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!


CROSSROADS 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. 


NESTED STAR SPRINT 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.


FRENCH TWIST 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”).


12 POINTED STAR SPRINT (optional) 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.


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 3 instructors

  • 3-4 lectures/projects

  • 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 Bottled 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.  


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. To see each project with it's name and description please visit our blog


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. 


**Guests may check-in a day early for an additional fee, by selecting the option in your cart. 

***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.


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 and living rooms. 

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



Nearest Airport is Kansas City, 1 hour 5 minutes. You may choose to rent a car or get a shuttle.

Shuttle Service Available by calling Keith at 816-465-1874 He also runs a shuttle in town, if needed we can have him come to the retreat a few times a day for rides into town.

The retreat is 7 blocks from the 14 quilt shops of Missouri Star Quilt Company. 12 blocks from the Missouri Quilt Museum.

There are a few other shops outside of Hamilton that are also of interest. In order to receive shuttle rides there, you would need to coordinate with Keith in advance.


Parking at retreat is free. 


*We are all well aware of COVID-19 and its disruption to society. Although we don't forsee it happening, in the event that travel restrictions are again enforced in Caldwell County, Missouri, all guests would be given opportunity to move their reservation to a future retreat or receive a refund. 


Restrictions/Rules for COVID-19 are changing rapidly. We will update our policies as needed.

As of this posting, masks are required anytime you are walking around the facility. When you are seated sewing, masks can be removed. We do not require anyone to receive the vaccine to attend retreat. We do need to make sure that we are taking precautions for those that are not vaccinated and to make sure we help stop the spread. We will be providing hand sanitizer at all communal areas and wipes for the massage chairs, etc. We ask that you wash your hands often. Cover when you sneeze or have that tickle cough and stay home if you are sick. We hope that we can each be courteous to our friends and differing opinions about the virus and have a wonderful time together. 

Swingin' Sixties Retreat - Running with Scissors Quilters

  • Running with Scissors Quilters bring their talents to Hamilton.  Come spend 3 days with them learning amazing quilting techniques using the Six in a Square Tool in Quilt Town USA.