Mother, May I? – 5 Quilt Patterns for Mom

The Daisy Chain Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

With May right around the corner, there’s no better time to create a beautiful Mother’s Day quilt than the present! Many of us learned to sew from our mothers and grandmothers, but even if you didn’t, take some time this spring to celebrate those who helped raise us. Mothers and quilters are an incredible and caring people. Wrap mom in love this season with one of our five favorite Mother’s Day quilts!

May Day Baskets

The May Day Baskets Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

The month of May starts off strong with the celebration of May Day! Traditionally, May Day baskets are full of freshly bloomed spring flowers to acknowledge the changing of the seasons and the rebirth of the outdoor world! The May Day Baskets quilt takes the concept of these baskets and stitches them into a quilt, so not only can you keep warm on those chilly May mornings, but you can celebrate spring for years to come.

Flowers have been the traditional gift of Mother’s Day. As this is a floral quilt, a floral fabric should be considered! We love the look of Jenny’s design as the fabric had a matching color palette, so when selecting a pack of 2.5″ strips of precut fabric, keep color in mind! Chelsea Strips for Northcott are a fantastic choice as they combine floral fabrics with a purple color scheme with just a hint of green for an added leafy effect!

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Flower Glass

The Flower Glass Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

Flowers are a perfect Mother’s Day gift; they represent the change of the new season with a delicate nobility and grace that is inherent of mothers. Instead of a vase full of flowers, mix things up this year with the Flower Glass quilt. This easy to follow pattern uses 10″ squares of precut fabric and just a bit of extra yardage. The effect, however, is readily apparently as the hourglass and flower blocks combine to create a beautiful bouquet of warmth!

Floral arrangements come in many shapes and colors and so should your fabric choice for this project! Make a statement and go bold with a vibrant print such as Watercolor Wishes Metallic 10″ Squares by Kanvas Studio! This intense fabric features incredible watercolors with prominent butterflies and flowers, perfect for a unique and heartfelt gift for mom!

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Rose Garden

The Rose Garden Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

While carnations are the most gifted flower for Mother’s Day, we’d argue a full rose garden could be more popular! The Rose Garden quilt is a gorgeous quilt that, thanks to Jenny’s quick and easy quilt tutorial, is incredibly simple to create! Start with 5″ squares of precut fabric and learn how to make half square triangles and wonky leg blocks in the quilt tutorial to piece together this gorgeous quilt that will be the highlight of your mother’s special day!

Elegance is the key to this project; select a fabric that is both refined and traditional to create the desired effect. Bring forward the floral feel with a Le Beau Papillon Charm Pack for Moda Fabrics. These 5″ squares feature graceful vintage florals, butterflies and traditional patterns in light, airy colors! This quilt could truly be a one-of-a-kind, heirloom gift!

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Daisy Chain

The Daisy Chain Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

Did you ever make a daisy chain for your mom? Those fragile strings of flowers meant more to her when you made them than you’ve probably ever realized. Return that innocent gift from the heart once more this year, with a Daisy Chain quilt. This adorable design can be easily made from 5″ squares and 2.5″ strips of precut fabric!

With plenty of white space in this project, bring attention to your strips with a fun and fabulous choice of fabric! Kaffe Florals Blues 2.5″ Strips for FreeSpirit Fabrics are the perfect addition to this project! This gorgeous, blue fabric from the famous Kaffe Fassett will create a vibrant highlight upon the soft white backgrounds of this quilt.

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Grandmother’s Fan

The Grandmother's Fan Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

Let’s not forget about those grandmothers as well! Many of us had the pleasure of learning from our grandmother as well, so why not thank her with a beautiful, vintage Grandmother’s Fan quilt! With the Missouri Star Large Dresden Plate Template for 10″ Squares, this pattern has never been easier! Using the template and a combination of 5″ and 10″ squares of precut fabric, this gift will be ready to go just in time!

Traditional vintage fabrics will be your go-to choice on this project! Northport Prints Layer Cakes for Moda Fabrics are definitely the answer. This charming, yet simple fabric will transport you back to a bygone era and create a classic feel from this brilliant quilt!

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Tell us, what’s your favorite gift or activity for Mother’s Day?

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.

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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

Tips:

  • 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!

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Beat the Learning Curve – 5 Quilt Projects with Curves

The Waves Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

Adding curves into a quilting project has generally been considered a daunting task reserved only for the most skilled and experienced quilters. Curves don’t have to be a challenge anymore though! Jenny has stitched up some beautiful projects that include curves, but as always she has made them easy, approachable and fun!

Push your quilting skills a little farther and challenge yourself with some of these lovely projects, all of which feature curves that will make your quilt stand out from the rest. If this week’s Triple Play proves anything, it’s that curves don’t have to be impossible anymore. Don’t let the challenge overcome you though! Just remember, finished is better than perfect!

Easy Clamshell Quilt

The Easy Clamshell Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

Jump right in and let those curves shine with the Easy Clamshell Quilt! These fabulous design features nothing but curves, but is made incredibly simple by the Missouri Star Drunkard’s Path Circle Template Set. The layered clamshell effect created by this template is absolutely stunning and gives the finished quilt both depth and character.

With the layering of the 5″ squares for this project, you should select a fabric that has a wide array of colors. Combine that with the unique features of batik fabric and you’re going to have an outstanding, unique quilt. Consider Tonga Treats Batiks – Jump Minis by Timeless Treasures to give your Easy Clamshell Quilt the unique character it deserves!

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Waves Quilt

The Waves Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

The movement in this quilt is so pronounced, it’s almost as if you’re standing on the beach watching the waves crash against the shore! Break out your Missouri Star Drunkard’s Path Large Circle Template Set and get to work capturing the ocean!

With all the talk about waves, it’s almost impossible not to think of a nautical theme for this project. Give your Waves Quilt the full treatment with Deep Blue Sea 10″ Stackers by Jen Allyson for Riley Blake. These adorable squares feature nautical motifs, stars and sea creatures that will better assist you in capturing the vast waves of the oceans!

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Old Mill Path Quilt

The Old Mill Path Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

We all love traditional, vintage quilts here at Missouri Star Quilt Co. The Old Mill Path Quilt is no exception either, as it draws it’s inspiration from an antique 1929 pattern by the name of The Mill Wheel! The curves in this project are just beautiful and are again made so simple by the inclusion of a template!

Keep this one traditional by using vintage fabrics including florals and flour sack designs. You won’t regret the classic, time-honored look created by this simple tip! If you’re needing just a little more inspiration, check out Hat Box Sundaes by Andover Fabrics. These delicate 10″ squares feature flowers, paisley and leaves on soft and rich backgrounds that will make you long for days long forgotten!

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Cornered Drunkard’s Path Quilt

The Cornered Drunkard's Path Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

There’s so many curves in the Cornered Drunkard’s Path Quilt it’s unbelievable! The real twist is however, how easy this gorgeous quilt is to create! For this project, you’ll need the Easy Circle Cut Ruler for EZ Quilting as well as some basic applique skills, but have no fear, Jenny explains everything in her video tutorial so that anyone can create this masterpiece!

Solids play a big part in the wonder of this quilt. The contrast of the background fabric behind the highlighted color makes the design pop! If you haven’t had a chance to make a quilt this year featuring the Kona Color of the Year, now is the opportunity! The Kona Cotton 2020 Color of the Year Enchanted Ten Squares are the perfect choice of 10″ squares to make this quilt a real enchanted treasure!

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Forget-Me-Not Quilt

The Forget-me-not Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

The Forget-Me-Not Quilt was designed to show support for Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and is dedicated to Jenny’s sweet mother-in-law, Irene Doan, who lost her life to Alzheimer’s in 2020. This incredible quilt is not only a phenomenal dedication to the memory of a wonderful person, but an elegant design to promote awareness for a worthy cause.

We can’t think of any way to make this project better. Jenny gave this one her all and we think it’s just perfect as it is. Pick up the Missouri Star Petal Template and two packs of Wilminton Essentials Amethyst Royale 5 Karat Gems and you’ll be ready to stitch together one of the most beautiful projects Missouri Star has ever created.

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BONUS: Triple Play! Drunkard’s Path

Watch Triple Play! Drunkard's Path from Missouri Star Quilt Co featuring three unique designs inspired from the Drunkard's Path quilt block.

Join Jenny, Misty and Natalie in the latest Triple Play from Missouri Star Quilt Co as the trio each creates their own custom design based on the classic Drunkard’s Path block! These three patterns all include curves, but each is so uniquely different it’s incredible to know they’re all from the same inspiration!

Which is your favorite? Jenny’s Birds of Paradise featuring the Lancaster Charm Pack by Jo Morton for Moda Fabrics, Misty’s majestic Morning Glory quilt with the beautiful Royal Blue Single Scoops by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts for Andover Fabric, or the incredibly vibrant River Path designed by Natalie featuring Colorpop Batiks Stamps by Kathy Engle for Island Batik! Whichever you choose to create, each one is filled with wonderful curves and will be a fabulous edition to your quilt collection!

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Tell us, which curved quilt project is your favorite and why?

“Home is Where the Quilts Are” – Behind the scenes of BLOCK Magazine Volume 7 Issue 2

A Note From Jenny BLOCK Magazine

Writing to you from the comfort of home is a privilege in this fast-paced world. I often find myself between places, driving long distances or flying to far-off locations to visit quilters around the world. It can be hard to feel comfortable in such circumstances, but I’ve found out something incredible about the quilting world. No matter where I go, as long as I can find a quilt shop, I feel right at home. After all, home is where the quilts are! 

Home is such a lovely place to be. I recently dug into my sewing studio for some spring cleaning and unearthed some truly vintage finds! It’s been a pleasure to sort through my treasured fabric stash and remember what I really love about quilting…

…the feel of the fabric, the joy of selecting a stack of prints and sewing them together without a pattern. Cutting, stitching, pressing, and repeating the process over and over. There’s something very comforting about it and I look forward to spending time with these simple creative pursuits whenever I get a spare moment.

This spring, let’s dig into quilting with renewed vitality! Do what is necessary to start fresh, whether it’s a bit of light cleaning and dusting or a major fabric stash overhaul, and you’ll be amazed to find yourself itching to get back behind a sewing machine again. Celebrate the art of quilting by treating your machine, your fabrics, and your space with gratitude and you’ll be rewarded every time. 

Love,
Jenny


“Home is such a lovely place to be!” This message from Jenny is truly comforting as many of us prepare to stay indoors. As we watch the bustling world around us wind down, we notice the incredible way people have worked together to keep one another safe, educated, and inspired during these trying times.

Here at Missouri Star, community is something very close to our hearts and BLOCK Magazine is a big part of that. This “idea book” is a way for us to share with you how quilting has impacted our little part of the world. When you open an issue of BLOCK, you become apart of our community as we connect with you through authentic stories and photos and the sharing of ideas.

Missouri Star BLOCK Magazine Volume 7 Issue 2 Cover

We recently redesigned BLOCK Magazine into something we feel is a better visual representation of who we are and what we value: YOU and our ability to educate and inspire you to create. We still have all the same content you love, but we’ve added more for you to truly experience and feel the joy that creativity brings to us all!

Things like…

  • The Ruby Sensation Sew-Along which comes in FIVE parts! A new sew-along block will be featured in each issue that comes out this year. (If you’re not subscribed, you’ll want to do so now so you won’t miss a step!)
  • A mix and match of patterns and prints (Unique, modern patterns meet traditional prints, and vice versa)
  • Educational articles with helpful tips and tricks and even, fun articles like celebrating local history!
  • 10 step by step quilt patterns, bonus mini projects, and gift ideas!
  • Jenny’s Journal (See what Jenny’s working on. You may see something you’d like to try!)
  • And as always, there are NO ads and your subscription ships free!

Take a look behind the scenes and get a sneak peek of
what’s inside our upcoming issue:

Missouri Star BLOCK Magazine Volume 7 Issue 2 Road Trip

In the next issue, you’ll discover how to turn your adventures into a quilt filled with your favorite appliquéd states with the Road Trip pattern. Choose your own or embellish them for a customized quilt (or pillow!)

Missouri Star BLOCK Magazine Volume 7 Issue 2 Road Trip

BLOCK’S photo-stylist, Jennifer Dowling, and sister, Maggie proudly display their favorite appliquéd states next to the Christopher S. Bond Bridge in Kansas City, MO.

Missouri Star BLOCK Magazine Volume 7 Issue 2 Luminary

BLOCK Magazine’s creative director, Christine Ricks, stands atop the National WWI Museum and Memorial displaying patriotic colors in the Luminary quilt. This is a great spot to take a good look at Kansas City’s gorgeous architecture and Union Station!

Missouri Star BLOCK Magazine Volume 7 Issue 2 Wonder

Alongside the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Christine cozies up with the Wonder quilt, a design by Katie Larson.

This center, located in Kansas City, MO, only 60 miles from Missouri Star, is a place where people from all over come to discover culture and community through theater, art, music, and history.

Over $50 worth of information is packed into each bi-monthly issue of BLOCK Magazine for just $7.99! ($9.99 bi-monthly for Canadian subscriptions.) Subscribe by March 30, 2020 to receive this next issue in late April! In the meantime, browse past issues and even digital versions if you just can’t wait to get started on a project in BLOCK!

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What inspires you to create? Let us know in the comments!

Look at Things Through a New Light – 5 Quilt Ideas with Dark Background Fabric

Look at Things Through a New Light with these 5 Darker Quilt Ideas from the Missouri Star Quilt Co!

Quilts are an incredible thing. Whether they’re hanging on the wall or tucked safely upon a bed, they add an artistic flair to the room. Clean, colorful quilts with plenty of white space can brighten up the room, but sometimes a darker touch can really add a comfortable and cozy ambiance.

Quilts that utilize bold color choices complimented by black and dark space aren’t just for the Fall season! These beautiful quilts draw attention and focus to the complimenting colors, creating a wonderful effect that makes the designs pop. Check out these five darker quilts and find some inspiration to break from traditional choices and make a bold statement!

Here Comes The Sun Quilt

The Here Comes the Sun Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

Warm yourself with the Here Comes the Sun Quilt! This fabulous Dresden plate quilt creates rising or setting suns among dark backgrounds. To make this even easier, Missouri Star created the Large Dresden Plate Template for 10″ Squares so that this quilt can be created by any level of quilter! Grab yourself some Layer Cakes (10″ Squares) and quilt until the sun rises!

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Rising Star Quilt

The Rising Star Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

Can’t decided between Layer Cakes or Jelly Rolls? Don’t want to go too bold when muted backgrounds still compliment the focus colors? The Rising Star Quilt is the best of both worlds! Pick up both precut fabrics and create a lovely star pattern using more prominent colors against a muted grey background for a quilt that both pops and still feels traditional and conservative.

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Town Square Quilt

The Town Square Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

Not a fan of Layer Cakes? How about a simple, beginner’s Jelly Roll Quilt! The Town Square Quilt uses Jelly Rolls (2.5″ Strips) pieced together with a black background to make a beautiful quilt that is full of traditional elements coupled with modern flair. We LOVE Jenny’s choice of colors on this project and there is no doubt that the Town Square Quilt would change the dynamic of any room it’s found in!

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Disappearing Hourglass Crazy Eight Quilt

The Disappearing Hourglass Crazy Eight Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

Create an optical illusion with this take on the Disappearing Hourglass Quilt that we like to call the Disappearing Hourglass Crazy Eight Quilt! By piecing together Layer Cakes (10″ Squares) you’ll be able to create a stunning effect hidden within the beauty of this design. Look closely and maybe you’ll see the hidden hourglass design in this amazing quilt!

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Sashed Tumbler Quilt

The Sashed Tumbler Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

Grab the Missouri Star Small Tumbler Template and three Charm Packs (5″ Squares) and you’re ready to create an easy Sashed Tumbler Quilt! There’s no limit to the incredible color combinations you can create with this pattern and think how gorgeous those colors will be with a dark background fabric! Highlight your favorite Charm Packs or create a themed quilt with this simple quilt tutorial!

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Tell us, what’s your favorite quilt pattern using dark background colors?