New Friday Tutorial: The Cutting Corners Quilt!

New Friday Tutorial: The Cutting Corners Quilt!

Make a Cutting Corners Quilt with Jenny Doan in her Free Video Tutorial!

Cutting corners is usually looked down on. It’s the lazy man’s way out, ease over quality.  It’s duct-tape car repairs and “premium” chicken nuggets filled with mystery meat. But when Jenny talks cutting corners, you can bet she’s talking about creating something that is as completely fabulous as it is easy! Today’s Tutorial, Cutting Corners, combines strip sets and half square triangles together into one gorgeously simple design. It’s scrappy and it’s clean at the same time!

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Click on the button to watch the tutorial and learn how to cut corners Jenny style!

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Introducing Planning Printables!

Introducing Planning Printables!

If you’re like me, you probably have post-it notes stuck to every surface in your sewing room, so you remember to do all of the important quilty things in your head. Spring is the perfect time to delete those browser tabs, clean out your closets and inventory your fabric stash (the best part of Spring Cleaning if you ask me)! So again, if you’re like me, you could probably benefit from a little bit of organization help! That’s where today’s post comes in! We’re introducing a new blog series, called Planning Printables! It’s just like it sounds! At the end of each month, we’ll provide a calendar printable for the upcoming month and a printable or two to help you stay organized in your quilty world! Bonus: They’re super cute too!!

Whether you’ve got some big daily goals or you’re just trying to #makesomethingtoday (every day), we hope you find this weekly calendar helpful!

Keep track of your stash and your projects with these handy list printables!

Fabric Feature & Giveaway: Bugsy by Kids Quilts for RJR Fabrics

Fabric Feature & Giveaway: Bugsy by Kids Quilts for RJR Fabrics

Butterflies, ladybugs and flowers… they’re a good sign that spring is in full swing and summer is right around the corner! That’s why we love the Bugsy Collection by Kids Quilts for RJR Fabrics! It has a little bit of everything that we love about summer!

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From the designer, “Bugsy is all about hot summers, flowers in full bloom, chasing butterflies and making daisy chains…simple things that make wonderful childhood memories. The color palette is bright, cheerful, fun and girly. Deep reds are balanced by soft pinks and buttery yellows. We included a beautiful teal blue, crisp leaf green and a surprise pop of orange just for fun.”

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Sometimes I see a fabric and immediately know what I want to create with it. Here are some of our favorite quilt patterns that would be so cute in Bugsy!

X’s and O’s: Pattern or on YouTube (You’ll need Charm Packs for this one)

Square in a Square: Pattern or on YouTube (You’ll need the 2.5″ Strips and a Charm Pack for this one)

Quatrefoil: Pattern or on YouTube (You’ll need the 10″ Squares for this one)

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RJR Fabrics has generously donated 2 fat quarter bundles, so that 2 lucky winners can have this beautiful fabric in their hands! Along with it, Missouri Star will be giving each winner $25 to missouriquiltco.com as well, so you can get what you need to complete a special project! Enter below!

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Spa Retreat Recap // March 2016

Spa Retreat Recap // March 2016

What’s more relaxing than a day at the spa? Why, getting the spa treatment while quilting of course! We had a wonderful group of women from around the United States as well as a couple from Australia for our Spa Retreat this March. It was one relaxing, fun, quilty time! 🙂
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The ladies worked on two quilts, including the Dresden Sunburst and learned some new techniques.  We demonstrated how to use the Sizzix for some other quilts as well as some small projects.
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Their days were filled with quilting, shopping, massages, spray tans, manicures, pedicures and hand wax dips. It was amazing!
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We even had a fun little contest where the ladies wore a facial into the stores shopping.  They won prizes if they would shop for 30 minutes with their masks on.  People were giving them funny looks in the shops, but most of them stuck it out and got their prize! When in Hamilton…. 😉
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Our two retreaters from Australia, Leonie and Kylie, brought a Missouri Star quilt block with them for Jenny to sign as well as Australian chocolates for everyone. Yummy!
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It was such a wonderful retreat and many lifelong quilty friends were made. If you would like to attend a future retreat, you can find them here: Missouri Star Quilt Company Retreats and Events Page.
Our Favorite Quick & Easy Scrap Buster Projects

Our Favorite Quick & Easy Scrap Buster Projects

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Quilters are resourceful people who are hesitant to throw anything away, after all, fabric scraps are precious. You never know what they might become. Maybe a beautiful crazy quilt, a fun tote, or a cozy bed for your pet. There are so many possibilities!

This Earth Day, we want to show you some fun ways to reduce your stash, reuse those scraps, and recycle them into fabulous, earth-friendly projects! Show the planet a little love and #makesomethingtoday!

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1. Free Piecing Quilt

When you aren’t using a pattern, you can use more of your scraps! Give improvisational quilting a try and watch your scraps disappear. They’ll become something even more wonderful than you thought they could be: a cozy, beautiful quilt!

2. The Crazy Quilt

Don’t be afraid to go a little crazy! If you have a lot of little trimmings left over from strip quilting, this is the perfect project for you. Just grab our crazy quilt template and stitch away! The fabrics don’t have to match, in fact, they shouldn’t. Just put them together in any way you please.

3. Easy Scrap Buster Table Runner Using Binding Tool

This table runner is the perfect solution for all the different shapes of scraps you have hanging around. It uses up 10” squares, 2.5” squares, and 2.5” strips too! Gather them all up and make table runners for every season!

4. Pet Bed

Do you hate wasting fabric, but love your pet? Don’t throw away a single scrap of fabric! They’ll all come together into a super-comfy bed to pamper your furry friends in this tutorial.

5. The Improv Tote

This tutorial doesn’t have to use one single jelly roll. You could use multiple pieces from projects you’ve finished and come up with something totally new! Then, take this tote to the market and avoid using plastic bags too.

6. Wrapped Fabric Bowl

Need a place to store those odds and ends? Don’t go out and buy another plastic container. Stitch up your very own wrapped fabric bowl and organize in an environmentally-friendly way!

7. Wristlet Key Fob

Keep your keys on hand and your scrap pile low with this super-cute key fob. You can use some of your smallest scraps with this project. It’s so much fun, you’ll want to make key fobs for all your friends!

8. Design Your Own Applique

If you’re looking for a new challenge, give this amazing tutorial a try! Create a tribute to Mother Earth by turning your favorite landscape photo into a quilt. Give your scraps new life with this applique project.

9. The String Quilt

This is a great quilt for using up all those little skinny pieces you have left over from trimming. Piece them together into a smart string quilt and get them out of the scrap heap!

10. Fabric Catch-All

These great little catch-alls are awesome for organization and storage. There’s no need to go out and buy little boxes and bins. Stitch them up yourself and watch your scrap pile diminish. When you’re done, you’ll have a more organized home and fewer scraps. Whoo hoo!

Enjoy this playlist of our Favorite YouTube Scrap Buster Tutorials!