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Sew Faire 2020
March 26, 27, & 28, 2020
3-Day, 2-Night Quilt Retreat Extravaganza!
NWMO Chapter of Project Linus is super excited to be hosting our first Sew Faire at the Hotel
Hamilton in Hamilton, MO! The newly renovated, beautifully decorated rooms offer all the
comforts of home, while the spacious 7200 sq. ft. retreat center is the perfect place to relax,
leave your cares behind, and spend 3 days doing what we love best – Sewing and Shopping for
The cost of this all-inclusive extravaganza is only $250.00. This includes your room (suites have
2 bedrooms sleeping 4-5 people, a living room and 2 baths), catered meals from Thurs. night
dinner to Sat. morning breakfast, snacks, and all the fun and festivities of the retreat.
Reservations need to be secured with half of the payment, $125.00, by Dec. 31, 2019. The
balance is due Feb. 15, 2020. This is due to the payment deadlines of the retreat center.
Gift certificates are available through Hotel Hamilton. Give Santa or your special someone a
hint that this would make an excellent Christmas gift!
We want to help you improve your piecing skills and enjoy new processes while you are here.
To add to the excitement of the Sew Faire, paper piecing expert Richard Evans will be teaching
a class called Overcoming Your Fear of Paper Piecing. We will need at least 15 people to sign up
in order to have this class. Debbie Helton will be sharing Tips & Techniques to Tackle a Quilt; a
class for novices who want to learn ways to become experts at creating quilt tops. (More about
these classes on the last page). Your retreat experience includes many extras: trunk shows,
contests, jelly roll race, drawings and other prizes, show-and-tell, and delicious catered meals.
For our out-of-towners flying in, Hotel Hamilton offers a shuttle service from Kansas City
International airport. You can rent an Eversewn Sparrow 20, cutting mat, ruler, rotary cutter,
scissors, 12 attachments including ¼” foot and free motion foot for just $10.00 a day -- if you
don’t want to bring your machine and tools on the plane!
If you wish to commute to the retreat and do not want to spend the night, the cost is $175.00,
which includes all meals. Full payment for commuters is required by Dec. 31 st .
This is your time to sew what you choose. Projects you work on do not have to be for Project
Linus! You will receive a gift from the giveaway basket if you do complete and donate a kid’s
quilt top. You should bring projects to work on. Or you should have no trouble finding a new
project at Missouri Star Quilt Co. in downtown Hamilton, MO, only 7 blocks from our retreat
center. Home of the world’s largest supplier of pre-cuts. Twelve shops, each unique in fabric
style. New to Hamilton is the Missouri Quilt Museum (discounted tickets available to us).
It’s Quilt Town USA! The Disneyland for quilters! The happiest place on earth! You get my
point… this small town is the perfect place to Relax, Breathe, and Create.
You will need a sewing machine, necessary tools and notions, and your
projects to work on. Ironing and cutting stations will be set up. Six-foot
tables, chairs and power strips are provided. If you need to bring special
food, there is a kitchen available for our use in the retreat center.
The schedule should go something like this:
Thursday, March 26
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Check-in. You have the afternoon to set up, get started sewing, or explore
the shops at Missouri Star. If you would like to arrive earlier, you could shop first and then check in.
6:00 pm Dinner at the Hotel Hamilton Retreat Center.
6:45 pm Trunk Show by Richard Evans! We all love to see a show of quilting talent!
7:15 pm Jelly Roll Race with Prizes! – jelly rolls provided and tops donated to Project Linus.
8:00 pm -- the wee hours of the night…sew to your heart’s content! Retire when you choose.
Friday, March 27
7:00 am Continental Breakfast provided in the retreat center.
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Classes: Overcome the Fear of Paper Piecing and Tips & Techniques to
Tackle a Quilt for those who have signed up. Free sew and shopping for others.
12:00 pm Lunch at the retreat center.
12:30 pm Sewing or shopping.
6:00 pm Dinner at the retreat center.
6:45 pm – the wee hours…Games, fun, drawings for prizes, and More Sewing!
Saturday, March 28
7:00 am Continental breakfast at the retreat center.
7:00 am – 11:00 am Sew and pack up. 11:00 am Check out of retreat center. Missouri Star
shops are open until 5:00 pm. Hamilton has good restaurants and unique shops where you can
spend the rest of your day if you desire. Be sure to visit Crossroads Quilt Shop in Cameron, only
11 miles west on Hwy. 36!
Payment can be made by credit card through Hotel Hamilton by calling 435-849-2564. If you
prefer to pay by check, make it payable to Barbara Conway Owen and send with this form.
Whichever payment method you choose, still complete and return this page to:
Barbara Conway Owen
NWMO Linus Chapter
1343 NE Hebron Rd.
Maysville, MO 64469
We will try to assign rooms to make everyone most comfortable.
Check any that apply:
___Prefer a cooler room
___Prefer a warmer room
___Wheelchair or handicap accessibility needed
___I prefer to room with_________________________________
___I want to take the Overcoming the Fear of Paper Piecing class.
($40.00 extra charge, not including kit)
___I want to take the Tips & Techniques to Tackle a Quilt class.
($30.00 extra charge, not including fabric)
Information on class patterns and kits, and how to order them, will be provided in the near
future. Just let us know if you are interested in one or both classes. We think our sewists will
benefit greatly from both of our experienced teachers!
The Tips & Techniques to Tackle a Quilt class, taught by our experienced sewist and long arm
quilter Debbie Helton, is for beginners or those looking for all those little tricks to making a
perfect quilt top. In this class you will master things like finding your ¼” seam, pinwheeling and
nesting seams, rotary cutting precision, etc., and tips on choosing fabric to make a stunning top.
Overcoming the Fear of Paper Piecing will be taught by Richard Evans, who has taken classes
from a master paper-piecer. The idea of paper piecing comes with its own set of fear factors
for some, and yet wouldn’t we all love to make those beautiful quilts with the perfect points?
Richard’s way will help us overcome these fears and make the paper piecing process quite easy.
He has agreed to spend the day with us, so you will be able to ask questions as you continue to
work, then take your finished project home with you! For those interested in this class we will
provide information on available patterns and kits, and how you can order them. Kits must be
ordered in advance, as we will be starting this class early Friday morning.
This retreat is being held as a fundraiser for the NW Missouri Project Linus Chapter. Anything
we make over the cost of renting the retreat center and food will go to our chapter’s account
to buy blanket making supplies to comfort more children in our area.
We must adhere to a no refund policy after Jan. 31, 2020. Reservations may be transferable if
you find you cannot attend.
There is no smoking allowed at the retreat center or sleeping rooms. A regulation of Hotel
Hamilton states violators will be fined $1200.00 for costs of extra cleaning.
Biography for Richard Evans
Richard was born near Hamilton, Mo in the birthplace home
of J.C. Penney, the home now located in the J.C. Penney
Park. His parents moved to the Penney Farm NW of Kidder
where he grew up, graduated from Winston High School and
Studied Music Education at Central Methodist College,
Fayette, MO and Missouri Western University, St. Joseph. He
is married to Linda Evans, having two daughters, Kim Evans
(Carson), Independence-Choral Director at Truman High
School and Katie Evans, RN-Hospice, residing in Grandview,
MO. Richard and Linda currently reside on their family farm
NW of Kidder.
Richard became interested in sewing as a young boy
watching his mother embroidery. He learned to straight
stitch practicing with a needle, black thread and a napkin. It
wasn’t until after college and returning to Hamilton to work
as a social worker that he became more interested in sewing.
Working for Green Hills Human Resources as a social
worker, he worked in Trenton and stayed with his great
grandmother, Emma Charleston, who was a seamstress and
avid quilter. Spending two years with this living
arrangement, Richard was taught to sew on a long shuttle
treadle sewing machine making shirts and pants. This
eventually led to quilting by hand at the quilt frame and
having a desire to pursue piecing and quilting. This was the
inspiration that prompted a new talent to pursue.
Richard later joined a quilting group that met on Thursday’s
at The Stitchery in Cameron, MO. Here he made his first
quilt, hand sewn and hand quilted-a requirement-no machine
allowed. Through the years he was basically self-taught and
improved upon the hand quilting art working diligently on
perfecting his stitches. Approximately 2012, Richard joined
a quilting group led by Linda Courtney at Crossroads
Quilting and enrolled in a beginning foundation piecing
class. Linda taught with the first quilt being the Bali Star-
pattern by Judy Niemeyer. He is still making both traditional
and foundation pieced quilts currently.
Richard hobbies include music, farming, quilting, repair and
service sewing machines, cooking-catering and serves
Kidder United Methodist Church as a bi-vocational pastor.
He is currently employed at Cameron Mutual Insurance
Company as a Marketing Representative with plans to retire
in September 2021. After retirement he hopes to be more
active in being a quilting instructor-self employed and
working some retreats and scheduled classes. His passion
and love for the arts reveals his energy, passion, discipline
and desire to have good experiences in pursuing both
traditional and foundation piecing works.
Materials List for Class
Pattern & Material (Do Not Work Ahead)
Note: 2 patterns are approved for this class at Crossroads
Patterns need to be small wall hangings, table runners or
smaller in nature.
A Glue Pen/Additional Glue Sticks
Long Pins/Flat or Flower Head
6-inch, 12-inch ¼ inch rulers
Large Plastic Paper Clips
1 box of quart freezer bags
1 box of gallon freezer bags
A Neutral Thread Matching Material
Portable Sewing Machine