Ten Totally FREE Scrap Friendly Projects

Staying at home can get a little monotonous, but we’re here to make it more fun. There’s so much you can do with the fabric you have right on hand. We’ve rounded up a few gorgeous quilt patterns from some of our favorite designers and guess what? They’re completely free! All you have to do is make sure you’re signed into your Missouri Star account, click, download, and start stitching. They’re sure to keep you inspired as you quilt from the comfort of home.

What can you make with your stash? Check out these 10 free patterns below and then click on the link to download them for free! There’s no way you’re going to be bored for one minute with all these amazing projects to keep you busy.

  1. Bounce by Heidi Pridemore for Timeless Treasures
    Bounce
    An engaging strip pieced quilt in batiks using fusible applique. Make it scrappy with your leftover strips!
  2. Starburst by Tula Pink for FreeSpirit Fabrics 
    Starburst
    A lovely lone star quilt in eye-popping colors! Make it your own with any prints you have on hand for an eclectic result.
  3. Criss Cross by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts for Andover Fabric 
    Criss Cross
    A beautiful red and white quilt with X blocks separated by flying geese. Stitch it up in two tones or more with what you have in your scrap basket.
  4. Rue 1800 by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabrics
    Henriette Kit
    An elegant star quilt in a pastel color palette that could easily be made from assorted fat quarters. Mix and match them to make some quilting magic.
  5. Wiggle Room by Stacey Day for FreeSpirit Fabrics
    Wiggle Room
    A dazzling quilt in a spectrum of color. Try it in solids for a rainbow effect or in subdued prints for a completely new look, and it’s almost all fat quarters!
  6. Arrowhead by Ariga Mahmoudlou for Robert Kaufman 
    Arrowhead
    A striking pattern that uses just a few select solids. Change it up with any solids you have on hand or try subtle prints that range from dark to light.
  7. Clover Field by Elise Lea for Robert Kaufman
    Clover Field
    A completely fresh take on a star quilt with extra pizzazz. Try it with a darker background and light fabric for stars or even use prints! Either way it’s sure to shine.
  8. Medallion March by Elise Lea for Robert Kaufman 
    Medallion March
    A bold medallion quilt in a range of reds, but it could be any color you can imagine! What if you used all blue fabrics? Or purple? The possibilities are endless.
  9. Snookered by Kaffe Fassett for FreeSpirit Fabrics 
    Snookered
    A diamond quilt set on point in playful prints. Mix and match to showcase your favorite prints and see what happens! It’s bound to be fabulous.

     

     

  10. Coastal Getaway Quilt by Monique Jacobs for Maywood Studio
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    A fat quarter-friendly quilt in soothing cool colors, but you can make it your own with any prints in your favorite color palette.

Bonus: Rounded Clutch Bag by Sara Davies for Riley Blake 
Rounded Clutch Bag
A cute clutch bag that could be made from any fabrics you have squirreled away. What about featuring a favorite print you’ve been saving right on the front?

Next steps after hitting “download” on your favorite free pattern:

  1. Make sure you are logged into your Missouri Star Account.
  2. Click on the “Account” button to the right of the search bar.
  3. Click on Patterns & Downloads.
  4. Select “View PDF” to download and/or print your free pattern.

Tula Pink HomeMade Challenge at Missouri Star

Bold and brilliant colors plus sewing-themed designs?! Sign us up! This is what you’ll find in Tula Pink’s brand new HomeMade collection. Designed with her sewing process in mind, HomeMade is sure to dazzle!

Tula Pink HomeMade Fabric available at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

To celebrate the HomeMade collection, Tula Pink, Free Spirit and Aurifil are sponsoring the HomeMade Challenge, a juried and judge quilt competition, and we’re proud to be one of the participating quilt shops!! For the complete contest rules, please click HERE

Missouri Star Quilt Co. is one of the quilt shops participating in the Tula Pink HomeMade Challenge

The winner of this challenge wins a terrific grand prize valued at over $10,000 (more details on the prizes HERE), AND the opportunity for his or her quilt to hang in a special gallery at Quilt Market in November 2020!

We can’t wait to see your quilt submissions here at Missouri Star (and be sure to check the list of participating shops to see if your local quilt shop is participating, too!) All of the competition specifics can be found HERE. Please read them thoroughly before you start stitching! 

  • Quilts must be no smaller than 60”x60” with a four-inch sleeve sewn to the top back edge of the quilt. 
  • At least 80% of the quilt should feature Tula Pink HomeMade fabric and the use of Aurifil Thread
  • Missouri Star is accepting images of quilts for the entry into this contest. Please email socialmedia@missouriquiltco.com with your quilt images. Please DO NOT SEND physical quilts to Missouri Star for entry into this competition. 

Please submit your quilts via email at socialmedia@missouriquiltco.com no later than June 5, 2020. Online voting on quilts will begin June 17.

Five Fabulous Quilting Fads – Right Now.

What are fellow quilters making? Why are these designs and fabrics so popular? Are these trends new or are traditional styles making a comeback?

Don’t worry, we’ve found the answers. We’ve taken a close look into the world of quilting to find out what’s trending. Here are are the top five:

1. Stars

From Memorial Day to Veterans Day, a star quilt can find itself taking center stage all throughout the year and when we aren’t stocked up on red, white, and blue; quilters find stars to be quite innovative. Five points or ten, stars can be adjusted to fit any style from traditional to modern. Thus, the trendy star takes the cake.

Shoot for the stars with this hot trend!

Shop star-themed patterns and let your work shine!
Find fabrics filled with stars big and small.
Pick up something sweet for yourself and fit for a quilter – because you’re a STAR!

2. Hexagons

Hexagons are as old as time – well, as old at 1770 from what we can find in written quilt history. Over the years, quilters have transformed the way we create hexagons and with English paper piecing, fussy cutting, and quilt-as-you-go projects, today’s hexagon quilts are full of unique possibilities.

We’ll put a hex on you with these amazing hexagon items, but don’t worry, this is one spell you won’t want to break:

Hexi Precuts are flying off the shelves! Get them while you can!
Grab the templates you need to create amazing hexagon designs.
Find a new project with these popular hexagon patterns.

3. Curves

Everyone knows quilters are resilient so what do we do when life throws us a curve ball? We make a quilt! Lately, sewists are embracing the challenges that curves bring, and becoming more confident in piecing them together.

Start conquering your own curves with these ideas:

Make an Easy Clamshell (shown above).
Find your way with the Courtyard Path.
Let your curves run wild with the Drunkard’s Path Template.
Need a little help? Take our Piecing Curves with Confidence online class!

4. Appliqué Animals

Sometimes your quilt just needs that extra cute factor and what better than adding an appliqué animal! A perfect addition to a soft, cuddly baby quilt or to add a little fun and imagination to your next project, appliqué animals are so popular because they’re so easy to create!

Check out how these appliqué animals make these projects pop:

Get crafty with woodland creatures.
Are you a dog person or a cat person?
Learn how to finish all your appliqué projects by hand or by machine in our online classes.

5. Modern & Bold

More and more quilters have started testing the waters of the new, modern quilting style! Fresh and colorful with beautiful contrasts, it’s no wonder why modern quilts have become so popular recently.

Step out of your comfort zone and be bold:

Find the most amazing, unique designs you’ve ever seen in our collection of modern-style patterns.
Explore bold colors and intricately designed prints.
Find mountains of inspiration in our ModBLOCK Magazines.

Now through March 21, 2020, receive a Golden Star scratch-off ticket for every $25 you spend! Every ticket wins! Learn more about our Golden Star Sweepstakes >

What’s your favorite trend of the year and which trendy project will you work on next?! Let us know in the comments!

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!

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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!

Going Against the Grind with Tula Pink’s New Collection

Have you ever heard the saying, “Don’t throw a monkey wrench into the machine.” The phrase is about industrial-sabotage, meaning to prevent a process from going smoothly by deliberately trying to ruin it. Horrible, right?

Well, not always! Sometimes, the unknown path is the best path and who better to throw that monkey wrench into your life than Tula Pink, the queen of quirky, against-the-grind, free-spirited fabric design!

Set your quilt planners, color coordinators, and simple prints aside. Tula Pink’s latest collection, Monkey Wrench, will be the perfect storm you didn’t know you needed! Check it out:

DIY Scrunchie, DIY tech case, Tula Pink Monkey Wrench

Monkeys, frogs, ladybugs, parrots… it’s seriously bananas! Dive into Tula’s fanciful world and create something fun like a tech case or a scrunchie!

DIY Scrunchie, DIY tech case, Tula Pink Monkey Wrench

To make a tech case, you’ll need:

Watch the tutorial >


DIY Scrunchie, DIY tech case, Tula Pink Monkey Wrench

Or make this scrunchie
You’ll need:

Watch Jenny and Misty whip one up in just a few minutes >

Just follow these six easy steps!

  1. Lay your strips right sides together and sew together down one side. Turn the strips over and sew down the other side, creating a tube.

2. Turn your tube inside out. (Iron if desired, but not required since it will be scrunched up by the end.)

3. Grab your elastic and attach a safety pin to one of the ends of elastic and through the end of the tube so the elastic doesn’t fall through.

4. Scrunch the tube up over the piece of elastic.

5. Sew back and forth across the elastic to close the ends together. (You can also tie a knot.)

6. Now, place one end of the tube into the other end and stitch down. Viola! You’ve got a cute, new scrunchie!

Try mixing and matching with other collections by Tula Pink!

What is your favorite Tula Pink collection?