Missouri Star Academy 2019

I’m back from my third round at Missouri Star Academy in Hamilton, MO. Put on by the folks at Missouri Star Quilt Company, the event was a little different this year than the two previous. It was held, like it was the first year, at the local United Methodist Church, but was split into two two-day sessions.

Each session had an orientation and then two days of lectures, demos and trunk shows. It was great to meet folks from all over the country, as well as several who’d traveled even further (one woman came all the way from Brazil for the event!).

I was lucky enough to get to stay in the Retreat Center for the event, jealous of the group of women who’d come down from Canada for MSA and were using the center for the week. Each day I got to walk past their projects as they grew into quilts of all sizes.

In the mornings, I taught classes on Cuddle minky fabrics, including tips on cutting, sewing and a ton of inspirational projects to show. I love getting the chance to talk with other patchworkers since my deep and abiding love is in the cotton quilt tops, but then getting to open their eyes to another substrate. Whether it’s simple blankets or backing their quilts with Cuddle, there are always a few happy discoveries with each class.

Each afternoon there were demos in the Penney’s store and I was lucky enough to have Karen Fuchs, one of the Shannon Fabrics Brand Ambassadors to take over on Wednesday and Friday. She is so great with folks and I’m lucky she lives close enough to join me each time.

I was able to join Misty Doan in the studio (you might recognize her from the tutorials and Facebook Lives she does for MSQC) and did a little tutorial on the basics of sewing with Cuddle. That will be available soon and hopefully convert a few more over to working with the fabrics (or at least take a little fear out).

Then I packed up and headed off to meet Hawke in Ohio for the holiday weekend. See you in September, MSQC!

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