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!

Meet Missouri Star: Sara, Adriana & Julie

In this, the third installment of “Meet Missouri Star”, we head to the shipping department to meet three of the fastest shippers this side of the Mississippi! Ready to meet Sara, Adriana and Julie?

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Sara has been with MSQC for exactly a year (can someone order a job birthday cake, please?). She’s mother to three wonderful children, likes to paint, be outdoors and go on occasional movie dates with her husband. 

How’d you land the job? My interview was in the nutty guy room with Sarah and Al. There were no chairs so we sat on the floor for the interview. They initially put me in customer service, but the force is strong with Al so he moved me to shipping.

Do you sew?  I can sew, but not very well. I plan on taking some of the classes at the retreat center to increase my skills. I want to learn how to do everything.

Favorite fabric? I’m starting to like all of it. I’m definitely catching the quilting bug.

The best thing about working at MSQC is the people I work with. MSQC is definitely the most fun place I have ever worked!

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Adriana has been with MSQC for four months and, while she doesn’t sew (Yet, we say!), she would pick batiks as her favorite fabric. The atmosphere is what she loves most about working for Missouri Star.

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Want to know a fun fact about Julie? Her daughter also works or Missouri Star! In addition to her daughter, her family includes a son who is in The Marines and her husband of 21 years. Julie joined the MSQC work family two years ago.

Do you sew? I don’t sew much. I’ve made a pair of pajamas for my daughter probably ten yrs ago. However, since working for MSQC I’ve made two quilts. I have three more planned!

Any favorite fabrics? I’ve worked with charm packs & jelly rolls. Equally easy!

The best thing about working at Missouri Star? There are several reasons MSQC is a nice place to work. It’s family oriented and I think it’s awesome to work in our hometown. Even as we grow Sara, Al & Dave like to stay connected with all employees. Everyone works together.

 

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Aren’t they super? If you’ve ever been in town and done a tour, you’ve most likely seen them working like busy bees (and grooving to a great song on the radio!). This department is full of staff, so we’ll cover a few more of them next Monday, too!

Hamilton Visitor’s Guide: Sew Seasonal Shop

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Sew Seasonal is our fabric store dedicated to all ranges of seasonal fabrics! Located across the street from the retreat center (just a few doors down from the main shop), this shop has everything you need for a holiday project… and then some! Ready to begin your tour?

Stop in at Sew Seasonal and you’re likely to find Becky working among the spirited bolts. (Hello, Becky!)

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You’ll find a full range of Christmas and winter fabrics in styles to suit any taste…

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Patriotic fabrics…

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Sweet and lovely Valentine fabrics…

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And Halloween and fall fabrics, too. Boo!

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This shop is located in a building that at one time was a jewelry store and the original ceilings and double front display window serve as reminders of the shop’s heritage. We truly love these old buildings!

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Sew Seasonal shop hours are 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday, just like the main Missouri Star shop. We’d sure love to see you soon! If you have a visit to Hamilton planned, be sure to check out the rest of our Visitor’s Guide series!

In the meantime while we’re waiting for your arrival, tell us…. which seasonal fabric area would you gravitate toward first?

Meet Missouri Star: Mari & Amber

In today’s edition “Meet Missouri Star”, we head to the longarm quilting building to meet Amber and Mari. Ready? Let’s go!

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Mari has been with Missouri Star for two months, but certainly isn’t new to quilting. She has always enjoyed crafts and has put together a few quilts in the past and picks primitive fabrics as her favorite.

As for her sewing, Mari explains, “I have done a lot of sewing. I just like to do quilt projects mostly. I haven’t done any for a while, so seeing all of the pretty fabric and all of the quilts that come in gets the quilting fever going! I have a snowman quilt in the works now that I need to finish. Maybe before winter…..”

Tell us about your family: I have a son and daughter. Brandon is married to Katie and they have three sweet boys. Samantha is getting married in June to Jace. I couldn’t ask for better mates for my kids. Being a grandma is, well, just awesome!! I love them all bunches!

Funny MSQC story: One time I almost sewed my long sleeve in the quilt I was doing. That would have been interesting!

The best about working at MSQC is that we are all connected with each other. Most of us started in the fabric store and then got moved to another department where they needed us or where we needed to be. I personally was thankful for that. When I started, I was healing a sprained ankle and was not getting around as well at the fabric store. They were concerned and sensitive enough to move me to the quilting shop where I could get off of my ankle and let it heal….which it has!! I am again thankful for that. We all seem to be concerned about each other, so it is a “family”.

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Amber

Ten months ago, Amber began working at Missouri Star. During a walk down the street in front of the main quilt shop, she felt the need to ask for an application and the rest was history. Shortly after that she began working in the main shop, then moved to shipping. She now works in the longarm quilting department.

Any special experience in the past that helps with your role at MSQC? I have a lot of customer service experience. I have worked in management for three different companies. I attended Northwest Missouri State University where my major was art education. My grandparents owned a shop in Chillicothe where they sold and repaired sewing machines. I am very skilled at off-loom bead weaving and hand sewing.

Do you sew? I’ve made several Halloween costumes. I’ve made purses and wallets. I’m working on a wall hanging and a table runner right now and love batik fabrics.

Tell us about your family: I have two sons, my oldest is 8, youngest 2. My 8 year old has autism. I’m able to better take care of their needs because of my job at MSQC. I just love telling people I’m a Longarm quilter!

Any MSQC stories you can share? I was working in the shipping department during the 2013 holiday season. I am a single mom and I have been working very hard to provide for my two sons. I was working away when I was approached by someone from customer service. She handed me gift cards and told me they were from their department. They wanted me to have a merry Christmas. They had all pitched in. I was moved to tears. I was able to buy a Christmas tree for the first time since becoming a single mom. It was a wonderful Christmas. I felt very blessed.

Best thing about working for MSQC: The days at MSQC go very fast. We have so much fun it doesn’t feel like work. Everyone is so caring and hard working. We have great customers, too. It’s so thrilling to see how excited they are to get a tour of the company.

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Aren’t these two great? We’re so blessed to have them in the MSQC family. We’ll profile more of the longarm quilters soon. And join us next Monday as we visit some busy elves in the shipping department!

Hamilton Visitor’s Guide: Poppy’s Bakery

Visiting Hamilton, Missouri and Missouri Star Quilt Company any time soon? Then you’ll want to watch for our weekly Hamilton Visitor’s Guide posts here on The Cutting Table blog! We’ll show you options for fabric, dining, fabric, gift stores, fabric, places to keep your significant other occupied and, of course, fabric.

Today, we’re stopping in to visit with Poppy Dockray, who operates Poppy’s Bakery, located just two doors from the main MSQC shop. Store hours are Monday- Saturday, 6:30am- 5pm.

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The menu at Poppy’s features a fantastic variety!

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Lunch options like wraps and this tasty salad…

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a selection of milk, juice, sodas, water, tea and coffee…

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delicious baked goods like cookies, muffins and (extremely yummy!) cinnamon rolls.

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Let’s take a closer look at those chocolate chip cookies. Mmmmm. Quick! Pass me a glass of milk!

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Choose from the wraps and soups…

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or tempt your sweet tooth with a pie.

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Can’t decide? Poppy is always delighted to help you pick or answer ingredient questions. Gluten free bread is available, too!

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Once you’ve made your selection, you can choose from comfortable indoor seating or grab a picnic table on the outdoor patio shared with J’s Burger Dive. (We’ll profile J’s soon!)

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But be warned… you’re going to want a package of cookies for the road!

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Have any of you visited Poppy’s yet? What menu items do you recommend most?

Check back next Thursday when the Visitor’s Guide stops in at Sew Seasonal, our fabric store dedicated to holiday fabrics! If you have a visit to Hamilton planned, be sure to check out the rest of our Visitor’s Guide series!