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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