Under Construction

Today we’re bringing you a quick peek at some more of the progress here on the main drag in Hamilton.

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Brick work is underway on the next quilt shop (#5!), which will open this summer. This one will be our batiks shop! As you can see, it sits right next door to the Sew Seasonal shop.

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Across the street, back on the same block as the main shop, is a new restaurant named Blue Sage. This building has been home to restaurants before, but it’s getting a bit of a redesign for Chef Chad Rigby, seen here giving the project two thumbs up! The outdoor patio was just poured last week. Yahoo!

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Blue Sage will be a great place to take a date or to sit down for a nice, fancy lunch after some quilt shop hopping. We can’t wait to share more as the restaurant gets closer to opening (this summer!).

Seeing this buildings hopping with activity and full of construction crews sure is a pretty sight and makes our hearts so happy. We’ll get back to work so it can be finished in time for your visit!

Meet Missouri Star: Anna & Becky

Today we’re stopping by to meet two fantastic ladies in the customer service department. The entire department truly prides itself on hunting down any information a customer might need… right down to the brand of shirt Jenny was wearing in a certain tutorial (True story! You think we’d make that up?!). Ready to meet Anna and Becky?

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Anna has been with MSQC for three months now and jokes that she landed the job by “begging Sarah! I just love her!” She doesn’t quilt yet, but- watch out, folks!- she’s purchased her first layer cake and is going to give it a try! She loves it when customers tell her the stories behind their quilts.

Favorite fabric? Civil War prints

What do you love most about your job at MSQC?  I have lived here for 40 years. This town looks awesome since MSQC has came to town. Everyone is just so nice and fun!

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Becky

Becky is quite the dynamo! She joined the MSQC family a year and a half ago and is now the Customer Service Manager. She loves to talk and visit with new people. “Talking is a skill that I have mastered through the years!! My husband says I could have a conversation with the wall!”, she jokes.

Do you sew? I do sew. I have made a couple of quilts. My 10 year old son has started to quilt, as well! He just got back his very first quilt from our quilting department and he takes it every where with him!

Any favorite fabrics? Minnik and Simpson jelly rolls!

Do you have a good work story to share? Oh my gosh…where do I start. I have had the chance to meet and talk to some of the best people from around the world! Recently, one of our frequent machine quilting customers from San Francisco came to visit. I went to lunch with her! She was a superstar in my eyes and it was so exciting. I have been on the phone with two ladies from Israel when they started fighting! This last Christmas I got to play Santa Claus for two wonderful husbands that gifted their wives a retreat for Christmas. I called the ladies during the time their families were opening presents and told them the exciting news. It was so fun and the ladies couldn’t believe it!!! These are just a few of the many memorable moments from my days here.

What would you share about your life outside of MSQC? I am married and have one son. We are very active in 4-H. I have lived in Hamilton since I was 3 years old and would never live anywhere else. We live on a 85 acre farm just outside of Hamilton. I love helping my husband farm and my son with his prize show pigs. We are a very typical Midwestern family wouldn’t trade it for anything! 

What do you love most about your job at MSQC? I love the family atmosphere. The Doan family is so caring and understanding! I couldn’t ask to work for a better family! I also love talking with quilters from around the world, listening to their stories and making new friends. I really do have the best job in the world!

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See? I told you they were awesome. We’ll return to Customer Service again next week to meet two more crew members! In the meantime, you can catch up on all of our Meet Missouri Star posts!

 

Hamilton Visitor’s Guide: Missouri Star Mercantile

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Did you hear the news!? We have a brand new shop! Missouri Star Mercantile is at 104 N Davis, just a few doors down from our main shop.

The collection here includes our reproduction fabric lines! Want to look around?

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You’ll find our Kansas Troubles fabrics, including that super popular Five & Dime quilt from Loose Change, designed by Lynn from Kansas Troubles!

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Downton Abbey, Jo Morton, Barbara Brackman fabrics (among so many others!)…

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And a big selection of of colorful 1930s reproduction bolts!

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We had an absolute blast decorating this store! From the light fixtures and the furnishings…

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…. to the big window displays!

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Missouri Star Mercantile hours match our other shop hours… Monday thru Saturday, 9am-5pm! We can’t wait to see you here! If you have a visit to Hamilton planned, be sure to check out the rest of our Visitor’s Guide series!

Meet Missouri Star: Amanda, Carol & Dylan

Today we’re back in the shipping department to meet more of the crew working to get your orders out the door! This department set a new MSQC record recently and we want to pause the get-to-know-MSQC fun to share about it!

On Friday, May 16th, they 2303 packages out the door. AMAZING! We can’t say enough great things about the people in this photo. They LOVE our customers and are truly just as fun to work with as you can imagine. Way to go, shipping crew!!

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Ready to meet some more of them?

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As you can tell from her photo, Amanda is a shy and quiet employee who started working here this spring. Don’t worry, though. We’re working to help her come out of her shell. *wink* 

Do you sew? My Grandma taught me how to sew along with crochet many years ago. Kinda got away from it when she passed away 11 years ago. I still sew simple things and patch, but after starting at MSQC I have found the desire to start getting back into it! Now to just decide what project I want to start with!

Any favorite fabrics you see while working? I love the variety of so many fabrics to choose from. Seeing the new stuff come in is pretty awesome.

Favorite thing about working at MSQC? Working with a great bunch of people is very refreshing!

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Carol

Carol is the Training Manager and prior to that, she managed the shipping department. She made the transition from customer to employee three years ago and we couldn’t be happier! 

How’d you land the job? I was a customer at MSQC before I was an employee. I was so happy to learn that a quilt shop was coming to Hamilton. I had been wanting to learn how to quilt. I took the very first class that was offered back in November of 2008. It was the zigzag table runner class. Some time later, I happened to be shopping in the store one day when Sarah asked me if I knew of anyone who needed a job. I said, well, maybe me. The rest is history.

What types of projects do you like to make? I quilt and love it. I have a goal of making everyone in my family a quilt. I also make baby quilts and love to give home made gifts. They just offer that extra special touch to show the gift getter some special love.

Favorite fabrics? I love all of the fabric that Deb Strain creates!

Do you have a funny work story to share? We like to take a little extra time to give our customer a little special attention in shipping by writing a hand written note on each order. Several of us at various times have been writing a note and maybe doing a little talking at the same time. Some notes that we have had to white-0ut include, ‘Thanks for the weekend’ and ‘Thanks for the water.’ Ha!

Any parting words for blog readers? I have been married 31 years. We have one son, a daughter in law, a granddaughter who is four and grandson who is 19 mos old. We love to travel on our Ultra Classic Electra Glide Harley Davidson. Besides quilting, I also love to read and am active in church activities. I have lived in Hamilton almost all my life and am ecstatic that our little town is coming to life, and has hope and a future. It means so much to me that it is hard to put it into words. (Missouri Star note: Aw! The feeling is mutual, Carol! We love this town, too. And our employees? We can’t ask for better!)

What do you love most about your job? Our employers make sure to let us know how much we as people and the work we do is greatly appreciated. We are told and made to feel that way in many different ways. Not something that I have experienced in such a way at other places I have worked. 

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Dylan

Dylan has joined MSQC about seven months ago. He doesn’t sew, but fabrics with camouflage or outdoor imagery catch his eye when they come through shipping. Speaking of camo…. Dylan loves being outdoors, hunting and fishing. Another fun fact? He works with his mother, Anna!

And the best thing about your job? The work environment is great. Everyone that I work with keeps the mood of the work place all happy. I feel like I’m just part of a big family and always feel very welcome as if we are all just a big family.

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Aren’t they so great? We hope it’s fun for you to put some faces with those notes in your packages! We’ll cover more shipping crew members later. Next week, it’s off to customer service!

Fabric Friday: Quilt Market Edition

Fabric Friday is taking a slight detour this week in order to share a bit about our trip to Quilt Market last weekend. We headed to Pittsburgh, PA for Spring Market this year. Everything you see here will be shipping to stores in the coming months, so stay tuned to the shop!

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Market is held each fall in Houston and rotates between five different cities for spring. Wondering the difference between Market and Festival? Market is the industry trade show, while Festival is open to the public. The photo above shows one half of the booths we checked out! Crazy, right?

At Market, we have the chance to see and visit with our favorite designers to see their new fabric lines. Look! We found our friend Lynne with Kansas Troubles!

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We also get to see exciting new products, like these awesome die cuts from Sizzix! Amazing, right?

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The booths are always great to see. So much inspiration in a 10’x10′ space! Check out the colorful new Paint collection of fabric by Carrie Bloomston for Windham! You might recognize her name from her popular debut collection, Collage. Fans will be happy to know the newsprint fabric is back!

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Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree never disappoints! This is her booth for her upcoming Moda collection, Somerset. So many beautiful new quilt patterns she has, too!

 

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Heading over to the Robert Kaufman Fabrics area, we find more quilts that wowed us! Many of our Instagram followers asked about the pattern (made from the Beau Monde line) and our friends at RK tell us it will be a free pattern called Cleopatra’s Fan, coming soon to their site.

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Also in the Kaufman section, Valori Wells had several amazing quilts on display! Check out this one made from her Blueprint Basics fabrics. Keep your eyes here for the free pattern coming soon!

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RJR introduced a new division of the company called Cotton + Steel. If the always-crowded booth is any indicator, these collections will be quite popular. The five designers’ collections are all designed to work separately as well as together. The giant swatch wall seemed to dance to the air conditioner in the convention center!

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Check out this beautiful flying geese quilt, made with the Homebody line from Cotton+Steel:

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Market might be all business for MSQC, but you know us…we still know how to have a great time!

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….and leave inspired to sew! Just ask Al. He picked the upcoming Fig Tree line as the perfect collection to make his FIRST QUILT! Stay tuned, kids. Things are about to get awesome!

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Lucky for Al, he knows a family member (or two. or ten) who can teach him! Any guesses for the tutorial he’s picked? Or any tips to pass along? Leave him a comment and cheer him on!