Treat Yourself to a Missouri Star Quilt Co Retreat!

Treat Yourself to a Missouri Star Quilt Co Retreat!

On New Year’s Eve, we had a Mystery Quilt Extravaganza at the Sewing Center and we had a blast!  Each participant was provided with fabric cutting instructions and given two clues before they arrived.

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Here are the blocks they created!  So fun!

Missouri Star Quilt Company Mystery Quilt Extravaganza

Anita Merriman Gibson shared her finished quilt with us.  Great job, Anita!  Thanks for sharing with us!


We have some really exciting events coming up at the retreat!  Here’s a little preview of what’s to come in the next couple of months and you can check out all the details on our Events Page!

  • January 23 – January 25:  Sew When It Snows Retreat with Jenny Doan
    • Join us for a wintertime quilting and sewing retreat! Brave the elements — bring your winter gear, your fancy long john’s and your Union suit. Bring your favorite warm quilt, too!! You may need it!  Activities include: Time for shopping, Jenny will lead us in uncovering the Mystery of the Melting Snowman quilt and roasting hot dogs and s’mores out by the firepit.
  • February 12 – February 15: Chocolate Lovers Quilting Weekend with Jenny Doan
    • What could be better than chocolate and quilting together for an entire weekend?  Join us for a S-W-E-E-T Valentine’s Day quilting and sewing retreat.  Bring your favorite chocolate treats, recipes and your sweet tooth!  We’re going to eat lots of chocolate goodies, have a fun Willy Wonka-like surprise and sew ’til we drop!
  • March 12 – March 15: MSQC Quilters Spa Retreat with Jenny Doan
    • Relax, unwind and get your ZEN on!  Join us for our FIRST EVER quilters spa retreat, just what you’ve been dreaming of!  We’ll have a mystery quilt event with Jenny and a trunk show.  We’ll have open sew and a few optional activities with MSQC staff.  Sign up for a luxurious facial, mani/pedi or massage!  Wear your PJ’s and sew your stress away!

Sewing Center


  • Barb in Indiana

    I was given an Emkedo swing machine from my husbands grandma. It is very heavy. But I sews effortlessly, very quiet. I think the tension is a little off. Here s my dumb question.drum roll…..The book says Emkedo Zig Zag machine. I have sewen for many years, but do they make machines that only zig zag? Maybe that is why the straight stitches look like tension problem? Think I will take it in for cleaning and have theme check tension.

  • Gail Surrena

    Barb in Indiana. In 1953 when my older brother was born, my mom asked my dad to buy her a straight stitch sewing machine. In order to get the machine so she could make baby clothes, my mom finally put the little pink dresses she received at the baby shower…on my brother. He bought her a zig zag sewing machine. Back then you could probably only buy straight stitch or zig zag machines. All that meant was you could do both straight and zig zag stitches…good selling point! I learned to sew on that machine when I was six.

    You probably should get your machine cleaned and oiled. Just curious, have you tried changing the needle? I never thought about changing needles before they broke, until I bought my second Bernina and took the classes to learn how to use and care for it. A good rule of thumb is to change the needle after every eight hours of sewing. If it sounds like it is pounding its way through the fabric, it is also a good idea to change the needle.

    If your thread is pulling up towards the top of your project, you may need to tighten your bobbin tension, slightly. There should be a screw on the bobbin case. Good luck.

  • Julie M

    Any chance there will be a tutorial for the quilt block that was being made at the New Years Eve retreat?

  • Hi Barb! It looks like Gail (comment above) has a great answer for you! Please let us know if you continue to have issues!

  • We don’t have any immediate plans for this, but we will keep it in mind 🙂

  • Sherry

    For a beginner quilter what rulers (square, triangle etc.) would you recommend. There are so many. Sherry

  • ChristieB

    Is there any way that you would sell the instructions for this block. I have been looking for this pattern ever since I saw several quilts made from this block at the Sisters OR quilt show this summer. My favorite was a two “color quilt” using this block pattern. Absolutely love it!!! I am so glad I saw Anita Merriman Gibson’s finished quilt and recognized it! Thanks a bunch!

  • Lisa S Berney

    What is the name of the block in the Jan 6th discussion please?