Two New Quilts

I recently finished two more quilts that had been in the works for a long time.  This first one is a Jo Morton pattern for which I used a back-basted appliqué technique.  I really love how it turned out.

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Virginia Ohr did the beautiful quilting for me again.

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Isn’t Virginia’s quilting beautiful?

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The other quilt I recently completed is a pattern called “That 70’s Quilt.”  I used Kaffe Fassett fabrics for this one.

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Once again, Virginia Ohr did the quilting for me and I couldn’t be more pleased with it.img_4879_500

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Another Memorial

The final event on our trip to Kansas City was another open house memorial for my dad.  Our long-time friend, Barb, opened her home to us for the event and we were able to visit with several friends.  It was great seeing some of our parents’ dearest friends, as well as our own.2016-09-24-16-16-32

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Sad as death is, it always brings people together that haven’t seen one another for a long time, and that’s a good thing.

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Private Tour

My sister had a friend that works at Missouri Star Quilt Company so we were able to take a behind-the-scenes tour.  The most fascinating part was seeing how these old buildings looked before being decorated.  First we saw one of the finished shops upstairs.

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Then we stepped next door into an area that was in its original condition.  Isn’t it shocking to see the difference?

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This will also be made into a quilt shop eventually, and you can almost imagine how beautiful it will be with the archways, high ceilings, and front windows.

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This was part of the original J.C. Penney’s store in the founder’s home town. Maybe they will display fabric in these old carriages sometime, or find a unique use for these old doors.

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Next we toured the retreat center.

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Last, we were taken into Jenny Don’s private office and sewing area.  This is where Missouri Star Quilt had its start.

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2016-09-22-14-19-53_500This is one of Jenny’s daughters and they were busy preparing quilts for the next few magazines and tutorials.  One of the other daughters held up a quilt in progress but asked us not to reveal this pattern until published.  It has been published now, and you can view the tutorial below.

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This is Jenny’s sewing table.

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Soon it was time to leave and we said farewell to our tour guides.

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We went to an Amish community and bought some baked goods.

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Then we stopped at another quilt shop and admired the fabrics and furniture.

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In the evening, we ended up at Stroud’s for dinner, where the motto is, “We Choke Our Own Chickens.”  The food is served family style and is outstanding.

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strouds

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We saw a photo of the original Stroud’s — both the one that our Dad remembered from his youth, and the one he used to take us to (it has since been demolished since it was right under a bridge on the interstate).  But the great food and the traditions continue on, thankfully.

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Missouri Star

My sister and I spent nearly a whole day at Missouri Star Quilt Company.  It’s an amazing place to visit.  Basically, they took over an entire downtown of a small community and converted every store into individual fabric shops.  It was fun browsing all the different shops.

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All the shops are decorated beautifully, according to various themes.

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There’s even a place for husbands to hang out while they wait for their wives.

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Of course, you can find every kind of fabric imaginable.  We bought a few because the fat quarters were only 88 cents/apiece.

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We took a peek at the sewing center and there were classes going at the time.

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Jenny Doan–the founder of Missouri Star Quilt–was pretty busy because it happened to be their anniversary sale day, but we did have a chance to meet her.  She has created quite the successful business with her online tutorials, retreats, classes, patterns, magazines and fabric sales.

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