You may not be able to see it just yet, but autumn is on its way. It’s going to creep in, sweep you off your feet and leave you to wonder where summer has gone. Don’t worry though, you aren’t missing anything with summer soon gone, you are just simply awaiting the next amazing thing. Welcome the season that awakens all the senses! Feel the wind, taste the cider, smell the spices, hear the rustling of the leaves, and [...]
Have you heard of “glamping?” It’s just like camping…but with a touch of glamour! Instead of roughing it with the bare essentials, you bring along the comforts of home: running water, air conditioning, a welcome mat, and a real queen bed! Here at Missouri Star, we hold an annual glamping retreat. Quilters make the trek to Hamilton with the cutest little trailers in tow. Some trailers are painted pink and blue. Some have polka dot curtains. Some are decorated [...]
We are excited to announce that our first year’s partnership with North Central Missouri College was a huge success! The collaboration between Missouri Star Quilt Company and North Central Missouri College to form an apprenticeship program ended well with 20 students, all receiving college credit, backed by the Missouri Department of Labor! Our students were able to graduate from a year-long program with a certificate relating to business management essentials! Front row (from left to right): Amanda Gray, Ana [...]
When I think of an English garden, I picture quaint gravel paths that divide shrubs and hedges like strips of sashing on a quilt. I picture drizzly afternoons and neat rows of pretty blooms. I picture cozy cups of tea sipped on quiet garden patios. I picture peace, order, and beauty. This week Jenny has packed all the charm of a real English garden in her newest quilt. Click HERE to watch the tutorial!
The final step of making a quilt may seem like the most intimidating, but have no fear! Adding binding can be a really enjoyable process when you know how much you need and how easy it is to make and stitch on your quilt. Supplies needed: Pencil Paper Calculator Your finished quilted project A measuring tape or template Finally, choose a lovely fabric, bias, or precut for binding and load it into your Missouri Star Quilt Co. shopping cart! Step 1: Find the perimeter of your [...]
The same tune can be played by a 70-piece orchestra or a honky-tonk band. The melody is identical, but boy, oh boy! It sure sounds different! The same goes for quilts, you know. This week’s new quilt is classically pretty with the sunflowers of “Jardin Dy Soleil” by Lola Molina for Wilmington Prints. But guess what? If you use solids instead, the pattern instantly becomes fresh and modern! The possibilities are endless! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!
Let’s talk about appliqué. If you’ve always wanted to try it out, but imagined it might be intimidating, we’ve got the tools, techniques, and tips to change your mind. Appliqué is a lot easier than it looks – and it looks pretty spectacular personalizing and decorating your quilt! Our newest class at Missouri Star is Beginning Machine Appliqué with Courtenay Hughes. In this online class, you’ll learn approachable machine appliqué tips that will build your confidence. You’ll learn: Fusible appliqué techniques [...]
Once you’ve pieced your beautiful quilt top, it’s time to choose your backing! There are so many fabrics out there and using 108″ wide backing does make things easier, but we will help you know how much fabric you need when using standard 42″ wide fabric. Here are some items you’ll be needing: Pencil Paper Calculator Your finished quilt top A measuring tape or template Step 1: Measure the length and width of your quilt top. Step 2: Add an extra 8 inches to both the [...]
In the middle of summer, it’s nice to daydream about a refreshing snowfall. The kind that covers the landscape with a nice layer of the white fluffy stuff, like a decadent cake. Though stranger things have happened, the chances of a July snowfall in the middle of Missouri are slim to none, so this week Jenny is adding a touch of snowy fun to our newest quilt, the refreshing Snowballed Disappearing Four Patch Quilt! Click HERE to watch those little [...]
For many of us, quilt patterns are a jumping off point for our own designs. Adding a border can give your quilt added oomph, just like framing a picture can make it pop. Follow this handy guide to be sure you’re getting the right amount of yardage for your borders! Here are some items you’ll be needing: Pencil Paper Calculator Your quilt top A measuring tape or template Step 1: Decide how wide you want your borders. Step 2: Measure the length of your quilt top. Always measure your [...]