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September 14, 2019
My Favorite Quilt Block Blog Hop - Last Day, My Day, and Giveaway - Hourglass from Creatin' in the Sticks

the final day of the
My Favorite Quilt Block Blog Hop.

 I'm sad to see this hop end.
My vision became a reality thanks to everyone who played along.

It has been so fun to see all the 
favorite quilt blocks
take center stage for one week
to all that participated or commented -
Thank you so much!

The projects have all been fantastic and the posts have been so inspiring.
I can't wait to start on my next idea from the hop.

But first, it's my day to show my favorite quilt block.

The ...

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September 13, 2019
How to Square Up Hourglass & Pinwheel Blocks: No special ruler required! from Cut Stitch and Piece

This post is a supplementary tutorial for the Shortcut Block Calculator. When using the shortcut methods to make Hourglass and Pinwheel blocks, you often have to "square up" the block to the correct size you need. If these blocks are not squared up properly, you will end up with very wonky looking squares that will only be good for the scrap pile. In this post, I'll show you a simple

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Fancy Flight Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

What do quilters dream of? Flying geese with perfectly sharp points, of course! But sometimes those points get lost in the seam allowance, leaving your little geese tragically beakless. What’s a quilter to do?

In this week’s new tutorial, Jenny demonstrates how to preserve those points with one simple tip.

Psst!! This quilt will be featured in the upcoming issue of BLOCK Magazine (volume 6 Issue 5), subscribe to BLOCK Magazine HERE and don’t miss seeing this quilt in another fun colorway!

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

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September 12, 2019
Giveaway winners, a coupon code & thoughts on tutorials from The Crafty Quilter

Today I get to announce the winners of the Happy Little Things BOM and the UFO & WIP Challenge for August, plus I have a coupon code from Purple Hobbies and some thoughts to share on video vs. written tutorials. That was one long sentence, but keep reading!

Giveaway winners

Let’s start with the giveaway winners. For the Happy Little Things Block of the Month, number 39 (out of 241 comments), was randomly chosen as the winner. That belongs to Linda B., and when asked whether you prefer video tutorials or written tutorials, Linda said, “I prefer written tutorials…but ...

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Introducing My SHORTCUT BLOCK CALCULATORS from Cut Stitch and Piece

I love using quilt block shortcuts but my brain really doesn't do well with numbers. So, I started looking for an easier way to get the measurements for my parent squares without the hassle of math. At first, I thought of having an app made but that would run somewhere around $20,000!! I finally decided to make the calculators online. They are so easy to use and I get my results instantly!!

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September 6, 2019
Building Blocks Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Picture this: You have the PERFECT pack of 10 inch squares. Too pretty to chop into teeny-tiny pieces. Too special to hide away in your fabric stash. What do you do?

Make a Building Blocks quilt! This gorgeous pattern shows off favorite prints with big, easy blocks. Best of all, it’s so simple and quick to put together, even a beginner can waltz right through the whole project! Click HERE to learn how to make the Building Blocks quilt!

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

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Video: How to Sew Quilt Binding 100% by Machine from Craftcore

This tutorial will show you the method that I use to sew my quilt binding in place – 100% sewn with sewing machine stitches.  I rarely hand sew, only when it’s absolutely necessary.  I’m someone who wishes she was a neater stitcher. However, I haven’t been able to force myself to practice more.  If I had to hand-sew my quilt binding in place, I think my work-in-progress pile would be even worse than it is now!  Meep!

Typically, the binding is sewn in place from one side, then folded over to the other side and hand sewn in ...

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September 4, 2019
How to Sew a “Continental” Quilt Block Tutorial featuring Nuncia Fabrics by Pat Bravo from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

My Mom has always told me becoming a Mother was the most rewarding thing that could have ever happened to her. Being a mother of four she loves all her kids the same but has always held her two daughters closest to her heart. There is just something so special about a mother-daughter relationship where your Mom isn’s just a Mom but a best friend. 

This basically sums up Pat Bravo’s inspiration for her latest collection, Nuncia, which is named after her mother and is a tribute to her life and the amazing lessons she left for her ...

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August 30, 2019
Playing with the Quilting Border Patterns in the Brother Luminaire from Quilt Social

I’m an embroidery geek. (Surprise!) It started many years ago when my mom, whom I was working for at the time, announced to me that a few days hence we were running an embroidery class. And I was teaching it. Gulp! For me, the embroidery ‘thing’ just escalated from there.

That was back in the days when domestic embroidery machines were just becoming available, when a 4″ x 4″ embroidery area and a glorified calculator-screen were state-of-the-art technology. Do you remember those days?


One of the first Brother home embroidery models… and still going strong!


We’ve come a ...

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August 29, 2019
Introducing… Let’s Make Art from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Two years ago, Sarah Cray was a freelance artist… selling her prints on Etsy, illustrating books, and just simply exploring her creative freedoms was the life Sarah had fallen in love with. But then, she got a call that would result in her being able to take those passions and share her love of art with the world. The call was from ours truly, Al Doan, the co-founder of Missouri Star Quilt Co. The pair had briefly known each other in college, but after a bad experience in shopping art supplies online, he called up the talented Sarah in hopes ...

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Pattern Connection By Camera on the Brother Luminaire from Quilt Social

Today’s the day! Pattern Connection By Camera on the Brother Luminaire Innov-is XP1, herein referred to as the Luminaire (doesn’t that make me sound official?). You know, when I had initially set up my outline of what Luminaire embroidery features to show off this week, in my head I had a progression of the camera-based tools, starting from easiest to hardest. So I sequenced the Snowman Positioning first, the Scanner Function second, and yesterday we saw how easy the Projector made setup. Now, having not played with Pattern Connection by Camera in a while, I actually thought scheduling ...

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August 28, 2019
Back to school blog hop 2019 from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

It’s back ….. a whole month of tips and tricks from your crafty peers. Join Sam Hunter and friends from September 1. Day 1 – September 1 – Sam Hunter: Sewing Long Seams Without Stretching – Day 2 – September 2 – Susan Arnold – Joining Binding the Easy Way – Day 3 – September...

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A wonderful innovation in design positioning: the Luminaire projector from Quilt Social

Hi! Folks… thanks for taking the time to pop in today, as I continue exploring some of the basic-yet-not-so-basic camera features of the Brother Luminaire Innov-is XP1. “Basic-yet-not-so-basic” – sounds contradictory, doesn’t it? But think about it: all this camera stuff (on a sewing machine, no less!) is pretty darn revolutionary, don’t you think? A mere few years ago, that would have fallen into the category of “What will they think of next?” But really, looking at them, weren’t they so very easy to use?

Yesterday, I looked at the Luminaire’s scanner function, and the day before ...

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August 27, 2019
Design positioning by scanning with the Brother Luminaire from Quilt Social

Oh – I’m so glad you’re back! The Brother Luminaire Innov-is XP1 feature I covered yesterday, scanning the “Snowman” sticker was so easy – you gotta love it. It’s perfect for getting the design exactly where you want it, such as a chest crest on a t-shirt, or a design smack dab in the middle of a quilt block.

But…(yeah, there’s always a but, isn’t there?) what if I kinda want to decide as I go? Like maybe I want to embroider a butterfly design on fabric printed with flowers, and I want the butterfly just ...

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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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Automatic design positioning on the Brother Luminaire Innov-is XP1 from Quilt Social

Hey, Everyone – I’m excited to explore some more of the Brother Luminaire Innov-is XP1 embroidery toys. Last month when I started playing with some of the very cool embroidery features of the Luminaire, I notably left out any use of the camera functions. But you may also recall me mentioning “Method and Madness” or was it “Madness and Method”? So, this week’s method is to showcase the camera options as applied to embroidery. Over each of the next five days, I’ll experiment with a different camera application. Ready to play along?

Today I’ll take a look ...

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August 23, 2019
Mini Rhombus Table Runner Tutorial from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Mini Rhombus Table Runner from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

What if quantum physics was as simple as 1-2-3? What if landing a perfect quadruple jump in ice skating was as effortless as rolling off a log? What if stitching an intricate geometric pattern of lil’ fabric diamonds was as quick and easy as…oh wait! Wait a minute!  That actually IS a piece of cake! 

Mini Rhombus Table Runner from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Jenny’s newest table runner is as quick and easy as it gets. With our small rhombus template, you can zoom through those rows with no tricky y-seams! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!

Mini Rhombus Table Runner Diagram
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August 22, 2019
Last Hurrah: How Did I Do That? from Wedding Dress Blue

TUTORIAL (Sort of):  Last Hurrah Quilt

48″ x 70″

Many of you have kindly asked how I do a quilt like Last Hurrah that I shared with you last week.  If you look closely, it is not strip pieced.  Yep, all single blocks.  But, don’t let that scare you off.  It isn’t that bad.


Here we go!

  1. Color Scheme–I wanted something sort of like a rainbow, but not a rainbow.  You can pick anything, really.  If you are relatively new to scrap quilting, you might find the backing fabric FIRST and then pick colors to go with ...

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August 19, 2019
Little Hourglass Quilt from Repro Quilt Lover

Last post, I laid out goals and a plan for getting more projects to the completion stage.  Now is when I should probably report back on those but, ahem, I’m not ready.  Okay, I’ll be honest because both the goals and the plan accomplished what I hoped they would which was sticking to the same projects long enough to make progress on all three.

quilt blocks in a tray
Three projects…contained by a box and by a plan.
  • Pink Sprinkles: I finished all the squares. That is if you call finishing 105 of 120 all the squares. I am, because the remaining ...

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August 16, 2019
Half-Square Triangle Hooks Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

MSQC New Tutorial on the Blog!
New quilting tutorial with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company

When a favorite 10-year-old was learning to fish, she cast her line with loads of enthusiasm but very little caution. As a result, she made plenty of catches—but none were fish!

She caught one sister by the sleeve of her shirt and another by the ponytail. Worst of all, she hooked her father clear through the nose! (The poor fellow drove all the way to the emergency room with a shiny yellow lure dangling from his right nostril!)

This week Jenny is creating hazard-free hooks with our favorite ...

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