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?

Aloha! 🌺 11th Birthday Bash Recap

Aloha, quilters! Our 11th Birthday Bash was nothing short of a tropical paradise in our hometown of Hamilton, Missouri. We danced, we ate, and had a hula-va good time celebrating. Read on for a recap of our luau-themed celebration!

Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Before our party could even begin, we enjoyed a fabulous trunk show by Sue Daley! Her English Paper Piecing designs are a sight to behold, and we’re still oohing and ahhing over the intricate creations.

We kicked off the festivities on Wednesday evening with our annual Dinner with the Doans! Family members and guests were treated to a Hawaiian feast and tropical dancers straight from the “island paradise of Independence, Missouri.”

Dinner with the Doans at Missouri Star Quilt Co's Birthday Bash
Dinner with the Doans at Missouri Star Quilt Co's Birthday Bash
Dinner with the Doans at Missouri Star Quilt Co's Birthday Bash

Our Birthday Bash officially began on Thursday, with our annual employee family photo! This is one of our favorite moments of the entire year, when all of the departments gather downtown to mix, mingle and smile for the camera!

2019 Employee Family Photo at Missouri Star Quilt Co's Birthday Bash
Missouri Star Quilt Co. Employee Family Photo

Then, we boogied on over to the patio for the opening ceremony! 

2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.
2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

There were Cake Walks on the patio…

Dancing at 2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

…and trunk shows from Martingale…

Martingale quilt trunk show at 2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

…and our designer friends sharing tips and tricks with everyone in our shops! 

Me & My Sister in-store demos at 2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

This year, our Missouri Star team made Tiki quilts to adorn our shops and downtown! A big thank-you to ColourWerx for their Tiki pattern! 

Tiki quilts on display at 2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Our Sew-lebrity Sew-Off did not disappoint! This year, Jenny and Sue Daley teamed up to take on the dynamic duo of Barb and Mary from Me & My Sister!

Sew-lebrity Sew-Off at 2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Both teams were stacked with talent from the quilting industry, and created two fantastic quilt tops at the end of the event! Watch the replay from the Live broadcast below!

Sew-lebrity Sew-Off at 2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

The first day wrapped with an amazing trunk show my renowned Hawaiian Applique artist, Nancy Lee Chong. Her designs were as breathtaking as an island sunset!

Hawaiian Applique artist, Nancy Lee Chong at 2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Day 2 featured the Great Missouri Star Fabric Cake Bake Off, where our fabulous friends in the quilting community create cakes out of, you guessed it, fabric, notions, and all things quilting! These creative works were raffled off at the end of the day. Check out our live look-in at the competition HERE.

Fabric cakes at 2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

And of course, more partying on the patio! 

Dancing at 2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Jenny capped off the day with her trunk show, filled with laughs, quilting tips, and inspiration! 

Jenny Doan quilt trunk show at 2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Throughout Birthday Bash, the amazing Days for Girls organization and YOU–you wonderful quilters–stitched up more than 1,000 feminine hygiene kits that will be distributed to those in need around the world! Way to go!

Jenny Doan assembling feminine hygiene kits for Days for Girls at 2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

With your support of the quilt, fabric cake and Sew-Off raffles, we were able to raise more than $5,000 for the Hamilton Community Food Pantry, which will go a long way in our community. Thank you for your support!

Quilt raffle winners at 2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.
Donation check presentation at Hamilton Community Food Pantry.

Ready to come party with us in 2020?! Mark your calendars for Sept. 24-26 for our 12th Birthday Bash! You won’t want to miss it!

Happy guests at 2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

A big mahalo to all those who made this event so special, including YOU, our amazing Missouri Star family; our fantastic employees, and our amazing Birthday Bash sponsors!

Thank you to our sponsors of 2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

See you in 2020!

Meet Missouri Star Academy Instructor, Patsy Thompson

Our newest Missouri Star Academy instructor is Patsy Thompson of Patsy Thompson Designs. She is an expert in free motion quilting using rulers. As you scroll through this post, you will find some of the most beautiful quilts quilted and designed by Patsy! Get to know her a bit more and fall in love with ruler-work quilting in her class, Beginning Free Motion Quilting with Rulers!

Meet Patsy Thompson, Missouri Star Academy Instructor

When did you first give machine quilting a try?

In the year 2000. I had been a hand quilter for over 20 years, and when I would see machine quilted quilts at shows, I thought of them as “cheater quilts.” I figured I could quickly learn to machine quilt, and I was so, SO WRONG!! It was very hard and took me a couple years of what felt like endless practice! I am very glad I didn’t give up, though, because I love to free motion quilt!

Meet Patsy Thompson, Missouri Star Academy Instructor

When you started, did you first use rulers or are they something you came to use later on?

Oh, gosh, no! I had been free motion quilting for many years before I tried rulers. Back when I did start, there were no ruler feet for home machines and we had to improvise. Nowadays, the market is very much geared to the home quilter and there’s a ruler foot for pretty much any machine that’s available.

Meet Patsy Thompson, Missouri Star Academy Instructor

What advice do you have for someone just starting out with ruler work?

Get ready to have fun! It will feel very strange/awkward when you first start out, but stick with it and soon it will feel completely normal to be holding/moving the quilt and a ruler simultaneously. The learning curve for ruler work is much faster than for regular free motion quilting, so it’s worth giving ruler work a shot even if you’re a beginner free motion quilter.

Meet Patsy Thompson, Missouri Star Academy Instructor

What advice do you have for someone who just started machine quilting?

I know that no one wants to hear these words, but keep practicing, then practice some more. It’s all about putting in the time. I would also start with much smaller projects. There are really two very different skills you need to free motion quilt:

  1.  You need to learn how to control the quilt sandwich underneath the needle to create an appealing design.  This requires you learning how to move the quilt from point A to point B to point C to create the design, and also how to do the “dance” between how quickly you move the quilt across the machine bed and how fast you run the foot pedal.  This set of skills is best learned on small quilt sandwiches.
  2. You need to learn to handle the quilt from the standpoint of a mechanical engineer.  A quilt is big and bulky and has a weightiness that will always be pulling against you until you learn how to position it to avoid drag.  When you’re a sit-down quilter on a home sewing machine, you also have that small harp space to contend with.  I don’t think about any of these issues anymore because it is second nature to me how to position/manipulate the quilt as I work, but when you’re first learning to free motion quilt, you’ll really need to focus on how to overcome these challenges.  
Meet Patsy Thompson, Missouri Star Academy Instructor

Do you have an all-time favorite quilt that you have quilted?

I have two all time favorites. Both of them have some hand-dyed cotton sateen fabrics in them, and there is something about those luscious colors that thrills me as I am quilting! They both have a lot of ruler work quilting, and also lots of feathers, so they each have many of my favorite parts of quilting.

Where do you look for inspiration in your work?

Pretty much everywhere.  I am very affected by color, especially rich, saturated colors, so I generally find myself stimulated by colors I see in everyday things.  I also am aware of combinations of colors (i.e. colors next to one another) that I find pleasing.  Those combinations will frequently find their way into quilts!

Meet Patsy Thompson, Missouri Star Academy Instructor

How long have you been teaching classes and what do you enjoy most about sharing your skills?

I taught my first class in early 2002. A friend of mine talked me into it and I remember being SO nervous driving to the class, questioning how I let myself get talked into doing it, wishing I could somehow get out of it. By the end of the class, I felt so exhilarated by seeing all these students learning how to free motion quilt, that I never questioned teaching again.  The best part of teaching is seeing a student realize that he/she can “do it.” There is nothing like the thrill of being a part of that spark! 

What are the must have tools for ruler work you always have on hand?

A ruler foot that fits your machine, machine quilting rulers/templates, and either a plexiglass extension table for your machine or the ability to sink the machine so it is flush with the quilting surface. You’ll also want marking tools (to mark your starting/stopping points), a seam ripper, and I like having a short ruler (6-8 inches long) for any measuring/marking that need to be done on the fly.

Meet Patsy Thompson, Missouri Star Academy Instructor

What is your favorite ruler to use/design to make when machine quilting?

Arc rulers, for sure! You can make so many different types of designs with arc rulers, and the more curves you have at your disposal, the better. Arcs RULE!!

START MACHINE QUILTING WITH RULERS

What is your favorite machine quilting design?
Show us in the comments!

Winter Color Guide

Dread the winter no more! Sure, the cold weather can put a damper on the fun things in life and those cold, messy snow piles all over the house can be annoying, but think about all the amazing things this season presents! Things like…

  • Sipping hot drinks on a cold day
  • Crock-pot meals and hot casseroles
  • Warm, cozy quilts
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Valentine’s Day chocolates
  • and these beautiful color palettes!

CLASSIC

BLACK // CHRISTMAS RED // MEDIUM GREY

Missouri Star Winter Color Guide 2019
Shown Here: Mini Tumbler Table Runner

Classic Valentine’s Day colors never go out of style! Freshen up the standard red and whites with a bold splash of black or medium grey to create a stunning combination that keeps the classic color traditions of Valentine’s Day and brings them forward with a modern twist. Snuggle up under a quilt in these hues with a loved one for a truly romantic holiday feeling.

COZY

TEAL BLUE // TEAL // CABIN

Missouri Star Winter Color Guide 2019
Shown Here: Simple Diamonds Quilt

Imagine yourself snuggled up with a warm quilt covered in these Earth-y tones, hands wrapped around a steaming cup of cocoa and watching fresh snow fall outside your window.

I’m already looking forward to this moment, but now I can’t stop wondering how much better it will be wrapped in these calming colors!

ELEGANT

SAFFRON // JUNIPER // FIG TREE CREAM

Missouri Star Winter Color Guide 2019
Shown Here: 4-Patch Stars Quilt

Are you an elegant decorator? The one who brightens up a room with bold color choices? Places a giant poinsettia wreath on the front door and dresses in an array of creamy white sweaters through the season? If so, then I have a feeling these gorgeous colors are for you!

What’s your winter style?

Try These Birthstone-Inspired Quilt Projects!

There are some of us who like to feel connected in some way to the mysteries around us. Thus, we read our daily horoscopes and give meaning to our birthstones because whether they hold true or not, fate or folklore, they are a fun way to celebrate ourselves and our loved ones.

To celebrate our birthday this year, we wanted to find a way to set some meaning in stone… or quilt. So we’ve come up with a few birthstone-inspired projects!

Our birthday is in September, making our gemstone, the gorgeous Sapphire. Find your gem color and sew with us!

Birthstone-Inspired Sewing Projects

JanuaryGarnet
FebruaryAmethyst
MarchAquamarine
AprilDiamond
MayEmerald
JunePearl

July Ruby
AugustPeridot
SeptemberSapphire
OctoberOpal
NovemberCitrine/Topaz
DecemberTanzanite

Now that we’ve got the right colors, let’s start making!


Hexi Gems Quilt

Hexi Gems Birthstone-Inspired Sewing Projects

Get your “mod” on with this insanely versatile technique from guest designer, Lisa Hirsh. The pattern includes a blank diagram of the quilt that can be enlarged so you can color and spec-out a creation of your own. The best part is this quilt pattern is a great place for your scraps to end up! Grab the hues you need, and get started!

Birthstone-Inspired Sewing Projects

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Burst Block Quilt

BurstBlock Birthstone-Inspired Sewing Projects

The Burst Block pattern is especially fun to use for birthstone memorabilia! The 3-D diamond shape creates life-like jewels exploding from the quilt!

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The Gemstones Quilt

Gemstones Quilt Pattern Birthstone-Inspired Sewing Projects

Create this vibrant quilt by filling it with different variations of a single stone, or represent several people whom are close to you!

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What’s your birthstone? Tell us in the comments below!