Spice Rack Quilt

Spice Rack Quilt

Spice Rack Quilt

This week Jenny is working on a quilt so cozy, it’s like curling up with a warm cup of spiced cider.

Spice Rack Quilt

The Spice Rack Quilt is composed of both linen and flannel fabrics, and when those two contrasting textures meet, the results are a delight to the senses! Click below to learn how to whip up sweet little chevrons in this easy charm tutorial!

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It’s a Fabriflair Christmas in July!

It’s a Fabriflair Christmas in July!

Most people can procrastinate when it comes to putting out Christmas decor, but as quilters we’re always planning months in advance in order to add a stylish new piece of decor to our collection. From wall hangings and Christmas quilts to cuddle under to ornaments and tree toppers the ideas just keep rolling in we’ve got to start working on them now to ensure they’ll be displayed all season long. Find the latest holiday fabric trends HERE.

When it comes to decor and other fun little projects, Amy Barickman always comes to mind for us! We’ve asked her to gather a couple of her favorite fun and simple Christmas projects to share below and they’re just darling.

Hi! It’s Amy Barickman founder of the pattern company,  Indygo Junction and inventor of Fabriflair®. I was so excited to be given the opportunity to share more about Fabriflair Stars and the beautiful Morris Holiday Metallic collection by Victoria & Albert Museam for Moda Fabrics. If you have not heard about Fabriflair® – think dimensional paper piecing. Heidi and I did a Facebook LIVE awhile back where we gave some great information on our original kit line with pre-cut matte board templates for hand sewing as well as our new sew by machine method which uses our Fabriflair Stabilizer.

FabriFlair Stars

When I was asked to create our Wall Art Star Pattern in this collection- I chose the crimson and pine palette, but once I received the fabrics I was inspired to also design version of our Tree Topper and Ornament Pattern in the indigo color palette. Aren’t they both gorgeous? 

FabriFlair and Morris Holiday Fabric

The prints and the scale in the line were ideal to work with the two patterns!

So let’s start with the Wall Art Star Pattern. There are three sizes to choose from in the pattern and several options to configure fabric for your star. You can create a single fabric “ray” or arm or a two fabric or split arm style. We did both options – one large star and one in the medium size.

FabricFlair Wall Art Star

On the Tree Topper and Ornament Pattern you only have the option to make the single fabric arm. Since this star is two-sided or three dimensional on the Tree Topper we created a 5 fabric version on one side and a single fabric version on the other side. On the ornament we chose a different fabric for each side.

FabriFlair Tree Topper

Embellishing Your Stars

Once you have your fabric planned for your star the fun begins – deciding on any embellishments you want to add! When I saw the indigo colorway in this collection I remembered a vintage beaded necklace I had that needed re-stringing hoping it was a match to this fabric. And it WAS!!

Embellished FabriFlair Tree Topper

Attaching beads to your stars can be a fun and easy process using pins and a dab of super glue. Beading pins from Dritz are ideal because they are a shorter length, but regular length pins work too. See this photo, we simply push the pin through the hole in the bead and secure with a tiny dot of super glue. The pearlized pin heads work especially nice with the indigo colorway and gold heads for the green and crimson colorway.

FabriFlair Tree Topper

 

There are many ways to embellish your Fabriflair® stars. How about mother-of -pearl buttons, a vintage favorite of mine! If you did not know it, my mantra is vintage made modern – I love any opportunity to upcycle or recycle vintage notions and fabrics from the past in modern projects!

Embellished FabriFlair Wall Art Stars

Keep in mind adding a button can be a great way to cover any imperfection at the center meeting point of the arms of your star. Another option that is fun for Christmas is bells. I added the gold jingle bells and decorated a wreath with the medium size Wall Art Star. With a wreath or on it’s own, the star is perfect for your front door to welcome your holiday guests! You can even make a “welcome” star for every season!

Chloe, our resident studio cat, loved the Morris Holiday prints as well. She helped me pick out which fabrics to pair together and I think we’re both pretty pleased with the holiday decor we created. 

Chloe Cat

Browse the entire Fabriflair® collection at Missouri Star HERE and be sure to share your holiday projects with us using #msqcshowandtell

Watch THIS video to learn more about the Wall Art Stars.

Merry Christmas in July!

Quilt Snips Mini Tutorial – Floating Hexagons

Quilt Snips Mini Tutorial – Floating Hexagons

Templates are so much fun and really allow you to get creative with your quilts. Today’s Mini Tutorial of the Floating Hexagons is the perfect demonstration of that. All you need is a few 5″ squares, some background fabric and a 5″ Half Hex Template! Click HERE to watch the video and shop supplies!

Sewing with Rayon: Tips and Tricks

Sewing with Rayon: Tips and Tricks

Amy Barickman, founder of Indygo Junction has joined us for a Facebook Live Video. Watch the replay below as Amy and Misty chat about tips and tricks for sewing with rayons!

Who is Amy Barickman?

Amy is an entrepreneur in the sewing and crafting world with more than 25 years experience, but her passion for this industry began much earlier than that. Amy grew up immersed in the sewing and crafting business, as her mother owned a creative arts shop in West Des Moines, Iowa. After graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in art and design, Amy knew she wanted to make craft and art her life’s work and that’s when she decided to start Indygo Junction, a fabric arts publishing company, that showcases the talent of leading sewing and craft designers. Over the years Amy has teamed up with innovative artists to publish over 1,500 pattern titles and write over 80 books. Amy has also released several beautiful fabric collections over the years and shares her passion for vintage fabrics and sewing at AmyBarickman.com. Amy lives just an hour away from Missouri Star and has joined us for several videos over the last few years as a guest on Man Sewing with Rob Appell as well as a tutorial with Jenny featuring denim.

With Amy’s experience in writing and creating apparel patterns, she has many helpful tips to share with us all. That’s why we asked her to join us on today’s Live Video and share her expertise on working with rayon fabrics with us.

What is Rayon Fabric?

Rayon fabric is made from cellulose making it a semisynthetic fiber. This gives it the properties of both natural and synthetic fibers. It is smooth and slippery like nylon, but feels more natural when worn, making it great for clothing in the summer and in warmer climates.

Download Amy’s Tips and Tricks for working with rayons HERE and take a look at some of the gorgeous clothing you can create with rayons below!

Indygo Junction Shift Dress

Isn’t this Indygo Essentials – Shift Dress made using Les Fleurs – Berch Floral Enamel Rayon Yardage darling?

Warm & Cozy Wrap Pattern

We adore Amy’s Warm & Cozy Wrap Pattern in the Longitude Batiks – Navy Medallion Rayon Yardage.

Button Back Shirt Pattern

If you love a comfy shirt with a fun design element, this Button Back Shirt Pattern made in Batik Rayon – Ferns Blue/Green Yardage is for you!

Turn About Tank

We’re feeling summer ready after seeing this Turn About Tank Pattern in the Longitude Batiks – Magenta Medallion Rayon Yardage.

Katelyn's Dress and Tunic

How cute is this tunic made from the Katelyn’s Dress, Tunic and Top Pattern using Longitude Batiks – Teal Floral Rayon Yardage.

We hope with the tips and tricks for sewing with rayon from Amy you’ll feel comfortable giving some of these patterns a try! Be sure to share your creations with us on social media using #msqcshowandtell.

Shop all rayon fabric at Missouri Star HERE.

Shop all of Amy’s apparel patterns HERE.

Chunky Knit Cuddle Blanket

Chunky Knit Cuddle Blanket

Chunky Knit Cuddle Blanket

Chunky, hand knit blankets are all the rage. They’re usually made with Merino wool yarn that is so thick and fluffy, it almost looks like puffy strands of cloud! They are beautiful and cozy, but not washable. So this week, we’re making our own version out of cuddle fabric!

Chunky Knit Cuddle Blanket

Cuddle is as soft as it gets, and it is so easy to care for. You can toss it in the washing machine, and it comes out as good as new! This blanket is made out of 4-inch strips of cuddle, so it’s a great use for any scraps you may have lying about. (Bonus: Written instructions are available in the latest issue of BLOCK Magazine!) Click HERE to watch the tutorial and to get the issue of BLOCK Magazine!

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