By popular vote on Facebook, today we’re profiling the Missouri Star Sewing Center (aka “the retreat center”)!
Open to groups of 10 or more, our retreat center can sleep up to 37 quilters! We rent the facility to guilds and groups for private events and also offer several MSQC retreats and “Sew with Jenny” classes. Check out the upcoming offerings here!
Before we get started, we’ll share that TONS of details about booking the center, rates, FAQs, etc are located in this link, so head there for the nitty gritty. In this post, we’ll poke our nose around and check out the sleeping rooms, sewing space, kitchen and show what the retreat center looks like in a million photos (or less). Ready?
When you arrive, you’ll likely find Jean, smiling away while she works at the check-in desk. I like to call her “Jean, Jean the Retreat Center Queen.” Jean can answer questions and show you around (as long as the facility isn’t closed for a private event). Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Here’s a tip: our phone number routs to customer service, so that e-mail is the most direct way to reach Jean about the retreat center.
The retreat center features a full kitchen! Coffee pot, plates, mugs, silverware. You name it, we’ve got it here for you. There’s a nice big counter for serving up food or snacks for your group.
Curious about other food options during your stay? Recently, quilt guilds staying here have ordered Casey’s pizza, grabbed Subway sandwiches (across the street!), dined at J’s Burger Dive and Poppy’s Bakery (right next door!), picked up food at the local grocery store (on the same block!). Some groups bring in continental-style breakfasts and stock the pantry and fridge for their members.
Just off the kitchen is a back deck area, perfect for some outdoor stitching!
The main floor has tables for sewing and also large round tables for gathering, eating or spreading out for some machine quilting. Don’t have your machine with you? You can reserve and rent one of the Baby Lock Melody machines we have on hand!
There is an outlet next to every table! No worries about tripping over extension cords!
The space is BRIGHT! Natural light and indirect lighting fill the room. One of our main goals was a well-lit space for sewing. One recent group vouched for the fact that it is just as bright when you’re sewing at 1 o’clock in the morning!
A sound system is available for spinning some tunes and free WiFi is there for those moments when you want to refer to an online tutorial (we hear there are some cool ones on YouTube. Haha!).
The main floor also features two half baths and access to two main floor bedrooms, each with a private full bath. These rooms feature queen beds and are reserved for those who cannot physically navigate the steps to the second floor. These rooms are not handicapped accessible by ADA standards.
Back by the front door and Jean’s desk is a small sitting area, great for hand sewing or taking a quilting break.
Ready to head upstairs?
Upstairs, you’ll find a large hall with eight sleeping rooms, each with a different number of beds (most twins, some queen). You’ll see LOTS of quilts on the walls in the hallways and bedrooms. The repeated washing and hot water needed to clean the bedding keeps us from putting quilts on beds, but you can bet we’ve covered other available space with quilty goodness!
Six private baths are in their own hallway.
These baths are bright and clean and about as far from “camping” as you can get! Guests keep asking where we bought the towels, so they must be pretty awesome!
Each room has a crazy comfy bed and cushy pillow. Bedding is provided, of course. This isn’t a campground, folks! Ha!
Each room has a counter, mirror and space for hanging clothes.
And we can engage the room lock codes if you wish.
Back downstairs in the kitchen, we find some very excellent advice:
So! That’s the full tour! What’d you think? We’re so thrilled with this building and absolutely LOVE meeting all of the great guests we’ve had the chance to host. Some recent guests included 33 members of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild. They rented the facility for a private event, their annual weekend-long retreat. Here are two photos of their end-of-retreat show and tell, including a few bits of their feedback about the retreat center, in case you want the scoop from a guest perspective!
“Retreat center was clean and so well lit. Room/bathrooms were great, towels were luxurious, mattresses and pillows very comfy.”
“Beautiful facilities, great space, incredible lighting! I didn’t want to leave.”
“This was the best retreat location I have ever been too. From the rooms, to the sewing space to the helpful employees everything was handled with care. Especially enjoyed the tours and learning the history as well as the future plans for the MSQC.”
“The beds were perfection. The fluffy towels were awesome. Everything was so bright, clean and simply decorated. Every single person was so nice and helpful to us. The little treats in our bed at night were not necessary but such a fun surprise. I’ll treasure those.”
“Amazing lighting (AMAZING!), extremely comfy beds, fluffy pillows and towels. Jean could not possibly be a better hostess. So welcoming and happy! The price is an excellent value for the atmosphere and cleanliness and nearby shopping. The sound system and Wifi are wonderful!”
Hearing that feedback makes us so happy! We love this opportunity we have to provide a retreat location for others!
We hope you loved this stop on our tour of Hamilton. Be sure to check out previous posts to get the full tour! Thanks for joining us. We can’t wait to see you here soon!