Vintage Jenny | Disappearing Nine Patch

Quilters love a classic and there are few blocks more classic than a Disappearing Nine Patch! In this incredibly simple Vintage Jenny tutorial, Jenny Doan demonstrates how to stitch up this easy block using Charm Packs. First you’ll use your 5″ squares of precut quilting fabric to create a giant nine patch (which is just as simple as sewing nine squares together) and after that, you’ll use your ruler and rotary cutter to quarter your middle square. Flip those squares around and just like that, you’ve created a Disappearing Nine Patch!

Needing some more inspiration to create this beautiful block? While the Vintage Jenny tutorial fabrics are no longer in production (just like a classic quilt they’re a product of their time) check out our suggestions below for five current lines of fabric that make this quilt come together with ease!

Dewdrop Metallic Charm Pack by Whistler Studio for Windham Fabric. Get yours from Missouri Star Quilt Co today!

Dewdrop Metallic Charm Pack by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics

Play in the rain with this charm pack! These water-inspired fabrics feature flowing stripes and raindrops in a whole spectrum of colors dotted with metallic spots.

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Dream 5" Stackers by Kristy Lea for Riley Blake. Get yours from Missouri Star Quilt Co today!

Dream 5″ Stackers by Kristy Lea for Riley Blake

This collection features multicolored 5″ squares of rainbows, tonal dots, hearts, and more. Dream is a sweet and simple collection of fun circles made of hearts, rainbows, and tonal dots!

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Hidden Cottage 5" Stackers by Minki Kim for Riley Blake. Get yours from Missouri Star Quilt Co today!

Hidden Cottage 5″ Stackers by Minki Kim for Riley Blake

Get cooped up in the cottage with this charm pack! These floral fabrics are filled with warm, homey colors and patterns that will make any home feel like a cottage in the woods.

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Willow by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics. Get yours from Missouri Star Quilt Co today!

Willow by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics

This is a beautiful blue, cream, and linen white collection that will appeal to the traditional and modern quilter! Willow features classic florals and delicate foliage but also includes soft and subtle geometric prints, like chevron.

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Love Always, AM by Anna Maria Horner for FreeSpirit Fabrics. Get yours from Missouri Star Quilt Co today!

Love Always, AM by Anna Maria Horner for FreeSpirit Fabrics

Pen a love letter with this charm pack! These hand-picked fabrics are a love letter to sewing and quilting with vividly colored florals, geometric patterns, and more.

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Tammy Reid: “Every Quilt Has a Story”

Tammy Reid with a stack of her quilts.

If you’re interested in quilts and their history, you won’t want to miss this event! Tammy Reid, Head Coach of the Head Coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, is a passionate quilt collector and in her talk “Every Quilt Has a Story”, she is sharing stories of the quilts she has collected over the years. 

An Irish Chain Quilt in Tammy’s collection.

In this fun, interactive talk, the three panelists, Tammy Reid, Dakota Redford (the Director of the Missouri Quilt Museum, housed here in Hamilton), and Christine Pembrook (a quilt historian who has studied for 30 years on how to determine the age of quilts) come together to talk about symbolism in quilts, share history of Tammy’s collection, and more! Refreshments will be served as well – it’ll be a great time!

If you’re local or planning a visit to see Tammy’s quilts at the museum or see her talk, visit HERE for public and private tour schedules and ticket information.

Another quilt in Tammy’s collection. Fantasy Quilt – Noah’s Arc.

Tammy’s “Every Quilt has a Story” talk will take place on Wednesday, October 27th, at 12:30pm to 2:30pm at Kelly’s Westport Inn in Kansas City, Missouri.

Tickets to this event are available now and will NOT be available at the door. Kelly’s will be closed to the public during the event so be sure to purchase your tickets HERE today or before 5pm on Monday, October 25th. 

Tammy is doing this event in partnership with the Westport Historical Society and the Harris-Kearney House to raise money for education to keep the history of Westport alive. Money for the house is raised through donations and tours. To learn more about the Westport Historical Society, visit and set up a tour, make a donation, or become a volunteer, click HERE.

A stack of some of Tammy’s beautiful quilts.

Triple Play! Lovely Leaves

If you catch an Autumn leaf as it falls to the ground, good things are in store! 

Jenny’s Design: Fall Festival I & II

The Triple Play Lovely Leaves Quilt Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co

According to British superstition, you’ll avoid head colds all winter long. Even better, each leaf caught brings a full month of luck in the year to come! (If you spot me chasing leaves in the park, don’t be alarmed! I need all the luck I can get!) 

Misty’s Design: Happy Harvest

The Triple Play Lovely Leaves Quilt Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co

In this month’s Triple Play tutorial, the Doan gals are stitching up cozy Autumn quilts based on the Lovely Leaves quilt block. Misty turns charm squares into a giant patchwork leaf, Natalie goes modern with an easy-to-customize layer cake layout, and Jenny’s fall time table runner is perfect for a Thanksgiving feast—she even adds a flying geese border! 

Natalie’s Design: Scattered Leaves

The Triple Play Lovely Leaves Quilt Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co

As always, each of these projects is quick, easy, and “sew” fun to make! (And I’ve got a feeling they’ll bring plenty of luck, too!)

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Have a Handmade Holiday with 5 (Last Minute) DIY Gift Ideas

We get it, the holiday season is a busy time especially when you’re a maker. Once the word gets out that you’ve started quilting and creating, everyone is going to want a handmade gift this year – but the good news is a handmade gift can take less time than you originally thought! This year let the holiday memories begin with you and create a handmade holiday featuring any of these super simple last minute DIY gift ideas!

Easy Zipper Pouch

This super-cute Fancy Zipper Bag makes an amazing gift for friends, family, and for YOU! Watch how Jenny & Misty make this super easy and customized – and check out all the beautiful shapes and colors in our zipper collection!

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Gift Bag Ornaments Kit

Make your holiday gifts extra special this year by dressing up gift cards, Christmas cards, or even making cute ornament gifts!.

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Fabric Checkerboard

Create a fun fabric checkerboard that includes storage for your pieces in clever zipper pouches. This fabric game board is a quick and easy gift to make for any game-loving friend or family member.

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Reading Pillows for All Ages

Customize these reading pillows with fabrics and embellishments for all the readers in your life! It’s a great gift for a book worm of any age, but definitely for the littles!

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Cuddle Scarf

Just one yard of fabric will make three scarf gifts! Create the softest, snuggliest scarves to keep your loved ones warm this winter! Personalize it with their favorite cuddle fabrics!

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Handmade gifts from the heart mean so much more than just a simple present. Each of these five easy projects may not take you long to stitch up, but the memories they create will last a lifetime. Whether your a seasoned quilter or threading your first needle, these gift ideas will help you create a Handmade Holiday this holiday season!

Peek-a-Boo Pumpkin Quilt

There once was a mischievous fellow named Stingy Jack, or so says the old Irish myth. 

The Devil – who had been tricked by Jack one too many times – didn’t want him, and heaven wouldn’t take him. So when he died, Jack was consigned to roam the earth forever with a lantern carved out of a turnip. Over time, he became known as Jack of the Lantern or, Jack O’Lantern. 

For hundreds of years, Irish folk carved spooky faces on turnips and potatoes to repel the ghost of Stingy Jack. Later, when Irish immigrants arrived in America, they discovered that pumpkins made the best jack-o-lanterns of all!

This week Jenny whipped up a pixelated pumpkin quilt that is sure to spook all your neighborhood ghouls and goblins. She used a custom layer cake that Riley Blake made especially for this project, and it was long-arm quilted with a spider-web pattern. Peek-A-Boo Pumpkin is the perfect size for a Halloween porch quilt, and it’s such fun to make! 

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