Employee Fat Quarter Challenge 2019

Employee Fat Quarter Challenge 2019

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!


From left to right are the top four winners of the 2019 Employee Fat Quarter Challenge!

Thank you to all of the wonderful shop associates who participated for your hard work and creativity!

Click here to shop all of our fat quarter bundles!

National Pet Day at Missouri Star

National Pet Day at Missouri Star

Let’s face it, our pets are family. We spend the majority of our time with them, they are always there when we need them, and they may even be the keeper of your secrets.

Here at Missouri Star our employees are family. With that being said, we thought the perfect way to celebrate National Pet Day would be to share our wonderful employees’ pets, throw it back to some of our fun pet themed tutorials, and also showcase our pet fabric and products!

 National Pet Day at Missouri Star
Aren’t they all just so adorable?!
National Pet Day at Missouri Star
If you are a quilter, then you more than likely have an abundance of scraps! Before you toss them in the trash, check out this tutorial on how to make a bed for your four-legged friend using all of your leftover bits and pieces!
National Pet Day at Missouri Star
You won’t believe how easy appliqué is with these adorable precut pre-fused packs!
National Pet Day at Missouri Star
For your special cat loving friend, we have a darling cat quilt tutorial that comes together with ease using precut 10″ squares!
If you are looking for a quick and easy project to make for National Pet Day, then look no further with these fun pet themed quilt as you go kits!
 National Pet Day at Missouri Star
Cuteness overload!

Click here to shop all of our pet themed fabric!

Tell us about your furry friends in the comments!

Local Business Spotlight: Hy-Klas

Local Business Spotlight: Hy-Klas

Local businesses are vital for small towns like Hamilton! They each have so much to offer, not only in terms of the services they provide, but their history as well!

Welcome to Hy-Klas, the local grocery store ran and owned by Mark and Vicki Ward!

Local Business Spotlight: Hy-KlasHy-Klas opened in 1938, a business that Vicki was later born into. Whereas Mark began working at Hy-Klas as a bag boy in the 70’s. Soon after Hy-Klas brought them together, they were married and had three daughters, all of whom have been involved in the family business. The couple then took over the company in 2006 from Vicki’s parents. After 41 years of marriage, Mark and Vicki successfully run two Hy-Klas grocery stores, one in Hamilton and the other in Polo.

Local Business Spotlight: Hy-Klas

Local Business Spotlight: Hy-KlasHy-Klas is an inviting store full of delicious foods, fresh produce, and friendly employees! The environment radiates that small-town, cozy feel and if you get hungry while shopping, make your way over to their deli and grab a tasty sandwich!

Local Business Spotlight: Hy-Klas

Plus, Blue Bell ice cream is finally back in stock! Come get it while the shelves are still full!

A lot has changed over the years, but something that hasn’t changed is the company’s belief in giving back to the community. They contribute regularly to the local churches, schools, fire department, and even us! Hy-Klas have played a huge part in our events and retreats by going out of their way to make sure we always have what we need when you come to visit!Local Business Spotlight: Hy-KlasNext time you are in town, make sure to stop in and say hello to all of the friendly faces at our local grocery store!

Missouri Star Shop Feature: Machine Shed

Missouri Star Shop Feature: Machine Shed

Do you love sewing machines and all of the latest gadgets? If so, our Machine Shed Shop is the shop for you!

Missouri Star Shop Feature: Machine Shed

Once inside you will find everything from templates to thread, rotary cutters, and even a wide array of Baby Lock and EverSewn sewing machines!

Missouri Star Shop Feature: Machine Shed

Templates galore! In addition to our Missouri Star templates, we also carry a multitude of other brands in every shape and size for all of your quilting project needs.

Missouri Star Shop Feature: Machine Shed

Two of our best selling sewing machines are the EverSewn Sparrow 30 and the EverSewn Sparrow 25 (the machine Jenny currently uses). Both sewing machines are great for all skill levels and are packed full of features at attractive price points!

Missouri Star Shop Feature: Machine Shed

Take a look at this gorgeous rainbow wall of thread! Between our Main Shop and Machine Shed we stock a variety of different brands such as: OMNI, Aurifil, King Tut, Gutermann, and even our own line of Missouri Star thread.

Missouri Star Shop Feature: Machine Shed

Meet Shelby, one of our fantastic employees! She is an avid quilter herself who enjoys listening to our guests’ stories and assisting them in finding the right tools for their projects.

Missouri Star Shop Feature: Machine Shed

Inspiration is everywhere here at Missouri Star! Everything from the quilts on display, to the bolts of fabric, and the murals will leave you awe-inspired! While in the Machine Shed make sure you also check out the motivational quotes on the walls.

Missouri Star Shop Feature: Machine Shed

There are only two elevators in all of Hamilton and our Machine Shed Shop is home to one of them! Take the short ride up to four more of our uniquely themed quilt shops: Seasonal, Backing & Trims, Modern, and Kids & Baby.

Missouri Star Shop Feature: Machine Shed

Missouri Star Shop Feature: Batik Boutique

Missouri Star Shop Feature: Batik Boutique

While it may be winter here in Hamilton, once you step into our Batik Boutique you will be transported to a tropical island filled with gorgeous hand-dyed fabrics!

Batik Boutique at Missouri Star Quilt Co

Batik fabric is created using a unique dyeing process in which wax is used to resist the dye. Where the wax is placed results in the design on the fabric, which can then be repeated to create even more intricate designs.

Considering that most batiks are manufactured in Indonesia, our shop was designed and decorated accordingly. From the blue stamped concrete, to the pebbled checkout counter and all of the island themed decor, no detail was left out!

Missouri Star Shop Feature: Batik Boutique

Batiks come in every color of the rainbow and almost any design you could imagine.

Missouri Star Shop Feature: Batik Boutique

Let your creativity run wild with all of our stunning shop samples and the precuts to make them below.

Missouri Star Shop Feature: Batik Boutique

Look at these fun safari themed batiks that would be wonderful for any animal enthusiast!

Missouri Star Shop Feature: Batik Boutique

While in our Batik Boutique you may also run into Beth, one of our amazing employees here at Missouri Star! Beth is an avid quilter who loves to assist and share her knowledge with our guests.

Missouri Star Shop Feature: Batik Boutique

Check out these rich tropical batiks that were used in Jenny’s original Out of Time Quilt.

Missouri Star Shop Feature: Batik Boutique

Our Batiks shop has had quite the history! It was a bicycle shop near the turn of the 20th Century, until it was sold and converted into a barbershop, with a corner devoted to the town watchmaker and watchsmith. The shop then became a doctor’s office and later turned into a 2nd hand store before Missouri Star bought the building.

Missouri Star Shop Feature: Batik Boutique

Enjoy a 360° view of our Batik Boutique: http://bit.ly/batikboutique360

Batik fabrics make beautiful quilts! Below are three of Jenny’s most-recent quilt tutorials using these hand-stamped fabrics. Be sure to click the image to watch the tutorial!

Crown Quilt 

Crown Quilt

Summer School Quilt

Summer School Quilt

North Star Quilt

North Star Quilt

Shop all of our gorgeous batik fabric: http://bit.ly/merch_batiks0219