Sewing Projects for a Full Heart (and Bobbin)!

When someone is covered in a cozy, warm quilt, they are reminded that someone sat at a sewing machine for hours, carefully piecing and stitching, with them in mind. A handmade table runner sitting on the family dining table shows a loving home to all who feast there. To be gifted a wall hanging is a reminder that they are loved by its maker.

Valentine’s day is one of the best holidays to make for because it’s about love and we LOVE to make! Here are some sweet as pie project ideas:

Tender Hearts Quilt Project Tutorial

Tender Hearts

Image – Tender Hearts Wall Hanging by Christopher Thompson (Check out his blog for a Valentine Ombre Wall Hanging)

Pour your heart into a love-able quilt or mini wall-hanging. This sweet project will make your heart melt!

GET THE QUILT PATTERN >

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Zig Zag Placemats & Napkins Pattern

Zig Zag Placemats & Napkins

Make tea time the best time when you get stuck on these easy-to-sew table accessories!

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Love Notes Quilt Tutorial

Love Notes

Make their cheeks rosy, by turning our version of “You’ve Got Mail” into “Love Notes.”

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Love is in the Air Quilt Project

Love is in the Air

Can you feel it in the air tonight? You will when you become love-struck by appliqué hearts!

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You Make My Heart Happy Valentine's Day Panel

You Make My Heart Happy

“You make me happyyy when skies are greyyy. You’ll never knooww dearrr how much I love you…” is what you’ll be singing while putting together this adorable project!

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Check out our selection of Valentine’s Day themed fabrics and get started! Whatever you make, make it with love.

Have you ever received a hand-made gift? Tell us about it in the comments!

January 2020 Quilt Planner Download

Most of us quilters probably had a very similar new year’s resolution – create more. Recently, we’ve laid out the steps in helping us reach our creative goals this year:

  1. Get organized.
  2. Stock up on essential tools & basics.
  3. Plan for big events.
  4. Make planning simple with monthly programs and planners.

Each month, we will release a new printable download to help you stay on course! Get started by downloading the planner for month one below:

Enjoy!

What’s something you want to try this year?

2019: A Year to Remember

As the year comes to a close, we are filled to the brim with joy here at Missouri Star. Truth be told, we hadn’t done much reflecting on what this year truly meant for us until it was time to sit down and write our annual Year in Review. Once, we got started, it seemed the list of things we did this year would never end!

As we looked back over the past twelve months in amazement, we were so touched by the love from our followers, support of our customers, the selflessness within our quilting community, and the hardworking, kind hearts of each and every one of our team members.

Celebrate the end of 2019 with us as we share some of our favorite things:


A GRAND OPENING!

Back in June, We opened a new Education Center here in Hamilton where we hold classes for quilters of every level! Come to Missouri Star and enjoy a hands-on class with our quilting experts!

VIEW THE IN-TOWN CLASS SCHEDULE >

Can’t make it to town? No worries! We also released several online classes this year!

BIRTHDAY BASH

This year we said a big ALOHA to our 11th year in business with a lovely luau-themed Birthday Bash. It was definitely a party to remember! Over 2,000 quilters came to Hamilton, and it was so much fun. That more than doubles our town’s population! Wow!

For our birthday, we asked for the gift of helping others and you did not disappoint!

THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO CELEBRATED WITH US AND HELPED TO GIVE BACK!


MISSOURI STAR CARES

This year we launched a brand new charity organization called Missouri Star Cares. Quilters are some of the most caring, giving people we know. You’ve inspired us to give back to our hometown, our country, and our planet.

Our first Missouri Stars Cares was a fabric donation drive in which we vowed to donate 1 yard for every 25 yards purchased to Quilts of Valor & Project Linus. Our drive lasted a total of 13 days in November during which time we came close to our goal of 2,500 by reaching 2,149!

And we can’t forget our $10,000 donation to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation wouldn’t have been possible without your support! All through October, we fought breast cancer one stitch at a time by shopping pink!

THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN HELPING US TO GIVE BACK!


STRIPE TOLD OUR MISSOURI STAR STORY IN A BEAUTIFUL WAY


A CELEBRITY VISIT!

We had the honor of hosting Maureen McCormick, (AKA Marcia Brady)! We laughed, cried, and laughed some more! Let’s just say we had a BUNCH of fun!

WATCH JENNY & MAUREEN TALK QUILTING >


THE APPRENTICESHIP

For the first time ever, a collaboration between Missouri Star Quilt Company and North Central Missouri College resulted in an apprenticeship program. Consisting of 21 of our team members, all completing the registered apprenticeship program through the US Department of Labor, earning certificates and college credit. Read more on the blog >

CONGRATS TO OUR GRADUATES!


CO-FOUNDER & CEO OF MISSOURI STAR WIN ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

WATCH ALAN DOAN & MIKE MIFSUD’S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH >


TOP THREE TUTORIALS OF 2019

TURNABOUT GRANNY SQUARES | ANTIQUE LACE | RICKRACK


What was your favorite Missouri Star Moment of 2019? Let us know in the comments!

A Quilt-crastinator’s Gift Guide: 5 Last-Minute Hand-Sewn Gifts

Checking your list and realizing you forgot a few people? No worries! It happens to the best of us and guess what?! No one has to know! With these quick projects, your friends and family will be wondering when you had the time to whip up something so wonderful!

Gather up your scraps and start making!


Make some Mug Rugs to give away at the next Christmas Party.
These would make great stocking stuffers!

Missouri Star Mug Rugs, Periwinkle Table Topper, DIY Coasters

You’ll need:

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Put together a personalized Pillow Case for someone you love.
Elegant, whimsical, simple, argyle? What fits your loved one’s style? Make it theirs.

Missouri Star Pillow Case, DIY Pillow Case

You’ll need:

  • 3/4 yd fabric for body
  • 1/4 yd fabric for cuff

WATCH TUTORIAL


Whip up a Scrap Buster Table Runner for a friend to display in their dining room.
Have an over-abundance of scraps? Make this runner reversible so your friend can use this gift no matter the occasion!

DIY table runner, scrap buster

You’ll need:

  • 8.5″ solid square
  • Several 2.5″ strips
  • Several 2.5″ squares
  • Binding Tool

WATCH TUTORIAL


Create a fun Zipper Pouch for a child to store supplies and treasures.
Make the project twice as fun by re-using one of their empty candy bags!

DIY pouch, zipper pouch, coin pouch

You’ll need:

WATCH ZIPPER POUCH TUTORIAL
WATCH CANDY BAG TUTORIAL


Keep your loved ones warm with a Cuddle Scarf.
Keep it solid or use fun prints to make your gift more special.

Cuddle scarf, DIY scarf

You’ll need:

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Of course, if you’re real behind, a Missouri Star e-gift card never fails! Happy Holidays!


Have you ever given or received a hand-sewn gift? Show us in the comments!

Families Who Sew Together, Stay Together

Creativity starts in the home and then follows wherever we may go. As parents, grandparents, aunts, or uncles we all hope we are instilling the right amount of imagination and creativity into our little ones.

From backyard adventures to far away lands, to blanket forts and box castles, to treasure hunting with toy ships and chocolate gold, our little ones are always there to share with us their need to create.

Allow their imagination to grow while enhancing their skills! Teach your littles to sew with these fun projects:

The Cut, Sew, Create collection is a good place to start. Each kit has skill building levels from beginner to intermediate to advanced. Here are a few of our favorites:

Try this intermediate Monster Zipper Pouch Kit, by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda. It includes instructions and a 100% cotton panel. Grab the kit and don’t forget to choose a zipper before you check out!

For your little first-time sewers, this beginner Animal Pillows Kit by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda is great! It comes with a 100% cotton panel that will make a sloth, unicorn, and llama pillow set. Also included is a practice sewing session!

Jenny has made a quilt for all twenty-two of her grandchildren, but she also has just as much fun making with them as she does for them. I fact, a few of her grandkids have starred in some of our Missouri Star LIVE mini tutorials! So pull up a seat for yourself and the kids and start watching. This holiday season, make something together!

Easy Elephant Appliqué // Simple Bow Tie // Simple Skirt

Do your kids sew? What are some of their favorite things to make?
Tell (or show) us in the comments!