Jenny’s ‘Perfect Finishes’ Tutorial with Darlene Zimmerman

Jenny’s ‘Perfect Finishes’ Tutorial with Darlene Zimmerman

Here are some great techniques for finishing your quilt!

I like a challenge, but there are a few things that are just beyond my reach. Climbing Mount Everest? Not likely. Winning an Olympic gold medal? Nope. Walking out of my local quilt shop empty handed? Not on your life!  But a scalloped binding? That’s an easy one!

Jenny and her dear friend, Darlene Zimmerman, show off some great finishing techniques!

This week Jenny has Darlene Zimmerman in the studio to show us how to finish a quilt with super-simple waves and scallops. Click HERE to watch!

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World Health Day: Make a Quilt to Celebrate Your Healthy Lifestyle!

World Health Day: Make a Quilt to Celebrate Your Healthy Lifestyle!

Don’t eat sugar. Don’t eat carbs. Eat your veggies. Watch your portion size. Take your vitamins. There is a long list of things we’re supposed to be doing if we want to be healthy. But the truth is, sometimes it’s hard and sometimes I just want some chocolate!

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Did you know that today is World Health Day? It’s a great reminder for us to show our gratitude to healthcare professionals, medical researchers, dietitians, and all the people who have caused improvements in the health and well-being of our society as a whole. When we think of good health, we usually think of our diet, but there is more to good health than just what you put into your body. Good health is a lifestyle. To me, good health means filling your days with the things that make your life better and make you feel better (which may even occasionally include chocolate, right??). It means taking time to slow down and relieve stress, spending time outdoors, increasing your energy and strength through exercise and activities, and even exercising your brain!

I don’t know about you, but when I’m passionate about something (or maybe I just need a good physical reminder), what do I want to do? Make a quilt about it! So, I’ve decided to hand select some of our wonderful fabrics that might help you to celebrate the activities and habits in your life that contribute to your good health and happiness.

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Good Foods and Cooking

Ann Wigmore (1909-1993), a Lithuanian–American “holistic health” practitioner and raw food advocate, is known for her quote, “The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” Some say that may be an over-simplified perspective, but we know that the foods we eat can affect our energy levels, moods, emotions, level of focus, and so much more. Generally, the better we eat, the better we feel (though a little bit of chocolate can work wonders for our moods. Moderation is key, right?). Some people even find that the process of preparing those good foods to be therapeutic and relaxing. Here are some wonderful fabrics that represent good foods and cooking good foods (and make sure to make yourself a fun apron, so you can do it in style)!

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Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Did you know that there are microbes and good bacteria in dirt that actually boost your immune system and improve your mood? While gardening, working, and playing in dirt, it is actually making our bodies stronger and less likely to develop asthma and allergies. Do it in the sun (with the appropriate protections), and your body will also get the Vitamin D that it needs (Vitamin D helps our bodies absorb calcium better, making our bones stronger — a deficiency can lead to more serious conditions).

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Become One with Nature

Fresh air! Hiking, camping, glamping (for those of us who would rather “rough it” with air conditioning), whatever it may be, we’ve got a fabric for it!

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Slow Down and Enjoy the View

Nowadays, our society as a whole is expected to multitask, over schedule our lives, sacrifice sleep and then drink coffee necessary to stay awake. Even writing that sentence was exhausting and doesn’t sound fun OR healthy! If one of your healthy habits is slowing down to relieve stress, then you might enjoy these fabrics:

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Sports

Sports may not be for everyone, but they are a great way to introduce children to the benefits of living an active life! We have so many great sports fabrics to choose from including licensed prints like NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, NCAA College Sports, and so much more.

Sports Kids Fabrics at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Patterns

When you’re working with themed fabrics, you might want to choose a quilt pattern that will really showcase the prints in the fabrics. Here are some great quilt patterns to choose from:

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Just like a quilt that is personal, individual, and unique, so is a person’s “healthy lifestyle.” Whatever it is that you like to do to stay healthy, we can’t wait to see the quilts you make to celebrate those things! I will tell you one thing… I believe that quilting keeps us young! So, add quilting and sewing to your list of healthy habits! 🙂 We would love for you to share your World Health Day-inspired creations on our social media channels using #msqcshowandtell! Happy quilting and Happy World Health Day!

Even if you’re not ready to make a quilt today, we’d love for you to share your favorite healthy habits and hobbies with us! Leave a comment and tell us what you love about it!

DIY Easy Baby Gift Ideas!

DIY Easy Baby Gift Ideas!

I love welcoming new bundles of joy to the world with homemade gifts from the heart. I just found out recently that I’ll have a new niece or nephew by this fall, my cousin’s pregnant, and so is one of my best friends! They seem to come in threes, don’t they? As you can imagine, I’ve already started dreaming about all the fun gifts I can make. 

DIY Easy Baby Gift Ideas from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

A baby quilt is always a wonderful option (we even have baby quilting kits and tutorials to help), but if you’re looking for something extra to go with it, or something a little quicker, here are some projects you’re bound to adore.

Soft Book Multi Panels at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Small children have surprisingly strong grips! Keep them turning pages without tears with soft, fabric books. Choose from Safari Expedition, McAnderson’s Farm, Sweet Dreams Little One, Travel Around the World, You’re My Little Chickadee, and many more! Check them out HERE

Elephant Cuddle Family Kit

Stuffed animals are always a big hit with little ones, but they’re even better when they’re made with love instead of store-bought and when they’re made with extra plush Shannon Cuddle like these in the Elephant Cuddle Family Kit!

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Old MacDonald had a farm e-i-e-i-o. And on that farm there were the cutest Farm Fun animals you’ve ever seen! These stuffed animals are so easy to make. Simply cut out the pieces from the fabric panel, stitch them together, and stuff. You’ll have a gift they’ll love completed in no time! 

Dudley and Dolittle Kit

 

Dudley and Doolittle are two life-size sea turtles that can’t wait to be squeezed! Wouldn’t they be the perfect addition to an “Under the Sea” themed nursery? We think so!

 

 

 

 

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Tummy time just got a lot more fun! Stitch up a soft, snuggly buddy for baby made with Cuddle fabrics by Shannon in tan or aqua.

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If you don’t have time to make something this time around, check out our Swaddle Blankets from Shannon Fabrics! They’re beautiful, great quality, and affordable!

Happy making!

Call for Stories – National Quilting Month 2017

Call for Stories – National Quilting Month 2017

March is National Quilting Month and we’re using it as an opportunity to celebrate the giving nature of quilters everywhere! Here’s how you can join the fun (and win lots of Quilter’s Cash!) :

Quilt From The Heart #GiveaStitch

Quilt from the Heart: This month (and every month) we challenge you to #giveastitch by making a quilt and donating it to a person or organization in need. Listen to a special message from Jenny and check out the information we’ve gathered to help you out HERE including easy to make patterns and a list of organizations accepting quilt donations. Be sure to share your charity quilts and the story behind them with us on social media using #giveastitch!!

Share:  We’re continuing the Missouri Star Quilt Co. tradition of holding a “Stitched Together” story contest, and we want YOU to enter!  Share your story with us: Has quilting made your life better?  Has it changed you or touched your heart? Have you used your quilting skills to make someone else’s life better?  Email us at stories@missouriquiltco.com and tell us how in 500 words or less for the chance to be one of three grand prize winners to win Quilter’s Cash and be featured on our Daily Deal page and Daily Deal email!

  • 1st place will be featured on National Quilting Day (Saturday, March 18th) and will receive $250 in Quilter’s Cash

  • 2nd Place will receive $100 in Quilter’s Cash and will be featured Sunday, March 19th.

  • 3rd Place will receive $50 in Quilter’s Cash and will be featured Monday, March 20th.

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A few details to remember:

  • Entries must be emailed to stories@missouriquiltco.com by noon (CST)on Saturday, March 11th.

  • If you would like to remain anonymous, please let us know. (Or, come up with a fabulous pen name!)

  • Even if your story isn’t chosen as one of the three winners, we might still share it in future Daily Deal stories, blog posts, or magazine articles. By submitting your story, you acknowledge that Missouri Star may use it at some future date for commercial purposes.

We are so excited to read your stories! We want to be inspired! We want to laugh! We want to cry! Just be sure to send your entry to stories@missouriquiltco.com by noon (CST) on Saturday, March 11th, 2017!

Haven’t read the touching stories in Stitched Together Volumes 1, 2 & 3 yet? Get them HERE! You’ll love them!

2017 Kona Cotton Color of the Year: Pink Flamingo

2017 Kona Cotton Color of the Year: Pink Flamingo

Robert Kaufman Fabrics has done it again, they’ve released a new Kona Cotton Color of the Year and we’re in love!! The 2017 Kona Color of the Year is Pink Flamingo – a vibrant, clean, and perfectly playful pink!

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This beautiful hue is only available during 2017 and will then be retired, so be sure to stock up on your Pink Flamingo fabric HERE while it’s available!

Needing a little project inspiration? Check out Robert Kaufman’s Kona Color of the Year Lookbook HERE and be inspired by the 6 beautiful quilts featured in it (like this gorgeous “Stars Over Pink Flamingo” quilt made by Valori Wells with an incredibly fun free motion quilting pattern)!

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Pink Flamingo is versatile and compliments so many other colors. Check out some of the ones we’d suggest pairing it with below:

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Or browse all Kona Cotton Solids HERE for more fun options!

What will you make with the 2017 Kona Cotton Color of the Year? Leave a comment and let us know!