October is BreastCancerAwareness Month. Did you know that more than 250,000 women will be diagnosed this year? Many of us have been touched by this terrible disease in one way or another, and when those hard times come, we search for ways to help.
Quilts are a beautiful way to show support and give comfort. Jenny has a tutorial from a few years back for a Ribbons of Hope Quilt but this year as Jenny was brainstorming ways to show her love and support for two of the Missouri Star Family’s very own Breast Cancer Survivors, she was able to come up with an even easier way to make a Ribbon Quilt Block.
Isn’t this Ribbon Block so stunning and powerful? It’s as simple as snowballing a few corners. Jenny got the idea from the X’s and O’s Quilt Tutorial and we want to share how it was done with you. Watch the video below for a mini tutorial on how to make this Ribbon Block and to hear Betty and Sherry’s stories of how they won their battles against Breast Cancer.
Check out the block diagram below. Use one block to make a pillow like Jenny or multiple blocks to make a table runner or quilt!
While October is BreastCancerAwareness Month, we know that there are many out there affected by other types of cancer. You can make this Ribbon Quilt Block in another color to show your support to those battling other forms of cancer as well. Stitch by stitch, we can make a difference.
Every Tuesday afternoon at about 3:30pm, on our Quilting Deals – Missouri Star Quilt Co. Facebook page, we do a Facebook Live video! This week we had the opportunity to visit Jenny in her sewing studio and she was so generous to sit with us and answer some questions! We had a great time with her (as always) and learned some new things!
To watch Jenny’s video and find out what happens to bread when it’s cast upon the water… click HERE.
In the video, we talked about this gorgeous quilt that hangs behind Jenny’s desk in her studio. Here’s a photo so you can really see what all the fuss is about. Have you ever inherited any antique quilts from friends or family? These quilts can be so inspiring and hold so much history and meaning in every stitch. Did you know that Jenny collects antique sewing machines? Check out the adorable mini sewing machines on the shelf above the quilt!
Make sure to follow our Facebook page, so you don’t miss any of our upcoming Live videos! If there’s something you’d like to see in a future video, leave a comment here and let us know!
Are you planning a trip to Hamilton, MO? If you want to make sure you get to meet Jenny, the best way to do that is to attend one of her trunk shows (if you’ve never experienced it before, it’s a must!) Find the schedule HERE!
I don’t know about you, but I love looking into the minds of creative people. Every creative person has their own unique thought process to bring about a finished work of art! Have you ever wondered how Jenny thinks up so many wonderful tutorials for you? Well, we hope to be able to give you a glimpse into Jenny’s creative process through this new series, “From Jenny’s Studio”. Stay tuned, and follow along with Jenny’s journey. #jennysews
A new year is a new opportunity to reflect. Many people choose one or several New Year’s Resolutions, but this year for the first time, Jenny decided to pick a word of the year to use as a focus in her life. After some thought and personal reflection, she chose the word ‘BALANCE’ with the hope of spending more time outside, doing more of the things she loves to do, and making time in her schedule to focus on her own personal wellness.
So what does a quilter do with her selected word of the year? She makes a quilted wall hanging, of course! It came from a different project that Jenny had started, but she didn’t love how it turned out. Here’s what she said, “This whole thing is so symbolic to me. The fabric I used is part of an old quilt that I started and never could get it the way I wanted. So it has a new start and life in this project. The colors remind me of the earth sky and the water… these are things I love that I haven’t been taking enough time for.”
She asked her daughter Natalie to print off the letters and then she traced them on to Heat And Bond and fused them onto quilt blocks. Then she cut them out and blanket stitched them on to the background, then straight line quilted the whole thing on her sewing machine.
Jenny created this project to hang in her studio to remind herself to strive for balance in all of the things that make her happy and healthy.
Have you chosen a word to live by this year? We would love to hear of all the things you are working on in your life in the comments!
Missouri Star recently held a Shop Owners Retreat to allow owners to visit Hamilton and see the changes it has undergone in the past few years! MSQC has been expanding and opening more store fronts and we wanted to share our story and these exciting times with others just like us!
While here, shop owners had the chance to look around town, network with one another, participate in a Barn Quilt Blocks painting class, attend a Jenny Trunk Show as well as have a round table BYB (Build Your Business) discussion with Al Doan!
Of course, Jenny painted the Missouri Star Quilt Block! Does’t it look great on the side of her house? 🙂
We loved this Bear Paw barn quilt block that Jan Heddinger from Des Moines made!
Jenny did one of her amazing trunk shows for the retreaters and focused on ways these shop owners can teach some great tricks and tips to their own local shop customers. It was such a fun night!
The retreat team set up these tables of MSQC products to show the shop owners some fun ways to display quilting products for sale! Did you know that some local quilt shops carry MSQC products? Click HERE to find a wholesaler near you!
If your interested in attending an MSQC retreat, click HERE for more information!
We had such a blast at Quiltcon earlier this month in Austin, Texas! Jenny and Natalie were there with our new ModBLOCK Magazine and there was such an amazing display of textile art that would’ve just blown you away!
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We had so much fun seeing so many of the industry’s amazing powerhouses, like Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Vanessa Vargas Wilson (Crafty Gemini), Lynne Hagmeier, Cindy and Jina from Riley Blake Designs and so many more!! We would’ve loved to get photos with everyone! 🙂
One of the best things about a convention like this is that Jenny gets to see so many of the people who watch her tutorials on YouTube. She loves getting to sign books and just visit with all of you who seek her out.
While there, Amy Ellis, fabric designer and ModBLOCK Contributor, interviewed Jenny and included it in her podcast, Quiltcast, so go have a listen!
Thank you to all of you who made it such an amazing experience for us! We can’t wait until next year!!
**Next year’s Quiltcon will be in Pasadena, California and you can find all the information at quiltconwest.com.