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!

Appliqué Your Way To An African SewFari

Appliqué Your Way To An African SewFari

Lions and tigers and batiks. Oh my!

We’ve been on an amazing safari adventure, exploring appliqué, and bringing batiks to life… all from the comfort of our sewing room!

Bring the jungle home using Westfield Laser & Design Co’s latest Sewfari kit collection. The kits contain precut, prefused appliqué batik shapes, a pattern, and a “quilt-by-numbers” template. It’s easy as 1-2-3.

You will need to provide the background fabric, backing, and binding for these projects. For a wildly fun finish use brown or grey batik marbles and solids.

Change up your space with more ROARing projects like place mats, pillows, or table runners!

…into thrilling place mats!
Turn this…
Cut out the blocks of this panel to make pillow cases or add a border to create a nature inspired table runner!

If you aren’t feeling like a sewfari adventure, we have all you need to journey to the beach, rain forest, or snowy tundra! Bring nature home with fusible appliqué shapes!

Have you ever been on a wild adventure? Tell us about it in the comments!

Celebrating Coral

Celebrating Coral

Pantone’s Color of the Year will make you cheer! Chosen by experts of the Pantone Color Institute, Living Coral made the cut for the 2019 Color of the Year Award!

For the last twenty years, Pantone’s team of color experts has searched the globe for the color that will bring you the most joy year after year. Their color trend analysis consists of looking at popular movies, sporting events, upcoming artists, and even the latest technologies and lifestyle trends for colors that capture our hearts.

Living Coral was chosen as a symbol for people living in the new digitized culture to reconnect with the world. As a living organism that provides a home for marine life, protects our shorelines, and recycles nutrients, I’d say Coral was just what we needed this year to interact once again with the living world and our own creative abilities!

Rebecca Bryan of Bryan House Quilts and Sarah Elizabeth of No Hats in the House are putting on a Living Coral quilt contest that runs until June 14, 2019. The objective will be to use at least some living coral (or similar shade) to make a small project, quilt top, or finished quilt. See all the rules and regulations at NoHatsintheHouse. Submissions will be judged by these three amazing women:

Erika Bea, quilter and pie baker.
Lucy Tiffney, wallpaper creator and interior designer.
Tula Pink, fabric designer and author!

Enter the Contest

Whether you want to join in the contest or just make extravagant works of art, we’ve gathered up our own best living coral fabrics to help inspire your next project!

Bring your ideas to life with these coral color combinations and fun pattern ideas!

Coral mixed with navy or aqua looks good in just about anything, but add batiks to the mix and your coral will look alive. Make mug rugs for a backyard BBQ, the cabin down at the lake, or your next beach vacation!
Coral and raspberry don’t sound very appealing together, but after a glance at this Radiance Quilt, you’ll definitely change your mind. Add pieces of black fabric into this quilt and make a real show stopper!
Coral and grey gets our cutest couple vote. The feminine coral against the masculinity of the grey really pops! Make this Rhombus Cube Quilt and create a colorful illusion!

Explore Our Coral Reef

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.

A Treasure Trove of Rose Gold

A Treasure Trove of Rose Gold

Not quite pink, not quite gold, just a beautiful mixture of metallic rosy-amber. This week we are admiring one of the most fun colors there are… Rose Gold!

Rose Gold FabricsRose Gold has been trending for a while now, but it’s here to stay and ready to make its appearance in your next project! Update your desk-top, sewing area, or make any room pop with a few touches of rose gold!

Simply Sparkle Bliss KitDo you remember being a little girl and feeling giddy over objects that were shiny, pink, or floral? These adorable prints in Riley Blake’s new collection, Bliss, will make you feel just that with all the flowers, rosebuds, and rose gold swirls and stripes! This Bliss Simply Sparkle kit makes a full size quilt that will make any room sparkle! It would make a pretty accent to a reading nook, or thrown over your favorite chair!

 

Bliss by Riley Blake

Make a Rose Garden Quilt or Slanted Half-Hex to really show off those vibrant prints. Imagine lying in bed, wrapped in a quilt of romantic florals and luxurious rose golds, snuggled up to a matching Dresden pillow . It’s no wonder they named this collection, Bliss!

 

 

Slanted Half Hex Tutorial

Mix rose golds with navy or grey cuddle fabrics!

 

 

 

 

Rose Gold Notions

Spice up your sewing area with rose gold notions!

 

Rose Gold Notions

 

How perfect would a wine carrier made for a sweet bottle of Rosé look in rose gold?! Or shine bright wherever you go with a gorgeous rose gold coin purse!

What are you hoping to create with your new treasure trove of rose gold fabrics? Let us know in the comments! Don’t forget to post a photo of your creation to Instagram using #msqcshowandtell. Happy shopping!