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St. Louis Star Inn

Introducing the St Louis Star Inn opening June 1, 2010. A quilter's dream retreat center. Bring your group of 4 to 10 to quilt for a day, weekend or a week. You can come to work on your own project or take a workshop from Toby Lischko, a renowned quilt designer/teacher and award winning quilter. Or, you could even bring in your own teacher (you are responsible for her fees).

Located at 212 Fox Meadow Lane in Beaufort, Missouri, which is about 65 miles west of St. Louis north of I-44. Wonderfully secluded, surrounded by woods, with a 1500 square foot studio to quilt to your heart's desire! In the studio is also a small shop that carries many quilting tools, fabric, thread, patterns, or quilt kits you may need for your workshop. Sewing machines will be supplied or you can bring your own. You can also make an appointment to come shop, if someone is available to help you, by calling 314-913-1197.

The spacious home has two large bedrooms upstairs that can hold 2 to 3 people each (two twin and one double bed each). If you need more privacy, the master bedroom on the first level can accommodate two to three people. Each bed has a quilt designed and made by Toby with lots of quilts hanging and throughout the rooms. There is a wonderful bright breakfast room overlooking the woods and a double deck on the back of the house for outside dining when the weather permits. Toby and her husband Mike will be at your beck and call to make sure your stay is a memorable one!

All meals are home cooked and included in the retreat fees. Leave the cooking and cleaning to us so all you have to do is quilt and enjoy yourself. You don't even have to make your bed if you don't want to! All linens supplied. You can bring your own toiletries (shampoo and soap) or use ours.

If you are interested in booking a date, you will need to get your own group together and fill out our reservation form, along with a choice of dinner meals from our menu and workshop(s) if desired.

See "Schedule" page for available dates (dates that I will not be busy).

Email Toby Lischko at to reserve your date, receive the menu, retreat reservation form or for more information and any questions.

Thank you and I look forward to entertaining, teaching, and working with your group.

Toby Lischko

Retreat information and fees

Lodging fees
Lodging taxes not included

For groups minimum 4, maximum 9. Fees are per person.
Overnight stay with breakfast, lunch and dinner (night before) $100
Check in 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Check out 4:00 p.m.
Weekend retreat - six or eight meals (Friday dinner, Sat. breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday breakfast, lunch) $185 Add $75 for Sunday night and Monday morning or come a day early on Thursday and leave on Sunday. (Extra dinner and brunch).
Check in 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Friday or Thursday. Check out 4:00 p.m. Sunday (or by 2:00 Monday).

Week special (5 days 4 nights, Monday through Friday) $350 (4 dinners, 4 lunches, 4 breakfasts) Check in 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Monday. Check out 2:00 p.m. Friday.

I can make special accommodations for any group in terms of number of days and meals. Call for other rates. Add $30 extra per day for a private room.

Rental of room for large groups (up to 25): $75 per day (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) Lunch optional.


FEES ARE A FLAT RATE OF $350 FOR A HALF DAY WORKSHOP AND $500 FOR A FULL DAY WORKSHOP. The more people in the workshop the less the individual fee.

For groups only (minimum 4).

Private lessons $20/hr. per person (up to 4).


All retreats include special tips and finishing techniques. Sewing machines, irons, and cutting surfaces supplied.

Some workshops can be adapted to 1/2 or full day. For photos of the workshops check out my "Workshops" page.

St. Louis Stars: pick a quilt out of my St. Louis Stars book and make it with instructions and help. Kit fee of $40 includes book and one template set (10 or 12 inch).
Curves, curves, curves: Pick one of my curved patterns and make it with instructions and help. (Rob Peter to Pay Paul, Nouveau Riche, Glorified nine patch, Keiko Garden Windows). Want to do more than one? Just add the kit fees. Kit fee of $20 includes templates and pattern.
Unfoundation piecing: Learn how to sew off the foundation using freezer paper and special pinning tricks for perfect curves every time. Pick one of my patterns. (Geese on the Loose or Chinese NY). Kit fee of $30 includes acrylic templates and pattern.
Millefiori: A class based on the Millefiori quilt featured in McCalls Quilting April/May 2010. Learn how to create kaleidoscope effects, use mirrors to find designs in fabrics, unfoundation piecing, and curved piecing. Kit fee of $30 includes templates and pattern.
EQ6: Learn how to use EQ6 to create your own quilts. Starts with the basics and finishes with how to determine cutting and piecing instructions to make the quilt. Can be customized to groups needs. Requires laptop and program. Multiple day workshop includes cutting and sewing your own designed projects with piecing tips.
Precision piecing with scrappy quilts: Improve your overall piecing techniques. Starts with precision cutting, quarter inch seam, pressing techniques, and includes finishing techniques on borders and bindings. Requires purchase of pattern: Night and Day or Railroad Yard Blues for $9.00.
Bonus: You get to pick from my personal fabric stash for $50 to make the quilt. (up to 10 yards total)
Mother (or grandmother) and child class: Help your child make their first quilt. For 8 years old and up. Ages 8-11 you do the rotary cutting. Ages 12 and up they learn all of the basics (cutting, sewing, using a sewing machine, and reading a pattern). After learning the basics they get to design their own lap quilt, using squares and rectangles with gridded paper, and make it. Kids get to stay for half price for overnight and workshop. Please consider purchasing beginner supplies from my shop.
Easy Machine Appliqué: This fast appliquéd quilt can be made in a weekend. For those that have never machine appliquéd or would like to make a fast easy quilt. Made with 18 fat quarters and 2 ½ yards of muslin or background fabric. Also learn how to make pieced borders and binding. Finishing technique included. Pattern fee $5.
Cutting Corners: Pick a variety of patterns to choose from to learn the different ways to use this versatile template set. Kit fee of $20 for template set and pattern.
North Star: Make an easy Periwinkle block by strip piecing. An 8-point star with no "y" seams and no triangles, squares, or diamonds to cut out! Wonderful scrap project. Kit fee of $18 for template and pattern.
Stars, stars, stars. Spend the weekend making a variety of types of stars: LeMoyne Star and Lone Star. Learn how to sew Y seams without marking. Pattern fee of $9.00.
Finish it: Bring any of your unfinished projects and work on it with assistance. Instructions for the weekend include short cuts for piecing blocks, how to measure and sew on borders, different ways to do mitered borders, and both machine and hand binding techniques.


St. Louis Star: All materials are provided to learn to piece the St. Louis Star block. Kit fee of $25 includes templates and pre-cut material to make the block.
Floral Waves: A fast easy curved block that requires no templates, no accuracy and no fuss! Pattern fee of $9.00.
Basic Foundation Piecing: Learn how to do foundation piecing on blocks such as Flying Geese, Log Cabin, or Pineapple. Starts with a simple block and progresses to more complex blocks. Kit fee of $7.50 includes fabric and foundation patterns.
Shanghai Lights: Learn how to use my newest tool, the Square-in-a-Square Plus More template set to make snowball blocks and this quilt. Kit fee of $20 includes templates and pattern. Fabric kit available for purchase.
Nouveau Riche: A beginner curve piecing class. Learn how to sew easy curves with special pinning techniques and working with templates for this one-of-a-kind quilts. Kit fee of $20.00 includes acrylic template set and pattern. Fabric kit available for purchase.
North Stars: Make this easy eight-point star by strip piecing! Finish a place mat or table runner in a weekend. Kit fee of $10 includes template and pattern.


Pennsylvania Star: Learn how to strip piece this 8-point star and how to create Y seams that lay flat without marking. Pattern fee of $9.00
Royal Mendhi Crystals: Learn how to use my newest tool, the Square-in-a-Square.
Kit fee of $20 includes templates and pattern.
Stars Over St. Louis Learn how to use mirrors to find unique designs in fabric, how to cut out perfect repeats with templates, and construction of the St. Louis Star block with special pinning techniques. Also sewing Y seams without marking. Kit fee $35 includes pattern and templates to make a 36" quilt.
Scrappy Glorified Nine-patch: Using my Glorified Nine-patch templates, learn curve piecing and how to use the center section to create setting triangles. Kit fee of $20 includes 9" templates and pattern.
Liberty Square Learn precision techniques for this mini quilt and five different ways to make half-square triangles. Kit fee of $15 includes the pattern and all the materials needed to make half-square triangles.

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212 Fox Meadow Lane, Beaufort, MO 63013
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