Author - Sissy's Quilt Designs

The Final Stitch

The Final Stitch premiers every other Wednesday on Facebook and YouTube! Have you heard about The Final Stitch? In Missouri Star’s latest series, Natalie Earnheart answers real questions from quilters just like you about a variety of topics to make sure that each and every project you begin has a end! From selecting the quilt backing fabric to identifying which quilt batting is best for your project, The Final Stitch is the perfect finish line for your quilting projects! Ask those [...]

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Bow Tie Party Quilt

2020 is the year of staying home. It’s the year of sweatpants and old t-shirts and not knowing if I even own makeup anymore. There’s nowhere to go and no one to impress. But sometimes I just want to feel fancy. I long for sequins and heels and sparkling diamond earrings. I want to see my husband in a well-tailored tux with patent leather shoes and a dapper bow tie. Is that too extreme for ANOTHER movie night at home? [...]

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Bear Paw on Point Quilt

They say there’s more than one way to skin a cat. (Ew, right?) I prefer to say there’s more than one way to set quilt blocks on point! Last week Jenny taught one quick and easy way to set a quilt on point; this week, she’s demonstrating another simple method!  She starts with an easy-peasy bear paw block and stitches it up with setting triangles. It’s the perfect pattern for your favorite 2.5 inch strips, and it comes together like a [...]

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What’s Your Story? – Grandma’s Hands by Michele T.

BLOCK Magazine is always looking to publish original stories from quilters like you. We believe that everyone has an important story to tell and that sharing our stories brings us closer together. Today’s story is just that – a story of connection in quilting. “The first quilter I ever knew was my maternal grandmother, Catherine.  She died in 1966 when I was only 12 years old, and I miss her still. By the time I was born, she had four grandsons but [...]

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FREE September 2020 Quilt Planner

It’s our birthday month and we’ll quilt if we want to! Ah, September. The leaves are changing, the kids are back-to-schooling, and the sweaters and hot cocoa are calling! Even though our shops are temporarily closed, like every September we are planning lots of Birthday Bash fun – online! So be sure to save the dates in this month’s quilt planner – September 24 – 25! Download the September Quilt Planner to prepare for celebratory fun and all the [...]

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Simple Squares on Point Quilt

Do you remember your first cartwheel? It was probably a little wobbly. Maybe you didn’t land on your feet. But chances are, before the recess bell rang, you could cartwheel your way across the playground without stopping! Jenny is not turning cartwheels this week. (Wouldn’t that be a sight!) But … she IS turning quilt blocks, and that’s even easier! The Simple Squares method of setting quilt blocks on point is so quick and painless, you’ll be turning blocks like [...]

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Triple Play! Half-Hexagon

The Half Hexagon template is no one-trick pony. (Great templates never are!) Jenny’s Design For our newest Triple Play tutorial, we’re using that trapezoidal wonder to create sailboats, links, and whirligigs. Misty’s Design We’re tackling y-seams and whipping up a friendship braid border. Natalie’s Design And at the end of it all, we’ll have 3 unique quilts AND a bonus table runner! I’d say that’s pretty good for a simple hexi ruler! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!

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Good Fortune Quilt

I could stare at Jenny’s Good Fortune quilt for a hundred years and never realize…it’s a simple disappearing 9 patch! It’s true! All those cute little pieces are nothing more than a chopped-up 9 patch with one fun twist: a snowballed sashing. And the best part? You can use the leftover fabric to make a 2nd quilt with a whole new layout! (Watch all the way to the end of the tutorial to see how it looks!)

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Planning for Holiday Sewing Success

The holidays are filled with joy: decorating, baking, singing, and visiting with family and friends– it’s a time for celebration. But we all know that many times the season can also end up very overwhelming, especially when it comes to holiday gift-giving. Sewing can sometimes become more of a chore than a fun hobby as we stress about getting all our project plans done in time. When we move from quilting for fun to quilting with a purpose, it [...]

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Framed Pinwheels Quilt

The Framed Pinwheels quilt is a master of disguise.  It looks like a tricky maze of itty bitty pieces, but don’t be deceived! This block is simply a disappearing nine patch!  Here’s how it works:  Whip up a nine patch of charms and lil’ pinwheels. Slice up that block. Shuffle the pieces. Stitch ‘em back together. That’s it!  This pattern was inspired by the creative genius of V and Co, and we’re so excited to share it with you!

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