Hamilton, Mo Claims Largest Spool of Thread

The World's Largest Spool of Thread monument was unveiled Wednesday at 300 E. Bird St., Hamilton, Missouri. Officials claimed it is the largest spool of thread on the site of the museum that will be opening in upcoming months.

HAMILTON, Missouri — Hamilton Missouri goes by another name: Quilt Town, USA.

On Wednesday, Hamilton unveiled the newest attraction of the World’s Largest Spool of Thread monument. The crowd watched in the uncovering of the monument. The monument is 8 feet wide, 22 feet tall and contains more than 1 million yards of Aurifil thread.

Dakota Redford, president of the Missouri State Museum, said more than 100,000 tourists from all over the world visit there for the 12 quilt shops and quilt attractions. The quilt that covered the spool of thread was 42 feet by 42 feet, she said.

“I did it by myself,” Redford said. “The spool was done by 10 members of the community and my family.”

Her mission is to attract more tourism with this new monument and museum. After the unveiling, the community celebrated by playing merry-go-round as they added thread to the monument.

The monument rests on the site of the Missouri State Quilt museum that will be opening in the upcoming months. Formerly, the museum was an old elementary and high school. This museum will be renovated for quilt industry exhibits and textile classes that include the largest toy sewing machine, the largest thimble collection and many other antiques and memorabilia in the quilting industry. Redford also plans to provide art space for aspiring artists.

Lauren Kahl can be reached at lauren.kahl@knpn.com. Follow her on Twitter: @NPNowKahl.