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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Tell us, what’s your favorite traditional quilt pattern?

March 2020 FREE Quilt Planner Download

Quilt fabric, notions, buttons and more on a sewing room table. Find this image in BLOCK Magazine, Volume 7, Issue 1.

Happy National Quilting Month, dear quilters! It’s time to wind up those bobbins, pick out a new project (or 2 or 3 or 4), and start stitching up some quilts! 

To keep us all marching…and sewing…all month long, we have put together this free quilt planner! Click HERE to download.

March 2020 Quilt Planner Free Download

As we make our way to National Quilting Day on March 21, keep an eye out for special celebrations, and don’t forget about our Quilting Craziness tournament on our Facebook page! Throughout the mad month of March, your favorite Missouri Star tutorial quilts will be going head-to-head in a daily Facebook poll to see which one wins the Quilting Craziness crown! Be sure to check in every day at 7pm Central to vote for your favorite!

Quilting Craziness 2020

Join the Missouri Star Quilt Co Quilting Deals Facebook Page every day beginning March 2nd to participate in Quilting Craziness 2020 for National Quilting Month!

In honor of National Quilting Month, we’re celebrating quilting by bringing you the Second Annual “Quilting Craziness” Tournament! Everyone is welcome to participate every single day by voting for your favorite quilt tutorial of 2019!

The tournament features the 32 most watched tutorials from 2019 and places two different quilts against each other everyday until there is a champion! The winner will be decided by a popular vote that is hosted on our Facebook page everyday at 7:00 pm central time! Click HERE to like the Facebook page and not miss a moment of the fun!

Our Quilting Craziness bracket will be updated here with the winners everyday to help you watch the competition.

Who do you think will take the title of Fan Favorite for 2019? Will it be the front runner, The Turnabout Granny Squares Quilt, or the ever so cute Happy Trails Quilt? We are SEW excited to find out! Make sure to vote on Facebook everyday at 7 to help your favorite win!

Let us know, what is your choice to win the Quilting Craziness Tournament?

DIY Flat Doll: Chuck the Duck

Celebrate National Quilting Month

It wouldn’t be National Quilting Month without a visit from our favorite quilting mascot, Chuck the Duck! He is always here to offer words…ahem, quacks of encouragement, and a helpful hint or two. This week, we are sewing up a fun, flat-ish version of Chuck just in time for spring.

DIY Flat Doll

To get started, download the FREE Chuck the Duck printable HERE! Follow along with Misty as she shows us how to create one of these soft, fabric friends. Watch the replay of our Missouri Star Live Video below: 

Supplies:

Directions:

  1. Download the Chuck the Duck printable HERE. Not a fan of Chuck? No worries! You can create any shape you would like. We think this would look super cute as a dog, cat or even a bunny if you are wanting a spring creation. 🙂
  2. Cut out the duck outline, nose, eye, and wing. Just follow along the black lines on the template.
  3. Fold your fabric right sides together before tracing the Chuck outline on the wrong side of the fabric. Keeping both layers together, carefully cut around Chuck using the Shark Applicutter or a pair of fabric scissors.
  4. Repeat the process for both the nose, wings, folding fabric right sides together. If you would rather cut one piece at a time, just be sure to reverse the template for one of the cuts for each of the elements, including the body.
  5. Attach the wings, noses and eyes to a piece of fusible.
  6. Peel off the backing of the fusible and attach to the Chuck the Duck body.
  7. Start sewing! To give this doll the charming, rustic look, we top stitched around the right sides, so that the stitches show. (If this isn’t your style, feel free to sew the right sides together and leave an opening to pull right sides out before filling.)  Be sure to leave an opening so it can be stuffed.
  8. Fill up Chuck with a bit of Poly-Fil. Be careful not to overstuff, since it is a flat doll.
  9. Finish top stitching, and you have your very own Chuck the Duck flat doll!

Have fun sewing, friends! Be sure to share your creations with us on Facebook and Instagram throughout National Quilting Month using #makesomethingtoday and #msqcshowandtell!

I Heart Quilting Embroidery Project

I Heart Quilting

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for all you quilting and embroidery fans out there! February is National Embroidery Month and March is National Quilt Month, so this week we are combining the best of both worlds for an “I Heart Quilting” embroidery project!

Around here, we certainly love our sewing machines, but sometimes you just can’t beat a little hand sewing, and this embroidery project is just the ticket! And, because we really love quilting, we created a few different designs that you can download HERE.

Courtenay, a member of our Missouri Star team, showed us how to create this darling wall hanging in a Live Video. Watch it below: 

Ready to start stitching?

Here are the supplies used for this project:

I Heart Quilting Design Downloads

Fusible Fleece, like this one

Shape Flex

Presencia Thread. We used this one

Embroidery Hoops

Embroidery Needles

Transfer Eze (optional)

Micron Pen

Frixion Pen

Crayons

Fabric! You can grab some scraps, or shop our entire selection of 5-inch squares HERE

Looking for more embroidery fun? Check out all of our embroidery offerings, and have a look at some of our favorites below:

Tea Towels

Missouri Star Quilt Co. Pin Pillow Kit

Land That I Love: Customize and Embroider Projects for your State

We hope you have a ball stitching up your “I Heart Quilting” wall hanging. Be sure to share photos of your creations with us on Facebook and Instagram using #msqcshowandtell