Tutorial Reboot: Featuring Guest Blogger Kelly Bowser

Tutorial Reboot: Featuring Guest Blogger Kelly Bowser

Today we introduce to you a brand new blog series, Tutorial Reboot! We’ve invited some of the amazing quilting bloggers out there to try out some of Jenny’s tutorials! With a new tutorial every week, it might be difficult to keep track of all the best ones, so we’ve asked these bloggers to pick one of their favorites and revisit it! Let’s dive in! Here is Kelly Bowser, aka Kelby Sews, with the first Tutorial Reboot: the Simple Hexagon Quilt!

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My name is Kelly—though I’m often called Kelby since my “sewing name” is Kelbysews — it’s ok, I understand the confusion and respond to both names!  I always loved painting/crafting growing up and even through college, but it often took a back seat to academics.  After becoming a stay at home mom of 2 boys, I felt it was time for my artsy side to get some attention!  I taught myself to sew and quilt 5 years ago as a creative and intellectual challenge since I was watching dust gather on my law degree.  I jumped into sewing headfirst and was soon happily drowning in fabric!

Jenny’s Hexagon Quilt tutorial using the 5” half-hexie ruler is amazingly easy to follow!  This is a perfect quilt for an experienced beginner who has already made a simple square patchwork quilt and wants to step it up!

The video tutorial clearly shows you how to cut and piece the hexagons so there is no confusion!  I love that you don’t even have to unfold the jellyroll strips!  You can simply cut two half-hexie pieces at once with the jelly roll strip folded!   These half-hexies make adorable placemats, table toppers, and quilts!  You could even use leftover jellyroll strips/charm squares/scraps in your stash to make half-hexie mug rugs (large coasters) for your friends this holiday!

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The hardest part about making a quilt using this method is that you have to layout the entire quilt before begin piecing since each row depends on the one before it.  After I decided on a final layout, I took several pictures just in case my pieces got mixed up later.  I tend to take lots of pictures of my quilts in progress because they help me see the quilt from a new perspective and help me find boo-boos!  Then I simply stacked the pieces in rows and chain pieced like a maniac!  Raise your hand if you love chain piecing!!!  (You can’t see me through your computer screen, but I have both hands in the air waving around)

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I decided to make the largest quilt I could, armed with just ONE Hello Darling Jelly Roll by Thimble Blossoms for Moda and the MSQC 5″ Small Half Hexagon Template!  I also used 1/2 yard for the binding.  I could not be happier with the results!  The finished quilt is about 46”x55” and makes the perfect lap quilt or picnic-for-two quilt!  If you want to have a picnic that includes your kids, you may want to use 2 jellyrolls so everyone can fit on the quilt!

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Hexagon Pinnable

Thank you to Kelly Bowser for this wonderful guest blog post! If you want to check out the other amazing things she’s doing, you can find her here:

Blog: Kelbysews www.kelbysews.blogspot.com

Etsy:  Kelbysews  https://www.etsy.com/shop/kelbysews

Craftsy: Hearts & Bees Patterns http://www.craftsy.com/user/4391285/pattern-store

New Friday Tutorial: The Half Hexi Gems Quilt Tutorial

New Friday Tutorial: The Half Hexi Gems Quilt Tutorial

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It’s time for a New Friday Tutorial (every Friday) and today Jenny has a visitor! This quilt was designed by Lisa Hirsch, member of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild, who won a little contest that got her quilt featured in ModBLOCK.

Jenny and Lisa Hexi Gems

Lisa’s quilt is called Hexi Gems and it is so modern and beautiful! It features our half hexagon template and you can find all the supplies you need HERE.

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Check out this diagram that includes the size of the finished quilt and everything you need! You can even use the layout as a reference to decide on your fabric contrast for the hexagon gems!

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Click on the button below to WATCH THE TUTORIAL and find everything you’ll need to get started!

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Show and Tell

Show and Tell

Our Friend Shirley emailed Mom {Jenny} these beautiful pictures of the quilts she’s been busy sewing!

Take a look at her amazing work!

This one is called ‘Blue Lucky Stars’

LOVE this ‘half-hex’ quilt!

This one is called ‘the Purple Friendship Braid’ Just gorgeous!

What a beautiful rail-fence!

Sweet baby Tumbler quilt!!

Lovely X’s and O’s! Simply beautiful! This one is Shirley’s favorite! (she told me!)

Last but not least is this amazing coins quilt! Aren’t the colors so soothing! LOVE it!

We have been spoiled by Shirley and her amazing work!  I so appreciate that you all take the time to send me your pictures so we can all enjoy what you’ve been sewing!  I really can’t think of anything more enjoyable than Show and tell!!

Just so you know, the kids all made it to school with very little trauma!  (I was even able to hold off tears, if you can believe that!)  It is strangely quiet at my house today, and I am hoping for some major productivity!  I even plan on baking some cookies made for the kids!  Hope you are all having a great week!  I’m looking forward to the weekend, ready for anything!!  🙂

~Sarah

PS.  So sorry to those who have had or are still having Internet issues.  We have been unable to find a reason for them.  Every test that can be run has been, and everything checks out.  We will continue to search for answers and we apologize for the inconvenience you may have experienced!

Sew and Tell, some more!

Sew and Tell, some more!

Well, did you all have a great Holiday weekend?  We sure did.  Family barbeque’s and lots of work.  We had some fun stuff planned for the Shop and I’m happy to report that I LOVE it and can’t wait to show you what we did!!!  🙂

But, today I wanted to share some amazing quilts that Alison from California sent me.  This is what she said in her email:

Hi Missouri Star Quilt Company!
I wanted to share a few projects that I have made from your products.
I have the Dresden Plate, tumbler and hexagon template and love them all.
On the tumbler quilt, I used your quilt-as-you-go method and quilted each
strip as I went along.
Thank you for all the fabric and instruction videos that you have.
Having fun quilting in California!!!
Alison”

 

Here are her BEAUTIFUL quilts…

 

 

Square in a square! CUTE!!!

 

Love the tumbler!!

 

Look at all those adorable dresdens! Great job!

Oooh, hexagons! So pretty!

 

You can’t go wrong with pinwheels! And I love that cute bird too!!

Alison, thanks for sharing your great quilts!

* remember if you want to share too, email me at: sarah AT missouriquiltco DOT com.

Have a fabulous day!

~Sarah

Classes with Jenny and a GIVEAWAY!

Classes with Jenny and a GIVEAWAY!

I’ve missed you all this weekend!!  I’ve been lucky enough to be here at the Shop almost all week (last week) and have had a blast with everyone.  We were busy receiving new product and adding to our shop online!  You might have noticed all our new fabric by the yard! Don’t worry, if you didn’t find what you were looking for, we are continuing to add to it everyday.

Our stack of orders from one of the mornings!!

We sure had a great time doing the Jelly Roll deals….  Our girls (and guy) in the shipping department worked like crazy to get everything out!  We sure hope you had as much fun as we did!!

How ’bout that Hexi ruler???  AMAZING, right!??!  I’m not gonna lie, I am in love with it!  I love that Natalie went and made a super complicated (and very overwhelming to me, pattern and made it easy!)  What a great sister, right!   🙂  Once you start making your hexagon quilts or table toppers please, please show us some pictures!!  We’d LOVE to see them!!

Mom (Jenny) has just begun her second round of filming for her next Quilting Class with Sympoz.  Her first class is going well, and a lot of you have given her great feedback and asked for more!  We are excited to be able to keep having fun and being creative!!  AND to celebrate we want to have a giveaway!  One lucky quilter will win a seat in Mom’s first online class (Quilting Quickly).  The benefits are enormous, getting your questions answered by her, and of course her clear and concise instructions. (If you don’t want to wait to win, you can sign up at half off, just CLICK HERE)

Take a look at these behind the scenes shots.  We sure have had a great time with the crew, teasing and joking with them!  Mom has joked about putting a star on the bathroom door, for her.  I told her I would make her one and be dazzle it with shiny gems!  LOL!  Hmmm, maybe for her birthday!!

So to be eligible to win it’s easy, just leave us a comment with a quilting question you’ve had or a suggestion for a youtube tutorial and we’ll enter you to win a FREE class with Jenny!  You have till Friday, and we’ll pick a winner via randoom.org!  Have a great week.

Sarah