Throwback Thursday: Lattice Quilt

Throwback Thursday: Lattice Quilt

It’s Thursday! Time to throw it back!  We loved seeing your Chevron quilts on Quiltsby.me!  Check out this quilt that user @GINA posted:

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For this week’s Throwback Thursday #msqctbt Tutorial, we’re bringing back the Lattice Quilt Tutorial!  This pattern is so beautiful and comes together so quickly, that it became a quick favorite!  Have you tried this one?

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If you have a Lattice Quilt you’d like to share, head on over to Quiltsby.me and post your project, using the tag: #msqctbt

(If you’re not sure how to do this, we explained it in detail in a previous post)

We can’t wait to see your beautiful creations!  Post your projects and you may be featured next week!

Introducing: Quilts By Me!

Introducing: Quilts By Me!

If you’re anything like us here at MSQC, every time you make a quilt or do a sewing project, you want to share it with the world (and you should!!!).  You might post it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, etc, but it doesn’t really have a home of its own… until now!  We are so excited to introduce you to Quiltsby.me!

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Quilts By Me is a Show & Tell for your quilts and sewing projects! As a community of quilters, we all have a desire to create. We start with a few fabrics that we have carefully selected and we transform them into something that has a life and a story of its own! It’s an incredible transformation and once we’ve experienced it, we want to share it with our fellow quilters, who are creating and experiencing similar transformations.  I can’t even say how many times I’ve been moved or inspired by another quilter’s projects or stories.  With Quilts By Me, you’ll have a home for your creations as well as a place to become inspired by others!  We wanted to create a home for this amazing community and we hope you feel welcome here!

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It’s a user friendly website and a great way to have a collection of all your creations in one spot. You can browse, ❤ your favorite projects created by other users, follow your friends or people whose work you enjoy, search by precut/style/project type… basically it’s amazing!  Once you play around a little bit with it, we know you’ll just love it!

Here’s what you need to know to get started.

First, if you already have an account with missouriquiltco.com, you do not have to SIGN UP.  You can simply choose the LOG IN option.

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It will give you the option to “LOGIN WITH MISSOURI STAR QUILT CO.”  Click there, then type in the same information you use to log in to missouriquiltco.com when making purchases.quiltsbyme login

When you log in for the first time, you can set up your account.  Add a profile picture, fill out your info, etc.  When choosing your username, keep in mind that it is your username, not your real name, that shows whenever you share a new project or someone looks at your profile.

Now you’re ready to browse or create a project!  You can share the quilt’s story, include which precuts you used, add a few tags (keywords like the color, pattern, etc), tell which fabric collection and tutorial you used, add photos, etc.

As you participate, you will have the opportunity to earn badges that will be displayed on your profile page!  These are so fun!

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If you have questions along the way, scroll to the bottom of the site and click on Contact Us. Someone will reply as soon as they can to assist you.

We hope you love Quiltsby.me and find it to be a home for your quilts and a great way to connect with the quilting community, build each other up and be inspired.  Enjoy!

Throwback Thursday: Chevron Quilt Tutorial

Throwback Thursday: Chevron Quilt Tutorial

It’s Throwback Thursday at MSQC and we’ve loved seeing your pinwheel quilts this week!!  Here’s one that particularly impressed us:

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Rainbow Pinwheel by KRISTENSIEBER

Such bright, cheery colors and beautiful points!  Thanks for posting on Quiltsby.me, Kristen!

This week we’re going back to the Chevron Quilt Tutorial!   Have you tried this one yourself?

Such a great result using a super simple technique!

If you’re new to Throwback Thursday this week or don’t remember how to post your project, here’s the post with all the details: Introducing Throwback Thursday and how to use Quiltsby.me 

So post your Chevron quilts on Quiltsby.me and make sure to include the tag “#msqctbt”  You may be selected to be featured in next week’s post when we introduce the next Throwback Thursday Tutorial! :)

Quiltcon 2015 Recap

Quiltcon 2015 Recap

We had such a blast at Quiltcon earlier this month in Austin, Texas!  Jenny and Natalie were there with our new ModBLOCK Magazine and there was such an amazing display of textile art that would’ve just blown you away!

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#quiltcon Making progress on the booth! Quiltcon, here we come!

A photo posted by Missouri Star Quilt Co (@missouriquiltco) on

 

We had so much fun seeing so many of the industry’s amazing powerhouses, like Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Vanessa Vargas Wilson (Crafty Gemini), Lynne Hagmeier, Cindy and Jina from Riley Blake Designs and so many more!!  We would’ve loved to get photos with everyone! :)

 

 

We were amazed by all of the beautiful quilts on display!  Here are a few of our favorites:

Photo from themodernquiltguild.wordpress.com

Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander (photo from themodernquiltguild.wordpress.com)

Geometric Rainbow by Nicole Daksiewicz (photo from themodernquiltguild.wordpress.com)

Geometric Rainbow by Nicole Daksiewicz (photo from themodernquiltguild.wordpress.com)

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Face #1 by Janine Vangool (Judge’s Choice) Photo from themodernquiltguild.wordpress.com

To see all of the winners, visit The Modern Quilt Guild’s Blog.

One of the best things about a convention like this is that Jenny gets to see so many of the people who watch her tutorials on YouTube.  She loves getting to sign books and just visit with all of you who seek her out.

While there, Amy Ellis, fabric designer and ModBLOCK Contributor, interviewed Jenny and included it in her podcast, Quiltcast, so go have a listen!

Thank you to all of you who made it such an amazing experience for us!  We can’t wait until next year!!

**Next year’s Quiltcon will be in Pasadena, California and you can find all the information at quiltconwest.com.

ModBLOCK Contributor: Meet Crafty Gemini

ModBLOCK Contributor: Meet Crafty Gemini

We are so very happy to share this Q&A with Crafty Gemini with you! We just love Vanessa! So much, that we’ve done a few tutorials with her and we even have two retreats scheduled with her!! It was great to hear her answers and learn a little more about her! We hope you enjoy!

Meet Vanessa of Crafty Gemini

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Vanessa’s project in ModBLOCK is the ‘Improv Tote’

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What is your sewing/quilting/crafting/art background?

I’m mostly self-taught. I learned to sew while in law school because I was looking for a creative outlet and asked my mom to teach me how to use a sewing machine. I took off from there.

How did you get started in this business? 

I kinda fell into it. I began teaching people how to quilt because I didn’t want to make commissioned works. Then started uploading my lessons via video to YouTube and it took off from there.

Tell us about your collection(s) and /or pattern style. 

I like to design patterns that are quick and easy to make. As a business owner, homesteader and homeschooling mom of two I don’t have time for intricate quilts or piecing techniques. I like to design quilt tops I can whip up in a few days at the most.

What are you inspired by?

I’m inspired by shapes and color mostly. I like to imagine how things would look if I turn them this way or that way and what if I outlined it in this color. Things like that. It’s all a challenging little puzzle so I like to play around and experiment mostly and let the design talk to me.

How would you describe your style?

I would describe my style as modern sprinkled with traditional.  I like to take traditional blocks and make them more modern by increasing the size, using bold solid fabrics, turning them in a different way, etc.  But I just really love the geometric and abstract look of modern quilts. I also find the modern quilts I enjoy to make can be whipped up a lot quicker than most traditional quilts. I love timesavers!

What are some of your greatest challenges in your design process?

Getting the design to look like what I see in my head. I often get sidetracked as I’m experimenting with blocks and placement and completely stray from my initial idea. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing!

Do you have an online presence on social media: Facebook? YouTube? Pinterest? IG?

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/craftygemini

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/craftygemini

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/craftygemini/

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/craftygemini/

Are there any releases or upcoming information that you would like included in your article?

In January I launched a subscription based service just for quilters. It will have new project based video courses, tips & tricks videos, live sewing sessions, etc. All the info is on my site: www.craftygemini.com

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? 

Sing! I am so impressed by people who can sing effortlessly. I love music and dancing but I cannot for the life of me sing.

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done? 

Overhauled my entire diet, implemented natural remedies and healed myself from needing gallbladder surgery. Phew! I lost 70 lbs in the process and that was no easy task.

Who are your creative inspirations, heros? 

This is tough because I’ve always been one to march to the beat of my own drum. Design wise I really just do my own thing.  But as an instructor someone I look up to and try to learn from is Georgia Bonesteel. When I first started quilting I fell in love with her tv show and really appreciated how comfortable she was in front of the camera, how clear and concise her lessons were and how much fun and enthusiasm she exuded as she taught you how to do even the most simple technique. I’m always working on my presentation skills and tweaking my instructional style and watching her helped with that.

Do you have a signature color? If not, what would it be?

My signature color would have to be aquamarine. I love anything in that teal, aqua family.

What trends or colors do you predict being hot in 2015? 

I’m not big on trends or knowing what’s going on. But I saw a lot of jewel tones at Quilt Market this Fall so maybe that’s something.

What is your favorite fabric line of all time? 

Hmmm. That’s a tough one. I like all fabrics and feel like I can find a project for every collection I’ve ever owned. I’m really digging Cotton & Steel and Carolyn Friedlander’s lines right now.

What is your favorite tool you use all the time?

I like the Simplicity EZ Quilting Leftie-Rightie Rulers. I love that I can measure from either end without having to flip the ruler around.

What is unusual or unique about your style/art/patterns? 

I like to make stuff that comes together quickly and easily with no fussing. I love all colors and the brighter they are the better. So, when it comes to color selection I’m not the one to ask for tips! I don’t even look at color. I only look at contrast.

What projects do hope to see made with your collection? OR What upcoming fabric lines would you choose to use with your patterns?

I really want to design a few quilts with the Cotton & Steel collections. Just have to come up with a design first!

Is there a experience or accomplishment you are most proud of?

I’m proud of a lot of things! But in the quilting game I would have to say getting my second ever published quilt design on the cover of Modern Quilts Unlimited was pretty amazing! After having so many designs rejected from different publications to have MQU choose mine for the cover felt great!

Thanks Vanessa!  Can’t wait to see you for our combined retreat! :)