Quilting Inspiration Scavenger Hunt

I spy with my little eye a quilting scavenger hunt in your future! Are you looking for inspiration for your next project? Look no further! The world around you is filled with clues that can help you design your next quilt. Follow the guide below and snap a picture of your inspiration and get to quilting with the world as your guide. Don’t forget to share your pictures with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter your inspiration and even your project in progress!

Need a little more inspiration, check out the amazing quilt designs you can create with this fun and free scavenger hunt and be sure to watch the free quilting tutorial of your favorites!

Triple Play! Tulips

Find blooming tulips in your neighborhood or a nearby park or find something with flowers on inside your home. What kind are they? Click HERE to watch Triple Play! Tulips.

Disappearing Shoofly

Find colorful triangles in advertisements, art, or in your home’s design. Click HERE to watch the free tutorial.

Stars & Stitches

Find an interesting texture on a wall, on a carpet, or a tile pattern. Click HERE to watch the free tutorial.

Hopscotch

Take some chalk outside and draw a quilt design on your sidewalk or take some colored pencils, crayons, or markers, and create a quilt design on paper. Click HERE to watch the free tutorial.

Stretched Periwinkle

Find something that is your very favorite color. Click HERE to watch the free tutorial.

Irish Change

Find something in nature or inside your home that’s lined up all in a row. Click HERE to watch the free tutorial.

Lemon Star

Find star shapes somewhere in or around your home or go stargazing. Click HERE to watch the free tutorial.

3D Pinwheel

Find something that moves when the wind blows or when you turn on a fan. Click HERE to watch Triple Play! 3D Pinwheel.

Mountain Lily

Take a drive to the mountains or find something in a pile and sort it by color. Click HERE to watch the free tutorial.

Brilliant Swirl

Find lines that intersect each other in architecture, art, or in nature. Click HERE to watch the free tutorial.

Summers Stars

Find something that reminds you of summer. Click HERE to watch the free tutorial.

Pixelated Heart

Find a heart shape or create one from found objects. Click HERE to watch the free tutorial.

Diamond Terrace Quilt

The Diamond Terrace Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

When Henry Ford implemented the assembly line, he cut the production time of the Model T from twelve hours to just two and a half! The car was the same. The parts were the same. But putting it together assembly-style was so much faster!

The Diamond Terrace Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

The same is true in quilting! The Diamond Terrace quilt is made of dozens of little pieces, but they come together lickety-split with chain piecing! Click HERE to learn how to make this quick and easy strip quilt!

The Diamond Terrace Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.
Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

Sneak Peek: BLOCK Magazine Summer 2020

A note from Jenny.

My hope is by the time I’ve written this letter to you and BLOCK arrives at your home, that life will have returned to normal. My hope is the sun will be shining outside your window… you’ll be free to gather with friends and family… you’ll feel comfortable greeting neighbors and walking the dog again, and a trip to the beach might be just around the corner. It’s hard to imagine after weeks of being separated from loved ones and anxiously watching the television, but I have great hope that we’ll make it through…many of us have been spending extended periods of time at home. I am trying my best to view this as an opportunity instead of an inconvenience. 

I recently read a quote by one of my favorite people, Fred Rogers, that made me pause. He said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” It has shifted my mindset and caused me to be proactive. Each day I ask myself, What small thing can I do to help?

Quilters never cease to amaze me. You make a difference with every stitch and it’s never been more apparent to me than at this very moment. You’re sewing masks by the thousands, you’re making surgical caps for hospital workers, you’re helping friends and neighbors, and you’re a positive influence in your community. Thank you sincerely for everything you do. I feel privileged to be a part of this remarkable global community of quilters. We really can change the world one stitch at a time.

Love,
Jenny


Like Jenny (and Mr. Rogers), I believe many of us makers feel grateful to be part of a community that creates – not only quilts, but comfort, inspiration, and kindness. (After all, we are the piece-makers ✌️)

Fun fact: Back in 1889, the women of Caldwell County (now home of Missouri Star) came together to create a “census” quilt. For an entire year, wives, mothers, and children throughout the county helped one another to hand-stitch the names of over 1,000 residents to create a gorgeous hand-sewn quilt that celebrated their entire community.

130 years later, the antique quilt remains a representation of the connections made among a community of quilter’s helping one another to create a beautiful, inclusive piece of art. It hangs inside our Caldwell Country Historical Society, seven miles from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Much like those whose names were stitched onto that quilt from long ago, when you subscribe to BLOCK Magazine, you subscribe to become a part of a community of makers whose stories become stitched into our hearts! BLOCK Magazine’s upcoming summer issue contains our own stories and the stories of our readers, together building a community of creatives inspired by one another.

Subscribe by our May 25th deadline to ensure you receive the new June issue straight to your mailbox late next month!


Get a sneak peek of what’s inside!

BLOCK Magazine June 2020
Ruby Sensation Sew-Along

Ruby Sensation Sew-Along

This five part sew-along walks you through every step until together – we’ve created a ravishing masterpiece! (Subscribe now so you won’t miss out!)

BONUS Table Runner Patterns

Enjoy three BONUS table runner projects, great for a quick refresh to your dining table!

Travel Pocket Project

This handy, little organizer is great for traveling with kids and other simple storage solutions.

Jenny’s Journal

Get an exclusive look into Jenny’s studio as she shares with you her latest projects. There’s always something unique and inspiring!

… and seriously, SEW MUCH MORE:

• Stories from Jenny, Missouri Star, and our readers! (Subscribers are invited to submit their own story and some are even published in BLOCK! Jenny loves to hear from our readers!)

• 10+ quilt patterns (including two hexi patterns by Daisy & Grace!)

• When you subscribe, you’ll get instant access to April’s digital issue so you can start enjoying BLOCK right away! (That means you’ll get seven issues for the price of six!)


• NO ads and your subscription ships free!


Take a look behind the scenes!

Crawfish boil scene for BLOCK Magazine
“The most satisfying part of my job is finding a location and props for a scene – one that brings life to the stories we tell in BLOCK. For this shot, we had decided on a crawfish boil, indicative of a southern and celebratory meal. I wasn’t aware what a task this would be until I contacted local grocery stores and made several other calls to no avail.

I had succeeded to photographing a boiling pot of water at best until, luckily, I saw exactly what I needed on social media! A local family posted a photo of their crawfish boil! I immediately contacted them and they gladly accommodated my request, but I had NO IDEA I would be purchasing LIVE crawfish, fresh from the Louisiana bayou! I went to pick them up (thinking they were already cooked) and the ride home had me poking the crawfish back into the pot! I had never prepared them before and was apprehensive but they were absolutely delicious and made for a fabulous photo!

I’m always open to new adventures and experiences which is why I love working on the BLOCK Magazine team. This was definitely one to remember.”

– Jennifer Dowling, photo stylist
Jenny and Ron enjoying a sunset on the set of BLOCK Magazine

“We hope our magazine will inspire you to create beautiful quilts.” – Jenny

LEARN MORE ABOUT BLOCK MAGAZINE

Pop Stars Quilt

The Pop Stars Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

Imagine this: As you cook dinner, the dishes wash themselves. (A girl can dream, right?) Weeds automatically disappear every time the garden is watered. (What a time saver that would be!)

The Pop Stars Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

And trimmed Pop Star blocks produce bonus blocks instead of scraps. (Wait! This one is actually true! As you whip up these easy star blocks, the makings of a triangle border will appear like magic!)

Click HERE to learn how to transform 10 inch squares into this gorgeous new star quilt!

The Pop Stars Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.
Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

Sewcial Distancing with Jenny Doan

With seven children under the same roof at one time, Jenny and Ron are pros at finding creative solutions for common family chores, like the ever-present loads of laundry and nightly gatherings around the dinner table.

Jenny sat down to share some of the creative solutions she’s learned from parenting her seven children, like how to assign laundry and dinner days. Watch below as she shares her thoughts on how to tackle these daily household chores.