Sew With Jenny 2016 Retreat Recap

Sew With Jenny 2016 Retreat Recap

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This past May we hosted our first ever “Sew With Jenny” retreat here at Missouri Star Quilt Company and boy was it a hit! Jenny brought her sewing machine to the retreat center and had a blast sewing along and chatting with everyone there!

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Jenny did her famous Trunk Show for the group (if you’ve never seen it, check our schedule for an upcoming one HERE). It was 2 hours of personal stories about Jenny and MSQC, laughter, tears and tips for quilting with precuts! Jenny also taught a few classes, including the Flying Geese Log Cabin and Pinwheel Party Quilts! Isn’t the Flying Geese Log Cabin Table Runner above gorgeous??

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Jan made her Flying Geese Log Cabin in a darker colorway of batiks and it turned out great! It’s so fun to see how different a quilt can look by using different colors, each as beautiful as the next in its own way.

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Bonnie’s husband surprised her with this retreat and even sent her roses from the local flower shop. How sweet is that?? He deserves an award!

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Denise got a head start on Christmas projects while at the retreat and made a darling Love Notes Star Quilt. Imagine wrapping up in it next to the fireplace with some hot coco. So peaceful!

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How cute are those I Heart Jenny shirts?? This retreat was so much fun and we can’t wait to do it again in the future. If you would like to attend an upcoming retreat, be sure to visit Missouri Star Quilt Company Retreats & Events!

Wild Wild West Quilting Retreat

Wild Wild West Quilting Retreat

WANTED: Fun gals who love to quilt! If you read closely, these lovely ladies’ shirts read “Quilting Gals Gone Wild.” Some people went a different direction with our Wild Wild West theme 😉

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We recently held a Wild Wild West Quilting Retreat here at Missouri Star and it was a blast! The gals loved getting to meet and sew with Jenny! While they were here they had plenty of free time to sew and shop as well as scheduled classes taught by Jenny and Cindy!

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Cindy loved dressing up and getting into character for this one! Check out them cowboy boots, y’all!

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These quilters are so clever! They each received a bandana and decided to lay them out on the table to have everyone, including Jenny, sign them! Isn’t that so fun??

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Thanks for retreating with us at Missouri Star Quilt Co, ladies! We hope you had a blast because we did!!! 😀

If you are hoping to visit Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton, Missouri, check out our complete list of events and retreats here: MSQC Retreats & Events

 

 

MSQC Featherweight Retreat

MSQC Featherweight Retreat

Do you remember back in the day when cars didn’t break down as often and everything was built to last? Those were the good ol’ days! The same goes for Featherweight sewing machines… They’re strong, good quality, lightweight and they get the job done right! That’s why so many people still use them, and we had a whole retreat themed around them! Some wonderful ladies and their Featherweight machines joined us for a fun time of sewing and demos in the beginning of August.

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Aren’t these machines so retro and cute? While the ladies were here they were given a demo on the Quatrefoil Quilt (Click HERE to watch tutorial) along with several other tips and tricks from the wonderful Cindy! They also got to attend one of Jenny’s Trunk Shows!

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Several retreaters took advantage of the Daily Deals during their stay with us, and made some beautiful quilts from it while here! Check out these two quilts that were made using the Bandana and Florals Charm Pack by Dover Hill for Benartex, although the fabric is the same, the two quilts turned out so different and spunky, each as beautiful as the other! The one pictured on the left is the Bordered Periwinkle Quilt using the Wacky Web template while the one pictured on the right is a Charm Big Star Quilt that Tina Jennings made. They’re both so cute!

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If you were in attendance at our Featherweight Retreat and would like to download some of the photos that were taken during the event (for example, if you had a small group shot taken), click here: Featherweight Retreat Photos! We cannot wait for the next time we have a Featherweight Retreat, thank you all for making it such a fun one! 🙂 

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If you are interested in participating in one of our future retreats or events you can find more information by clicking here: Missouri Star Quilt Company Events. We hope to see you there! 🙂

Sew Glamperous: A MSQC Glamping Retreat

Sew Glamperous: A MSQC Glamping Retreat

There is something so exciting and empowering about being around people who are just as passionate about quilting as we are!  Every time we have an MSQC Retreat, we get to be a part of that and it just invigorates us!  Last week, we had such an amazing group of women here for our ‘Sew Glamperous’ Glamping Retreat and we had the best time!  Here’s a little recap.

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First, you may be wondering what ‘glamping’ is… well it’s basically glamorous camping… a style of camping with amenities and, in some cases, resort-style services not usually associated with “traditional” camping (according to google).  So while most people stayed in the retreat center, we had some people bring their ‘glampers’ and they were amazing!  Here are just a couple.

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You can’t have glamping without flamingoes!! 🙂  Don’t they look right at home??

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This glamper lined her awning with lights that were wrapped in jelly rolls!  They looked so cute at night!!

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This mother and daughter duo (below) is from Paducah, Kentucky, home of the American Quilter’s Society Annual Quilt Show & Contest.  Last year they wore their Missouri Star t-shirts to the quilt show and people kept stopping them, thinking they worked for Missouri Star!  Eventually, so many people stopped them that when people would say how much they loved Jenny and the tutorials, they just started saying, ‘Thank you!’ and went along with it! 🙂 We loved hearing their story and were so glad to have them with us for the week!  It was so great to meet you, Lisa and Laura!

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Mr. Jenny did some extra special construction for this retreat… he built the most adorable glamper photo prop!  Here’s Jenny and Ron having a little fun! 🙂

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This is Hope from Nebraska (below).  She came across Jenny’s tutorials when she was trying to make a Jelly Roll Race Quilt as her first quilting experience ever.  At the retreat she was doing her first piecing and did such an amazing job!!  Look how perfectly all of her seams match up!  You’re a pro already, Hope!  I think it’s safe to say that you’re officially a quilter! 😀  (Hope’s son was with her for the week and was just as quiet and well-behaved as anyone could’ve hoped!)

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Some of the activities included one of Jenny’s amazing trunk shows, a mystery quilt class taught by Jenny, antiquing and lots and lots of sewing!!  They even had some visits from Mr. Jenny (Ron) and Rob Appell from Man Sewing, who was in town filming tutorials.  Our retreaters didn’t seem to mind (see photo below)! 😉

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We had such a great time and can’t wait for our next glamping retreat!! 🙂

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If you hope to participate in one of our future retreats or events, you can find more info on those here: Missouri Star Quilt Company Events

Hamilton Visitor’s Guide: Missouri Star Retreat Center

Hamilton Visitor’s Guide: Missouri Star Retreat Center

By popular vote on Facebook, today we’re profiling the Missouri Star Sewing Center (aka “the retreat center”)!

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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!

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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?

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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 retreats@missouriquiltco.com. 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.

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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!

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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!

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There is an outlet next to every table! No worries about tripping over extension cords!

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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!).

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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.

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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?

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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!

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Six private baths are in their own hallway.

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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!

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Each room has a crazy comfy bed and cushy pillow. Bedding is provided, of course. This isn’t a campground, folks! Ha!

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Each room has a counter, mirror and space for hanging clothes.

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And we can engage the room lock codes if you wish.

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Back downstairs in the kitchen, we find some very excellent advice:

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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!

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“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.”

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“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!

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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!