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June 6, 2022
Hawaiian Quilt from Ann Quilts

The category "Hawaiian quilt" probably conjures up the well-known style of quilt developed in Hawaii.  These quilts use two large pieces of solid-color fabric.  One piece is folded like a paper snowflake, cut in an intricate botanical pattern, carefully unfolded onto the base fabric, and appliquéd down.  Then, it is quilted in parallel lines that echo the shapes of the appliqué.  

 

This quilt was made in Hawaii, as the machine embroidered label tells us, but varies from this famous design style.  


The pattern is three ribbon-like strips entwined with a leafy vine.  The quilting is the signature style, echoing the ...

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April 21, 2022
Double Wedding Ring Times Two from Ann Quilts


A customer sent me two Double Wedding Ring quilts made by her grandmother.  She asked if I could take pieces off of the more “loved up” quilt (great words!) and use them to restore the less damaged one.  The quilts were both totally scrappy.  Some fabrics appeared in both quilts, but not all.  This is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to try that scenario! 

The owner told me:
My grandmother... used my mom's little dresses and probably her sisters' dresses also. My grandmother had 5 girls.

This project was all about saving the fabrics, so I ...

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March 4, 2022
Big Spools Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Big Spools Quilt by Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

Jenny Doan’s family tree is stitched with needle and thread. 

Look back two generations, and you’ll find a pair of great aunts, master seamstresses who traveled from Sweden to work for the acclaimed New York artist, George Inness. 

They stitched and saved to pay passage to America for the entire family–including Jenny’s grandmother, who was just seven years old at the time. 

Big Spools Quilt by Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

Jenny says, “When I see these spools, I am reminded that sewing is part of my genetic makeup; it changed our family forever!” 

This week, Jenny is stitching up a beautiful Big Spools quilt ...

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February 18, 2022
Triple Play! Drunkard’s Path from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Drunkard's Path Triple Play by Missouri Star Quilt Company.

Burano is a tiny Italian island known for handmade lace and sherbet-hued homes. 

Why were those little houses painted aqua, lavender, and cotton-candy pink? According to legend…it was to help tipsy fishermen find their way home! 

This week, the Doan girls are stitching up 3 new Drunkard’s Path quilts, and they’re just as colorful and charming as the streets of Burano! 

Watch the latest Triple Play tutorial to learn how to transform layer cakes and charm packs into Drunkard’s Path quilts that are quick, easy, and “sew” much fun!

Sidewinder Quilt in the Drunkard's Path Triple Play by Missouri Star Quilt Company.
Flower Power Quilt in the Drunkard's Path Triple Play by Missouri Star Quilt Company.
Primrose Path Quilt in the Drunkard's Path Triple Play by Missouri Star Quilt Company.
Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

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February 4, 2022
Big T Origami Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Big T Origami Quilt by Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

The smallest origami crane ever made was just .1 mm square (that’s 1/25 of an inch!) The all-time largest measured a whopping 256 feet. And this week we’re working on the world’s coziest origami! 

The Big T Origami quilt is based on an antique favorite. It’s sometimes called Folded Corners, and it comes together quickly with flying geese and half square triangles. 

Big T Origami Quilt by Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

In this tutorial, Jenny shares the secret to perfectly sharp flying geese points, and she uses her trusty squaring tool and bias seam tape to keep everything as neat and tidy as true ...

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January 21, 2022
Triple Play! Crumb Quilt, Carpenter’s Square, Full Circle from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Quick! Gather your scraps! We’re making crumb quilts today! 

When you truly love fabric – and I KNOW you do – you simply can’t toss away those beautiful bits and pieces; you have to make ‘em into something fabulous! So for this month’s Triple Play quilt tutorial, Jenny and the girls have whipped up 3 great crumb piecing projects. 

Jenny’s crumb quilt is framed with a crumb-style piano key border, Natalie’s crumb-pieced Carpenter’s Square comes together just like a charm quilt, and Misty’s Full Circle quilt combines crumb piecing with the classic orange peel. 

(I ...

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January 19, 2022
New Skills! from Ann Quilts

subtitle:  When the Living Room Becomes a Video Studio

sub-subtitle:  You're all invited to my Preserving Our Quilt Legacy Virtual Workshop.  We'll be discussing vintage and antique quilt repair and care.  The full description and registration on my website.  

So.  Running a virtual workshop requires the acquisition of a few new skills.  Well, more than a few. 

For me, it required my whole family - programmer husband who figured out all the tech, video editor son who shared what he knows about lighting and production and also edited the videos, virtual yoga teacher daughter who shared all her Zoom ...

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January 7, 2022
Chandelier Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Chandelier Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Do you remember discovering precuts for the very first time? Vanessa Goertzen sure does! 

It was 2010, and Vanessa had just learned that her new baby was going to be a girl. On the way home from the ultrasound, she stopped at a fabric shop to pick up something pink.

The Chandelier Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

There, she laid eyes on a stack of precut 5 inch charms, and a creative fire was lit! (12 years later, Vanessa designs incredible precut patterns for her very own Lella Boutique!)  

This week, Jenny is stitching up one of Vanessa’s prettiest patterns. Chandelier is a quick and easy ...

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December 31, 2021
Ditto Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Ditto Quilt by Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

Mastering a new quilt block is like learning to ride a bike. You may feel a bit intimidated. Your uncertainty might cause a few wobbly stitches. 

Then, just like magic, you’re soaring across the fabric without a care in the world, cranking out quilt blocks like a pro! 

Ditto by Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

This week, Jenny is working on a modern black and white asterisk quilt, and just you wait and see! Once you’ve conquered those first few seams, you can ride off into the sunset with a trail of beautiful quilt blocks in your wake! 

Click HERE to watch the Ditto quilt ...

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December 17, 2021
Triple Play! Sparkling Stars from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Sparkling Stars Triple Play by Jenny, Natalie, and Misty of the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

A Round Robin quilt is the sweetest of group projects. It is passed among friends, each adding blocks or borders of their own.

And when it is finished, that quilt represents the talent and creativity of everyone involved. (I get all tingly and sentimental just thinking about it!) 

Sparkling Stars Triple Play by Jenny, Natalie, and Misty of the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

For this month’s Triple Play tutorial, Jenny and the girls stitched up one big Round Robin quilt. They named it Sparkling Stars, and it sure is a beauty! 

Jenny built the center with 9-patches and half-square triangle lemoyne stars, Misty added pretty sawtooth star blocks and quarter-square triangles, and Natalie finished ...

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December 3, 2021
Stargazer Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Stargazer Quilt by Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

The ancient peoples of the earth knew a lot about stars. 

Egyptians watched for Sirius’ predawn appearance to signal the annual flooding of the Nile. Polynesian navigators traversed the vast Pacific Ocean with nothing but the stars to guide them.  And the Maya used the movement of the heavens to create the most accurate calendar in the world. 

Stargazer Quilt by Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

I, on the other hand, struggle to spot the Big Dipper. (But I sure can stitch up a pretty star quilt!)

This week, Jenny has created a celestial wonder of her own with jelly roll strips and a bit of yardage. The ...

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November 19, 2021
Triple Play! Pieced Sashing from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Pieced Sashing Triple Play with Natalie, Jenny, and Misty.

It started like any other Triple Play tutorial.

Jenny, Misty, and Natalie were each asked to design a quilt with pieced sashing. Simple, right?

Natalie’s Pieced Sashing

Pieced Sashing Triple Play with Natalie, Jenny, and Misty.

Natalie created a cute arrow sashing with strip sets and hourglass blocks.

Misty’s Pieced Sashing

Pieced Sashing Triple Play with Natalie, Jenny, and Misty.

Misty used a traditional Seminole technique to sash her quilt with diamonds. And then, there was Jenny. (Oh, Jenny!)

Jenny’s Pieced Sashing

Pieced Sashing Triple Play with Natalie, Jenny, and Misty.

First, Jenny stitched stacks and stacks (and STACKS!) of half-square triangles. Then the sashing began. 

She made pinwheel, chevron, and herringbone sashing. She made flying geese, square-in-a-square, and sawtooth. And then…she kept ...

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November 12, 2021
Brightly Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Brightly Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

If you wish upon a star, your dreams might come true…but be ready for a wait!

The closest star is 26 trillion miles away. That starlight magic won’t reach the earth for 4+ years! (If my calculations are correct, wishes from 2017 are just starting to arrive!)

The Brightly Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Of course, if you’re short on time, you can whip up your own lucky stars in a jiffy! 

The Brightly star quilt was designed by Allison Harris for Cluck Cluck Sew. It’s a stunning layer cake pattern that is timeless and modern all at once.

(Watch to the end ...

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November 5, 2021
Doan Family Holiday Recipes from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Family time is the best time, and it’s only better when delicious food and snacks are added! The Doans love family get togethers and there’s nothing more special than dusting off those old family recipe cards and sharing a taste of generations past. If you’re looking for some holiday inspiration this year, try out one our own family recipes and start your own traditions today!

Pumpkin Rolls

Perfect for the fall season, Pumpkin Rolls are a delicious treat that can be served anytime between Halloween and Thanksgiving (really any time of the year is fine, they’re ...

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Missing You Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Missing You Quilt by Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

Mamie Irene Crisp met a handsome young Coast Guardsman in 1942, just as the U.S. entered the war. In 1945, they were married.

For 55 years, Jack and Irene traveled the country in their motorhome, stopping at fishing holes all along the way. They wowed friends and family with their jitterbug skills. They adored their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. And then, in 2000, Irene was lost to Alzheimer’s Disease.  

Missing You Quilt by Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month is a tender time for Jenny. You see, Irene was her beloved mother-in-law. This year, Jenny has created a beautiful new quilt in Irene’s ...

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October 29, 2021
Serendipity Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Serendipity quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Click now to watch the FREE Quilting Tutorial!

When you make the Serendipity Infinity quilt, you’ll end up with scraps. 

The Serendipity quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Click now to watch the FREE Quilting Tutorial!

You can use those scraps to make a pretty table runner. But guess what? You’ll still have scraps. Make another table runner, and still, more scraps. Keep sewing!

The Serendipity quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Click now to watch the FREE Quilting Tutorial!

When all is said and done, you’ll have a beautiful quilt + up to NINE table runners to use as gifts! Is it a Christmas miracle? Nope! It’s Serendipity Infinity!

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

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October 22, 2021
Turkey Trot Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Turkey Trot Quilt by Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

The year my friend Margaret hosted her first Thanksgiving dinner, everything seemed to go wrong. 

The cat left paw prints on the freshly-baked pie, the oven stopped working mid-turkey, and the little cousins ruined a white couch with a box of sidewalk chalk. (But the mashed potatoes were excellent, and so was the company!) 

Turkey Trot Quilt by Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

Thanksgiving dinner is no small feat, but Jenny’s new Thanksgiving quilt is easy as pumpkin pie—minus the paw prints!

This pretty harvest quilt combines applique Dresden turkey blocks with a variation of the Irish Chain called Irish Change. It’s simple, quick, and “sew ...

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October 20, 2021
Vintage Jenny | Disappearing Nine Patch from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Quilters love a classic and there are few blocks more classic than a Disappearing Nine Patch! In this incredibly simple Vintage Jenny tutorial, Jenny Doan demonstrates how to stitch up this easy block using Charm Packs. First you’ll use your 5″ squares of precut quilting fabric to create a giant nine patch (which is just as simple as sewing nine squares together) and after that, you’ll use your ruler and rotary cutter to quarter your middle square. Flip those squares around and just like that, you’ve created a Disappearing Nine Patch!

Needing some more inspiration to create ...

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October 15, 2021
Triple Play! Lovely Leaves from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

If you catch an Autumn leaf as it falls to the ground, good things are in store! 

Jenny’s Design: Fall Festival I & II

The Triple Play Lovely Leaves Quilt Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co

According to British superstition, you’ll avoid head colds all winter long. Even better, each leaf caught brings a full month of luck in the year to come! (If you spot me chasing leaves in the park, don’t be alarmed! I need all the luck I can get!) 

Misty’s Design: Happy Harvest

The Triple Play Lovely Leaves Quilt Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co

In this month’s Triple Play tutorial, the Doan gals are stitching up cozy Autumn quilts based on the Lovely Leaves quilt ...

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October 8, 2021
Peek-a-Boo Pumpkin Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

There once was a mischievous fellow named Stingy Jack, or so says the old Irish myth. 

The Devil – who had been tricked by Jack one too many times – didn’t want him, and heaven wouldn’t take him. So when he died, Jack was consigned to roam the earth forever with a lantern carved out of a turnip. Over time, he became known as Jack of the Lantern or, Jack O’Lantern. 

For hundreds of years, Irish folk carved spooky faces on turnips and potatoes to repel the ghost of Stingy Jack. Later, when Irish immigrants arrived in America, they ...

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