It’s Jenny’s Birthday! And She Wants to Share Fun Ways to Celebrate Your Summer Birthday Too! Let’s Party!

It’s Jenny’s Birthday! And She Wants to Share Fun Ways to Celebrate Your Summer Birthday Too! Let’s Party!

Happy Birthday Jenny and to all of you who share in the summer birthday season! Start planning your next party as Jenny shares her favorite birthday foods along with some fun, summer recipes from our Missouri Star employees! Find quick and easy sewing projects to decorate your party, and don’t forget to download some of our printable photo booth props to make your summer celebration a blast! Grab your friends and let’s party!


Jenny’s Favorite Summer Recipes!

Jenny’s absolute favorite is a Strawberry Pie that she makes on her birthday year after year to treat herself to something yummy!

Here’s how she makes it:

  • 1 9″ frozen pie crust, baked
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1/4 cup of cornstarch
  • 1 lb of sliced strawberries
  • 1 (3oz) package of strawberry jello
  1. Bake pie crust according to package directions, remove and then let cool.
  2. While the crust is in the oven, add sugar and water to a large saucepan over medium heat, whisk the cornstarch in slowly and make sure there are no leftover lumps. Stir continuously for about 4-5 minutes until the mixture is thickened and turns a little clear.
  3. Remove from heat and whisk in the strawberry jello mix until completely dissolved. Let this mixture cool to room temperature.
  4. Once cooled, toss in the strawberries and make sure they are evenly distributed. Pour into pie crust.
  5. Place in the refrigerator to set for about 2-3 hours and then serve! (Add whipped cream if desired!)

Jenny loves a good summer barbecue and for her, the must-have at any BBQ is the beans! Cowboy Beans is her go-to and here’s how it’s done:

  • 1 lb hamburger
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 5-6 cans of beans, drained (red, black, and pinto) mix em’ up!
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 cans chopped tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce

Brown the hamburger and cook the onions, then mix it all together in a crock-pot and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours!

Captain Dwayne’s Jambalaya

  • 3 pounds peeled shrimp
  • 1 pound crab meat
  • 1 dozen oysters
  • 1 pound smoked sausage, sliced
  • 3 cups rice
  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2/3 cup chopped parsley
  • 2/3 cup chopped shallots (cross between onion and garlic)
  • 2/3 cup bell pepper chopped
  • 2/3 cup cooking oil
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder salt, black pepper and red pepper
  • 3 cups water
  • 4oz. Tabasco

Set the rice to cook and set aside. Sauté the onion over medium low heat in oil until almost brown. Add shallots and bell pepper, garlic powder and sauté for 10 minutes. Add smoked sausage and tomato sauce cooking for another 10 minutes. Add 3 cups water and cook for 30 minutes over medium heat. Add parsley, shrimp, oysters and crab meat and cook for 15 minutes. Mixture should have a creamy texture and not to watery. Add the salt and pepper to taste. Add rice a little at a time, stirring until all the rice is mixed in. Heat over medium heat for 15 minutes stirring occasionally.
-Dwayne Stice

Pink Lemonade Pie

  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (16 oz.) can pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip, thawed
  • 2 (6 oz.) prepared graham cracker crusts

In a large mixing bowl, mix together pink lemonade concentrate and sweetened condensed milk. Fold in Cool Whip. Pour mixture into graham cracker crusts. Put in the freezer for 6 hours or until stiff.
– Lauren Dalton


Birthday Party Sewing Projects!

Make a Pennant Banner or Quilt!
Pennants are crazy fun! Now, you can make some that can be used year after year! Personalize them in any way! To add some birthday charm, apply wooly cupcake buttons or these “happy birthday” appliqué pieces!

Make a 3D Pinwheel Table Runner!
A three dimensional table piece helps to create the a fun/creative environment that all birthday parties deserve!

Fabriflair Centerpiece
These joyful centerpieces really bring the party to life! Make several colors or mix and match to go with any theme!

Micro-safe Hot Holders
2 (8 ounce) packages of softened cream cheese,
2 jars of pineapple cheese and 2 jars of old English cheese all mixed together makes the perfect dip for any gathering!
*Recipe by Tammy Baker
Make this yummy dip using stylish hot holders!


Printable Photo Booth Props!

Download the props, print them, cut them out, and then come back here to post all your fun pictures so we can see!

Do you have a June or summer birthday? What is your favorite way to celebrate?

Nesting the Nursery

Nesting the Nursery

One of the best parts about becoming a new parent, is getting to put together a nursery for the little one to come. Choosing the colors, theme, decor… etc, it’s a fun part of getting ready for a new baby.

All of our kids & baby prints are perfect for baby fever quilting, but our newest brand of fabrics will give you all the cutesy feels!

World of Susybee

World of Susybee is a cute collection of woodland and jungle creatures like Lewe the Ewe, Knightly the Elephant, Flutter the Butterfly, and Zoe the Giraffe. With panels, kits, and perfect prints this collection makes putting a nursery together wildly fun.

Create a cuddly, snuggly pal with these fuzzy kits:

Or a cozy keepsake covered in furry friends with Shannon Cuddle Kits:

Take your little one on an adventure back in time to discover the dinosaurs:

Let your child soar and go on to explore new planets:

Watch your child dive deep into the wonders of the sea:

Whatever your theme, keep track of how they will grow and all the places they will go!

Watch your baby grow month after month with Robert Kaufman’s “Oh How They Grow!” collection. Make a Dr. Seuss themed quilt to take with them all the places they will go.

Baby Block

Grab the one and only issue of Baby BLOCK.

Get ready for a big reveal, because you won’t know if you will receive a girl or boy book until delivery day!

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