New Friday Tutorial: Tiny Wonky Stars Quilt

New Friday Tutorial: Tiny Wonky Stars Quilt

Make a Tiny Wonky Stars Quilt with Jenny Doan and her FREE Quilting Tutorials!

Some quilt tutorials are pure inspiration, some are adaptations of old classic patterns so they’re precut-friendly… and some tutorials are more personal! The Tiny Wonky Stars Quilt came about because Jenny’s granddaughter was headed off to college and obviously needed a quilt for her new digs!

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All you need to make this quilt is some 2.5″ strips and some yardage! Let your imagination go wild, the possibilities are endless. Imagine this quilt in crazy bright colors, or make the stars yellow with a navy background! You could even arrange the blocks to create your favorite constellation!

Everything you need to make a Tiny Wonky Stars Quilt // Click on the link and there's a free video tutorial too!

Click to watch the tutorial and get all the supplies you need for this quilt!

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Meet Liz Hawkins (aka Mama Hawk) of Mama Hawk’s Kitchen!

Meet Liz Hawkins (aka Mama Hawk) of Mama Hawk’s Kitchen!


Meet Liz Hawkins, aka Mama Hawk! She’s the newest addition to the MSQC family and she’s bringing out the big guns. Watch out, delicious baked goods are on their way! She’s the talent behind Mama Hawk’s Kitchen, which opens TODAY!

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Here’s a little peek at what you’ll be able to find in Mama Hawk’s Kitchen! Make sure to follow Mama Hawk on Facebook to find out the menu each day!

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We took a moment to chat with Liz about what led her to Hamilton, Missouri, and it’s been a delightful trip.

Tell us about your background as a quilt designer.

I’ve been a quilt designer in the industry, along with my sister-in-law, for almost 10 years. We started our journey as designers together because of our combined passion for quilting, and also because we both share the exact same name: Elizabeth Ann Hawkins! We always thought it’d be fun to go into business together.

And what did that lead to?

We started Lizzie B Cre8ive as pattern designers concentrating mostly on whimsical, bright, appliqué projects. From there we went on to publish two books with Kansas City Star. We also teach, lecture, and we just launched our 6th fabric line with Henry Glass Fabrics. It’s been a wild ride, and we’ve made many friends along the way in this wonderful industry.

So, what brought you here to Hamilton, Missouri?

One of our dear friends suggested we all meet for a quilting retreat at MSQC in September. However, I was very reluctant to go. It was already shaping up to be a very busy month for me, but you know friends—at least if they’re GOOD ones—can be very convincing. So off I went to Hamilton, Missouri for the first time ever. Just two weeks later I was back to talk about my ideas for a bakery. Then, a week after that, I was back again, renting an apartment, looking at real estate, and beginning to turn the deserted bakery into Mama Hawk’s Kitchen.

You’ve gone from quilting to baking, you’re a talented lady! When did you learn to bake?

My mom taught us all how to bake when we were kids, but I’ll be honest, I wasn’t the best cook in my family. In fact, my siblings still like to joke about some of my experiments in the kitchen, but when I got married, my husband and I moved to France and Switzerland. We lived there for 10 years and had our four children there. That’s where I learned how to cook and bake.

Why was Switzerland the ideal place to learn to cook?

Because eating out was not an option; it was too expensive. Learning to make anything American in France was a challenge—there was no such thing as anything ready-made. You had to chop chocolate if you wanted chocolate chips. You had to start with butter, flour, and milk if you wanted a cream-based soup. And you had to go to the market at least 2-3 times a week because veggies only lasted in the refrigerator a few days, like they’re supposed to.

That seems like a great opportunity to learn!

I’ve always loved a challenge, and I loved learning how to cook and bake over there with the freshest ingredients and most delicious chocolate and butter. In fact, when my brother came to visit, I heard him talking on the phone saying, “No Mom, I mean she really knows how to cook now, like, amazingly!” Then before I knew it, I was catering to other Americans in our community who missed things like bagels or muffins. I also made wedding cakes and introduced our French and Swiss friends to cheesecake—which they don’t like, by the way. Cheese shouldn’t be sweet, apparently!

What else did you pick up overseas?

I learned to bottle fruits and vegetables in the spring and summer when they’re at their freshest. We lived on our own bottled salsa and tomato sauce all winter. I was worried I’d lose this ability to bake and cook fresh food when we finally moved back to the U.S. (I’ll admit, when we were first starting our business, my kids ate a lot of Hot Pockets and frozen burritos). Taking time to make really good food for people, like I did back in France, is still something I find a lot of joy in doing.

When did you become Mama Hawk?

I lived in a funky little town in Pennsylvania called New Hope. It’s a destination town with fun shops and restaurants and I’d been talking for years about opening up a bakery there. All the kids in the community who used to come to our house would call me Mama Hawk. They loved sitting in my kitchen because it’s where I would bake yummy treats for them—that don’t come out of a box from the grocery store. My kitchen is a bit more funky than most kitchens. It’s bright turquoise with accents in red, and retro metal signs everywhere. It’s warm and welcoming, and a fun place to hang out. Whenever I baked treats for school events, the kids would ask me to put a sticker on my baked goods so they knew which ones to buy. That’s how Mama Hawk’s began!

Your kitchen sounds like the perfect place to go after a hard day of quilting! What will Mama Hawk’s be like here in Hamilton?

I want Mama Hawk’s to feel a bit like you’re coming into my kitchen at home. And just like any home kitchen, what’s on the menu that day is whatever mama feels like cooking! I’ll be serving up unique items for breakfast and lunch, along with delicious baked goods, so don’t expect the same thing each day.

That sounds amazing! What kinds of treats will you be cooking up?

For breakfast I might make hot panini sandwiches, waffles, muffins, coffee cake, cinnamon buns, and fresh donuts. Homemade soup, salad, and panini sandwiches will be offered for lunch. There will be different layer cakes each week, which you can buy by the slice, and what Mama Hawk is really known for—ginormous cookies! We’ll also be serving up specialty coffee, espresso, tea, and hot chocolate. It’s my hope that there will always be a little something for everyone who comes into my kitchen, and I’ll work hard to make it feel like home.

What do you like to do when you’re not busy in the kitchen?

Is there anything else I do besides quilt, cook, and bake? Why yes, there are many things, but I feel like they’re all part of the same family of creativity. I’ve been playing the flute since I was 8 years old and I taught Suzuki flute lessons for many years. I also play the Irish pennywhistle. I may even have these instruments in my kitchen and break out into spontaneous song if requested. Just be ready to do a jig if I do!

Is there anything you don’t do?!

In college I studied art and my focus was watercolor, which helps when it comes to designing fabric. I also love to write. I just published a book this summer for young adults called Rewind, which is the first in a series of three. But for now, I’m just excited to be in Hamilton as a part of the MSQC family! I hope you’ll all pop into my kitchen, stay awhile, and tell me your own stories. I’m looking forward to meeting you all!

Thank you so much, Liz. We can’t wait to come check out Mama Hawk’s Kitchen!

Lizzie B Cre8ive:

Liz Ann Hawkins:


Twitter: @lizannhawkins

New Friday Tutorial: The Stacks Quilt

New Friday Tutorial: The Stacks Quilt

Sometimes I want to piece something together and I just want to be able to go and do it without following a pattern. There’s something so wonderful about improvising a quilt and then having it turn out great! This Stacks Quilt is just the perfect way to do that!

Make a simple and stunning Stacks Quilt using 2.5" Strips of fabric with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co.

All you need is some 2.5″ strips and some yardage for the border and you’re set! Just think of all the different fabric combinations that would make this quilt so unique and exciting. :)

The Stacks Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Have you ever seen a block this simple?? This is the ideal quilt for book-lovers everywhere too! Imagine adding your favorite titles to a few of the blocks for that extra little touch. Click on the button to watch the tutorial and find all the supplies you need to create your own version of the Stacks Quilt!
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New Site Madness 101!

New Site Madness 101!

Thank you, thank you, thank you! You all have made converting to our new site a breeze! Thank you so much for your cooperation and understanding as we go on this new and crazy adventure together. By now, you’ve hopefully had some time to browse and click around, and get familiarized with the site. We want to help familiarize you even more based on some of the wonderful questions we’ve been getting! :)

Where can I find the tutorials on the new site? 

Tutorials site


To find our tutorials, simply place your mouse over the “Community” tab and then click on “Quilting Tutorials” in the drop-down menu. Now you’ll have all of the MSQC Tutorials at your fingertips!

How do you get to the Daily Deal page? 

DD site

There are two ways to access the Daily Deals from our homepage. Let’s start with the easiest (and most recently added). Right below the menu bar, we added a “Check Out Today’s Daily Deal, it’s % Off!” button. Click on any part of this header to access the Daily Deal page (I love how easy this is now)! The second way is to place your mouse over “Daily Deals” in the upper left-hand corner of the homepage. In the drop-down menu select, “Daily Deal”. This is where you can find the sale bin and other specials as well!

Where are the BLOCK corrections?

Block site

Let’s start from the beginning for this one… On the homepage, place your mouse over “Books & Block” on the menu bar, then in the drop-down menu select, “BLOCK”. Now you’ll be on the screen pictured above! Simply click on “corrections” in the second paragraph to find all the BLOCK corrections ever made! :)

I purchased a digital issue of BLOCK/ digital pattern. How do I access it?

Downloads site

This is a great question! All digital downloads are stored in your MSQC account. To access them, login to your account and then click on the “Your Account” button in the upper right-hand corner of the page. You’ll then be on a screen that looks like the one shown above. Click on “Your Digital Downloads” to access all of your digital issues of BLOCK and digital patterns.

** If you use Apple products you can download our new BLOCK  Magazine App right to your iPhone or iPad, allowing you to take each issue with you in the car, at the store, or wherever your quilty heart desires! Click HERE to learn more and download the app.

I hope these tips and tricks are helpful when searching the new and improved MSQC site! If you have more questions, don’t be shy. We’re here to help make this transition go smoothly! Start browsing and trying these shortcuts out HERE! Happy quilting!


MSQC Blue Hawaii Retreat

MSQC Blue Hawaii Retreat

If you’re a fan of Elvis, you know that dreams come true in Blue Hawaii. That’s why we decided to bring Blue Hawaii and a little bit of Elvis’s grooviness to Missouri Star for a fun-filled retreat! Upon arrival, all of the retreaters were given a lay for their name tag, the shop workers were dressed in their best Hawaiian outfits and Hamilton was transformed (as much as possible when there’s below freezing temperatures) into a quilter’s paradise!


We had retreaters join us from near and far. Far, as in, South Africa! Isn’t that amazing? Meet Hannalie Blignaut and Magriat Venter, two quilty friends who decided to start 2016 off right by checking “Visit MSQC” off of their bucket lists! And they traveled all the way from South Africa to do it!


Another Blue Hawaii retreater celebrated her big 5-0 while here! Can you think of a better way to celebrate your birthday than being surrounded by new quilty friends? I don’t think so! Happy 50th, Elizabeth, we’re so glad we got to celebrate with you! :)


We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, quilters truly do have the kindest hearts! Check out this Valentine’s Heart Quilt that one retreater was working on for the South Central Wisconsin Quilt Shops Association’s 17th Annual Quilters’ Road Trip event. Including a silent auction of quilted items to help raise funds for the American Heart Association. Click HERE to find out more information about this event.


To top off this tropical retreat, everyone watched the Blue Hawaii Elvis movie one night as they sewed! It was so much fun and so many great memories were made. Thanks to all who participated, and “aloha” until next time! :)

Blue hawaii movie

If you’re interested in attending a retreat at Missouri Star Quilt Company, visit Missouri Star Quilt Company Retreats & Events!