Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Unsinkable Jenny Doan!

You know her as the darling of the Missouri Star Quilt Company's YouTube channel and Fons and Porter's Quilting Quickly magazine, that sweet girl who leads you through tutorials with ease. Yep, it's Jenny Doan and we had the pleasure of her company at A Scarlet Thread this weekend!

(image from of Where Woman Create)

We did our best to welcome her in style!

Had lots of her quilts from the summer, fall and winter issues of Quilting Quickly made up into samples, 'cause, you know, we love to make samples!

We put away the Christmas decs and spiffed up the shop and got it all spic and span!

And then they came- over 200 fans of Jenny's in all! They even braved torrential rains to come see their favorite quilter! 

And, then she was there! You could have cut the excitement with a rotary cutter!!

Karen broke the ice with a lovely introduction delivered with her impeccable sense of humor. 

Who is that behind that little quilt? Jenny's husband, Ron. Have hubs, will travel. It's a family affair. No, really, it is. Jenny and her husband have seven children, 4 boys and 3 girls. That's a lot of kids! And those kids have blessed them with 21 grandchildren. That's a lot of joy. :) 

A few of their children are directly involved with the quilt shop and quilting services. Missouri Star started with a long-arm machine and a shelf of fabric. They have grown leaps and bounds in the five years following. It's a true success story, proving her mother's saying that, "If you cast your bread out on the water, it will come back buttered." I love that! 

Make your own sweet baby quilt!

Jenny shared the ins and outs of her method of quilting using precut 10-inch and 5-inch squares and 2 1/2-inch strips. I'm pretty sure that she can do anything with them, like making this stellar snowball quilt.
Pop on over here and start your own snowball fight!

Or this adorable pinwheel within a churn dash block. Cay-ute!
Follow this link to see how!

Every quilt is achievable by beginning and seasoned quilters alike. The challenge is making them your own!
Everyone is pinwheel crazy lately. Get in on the fun!

Once you have mastered the art of half square triangles, the quilt possibilities are endless!
I love how this quilt self-frames itself. Gorgeous!

Jenny made the X's and O's quilt using Wildflowers from Moda. It was a gorgeous line with really rich color and wonderful florals. Want your own X's and O's quilt? Dig in here!

Once you have the basics of each block in your brain, you can start combining them to make other awesome quilts! This one combines the X block and the Scrappy Four Patch (joined into a 16 patch) into a very handsome quilt!

Go out on a limb and make a few strip sets that will have your mind racing with possibilities! This is called Summer in the Park. This might just make summer bearable. 

Need a quilt in a jiffy? Try this Rail Fence made with a layer cake and a jelly roll. Can't get much faster!

Have you heard of the Wacky Web templates? There is really nothing wacky about them. They make beautiful quilts, like the Periwinkle Quilt. Want your own? Start right here!Well, you know that all good things must come to an end and that means shopping! Lots of shopping to get all of the tools needed to make all of these beautiful quilts!

But Jenny didn't stop. Nope, she  took the time to chat with each fan that came to see her and sign their magazines, templates and even a quilt block or two. That's just how she rolls. 

I have to say that we are smitten with Jenny Doan and her wonderful and patient husband, Ron. You guys are the best. 

And, yes, here is a gratuitous shot of me with Jenny and her hubs in the background. Karen snapped this for me eking out the last bit of battery life in my camera. Phew! I am so grateful to have met this sweet girl 

Head on over to see more, more, more fab tutorials on the Missouri Star YouTube Channel. You'll be glad you did!

Y'all come back and see us, okay?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Strippin' in the New Year!

I would kind of like to see the face of the person who found this post on Google. I am sure they are disappointed. Bwahahahaha! There was no disappointment to be found at Strip Club this time though! There was a lot of cute stuff. Cute stuff,  indeed.

Kris made this adorable Queen of the Nile quilt. I love how the girls pop off the black background! This would be a sweet baby quilt for a little girl. I would add some French knot eyes, just for a fun detail. :) 

Susan made a darling chevron baby quilt and she brought a few of her sister, Karen's, scrappy change purses and wallet-

Love these! So cute and so easy-peasy for quick gifts!

Lisa Marie loves the Yellow Brick Road pattern and this version made with happy Dr. Seuss fabric is pretty spiffy!

LaTonda ventured out on her own, making this gorgeous wall quilt of a West African woman and

doing a little thread sketching. Just look at the detail in those hands! Remarkable. 

No, Karen is not popping out of Thomas' Mondo Bag. It just looks that way. Oy. 

Okay, Marjorie wowed us all with her Christmas Ribbons quilt. She remembered the name and that it came from a book but could not remember which one! A quick search on Google and I was able to find that this pattern comes from Scrap Basket Surprises by Kim Brackett. You're welcome. 

Liz utilized some of her many scraps to make this darling half square triangle baby quilt. I see a theme here!

Guess what our Marge got for Christmas? A quilt shop! How precious is this? It even came with tiny quilt. :) 

Hillary made her own Mondo Bag (really, this is the most popular bag pattern in the shop!) using High Street. Luscious, luscious!

Well, guess who forgot to snap a picture of the new Strip Club quilt before she took it down and hung it up in the shop? Yeah, me. So here it is hanging in its spot of honor! The pattern is Blurred Lines and it is made with gray-blue and mocha batiks. It's gorgeous. 

As most of you know, we have a special visitor coming to the shop this coming Friday and Saturday. Yep, it's Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company fame and we are thrilled! We can barely contain our excitement, seriously. The shop has been spiffed up for her visit, and for yours, and we will be waiting with bells on! Photos? Why, yes, there will be. :) I wouldn't forget you.