Triple Play! Evening Stars, Luminary & Cottage Stars

The Evening Stars, Luminary and Cottage Stars Quilts from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free Triple Play quilt tutorial today!

We’re starting a new tradition here at Missouri Star: Triple Play! Once a month, Jenny, Misty, and Natalie will each demonstrate their own, unique take on a classic MSQC pattern.

Jenny’s Design

The Cottage Stars Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free Triple Play quilt tutorial today!

First up? Wonky Stars! Jenny incorporates those whimsical stars into a tiny-house table runner.

The Cottage Stars Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free Triple Play quilt tutorial today!

Misty’s Design

The Luminary Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free Triple Play quilt tutorial today!

Misty goes country-cozy with a big, traditional quilt featuring 4-patch star centers.

The Luminary Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free Triple Play quilt tutorial today!

Natalie’s Design

The Evening Stars Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free Triple Play quilt tutorial today!

Natalie leans modern with a non-block layout featuring big Wonky Stars!

The Evening Stars Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free Triple Play quilt tutorial today!

As always, each of these projects is quick, easy, and fun! Click HERE to choose a favorite!

A Quilt-crastinator’s Gift Guide: 5 Last-Minute Hand-Sewn Gifts

Checking your list and realizing you forgot a few people? No worries! It happens to the best of us and guess what?! No one has to know! With these quick projects, your friends and family will be wondering when you had the time to whip up something so wonderful!

Gather up your scraps and start making!


Make some Mug Rugs to give away at the next Christmas Party.
These would make great stocking stuffers!

Missouri Star Mug Rugs, Periwinkle Table Topper, DIY Coasters

You’ll need:

WATCH THE TUTORIAL


Put together a personalized Pillow Case for someone you love.
Elegant, whimsical, simple, argyle? What fits your loved one’s style? Make it theirs.

Missouri Star Pillow Case, DIY Pillow Case

You’ll need:

  • 3/4 yd fabric for body
  • 1/4 yd fabric for cuff

WATCH TUTORIAL


Whip up a Scrap Buster Table Runner for a friend to display in their dining room.
Have an over-abundance of scraps? Make this runner reversible so your friend can use this gift no matter the occasion!

DIY table runner, scrap buster

You’ll need:

  • 8.5″ solid square
  • Several 2.5″ strips
  • Several 2.5″ squares
  • Binding Tool

WATCH TUTORIAL


Create a fun Zipper Pouch for a child to store supplies and treasures.
Make the project twice as fun by re-using one of their empty candy bags!

DIY pouch, zipper pouch, coin pouch

You’ll need:

WATCH ZIPPER POUCH TUTORIAL
WATCH CANDY BAG TUTORIAL


Keep your loved ones warm with a Cuddle Scarf.
Keep it solid or use fun prints to make your gift more special.

Cuddle scarf, DIY scarf

You’ll need:

WATCH TUTORIAL


Of course, if you’re real behind, a Missouri Star e-gift card never fails! Happy Holidays!


Have you ever given or received a hand-sewn gift? Show us in the comments!

Hello Fall Projects

The season of campfires, apple cider, pumpkin spice and everything nice is upon us! It’s also our absolute favorite to decorate for because you don’t have to stick to pastels like you would in the spring, or red and green and blue like in the winter-time. Instead, you have an entire selection of earth-y tones to choose from and an abundance of ways to use them! We can get spooky with ghouls and goblins or we can celebrate the harvest with pumpkins and gourds. Here’s a few things you may want to add to your fall project list:

The Ghost Pillow Cover

This ghost isn’t exactly spooky, but it is downright adora-boo!


Stuffed Pumpkin Ornaments

Hello Fall Projects Missouri Star

Maybe you don’t have time to stop by the pumpkin patch, maybe you don’t want to deal with ridding of rotten pumpkins when winter hits, or maybe you just want an excuse to sew!
Either way, these stuffed ornament pumpkins are the fun way to go!
Grab the kit and get started.


Candy Catcher Bag

Hello Fall Projects Missouri Star

Make trick-or-treating even better for your favorite little dinosaur, firefighter, witch, or werewolf with a candy bag.

You’ll need:
The Candy Catcher Bag Pattern
-5″ Squares (Precut or Yardage)
3/4 yd of contrasting fabric
25″ X 40″ of batting
-OR make things easy, grab the kit!


Pony Express Table Runner

Hello Fall Projects Missouri Star

Where do people hang out the most in the fall? The kitchen table of course! Bust out the scraps and piece together a table runner just in time for fall!

(Click here to try autumn themed prints instead of solids)


Food Bowl Cover

Keep your food covered AND still pretty using a homemade bowl cover.

For more fall inspiration, check out our Fall Color Guide.
How do you decorate for fall?

Amy Smart’s Patchwork Forest Using 10″ Squares and Fat Quarters

CLICK HERE to watch the Facebook Live video that teaches this project!

A few years ago, our friend Amy Smart (Diary of a Quilter) came out with a free Patchwork Forest Wall Hanging Tutorial that people are still talking about and making in every which way they can imagine! We love it, especially the free improv method she uses for creating the tree shapes! Every tree is slightly different and that’s what makes it so fun to make and such a cute finished project! So, we’ve collaborated with Amy and are excited to be able to share these new cutting instructions so that you can make the same great Patchwork Forest blocks using precuts! We’re focusing specifically on 10″ squares and fat quarters and hope this makes you even more excited to try out this fun, improv pattern!

First, let’s start with the 10″ squares.

Supplies Needed:

  • 1 Pack Holiday Themed 10″ squares (42 squares)
  • 1/4 yard Brown/Gray fabric for tree stumps
  • Backing Fabric
  • Binding Fabric

If you think about the ultimate shape of your blocks, they are not square, but are taller than they are wide. so, if you start with 10″ squares, you will cut off a 2.5″ strip to save for border, binding, or another project. Once you’ve done that, you will cut another 2.5″ off the bottom and then divide those into 2 parts, which makes your fabric look like this.

Patchwork Forest with 10" Squares

These cutting instructions feature The Cat in the Hat Christmas Ten Squares by Dr. Seuss for Robert Kaufman. Isn’t it adorable?

At this point you will want to divide your fabrics into complementary pairs.

When you start to cut your trees, you will stack your 2 fabrics together first, then cut out your tree shape.

Patchwork Forest with 10" Squares

When you create your tree shapes, make sure to leave enough room for seams on the sides and at the top. Once you’ve cut your desired tree shape, swap the center fabrics so it looks something like this (Each pair should be cut slightly differently to achieve the improv effect).

Patchwork Forest with 10" Squares

To make the tree stump (1.25″ x 2.5″), you will want to sew it to the (2) 2.5″ x 3.75″ rectangles as shown. Here are some great fabric options for your tree stumps:

In Amy’s original tutorial, she shows that you should sew your tree to the short side of the background fabric first, then to the long side. Make sure to place your point past the edge to allow for the 1/4″ seam allowance. There will be some trimming required, but I like to wait until I’ve sewn all the blocks to make sure I’m trimming them all to the same size!

Finished Block Size: Approximately 6.75″ x 9″

If you use your entire pack of 10″ squares, you can make a wall hanging or small quilt that is 7 blocks across and 6 blocks down (42 total). That will make your finished project approximately 43″ X 60.5″ (or bigger if you want to use your leftover 2.5″ strips to make a piano key border! The result is so fun!

You can see that this project makes a really adorable, whimsical project, but I want to assure you that it can also be very elegant and beautiful with different fabrics!

Now, let’s talk about the cutting instructions when you’re making this project out of Fat Quarters!

I whipped up a table runner using a few fat quarters that has a completely different feel to it! I used this Holiday Flourish 10 Holiday Metallic Fat Quarter Bundle for Robert Kaufman.

Supplies Needed

  • 3-6 Fat Quarters (depending on the variety you would like in your design)
  • Brown Scrap Fabric measuring 2.25″ x7.5″ (divide into 6 strips that are 1.25″ x 2.25″)
  • Backing Fabric
  • Binding Fabric (1 Fat Quarter cut into 2.5″ strips is plenty)

Cut each fat quarter into (4) 8″ x 10.25″ rectangles (If you’re only going to make one table runner, then you can just use half of each fat quarter and cut TWO of the 8″ x 10.25″ rectangles. If you cut it in half lengthwise to get the two, then you could use the remaining fabric for binding or even a pieced backing)

Finished Block Size: Approximately 7.25″ x 9.25″

The table runner is made up of 12 blocks. The Finished Table Runner size is approximately 17″ by 39.5″

Patchwork Forest Christmas Trees Table Topper

Using 6 fat quarters, I was able to make 24 blocks (I wanted the variety of 6 different fabrics), so in addition to the finished table runner shown, I have 12 more blocks ready to make a second table runner for a gift! Or, of course, you could certainly make a larger wall hanging with your 24 blocks. With some of the remaining fat quarters, I cut them into long strips to make a scrappy backing. This is a fun, carefree, improve project, so have fun with it and make it your own! #holidaypatchworkforest

Quick and Easy Sewing Projects for the Big Game!

Sewing Projects for the Big Game!

Go, team, go! I may not be able to tell you the difference between a blitz and a bump-and-run or a guard and a tackle (I Googled those terms…), but I do enjoy the festive atmosphere surrounding a good ol’ game of football. The family gathers around the television, with plenty of snacks at hand, arrayed in their favorite team’s colors. It almost feels like a holiday. I always cook up a batch of my best appetizers and snuggle up in a quilt, right alongside my husband. And if you’re especially full of game-day spirit, a few decorations might be in order as well.

Sewing Projects for the Big Football Game!

This year I went all out and stitched up some accents in classic football prints and colors to make the occasion even more memorable. No matter what team you’re rooting for, enjoy the end of a spectacular football season with a few of your favorite recipes and a couple quick and easy projects to add to the fun.

Sewing Projects for the Big Football Game!

This table runner is so much fun in football fabrics! It’s the Flower Fancy Runners Pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Company. Here are the fabrics that were used for this project:

Footballs & Helmets: https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/detail/39169/timeless-treasures/kimberly-knight/sports-football-helmets-black-yardage

Footballs: https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/detail/39170/timeless-treasures/kimberly-knight/sports-footballs-black-yardage

Sports – Tossed Footballs Green: https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/detail/64782/timeless-treasures/timeless-treasures/sports-tossed-footballs-green-yardage

Football Stripe: https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/detail/64783/timeless-treasures/timeless-treasures/sports-football-stripe-black-yardage

All Sports – Team Mascot Black: https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/detail/61798/kanvas-studios/maria-kalinowski/all-sports-team-mascot-black-yardage

Sports Life 3 – Grass: https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/detail/27044/robert-kaufman/studio-rk/sports-life-3-grass-yardage

Sewing Projects for the Big Football Game!

These Micro-Safe Hot Holders for Indygo Junction are perfect for serving any hot dish, like some delicious queso or little smokies and aren’t they so darling in the football fabrics? What are some of your favorite snacks and appetizers to eat while you’re watching the game? Amy Barickman, the designer of the Micro-Safe Hot Holders, has a go-to recipe called Amy’s Super Bowl Salsa that just looks amazing!

Sewing Projects for the Big Football Game!

Here’s a breakdown of the recipe for Amy’s Super Bowl Salsa.

  • 3 cans corn
  • 3 cans black beans
  • 1 bunch scallions
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 8 oz. feta cheese
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 3/4 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 c. oil

Do you enjoy watching sporting events with family and friends? Do you like to add something quilty to the occasion? Leave a comment and let us know!

Sewing Projects for the Big Football Game!