There’s no greater pleasure than sitting outside under a warm, cozy quilt and watching spring flowers blossom on a cool April morning. In an unprecedented time where all of us are spending more time at home, opportunity has presented itself to allow us to take a moment to appreciate the simpler things in life. When is the last time you truly stopped to smell the flowers? Whether you’re inside or out in the garden, adding some flower power to your [...]
Coloring never gets old, from our first crayon masterpieces, to scribbling in the margins of notes, there is something soothing and satisfying about coloring between–and sometimes outside of–the lines. Quilt patterns lend themselves quite nicely to coloring, and we have three free quilt coloring sheets to help spark your creativity! Dashing Stars Quilt Rhombus Cube Quilt Jack and Jill Quilt Click HERE to download the free Quilt Coloring Sheets! If these free coloring sheet downloads have sparked an idea for your next quilty [...]
In the olden days, laundry was scrubbed on washboards, hand-mixed bread was baked in finicky wood-burning stoves, and the Carpenter’s Star was stitched with labor intensive y-seams. It was a lot of work. Thank goodness for modern innovations! This week, Jenny is whipping up an Easy Carpenter’s Star using big half square triangles. It’s a gorgeous quilt that comes together lickety-split! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!
Today marks our favorite quilting couple’s 40th wedding anniversary, and to celebrate this amazing milestone, we wanted to put together a list of the 40 things that the Doan family loves about their parents/grandparents. Only problem is, there are waaaaaaay more than 40 memories, life lessons and stories to share about this wonderful couple, and even with a little editing here and there, the list doubled to 80! Each and every one of these memories speak to their remarkable [...]
When life feels off-kilter, I find solace in two places: the sewing room and the garden. Jenny’s Design Whether I’m up to my elbows in fabric or dirt, creating a bit of order and beauty does wonders for the soul! And combining the two? Well, that’s a slice of heaven! Misty’s Design In this week’s Triple Play tutorial, learn how to make 3 new tulip projects with Jenny, Natalie, and Misty. Natalie’s Design These pretty quilts will have [...]
Quilting at home as never been more fun! Get your dobbers ready and print your very own FREE Quilting BINGO card. Not only will you be able to keep up with your UFOs, but you’ll be able to participate in your very own BINGO game right from the comfort of your own home! Be sure to share your fun pictures and bingo cards on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up with the quilting community and spread a little quilting [...]
Home is such a special place. It’s where we keep our hearts, hang our hats, and even when we may be miles and miles away, we keep a piece of it with us. This week’s State Map Applique Pillow project on Missouri Star Live was inspired by a similar idea created by Kelly Young of My Quilt Infatuation that our In-Town Education Manager, Courtenay made to give as gifts to those around her. Last year, Jenny created the Road [...]
The shoofly block is a 19th century classic. It’s so easy, it was used to teach children their very first lessons in quilting. Now that’s my kind of block! This week Jenny is transforming that easy block with our favorite “disappearing” magic trick, and the results are simply dazzling! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!
With May right around the corner, there’s no better time to create a beautiful Mother’s Day quilt than the present! Many of us learned to sew from our mothers and grandmothers, but even if you didn’t, take some time this spring to celebrate those who helped raise us. Mothers and quilters are an incredible and caring people. Wrap mom in love this season with one of our five favorite Mother’s Day quilts! May Day Baskets The month of May starts off [...]
Your sewing machine is probably capable of oodles of decorative stitches…but have you ever used them? Now is your chance to take those flowers, hearts, and loop de loos for a spin! We’re working on a project inspired by Jenny’s favorite antique crazy quilt. And like a traditional crazy quilt, Stars and Stitches is just begging for some fancy stitchin’! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!