Author - Sissy's Quilt Designs

Four Corners Quilt

Take a peek at a U.S. map, and you’ll notice that Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico are laid out like a giant four patch with perfectly nested seams and lovely 90-degree angles. The Four Corners Monument marks the spot where they all come together. It’s the only place in the country where you can stand in one spot and be in 4 states at once! This week Jenny is working on a Four Corners quilt. Each block brings together [...]

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Star Crossed Quilt

Spoiler alert! Romeo and Juliet were doomed from the start. It’s right there in the 6th line of the play: “Warning! They’re totally gonna die. Everything ends in a giant ball of disaster.” (I’m paraphrasing, but you get the gist.) Those star-crossed lovers never had a chance! Fate can be a cruel mistress, but not when Jenny is in the sewing room. Her Star Crossed quilt is destined to be a quick and easy success! Click HERE to watch the [...]

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Twist and Shout Quilt

I tell ya, when we were kids, we could twist and shout on the dance floor til dawn. But these days? Well,  twist and shout have taken on a whole new meaning. I bend to retrieve a fallen straight pin. “Ouch!” I turn to empty a snow shovel. “Woah, Nelly!” Yes, with this old body of mine, a simple little twist sure can make me shout! This week, stitch together a Twist and Shout quilt that’s so quick and easy,  you’ll [...]

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Candy Twist Quilt and Bonus Table Runner

One hundred years ago, Halloween was more about tricks than treats. Instead of trekking door to door to collect candy, kids spent the evening pulling pranks on their neighbors. A little doorbell ditching here, a little property damage there. Frankly, I say bring on the sweets! Everything is more fun with candy – even quilts! This week Jenny is stitching up a delicious Candy Twist Quilt.  Watch for a bonus Halloween table runner at the end, and you’re going to [...]

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Basket of Blooms Quilt

When you give the gift of flowers, you’re sending a message – so choose carefully!   Sunflowers symbolize friendship, red roses represent romantic love, and bells of Ireland spread good luck. But a potful of petunias or orange lilies? Well, they pretty much say, “I hate your stinkin’ guts.” This week Jenny is stitching up a wonderful bouquet of fabric flowers, and you don’t have to worry! The gift of a quilt practically shouts, “Love ya!” Click HERE to watch [...]

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Time to Sew Quilt

Facts are facts. Quilters love fabric, and quilters love to give! Since 2008, Moda has made it easy to combine those two passions with the annual Collection for a Cause. Every year, Moda releases a beautiful new fabric collection and donates its proceeds to charity. (How perfect is that?!)   This week Jenny has taken the 2018 Collection for a Cause and transformed it into easy hourglasses and spool blocks. Click HERE to learn how to make this pretty quilt [...]

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Splendid Sampler 2: Easy Cathedral Window Block with Jenny!

Jenny is known for her easy and simple ways to make even the most complicated quilt blocks come together in no time. She works her magic on all kinds of quilts, from modern creations, like the dashing Trail Blaze Quilt to vintage blocks like her 54-40 or Fight Freestyle Quilt and the lovely Easy Cathedral Window Quilt. Cathedral Window Quilts were originally inspired by intricate stained glass windows in churches many years ago, and this cute, curvy block with its [...]

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Easy Ribbon Quilt

Ribbons have long been used to show support for a cause. Yellow ribbons for military deployment. Purple ribbons for Alzheimer’s disease. Pink ribbons for breast cancer. It’s a simple way to say, “I care!” October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Jenny is ready with a beautiful pink ribbon quilt. Watch the tutorial and follow Jenny’s instructions to make an Easy Ribbon Quilt of your own. Purchase the Easy Ribbon Quilt Kit and we will donate part of the profits [...]

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The Keeper of Kansas City Star Quilts: Edie McGinnis

Edie McGinnis is one of our pattern writers here at Missouri Star. Some of her amazing Kansas City Star quilt collection is currently on display until Dec. 4 at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY. Read on to learn about how Edie started quilting, collecting quilts and her time at the Kansas City Star in her own words. Edie shared quilts and stories at Missouri Star Academy earlier this year. Before I began working as a pattern writer at Missouri [...]

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Introducing Missouri Star Souvenir Fabric

There is something special about Quilt Town, USA. Walking down Davis Street, you can feel the quilty inspiration, and no visit to Missouri Star is complete with picking up a yard or two (okay, okay, maybe a dozen) of fabric.   A wonderful way to commemorate your visit to Missouri Star (or your Missouri Star fandom) is with our brand new souvenir fabric. With eight different fabrics, featuring our Welcome to Hamilton mural, Chuck the Chicken Duck, our Missouri Star [...]

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