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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Quilt Your History – 5 Favorite Vintage Quilts

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

They don’t make them like they used to. Many of us were fortunate enough to have learned the art of quilting from our ancestors; parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles have long since been the best teachers to pass on the gift that is quilting. They stitched differently, as limited resources required more time and perseverance with each block. Each stitch was made with love though and the quilts survived, being passed down as family heirlooms for generations to come. Those beautiful patterns, bound in time by thread, became classics of the quilting world.

These projects have carried with them a sense of expertise, but there is no need to be an expert to create one of these timeless treasures. In honor of National Quilting Month, check out these five beautiful, traditional patterns and use your newfound knowledge to create something your family will cherish for years to come!

Stars & Pinwheels Quilt

The Stars & Pinwheels Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

Stars and pinwheels are both iconic symbols of quilting. Quilt patterns including pinwheels and stars dating back to the 1800’s have survived demonstrating that quilter’s captured their surroundings and incorporated motion into their blocks. Using 10″ squares of precut fabric, the Stars and Pinwheels Quilt is an easily achievable project rich with history and tradition.

Consider keeping in theme with tradition when selecting fabric for this project. Elegant florals in a classic color palette really capture the ambiance of this quilt. Mercantile or primitive fabrics will add the traditional touch you’re looking for; we suggest Zellie Ann 10″ Squares for Benartex to truly create a timeless masterpiece.

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Antique Lace Quilt

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

When Jenny purchased an antique quilt block online, she never expected to discover a true hidden treasure within. Adorned with traditional pinwheels and complimented by a delicate border, when pieced together these blocks form a larger picture that’s full of the elegance associated with quilts from long ago.

A hint of color goes a long way with solid white backing. A Summer Breeze 2019 Jelly Roll from Moda Fabrics the perfect combination of vintage florals and bright colors that will make this quilt stand out among the rest.

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Turnabout Granny Squares Quilt

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

This labor intensive classic has never been easier! The Granny Square, commonly used in crochet patterns, has been a long standing staple of the crafting world. Traditionally this quilt pattern requires numerous small squares be pieced together to create the desired effect, but with the help of Jenny’s modern approach to this classic, the Turnabout Granny Square Quilt can be made by any level of quilter and cherished for years to come.

For the conventional approach, consider again a floral pack of 2.5″ strips such as Gilded Blooms Metallic Roll Up by Robert Kaufman. If you’d like a bit of a twist on a classic however, take a tip from Jenny and try batiks! Artisan Batiks – Inspired by Nature Roll Up by Robert Kaufman will give this project the time-honored atmosphere desired, but with a modern and fun twist!

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Easy Checkered Dresden Quilt

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

The Dresden Plate can trace its history back to the 1920’s where it quickly became one of the most popular patterns of it’s time. Emanating from a bygone era, the Dresden Plate is still a popular and widely sought after pattern today. The process of making this gorgeous pattern has changed though and now through the use of templates, this pattern has never been easier to create

Pick up the Missouri Star Large Dresden Plate Template and a pack of 2.5″ strips and you’ll be ready to quilt! Given the origin of this design, consider a fabric reminiscent of the times; vintage feed sack and reproduction fabrics are perfect for this design. A KT Favorites 2019 Jelly Roll for Moda Fabrics is a perfect choice to transport your quilting back in time!

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Royal Wedding Quilt

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

Although our quilting styles, tastes and patterns have changed, the customs associated with quilting have withstood the test of time. Wedding quilts have a rich historical importance because they were often well cared for and passed down through generations. The Royal Wedding Quilt, a simplified variation of the antique English Wedding Ring Quilt, puts a modern and streamlined twist on a classic project.

Balance this quilt with both light and dark 10″ squares for a brilliant contrast. Again, try to keep in mind the popular quilting fabrics of the past to capture the motif of a classic. Rhapsody in Reds 10 Karat Crystals for Wilmington Prints is a great place to start building these quilt blocks, the bold reds and subtle cream colors blend well to provide the desired effect of the design.

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Plan Your Summer – 5 Simple Summer Quilt Projects

Plan your Summer Sewing Projects with Missouri Star Quilt Co and these 5 Simple Summer Quilt Projects

February is the perfect time to start dreaming of warm summer days in the sun. When the cabin fever of being cooped up indoors starts to really set it, take that opportunity to begin planning your summer projects! With summer months right around the corner, now is the perfect opportunity to begin work on wedding quilts, graduation gifts and those fun projects that make us wish for warmer weather!

Needing some inspiration? Here are some great summer quilting projects that will have you stitching up sunnier days in no time!

The Road Trip Quilt

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

Document your summer travels and never forget the memories you made with the Road Trip Quilt! Each state is created through an easy appliqué process, but your imagination is the only limit as to which states to include! Make a quilt for each summer road trip or only use your favorite states, the choice is yours! Don’t forget, you can download a FREE Missouri Star Template for each state!

Capture that classic road trip feel with an Explore Layer Cake from Moda Fabrics. Explore features warm, natural colors with outdoor and camping themes. Pile in the back of the station wagon and hit the road as you stitch your itinerary with this beautiful line.

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The May Day Baskets Quilt

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

Break out those jelly rolls and get ready to make this easy flower basket quilt! Capture the early days of summer and the beautiful blooming of spring with this simple beginner’s quilt tutorial. All this quilt is missing is a picnic basic and some sunshine for a beautiful day!

Jenny had a great idea with her color palette when creating her May Day Baskets Quilt. Capture the shades of a blooming spring with Braveheart Double Scoops 2.5” Strips from Andover Fabric featuring a sweet collection of florals, vines and berries in a spectrum of red, pink and white. We’re certain this collection will make your project blossom in beauty!

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The Stars and Stripes Quilt

The Stars and Stripes Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

Hamilton, Missouri is located in America’s Heartland and when Independence Day comes around, we can’t help but show off our Stars and Stripes. Spread this patriotic quilt across a table at your next Fourth of July BBQ and you’ll steal the show!

Get that true red, white and blue in your quilt with Wilmington Essentials All American 40 Karat Gems 2.5” Strips! This classic take on this quilt will be sure to light up your Independence Day party, but why stop there? Break from the mold and take a risk with Kaffe Classics – Island Design Roll 2.5” Strips and make this quilt fun, unique and filled with fun and bright colors! There’s no limit to what you can imagine when it comes to quilting!

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The Summer Camp Quilt

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

Remember spending your summers at camp? The memories we made in our childhood have a lasting impression on us. Jenny remembers the first quilt she ever made, a classic log-cabin quilt and drawing inspiration from her first days as a quilter, she’s created this gorgeous jelly roll pattern she likes to call the Summer Camp Quilt!

The Summer Camp Quilt is filled with colors and motion! Go bold with this design and consider Monkey Wrench 2.5” Strips from FreeSpirt Fabrics and designer Tula Pink for an amazingly colorful and fabulous design. These strips break from tradition with offbeat colors, florals and animals hidden throughout the layout which will turn your Summer Camp Quilt into a game of hide and seek as you try to locate all the beautiful details of the fabric!

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The Summer School Quilt

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

Spending summers on the lake is a fabulous past time. Fresh air, beautiful scenery and if you’re lucky, you can even see a school of fish! You’ll be using 5″ squares to make this lovely charm pack quilt that would be perfect for a summer fishing trip! Trade your bobbins in for bobbers with the Summer School Quilt!

When we think about the Summer School Quilt and all the cute fish swimming across the pattern, we can’t help but to think about Batiks! Consider the Coastal Getaway Batiks Charm Pack from Maywood Studio when creating this quilt, each 5” square marries light seafoam colors with ocean-themed batik backgrounds for a truly fabulous, nautical experience!

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Dont’ Forget! Join us for Missouri Star Academy

Missouri Star Academy is a magical two-days of learning and fun right here in Hamilton! We’ve invited a few of your favorite fabric companies to our hometown as well as some of the best pattern and fabric designers in the quilting industry to come present at this fantastic event.
Check out this star-studded lineup of instructors from the 2018 Missouri Star Academy! These Sew-lebrities had a great time teaching, but don’t fear, there may be some familiar faces at the 2020 Missouri Star Academy! Stay tuned for more details and announcements!

As you plan your summer projects out, don’t forget that June 10th & 11th is The Missouri Star Academy right here in Quilt Town USA! Join us in Hamilton, Missouri for two days of fun and learning. We’ve even invited a few special guests from the quilting and fabric industry, so don’t miss this opportunity to meet and learn from some of your favorite Sew-lebrities! Mark your calendars today and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest for update the latest updates!

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Bow Tie Crisscross Quilt

The Bow Tie Crisscross Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today!

Break out the sequins and polish up your best cuff links! We’re going black tie and feelin’ el-e-gant! 

The Bow Tie Crisscross Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today!

Our new Bow Tie Crisscross is a clever take on the classic bow tie block. Jenny used sleek shades of black and white, but this quilt would look grand with any fabric you choose! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!

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Quilt As You Go 2.5″ Hexagon Quilt

The Quilt as You Go 2.5" Hexagon Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co and Daisy & Grace. Watch the free quilt tutorial today!

Jenny discovered Daisy & Grace’s quilt-as-you-go hexagons at The Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England. She loved ‘em so much, she brought the templates home to Missouri and…everyone went nuts!

The Quilt as You Go 2.5" Hexagon Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co and Daisy & Grace. Watch the free quilt tutorial today!

These pretty hexies can be sewn by hand or machine, and they come together in a flash! Best of all, the quilt top, batting, backing, and binding are all completed in one fell swoop! Once you’re done, you’re done! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!

The Quilt as You Go 2.5" Hexagon Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co and Daisy & Grace. Watch the free quilt tutorial today!
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