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September 10, 2019
Meet Annette Ashbach, a Missouri Star Academy Instructor from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Missouri Star Academy is all about providing education and empowering you to create. From weekly tutorials to online in-depth classes, events and even classes held here in Hamilton, MO at our Education Center where there is something for everyone!

Annette Ashbach is one of our Education Center instructors and she teaches many things ranging from making full quilt tops to smaller projects like aprons and totes!

Annette first found interest in sewing after she became fascinated with watching her grandmother’s hand-stitching and embroidery techniques. Her love for sewing continued as she grew up watching her mother create costumes and ...

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September 5, 2019
Hello Fall Projects from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The season of campfires, apple cider, pumpkin spice and everything nice is upon us! It’s also our absolute favorite to decorate for because you don’t have to stick to pastels like you would in the spring, or red and green and blue like in the winter-time. Instead, you have an entire selection of earth-y tones to choose from and an abundance of ways to use them! We can get spooky with ghouls and goblins or we can celebrate the harvest with pumpkins and gourds. Here’s a few things you may want to add to your fall project ...

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August 26, 2019
Meet Missouri Star Academy Instructor, Monique Jacobs from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Monique Jacobs of Open Gate Quilts, is also the instructor of one of our Missouri Star Academy Online Classes! She teaches how to color coordinate and piece together beautiful quilts from just picking through the loose ends of your already-made stash. Learn more about Monique and then join her in Stash Busting with Style!

Have you always had an eye for color combinations or was it something you had to teach yourself to do/look for?

I’ll be honest. I had to learn. According to my mom, she had doubts about my sense of color when I was young ...

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August 19, 2019
Enhance Your Next Project with a Hint of Red from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

You know it’s fall when the scenery changes from green to brown with vibrant hints of red. When walking along a pond bank, you can’t see much under the waters, but you can always catch a glimpse of the red koi fish. The red line of a rainbow is always the first to draw in your attention and there are many kinds of fruit trees, but only the splotches of red in an apple tree are able to be spotted from afar.

Red is a color of intensity. It symbolizes passion, love, strength, energy, and desire. Make simple ...

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August 6, 2019
School is Back in Session from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Les Brown, an American motivational speaker, once said, “You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.” So if your kids are bummed about back to school month, you’re a college student who’s dreading 10-page papers and tiring lectures, or if you’re a teacher not ready for vacation to end, then remember these words of wisdom to find your motivation!

It doesn’t matter if you’re a student, teacher, or parent… everyone can start the school year with confidence and style with creative projects to show ...

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July 11, 2019
Beginning Machine Appliqué from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Let’s talk about appliqué. If you’ve always wanted to try it out, but imagined it might be intimidating, we’ve got the tools, techniques, and tips to change your mind. Appliqué is a lot easier than it looks – and it looks pretty spectacular personalizing and decorating your quilt!

Beginning Machine Applique

Our newest class at Missouri Star is Beginning Machine Appliqué with Courtenay Hughes. In this online class, you’ll learn approachable machine appliqué tips that will build your confidence. You’ll learn:

  • Fusible appliqué techniques with two different fusible webs
  • How to layer multiple fabrics and shades to create your ...

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July 8, 2019
How To Figure Yardage For Quilt Backing from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Once you’ve pieced your beautiful quilt top, it’s time to choose your backing! There are so many fabrics out there and using 108″ wide backing does make things easier, but we will help you know how much fabric you need when using standard 42″ wide fabric.

Here are some items you’ll be needing:

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Calculator
  • Your finished quilt top
  • A measuring tape or template

Step 1: Measure the length and width of your quilt top.

Step 2: Add an extra 8 inches to both the length and width of your quilt if it’s going to ...

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November 25, 2018
Old Dog - New Trick from Ravelly1

So I was channel surfing this morning, can't remember which show but they mentioned something called "word cloud" and showed a pic of one. I was instantly interested and grabbed the old computer and googled it.
 Back story, I'd seen many of these kinds of things but never heard the name or been able to find anyone who knew how they were made. 
Google had several youtube videos on the subject and after watching a couple I learned that it was easy (well not for me. I had to watch the videos MANY times, gave up, used my ...

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September 8, 2018
Mending the Melrose Quilt from Ann Quilts

This quilt has been on a magical journey of rediscovery.

It was sent to me for repairs a few years ago.  When I told the owner that I'd poked around on and had found some of the names that were written on it, she most graciously gifted me the quilt so I could continue finding its history!  She is an author and historian and has been really happy that the quilt's story is resurfacing.  Turns out, she is Jane Anderson, the person who wrote the screenplay for the movie "How to Make an American Quilt." Honestly ...

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July 17, 2018
Saving a Damaged Heirloom Quilt from Ann Quilts

It's always both sad and wonderful when someone brings me a beloved family quilt that has, well, seen better days, but is still quite full of meaning and sentiment.  What to do?  Often there is lots of fabric damage, and sometimes tears and holes through all three layers of the quilt.  A full-out restoration would cost a whole bunch, maybe more than the owner can afford - but I think there's a bigger issue when it's the sentiment that counts.  Having a quilt end up with as much or maybe even more of my stitches than ancestral stitches ...

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July 10, 2018
The Rescue of an Heirloom Child's Quilt from Ann Quilts

This was one of those times when repairing a quilt was all about saving family history and sweet memories.

Here's the email message that introduced me to the quilt:
"I discovered my husband's baby blanket. It's survived 4 children. We are retired military and we have little that has not been lost or ruined from our many moves over 21yrs. Besides the blanket I have only 3 pics of my husband's from his childhood. It would mean a lot to him and me if someone of your skill level could help restore this precious gift."

The ...

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June 29, 2018
Part 1: Making a Pineapple Quilt from Quilt Books and Beyond

This is Part 1 of a three part post, focusing on using the Pineapple Trim Tool to make one of Jean Ann Wright’s Pineapple Quilts. The next post shows how to use the Pineapple Trim Tool, and the final post demonstrates finishing the Pineapple Quilt. Everyday at Landauer Publishing, we are delighted to work with [...]

The post Part 1: Making a Pineapple Quilt appeared first on Quilt Books & Beyond.

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Part 2: Using the Pineapple Trim Tool from Quilt Books and Beyond

This is Part 2 of a three part post, focusing on using the Pineapple Trim Tool to make a project from Jean Ann Wright’s Pineapple Play Quilts & Projects. Previous Post: Making a Pineapple quilt.  Next Post: Finishing the Pineapple quilt top. Making Perfect Pineapple Blocks Using the Creative Grids® 10-inch Pineapple Trim Tool The [...]

The post Part 2: Using the Pineapple Trim Tool appeared first on Quilt Books & Beyond.

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June 3, 2018
Spools and Sawtooth from Ann Quilts

One of the nicest things about repairing quilts is that some really marvelous quilts cross my path.  I get to see and work on such a wide range of quilts.  Here's one I really enjoyed.

I love the combination of the spool blocks and the alternate sawtooth edged blocks.  The blocks play visual games. The two blocks form a cool secondary octagonal pattern that kind of comes and goes.  I find it hard for my eyes to focus on the blocks themselves, and instead there's a rhythm and movement across the quilt. 

The quilt was purchased about 25 ...

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May 1, 2018
Vintage 1920s Beaded Purse from Ann Quilts

I haven't posted anything about vintage clothing repair in a long time.  Here comes an absolutely lovely item - a 1920s vintage beaded purse.

As with almost all of the vintage clothing and accessories I post about, this is a repair that I did for my friend Julia's shop - Basya Berkman Vintage Clothing

The little purse was in nearly perfect condition, all beads present and accounted for.  The fabric was coming off the frame in a couple of places, plus it was missing a lining.  All that remained were a few shreds up at the top where it had ...

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March 28, 2018
Anita Goodesign ITH Zipper Bag Walk-through from Sylvia Stitches

I've been making a bunch of the zipper bags lately.  I love Anita Goodesign's Zipper Bags 1,2,3 collection.  These are done in-the-hoop (ITH) and come out great every time.  My bags even won a recent contest on Facebook.  The first time doing one of their lined in-the-hoop zipper bags can be so confusing.  I've done enough of the large rectangle bags that I've now got a system down to get them without confusion.  So, if you're considering making an Anita Goodesign large rectangle bag, take a look at this walk-through and hopefully it ...

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March 21, 2018
Pokemon Fridays: Dratini (Block 12) from Seriously...I think it needs stitches

Welcome back to Pokemon Fridays, where this week we're making Dratini. He seems to be some kind of flying worm. ;) I can't believe it's already time for the last block! Although, my son has drawn up a special quilt back for this one. So I'll probably post the tutorials for that, too as I get to it. But for now, this is the last block for the quilt top, and then in two weeks, for the next

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February 28, 2018
Dutchman's Puzzle - Puzzling Fabric Choices from Ann Quilts

The repair of this Dutchman's Puzzle quilt was especially meaningful to me.  The owner is a daughter-in-law of a woman I became friends with during my college days.  I wrote about her quilt collection in a previous post.

This is another quilt my friend found in Kampsville, IL, made in the 1960s or so.  She had gifted it to the current owner.

Finding fabrics that blended in comfortably was a bit of a challenge here, so I thought I'd show some of the decision process I went through.

The solid blue needed the most patches.  I had a ...

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February 21, 2018
Infographic: 5 ways to make Flying Geese with the math done for you! from Quilt Books and Beyond

Flying Geese – Birds of a feather flocking together Folklore tells us that Flying Geese hold a poignant hidden meaning – they were a sign of encouragement to escaping slaves on the Underground Railroad to fly away north. They’re also a common component of quilt blocks and borders and, of course, there are many ways [...]

The post Infographic: 5 ways to make Flying Geese with the math done for you! appeared first on Quilt Books & Beyond.

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January 30, 2018
Come Home Soon from Ann Quilts

Quilts can carry so much love and so many memories.  Here's one such quilt that came to me for repair.


The owner told me:

My mom bought it from an Amish lady she knows in Lancaster Pa. She owns a really successful shop there. She bought it for me while I was away on my Mormon mission. It’s called “Come Home Soon.”

The quilt was made in 2000.  

The pattern is a series of wonderfully executed appliqué vignettes, representing all sorts of doors and all sorts of waiting.

There were some really big rips in the quilt, plus ...

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