Continued Progress on the Retreat Center at Missouri Star

Our construction family has been busy this week getting our sleep and sew retreat center ready for you!

outside of sleep and sew building
Side view of the building
painted doors and  wood
Cabinet doors being painted and tons of wood floor sitting in boxes!
wood floor
Sneak peek of the wood flooring! Love it!
retreat center room
One of the rooms upstairs. Love how bright it is!


Things are getting painted, the wood floor is being acclimated to the room downstairs, and we have carpet being installed! So exciting! This place is just itching to have you come visit!

Meanwhile across the street…

outside of other building


A few things are going on in this building:

seth overseeing
Mainly Seth checking up on the guys doing Sheetrock ūüôā
sheetrock at the building across the street
Working hard

Insulation done, and Sheetrock going up. Don’t you love those old tin ceiling tiles? Can’t wait to show you more!



*To answer some previously asked questions, there is¬†not¬†an elevator in the retreat center ūüôĀ There are two rooms downstairs, but the rest are upstairs. The downstairs will be used for classes, etc.

Progress! on the Quilting Retreats

Hello, Friends!

Remember how we said we have a lot of things in the process? Well, we are making progress on the retreat center! Here are just a few teaser pics:

Upstairs hallway
Upstairs hallway
coming down from upstairs
coming down from upstairs
stairs portrait
Can’t get enough of these stairs!

 stairs landscape

I’m also loving the little details:

doors for retreat
Some doors and that ceiling!
molding love
Molding love

What do you think? We can’t wait to share this new space with you! Stay tuned to see more next week!

Part 8: Construction…yes, MORE construction!

No doubt we needed to expand! ¬†Again. {the poor men in our family!!} ¬†It wasn’t long and they were back to the drawing board/sheet rocking/sanding/painting/exhaustion. {started January 2010} ¬†With this addition we knew we had to put in a new bathroom and a heating and air conditioning system. ¬†Did I mention that this old building we were in was a car dealership? ¬†It only had one, yucky-very old-nasty-super gross ‘Men’s only’ bathroom!! ¬†EW! ¬†That in itself, was so embarrassing! ¬†We hated to let anyone use it.

So off we went, expanding again.

We didn’t have money for carpet so we painted the floor green. ¬†What can I say, I love color…and they didn’t have PINK floor paint or I would have used that! LOL ¬†{seriously}

The boys installed a drop ceiling, air ducts, and plumbing {for the bathroom} mudded, taped and sanded everything.  It was looking great and we were THRILLED!!!!

Is it crazy that this whole experience is still so surreal to us all? ¬†I still can hardly believe it¬†myself¬†looking back, how quickly things have¬†progressed. ¬†Sometimes¬†it feels like we’ve been doing this¬†forever,¬†some days¬†I still feel like a total newbie!

One thing for sure, we were/ ARE  living the DREAM! Excited {and sometimes un-organized} through it all!

More to come….


Ps.  This is a series I am writing to take you through our experience.

Here are some links to the the other parts if you missed them.

Part 1, 2,  3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Part 6: Our ‘new’ normal…and growth.

April 2009 Poor Mom was miserable. {and grumpy and needy and miserable} Hehe

Well, we were trucking along trying to figure this adventure out with Mom still in a ¬†lot of pain. ¬†We decided to go ahead with our plans for classes and just see where we went. ¬† ¬†***If I don’t sound very sympathetic please forgive me. ¬†It was just the way I was raised. ¬†Mom herself will tell you that¬†sympathy¬†was never her strong point. ¬†And really, I am just teasing. ¬†I figure since I’m writing it I can say whatever I want to, right?! ¬†Hahah!***

One of the classes we offered was called ‘Stitchin’ Chicks’ and it was for the 10-15yr old crowd. ¬†Boy did we have a blast with those girls! ¬†We made pillow cases, pajama shorts, notebook covers, aprons and so much more. ¬†They were the sweetest group ever and I am so glad we did that! ¬†We also held a class for the local 4H group and that was a blast as well.

I want you to really take notice of the pictures: ¬†We only have ONE room open. ¬†We only have a few shelves of fabric, and we have room for our sewing tables in the middle of our one room shop! ¬†We were still moving everything to the edges of the room when we’d have our Friday night sews and classes and it was working fine! ¬†We knew though, that we would have to expand…we just thought we had a bit more time! ¬†LOL.

By June we had volunteered to do a Booth and a Quilt Show at our County (Caldwell County, MO)  Civil War Reenactment.  {the first one, ever}

We were really excited to be a part of it, and be able to help showcase some of the Counties best quilts!! ¬†What a blast we had! ¬†We have the BEST customers/friends ever and we couldn’t have done the¬†Quilt¬†Show without all of them! ¬†It was a very exciting time for us and for our County! ¬†{I hope we do something like that again, it was such a great event!}

Things were still very touch and go with Mom. ¬†She would think she was feeling better, then she would be up to much on her leg and boom, she’d be back in bed. ¬†Finally the doctor decided she needed surgery. ¬†At least now we had a plan and hoped that plan included her being able to heal. {fingers were crossed}

In spite of everything, business¬†was still good. ¬†Our Machine Quilting {thank you Natalie} was picking up a lot of steam, and quite frankly, paid the bills. ¬†{I said bills, not wages.} ¬†But we had a plan, and it was working….and we were happy!


Part 5: Stay open or close it down?

That was our first thought…

Seriously. ¬†She really broke her leg. ¬†Right there, at the quilt shop! ¬†* A little background to the story: ¬†We had this bright idea that we wanted to do videos (who knew anyone would watch them) and my brother was in town for the week to film a few. ¬†So, to get Mom more comfortable in front of the camera my brother had her give a tour of the shop and our progress so we could send it to Dave (our other partner). ¬†Well, she made one pass through and Al realized the camera wasn’t on.

Now, you guys are a bit familiar with my Mom right?  Well, the second time through she was REALLY hamming it up for the camera.  Jokes were flowing, and she was just being as silly as ever.

She made the pass by the quilt machine, pointing it out (totally ‘Vanna White’¬†style) and walked backwards…turned around on one foot and tripped. ¬†{to this day, she swears she tripped on the machines cord, but she totally did not}

Now-now, if you know anything about our family, we like to have a good time. ¬†We are crazy, we have fun, and when¬†tragedy¬†strikes you can almost¬†guarantee¬†we will laugh our heads off. ¬†This was no exception. ¬†We laughed, (really until we were crying. ¬†Cracking jokes, all while the camera rolls.) ¬†Then Mom says, ‘No really. ¬†I think I broke my leg.’ ¬†We (both my brother and I) didn’t believe her. ¬†We thought she was just being dramatic. ¬†ūüôā ¬†{how rude, right?} ¬†We joked about the ambulance coming to pick her up…It didn’t take long though, to realize she needed to go to the¬†Doctor, and quick.

Anyway, to make a long story short-ish, it was BROKEN. ¬†And it took forever to heal. ¬†{actually, it didn’t heal at first. then they had to actually pin it together}

For us this couldn’t have happened at a worse time. ¬†Really. ¬†We had only been open 3 months. ¬†I knew basically NOTHING about quilting. ¬†Heck, I loved fabric. ¬†The colors, the styles, and putting them together. ¬†But actually quilting and sewing? ¬†Not really my thing {back then} ha-ha, but Mom’s first videos are in a wheel chair and on pain medicine. ¬†Not great, but it worked….

Our family pulled together and we made it happen.  Natalie learned the quilt machine and basically kept us going for the first 6-7 months.  Amy {our awesome friend and longest non-family employee} helped with classes and got us through this tough time also.    Keep in mind we were all working for free.  {we are a start up, with no money. remember?}  That is the beauty of family.  We all worked like dogs just to stay open.

Mom, she was miserable. ¬†She hated being away, but she kept herself busy sewing in her bed. ¬†LOL, really. ¬†She hand sewed everything, and ¬†that is where she fell in love with dresden plates. ¬†Hahah! ¬†Don’t get me wrong she was in the shop some too, but wasn’t as often as she had planned.

The silver lining in this¬†situation¬†for me, was that we all really HAD to learn everything. ¬†Mom was on speed dial, and answered questions, but we really had to figure a lot of stuff out on our own. {umm, and she was on pain medicine. ¬†so a lot of what she said didn’t make sense anyway.} Haha. ¬†She’s gonna kill me for saying that! ¬†ūüôā

We still had LOTS of growing and learning.  Oh, and obviously we decided to stay open.  Good thing, right.

So much more to come…