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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Swingin' Sixties Retreat

Running With Scissors Quilters
are coming to Hotel Hamilton & Event Center for a 
in Quilt Town, USA - Hamilton Missouri.

September 21-24, 2021!

3 Night Retreat with 4 instructors and 3 projects ONLY $425!

 Join the Running With Scissors Quilters team for 3 fun-filled days at the Swingin' Sixties Retreat. You will learn a unique method to make a six-pointed star in a square using the new Six In A Square© tool. We’ll be making three exciting projects; a wall hanging, a quilt available in 3 sizes, and a table runner. You may also choose to learn to use the tool in another way to make a great block.

The Six in a Square© Tool ($36.50 value-included with retreat ticket) is designed to make 60 degree angled units that are sewn together without any “Y” seams to create a 6 pointed star in a square. The completed blocks are slightly oversized and trimmed to perfection with the same tool. It is versatile enough to make 10 different finished size blocks from 3” to 12” and comes with illustrated step by step instructions for both left and right handed quilters. The blocks can then be incorporated into one of your favorite designs, with other traditional blocks, or in one of our patterns. The possibilities are endless!


This first project will introduce you to the Six in a Square tool. Start your journey by making a stunning 44” square wall hanging that uses full and half stars. 


Take your 60 degree skills to the next level and learn the Nested Star Sprint while creating this beautiful table runner. Once you have learned this technique the design possibilities are endless.


A colorful variation on a traditional French Braid quilt. Gather an assortment of your favorite fabrics, your Six in a Square© tool and “Do the Twist”! Choose the size project you would like to make: Large (85” x 99”), Medium (66” x 76”), or Small (51” x 59”).


Eager for more…?? This optional session will teach the 12-Pointed Star Sprint by making a 12” block. After making the block, we will get the design juices flowing by discussing how color placement provides limitless variations. This bonus project is an additional pattern fee of only $7.50!

3 day Retreat with check-in beginning @ 2 pm Tuesday September 21st. Check out Friday September 24th 11am***. 

Swingin' Sixties Retreat Includes

  • Meet & Greet with your 4 instructors
  • 3-4 lectures/projects
  • Open Sew Time
  • 3 nights of Retreat Style Lodging (twin size beds, no bunks)
  • 3 catered dinners (lunch on your own each day)
  • 3 morning continental breakfast
  • Snacks, Coffee, Tea and water always available
  • Swag and Prizes
ALL OF THIS for only $425! So put on your saddle shoes and pack your poodle skirt and then join us in Quilt Town, USA!!


MEET YOUR EDUCATORS:  Heidi Chase, Ellen Cicak, Kathy Webb, Dot Fabian

We are a team of energetic quilting instructors. We truly enjoy quilting and we love to share by teaching classes, sharing quilts in trunk shows, lecturing and demonstrating.   We have a passion for quilting and have furthered this by becoming Certified Studio 180 Design Instructors.  

We also love to design patterns and tools and enjoy the creativity of freehand long-arming.      In addition to creating patterns for Running with Scissors Quilters, the team has been published in     Fons and Porter and has several patterns in the Studio 180 Design pattern line. We have recently branched into tool design, releasing Corner Pop II and Corner Pop III in collaboration with Studio 180 Design.

We’re proud to have quilts published in Hidden Treasures and Royal Treasures     by Studio 180 Design, Deb Tucker and Accent on Angles by Susan Purney.

We would love to share the Joy of Quilting with you.  

To learn more about the Running With Scissors Gals please visit their website.You can also follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

Hotel Hamilton Retreat Lodging

Tentative Schedule:

Tuesday, Sept 21, 2021


Check in and Set Up Sewing Space *




Crossroads - Session 1


Guided Sew


Open Sew

Wednesday, Sept 22, 2021




Crossroads - Session 2


Crossroads Wrap-up and Guided Sew


12-5:30 Lunch on your own. Open Sew/ Shopping, etc.




French Twist - Session 1


Guided Sew


Open Sew

Thursday, Sept 23,2021




French Twist - Session 2


Lunch on  your own. Open Sew/Shopping


1:30 (optional) 12 point Star Lecture (this is a bonus class. An additional fee of $7.50)


Catered Dinner


Lecture Nested Star Sprint


Guided Sew

Friday, Sept 24, 2021




Goodbye for now


Clean up and Check out. ***


Each project will include the pattern and instruction to complete the project. A materials list will be emailed to each participant by July 1st, 2021.

Our sewing hall will knock your socks off! Each guest will have their own 6 foot table and a chair. and plenty of outlets. The lighting is wonderful. We provide ironing stations at each block of tables (6-8 guests share), but you are welcome to bring your own mini iron for your station. You may consider bringing a extra chair pad-especially if you have a favorite! 

We also have free WIFI and 2 massage chairs in the hall. Sew a lot, then massage a little, or visa versa. 

*Bring your own machine or RENT one during your stay. To rent, add product to cart called "Sewing Machine Kit Rental"

**Guests may check-in a day early for an additional fee, by selecting the option in your cart. Breakfast is included for that extra morning.

***Additionally you may extend your stay thru the end of the week for Missouri Star's annual Birthday Bash for check out Sunday September 26th 11am (3 nights) at the discounted rate of $100. Limited Space Available. If you choose to extend you will NOT be required to vacate your sewing space until Sunday morning by 11:00am. Breakfast is included each additional morning. 

ANOTHER BONUS?? For guests extending past the retreat and into the weekend... you will receive FREE admission to the Missouri Quilt Museum, right here in Hamilton. That weekend in our Show Me Gallery, we will be featuring none other than Running With Scissors Quilters in their exhibit "Designer's Journey"


At Hotel Hamilton and Event Center we work hard to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Our boutique-esque guests suites include:

5 twin beds in each room. 

Living Room/TV shared with the suite next door.

1(suite 4)-2 bathrooms - with exterior vanities for more gals to get ready at once! 

Endless HOT water!! 

Pillowtop mattresses and soft linens!

Complimentary ear plugs ( you are welcome)

Complimentary toiletries- shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap, shower cap, lotion, make-up wipes. There is also a blow dryer in each suite.

Individual guest towels, hand towels, washclothes.

Charging cubes with multiple outlets and USB ports at each night stand

Temperature controlled bedrooms.

Temperature controlled living rooms. 

Our entire facility including guest rooms and event hall are on ground level. No stairs required.


Retreat tickets are non-refundable.Organizers reserve the right to cancel the retreat if minimum enrollment has not been achieved by June 23, 2021. You would then receive a 100% refund of the registration fee and any additional products purchased on this site for the retreat. We suggest you purchase travel insurance when you book airline tickets to avoid flight cancellation fees.



Nearest Airport is Kansas City, 1 hour 5 minutes. 

Shuttle Service Available by calling Keith at 816-465-1874


Parking at retreat is free. 

Questions? Please contact Dakota at OR by calling 435-849-2564

 We look forward to having you join us in Hamilton Missouri September 21-24, 2021. See you soon!

For more retreat information and releases please subscribe to our newsletter at

Monday, February 1, 2021

Spring Into Spring Craft Show

 We are excited to bring to Hotel Hamilton, 

Leslie Jo's Boutique for their 

Spring into Spring Craft Show. 

April 24th 2021 from 9 am-9pm.

703 West Berry St. Hamilton, MO


Local Missouri vendors will be selling their products including 






WE look forward to having you join us! 

Vendor applications available by calling Dakota 435-849-2564 or emailing

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

2 Crazy Ladies are on their way back!

I am so excited to welcome 

Karen Miller and Wendy Sheppard back to Hamilton.

Last fall these two crazy ladies (to know them is to love them!) came to Hamilton to host a retreat at Hotel Hamilton. They are a bundle of joy! We laughed, then laughed and laughed some more. 
And there was a lot of sewing in there too!
Karen and Wendy both have a passion and an incredible gift 
for Free Motion Quilting.

They will teach the basics of free motion from two different brains and perspectives. (We all learn differently!) They are super fun, non-judgemental, extremely patient and great teachers! 
They wrap it all up with a ton of laughs and joy!

To make it even better, both Wendy and Karen are Aurifilosophers. They know a thing or two about thread and are willing to pass on all of that knowledge to make all your future projects even greater!

To follow Karen and her amazing brain find her at Redbird Quilt Co and follow her on Instagram @redbirdquiltco or on facebook 

All the beautiful things Wendy makes can be found at WendySheppard and @ivory_spring on Instagram or Facebook 

These two ladies are sure to brighten your day!

Lucky for us, they are on their way back, and we couldn't be more excited!! 

JOIN US in Hamilton, MO!!!

You can register for the event HERE!

Monday, January 20, 2020

ICE Storm

I come from a land of a lot of snow...the greatest snow on earth, actually..... UTAH!!

Snow has never intimidated me, or kept me from going out and getting things done.
However, the ice that we experience in Missouri is not snow! It's a death defying roller coaster with no brakes!! Just leaving the driveway is near impossible! You would think this would be a problem, but nope!! I just soak it in. We play games, watch movies, sew, and craft! The Redford's look forward to a good ice storm or freezing rain because it helps us slow down and enjoy each other!!
The last two weekends we have been "iced in" and I have ZERO complaints!!

Monday, January 13, 2020

A Memory Quilt

Four years ago, after visiting the Bed & Breakfast with the boys, we decided to ask our guests to help us with a special project.
How great would it be to make a quilt, one block each representing our guests. It was a little far fetched at the time to think I would ever have more than just a wall hanging. However, guests responded with so many BEAUTIFUL blocks. I just pieced together the last of this Quilt. It will be our "first four years". It is incredible to look at each of these blocks, to think of the guests, the memories!
I look forward to the next four years with great joy! I am so blessed!!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019


2020 began wonderfully with sunny skies, time with family and some quilting!!

We are excited for all the new adventures 2020 will bring us and all the new guests and familiar faces too!

Expect to see a few things from us in 2020

  • Cameron will head out on his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - he reports to the mission on February 19th and will serve 2 years in the Czech Slovak Mission!
  • Phase 2 of the Pond Project
  • A brand new garden spot and some delicious fruits from our trees!
  • A zipline in the backyard
  • A dirt bike track (way out back)
  • Dakota is hoping to complete a few quilts!
  • She is also hoping for a little bit of renovation on a treehouse closet!
  • More baby animals-hoping for puppies!!
  • Phase 2 of the Missouri Quilt Museum --so excited!
Here we go-join us!!

The businesses in Hamilton have a lot planned as well. Here are just a few of the activities planned:

JANUARY    18            “Snowed In” Craft Day- Hamilton Event Center
                       1-31     “Snowed In” Quilt Show- Missouri Quilt Mus.
FEBRUARY 15 th         Lakeview Mouse Races
                      29 th         Men’s Chili Cookoff
MARCH       13th       “Feeling Lucky” Pot of Gold Treasure Hunt
                     1-31       Good as Gold Quilt Show- Missouri Quilt Mus.
APRIL          4 th       Pothole Festival
                     11th       Easter Hunt & Celebration
MAY            16 th           Butterfly Festival
                     1-31       Butterfly Quilt Show – Missouri Quilt Museum
JUNE           11-12 th     Missouri Star Academy
                     10-13th   Chalk the Block -Missouri Quilt Museum
JULY            4 th         Hamilton Celebrates 4 th of July
                     3rd       Old Glory Craft Day - Hamilton Event Center
                    1-31   Land that I Love Quilt Show – Missouri Quilt Museum
AUGUST    14-16 th   NW MO Steam and Gas Engine Show
                    1-31st    Block the Block Quilt Show - Missouri Quilt Mus.
SEPTEMBER 24-25 th     Missouri Star Quilt Birthday Bash
                    25-26 th     J. C. Penney Days
                    26 th     Hamilton .1K Marathon
                    26 th     Hamilton “Anything Goes” Car Show
OCTOBER 1-31     Scarecrow Festival/Contest
                   17-18 th   Steam & Gas Engine Fall Festival
                    5-31       “Pumpkin Patch” Quilt Exhibit
NOVEMBER 1-30       Scarecrow Festival
                    1-14       “Pumpkin Patch” Quilt Exhibit
DECEMBER 5 th Christmas Expo
                       5 th Hamilton Holiday Home Tour
                    5th, 12, 19th Christmas Quilt Show – Missouri Quilt Museum
                    16-20th Hamilton Christmas Creche Display - Hamilton Event Center

Visit Hamilton at:

ATTRACTIONS: Missouri Star Quilt Company – 12 different quilt shops!

J. C. Penney Museum

J. C. Penney Boyhood Home
Missouri Quilt Museum
NW MO Steam & Gas Engine Grounds
Hamilton Butterfly Park
Highway 13 Butterfly Trail
World’s Largest Spool of Thread

Monday, December 9, 2019

Open Sew Day at Hotel Hamilton

Once a month we hold and Open Sew day at Hotel Hamilton & Event Center

This gives all of us an opportunity to get together, visit and work on projects! 

Bring your UFO's
Start a new project
Come and visit with friends
Bring a hand sewing project
Finish the binding

No charge, JUST come!!
And bring a treat to share. No one minds treats!!!

For a full calendar of Open Sew Dates
OR join the group Hamilton Quilters on Facebook