New Friday Tutorial: The Burst Block Quilt with Rob Appell

New Friday Tutorial: The Burst Block Quilt with Rob Appell

Make a Burst Block Quilt with Jenny and Rob!

The Burst Block is a long-standing Man Sewing favorite, but some of us (I won’t name names…) have been a little intimidated by all those angles, cuts, and math-y decisions. Today, all of that changes!

Make a Burst Block Quilt with Jenny and Rob!

Rob Appell is visiting Jenny’s studio to teach her the Burst Block Quilt, the easy way using Rob’s new template! It comes together quickly using layer cakes and the result is so stunning! Click on the button below to watch the tutorial and get all the quilting supplies you’ll need to make the Burst Block Quilt with Jenny and Rob!

Make a Burst Block Quilt with Jenny and Rob!

New Friday Tutorial: The Block and Strip Quilt w/Guest Rob Appell

New Friday Tutorial: The Block and Strip Quilt w/Guest Rob Appell

Make an Easy Block & Strip Quilt with Jenny Doan and Rob Appell!

We live in a culture of chaos. Too many clothes. Too many knick-knacks. Too much clutter and busyness and excess. At times it feels like all that “extra” is clogging up my life, distracting me from the things that really matter. Sometimes, my soul just yearns for a little simplicity.

Make an Easy Block & Strip Quilt with Jenny Doan and Rob Appell!

This week Jenny has teamed up with Rob from Man Sewing to teach us how to make The Block and Strip Quilt. I know you’re going to love how easy it is to put together this refreshingly simple pattern, and if you’re not yet familiar with Rob’s electric personality, you’re in for a real treat!

Make an Easy Block & Strip Quilt with Jenny Doan and Rob Appell!

Our Favorite Quick & Easy Scrap Buster Projects

Our Favorite Quick & Easy Scrap Buster Projects

10 scrap buster projects pinnable

Quilters are resourceful people who are hesitant to throw anything away, after all, fabric scraps are precious. You never know what they might become. Maybe a beautiful crazy quilt, a fun tote, or a cozy bed for your pet. There are so many possibilities!

This Earth Day, we want to show you some fun ways to reduce your stash, reuse those scraps, and recycle them into fabulous, earth-friendly projects! Show the planet a little love and #makesomethingtoday!

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1. Free Piecing Quilt

When you aren’t using a pattern, you can use more of your scraps! Give improvisational quilting a try and watch your scraps disappear. They’ll become something even more wonderful than you thought they could be: a cozy, beautiful quilt!

2. The Crazy Quilt

Don’t be afraid to go a little crazy! If you have a lot of little trimmings left over from strip quilting, this is the perfect project for you. Just grab our crazy quilt template and stitch away! The fabrics don’t have to match, in fact, they shouldn’t. Just put them together in any way you please.

3. Easy Scrap Buster Table Runner Using Binding Tool

This table runner is the perfect solution for all the different shapes of scraps you have hanging around. It uses up 10” squares, 2.5” squares, and 2.5” strips too! Gather them all up and make table runners for every season!

4. Pet Bed

Do you hate wasting fabric, but love your pet? Don’t throw away a single scrap of fabric! They’ll all come together into a super-comfy bed to pamper your furry friends in this tutorial.

5. The Improv Tote

This tutorial doesn’t have to use one single jelly roll. You could use multiple pieces from projects you’ve finished and come up with something totally new! Then, take this tote to the market and avoid using plastic bags too.

6. Wrapped Fabric Bowl

Need a place to store those odds and ends? Don’t go out and buy another plastic container. Stitch up your very own wrapped fabric bowl and organize in an environmentally-friendly way!

7. Wristlet Key Fob

Keep your keys on hand and your scrap pile low with this super-cute key fob. You can use some of your smallest scraps with this project. It’s so much fun, you’ll want to make key fobs for all your friends!

8. Design Your Own Applique

If you’re looking for a new challenge, give this amazing tutorial a try! Create a tribute to Mother Earth by turning your favorite landscape photo into a quilt. Give your scraps new life with this applique project.

9. The String Quilt

This is a great quilt for using up all those little skinny pieces you have left over from trimming. Piece them together into a smart string quilt and get them out of the scrap heap!

10. Fabric Catch-All

These great little catch-alls are awesome for organization and storage. There’s no need to go out and buy little boxes and bins. Stitch them up yourself and watch your scrap pile diminish. When you’re done, you’ll have a more organized home and fewer scraps. Whoo hoo!

Enjoy this playlist of our Favorite YouTube Scrap Buster Tutorials!

 

Introducing Man’s Land in Hamilton, MO!

Introducing Man’s Land in Hamilton, MO!

Behind every woman in a quilt shop is a man carrying 15+ bolts of fabric and begging her to stop buying more! It’s a classic tale that’s been around for years. But it’s about to change if we have a say in the matter! Amid our eleven quilt shops here in Hamilton you’ll now find Man’s Land, a lounge and billiards area for the men to enjoy! (Find a list of all our shops HERE.)

Man's Land from Missouri Star Quilt Co. in Hamilton, MO.Take a a nice long look at these comfy recliners, but watch out! Sit down for “just a minute” and you’ll never want to get back up! They’re all facing two big screen TV’s. It’s the perfect setup for watching the big game or getting some shut-eye. Go ahead, take a load off!

Man's Land from Missouri Star Quilt Co. in Hamilton, MO.

Man’s Land is warm, rustic and inviting so you’ll feel right at home… and maybe forget about how much money your wife is spending on fabric 😉

Man's Land from Missouri Star Quilt Co. in Hamilton, MO.

Ahh, so peaceful and relaxing! There’s even a section dedicated to our favorite manly quilter, Rob Appell of Man Sewing! Check out his YouTube Channel HERE!

Man's Land from Missouri Star Quilt Co. in Hamilton, MO.

The name Man’s Land was around a long time in Hamilton before Missouri Star even existed and that’s where we got our inspiration for a manly hangout. We love our small town and we love restoring the buildings to bring them new life. We hope this little haven will give you the opportunity to stay a little longer and feel rested and refreshed by the time you have to go!

Rob Appell’s Man Sewing Surf’s Up Retreat!

Rob Appell’s Man Sewing Surf’s Up Retreat!

We had so much fun last week because Rob Appell from Man Sewing was here filming tutorials, followed by the first ever Surf’s Up Retreat at Missouri Star Quilt Company! The retreat started with Rob’s Trunk Show, which was so amazing! There is something special about a trunk show. Each one is so unique to that specific quilter and even though we’ve been working with Rob for about a year now, we were reminded of Rob’s good heart and the journey that has led him to where he is today! Thank you, Rob for not only teaching us about quilting, but about overcoming obstacles, gratitude, hard work, and love for family. Your honest, vulnerable storytelling was such a treat and we’re so glad that you’ve decided to be a part of the Missouri Star family.

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Rob rolls up his quilts, so they won’t get fold creases. Isn’t that so smart? Let’s take a look at some of the other quilts Rob shared.

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I always knew I loved his work, but the stories behind them make them even more beautiful! It was so exciting to see them in person… sometimes photos just can’t do a quilt justice. This next one is the Color Strata quilt, featured in Rob’s new Color Strata Book! The tutorial is coming very soon!

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You have to take a step back from this one to fully appreciate it…

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If you’ve never seen Rob’s Endangered Species Quilt series, they are even more incredible in real life! Rob teamed up with Michael Miller Fabrics and their Fairy Frost fabrics to create a series of quilts to raise awareness for endangered species and donates a portion of pattern sales to help support these animals and those who care for them.

 

So amazing! Here’s the whole group! Jenny Doan attended the trunk show and we even put Ron (Mr. Jenny) to work holding up the quilts for Rob! 🙂

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During the retreat, Rob taught his ever popular 3 Dudes Quilt with a twist and had fun making ‘stained glass’ when it caught the sun! 🙂

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With Rob’s quilts on the wall, it feels like everyone is working in an art gallery! So beautiful!

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We’re so glad that all of you retreaters could be here and Rob as well! Here’s to the next one! If you’re interested in attending a retreat at Missouri Star Quilt Company, visit Missouri Star Quilt Company Retreats & Events!

Be on the lookout for Rob’s own post about the retreat, coming soon at mansewing.com!