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    Suggestions for Visiting Missouri Star Quilt area

    I am hoping to be able to visit Missouri Star Quilt shops next month and would like helpful info about the area--where to stay and eat, etc. If you have been there, how is the best way to navigate the shops so as to make the best use of my time? Is it all worth a trip of eight hours? Thanks.

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    I’ve been there maybe four times. I love the place, it’s expanded and there is so much to see. I would definitely try to find lodging for the night because it’s limited. There is a great state park down the road but it’s not big either. I recommend going there for sure.

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    My husband is a Kansas City Chiefs fan even though we live in PA.
    Last year after I retired, I accompanied him on his one of his trips to games. We made a side trip from KC to Hamilton.
    I really enjoyed it. I like the way each shop has it's theme. It's a good idea to go to the "Orientation" building first, which has an know overview of what each building contains. I purchased things I could not find elsewhere. Couldn't buy a ton because we flew down there but I really enjoyed it. It really is amazing to see what they have done in this VERY small town.

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    Check out the plan your visit to MSQC:
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    My daughters and I are planning to drive down on my birthday in October. I am soooooooo excited!!

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    On my bucket list. Look forward to reading responses.

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    I think I get to go in August. My husband wants to go to the National Model Railroad Convention in KC and has said he would take me to Hamilton if I will go with him. Sounds like a deal.

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    A friend and I went two years ago, stayed for three days. We stayed in Cameron, about 11 miles away, at the Comfort Inn about a ten minute drive from Hamilton. Nice hotel. The first day we checked out the 13 stores, buying a little. The second day we knew what there was so we bought a lot. The third day we made sure we had what we wanted and if we missed anything. There are a couple of places to eat lunch in Hamilton and there is a great restaurant in Cameron, ask at the desk. We drove from eastern Wisconsin took our time, staying overnight each way as there was only me driving. We did meet
    Jenny and got to one of her talks, lots of fun. If I go again, I would do three days, as there is too much to see do and buy. Oh yes, parking on the street was free all day!

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    I went to MSQC last year after going to the quilt show in Paducah....yes, it was a long drive but well worth it. Definitely start at the orientation shop. We sent all our purchases over there and they shipped it all home for us. I spent enough that the shipping was free. Several hotels in Cameron, very close. I took the time to drive over to Liberty to Angela Walters shop. It was great! She was there and is so very friendly. I would definitely plan on doing that if you have the time.

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    A friend and I went there last year for the eclipse and had a ball. We stayed in Chilicothee which is just down the road and the Home of Sliced Bread (seriously, look it up!). That town was great and had some wonderful antique store and the people were so friendly. Definitely go to the Orientation building first. You can register there and receive a card that you can use at the different stores so you don't have to continually give your information. Also, the shipping prices from the web also apply: $5.00 to ship under $100.00; free for over $100. You can combine your purchases and they do check your receipts so be sure to keep them. They will box it all up for you and send it to your home. My friend got hers within a week. Mine was delayed here in Houston because of Hurricane Harvey (airports closed, mail delivery disrupted for over a week, then the post office had to work through all the backlog) but it arrived safely. It definitely helped not having to worry about carrying it all home on the plane. Enjoy your visit!

    A great side trip is Independence, MO, home of Harry S Truman. A wonderful town full of all kinds of treasures.
    Oh, there is also a great quilt store between Hamilton and KC - can't think of the name but there are signs for it along the highway. Definitely go there if you have time.
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    Just read the post before mine about Angela Walters and her shop in Liberty. I did not know about that and I love her!

    Gee, I guess I will just have to plan on making another trip back to visit her shop. Yeah, just twist my arm on that one!

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    It's only 45 minutes away....just saying....

    Quote Originally Posted by JanieH View Post
    Just read the post before mine about Angela Walters and her shop in Liberty. I did not know about that and I love her!

    Gee, I guess I will just have to plan on making another trip back to visit her shop. Yeah, just twist my arm on that one!

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    I am so jealous. I would love to go. Have fun.

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    Maybe one day I'll get to go too; sounds like my kind of place.

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    I may be in the minority here. I did not care for the layout of the stores. With each kind of fabric in a different shop I found it difficult to put together what I wanted for my pattern. You had to buy one fabric and carry it around to the other shops to see what you wanted to go with it. There was no way to lay them all out together to make a choice or see what you liked best. I had just come from Hancock's in Paducah where I had a cart full that I kept "testing" for color and pattern coordination. Loved all the stores and supplies that they had and bought a lot of items. Liked the orientation store and one stop ID/Passport so be sure to stop there first. Bought some fabric but not for any specific project. Love Jenny, her tuts and Block.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanieH View Post
    A great side trip is Independence, MO, home of Harry S Truman. A wonderful town full of all kinds of treasures.
    Independence was a nice place to visit. Also the Acadia Museum isn't too far away from there, in Kansas City, but I forgot on which side of the river. The Acadia is a ship that went down in the Missouri River in 1856. They found it about 10-15 years ago, fully stocked with merchandise for the pioneers. The Museum is wonderful.
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    I went to MSQC this past spring and loved it. The service is so good and friendly. The stores are huge, bright, clean, well organized. Eye candy everywhere, but I never perceived "clutter"--probably because there is so much floor space and wall space that everything can be spread out neatly.

    Right in Hamilton are a few little places to eat--a Subway, a BBQ place, maybe something else? We only ate lunch.
    I bought a little the first day, and more the next. Plenty of free parking, quiet little town, I was more than happy to support their business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maviskw View Post
    Independence was a nice place to visit. Also the Acadia Museum isn't too far away from there, in Kansas City, but I forgot on which side of the river. The Acadia is a ship that went down in the Missouri River in 1856. They found it about 10-15 years ago, fully stocked with merchandise for the pioneers. The Museum is wonderful.
    it's the Steamboat Arabia Museum, which is located in the KCMO River Market. A fun thing to do is to ride the street car from the Union Station to the River Market (weekends are very busy though) and the Arabia Museum is right there. The street car is free and a nice way to get a view of downtown KC.
    Been to MSQC a few times--I think that I do better when I go with at least a little list of what I'm wanting--I always get more than that of course, but it helps me from being too overwhelmed. Wear comfy shoes! And if you are flying, definitely have them ship stuff home. There is a very nice quilt shop in Cameron, MO too, plus of course Angela Walters in Liberty (but she will be at our guild meeting on Aug. 4!) Also, someone mentioned traveling to the area with her husband for a train conference. Which likely means Union Station visit and be sure to go to the National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial just up the hill.

    For those of you contemplating a trip to the KC area, think seriously about mid-June 2019 when the biannual KC Regional Quilt Fest (3 days, Overland Park Convention Center) It's a biggie--last one in 2017 drew about 9,000 visitors, nationally famous quilts, 35 vendors (and about that many on the wait list) and is all put together by 16 area guilds instead of a corporation. See ya there!

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    Missouri Star is wonderful! There's also a great little shop in Cameron, Mo. (only 14 miles away from Hamilton).

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    Been there twice on shop hops have always stayed in Cameron at the Comfort Inn it also has free breakfast and is good also a workshop there

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    Should say quilt shop there

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