My First Quilt: Jenny Doan

My First Quilt: Jenny Doan

It’s March, and we all know what that means, it’s National Quilting Month, an entire 31 days dedicated to cutting, sewing, basting, and all kinds of creativity in between! This month, we want to share with you some inspiring stories from our Missouri Star team, and the reasons why they sat down at a machine and started quilting! The first story up is from Jenny! Read on as she shares how her quilting career began.

When did you make your first quilt?

I was actually quilting before I knew I was quilting. As a girl, I often sewed quilt squares together for my grandmother, but I took my first honest-to-goodness quilting class in 1995 shortly after we moved to Missouri. It was a quilt in a day class about the Log Cabin pattern. It was held in Chillicothe at the Vo-tech school. And I haven’t stopped quilting ever since!

Why did you make it?

I made my first quilt because I have to sew! It is my creative outlet. I sew, and when sewing is your “thing” and you don’t need any more clothing, and your children won’t wear matching clothing, and no one needs a costumer, you jump at the chance to quilt!

Who did you make it for?

I made it for my son Alan. He still has it.

My First Quilt: Jenny Doan

This log cabin quilt is one of the very first quilts Jenny ever created. She sewed this one for her son Jake, who requested the purple and orange fabric, more than 20 years ago.

Is it the kind of quilt you would make today? Why or why not?

It IS the kind of quilt I make today! I gravitate toward quick and easy projects, so that was a great one for me to start on.

What has changed since that first quilt?

For me, the main change was the onset of precut fabrics. They make quilting so much easier for me. Also, the Internet has changed everything! You can learn all kinds of neat things from the Internet.  

After reading Jenny’s story, are you ready to make a Log Cabin Quilt of your very own? Here are some of our favorite log cabin quilt tutorials to help you get started:

Log Cabin Quilt Snips

Curved Log Cabin Quilt 

Summer Camp Quilt

Check back throughout National Quilting Month for more quilty stories! And be sure to share your creations and your first quilt stories with us on social media using #makesomethingtoday and #msqcshowandtell!

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!

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

Quilt Snips Mini Tutorial – Strips & Four Patch Quilt

Quilt Snips Mini Tutorial – Strips & Four Patch Quilt

learn a quick and easy way to create this darling pattern.

Another fun and simple way to utilize those 2.5″ strips is with the darling Strips & 4 Patch method. This quilt will come together so quickly you will use this pattern for all your last minute gifts! Click the image or the button to watch the full tutorial and the Quilt Snips!
Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

I Heart Quilting Embroidery Project

I Heart Quilting Embroidery Project

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for all you quilting and embroidery fans out there! February is National Embroidery Month and March is National Quilt Month, so this week we are combining the best of both worlds for an “I Heart Quilting” embroidery project!

Around here, we certainly love our sewing machines, but sometimes you just can’t beat a little hand sewing, and this embroidery project is just the ticket! And, because we really love quilting, we created a few different designs that you can download HERE.

Courtenay, a member of our Missouri Star team, showed us how to create this darling wall hanging in a Live Video. Watch it below: 

Ready to start stitching?

Here are the supplies used for this project:

I Heart Quilting Design Downloads

Fusible Fleece, like this one

Shape Flex

Presencia Thread. We used this one

Embroidery Hoops

Embroidery Needles

Transfer Eze (optional)

Micron Pen

Frixion Pen


Fabric! You can grab some scraps, or shop our entire selection of 5-inch squares HERE

Looking for more embroidery fun? Check out all of our embroidery offerings, and have a look at some of our favorites below:

Tea Towels

Missouri Star Quilt Co. Pin Pillow Kit

Land That I Love: Customize and Embroider Projects for your State

We hope you have a ball stitching up your “I Heart Quilting” wall hanging. Be sure to share photos of your creations with us on Facebook and Instagram using #msqcshowandtell

Nine Patch Madness Quilt

Nine Patch Madness Quilt

Nine Patch Madness Quilt

Have you heard? Hamilton is covered in ice. Literally! The streets are slick as a hockey rink, and the windows are obscured by a thick layer of wavy ice. I can’t get into my car because the doors are sealed shut, but even if I could, I’m sure I’d just slide my way into a ditch!

Nine Patch Madness Quilt

No one wishes for freezing rain, but when it comes, we hunker down and try to stay toasty under a mountain of sewing projects. This week Jenny is stitching up a new disappearing block. It’s a simple 9-patch with a couple of snowballed corners thrown in for kicks. 

Nine Patch Madness Quilt

Click HERE to learn how to make a beautiful Nine Patch Madness quilt!

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!