Treat Yourself to a Missouri Star Quilt Co Retreat!

Treat Yourself to a Missouri Star Quilt Co Retreat!

On New Year’s Eve, we had a Mystery Quilt Extravaganza at the Sewing Center and we had a blast!  Each participant was provided with fabric cutting instructions and given two clues before they arrived.

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Here are the blocks they created!  So fun!

Missouri Star Quilt Company Mystery Quilt Extravaganza

Anita Merriman Gibson shared her finished quilt with us.  Great job, Anita!  Thanks for sharing with us!


We have some really exciting events coming up at the retreat!  Here’s a little preview of what’s to come in the next couple of months and you can check out all the details on our Events Page!

  • January 23 – January 25:  Sew When It Snows Retreat with Jenny Doan
    • Join us for a wintertime quilting and sewing retreat! Brave the elements — bring your winter gear, your fancy long john’s and your Union suit. Bring your favorite warm quilt, too!! You may need it!  Activities include: Time for shopping, Jenny will lead us in uncovering the Mystery of the Melting Snowman quilt and roasting hot dogs and s’mores out by the firepit.
  • February 12 – February 15: Chocolate Lovers Quilting Weekend with Jenny Doan
    • What could be better than chocolate and quilting together for an entire weekend?  Join us for a S-W-E-E-T Valentine’s Day quilting and sewing retreat.  Bring your favorite chocolate treats, recipes and your sweet tooth!  We’re going to eat lots of chocolate goodies, have a fun Willy Wonka-like surprise and sew ’til we drop!
  • March 12 – March 15: MSQC Quilters Spa Retreat with Jenny Doan
    • Relax, unwind and get your ZEN on!  Join us for our FIRST EVER quilters spa retreat, just what you’ve been dreaming of!  We’ll have a mystery quilt event with Jenny and a trunk show.  We’ll have open sew and a few optional activities with MSQC staff.  Sign up for a luxurious facial, mani/pedi or massage!  Wear your PJ’s and sew your stress away!

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Thanksgiving Week!

Thanksgiving Week!

Wow, I can’t believe it’s already Thanksgiving week!  There’s just something about knowing I get to eat mashed potatoes and gravy and pumpkin pie that makes me so excited!  Of course, it’s also time for family, friends and remembering all the MANY things we should be grateful for in our lives… like fabric, people who give me fabric, people who understand my love for fabric, sales on fabric… and chocolate!  What are you grateful for this year?

From all of us to all of you, Happy Thanksgiving!


While I’m sure you love Thanksgiving as much as we do, you may be wondering what will be happening for the rest of the week, so here’s a quick overview!

On Black Friday we’re giving away a FREE, GUARANTEED (that means it won’t sell out!) CHARM PACK!  On top of that we’re offering DOUBLE QUILTER’S CASH, 60 Sale Items and MORE!

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We’re so excited about the next couple of weeks!  Not only is there going to be an amazing Black Friday Sale, but Cyber Monday will kick off something pretty amazing that we like to call 12 Days of Christmas!  Each day, we’ll have some amazing deals and even bonus gifts!


The festivities will begin on Friday at 12AM CST, so be on the lookout!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Precut Tuesday: The Color Collection

Precut Tuesday: The Color Collection

Our Precut Tuesday today features The Color Collection from Modern Quilt Studio for Andover Fabrics. This line features excellent blenders in a rich array of colors, suitable for any style of quilt!

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Coordinating solids are: Mango, Regatta, Pewter, Celadon and Red. All are Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Solids.

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An English Affair

An English Affair

I am in love with Downton Abbey and was so excited when the I heard we were going to be getting the fabric in the shop. A customer service gal and I squealed like little girls and talked about Downton throughout the day! There is fabric from most of the main female characters: Mary, Edith, Sybil and the Dowager Countess. What do I make with this fabric is always the big question?!Downton Abbey Ladies

After a bit of consideration I had an epiphany, a Union Jack, what else!


MSQC has a really cute pattern for a Union Jack quilt, but I wanted the whole thing to be one giant flag. I found a website that told me how to draw a Union Jack and so I took their instructions and have edited them for a 40″x80″ quilt. And BONUS, it’s a quilt with no weird angle cutting!

Set your tea and biscuits aside, cause I’m going to tell you how I did it!

Here’s what you’ll need:

3 different shades of fabric for the quilt top: a light, medium and dark. This is what I used,

fby10322Light = 1.5 yards

fby10294Medium = 1.5 yards

fby10291 Dark = 2 yards*

*(This also includes enough to bind the quilt)


The backing amount is a bit tricky. 2.5 yards is just enough to cover the back, but talk to your quilter before hand to see how much you’ll need for leaders cause you might need to get 5 yards and back stitch.

Step 1: Cut everything

Start with the dark fabric -

Cut 4 rectangles at 13.5″ x 33.25″. The rest will be for binding later.

Medium fabric -

Cut one (1) strip at 8″ x 40″ and two (2) at 8″ x 35″. Next cut four (4) strips at 2.75″ x 36.5″.

Light fabric -

Cut four (4) strips at 2.75″ x 35 and four (4) strips at 2.75″ x 13.5″. Now cut four (4) strips at 8″ x 36.5″.

Step 2: Start Sewing

Break out the pins because they will be your best friends!

Take one of the medium strips that is 2.75 x 36.5″ and pin it on top of the light fabric that measures 8 x 36.5″ so that one side has a 1.25″ border and the other  is 4″ border. Sew them together, right on top of each other. Repeat this 3 more times.

Next, you want to pin and sew your new strips to your dark rectangles. Use the link here, to eyeball where the strips should line up. Pin and sew. Trim off the overhang and repeat 3 more times.

Congrats you’ve just created the Cross of St. Patrick!! Now let’s create the Cross of St. George!

Double check yourself that you have each rectangle facing the right way, two of them should have the large light strip up and two has it down, and sew on the light strip of 2.75 x 13.5″. (Don’t be afraid to pick if it’s the wrong way, I did!)

Proceed to sew the light strip measuring 2.75 x 35″ to the top of two and the bottom of two.

This is what your pieces should look like right now:

Union Jack

Add the medium fabric of 8 x 35″ in between two of the rectangles (horizontal). Double check that your rectangles are going the right way with the link above. Repeat for the other side.

Now all you have to do is add the vertical bar of medium fabric, 8 x 40″, to connect the two sides.

Voila! A Union Jack with no angle cutting! Beat that govna!

Step 3: Put the kettle on and enjoy a cup of tea!

Don’t be afraid of the imperfections, mine has them all over the place but that makes me love it even more!


Don’t forget to check out our line of precuts! Downton Abbey Precuts




Precut Tuesday!

Precut Tuesday!

Ducks in a Row by American Jane for Moda

Ducks in a row



1. Kona Cotton Solids – Bone Yardage 2. Kona Cotton – Canary Yardage

3. Kona Cotton – Tomato Yardage 4. Kona Cotton – Peridot Yardage

Hapi by Amy Butler for Moda


1. Kona Cotton – Peacock Yardage 2. Kona Cotton – Jade Green Yardage

3. Designer Solids – Manatee Yardage 4. Designer Solids – Black Yardage

Weeds by My Sister and Me for Moda



1. Bella Solids – Betty’s Red Yardage 2.Bella Solids – White Bleached Yardage

3. Bella Solids – Pewter Yardage 4. Bella Solids – Black Yardage

Happy Matching!