There are 100 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy, and I’m starting to think there are just as many ways to stitch up a star quilt! 4-patch stars, wonky stars, wedge stars, rhombus stars—the list goes on and on!
This week Jenny is working on the easiest star block of all: Night Sky! This pattern is made up of simple half-square triangles, but it’s just as stunning as a whole host of heavenly sparklers! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!
Today on “What’s That?!” Wednesday is the Add-A-Quarter Ruler!
This handy little tool makes it easy to keep your quarter inch seam no matter what project you are working on.
The specially designed beveled lip on this ruler automatically allows quarter inch seam allowance to any angle for your rotary cutter. Great to use when foundation piecing. Plus, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to help fight breast cancer!
This handy little gadget is really great when creating your own patterns to ensure you get the exact size you want while keeping your quarter inch consistent. Click HERE to grab yours now!
Store your new Add-an-Inch Ruler in one of these unique felt storage bins. Place the two smaller bins inside the larger to create a single bin with dividers or utilize all three separately. Grab either jadeorpurple for colorful storage solutions!
Check back with our blog next month for some more great product features! Also, if you are questioning a product and would like some more information on it, feel free to comment or send us a message and maybe that product will be featured in a “What’s That?! Wednesday” blog.
Whether it is your first time or fiftieth time visiting us at Missouri Star, we want to make sure that each and every time you visit, that you have the most successful and pleasant experience! This is why we have curated a list with all of the “tips and tricks” to make your shopping experience go as smooth and seamless as possible!
To begin your shopping journey, we suggest starting in our Main Shop! Once inside you will be greeted and directed over to our tablets, where you can print a shopping pass. If you are familiar with our Quilter’s Cash program, the pass is your account in barcode form, which makes checking out much quicker!
Whereas our other shops are themed, the Main Shop has sections from all of our stores, this is to give you a preview of what is to come before you visit the actual shop. If you don’t have a lot of time to shop, this will be especially helpful so that you can visit only the shops that interest you the most! Before you leave Main, make sure to also grab a map of the town so you don’t miss anything!
With so many quilt shops in one town, make sure to wear comfortable shoes! If you have all day to shop, we suggest going through all of our shops first to preview everything, take pictures of what you like as you go along, then to eat lunch at one of our tasty restaurants in town. After lunch, once your mind is more relaxed, we then suggest going back through the shops to actually start shopping, this way you will know all of your choices before making decisions. When taking pictures of products you like, make sure to also snap a photo of the outside of the shop as well, this way you will know for sure which shop it was in.
Here at Missouri Star we are always thinking of ways to help reduce the environmental impact of items we use everyday, that is why we now offer bonus Quilter’s Cash on every purchase if you use a reusable tote!
Another few things to know while shopping are that each shop will have a restroom available for you to use, we do allow service animals, and if you are needing a break, make a stop in Man’s Land and put your feet up!
There are a couple things to keep in mind when having fabric cut, especially if you are following a pattern. We cut in 1/4 yard increments, so if you are needing a 1/3, we will have to cut a 1/2. Additionally, on our clearance fabric (which is in every store) there is no minimum, we will cut as small as a 1/4 yard. Another helpful tip to remember is that if you are matching fabric from one store to another, we will snip off a small piece for you to carry along, so that you can accurately match.
Once you are all shopped out and ready to leave Quilt Town USA, there are a few more things to remember before you leave! If you are running low on space in your vehicle and would rather have your items shipped home, both our Penney’s Shop and Main Shop will ship home for you at the same rates as online, which means free shipping when you spend $100! Just like online as well, the daily deal and free gifts for spending certain threshold amounts (if there are any), can be picked up in the same shops that we ship out of.
To make sure you remember your trip to Hamilton forever, don’t forget to take a picture in front of one of our gorgeous murals in town!
What started out as one brick building offering machine quilting services to the local community, is now a quilter’s paradise that sees visitors from every corner of the world!
Hamilton is home to 12 uniquely themed quilt shops, a retreat center, a theater for events, many bed & breakfasts, and a variety of restaurants!
Spanning over two blocks is every quilter’s dream, endless fabric! Whether you like primitive fabric, floral fabric, or modern fabric, we have a shop for you! And when you are all shopped out, kick-back, relax, and put your feet up in Man’s Land! Where once inside you will find recliners, TV’s, and even a pool table!
Once a year the team members who work in our shops here in Hamilton participate in a fat quarter challenge. The rules of the challenge are simple, but the results are incredible! They must each pick out two fat quarters and a bag of scraps, after that their imagination can run wild with ideas as there are no rules to what they can create!
When all of the projects have been submitted, they are then voted on by both their fellow team members and our guests in-town until there are 10 left. Once the top 10 are chosen, another vote takes place until the final four are determined!
We were so inspired by their gorgeous creations that we decided to interview the winners to find out more about what sparked their creativity!
1st place, Annette – The theme for her managers’ team is a pineapple, so when she saw a tiny pineapple block, the idea just clicked! Annette enjoys challenging herself and was also looking for a piece to hang up in the dining room of her new home, her hard work paid off!
2nd place, Jennie – After noticing many of our guests bringing in paper piecing projects, Jennie decided to finally give it a try and completely knocked it out of the park!
3rd place, Deb – With her recently built porch looking bare, she decided to create a reversible flag that represents two seasons, made using Jenny’s Ribbon Star tutorial!
4th place, Kamilyn – Inspired by an idea that she found on Pinterest, Kami created this beautiful embroidery pillow that is now in her living room!
Thank you to all of the wonderful shop associates who participated for your hard work and creativity!