Thursday, July 28, 2016

Are you Kidding me, MSQC??

This will be the final blog post I write about Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton, Missouri. (you hope -- right?)

But I have been saving this for last...

Almost every storefront in Hamilton has been renovated to be part of MSQC...
There's a shop for Batik's, another shop for sewing machines, yet another shop for notions...
The whole town is getting a facelift -- new sidewalks, curbs, etc...
The town is looking fresh and new.  MSQC has 350 employees now.  It's so exciting!!
EVEN THE rooms above the storefronts have been turned into part of MSQC.!! Love this staircase, eh??
But -- hey -- what's going on here??
Nobody could resist looking in to see what this space was all about...
THAT'S RIGHT -- IT'S MANS*LAND!!
Leather recliners, wide screen television...
Yes, football and a fireplace!!
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, MISSOURI STAR QUILT COMPANY. You have, indeed, thought about every single thing. An amazing visit. Keep up the good work...!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Splendid Sampler™

The Splendid Sampler™ Wednesday
(...skip this part if you're not new here...)

The Splendid Sampler™ is an internet sew-a-long created by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson. It is an EPIC sew along...
  • 83 fabric designers have created specific blocks that feature different quilting techniques. (paper piecing, fused applique, etc.).
  • The blocks will be released each week, and are FREE to participants until March 2017. (at that time, they'll use the designs to publish a book).
  • You can use whatever fabric you like.
  • There will be pictures on their Facebook page, etc.
The new block designs come out twice a week....on Sunday morning and Thursday morning. I'm doing this with my TMBC...and, therefore, it is my pleasure to BLOG ABOUT IT every Wednesday.
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Yes, LP is having THAT MUCH FUN!!
If you're seeing doubles -- you know it's the work of LP...
Sandy is also doing a GREAT JOB of keeping up...AND, she's our official photographer -- posting on our private Facebook page.  (yes, we are THAT excited about our SS blocks)...
Obviously, I TOOK this picture.  Lousy, eh??
These two have NO QUIT IN THEM...
Loved Sandy's pincushion block.  It literally looks like you could use it, eh?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Dutchman's Store

You know how much I love DAY TRIPPIN'...!! Which is why I cannot believe this wonderful, exciting, fantastic destination store is only THREE HOURS FROM MY HOUSE. It's the Dutchman's Store in Cantril, Iowa.
The entire downtown is all about the Dutchman's Store...and the cars parked on the street are from Iowa, Missouri, Illinois. I saw a car from Nebraska -- and there was one New York license plate!!
So -- what's the magic?? WHY ARE THEY PILED 20 deep at the cash registers??
It starts off kind of normal. A nice produce department...
But you soon realize this is not a typical 21st Century grocery store...
It is owed and operated by the Mennonite community, and the mix of merchandise is more like a 19th century general store...
There are hand-made aprons and bonnets.
All kinds of hats, shoes, outdoor clothes, jackets, baby items, suspender parts, etc.
BUT THE REAL FUN STARTS in the grocery store!! I took a few pictures to show you...
TWO boxes of Velveeta for $3.99. WHA???
The frozen food section has THRILLING BARGAINS...boneless smoked turkey breast for 99cents a pound...bacon for $1.39...In the deli department, they had White American Cheese for $1.99/lb.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? Pepperjack and Havarti cheese for $2.49.
Yes, at this point, I was wishing for a BIGGER COOLER!!
DELICIOUS, PEOPLE...
Clotheslines, clothespins and laundry supplies took up a whole shelf!!
AND I DIDN'T EVEN GET TO THE BEST THING ABOUT THE DUTCHMAN'S STORE...really. YOU WON'T BELIEVE IT!!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Ronda's Place in Baring

Ronda and I had a WONDERFUL TIME at the Featherweight Workshop, and our fun was not over!! Twelve years ago, she and her husband Dean bought a home in Baring, Missouri. That's about three hours from Hamilton -- so I was going to spend one night there on my way back to Iowa.
Ronda was driving as I took some pictures of Lake Baring.
There are many "cabins" on the lake -- its like a Country Club -- only the members use boats instead of golf carts...
It was their wedding anniversary!!  Dean surprised Ronda with a bouquet of roses.  (note the backsplash in their kitchen)
Their house is a short drive from the lake...
A very nice size -- 3 bedrooms and a porch...
They have a huge yard, with many mature shade trees.
The back porch is painted camo -- with lots of fishing poles hanging from the ceiling...
And a pretty good assortment of tackle...lol...
The next morning, Dean went out on the lake at 6:00 AM...and did THIS!!
22 small mouth bass!!
Which he cleaned -- then COOKED.
The backsplash above their stove spells F-I-S-H. OF COURSE...

This was the first time I've visited "The Place" (that's what they named it) in Missouri.  BUT NOT THE LAST...hummm...

Wouldn't this be a terrific spot to have a Sisters Sewing Getaway Weekend??!!

HOLY COW -- WHAT A GREAT IDEA...!!  LET'S DO IT....

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Hamilton, Missoui -- Home of??

Yes, we know Hamilton, Missouri because it is the home of Jenny Doan and the Missouri Star Quilt Company. But, Hamilton was also the birthplace of another famous entrepreneur...
Long before Al Doan started the Deal of the Day -- Hamilton, Mo. had another famous son....
Hamilton, Missouri is the birthplace of James Cash Penney
There is a small museum inside the town's library.
With a very creepy wax figure of J.C. Penney.
Old-school displays-- his story is told with pictures on bulletin boards. With some captions.
An old fashioned scrapbook you could leaf through and read.
If you had a LOT OF TIME, that is...(and your sister wasn't insisting it was time to go shopping on the OTHER side of the street -- because maybe we missed something -- and did I see what the Deal of the Day was??)
J.C. Penney didn't die until 1971.  Here's his Wikipedia bio
I'm not sure why all this shoe fitting stuff became part of his display.
But these shoes are here because Mr. Penney decided to put a shoe factory in Hamilton, Mo. Pretty clever way to support his hometown, eh?
J.C. left Hamilton and actually started his work life in Wyoming. He became very, very rich in the 1920's. He lived in New York City (he's buried there) -- and had extensive real estate holdings and a luxurious home in Florida. He lost his personal fortune during the crash of 1929, but bounced back and died a multi-millionaire. He went to work every day until his death in 1971.

One of the interesting tidbits we learned was that he had an affection for the family who ran the local dry good store in Hamilton (they gave him his first job and excellent training), so he refused to open a store in the town because he did not want to compete against them. The J.C. Penney store in Hamilton was actually his 500th location.
AND he put the Penney's store in the same building where he had his first job.