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!

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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

amy smart tutorial reboot

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.

ruler and rotary cutter

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!

pinnable

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.

Blog: www.diaryofaquilter.com

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Mini Periwinkle or Mini Wacky Web Tutorial Reboot Featuring Guest Blogger Rebecca Bryan

Mini Periwinkle or Mini Wacky Web Tutorial Reboot Featuring Guest Blogger Rebecca Bryan

Make a Mini Periwinkle Quilt with this Free Step by Step Tutorial! Featuring Rebecca Bryan!

Hi everyone! I’m Rebecca Bryan, of Bryan House Quilts, and author of Modern Rainbow: 14 Imaginative Quilts that Play with Color (Stash Books, 2015). I’ve been quilting from a fairly young age having grown up around quilting. I’ve always been artistically inclined, and quilting has been a constant way for me to keep creating and discovering.

Today, I’m showing you my mini or table topper version of the Mini Wacky Web/Mini Periwinkle. Some of my favorite quilt designs center around a simple, geometric block. Which is why I chose to use Jenny’s lovely Mini Wacky Web Tutorial. The Mini Wacky Web is perfect for me!

Ready? Quack! Let’s go. 🙂

Make a Mini Periwinkle Quilt with this Free Step by Step Tutorial!

 

Make Quilting Easier with the Sizzix Fabi Machine! Easy Periwinkle Quilt Tutorial

For my cutting, I used my Sizzix Fabi and Mini Wacky Web Die to cut up my Cotton Couture charm pack. You could also use the Mini Wacky Web Template (Jenny shows you how in the original YouTube tutorial).

 

Make a Mini Periwinkle Quilt with this Free Step by Step Tutorial!

Here’s a glimpse of my process. I wanted to choose my colors fairly randomly (but let’s face it, I still like to choose favorites) so I used a ceramic fruit basket to toss the colors about. I made all my blocks just as Jenny instructs. To make a table topper, I decided to make 16 blocks.

Make a Mini Periwinkle Quilt with this Free Step by Step Tutorial!

At this point, I was loving my blocks. But to make each block pop, I decided to add 1” turquoise sashings and borders.

Make a Mini Periwinkle Quilt with this Free Step by Step Tutorial!

The unfinished Mini Wacky Web block measures just around 6”. So I cut 2 strips of 1 1/2” widths of fabric from my turquoise yardage. Then I subcut 12 rectangles 1 1/2” x 6”. After I decided on my block layout, I added a 1 1/2” x 6” strip to the right side of 12 blocks. And then sewed the blocks into rows.

Make a Mini Periwinkle Quilt with this Free Step by Step Tutorial!

Then I added 1 1/2” x 25 1/2” sashing strips between the rows and sewed the rows together.

Make a Mini Periwinkle Quilt with this Free Step by Step Tutorial!

To finish off the quilt top, I added 1 1/2” x 26 1/2” borders to each side.

Instead of machine quilting this table topper, I couldn’t resist hand quilting with black perle #8 thread. I love hand quilting, especially small projects. 🙂

Make a Mini Periwinkle Quilt with this Free Step by Step Tutorial!

This was so much fun to make – so bright and happy. Thank for having me MSQC! And thank you for reading!

Click on the button to watch the original tutorial and get all the supplies used in Rebecca’s version!

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Make a Mini Periwinkle Quilt with this Free Step by Step Tutorial!

 

 

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Here’s where you can find Rebecca Bryan of Bryan House Quilts on the web:

Blog: http://bryanhousequilts.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bryanhousequilts

Instagram: @bryanhousequilts

Make a Mini Periwinkle Quilt with this Free Step by Step Tutorial!

Tutorial Reboot Featuring Guest Blogger Nicole Daksiewicz

Tutorial Reboot Featuring Guest Blogger Nicole Daksiewicz

nicole modern handcraft tutorial reboot

Hello, my name is Nicole Daksiewicz and I sew and blog over at Modern Handcraft, where I share my current projects and free sewing tutorials. I was so excited when they contacted me about joining the Tutorial Re-boot series here at Missouri Star Quilt Company. I have been a huge fan of the website and of Jenny’s since I first started quilting, and since joining the Sizzix Design team where they offer a huge assortment of MSQC dies that are so helpful!

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

One of the reasons I started quilting is that I was searching for nursery decor when I was pregnant with my first son and just couldn’t find anything that I loved. Fast forward to today’s project – my take on the Chopped Block Quilt which is a quilt I am making for my son’s Star Wars themed room. Kids bedding is a tricky one, usually the bed sets you find at the store are cheap quality and are not exactly the colors your child wants in his room. Luckily MSQC has a great assortment of novelty fabrics, including the Star Wars fabric I used in this project along with a pop of color that my son loves and matches the artwork we bought for his room.

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

The quilt I chose, the Chopped Block, is a beautifully simple quilt that was so so much fun to make. It can be very modern in appearance depending on the fabrics used and is a perfect project for a quilter that is just starting out! In the YouTube tutorial, Jenny uses pre-cut jelly rolls and charm packs.

The fabric we wanted to use unfortunately did not come in pre-cuts, but that doesn’t mean we couldn’t use them, we just had to do a little math using the fabric allowance chart and do a little extra cutting.

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For my fabrics I chose to use Kona White as my main fabric for my background, backing and binding. The remaining prints for the blocks are Kona Bahama Blue solid, Star Wars Grid in Black, Star Wars Logo in Black and Blueberry Park neutral black strand. One yard of each print fabric is the perfect amount for the size quilt I made with just a little left over for some pillows.

Once you have all of your fabrics prepped, it’s time to make each block. We will start with a patterned center for the first block. You will make the same number of patterned center blocks as solid center blocks since you will be cutting and shuffling in the next step. Take your 4.5″ patterned square and join a 4.5″ x 2.5″ solid strip of fabric to each side, press seams.

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

Add your 8.5″ x 2.5″ solid strips to the remaining sides, press seams.

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

Now add your 8.5″ x 2.5″ patterned strips to two sides, press seams.

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

Add the final patterned 12.5″ x 2.5″ strips to the remaining sides, press seams.

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

For the chop and shuffle step you will first need to cut your blocks into 4 sections, in half and in half again. The trick I have for making cutting the blocks is to line up your outside middle square line to the 2″ line on a ruler and the outside line of the middle fabric to the 4″ line on the ruler. This will make for fast cuts and ensure that everything is nice and straight.

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

You will join two pieces of solid center block with patterned center block to create the chopped block design, isn’t that fun?!

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

Once you get into the groove of sewing all of your parts together this is a fantastic project for chain piecing. It comes together really fast!

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

Before you know it you will have a whole stack of Chopped Blocks finished! The instructions now have border information for you to use. I altered my twin size a bit and left the half blocks off of the top and bottom and just went with a 6″ border around the entire quilt. My son’s bunk bed is a little smaller than a normal twin sized bed so making it a little smaller so it will fit inside the bed nicely.

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

I hope you enjoy this project as much as I did! The video instructions are fantastic and I honestly believe beginners to expert quilters would enjoy making this quilt. Here are some more photos of my finished quilt along with the inspiration for my color choices.

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

Thank you so much for allowing me to share my version of the Chopped Block Quilt with you here at MSQC!

You can find more of my work at the following places:

Website: www.modernhandcraft.com

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