Last Friday, I grabbed my neighbor, Norma, and we took a field trip over to Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton, MO.
I had never been to Missouri Star Quilt Company before, and I don’t even know why, since it’s only 75 miles from my house. Relatively close, for any quilter on a mission, right?
It was well worth the drive, it was a beautiful day, and we had a blast!
Missouri Star Quilt Company is the home of Jenny Doan, whose fabulous tutorials have gotten quilters hooked without them even knowin’ what hit ’em.
The shop is just beyond description. They have everything!
I’ll show you the few pictures I took, but they just really don’t even capture it very well. You really should just come see it for yourself!
There’s another room with lots and lots of choices for wide backings. There are many many other sections containing just about any fabric style, design, or color you could want.
They have an entire wall of solids! I wanted that for my studio, too . . .
They can host 48 people sewing, and I think she said they can sleep 47 in the rooms upstairs. There’s a large kitchen, and the round tables you see are the eating area. What you can’t see to the left and right are all the sewing tables set up in rows. Can you imagine the noise that would come from this entire area filled with sewing machines and chatting quilters?
Across the street from the Retreat Center is another of their shops called Sew Seasonal. This shop houses nothing but their holiday and seasonal fabrics: Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Easter, Valentine’s Day, 4th of July, etc. So much fabric!
They also have another building that houses their machine quilters, and we did not get to see that on this day, but we’re going back sometime.
And of course, the warehouse . . . which we also did not see inside of. If you’re not aware, Missouri Star Quilt Company does a HUGE online business. Their Quilter’s Daily Deal is always fabulous! They have several employees who do nothing but cut fabric for mail orders all day long. That’s a lot of fabric!
Missouri Star Quilt Company also has a brand new magazine out, called BLOCK. It’s a beautifully done magazine, featuring projects using mostly precuts, made from Jenny’s tutorials. The first issue has been out for a bit, and we got to see all the quilts from the magazine on display in the shop. Gorgeous!
The photography in the magazine is wonderful, and there are links to the online tutorials from each project as well, so not only can you use the instructions in the magazine, but you can also watch it being done in the online version — a double dose of instruction! And best of all — no ads in the magazine — it’s all quilts and projects and information. Oh wait, that’s not the best thing — the best thing is that it’s only $5.99 — a lot cheaper than some of the magazines currently available.
And you can subscribe — just click HERE to do that. The second issue is coming out right away.
Meanwhile, I have a copy of the first issue that I’m giving away right now! All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on this post. I’ll draw for a winner on Monday, March 31st.
Once you see the first issue, you will want to subscribe . . . just warning you now!
And if you’re ever up for a road trip, I highly recommend Hamilton, MO . . .
UPDATE: The winner of the BLOCK magazine is Marge N.! Thanks everyone for playing along.