Tutorial Reboot Featuring Guest Blogger Nicole Daksiewicz

Tutorial Reboot Featuring Guest Blogger Nicole Daksiewicz

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Hello, my name is Nicole Daksiewicz and I sew and blog over at Modern Handcraft, where I share my current projects and free sewing tutorials. I was so excited when they contacted me about joining the Tutorial Re-boot series here at Missouri Star Quilt Company. I have been a huge fan of the website and of Jenny’s since I first started quilting, and since joining the Sizzix Design team where they offer a huge assortment of MSQC dies that are so helpful!

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

One of the reasons I started quilting is that I was searching for nursery decor when I was pregnant with my first son and just couldn’t find anything that I loved. Fast forward to today’s project – my take on the Chopped Block Quilt which is a quilt I am making for my son’s Star Wars themed room. Kids bedding is a tricky one, usually the bed sets you find at the store are cheap quality and are not exactly the colors your child wants in his room. Luckily MSQC has a great assortment of novelty fabrics, including the Star Wars fabric I used in this project along with a pop of color that my son loves and matches the artwork we bought for his room.

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

The quilt I chose, the Chopped Block, is a beautifully simple quilt that was so so much fun to make. It can be very modern in appearance depending on the fabrics used and is a perfect project for a quilter that is just starting out! In the YouTube tutorial, Jenny uses pre-cut jelly rolls and charm packs.

The fabric we wanted to use unfortunately did not come in pre-cuts, but that doesn’t mean we couldn’t use them, we just had to do a little math using the fabric allowance chart and do a little extra cutting.

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For my fabrics I chose to use Kona White as my main fabric for my background, backing and binding. The remaining prints for the blocks are Kona Bahama Blue solid, Star Wars Grid in Black, Star Wars Logo in Black and Blueberry Park neutral black strand. One yard of each print fabric is the perfect amount for the size quilt I made with just a little left over for some pillows.

Once you have all of your fabrics prepped, it’s time to make each block. We will start with a patterned center for the first block. You will make the same number of patterned center blocks as solid center blocks since you will be cutting and shuffling in the next step. Take your 4.5″ patterned square and join a 4.5″ x 2.5″ solid strip of fabric to each side, press seams.

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

Add your 8.5″ x 2.5″ solid strips to the remaining sides, press seams.

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

Now add your 8.5″ x 2.5″ patterned strips to two sides, press seams.

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

Add the final patterned 12.5″ x 2.5″ strips to the remaining sides, press seams.

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

For the chop and shuffle step you will first need to cut your blocks into 4 sections, in half and in half again. The trick I have for making cutting the blocks is to line up your outside middle square line to the 2″ line on a ruler and the outside line of the middle fabric to the 4″ line on the ruler. This will make for fast cuts and ensure that everything is nice and straight.

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

You will join two pieces of solid center block with patterned center block to create the chopped block design, isn’t that fun?!

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

Once you get into the groove of sewing all of your parts together this is a fantastic project for chain piecing. It comes together really fast!

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

Before you know it you will have a whole stack of Chopped Blocks finished! The instructions now have border information for you to use. I altered my twin size a bit and left the half blocks off of the top and bottom and just went with a 6″ border around the entire quilt. My son’s bunk bed is a little smaller than a normal twin sized bed so making it a little smaller so it will fit inside the bed nicely.

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

I hope you enjoy this project as much as I did! The video instructions are fantastic and I honestly believe beginners to expert quilters would enjoy making this quilt. Here are some more photos of my finished quilt along with the inspiration for my color choices.

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

Make a Star Wars Quilt using the Chopped Block Pattern! Free Step by Step Instructions and Video Tutorial!

Thank you so much for allowing me to share my version of the Chopped Block Quilt with you here at MSQC!

You can find more of my work at the following places:

Website: www.modernhandcraft.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/modernhandcraft

Facebook: www.facebook.com/modernhandcraft

New Friday Tutorial: The Friendship Pinwheel

New Friday Tutorial: The Friendship Pinwheel

Love this Friendship Pinwheels Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co! Jenny Doan is such a great teacher... can't wait to make this one! FREE TUTORIAL!

Don’t you just love when you find a new spin on a classic tutorial? Even better when you can combine 2 favorites and that’s what Jenny has done with this new tutorial on the Friendship Pinwheel Quilt! It may look challenging at first glance, but it’s nothing you can’t handle! Here’s what you’ll need.

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Isn’t the result so beautiful? I would love to see a patriotic quilt made in this pattern or a bright summery pattern…. it has warm weather written all over it!

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Click the button to watch the video tutorial and shop for all the supplies that Jenny uses in this tutorial! Happy quilting!

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Block Magazine: April 2015 Issue

Block Magazine: April 2015 Issue

If you’re a subscriber to our Block Magazine, then you’ve been enjoying  your April issue for about a month now!  If you’re not a subscriber, what are you waiting for?? 😉

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We had a wonderful time putting together this issue, selecting the quilts, and reminiscing about warm weather fun. (You may have been surprised to learn that Missouri folk like us love the ocean just about as much as we love quilting)!

Have you picked a favorite quilt from this issue yet? To get you started, we’ve put together everything you’ll need to turn “inspiration” into “finished project” in a jiffy! Click HERE to find the perfect fabrics, all the necessary templates (and other supplies),  Jenny’s tutorials from Youtube, and even links for machine quilting. After all, what’s the fun of an idea book if those ideas never become reality?

Have a wonderful time working on your quilts, and don’t forget to send us a photo when you’re done!

(Click on the images below to see the information for that particular project)

beach-picnic Crazy Birds Quilt Tutorial dressed-to-nines firenze goodnight-irene orange-peel pennant-flags sail-away sandy-sunrise skateboards

Throwback Thursday: Exploding Block Quilt

Throwback Thursday: Exploding Block Quilt

Guess what day it is?! That’s right, it’s Thursday! Time for another throwback here at MSQC. I love looking at all of the beautiful quilts posted on Quiltsby.me, like this gorgeous Lattice Quilt done by user @NURSEAE.  Isn’t it gorgeous??

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For this week’s Throwback Thursday #msqctbt tutorial, we’re going back to the Exploding Block! This is one of my personal favorites and it’s so fun to make! Have you made any projects using this block?

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If you have an Exploding Block quilt or project you’d like to share, go on over to Quiltsby.me and post your project using the hashtag: #msqctbt

We can’t wait to see all of your beautiful projects! Make sure to come back next week to see if your quilt was featured!

If you are new to Thowback Thursday and/or Quiltsby.me, here is a previous blog post that can help!

Happy Thursday and Happy Quilting!

Throwback Thursday: Lattice Quilt

Throwback Thursday: Lattice Quilt

It’s Thursday! Time to throw it back!  We loved seeing your Chevron quilts on Quiltsby.me!  Check out this quilt that user @GINA posted:

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For this week’s Throwback Thursday #msqctbt Tutorial, we’re bringing back the Lattice Quilt Tutorial!  This pattern is so beautiful and comes together so quickly, that it became a quick favorite!  Have you tried this one?

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If you have a Lattice Quilt you’d like to share, head on over to Quiltsby.me and post your project, using the tag: #msqctbt

(If you’re not sure how to do this, we explained it in detail in a previous post)

We can’t wait to see your beautiful creations!  Post your projects and you may be featured next week!