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

New Tutorial: Diamond Dance Quilt

New Tutorial: Diamond Dance Quilt

Twinkling in the distant night sky is a white dwarf star with a core of pure diamond. Think of it! 10 billion trillion trillion carats, just floating around in outer space! (I’m suddenly feeling an inclination for space travel…) So beautiful, and yet, so out of reach!

The Diamond Dance Quilt, however, is accessible to even the least experienced quilter! This project is quick, easy, and so much fun! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!
10 Years of Stonehenge

10 Years of Stonehenge

Stonehenge is known for sunset hues and signature stone textures inspired by the mighty rock formation in England. Northcott’s Stonehenge Solstice collection is their most vibrant yet! Let mother nature inspire you and create a quilt so gorgeous, it just may send you on a vacation to Europe!

Solstice
Quilters worldwide are invited to join the challenge by going to participating stores between now and September 30, 2019 to collect kits and make Solstice quilt blocks!
Northcott will select 10 finalists and have them send in their quilts for the final round where they will choose 3 winners whom will each receive a prize:
-3rd place prize is $500 and a Stonehenge fabric pack valued at $100!
-2nd place prize is $1000 and a Stonehenge fabric pack valued at $250!
-1st place prize is a 9-day trip for two to England with a private tour of Stonehenge!


The Solstice Panel Challenge consists of creating a quilt with the panel from the Solstice collection and then turning it in at the nearest participating quilt shop for a prize!

Northcott will choose 10 winning panel quilts from this challenge and give each of the creators a fabric prize pack worth $100!

Our talented visual merchandiser, Ali, created a mini Stonehenge right here in our Penney’s shop! Come check it out!
Our Penney’s Quilt Shop will be selling the Missouri Star Stonehenge Block Party Kits and Solstice panels until September 30, 2019.
Stop by to pick up fabrics from the Solstice collection and more Stonehenge collection pieces!

View all of the Stonehenge collections from over the years and fall in love with nature!
Highway 36 Quilt Trail 2019

Highway 36 Quilt Trail 2019

Traveling the whole world would definitely be fun, but don’t take for granted those small adventures that are right in front of you! If you are in the Midwest and craving a road trip, Highway 36 is the place you want to be!

This year’s theme for the Highway 36 Quilt Trail is “Churches Around the World.” The cross country highway is filled with amazing places, but the 195 miles of Missouri is all you need to satisfy your creative spark, need for adventure, historical curiosity, and love for inspiring church architecture!

Our Quilt Trail block features the Hamilton Federated Church just right across the street from our shops! Read about our church’s neat history and get inspired to build the church yourself using fabric!

From St. Joseph to Hannibal, there are 15 quilt shops ready to hand you a free pattern for the block they designed featuring their local church. The shops will also offer kits of the block to make things quick and easy for you! So between April 1 and October 1, 2019, stop in at these shops and create one of our most beautiful Quilt Trail projects yet:

1. Hickory Stick, Hannibal MO
2.Bits and Pieces, Hannibal MO
3. Midwest Quilt Company, Shelbina MO
4. Stitch and Clip, Lentner MO
5. Sew Creative, Salisbury MO
6. Rosies Quilting, Marceline MO
7. The Quilt Shoppe, Wheeling MO
8. Cuts and Bolts, Chillicothe MO
9. Missouri Star Quilt Co, Hamilton MO
10. Shearwood Fabrics, Jamesport MO
11. By The Yard, Rayville MO
12. Sisters Fabric Farm, Lathrop MO
13. Quilting Farmstead, Lathrop MO
14. Top Stitch Quilting, Helena MO
15. Glenda’s Sewing Cupboard, St. Joseph MO

This year, we are celebrating our 5th Anniversary of the quilt trail so as a bonus, we have added a memorabilia charm to be given to the first 250 people who turn in their passports this year!

So grab a friend, hop in the car and discover the genius of Missouri Highway 36.