Cheerio Tutorial Reboot Featuring Guest Quilter Shea Henderson

Cheerio Tutorial Reboot Featuring Guest Quilter Shea Henderson

MSQC Cheerio Quilting Tutorial Reboot with Shea Henderson!

Hi there, everyone! I am Shea Henderson of the pattern company Empty Bobbin Sewing and author of School of Sewing: Learn it, Teach it, Sew Together. I live in Kansas City, MO and am lucky to get to call MSQC a local quilt shop! I love to make the drive up to Hamilton to see the new window displays and wander among the bolts.

It is no secret that my first stop when I visit Hamilton is usually MSQC’s Penney’s Quilt Shop, home to all of the solids. Using solid fabrics is my favorite way to make a quilt and I’m excited to share one here today!

The tutorial I chose to reboot is Jenny’s Cheerio quilt. I wanted to quarter the blocks and play around with placement and orientation to create a new look. I am so excited about how it turned out!

MSQC Cheerio Quilting Tutorial Reboot with Shea Henderson!

My fabrics are all from the Moda Bella line of solids, and the colors are from a set selected by Vanessa Christenson of V. & Co.  They are:

MelonCameoRoseBerryliciousBoysenberryRuby IceCaribbeanMintPistachioTerrainNavySpray 

Quilt stats & materials:

Finished size is 54” x 63”

For the quilt top, I used 3/4 yard of each of the colors listed above.

I used 3-1/2 yards of Melon for the backing and an additional 1/2 yard of Spray for the binding.

You’ll also need one package of 5-1/4 yards of Heat N Bond Lite and some way to cut a perfect circle. I used my trusty Olfa circle rotary cutter and it worked like a charm!

Ready? Here’s how to do it!

First, cut two 10” x WOF strips from each color. Then subcut a total of (84) 10” x 10” squares (seven from each color). Set half of the squares aside for the backgrounds and the other half aside for the circles.

In order to conserve the Heat N Bond and max out the amount I could cut from the package, I cut (42) 8-1/2” squares. Center and fuse these to the fabric that was set aside for the circles.

Fold each of the squares fused with Heat N Bond in half in each direction in order to press creases to mark the center. Cut one 8” circle from each of the 42 squares.

MSQC Cheerio Quilting Tutorial Reboot with Shea Henderson!

From the 42 circles, select 21 to cut again. This time, I cut a 4” circle at the center. You’ll have 21 whole circles and 21 with a center cut out. Save those 4” circles for a neat option on the backing!

MSQC Cheerio Quilting Tutorial Reboot with Shea Henderson!This next step is my favorite…pairing the colors together! Grab those 10” squares and fold and press each in half along the length and the width to find the centers. Peel the paper backing from a circle and align the creases before fusing the circle in place. Repeat with all 42 squares and circles.

MSQC Cheerio Quilting Tutorial Reboot with Shea Henderson!

Using coordinating thread, stitch around the edges of the circles. I used a small zigzag stitch and a circular sewing attachment on my sewing machine, which is somewhat like magical, hands free sewing! Many machine brands offer these, so if you sew circles often, you might check around. There’s a sharp pen sticking up at the circle’s center (under that black cap), and the feed dogs on the machine rotate the block around perfectly for sewing. Just set the attachment to the correct radius and go!

MSQC Cheerio Quilting Tutorial Reboot with Shea Henderson!

Now, quarter them all! You’ll have (168) 5” squares.

MSQC Cheerio Quilting Tutorial Reboot with Shea Henderson!

Play around with different layouts. You can see here that I tried out a few whole circle options and offset layouts before ultimately going for an all over quarter circle look.

MSQC Cheerio Quilting Tutorial Reboot with Shea Henderson!

Sew the units into 14 rows of 12 squares to complete the top.

Remember those 4” circles? I fused a few of them in a grid on the backing! They are in one corner, in a 4×4 layout and the quilting gives them some extra hold.

The well-known Free Motion Quilter Angela Walters, also from the Kansas City area, did some fantastic free motion quilting on mine! She used a few techniques from her book, Shape by Shape 2. She’s a clever one… she didn’t quilt it row by row. She actually loaded it like normal on her longarm and then quilted it diagonally in sections. Can you see it? Follow the feathers to see it best.

MSQC Cheerio Quilting Tutorial Reboot with Shea Henderson!

If you make a Chopped Cheerio quilt, I hope you love the process of selecting an arrangement. It’s fun to see all of the different options and looks you can use! And, if you are on Instagram, tag me when you share it! I’m @emptybobbin on Instagram and would love to see what you make! #tutorialreboot

MSQC Cheerio Quilting Tutorial Reboot with Shea Henderson!

You can find me online at:

Blog: emptybobbinsewing.com

Instagram: @emptybobbin

My MSQC Tech Case Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8kwHIMp7UY

Flying Geese Log Cabin Tutorial Reboot: Featuring Guest Quilter Jen Van Orman

Flying Geese Log Cabin Tutorial Reboot: Featuring Guest Quilter Jen Van Orman

Hello! I am Jen, and am a wife and mother first and foremost. My mother is a quilter and I learned so many things from her when I started showing interest as a teenager. Quilting is my heritage and I hope it will also become the heritage of my children and grandchildren. That is where my name comes from, Heritage Threads. Quilting binds generations together with threads of love. 

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I am very excited to have the opportunity to share the Flying Geese Log Cabin tutorial reboot with you today. When I saw this tutorial, I could not get the thought of solids out of my head and I knew this quilt would look amazing in this Kona Cotton Lush Lagoon color way.For the gray accents I used Kona Cotton Coal. It turned out to be a wonderfully modern quilt that fits my personal quilting style so well.

I first started by separating my strips into 4 groups, ranging from lightest to darkest.

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I knew I wanted the center “log” of each block to be made out of the lightest fabric. Gather 48 of your 2.5” gray squares and 4 of the lightest strips. As you start off making this quilt, Jenny provides a great way to mark the center of the 2.5” squares. That is by ironing it in half. I love this method, but if you want to streamline your process a bit more, I really like marking a temporary line on my sewing machine with a long piece of washi or painter’s tape. Place the tape edge in line with the needle; keep the corners of the top square in line as you sew, and you’ll have a handy center line ready to go!

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I decided to line 48 of my gray 2.5” squares on top of 4 of the lightest strips as I was sewing my center logs. I ended up with a line of logs like this.

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I used a similar process for all of the logs, using up all of the lighter strips and continued through to the darkest hues in the color way.

One thing I always appreciate about Jenny in the Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorials is that she’s hilarious and knows how much I need repetition. Hopefully I’m not alone in the need for her to hammer the most important point home. Jenny says several times to make sure to put the dark goose in the top corner and sew down the side. I cannot tell you how many times I repeated this to myself as I made this quilt.

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After you finish making all 48 blocks, be sure experiment with different layouts. I attempted the layout in the tutorial and it just didn’t work. I tried a few others before I settled on my final layout.

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I picked this fun, bright Rhoda Ruth 108” wide backing for an added pop of color. I really like choosing an unexpected backing that doesn’t necessarily come from the same line of fabric as the front. The back can and should be just as exciting as the front of a quilt, in my opinion. Missouri Star has a huge selection of 108” wide backing and I am thrilled to know where to get more in the future!

Thanks for having me today to share this tutorial reboot. I cannot wait to see what you create! Share your projects on the Quilting Deals – Missouri Star Quilt Co. Facebook page or on Instagram/Twitter using #tutorialreboot!

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Flutterby Tutorial Reboot Featuring Guest Blogger Christopher Thompson

Flutterby Tutorial Reboot Featuring Guest Blogger Christopher Thompson

Make Missouri Star's Flutterby Quilt with Christopher Thompson the Tattooed Quilter!

Hello and Happy Fourth of July!  My name is Christopher, otherwise known as The Tattooed Quilter, and I’m coming to you from Times Square in New York City!  I grew up in a family of traditional quilters including my great grandmother, my grandmother, and my mom.  Today, I’m proud to carry on this family heritage and American craft through my modern spin.

Today, I’m sharing a mini version of the Flutterby Quilt Tutorial.  Isn’t this block modern and chic?  I used 2.5″ strips and fat quarters from the Sunprint 2016 Collection from Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics and (should be in everyone’s stash) Robert Kaufman’s Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Indigo. I also had my 2.5″ x 8″ MSQC Ruler handy!

Easy Step by Step Tutorial: How to make the Flutterby Quilt

It’s no secret I’m a fan of 2 ½” strips (check out my Light Box quilt in the latest issue of ModBlock) and this quilt is the perfect project for those jellyrolls you have collecting in your stash.

Easy Step by Step Tutorial: How to make the Flutterby Quilt

TIP:  LintRoll before you UnRoll your JellyRoll.  This will save you from becoming covered in fuzz balls.

Working in the fashion industry by day, I’m completely surrounded by color and prints and one of my favorite combinations is tonal color on color.  This simply means you pick different shades of colors in the same color group (i.e., grey: dark grey, light grey or pink: dark pink, light pink).  Tonal colors are the complete opposite of contrasting colors.  Mixing in prints is an easy way to build a tonal color story, especially if they’re as beautiful as Alison Glass’ Sunprints!  I also love combining a neutral color such as white, grey, navy, or black with my colors—it’s a great way to ground the color.

I kept my color palette to whites, greys, pinks, and blues.  I like to think of this a big ole’ slice of mixed berry cobbler.  Yum!

Easy Step by Step Tutorial: How to make the Flutterby Quilt

I love how straight forward Jenny’s tutorial is!  This block is fun to make and if you’re a fan of chain piecing, this one’s a dream.

I made the block exactly as Jenny did, even down to snowballing my edges.  I chose to make one block with my darker color on the inside and one block with my darker color on the outside.  Mixing and matching is fun!

Easy Step by Step Tutorial: How to make the Flutterby Quilt
Easy Step by Step Tutorial: How to make the Flutterby Quilt

Easy Step by Step Tutorial: How to make the Flutterby Quilt

Easy Step by Step Tutorial: How to make the Flutterby Quilt

To shake things up a bit I made one larger block simply by doubling the size of my finished smaller blocks.  Enlarging a smaller block is a fun way to add drama to your project.  For this project, I used a couple of Sunprint 2016 Collection fat quarters that I had in my stash.

Easy Step by Step Tutorial: How to make the Flutterby Quilt

Have fun with your block placement, balancing color and print.  Then join your blocks together, row-by-row until you have your finished quilt top.  Layer your quilt back, batting, and quilt top together and quilt as desired.  This quilt block is so easy peasy that anyone from a beginner to an advance quilter could bring it to life.

Easy Step by Step Tutorial: How to make the Flutterby Quilt

I hope you enjoyed my version as much as I enjoyed sharing it!  Now, let’s go, grab the hot dogs, potato salad, a quilt, and watch the fireworks!  Have a happy and safe holiday everyone!

Here’s where you can find out more about my work and me:

www.thetattooedquilter.com

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Double Slice Quilt – Tutorial Reboot Featuring Guest Blogger Heather Valentine

Double Slice Quilt – Tutorial Reboot Featuring Guest Blogger Heather Valentine

On the first Monday of every month, we invite a guest quilter to come and join us on our blog to try out one of Jenny’s tried and true tutorials and of course, put their own little spin on it! Whether it’s the fabrics they use or a new tip, we’re always excited to see how it turns out! For June’s Tutorial Reboot, we welcome Heather Valentine of The Sewing Loft to join us! We hope you enjoy her take on the Double Slice Quilt! #tutorialreboot

This Double Slice quilt is such a fun, easy way to make a scrappy quilt! Love it!

Hello Missouri Star Quilt Peeps! I’m Heather from The Sewing Loft.

On the average day I’m in one of two places; I’m either behind my machine or behind my keyboard. When I’m not stitching up a storm, I’m sharing sewing tips and tricks on my blog. One of my latest passions is using up every last scrap. That’s right, I’m a scrapaholic.

I think that’s why I love Jenny’s Double Slice Layer Cake tutorial so much. With just a few quick passes of the rotary cutter you are well on your way to creating a random scrappy pattern.

This Double Slice quilt is such a fun, easy way to make a scrappy quilt! Love it!

To make my quilt I used Mojito by Another Point of View for Windham Fabrics as my main focal fabric and because I just love the soft, tactile feel of Cuddle, I mixed in a few extra squares for good measure. Banana, Aruba, and Jade.

This Double Slice quilt is such a fun, easy way to make a scrappy quilt! Love it!

Cuddle is a specialty fabric that is knit based and has a directional pile. Normally, I would pay close attention to the direction of the pile but since I knew each block would be turned in all different ways, I didn’t sweat it. Instead, I just jumped right in and decided it would be a fun textural factor on the final quilt.

If you’ve never worked with Cuddle before, here are a few of my favorite tips to ensure your project is a success.

After watching the video you can see that from start to finish this is going to be fun. Thank goodness the cutting went super fast because with each pass of my rotary cutter I began to get more and more excited.

This Double Slice quilt is such a fun, easy way to make a scrappy quilt! Love it!

The bursts of color were like a visual rush of sugary eye candy.  Seriously, I could hardly wait to get stitching on this one. Just look at all those yummy colors stacked together.

This Double Slice quilt is such a fun, easy way to make a scrappy quilt! Love it!

When it comes to matching fabrics, this double slice technique really takes the pressure off! Just grab your favorite layer cake, rotary cutter and get set to slice and go. You can see that I layered the cuddle squares into my fabric stack. Then it was all about the chain piecing. With each stitch I could see this was gonna be good.

This Double Slice quilt is such a fun, easy way to make a scrappy quilt! Love it!

The quilt top really comes together in a flash and is the perfect weekend project.

I pretty much love everything about this quilt but the random placement of colors and patterns makes my scrapaholic heart sing.

Here are a few additional fav’s for me: 

  • Super fast cutting (who wants to spend time cutting when we all just want to sew!)
  • NO pins!! This is big for me because I like to just put the pedal to the metal.
  • Scrappy outlook.
  • Touch-ablity factor! All I want to do now is veg out on the couch and pet it!!

This Double Slice quilt is such a fun, easy way to make a scrappy quilt! Love it!

P.S. Don’t forget to label your work! This is so much easier than you think.

Here’s where you can find Heather on the web:

Blog: www.thesewingloft.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheSewingLoftFB/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesewingloft/

Missouri Star Tutorial Reboot Featuring Guest Blogger Amy Smart

Missouri Star Tutorial Reboot Featuring Guest Blogger Amy Smart

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Hello fellow quilt lovers! My name is Amy Smart. I learned to quilt from my mom when I was growing up, but have been doing it in earnest since the birth of my first baby 17 years ago. I love share my quilting obsession including patterns and tutorials at my site, Diary of a Quilter and recently published a book, Fabulously Fast Quilts.
Jenny Doan MSQC shops

I have been a big fan of Missouri Star Quilt Company and was so excited when they invited me to do an MSQC Tutorial Reboot! Serendipitously, my family had a trip planned to Missouri for Spring Break a few weeks ago and I got to visit Hamilton and the whole Missouri Star Quilt Company extravaganza! You can read more about my adventures in Hamilton in this post, including an amazing grand tour of all the shops by Jenny herself!

Missouri Star Quilt Block

As I looked through the myriad of quilting videos and tutorials from MSQC over the past years, the one I was most excited to make myself was the classic Missouri Star block itself. (Seems appropriate.) I’m a sucker for large quilt blocks, especially stars, and I loved the scale of Jenny’s block. I’m also a big fan of short cuts and quick piecing and I loved Jenny’s method for creating this block quickly using pre-cut 10″ x 10″ squares.

Missouri Star Quilt Block

The large scale of the block lends itself so well to a modern, graphic design. I thought I’d pair a darker, woven solid with some bright, modern prints to change the look a little bit.

Fabric Requirements

I used Peppered Cotton from Studio E in True Taupe as my background (I love the subtle, homespun texture that comes from a woven) paired with a 10″ x 10″ set of precuts from Elizabeth Hartman’s Warm Pacific collection.

Fabric Choices

Each block requires 3 10″ x 10″ squares. So before doing any cutting or piecing, I mixed and matched my 10″ precut squares into 6 sets of contrasting or complementing prints and colors. That way I knew I was getting a nice variety of colors, prints, and combinations.

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From there I assembly-lined cutting and piecing my blocks. One thing that really helped were these custom rulers from MSQC – they come in 2 1/2″ x 8″ and 5″ x 15″ sizes. They are PERFECT for working with precuts – especially cutting those pre-cut 5″ and 10″ squares on the diagonal, without having to get out a bigger ruler. You can follow along by watching Jenny’s tutorial!

Amy Smart Missouri Star Quilt tutorial

I was originally going to make just a wall size quilt using 4 quilt blocks, but I liked the fabric and the block so much, I added two more blocks for a lap-size quilt. (My quilt finished at 52″ x 75″.) I think I would have kept making more blocks if I’d had more fabric on hand!

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I definitely want to make this pattern again – the blocks come together SO quickly – and because the scale of the finished blocks is 23″ x 23″ so you don’t need to make a lot of them. It would be a quick way to make a large bed quilt.

In the meantime, I’m claiming this quilt as my snuggle quilt to carry around to soccer games, picnics, and Sunday afternoon naps. The bold colors make a statement, but the warm, taupe background will hopefully hide some of the evidence of everyday use.

Missouri Star Quilt Company

Here’s one more parting shot of the giant Missouri Star in the MSQC trims shop. Appropriate, don’t you think? Thanks so much for having me Missouri Star! It was a blast to visit in person, and I’m so excited to have my Missouri Star Quilt as a reminder.

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