Celebrate National FFA Week with Forever Blue Fabric

Celebrate National FFA Week with Forever Blue Fabric

Surrounded by emerald fields of corn and rolling pastures dotted with cattle, Hamilton, Missouri, sits in the middle of America’s heartland. As in many such communities with strong agriculture roots, there is a group of students who fully embrace what it means to live, work and support the business that is agriculture, our local FFA chapter.

If you have ever donned the blue corduroy jacket and recited the FFA creed, or know someone who has, then the FFA Forever Blue fabric by Riley Blake Designs is a wonderful tribute to the traditions that make up the National FFA Organization. The Forever Blue fabric features the timeless blue corduroy jacket, the FFA emblem and a variety of livestock and agriculture prints. You can shop all of the Forever Blue fabrics, including the Forever Blue quilt kit, HERE.

With such a wide variety of prints, we knew we wanted to create a quilt that could show off some of the larger prints and the different color schemes. A member of our sewing team, Janice, used the Slice of Life Quilt pattern, and sewed up the entire quilt! Check out the finished quilt below, and watch Jenny’s tutorial on how to create a Slice of Life Quilt

Slice of Life Quilt in Forever Blue

You can also find a fantastic panel that makes a wonderful wall hanging or a centerpiece of a quilt as part of the Forever Blue collection. We used this panel, along with some extra yardage for borders, to create a wall hanging.

Celebrate National FFA Week

After the quilt and wall hanging were completed, they needed a home, and with National FFA Week on the horizon, we knew that these creations would honor the Hamilton FFA chapter at Penney High School for all of their accomplishments and the work they do throughout our community.  

Janice, who created the quilt, was on hand to present both the quilt and the wall hanging to Mr. Burns, the FFA advisor, along with all of the Hamilton FFA officers. 

Thank you, Hamilton FFA for all you do!


Cathedral Window Tutorial Reboot with Guest Quilter Liz Hawkins

Cathedral Window Tutorial Reboot with Guest Quilter Liz Hawkins

This edition of our Tutorial Reboot series comes from Liz Hawkins, who you may know as Mama Hawk from Mama Hawk’s Kitchen in Hamilton!

Well hello! I’m excited to share my “reboot” pattern experience with you all. But first, let me explain a bit about who I am. If you’ve ever visited Missouri Star Quilt Co in Hamilton, Mo, then you most likely know me as Mama Hawk…the baker, panini, pizza, salad and soup maker at Mama Hawk’s Kitchen located near the main shop. However, before I opened the bakery/cafe here, I’d been known as one of the Lizzie B girls for Lizzie B Cre8ive. A quilt/fabric design company started by my sister-in-law and I. I haven’t had much time, since opening the bakery, to dedicate to quilting, sadly. Which, I know, is crazy to think about as I am living in a town quite literally surrounded by fabric and everything a quilter could dream of! In fact, one night I was frantically trying to finish a gift for someone and happened to break my last needle, oh around midnight. Isn’t that always when your last needle breaks? Anyway, I tore apart my entire sewing room searching for a needle in a fabric stash proverbial haystack, looking disheveled and distraught as I knew my alarm would go off in a few short hours when I’d need to start rolling out cinnamon roll dough. My husband rolled his eyes at me and said, “You must be joking. You work ten steps from a shop that sells quilt needles and you actually ran out?” I’m sure you don’t need me to tell the rest of the story. You’ve all been there, right? Ok, maybe not in the exact circumstances. But at least you know exactly where my husband spent that night sleeping. Ha! Needless to say, I’ve stocked up on needles. And they got me through my reboot project without breakages!

The pattern I chose to do is the Cathedral Window pattern. I’ve always looooved Cathedral windows, real AND quilted ones! I’ve always wanted to make a cathedral window quilt, but have never taken the time. So I thought, alright, here’s my chance!

I watched Jenny’s nice little tutorial, and thought, no problem. This should be a breeze! She’s simplified it all nicely so there’s not all that hand stitching involved like in a traditional cathedral quilt. Plus, the block size was 7” finished, none of those teeny tiny blocks to deal with. Although, in Jenny’s tutorial she makes a table runner, and I thought, if I’m going to devote some time to this, I might as well make it into a whole quilt. Right? Wouldn’t you think the same thing? Sure you would!

Plus, my youngest child was graduating early from High School and would soon be off to college in January. So I also thought, perfect, this will be her college quilt! With that in mind, I went about choosing my fabric. I fell in love with a line by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel called Jubilee. Not only did the colors appeal to me, but the prints were filled with little dresses, tubes of lipstick, mascara and nail polish. All the things my 18-year-old daughter adores! The designs have a wonderful retro 60’s element to them as well. Which I also love. Maybe because I wear funky cat-eye glasses, and have a retro vibe to myself? Or maybe it’s because I had just binge-watched The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon with my family over the holidays. A show set in New York City in the 60’s. Featuring an amazing set, gorgeous dresses and a fabulous pink Pyrex dish I’ve been obsessing over ever since.

Whatever the reason, the fabric was picked, and I started my project. Now I’m a pretty quick quilt maker. Comes from years and years of deadlines to make for quilt market, sometimes only getting our fabric a couple weeks before. I’ve spent many flights to Houston hand binding quilts so they’re ready to hang in a booth. So I wasn’t really worried about not having enough time. And that is where I wildly miscalculated the amount of time this particular quilt would take. Not only that, but the amount of fabric as well!

Tutorial Reboot Liz Hawkins

After I finished the size Jenny shows in her tutorial, it dawned on me the reason for the size. As a table runner, it’s a nice quick little project. Especially if you follow the instructions to quilt-as-you-go! But (add a dramatic pause here), as a quilt? Let’s just say you’re going to need a TAD more time. And more fabric! I started out with a nice pack of 10” squares which I cut into fourths to give me a good stack of 5” squares. I also started with 2 yards of an off-white Cotton + Steel basic with dots. I chose this basic instead of a solid print because, well, I just love a fabric that reads as a solid but has a little texture. Also, it just seemed to add to that wonderful 60’s vibe.

It didn’t take long to realize that in order to make an entire quilt, every single 5” square of fabric would require TWO 5” squares of off-white ironed in half on the diagonal. Which means each full block is made up of FOUR 5” printed fabrics, layered with TWO folded 5” squares of off-white per square, plus ONE more 5” printed square in the middle of the block. Yep, go ahead and do that math…that’s THIRTEEN 5” squares per FINISHED block. Needless to say, I had to go back and get one more package of 10” squares and more basic fabric to finish this quilt. And YES, it’s got some good weight to it, this quilt. It’ll keep my baby warm, that’s for sure! I worked one row at a time, choosing the more geometric prints for my background squares, and the prints with bolder motifs for the center of each window. I won’t lie. Each row took me a couple of hours with all that fabric to manipulate! But each row was so PREEEETY, I just had to keep going. Before starting each row, I would cut my basic off-white into 5” squares and iron them on the diagonal by stacking a bunch of them folded, and ironing at once. This quilt required a lot of pins, which aren’t my favorite, but quite necessary!

I decided to back this quilt with a nice soft cuddle fabric. When making quilts for my kids, they always request the cuddle. Last year, my husband even went so far as to let me know that all previous non-cuddle backed quilts are useless in keeping a person warm. So, thank you very much Shannon Cuddle Fabrics, for rendering most of the quilts I’ve ever made completely useless. Haha! I’m kidding. (But my husband totally is not.)

Tutorial Reboot Liz Hawkins

I also decided that this quilt didn’t need that much quilting because the pattern itself has so much going on. So I quilted it on my own machine at home, choosing just a straight stitch along the diagonal. I didn’t even need to use my walking foot, though some might prefer to, depending on your machine. I did lengthen my stitch to around 4. I love how the simplicity of the quilting made the “windows” in the pattern pop a bit more. Also, with cuddle on the back, a more intricate quilt pattern is lost, in my experience!

Tutorial Reboot Liz Hawkins

All that was left to do was bind this baby up. I chose another C+S basic, the pink with gold dots. It seemed to perfectly frame this sweet quilt for my daughter, who also happens to be obsessed with rose gold. I’m a hand stitch binding kinda gal, but since I’m also a baker, I’ll admit, some of that hand stitching took place in my kitchen at the bakery! You’ll notice some of the pictures I’ve added here. A few places you don’t normally see a quilt, or quilting tools. Also, the number of sugary treats, and non-sugared caffeinated soda required for me to get a quilt done with a deadline. It’s a delicate balance, for sure!

Tutorial Reboot Liz Hawkins

I love how the quilt turned out, and can’t wait to send it to my sweet daughter. Follow Mama Hawk’s Kitchen on Instagram and Facebook to see her reaction when she gets her package in the mail! Until then, happy quilting. And buy some more needles. You’ll thank me at midnight.

Tutorial Reboot Liz Hawkins

If you want to make a Cathedral Window quilt  like Liz’s, which is about 54″x63″, here’s what you will need:

2 packages of Cotton + Steel Jubilee 10-inch Stackers (cut into 5-inch squares)

6.5  yards of Cotton + Steel–Dottie Kerchief 

1/2 yard of Cotton + Steel Cotton Candy for binding

3.5 yards of Shannon Cuddle Hide Rose Water 60″ Minky for backing

Be sure to share all of your creations with us on Facebook and Instagram using #msqcshowandtell!

How to Add Borders to a Quilt Panel Tutorial

How to Add Borders to a Quilt Panel Tutorial

How to Add Borders to a Quilt Tutorial

There are over 750 different quilt panels available at missouriquiltco.com. Storybook princesses. Tractors and fire engines. Farm scenes and alphabets and leprechauns. The sky is the limit when quilting with panels, but the question is: How do you transform a panel into a finished quilt?

How to Add Borders to a Quilt Tutorial

In this week’s new tutorial, Jenny demonstrates three pretty ways to add a decorative border to your favorite panel. Click HERE to watch the tutorial! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

Disappearing Pinwheel Baskets Quilt

Disappearing Pinwheel Baskets Quilt

Disappearing Pinwheel Baskets

Are you familiar with disappearing blocks? The Disappearing Pinwheel, the Disappearing Hourglass, the Disappearing 4-Patch, etc, etc, etc!

Disappearing Pinwheel Baskets

Here’s how it works: Make a nice, traditional block. Then chop it up, rearrange the pieces, sew ‘em back together, and presto-change-o! You have a gorgeous, super-intricate block that looks like a million bucks!

Disappearing Pinwheel Baksets

This week, Jenny is working on Disappearing Pinwheel Baskets. Yes, this block looks like a flower basket with a sweet little pinwheel bloom, but more importantly, when you put all your blocks together, a border and sashing will magically appear  – no extra work required! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

2017 Year in Review

2017 Year in Review

Happy New Year, dear quilters! This is sure to be a memorable year filled with many exciting moments here at Missouri Star Quilt Co. We are grateful for your loyalty and patience with us as we grow and we think 2018 is going to be the best year yet! But before we jump right into it, let’s take a moment to reflect and look back on some of the highlights from 2017.

Shark Applicutter

Our dear friend, Rob Appell of Man Sewing, designed an innovative cutting tool that took the sewing and quilting world by storm! With a 14mm blade, the Shark Applicutter is the go-to rotary cutter for freestyle piecing and intricate cutting. Learn more about the handy Shark Applicutter HERE.

Missouri Star Academy

Missouri Star Academy began as a dream. We imagined quilters gathering together from across the globe in Hamilton, Missouri, to learn directly from professionals in the industry and from each other. In 2017, this dream became a reality for more than 450 students and instructors who traveled to Quilt Town, USA, for a two-day, immersive, creative experience filled with demonstrations, classes, and trunk shows. We are still amazed by the ideas and inspiration shared during Missouri Star Academy. Thanks to everyone who attended! We hope to see you again this year. Be sure to mark your calendars for June 7 and 8 for our second Missouri Star Academy! It’s going to be a lot of fun! 

Missouri Star Academy classes and presentations were held at the United Methodist Church in Hamilton.

Jenny Turns 60

Our very own Jenny Doan hit a milestone birthday in 2017, and we celebrated her “Sweet 60th” together. We are so thankful for her contagious enthusiasm, her kind spirit, and the creativity she shares with us every day!

Birthday Bash

Birthday Bash 2017

Missouri Star Quilt Co. celebrated its 9th birthday last year. Can you believe it? Time seems to have passed as quickly as our bobbins go empty! Three days filled with fun, games, food, and inspiration culminated in a party that will be long-remembered here in Hamilton. Reminisce about all of the festivities from the 2017 Bash HERE.

Stay tuned for 2018 Birthday Bash. We’ll be pulling out all the stops for our big 1-0 coming up later this year, and make plans to attend September 20-22nd!

Hurricane Relief Quilts

Thanks to quilters like you, our hearts were filled to the brim this year by the overwhelming support you showed when we asked for donations to help those affected by the hurricanes that ravaged our coastal states. You answered the call with more than 9,000 quilts, blankets, and afghans, as well as 4,000 pillowcases! These handmade labors of love were donated to organizations and distributed to those in need.

The entire Doan family and dozens of Missouri Star employee volunteers helped sort and repackage the donations.

Top Tutorials from 2017

Jenny and Rob each created 52 amazing quilt tutorials for you last year, for a grand total of 104 new videos! While it would be impossible to pick a favorite, here are some of the best of the best tutorials from 2017:

Jenny’s Tutorials:

Grand Adventures Quilt

Pineapple Quilt

Kindred Pinwheels Quilt

Rob’s Tutorials:

Stars, Stripes and Diamonds Quilt

Checkered Cross Quilt

String Quilt

You can catch all of Jenny’s tutorials on QuiltingTutorials.com or on our Missouri Star Quilt Co. YouTube channel, and be sure to catch Rob’s tutorials on the Man Sewing YouTube channel. We can’t wait to see the quilts you are creating for 2018! Make sure to share them with us on our Facebook and Instagram using #msqcshowandtell.