Cheerio Tutorial Reboot Featuring Guest Quilter Shea Henderson

Cheerio Tutorial Reboot Featuring Guest Quilter Shea Henderson

MSQC Cheerio Quilting Tutorial Reboot with Shea Henderson!

Hi there, everyone! I am Shea Henderson of the pattern company Empty Bobbin Sewing and author of School of Sewing: Learn it, Teach it, Sew Together. I live in Kansas City, MO and am lucky to get to call MSQC a local quilt shop! I love to make the drive up to Hamilton to see the new window displays and wander among the bolts.

It is no secret that my first stop when I visit Hamilton is usually MSQC’s Penney’s Quilt Shop, home to all of the solids. Using solid fabrics is my favorite way to make a quilt and I’m excited to share one here today!

The tutorial I chose to reboot is Jenny’s Cheerio quilt. I wanted to quarter the blocks and play around with placement and orientation to create a new look. I am so excited about how it turned out!

MSQC Cheerio Quilting Tutorial Reboot with Shea Henderson!

My fabrics are all from the Moda Bella line of solids, and the colors are from a set selected by Vanessa Christenson of V. & Co.  They are:

MelonCameoRoseBerryliciousBoysenberryRuby IceCaribbeanMintPistachioTerrainNavySpray 

Quilt stats & materials:

Finished size is 54” x 63”

For the quilt top, I used 3/4 yard of each of the colors listed above.

I used 3-1/2 yards of Melon for the backing and an additional 1/2 yard of Spray for the binding.

You’ll also need one package of 5-1/4 yards of Heat N Bond Lite and some way to cut a perfect circle. I used my trusty Olfa circle rotary cutter and it worked like a charm!

Ready? Here’s how to do it!

First, cut two 10” x WOF strips from each color. Then subcut a total of (84) 10” x 10” squares (seven from each color). Set half of the squares aside for the backgrounds and the other half aside for the circles.

In order to conserve the Heat N Bond and max out the amount I could cut from the package, I cut (42) 8-1/2” squares. Center and fuse these to the fabric that was set aside for the circles.

Fold each of the squares fused with Heat N Bond in half in each direction in order to press creases to mark the center. Cut one 8” circle from each of the 42 squares.

MSQC Cheerio Quilting Tutorial Reboot with Shea Henderson!

From the 42 circles, select 21 to cut again. This time, I cut a 4” circle at the center. You’ll have 21 whole circles and 21 with a center cut out. Save those 4” circles for a neat option on the backing!

MSQC Cheerio Quilting Tutorial Reboot with Shea Henderson!This next step is my favorite…pairing the colors together! Grab those 10” squares and fold and press each in half along the length and the width to find the centers. Peel the paper backing from a circle and align the creases before fusing the circle in place. Repeat with all 42 squares and circles.

MSQC Cheerio Quilting Tutorial Reboot with Shea Henderson!

Using coordinating thread, stitch around the edges of the circles. I used a small zigzag stitch and a circular sewing attachment on my sewing machine, which is somewhat like magical, hands free sewing! Many machine brands offer these, so if you sew circles often, you might check around. There’s a sharp pen sticking up at the circle’s center (under that black cap), and the feed dogs on the machine rotate the block around perfectly for sewing. Just set the attachment to the correct radius and go!

MSQC Cheerio Quilting Tutorial Reboot with Shea Henderson!

Now, quarter them all! You’ll have (168) 5” squares.

MSQC Cheerio Quilting Tutorial Reboot with Shea Henderson!

Play around with different layouts. You can see here that I tried out a few whole circle options and offset layouts before ultimately going for an all over quarter circle look.

MSQC Cheerio Quilting Tutorial Reboot with Shea Henderson!

Sew the units into 14 rows of 12 squares to complete the top.

Remember those 4” circles? I fused a few of them in a grid on the backing! They are in one corner, in a 4×4 layout and the quilting gives them some extra hold.

The well-known Free Motion Quilter Angela Walters, also from the Kansas City area, did some fantastic free motion quilting on mine! She used a few techniques from her book, Shape by Shape 2. She’s a clever one… she didn’t quilt it row by row. She actually loaded it like normal on her longarm and then quilted it diagonally in sections. Can you see it? Follow the feathers to see it best.

MSQC Cheerio Quilting Tutorial Reboot with Shea Henderson!

If you make a Chopped Cheerio quilt, I hope you love the process of selecting an arrangement. It’s fun to see all of the different options and looks you can use! And, if you are on Instagram, tag me when you share it! I’m @emptybobbin on Instagram and would love to see what you make! #tutorialreboot

MSQC Cheerio Quilting Tutorial Reboot with Shea Henderson!

You can find me online at:

Blog: emptybobbinsewing.com

Instagram: @emptybobbin

My MSQC Tech Case Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8kwHIMp7UY

New Friday Tutorial: The Basic X Block Ruler Quilt

New Friday Tutorial: The Basic X Block Ruler Quilt

Make a Basic X Block Ruler Quilt with Jenny Doan of MSQC!

I love a tool with many uses, so when I saw the X-Blocks BasiX Ruler, I fell in love! My mind started racing with ideas for easy and unique quilt patterns. (And you know I love easy!) Today we’re working on the Basic X-Block Ruler Quilt. This pattern transforms simple strip sets into gorgeous stars with tons of visual movement, and it couldn’t be easier!

Make a Basic X Block Ruler Quilt with Jenny Doan of MSQC!

Remember, the X-Block Ruler Quilt is only one of hundreds of ways to use the X-Blocks BasiX Ruler. I see many beautiful X-Block quilts in your future!

Make a Basic X Block Ruler Quilt with Jenny Doan of MSQC!

Click on the button to watch the tutorial and get everything you need to make your own Basic X-Block Quilt

Make a Basic X Block Ruler Quilt with Jenny Doan of MSQC!

September Printables – Quilt Party Printables!

September Printables – Quilt Party Printables!

Well, it’s that time of year! It’s officially September and we’re all looking for an excuse to have a party with apple cider and pumpkin bread. Okay, well I am!

We love being able to bring quilty printables to you each month. Make sure to download your September calendar and some organizational printables!

But that’s not all! For September, we wanted to do something a little different! Did you know that in September we celebrate MSQC’s Annual Birthday Bash? This year our company is turning 8 years old, so what are we going to do? We’re going to party and we want you to not only be a part of it, but provide you with the things you need to have your own Quilty Party! Click on the links below to download all of these fun Free Quilt Party Printables!

Free Quilt Party Printables from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

 

 

 

What is Fabriflair™ Feature and Giveaway!

What is Fabriflair™ Feature and Giveaway!

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Have you ever heard of Fabriflair™? It’s a brand new product from Indygo Junction. Paper piecing with mat board templates to create beautiful three-dimensional projects that are eye catching and so much fun! You can learn more about it in our latest issue of Block Magazine.
Block Magazine! 10 quilt patterns for $5.99!Think…
  • Dimensional paper piecing
  • “Material” amusements for needle and thread
  • Eye candy for quilters
Fabriflair™ kits are such a clever, unique way to showcase favorite fabrics, embroidery and fiber art for quilters and sewers alike. And they’re quick projects, so it’s a nice break from always feeling like you have to finish those UFOs and PHDs.
Here’s how it works: Cover pre-cut, rigid mat board templates with your favorite fabrics and piece them together into decorative and functional projects. It’s English Paper Piecing with a twist and it’s dimensional so no need to remove the “papers” or “templates”. Whether you pull from your stash for a more eclectic look or grab a precut pack from your favorite designer’s new line, once you start stitching you will find it’s addictive!
Take a look at this short video for a peek at the process:
My name is Amy Barickman. Check out my book Vintage Notions and RJR fabric lines for more of my story. My company Indygo Junction has produced patterns and books inspired by my extensive collection of vintage patterns, fabrics and embroidery designs. Fabriflair™ was inspired by a dimensional star I found created with feed sack prints with buttons accenting the center of each star! It started with a star and now we have 6 kits available!
Fabriflair™ is the perfect on-the-go project for quilters. Easily portable and perfect for pre-cuts! If you love to keep your hands busy, these can easily be stitched in your leisure time while watching sporting events (kids or on TV) or listening to your favorite podcast!
While you can make Fabriflair™ for yourself showcasing your favorite new charm pack, you can also personalize Fabriflair™ for friends and family using all kinds of themed/novelty fabrics!
We are huge Royals Fans here in Kansas City! 2016 World Champs! How about combining your team’s fabric and up-cycling shirting for this Brio Sphere. I am also Kansas Jayhawk Alumni and die hard fan!!! Here’s my Radiant Star showcasing a combination of several novelty team fabrics.
Customize Fabriflair kits with your favorite fabrics!
Christmas will be here before we know it!  I love the large Radiant Star as a centerpiece or even a tree topper!
My favorite ornaments on my tree are hand made with a story! Try making a Trilliant Ornament or Brio Sphere with vintage fabric and beads or personalize with an embroidered name. A perfect keepsake to make with leftover fabrics from your quilt. Stitch up an ornament to accompany a quilt you are giving as a gift!!
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Enter to win! Now it’s your turn! Share your ideas for personalizing Fabriflair™ in comments and choose 1 (or all) of the options to enter above and could win all six kits along with a Fat Quarter pack of my new RJR line Vintage Made Modern- Stitcher’s Garden OR a second winner will win $25 MSQC Quilter’s Cash.
New Friday Tutorial: The Butterfly Blossom Quilt

New Friday Tutorial: The Butterfly Blossom Quilt

Make a Butterfly Blossom Quilt with Jenny Doan of MSQC!

There’s something so fantastic about the lifecycle of a butterfly. He starts his journey as an inconsequential little caterpillar with a huge appetite. After weeks of glorious gluttony, he takes one massive, cozy nap. And then? He wakes up magnificently elegant and graceful! Why doesn’t that work for me? Just once in my life I’d love to binge all day on a quart of rocky road, take an epic nap on the sofa, and wake up as glorious as a butterfly!

For now, I’ll settle for the super-easy Butterfly Blossom Quilt. This quilt is incredibly beautiful, and it’s a breeze to make!

Make a Butterfly Blossom Quilt with Jenny Doan of MSQC!

This sweet pattern is made with 2 charm packs and the MSQC Periwinkle Template. Isn’t it so cute?

Make a Butterfly Blossom Quilt with Jenny Doan of MSQC!

Click on the button below to watch the tutorial with Jenny and learn how to make your own Butterfly Blossom Quilt!

Make a Butterfly Blossom Quilt with Jenny Doan of MSQC!

Make a Butterfly Blossom Quilt with Jenny Doan of MSQC!