Largely because of her popularity, Missouri Star Quilt Co., founded in 2008, has grown rapidly into a quilting phenomenon – as has the small town where it’s located, Hamilton, Missouri.
Photo of Jenny and her children, Sarah Galbraith and Alan Doan, who own Missouri Star Quilt Co. Image from Missourinet.
Here are a few interesting facts (as of March, 2018):
- The company was created and is run by Jenny’s kids, who were looking for a way to fund their parents’ retirement.
- It all began with a longarm quilting machine and the need for a building to house it.
- Jenny has created over 350 YouTube tutorials that have been viewed more than 110 million times.
- Missouri Star Quilt Company processes over 30,000 orders each month for pre-cut fabric and other quilting notions and employs over 300 people.
- Two of Jenny’s children received the National Small Business Persons of the Year award in 2015, as well as numerous other business awards.
- Hamilton, with a population of 1,800, hosts between five and ten thousand visitors each month who come to meet Jenny.
The intertwined story of Jenny, her family, Missouri Star Quilt Co. and Hamilton is inspiring, heartwarming and demonstrates the best of America. Kansas City PBS created an interesting segment in 2017 that outlines how it all started and the growth of the Missouri Star Quilt Co.
Jenny goes into more depth about her background and the founding of the company in the following video. It was produced by Top of Mind in 2014.
Jenny’s story is truly amazing, and reminds us that anything is possible with a good heart, hard work, and a loving network of family and friends.
Learn more about the founding and growth of the Missouri Star Quilt Co. on its About Us page.
– The image at the top of the page is from KCPT.org.