Missouri Star Shop Feature: Mercantile

As a woman in the modern world, my femininity sometimes craves the more elegant, lady-like ways of the past. I would love to enjoy a Friday night dinner in a nice evening gown or stroll into my local grocery store in a long Victorian dress without being given strange looks.

However, there are things I wouldn’t want to endure from those times like wearing cages to keep my dress looking fluffed and tight corsets that crush my ribs. No, thank you.

So I don’t want to live in the past ALL the time, but when I do, I go to the Missouri Star Mercantile.

Missouri Star Mercantile

Missouri Star’s Mercantile shop is filled with 1800’s reproduction and 1930’s textiles. Reproduction fabrics represent the colors and prints popular during the Civil War and end of the fur trade eras. Our 1930’s fabric recreates the sacks in which flour and potatoes were sold during the Great Depression. These food sacks became decorative with playful images of flowers, sunshine, and polka dots once companies realized that women had started recycling the gunny sacks to use as dresses, undergarments, and towels.

Place these antique designs into the quilts of today and keep history alive.

As you wander the walls of Mercantile, you can expect to find fabric by the yard, precuts, tea towels, and vintage-inspired patterns and panels!

Not only will the fabrics of this shop take you on a time traveling adventure, but the designs and decor will have you considering a home remodel inspired by a vintage farmhouse from the past!

Go to VisitMSQC to start planning your trip to Missouri Star and make your way into our Mercantile shop!

To learn more about local antique quilts check out this blog post on Edie McGinnis, The Keeper of Kansas City Star Quilts.

Do you have a favorite designer of 1800’s or 30’s reproductions fabrics? Let us know in the comments!

Missouri Star Shop Feature: Primitive & Wool

I often wonder what it would have been like to be part of the colonies that first settled into America. To be apart of something so revolutionary and new. I know women don’t serve such a big part in the history books, but without them, we wouldn’t have the Americana fabric style of today! To be part of the making of such pretty prints, now that would be cool!

“Primitive,” or “Early Americana” emerged from women within the first colonies here in the “New World.” It began when they realized they no longer had to keep up with the trends in Europe and could get creative in the making of new American fads. Everyday necessities such as clothing, furniture, and children’s toys became a canvas for decorative stitching and designs.

Today, folk artists use modern elements to create an antiquated look. At Missouri Star Quilt Co., we have a shop filled with these primitive-inspired fabrics. From muted browns and blacks, to woven gingham, and brilliant star and rag-doll patterns, Primitive & Wool has it all!

As you walk along the walls of muted color, it would seem candles light your way with eighteenth century-inspired lights that hang from an adorned, gold ceiling.

Antique wagons, galvanized tubs, and homemade barn-wood shelves hold merchandise ready for the taking!

Precuts and fabric by the yard go quick, but don’t forget to shop the rustic looking panels and fat quarters!

And if you’re are wondering where you can find some embroidery thread, Primitive & Wool, is where you’ll make your stop. Plus, this unique store is also where we have our wool kits stored. Pick one up and make something cozy-cute!

Make your way to Quilt Town, USA and shop your favorite primitive prints in Primitive & Wool! For even more old-school styles, check out the Missouri Star Mercantile for Civil War era reproductions and 1930’s-inspired fabrics!

Tell us about your primitive themed quilts, furniture, home decor, and other rustic-y projects. What is your favorite thing about Americana?

Missouri Star Shop Feature: Batik Boutique

Batik Boutique at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

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