Throwback Thursday: Pinwheels!

Throwback Thursday: Pinwheels!

We had a fun first week of our MSQC Throwback Thursday!  We loved seeing so many Summer in the Park photos!

Here is one in particular that we want to share:  ANTIQUE1950BE

This quilt was shared by ANTIQUE1950BE on Quiltsby.me.

If you want to be featured on next week’s post, upload your photos to Quiltsby.me in this week’s featured Throwback Thursday pattern!

This week we’re going back to a classic block that Jenny made super simple: the Pinwheel!  We always love reading your comments on our tutorials and here are a few that stood out to us:

“Easiest way I’ve ever seen to make a pinwheel block!  I haven’t tried it yet, but this makes me want to :)” — Arielle Masters

“Thanks so much for doing this tutorial! So much easier than what I’ve been doing! :)” — Kare Flanagan

“I’m a visual learner, so having you show me how to do this makes it SO much easier! My nieces will get the pinwheel quilts they wanted for Christmas for sure now! Thanks!!” — Shanna Dallmeyer

We love this Giant Pinwheel that Elisabeth shared on Quiltsby.me!

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So post your photos of the Pinwheel block to Quiltsby.me using the hashtag #msqctbt and we’ll pick a winner or two in next Thursday’s post! :)

Throwback Thursday: Summer in the Park

Throwback Thursday: Summer in the Park

Have you ever heard of Throwback Thursday?  Every Thursday all over the internet, people post old photos of themselves with their families or friends, etc, and use the hashtag #tbt to share a blast from the past!  Well, today we’re introducing #msqctbt!

Here’s how it works.  Every Thursday we’ll be featuring ONE of our previous tutorials from our YouTube channel.  We’ll share a little bit about it and then we’ll ask you to share your photos of projects you’ve created using that quilt tutorial.

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To share your photos, I want to introduce you to Missouri Star Quilt Co’s Quiltsby.me.  Quilts By Me is a Show & Tell for your quilts and sewing projects and we’re so excited about it!  It’s user friendly and a great way to share your projects with the web.  You can ❤ your favorite projects, follow your friends, search by precut/style/project type… basically it’s amazing!  Once you play around a little bit with it, we know you’ll just love it!  This is a home for your projects where you can tell their stories and share with the quilting community!

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First, you need to know how to log in.  We’ve made it super easy for you!  When you get to Quiltsby.me, this (image above) is what the front page will look like.  Rather than creating a new account, if you already have an account at missouriquiltco.com (what you use to place an order), you can skip the whole ‘create an account’ process and just login with your missouriquiltco.com info!

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Once you’re logged in, you can Create a Project, fill out all the info and in the Tags section, make sure to include #msqctbt as one of the tags!

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We will select winners from all submissions with the #msqctbt tag and feature them next Thursday when we introduce the next Throwback Thursday Tutorial for the week!  We also would love for you to share your photos on Instagram and Twitter with the same #msqctbt hashtag that feature any previous MSQC Tutorials!  We may even repost/retweet our favorites, but the “winners” will be selected from the #msqctbt tag on Quiltsby.me.

So, let’s get started!  For our inaugural Throwback Thursday, we’re going back to the Summer in the Park Tutorial!  This is such a simple quilt to make with your 2.5″ strips and people just love it! Use some great prints with your favorite coordinating solids and it’ll be so gorgeous!

We even have a ‘Revamped’ version to help your creative juices flow!


If you’ve already tried this one, upload your photos to Quiltsby.me and you’ll be awarded a Throwback Thursday badge (If you haven’t done this one yet, you’ve got all week to get it uploaded)!

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The winners we feature on the blog will also be awarded the Throwback Thursday Winner Trophy.

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I can’t wait to see all of your creations!

ModBLOCK Contributor: Meet Amy Ellis

ModBLOCK Contributor: Meet Amy Ellis

Today we are introducing yet another fabulous contributor to our ModBLOCK Magazine! We were so thrilled to be able to work with Moda fabric designer and author, Amy Ellis! She’s the greatest! Enjoy this little Q&A we did with her!

Meet Amy Ellis

Meet Amy Ellis

Amy’s projects in ModBLOCK are ‘River Log Cabin’ featuring her new fabric line, ‘Modern Neutrals‘,  ‘Rainbow Dreams’ and ‘Star Dust’

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What is your sewing/quilting/crafting/art background?

I learned to sew garments as a girl, and loved all things fabric, even in college when I didn’t have time or the means to sew, I would wander through fabric shops just to pet the pretty fabrics. I then taught myself to quilt when my kids were young, and I needed some creative therapy in my life. Almost seven years ago now, I started a blog (AmysCreativeSide.com) and was inspired to make quilts that I had been designing in my sketch book.

How did you get started in this business?
I got started writing books, by taking the first step and submitted a proposal. It’s been a whirlwind of creative messes and busyness ever since!

Tell us about your collection(s) and /or pattern style.
I love clean and clear colors, with geometric shapes and pattern in my fabric. My quilt patterns are unique and modern, while still being a little traditional in the construction methods, and settings.

What are you inspired by?
I love to take everything in, but most often I’m inspired by home decor trends. Graphic wall papers, rugs, even tile work, and throw pillows have made it to my inspiration boards!

How would you describe your style?
Modern in that I like to design original quilt blocks, but still traditional in that the techniques I use are the tried and true methods that quilters have been using for years.

What are some of your greatest challenges in your design process?
I love to share what I’m working on, as I work on it, and when I have tons of secret sewing, it’s a big no, no to share it. Not sharing a pile of book quilts for almost a year is a huge challenge!

Do you have an online presence on social media?
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amyscreativeside
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/parkcitygirl/
Instagram: @amyscreativeside

Are there any releases or upcoming events you have coming up that you’d like us to know about?
Think Big : Quilts, Runners, and Pillows from 18” Blocks (Dec, 2014)

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Hardanger – my grandma loves this needlecraft, and I think it could be an exciting texture addition to my quilts. (Pretty random though, huh?)

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Writing a book in two months was a huge challenge! Thankfully I had some friends that were willing to help with piecing, and everything was delivered on time.

Do you have a signature color? If not, what would it be?
Any shade of grey, I love the depth and dimension in the various shades together.

What is your favorite fabric line of all time?
Wonderland by Momo with the new Avant Garden being a close second.

Is there an experience or accomplishment you are most proud of?
Submitting that first proposal, was a really big risk personally! It was so hard to take my ideas and hand them over, and wait for the verdict, but it paid off, and I’m proud of the accomplishments that have accumulated since then too!

Thank you so much, Amy! Don’t miss the other Q&A’s on the ModBLOCK contributors! :)

ModBLOCK Contributor: Meet Alexia Abegg

ModBLOCK Contributor: Meet Alexia Abegg

We are so happy and excited to announce the release of this special edition of BLOCK Magazine.  ModBLOCK is just a modern twist on the awesome publication we have already created.  Ten gorgeous, modern patterns with detailed instructions, beautiful photography and of course, no ads.  We hope you love it!

For this special edition, we’ve collaborated with some amazingly talented people, so we want to introduce you to them!  We have loved working with all of them!

We asked each contributor a series of questions, so you could get to know them and their style a little bit better.  Check back soon because we’ll be featuring each one!

Meet Alexia Abegg.

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Alexia’s project in ModBlock is ‘Noted’

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What is your sewing/quilting/crafting/art background?

My mother taught me how to sew and quilt when I was young but my love for quilting really blossomed when I worked at the City Quilter in New York. I studied fashion and fine art in school and worked in production in my twenties, all of which has helped in my current work as a fabric and pattern designer.

How did you get started in this business?

I developed a few sewing patterns while working at the City Quilter and when my husband and I moved back to Nashville I opened a small sewing studio and taught classes. I also worked with Anna Maria Horner and she brought me along to my first quilt market in 2010. That cemented my desire to be a part of this amazing community of makers. My mom, Michelle Abegg, along with my husband Rob Bancroft, also a fabric designer, and I started Green Bee design & patterns together.

Tell us about your collection(s) and /or pattern style.

Most of my fabric designs begin as watercolor paintings so they have a bit of an irregular, hand drawn quality to them. My latest collection with Cotton + Steel was inspired by my childhood trips to the American southwest with my family. My dad would make up games for my sisters and I, we would collect plants and seeds and press them, and everyday we painted in our watercolor journals.

What are you inspired by?

Everything! I love learning, and trying new things, and a change of scenery or visiting a new city always inspires me.

How would you describe your style?

My style is a bit of a lot of things…mid-century vintage, grandma’s linen closet, daily sketchbook paintings, whimsical, and colorful.

What are some of your greatest challenges in your design process?

The best work happens when I’m really inspired. So I guess it’s just a constant push to stay inspired. Reading, seeing movies and traveling all get me going, so I try to do one of those things when I’m feeling spent.

Do you have an online presence on social media?

Facebook: Green Bee Design & Patterns

Pinterest: alexiastitches

Instagram: @alexiastitches

www.greenbeepatterns.com

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I would love to learn to fly airplanes, my grandfather was a pilot and I’ve always been intrigued!

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?

Start a small business.

Who are your creative inspirations, heroes?

Mary Blair, Tammis Keefe, Andy Warhol.

Do you have a signature color? If not, what would it be?

Turquoise

What is your favorite quilting tool you use all the time?

I love my Hera marker, it’s great for making marks on fabric that don’t have to be washed to remove them!

Are there any releases or upcoming information that you’d like to share with us?

We are launching three new patterns in January, the Modern Baby Set, xoxo quilt, and the On Holiday Bag and Mesa. My new line with Cotton + Steel will be out early 15′ as well.

Thanks, Alexia!  Check back often as we introduce the other contributors for ModBlock!

Sizzix Quilt Blog Hop // The Arrow Quilt!

Sizzix Quilt Blog Hop // The Arrow Quilt!

Jenny Sizzix Arrow Quilt

Welcome everyone to the Sizzix Quilt Blog Hop! A bunch of us got together and decided to make some really great quilted projects to show you just what the Sizzix Big Shot Pro, fabi Quilting line can do! You’ll get firsthand project ideas featuring Sizzix fabi dies as well as projects made using our newest Bigz Pro Quilting collection with designs by the artist, author and quilter Victoria Findlay Wolfe!

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We thought a lot about this project and we just had so much fun creating this arrow quilt, that we wanted to do what we do best and teach you exactly how to make it.  Enjoy this tutorial on the Arrow Quilt!

 

For this project, we used the Bigz Half Hexi Die, the Bigz Small Simple Wedge Die and Michael Miller’s Fairy Frost Crayon Box Layer Cake.  Choose some yardage for the background fabric and outside border and you’re set!

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We are so excited to announce that we are going to be having a Quilting Retreat with Jenny Doan, Victoria Findlay Wolfe and Sizzix!  The retreat will be October 8th through October 11th and sign-up is now live!  Find all the details on the Event Page!

Sizzix has turned our templates into dies!  You can find them here: All Sizzix products at Missouri Quilt Company

In addition to the amazing projects handmade by each of our spectacularly talented participants, Sizzix will also be giving away a GRAND prize! You can find out how to enter below!

Here is the full list of participants!  If you haven’t visited their blogs yet, go check them out and find out what fabulous projects they created with these fantastic Sizzix products!:

January 16th Jamie Fingal

January 16th Tracy Mooney

January 17th Elizabeth Timmons

January 17th Nicole Daksiewicz

January 18th Ebony Love

January 18th Holly Hughes

January 19th Marni Weaver

January 19th Leslie Jenison

January 20th Karin Jordan

January 20th Sue Bleiweiss

January 21st Jenny Doan (that’s me!)

January 21st Victoria Findlay Wolfe

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