Celebrate Mom – 5 Quilt Projects for Mother’s Day

The Vintage Blossom quilt from BLOCK Volume 6 Issue 3.

This year for Mother’s Day, give mom a gift truly from the heart by stitching up a new quilt just for her. We celebrate our mother’s because they have always been there for us; they are both our providers and protectors. This year instead of the traditional route of flowers, blanket her in the warmth and comfort of a quilt to let her know that when she needs you most, you’ll always be there to comfort her.

We’ve picked out five great quilting projects that are perfect for mom. From vintage classics that will remind her of her youth to new exciting designs that incorporate the imagery of Mother’s Day, no matter what her style is we’ve got a solution for you!

May Day Baskets

The May Day Baskets quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

You know what they say, April showers bring May Flowers. May is the perfect time of year for home gardens and flowers and therefore, has become a symbolized by beautiful bouquets of flowers. Put a spin on the classic gift from the garden this year by presenting mom with a May Day Baskets quilt, blooming with beautiful buds that will never wither away.

This quilt comes together with ease by using jelly rolls (2.5″ strips of precut quilting fabrics) and the Clearly Perfect Slotted Trimmer A and B. Don’t overthink this one! It’s called May Day Baskets because it’s full of flowers, so select of fabric that is equally full of flowers. The Ava Kate Rolie Polie by Carina Gardner for Riley Blake is just perfect for this project, not only does this line offer yardage as well, but the black, red, pink and light blue strips of charming florals, intricate paisley and stripes come together in a perfect blend of flowers and fun.

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Vintage Blossom

The Vintage Blossom quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

If this project looks familiar, you may know it by a different name such as Grandmother’s Flower Garden! This traditional quilt pattern not only will be stitched with love, but will be a nostalgic gift that reminds mom of a simpler time. Not only will you be covering mom in a gift of love, but you’ll be creating a new version of a quilt that is rich with history to be passed down to future generations.

While any precut will do, Jenny demonstrates how to make this quilt in her tutorial by using layer cakes (10″ squares of precut quilting fabric). When selecting your layer cake, we suggest you follow in Jenny’s footsteps and locate a vintage or reproduction fabric such as Jane Austen at Home 10″ Stackers by Jane Austen for Riley Blake. These fabrics offer a vintage and more muted color palette that will give this quilt the classic ambiance it deserves!

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Mother’s Choice Remake

The Mother’s Choice Remake quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

This project is simply in the name, Mother’s Choice! An easy jelly roll quilt, this project is made up of easy half-square triangles, snowballed corners and flying geese. When gifting this quilt to mom, you may be surprised to learn that this beautiful creation is actually a classic block known as the Dove in the Window, Fringed Square and Laurel Wreath!

We adore Jenny’s fabric choices for this project, so if you’re in a pinch when selecting what fabrics to use, go with what works! Jenny used The Emporium Collection The Tudor Rolie Polie by Liberty Fabric to create the elegant and delicate design of this quilt. This fabric features florals, intricate vines, feathers and much more in a lovely pink, black and cream color scheme.

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Turnabout Granny Squares

The Turnabout Granny Squares quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Talk about a classic! The Turnabout Granny Squares quilt is a blast from the past that makes a great option for a Mother’s Day gift. This creative block can be found in a multitude of crafting mediums; you may be more familiar with it as a crochet pattern. Regardless of how it’s used, this simple block creates a great quilt that is full of traditional elements.

Once more, you’ll need to use 2.5″ strips to create this masterpiece. But what if mom enjoys traditional elements from her youth AND is a modern maker who enjoys a splash of color? Go bold with this project to perfectly blend two periods of time by selecting a vibrant and bright fabric such as Jazz Batiks Strips by Bella Nonna Designs for Island Batik.

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Grandmother’s Fan

The Grandmother’s Fan quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Whether you’re celebrating mom becoming a grandmother, or stitching up something to appreciate grandma as well on Mother’s Day, the Grandmother’s Fan quilt is a classic curved project that she will be sure to love! This dresden based pattern comes together in an absolute flash by using the Missouri Star Large Dresden Plate Template for 10″ Squares.

You’ll need both a layer cake and three charm packs (5″ squares of precut quilting fabric) to create this intricate design. As this design appears to flow throughout the quilt, pick a fabric that offers a color palette that flows amongst the spectrum or blends considerably well together such as the Silver Jubilee Charm Pack by Maywood Studio.

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Celebrate America – 5 Patriotic Quilt Projects

The You’re a Grand Old Flag Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. perfectly compliments this garden setting.

Summer is just around the corner and that means it’s time now to start stitching up those beautiful, patriotic quilts for your summer picnics and Independence Day celebrations! Quilting has been an American past-time since the beginning days of our country, so celebrate the history of our craft and nation this year with a red, white and blue color palette!

If you’re needing some inspiration, we’ve gather five of our favorite patriotic quilt projects that would be just perfect for any summer celebration. Pick up one of our new lines of patriotic fabrics and you’ll be ready to kick back on your very own picnic quilt and watch the fireworks. And if you’re still looking for more inspiration, head over to our website for everything patriotic and Americana!

Stars and Stripes

The Stars and Stripes quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

It doesn’t get more Americana than the Stars and Stripes quilt! This simple strip quilt comes together with ease using Jelly Rolls (2.5″ strips of precut quilting fabric) and snowballed corners. The iconic red and white stripes compliment the uniquely blue stars creating the perfect patriotic theme while still capturing the simplicity and beauty of a quilt.

To best capture those stars and stripes, consider using a solid fabric. Sometimes when we think solids, we think of very plain fabric, but that doesn’t have to be the case! Cut up some strips from the Tonga Batiks – Freedom collection to add some depth to your solids and make this quilt pop in subtle ways!

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Old Mill Path

The Old Mill Path quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

The Old Mill Path quilt is a play on the classic Drunkard’s Path quilt block and has never been easier to create thanks to the use of the Missouri Star Drunkards’ Path Template. Inspired by a 1929 antique quilt called “The Mill Wheel”, this vintage design is full of elements that distinguish it as a slice of yesteryear. Add in a patriotic color palette and this quilt will feel like an vintage creation nearly 100 years in the making!

For this project, you’ll need Layer Cakes (10″ squares of precut quilting fabric). Liberty Lane 10 Karat Crystals by Stephanie Marrott for Wilmington Prints feature weathered patriotic prints that will give this quilt an aged and dated feel; directly complimenting the overall aesthetic created by the design. And while this particular pattern isn’t full of stars or stripes, you’ll have plenty symbols of American culture displayed proudly within the fabric.

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You’re a Grand Old Flag

The You’re a Grand Old Flag quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

If you prefer more traditional patriotic displays, then the You’re a Grand Old Flag quilt is the choice for you. Created using Charm Packs (5″ squares of precut quilting fabric) and the Missouri Star Small Tumbler Template for 5″ Charm Packs, this fun flag quilt can be created with ease. The outcome is impressive, a simple tumbler flag design that, when the proper color palette is utilized, will be a favorite for many Independence Days to come!

Consider investing a little extra time into cutting your 5″ squares from yardage to take advantage of the America the Beautiful collection from Moda Fabrics. The barn wood yardage from this collection would be absolutely adorable as a red, white and blue flag and we think it’s just the best choice for this design! Whether you go precut or yardage, this quilt will be sure to brighten up any outdoor setting.

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Outstanding Stars

The Outstanding Stars quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

What more can be said, this quilt is simply outstanding! These pretty star blocks are framed with a simple sashing and cornerstones. While this quilt would look great in any color, when given a patriotic palette it truly feels like a slice of Americana. We just can’t believe how versatile this simple design is!

Follow Jenny on this one and create this quilt using American Gatherings from Moda Fabrics. Designed by Primitive Gatherings for Moda Fabrics, this red, white, and blue collection features basic yet lovely prints like stripes and florals, plus traditional patriotic symbols like stars and flags. This quilt will be full of American themes by the time you are done!

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Pinwheels on Point

The Pinwheels on Point quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Pinwheels are an iconic quilting symbol that have been heavily utilized in American quilting. When early settlers were first traversing west across our country, they would quilt what they saw (no wonder stars are such a big deal!) and what better way to capture the motion of wind then by using pinwheels! Stitch up a little history in your patriotic project with this quick and easy Pinwheels on Point quilt.

You’ll again need 2.5″ strips of precut quilting fabric for this quilt, but there’s no need to focus on solids. Have some fun when selecting fabrics for this project! If you’re feeling ambitious, cut your strips from the America the Beautiful collection from Moda Fabrics. This line is full of the patriotic symbolism and colors you’re looking for while still adding unique elements such as posies to the fabric.

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Sunshine Shoofly Quilt

The Sunshine Shoofly quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

In the “olden days”, little girls learned to sew at a very young age. Their tiny hands were trained to stitch up four patches, hourglasses, and shooflies—all without rulers, rotary cutters, or even sewing machines!

The Sunshine Shoofly quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

This week, Jenny is using those same old-fashioned beginner blocks to whip up a dazzling Sunshine Shoofly quilt. And like all our favorite patterns, this super-simple layer cake quilt looks SO much trickier than it really is! Click HERE to watch the video! 

The Sunshine Shoofly quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.
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Brown Goose Quilt

The Brown Goose Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Before Jenny Doan, there was Nancy Cabot.

During the 1930s, Nancy wrote a column for the Chicago Daily Tribune featuring a new quilt pattern every single day. A diagram of the daily block was printed next to helpful tips and bits of quilt history. (The pattern could be purchased for “5 cents in stamps or coin.”)

Nancy’s column was chatty and casual, like a tea time conversation between friends. I think I would have loved her!

The Brown Goose Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

On January 27, 1933, Nancy highlighted a simple half-square triangle pattern called The Old Gray Goose. Of course, like all old-fashioned blocks, it had other names, too, including Double Z, Devil’s Claws, and Brown Goose.

98 years later, Jenny is whipping up this pretty, antique block using 10-inch squares of precut fabric. We’re calling it Brown Goose, and you won’t believe how quickly it comes together! Nancy Cabot would be proud!

The Brown Goose Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.
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Building Blocks: Learning Quilting Basics

A sewing machine in action from BLOCK Magazine Volume 7 Issue 3.

If you’re interested in learning about the basics of quilting, then you’re in the right place! 

Getting started with something new is usually the hardest part. Quilting can be a laborious process — it requires many steps that can seem really overwhelming when you’re new to it all! Many beginner quilters can get stuck when thinking about piecing together their first blocks, but we’re here to help! Today we’re going to be talking about the steps before you start piecing. A good foundation is the key to success, so before you dive in and start stitching up your first creation, let’s learn about the very first steps in your quilting journey!

Jenny Doan always says “finished is better than perfect” and we can’t agree more! No one will notice if you lost a point or if you had to add back fabric with an extra seam after a cutting mistake or if you had to rip out the stitches in your block one too many times with your handy seam ripper (we’ll learn more about this tool soon!). Finishing a quilt or project is a huge accomplishment and you should never let your fear of imperfection get in the way of creating! So, let’s start with the basics and build our foundation and you’ll be sewing confidently in no time!

Fabrics

Fabric comes in all kinds of shapes, colors, cuts and styles. Photo from BLOCK Magazine Volume 7 Issue 1.

When it comes to buying fabric for your first quilt, pre-cuts are a good place to start! They come ready to go in various sizes in bundles of fabrics that coordinate with one another. If you haven’t had the chance, you can learn more about pre-cuts in our previous Building Blocks blog post. If you aren’t ready to take the leap into buying pre-cuts yet or you have other fabrics in mind for your project, have no worries! Virtually any fabric can be used for a quilting project.

The Memory quilt, for example, utilizes old neckties and shirts to create a quilt to honor a dear one’s existence. These materials are not designed for quilting projects, but with a little creative energy and ingenuity they come together to make a fantastic project that makes a truly powerful gift to honor the memory of a loved one. Old denim jeans, fabric scraps, recycled materials, t-shirts, and more can be materials used in your projects! So the next time you open your closet, keep in mind what you can repurpose to add a unique and modern touch to your quilting project.

You have many options for materials to use in your projects, but keep in mind that some materials are trickier to use than others. If you are just entering the world of sewing, we recommend choosing a material that is 100% cotton!

Cutting & Measuring

A selection of Rotary Cutters in various shapes and sizes on top of a gridded cutting mat.

Now that you are getting comfortable with choosing fabric and learning about all the choices you have, let’s talk cutting that fabric! The old adage “measure twice, cut once” has never been so pertinent. In many projects, the fabric measurements are very important to get right, so that the rest of the work goes by smoothly! Quilting can be a precise art form, so it’s best to get used to measuring out your fabrics and cutting as accurately as possible in order to get the best results. There are a few handy tools that can aid in making this process the easiest it can be!

You’ll need a rotary cutter, a cutting mat, and a ruler. Scissors are very helpful in the sewing process, but when cutting up fabric as accurately and quickly as possible, rotary cutters are our go to — especially when paired with a gridded cutting mat. These mats come blocked out in one inch squares to assist in your fabric measuring and cutting! By learning how to sandwich your fabric between your mat and ruler and using the marked, premeasured guides on those tools, you can soon become comfortable with using your rotary cutter and making as accurate cuts as you can! It takes practice, so don’t be discouraged if you make mistakes along the way. No one is a master in the beginning!

Pressing

Irons and pressing mats come in a variety of styles and designs.

The last item that we suggest getting familiar with that will help in the quilting process is something that you likely already have in your house – an iron! Irons are an integral part of the entire quilting process — they are with us almost every step of the way! You may already be comfortable with the iron you have at home and if you are not, don’t fret! They usually are pretty quick to learn and may just take a little studying and practice to find the settings that work best for you. Ironing makes many steps of the quilting process easier and soon you’ll figure out how much or how little ironing you like to do during your quilting process! Everyone is a little different — some people utilize the steam feature on their iron often, some people iron every little piece, and some iron rarely. It’s all personal and a part of the learning process!

Remember to always iron on a safe surface — an ironing board is great if you have one, but if you want a space closer to your sewing area, you can always purchase an ironing mat or even make your own! You’ll be ready to press in no time and create beautiful smooth fabric that’s ready for the next step, piecing!

In our next segment, we will be talking all about piecing. Take this time to familiarize yourself with your quilting tools and measuring and cutting fabric. Remember, these basic steps, although simple, will make all the difference when creating your first quilt project. We can’t wait to see what you create!