Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
By Jean Doran Matua, Editor
It was Penny Callander's long-time dream to own a fabric store. As a very young girl, she would rush to the fabric store Mondays after school to spend her babysitting money. That was not to be, just yet.
After many years commuting to the Cities, she told herself, "My next job is going to be closer to home."
Ten years ago, she presented the idea to her husband Randy, and he's been supportive ever since. On one condition: that the quilt shop support itself.
"I don't even remember how many bolts [of fabric] I started with," Callander says. "Maybe 500." Now, she adds, she has perhaps 1,500-1,600 bolts in her shop.
Gone to Pieces Quilt Shop was originally located in the old Post Office building (at the corner of Main St. and Hazel Ave.) in Kimball. When that building went up for sale four years ago, she moved into the Tri-County News building just down the block.
Callander carries many of the expected items in her shop: fabric, thread, notions, patterns. She spends her evenings making sample quilts with new fabric lines that come in. These samples are later sold in the shop.
She added machine quilting as a way to make her shop more viable. She now has two long-arm quilting machines that run much of every day. "Progress" is what she calls that relatively recent development.
Callander rents out one of her quilting machines, and teaches classes on its use. She also hosts quilt shop hops and bus tours, and holds quilting retreats throughout the year.
Gone to Pieces Quilt Shop also is the home for Friendship Quilters, a quilting club that meets at 6:30 p.m. every second Thursday of the month.
Gone to Pieces will hold a 10th anniversary sale Aug. 22-25. The shop is open from 9-5 weekdays and 9-3 Saturdays. Come on in and check it out: you'll be amazed at how much is here. If nothing else, it will be a very colorful visit.