|Main shop - stuffed with precuts|
Driving through Missouri the other day, we had to pull off Highway 36 to see for ourselves what is happening in Hamilton.
That sleepy little town is being transformed. Just a few years ago, the Missouri Star Quilt Company started there. Today, it is expanding to overtake the entire main street. They give tours several times a day and during my tour, someone opined that they were seeing the Disneyland of Quilting. A couple from England was there to visit.
|Two buildings just purchased ...|
We walked on by 2 newly purchased buildings (not sure what will go there). Across the street, we toured separate shops: one just for solids (!), one just for batiks, one for seasonals, and one for sewing novelties. The upstairs of those buildings is being developed for small retreat group use.
|Inside the quilting lodge - tops ready to be quilted are in the background.|
The original shop is now the company's shipping center, full to brimming. A new warehouse is nearly complete just off highway 36. When it's ready, the current 13 shipping stations will expand to 35 stations. They currently run 12 hours a day there and mentioned a record or 2235 orders received in one day. There is a customer service department there and a photographer who photographs product (mostly precuts) all day long ...
|The overflowing shipping department|
The story about the company (link above) mentioned 25 employees - last week that number was 115 and growing regularly ... I ran into several people I knew from Kansas City (about an hour away), there to see the newest quilting phenomenon in our area. It is definitely worth a stop.