Summer School Quilt

Summer School Quilt

Summer School Quilt

From rice-sized gobies to whale sharks as long as two school buses, the ocean is filled with an incredible variety of creatures.  Some travel in schools of up to 3 billion fish. Some “walk” on land. Some live for centuries.

Summer School Quilt

But of all the fish in the sea, my very favorites are created with needle and thread. In this week’s new tutorial, Jenny demonstrates how to whip up a sea full of pretty fishes in every color of the rainbow. Click HERE to watch the tutorial!

Summer School Quilt

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Amplified Quilt

Amplified Quilt

Amplified Quilt

If you ever spot Jenny out and about, take a look around. There’s sure to be a tall, handsome fellow somewhere in your midst. (Sorry, ladies – he’s taken!) Ron Doan, aka Mr. Jenny, is Jenny’s #1 fan and devoted husband. Over the years, Ron has developed quite the talent for quilt design, and this week he is in the studio with Jenny to demonstrate his latest creation, the Amplified Quilt.

Amplified Quilt

This quilt is a modern half square triangle pattern that is as eye-catching as it is easy. Click HERE to watch the tutorial!

Amplified Quilt

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Charm Quilt on Point

Charm Quilt on Point

Charm Quilt on Point

Turning carbon into a diamond is no easy task. It takes about 725,000 pounds of pressure and 2,200 degrees of heat. So…probably not something you can whip up over the weekend.

Charm Quilt on Point

But if you’re looking to make diamonds out of squares, you’re in luck! The Charm Quilt on Point is so quick and easy, you’ll have those squares standing on their tippy toes in no time! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!

Charm Quilt on Point

 

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Sidekick Quilt Tutorial

Sidekick Quilt Tutorial

Sidekick Quilt

All the quilts of my childhood had solid backs. Some pink, some red, some navy blue – all plain as plain. For years, it felt like the back of the quilt didn’t really matter at all. But when I started to notice pretty florals, sassy stripes, and exciting colors, I started seeing quilt backing as one more opportunity to let my creativity shine!

Sidekick Quilt

This week’s new project, the Sidekick Quilt, is a quick and easy pattern based on the friendship star. It’s cute and colorful, but just wait ‘til you see the backing fabric!  It’s bold, fabulous, and anything but boring! Click HERE to watch the tutorial.

Sidekick Quilt

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My First Quilt: Nichole Spravzoff

My First Quilt: Nichole Spravzoff

The next installment of our “My First Quilt” series for National Quilting Month comes from one of our wonderful Missouri Star Quilt Co. team members. Nichole is our fearless senior copywriter, who spends her workdays crafting quilty stories and quips for all of us to enjoy! Read on to learn all about Nichole’s first quilt and why she made it.

My First Quilt: Nichole Spravzoff

Back in 1999, I was a moody teenager, more interested in tattooed boys than my school work. Most Friday nights I hung out at all-ages clubs full of spiky-headed youth, but occasionally I would spend my time pursuing milder hobbies. It was a few months before graduation that my cousin, Joy, suggested we make quilts together. I wasn’t against it, but I had no idea where to start. My generous aunt helped us procure all the necessary tools and showed us how the sewing machine worked. It seemed kind of cheeky to take a quilt, something associated with our grandmothers’ generation, and make it our own.

We planned out our patterns on graph paper. Mine was an ambitious design featuring my favorite mopeds appliqued around the edge with the Vespa logo in the center. I had no idea what I’d taken on. I didn’t even own a scooter, but I loved the idea of hopping on a cute, mint green Vespa and jetting around town. It seemed like a simple enough design in pink and black squares, but reality hit me when I began ironing on all those little scooter pieces and satin-stitching around the edges. It definitely tested my patience! The result wasn’t perfect by any means, but it is a tribute to the ingenuity of ignorance and, of course, scooters.

My First Quilt: Nichole Spravzoff

Now I look back on my first quilt, 19 years later, and I realize how much I’ve learned about myself. I don’t long to own a scooter anymore, and I never did ride on one. As I finished college, I abandoned quilting for a time, but my interest in quilting resurfaced again in a big way about ten years ago when I stepped into the Stitchin’ Post in Sisters, Oregon. The walls were lined with gorgeous quilts and I couldn’t stop myself from purchasing a bundle of fabric and planning to begin another project right then and there.

Once again, it was a pattern that I might not take on today, and in fabrics that I wouldn’t necessarily choose again, but I stuck with it, and 11 months later, I had hand-quilted my second, real quilt. The blocks were a variation on the Schoolhouse pattern, but made to my own specifications in 1800s reproduction fabrics. It was a doozy!

My First Quilt: Nichole Spravzoff

These days, I prefer to work in an eclectic modern palette with brighter colors and playful fabrics. I love Japanese prints and using the entire spectrum of solids. Sometimes I even sneak in a vintage print for fun. And I’m sure my tastes will shift again as I grow older. That’s the beauty of quilting. It grows with you. It changes as you do. It can be as easy or as complex as you wish it to be. However you choose to quilt, make it your own and, most of all, enjoy the process!

If you want to jump into quilting, Nichole recommends Couch to Quilt! This all-inclusive box of quilting supplies includes everything (minus the sewing machine) you need to make a crib-size quilt. Click HERE to shop now!