New Friday Tutorial: The Sashed Half Hexagon Quilt

New Friday Tutorial: The Sashed Half Hexagon Quilt

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I love the way a simple sashing gives each block its own importance. Those little strips of fabric are pretty powerful! But sashing isn’t just for framing blocks; they’re so much more versatile than that! Today we’re adding strips of sashing to half hexies in a classic hexagon braid pattern to create a block as beautiful as a stained glass window!

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Something so simple as a sashing creates a completely new look to the familiar Friendship Braid Pattern and this beautiful quilt features Victory Findlay Wolfe’s new fabric line, Mostly Manor! Isn’t it fabulous?

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Click on the button to watch the tutorial and shop for supplies to make this quilt! If you try it out, be sure to share a photo with us on social media using #sashedhalfhexagonquilt

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New Friday Tutorial: The Friendship Pinwheel

New Friday Tutorial: The Friendship Pinwheel

Love this Friendship Pinwheels Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co! Jenny Doan is such a great teacher... can't wait to make this one! FREE TUTORIAL!

Don’t you just love when you find a new spin on a classic tutorial? Even better when you can combine 2 favorites and that’s what Jenny has done with this new tutorial on the Friendship Pinwheel Quilt! It may look challenging at first glance, but it’s nothing you can’t handle! Here’s what you’ll need.

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Isn’t the result so beautiful? I would love to see a patriotic quilt made in this pattern or a bright summery pattern…. it has warm weather written all over it!

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Click the button to watch the video tutorial and shop for all the supplies that Jenny uses in this tutorial! Happy quilting!

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Tutorial Reboot: Irish Chain Quilt Featuring Guest Blogger Heather Jones

Tutorial Reboot: Irish Chain Quilt Featuring Guest Blogger Heather Jones

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Hello! I’m Heather Jones of Heather Jones Studio and author of the new book Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday (STC Craft | A Melanie Falick Book, 2015). I’m so excited to be guest blogging here at the Missouri Star Quilt Company Blog today. I’ve been a huge fan of Jenny’s for a long time and I especially love how accessible she makes quilting with all of her great free tutorials! I began quilting regularly about five years ago, although I have loved quilts my whole life. But, my great-great aunt Ollie is the only person in my family who quilted, so I didn’t grow up with quilts being made around me. So for many years I was kind of intimidated to start quilting, although I loved them so much. Lucky for us all, we have Jenny to teach us and virtually hold our hands throughout the process so can make just about anything with her help.

Make a gorgeous Irish Chain Quilt with Jenny Doan and Heather Jones!

Today, I’m sharing a quilt I made using Jenny’s Irish Chain tutorial. If you’re familiar with my own work, it should be no surprise at all that I’m drawn to minimalist designs, and when paired down to two solids colors, the Irish Chain is a perfect project. I have always wanted to make one of these designs so this was the perfect opportunity for me to finally get started. It’s a simple pattern that uses a nine patch block and a square of background fabric, and when arranged in this manner, the nine patch blocks create chains throughout the design.

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In Jenny’s tutorial she uses precut strips of fabric for her blocks, which is certainly a great choice for this project. I however, picked two colors of Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton, Sky for the background and Pickle for the chains, so I cut my strips from yardage.

I made a twin sized version using 3 ¾ yards of Sky, 1 ¾ yards of Pickle, and 4 1/8 yards of Kona Fog for the back. I also used an additional ½ yard of Sky for the binding.

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As I mentioned, Jenny’s tutorial used a jelly roll precut, which is fabric cut in 2 ½” x WOF (width of fabric) strips.

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So, I cut my yardage in those sizes, specifically cutting (19) 2 ½” x WOF strips of Sky and (23) 2 ½” x WOF strips of Pickle. I also cut (72) 6 ½” x 6 ½” squares of Sky for the background blocks out of my yardage.

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The nine patch blocks are made out of strip sets, and for this size quilt, you need nine outside strips, made of two Pickle strips and one Sky, with the Pickle on the outside of the strip set, as shown above. You also need five inside strip sets, using one Pickle and two Sky, with the Pickle on the inside of the strip set.

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Each nine patch is made out of two outside strip sets and one inside strip set.

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One the strip sets are made, construction is so easy, and with a little chain piecing, these blocks come together very quickly. Jenny shares tips in her tutorial to make sure the seams nestle throughout the blocks that make all those little square line up so neatly!

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And once the nine patch blocks are finished, it’s just a matter of alternating them with the background blocks to make the chains throughout the pattern.

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Once the top and back were finished, I quilted it with my go-to allover freehand figure eight design. This has become my favorite quilting design because of its simplicity and I think it works well with so many quilt patterns. I used Aurifil 2600 (Dove) 40 weight for the quilting, which I think works really well with the colors in my quilt.

Make an Irish Chain Quilt with this Free Tutorial!

I used Sky for the binding and I love how it disappears into the background of the design.

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And here’s a shot of the back, where you can see the Kona Fog that I used for the backing. It’s a bit darker blue that I think works really well with both the Sky and the Pickle.

Thanks so much for letting me share my project with you here at MSQC!

You can see more of me and my work at the following places around the web:

Blog: www.HeatherJonesStudio.com/blog
Instagram: www.instagram.com/heatherjonesstudio
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/OliveAndOllie

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Behind the Quilt: Andrea Dinkel

Behind the Quilt: Andrea Dinkel

High School band director, Andrea Dinkel, has been making headlines with her beautiful quilts! With Andrea’s combined passions of quilting and teaching, she is making a wonderful impact on the lives of her students at Galena High School in Kansas.

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Picture above: Andrea with the Half Square Triangle Quilt she made using a pack of Waterfront Park 10″ Squares from MSQC.

But what does quilting have to do with teaching band? Andrea is raising funds to get new instruments for her students by making and selling quilts and purses. At a time when school funding is low, Andrea is using her talents to raise money so that her students can have a better educational experience. We think this is AWESOME! We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, quilters truly do have the kindest hearts. :)

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Pictured above: Andrea’s Chopped Block Quilt following Jenny’s tutorial  using a True Colors Charm Pack. It’s so cute!

Andrea makes sure that she times the sales of her quilts with grant opportunities so that she always has a sponsor to match the funds. This is very helpful as band equipment costs thousands of dollars. So far, she has worked together with her students to raise funds for two additional timpani in the percussion section as well as concert chimes. It’s amazing to see what can be accomplished with a sewing machine, fabric, and a little ingenuity. Keep up the good work, Andrea!

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Pictured above: A few tote bags made from Kansas City sports team’s fabric (Andrea is originally a Kansas City girl!).

Read more and watch a short clip about Andrea Dinkel and the Glena High School band’s efforts HERE from fourstateshomepage.com!

New Friday Tutorial: The Denim Strip Quilt with Special Guest Amy Barickman

New Friday Tutorial: The Denim Strip Quilt with Special Guest Amy Barickman

Make a Denim Strip Quilt with this Free Video Tutorial! Featuring Jenny Doan and Amy Barickman!

Quilting superstar Amy Barickman from Indygo Junction is here to team up with Jenny for a new tutorial, the Denim Strip Quilt! This is a great quilt for beginners because it looks so much more difficult than it is, so you can show off your skills without pulling your hair out! It doesn’t even require binding (though you could absolutely construct it like a traditional quilt with binding)!

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Amy Barickman’s Crossroads Denim fabrics are a dream to work with! They are so soft and come in so many gorgeous colors that you’ll definitely be making a list of all the things you can make with it!

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This quilt was inspired by this pillow that Amy had made and we just had to turn it into a quilt!!
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Click on the button below to watch the tutorial and get all the supplies you need to make this beautiful quilt! Happy Quilting!

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