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Last February, Cheryl and I took a day trip to Quilt Town USA to celebrate her birthday. What is Quilt Town USA? Well, it's the Missouri Star Quilt Company headquarters in Hamilton Missouri.
Missouri Star Quilt Company is a small family business that has turned into an international fabric destination. While their main customer base is out of town, the small store in Hamilton has expanded to multiple fabric storefronts, in fact their downtown is now known as the Disneyland of quilting. This is a huge tourism draw for tiny Hamilton. They get up to 10,000 visitors in the summer alone!
Cheryl and I headed up on a road trip and had lunch at Blue Sage - the first fine dining restaurant in Hamilton. It was so delicious! After lunch we visited all the different Missouri Star storefronts - they have practically taken over the whole downtown of Hamilton with separate storefronts for different kinds of fabric; seasonal, solids, batiks and they even have a beautiful retreat center.
I love how they have made shopping so easy with the different storefronts. Their original store carries pre-cuts and modern prints. I ran into this adorable sample of our Dressed Alike Apron there.
Another store, the Missouri Star Mercantile, carries reproduction fabrics such as Kansas Troubles, Jo Morton, Downton Abbey and 1930's reproductions. Fittingly, this store is decked out in antique furnishings. So pretty!
Penney's Quilt Shop, which recently opened in the old J.C. Penney store, was huge and full of all the solid cottons you could ever need - including my Crossroads Denim fabric. They not only carry cotton solids here, but also minky. Here is where you will find basic prints that don't go out of print. The color in here is amazing!
The Sew Seasonal shop is dedicated to all seasonal fabric! You can find Halloween, Christmas, Patriotic - if there is a holiday for it, you will find it here. Next door to Sew Seasonal is the Batik Boutique. There are so many beautiful batiks out in the market and this may be the only store where you can see them all!
Licensed To Sell, which carries all licensed fabrics (think Minions, Spiderman, Hello Kitty, etc.) is another new store front, and MSQC isn't finished yet, when I was there they were also working a new "Man Cave" storefront - I can't wait to see what they carry there. A trip to Hamilton isn't just about hitting the fabric store, you can also take classes and attend retreats at the Missouri Star Retreat Center, which can sleep up to 37 quilters! MSQC has some great events scheduled, you can see them here.
I love how Missouri Star is refurbishing the buildings in downtown Hamilton, while at the same time keeping their vintage spirit alive. The story of their business is incredibly inspirational - check out the blog post on my site for more about their entrepreneurial story.
Although it took me a while to make my first trip up to Missouri Star, I've been lucky enough to visit multiple times since. In fact we are working together on some forthcoming projects, which I look forward to sharing with you.