Cassie is a quilter in our long arm department and has been at Missouri Star for six months. She’s got a pretty cool sewing story!
Do you sew? I did not sew before becoming employed at MSQC. However; working in quilting and seeing everyone’s amazing creations is so inspiring, I’ve got a couple projects of my own going now as well as a list of future ones!
Do you have a favorite fabric? Civil War prints!
What’s the best thing about your job? It’s so wonderful to have a job that I look forward to every day. I love seeing all of the finished quilts that come through our quilting department; the talent, creativity & effort put into each quilt is incredible.
McCall is our Summer Hospitality Management Intern and has been with us since February!
Any special experience that helps you with your role? For me it is the other way around… Later on in life I will be able to say that MSQC gave me experience. I have learned SO much about the hospitality industry this summer. It had been an awesome experience!
Do you have an interesting story about how you got the job? I started in the shipping department as a member of the original night crew my senior year of high school. I worked part time after school & on weekends, and full time the summer. That was the summer I learned why my parents are exhausted come Friday! Then I went off to school at University of Missouri, Columbia to study Hospitality Management. Knowing that the company was going to finance restaurants I talked to Al about connecting me to the right people to be able to work there (not that I didn’t want to work at MSQC, but I needed experience in the industry of my major). Little did I know, I would be getting plenty of experience. This summer I am covering every sector of Hospitality Management: Food & Beverage, Event Planning, Tourism, and Hotels & Lodging. I work in Poppy’s Bakery during her busy times. I am the coordinator for the company’s summer out door theatre events, Movies In the Park. I give company wide tours to our customers. And, I am the Retreat & Sewing Center’s assistant coordinator. I am most commonly found in the Retreat & Sewing Center with Jean. That place had become my summer home. The running joke is that I do almost everything besides anything with quilting. But truly, in this company you can’t escape the quilts!
Do you sew? Yes! When I arrived home after my first day of work back in February of 2013 there was a brand new Singer sewing machine sitting on my counter top, courtesy of my grandma. She was SO excited for me. With the soon arrival of my new baby cousin, Haley, my mom and I got started on a quilt for her using my new machine. We chose a chevron quilt made with Ty Pennington Fall 2012 and white. It turned out great and is still her favorite quilt! I hope to start on my second quilt some time this summer. And this time it will be for myself!
Do you have a favorite fabric? I am in love with Rowan Jones! The colors are mellow and aztec is just funky enough for me.
What do you like best about your job? My co-workers are the best thing about this company. In shipping I had many co-workers, but now I work very closely to Jean, the Retreat & Sewing Center coordinator. She is a saint. Hands down.
Anything else about yourself that you wish to share? My boyfriend Riley and I have been together for two and a half years. He is a welder and is currently working a pipeline job up in North Dakota. We rock at this long distance stuff! I have 5 siblings, an older brother, two sisters in middle school and 2 brothers in elementary (basically the Brady Bunch). We have a lot of fun when we are all together. Family first! My hobbies are baking and crafting. After graduation and before I start my family I hope to flip houses in my free time. My addiction to HGTV is responsible for that dream.
The construction crews have sure been busy around here and we want to share some of their hard work with you!
The new batik shop is getting a bit of a facelift! This shop sits across the street from the main shop, between Sew Seasonal and Penney’s Quilt Shop.
And the inside will be transformed before we know it, but this was the view about a month ago:
Across the street and down the block, the new Blue Sage restaurant is getting closer and closer to the finish line!
A tad different than our last update, right? Totally new entrance, an outdoor patio and a more accessible walkway. And the steps up to our studio were stained, too!
Inside, the seating area is taking shape. Some really unique and striking fixtures are planned! Chad, the Chef, designed them and we are excited to see the finished product!
Check out this awesome podium when you first walk in the door. Can you picture it finished? So cool, right?
Each week brings more and more big changes as updates to these construction sites. So stay tuned! We’ll be back with more soon!
Today we’re off to meet Dani and Wade, who both work in the shops!
Dani is relatively new to MSQC, having worked here for three months.
Do you sew? I do sew. I haven’t had time to work on much lately but I enjoyed hand sewing quilts.
Favorite fabric? Layer cakes!
What do you like best about your job? MSQC has a great, welcoming environment. Everyone is always ready to share a laugh and help each other out. It is also really neat to meet so many different people, especially the customers who travel far distances just to visit the shop.
Wade has been with MSQC for 9 months. Perhaps you’ve seen him in the main shop during a recent visit?
Do you sew? I do sew! I just finished my first quilt top using Jenny’s half-square triangle tutorial. Super easy! I never thought in a million years I would make a quilt, but here I am. Quilting is very enjoyable.
Any funny work stories that can you can share? A few customers have told me they love me before.. But I totally love them back! I also enjoy taking pictures for all the excited tourist that come into the shop.
What hobbies do you have? Photography, cooking/baking, playing the piano
Favorite fabric? Hearty Good Wishes
What do you like best about your job? Besides working for such incredible people, I would have to say meeting so many wonderful people. All of our customers are incredible and make the day go by in an instant. It’s the best job I could ask for.
We hope that you get to meet these two fantastic people if you are in the shops soon! Catch up on all of the “Meet Missouri Star” posts here.
Today’s stop on the Hamilton Visitor’s Guide series is J’s Burger Dive! Nestled next to the main shop, right beside Poppy’s Bakery, J’s is a great spot to grab some lunch, dinner or one of J’s fabulous milkshakes!
You can choose to dine inside….
…or on the shared outdoor patio! Umbrellas are in place now for the summer!
The staff at J’s serves up tasty burgers and fries from 11am-8pm Monday-Saturday! Triple burgers! Cajun fries! Garlic pepper fries! Ranch fries! Yummo!
This is J! John is a former Navy diver, thus the name for his eatery.
Here’s the full menu:
The milkshakes have become SUPER popular! J and his staff made over 500 the first week and haven’t slowed down since!
J’s proudly serves up Blue Bell ice cream. A constantly rotating set of flavors means you’ll always find something yummy!
This crew of ladies visited the quilt shops from California, Missouri (yes! That’s a real city!). We caught them taking a mid-day ice cream break and they gave the ice cream a giant stamp of approval.
Be sure to stop by J’s when you’re in town! You won’t be sorry! And if you’re looking for more to see and do around Hamilton, check out the rest of our Hamilton Visitor’s Guide series!