State Map Applique Pillow Project

Home is such a special place. It’s where we keep our hearts, hang our hats, and even when we may be miles and miles away, we keep a piece of it with us.

This week’s State Map Applique Pillow project on Missouri Star Live was inspired by a similar idea created by Kelly Young of My Quilt Infatuation that our In-Town Education Manager, Courtenay made to give as gifts to those around her.

**We apologize for the echo at the beginning of this video. It is fixed around the 5:00 minute mark, so feel free to skip ahead!**

Last year, Jenny created the Road Trip Quilt that commemorated some of her recent quilting adventures, featuring simple state map applique shapes that you can find HERE.

How to Print State Map Outlines: 

NOTE: The states are listed in alphabetical order, and reversed for easy tracing. We’re using the state of Missouri as an example on page 25. Keep in mind that each state is a different size and orientation. Courtenay scaled the state of Pennsylvania by 350%. To reach a similar size, we scaled Missouri by 200%.

We’re using these same outlines from the Road Trip Quilt to create the applique shapes for the pillow, but we’re increasing the size of each printed sheet. Follow along for our step-by-step instructions on how to print these applique shapes at your desired size.

  1. Download the State Map Outline Template HERE
  2. Open up Adobe Reader and the State Map template. 
  3. Open the Print dialogue box and select the image number you would like to print from the Pages section: (For this example, we’re printing page 25 for the outline of Missouri.) 
  4. Under Page Sizing & Handling, select Poster
  5. In Tile Scale, enter the scale you would like to increase the page by. For this example, we scaled Missouri by 200%. We left the overlap as is. 
  6. Select Print. Your outline should be scaled and print out in multiple sheets.

Pillow Form Perfection!

Helpful Hint: As Courtenay put together this easy sewing project, she discovered that when using a pillow form, it helps to sew the top of the pillow the same size as the form, and then sew a .5” seam allowance. In Courtenay’s example, she used a 20” pillow form so her top is 20”.

Embroidery Supplies List

Courtenay embroidered the word “home” onto her pillow, and if you would like to do so, too, you’ll need the following supplies:

Make a DIY Face Mask in 12 Easy Steps

DIY Face Masks with Jenny Doan

Learn how to make an easy, washable, and reusable face mask with Jenny.


What you’ll need:

  • 2 pieces of 6” x 9” fabric 
  • (1) 6” x 9” piece of iron-on interfacing (optional)
  • 2 pieces of ¼ inch elastic cut to 7” each
  1. Cut out two pieces of fabric to 6” x 9” each.
  2. Cut out one piece of interfacing to 6” x 9” and iron it onto the back of one of the pieces of fabric.
  3. Cut elastic into two pieces measuring 7” each.
  4. Place the two pieces of fabric right sides together.
DIY Face Mask with Jenny

5. Measure a 3 inch opening in the top so you can turn it right side out when you are finished sewing.

DIY Face Mask with Jenny

6. Sew the top and bottom edges only.

DIY Face Mask with Jenny

7. Place the elastic inside the mask and pin it to the top and bottom of each side, keeping it entirely encased in the fabric. It will be on the outside when you turn it later.

DIY Face Mask with Jenny

8. Sew each side completely closed, back-stitching on the elastic.

DIY Face Mask with Jenny

9. Turn the mask right side out from the hole you left in the top. 

DIY Face Mask with Jenny

10. Press the mask flat and add 2-3 pleats.

DIY Face Mask with Jenny

11. Pin the pleats flat.

DIY Face Mask with Jenny

12. Stitch all around the edge of the mask to enclose it and lock the pleats in place.

DIY Face Mask with Jenny

Now your mask is ready! Wash it thoroughly and use it or donate it to those in need.

DIY Face Mask with Jenny


  • Be sure to use new fabric, not vintage, that is tightly woven. You can even use polyester or moisture-wicking fabric.
  • If you wish, you can finish the top edge before you stitch the mask together and leave a small opening in the top so that a filter can be inserted into the mask.
  • If you don’t have elastic, you can attach ties to the sides of the mask so that it can be tied on rather than looped around the ears.
  • This mask is not as effective as the N95 or P95 masks used by healthcare professionals, but it can help.
  • If you want to donate your masks, go to “One Million Mask Challenge” or “Deaconess” and check your local needs. If you wish to donate, follow instructions for drop off, keep social distance, and do not drive up to the hospital unauthorized.
DIY Face Mask with Jenny

Running out of elastic? Watch this tutorial to learn how to create a face mask using fabric ties!


Tula Pink HomeMade Challenge at Missouri Star

NOTE: This blog post has been edited with updated deadlines from Free Spirit Fabrics due to COVID-19. Updated dates and procedures are listed in BOLD.

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 2021!

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 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 and a completed entry form found HERE no later than Sept. 30, 2020. Online voting on quilts will begin June 17.

Introducing Missouri Star Souvenir Fabric

There is something special about Quilt Town, USA. Walking down Davis Street, you can feel the quilty inspiration, and no visit to Missouri Star is complete with picking up a yard or two (okay, okay, maybe a dozen) of fabric.  

A wonderful way to commemorate your visit to Missouri Star (or your Missouri Star fandom) is with our brand new souvenir fabric. With eight different fabrics, featuring our Welcome to Hamilton mural, Chuck the Chicken Duck, our Missouri Star logo, Jenny’s favorite sayings and a signature Missouri Star collage, these gorgeous fabrics can be stitched into bags, table runners, quilts and so much more!

Shop our Missouri Star souvenir fabrics HERE.  

Today, Misty is stitching up an All Purpose Apron, and you can find the FREE pattern download HERE!

If you are still looking for more fun ways to stitch up the Missouri Star souvenir fabric, then check out our Reversible Bag Pattern that you can purchase HERE.

LIVE: Mini Quilted Banners with Bev McCullough

We’re a bunch of happy campers since Bev McCullough joined us for a Live Video on May 29 to show us how to create the darling “Happy Camper” mini quilted banner that is sure to add a touch of charm to any glamper or sewing studio! Learn more about Bev on her blog, Flamingo Toes and follow along on Instagram!

Watch the replay of the Live Video below, and keep scrolling for step by step instructions!

Read on to see more photos of this fun project, and be sure to download the FREE Colorful Camper Banner Mini Quilt Pattern from Flamingo Toes HERE!

Show off your sense of adventure with this Colorful Camper Mini Quilt Banner! It is so quick to sew and it is a perfect scrap-busting project – you can mix and match your favorite prints to create this cute little camper!

The Mini Quilt is the sweetest little banner shape and has two fabric strips for hanging it from a little dowel or strip of wood. The embroidered details add a fun texture and color too!

Here’s what you’ll need to create it:


Print out your Camper pattern and Layout. Cut out the pattern pieces and cut out fabric pieces slightly larger than your patterns. Iron the HeatnBond Lite on the wrong side of the fabrics and cut out all the fabric pieces. Cut out from your white background fabric two pieces that are 9″ x 11″ and use the pattern layout page to cut the bottom of the pieces into a banner shape.

Using the layout as a placement guide, iron on your fabric camper pieces, except for the planters. Add the rick rack the length of the camper over the seam, but trim out the section under the door. Optional – glue the rick rack in place instead of stitching it on. Iron the fusible interfacing or embroidery stabilizer to the back of the front banner piece.

Using a free motion foot on your sewing machine, stitch around the shapes two or three times. Add the extra details of the window panes, doorknob, and towing hitch with stitching.

Iron on the planters and transfer all the embroidery designs. Stitch around the planters like you did with the camper.

Embroidery the design by adding lazy daisy stitches for the flowers and French Knots around the flowers and Planters. Stitch the leaf stems with a back stitch and the leaves with small lazy daisy stitches. Embroider the lettering at the top of the banner with a back stitch. Use three strands of floss for all embroidery.

Layer your banner front, batting (or fusible fleece) and banner back pieces together and baste. Quilt the banner as desired. I used Aurifil 50wt white in straight lines.

Cut a strip of red plaid 2 1/4″ x 42″ for double fold binding. Sew the binding to the front of the quilt. Cut a strip of red plaid 2″ x 9″. Sew into a tube, right sides together with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Turn right side out and press with the seam in the center. Cut the strip into two 4 1/2″ pieces.

Fold each strip in half with the seam to the inside, and pin the raw edge towards the top of the banner on the back side, 1″ from each side. Sew the strips in place just inside the binding seam.

Hand sew the binding to the back of the quilt. Once the binding is sewn in place, fold the hanging strips towards the top of the banner and hand sew in place.

Hang the mini quilt from a cute wood dowel or even a little branch!


We had so much fun with Bev’s Mini Quilted Banner project that we had to create some for ourselves/ Download the Missouri Star mini banner printables HERE!