to come!
  1. Look for open shade.  ‘Open shade’ is that sweet spot right between the sun and the shade where you’re illuminated by light, but not actually IN it.  Mid-morning or early evening are perfect times to find beautiful open shade. If you’re taking the photo inside, then open all the windows and let in as much light as possible.  Your project should be facing the brightest light source in the room (most likely the window).  Pick a time of day where the room is filled with light, but the sun isn’t shining directly into the window.  If you don’t have a room in the house with nice natural light, then take your project outside.  Surprisingly, an overcast day is an excellent time to take a photo outside.  Just make sure you’re still looking for that source of light to keep the shadows at bay!
  1. Think about what you are trying to showcase in your photo.  If you’re trying to show the overall design of your quilt, then your angle should be straight on, showing the entire area evenly. If you are folding your quilt or draping it on furniture, make sure it shows enough of the repeated block pattern that people can get a good idea of the design!

If you want to show the detail of the stitching, then you can be more creative with your angle and get close up to the quilt.

  1. Remove unnecessary distractions.  I understand that the best-lit room in your home might have a treadmill right in the center of it, but you want the primary focus of your photo to be your beautiful quilt and not the dusty workout equipment it’s resting on.  So, get up close and let your project fill the photo without much else in the background.
  1. Practice, practice, practice! Just like when you’re taking a selfie, commit to practicing and trying it out until you find what works!  Try out different rooms in the house or spots in the yard until you find that sweet spot!

If you follow these basic steps, even your cell phone can take a ‘post-worthy’ photo!

Have you made a quilt using a Missouri Star Quilting Tutorial or pattern? Use #msqcshowandtell to share your creation with us on Instagram or Twitter OR you can post it on our Facebook page! We can’t wait to see what you’ve created!