Tag - half square triangles

Happy Hearts Quilt

Picture this: It’s the annual Missouri Star Birthday Bash Sew-Off. Jenny is on one side of the stage with Sue Daley and Shannon. On the other side are Barb and Mary of Me & My Sister Designs. Each team has exactly one hour to complete a brand new quilt!  As the final moments tick by, Jenny lays out her blocks and discovers a happy surprise: A heart! Learn how “Team Jenny” created this serendipitous heart block using easy half-square [...]

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Calico Star Quilt

According to science, you are a terrible multitasker. (We all are!) Studies show it’s best to focus on just one task. Until today, that is. Today Jenny will show you how to whip up 3 different blocks all at once: Square in a square, broken dishes, and chevron. (The secret? They’re all made from half-square triangles! Easy peasy!) Click HERE to watch the tutorial!

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Half-Square Triangle Hooks Quilt

When a favorite 10-year-old was learning to fish, she cast her line with loads of enthusiasm but very little caution. As a result, she made plenty of catches—but none were fish! She caught one sister by the sleeve of her shirt and another by the ponytail. Worst of all, she hooked her father clear through the nose! (The poor fellow drove all the way to the emergency room with a shiny yellow lure dangling from his right nostril!) This week [...]

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Night Sky Quilt

There are 100 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy, and I’m starting to think there are just as many ways to stitch up a star quilt! 4-patch stars, wonky stars, wedge stars, rhombus stars—the list goes on and on!  This week Jenny is working on the easiest star block of all: Night Sky! This pattern is made up of simple half-square triangles, but it’s just as stunning as a whole host of heavenly sparklers! Click HERE to watch the [...]

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Three ways to make one or more Half Square Triangles

Multiply your fun with half the effort! Any way you slice it, a half-square triangle is a thing of beauty. For such a simple quilt block, so many incredible designs can be created! Half-square triangles are in about 80% of the quilts we sew here at Missouri Star, so we wanted to give you a few handy tips and tricks to make stitching them together easier than ever. Here’s how 1 typical half-square triangle is made: Take two precut fabric squares, stack [...]

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Rose Garden Quilt

Every rose has a thorn, right? Wrong! Mother Nature has graciously provided us with thornless blooms as pretty as the spiny kind. But softer still is Jenny’s beautiful Rose Garden quilt. Made out of 5-inch charms of floral fabric, this quilt has all pizzaz of a real rose garden with none of the prickle! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!

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Nine Patch and Hourglass Quilt

This week’s new quilt combines two classic blocks, so please be sure to gather all the supplies necessary for both. (You might want to grab a pen. I’ll wait.) Are you ready? Ok, in order to build an entire quilt’s worth of nine patches and hourglasses, you’re going to need: 10-inch squares. That’s it! The end! Finito!

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Amplified Quilt

If you ever spot Jenny out and about, take a look around. There’s sure to be a tall, handsome fellow somewhere in your midst. (Sorry, ladies – he’s taken!) Ron Doan, aka Mr. Jenny, is Jenny’s #1 fan and devoted husband. Over the years, Ron has developed quite the talent for quilt design, and this week he is in the studio with Jenny to demonstrate his latest creation, the Amplified Quilt. This quilt is a modern half square triangle [...]

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The Crown Quilt

The next time a British monarch takes the throne, keep your eyes peeled for St Edward’s Crown. This 12-inch-tall crown is made of almost 5 pounds of solid gold and 444 precious and semi-precious stones, and it’s been sitting on royal heads during every coronation since the 13th century. (In the market to purchase your own? Start saving now. This crown – along with the rest of the crown jewels –  is worth around 7 billion dollars!) This week [...]

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Jumping Jacks Quilt Tutorial

Jumping jacks. What could be more simple? But when you do several at once, those simple jumps can have some pretty amazing effects. Happy little endorphins rush through your body acting as pain relievers and giving you a sense of well-being.  Energy levels rise and focus sharpens. Stress is relieved, and you pretty much feel awesome. In fact, jumping jacks are so good for you, Navy Seals use them in their most intense training regimens! This week Jenny is stitching up [...]

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