New Friday Tutorial: The Self Binding Baby Blanket with Shannon Cuddle

New Friday Tutorial: The Self Binding Baby Blanket with Shannon Cuddle

Quiz: What’s the softest thing in the universe? Teeny baby kittens? Not even close. Downy ducklings? Spring lambs? Puffy white clouds? Nope, nope, nope!

I can't wait to make this super quick, cuddly blanket with Jenny's Self Binding Baby Blanket using Shannon Cuddle fabric!

Truth be told, you just don’t know how soft “soft” can be until you wrap a chubby-cheeked baby in Jenny’s new Self Binding Baby Blanket made out of super-fluffy Shannon Cuddle fabric! This blanket is as cute as it is soft, and it can be whipped together in mere minutes! This self binding technique is even easier than in our original Self Binding Baby Blanket tutorial! With Cuddle, they edges don’t fray, so you don’t even have to fold over the edges. It really comes together so quickly!!

I can't wait to make this super quick, cuddly blanket with Jenny's Self Binding Baby Blanket using Shannon Cuddle fabric!

Mary Gay Leahy, who is a teacher for Shannon Fabrics and a Cuddle Expert, likes to travel with the first quilt she ever made with Cuddle, which also has flannel on it. The flannel parts are all pilling and faded now, but the Cuddle all still looks as good as new, even after over 150 washes! So, not only is this a quick, easy project, but it will last forever!

Jenny creates this blanket with two layers of Cuddle, but you can also use two layers of Embrace Double Gauze or one layer of Embrace with a layer of Cuddle!

If you’re new to using Cuddle, here are some tips to make life easier: Use a walking foot, a longer stitch length (about 8 stitches per inch), and if you have a stretch needle handy, that will make things go a little smoother. And when you first cut it, it will shed, but if you throw it in the dryer with a clean lint trap, so it can finish shedding, then it will never pill or shed again!

Click on the button to watch the tutorial and get all the supplies you need to make your own Self Binding Baby Blankets!

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New Friday Tutorial: The Four Patch Lattice Quilt

New Friday Tutorial: The Four Patch Lattice Quilt

This Four Patch Lattice Quilt Is So Much Easier Than It Looks!

Years ago, I made a birthday cake for a new neighbor from Cuba. Laura was unfamiliar with boxed cake mix, so when she saw those two mouth-watering layers of chocolatey goodness, she was certain I had spent hours in the kitchen. It just didn’t seem possible that such a decadent dessert could be whipped together in less than 5 minutes! We live in a magical time, my friends, where fabulous cakes – and quilts – can be created with amazing speed and ease!

This Four Patch Lattice Quilt Is So Much Easier Than It Looks!

In the quilting world, it just doesn’t get easier than a four patch made of charms. But add a simple slice of black, and you’ve got the makings of a gorgeously intricate Four Patch Lattice! It’s so easy, and yet it looks like a million bucks (our favorite combination)!

This Four Patch Lattice Quilt Is So Much Easier Than It Looks!

Click on the image below to watch the tutorial and get all the supplies to make your own Four Patch Lattice Quilt!

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Missouri Star Tutorial Reboot Featuring Guest Blogger Amy Smart

Missouri Star Tutorial Reboot Featuring Guest Blogger Amy Smart

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Hello fellow quilt lovers! My name is Amy Smart. I learned to quilt from my mom when I was growing up, but have been doing it in earnest since the birth of my first baby 17 years ago. I love share my quilting obsession including patterns and tutorials at my site, Diary of a Quilter and recently published a book, Fabulously Fast Quilts.
Jenny Doan MSQC shops

I have been a big fan of Missouri Star Quilt Company and was so excited when they invited me to do an MSQC Tutorial Reboot! Serendipitously, my family had a trip planned to Missouri for Spring Break a few weeks ago and I got to visit Hamilton and the whole Missouri Star Quilt Company extravaganza! You can read more about my adventures in Hamilton in this post, including an amazing grand tour of all the shops by Jenny herself!

Missouri Star Quilt Block

As I looked through the myriad of quilting videos and tutorials from MSQC over the past years, the one I was most excited to make myself was the classic Missouri Star block itself. (Seems appropriate.) I’m a sucker for large quilt blocks, especially stars, and I loved the scale of Jenny’s block. I’m also a big fan of short cuts and quick piecing and I loved Jenny’s method for creating this block quickly using pre-cut 10″ x 10″ squares.

Missouri Star Quilt Block

The large scale of the block lends itself so well to a modern, graphic design. I thought I’d pair a darker, woven solid with some bright, modern prints to change the look a little bit.

Fabric Requirements

I used Peppered Cotton from Studio E in True Taupe as my background (I love the subtle, homespun texture that comes from a woven) paired with a 10″ x 10″ set of precuts from Elizabeth Hartman’s Warm Pacific collection.

Fabric Choices

Each block requires 3 10″ x 10″ squares. So before doing any cutting or piecing, I mixed and matched my 10″ precut squares into 6 sets of contrasting or complementing prints and colors. That way I knew I was getting a nice variety of colors, prints, and combinations.

ruler and rotary cutter

From there I assembly-lined cutting and piecing my blocks. One thing that really helped were these custom rulers from MSQC – they come in 2 1/2″ x 8″ and 5″ x 15″ sizes. They are PERFECT for working with precuts – especially cutting those pre-cut 5″ and 10″ squares on the diagonal, without having to get out a bigger ruler. You can follow along by watching Jenny’s tutorial!

Amy Smart Missouri Star Quilt tutorial

I was originally going to make just a wall size quilt using 4 quilt blocks, but I liked the fabric and the block so much, I added two more blocks for a lap-size quilt. (My quilt finished at 52″ x 75″.) I think I would have kept making more blocks if I’d had more fabric on hand!

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I definitely want to make this pattern again – the blocks come together SO quickly – and because the scale of the finished blocks is 23″ x 23″ so you don’t need to make a lot of them. It would be a quick way to make a large bed quilt.

In the meantime, I’m claiming this quilt as my snuggle quilt to carry around to soccer games, picnics, and Sunday afternoon naps. The bold colors make a statement, but the warm, taupe background will hopefully hide some of the evidence of everyday use.

Missouri Star Quilt Company

Here’s one more parting shot of the giant Missouri Star in the MSQC trims shop. Appropriate, don’t you think? Thanks so much for having me Missouri Star! It was a blast to visit in person, and I’m so excited to have my Missouri Star Quilt as a reminder.

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New Friday Tutorial: The Cutting Corners Quilt!

New Friday Tutorial: The Cutting Corners Quilt!

Make a Cutting Corners Quilt with Jenny Doan in her Free Video Tutorial!

Cutting corners is usually looked down on. It’s the lazy man’s way out, ease over quality.  It’s duct-tape car repairs and “premium” chicken nuggets filled with mystery meat. But when Jenny talks cutting corners, you can bet she’s talking about creating something that is as completely fabulous as it is easy! Today’s Tutorial, Cutting Corners, combines strip sets and half square triangles together into one gorgeously simple design. It’s scrappy and it’s clean at the same time!

cuttingcorners

Click on the button to watch the tutorial and learn how to cut corners Jenny style!

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Introducing Planning Printables!

Introducing Planning Printables!

If you’re like me, you probably have post-it notes stuck to every surface in your sewing room, so you remember to do all of the important quilty things in your head. Spring is the perfect time to delete those browser tabs, clean out your closets and inventory your fabric stash (the best part of Spring Cleaning if you ask me)! So again, if you’re like me, you could probably benefit from a little bit of organization help! That’s where today’s post comes in! We’re introducing a new blog series, called Planning Printables! It’s just like it sounds! At the end of each month, we’ll provide a calendar printable for the upcoming month and a printable or two to help you stay organized in your quilty world! Bonus: They’re super cute too!!

Whether you’ve got some big daily goals or you’re just trying to #makesomethingtoday (every day), we hope you find this weekly calendar helpful!

Keep track of your stash and your projects with these handy list printables!