Quick and Easy Sewing Projects for the Big Game!

Quick and Easy Sewing Projects for the Big Game!

Go, team, go! I may not be able to tell you the difference between a blitz and a bump-and-run or a guard and a tackle (I Googled those terms…), but I do enjoy the festive atmosphere surrounding a good ol’ game of football. The family gathers around the television, with plenty of snacks at hand, arrayed in their favorite team’s colors. It almost feels like a holiday. I always cook up a batch of my best appetizers and snuggle up in a quilt, right alongside my husband. And if you’re especially full of game-day spirit, a few decorations might be in order as well.

Sewing Projects for the Big Football Game!

This year I went all out and stitched up some accents in classic football prints and colors to make the occasion even more memorable. No matter what team you’re rooting for, enjoy the end of a spectacular football season with a few of your favorite recipes and a couple quick and easy projects to add to the fun.

Sewing Projects for the Big Football Game!

This table runner is so much fun in football fabrics! It’s the Flower Fancy Runners Pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Company. Here are the fabrics that were used for this project:

Footballs & Helmets: https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/detail/39169/timeless-treasures/kimberly-knight/sports-football-helmets-black-yardage

Footballs: https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/detail/39170/timeless-treasures/kimberly-knight/sports-footballs-black-yardage

Sports – Tossed Footballs Green: https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/detail/64782/timeless-treasures/timeless-treasures/sports-tossed-footballs-green-yardage

Football Stripe: https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/detail/64783/timeless-treasures/timeless-treasures/sports-football-stripe-black-yardage

All Sports – Team Mascot Black: https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/detail/61798/kanvas-studios/maria-kalinowski/all-sports-team-mascot-black-yardage

Sports Life 3 – Grass: https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/detail/27044/robert-kaufman/studio-rk/sports-life-3-grass-yardage

Sewing Projects for the Big Football Game!

These Micro-Safe Hot Holders for Indygo Junction are perfect for serving any hot dish, like some delicious queso or little smokies and aren’t they so darling in the football fabrics? What are some of your favorite snacks and appetizers to eat while you’re watching the game? Amy Barickman, the designer of the Micro-Safe Hot Holders, has a go-to recipe called Amy’s Super Bowl Salsa that just looks amazing!

Sewing Projects for the Big Football Game!

Here’s a breakdown of the recipe for Amy’s Super Bowl Salsa.

  • 3 cans corn
  • 3 cans black beans
  • 1 bunch scallions
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 8 oz. feta cheese
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 3/4 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 c. oil

Do you enjoy watching sporting events with family and friends? Do you like to add something quilty to the occasion? Leave a comment and let us know!

Sewing Projects for the Big Football Game!

New Friday Tutorial: English Paper Piecing- Quatro Colour With Sue Daley

New Friday Tutorial: English Paper Piecing- Quatro Colour With Sue Daley

Learn to make this Quatro Colour using the EPP method to hand stitch.

Jenny is joined by Sue Daley to demonstrate how to make the Quatro Color Quilt with English Paper Piecing using the “Sue Daley Quarto Petal Template” by Sue Daley Designs for Patchwork with Busy Fingers/Sue Daley Designs, a glue pen, a milliners needle, and Quatro Petal Paper.

 

Learn to make this Quatro Colour Quilt using English Paper Piecing, with expert Sue Daley!

This dynamic duo makes English Paper Piecing easy for everyone! Click the button below to watch the full tutorial and to get all of your supplies!

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

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!

Learn About the Missouri Star Catalog!

Learn About the Missouri Star Catalog!

We’re thrilled to introduce to you the first ever Missouri Star Quilt Co. Catalog! This catalog has been a labor of love. Here at MSQC we’re always thinking of ways to help make quilting friendlier, so we decided to create a catalog featuring some brand new MSQC kits created just for you – along with a large selection of handpicked precuts you won’t find anywhere else. We think you’re really going to enjoy the catalog and be inspired to create! Isn’t that cover beautiful??

Introducing the Missouri Star Quilt Co Catalog!

Since the catalog is a brand spanking new thing at MSQC, we wanted to help answer a few questions about it that you might have.

  • Missouri Star Quilt Company Catalog! How can I sign up to get a copy of the catalog?
    • For this first issue, the catalog has been sent to people with an MSQC Account that already had an address on file. You can sign up to receive future issues by following the steps below.
    • If you already have an account at missouriquiltco.com, you’ll want to login, click on “Your Account” and then check your settings under “Your Saved Addresses and Mail Preferences.” Make sure the box next to “Catalog” is checked and that your mailing address is correct.
    • If you don’t already have and MSQC account, you’ll need to sign up for one HERE then follow the steps from above.
  • I’m already signed up for the catalog. When will I get my copy?
    • The Missouri Star catalog is being sent out in batches. You may have noticed that some people have started to receive theirs. The catalogs are in the mail, hopefully you’ll find this fun surprise in your mailbox within a couple of weeks!
  • How do I order from the catalog? 
    • It’s easy! Order online through the catalog ordering screen at missouriquiltco.com HERE (this page can also be found at the very bottom of our homepage under “Shop” and “Our Catalog”. All you have to do is enter the product number from the catalog in the catalog search bar and it will pop right up!
    • Or you can order by phone by calling customer service at 888-571-1122
  • Is the catalog being mailed to international customers?
    • Absolutely! The catalog is full of fun and inspiration for everyone. We want our entire MSQC family to be inspired to create.

Once you get your catalog, spend a day or two drooling over those gorgeous fabrics, then click HERE to order! We hope you love it!