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September 10, 2021
Spool Stars and Stitches Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Spools and Stitches Quilt by Jenny Doan for the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

In 1820 – for the very first time – thread was sold on spools. (Before that, it was skeins or hanks. Can you imagine the tangles?!)

The spools were made by a local woodturner, and the thread was wound by hand at the Clark Brothers’ factory in Paisley, Scotland. Like old fashioned soda bottles, these wooden spools came with an extra half-penny charge that was refunded when the empty spool was returned to the shop. My, how times have changed!

Spools and Stitches by Jenny Doan for the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

This week, Jenny is whipping up a homage to the magnificent spool with a brand new jelly roll quilt.

Spool Stars and ...

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September 3, 2021
Grandma Mae’s Economy Block from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Grandma Mae's Economy Block Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Mae Emma Plumb was a talented lady. 

She sewed and painted and baked excellent pies. She kept a lovely flower garden and volunteered countless hours crafting costumes and planning skits for the local Boy Scout troop. And, best of all, she made quilts. 

Years and years have passed – four generations, in fact – but by some magic, one of Mae’s quilts still exists. It belongs to Mae’s great-granddaughter Kate, our very own Missouri Star marketing manager.

The Grandma Mae's Economy Block Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Of course, when Jenny saw Grandma Mae’s antique quilt, she fell head-over-heels in love! She did a bit of research and found ...

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August 6, 2021
Lakeview Terrace Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Lakeview Terrace Quilt by Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

I’ve never met a sunset I didn’t love. 

Big-city sunsets always impress, with skyscrapers silhouetted against a golden sky. Winter sunsets transform freshly-fallen snow into acres of pink cotton candy. 

But nothing compares to sunset on the lake. Those colors dance on rippling water, creating a light show like nothing on earth! 

Lakeview Terrace Quilt by Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

This week Jenny is whipping up a Lakeview Terrace jelly roll quilt with colorful bargello chevrons that remind us of sunset-tipped waves. What a dream! 

Click HERE to watch the tutorial! 

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

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July 14, 2021
Jiffy Jelly Quilt Free Pattern from Quiltnotes All Blogs

This pattern is one of Moda Fabrics "Patterns To Share" as part of The Cutting Table. It is a simple, fast quilt to make and a great pattern to introduce new quilters to 2-1/2" strips. The printed pattern uses 32 strips or one Jelly Roll™ and the finished quilt is 48" x 60". The picture below uses 64 strips or about two Jelly Rolls™ and the finished quilt is 60" x 72".

Finished Size 60" x 72"

I use this pattern a lot for making Quilts of Valor.  I use strips in red, white, blue and gold.



Combine leftover ...

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May 7, 2021
Breezy Windmills Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Breezy Windmills quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.
The Breezy Windmills quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Quilters on the American frontier were inspired by the world around them. They stitched up log cabins, rail fences, bear paws, and flying geese. And, of course, they stitched up windmills. 

You see, windmills dotted the Great Plains, pumping water from deep underground. When dry spells left the earth parched, a windmill could pump enough water to cook, bathe, wash, and water crops. Now that’s a quilt-worthy feat!

The Breezy Windmills quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

This week Jenny is whipping up a simple Breezy Windmills quilt using precut 2.5 inch strips. It’s a pretty jelly ...

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May 4, 2021
Back To Black And White from Wedding Dress Blue

I have settled on a layout for the scrappy black and white blocks made a couple of weeks ago.

It will be throw sized, about 54″ x 72″.

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April 30, 2021
Playground Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Playground Quilt by the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

When Jenny Doan was a child, she lived in an idyllic little town called Spreckels, California. 

In the center of town stood a park circled by a wide sidewalk, the perfect canvas for chalk artists to create all sorts of interesting scenes: Fields of poppies, snow-capped mountains, coral reefs filled with rainbow-hued fish.

How she wished to hop right in – Mary Poppins style – to explore those magical worlds!

Playground Quilt by the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

This week, Jenny is working on a Playground quilt that is as charming as that small-town park. It’s a beautiful jelly roll + layer cake pattern made with easy flying geese, square ...

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April 23, 2021
Handy Dandy Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Handy Dandy quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Handy Andy is a traditional 19th century quilt block. It’s sometimes called Footstool or Mrs. Jones’ Favorite. And, truth be told, it’s ALWAYS made with bajillions of tiny pieces. (Bajillions!) 

But don’t worry! You can count on Jenny to make it easy!

The Handy Dandy quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Using 2.5 inch precut strips and our beloved Clearly Slotted Trimmers, Jenny whips up scores of little half-square triangles and hourglass blocks without breaking a sweat. Best of all, the leftover scraps become a piano-key border! 

We’re calling this charming jelly roll quilt Handy Dandy, but whatever the name, this pattern is an ...

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April 9, 2021
Mother’s Choice Remake Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Mother's Choice Remake quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Jenny is a rescuer of old, antique blocks. 

She sifts through stacks of orphan blocks at yard sales and antique shops, imagining the quilters who started – but never finished – so many years ago.

When Jenny spotted a long-forgotten Mother’s Choice block, she fell in love! And then…she used a sprinkling of Missouri Star magic to make that pattern new again!

The Mother's Choice Remake quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Mother’s Choice Remake is a beautiful, simplified version of the old-fashioned Mother’s Choice. This pretty jelly roll quilt is made easy with half-square triangles, flying geese, snowballed corners, and – best of all – zero Y-seams! 

You may ...

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April 2, 2021
Summer Squares Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Summer Squares Quilt for the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

In winter, quilts are for snuggling. We wrap them ‘round our shoulders like thick, cozy cocoons and pile them on our beds to stay toasty through the night.

But in summertime … those quilts take on a whole new life!

Jenny Doan and the Summer Squares quilt by the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

We carry them to picnics and t-ball games. We spread them out for fireworks and parades. They join us on camping trips and days at the beach. Summer is adventure time for quilts! 

This week Jenny is working on a brand new Summer Squares quilt. It’s a pretty jelly roll pattern based on one of our all-time favorites, Summer in ...

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March 22, 2021
Under The Needle Update from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

I used to be good about posting what was under my needle each month, but it's been a long time since I've had anything to share. However, I've been able to sneak in and out of my sewing room in small 5 minute increments. I'm still cooking for the crew, but we've eliminated breakfasts for them and that frees up some time. I may still cook breakfast for them on occasion when we brand, but in all

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March 19, 2021
Triple Play! Spools from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Natalie, Jenny, and Misty and their triple play spools quilts for Missouri Star Quilt Company.

Did you know? The world’s biggest spool of thread is located right here in Hamilton, Missouri! It’s 22 feet tall, 8 feet wide, and wrapped with ONE MILLION yards of thread. Come for a visit, and you can add a few yards of your own!

Jenny’s Design

World's Largest Spool quilt by Missouri Star Quilt Company.

It’s no secret we love thread, so our newest Triple Play tutorial is all about spools! We’re using charm packs, layer cakes, and 2.5 inch strips to create big spools, little spools, and everything in between! Fun fact: Jenny’s larger-than-life spool quilt pattern is actually a ...

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March 12, 2021
60 Degree Stars Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The 60 Degree Stars Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

The closest star in the night sky is about 25 trillion miles away, give or take. If you plan to visit, be sure to pack a lunch; it will take 75,000 years to arrive. Of course, if you’re short on time, you can create your own gorgeous stars at home!

The 60 Degree Stars Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

This week Jenny is stitching together a breathtaking star quilt made with jelly rolls and the Missouri Star Equilateral 60 Degree Triangle Ruler. 

This pattern produces very little waste, and the bits of extra are used to make a fun, pieced strip for the back of the quilt!

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

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February 19, 2021
Friday Finish: January Stars from Patchwork Sampler Blog

January stars

Wow, my third Friday Finish post in a row! It is so nice to get a few things completed. This week I finished January Stars, so named because I started this quilt in January and I’m terrible at picking names.

January Stars is the second iteration of this quilt. This first one is pretty boring because I used boring scraps. Quilting will do wonders for this quilt, though, so eventually, it will be finished. It was way more fun to work with the happy, bright fabrics on gray winter days.

Going back even further, the quilt was inspired by ...

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February 15, 2021
Coin Quilt Tops Finished from Wedding Dress Blue

That pile of scraps has become two baby quilts.

They are about 35″ x 37″. And it is fun to see them side by side.

They still need quilting, but soon…

Is this something you would like a tutorial for?

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February 12, 2021
Friday Finish: Desert Peaks from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Desert Peaks quilt

This Desert Peaks quilt began back in 2017 on Sew a Jelly Roll Day. I like to hand stitch binding while watching TV in the evening and found this quilt all ready to go. I thought I would have my Ombre Stars ready to quilt but it is taking forever. There is a stash of quilts ready for binding so I always have something when I need a quick finish.

Desert Peaks closeup

The fabric is a Moda jelly roll from the “Desert Blooms” line by Sherry and Chelsi. The background is a Bella solid.

Desert Peaks block

This is a super simple quilt to make ...

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February 10, 2021
Coin Quilt Taking Shape from Wedding Dress Blue

The bits and pieces of a jelly roll project are continuing to take shape.

Into a coin quilt…

I am pleased so far. The frame gives a distinctive look.

And helps to hide tiny differences in the width of the strips.

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February 5, 2021
Solar Flare Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Solar Flare quilt by Missouri Star Quilt Company.

In old-timey movies, the wealthy are surrounded by teetering stacks of gold coins. So, my little-kid self believed that’s what riches were. 

A “few” decades later, I find myself surrounded instead with stacks of fabric. And in my book…that’s even better! 

Solar Flare quilt by Missouri Star Quilt Company.

This week Jenny is whipping up a classic coin quilt with a fun new twist. First, she makes traditional coin stacks out of jelly roll strip sets. Then, she uses the Missouri Star Circle Magic template to add a sprinkling of easy applique circles. The end result is a totally new pattern that is truly out-of-this-world ...

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December 12, 2020
Washboard Road in Batiks from Tamarack Shack


I made a second sample of our Highway 10 Designs Washboard Road quilt and this time used batiks fabrics.  I had two blue batik jelly rolls in my stash and pulled out my favorite blues from those two strip bundles to make this quilt, The first roll was called Fade Blue Jeans by Island batik and the second was called Dot Dot Dot by Artisan Batiks.  I used an off white batik for the background and a blue batik for the border.  


I used an off white So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.  It was a lovely foggy ...

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November 27, 2020
Seeing Spots Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Seeing Spots Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

Hexagon quilts can be tricky, but they don’t have to be! Simply grab your favorite jelly roll strips and our brand new 60 Degree Triangle Ruler. Almost like magic, those six-sided beauties come together in a flash—no Y-seams required!

The Seeing Spots Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

This quilt would dazzle with any 2.5 inch strips, but we sure love Jenny’s choice of Linework and Designer Solids by Tula Pink for FreeSpirit Fabrics. It’s bright, cheery, and oh so fresh! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!

The Seeing Spots Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.
Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

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