2019: A Year to Remember

As the year comes to a close, we are filled to the brim with joy here at Missouri Star. Truth be told, we hadn’t done much reflecting on what this year truly meant for us until it was time to sit down and write our annual Year in Review. Once, we got started, it seemed the list of things we did this year would never end!

As we looked back over the past twelve months in amazement, we were so touched by the love from our followers, support of our customers, the selflessness within our quilting community, and the hardworking, kind hearts of each and every one of our team members.

Celebrate the end of 2019 with us as we share some of our favorite things:


A GRAND OPENING!

Back in June, We opened a new Education Center here in Hamilton where we hold classes for quilters of every level! Come to Missouri Star and enjoy a hands-on class with our quilting experts!

VIEW THE IN-TOWN CLASS SCHEDULE >

Can’t make it to town? No worries! We also released several online classes this year!

BIRTHDAY BASH

This year we said a big ALOHA to our 11th year in business with a lovely luau-themed Birthday Bash. It was definitely a party to remember! Over 2,000 quilters came to Hamilton, and it was so much fun. That more than doubles our town’s population! Wow!

For our birthday, we asked for the gift of helping others and you did not disappoint!

THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO CELEBRATED WITH US AND HELPED TO GIVE BACK!


MISSOURI STAR CARES

This year we launched a brand new charity organization called Missouri Star Cares. Quilters are some of the most caring, giving people we know. You’ve inspired us to give back to our hometown, our country, and our planet.

Our first Missouri Stars Cares was a fabric donation drive in which we vowed to donate 1 yard for every 25 yards purchased to Quilts of Valor & Project Linus. Our drive lasted a total of 13 days in November during which time we came close to our goal of 2,500 by reaching 2,149!

And we can’t forget our $10,000 donation to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation wouldn’t have been possible without your support! All through October, we fought breast cancer one stitch at a time by shopping pink!

THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN HELPING US TO GIVE BACK!


STRIPE TOLD OUR MISSOURI STAR STORY IN A BEAUTIFUL WAY


A CELEBRITY VISIT!

We had the honor of hosting Maureen McCormick, (AKA Marcia Brady)! We laughed, cried, and laughed some more! Let’s just say we had a BUNCH of fun!

WATCH JENNY & MAUREEN TALK QUILTING >


THE APPRENTICESHIP

For the first time ever, a collaboration between Missouri Star Quilt Company and North Central Missouri College resulted in an apprenticeship program. Consisting of 21 of our team members, all completing the registered apprenticeship program through the US Department of Labor, earning certificates and college credit. Read more on the blog >

CONGRATS TO OUR GRADUATES!


CO-FOUNDER & CEO OF MISSOURI STAR WIN ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

WATCH ALAN DOAN & MIKE MIFSUD’S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH >


TOP THREE TUTORIALS OF 2019

TURNABOUT GRANNY SQUARES | ANTIQUE LACE | RICKRACK


What was your favorite Missouri Star Moment of 2019? Let us know in the comments!

Aloha! 🌺 11th Birthday Bash Recap

Aloha, quilters! Our 11th Birthday Bash was nothing short of a tropical paradise in our hometown of Hamilton, Missouri. We danced, we ate, and had a hula-va good time celebrating. Read on for a recap of our luau-themed celebration!

Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Before our party could even begin, we enjoyed a fabulous trunk show by Sue Daley! Her English Paper Piecing designs are a sight to behold, and we’re still oohing and ahhing over the intricate creations.

We kicked off the festivities on Wednesday evening with our annual Dinner with the Doans! Family members and guests were treated to a Hawaiian feast and tropical dancers straight from the “island paradise of Independence, Missouri.”

Dinner with the Doans at Missouri Star Quilt Co's Birthday Bash
Dinner with the Doans at Missouri Star Quilt Co's Birthday Bash
Dinner with the Doans at Missouri Star Quilt Co's Birthday Bash

Our Birthday Bash officially began on Thursday, with our annual employee family photo! This is one of our favorite moments of the entire year, when all of the departments gather downtown to mix, mingle and smile for the camera!

2019 Employee Family Photo at Missouri Star Quilt Co's Birthday Bash
Missouri Star Quilt Co. Employee Family Photo

Then, we boogied on over to the patio for the opening ceremony! 

2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.
2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

There were Cake Walks on the patio…

Dancing at 2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

…and trunk shows from Martingale…

Martingale quilt trunk show at 2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

…and our designer friends sharing tips and tricks with everyone in our shops! 

Me & My Sister in-store demos at 2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

This year, our Missouri Star team made Tiki quilts to adorn our shops and downtown! A big thank-you to ColourWerx for their Tiki pattern! 

Tiki quilts on display at 2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Our Sew-lebrity Sew-Off did not disappoint! This year, Jenny and Sue Daley teamed up to take on the dynamic duo of Barb and Mary from Me & My Sister!

Sew-lebrity Sew-Off at 2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Both teams were stacked with talent from the quilting industry, and created two fantastic quilt tops at the end of the event! Watch the replay from the Live broadcast below!

Sew-lebrity Sew-Off at 2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

The first day wrapped with an amazing trunk show my renowned Hawaiian Applique artist, Nancy Lee Chong. Her designs were as breathtaking as an island sunset!

Hawaiian Applique artist, Nancy Lee Chong at 2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Day 2 featured the Great Missouri Star Fabric Cake Bake Off, where our fabulous friends in the quilting community create cakes out of, you guessed it, fabric, notions, and all things quilting! These creative works were raffled off at the end of the day. Check out our live look-in at the competition HERE.

Fabric cakes at 2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

And of course, more partying on the patio! 

Dancing at 2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Jenny capped off the day with her trunk show, filled with laughs, quilting tips, and inspiration! 

Jenny Doan quilt trunk show at 2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Throughout Birthday Bash, the amazing Days for Girls organization and YOU–you wonderful quilters–stitched up more than 1,000 feminine hygiene kits that will be distributed to those in need around the world! Way to go!

Jenny Doan assembling feminine hygiene kits for Days for Girls at 2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

With your support of the quilt, fabric cake and Sew-Off raffles, we were able to raise more than $5,000 for the Hamilton Community Food Pantry, which will go a long way in our community. Thank you for your support!

Quilt raffle winners at 2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.
Donation check presentation at Hamilton Community Food Pantry.

Ready to come party with us in 2020?! Mark your calendars for Sept. 24-26 for our 12th Birthday Bash! You won’t want to miss it!

Happy guests at 2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

A big mahalo to all those who made this event so special, including YOU, our amazing Missouri Star family; our fantastic employees, and our amazing Birthday Bash sponsors!

Thank you to our sponsors of 2019 Birthday Bash at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

See you in 2020!

Out of Time Quilt

MSQC New Tutorial on the Blog!

Out of Time Quilt

Picture this: It’s September 21, 2018. Quilters from across the globe have gathered in Hamilton, Missouri, for the quilting face-off of the century at our 10th Birthday Bash.

Out of Time Quilt

All too soon, the final buzzer sounds. Jenny’s quilt is still in pieces. She is out of time!

Out of Time Quilt

Fast forward to today. Jenny’s quilt is finally complete, and it’s a real stunner! (Spoiler alert: Snowballed corners come together as teeny bonus pinwheels! You’re gonna love it!)

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

2017 Year in Review

Happy New Year, dear quilters! This is sure to be a memorable year filled with many exciting moments here at Missouri Star Quilt Co. We are grateful for your loyalty and patience with us as we grow and we think 2018 is going to be the best year yet! But before we jump right into it, let’s take a moment to reflect and look back on some of the highlights from 2017.

Shark Applicutter

Our dear friend, Rob Appell of Man Sewing, designed an innovative cutting tool that took the sewing and quilting world by storm! With a 14mm blade, the Shark Applicutter is the go-to rotary cutter for freestyle piecing and intricate cutting. Learn more about the handy Shark Applicutter HERE.

Missouri Star Academy

Missouri Star Academy began as a dream. We imagined quilters gathering together from across the globe in Hamilton, Missouri, to learn directly from professionals in the industry and from each other. In 2017, this dream became a reality for more than 450 students and instructors who traveled to Quilt Town, USA, for a two-day, immersive, creative experience filled with demonstrations, classes, and trunk shows. We are still amazed by the ideas and inspiration shared during Missouri Star Academy. Thanks to everyone who attended! We hope to see you again this year. Be sure to mark your calendars for June 7 and 8 for our second Missouri Star Academy! It’s going to be a lot of fun! 

Missouri Star Academy classes and presentations were held at the United Methodist Church in Hamilton.

Jenny Turns 60

Our very own Jenny Doan hit a milestone birthday in 2017, and we celebrated her “Sweet 60th” together. We are so thankful for her contagious enthusiasm, her kind spirit, and the creativity she shares with us every day!

Birthday Bash

Birthday Bash 2017

Missouri Star Quilt Co. celebrated its 9th birthday last year. Can you believe it? Time seems to have passed as quickly as our bobbins go empty! Three days filled with fun, games, food, and inspiration culminated in a party that will be long-remembered here in Hamilton. Reminisce about all of the festivities from the 2017 Bash HERE.

Stay tuned for 2018 Birthday Bash. We’ll be pulling out all the stops for our big 1-0 coming up later this year, and make plans to attend September 20-22nd!

Hurricane Relief Quilts

Thanks to quilters like you, our hearts were filled to the brim this year by the overwhelming support you showed when we asked for donations to help those affected by the hurricanes that ravaged our coastal states. You answered the call with more than 9,000 quilts, blankets, and afghans, as well as 4,000 pillowcases! These handmade labors of love were donated to organizations and distributed to those in need.

The entire Doan family and dozens of Missouri Star employee volunteers helped sort and repackage the donations.

Top Tutorials from 2017

Jenny and Rob each created 52 amazing quilt tutorials for you last year, for a grand total of 104 new videos! While it would be impossible to pick a favorite, here are some of the best of the best tutorials from 2017:

Jenny’s Tutorials:

Grand Adventures Quilt

Pineapple Quilt

Kindred Pinwheels Quilt

Rob’s Tutorials:

Stars, Stripes and Diamonds Quilt

Checkered Cross Quilt

String Quilt

You can catch all of Jenny’s tutorials on QuiltingTutorials.com or on our Missouri Star Quilt Co. YouTube channel, and be sure to catch Rob’s tutorials on the Man Sewing YouTube channel. We can’t wait to see the quilts you are creating for 2018! Make sure to share them with us on our Facebook and Instagram using #msqcshowandtell. 

 

Birthday Bash 2017 Recap

The gang's all here for our traditional employee photo before the start of Birthday Bash 2017!

There’s no party like a quilting party and our Ninth Birthday Bash was no exception! What better way to celebrate 9 years in business than with fun, games and fabric and a game show theme to keep the show rolling throughout the celebration?

The best way to start a Birthday Bash is with a Dinner with the Doans! The Doans, plus 200 of our quilting family, joined us for dinner, dessert, and of course, a little friendly family competition. This year the Girl Doans squared off against the Boys for an entertaining version of Family Feud. The Boys earned the victory on this night, but we know the Girls will be ready for a rematch! 

Birthday Bash 2017

 

Before birthday festivities officially kicked off, we snapped our traditional all-employee family photo in front of our newest mural in Hamilton. We think the gang looked absolutely electric in the lime green t-shirts!

The gang's all here for our traditional employee photo before the start of Birthday Bash 2017!
The gang’s all here for our traditional employee photo before the start of Birthday Bash 2017!

All three days were bursting at the seams with games and activities for the entire family! Our “Win, Lose or Dance” on the patio was a happening spot, where participants could show off their finest moves for a chance to win some fabric!

Guests from around the globe boogied around the patio for a chance to win fabric prizes!
Guests from around the globe boogied around the patio for a chance to win fabric prizes!

We busted out some Couch to Quilt “suitcases” for our Sew Case Showdown game on Friday morning! It was a huge hit!

Friday night featured our first ever BINGO night hosted by Man Sewing’s Rob Appell! Rob donned his referee uniform and called numbers, up and down, across and “on the bias”

Birthday Bash 2017: Man Sewing Bingo

We know a good quilty party wouldn’t be complete without some trunk shows! Jenny and Man Sewing’s Rob Appell shared their quilting journeys in memorable presentations throughout Birthday Bash.

Jenny Doan displays a quilt during one of her trunk shows at Birthday Bash

Rob Appell shows off one of his quilts during his trunk show at Birthday Bash

Giving back to our community and those in need is very important to us, and this year we hosted a Charity Quilt “Bake Off” with help from the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild to create 32 full-size quilts! These quilts were designed, pieced, quilted and bound by some amazing volunteers over a two-day period, and best of all, 16 quilts will be donated for disaster relief and 16 will be given to local Kansas City charities. 

Charity Quilt Bake Off at Birthday Bash

Through some of our “ticketed” events, we were able to collect hundreds of paper products and dozens of peanut butter and jelly packages for our local Caldwell County Food Pantry! Money raised during our daily quilt raffles went to support this organization as well.

One of our favorite parts of Birthday Bash is the Sew-lebrity Sew-off, where Jenny and Rob go head-to-head for a 45-minute sewing competition! This year Jenny created a shiny lamé championship belt and cape, while Rob whipped up a batik seascape! With almost an hour of sewing, stories, and entertainment, it’s clear that the true winners of this friendly competition are the audience who watched Jenny and Rob’s sewing skills in action!

Jenny and Rob went head-to-head in the Sew-lebrity Sew-Off!

With our Ninth Birthday Bash in the books, we want to take a moment and express our sincerest thanks to all of those who came together to make this celebration possible. Our amazing guests, those who visited us in Hamilton and online, fantastic employees, and wonderful vendors and sponsors all deserve a round of applause for helping us make our birthday the best one yet!

Birthday Bash 2017