2019: A Year to Remember

As the year comes to a close, we are filled to the brim with joy here at Missouri Star. Truth be told, we hadn’t done much reflecting on what this year truly meant for us until it was time to sit down and write our annual Year in Review. Once, we got started, it seemed the list of things we did this year would never end!

As we looked back over the past twelve months in amazement, we were so touched by the love from our followers, support of our customers, the selflessness within our quilting community, and the hardworking, kind hearts of each and every one of our team members.

Celebrate the end of 2019 with us as we share some of our favorite things:


A GRAND OPENING!

Back in June, We opened a new Education Center here in Hamilton where we hold classes for quilters of every level! Come to Missouri Star and enjoy a hands-on class with our quilting experts!

VIEW THE IN-TOWN CLASS SCHEDULE >

Can’t make it to town? No worries! We also released several online classes this year!

BIRTHDAY BASH

This year we said a big ALOHA to our 11th year in business with a lovely luau-themed Birthday Bash. It was definitely a party to remember! Over 2,000 quilters came to Hamilton, and it was so much fun. That more than doubles our town’s population! Wow!

For our birthday, we asked for the gift of helping others and you did not disappoint!

THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO CELEBRATED WITH US AND HELPED TO GIVE BACK!


MISSOURI STAR CARES

This year we launched a brand new charity organization called Missouri Star Cares. Quilters are some of the most caring, giving people we know. You’ve inspired us to give back to our hometown, our country, and our planet.

Our first Missouri Stars Cares was a fabric donation drive in which we vowed to donate 1 yard for every 25 yards purchased to Quilts of Valor & Project Linus. Our drive lasted a total of 13 days in November during which time we came close to our goal of 2,500 by reaching 2,149!

And we can’t forget our $10,000 donation to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation wouldn’t have been possible without your support! All through October, we fought breast cancer one stitch at a time by shopping pink!

THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN HELPING US TO GIVE BACK!


STRIPE TOLD OUR MISSOURI STAR STORY IN A BEAUTIFUL WAY


A CELEBRITY VISIT!

We had the honor of hosting Maureen McCormick, (AKA Marcia Brady)! We laughed, cried, and laughed some more! Let’s just say we had a BUNCH of fun!

WATCH JENNY & MAUREEN TALK QUILTING >


THE APPRENTICESHIP

For the first time ever, a collaboration between Missouri Star Quilt Company and North Central Missouri College resulted in an apprenticeship program. Consisting of 21 of our team members, all completing the registered apprenticeship program through the US Department of Labor, earning certificates and college credit. Read more on the blog >

CONGRATS TO OUR GRADUATES!


CO-FOUNDER & CEO OF MISSOURI STAR WIN ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

WATCH ALAN DOAN & MIKE MIFSUD’S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH >


TOP THREE TUTORIALS OF 2019

TURNABOUT GRANNY SQUARES | ANTIQUE LACE | RICKRACK


What was your favorite Missouri Star Moment of 2019? Let us know in the comments!

Inside Out Wall Hanging

Inside Out Heart Wall Hanging Tutorial

Our hearts are certainly full this week as we celebrate 11 years as a company and what better way to express how we feel than through a quilt?

Inside Out Heart Wall Hanging Tutorial

This week’s new wall hanging is a sweet little heart quilt that comes together in a flash. Make one for a friend and it’s sure to make them smile every time they wrap up in it! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!

Inside Out Heart Wall Hanging Tutorial

(Psst! You can find this pattern in BLOCK Magazine Volume 6 Issue 4!)

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

Fancy Flight Quilt

What do quilters dream of? Flying geese with perfectly sharp points, of course! But sometimes those points get lost in the seam allowance, leaving your little geese tragically beakless. What’s a quilter to do?

In this week’s new tutorial, Jenny demonstrates how to preserve those points with one simple tip.

Psst!! This quilt will be featured in the upcoming issue of BLOCK Magazine (volume 6 Issue 5), subscribe to BLOCK Magazine HERE and don’t miss seeing this quilt in another fun colorway!

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

How to Figure Yardage for Quilt Borders

How to Figure Quilt Borders

For many of us, quilt patterns are a jumping off point for our own designs. Adding a border can give your quilt added oomph, just like framing a picture can make it pop.

Follow this handy guide to be sure you’re getting the right amount of yardage for your borders!

How to Figure Quilt Borders

Here are some items you’ll be needing:

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Calculator
  • Your quilt top
  • A measuring tape or template

Step 1: Decide how wide you want your borders. 

Step 2: Measure the length of your quilt top.

Always measure your quilt top in 3 different places vertically before cutting side borders to make sure you have accurate measurements. Start measuring about 4″ in from the sides.

  • Take the average of those 3 measurements to figure your length.
  • Because there are two long sides, double your border measurement.
  • Remember your ¼” seam allowance and add 1″ to that number.

Step 3: Measure the width of your quilt top with side borders.

Always measure your quilt top in 3 different places horizontally before cutting top borders to make sure you have accurate measurements. Start measuring about 4″ in from the top and bottom.

  • Take the average of those 3 measurements to figure your width.
  • Because there is a top and a bottom to your quilt, double your border measurement.
  • Then, take that number and add on the width of your borders because you’ll sew the top and bottom borders on after your side borders.
  • Remember your ¼” seam allowance and add 1″ to that number.

Step 4: Add the measurements for the side, top, and bottom borders together.

Step 5: Take your total measurement, and divide it by 40″ to get the number of strips necessary for your borders.

Step 6: After you get the number of strips needed, you need to multiply the number of strips by the width of border. That’ll give you the number of inches of fabric to buy to cut for your borders. 

Step 7: Divide the number determined in step 6 by 36″ to calculate the yardage. Round this number up to the next 1/4 yard increment and you’ll have your total yardage number!

Tips and Tricks for Borders:

  • Cut 2 border strips to that size. Piece strips together if needed.
  • Attach one to either side of the quilt. Position the border fabric on top as you sew to prevent waviness and to keep the quilt straight.
  • Repeat this process for the top and bottom borders, measuring the width 3 times. Include the newly attached side borders in your measurements.

Example:

8″ finished quilt blocks on a 6 x 7 Grid
Center of quilt without borders is 48″ x 56″
Borders are 5″ wide (plus 1/2″ for seam allowance)
Finished quilt top dimension is 58″ x 66″
Seam Allowance = 1/4″ throughout

(Side Measurement + Seam Allowance) x 2 = 113″
(Top or Bottom Measurement + 2 Seam Allowances + 2 Border Widths ) x 2 = 117″
Add both numbers together and you get: 230″ total inches
Divide by 40″ to get the number of strips you need: 5.75
Round up to the next whole strip and you get: 6 strips
Number of strips x width of the strips = inches of fabric you need
6 strips x 5.5 width (this includes seam allowance) = 33″
33″ divided by 36″ (typical fabric width) = .91 
Round up to whole yard
You need 1 yard of fabric for this quilt’s borders

Watch Jenny and Darlene Zimmerman go over some pretty border techniques for more!

The Row by Row Experience 2019

Are you coming through Missouri this summer? Come and get a taste of Hamilton and pick up your very own Row by Row block pattern in the Main Shop or Penney’s Quilt Shop!

The Row by Row Experience is a wonderful program started in 2011 by Janet Lutz to help quilt shops attract more visitors in what might otherwise be slower summer months. All the quilt shops participating in Row by Row (find all the other participating shops HERE) have their very own free pattern to help you make a quilt block. If you are the first to complete a quilt using at least eight rows from eight different 2019 participating shops, you win a stash of 25 fat quarters, and you win a bonus prize if you use our Missouri Star block and bring it in to our shop!

The theme for Row by Row this year is “Taste the Experience” and we have our very own pattern for you to collect! Below is a sample of our block. 

To see what the rest of the pattern looks like, come to the Main Shop or Penney’s Quilt Shop in Hamilton and ask for our Row by Row pattern! Each customer is limited to one pattern. We also have a special Row by Row kit available!

Our Row by Row experience will be available in-store until Sept. 3, which is also the deadline for participants to turn in their quilt to win a prize.

To learn more about the Row by Row Experience and see great projects, watch this video from Amy Barickman for Indigo Junction below!