Missouri Star Quilt Co  — Stitchin’ Time Quilting Retreat!

Missouri Star Quilt Co — Stitchin’ Time Quilting Retreat!

 

October 15-19, 2013

Our Retreat Center is open!  We had our first retreat last week and it was such a success, we’ve decided to throw open the doors for a quilters’ get-away October 15-19, 2013. Come for a couple of days or stay all five! Bring your unfinished projects, start something new or finish up all your gifts for the upcoming holiday season at this do-as-you-please retreat.  Sew a few hours a day or stitch ‘til you

The new retreat center

drop! Not sure what you want to work on?  No problem!  You’ll be just steps away from the Missouri Star Quilt Company shop, staffed with friendly, creative folks ready to assist you and chock-full of pre-cut fabrics, fabrics by the yard, quilt patterns, templates, notions and much, much more!

The quilt shop

When you’re ready to get some rest, you can enjoy a hot shower in the privacy of one of our six bathrooms, then you’ll sleep like a log in our comfy pillow-top beds. Twin beds are $69/night and queens are $119/night. Room sizes vary and can accommodate from three to six people, so bring some friends! We’ll provide — + 6 ft. shared sewing tables and chairs    + 24 hr. access to a full kitchen  + tables for cutting  + Baby Lock Melody sewing machines (daily usage fee of $10, reservation required)

we love quilting!

+ Easy access to Missouri Star Quilt Company (just next door!) from 9 am. to 5 p.m. daily, during your stay + The opportunity to meet our Missouri Star Quilt Company quilters + Tours of the Missouri Star Quilt Company warehouse Bring your own food and snacks (Subway and Casey’s General Store have sandwiches and pizza and the grocery store is less than a block away) To make your reservation, use the contact us form or call 888 571-1122 and ask for Jean. We’ll be looking forward to seeing you there!

We have a lot of things in the process…

We have a lot of things in the process…

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We were in the KC Star Newspaper

So much is happening in our little neck of the woods!  Did you hear about our cool feature in the Kansas City Star?!?!  Holy smokes were we excited.  We got a picture on the front page even!  I asked Dad if in all his 17 years of working at the KC Star he ever thought he would be in a picture on the front page, he laughed and said not in his wildest dreams!  We were really just blown away by it all.

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Sneak Peak Anyone? :)

Mom, Natalie and I have been working like crazy on our magazine deadline for the Christmas issue of Quilting Quickly.  ( yup, Christmas already!) We think you guys will love it! WE have filled it to the brim with gift ideas and fun projects to keep you busy all season!!

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Getting ready to add the stone to the front!

Enough of that though….we are also working like crazy on the retreat center. Planning it out, and still in the process of construction!  I am picking out paint colors and flooring, doors and trim…you know, the exciting stuff!  :)

Just FYI, if you want to be on a mailing list where we are sending special updates for the retreat center, make sure you’ve signed up for our retreat info email, we are just sending pics there right now, but eventually we’ll work on pricing and reservations and stuff through that list before we go public with it all. Click here to sign up

 

 

Retreat Center Progress

Retreat Center Progress

Hello Friends,

We have been really improving things on the retreat center, and it all seems to be coming together quite nicely!

The last few weeks we have made some major progress! Several weeks ago we got the insulation installed, and the plumbing rough-in started.  Almost all the electrical has been roughed in…and MAN, it’s looking good!

We have managed to save the old tin ceilings, and will re-purpose some of the old windows for decoration. (eek, my favorite!)

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We have taken the entire front off the building, and are re-designing how it will look.  We will add a double door and windows to the front. I am trying to get my grandpa to design some stained glass windows also. (cross your fingers for me that he says yes!)  Ahh, it’s going to be awesome!!

Here is a peak into our progress:

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Here is how it looks today:  We are almost finished with all the brick tuck pointing! (see the pic at the top)  Hoping to get all the new windows in and doors this week!  We are also starting the sheet-rock by the end of the week, and couldn’t be more thrilled!  (although it will take several weeks to finish!)

We still don’t have a finish date, but are hoping it will be by end of August. Then to start furnishing it and getting it ready for all our amazing forum visitors in October!

I hope you enjoyed seeing a little snippet into our major renovation!  We sure do love a project, don’t we?!

Have a happy day!

Sarah

Riley Blake Fabric Fest!!!

Riley Blake Fabric Fest!!!

We are beyond excited about teaching at the Riley Blake Fabric Fest in Las Vegas in September!  All three of us (Mom, Natalie and I) are looking forward to hanging out and visiting and sewing with you all!!  If you haven’t signed up yet there is still time!  DO IT!  :) If our classes are full and you want a spot, send Riley Blake a note and I am sure we can squeeze you in!!

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We have three awesome classes for you to take!  We will be teaching our adorable ‘Quick and Easy Pinwheels’ with Mom’s (Jenny) method that makes pinwheels a breeze.  If you haven’t already seen Mom’s tutorial on it, check it out, and you’ll be making these quilts like no tomorrow!
The second class we’ll be teaching is the Large Hexagon quilt!! Oh my goodness! This quilt is quick and fun also!  I love HEXAGONS!  And with Natalie’s template you can make these babies all day and not get tired of it!
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The third class we’ll be teaching is the ‘Summer in the Park’ quilt!  This quilt is the coolest! Not like we love any one more than the other, lol.  It looks so hard and yet it’s SOOOOO easy!  I swear, you’ll fall in love with it!
See, Mom's getting crazy already!  :)

See, Mom’s getting crazy already! :)

We have been planning this trip for several months already and can’t wait to meet you all!!  Mom is really looking forward to hanging out in Vegas!  She really believes what happens there, stays there!  Bahahah!  Help us, keep her calm!
We have a fun giveaway for you all today!  We are giving away a mystery jelly roll and charm pack (all of it awesome Riley Blake fabric, of course)
 Just go ahead, and leave a comment to be entered!  And don’t forget to check out the rest of the blogs on the hop!!!
P.S All the quilts shown are the actual quilts we will make in the class!!  So, if you like them you can buy the kits for the class too!!  (all when you sign up through Riley Blake!)
 
During the blog hop, these great sites will be blogging all about Fabric Fest and the wonderful classes they are teaching. They will also be giving away some great prizes, so you’ll want to keep this list close by!
 
Trust us.
You CAN’T miss a single day! 

 

Wednesday, June 5
Jina Barney of Riley Blake Designs
Thursday, June 6
Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet
 Friday, June 7
Elizabeth and Liz Evans of Simply Simon & Co
Saturday, June 8
Nancy Zieman/Deanna Springer of Nancy Zieman.com
 
Monday, June 10
Melissa Mortenson of The Polka Dot Chair 
Tuesday, June 11
Carolina Moore of Always Expect Moore
Wednesday, June 12
Paige Hill of Riley Blake Designs, Jennifer of Tatertots and Jello,
Becky & Kari of U-Create
Thursday, June 13
Amanda Herring of The Quilted Fish
Friday, June 14
Kim Christopherson & Kris Thurgood of My Girlfriends Quilt Shoppe
Saturday, June 15
Bonnie Bailey on Riley Blake Designs
 Monday, June 17
Lila Tueller of Lila Tueller Designs
Tuesday, June 18
Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter
Wednesday, June 19
Lindsay Wilkes of The Cottage Mama
Thursday, June 20
Sue Daley of Sue Daley Designs
Friday, June 21
Eleanor Burns/ Sue Bouchard of Quilt in a Day
Saturday, June 22
Jenny, Natalie, & Sarah of Missouri Star Quilt Company
 Monday, June 24
Andrea Goddard of And I Sew
Tuesday, June 25
Becky, Brooke, Jamie, Kirsten, & Nikkala of The Crafting Chicks
Wednesday, June 26
Deonn Stott of Quiltscapes 
 Thursday, June 27
Sandy Workman of Pine Mountain Designs
Friday, June 28
Sydney Haglund of Memory Quilt Maker
Precut Standardization is here!

Precut Standardization is here!

We’re always getting phone calls and e-mails from you, our beautiful, lovely, patient, loyal, good-looking really good looking, wise customers.  You offer us many excellent suggestions and ideas (and thank goodness you do because we definitely don’t know it all).  As much as we can, we try to incorporate these suggestions into how we run our shop.  That is why we are pleased to announce the standardization of precuts!

As you know, MSQC carries a very broad selection (and growing) of precut fabrics from a bunch of different fabric providers.  The confusing part is that these companies all do the same precut sizes in different quantities.   Take charm packs for example; Riley Blake puts one of each print from a fabric line in their charms, so you could get 22 pieces … or 24 pieces …. or 27 pieces … etc  (you get the idea!)  Moda always puts 42 pieces in their charm packs, even if they have to double or even triple some prints.  Some companies include a flat 40 pieces (with some duplicates).  And other companies do it other ways.  Many of you commented that it was confusing when you watched a tutorial that used a charm pack that included a certain number of squares, and then bought another charm (more suitable to your taste and style) which included a different number of squares.  This also made it hard to easily compare prices of charms, to tell if you were getting good value for your money.  The same went other precuts as well.

So what we’ve done, as much as we can, is standardize the number of pieces that come in precut fabric bundles.  We thank our wonderful fabric providers, most of which have agreed to custom cut for us to make this standardization possible.  Here’s what we decided on, with your advice in mind (each precut lists the standard number of pieces it will include):

  • Charm Packs (5” x 5” squares) – 42 pieces
  • Layer Cakes (10” squares) – 42 pieces
  • Jelly Rolls (2.5” strips) – 40 pieces
  • Turnovers (6” half-square triangles) – 80 pieces
  • Honey Buns (1.5” strips) – 40 pieces

Remember, companies call the exact same precuts by different names (eg – 2.5” x 44” strips can be called jelly rolls, design rolls, rolie polies, roll-ups, stone-strips, etc), so always look for the measurements to ensure you’re getting the correct item!

A few things to note:

  1. This standardization is only starting to happen with newer lines coming out, so you will still see precuts available with a variance of pieces offered inside (our older inventory).
  2. Although most companies are on board with this change, not everyone is, so you should still check to see how many pieces you are getting when you buy a precut.
  3. Since many fabric lines have less prints than the number of pieces included in a precut, many prints are doubled or tripled.  We will be as specific as possible in our description to advise on the composition of what is inside.
  4. Some precuts (like fat quarter bundles and RJR Twice the charms, will still usually carry only one of each print from the line).

In case you’re curious, the reason we chose 42 pieces for the 5” and 10” squares, is because then you can make projects that are 6 x 7 squares, plus with the extra couple of prints, if you don’t like a few (and don’t want to use them in your quilt), you have more remaining squares to work with.

We hope that this change will benefit you, and look forward to implementing even more of your brilliant ideas in the future.  Thanks for being the best customers in the world!  We couldn’t have come this far without you all :)   Happy quilting!