Celebrating Our Planet

Celebrating Our Planet

We are a community of quilter’s, brought together by our love of pretty prints and fun designs, but mostly by the need to create and give back.

As we encourage you to explore your creative talents within different mediums of art, we also encourage you to make your best project yet on the most perfect canvas… Earth.

There are so many brilliant ways to make our planet beautiful. Planting flowers, recycling cans and cardboard, or simply reducing waste.

Here at Missouri Star, we recycle all of our cardboard to the Hope Haven Recycling Center in Chillicothe, MO.

We want to give a huge thanks to Hope Haven Industries and their amazing employees for making our local communities a beautiful place to live!

If you are interested in recycling the boxes and other items you receive from us or other companies, we’ve found this guide to help you find your nearest recycling center!

Shopping Totes

For our in-store shoppers, make use of our reusable shopping totes! Fill them to the brim with fabric and supplies. When you aren’t in town, use them at your local grocery store or shopping mall to reduce waste and display pride in quilting all at the same time!

Get these adorable eco-friendly shopping bags!

Scrap Buster Tutorials

You can even reduce waste by quilting! Recycle old clothing or make use of all the fabric scraps laying around in your sewing room! These scrap busting tutorials will turn recycling from chore to quilting galore!

The String Quilt
Denim Strip Quilt/Pillow
The Crazy Quilt
Scrap Buster Table Runner

Why protect the Earth? Because it’s our only source of fabric!

So plant some trees, sew some scraps, and enjoy this beautiful planet!
Happy Earth Day!

Tell us in the comments how you celebrate Earth Day!

Three ways to make one or more Half Square Triangles

Three ways to make one or more Half Square Triangles

Multiply your fun with half the effort!

Any way you slice it, a half-square triangle is a thing of beauty. For such a simple quilt block, so many incredible designs can be created! Half-square triangles are in about 80% of the quilts we sew here at Missouri Star, so we wanted to give you a few handy tips and tricks to make stitching them together easier than ever.

Here’s how 1 typical half-square triangle is made:

Take two precut fabric squares, stack them right sides together, and draw a line down the center on a diagonal from corner to corner. Sew on the line and trim away a quarter inch away from your seam line. That will give you a half square triangle that is the same size as the squares you started with. It leaves two smaller triangles as scraps. But we can do better than that!

Here are Jenny’s favorite methods of sewing half-square triangles, just for you:

2 at a Time

Take two 5” or 10” precut fabric squares, stack them right sides together, and draw a line down the center on a diagonal from corner to corner. Sew ¼ inch out on both sides of the drawn line, then cut down the line in the center, and press open. That gives you two easy half-square triangles!

4 at a Time

Take two 5” or 10” precut fabric squares and stack them right sides together. Sew ¼ inch all the way around the perimeter of the squares. Then cut twice diagonally, from corner to corner, and press open to make four half-square triangle units! But wait … it gets even better.

8 at a Time

Take two 5” or 10” precut fabric squares, stack them right sides together, and draw an x from corner to corner. Stitch ¼ inch out on both sides of the lines, cut diagonally on each drawn line, and press open to get eight beautiful half-square triangles!



Try using the Clearly Perfect Slotter Trimmers to make squaring up your quilt blocks simple. It’s a nifty quilt template that not only cuts your half-square triangles to the right size but trims the seam down perfectly as well! It’s a neat little invention, click HERE to get yours now!

Be creative with the handy half-square triangle and have a blast! Try playing around with quilt layout possibilities for just fifteen minutes and make something new today.  When you turn and flip these versatile quilt blocks the design possibilities are absolutely endless! Click HERE to see some of the tutorials Jenny used HST to create her pattern.

Splendid Sampler 2: Easy Cathedral Window Block with Jenny!

Splendid Sampler 2: Easy Cathedral Window Block with Jenny!

Jenny is known for her easy and simple ways to make even the most complicated quilt blocks come together in no time. She works her magic on all kinds of quilts, from modern creations, like the dashing Trail Blaze Quilt to vintage blocks like her 54-40 or Fight Freestyle Quilt and the lovely Easy Cathedral Window Quilt.

Cathedral Window Quilts were originally inspired by intricate stained glass windows in churches many years ago, and this cute, curvy block with its three-dimensional framing has stood the test of time.

That’s why she selected this block for her feature in the Splendid Sampler 2! This timeless block looks good in solids and prints. For our version for the Splendid Sampler 2 sewalong, we dove into our scrap stash and used 30’s reproductions prints. You can visit https://www.thesplendidsampler.com/ to download the free printable and watch Jenny’s Easy Cathedral Window tutorial below:

And watch this block come together in less than a minute with the Quilt Snips Mini tutorial!

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed sewing up the Splendid Sampler 2 blocks.Have a look at some of our other finished blocks below: (Visit thesplendidsampler.com to download the free block patterns, and don’t worry, we will have the Splendid Sampler 2 book for sale on our website soon!)

 

 SplendidSampler_AroundFourCorners_Rachael Daisy_RE

 

 

We Quilt This City!

We Quilt This City!

Every summer we host thousands of visitors from near and far in our happy little town of Hamilton. Many of these visitors come to us as their end destination or as part of a detour on their road trip. No matter how our visitors get to us, we do all we can to make sure that they have the best experience in Hamilton.

If you needed another excuse to come visit Hamilton this Summer, starting June 21st we are participating in the Row by Row Experience again this year!

The Row by Row Experience is a wonderful program started in 2011 by Janet Lutz to help quilt shops get more visitors in what might otherwise be slow summer months. All the quilt shops participating in Row by Row have their very own free pattern to help you make a quilt block, and if you are the first to complete a quilt using at least 8 different rows from 8 different 2018 participating shops, you win a stash of 25 fat quarters and you win a bonus prize if you use our block and bring it in to our store!

The theme for Row by Row this year is “Sew Musical” and we have our very own pattern called “We Quilt This City.” The pattern features a beautiful appliqué town and music notes, hopefully not bringing just your quilts, but also your community in harmony.

"We Quilt This City"

To get your free Missouri Star Row by Row pattern all you need to do is come to Penney’s Quilt Shop and ask for our Row by Row pattern! Each customer is limited to one pattern. Sorry to all of our online customers, this pattern is only available in person!

The Row by Row experience will run from June 21st to September 4th, 2018, and you will have until October 31st, 2018 to submit your quilt for a prize.

2017 Year in Review

2017 Year in Review

Happy New Year, dear quilters! This is sure to be a memorable year filled with many exciting moments here at Missouri Star Quilt Co. We are grateful for your loyalty and patience with us as we grow and we think 2018 is going to be the best year yet! But before we jump right into it, let’s take a moment to reflect and look back on some of the highlights from 2017.

Shark Applicutter

Our dear friend, Rob Appell of Man Sewing, designed an innovative cutting tool that took the sewing and quilting world by storm! With a 14mm blade, the Shark Applicutter is the go-to rotary cutter for freestyle piecing and intricate cutting. Learn more about the handy Shark Applicutter HERE.

Missouri Star Academy

Missouri Star Academy began as a dream. We imagined quilters gathering together from across the globe in Hamilton, Missouri, to learn directly from professionals in the industry and from each other. In 2017, this dream became a reality for more than 450 students and instructors who traveled to Quilt Town, USA, for a two-day, immersive, creative experience filled with demonstrations, classes, and trunk shows. We are still amazed by the ideas and inspiration shared during Missouri Star Academy. Thanks to everyone who attended! We hope to see you again this year. Be sure to mark your calendars for June 7 and 8 for our second Missouri Star Academy! It’s going to be a lot of fun! 

Missouri Star Academy classes and presentations were held at the United Methodist Church in Hamilton.

Jenny Turns 60

Our very own Jenny Doan hit a milestone birthday in 2017, and we celebrated her “Sweet 60th” together. We are so thankful for her contagious enthusiasm, her kind spirit, and the creativity she shares with us every day!

Birthday Bash

Birthday Bash 2017

Missouri Star Quilt Co. celebrated its 9th birthday last year. Can you believe it? Time seems to have passed as quickly as our bobbins go empty! Three days filled with fun, games, food, and inspiration culminated in a party that will be long-remembered here in Hamilton. Reminisce about all of the festivities from the 2017 Bash HERE.

Stay tuned for 2018 Birthday Bash. We’ll be pulling out all the stops for our big 1-0 coming up later this year, and make plans to attend September 20-22nd!

Hurricane Relief Quilts

Thanks to quilters like you, our hearts were filled to the brim this year by the overwhelming support you showed when we asked for donations to help those affected by the hurricanes that ravaged our coastal states. You answered the call with more than 9,000 quilts, blankets, and afghans, as well as 4,000 pillowcases! These handmade labors of love were donated to organizations and distributed to those in need.

The entire Doan family and dozens of Missouri Star employee volunteers helped sort and repackage the donations.

Top Tutorials from 2017

Jenny and Rob each created 52 amazing quilt tutorials for you last year, for a grand total of 104 new videos! While it would be impossible to pick a favorite, here are some of the best of the best tutorials from 2017:

Jenny’s Tutorials:

Grand Adventures Quilt

Pineapple Quilt

Kindred Pinwheels Quilt

Rob’s Tutorials:

Stars, Stripes and Diamonds Quilt

Checkered Cross Quilt

String Quilt

You can catch all of Jenny’s tutorials on QuiltingTutorials.com or on our Missouri Star Quilt Co. YouTube channel, and be sure to catch Rob’s tutorials on the Man Sewing YouTube channel. We can’t wait to see the quilts you are creating for 2018! Make sure to share them with us on our Facebook and Instagram using #msqcshowandtell.