Slumber Party Quilting Retreat Recap February 2016

Slumber Party Quilting Retreat Recap February 2016

Here in Hamilton, MO, where you can find 12 Missouri Star Quilt Shops, we host at least one themed Quilting Retreat each month! February brought us the “Slumber Party” Retreat.

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Jenny gave one of her famous Trunk Shows that had the audience laughing, crying, Ooo-ing and Aah-ing. Mr. Jenny (Ron) has the strongest arms in the quilting industry, as he serves as Jenny’s quilt holder and assistant in each of her trunk shows! Talk about a loving husband! ūüôā

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This particular retreat¬†is a favorite because¬†those who attend don elastic waists and slippers for the entire weekend (and don’t we all like to be comfy when we’re engrossed in a new quilting project??). Even some of¬†our shop gals and guys dressed in their PJs so that our retreaters could feel comfortable shopping in their favorite PJs. And of course, we quilt.

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We had some organized quilting projects as well as some impromptu little projects, which everyone loved.

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We had a great group from around the states, from New York to California and many states in between! It is so much fun to meet ladies from all over the United States and sometimes the world. Quilting is what stitches¬†us all tighter and no matter where we are from we all speak the same language, “Quilt”.

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If you would like to attend a future retreat, you can find them here: Missouri Star Quilt Company Retreats and Events Page.

Rob Appell’s Man Sewing Surf’s Up Retreat!

Rob Appell’s Man Sewing Surf’s Up Retreat!

We had so much fun last week because Rob Appell from Man Sewing was here filming tutorials, followed by the first ever Surf’s Up Retreat at Missouri Star Quilt Company! The retreat started with Rob’s Trunk Show, which was so amazing! There is something special about a trunk show. Each one is so unique to that specific quilter and even though we’ve been working with Rob for about a year now, we were reminded of Rob’s good heart and the journey that has led him to where he is today! Thank you, Rob for not only teaching us about quilting, but about overcoming obstacles, gratitude, hard work, and love for family. Your honest, vulnerable storytelling was such a treat and we’re so glad that you’ve decided to be a part of the Missouri Star family.

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Rob rolls up his quilts, so they won’t get fold creases. Isn’t that so smart? Let’s take a look at some of the other quilts Rob shared.

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I always knew I loved his work, but the stories behind them make them even more beautiful! It was so exciting to see them in person… sometimes photos just can’t do a quilt justice. This next one is the Color Strata quilt, featured in Rob’s new Color Strata Book! The tutorial is coming very soon!

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You have to take a step back from this one to fully appreciate it…

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If you’ve never seen Rob’s Endangered Species Quilt series, they are even more¬†incredible in real life! Rob teamed up with Michael Miller Fabrics and their Fairy Frost fabrics to create a series of quilts to raise awareness for endangered species and donates a portion of pattern sales to¬†help support these animals and those who care for them.

 

So amazing! Here’s the whole group! Jenny Doan attended the trunk show and we even put Ron (Mr. Jenny) to work holding up the quilts for Rob! ūüôā

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During the retreat, Rob taught his ever popular 3 Dudes Quilt with a twist and had fun making ‘stained glass’ when it caught the sun! ūüôā

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With Rob’s quilts on the wall, it feels like everyone is working in an art gallery! So beautiful!

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We’re so glad that all of you retreaters could be here and Rob as well! Here’s to the next one! If you’re interested in attending a retreat at Missouri Star Quilt Company, visit Missouri Star Quilt Company Retreats & Events!

Be on the lookout for Rob’s own post about the retreat, coming soon at mansewing.com!

 

Batik Boutique in Hamilton!

Batik Boutique in Hamilton!

Exciting things are happening here in Hamilton! ¬†It’s starting to look and feel like spring, the sun is shining (most of the time) and Downtown Hamilton is looking better than ever! ¬†Recently, our new quilt shop opened, called the Batik Boutique. ¬† That’s right, we’ve filled an entire shop with beautiful batiks!!

 

Batik is a special dying process for fabrics, where wax is used to resist the dye, creating a beautiful pattern and texture. ¬†We’ve found that when a customer loves batiks, she really LOVES batiks. ¬†So, now you’ve got one special spot to be surrounded by all of your favorite batiks!

Here’s a little tour of our Batik Boutique!

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Gorgeous, rich colors with tons of dimension and beautiful prints!

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Our shelves are almost filled up! ¬†We’re getting new fabrics every day!

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Look at how rich and beautiful this batik chevron quilt is!  Wow, we love those deep navy fabrics!  It has so much depth and movement, which is definitely an advantage to working with batiks.

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Batiks can be so fun when they are paired with a black solid fabric!

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It’s amazing what can be done with this batik technique! ¬†Look at these patriotic prints that add yet another layer of interest to these fabrics!

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Of course, we also have some fantastic precuts of your favorite Batik fabrics!

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I especially love batiks that are bright and cheery like these ones!  We have every color of the rainbow!  This is a great way to add a little extra dimension and interest to your quilt instead of using a solid fabric.

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Browse our entire collection of batik fabrics! ¬†On your next visit to Hamilton, we hope you’ll stop in to the Batik Boutique and say hello!

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