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May 10, 2021
How To: Scrappy Quilt Binding Tutorial from A Quilting Life

Scrappy Quilt Binding featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life

Happy Monday! Today I’m sharing a favorite how-to post from a few years ago. (This post was originally published in July 2015). I’ve also added a brand new video with even more ideas on my process for piecing and sewing a Scrappy Quilt Binding. I hope you’ll enjoy learning about this method for binding and […]

The post How To: Scrappy Quilt Binding Tutorial appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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May 7, 2021
Shortcut Quilt: Jolly Bar Jump from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Jump for joy, because we are releasing our newest Shortcut Quilt pattern: Jolly Bar Jump! This quilt is super simple and quick to make from one of our favorite precuts – the Jolly Bar. Jolly Bars are collections of 5″ x 10″ precut fabric and exclusive to Fat Quarter Shop! By adding a few 5″ square Charm Packs to the mix you can make a whole quilt! It’s an easy project so let’s hop to it!


You can make this quilt in THREE sizes – in a Lap, Toddler, or Twin size. This ...

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Hanging Kitchen Towel Easy Tutorial from Pieced Brain

Hanging Kitchen Towel Easy Tutorial

Check out this Hanging Kitchen Towel Easy Tutorial and make a few in one afternoon. Jazz up your kitchen decor or gift them to family and friends!

I love kitchen towels made with flour sacks – they are very absorbent, easy to clean, and very durable. Some of the ones I use have been in my kitchen for decades! I have a bunch of these sacks just waiting to be made into cute towels and yesterday I spent a couple of hours making this one. Do you like it or do you love it?

I took some photos as I went ...

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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 2, 2021
Hands2Help - A Great Tutorial From Guest Blogger Anja! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Hi, all!

May!  The lovely month of May has arrived, with beautiful springtime weather to enjoy and the end of this year's Hands2Help Challenge in sight.  Today we have another guest blogger joining us - Anja from Nova Scotia, who blogs at Anja Quilts!  Anja is always creating something beautiful, it seems, and she has a wonderful tutorial for us today.  So now I will turn the blog over to her!


Thanks to Sarah for hosting another year of Hands2Help and for the opportunity to guest blog.  I'm Anja, and I blog over at Anja Quilts and on Instagram ...

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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 29, 2021
Double Loop Meander … Easy & Fast Free Motion Quilting Stitch from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

Today I’m showing you how I quilted All the Pretties, our latest Stashin’ with Stephanie pattern.

I didn’t have a ton of time for quilting … we’ve all be there … so I pulled out one of my tried and true all over stitches for a fun, whimsical quilting stitch that is easy and super fast.

The Double Loop meander is very easy to master. You’re just making one loop, then a bigger loop around it going clockwise, switching directions and going counter clockwise for the next set of loops and repeating until your quilt is done.

I ...

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April 28, 2021
Celebrate Mom – 5 Quilt Projects for Mother’s Day from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Vintage Blossom quilt from BLOCK Volume 6 Issue 3.

This year for Mother’s Day, give mom a gift truly from the heart by stitching up a new quilt just for her. We celebrate our mother’s because they have always been there for us; they are both our providers and protectors. This year instead of the traditional route of flowers, blanket her in the warmth and comfort of a quilt to let her know that when she needs you most, you’ll always be there to comfort her.

We’ve picked out five great quilting projects that are ...

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April 27, 2021
Perfect Pattern for Fabrics that are TOO PRETTY to Cut Up! Fat Quarter Friendly! All the Pretties from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

This month’s Stashin’ with Stephanie pattern is perfect for all those fabrics in your stash that are labeled, “Too Pretty to Cut Up!”

The fat quarter friendly pattern uses strip piecing and just a teeny bit of mindful cutting to make sure your favorite motifs are front and center in the final quilt. That means you can show off your favorite prints with NO FUSSY CUTTING!

I turned in my third book to my publisher last week so I got a late start on the quilt and was able to make the entire quilt start to finish in two ...

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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 19, 2021
HST Zanthia Pillow from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Zanthia copy

Welcome back, fabric friends! 

Today we are featuring one of my favorite and easiest way to create a patchwork pillow, I like to call this one "Zanthia" and if you know about basic half-square triangles, then you'll especially love making this pillow. Once you create the HSTs, all it takes is some cutting and rearranging to complete this look! 

Have fun with your fabric choices too, as for this tutorial I kept it simple by using AGF Pure Solids, but play around with some movement by including some prints. 

Let's get started!


Fabric A PE-421 1 ...

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April 16, 2021
Triple Play! Mini Missouri Star, Seeing Double, Supernova from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Years ago – when Missouri Star was just starting out – we held monthly “Friday night sews” at our one tiny quilt shop. 

10 or 12 of us gathered to chat, snack, and quilt. We took turns choosing patterns: Churn dash, log cabin, bowtie. 

When it came time for Jenny to pick a block, she chose the Missouri Star, and … everyone kind of groaned. The Missouri Star was waaay too tricky! Boy, have things changed! 

Jenny’s Design

Mini Missouri Star Quilt by the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

Natalie’s Design

Seeing Double quilt by the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

Misty’s Design

Supernova quilt by the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

This month’s Triple Play tutorial is all about the Missouri Star. And with a few new tips ...

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April 14, 2021
Easy Panel Tote Bag Tutorial from Farm Road Ramblings

applique panel tote bag

I love totes, they're so handy to throw your stuff into while running errands or taking a trip.  At 14.5" H x 15" W, this bag is just the right size for carrying your papers, books, tablet, or whatever stitching project you're working on. When I saw this panel from Lori Holt's Flea Market collection, I just knew it would make a cute bag!

applique panel

I lined the tote with fabric and fusible interfacing to give it some body.  It's washable and reversible too. It's easy to make, I'll show you how. 

What you ...

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April 10, 2021
Cut your blocks faster than ever with my Quick Block Calculator from Cut Stitch and Piece

After I had been quilting for a while, I discovered there were formulas for making certain quilt blocks faster. I thought this was amazing and proceeded to find all the formulas I could. This was great but they had to be calculated properly to work.  Sometimes I would enter a number wrong or add a number when I was supposed to divide. Then there was the problem with cheat sheets. They could be

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April 9, 2021
Star Kissed 2″ Version from Wedding Dress Blue

It is amazing what a difference scale and setting options can make.

Here is the latest size version of the Star Kissed Quilt: 2″. The top finishes at 75″ square.

Here are all 4 together: 1-1/4″, 1-1/2″, 2″, and 2-1/2″.

There are certainly more ways to set and finish them, but hopefully you find these options inspiring.

It is SO much fun to play with tiny squares, and there are SO many ways to use them.

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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 6, 2021
Economy Block Baby Quilt from Wedding Dress Blue

Using THIS TUTORIAL and the the last of the leftover jelly roll scraps that created the coin quilts, I made this baby quilt top.

It was fun to add scraps to make it work. The light blue solid doesn’t show quite the right color here. It looks better in person.

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April 4, 2021
Sew Thankful Sunday, April 2021 from The Crafty Quilter

{I love the idea of “paying it forward”. I think the world would be a better place if we could spread some joy and acknowledgement of good deeds done by others. I try to do that once a month for my Sew Thankful Sunday posts. I highlight some great content that I’ve found on other people’s blogs that I hope will inspire you and reward the originator by bringing traffic to their site. If your blog has been mentioned without your consent, please let me know and I will take you off the current list of featured bloggers ...

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April 3, 2021
FREE Quilt Pattern! Make a Half Square Triangle Patchwork Quilt in 6 sizes! from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

The possibilities are endless fun with Kimberly Jolly and half-square triangles! Kimberly has teamed up with Gina Tell to bring you a FREE quilt pattern in six sizes! By pairing this pattern with the Triangles on a Roll Triangle Paper, this quilt comes together in no time and the possibilities are truly endless! 

We also have the Pointed Possibilities Quilt Kit and Backing Set available too! 


The Pointed Possibilities quilt pattern is a choose-your-own-adventure pattern where the quilt size is determined by the size of Triangles on a Roll Paper you choose! Use 1″ finished ...

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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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