2016 Christmas in July Retreat Recap

2016 Christmas in July Retreat Recap

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Merry Christmas (in July) from Santa and Mrs. Claus at Missouri Star Quilt Company!¬†July is the perfect time of the year for quilters to start preparing for holiday gift giving. It makes us feel like we’re ahead of the game for a while, and then by the time Christmas rolls around we’ll be scrambling to finish up a few less quilts on Christmas Eve. ūüėČ

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Show and tell time at retreats is one of our favorites. It’s always fun to see what others have been working on, what fabrics they’ve chosen and how one pattern can have look so different when made in various fabric lines. Isn’t this blue, yellow and white Dresden Flower Quilt darling??

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Michele Schneider made the same Dresden Flower pattern using Christmas fabrics and it turned out so cute as well!

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Patrcia Jackson made her Dresden Flower Quilt in blue and white snowflake fabric for a fun quilt that will be great to cuddle up in all winter!

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Jackie Smith worked on this Jelly Roll Race Quilt that’s going to be a Christmas gift for her grandson. He’s going to love it! She used two Jelly Rolls and doubled the size of the quilt. Find out how you can do that same HERE.

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We absolutely loved this shirt! It’s too cute and so true!

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A huge thanks to everyone who came and participated in our Christmas in July Retreats this year, it was a blast having you all here and we hope to see you again soon!

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For more information on events and retreats at Missouri Star Quilt Company click HERE!

New Friday Tutorial: The Sewing Machine Pad

New Friday Tutorial: The Sewing Machine Pad

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Merry Christmas from Jenny’s Studio! Today Jenny has created something that is a gift JUST FOR YOU! It’s a Machine Sewing Pad with pockets that you can make any size! Plus, you’ll learn how to use one of Jenny’s favorite products, Steam-a-Seam, which will seriously improve your relationship with the binding process!

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Click on the button to watch the tutorial and start removing some of the stresses from your life (your scissors will never go missing again!). Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

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New Friday Tutorial: The One Seam Flying Geese Quilt & Advent Wall Hanging

New Friday Tutorial: The One Seam Flying Geese Quilt & Advent Wall Hanging

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Have you ever drooled over a quilt pattern and then been super discouraged by how much is involved in creating it? Well, I love flying geese, but sometimes I just want something a little simpler, so I am so excited about this method of making a flying geese. You won’t believe how easy it is!

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Here’s a basic preview of how to make this amazing block! You’re definitely going to want to watch this one to catch all the details!

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Jenny came up with a darling bonus project using this same method! Look at this great holiday wall hanging!

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When you sew your flying geese together, it creates little pockets on either side, so Jenny created this Christmas-y layout with 24 pockets that makes a little Christmas Advent Calendar! You could applique some numbers on there and really personalize it to make something really sweet!

We even created some super cute printables to use for the advent for some fun things you can do each day with your family! You can download it here:

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Or you could just use it as a festive wall hanging and fill the pockets with Christmas cards or wrapped candies! You can do whatever you want!

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CLICK THE BUTTON TO WATCH THE VIDEO AND SHOP FOR SUPPLIES!

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Christmas in July MSQC Quilting Retreat!

Christmas in July MSQC Quilting Retreat!

Ho ho ho! We had such a merry time at the Christmas in July Retreat a couple of¬†weeks ago, from July 30th to August 2nd! We had about¬†25 lovely ladies participate in this event here in Hamilton and it was so much fun making quilts and other Christmas projects with them. Once everyone arrived there was a meet-and-greet with Mrs. “Jenny” Claus and Mr. “Jenny” Claus, as small gifts were handed out to everyone there! (It may have been 90 degrees, but they didn’t mind dressing up one bit!)

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The entire Sewing Center was decorated with a Christmas tree, lights and other decor as well to keep the retreaters in the spirit as they worked on their Christmas projects. Several Quilted Christmas Stockings were made (Click HERE to view this tutorial) as well as some Dresden Tree Wall Hangings (Click HERE to get the pattern). They’re so cute and festive, and make wonderful gifts!!

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We worked on all kinds of fun Christmas decor and gift items! ¬†Aren’t these folded napkins so cute??

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One of our retreaters, Dana Moore, loves to work¬†with scraps! ¬†They were working on a quilt block as a group that created a few scraps, so Dana seized the opportunity! ¬†She was given scraps from all the other retreaters and created this beautiful quilt block from it! ¬†Isn’t it stunning?? ¬†What a gift she has!

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The group had mini lessons from Cindy each day where she gave them tips on using tools and templates, ¬†how to make each project and even some quilt demos. ¬†Check out this Dresden Tree Wall Hanging made by Dawn Wilking! ¬†It’s so fun to use colorful Christmas Charm Packs to get a unique look! These bright blue and purple batiks are beautiful, aren’t they?

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In our Sew Seasonal holiday quilt shop, we did demos on the Dresden Tree Pattern and one lucky participant won supplies to make their own! ¬†One little girl named Adelle got to draw the winner and present the prize! ūüôā ¬†She said, “This is what Santa feels like!”

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We had such a good time with our Christmas in July Retreat and Events¬†and can’t wait for Christmas in December, or… actual Christmas ūüėČ If you are interested in participating in one of our future retreats or events you can find more information by clicking here: Missouri Star Quilt Company Events

 

Merry Christmas from MSQC!

Merry Christmas from MSQC!

Merry Christmas from Missouri Star Quilt Co! We hope this day finds you happy and healthy and surrounded by whatever it is that brings you the most joy! All those hours of careful preparation and planning have finally paid off as you relax amid emptied stockings, piles of wrapping paper and opened packages, filled bellies, and loved ones.

For many of us, creating a memorable Christmas experience is very much like quilting. We plan, we dream, and we work tirelessly to make sure every detail is perfect. And when everything finally comes together, the results are simply magical!

Your Christmas might not look exactly like mine, but I sure hope it’s just as filled with love and good feeling. Christmas day has a way of helping us focus on the very best life has to offer. For that one day, we can pause to really enjoy those things that bring us true happiness.

So from all of us at MSQC, we wish you and yours the warmest, happiest Christmas and an amazing New Year!

 

 

 

Thank you for being such an important part of our holiday season.  Merry Christmas!!