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. 😉

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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 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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Summer 2015 Issue of BLOCK Magazine

Summer 2015 Issue of BLOCK Magazine

Let’s chat about the 2015 Summer issue of BLOCK Magazine. Have you had a chance to flip through it? Didn’t you just love all those fun holiday ideas? From Independence Day to Halloween to Christmas, quilting projects are a fabulous way to celebrate and decorate!

To get you started on your favorite project, we’ve put together everything you’ll need to turn “inspiration” into “finished project” in a jiffy! Click HERE to find the perfect fabrics, all the necessary templates (and other supplies),  Jenny’s tutorials from Youtube, and even links for machine quilting. After all, what’s the fun of an idea book if those ideas never become reality?

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Have a wonderful time working on your quilts, and don’t forget to send us a photo when you’re done!

Happy Quilting!

Holiday Tutorials from MSQC

Holiday Tutorials from MSQC

Isn’t this such a fun time of year?  I love the spirit of love and joy and the spirit of giving!  Let’s take a minute to check out all of Jenny’s tutorials that are perfect for the holiday season!

We know this one’s a favorite!!

Or the original stocking tutorial (this one shows how to do the hanging loop in detail… start at 7 minutes)

Remember these decorative ornaments? Such an easy, fun way to add some festive decor for the holidays!

I just love this tree skirt tutorial!

If you’re looking for last minute gift ideas, how about a set of super cute plates using your favorite fabric and some Mod Podge?  I can just imagine a stack of decorated sugar cookies on top of these!  So fun!!

How about a little something to complete your holiday table?  These table runner quilts are great and so quick to make!

I LOVE all the bags that can be made so quickly with fabric, whether it’s with scraps, precuts or whatever you have in your stash.  I especially love this tutorial using the Dresden Plate Layer Cake Template.  This would make a fabulous gift for a woman of any age!

Here are a couple more purse/tote tutorials!

If you want to check out ALL of the holiday tutorials we’ve done so far, we’ve created a Holiday Projects Playlist on our YouTube Channel, so you can watch one after the other!

We’d love for you to leave a comment letting us know your favorite holiday-themed tutorial from MSQC or what holiday projects you’re working on now!!

Christmas Stars

Christmas Stars

Happy Holidays my quilting divas!! Have I got a project for you!! It’s a no sew and great for keeping those grandkids busy! I’m calling them Christmas stars, but you could make them for all seasons or holidays. You can also light them up  with Christmas lights or with some ric rac or fishing line make them into ornaments. They are so versatile!

Materials:

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All you’ll need is a:

1. Charm pack – or if your using scraps a perfect square (5×5, 4×4, whatever size you want)

2. Scissors

3. Iron

4. Fusible interfacing – I used heavy Pellon, you’ll need 3/4 yard

5. Glue gun and glue sticks

Step 1:

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Place the interfacing shiny side up and iron the entire charm pack down. It works best if you use a little steam.

Once they’re all ironed on, cut them apart. Get right next to the pinking.

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Grab one square and fold it diagonally with print side up. Set the fold with iron, remember to use steam. Repeat in the opposite direction.

You should now have two folds creating a X shape.

*It helps if you can let the fold cool each time before doing the next.

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Fold the charm with the print together and press it in half. Set the fold and repeat the other direction. You should now have a cross.

*It helps if you can let the fold cool each time before doing the next.

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On the perpendicular folds, the ones that make a cross, cut less than half way. Do not cut the diagonals!

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Fold each corner over to the diagonal fold and set with the iron. Repeat for all four sides.

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This is what it should look from the back, upper left, and front, lower right.

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Time to plug in the glue gun!

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Place a thin-ish line of glue ( look at the bright green line for guidance) on one triangle and fold the other half over of to the crease and press together. Repeat for all four sides.

Tip 1: Fold the point first before adding glue, this way you know which way it wants to fold (it make the points neater)

Tip 2: When your pressing, use a lobster pinch. Insert you pointer finger in the point and pinch with you thumb.

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Here’s what you star should look like now.

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Once you have two made, put a dot of glue where the stars overlap. You should have four small dots (one for every point of one star).

If you making them into ornaments this is where you want to insert the ric rac, before you connect them.

Light it up!!

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The best part about these is if they squished just pull on the points and it will pop back!

Good Luck!

Kate