The Missouri Quilt Museum will offer a unique look at the history of the United States from the eyes of quilters and sewing enthusiasts. From the first arrivals to North America to the modern day computer whizzes, MQM will look at American history in a way that only a quilting and sewing enthusiast would understand.
Located in Hamilton, Missouri, MQM is the official Missouri State Quilt Museum. The museum will offer three galleries that not only display quilts, but will also feature shows that depict the influence and use of quilts in American history.
The Missouri Quilt Museum will be housed in the historic Hamilton High School Building. The original school building was constructed in 1904-05. This building was destroyed by fire in 1919 and replaced the following year with the building that is now the museum’s home.
With over 30,000 square feet, MQM will also offer a variety of exhibits that track the evolution of quilting, sewing, and textiles from the time of the arrival of the Pilgrims through today’s use of computers in today’s quilting processes.
MQM exhibits will include vintage sewing machines, the world’s largest thimble collection, antique irons, the world’s largest toy sewing machine collection, and more. Interactive displays will show how Native American’s used primitive tools to sew and quilt, how wool and cotton was spun into thread, how the textile industry evolved and how the Internet impacted quilting.
Visitors will be able see the world’s largest spool of thread, standing 22 feet tall and holding an initial 1,000,000 yards of thread. Visitors can add their own thread to the spool, becoming a part of this unique attraction.
The museum’s courtyard will offer unique displays such as engraved paving stones in quilt patterns, the Hamilton Pathway paved with engraved bricks donated by Hamilton High School Alumni, benches and tables constructed around sewing themes, quilt flower gardens and unique sculptures.
Visitors can enjoy golfing on the sewing themed miniature golf course or watch their children play on the giant sewing machine slide and swing set. Guests can enjoy a performance on the outdoor amphitheater or indulge in a picnic lunch prepared by the museum café.
Hamilton is the home of James Cash Penney, the founder of the J.C. Penney retail empire. At one time, J.C. Penney’s was the world’s largest fabric vendor. The J. C. Penney Museum and the J.C. Penney Boyhood Home are both located in Hamilton. The Penney Farm is located just east of Hamilton.
In 2008, Missouri Star Quilt Company opened in Hamilton. From a small long arm quilt studio, Missouri Star has grown into the world’s largest distributor of pre-cut fabric. Over 200,000 people visit the 12 Missouri Star quilt shops annually.
Hamilton hosts over 200 tour buses annually. The # of buses is increasing with the opening of the Hotel Hamilton and Event Center, which is designed specifically with tour buses in mind.