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.
Then we stepped next door into an area that was in its original condition. Isn’t it shocking to see the difference?
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.
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.
Next we toured the retreat center.
Last, we were taken into Jenny Don’s private office and sewing area. This is where Missouri Star Quilt had its start.
This 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.
This is Jenny’s sewing table.
Soon it was time to leave and we said farewell to our tour guides.
We went to an Amish community and bought some baked goods.
Then we stopped at another quilt shop and admired the fabrics and furniture.
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.
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.