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

Hamilton Baking Company & Cafe

Hamilton Baking Company & Cafe

Something is cooking in Hamilton…the sweet smells of chocolate crinkle cookies and the savory aroma of brisket breakfast burritos are wafting through downtown, and we’ve discovered the source! The newest addition to the Hamilton foodie scene is the Hamilton Baking Company & Cafe!

Stop by for breakfast, lunch, a cup of coffee or a delightful snack any time Monday through Saturday, 8am to 5pm, and you won’t be disappointed. Chef and head baker Chad Rigby (who you may know from Blue Sage. Don’t worry, he’s still donning his chef’s hat down the street!), along with his bakery team are whipping up tasty treats (strawberry cake anyone?) and scrumptious sandwiches (you can’t go wrong with the Turkey Bacon Cranberry Panini) that will have your taste buds dancing.  

Walk through the doors (just a few steps north of our Main Shop next to J’s Burger Dive) and you’ll instantly feel right at home. With white subway tiles, dark wood counters, deep blue and gold walls (a nod to the team colors of the Hamilton Penney Hornets), a photo wall and a selection of games to play, Hamilton Baking Co. is modern, warm and inviting.

“We want to build a sense of community throughout the cafe, which is also what inspired the name,” Chad explains.

Guests are encouraged to take a break from digital devices and unplug for a moment or two while playing a game, engaging in conversation or enjoying a delicious bite without any digital interference.

If you are wanting to try some of the Hamilton Baking Co.’s signature dishes, we recommend the Turkey Bacon Cranberry Panini and the Seasonal Berry Salad, but you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. The signature house recipe hot cocoa (seriously, try it!) is a decadent drink that is sure to warm you up even on the chilliest of days. Gluten-free options are also available.

Looking for an invigorating cup of joe to kickstart your morning? Hamilton Baking Co. is brewing local Mokaska coffee, roasted just down Highway 36 in St. Joseph. Click HERE to view the complete menu.

For the frequent flyers of baked goods and caffeinated beverages, be sure and grab a punch card so you can earn free treats and drinks, because if there’s one thing better than a cookie, it’s a free cookie.

“Come and enjoy the bakery. This is a place to get some eats and hang out and relax in a stress-free zone,” Chad explains.

Don’t forget to snap a photo and leave it on the board! If you would like to see what Chad and the bakery team are up to, follow along on their Instagram and Facebook pages.

A Peek Inside the Machine Shed

A Peek Inside the Machine Shed

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Welcome to the Machine Shed at Missouri Star Quilt Company! You guessed it, the Machine Shed is our shop full of sewing machines! It’s also home to lots of thread, templates and other quilting notions.

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Doesn’t it have such a great feel to it? You’ll be able to find all the Sizzix™ Machines and dies and you can even test them out. They make cutting small shapes a breeze!

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We carry 6 models of Baby Lock™ sewing machines, including the Katherine, Sofia2, Rachel, MollyJane and BL9. They can all be found and taken for a test drive in the Machine Shed. (Baby Lock™ sewing machines are available in store only.)

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Check out this wall of thread. Isn’t it beautiful?? There are hundreds of fantastic hues to choose from! You can shop thread online as well, HERE.

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You’ll also find Jenny’s “Heritage” Thread Collection from Aurifil™ in the Machine Shed. Aren’t those colors gorgeous? Jenny handpicked each of them as a tribute to her Scandinavian heritage. Grab yours HERE.

We hope you’ll stop by the Machine Shed and take a look around next time you’re in Hamilton, MO. It’ll keep you in stitches! 🙂

A Peek Inside the Florals Shop!

A Peek Inside the Florals Shop!

Love grows here, at the MSQC Florals Shop. If you’re a fan of florals, this is the shop for you!

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Bolts and precuts of floral prints fill these shelves from wall to wall and fabrics are displayed in flower pots. It’s a gorgeous site!

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Our design team is pretty awesome… They designed and built this checkout table featuring decorative garden wall blocks and the stick  wall art to bring the outdoors in! How fun is that?!

Floral Checkout

You’ll find tons of great designers and collections in the Floral Shop, including Kaffe Fassett. Shop all floral fabrics online HERE.

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Aren’t these lights so fun? And these hanging baskets are to die for! I wish I could hang out in here all day!

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The Floral Shop is the new home to our popular Quatrefoil Quilt too! Watch the tutorial HERE.

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You can even find some MSQC Swag on display including this cute little MSQC Birdie Stuffed Toy that makes the “Quack!” sound when squeezed as well as the new “I Heart Jenny” T-shirts! You’ll be the envy of all the quilters you know with this shirt! If you can’t make it out to Hamilton, no worries! You can snatch these up online too. 🙂 

ducks blogWe hope you get the chance to come visit us in Hamilton and check out the new Floral Shop in person sometime! For information on upcoming events click HERE. Happy Quilting!

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Fabric Feature: KONA Color of the Year 2016 // HIGHLIGHT

Fabric Feature: KONA Color of the Year 2016 // HIGHLIGHT

 

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Robert Kaufman Fabrics has launched a brand new KONA Color of the Year series and their first ever, limited edition color is the happiest, most vibrant shade of yellow called Highlight. This cheerful color can be a delicate addition, a bold accent, or a complete showstopper!

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We have the privilege of hosting the completely stunning Kona Color of the Year Trunk Show here in Hamilton in our Penney’s Shop, the Missouri Star Quilt Co shop devoted to solids, basics and specialty fabrics. The show features masterpiece quilts from some wonderful quilters, including Heather Jones, Elizabeth Hartman, Darlene Zimmerman, Valori Wells, and Carolyn Friedlander. These quilts are so inspiring! I love seeing so many interpretations and ideas sprung from one new shade of color!

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Robert Kaufman has created a beautiful Lookbook for you to see all of the gorgeous quilts that feature the Kona Highlight, which you can find HERE.

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There are so many different choices for color combinations that would work perfectly with this happy color, so we wanted to showcase a few. Don’t you love these citrusy shades of yellow and green?

You can also never go wrong with yellow and gray!

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Here are some of the shades of gray featured in the displayed quilts.

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1.  Essex Yarn Dyed Linen Flax

2. Essex Yarn Dyed Linen Olive

3.  Essex Yarn Dyed Linen Indigo

4. Kona Cotton Solids – Smoke

5. Kona Cotton Solids – Pewter

6.  Essex Yarn Dyed Linen Black

What colors would you pair with Highlight? Take a look and let us know in the comments of this post!