My Quilter’s Bucket List

I didn’t even realize I had a quilter’s bucket list until I started typing this post.    But I do! And I’m happy to say I’ve already checked something off!

When I learned I was going to KCKS for work, I immediately planned a trip to Missouri Star Quilt Co in Hamilton MO! It’s just an hour away from where I was staying.

If you don’t already know about MSQC, you can read their story here.  It’s pretty amazing!

As soon as I arrived, I pulled out my phone to take a pic of the main shop and a nice lady, named Karen, stopped and offered to take my pic in front of the shop.  Quilters are such nice people!

Karen, an Aurifil Designer and Educator, (IG name is redbirdquiltco), informed me that the 2nd Annual Missouri Star Academy,  a 2 day event of learning and collaboration featuring 25+ designers, had just ended. Approximately 700 quilters from all over the world had been in attendance!  I’ll definitely be adding the Missouri Star Academy to my quilter’s bucket list!

The shops are amazing. Yes shops, as in plural! There isn’t just one shop. Missouri Star Quilt Co consists of twelve shops! Honestly, I was a little overwhelmed at first.

I spent a couple hours perusing and shopping then had lunch at the Hamilton Baking Company.

Downtown Hamilton is so cute!

It was a great visit but it would’ve been better if my sis and other close friends could’ve been there with me.  Someday ladies!

Other things on my quilter’s bucket list are: a quilt cruise, QuiltCon and Quilt Festival.  And I’m already making plans for Quilt Festival this November.

What’s on your quilter’s bucket list?

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Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. – Prov 16:24 NLT

These Bags Though!

I bought the Boxy Tote pattern and all supplies, not including fabric, probably close to 2yrs ago during a shop hop.

It was even before I owned a Featherweight sewing machine. I bring up the Featherweight because this pattern by Penny Sturges of Quilts Illustrated was designed to carry one.

This is my Viola Davis.

Anyway, I was visiting a friend who makes bags, in addition to tons of other things, on commission. She had just finished a bag for someone and it was made w/the most adorable fabric covered w/quilty notions. It was love at first sight!

Turns out she had some extra she was willing to part with. As soon as she offered my mind went to the Boxy Tote pattern sitting up in my closet and I didn’t hesitate to ask her if she’d make it for me!

And I also remembered how this same wonderful lady let me borrow her pattern for the Caddy Pad Jr. Iron Tote/Pad, at least 2 years ago, so I made a deal with her.

Caddy Pad Jr..jpg

If she’d make me the caddy too,  w/some of that adorable fabric, I’d return her pattern asap. She totally went for it!

Look at all the fancy stitching she did!

It has so many pockets!

I’m totally smitten w/both bags.   I’ll be traveling in style!

And speaking of traveling, if any of you has flown w/a Featherweight I’d like to hear how you did it. I’m thinking/hoping I can just treat it as a carry-on?

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Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. -Rom 12:12 NIV

Beeing Social

I finally made it to Michigan to visit Katy.

We met through the “blogisphere” when I read she visited her son in AZ. And I was beside myself to learn he lived around the corner from me!

Even though I invited myself to MI, she and her hubby were great sports about it.

She even gave me this t-shirt.

She has a beautiful home and gave me permission to take and post as many pics as I wanted. If there aren’t enough pics in this post, there are more on my Instagram.

There were quilts everywhere!

This tall vintage ladder loaded w/quilts was one of my favorite attractions.

I enjoyed my visit there. My only complaint being how quickly the time flew by.

We spent a lot of time in her phenomenal sewing studio.

She took me around the area. It was divine. All woody and green.

We visited a little light house and climbed the 80+ steps to the top.

To me, the weather was perfect, if a little cloudy.

Katy, I’m very grateful we are friends and  looking forward to visiting again whether here in AZ or in MI.

And I am smitten w/the mitten.


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