Jitterbug Quilt Tutorial

Jitterbug Quilt Tutorial

Learn to make this fun Jitterbug Quilt!

The Jitterbug was one of the most popular dances of the swing era, but how did it get such a funny name? Turns out “jitterbug” is just a combo of two cute little words: jitter and bug. But put ‘em together and you’ve got a name worth remembering!

Learn to make this Jitterbug Quilt with Jenny!

This week we’re working on the Jitterbug Quilt. And, like it’s namesake, it’s based on two simple little elements: the 4-patch and the half-square triangle. Combine those quilting powerhouses with an extra dose of creativity, and you’ve got a quilt as swanky as the swingingest jitterbug on the dance floor! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!

Diagram of the Jitterbug Quilt!

Be sure to check back next Friday to see what else we come up with!

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Scrap-Busting Holiday Crafts

Scrap-Busting Holiday Crafts

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in downtown Hamilton! With wreaths and candles in every window, a living tree adorned with lights, ornaments and ribbons, and window displays in all the shops, our little town is overflowing with Christmas cheer!

On Saturday, we celebrated the season with a town-wide Christmas festival, featuring make and take fabric crafts in the Missouri Star Quilt Co. shops. Some of our talented team members showed off their creativity with mug rugs, fabric bracelets, felt poinsettias, fabric scrap ornaments and fabric holiday cards.  

We enjoyed diving into our scrap stash and creating these festive projects so much that we wanted to share with all of our friends far and wide how to create a couple of them as well! Read on to learn how to create our Felt (or Fabric) Poinsettias and Fabric Bracelets.

Fabric Bracelets

Courtenay from our Sewing Center showed us how to create these fashionable fabric scrap bracelets that would be awesome to show off remnants of those most loved fabrics you have in your scrap bin.

Supplies

Cotton clothesline

Strips of fabric (½ inch. 30 inches long)

Hot glue gun or fabric glue (either will work)

Assorted beads and trims

Scissors

Painter’s Tape  

Steps

1. Measure wrist with clothesline. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and be sure to allow a little room to slide the bracelet on and off of your wrist.

2. Tape the two ends of the clothesline together with painters tape to form a ring (make sure you use about a two-inch wide tape, such as painters tape or duct tape to ensure the ring holds).

3. Put a small bead of hot glue to one end of the fabric strip.

4. Start wrapping the bracelet.

5. Once you are finished wrapping the entire ring with fabric, add another bead of glue at the end of the fabric strip to secure it on the clothesline

6. Embellish as desired. Courtenay added a thin metallic cord or thin craft wire to her bracelet. Just add a dot of glue to one end and start wrapping it around like the fabric and voila, a fashionable fabric bracelet!

You may have noticed that we filmed a Facebook Live of Courtenay creating these darling accessories, and you can watch the video below or on our Quilting Deals Facebook page!

 

Felt or Fabric Poinsettias

Heidi, a member of our Product & Sales Team, and who you may recognize from our Facebook Live videos created lovely Felt Poinsettias in the Main Shop. She used felt and a Sizzix Fabi machine along with a circle die cutter to make these beauties, and was inspired by the DIY Candy tutorial that you can view here.

We recreated the poinsettia ornament using some leftover batiks from another project. You don’t need very much fabric to make this, and although we used Christmas-themed fabric, we would love to see these flowers made in other colors too!

Supplies:

Fabric or felt (2 colors preferably)

Jute, twine or string

A circle template (we used the bottom of a spool of thread)

Scissors

Buttons

Hot glue gun

Mini orange peel template

 

Steps

1. Cut out 18 circles from one of the fabrics. We used 16 circles to create the petals and 2 more in later steps. Depending on the size of your circle you may need more or fewer than the number we used.You can use a Sizzix like Heidi did, but we traced our circles and cut them out with a pair of fabric scissors.

2. Fold the right side of one circle over to the left side to create a cone shape. You will alternate folding one side to the other, so left to right and then right to left to create the petals. Be sure to keep the end of cone fairly tight, and add a small dot of hot glue to secure it. 

3. Arrange the petals in a circle shape to make sure you have enough to make a flower.

4. Glue the petals together, and be sure to use as little of glue as possible.

5. Turn the petals over and glue a fabric circle to the back to add stability to the flower.

6. Using a mini orange peel template, cut out two leaves and glue them to the back of the flower.

7. Cut off a 6 to 8 inch piece of jute, string or ribbon, create a loop and glue it to the back of the flower. Using the last circle cut out, cover the glued ends of the string on the back of the poinsettia.

8. Turn the poinsettia over and glue buttons or a small circle of fabric to create the center of the flower, there you have it, a fabulous fabric poinsettia ready to adorn a Christmas tree!

All of us from Missouri Star Quilt Co. want to wish you happy holidays and a very Merry Christmas! We hope you enjoy these fun, fast and festive fabric scrap projects!

Be sure to share your scrab-busting holiday crafts with us on social media using #msqcshowandtell!

Pin Peddlers

Pin Peddlers

Are you looking for a dash of whimsy or a pop of color to liven up a favorite jacket or customize a scarf or bag? Look no further than the hundreds of pins and charms available through Pin Peddlers!

Pin Peddlers

If you have ever visited the Missouri Star Quilt Co. shops in Hamilton, MO, you may be familiar with some of Pin Peddlers’ creations. Each of the 12 uniquely themed shops in town has its own charm, perfect for collecting and commemorating your trip to Missouri Star. 

You can also shop all of our Missouri Star charms HERE!

Missouri Star Quilt Co. Shop Charms

All 12 Missouri Star Quilt Co. shops, plus Man’s Land have a uniquely-themed charm.

Once you have your charms and pins selected, the next step is deciding how to display them. Pin Peddlers created this fantastic video to show how versatile pins and charms can be! You can also use a quilted wallhanging for an adorable way to show off your collection!

In addition to supplying Missouri Star with dozens of creations for shops, quilts, and special events, Pin Peddlers sells a wide variety of pins, charms, and charm-related jewelry directly on the Pin Peddlers website. From cats and dogs to sewing machines and beautiful quilt blocks, there is something for everyone!

Be sure to click HERE to see all of the jewelry accessories Pin Peddlers has available!

Pin Peddlers Charm Bracelet

Pin Peddlers Charm Holder

If you are on the hunt for a truly special charm or pin to commemorate an event, or a special piece to sell in your shop or guild, Pin Peddlers is here to help! They specialize in creating custom pins and charms (with a minimum purchase of 50), and you can learn about custom pin orders HERE. Pin Peddlers has created custom work for quilt guilds, sewing groups, businesses, conferences, and museums, and is happy to help you design a pin to meet your specifications.

Fall Shenanigans

Fall Shenanigans

Learn to make this quick and easy Fall Shenanigans Wall Hanging!

There’s a wicked little chill in the air. The pumpkins are carved, the costumes are prepped, and I’ve already started sneaking candies from the trick or treat bowl. Halloween is just days away, but we still have one more weekend of holiday sewing to do!  

Jenny teaches you a fun mix up wall hanging for Fall!

This week Jenny is working on an adorable Halloween wall hanging featuring kitty cats, witch hats, and one great big pumpkin. Click HERE to learn how to make Fall Shenanigans!

Diagram of Fall Shenanigans Quilt.

(Jenny uses an Under a Spell layer cake by Jennifer Pugh for Wilmington. Click HERE to see our entire collection of Halloween fabric. We’ve got skeletons, monsters, and spiders galore!)

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Quick and Easy Ribbon Block

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Quick and Easy Ribbon Block

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know that more than 250,000 women will be diagnosed this year? Many of us have been touched by this terrible disease in one way or another, and when those hard times come, we search for ways to help.

Quilts are a beautiful way to show support and give comfort. Jenny has a tutorial from a few years back for a Ribbons of Hope Quilt but this year as Jenny was brainstorming ways to show her love and support for two of the Missouri Star Family’s very own Breast Cancer Survivors, she was able to come up with an even easier way to make a Ribbon Quilt Block.

Breast Cancer Awareness - Ribbon Quilt Block from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Isn’t this Ribbon Block so stunning and powerful? It’s as simple as snowballing a few corners. Jenny got the idea from the X’s and O’s Quilt Tutorial and we want to share how it was done with you. Watch the video below for a mini tutorial on how to make this Ribbon Block and to hear Betty and Sherry’s stories of how they won their battles against Breast Cancer.

Check out the block diagram below. Use one block to make a pillow like Jenny or multiple blocks to make a table runner or quilt!

Ribbon Quilt Block from Missouri Star Quilt Company

While October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we know that there are many out there affected by other types of cancer. You can make this Ribbon Quilt Block in another color to show your support to those battling other forms of cancer as well. Stitch by stitch, we can make a difference.