Author - Sissy's Quilt Designs

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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Finish Line Quilt

If you ask Jenny, she really lucked out in the husband department. Ron is kind, patient, and incredibly creative. Best of all? When Jenny is quilting, he doesn’t sit on the sidelines; he quilts WITH her! Over the years Ron has cooked up a few great quilt patterns of his own! The Finish Line Quilt is a Ron Doan original, and it’s a good one! Click HERE to learn how to transform a simple Jelly Roll Race into an appliqué [...]

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Sundance Quilt

Fun fact: The cupcake was originally named for its super-simple recipe: 1 cup butter, 2 cups sugar, 3 cups flour, and 4 eggs. No pinch. No dash. No hand-crafted vanilla or truffles foraged under a full moon. Just 6 cups & a handful of eggs! Easy peasy! This week Jenny uses Moda’s Cupcake Mix® Recipe 4 to whip up an easy batch of tiny blocks just as sweet as real cupcakes. Click HERE to learn how to make this [...]

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Star Patch Quilt

What makes a sunset so special? I mean, every single night – just like clockwork – that same ‘ole sun sinks below the same ‘ole horizon. So why do we write poems and sing love songs and treasure every last drop of fading sunlight? It’s all in the details! From the shape of the clouds to the moisture in the air, tiny variations work together to create a show of color and light as magnificent as it is unique! [...]

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Pinwheel Picnic Quilt

My very favorite quilts are the kind of quilts that are used and enjoyed. The ones that snuggle a baby or keep Mom warm during chilly little league games. The ones that follow you to the beach and the mountains and dozens of family picnics. They may end up with a smudge or a stain, but these quilts are always the best loved – and so full of memories! This week Jenny is whipping up a pretty new pinwheel quilt [...]

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Scallop City Quilt Tutorial

On the tiny Italian island of Burano, each little house is painted a cheery shade of pink, orange, green…you name it! You can wander every canal and alleyway and not find a single speck of beige; the cityscape is one giant rainbow! This week Jenny is stitching up a colorful city of her own. Each block resembles a curved scallop, but – you guessed it – it’s all straight seams! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!

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50-40 or Fight Freestyle Quilt

Before 1920, American women didn’t have the right to vote, but you can bet your boots they had opinions! And you can find a record of their political voice in the loveliest of places: their quilts! When James K. Polk ran for president in 1844, he promoted a new northern border for the Oregon Territory at the 54°40′ north line of latitude. Polk’s supporters immortalized his campaign slogan, “54-40 or Fight,” with a quilt block so gorgeous, we’ve been [...]

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