Jenny Reminisces on the History of Missouri Star Quilt Co.

What comes to mind when you hear the word “home”? To me, home is family. I can always be myself with them. Home is comfortable, it’s welcoming, it’s my happy place. Over the past year, we’ve all spent a lot more time at home, but the time is soon coming when we’ll be able to venture out again and I hope to see you before too long in my hometown. You’re always welcome in Quilt Town, USA. We have so much to be thankful for and so much to celebrate during National Quilting Month! We want you to know that wherever you are, you can always come home to quilting at Missouri Star. 

Looking back on that first quilting tutorial, it’s incredible to see how far Missouri Star has come. There I was, stitching with my home sewing machine and the iron I’d used for years, sitting down (because I’d broken my foot!), and teaching a simple 4-patch block using a jelly roll. I had no idea what the future held for our tiny company. Twelve short years later, many wonderful milestones have been reached thanks to your support and love of quilting. Let’s take a look back at all the steps that have led us to where we are today (click on the links to learn more or for some major throwback nostalgia!):

November 2008-Missouri Star Quilt Co. Founded
November 2008-First Longarm Quilting Machine
February 2009First Video Uploaded to YouTube
February 2009-First Purchase Made at Missouri Star
April 2011First Building Renovated
July 2012-Grand Opening of Missouri Star Main Shop
January 2013-Missouri Star Website Launched
August 2013-First 100,000 Subscribers on YouTube
October 2013Sewing Center Opens for Retreats
December 2013Sew Seasonal Opens
February 2014-First Issue of BLOCK Magazine Published
April 2014Penney’s Quilt Shop Opens
May 2014Missouri Star Mercantile Opens
July 2014First Shipping Warehouse Opens
November 2014Batik Boutique Opens
May 2015-Missouri Star Owners Awarded Small Business Persons of the Year Award
March 2015Licensed to Sew Opens
September 2015First Birthday Bash Celebration (Our 7th Birthday!)
October 2015Backing & Trims Shop Opens
November 2015Machine Shed Opens
December 2015Modern Shop & Kids & Baby Shop Opens
February 2016Man’s Land and Floral Shop Opens
June 2016Main Shop Grand Reopening 
April 2017First Missouri Star Live Facebook Video
May 2017-First Missouri Star Academy
June 2017-New Shipping Warehouse Finished
May 2018Missouri Star Named One of Forbes’ Best Small Businesses of the Year
May 2018-First Jenny on the Road Tour
August 2018-First 500,000 Subscribers on YouTube
July 2019-Missouri Star & NCMC Apprenticeship Graduation
August 2019-Missouri Star Theater & Education Center Opened
October 2019-Missouri Star Cares Charity Founded
Coming Soon! Spring 2021-Missouri Star’s Grand Reopening!

Now, our hometown has been revitalized. Strolling down the streets is a joy as I walk past thoughtfully restored quilt shops filled with beautiful fabrics, bursting with inspiration for quilters of all kinds. It was not what I originally had in mind. It’s so much better. 

The quilt shops came about in an interesting way. Over a decade ago, we had just one little brick shop, but then we started selling many different types of fabric and we thought it would be a good idea to group them by style. So, the individual quilt shops came about naturally. The main street in town had many empty storefronts and we have fixed them up one by one to house each different fabric collection. All our lives, we never had the money for a brand new house, but we had plenty of fixer uppers. My kids took on this project with enthusiasm because they weren’t afraid of these old buildings. And look at what they’ve become!

Thank you for your loving support over the years. We are constantly amazed at what our little hometown has become, a literal Quilt Town, USA! And it’s all possible because of you. We hope to welcome you back very soon. 



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 Chicken-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: 



  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!